The second midfield for the No. 8 Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team, composed of junior P.J. Brown, left, and sophomores Peter Swindell (37) and Riley Cox, not pictured, enjoyed it best outing against Army West Point a week ago, according to Charley Toomey.
The second midfield for the No. 8 Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team, composed of junior P.J. Brown, left, and sophomores Peter Swindell (37) and Riley Cox, not pictured, enjoyed it best outing against Army West Point a week ago, according to Charley Toomey. (Larry French / Loyola Maryland Athletics)

The second midfield for the Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team had the kind of outing coach Charley Toomey had been waiting for.

The threesome of junior P.J. Brown and sophomores Peter Swindell and Riley Cox combined for four goals on six shots and one assist in the No. 8 Greyhounds' 12-8 victory over Army West Point on Friday. The results helped offset a quiet showing for junior attackman and leading scorer Pat Spencer (zero goals, two assists) and delighted Toomey.


"I think they were at their best last week," he said. "I think we've continued to see those guys develop. I would say that early on in the year, it was only a five-man rotation and not even a first and second midfield. Now we feel very comfortable that we do have six guys we can throw out there."

One objective of any offense is to field a second midfield that can be productive and relieve some of the pressure on the first line. Toomey said the starting group of senior Jay Drapeau and juniors John Duffy and Alex McGovern benefited from the play of Brown, Swindell and Cox.

Maryland is one of three women’s lacrosse programs with three nominees among the final 25 for the Tewaaraton Award while Towson, Loyola Maryland and Navy have one each.

"Now you've got a fresh first midfield when they come back out, but you're also putting pressure on the defense with that second unit," he said. "They're not a possession unit. They're a unit that we feel can go out and score goals for Loyola. So that's a real positive thing for us."

Waiting on Hopkins’ Stanwick

Senior attackman Shack Stanwick (Boys' Latin) missed his first start of the season in last week's 10-9 loss at Michigan because of an undisclosed injury and is considered "day by day," according to coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala would not say whether the No. 7 Blue Jays would have Stanwick (15 goals and 24 assists) for Saturday's game against No. 3 Maryland.

"What you hope is that you have your best players at the time," he said. "But if you don't, you don't use it as an excuse. It's a part of athletics. You prepare, and this is why we have other guys prepare like they're starters, and you hope that they're able to step up and that everybody is able to do just a little bit more of the load that Shack is not there to carry."

Navy’s focus back on Patriot League

Saturday's 13-12 win at No. 12 Syracuse might be huge for the No. 11 Midshipmen (9-4) when the selection committee begins debating whether they have a strong enough profile to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. But coach Rick Sowell said the team's attention should be on its game against Lehigh (9-6) in the conference tournament semifinal Friday night.

Twenty-five nominees for the men's Tewaaraton Award were announced Thursday. Maryland and Loyola Maryland have two candidates each.

"I need to make sure that we're focused and practicing and preparing the right way because you never know," he said. "I'm sure the kids were inundated with phone calls and text messages from their friends and family and alumni. It's a lot of excitement, but we've got to get refocused and turn our attention towards performing well on Friday."

Tournament scenario for Mount St. Mary’s

Saturday's 14-7 loss at Saint Joseph's (Pa.) was costly for the Mountaineers (4-9, 1-4 Northeast Conference), who must defeat Wagner on Saturday and rely on Hobart to beat Sacred Heart by a score of 16-9 or greater to qualify for the league tournament. Coach Tom Gravante said the team's only focus should be on the Seahawks (4-9, 0-5).

"We have to win on Saturday, and it's going to be a tough game," he said. "No team in the conference is a layup. Yes, it's our Senior Day, but nonetheless, we have to show up and play. So our chance is there, and we have to control what we can control and hope for the best with the other teams."

Towson’s Woodall gets off schneid

Before his 22 of 24 performance with 13 ground balls in Saturday's 13-7 victory over Delaware, junior faceoff specialist Alex Woodall (St. Mary's) had gone 33 of 86 with 19 ground balls in his previous six games. Coach Shawn Nadelen said Woodall did not commit as many faceoff violations against the Blue Hens as he had against earlier opponents.

Francis Scott Key graduate Eleanor Garvey is having a record-setting year for Mount Ida College, which is enjoying its second straight winning season before the school closes at the end of the academic year.

"It hurts him and any of our faceoff guys because if we procedure two times early in a quarter, then the rest of the time, you're kind of playing defensive, and it's hard to be aggressive and be in a groove at that point," Nadelen said. "I think he just did a really good job of being disciplined and doing what he needed to do for the team."

UMBC’s starting attack gelling

In their first two starts together, junior Jack Andrews (St. Mary's) and freshmen Steven Zichelli (Severna Park) and Brett Baucia (Archbishop Spalding) combined for four goals on 24 shots and five assists. In their past four starts, the trio has 15 goals on 57 shots and nine assists, and coach Ryan Moran likes how the group is developing for the Retrievers (5-7, 3-2 America East).

"They're getting better," he said. "They're obviously generating a little bit of chemistry, but I think each week though has presented a different challenge and a different style of play coming their way. They're definitely growing up and learning on the fly."

Goucher in contention

Thanks to back-to-back wins against Catholic and Drew, the Gophers (9-6, 3-2 Landmark Conference) occupy fourth place in the league and only need to defeat Moravian (6-6, 2-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Beldon Field in Towson to cement their first tournament berth since 2014. Coach Brian Kelly said the players are accustomed to the pressure of facing a must-win situation.


"We're attacking it like it's a home playoff game because that's really what it is," he said. "At this point in the season, you need to be winning lacrosse games. Nobody wants to go into a conference tournament losing lacrosse games. So we're excited about the challenge, and it's going to be a challenge."

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