The week ahead for state lacrosse teams


No. 1 seed Loyola (14-1)


Coming up: Vs. Canisius, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Comment: This will be the first meeting between the Greyhounds and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Golden Griffins (6-7). Junior attackman Mike Sawyer is the first Loyola player to be named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, presented annually to the top college player.

No. 2 Johns Hopkins (11-3)

Coming up: Vs. Stony Brook, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: This is also the first meeting between the visiting Seawolves and the Blue Jays. Junior Mike Poppleton tied a career high when he won 15 faceoffs in 19 attempts in Saturday's 13-6 thrashing of Army.

Maryland (9-5)

Coming up: At No. 8 Lehigh, Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Terps own a 3-1 lead in this series, but the teams last met in 1928 and have never faced each other in the NCAA tournament, where the host Mountain Hawks are the No. 7 seed. Since going pointless in back-to-back games against Virginia and Navy, redshirt sophomore midfielder Mike Chanenchuk has registered seven goals and two assists in his last five starts.



No. 3 Maryland (17-3)

Coming up: Vs. Massachusetts (19-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.

Comment: The Terrapins haven't faced UMass since the 1983 NCAA semifinals. The Minutewomen are second in Division I scoring offense with 16 goals per game. Maryland is sixth at 14.9, but the Terps rank fourth in strength of schedule, while UMass is 48th.

No. 6 Loyola (13-5)

Coming up: Vs. Penn (9-7), Sunday, 1 p.m.


Comment: The Greyhounds pulled off the biggest upset of the postseason, upending then-No. 2 Syracuse, 13-7, in the Big East Conference final. Against the Quakers, who won the Ivy League regular-season crown but fell in the tournament, Loyola has won 13 straight.

No. 8 Towson (16-3)

Coming up: Vs. Penn State (11-3), Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: Nittany Lions coach Missy Doherty spent seven coaching the Tigers and returns to Towson to face her former assistant Sonia LaMonica. While the Tigers have won 10 straight, the Lions fizzled late and were fortunate to make the tournament field.

Navy (18-2)

Coming up: At No. 5 North Carolina (14-3), Saturday, noon

Comment: An overtime win at Oregon in last weekend's play-in game sends the Midshipmen to Chapel Hill for the second time in three years. Carolina won, 18-5, in 2010, but a high-scoring Mids attack led by Jasmine DePompeo (87 points) could come closer.