- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 22, 2008

Georgetown coach Dave Urick and his staff drove down to Durham, N.C., earlier this week to scout top-ranked Duke.

It was an up-close look of what the No. 10 Hoyas will contend with this morning at Multi-Sport Field. And the glowing impression Urick returned with might be a bit understated.

“They’re a pretty impressive group,” Urick said. “They’re fun to watch and not a lot of fun to play against.”

Nevertheless, the Hoyas (3-2) will take their crack at the Blue Devils (8-0), who have scored at least 15 goals in every game and have outscored opponents by an average of 11 goals.

Duke’s imposing attack is perhaps even better than the past this year. Sophomore Max Quinzani has a team-high 25 goals, and Zack Greer has 22 goals and 18 assists.

Fifth-year senior Matt Danowski (17 goals, 21 assists) also remains, and he will be marked by high school teammate Jerry Lambe. Danowski had only a goal and an assist in last year’s meeting.

“There’s a different focus right now for him,” Urick said. “He realizes the challenge he has. He realizes if we’re going to do well, he has to play extremely well against Danowski. You’re not going to stop Matt Danowski from scoring. You just hope he isn’t going to have a career day.”

Another mild concern is Georgetown’s mild defensive struggles in recent games. The Hoyas yielded at least 10 goals to Delaware and Hobart, though that could be a function of playing up-tempo teams than anything else.

“I’m not sure that we’re playing poor defense; it’s just that we ran into two good offensive teams,” Urick said. “I look at Delaware the game after us, and they scored 16. In its next game, Hobart put up 19 goals. They’re both very capable.”

Glading questionable

No. 2 Virginia has reached double figures in goals in its first eight games for the first time since 2000, and done it with a little bit of flux at attack.

There could be even more today when the Cavaliers play host to No. 4 Johns Hopkins (3-2) at Klockner Stadium.

Attackman Danny Glading (16 goals, 18 assists) is questionable with a hamstring injury suffered early in last week’s victory at Towson. His absence didn’t stop the Cavaliers from scoring 18 goals, but it could be more difficult to overcome against a Hopkins team on a two-game losing streak.

“I asked him and he said ‘Yeah, I’m playing,’ ” coach Dom Starsia said. “I don’t think we know the answer to that. … Frankly, my inclination would be to be cautious with this thing.”

Mids’ Coughlin ailing

No. 8 Navy might also play this weekend without a key component after goalie Matt Coughlin limped off in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime victory over Bucknell.

Coach Richie Meade said yesterday Coughlin was doubtful for tomorrow’s game at Colgate with a hamstring injury, but added he did not believe it was serious. Junior Tommy Phelan likely would fill in at goalie for the Midshipmen (7-1, 4-0 Patriot).

“It was a wet field, and he stretched to get a shot and changed direction,” Meade said of Coughlin, who has a 4.56 goals against average. “I guess with his hamstring, they say he tweaked it. It’s not a tear.”

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