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Division I men's lacrosse weekend roundup (March 21)

Three ranked Division I teams from Maryland should remain in the Top 10 nationally, while one might be in danger of falling out of the Top 20 altogether.

No. 6 Maryland, No. 8 Johns Hopkins and No. 9 Towson won over the weekend. The Terps beat No. 10 Albany, 10-7, on Wednesday night, the Blue Jays upended No. 3 Syracuse, 11-10, in overtime Saturday, and the Tigers throttled Furman, 15-6, on Saturday.

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No. 13 Loyola Maryland suffered a 10-9 loss to unranked Navy on Saturday and could drop out of the Top 20 when the newest Cascade/Maverik media poll is released Monday morning. On the flip side, the Midshipmen could reappear in the Top 20 after getting bumped out Feb. 29.

Here's how the area teams fared this weekend:

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No. 8 Johns Hopkins

Record: 4-2

Previous result: Defeated No. 3 Syracuse, 11-10, in overtime Saturday

Highlight: The Blue Jays overcame a 7-4 halftime deficit and the absence of coach Dave Pietramala to get the winning goal from junior attackman Wilkins Dismuke, which handed the Orange its first loss of the season.

Lowlight: The Blue Jays entered the game 46th out of 68 Division I programs in clearing, and went just 15-for-19 in the win.

Up next: Johns Hopkins hits the road for the first time since Feb. 20 at Virginia (3-5) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

No. 9 Towson

Record: 7-1

Previous result: Defeated Furman, 15-6, on Saturday

Highlight: The Tigers scored the first nine goals of the game, and five players finished with two goals each. The output was their highest since March 21, 2012, when Towson walloped Mercer, 17-2.

Lowlight: Not much. After a nerve-racking 10-9 overtime victory against Ohio State on Tuesday, the team won a laugher against the Paladins.

Up next: Towson will host Binghamton (1-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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No. 13 Loyola Maryland

Record: 4-3, 2-1 Patriot League

Previous result: Lost to Navy, 10-9, on Saturday

Highlight: The Greyhounds rallied from a 7-2 halftime deficit and got three points apiece from junior midfielder Brian Sherlock (two goals, one assist) and freshman attackman Pat Spencer (one goal, two assists).

Lowlight: The team fell into its 7-2 hole because it won just two of 11 faceoffs, and replacing sophomore goalkeeper Grant Limone with freshman Jacob Stover after the first quarter will prompt questions about a possible goalie controversy.

Up next: Loyola travels again, taking on Georgetown (1-6) on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Navy

Record: 4-2, 2-1 Patriot League

Previous result: Defeated No. 13 Loyola Maryland, 10-9, on Saturday

Highlight: Sophomore midfielder Casey Rees scored a career-high five goals, and sophomore attackman Jack Ray added one goal and two assists as the Midshipmen moved into a three-way tie for third place in the conference.

Lowlight: The Greyhounds outscored and outshot Navy 7-3 and 25-8, respectively, in the second half. That's not  a recipe for success against future league opponents.

Up next: Navy will play its second midweek game of the season when Patriot League foe Lafayette (1-5, 0-3) visits Tuesday at 7 p.m.

UMBC

Record: 1-4, 0-1 America East Conference

Previous result: Lost to Binghamton, 16-10, on Saturday

Highlight: Senior attackman Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) had two goals and two assists in his first game since sitting out the past three. The offense reached double-digit goals for the first time this season.

Lowlight: The Retrievers lost 21 of 30 faceoffs and picked up 21 ground balls to the Bearcats' 32 to open their conference schedule with a loss.

Up next: UMBC returns home to clash with America East rival and No. 15 Stony Brook (5-2, 0-1) on Saturday at noon.

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