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UMBC soccer headed back to America East title game

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC senior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) scored with4:48 remaining in the second overtime period and the top-seeded Retrievers nipped Albany, 2-1, in the America East Conference semifinals.

The Retrievers, ranked No. 6 nationally, advance to their third title game in the last four years. UMBC (15-1-2) will host third-seeded Hartford (14-3-3), which advanced in penalty kicks past host New Hampshire.

Fifth-seeded Albany, which had routed No. 4 Vermont, 5-1, in the quarterfinals, finished the season at 6-11-4.

The Great Danes did not go quietly, as UMBC was 21 seconds away from winning a 1-0 decision. But Great Dane defender Dominic McGarr redirected a pass from Luke Palmateer from five yards out in a scramble in front of the Retriever goal.

But the Retrievers had all four shots in overtime and got the game-winner on a great effort by the America East Midfielder of the Year. He was fouled in the box, but UMBC was awarded an indirect kick about 13 yards from the goal.  Junior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) struck a shot, but the ball hit an Albany defender and rebounded out to Dacres. His first attempt was also blocked, but came back to him, and his follow-up from seven yards out on the left side went under the roof of the goal.

UMBC sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) scored the game’s first goal with exactly 31 minutes remaining.

UMBC outshot Albany, 22-7 and both netminders, Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall), and Michael Pizzuti of Albany, were credited with three saves.

The Retrievers had a streak of 501 scoreless minutes snapped in the final moments of regulation.

UMBC defeated Hartford, 2-1, in West Hartford on October 5.

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Towson DB Lewis named CAA Defensive Player of the Week

Posted on 21 October 2013 by WNST Staff


Lewis Led Tigers To 44-17 Win Over Albany

RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore defensive back Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) of Towson University has  been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tigers’ 44-17 victory over Albany, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Lewis is the second Tiger to be named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season. Two weeks ago, senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) was honored after the Tigers’ victory over New Hampshire.

In the Tigers’ victory over Albany, Lewis led the Tigers’ defensive effort. He made seven tackles, including two for lost yardage. He also broke up a pass and made one of the biggest plays of the game.

With 8:48 left in the second quarter, Lewis intercepted a pass at the Albany 38-yard line. He avoided a number of Great Danes and ran down the far sideline to score a touchdown. His touchdown gave the Tigers a 17-7 lead that they extended to 24-7 a few minutes later.

It was Lewis’ first interception of the season. However, it was his second touchdown of the season on a return. In the Tigers’ 35-21 victory at Stony Brook in September, Lewis recovered a fumble and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown that clinched the Tigers’ win.

A versatile defensive back who has seen action at safety and cornerback, Lewis has started five of eight games for the Tigers. He is tied for fourth on the team with 43 tackles and has broken up six passes. He is also tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and has two fumble recoveries.

Lewis ranks fifth in the CAA in pass breakups and is tied for the CAA lead with two fumble recoveries.

The Tigers, who are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, return to action on Saturday when they travel to Richmond to face the Spiders in a CAA game at 12 noon. The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic.

To date, Towson has had three CAA Offensive Player of the Week award winners and two CAA Defensive Player of the Week winners. The Tigers have also had one CAA Rookie of the Week and one CAA Special Teams Player of the Week.

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Four things you can count on: Death, taxes, the 15-7-0 and Jay Cutler getting hurt

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Four things you can count on: Death, taxes, the 15-7-0 and Jay Cutler getting hurt

Posted on 21 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

You guys remember when the 15-7-0 was a fun time to gather ’round with family, tell tales and make fun of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins? Man…September was so great. Up yours, October!

15 Positive Observations…

1. I guess as it turns out, new Peyton > old Peyton. Oh and since we’re here, this is a reminder that the only Peyton to have ever been on the cover of Madden was Peyton Hillis. Hehe.

The Broncos WISH they had a better offense. Like…the Ravens’?

Also. The Colts’ punter is WAY tougher.

Also, Wes Welker’s catch didn’t suck.

2. As far as I’m concerned, the Towson Tigers are what’s happening in college football. Yes, the Towson Tigers. Nothing else. STOP FREAKING ASKING ALREADY.

Seriously. Don’t ask me about the other stuff. Just enjoy this.

3. Happy Monday. Florida State just scored. How was work today? Florida State just scored again. What are you thinking about for dinner tonight? Florida State scored again. Florida State scored again. Florida State scored again.

And also, Nick O’Leary put someone on THEIR ASS.

Your response, Tigers fans?

And here’s Kelvin Benjamin looking…EXACTLY LIKE A FLORIDA STATE RECEIVER.

College Gameday was at Clemson Saturday morning, happier times for Bill Murray.

4. The Bengals are in first place by two full games. If this particular 15-7-0 post were a meme, it would be the one with the guy with the hair saying “Aliens”.

And even with THIS?


But apparently AJ Green is ALSO good.

5. How was your Sunday? Mine was fine, you know, other than the watching Harry Douglas on my fantasy football bench and inventing knew curse words to scream aloud in response.

After the Falcons beat the Buccaneers, they sent a hazmat crew into the locker room because THIS IS WHAT IT’S COME TO IN TAMPA.

Perhaps the Falcons could have used a hazmat suit to cover Vincent Jackson.

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Towson tries to bounce back with visit to Albany Saturday

Posted on 18 October 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers Seeking To Bounce Back From First Loss Of Season

TOWSON, Md. –  Coming off their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will be trying to pull out a victory when the seventh-ranked Tigers (6-1, 2-1) travel to Albany (1-6, 0-3) to face the Great Danes in a Colonial Athletic Association contest on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zack Maskavich calling the action.

The Tigers, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped by Villanova last week, will be trying to avoid the slow starts that have plagued them in their last three games. Last week, the Tigers spotted Villanova a 21-0 lead before falling, 45-35. Two weeks ago, New Hampshire grabbed a 20-3 lead in the first quarter before the Tigers rallied for a 44-38 win. In late September, the Tigers had to rally from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to beat Stony Brook, 35-21.

“Everything is a learning experience and I think we learned a lot from the loss to Villanova,” says Coach Ambrose. “I have never seen a first half like the one we played against Villanova. We ran only 11 plays and trailed by 38-14 at halftime. I give our players a lot of credit for the way they battled back to make a game out of it.”

Although the Tigers saw their 10-game winning streak ended by Villanova, they have won seven consecutive road games. In fact, Towson has won eight of its last nine CAA road games dating back to the 2011 season.

Towson started its school-record road winning streak on Oct. 27, 2012 with a 49-35 win at Villanova. Since then, the Tigers have picked up wins at Delaware, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Holy Cross, North Carolina Central and Stony Brook.

The Tiger offense, which is ranked 10th in NCAA FCS, enters the Albany game averaging 40.8 points per game. The Tigers are also second in the CAA in total offense, averaging 465.9 yards per game. The Tiger offensive line has done a terrific job protecting senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.). Athens has only been sacked three times in seven games.

Athens, who ranks fifth in the CAA in passing efficiency, has completed 122 of 195 passes for 1,687 yards and 10 touchdowns. Junior Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) and senior Leon Kinnard (Loyola H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) are tied for the team receiving lead. Wilkins has caught 31 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns while Kinnard has 31 receptions for 442 yards and one touchdown.

The Tiger offense is led by junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.). The leading rusher in the CAA, West has rushed for 947 yards in seven games, a 135.3 average. He has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in five games and has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.

With 17 touchdowns in seven games, he leads NCAA FCS.

West is the second-leading rusher in Towson history. In 28 games, he has rushed for 3,287 yards on 558 carries. In his career, he has scored 60 rushing touchdowns and has a total of 61 touchdowns.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as a freshman, he is one of the leading candidates for the Walter PaytonAward.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 64 tackles. He ranks fifth in the CAA.

Towson will be facing Albany for the fifth time ever. However, this is the first time that the teams have met as conference rivals. The Great Danes are first-year members of the CAA.

Towson and Albany have split their four-game series. The home team has won each game. The Tigers won the most recent meeting, a 35-16 victory in 2004.

