The week ahead in men's college lacrosse

Upcoming games for the seven Division I schools in Maryland

April 22, 2010|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

No. 5 Maryland (8-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 3 North Carolina, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Byrd Stadium.

Comment: The Terps open play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a semifinal game against the Tar Heels, who have won the last two meetings. Junior attackman Ryan Young needs just two points to become the sixth player to register 100 points in a career since Dave Cottle became the head coach in 2002.

No. 7 Loyola (8-2)

Coming up: At Hobart, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: Since dropping the first two meetings in 1985 and 1986, the Greyhounds have won nine of the last 10 games against the Statesmen. Senior John Schiavone, who is ranked seventh among Division I face-off specialists with a .599 percentage, gets a tough test against Hobart junior Bobby Dattilo, who is fifth with a .603 percentage.

No. 15 Johns Hopkins (5-6)

Coming up: At Navy, Saturday, 12 p.m.; Vs. Towson, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Homewood Field.

Comment: The Blue Jays have won the last 36 meetings in this series and really could use a 37th victory to bolster their aspirations for a 39th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Freshman midfielder John Ranagan accounted for three of the team's first four goals in last Saturday's 10-9 loss to Maryland.

No. 20 Towson (5-5)

Coming up: Vs. Penn State, Saturday, 12 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium; At No. 15 Johns Hopkins, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers have won nine of the last 10 meetings and another victory would give them the Colonial Athletic Association title and the top seed and home-field advantage in the conference tournament. Senior midfielder Christian Pastirik's five assists in an 8-7 win against then-No. 8 Drexel was the first by a Towson player since Ryan Obloj posted five assists against Lehigh on March 2, 2002.

Mount St. Mary's (8-3)

Coming up: Vs. Siena, Saturday, 1 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium; Vs. VMI, Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers have lost the last four contests with the Saints, and Siena is coming off of a 14-4 rout of Marist on Wednesday. Sophomore attackmen Bryan Neufield of the Saints and Cody Lehrer of Mount St. Mary's rank 5th and 7th, respectively, in the nation in shot percentage.

Navy (5-7)

Coming up: Vs. Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 12 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Comment: The Midshipmen haven't had this many losses in the regular season since 2003, which was also the last time the school missed the NCAA Tournament. The starting attack of senior Brendan Connors, junior Andy Warner and sophomore Ryan O'Leary has combined for one goal and three assists in the last two games.

UMBC (3-7)

Coming up: At Vermont, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers are 6-0 against the Catamounts, but both teams are tied for second in the America East standings with identical 2-1 records. Senior midfielder Kyle Wimer is tied for 15th in all-time points with 128 career points on 65 goals and 63 assists.

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