The week ahead for men's competition

March 17, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

No. 8 Maryland (4-1)

Coming up: Vs. UMBC, tonight, 8 p.m., Byrd Stadium; Vs. St. Joseph's, Sunday, 1 p.m., Byrd Stadium.

Comment: The Terps won't duplicate last year's 6-0 start, but five wins in the first six games is a nice consolation prize. If senior attackman Travis Reed can't play because of the shoulder injury he suffered last Saturday against Towson, could junior Joe Cummings or freshman Sean McGuire fill the void?

No. 14 Johns Hopkins (5-1)

Coming up: At Syracuse, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays may lead the overall series, 26-21-1, but the Orange has won the past four meetings and five of the past six. Senior Matt Dolente is tied for third in Division I with a .704 faceoff percentage.

No. 15 Loyola (3-2)

Coming up: At Air Force, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds won't have much time to lick their wounds after Wednesday night's 12-8 home loss to No. 17 Denver because they leave for Colorado today. Sophomore midfielder Josh Hawkins collected a career-high nine ground balls in the setback to the Pioneers.

Mount St. Mary's (2-2)

Coming up: At Drexel, Saturday, 1 p.m.; At Virginia Military Institute, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers have dropped all four meetings with the Dragons. Senior faceoff specialist Ben Trapp ranks eighth in the country in ground balls per game with 7.8.

Navy (3-4)

Coming up: At Holy Cross, Saturday, 12 p.m.

Comment: The Midshipmen have never lost to the Crusaders, winning all seven meetings against their Patriot League rivals. Freshman attackman Tucker Hull, who has registered 11 assist this season, has posted an assist in every game.

Towson (1-4)

Coming up: Vs. No. 4 Stony Brook, Saturday1 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Comment: The Tigers and Seawolves have met just once, with Stony Brook taking a 14-11 decision more than a year ago. Junior attackman Sean McGuire scored one goal on six shots in his debut replacing senior Tim Stratton as a starter in Tuesday night's 14-11 loss to Navy.

UMBC (1-3)

Coming up: At No. 8 Maryland, tonight, 8 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers had won three straight against Maryland before the Terps beat them last year. 13-7. Sophomore midfielder Neill Lewnes leads the team in ground balls with 23, and he is ranked 20th nationally in that category with a 5.8 average.

Edward Lee

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