The week ahead

April 09, 2010

The week ahead for state men's teams By Edward Lee
No. 5 Maryland (6-2)
Coming up: Vs. No. 20 Navy, Saturday, noon, Byrd Stadium

Comment: Despite dropping two straight games in as many weeks, the Terps have avoided three-game losing streaks in three of the previous four years. Last week, freshman long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt shut down Virginia junior midfielder Rhamel Bratton, who did not record a point for the third time this season.

No. 7 Loyola (6-2)
Coming up: At Fairfield, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds have won nine of 10 meetings in the series, with the Stags last winning in 2006. Junior Jake Hagelin is one of six Division I goalkeepers who rank in the top 10 in both goals-against average (third, 7.14) and save percentage (seventh, .585).

No. 15 Johns Hopkins (4-5)
Coming up: Vs. Albany, Saturday, 2 p.m., Homewood Field

Comment: In danger of recording their second five-game losing streak in three years, the Blue Jays are 7-1 against the Great Danes. Senior midfielder Michael Kimmel, who usually draws one of an opponent's top two defenders, has just two goals and no assists in the past four games.

No. 20 Navy (5-5)
Coming up: At No. 5 Maryland, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Midshipmen have claimed five of the past six meetings. Sophomore midfielder Nikk Davis has already achieved career highs in goals (four), assists (six) and ground balls (13).

Mount St. Mary's (5-3)
Coming up: At Detroit Mercy, Saturday, noon

Comment: Despite a loss to No. 10 Georgetown on Wednesday, the Mountaineers are still in the hunt for the top seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with Marist and Siena. Sophomore attackman Cody Lehrer's 3.9 goals per game trail only Stony Brook junior attackman Jordan McBride's 4.1 average.

Towson (3-5)
Coming up: At No. 8 Massachusetts, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: These teams have met only once, with the Minutemen winning, 7-3, in 1963. All eight of junior midfielder Pat Britton's points (six goals and two assists) have occurred in the second half this season.

UMBC (1-7)
Coming up: At Binghamton, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers, who lost their America East opener to Stony Brook on Saturday, have defeated the Bearcats nine consecutive times and have never begun a season 0-2 in the conference. Freshman attackman Scott Jones and freshman midfielder Nick Doub scored the first goals of their college careers in Wednesday night's 10-7 loss to Towson.

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