GEORGETOWNCoach:Dave Urick, 18th season. Last year:12-3, lost to Virginia in NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
Home field:Multi-Sport Field.
Outlook: D Jerry Lambe is the only senior who starts. Four freshmen are expected to play a considerable amount: MFs Andrew Brancaccio and Scott Kocis and Ds Barney Ehrmann and Chris Nixon. Junior A Brendan Cannon (14 goals, 32 assists) was the first sophomore to lead the Hoyas in scoring since 1997. Senior Trevor Casey moved to midfield from attack; he has scored 20, 21 and 18 goals in his first three years.
If they were a Shakespeare play, they'd be:"Macbeth." Like Macbeth, the Hoyas are trying everything to break into the sport's upper echelon. Five straight losses in the quarterfinals, however, are enough to drive most of their fans into a Lady Macbeth-like madness. There may be some bloodshed, too: Almost all of Georgetown's midfielders and defensemen are taller than 6 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds.
Today, at Maryland, 3 p.m.; March -- 3, at St. John's, 1; 10, Syracuse, 2:45 (MASN); 14, at Delaware, 7; 17, at Hobart, 1; 24, Duke, 1; 31, Navy, 3 (ESPNU). April -- 7, Fairfield, 1; 10, Mount St. Mary's, 4; 14, Loyola College, 1; 21, at Massachusetts, 1; 28, Rutgers, 1; May 5, Penn State, 2 (CSTV).
MARYLANDCoach:Dave Cottle, sixth season.
Last year:12-5, lost to Massachusetts in NCAA tournament semifinals.
Home field:Byrd Stadium (Lafayette and Mount St. Mary's games at Ludwig Field).
Tickets:$6 adults, $3 17 and under.
Outlook:Freshman Brian Phipps is likely to be the starting goalie for a few more weeks following injuries to senior Harry Alford and junior Jason Carter. Those are the three goalies on the roster; for now, the backup is freshman defensive midfielder Bryn Holmes. Senior defenders Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill each can cover the opposing team's top player. The offense is led by senior Mike Phipps (14 assists last year) and junior Max Ritz (20 goals, 11 assists).
If they were a Shakespeare play, they'd be: "The Tempest." Maryland's equivalent of the shipwreck in the play was its loss to unseeded Massachusetts in the Final Four last year. Cottle is known an offensive guru and, like Shakespeare's Alonso, hopes by the end to have the magic powers to land Maryland safe and sound back in their native land (i.e., the Final Four).
Def. Bellarmine, 11-6; def. Vermont, 16-7; Today, Georgetown, 3. March -- 2, Duke, 7:30; 10, at Towson, 1 (ESPNU); 13, Lafayette, 3; 17, UMBC, 1 (ESPNU); 20, Mount St. Mary's, 3; 24, North Carolina, noon (CSTV); 31, at Virginia, 3. April -- 6, at Navy, 7 (CSTV); 14, Johns Hopkins, 8 (ESPNU); 21, at Penn, 1; 27-29, ACC tournament in Durham, N.C., TBA. May -- 5, Yale, 1.
NAVYCoach:Richie Meade, 13th season. Last year:11-4, lost to Georgetown in NCAA tournament first round.
Home field:Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Tickets:$7 adults, $3 students.
Outlook:The starting defense from last year is back, as is senior MF Billy Looney (18 goals), senior A Ian Dingman (33 goals, 11 assists) and junior A Nick Mirabito (23 goals, 12 assists). Sophomore Bruce Nechanicky is the quarterback of the attack. Senior Colin Finnegan, an All-Met at St. Mary's-Annapolis, is the starting goalie.
If they were a Shakespeare play, they'd be: "Richard III." One of the most grueling Shakespeare plays to read. Similarly, Navy's emphasis on defense, winning groundballs and a patient offense looks to wear down opponents. "Richard III" starts slowly, which has been a problem for Navy in its season opener (it trailed Saint Joseph's 2-1 in the second quarter) and in scrimmages against Princeton and Virginia.
Def. Saint Joseph's, 10-3; Saturday, at Lafayette, 1. March -- 2, North Carolina, 7; 10, at Lehigh, 1; 13, Canisius, 10 a.m.; 17, vs. Holy Cross in Dallas, 1; 21, Colgate, 4; 25, at Bucknell, 1; 31, at Georgetown, 3 (ESPNU). April -- 6, Maryland, 7 (CSTV); 14, Army, noon (CSTV); 21, at Johns Hopkins, 3 p.m. (ESPNU); 27-29, Patriot League tournament, site and times TBA.
VIRGINIACoach: Dom Starsia, 15th season.
Last year: 17-0, won national title.
Home field: Klockner Stadium.
Tickets: $6 adults, $4 18 and under.
Outlook: Virginia's midfielders went 1 for 18 in the loss to Drexel. Junior A Ben Rubeor had four goals and four assists in that game and had 34 goals and 24 assists last year. The Cavaliers played four freshmen on defense at times in the season opener. "Everyone, ourselves included, needs to be a little bit patient," Starsia said.
If they were a Shakespeare play, they'd be: "Julius Caesar." Did the Cavaliers show a bit of hubris against Drexel? It's happened before: They followed up their 2003 NCAA title with a 5-8 season in 2004. "Beware the Ides of March" indeed: Virginia should know where it stands by then because it will have faced Princeton and Syracuse.
Lost to Drexel, 11-10; Saturday, at Stony Brook, 1. March -- 3, vs. Syracuse in Baltimore, 2:30 (ESPNU); 5, Virginia Military, 7; 10, Princeton, 1; 13, Mount St. Mary's, 7:30; 17, Towson, 1; 24, at Johns Hopkins, 3 (ESPNU); 31, Maryland, 3. April -- 3, Binghamton, 4; 7, North Carolina, 7; 14, at Duke, 7 (CSTV); 21, Dartmouth, 1; 27-29, ACC tournament in Durham, N.C., times TBA.
JOHNS HOPKINSCoach:Dave Pietramala, sixth season. Last year:9-5, lost to Syracuse in NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
Home field:Homewood Field.
Tickets:$7 general admission, $5 youth.
Outlook: The Blue Jays have a deep offense, led by junior MF Paul Rabil (25 goals, 13 assists), senior A-MF Jake Byrne (18 goals) and junior A Kevin Huntley (30 goals). The starting defense, however, features two converted midfielders and junior Ben O'Neill, a reserve the past two seasons.
If they were a Shakespeare play, they'd be:"Romeo and Juliet." The most famous of Shakespeare's plays, yet everyone knows it always ends in tears. The Blue Jays already have had some bad news: Starting D Chris Drenan is out for the season following a knee injury.
Today, Albany, noon (ESPNU); March -- 3, vs. Princeton at M&T Bank Stadium, noon (ESPNU); 6, at UMBC, 7 (MASN); 10, Hofstra, noon (ESPNU); 17, at Syracuse, 3:30 (MASN); 24, Virginia, 1 (ESPNU); 31, at North Carolina, 2. April -- 7, Duke, 1 (ESPNU); 14, at Maryland, 8 (ESPNU); 21, Navy, 3 (ESPNU); 28, at Towson, 1 (ESPNU). 30, at Mount St. Mary's, 4. May -- 5, Loyola College, 1 (ESPNU).
AROUND THE COUNTRYDuke is back after having its season suspended following the accusation that three of its players raped a dancer at a team party. Its top players include senior A Matt Danowski (12 goals, 14 assists in eight games) and junior A Zack Greer (17 goals, 7 assists). "When you look for a theme in recent years, the teams that have had a lot of seniors have carried the day," Starsia said. "I see Duke as having that this year."
Notre Dame is led by junior goalkeeper Joey Kemp, who had five saves in the fourth quarter of a 9-7 victory over Loyola last Saturday. Freshman Will Yeatman, a tight end on the football team, had a goal and an assist in that game.
-- Christian Swezey