- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 15, 2003

Spring break isn't always the easiest time for a lacrosse player. Classmates are enjoying a respite in warmer locales, the campus is all but deserted for a week but teams must keep practicing.

Of course, some of them combine the best of both worlds a trip south with a game or two on the itinerary.

"Some teams have typically headed to Florida," Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. "We've played down in Carolina. Sometimes its nice to get your guys off campus. You can get a little stale and a little logy waiting to play a game when nothing else is going on."

That's one of the reasons Urick scheduled a game in San Antonio this season. The fifth-ranked Hoyas defeated Hobart 13-5 this week in the first Division I game in Texas since Johns Hopkins and Navy played at the Houston Astrodome in 1971.

For players, a spring break trip provides a release from daily practice. Maryland will find that out later this month when it travels to Florida to face Butler.

"At Yale, we went for 10 days, so it was a lot more important in terms of team chemistry," said Maryland attackman Brian Hunt, a graduate student who played three seasons in New Haven. "I can't really say how much it will help us since it's only four days and only one game, but I think it will be a lot of fun."

Emmer ties record

When No. 18 Army throttled Holy Cross on Tuesday, it gave coach Jack Emmer a milestone victory. The next time the Black Knights win, he'll get a record-breaker.

Emmer won his 300th game this week, tying him with former Massachusetts coach Dick Garber for most all-time. His first chance at No. 301 comes today when Army visits Penn.

"It does make you step back and say there's been an awful lot of good times," said Emmer, whose 34-year career predates the NCAA tournament. "In the coaching profession, the losses are a lot worse than the victories are good. It's tough to lose. I've been fortunate to have won more than I've lost."

Lots more. Emmer, who also coached at Cortland State and Washington & Lee, has a mark of 300-166 and could get to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights (3-1) are one of the favorites to win the Patriot League.

"It's a team that's finding a way to be successful," Emmer said. "It's certainly not one of our more talented teams, nor do we have a lot of depth. We have a lot of nagging injuries that have not gotten in the way of our guys being successful."

Welcome back

One of the sport's strangest scheduling trends ends today when Maryland plays Stony Brook in its first game on Long Island in 11 years.

Like most other elite programs, Maryland has mined Long Island for top recruits for years. Nine Terps, including close defensemen Michael Howley and Chris Passavia and midfielder Mike Mollot grew up on Long Island. Yet the Terps are the only team in this week's top 15 that has not played a game there since 2000.

"I think it's what this program needs," Howley said. "So many guys are from Long Island, and I think it's important for them to go home and see their folks and see their families. Maryland guys are always at home, so they see their family and friends, so I think it's an excellent experience for us."

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