Men's Week Ahead

College Lacrosse

April 11, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 7 MARYLAND (8-3)

Coming up / / vs. No. 10 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 8 p.m.

Comment / / Friday night's come-from-behind, double-overtime win at Navy sealed another NCAA tournament trip for the Terps, who could begin tunneling their way toward a top-four seed by beating the Blue Jays.

No. 8 NAVY (8-2)

Coming up / / vs. Army, Saturday, noon

Comment / / After an 8-0 start, the Midshipmen have lost a pair of one-goal heartbreakers. But they have found a new weapon for the starting lineup in freshman attackman Tim Paul, a converted midfielder out of Loyola High.

No. 10 JOHNS HOPKINS (4-4)

Coming up / / at No. 7 Maryland, Saturday, 8 p.m.

Comment / / Coach Dave Pietramala has been denied his 100th career win for three straight Saturdays. Hopkins' four losses have come against top 10 teams with a combined record of 35-7.

No. 12 LOYOLA (5-3)

Coming up / / at No. 5 Georgetown, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment / / After last Saturday's 17-7 flop at Rutgers, in which they scored once after halftime, the Greyhounds virtually can seal at least an at-large NCAA tournament berth by beating the Hoyas for the second year in a row.

No. 15 UMBC (6-4)

Coming up / / vs. Binghamton, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Comment / / You might say freshman attackman Cayle Ratcliffe has settled into a scoring role. The native of Victoria, British Columbia, ranks third in the America East with 2.2 goals per game.

No. 17 TOWSON (6-3)

Coming up / / at No. 18 Delaware, tonight, 7 p.m.; vs. Hofstra, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment / / The Tigers need to recover from a shaky week and gain confidence before the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Three nights after losing at UMBC, Towson trailed visiting Sacred Heart at the half before coming to its senses.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-7)

Coming up / / at Manhattan, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. St. Joseph's, Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Comment / / If last Saturday's 15-8 drubbing by Siena is any indication, the Mount will have a hard time salvaging its season with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. Siena needed only 36 shots to finish its work.

GARY LAMBRECHT

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