The week ahead for state men's lacrosse teams (March 8)

Notre Dame's Drew Schantz (20) and Timmy Phillips (23) watch Maryland's Adam DiMillo celebrate after scoring in the Terps' 12-10 win on Saturday.
Notre Dame's Drew Schantz (20) and Timmy Phillips (23) watch Maryland's Adam DiMillo celebrate after scoring in the Terps' 12-10 win on Saturday. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

No. 2 Maryland (5-0)

Coming up: Vs. No. 1 Albany, Saturday, noon, Maryland Stadium


Comment: The Terps have won all three meetings with the Great Danes, including a two-game sweep last spring. Senior midfielder Connor Kelly was selected Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after setting conference single-game records in assists (seven) and points (10) in Saturday’s 12-10 win against then-No. 8 Notre Dame.

No. 7 Loyola Maryland (4-1)


Coming up: Vs. No. 3 Duke, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds have won only 12 of 31 games in this series, and the Blue Devils have won five of the past seven meetings. Junior attackman Pat Spencer (Boys’ Latin) was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for his 16 points on seven goals and nine assists in two games.

No. 17 Johns Hopkins (2-2)

Coming up: At No. 6 Syracuse, Saturday, 1 p.m.; vs. UMBC, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Homewood Field

Comment: The Blue Jays are clinging to a 29-26-1 edge in this rivalry, but the Orange have won four of the past six games. Senior Hunter Moreland (Boys’ Latin) became the first faceoff specialist in program history to win at least 20 draws in a game since Drew Kennedy won 21 on March 15, 2014, in a 12-10 loss to Syracuse.

Mount St. Mary’s (2-4)

Coming up: Vs. Mercer, Saturday, 11 a.m., Waldron Family Stadium

Comment: This will mark the first meeting between the visiting Bears and the Mountaineers. Sophomore attackman Brenden McCarthy’s nine points (five goals, four assists) in Saturday’s 16-9 rout of VMI were the most since Andrew Scalley had 10 (six goals, four assists) in a 16-7 thrashing of Manhattan on March 9, 2013.

Navy (3-3)

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

Comment: The Midshipmen have won 17 of 19 meetings, but the Leopards won, 9-8, a year ago. Senior defenseman Michael Strack earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors after limiting Bucknell senior attackman Will Sands to zero goals and one assist, while senior Joe Varello picked up his third conference Faceoff Specialist of the Week award of the season after winning a career-high 15 draws on 25 attempts.

Senior Hunter Moreland ranks in the top 10 in Division I men’s lacrosse in both faceoff percentage and ground balls per game. The White Hall resident and Boys’ Latin graduate is a key player for No. 17 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse.

Towson (2-3)


Coming up: At No. 14 Ohio State, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers have dropped seven of 10 games in this series, including four of the past five and a two-game sweep last season. Freshman long-stick midfielder Koby Smith ranks second on the team in both ground balls with 16 and caused turnovers with five.

UMBC (1-3)

Coming up: Vs. Marist, Saturday, 7 p.m., UMBC Stadium; at No. 17 Johns Hopkins, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Retrievers are 5-0 against the Red Foxes, but 0-15 against the Blue Jays. Senior long-stick midfielder Billy O’Hara leads the team in both ground balls with 14 and caused turnovers with seven.

Edward Lee

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