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ACC commissioner Swofford: “We wish Maryland well”

Posted on 21 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ACC Commissioner John Swofford was asked about the league’s ongoing litigation with the University of Maryland Sunday at the league’s football kickoff media event. The following is a transcription of the interaction, courtesy of TheACC.com…

Q. July 10th was the coordinating day and deadline for Maryland and the ACC to meet with the mediator. Was that deadline met, and
what can you tell us about where that process stands?

JOHN SWOFFORD: David, I’m really not at liberty to respond to your specific question. We generally will not be commenting on that case. It’s still in process, and what I’ve said before is that we wish Maryland well. They were a quality member
of this league for 60 years, and our league feels that it has a responsibility to the Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions to live by our constitution and bylaws as they leave the league. And I’ll leave it at that.

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TERPS MOVE TO BIG TEN – FAIRLY QUIET

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Tom Federline

It’s official. As of July 1, 2014 the University Maryland Terrapins are a part of the B1G Ten Athletic Conference. If you didn’t catch the 60 second clip on the evening news that night or the 30 second blurb on sports radio that day, you missed it. I understand there was a “celebration” at Under Armour headquarters for supposedly an afternoon and official announcement on campus the following day for about an hour. Of course, WNST was on this in early June. But did you hear anything more about this from any other local media as the date approached? I do not spend $75+ for a shirt that breathes or $100+ for tennis shoes (UA apparel) and I also do not contribute thousands of dollars to the Terrapin Club – so I guess that’s why I wasn’t invited.

Initial announcement – “Terps are moving to the Big Ten, good-bye ACC. All lifetime Terp fans, if you don’t like it – to bad. Its’ a done deal.” Official move date – “Terps headed west, mid-summer, prior to 4th of July Holiday. It’s a done deal. Tune in Terp fans at the beginning of September to follow the mens football and mens/womens soccer teams hitch hiking on Routes 76 and 80, trying to locate Cedar Rapids, Iowa.” I have heard half the teams will be heading to Raleigh-Durham area, the other half will be attempting to dodge tornado’s on their first road trip to the Midwest.

Wait-a-minute, they won’t be hitch hiking, they’ll be riding in luxury motor coaches. Five players to an RV, equipped with all the luxuries of their dorm rooms for their 3 month road trip. I understand the university is supplying each motor coach with IT personnel that were fired from the “Identity Theft Scandal” last year. They are to help keep up the kids academic obligations, with remote access to their classes and to Facebook. In addition, I believe the University is also providing traveling “tutors” (from the basketball team),  to assist in providing guidance to the youngsters for those ”remote access” classes. The motor coaches are part of the “financial stability package” the university will be receiving as part of this transfer to the midwest.

Remember the words from UMCP’s current athletic director, (not verbatim) – The move to the B1G Ten will help the University of Maryland academically, as well as financially. Really Kevin Anderson? Academically? Please provide those fabricated “academically enhanced” documents in order to safe face. What I read was - “Maryland is set to make $100 million dollars more in the next 6 years by joining the B1G Ten as opposed to if they had stayed in the ACC.” Really Kevin Anderson and President Loh? Does that include the $52 million dollar penalty for transferring out of the ACC and joining the B1G Ten? Does that include re-instating the sports programs that were dropped because of “misappropriation” of funds within the Athletic Department? Good ahead blame it on Debbie Yow – she’s gone. Does that include paying off Turgeon when he blows another basketball season? It’s all about the money and only about the money. Isn’t it Mr. AD and Mr. Pres.? Academics? Really? Maryland established itself as a top notch academic college many moons ago. Don’t embarrass yourselves, keep the athletics and academics totally separate. Ya ain’t foolin’ no one, no mo’.

College athletics are a changing. Traditions – gone. Rivalries – gone. Geographical accommodation - gone. Student athletes -  gone. Fan base - diminishing and/or transitional. “Show Me the Money” – IN. The re-arrangement of college conferences apparently are a necessary evil. As you know by now – I’m old school and that I believe – “Its All Fixed.” It does pain me when the almighty dollar wins out. I can accept there will be new traditions, new rivalries new fan bases. It’s just gonna take awhile. ”O” and it’s going to take more gas money for the RV when we are picking up the kids hitch hiking across the country. FYI – here’s a look at the new B1G Fourteen:

This whole Terp transfer from the ACC to the B1G Ten has been like one huge ”Firework” – (Katy Perry). One right after the other. We got blasted on the initial announcement over a weekend in the Fall. Blasted again, when the official move was done a couple of days before the 4th of July pyrotechnics. I know, I know – “It will work out in the end…….and if it doesn’t……. it’s not the end.” Or someone could just introduce the university on another scam to get some mo’ money and BAM – more fireworks.

Good luck Terps, we’ll be watching you on the B1G Ten Network (that is a plus). Good luck Terps, with local fan support during the second year of your Midwest run. The faithful will probably stay with you this initial year -it’s a novelty. Then watch the numbers dwindle. Let’s hope for the best. Go Terps – see you up in Madison. BTW -that is a cool college town. “Time to face the strange.”

D.I.Y.

FEDMAN

 

 

 

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Maryland F Thomas named ACC Female Athlete of the Year

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.– Maryland women’s basketball All-American and three-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas has been named ACC Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 academic year, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Florida State football Heisman Trophy winner and baseball pitcher Jameis Winston was named ACC Male Athlete of the Year.

“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC,” said head coach Brenda Frese. “There were so many memorable games and highlites in her career that she demonstrated what it took to perform at the highest level each and every night.  She was a special player that impacted everyone.  She is a player that will be  remembered forever.”

Thomas claimed the 24th Mary Garber Award as the conference’s finest female athlete after becoming the second player in conference history to be voted the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for a third straight season and leading the Terrapins to the 2014 NCAA Final Four.

“It’s quite an honor to be named ACC Female Athlete of the Year,” Thomas said. “I was grateful to be athlete of the year in my sport and this is just amazing. I want to thank everyone at Maryland for helping me get better and better all four years. They helped me achieve some of my biggest goals and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Terp.”

Maryland’s Thomas led her team in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 per contest as the Terrapins posted a 28-7 record. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Thomas passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading basketball scorer (male or female). She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading career rebounder with 1,235.

The 6-foot 2 Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played in 2013-14 and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native also ranked fifth among ACC players in assists (4.1 per game) and shot 51.3 percent from the floor.

In April, Thomas  was selected fourth overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft and traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.

Thomas received 15 votes in the Garber Award balloting. Virginia soccer All-American Morgan Brian placed second with 10 votes, and Duke golf All-American Celine Boutier was named on eight ballots.

The awards are given in memory of distinguished journalists from the region. McKevlin was a sports editor in Raleigh, N.C., and Garber, of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, was a pioneer as one of the first female sports journalists in the nation.

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Four Maryland lacrosse players named academic All-ACC

Posted on 25 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Four members of the University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team were named to the 2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team as announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford.

Leading the way for the Terps is sophomore Matt Dunn, who made the team for the second time. Joining Dunn on the team from Maryland are junior Casey Ikeda, sophomore Henry West and freshman Connor Cannizzaro, the 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year.

Duke senior Jordan Wolf, a history major, was named the conference’s men’s lacrosse scholar athlete of the year.

Duke led the way with seven student-athletes on the team. Notre Dame followed with six and North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia each had five representatives on the team.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

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Military Bowl to return to Annapolis December 27

Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 MILITARY BOWL® PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN SET FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 27 AT NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, today announced that its 2014 game will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. It will be televised nationally on ESPN.

This year’s game is the first in a six-year cycle that will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference. The Military Bowl now has long-term partnerships in place with both conferences, ESPN and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

“With a new conference matchup and many new exciting Bowl Week events in the works, we are certain that the 2014 game will be our best yet,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “A Saturday afternoon kickoff is great not only for football fans in the local community but also for those traveling to the region. We look forward to hosting the teams and fans in the National Capital Region this December.”

This past year, for the fourth consecutive bowl season, the Military Bowl provided $100,000 to the USO and thousands of complimentary tickets to military personnel and their families. As part of the 2013 Military Bowl gameday activities, Northrop Grumman donated a specially equipped van to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for wounded warrior transportation.

