Men's college lacrosse: The week ahead

April 02, 2010|By Edward Lee | Baltimore Sun reporter

The week ahead for state men's teams
No. 5 Maryland (6-1)
Coming up: Vs. No. 1 Virginia, Saturday, 8 p.m., Byrd Stadium

Comment: The Terps have dropped seven of the past eight meetings, but the last time the Cavaliers entered as the top-ranked team in the nation in 2008, they left College Park with a 13-7 loss. Senior midfielder Adam Sear has set a personal best with seven goals.

No. 7 Loyola (5-2)
Coming up: Vs. Ohio State, Saturday, 2 p.m., Ridley Athletic Complex

Comment: The Greyhounds have won all three meetings, but the teams haven't played since 1998. Senior defenseman Steve Layne, who shut out Towson junior attackman Tim Stratton last Saturday, could get another tough assignment in freshman attackman Logan Schuss (15 goals, 15 assists).

No. 12 Johns Hopkins (4-4)
Coming up: Vs. No. 3 North Carolina, Saturday, noon, Homewood Field

Comment: After winning 13 straight, the Blue Jays have lost the past three contests in the series. Sophomore attackman Tom Palasek's four goals are three more than he scored as a freshman.

No. 20 Navy (5-4)
Coming up: Vs. No. 13 Georgetown, today, 7 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Comment: The Midshipmen ended a five-game losing streak to the Hoyas with a 10-8 victory last year. Junior defenseman Michael Hirsch, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last spring, leads the team in caused turnovers (10) and ranks third in ground balls (18).

Mount St. Mary's (4-2)
Coming up: At No. 18 Lafayette, Saturday, 1 p.m.; at No. 10 Georgetown, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers are off to their best start since 1999 and are two games above .500 for the first time since finishing 2003 with a 10-8 record. Junior midfielder Brendan Harrison leads the team in ground balls with 27.

Towson (1-5)
Coming up: Vs. Delaware, Saturday, 3 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium; vs. UMBC, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers have won three of the past four meetings with the Blue Hens but have dropped three straight to the Retrievers. Junior goalkeeper Travis Love ranks ninth in Division I in save percentage (.583).

UMBC (1-5)
Coming up: Vs. No. 19 Stony Brook, Saturday, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium; at Towson, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers have beaten the Seawolves in the past five meetings. Sophomore attackman Shane Ryznar has scored six goals in three starts.

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