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
Christian Daniel, Navy, Attack
The senior from Owings, Md., led the Midshipmen to a key 12-10 victory against Loyola with six points on a goal and a career-high five assists. The goal gave Navy a two-goal cushion with 1:28 left.
1. Maryland (9-0)
Previous Game: Defeated then-No. 12 Ohio State, 18-8
Spotlight: The top-ranked Terrapins won their fifth regular-season Big Ten championship. Senior attackman Jared Bernhardt led Maryland with a career-high-tying six goals and added an assist. Sophomore goalie Logan McNaney scored his first career goal on a two-man-down situation 2:04 into the second half. Senior attackman Logan Wisnauskas (Boys’ Latin) had a goal and two assists for three points, his 45th career multi-point game.
Next Up: Visit Johns Hopkins April 24
2. Navy (4-2)
Previous Game: Defeated then-No. 14 Loyola, 14-12
Spotlight: In addition to Daniel’s heroics, freshman midfielder Dane Swanson (McDonogh) earned his first collegiate hat trick. Junior attackman Jack Sweeney (Glenelg) also had three man-advantage goals, while freshman midfielder Jon Jarosz scored twice with two assists. Senior goalie Spencer Rees (Boys’ Latin) finished with 15 saves for the 19th-ranked Mids. Navy is 2-2 in the Patriot League.
Next Up: Host No. 10 Army April 24
3. UMBC (6-2)
Previous Game: Defeated UMass Lowell, 12-7
Spotlight: Senior attackmen Ryan Frawley and Brett McIntyre each scored three goals in the Retrievers’ home finale. Senior defenseman Colin Kasner had six ground balls and forced three turnovers. UMBC is in second place in the America East, a half-game behind Vermont.
Next Up: Visit No. 14 Stony Brook April 24
4. Towson (6-6)
Previous Game: Defeated UMass, 9-6
Spotlight: The Tigers got back to .500 with a stellar defensive effort after scoring all of their goals in the first half. Junior midfielder Ryan Swain (Calvert Hall) led Towson with three goals and redshirt junior goalie Shane Brennan finished with 13 saves.
Next Up: Host No. 13 Delaware April 24
5. Loyola (5-5)
Previous Game: Lost to Navy, 14-12
Spotlight: After trailing 10-5 at the break, sophomore midfielder Evan James scored three times during a 6-0 run that tied the game at 12. However, the Midshipmen scored twice in the final 4:50 to put the game away. James finished with four goals. Senior attackman Kevin Lindley added a hat trick for Loyola. The Greyhounds fell to 3-3 in the Patriot League.
Next Up: Visit Lafayette April 24
6. Johns Hopkins (2-7)
Previous Game: Lost to then-No. 8 Rutgers, 17-11
Spotlight: The Blue Jays dropped their fifth consecutive game. Graduate attackman/midfielder Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield) led Johns Hopkins with four goals and an assist, while junior attackman Joey Epstein scored twice with two assists.
Next Up: Host No. 1 Maryland April 24
7. Mount St. Mary’s (3-9)
Previous Game: Lost to Long Island, 17-15
Spotlight: The Mountaineers could not keep pace with the sharks in the high-scoring shootout.
Senior attackman Luke Frankeny scored five goals and graduate midfielder Matt Haggerty had a hat trick for Mount St. Mary’s.
Next Up: Host Wagner April 24
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Navy Athletics