After playing at Albany this week, the Tigers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they visit Richmond for a 12 noon game.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Chase For The Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 500 (Sunday 1pm from Talladega, AL live on ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Grand Slam (Tuesday & Wednesday 4pm from Southampton, Bermuda live on TNT), PGA Tour Shriners Hospital for Children Open (Thursday-Sunday 5pm from Las Vegas live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel); LPGA KEB HanaBack Championship (Friday-Sunday 11am from Incheon, South Korea on Golf Channel); Boxing: Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (Saturday 9:45pm from Denver live on HBO); High School Football: Parkville @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Archbishop Spalding @ Gilman (Friday 2:10pm); Horse Racing: Jim McKay Maryland Million Day (Saturday 12pm Laurel Park)

10. Nine Inch Nails (Friday 8pm Verizon Center); Coheed & Cambria (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Martha Reeves (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Simple Minds (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mt. Boys (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Franz Ferdinand (Thursday 8pm Strathmore); Diana Krall (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Emeli Sande/Johnnyswim (Saturday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Pearl Jam “Lightning Bolt”, Paul McCartney “New”, The Avett Brothers “Magpie and the Dandelion”, The Head and the Heart “Let’s Be Still” and Willie Nelson “To All The Girls” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’d ABSOLUTELY go see NIN again. So, somebody will take care of that for me, right?

Can I buy a ticket for the Meyerhoff show Saturday that allows me to pay less and not stay for the headliner?

Lots of new music this week. The Avett Brothers’ record is tremendous.

I haven’t heard all of The Head and the Heart’s record yet, but…this…

9. Das Best Oktoberfest (Saturday 12pm M&T Bank Stadium); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Stratford University); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Pacific Rim” and “The Heat” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Carrie” out in theaters (Friday)

Oktoberfest is great for beer, beer maids and most notably-brats. I personally would like to spend Oktoberfest at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus myself. They have a freaking all-you-can-eat sausage buffet, gang.

Can we just look at more pictures of brats?

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Season ends for UMBC in America East title game

Posted on 04 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.—Top-seeded Albany used a 9-1 run in the second and third quarters to defeat UMBC, 19-10, in the America East Conference men’s lacrosse championship game.

UMBC, which entered the game 4-1 in its last five contests, finished the season at 7-8.

Senior attackmen Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) were selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Jones led the Retrievers with four goals vs. Albany and amassed seven goals in the two games.

There were four ties and lead changes in the first half until Albany closed the stanza on a 5-0 run. UMBC trailed, 3-2, after one quarter and 4-2 just 34 seconds into the second, but went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-4 lead with 9:18 to play in the frame.

Freshman midfielder Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) started the surge with an extra-man goal at the 12:41 mark, and Jones tied the score, converting a feed from senior middie Nick Doub (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) at the 10:04 mark. Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) got inside and beat UA keeper Blaze Riordan from a tough angle to put UMBC back out in front at 5-4 with 9:18 to play in the half.

After a time out, Albany tied the game 42 seconds later, starting the 5-0 surge. Albany outshot UMBC, 31-15 in the first 30 minutes, and despite nine saves by DiRito, the Danes led by four at the break.

UMBC came out quickly in the third quarter, winning the opening face-off after a loose ball battled and cashed in when freshman Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) scored with just 39 seconds elapsed. But the Danes went on a 4-0 run before Retriever senior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./The Hill School) stopped the surge and cut the deficit to 13-7 with 4:25 remaining.

But the Retrievers could get no close in the final 19 minutes of the game and fell to 3-2 in America East title games.

In his final game along with 13 other seniors, Brown scored a goal and added two assists. Lewnes scored twice, while Doub added a pair of helpers.

Tournament Most Valuable Player, Albany sophomore attackman Lyle Thompson, led all scorers with three goals and six assists.

Albany outshot UMBC, 49-36, and DiRito finished the game with 10 saves. Albany freshman netminder Blaze Riordan made nine saves for his side.

The Danes converted on 4-of-6 extra-man opportunities, while UMBC was 1-of-2.

“I would like to thank our seniors for the great job they have done over the past four years, especially this year,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “The guys are disappointed, but they should hold their heads up high. It’s a great group of guys, they work hard and they represent the school in a tremendous fashion.”

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Gregoire’s big night not enough for UMBC in loss at Albany

Posted on 19 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Albany, N.Y.—UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored a career-best five points, but the Retrievers fell, 16-10, to tenth-ranked Albany at John Fallon Field.

Gregoire scored back-to-back goals late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to bring the Retrievers to within 11-9 with 10:48 remaining. But the high-powered Great Danes reeled off three straight goals in  a span of 2:12 to take its biggest lead of the game at 14-9 with 6:36 to play.

UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) briefly halted the surge and cut the deficit to four goals with 5:10 to play, but the Retrievers could get no closer.

Albany won its sixth consecutive game, improved to 10-3 overall, 4-0 in America East play and clinched the top seed in the America East Tournament. UMBC saw its two-game winning streak halted and slipped to 5-7, 2-2.

Gregoire tallied four goals and added an assist, recording the third four-goal game of his career and giving him 10 goals in three games vs. Albany. Young was UMBC’s only other multiple-goal scorer with a pair of tallies.

Albany junior Ty Thompson riddled UMBC with eight goals, while sophomore Lyle Thompson scored four times and added seven assists.

The hosts got out to a 4-1 lead in the late stages of the first quarter, but UMBC responded with a 4-1 run and tied the game at 5-5 on senior Scott Jones” (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) lone tally of the game with 5:58 to play in the second stanza.

The Great Danes surged again with a quick three-goal flurry, but goals by Young and Gregoire brought UMBC to within 8-7 at the half. Gregoire’s final goal of the half occurred just before time expired.

Albany outshot UMBC, 46-36, including 11-4 in the fourth quarter. UMBC sophomore goalkeeper Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) kept UMBC in the game in the early stages and made all nine of his saves in the first three quarters. Albany freshman keeper Blaze Riorden had 13 stops for his side. ‘

UMBC completes the regular season on Saturday, April 27 when they host the Binghamton Bearcats. The Retrievers will honor their 14 seniors prior to the 3:30 opening draw at UMBC Stadium.

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UMBC visits 10th ranked, America East leading Albany Friday

Posted on 18 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team faces its fourth ranked team of the 2013 season when the Retrievers (5-6, 2-1 America East) meet the 10th-ranked Albany Great Danes (9-3, 3-0) at John Fallon Field in Albany, N.Y. on Friday, April 19. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.


Freshman midfielder Pat Young broke a 12-all tie by scoring with 2:39 remaining and visiting UMBC won a critical America East Conference contest, 13-12, at defending champion Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium on Saturday. Young was amongst four Retrievers who tallied a pair of goals. UMBC won on the road and won back-to-back games for the first time in 2013.


A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Albany (9-3, 3-0) has won five consecutive games and has risen to No. 10 in the nation in this week’s USILA poll. The Great Danes lead the nation in scoring at 15.81 goals per game, assists per game (9.33) and shooting percentage (37.3).Attackmen Lyle Thompson (34 goals, 44 assists) and Ty Thompson are ranked Nos. 6-8 respectively in goals scored per game. and Lyle is second in the nation in assists. Linemate Miles Thompson has only played eight games , but has also hit the 30-goal plateau. Albany has victories over Syracuse (No. 13 at time), U. Mass (No. 9) and Johns Hopkins in 2013. They are averaging 22.0 goals per game in their 3-0 America East start.


ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-5, but only five of the previous 15 contests have been played at Albany. The two teams have met six times in nine previous league seasons at the championships and five of those contests have taken place in Baltimore. The Retrievers are 3-2 in Albany, including a 13-9 victory in the last meeting in 2011.


THE LAST TIMES WE MET: The two teams met twice in a span of three weeks in 2012. UMBC rallied from a five-goal deficit with less than six minutes to play and a Scott Jones OT goal gave the hosts a 17-16 victory on April 21. But the Great Danes avenged that defeat with a 19-8 victory over UMBC in the America East semifinals on May 2.


UP NEXT: UMBC completes the regular season on Sat., April 27 when they host the Binghamton Bearcats. The Retrievers’ 14 seniors will be honored in pregame ceremonies.

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Hopkins dealt heartbreaking setback at hands of Albany

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Junior defenseman Doug Eich scored his second goal of the season with 2:01 remaining to break the sixth and final tie of the game and lift the 20th-ranked Albany men’s lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field Friday night. The win is the third straight for the Great Danes, who improve to 7-3, while Hopkins dropped its second straight and slips to 6-4.

