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
Maryland Attackman Jared Bernhardt
The fifth-year senior had three goals and four assists to lead the Terrapins past Penn State 13-7. Bernhardt became just the sixth player in program history to amass 200 points, joining Matt Rambo (257), Bob Boneillo (231), Joe Walters (227), Ray Altman (214) and Frank Urso (208).
1. Maryland (2-0)
Previous Game: Defeated No. 13 Penn State, 13-7
Spotlight: The third-ranked Terrapins put together another dominant effort on both sides of the field. In addition to Bernhardt’s heroics, senior midfielder Logan Wisnauskas (Boys’ Latin) had three goals with two assists, and sophomore attackman Daniel Maltz finished with four goals and an assist. Maryland also forced 23 turnovers.
Next Up: Host Johns Hopkins March 6
2. Loyola (2-1)
Previous Game: Defeated Utah, 20-8
Spotlight: Senior attackman Aidan Olmstead scored five goals and three assists for a career-high eight points for the 10th-ranked Greyhounds. Sophomore midfielder Evan James also had five goals and an assist for a career-high six points. Loyola limited the Utes to just 30 shots.
Next Up: Visit No. 13 Lehigh March 6
3. Navy (2-0)
Previous Game: Defeated Jacksonville, 13-6
Spotlight: The 17th-ranked Midshipmen were stellar defensively once again, forcing 20 turnovers and winning the ground ball battle, 43-28. Freshman midfielder Jon Jarosz (Severn) led Navy with three goals, while freshman midfielder Bryson Rhee and sophomore midfielder James Flannery (Georgetown Prep) had two goals apiece. Navy Athletics announced Feb. 28 that all sports at the Naval Academy except men’s basketball would be paused for a minimum of 10 days.
Next Up: TBD
4. Johns Hopkins (1-1)
Previous Game: Defeated Michigan, 14-7
Spotlight: Peter Milliman picked up his first win as the Blue Jays’ head coach. Johns Hopkins put the game away with an 11-1 run from the second to fourth quarters. Junior attackman Joey Epstein (Landon) led the Blue Jays with six goals, while senior attackman Connor DeSimone scored twice and had four assists. Junior midfielder Garrett Degnon (DeMatha) has scored a goal in eight consecutive games.
Next Up: Visit No. 3 Maryland March 6
5. Towson (2-3)
Previous Game: Lost to No. 16 Richmond, 11-10
Spotlight: The Spiders came away with a key win due to a six-goal run that started in the third quarter and ended in the final stanza. Junior attackman/midfielder Austin Stewart had a goal and three assists; redshirt freshman attackman Andrew Milani (St. Paul’s) finished with the first hat trick of his career, and junior midfielder Ryan Swain (Calvert Hall) had three assists for the Tigers.
Next Up: Visit Drexel March 6
6. UMBC (1-0)
Previous Game: Defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 8-7, in overtime
Spotlight: The Retrievers shocked the Mountaineers with three goals in the final 2:58 of regulation. That opened the door for sophomore midfielder Mason Edwards to score the game-winner six seconds into overtime. Sophomore midfielder Brandon Galloway (Kent Island) finished with three goals; sophomore attackman Nick Dupuis had a goal and an assist, and junior attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park) contributed a pair of assists.
Next Up: Host Stony Brook March 6
7. Mount St. Mary’s (1-3)
Previous Game: Lost to UMBC, 8-7, in overtime
Spotlight: The Mountaineers were on the verge of winning their first game ever at UMBC before the defense faltered down the stretch. Graduate attackman CJ Stowell and junior attackman Justin Weick had two goals apiece for Mount St. Mary’s.
Next Up: Host No. 5 Georgetown March 2
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics