State Men's Week Ahead

April 25, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT

No. 6 JOHNS HOPKINS (6-4)

Coming up / / at No. 15 Towson, Saturday, 1 p.m.; at Mount St. Mary's, Monday, 4 p.m.

Comment / / With the Blue Jays' 10-9 win over Navy on Saturday, seventh-year coach Dave Pietramala moved into third place with 78 victories at Hopkins - one more than former Hopkins and current Towson coach Tony Seaman.

No. 7 MARYLAND (9-4)

Coming up / / vs. No. 3 Virginia, ACC tournament semifinals, Friday, 6 p.m., at Duke

Comment / / Junior attackman Max Ritz started the year productively and has never stopped. Ritz, who had four goals and two assists in a 14-10 win Saturday at Penn, has scored at least two points in every game this year.

No. 9 NAVY (9-3)

Coming up / / vs. Army, Patriot League tournament semifinals, Friday, 4 p.m.

Comment / / After a rare bad day in Saturday's 10-9 loss at Hopkins, it's hard to imagine senior faceoff man William Wallace turning in two clunkers in a row. The Mids also must iron out their clearing problems.

No. 12 LOYOLA (6-4)

Coming up / / vs. Hobart, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment / / Before Saturday's 19-2 rout over Fairfield, Loyola had won its other five games by an average of 2.2 goals. Seventy of the Greyhounds' 100 goals have been assisted.

No. 14 UMBC (8-4)

Coming up / / at Stony Brook, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Comment / / The Retrievers are averaging 14.3 goals during their four-game winning streak. They might need that kind of production to win next week's America East tournament and automatically qualify for the NCAAs.

No. 15 TOWSON (8-4)

Coming up / / vs. No. 6 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment / / The Tigers have accomplished an important mission by earning the top seed and home-field advantage in next week's Colonial Athletic Association tournament. No, they aren't looking past the Blue Jays, who are 31-3 against them.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-9)

Coming up / / vs. Wagner, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. No. 6 Johns Hopkins, Monday, 4 p.m.

Comment / / The Mount is 2-4 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. At least senior attackman Ben Mundorf (13 goals, four assists in conference games) has come alive. But the young defense is still allowing 10.5 goals per game against the MAAC.

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