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The week ahead for state men's lacrosse teams

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No. 2 Johns Hopkins (2-0)

Coming up: Vs. Siena, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays have won all three meetings with the Saints, who are coming off a 13-11 win against Hobart. This will be another opportunity for the offense to find a rhythm without senior attackman Chris Boland (shoulder).

No. 8 Maryland (1-0)

Coming up: At Georgetown, Friday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Terps have dominated this series, winning nine of 11 contests. This is the opener for the Hoyas, who have never beaten Maryland at Multi-Sport Field in four attempts.

No. 17 Loyola (1-0)

Coming up: Vs. Towson, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds have won the past four meetings with the Tigers, including last year's 3-2 decision. The starting midfield of juniors Davis Butts, Chris Layne andSean O'Sullivan scored just once on 14 shots in last week's opener against Delaware, a 13-8 Loyola win.

Mount St. Mary's (0-0)

Coming up: At No. 18 Delaware, Saturday, noon; Vs. No. 1 Virginia, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Comment: The Mountaineers' tough opening slate of games is not accidental as the team's only hope of getting to the NCAA tournament is securing an at-large bid. All eyes will be on sophomore goalie Chris Klaiber, who is replacing four-year starter T.C. DiBartolo.

Navy (1-1)

Coming up: Vs. No. 4 North Carolina, Saturday, noon

Comment: The visiting Tar Heels lead the overall series 13-12 and have won four of the past five contests. How long will senior goalkeeper R.J. Wickham — who was pulled in favor of sophomore Nolan Hickey last week — be allowed to play if he stumbles against North Carolina?

Towson (1-1)

Coming up: At No. 17 Loyola, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers are looking to win two of their first three games for the first time since 2007. That was the last time they beat the Greyhounds, which also occurred on the road.

UMBC (0-1)

Coming up: At Rutgers, Sunday, noon

Comment: The Retrievers are eager to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2008. To do that, they must defeat a Scarlet Knights squad that has won four of the past seven meetings and is 2-1 under new coach Brian Brecht.

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