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The week ahead for state men's lacrosse teams (March 22)

The week ahead for state men's lacrosse teams (March 22)
Aidan Olmstead, an attackman for the No. 6 Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team, was named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week after scoring a career-high four goals in Saturday's 15-9 win against Navy. (Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

No. 2 Maryland (6-1)

Coming up: Vs. No. 20 North Carolina, Saturday, 10 p.m., Costa Mesa, Calif.

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Comment: The Terps’ 43-25 record against the Tar Heels includes four victories in the past five games. Senior goalkeeper Dan Morris ranks 17th in Division I in save percentage at .546 and 18th in goals-against average at 8.61.

No. 6 Loyola Maryland (4-2)

Coming up: Vs. Bucknell, Saturday, 1 p.m., Ridley Athletic Complex

Comment: The Greyhounds have won six of eight meetings, but the Bison edged Loyola, 9-8, on March 25, 2017. A career-high four goals in Saturday’s 15-9 victory over Navy earned freshman attackman Aidan Olmstead the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Week honor.

No. 9 Johns Hopkins (5-2)

Coming up: At No. 10 Virginia, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Comment: Despite splitting the past six games, the Blue Jays own a 60-31-1 mark against the Cavaliers. Junior defenseman Patrick Foley was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week for totaling four caused turnovers and two groundballs in two games, and senior Hunter Moreland (Boys’ Latin) shared Specialist of the Week honors after winning 80 percent of his faceoffs (32-for-40) and picking up 20 ground balls.

Mount St. Mary’s (3-5)

Coming up: Vs. No. 14 Robert Morris, Saturday, noon, Waldron Family Stadium

Comment: The Mountaineers’ 4-7 mark against the Colonials has been exacerbated by a six-game losing streak. Junior short-stick defensive midfielder Jack Mangan and freshman defenseman Bryan McIntosh are tied for 32nd in the country in caused turnovers per game at 1.5.

Navy (4-3)

Coming up: At No. 12 Lehigh, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: Thanks to a three-game winning streak, the Midshipmen own a 31-6 record against the Mountain Hawks. Senior defenseman Michael Strack has already set career highs in ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (13).

Towson (3-4)

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Coming up: At No. 5 Denver, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers enjoy a 4-2 record in this series, but the Pioneers have won two of the past three meetings, including an 12-11 victory March 25, 2017. Junior midfielder Grant Maloof (South River) is tied for 12th in the nation in man-up goals with four.

UMBC (2-4)

Coming up: Vs. Michigan, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: In their only meeting, the Retrievers lost, 10-7, to the Wolverines on March 25, 2017. Freshman goalkeeper Tommy Lingner ranks 13th in the country in goals-against average at 8.30.

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