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The week ahead for Md. men's teams

No. 8 Maryland (4-1)

Coming up: at No. 15 Villanova, Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Comment: The Terps have not lost in eight games against the Wildcats. With nine ground balls in Saturday's 11-4 victory over then-No. 10 Princeton, senior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa moved into fourth place on the program's all-time list with 245.

No. 16 Johns Hopkins (3-3)

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Coming up: at No. 1 Syracuse, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays are holding onto a slim 27-24-1 lead in this series, but the Orange have won seven of the past eight meetings. With three goals each in Saturday's 13-8 victory over Navy, attackmen Wells and Shack Stanwick became the first brothers in the program to record hat tricks in the same game since Dan (four goals) and Conor (three) Denihan did it in a 15-11 win against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals on May 21, 2000.

No. 17 Loyola Maryland (3-3)

Coming up: at No. 14 Army, Saturday, noon; vs. Georgetown, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Ridley Athletic Complex

Comment: The Greyhounds and Black Knights have split two meetings, and Loyola is 31-6 against the Hoyas. Sophomore defenseman Jack Carrigan leads the team in caused turnovers with 10 and is tied for fourth in ground balls with 19.

No. 19 Towson (4-2)

Coming up: vs. Hobart, Saturday, noon; vs. Ohio State, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium

Comment: The Tigers are just 3-10 against the Statesmen and 2-4 against the Buckeyes. Sophomore Alec Burckley won a career-high 15 faceoffs in 21 attempts and picked up nine ground balls in Saturday's 11-7 victory at UMBC.

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Navy (4-3)

Coming up: vs. Lehigh, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Comment: The Midshipmen have won 28 of 34 games against their Patriot League foes, but the Mountain Hawks have won the past five. Junior attackman T.J. Hanzsche, who leads the team in goals (13) and ranks second in points (20), is the only Navy player to record a point in each of the team's seven games.

UMBC (2-3)

Coming up: vs. Binghamton, Saturday, 12 p.m., UMBC Stadium

Comment: The Retrievers have enjoyed a 13-2 advantage in this series with their America East rivals, but the Bearcats have won two of the past three meetings. Junior defenseman Zach Esser is tied for 10th in Division I in caused turnovers per game (1.8).

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— Edward Lee


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