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
Towson Attackman Andrew Milani
The St. Paul’s alum scored a game-winning, behind-the-back goal to knock off Fairfield, 12-11. The redshirt freshman finished with two goals and an assist.
1. Maryland (8-0)
Previous Game: Defeated Michigan, 18-12
Spotlight: After trailing 5-0, the top-ranked Terrapins went on a 16-0 run and clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. Seniors Anthony DeMaio and Jared Bernhardt each finished with five goals and two assists for Maryland, which improved to 8-0 for the first time since 2004. Maryland took over the No. 1 spot in the national polls with Duke’s loss to Notre Dame.
Next Up: Host No. 12 Ohio State April 18
2. Loyola (5-4)
Previous Game: Lost to then-No. 10 Army, 12-7
Spotlight: The 14th-ranked Greyhounds struggled against the Black Knights’ stingy defense, which did not allow a goal in the third quarter. Sophomore Evan James led Loyola with a pair of goals. Loyola outshot Army, 45-35, but Black Knights goalkeeper Wyatt Schupler came up big with 16 saves.
Next Up: Host Navy (national votes) April 17
3. Navy (3-2)
Previous Game: Lost to then-No. 7 Lehigh, 13-7
Spotlight: Senior Christian Daniel (Northern) finished with four goals, but it was not enough to overcome the surging Mountain Hawks. The Midshipmen trailed 8-2 at the half and could not cut into the deficit. Senior Spencer Rees (Boys’ Latin) finished with 15 saves for the Mids, the second most of his career.
Next Up: Visit No. 14 Loyola April 17
4. UMBC (5-2)
Previous Game: Lost to UAlbany, 14-9
Spotlight: The Retrievers were outscored, 7-1, in the final quarter after controlling play most of the afternoon. Senior Ryan Frawley extended his scoring streak to 32 games with a hat trick, while junior Taylor Bohanan (St. Mary’s) scored twice. Severna Park alums Steven Zichelli and Trevor Patschorke also scored for the Retrievers.
Next Up: Host UMass Lowell April 17
5. Towson (4-6)
Previous Game: Defeated Fairfield, 12-11
Spotlight: The Tigers scored nine goals in the second half for a much-needed victory. In addition Milani, junior Alex Reid (Loyola Blakefield) had two goals and an assist. Fifth-year senior Brody McLean and junior Ryan Swain (Calvert Hall) also had two goals apiece for the Tigers, who are 3-1 at home. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Shane Brennan had 10 saves.
Next Up: Host No. 15 Hofstra April 13
6. Johns Hopkins (2-6)
Previous Game: Lost to then-No. 14 Ohio State
Spotlight: Freshman Brendan Grimes (Boys’ Latin) and graduate student Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield) each had three goals for Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays rallied from three five-goal deficits to tie the game at 10-10 on a goal by freshman Tyler Dunn with 5:42 left in the third quarter. The Buckeyes responded with three consecutive goals to put the game away.
Next Up: Visit No. 8 Rutgers April 17
7. Mount St. Mary’s (2-8)
Previous Game: Lost to Merrimack, 12-11
Spotlight: Graduate student Matt Haggerty and senior Luke Frankeny had two goals apiece for the Mountaineers. Haggerty provided an 11-10 lead with 7:24 remaining in the game, but the Warriors rallied for two consecutive goals to win the contest.
Next Up: Host Sacred Heart April 14
Photo Credit: Pat Stewart/Towson Athletics