2021 Local NCAA Lacrosse Power Rankings: Week 1

Todd Karpovich shares his latest power rankings for the seven local Division I lacrosse teams as well as his player of the week.

Player of the Week

Navy Goalkeeper Spencer Rees
The senior from Boys’ Latin made his first career start and finished with 12 saves. Rees entered the game with a combined eight saves in five career appearances as the backup for four-year starter Ryan Kern. Rees’ father, Cliff, is a 1988 graduate of the Naval Academy and was a member of three NCAA Tournament basketball teams.

1. Maryland (1-0)
Previous Game: Defeated Michigan, 20-9
Spotlight: The Terrapins dominated the Wolverines at both ends of the field, and the 20 goals were the most they’ve ever scored in a Big Ten game. The 11-goal victory margin was also the largest in any conference game since beating ACC foe Duke, 25-7, in 1983. Senior midfielder Logan Wisnauskas (Boys’ Latin) scored three goals and had an assist for the Terrapins, and senior attackman/midfielder Anthony DeMaio had two goals and three assists.
Next Up: Visits No. 13 Penn State Feb. 26

2. Loyola (1-1)
Previous Game: Lost to No. 3 Virginia, 15-12
Spotlight: Greyhounds graduate midfielder Riley Cox tied the game 9-9 with 9:49 left in the third quarter before the Cavaliers went on a three-goal run and eventually put the game away. Senior attackman Kevin Lindley led Loyola with four goals, and sophomore midfielder Evan James finished with a hat trick.
Next Up: Hosts Utah Feb. 27

3. Towson (1-2)
Previous Game: Lost to No. 1 Duke, 19-7
Spotlight: The Blue Devils opened an 11-2 margin at the half and were never threatened. Duke outshot the Tigers, 50-28, and held Towson scoreless in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman attackman Andrew Milani (St. Paul’s) and junior attackman/midfielder James Avanzato had two goals apiece for the Tigers.
Next Up: Visits Mount St. Mary’s Feb. 24

4. Johns Hopkins (0-1)
Previous Game: Lost to No. 8 Ohio State, 14-8
Spotlight: Peter Milliman lost his coaching debut for the Blue Jays, who trailed 9-2 midway through the second quarter. Senior Connor DeSimone, who was making his first career start on the attack, led Johns Hopkins with three goals and an assist, while junior Matt Narewski won 14 of 22 faceoffs and had nine ground balls. Josh Kirson, a graduate transfer from Ohio State, finished with 13 saves in goal in his Johns Hopkins debut.
Next Up: Visits Michigan Feb. 27

5. Navy (1-0)
Previous Game: Defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 8-5
Spotlight: The Midshipmen opened a 6-0 lead at the half and never looked back. Junior attackman Jack Sweeney (McDonogh) led Navy with a pair of goals, including a nifty behind-the-back score off an assist from senior attackman and co-captain Christian Daniel (Northern).
Next Up: Hosts Jacksonville Feb. 21

6. UMBC
Previous Game: The Retrievers’ matchup against St. Joseph’s was canceled due to COVID-19 testing protocols within the Hawks’ program.
Next Up: Hosts Mount St. Mary’s Feb. 27

7. Mount St. Mary’s (1-1)
Previous Game: Lost to Navy, 8-5
Spotlight: The Mountaineers could not keep pace with the Midshipmen and were held scoreless in the first half. Mount St. Mary’s also struggled with Navy’s pressure and was just 11 of 21 on clear attempts. Luke Frankeny, Kadin Kightlinger, Tim Bradley, Brenden McCarthy and Kelly Gouin scored the goals for Mountaineers.
Next Up: Hosts Towson Feb. 24

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Navy Athletics

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