Todd Karpovich shares his latest power rankings for the seven local Division I lacrosse teams as well as his player of the week. Plus, he shares highlights from the week of local Division III lacrosse.
Player of the Week
Maryland Sophomore Attackman Owen Murphy
The Johns Hopkins transfer scored a career-high-tying four goals and set a new career high with five points against his former team in the Terrapins’ 22-7 victory. Murphy, a sophomore from Medfield, Mass., has 22 goals and three assists in 12 games.
1. Maryland (12-0)
Previous Game: Defeated Johns Hopkins, 22-7
Spotlight: The top-ranked Terrapins completely dominated the Blue Jays in every phase of the game, earning the largest margin of victory in the series that dates back to 1923. The 22 goals are the most Maryland has ever scored against Johns Hopkins. Fifth-year attackman Logan Wisnauskas (Boys’ Latin) led the Terrapins with five goals. Graduate attackman Keegan Khan had four goals, the fifth time this season he scored that many goals in a game. The Terps had 10 different goal scorers, the seventh game in a row with at least 10 goal scorers.
This Week’s National Ranking: No. 1
Next Up: Maryland hosts the final two rounds of the 2022 Big Ten tournament, with semifinal games at 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
2. Navy (8-5)
Previous Game: Defeated No. 16 Army, 12-11, in overtime
Spotlight: Senior attackman Jack Sweeney (McDonogh) scored the game-winning goal 58 seconds into overtime to lead the Midshipmen, who beat their highest-ranked opponent since beating No. 3 Yale, 13-10, in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Junior midfielder Patrick Skalniak earned his fifth hat trick of the season with a team-high three goals. The three-year starter also became just the fifth different midfielder in program history to reach 40 points in a single season. He stands fifth on the Mids’ single-season points list among midfielders with 42 points on 25 goals and 17 assists.
This National Week’s Ranking: Votes
Next Up: Hosts Bucknell April 29
3. Loyola (6-7)
Previous Game: Defeated Colgate, 11-10, in overtime
Spotlight: Junior midfielder Evan James scored four goals, including the last three of the game to rally the visiting Greyhounds. Junior midfielder Adam Poitras also had four goals. Graduate goalie Sam Shafer finished with 11 saves for Loyola.
This Week’s Ranking: Votes
Next Up: Hosts Lehigh April 29
4. Johns Hopkins (6-8)
Previous Game: Lost to No. 1 Maryland, 22-7
Spotlight: The Blue Jays dropped their fourth straight game to the Terrapins. Johns Hopkins got seven goals by seven different players, with graduate attackman Connor DeSimone the only multi-point producer (one goal and one assist).
Next Up: Hosts Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Saturday, April 30. The winner of that game will play Maryland in the Big Ten semifinals at Maryland May 5.
5. Towson (6-7)
Previous Game: Defeated Fairfield, 12-8
Spotlight: Senior midfielder Austin Stewart, fifth-year attackman Luke Shilling (Boys’ Latin) and senior attackman James Avanzato each scored two goals for Towson. The Tigers secured a berth in the CAA tournament.
Next Up: Hosts Hofstra April 30
6. UMBC (4-6)
Previous Game: Lost to Stony Brook, 13-11
Spotlight: Freshman attackman Jordan Galloway and junior attackman Mike Doughty (Glenelg) each finished with three goals and two assists for the Retrievers, who led 6-1 at one point. The Seawolves won 20 of 28 faceoffs and went on a 7-0 run to turn the game.
Next Up: Hosts NJIT April 29
7. Mount St. Mary’s (5-9)
Previous Game: Lost to Bryant, 14-7
Spotlight: Seniors Jared and Connor McMahon each scored twice for the Mountaineers, who fell to 2-4 in the NEC with one game remaining. Senior midfielder Jake Krieger had two assists and one goal for Mount St. Mary’s.
Next Up: Visits Hobart April 30
Team of the Week
The No. 15 Mustangs earned a 29-7 win against Albright. Stevenson has not lost a game this month, improving its winning streak to seven games. Stevenson (11-4) travels to No. 6 York on Wednesday, April 27.
Player of the Week
Stevenson Senior Midfielder Josh Brannan
The senior from DeMatha set a new single-game school record with 10 goals and 13 points, outscoring Albright by himself and notching his 100th career point. Brannan has 55 goals and 26 assists in 15 games.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics