The Week Ahead

April 09, 2008|By Edward Lee

No. 7 Navy (9-2)

Coming up: At No. 13 Army, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Midshipmen have owned the series, winning the past 13 meetings, including five at West Point. Senior faceoff specialist Mikelis Visgauss ranks fifth in the country with a .621 (87 of 140) winning percentage.

No. 8 Maryland (7-3)

Coming up: At No. 14 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: Can the Terps find their rhythm again on offense without freshman attackman Travis Reed, who still leads the team with 18 goals? Returning senior Max Ritz (10 points) possibly moving to attack from midfield could jump-start Maryland.

No. 11 UMBC (7-3)

Coming up: Vs. Albany, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: A 3-0 record in the America East and another step closer to the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the league tournament is at stake for the Retrievers. Senior midfielder Terry Kimener scored six goals in two games last week, earning league Player of the Week honors.

No. 14 Johns Hopkins (3-5)

Coming up: Vs. No. 8 Maryland, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: In need of a win to end a five-game losing streak, the Blue Jays have won five of the past six meetings with the Terps. No Johns Hopkins player has reached double digits in assists, with sophomore attackman Steven Boyle posting a team-high nine.

No. 18 Loyola (5-4)

Coming up: Vs. No. 6 Georgetown, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds (4-0 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference) fight for league supremacy with the Hoyas (3-0), who have won six ECAC titles in eight years. Goalie Jake Hagelin was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time.

Towson (3-6)

Coming up: At Sacred Heart, today, 2 p.m.; vs. No. 10 Drexel, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: After the Tigers play the Pioneers, next up are the Colonial Athletic Association-leading Dragons, who have not beaten Towson in the past 10 meetings. Senior attackman Jonathan Engelke became the sixth player in school history to score 100 goals.

Mount St. Mary's (1-6)

Coming up: Vs. Manhattan, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers need a win to stay close to Saint Joseph's for the fourth and final spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. Four freshmen - led by attackman Dan Mohr's 13 goals - have posted at least four goals each.

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