JOHNS HOPKINS VS. SYRACUSE * WHEN: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

* WHERE: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

* RADIO: WITH-AM 1230.

* OUTLOOK: This is No. 6 (Syracuse, 2-1) against No. 7 (Johns Hopkins, 2-1). The Orange has won five of the last six against Hopkins, including last year's 18-10 romp. Now that the Gait twins have departed, Syracuse appears to be back among the mortals, having lost big (10-3) to North Carolina. "I didn't know how much I would miss the Gaits until we were back in the war," said Syracuse coach Roy Simmons. "They bailed me out, breaking the spirit of opponents with their showmanship, antics and goals. Now we have good players, not great ones. One midfielder is 135 pounds; I can't expect him to bull his way downfield and score like the Gaits did."


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

* WHERE: Krause Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

* OUTLOOK: The trip will consume half of Loyola's travel budget. For that, the Greyhounds will get a win, probably lopsided, similar to last year's 18-3 rout of the Irish. Notre Dame (2-2) has victories over Canisius and Radford, losses to Hofstra and Mount St. Mary's. The Irish star is Mike Sullivan (nine goals), a junior attackman from that celebrated lacrosse hotbed of Farmingham, Mich. Kevin Beach paces No. 3 Loyola with 11 goals and nine assists.


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

* WHERE: Hickox Stadium, Greenvale, N.Y.

* OUTLOOK: Maryland (3-0) jumped from No. 11 to No. 5 in the poll after its upset of Towson State last week. No. 20 C.W. Post (1-1) opened with a win over Harvard, only to be hammered last week by No. 11 Brown, 18-8. The Terps beat C.W. Post last season, 17-13. Maryland is getting strong play from Andy Claxton, who has won 77 percent (61 of 79) of his faceoffs. Coach Dick Edell was delighted the Terps "treated Towson State like the most important game of the year. That was hard to do when we have so many other big games coming up, but they did."


* WHEN: Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.

* WHERE: Astroturf Field, Naval Academy.

* OUTLOOK: No. 16 Navy (2-2) crushed Washington College, 17-5, Wednesday for its second straight win after a pair of season-opening defeats. Navy senior Dennis Nealon is off to a productive start with nine goals and 12 assists in four games. No. 20 Delaware (in the top 20 for the first time since March 23, 1987) has wins over St. John's and Vermont, losses to Yale and Army. The Blue Hens are led by Kevin Ellers (eight goals, seven assists) and senior captain Rusty Ward out of McDonogh (five and four).


* WHEN: March 27, 3 p.m.

* WHERE: Minnegan Stadium.

* OUTLOOK: Towson State dropped from No. 8 in the preseason poll to No. 10 following its 17-16 loss to Maryland last week. Against Penn State, the Tigers will have Glenn Smith and Lindsay Dixon, who missed two games because of deficiencies in their academic records.


* WHEN: Today and tomorrow.

* WHERE: UMBC Stadium.

* OUTLOOK: On today's card is Ohio State vs. VMI at noon and UMBC vs. Radford at 3 p.m. Tomorrow it'll be Ohio State vs. Radford at noon and UMBC vs. VMI at 3. The Retrievers won the tournament last year, beating VMI and Dartmouth.

OTHER WEEKEND GAMES TOMORROW Alfred at Washington College, 1:30 p.m.

West Chester at Western Maryland, 12:30 p.m.

SUNDAY Cortland State at Salisbury State, 1 p.m.

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