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

Johns Hopkins Senior Attackman Joey Epstein
The Landon graduate had three goals in a 16-8 win against Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Epstein now has 100 goals in his career. Epstein is third on the team with 38 points (25 goals and 13 assists) this year.

1. Maryland (12-0)
Previous Game: Idle
This Week’s National Ranking: No. 1
Next Up: Hosts Johns Hopkins in the 2022 Big Ten tournament semifinals May 5

2. Navy (9-5)
Previous Game: Defeated Bucknell, 13-6
Spotlight: Sophomore midfielder Max Hewitt had two goals and two assists and is now just one point shy of the 30-point mark this season. Junior goalie Pat Ryan made 16 saves, one off his career high, and gave up just five goals. Navy had four players combine to win 13 of 22 draws (59.1 percent). Junior Nate Hammond took the bulk of the faceoffs, winning 10 of 16 (6.25), and grabbing a career-high-tying six ground balls.
Next Up: Visits Lehigh in the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals May 3

3. Loyola (7-7)
Previous Game: Defeated Lehigh, 13-12, in overtime
Spotlight: Kevin Lindley caught a pass from Aidan Olmstead and scored 29 seconds into overtime, as the graduate attackmen gave the Greyhounds the victory in the regular-season finale. Lindley finished with five goals and Olmstead scored four times with an assist. Graduate faceoff specialist Bailey Savio won 17 of 28 faceoffs (60.7 percent) for the Greyhounds against the Mountain Hawks, who entered the game-winning more than 64 percent at the ‘X,’ second in NCAA Division I lacrosse.
This Week’s National Ranking: Votes
Next Up: Hosts Bucknell in the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals May 3

4. Johns Hopkins (7-8)
Previous Game: Defeated Penn State, 16-8
Spotlight: Graduate attackman Connor DeSimone, senior midfielder Garrett Degnon and sophomore midfielder Johnathan Peshko had two goals apiece for the Blue Jays. Overall, a season-high 11 players scored goals for Johns Hopkins, which led 7-1 in the second quarter and never looked back.
Next Up: Visits No. 1 Maryland in the Big Ten tournament semifinals May 5

5. Towson (6-8)
Previous Game: Lost to Hofstra, 15-14
Spotlight: Junior attackman Nick DeMaio scored four goals and had two assists, but the Tigers fell short in a comeback bid after going on a 7-3 run in the final quarter. Senior attackman James Avanzato had three goals and one assist, while freshman faceoff specialist Matt Constantinides won 19 of his 32 draws with seven ground balls for the Tigers, whose season is still alive.
Next Up: Plays Massachusetts in the CAA tournament semifinals in Philadelphia May 5

6. UMBC (5-6)
Previous Game: Defeated NJIT, 19-9
Spotlight: Freshman midfielder Josh Tang (Archbishop Spalding) had a season-high four goals. Junior attackman Mike Doughty (Glenelg) posted his second consecutive three-goal game and added a pair of assists as ten different Retrievers scored goals. Graduate attackman Brett Baucia (Spalding), freshman midfielder Kevin Doughty (Glenelg) and senior midfielder Jack Thomas (Severna Park) each had three points for UMBC.
Next Up: Plays Binghamton in the America East tournament semifinals at Vermont May 5

7. Mount St. Mary’s (5-10)
Previous Game: Lost to Hobart, 14-7
Spotlight: Graduate attackman Brendan Lantieri had a goal and two assists for the Mountaineers, whose season came to an end. Graduate goalie Gunnar Luckoski made 17 saves for Mount St. Mary’s.
Next Up: Season over

DIVISION III

Team of the Week

Hood College
The Blazers closed out the season with a 16-9 victory against Albright. Freshman midfielder Robbie Wiley had four goals. Sophomore attackman Colby Gallagher and freshman midfielder Rio Muldoon each had three goals for Hood. Hood snapped a four-game losing streak and finished the year 7-10.

Player of the Week

Salisbury Senior Attackman Logan Posner
The St. Paul’s graduate had three goals in a 23-5 victory against Mary Washington. Posner has 41 goals and 33 assists in 17 games, The Sea Gulls (16-1) play Mary Washington again in the C2C tournament semifinals May 3.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Athletics

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