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Division I men's lacrosse weekend roundup (March 7)

Five of the seven Division I teams from Maryland enjoyed positive sides of the ledger this past weekend.

Towson remains the only area program that has yet to lose and will climb from its current No. 11 ranking when the poll is released Monday. No. 5 Loyola Maryland, No. 8 Maryland and No. 13 Johns Hopkins should remain in the rankings, but the Terps could fall out of the Top 10 after Saturday night's 9-4 humbling from top-ranked Notre Dame.

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Mount St. Mary's and Navy also collected wins, and there's a chance that the Midshipmen could return to the rankings depending on how voters treat No. 17 Marquette and No. 18 Penn State, which lost to unranked opponents.

Here's how the area teams fared:

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No. 5 Loyola Maryland

Record: 4-1, 2-0 Patriot League

Previous result: Def. Holy Cross, 10-9, on Saturday

Highlight: Freshman attackman Pat Spencer recorded one goal and four assists, and sophomore Mike Orefice won 14-of-21 faceoffs and scooped up nine ground balls as the Greyhounds kept pace with Lehigh for first place in the conference.

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Lowlight: The Crusaders scored five goals on seven shots in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get the goal to send the game into overtime. Still, Loyola can't be too happy about giving up three goals in a span of 48 seconds.

Up next: Loyola will meet its fourth ranked opponent of the season when No. 4 Duke visits Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.

No. 8 Maryland

Record: 1-2

Previous result: Lost to No. 1 Notre Dame, 9-4, on Saturday

Highlight: Senior midfielders Henry West and Pat Young got their first points of the season, and junior defenseman Tim Muller posted four ground balls and two caused turnovers in a losing effort for the Terps.

Lowlight: The team hit season worsts in goals and turnovers (21) and failed on 6-of-19 clears. And there won't be much time for the players to lick their wounds thanks to a midweek road game.

Up next: Maryland will try to avoid its first 1-3 start since 1993 when it faces Drexel on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

No. 11 Towson

Record: 5-0

Previous result: Def. UMBC, 14-6, on Saturday

Highlight: Senior attackman Spencer Parks (St. Paul's) registered two goals and two assists, and the Tigers got goals from nine other players to open the season with five straight victories for the first time since 1992.

Lowlight: It's hard to quibble with such a dominating performance, but 15 turnovers is a lot by the team's standards.

Up next: Towson travel to Baltimore to tangle with No. 13 Johns Hopkins (2-2) on Saturday.

No. 13 Johns Hopkins

Record: 2-2

Previous result: Def. Princeton, 17-7, on Saturday

Highlight: Four goals from junior attackman Wilkins Dismuke and three from senior midfielder Holden Cattoni proved that the Blue Jays can find scoring from someone other than senior attackman Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) as they posted their most lopsided victory over the Tigers since 1990.

Lowlight: Brown's 37-game streak of at least one goal is over, but he sounded fine with trading a personal accolade for a team accomplishment.

Up next: Johns Hopkins will welcome No. 11 Towson (5-0) to Homewood Field in Baltimore on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Mount St. Mary's

Record: 3-2

Previous result: Def. Furman, 10-8, on Saturday

Highlight: Freshman attackman Chris DiPretoro registered his second hat trick in as many starts and added an assist to power the Mountaineers to their second consecutive win.

Lowlight: Faceoffs continue to be a sore spot after the team won just 8-of-20 draws against the Paladins and has a season conversion rate of just 44.7 percent (46-of-103).

Up next: Mount St. Mary's will stay home for a second game against VMI (1-4) on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Navy

Record: 3-2, 1-1 Patriot League

Previous result: Def. Bucknell, 13-6, on Saturday

Highlight: Sophomore attackman Jack Ray and sophomore midfielder Casey Rees each scored four goals as the Midshipmen recorded their largest margin of victory against the Bison since 1997.

Lowlight: It's difficult to find a flaw, but the man-up offense failed to convert its only opportunity of the game and is now 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) thus far.

Up next: Navy returns for a game against Patriot League rival Lafayette (1-3) on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

UMBC

Record: 0-3

Previous result: Lost to No. 11 Towson, 14-6, on Saturday

Highlight: Senior midfielder Jack Gannon tied a career high with four assists, and freshman midfielder Ryan Baker scored the first two goals of his career against the Tigers.

Lowlight: The offense was shut out for 35 minutes, 39 seconds, and a six-save showing in the second half by sophomore goalkeeper David Pilsanic (Boys' Latin) may open the door for some uncertainty in the cage.

Up next: UMBC will return home for a date with Marist (1-2) on Saturday at 12 p.m.

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