Men's Week Ahead

March 21, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 3 Johns Hopkins (4-1)

Coming up -- Vs. No. 2 Virginia, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- The Blue Jays have lost only 16 games during coach Dave Pietramala's seven seasons at Homewood. Five of them have come against the Cavaliers, including two in overtime.

No. 5 Navy (6-0)

Coming up -- Vs. Colgate, today, 4 p.m.; at No. 17 Bucknell, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- Senior goalie Colin Finnegan (St. Mary's) took over for graduated All-American Matt Russell and has been lights-out so far. He has given up 4.1 goals per game, with a .721 save percentage.

No. 9 Maryland (6-2)

Coming up -- Vs. No. 15 North Carolina, Saturday, noon

Comment -- Early in the second half of yesterday's 18-3 romp over Mount St. Mary's, senior goalie Harry Alford finally returned after offseason shoulder surgery. Let the competition with talented freshman Brian Phipps begin.

No. 12 Loyola (3-2)

Coming up -- Vs. Massachusetts, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- If the Greyhounds are serious about winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference and gaining an automatic NCAA tournament bid, they must put away the reeling Minutemen. Four Loyola players have scored at least nine points.

No. 14 Towson (3-2)

Coming up -- At Villanova, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Comment -- After his Tigers put up a strong fight before falling at Virginia on Saturday, ninth-year coach Tony Seaman is a combined 1-25 against the power trio of Virginia, Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

No. 20 UMBC (3-3)

Coming up -- Vs. Ohio State, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- With the America East schedule on the horizon, starting with a trip to No. 6 Albany, the Retrievers need to get their young defense in order. They are allowing more than 11 goals per game.

Mount St. Mary's (0-4)

Coming up -- Vs. Providence, Saturday, noon

Comment -- After getting hammered four times by ranked opponents, the Mount figures it's better prepared to pursue a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown and an automatic NCAA tournament bid.

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