How much time is too much time between games?
After a slow start forced the second-ranked Loyola women to come from behind to edge No. 8 William & Mary, 7-6, Saturday, coach Diane Aikens decided five days' preparation is too much.
"Five days to prepare is a luxury for us. We usually get one day. I think I want to go back to playing every other day."
Aikens gets her wish. Beginning with Tuesday's 12-9 win over No. 7 Old Dominion, the Greyhounds (8-0) play every other day right up to the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, at Loyola beginning April 15.
That stretch includes home games against No. 10 Delaware this afternoon and No. 4 Harvard Saturday.
Tuesday, keeper Linda Ohrin (Mount Hebron) made 21 saves against 33 shots to hold off Old Dominion, a team with some of the best shooters in the country. Ohrin and the Greyhounds' defense held the nation's leading scorer, Anne Windover (37 goals), to two goals.
Sea Gulls soaring
With a pair of 27-3 victories last week over Randolph-Macon and Guilford, Salisbury State (8-0) moved up to No. 2 in the Division III rankings. The Sea Gulls will take a 31-game, regular-season winning streak into Saturday's game against visiting Greensboro. The Sea Gulls also have won 27 straight at home.
Making the grade
Johns Hopkins sophomore Jenn Ward was named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll for scoring 10 goals and six assists in wins over Bryn Mawr and Mary Washington last week.
Ward is one of four key attack players for the Blue Jays, ranked No. 5 in Division III. Through last week's games, Ward and Rebecca Savage (Centennial) were tied for the team scoring lead with 21 goals each. Sonia Dickson and Francine Brennan had 10 each.
The Blue Jays have won their first five games by an average of 11.4 goals.
Beating the best
The top-ranked Maryland women scored a rare victory for a college squad Saturday, defeating the USA elite team, 7-5, in an exhibition.
"Any time a college team gets to face the top players in the world, it's exciting. We got up a few goals and just carried it through the rest of the game," said Terrapins assistant Gary Gait.
The victory didn't take much out of the Terps, who came right back Sunday to beat No. 7 Old Dominion, 16-6. Tuesday, they ran their record to 7-0 with a 17-7 win at Towson State.
Loyola defense shines
Loyola's second-ranked men's lacrosse team can point to a variety of factors that have contributed to its 6-0 start.
One of the more telling statistics belongs to the defense, which has been remarkably resilient in man-down situations. Loyola opponents have had 33 extra-man opportunities this season, but have converted only five goals.
The century club
UMBC's Alison Zaetz (Old Mill) scored her 100th career goal in a 16-6 loss to No. 5 Virginia Saturday. The junior midfielder became only the eighth Retriever to hit the 100 mark. She ranks second on the team in scoring this season with 17 goals and five assists.
Don Zimmerman, in his first year as UMBC men's coach, knew the job of turning the Retrievers into a major player would vTC feature some frustrating moments. Saturday's 15-5 loss at Penn State left the Retrievers with a 5-3 record and left Zimmerman a bit discouraged.
"It might be time to start thinking long-term [goals] instead of short-term," Zimmerman said.
In the crease
The men's lacrosse team at Goucher College (2-6) is struggling, but sophomore attackman Keith Guinto (North Carroll) is on a roll. He leads the team with 21 goals, and he has needed only 44 shots to reach that mark. . . . David Evans, a sophomore attackman from Loyola High, had nine goals and four assists for Brown to win most valuable player honors at Brown's Fleet Bank Invitational. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week last week and is the second-leading scorer in the league with 30 points.
Western Maryland sophomore Denise Sarver (Fallston High) was named the Centennial Conference Women's Player of the Week.