Towson, Md--3/17/18--Matt Sovero (#12), a redshirt sophomore midfielder for the Towson men's lacrosse team, scored a career-high two goals in Saturday's 12-11 overtime loss at No. 3 Denver. Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun Staff.
Towson, Md--3/17/18--Matt Sovero (#12), a redshirt sophomore midfielder for the Towson men's lacrosse team, scored a career-high two goals in Saturday's 12-11 overtime loss at No. 3 Denver. Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun Staff. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

No. 2 Maryland (7-1)

Coming up: At No. 15 Michigan, Saturday, noon

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Comment: Diving into Big Ten play, the Terps have not lost in four meetings with the Wolverines. Senior defenseman Bryce Young was named Big Ten Defender of the Week after picking up three ground balls and scoring a goal in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 11-7 victory over then-No. 20 North Carolina, and freshman faceoff specialist Justin Shockey was named the Specialist of the Week award after winning 16 of 20 draws (80.0 percent) and scooping up a career-high 12 ground balls.

No. 6 Johns Hopkins (6-2)

Coming up: At No. 9 Rutgers, Sunday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays are 32-6 against the Scarlet Knights, who have won three of the past four meetings since both sides joined the Big Ten. Midfielder Connor DeSimone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after the second hat trick of his career in Saturday’s 15-13 win against then-No. 10 Virginia.

Timetable uncertain for Brinton Valis’ return to Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team

Johns Hopkins midfielder Brinton Valis, a Baltimore resident and McDonogh graduate who has scored eight goals in seven games this season, is a question mark for the No. 6 Blue Jays’ Big Ten opener at No. 9 Rutgers on Sunday.

No. 11 Loyola Maryland (5-3)

Coming up: At Colgate, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds are 4-1 against the Raiders in Patriot League games. Freshman faceoff specialist Bailey Savio’s eight ground balls in Saturday’s 12-11 loss to Bucknell were the most by a Loyola player since older brother Graham collected 12 loose balls on Feb. 11, 2017 in a 16-15 loss to Virginia.

Mount St. Mary’s (3-6)

Coming up: At Sacred Heart, Saturday, noon

Comment: The Mountaineers dropped their last Northeast Conference meeting against the Pioneers, losing 13-5, at home on April 1, 2017. Junior attackman Chris DiPretoro’s third three-goal showing in Saturday’s 15-5 loss to No. 14 Robert Morris means he has registered one-third of the team’s hat tricks thus far.

Navy (5-4)

Coming up: Vs. Holy Cross, Saturday, noon, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Comment: The Midshipmen are 13-2 against the Crusaders after splitting two games last season, including an 11-7 loss in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament. Sophomore Ryan Kern was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and was selected to the USILA National Team of the Week for a career-high 18-save effort in Saturday’s 10-7 win against then-No. 12 Lehigh.

Towson (3-5)

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Coming up: At Hofstra, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: Despite a two-game winning streak head to head, the Tigers trail the Pride, 26-22, in this Colonial Athletic Association series. With two goals in Saturday’s 11-10 overtime loss at then-No. 5 Denver, redshirt sophomore midfielder Matt Sovero has scored three times in the past two games after entering the season with zero goals in two years.

UMBC (2-6)

Coming up: At UMass Lowell, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers have not lost in three America East meetings with the River Hawks. Senior midfielder Max Haldeman’s fourth-quarter goal in Saturday’s 9-6 loss to now-No. 15 Michigan was his first since April 1, 2017, when he contributed to a 10-6 victory against UMass Lowell.

– Edward Lee

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