By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun
12:36 PM EDT, April 3, 2014
No. 1 Loyola (9-1)
Coming up: At Navy, Saturday, noon
Comment: The Greyhounds and Midshipmen will meet for the seventh time, but for the first time as Patriot League rivals. With three assists in Saturday's 10-8 win over league foe Colgate, senior attackman Justin Ward (Old Mill) became the first player in the program's Division I history to record 100 career assists.
No. 6 Maryland (9-1)
Coming up: Idle
Comment: The Terps are off to their best start since 2001, when that squad opened the season 10-1 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. The team might have found a backup to junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa in sophomore Jon Garino Jr., who won 85 percent (17 of 20) of his draws, scooped up a game-high 13 ground balls and scored his first career goal in Wednesday's 19-6 rout of Robert Morris.
No. 10 Johns Hopkins (5-3)
Coming up: Vs. No. 19 Albany, Friday, 7 p.m., Homewood Field
Comment: The Blue Jays have dominated their series with the Great Danes, winning 10 of 12 contests. Junior attackman Wells Stanwick's 23 assists match the number he finished with last season.
Mount St. Mary's (0-10)
Coming up: At Bucknell, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Comment: The Mountaineers have dropped 13 games against the Bison, but earned their first win Feb. 17, 2013, a 12-11 decision. Senior long-stick midfielder Brett Shukri ranks second on the team in both ground balls (28) and caused turnovers (10).
Coming up: Vs. No. 1 Loyola, Saturday, noon, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Comment: The Midshipmen won the first three meetings, but the Greyhounds have won the past three games. Faceoff specialist Brady Dove has collected 59 ground balls, passing Doug Derocher (57 in 1989) for most ground balls by a freshman in a single season.
Coming up: At No. 18 Massachusetts, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Comment: The Tigers won the first two games against their Colonial Athletic Association rivals, but the Minutemen have triumphed in the last three meetings. Freshman long-stick midfielder Tyler Mayes ranks second on the team in caused turnovers with eight.
Coming up: At Binghamton, Sunday, 2 p.m.
Comment: The Retrievers hold a 12-2 advantage in this series with their America East rivals, but the Bearcats have split the last two contests. With nine ground balls in Friday's 12-11 overtime decision against America East rival Stony Brook, senior faceoff specialist Phil Poe has 275 in his career, moving into a tie for fifth place with Mark Gold (1981-1984) in program history.
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