No. 1 seed Loyola (15-1)
Coming up: Vs. Denver, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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Comment: This is the third meeting in the past five weeks between the Greyhounds and the Pioneers (9-6). Junior midfielderSean O'Sullivan has already established a career high in points (26) and has tied a career best in goals (16).
No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins (12-3)
Coming up: Vs. No. 7 Maryland, Saturday, noon, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Comment: The Blue Jays, who lead the all-time series 68-39-1, also have won nine of 12 meetings against the Terps in the NCAA tournament. Sophomore attackman Brandon Benn ranks 20th in Division I in shooting percentage (.429).
Coming up: Vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins, Saturday, noon, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Comment: The Terps not only beat the Blue Jays, 9-6, on April 14, but they also own the last NCAA tournament win between these teams, bouncing Johns Hopkins, 11-10, in overtime from the 1998 quarterfinals. Junior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt ranks ninth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.1).
No. 3 seed Maryland (18-3)
Coming up: Vs. No. 6 Loyola (14-5), Saturday, noon
Comment: The Terrapins lead the series 28-3, but the two have not met since 2008. A balanced offense led by Tewaaraton Award finalist Katie Schwarzmann (Century), Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) and Alex Aust likely will be the greatest challenge this season for Loyola's veteran defense. Maryland wins by an average of 7.09 goals, and its defense holds teams to 7.81 goals per game.
No. 6 seed Loyola (14-5)
Coming up: At No. 3 Maryland (18-3), Saturday, noon
Comment: After early growing pains, the Greyhounds matured to win 12 of their past 14 games, including the Big East Conference title and the 10-9 overtime NCAA tournament opener against Penn. The Greyhounds, especially their defense and goalie Kerry Stoothoff, have excelled in recent big games. Loyola's biggest challenge might be countering what should be a big advantage for the Terps on the draw.