College Lacrosse

State Men's Week Ahead

March 13, 2009|By EDWARD LEE

No. 4 Maryland (4-1)

Coming up: Vs. No. 9 UMBC, tomorrow, noon, Ludwig Field; vs. Bryant, Sunday, 1 p.m., Ludwig Field

Comment: The Terps have won 24 of 30 meetings with the Retrievers but have dropped the past two contests. Maryland would be wise to contain UMBC senior midfielder Alex Hopmann, who has scored five goals in those two games.

No. 6 Johns Hopkins (3-1)

Coming up: At No. 2 Syracuse, tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays have lost three of the past four games against the Orange, including last season's NCAA tournament final. The starting attack of juniors Steven Boyle and Chris Boland and sophomore Kyle Wharton has scored 24 of Hopkins' 45 goals.

No. 9 UMBC (3-2)

Coming up: At No. 4 Maryland, tomorrow, noon

Comment: The Retrievers are at risk of losing three consecutive games for the first time since 2006. UMBC's faceoff corps doesn't get a respite with the injury to Terps junior Bryn Holmes (groin). Maryland senior Jeff Reynolds has won 17 of 28 faceoffs.

No. 17 Navy (5-2)

Coming up: At Holy Cross, tomorrow, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Midshipmen are 5-0 against the Crusaders, outscoring them 76-18. Navy has dominated opponents in the second half, posting 34 goals compared with opponents' 17.

No. 18 Loyola (4-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 19 St. John's, tomorrow, 1 p.m., Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Comment: The Greyhounds have won all eight meetings against the Red Storm since 1984. Senior P.T. Ricci recorded career bests in points (three) and ground balls (13) in Tuesday's 15-11 win over Bryant.

Mount St. Mary's (0-3)

Coming up: At Manhattan, tomorrow, noon

Comment: The Mountaineers have dropped two straight contests to the Jaspers. Freshman midfielder Cody Lehrer leads the team in goals (three) and points (four).

Towson (1-3)

Coming up: At No. 1 Virginia, tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Comment: Two of the Tigers' four victories (a road win in 1976 was awarded by forfeit) in this series have taken place in Charlottesville. Senior attackman Bill McCutcheon, who leads the team with 15 points, will likely draw the attention of Cavaliers junior defenseman Ken Clausen.

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