The Week Ahead

Destination College Lacrosse

April 12, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 5 NAVY (8-2)

The schedule -- at No. 16 Army, Saturday, 1 p.m.

The skinny -- Even by beating their service academy rival, the Midshipmen still might lose home-field advantage in the coming Patriot League tournament, due to their earlier stumble against surprising Colgate. Army is averaging barely seven goals, and senior attackman John Walker has been a disappointment with only nine goals. Navy has outscored opponents in the first half 52-17. The Mids have not lost to Army since 1997.

No. 6 JOHNS HOPKINS (5-3)

The schedule -- vs. No. 7 Maryland, Saturday, 8 p.m.

The skinny -- This will be the 102nd meeting between the two schools. The Blue Jays, who will be coming off a 12-day layoff and could use their first victory over a top 10 opponent to solidify their 35th consecutive NCAA tournament bid, are catching a Maryland team in an offensive funk. Hopkins has won seven of the past nine games against the Terps and has not lost at home to Maryland since 1996. The defenses should dictate this one.

No. 7 MARYLAND (6-3)

The schedule -- at No. 6 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 8 p.m.; vs. Sacred Heart, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

The skinny -- The Terps are an enigma with the ball. They are scoring on 58.6 percent of their extra-man chances, but have shot just 14 percent overall in their three losses. They have two of the game's top offensive players, Joe Walters and Xander Ritz, but can't find consistent complementary parts. Whoever starts in goal, Harry Alford or Jason Carter, needs to come up big at Hopkins, as the Terps try to avoid a three-game losing streak.

No. 13 TOWSON (6-4)

The schedule -- vs. Villanova, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

The skinny -- Only a one-goal loss in overtime at No. 3 Hofstra has kept the surging Tigers from a five-game winning streak. Junior midfielder Nick Williams has turned into the cardiac kid, with late game-winning goals in Towson's past two victories. The Tigers' balanced offense, the work of faceoff specialist Matt Eckerl and the much-improved goalie play of senior Mark DeGroat should be too much for the Wildcats to handle.

No. 15 UMBC (5-4)

The schedule -- at Binghamton, Saturday, 2 p.m.

The skinny -- The Retrievers can take a step toward securing the top seed in next month's America East tournament by knocking off surprising Binghamton (6-4). The offense has come alive for UMBC, which has averaged 11 goals in its past four games and beaten two ranked teams. Six players have scored at least 15 points for the Retrievers, who are starting to look like an NCAA tournament team.

No. 20 LOYOLA (4-4)

The schedule -- vs. No. 2 Georgetown, Saturday, 1 p.m.

The skinny -- The Greyhounds have not beaten Georgetown since 2001, in Dave Cottle's final season as coach at Loyola. If the Greyhounds intend to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001, they need to pull off an upset Saturday to begin to make that happen. The losses of attackmen Shane Koppens and Patrick Kennedy to season-ending injuries have worn on the young Greyhounds, who next must contend with one of the game's more physical, defensive-minded teams.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-7)

The schedule -- at Wagner, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. VMI, Wednesday, 4 p.m.

The skinny -- The Mount should be able to feast on a couple of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference bottom feeders. Trouncing Marist, last year's league champion by nine goals was a good start toward trying to win the MAAC tournament and gaining an automatic NCAA tournament bid. Attackmen Matt Warner, Benjamin Mundorf and Jason Werner are shooting a combined 35.3 percent.

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