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Lacrosse look ahead (March 17): Games of the Week, By the numbers, TV schedule and more

Johns Hopkins' Wilkins Dismuke (9) celebrates with teammate, Shack Stannic after putting the Blue Jays on top, 11-7 in the fourth quarter. Johns Hopkins tops Towson, 14-8 in a battle of ranked teams Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins' Wilkins Dismuke (9) celebrates with teammate, Shack Stannic after putting the Blue Jays on top, 11-7 in the fourth quarter. Johns Hopkins tops Towson, 14-8 in a battle of ranked teams Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)

A look ahead to the best matchups in men's and women's college lacrosse this week, the week ahead for Maryland men, plus key stats and upcoming TV schedule.

WEEK AHEAD FOR MEN'S TEAMS IN MARYLAND

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No. 8 Johns Hopkins (3-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 3 Syracuse, Saturday, 4 p.m., Homewood Field

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Comment: The Blue Jays are clinging to a 28-25-1 edge against the Orange, who have won three of the past four meetings. Freshman defenseman Patrick Foley is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (three) and is tied for third in ground balls (10).

No. 9 Towson (6-1)

Coming up: Vs. Furman, Saturday, noon, Johnny Unitas Stadium

Comment: The Tigers and Paladins will tangle for the first time in the histories of both programs. With seven caused turnovers in six games, junior short-stick midfielder Jack Adams (Hereford) has already passed the career high of six he set last season in 16 games.

No. 13 Loyola Maryland (4-2)

Coming up: At Navy, Saturday, 1p.m.; at Georgetown, Wednesday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds are 5-5 against the Midshipmen and 31-7 against the Hoyas. Sophomore Jared Mintzlaff's goal in Saturday's 15-6 loss to No. 11 Duke was the first by a short-stick defensive midfielder since Mike Kutzer scored in an 11-4 loss to Colgate on March 28.

Mount St. Mary's (4-2)

Coming up: Off this weekend (scheduled game vs. Bryant was moved to April 19)

Navy (3-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 13 Loyola Maryland, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. Lafayette, Tuesday, 7p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Comment: The Midshipmen have lost their past five against the Greyhounds but have won six straight against the Leopards. With a season-high 12 saves in a 13-6 win at Patriot League rival Bucknell on March 5, senior goalkeeper John Connors became the 13th player in program history to reach the 300-save mark.

UMBC (1-3)

Coming up: At Binghamton, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers have a 13-4 record against their America East rivals, but the Bearcats have won three of the past five. Midfielder Ryan Baker became the first freshman to score at least two goals in back-to-back games since attackman Max Maxwell scored two goals against Mount St. Mary's on March 22, 2014, and Stony Brook six days later.

— Edward Lee

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Men

NO. 3 SYRACUSE (5-0) AT NO. 8 JOHNS HOPKINS (3-2)

Saturday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Fifteen of the past 26 games between these storied programs have been decided by two goals or fewer. In the last meeting at Homewood Field in Baltimore, on March 14, 2014, then-sophomore attackman Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) scored a career-high eight goals and finished one shy of the program record, but the display wasn't enough as the Orange won, 12-10. Syracuse is led by redshirt senior attackman Dylan Donahue (10 goals and 15 assists).

— Edward Lee

Women

NO. 1 MARYLAND (5-0) AT NO. 2 FLORIDA (9-0)

Saturday, noon

Outlook: After defeating No. 3 Syracuse, 14-9, Saturday, the Terps take to the road once again to face their third top 5 opponent in four games. They will see a lot of familiar faces in Gainesville — Florida has 16 Baltimore-area players — but the teams are meeting for just the second time. Maryland won last year, 16-6. The game was tied at 5 with 12:27 left in the first half, but the Terps scored six straight and allowed the Gators just one free-position goal in the second half. The Gators have also beaten Syracuse and North Carolina, each by a goal. The Terps also beat Carolina by a goal.

— Katherine Dunn

BY THE NUMBERS

10 Saves Cornell men's lacrosse goalkeeper Brennan Donville made in the third quarter of Saturday's 14-10 upset of then-No. 17 Virginia en route to a career-high 16. The senior's previous career best was nine for an entire game.

11 Nonconference losses thus far by Atlantic Coast Conference men's teams. Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia lost seven nonconference games in all of 2015.

21-0 Conference record for the Loyola Maryland women in their two years in the Patriot League.

ON TV

SATURDAY

Men

No. 13 Loyola Maryland@Navy, Comcast SportsNet, 1 p.m.

Ohio State@No. 1 Denver, FCS Atlantic, 3 p.m.

No. 3 Syracuse@No. 8 Johns Hopkins, ESPNU, 4 p.m.

Virginia@No. 2 Notre Dame, ESPNU, 6 p.m.

Women

Navy@Loyola Maryland, Comcast SportsNet, 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

Women

No. 4 North Carolina@No. 13 Northwestern, BIGTEN, 1 p.m.

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