Men's Week Ahead

April 04, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 6 Navy (8-1)

Coming up / / vs. No. 10 Maryland, Friday, 7 p.m.

Comment / / Losing to Georgetown yet again was bad enough. Losing sophomore attackman Bruce Nechanicky to a season-ending knee injury made it an extra-bad weekend. The Mids are going for their fourth straight over Maryland.

No. 7 Johns Hopkins (4-3)

Coming up / / vs. No. 4 Duke, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment / / The Blue Jays need more consistent play in the cage. Senior goalie Jesse Schwartzman, who had 17 saves in a 7-6, double-overtime win over Princeton, combined to make only 12 stops in a pair of losses, 8-7 to Albany and 13-10 to North Carolina.

No. 9 Loyola (5-2)

Coming up / / at Rutgers, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Comment / / After knocking off Duke and Syracuse, only a total flop against their Eastern College Athletic Conference schedule would deny the Greyhounds their first NCAA tournament berth since 2001.

No. 10 Maryland (7-3)

Coming up / / at No. 6 Navy, Friday, 7 p.m.

Comment / / The Terps are averaging 11.2 goals - nine goals against ranked opponents - and have scored on 50 percent of their 22 extra-man chances. The first midfield is getting a spark from sophomore Dan Groot (11 goals, seven assists).

No. 13 Towson (5-3)

Coming up / / vs. Sacred Heart, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment / / The season-opening victory over Loyola keeps gaining value, but the Tigers need to get busy against the heart of their Colonial Athletic Association schedule to secure another NCAA tournament berth.

No. 19 UMBC (5-4)

Coming up / / at Hartford, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Comment / / Freshman Cayle Ratcliffe and seniors Drew Westervelt and Andy Gallagher have formed one of the nation's more prolific attack units. The Retrievers need to shore up the defense in time to threaten Albany at next month's America East tournament.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-5)

Coming up / / at Siena, Saturday, 1 p.m; vs. No. 5 Georgetown, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Comment / / Senior attackman Benjamin Mundorf, the team's leading returning scorer, has scored only nine points and taken just eight shots so far, most of it against top 10 non-conference opponents. He should heal against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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