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The week ahead for state men's lacrosse teams

By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

10:57 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

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No. 2 Johns Hopkins (6-0)

Coming up: Vs. No. 7 Syracuse, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays own a 26-22 lead in the series but haven't beaten the Orange since 2007, a stretch of five contests. Junior attackman Zach Palmer is tied for sixth in Division I in assists per game (2.5).

No. 8 Loyola (5-0)

Coming up: Vs. Air Force, Saturday, 1 p.m.; Vs. Georgetown, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds had beaten the Falcons in four consecutive games before last year's 8-6 loss. Loyola has been even more successful against the Hoyas, taking a 28-6 advantage in the series and winning 17 of the past 18 meetings.

No. 11 Maryland (4-1)

Coming up: Vs. No. 9 Villanova, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Terps have won all five games in this series, though the teams haven't met since 1998. Sophomore goalkeeper Niko Amato ranks third in the country in save percentage (.633) and fourth in goals-against average (6.04).

Mount St. Mary's (2-3)

Coming up: Vs. Drexel, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers have not beaten the Dragons in five meetings. Senior attackman Brett Schmidt has scored at least two goals in each of the team's five games this season.

Navy (3-3)

Coming up: Vs. Holy Cross, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Midshipmen have won all eight contests in this series. Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull ranks second in the nation in scoring with a 5.4 points-per-game average.

Towson (2-3)

Coming up: At Stony Brook, Saturday, 1 p.m.; Vs. Mercer, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers have split two meetings with the Seawolves, including last season's 9-8 upset of a Stony Brook squad that had been ranked fourth in the country. Senior midfielder Carl Iacona has already matched last season's goal total with three.

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