Lacrosse: The week ahead for state men's teams

February 19, 2010|By Edward Lee

No. 5 Johns Hopkins (0-0)
•Coming up: vs. Manhattan, today, 5 p.m., Homewood Field; vs. No. 20 Delaware, Tuesday, 5 p.m., Homewood Field

•Comment: The Blue Jays, who meet the Jaspers for the first time in history, have won seven of their past eight season openers. The Blue Jays are 6-0 against the Blue Hens, who return five of their top six scorers from last season.

No. 6 Navy (1-0)
•Coming up: vs. No. 13 Loyola, Saturday, noon, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium; vs. No. 4 North Carolina, Thursday, 7 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

•Comment: After a comfortable season-opening win over VMI, the Midshipmen get their first test against the Greyhounds. Another challenge looms when the Tar Heels - who have won seven of the past eight meetings - come to town.

No. 7 Maryland (0-0)
•Coming up: at Bellarmine, Saturday, noon

•Comment: The Terps and Knights have met just once, in 2007, when Maryland won, 11-6. Maryland, which hasn't dropped a season opener since losing to Duke, 9-5, in 1993, will see whether it has the midfield production to take the pressure off its attack.

No. 13 Loyola (0-0)
•Coming up: at No. 6 Navy, Saturday, noon

•Comment: The Greyhounds are 1-5 in a series that began in 1939. In the teams' last meeting, Loyola lost in the 1993 playoffs. Loyola, which has dropped its past five season openers, will lean on a vaunted attack that includes seniors Cooper MacDonnell and Collin Finnerty.

No. 17 UMBC (0-0)
•Coming up: vs. No. 20 Delaware, Saturday, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium

•Comment: The Retrievers have won three of their past four season openers, but the Blue Hens own an 11-9 advantage in the series, including winning nine of the past 12 meetings. Senior D Bobby Atwell will play in his first game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee before the 2009 season.

Mount St. Mary's (0-0)
•Coming up: vs. No. 3 Virginia, Tuesday, 3 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium

•Comment: The Mountaineers have the unenviable task of taking on a Cavaliers squad that has won all six meetings between the teams. Senior D Matt Nealis, who shut out Virginia A Danny Glading last season, could get matched up against sophomore A Steele Stanwick.

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