By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun
6:46 PM EST, March 1, 2012
No. 2 Johns Hopkins (3-0)
Coming up: At Princeton, Friday, 5 p.m.; Vs. Manhattan, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
Comment: The Blue Jays are 54-27 against the Tigers, but Princeton has won the past three meetings. Can the first midfield of John Ranagan, John Greeley and Rob Guida break out of its 3-for-45 shooting slump?
No. 7 Maryland (2-0)
Coming up: Vs. No. 10 Duke, Saturday, 1 p.m.; At UMBC, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Comment: The Terps have won four of the past five contests against the Blue Devils, including in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final and an NCAA tournament semifinal last season. This matchup pits two of this year's highly touted midfields against each other.
No. 17 Loyola (2-0)
Coming up: At Bellarmine, Friday, 7 p.m.; At Michigan, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Comment: The Greyhounds are looking for their third 3-0 start in the past three seasons in the Eastern College Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Loyola will make its first trip to Ann Arbor on Wednesday.
Mount St. Mary's (1-1)
Coming up: At Towson, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Comment: The Mountaineers haven't beaten the Tigers since a 1-0 win March 26, 1975. The offense has produced just two assists on 17 goals thus far.
Coming up: Vs. Bucknell, Saturday, noon
Comment: The Midshipmen lead the series 7-4, but the teams have split the past four meetings. Seven of the games have ended in one-goal decisions.
Coming up: Vs. Mount St. Mary's, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Comment: The Tigers have won six of the seven contests in this series, including last year's 11-3 rout in Emmittsburg. Towson is trying to avoid a 1-3 start for the fifth consecutive season.
Coming up: Vs. No. 20 Fairfield, Saturday, 3 p.m.; Vs. No. 7 Maryland, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Comment: The Retrievers and Stags renew a series that has been dormant since 1999; UMBC is 2-0 in the rivalry. Fairfield is 3-0, with two of those wins coming in overtime.
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