Earlier in the week, the defensive players of the Maryland men's lacrosse team declined to shed much light on how they intended to contain Cornell wunderkind Rob Pannell, saying they were still reviewing the game plan.
The Maryland men's lacrosse team spent the week poring over film of Cornell's whirling dervish of an attackman in Rob Pannell, but defensemen Goran Murray and Michael Ehrhardt and goalkeeper Niko Amato have something celluloid cannot match: firsthand experience.
Yale¿s recent success ¿ an 8-2 record and the No. 14 spot in The Sun¿s rankings ¿ should not be that shocking considering that the program earned a share of the Ivy League regular-season championship in 2010 and captured the conference tournament last year to advance to the NCAA tournament.
Johns Hopkins has dropped three of its last four contests and fallen to No. 15 in The Sun's rankings. But the Blue Jays team that has struggled to a 6-4 record is not the one that No. 4 Maryland (8-1) is anticipating for Saturday's showdown at Byrd Stadium in College Park.
Prior to Saturday, No. 10 North Carolina had yet to string together two consecutive wins in 2013 and was just one-game above .500 heading into a pivotal road contest against top-ranked and Atlantic Coast Conference foe Maryland.
All is not lost at Maryland. At least that's what the top-ranked Terps are saying after absorbing their first loss of the season via a 10-8 upset by No. 10 North Carolina Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park.