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THE WEEK AHEAD

No. 3 Navy (8-1)

Coming up: No. 7 Georgetown, Saturday, 5 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

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Comment: The Midshipmen get a break from their Patriot League schedule, but the Hoyas have reigned in Annapolis since April 1, 2001. Seniors Jordan DiNola and Brendan Teague lead a defense that has surrendered just 4.3 goals a game thus far.

No. 8 Maryland (6-2)

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Coming up: No. 1 Virginia, Saturday, noon, Byrd Stadium

Comment: The Terps have finished with a below-.500 ACC record in two of the past three seasons. Beating the Cavaliers would avoid a similar fate, but senior Joe Cinosky, sophomore Brian Farrell & Co. must limit the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation.

No. 10 Johns Hopkins (3-3)

Coming up: No. 9 North Carolina, Saturday, 2 p.m., Homewood Field

Comment: In danger of being below .500 for the first time since 2001 when they opened the season with an 0-1 start, the Blue Jays haven't lost to the Tar Heels in Baltimore since April 2, 1994. Senior midfielder Stephen Peyser has a 13-game point-scoring streak.

No. 15 UMBC (4-3)

Coming up: Stony Brook, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., UMBC Stadium; at Towson, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium

Comment: The Retrievers open America East play against a dangerous Seawolves team that upended then-No. 10 Delaware on March 15. Senior faceoff specialist Taylor Marino leads the team in ground balls with 26.

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No. 19 Loyola (4-3)

Coming up: At No. 6 Syracuse, Saturday, 4 p.m., Carrier Dome

Comment: Which Greyhounds team will show up - the one that managed just four goals against Siena or the one that outscored Massachusetts by 14? Freshman goalie Jake Hagelin recorded a career-high 14 saves in Saturday's 15-1 victory over the Minutemen.

Towson (1-4)

Coming up: At Robert Morris, Saturday, 1 p.m., Joe Walton Stadium; No. 15 UMBC, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium

Comment: The Tigers' first 1-4 start since 2000 has been compounded by opponents outscoring them 37-24 in the second half. Junior attackman Bill McCutcheon remains a bright spot with a team-leading three hat tricks.

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Mount St. Mary's (1-5)

Coming up: At No. 7 Georgetown, Tuesday, 4 p.m., Multi-Sport Field

Comment: The Hoyas are the fourth top-10 opponent the Mountaineers will have faced this season. Freshman goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo has made 18 saves three times this spring, including in Saturday's 11-6 win against Wagner.


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