Day Of Rivals

April 11, 2009|By Edward Lee

Saturday, M&T Bank Stadium

Army (5-6, 1-3 Patriot) vs. No. 12 Navy (8-3, 3-2)

Time: 11:30 a.m.

TV/Radio: ESPNU/1430 AM

Outlook: The Black Knights are below .500 at this stage of the season for the first time since 1995, but four of their losses have been by one goal and three came in overtime. Attackmen Jason Peyer (26 goals and 12 assists) and Jeremy Boltus (20, 16) power an offense that has outscored its opponents 58-35 in the first half this season. Sophomore Tom Palesky ranks sixth in the nation with a .623 save percentage, but coach Joe Alberici is concerned that the first-year starter has seen too many high-quality shots. Only the Midshipmen know whether they will have leading scorer Tim Paul (17, 13), who has a sprained left ankle. Tommy Phelan has made 31 saves in two starts, but the key is whether the revamped defense can repeat the effort it had in a 10-4 upset of then-No. 9 Maryland on April 3.

No. 11 Johns Hopkins (4-4) vs. No. 15 Maryland (6-4)

Time: 2 p.m.

TV/Radio: ESPNU/1300 AM

Outlook: There is a sense of urgency surrounding this game. The Blue Jays, who still must play No. 12 Navy, No. 19 Loyola and Towson, ended a three-game losing streak by beating No. 17 Albany, 14-9, last Saturday. Johns Hopkins' offense is at its best when it uses rapid ball movement to complement off-the-ball activity from players such as Chris Boland (18 goals and eight assists) and Kyle Wharton (17, eight). A defense built around Michael Evans and Sam DeVore will be tested by a Terps attack sparked by 6-foot-6, 260-pound Will Yeatman (13, 13) and 6-5, 240-pound Grant Catalino (18, 15). A key factor might be the play of Ryan Young, whose speed could present matchup problems. Maryland's defense was exposed by Navy in the loss April 3 and should be eager to put that memory to rest.

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