College Lacrosse State Men's Week ahead

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No. 6 Johns Hopkins (3-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 1 Virginia, tomorrow, 8 p.m., Homewood Field

Comment: The Cavaliers have won the past three meetings, but the Blue Jays are 5-1 against top-ranked opponents under coach Dave Pietramala. Attackman Steven Boyle has three assists in two games against Virginia.

No. 8 UMBC (4-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 18 Ohio State, tomorrow, 1 p.m., UMBC Stadium

Comment: Three of the past four meetings have gone to double overtime, with the Retrievers winning two. Not only is Kyle Wimer second on the team in points (20), but he also has collected a team-leading 22 ground balls.

No. 9 Maryland (5-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 14 North Carolina, tomorrow, 2 p.m., Ludwig Field

Comment: The Terps' only loss in the past 14 meetings with the Tar Heels occurred in 2003. Attackman Ryan Young, who scored nine goals last season as a freshman, already has 12 this spring.

No. 15 Navy (6-2)

Coming up: Vs. Colgate, tomorrow, noon, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Comment: The Midshipmen lead the series 8-2, but remember last year's loss to the Raiders in the Patriot League tournament semifinals. Juniors Patrick Moran and Evan Sullivan have scored seven of Navy's nine man-up goals.

No. 16 Loyola (5-2)

Coming up: Vs. Massachusetts, tomorrow, 1 p.m., Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Comment: The Greyhounds are 12-0 at home against Eastern College Athletic Conference foes under coach Charley Toomey. Shane Koppens is tied for fifth with Kevin Beach on the career assists list with 71.

Mount St. Mary's (1-3)

Coming up: Vs. Marist, tomorrow, 1 p.m., Waldron Family Stadium

Comment: The Red Foxes have won five of the past six meetings, but a victory would keep the Mountaineers atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Junior Joe Lehner leads the team with a .500 faceoff percentage.

Towson (1-4)

Coming up: Vs. Robert Morris, tomorrow, 2 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium; at Bucknell, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m

Comment: The Tigers have lost three straight but might get a breather against the Colonials, who are 0-3 in the series. Peter Mezzanotte and Kyle Smedley anchor a defense that has allowed just 9.8 goals a game.

Edward Lee

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