The Week Ahead

April 02, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

No. 6 Maryland (7-2)

Coming up: No. 8 Navy, Friday, 8 p.m.

Comment: The last time the Terps reached eight victories in their first 10 games was 2004 - culminating in the first of back-to-back ACC titles. Junior midfielder Jeff Reynolds (Calvert Hall) posted his first career hat tricks in Maryland's two most recent games.

No. 8 Navy (8-2)

Coming up: At No. 6 Maryland, Friday, 8 p.m.

Comment: The Midshipmen have won the past two meetings in College Park, but have lost twice to top-10 opponents. Navy could get a boost from the return of junior goalkeeper Matt Coughlin, who has a nation-best 4.56 goals-against average.

No. 12 Johns Hopkins (3-4)

Coming up: At No. 1 Duke, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Comment: Saddled with their first four-game skid since 1990, the Blue Jays must avoid penalties against the Blue Devils, who have converted 14 of 28 extra-man opportunities. Sophomore goalie Michael Gvozden (Severna Park) can't afford another letdown.

No. 14 UMBC (6-3)

Coming up: At Binghamton, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers dropped the series opener, but have beaten the Bearcats five times since. Junior attackman Ryan Smith (Fallston), named the America East's Player of the Week, leads the team in goals with 16.

No. 19 Loyola (4-4)

Coming up: Rutgers, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds have won two of the past three meetings, but the Scarlet Knights coasted to a 17-7 victory last year. Junior defenseman P.T. Ricci ranks second in the country in ground balls per game with 5.9.

Towson (2-6)

Coming up: No. 16 Delaware, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Tigers and Blue Hens have won four of the past five Colonial Athletic Association tournament crowns. Winning this year might be the only way Towson could qualify for the NCAA tournament. Junior midfielder Randall Cooper (Friends) has scored half of his 10 goals in man-up situations.

Mount St. Mary's (1-6)

Coming up: At Providence, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers' bid for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship could hinge on upsetting a Friars squad that captured the league crown last year. Senior Phil Thomas (Howard) leads the defensemen with 12 ground balls.

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