Men's college lacrosse: The week ahead for local teams

March 10, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

No. 8 Loyola (3-0)

Coming up: at No. 11 Duke, Friday, 7 p.m.; vs. No. 18 Denver, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Ridley Athletic Complex.

Comment: The Greyhounds are trying to get to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2002, but they meet a Blue Devils team that has won eight of the past nine meetings in this series. Sophomore defenseman Reid Acton is tied for 12th in Division I with an average of 2.3 caused turnovers.

No. 12 Maryland (3-1)

Coming up: at Towson, Saturday, 12 p.m.

Comment: The Terps take aim at their second 4-1 start in the past three years in a rivalry that dates back to 1971. Senior attackman Travis Reed may have snapped out of a lethargic start with his three-goal, one-assist outing against Bellarmine on Monday.

No. 14 Johns Hopkins (4-1)

Coming up: vs. UMBC, Saturday, 4 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium.

Comment: After a 2-0 start in the Face-Off Classic, the Blue Jays have lost in their past two appearances at the annual event at M&T Bank Stadium. Three players — senior Matt Dolente and sophomores John Ranagan and Mike Poppleton — are winning more than 50 percent of their faceoffs.

Mount St. Mary's (1-2)

Coming up: vs. Jacksonville, Sunday, 1 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium.

Comment: The Mountaineers have not forgotten the 14-7 drubbing they absorbed at the hands of the Dolphins last year, and have been eagerly awaiting this re-match. Sophomore attackman Andrew Scalley has registered a goal in his last 12 games and a point in his last 20 contests.

Navy (1-4)

Coming up: vs. Lafayette, Saturday, 12 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium; vs. Towson, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Comment: The Midshipmen are off to their worst start since joining the Patriot League in 2004, and have never dropped their first three games against conference rivals. Junior goalkeeper R.J. Wickham moved into a tie with Ray Finnegan for 12th on the school's all-time saves list with 274 for his career.

Towson (1-2)

Coming up: vs. No. 12 Maryland, Saturday, 12 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium; at Navy, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers resume a series that has gone in the Terps' favor for the past nine meetings and 16 of the past 17 games. Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Peter Mezzanotte is playing more offense and has already achieved a career high with three assists thus far.

UMBC (1-2)

Coming up: vs. No. 14 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 4 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium.

Comment: The Retrievers have yet to walk away with a victory in their series with the Blue Jays, losing all eight meetings. Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles, who was plagued by a hamstring injury in the preseason, made his first start of the season at attack and did not post a point in UMBC's 13-9 loss to North Carolina last Saturday.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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