The 2013 matchup between Maryland and Marshall attracted more than 30,000 fans to the festivities at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Thundering Herd defeated the Terrapins 31-20 in Annapolis.

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Maryland falls to Georgia Tech in ACC baseball championship game

Posted on 25 May 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.  Georgia Tech scored six runs over the final three innings including a three-run eighth to defeat Maryland, 8-4, Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Terps, who were making their first ACC tournament final appearance since 1976, finished 2-2 at the event with wins over third-ranked Virginia and fourth-ranked Florida State. Maryland will learn its NCAA postseason fate on Monday when the field of 64 is announced on ESPNU at noon.

“Obviously, not the result we were looking for and it’s kind of a pretty disappointing day in general for our guys and for the program,” said head coach John Szefc. “Tough one to deal with, but, you know, the other side of the coin as I tried to explain to our guys, as tough as this one is, tomorrow we will be sitting in a restaurant in College Park hopefully getting a good feel as to where we might be playing next weekend in the NCAA Tournament. That’s been kind of a goal for us for a long time, since I got here. Certainly since a lot of these other guys have been here well before I got here.

“Hopefully, we will get something out of this, and I think we have a chance to do well in the NCAA Regional coming out of this tournament.”

Maryland (36-21) ran into a hot Yellow Jacket (36-25) lineup that totaled 13 hits including seven doubles, which tied a season high for Georgia Tech. The number three, four and five hitters in the Tech lineup were a combined 10-for-13 and drove in five of the Yellow Jacket’s runs.

For the Terps, Blake Schmit hit his first home run of the season and scored three times, while Anthony Papio finished 2-for-4 with two, two-out RBI.

Three Terps were named to the all-tournament team. Kevin Martir earned all-tournament honors at catcher, LaMonte Wade earned the honor at first and Schmit took all-tournament honors at shortstop.

Georgia Tech opened the game up in the eighth scoring three runs on three hits. A leadoff double by Daniel Spingola and a bunt single that resulted in a throwing error on reliever Kevin Mooney scored the first run of the inning. A two-RBI single from Connor Justus put the game away for Tech.

The Jackets struck first posting the first two runs of the contest on back-to-back doubles by Thomas Smith and A.J. Murray. Maryland starter Jake Drossner retired the first two batters of the inning on ground balls, but Matt Gonzalez tallied the first hit of the afternoon on a single through the right side. Thomas Smith’s run-scoring double put Georgia Tech in front. A.J. Murray then followed with a double to center and the Jackets had a 2-0 lead after a half of an inning.

Maryland cut the deficit to one in the home half of the second. Schmit led off the inning with his first home run of the season. The blast hit the top of the wall and bounced over trimming the Jacket lead to 2-1.

Tech answered in the fourth and regained a two-run advantage. Smith hit his second double of the afternoon to start the inning and scored one batter later on a single by Murray. Drossner settled down and got the next three batters including the final two on strikes to keep the deficit at two.

The Terps got it right back in the bottom of the inning. After a one-out walk to Schmit, Nick Cieri delivered a two-out single to center moving Schmit to third. Papio picked the Terps up with a flair to right scoring Schmit to cut the deficit back to one.

After two shutout innings from Drossner and reliever Bobby Ruse, the Terps grabbed the lead in the bottom of the sixth. A walk and back-to-back singles by Lewis and Cieri loaded the bases. Papio once again came through for the Terps with a run-scoring single, this time to center to tie the game. The Yellow Jackets got a double play on the next at-bat, but it brought Cieri in as the go-ahead run.

The Yellow Jackets tied it right back up in the seventh and took the lead with a three-run eighth. A leadoff double for the second straight inning came back to bite Maryland in the seventh. A sacrifice bunt moved Brandon Gold to third later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Earnest.

Justus brought two runs home in the eighth with a single to center capping a three-run inning. The Yellow Jackets added a run in the ninth on a run-scoring double by Gonzalez.

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Maryland baseball tops Florida State, clinches spot in ACC Championship Game

Posted on 23 May 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.  Maryland used a four-run outburst in the third and got seven shutout innings from freshman right-hander Mike Shawaryn to defeat fourth-ranked Florida State Friday afternoon at NewBridge Bank Park by a score of 5-3 at the ACC Championship.

With the win, Maryland (36-19) runs its winning streak to 11, the second-longest active streak in the country and one shy of a program record, and improves to 2-0 in Pool B. With Virginia’s win over North Carolina Friday night, Maryland clinched a spot in Sunday’s ACC Championship Game regardless of whether or not they beat the Tar Heels Saturday.

Shawaryn was the story for Maryland on Friday. The Carneys Point, N.J., native shutout the potent Seminole offense over seven innings holding Florida State (42-15) to two hits while striking out six. Shawaryn retired the first 14 batters of the game carrying a no-hitter into the fifth.

“That was probably as good of an outing as Mike Shawaryn has had throughout the whole year,” said head coachJohn Szefc. “When you look at the fact that he threw 73 strikes on 116 pitches, he’s been doing that for us the whole year, pretty much, not really shocking. Second time he’s beat Florida State this year. Obviously, that’s a crucial game for us in the tournament because it puts us in a pretty good position.”

In two meetings with the Seminoles this season, Shawaryn has held FSU to one run in 14-1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts.

“Going into every game you look at it as a separate game each time you go against an opponent whether you’ve faced them before or not,” said Shawaryn. “You look at that time as another baseball game and you need three strikes to win.”

The Terps got all the runs they needed in the third inning Friday. A two-run double by Jose Cuas, a fielding error that plated a run and a RBI single from Tim Lewis put the Terps up by four.

After adding an insurance run in the seventh, closer Kevin Mooney squashed a Florida State rally in the eighth with three strikeouts stranding the tying run on first. In the ninth, Mooney retired the Noles in order for his 11th save of the season.

The Terps exploded for four runs in the third highlighted by a two-RBI double from Cuas to put the Terps in front. The big inning started with Kevin Martir reaching via a throwing error on Florida State shortstop Justin Gonzalez andCharlie White moving to first on a hit-by-pitch.

After LaMonte Wade sacrificed the runners over, Florida State intentionally walked Brandon Lowe to load the bases. Cuas made the Seminoles pay turning on the first pitch from Mike Compton and ripping it down the left field line and into the Terps’ bullpen. Martir scored from third and White came home from second to put the Terps up 2-0.

“After the walk, bases loaded, I knew they were going to come at me with strikes, I was looking for anything I could drive into a gap,” said Cuas. “I got an off-speed [pitch] and I was able to drive it for a double.”

With the infield in, Blake Schmit shot one under the glove of Gonzalez to score Lowe to increase the lead to three. Lewis followed with bloop single over Gonzalez’s head and into left for a RBI extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

Maryland tacked on a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Cuas. Wade drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a double to left by Lowe. Cuas then picked up his third RBI of the game with a fly ball to right.

Florida State’s offense came to life in the eighth. Two walks and a single to start the frame loaded the bases and a wild pitch by reliever Bobby Ruse scored FSU’s first run of the contest.

The wild pitch was followed by a John Nogowski RBI single to right cutting the Terrapin lead to three. Mooney entered from the bullpen and promptly struck out Jose Brizuela for the first out of the inning.

After allowing a third FSU run to score on a wild pitch and issuing a walk to Ben DeLuzio, Mooney struck out John Sansone and Jose Gonzalez both looking to end the threat.

Maryland closes pool play Saturday at 3 p.m. against seventh-seeded North Carolina.

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Maryland GK Amato picks up final ACC weekly lacrosse honor of season

Posted on 06 May 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. –Notre Dame senior attackman John Scioscia and Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Scioscia tied a career-high mark with six goals and also dished out two assists in Notre Dame’s thrilling 18-17 win over No. 19 Army in the Fighting Irish’s regular-season finale. His eight points were a career-best and one shy of tying the program record. The Summit, N.J., native played a pivotal role in the victory as he scored the game-tying goal (16-16), and assisted on Conor Doyle’s game winner, which came with 20 seconds left after he forced a turnover and picked up the ground ball. He also netted two goals during a 4-0 Notre Dame run that reversed a 7-5 deficit, and scored with five seconds left in the third quarter to bring the Irish to within a goal (14-13).

