No. 2 Johns Hopkins (7-0)

Coming up: At No. 1 Virginia, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays ended a six-game losing streak last year to the Cavaliers but haven't won in Charlottesville since 1998. Junior Mike Poppleton ranks third in Division I in faceoffs, winning 64.8 percent (68 of 105).

No. 8 Loyola (7-0)

Coming up: At UMBC, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds are off to their best start since 2002 and are looking for their first 8-0 opening since 1999. The second midfield of seniors Pat Byrnes and J.P. Dalton and junior Phil Dobson has combined for 14 goals and five assists, surpassing last year's total of 10 goals and two assists.

No. 10 Maryland (5-1)

Coming up: At No. 13 North Carolina, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Tar Heels have dropped three of their past five contests but have won three of the past five meetings with the Terps. Junior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt is tied for 12th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.0).

Mount St. Mary's (2-4)

Coming up: At Michigan, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers are struggling, having lost their past two contests, but they get a Wolverines program in its first year in Division I. Junior faceoff specialist Jon Marsalese ranks 10th in the country in ground balls per game (6.3).

Navy (4-3)

Coming up: At No. 12 Colgate, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Midshipmen are on a three-game winning streak but have dropped three of their past five meetings with the Raiders. Senior faceoff specialist Logan West ranks 11th in Division I in ground balls per game (6.1).

Towson (4-3)

Coming up: Vs. Delaware, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers own a 35-17 advantage in the series with their Colonial Athletic Association rivals, but the Blue Hens have won the past two meetings. Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus leads the offense in assists (nine).

UMBC (2-3)

Coming up: Vs. No. 8 Loyola, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers lead this series 16-13, but the two sides haven't met since 2005. Junior midfielder Neill Lewnes leads the team in ground balls (24) and is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (seven).

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