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THE WEEK AHEAD

No. 1 Johns Hopkins (0-0) Coming up: Vs. No. 12 Albany, Saturday, noon, Homewood Field. Comment: The Blue Jays are 5-1 all-time against the Great Danes, but Albany's victory occurred in last spring's season opener for both teams.

No. 5 Maryland (0-0) Coming up: At No. 7 Georgetown, Saturday, noon; at Mount St. Mary's, Tuesday, 3 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium. Comment: The Terps and Hoyas pride themselves on defensive intensity, and a low-scoring game similar to last year's 8-6 win for Georgetown is probable. Will Brian Phipps or Jason Carter start in the cage for the Terps?

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No. 6 Navy (2-0) Coming up: Vs. No. 4 Cornell at Uniondale, N.Y., Saturday, 1 p.m. Comment: The Big Red must replace a starting attack that tallied 153 points, but Tewaaraton finalist Max Seibald is dangerous. With two wins already, the Midshipmen won't have to worry about rust.

No. 13 Towson (0-0) Coming up: Vs. No. 16 Loyola, Saturday, 1 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium. Comment: The Tigers have won three consecutive meetings against their Charles Street rivals. Towson will lean heavily on its speed in the midfield to jump-start a potentially explosive offense.

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No. 16 Loyola (0-1) Coming up: At No. 13 Towson, Saturday, 1 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium. Comment: Even with the addition of Duke transfer Collin Finnerty, it is clear that the Greyhounds' attack runs through Shane Koppens. At 6 feet 6, Jake Willcox is a load for the average defender.

No. 19 UMBC (0-1) Coming up: At Rutgers, Saturday, noon. Comment: The Retrievers' offensive deficiencies were exploited in a 15-7 loss to No. 14 Delaware last Saturday. UMBC will rely on Ryan Smith, who scored three goals, and Terry Kimener, who added a goal and two assists.

Mount St. Mary's (0-0) Coming up: Vs. No. 5 Maryland, Tuesday, 3 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium. Comment: With six of their top seven scorers and eight starters from last season gone, the Mountaineers are starting fresh. The team's strength will be its defense with a pair of Butler transfers in Brendan Flanagan and Dan Gassel. The Mountaineers are 0-7 all-time against the Terps.


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