The week ahead in men's college lacrosse

March 03, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

No. 3 Maryland (2-0)

Coming up: at No. 19 Duke, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. Bellarmine, Monday, 3 p.m., Byrd Stadium.

Comment: The Terps have won the last two contests in this series after dropping three of the previous four meetings. With his 20-for-31 effort against No. 14 Georgetown last Saturday, sophomore Curtis Holmes became the first Maryland player to win 20 faceoffs in a game since Andy Claxton had 27 against Towson on March 18, 1991.

No. 9 Johns Hopkins (3-0)

Coming up: vs. No. 8 Princeton, Saturday, 1 p.m., Homewood Field; vs. Manhattan, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Homewood Field.

Comment: The Blue Jays haven't been 4-0 since 2005, the same year the team snapped an 18-year national title drought. The Tigers have won the past two meetings, but John Hopkins has limited its last five regular-season opponents to six goals or less.

No. 11 Loyola (2-0)

Coming up: vs. Bellarmine, Saturday, 1 p.m., Homewood Field.

Comment: The Greyhounds take aim at their second straight 3-0 start, but could use a little more help from their starting midfield. Seniors Stephen Murray and Chris Basler and sophomore Davis Butts have combined for just two goals thus far.

Mount St. Mary's (0-1)

Coming up: vs. Towson, Saturday, 1 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium; vs. Detroit Mercy, Wednesday, 1 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium.

Comment: The Mountaineers resume a series with the Tigers that had stopped after 2004. Mount St. Mary's, which has just one win in six meetings in the series (March 26, 1975), will look for contributions from the starting midfield of juniors Bryant Schmidt, Eric Ososki and Mike Adkins, who combined for zero points in a 22-6 loss to No. 2 Virginia on Feb. 22.

Navy (1-2)

Coming up: at Bucknell, Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Midshipmen own a 7-3 advantage against their Patriot League rivals, including a 5-1 mark over the past five years. For Navy to extend that success, the team must improve a faceoff unit that is winning re-starts at a 33.3 percent frequency rate.

Towson (0-2)

Coming up: at Mount St. Mary's, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers are eager to avoid making history again as a 0-3 start for the second consecutive year looms on the horizon. Senior midfielder Pat Britton is the only player on the roster who has scored more than one goal thus far, and he has three.

UMBC (1-1)

Coming up: at No. 16 North Carolina, Saturday, 12 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers have dropped the past four meetings with the Tar Heels and haven't won in Chapel Hill, N.C., since 1975. The starting sophomore midfield of Dave Brown, Scott Hopmann and Scott Jones was limited to two goals and one assist after combining for 11 goals and five assists in the team's season-opening 16-10 victory over Presbyterian.

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