Men's college lacrosse: The week ahead

March 05, 2010|By Edward Lee | Baltimore Sun reporter

The week ahead for state men's teams
No. 5 Johns Hopkins (3-0)
Coming up: Vs. No. 8 Princeton, Saturday, 1:30 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Comment: The Blue Jays have won six of the past eight meetings. Faceoff specialists Michael Powers and Matt Dolente are winning 59.7 percent (37 of 62) of their faceoffs this season.

No. 7 Maryland (2-0)
Coming up: Vs. No. 6 Duke, Saturday, 11 a.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Comment: The Terps are 55-17 against the Blue Devils, but Duke has won three of the past five meetings. Junior long-stick midfielder Brian Farrell, who played in just three games last season before rib and lung injuries sidelined him for the rest of the year, collected 10 ground balls in Maryland's 15-13 victory over No. 9 Georgetown on Saturday, becoming the first Terp to finish with 10 ground balls since 2008.

No. 10 Loyola (3-0)
Coming up: Vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, Saturday, 4 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

Comment: The Greyhounds own a 13-5 edge in the all-time series, but the Fighting Irish have won the past three meetings. Senior midfielder Taylor Ebsary leads the team in caused turnovers (four) and is tied with senior faceoff specialist John Schiavone in ground balls (13).

No. 12 Navy (2-2)
Coming up: Vs. No. 17 Bucknell, Saturday, 3 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Comment: The Mids have beaten the Bison in four of the past five meetings and haven't lost to them in Annapolis since 1996. Junior attackman Andy Warner leads the team in goals (seven), points (11) and shots on goal (12).

No. 19 UMBC (1-1)
Coming up: Vs. No. 3 North Carolina, Saturday, noon, UMBC Stadium

Comment: The Tar Heels have won the past three meetings and five of the past seven. Junior midfielder Bobby Stockton, who entered the season with eight career goals, has six already.

Towson (0-1)
Coming up: At No. 13 Stony Brook, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: This is the first meeting between the programs. Freshman Matt Thomas won 14 of 26 faceoffs and collected a team-best six ground balls in the season-opening loss to No. 17 Bucknell.

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