Week ahead for Maryland’s Division I schools

What’s in store for Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, Towson and UMBC

April 15, 2010|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

No. 5 Maryland (7-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 15 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium.

Comment: In the oldest rivalry in college lacrosse, the Terps have defeated the Blue Jays just once (in 2006) in the past eight meetings. With 406 career saves, senior Brian Phipps became the sixth goalkeeper in school history to reach the 400-save mark and is just three stops from passing Pat McGinnis for fifth.

No. 7 Loyola (7-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 10 Georgetown, Saturday, 12 p.m., Ridley Athletic Complex.

Comment: After losing four straight to the Hoyas between 2002 and 2005, the Greyhounds have won three of the last four meetings with their former Eastern College Athletic Conference rivals. Junior attackman Matt Langan's 14 assists this season are three more than his combined total in his first two years.

No. 15 Johns Hopkins (5-5)

Coming up: Vs. No. 5 Maryland, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium.

Comment: Last Saturday's 19-7 rout of Albany not only ended a four-game skid, but it also helped the Blue Jays improve to 42-5 under coach Dave Pietramala in the month of April. Steven Boyle's 24 goals and 40 points are both career highs for the senior attackman.

Mount St. Mary's (6-3)

Coming up: Vs. Manhattan, Saturday, 1 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium; At St. Joseph's, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers have dropped three of the past four meetings with the Jaspers, but have won three of the past four contests against the Hawks. Sophomore attackman Cody Lehrer has scored five or more goals in a single game four times this season.

Navy (5-6)

Coming up: Vs. Army, Saturday, 4 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium.

Comment: The Midshipmen are 14-1 against the Black Knights since 1998, but the memory of Army's 9-6 victory on April 12, 2008 is still fresh. Senior attackman Kyle Kapron nearly matched his career total in goals (four) with three goals in last Saturday's 11-9 loss to Maryland.

Towson (4-5)

Coming up: Vs. No. 9 Drexel, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Comment: The Tigers have won 12 of the past 13 games, but this outcome could determine the top seed and host of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Senior midfielders Christian Pastirik and Will Harrington have scored at least one goal in each of Towson's games this season.

UMBC (2-7)

Coming up: Vs. Albany, Saturday, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium.

Comment: The Retrievers are 7-3 against the Great Danes and have won the past three against their America East rivals. Coach Don Zimmerman collected the 200th coaching win of his career when the Retrievers thrashed Binghamton, 12-6, last Saturday, and he is the 11th active coach to reach that hallmark.

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