Division I men's lacrosse weekend roundup (April 18)

Narrow victories were the central theme for three of the five Division I teams from Maryland ranked in the most recent Cascade/Maverik media poll.

No. 10 Navy and No. 14 Johns Hopkins escaped No. 20 Army and No. 15 Penn State, respectively, with overtime decisions, and No. 13 Loyola Maryland edged Boston University by one goal. The wins were critical for all three teams in their respective conference races.


No. 5 Maryland joined the three aforementioned schools on the positive side of the ledger, but No. 6 Towson was upended by Delaware. The loss could mean a fall out of the Top 10 for the Tigers. And Mount St. Mary's and UMBC continue to freefall in their respective leagues.

Here's how the area teams fared:

No. 5 Maryland

Record: 9-2, 3-0 Big Ten

Previous result: Def. No. 18 Rutgers, 11-8, on Saturday

Highlight: The starting attack of juniors Matt Rambo, Dylan Maltz and Colin Heacock (Boys' Latin) combined for 10 goals and two assists, and the Terps overcame a halftime deficit for the third consecutive game.

Lowlight: The first midfield of seniors Bryan Cole and Henry West and sophomore Connor Kelly totaled 12 shots, but finished without a goal or an assist.

Up next: Maryland will stay home again and welcome No. 10 Navy (9-2) to Maryland Stadium in College Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

No. 6 Towson

Record: 10-2, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association

Previous result: Lost to Delaware, 10-7, on Saturday

Highlight: Junior attackman Ryan Drenner (Westminster) posted team highs in goals (two) and points (three), and sophomore Steven Stillwell won 11 of 17 faceoffs and picked up a team-best four groundballs.

Lowlight: The defense had few answers for Blue Hens junior attackman Paul Major, and uncharacteristic slow starts in the first and third quarters dropped the Tigers one game behind Fairfield in the CAA race.

Up next: Towson will host to Fairfield (7-6, 3-0) at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson on Saturday at noon.


No. 10 Navy

Record: 9-2, 7-1 Patriot League

Previous result: Def. No. 20 Army, 11-10, in overtime on Saturday

Highlight: Sophomore midfielder Casey Rees (Boys' Latin) scored three goals – including the game-winner with 2:22 left in the extra session – and sophomore Joe Varello won 6 of 9 faceoffs – including the one to open overtime – to help the Midshipmen clinch at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title and the top seed and home-field advantage in the conference tournament.

Lowlight: The man-down defense failed to kill all three extra-man opportunities, and the Black Knights went on a 5-0 run spanning the second and third quarters.

Up next: Navy and No. 5 Maryland (9-2) will clash on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a contest that was postponed on Feb. 13 because of extreme weather conditions.

No. 13 Loyola Maryland

Record: 9-3, 6-1 Patriot League

Previous result: Def. Boston University, 13-12, on Saturday

Highlight: In his return to the starting lineup, senior attackman Zach Herreweyers scored four goals – including the game-winner with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter – and freshman attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) added six assists to propel the team to its fifth consecutive win.

Lowlight: The Greyhounds prevailed despite being outscored 3-1 in the first quarter and 6-2 in the third by a Terriers squad that played without its top midfielder in freshman Brendan Homire (eight goals and 15 assists) and top faceoff specialist in junior Sam Talkow (68.8 percent on 128-of-186, 81 ground balls, five goals and one assist).

Up next: Loyola closes out the regular season against Army (8-4, 5-2) at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore on Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 14 Johns Hopkins

Record: 7-4, 2-1 Big Ten

Previous result: Def. No. 15 Penn State, 12-11, in overtime on Sunday

Highlight: Junior midfielder John Crawley scored the team's last three goals – including the game-winner with 2:02 left in the extra session – and the Blue Jays remain in the thick of the Big Ten race.

Lowlight: The team prevailed despite whiffing on three man-up chances, failing on 5-of-20 clears, and losing 15 of 26 faceoffs (including 8 of 10 in the second and third quarters).

Up next: Johns Hopkins will travel for the fifth time in six contests and visit Michigan (3-8, 0-3) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Mount St. Mary's

Record: 5-6, 1-2 Northeast Conference

Previous result: Lost to Hobart, 12-6, on Saturday

Highlight: Senior midfielder Evan Gormley scored two goals, and sophomore goalkeeper Matt Vierheller returned since pulling his hamstring on April 2.

Lowlight: But Vierheller made just three saves, and senior Frankie McCarthy had just two as the Mountaineers are moving further away from clinching one of four spots in the league tournament.

Up next: Mount St. Mary's and Bryant (7-4, 2-1) will meet in a game at 1 p.m. that was rescheduled from March 19 after a norovirus swept the latter's campus in Rhode Island.


Record: 3-8, 0-4 America East

Previous result: Lost to Vermont, 14-10, on Saturday

Highlight: Senior attackman Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) and junior attackman Max Maxwell each registered three goals and two assists, and junior goalkeeper Ruston Souder (Chesapeake-AA) made a game-high 13 saves.

Lowlight: Souder and the defense surrendered 10 first-half goals to trail by five at halftime, and the Retrievers inched closer to another premature end to their season.

Up next: UMBC will play its final non-conference game of the season when Penn (6-5) visits UMBC Stadium in Catonsville on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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