No. 8 Loyola (9-0)
Coming up: At No. 19 Fairfield, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Comment: The Greyhounds have owned this series 11-2, but the Stags won the last meeting when they bounced Loyola from the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament semifinals. Senior attackman Eric Lusby and junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff has joined junior attackman Mike Sawyer on the Tewaaraton Award watch list.
No. 11 Maryland (5-3)
Coming up: Vs. No. 17 Navy, Friday, 7 p.m.
Comment: The Terps are eager to end a losing skid after consecutive setbacks to North Carolina and Virginia. Freshman Charlie Raffa is expected to relieve injured junior Curtis Holmes and take the lion's share of faceoffs.
No. 17 Navy (5-4)
Coming up: At No. 11 Maryland, Friday, 7 p.m.
Comment: The Midshipmen trail in the series 52-33-1 but have won five of the past eight meetings. Sophomore long-stick midfielder Pat Kiernan ranks second among active defensemen in points this season with eight.
Mount St. Mary's (3-5)
Coming up: At Bryant, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Comment: The teams split last year's meetings, but the Mount got the last laugh, ousting the Bulldogs from the Northeast Conference tournament en route to capturing the title. Senior defenseman Brendan Rooney leads the unit in ground balls (13) and is tied with sophomore Shane Pierce for the team lead in caused turnovers (five).
Coming up: At No. 3 Massachusetts, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Comment: The all-time series between these teams is 2-2, but the Tigers have won two of three since the Minutemen joined the Colonial Athletic Conference for the 2010 season. Sophomore midfielder Thomas DeNapoli entered the week tied for 21st in Division I in shooting percentage (44.4 percent on 12-for-27).
Coming up: At Vermont, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Comment: The Retrievers have never lost to the Catamounts, winning all seven contests in the series. Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten set career highs in both goals (five) and points (eight) in the team's 16-12 victory over Hartford last Saturday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun