State Men's Week Ahead

May 02, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT


Coming up -- vs. No. 12 Loyola, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- After getting pulled early in Monday's 15-3 rout at Mount St. Mary's and replaced by freshman Michael Gvozden (nine saves), how will senior goalie Jesse Schwartzman respond on Senior Day against a confident Loyola team?

No. 6 MARYLAND (9-5)

Coming up -- vs. Yale, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- The early-season loss of junior defensive midfielder Jeff Reynolds (torn anterior cruciate knee ligament) hurt. The late-season loss of senior defensive midfielder Jimmy Borell (broken ankle) cuts deeper into a unit that has carried the Terrapins. Not a good sign for the postseason.

No. 12 LOYOLA (7-4)

Coming up -- at No. 5 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment -- The Greyhounds, 3-41 against Hopkins, came up short in overtime a year ago. Loyola appears to have made its first NCAA tournament in six years. It likely would host a first-round game by winning .

No. 13 UMBC (9-4)

Coming up -- vs. Stony Brook, America East Conference tournament semifinals, tomorrow, 4 p.m.

Comment -- The Retrievers have won five in a row, have one of the hottest attack groups in the nation and are getting better on defense. But they probably must win the America East to reach their second straight NCAA tournament.

No. 14 TOWSON (8-5)

Coming up -- vs. Hofstra, Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinals, tonight, 7:30.

Comment -- The Tigers' season-opening victory at Loyola could end up as their meal ticket to an at-large tournament bid, if they don't get in automatically by winning the CAA. But a loss tonight could be devastating.

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