College Lacrosse State Men's Week Ahead

April 24, 2009|By EDWARD LEE

No. 8 Johns Hopkins (7-4)

Coming up: At Mount St. Mary's, Monday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays have won four straight since losing three in a row and are ranked No. 1 in Rating Percentage Index. Since scoring five goals against Albany on April 4, attackman Chris Boland has posted just three goals and one assist in three games.

No. 10 UMBC (9-3)

Coming up: Vs. Vermont, Saturday, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium.

Comment: A victory would give the Retrievers a share of their fourth America East regular-season title and home-field advantage in the conference tournament. Freshman Rob Grimm ranks third on the team with 14 assists.

No. 11 Navy (9-4)

Coming up: Vs. No. 15 Colgate, Patriot League tournament semifinal, Friday, 5:45 p.m., Lewisburg, Pa.

Comment: To win a fifth tournament championship in six years, the Midshipmen, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, must break a two-game losing streak to the Red Raiders. Attackman Bruce Nechanicky's 11 goals are a career high.

No. 13 Maryland (8-5)

Coming up: Vs. No. 7 North Carolina, Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal, Friday, 5 p.m., Chapel Hill, N.C.

Comment: The top-seeded Terps have won 14 of the past 15 meetings with the Tar Heels. Midfielder Dan Groot has scored two hat tricks in his past three games against North Carolina.

No. 19 Loyola (8-4)

Coming up: Vs. Hobart, Saturday, 1 p.m., Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Comment: The Greyhounds are 8-3 against the Statesmen but were upset last April. A defense spearheaded by junior Steve Layne has surrendered just 23 goals in the team's past three games, all wins.

Mount St. Mary's (4-8)

Coming up: Vs. Wagner, Saturday, 1 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium; vs. No. 8 Johns Hopkins, Monday, 7 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium

Comment: The Mountaineers, who are 8-0 against the Seahawks, would advance to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament with a victory. Freshman Eric Ososki doubled his season output with two goals in an overtime win against VMI on Wednesday.

Towson (6-8)

Coming up: At Pennsylvania, Sunday, 2 p.m.

Comment: This is just the second meeting between the Tigers and Quakers. The Colonial Athletic Association tournament begins next Wednesday. Midfielder Will Harrington has scored 12 of his 19 goals this month.

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