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Part 2 of Q&A with CBS Sports Network men's lacrosse analyst Steve Panarelli

Steve Panarelli, a three-time All-American defenseman who played on the 2004 Syracuse team that captured the NCAA championship, served as color analyst for No. 11 Duke's 15-6 pummeling of No. 13 Loyola Maryland on Saturday. Panarelli, who can be followed on Twitter via @StevePanare11i and will help cover Saturday's Patriot League showdown between the Greyhounds and Navy, discussed whether Towson or Loyola should be worried, whether Maryland or Johns Hopkins should be happy, and whether Navy was hurt by the Lafayette postponement.

Both No. 9 Towson and No. 13 Loyola lost on Saturday. Which team should be more concerned?

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I think Loyola because they play more of a difficult schedule than Towson gets in the [Colonial Athletic Association]. Obviously, they'll have [No. 12] Hofstra at the end of the year, which is always a big rivalry game. But if you're Loyola, you're going to have to play some really good teams, and that schedule doesn't get any easier. Army is always going to give all they've got, Navy is always going to play you hard, and then there's Colgate and Bucknell. There's good teams. [No. 16] Boston University is playing really well for a program that's only been around for a few years. Their schedule doesn't get much easier. If you're Towson, I think the CAA overall is tough, and those guys always seem to play really close games when they play each other. Honestly, I think Loyola is just as talented – if not more talented than – as Towson, but when you look at the schedule, I think they have a tougher task moving forward than Towson does.

Both No. 6 Maryland and No. 8 Johns Hopkins won on Saturday against Princeton and Towson, respectively. Which team should be feeling much better about its future?
Well, Hopkins has a test this week with [No. 3] Syracuse [coming to Homewood Field in Baltimore on Saturday]. I think that's going to be a really good measuring stick for them. I think they both feel pretty good about where they're at. With Hopkins, the only advantage I would give to them is that Coach Petro [Dave Pietramala] does a great job, and they always improve as the year goes on. Look at the year they had last year. They just got better and better every week. But to be honest, I think both teams are OK. You've got two very experienced coaching staffs that have been through it before, and no one's going to panic, and they're not just going to change stuff because of a loss or a tough game. I think both teams are super talented. They've got great staffs, and I think while they may not be 100 percent happy with where they are, they're not in panic mode. They're both probably feeling pretty decent about where they're at.

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Navy's game on Saturday against Lafayette was postponed due to a norovirus outbreak at the latter school's campus. How much can a sudden bye weekend impact a team?

It's definitely different because you prep all week and you watch film and you get ready and you're mentally preparing and then you don't play. I think because it's still early in the season, you want to get out and play as much as you can. You can practice all you want, but unless you're in a game situation and the offense and defense are playing against different offenses and defenses, you want to get out as many times as you can. That definitely hurts them in terms of not having another opportunity to go out and go through the motions. The only positive thing is you know the guys are healthy. Nobody got banged up this weekend, and there are no nicks. It gives your guys another week to rest if you have any injuries. It'll come down to how the coaching staff handles it, but it has its pluses and minuses.

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