Two of the seven area Division I men’s lacrosse teams that needed victories to stay alive in the hunt for berths in their respective conference tournaments are still kicking.
Mount St. Mary’s outlasted Hobart, 15-14, for its first win in the Northeast Conference, while UMBC secured a 5-2 decision at Binghamton in a key America East game. Both teams still have work to do to cement a spot, but the outcomes are nonetheless significant.
No. 1 Maryland, No. 10 Loyola Maryland and No. 17 Navy also enjoyed victories over the weekend. The Midshipmen locked up a share of the Patriot League’s regular-season championship and must wait to see what the Greyhounds and No. 11 Bucknell do Friday night.
No. 4 Johns Hopkins and Towson suffered setbacks Saturday. While the Blue Jays are still tied for second in the Big Ten, the Tigers are in a four-way tie for third in the Colonial Athletic Association and could use some wins to feel comfortable about their position.
Here’s how the seven Division I teams from the state fared:
No. 1 Maryland
Record: 10-1, 3-0 in the Big Ten
Previous result: Def. No. 8 Rutgers, 11-10, on Sunday
Note: Senior midfielder Connor Kelly had eight points on four goals and four assists — including a goal and an assist in the final five minutes — to help the Terps escape the Scarlet Knights’ upset bid.
No. 4 Johns Hopkins
Record: 8-3, 2-1 in the Big Ten
Previous result: Lost to No. 14 Penn State, 14-12, on Saturday
Note: The Blue Jays found themselves in another sizable halftime deficit — this time 10-5 — and without senior attackman Shack Stanwick (who did not return after halftime after a collision in the first quarter), their second-half comeback fell short as they lost for the first time since Feb. 23, when they were defeated by North Carolina.
No. 10 Loyola Maryland
Record: 9-3, 6-1 in the Patriot League
Previous result: Def. Boston University, 23-9, on Saturday
Note: Junior attackman Pat Spencer (Boys’ Latin) compiled three goals and six assists, freshman attackman Aidan Olmstead tied career highs with four goals and six points, and junior goalkeeper Jacob Stover (McDonogh) scored his first career goal to spark the Greyhounds to a decisive conference victory.
No. 17 Navy
Record: 8-4, 7-1 in the Patriot League
Previous result: Def. Army West Point, 9-8, on Saturday
Note: Senior attackman Chris Hill scored three goals while starting for injured freshman Christian Daniel (pulled right hamstring), junior midfielder Ryan Wade added two goals and one assist, and sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Kern made seven of his nine saves in the second half to lift the Midshipmen to their fourth consecutive win against their league archrivals.
Mount St. Mary’s
Record: 4-8, 1-3 in the Northeast Conference
Previous result: Def. Hobart, 15-14, on Saturday
Note: Sophomore attackman Brendan McCarthy totaled seven points on one goal and a career-high six assists, and junior attackman Chris DiPretoro chipped in four goals for his fourth straight game of at least three goals as the Mountaineers kept alive their hopes for a berth in the four-team league tournament.
Record: 4-7, 1-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association
Previous result: Lost to Massachusetts, 8-4, on Saturday
Note: The Tigers could not carry over their 17-goal outburst from last week’s thrashing of Drexel, and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Shane Brennan’s game-high 13 saves went for naught in a key conference game.
Record: 4-7, 2-2 in the America East
Previous result: Def. Binghamton, 5-2, on Saturday
Note: Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Arundel) scored twice, but the defense stole the show as the unit shut out the Bearcats for the final 47:02 and freshman goalkeeper Tommy Lingner made eight saves to help the team move closer to a berth in the league tournament.