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The week ahead for Maryland men's teams

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No. 11 Maryland (2-0)

Coming up: at No. 2 Syracuse, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Terps are 9-6 in this series, but the Orange have won five of the last seven games. Senior long-stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt leads the defense in caused turnovers (six) and ground balls (nine).

No. 12 Johns Hopkins (2-0)

Coming up: vs. Michigan, Saturday, noon, Homewood Field

Comment: The host Blue Jays walloped the Wolverines, 17-8, in their first-ever meeting on Feb. 23. John Crawley's four goals in Saturday's 15-8 rout of Towson was the first by a freshman midfielder since Paul Rabil scored that many in a 12-11 overtime win against Syracuse on March 18, 2005.

No. 13 Loyola (2-1)

Coming up: At Holy Cross, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds will make their debut in the Patriot League schedule with a visit to the Crusaders. Junior Blake Burkhart, who had won just 2-of-12 faceoffs (16.7 percent) in the team's first two games, went 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) in Wednesday's 20-4 drubbing of No. 18 Towson.

No. 18 Towson (1-2)

Coming up: vs. Georgetown, Saturday, 12 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium

Comment: The Tigers have won three of four games against the Hoyas, but the teams haven't tangled since May 16, 2004. Junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello has scored all five of his goals in Towson's last two contests.

Mount St. Mary's (0-2)

Coming up: at Delaware, Saturday, 1 p.m.; Vs. No. 10 Virginia, Tuesday, 4 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium

Comment: The Mountaineers have won their last two meetings against the Blue Hens, but are 0-11 against the Cavaliers. With junior midfielder Clayton Wainer out until at least March due to a concussion, freshman Spencer Smith is expected to shift from attack and start for Wainer.

Navy (1-1)

Coming up: at Bucknell, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Midshipmen hold a slim 7-6 lead, but the Bison have won the last three meetings. Senior long-stick midfielder Pat Kiernan leads the team in caused turnovers (four) and ranks second in ground balls (10).

UMBC (0-1)

Coming up: vs. Monmouth, Saturday, 1 p.m., Retriever Stadium

Comment: The visiting Hawks and host Retrievers will meet for the first time in their respective school's histories. UMBC's starting attack of senior Matt Gregoire, sophomore Nate Lewnes and freshman Max Maxwell was shut out in the team's 14-3 loss to No. 11 Maryland on Saturday.

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