Men's Week Ahead

March 28, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 3 Navy (8-0)

Coming up -- at No. 8 Georgetown, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- The last time the Midshipmen started 9-0 was 1965, when Navy won the USILA national championship with a 12-0 mark. And here comes the toughest part of the schedule. Navy is 1-5 in its past six meetings with Georgetown, and has lost three straight to the Hoyas.

No. 5 Johns Hopkins (4-2)

Coming up -- at No. 15 North Carolina, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- Junior attackman Kevin Huntley and senior midfielder Stephen Peyser have combined for only nine goals on 17.6 percent shooting. Maybe they'll get well against the Tar Heels, who have not beaten the Blue Jays since 1994.

No. 9 Maryland (7-2)

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

Comment -- If the Terps are going to extend their winning streak to six games, they might have to prevail in a 6-5 type of scrum. Both defenses are that good. The Terps have won only 50.3 percent of their faceoffs this season.

No. 12 Loyola (4-2)

Coming up -- vs. No. 11 Syracuse, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- The Greyhounds have not won five in a row since the start of the 2002 season. If it beats the Orange for the first time since 2001, Loyola has pretty much clinched its first NCAA playoff berth since that season.

No. 14 Towson (4-2)

Coming up -- vs. Robert Morris, Saturday, 1 p.m.; at No. 19 UMBC, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment -- Take away their 14-7 victory over Division II Malloy College, and the Tigers are averaging barely eight goals per game. That's probably not going to get it done against the tougher part of their Colonial Athletic Association schedule.

No. 19 UMBC (4-3)

Coming up -- at No. 4 Albany, Saturday, noon; vs. No. 14 Towson, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment -- With freshman Cayle Ratcliffe shooting 55.6 percent and tied for the team lead with 15 goals, the Retrievers head into a critical part of their schedule with a potent attack. Seniors Drew Westervelt and Andy Gallagher have 28 goals and 21 assists between them.

Mount St. Mary's (1-4)

Coming up -- vs. Marist, today, 3 p.m.

Comment -- After four consecutive lopsided losses against ranked opponents, the Mount got better in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener against reigning league champion Providence. Senior attackman Joe Bello (team-high 10 goals) is emerging as a leader.

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