Amato had a career game versus Navy in his final regular-season home game as a Terrapin, making 10 saves to go along with one groundball and one caused turnover in the 12-6 win. Amato had never had above a .500 save percentage in three previous games against the Midshipmen, but earned his fourth career victory over the Mids by stopping 62.5 percent of the shots Navy put on goal. His 10 saves were also significant in that they gave him 601 for his career to join only two other Terps in the 600-save club.

All six ACC men’s lacrosse teams earned a berth in the 2014 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship, with five of the six among the top eight seeds. Action will get underway this weekend with first round games on May 10-11.

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Terps Tillman, Amato, Cannizzaro honored by ACC

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Head coach John Tillman, senior goalie Niko Amato and freshman attackman Connor Cannizzaro were among the recipients of the annual ACC men’s lacrosse individual awards, the conference announced Thursday.

Tillman was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year, while Amato and Cannizzaro were named the Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.

Tillman earns his first ACC Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Terrapins to a 10-3 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in conference play, which earned Maryland the 2014 ACC Regular Season championship. Tillman, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Maryland program, is the third Terrapin head coach to earn the honor, joining Dick Edell, who won the award in 1989, 1992 and 1998, and Dave Cottle, who won the award in 2004 and 2008.

Amato, who is the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the All-ACC squad four times, becomes the second Terp to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award in just the third season of the award’s existence. The native of Conshohocken, Pa., leads the conference with a 7.27 goals-against average, which is nearly a full goal less than the second-place goalie. He is also tops in the conference with a .573 save percentage. A three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season, Amato was at his best in conference games and had a 7.80 goals-against average with a .585 save percentage in the five regular season conference games. His standout performance of the season came in the Terps’ 10-6 victory over then-No. 1 Duke on March 1 when he recorded a season-best 17 saves, which is the most by an ACC goalie this year.

Cannizzaro becomes the eighth Terrapin to earn the ACC Freshman of the Year award and is the first Maryland attackman to win the award since Joe Walters in 2003. The native of Cazenovia, N.Y., was solid throughout the season for the Terps, ranking third on the team with 25 points and is tied for third with 19 goals. But Cannizzaro excelled in ACC games this season and ranks 10th in the conference in points per game (2.80) and goals per game (2.0). He scored three goals and added an assist in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse on Feb. 22 and matched that performance with three goals and an assist in Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 19. He also had two goals and an assist in each of the Terps’ games vs. Virginia and North Carolina.

Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

Maryland closes out its regular season vs. Navy on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

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Maryland to host Virginia in first ACC/Big Ten Challenge in new conference

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Terps to Host Virginia in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will host rival Virginia Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge as announced today by ESPN. It marks the Terps’ first time competing in the contest as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Maryland concluded its tenure in the ACC this past spring with a thrilling season finale overtime victory against No. 5 Virginia at Comcast Center on March 9. The Terrapins have played the Cavaliers more than any team in program history, garnering a 107-74 mark in 181 meetings.

The Terps are tied for the second-most wins (10) all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge history, trailing only Duke (13).  Maryland also holds a formidable 5-1 home record in the contest, with its only loss coming on Nov. 29, 2011 to Illinois.

The Challenge, now approaching its 16th year, is breaking new ground with the expansion to 14 games. Nine of the 14 games are first-time matchups in the Challenge.

The Big Ten Conference is unbeaten in its last five ACC/Big Ten Challenges dating back to 2009. Since winning three straight from 2009 to 2011, the Big Ten has tied with the ACC (6-6) the last two seasons.

Start times and network assignments will be confirmed and announced in early August.

 

2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule

Monday, December 1st

  • ·         Nebraska @ Florida State
  • ·         Rutgers @ Clemson

Tuesday, December 2nd

  • ·         Illinois @ Miami
  • ·         Minnesota @ Wake Forest
  • ·         NC State @ Purdue
  • ·         Ohio State @ Louisville
  • ·         Pittsburgh @ Indiana
  • ·         Syracuse @ Michigan

Wednesday, December 3rd

  • ·         Duke @ Wisconsin
  • ·         Georgia Tech @ Northwestern
  • ·         Iowa @ North Carolina
  • ·         Michigan State @ Notre Dame
  • ·         Virginia @ Maryland
  • ·         Virginia Tech @ Penn State

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