Three of the four ranked men’s lacrosse teams from the state enjoyed their weekends.
No. 2 Maryland outlasted No. 6 Villanova, 13-11, after falling to top-ranked Albany the week before. No. 8 Loyola Maryland cruised to a 15-9 victory over Patriot League rival Navy after losing to No. 3 Duke. And No. 10 Johns Hopkins stepped on the gas pedal in the fourth quarter to defeat Delaware, 14-8.
The outlook, however, was not so good for the other programs. Aside from Navy, No. 20 Towson dropped a 10-8 decision to the aforementioned Blue Devils, Mount St. Mary’s was trounced by nine goals by Northeast Conference foe Bryant, and UMBC could not complete a fourth-quarter rally in a 7-6 loss to America East rival Stony Brook.
Here’s how the seven Division I teams from the state fared:
No. 2 Maryland
Previous result: Def. No. 6 Villanova, 13-11, on Saturday
Note: With three goals, senior Connor Kelly joined Frank Urso as the only midfielders in program history to score 100 career goals, and sophomore attackman Jared Bernhardt contributed four goals and one assist to help the Terps bounce back from last week’s 11-10 loss to No. 1 Albany.
No. 8 Loyola Maryland
Record: 5-2, 3-0 in the Patriot League
Previous result: Def. Navy, 15-9, on Saturday
Note: Junior attackman Pat Spencer (Boys’ Latin) tied Gary Hanley’s school record of 12 points in a single game with four goals and eight assists, and senior defenseman Foster Huggins upped his Division I-leading total of caused turnovers to 25 as the Greyhounds rebounded from last week’s 13-9 setback to No. 3 Duke.
No. 10 Johns Hopkins
Previous result: Def. UMBC, 13-6, on Tuesday; def. Delaware, 14-8, on Saturday
Note: Senior attackman Shack Stanwick tied a career high with five assists and added two goals, and junior attackman Kyle Marr scored three straight goals in a span of 4:10 and chipped in two assists to power the Blue Jays to their fourth straight victory.
No. 20 Towson
Previous result: Lost to No. 3 Duke, 10-8, on Saturday
Note: Redshirt freshman goalie Shane Brennan made 13 saves, and the Tigers offense used a 6-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to take a brief 8-7 lead, but turnovers played a role in the Blue Devils scoring the game’s final three goals.
Mount St. Mary’s
Record: 3-5, 0-1 in the Northeast Conference
Previous result: Lost to Bryant, 20-11, on Saturday
Note: Junior attackman Chris DiPretoro scored a team-high three goals, but the Mountaineers’ inability to score in the game’s first 14 minutes allowed the Bulldogs to build a 5-0 advantage en route to a convincing win in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.
Record: 4-4, 3-1 in the Patriot League
Previous result: Lost No. 8 Loyola Maryland, 15-9, on Saturday
Note: Senior Joe Varello tied Brady Dove’s program record of 21 faceoff wins (in 28 attempts), scooped up a career-best 14 ground balls, and added a goal and an assist, but the Midshipmen absorbed their first setback in conference play.
Record: 2-5, 0-1 in the America East
Previous result: Lost to No. 10 Johns Hopkins, 13-6, on Tuesday; lost to Stony Brook, 7-6, on Sunday
Note: Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Arundel) had three goals and one assist in the Retrievers’ America East opener, but six turnovers in the offense’s first eight possessions and a 2-of-7 showing from the man-up unit allowed the Seawolves to win.