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Men's lacrosse: The week ahead for state teams

No. 1 Johns Hopkins (8-0)

Coming up: Vs. No. 10 North Carolina, Sunday, 6:30 p.m., at East Rutherford, N.J.

Comment: The Blue Jays own a 24-16 advantage in this series, but the Tar Heels have won four of the past five meetings. Sophomore attackman Brandon Benn not only leads the team in goals (18), but he also is tied for ninth in Division I in shooting percentage (50 percent).

No. 7 Loyola (8-0)

Coming up: Vs. Ohio State, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds have dominated the Buckeyes, winning all five contests between the two sides. Junior attackman Mike Sawyer, who leads the offense in both goals (29) and points (36), ranks fifth in the country in points per game (4.5).

No. 11 Maryland (5-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 2 Virginia, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Terps own a 45-42 lead in this series, but the Cavaliers have won six of the past seven meetings. With a game-high three assists in Saturday's 11-10 loss to then-No. 13 North Carolina, junior attackman Owen Blye has a team-high eight.

No. 17 Navy (5-3)

Coming up: Vs. No. 8 Lehigh, tonight, 7

Comment: The Midshipmen have won 28 of 30 contests in the series with the Mountain Hawks, but Lehigh won last year's meeting. The Mids' four-game winning streak is the program's first since 2009.

Mount St. Mary's (3-4)

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

Comment: The Mountaineers are 5-1 all time against the Bobcats, including defeating them, 14-9, to capture the inaugural Northeast Conference tournament last May. Senior attackman Brett Schmidt has scored in 20 consecutive games.

Towson (5-3)

Coming up: At Hofstra, Saturday, 7 p.m.; Vs. UMBC, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers trail 18-24 in this series, and the Pride has won the past four games and six of the past seven. Junior Ian Mills tied career bests in both faceoff wins (17) and ground balls (12) in Saturday's 13-8 win over Delaware.

UMBC (2-4)

Coming up: Vs. Hartford, Saturday, 7 p.m.; At Towson, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers won the first five contests in this series, but the Hawks have won the past four. Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen ranks sixth in the country in saves per game (11.8).

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