College lacrosse: The week ahead

March 26, 2010

The week ahead for state men's teams By Edward Lee
No. 5 Maryland (6-0)
Coming up: At No. 3 North Carolina, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: The Terps have won seven of the past eight meetings, but the Tar Heels ended a 20-game losing streak to Atlantic Coast Conference rivals by beating Maryland, 16-10, in the semifinals of the ACC tournament. Senior goalkeeper Brian Phipps ranks second in the ACC in saves per game (9.7).

No. 8 Johns Hopkins (4-3)
Coming up: At No. 1 Virginia, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Cavaliers are the only team to own a winning record (9-3) against the Blue Jays under coach Dave Pietramala. Johns Hopkins is 24-3 when senior attackman Steven Boyle posts at least three points.

No. 11 Loyola (4-2)
Coming up: Vs. Towson, Saturday, noon, Ridley Athletic Complex

Comment: The Greyhounds have a shot at five wins in their first seven games for the third time in the past four years. Senior midfielder Taylor Ebsary is tied for first on the team in caused turnovers (seven) and third in ground balls (19).

No. 20 Navy (4-4)
Coming up: At Colgate, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Midshipmen lead the all-time series 9-3, but the Raiders have won two of the past three contests. Sophomore R.J. Wickham has been named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week three times in the five weeks the award has been announced.

Mount St. Mary's (2-2)
Coming up: At Wagner, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. Sacred Heart, Wednesday, 3 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium.

Comment: The Mountaineers have not lost to the Seahawks in nine meetings. As of Monday, when the NCAA Division I statistics were released, sophomore midfielder Eric Ososki ranked third in the country with .643 shot percentage (nine goals on 14 shots).

Towson (1-4)
Coming up: At No. 11 Loyola, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Tigers have won three of the past five meetings, but the Greyhounds have taken the past two contests. Senior midfielder Will Harrington leads the Colonial Athletic Association in man-up goals with five.

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