Albany held a pair of two-goal leads in the fourth quarter, only to have the Blue Jays fight back and tie the game at 9-9 on consecutive goals by Wells Stanwick and Brandon Benn less then two minutes apart midway through the period. Johns Hopkins then had a golden opportunity to take the lead as Ryan Feuerstein was called for pushing with 2:36 remaining to give the Blue Jays their fifth extra-man opportunity of the game.

As it had all night, the Albany defense stood firm and freshman goalie Blaze Riorden saved a Ryan Brown shot late in the man-up situation and jump-started a transition play by quickly firing the ball to Eich on the run at the top of the box. Eich worked his way into the attacking third and when no slide came he drove to the goal and beat Blue Jay goalie Pierce Bassett from seven yards out to give Albany the one-goal lead.

The Blue Jays had one final possession, but a John Ranagan shot sailed high with 14 seconds remaining and Brown’s last-ditch attempt in the closing seconds was blocked and Albany scooped up the ground ball as the final two seconds ticked off the clock.

The frantic finish seemed appropriate in a game that may not have produced as many goals as some thought it might, but still generated 74 shots, 36 combined goalie saves, 24 turnovers and a combined showing of 1-of-10 in extra-man situations.

Both teams took turns controlling the game with swings in momentum. The Blue Jays opened the game by scoring four of the first six goals with Stanwick starting and ending a game-opening 4-2 run with his 19th and 20th goals of the season.

Albany, which entered the game with the nation’s top scoring offense at just over 15 goals per game, flashed its quick-strike ability early in the second quarter when Jimmy Haugen and Ty Thompson scored just 74 seconds apart to draw the Danes even. The deadlock lasted until late in the second quarter when senior John Greeley gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead when he spun inside his defender on the wing and bounced home an eight-yarder.

Ty Thompson’s goal early in the second quarter was the last goal the Danes would score for exactly 24 minutes, but Greeley’s strike was the only goal the Blue Jays would muster during the period and it took Albany less than a minute to grab the lead late in the third quarter as Feuerstein took a pass from behind the goal and worked his way free in front to knot the game at 5-5 and Will Fuller struck 49 seconds later to give Albany a 6-5 lead.

That lead held until Holden Cattoni scored from in tight for JHU just 66 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Derrick Eccles scooped up a loose ball in front and shoveled one home just over a minute later and Miles Thompson added an unassisted goal three minutes after that to give Albany an 8-6 lead.

Stanwick’s third of the game a short time later was answered in just nine seconds by Ty Thompson to make it 9-7 with just over eight minutes on the clock. The back-to-back goals by Stanwick and Benn came within the next three minutes, setting the stage for Eich’s game-winner that lifted Albany to its second all-time win against the Blue Jays.

While the game featured two of the top four scoring offenses in the nation, the two stars of the game were Riorden and Bassett. Riorden punched up a career-high 20 saves, including 12 in the second and third quarters combined when he held the Blue Jays to just one goal. Bassett nearly matched his counterpart with 15 saves, including 11 in the second half.

Miles Thompson led the Danes with three goals and two assists, while Ty Thompson (2g) and Haugen (1g, 1a) added multi-point games for for Albany.

Stanwick totaled four goals and one assist for the Blue Jays and senior Mike Poppleton won 14-of-23 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high eight ground balls, but no other JHU player had more than one point. JHU held decided advantages in shots (44-30) and ground balls (34-25), but Riorden’s efforts kept Albany in the game and Eich’s game-winner provided the difference.

The loss overshadowed a solid effort by Johns Hopkins senior Tucker Durkin, who held Lyle Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless.

Johns Hopkins hits the road next week to renew the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse as the Blue Jays travel to College Park to take on top-ranked Maryland. Game time at Byrd Stadium next Saturday is set for 3 pm.

#20 Albany (7-3) 2-2-2-4/10
#10 Johns Hopkins (6-4) 4-1-0-4/9

GoalsA: M. Thompson-3, T. Thompson-2, Haugen, Fuller, Feuerstein, Eccles, Eich. J: Stanwick-4, Sanders, Palmer, Benn, Cattoni, Greeley. AssistsA: M. Thompson-2, Cox, Garziano, Haugen. J: Coppersmith, Stanwick. Saves: A: Riorden-20, Huber-1. J: Bassett-15. Shots: A-30. J-44. EMOA: 1-for-5. J: 0-for-5. Attendance: 1,525.


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Hopkins looks to bounce back Friday against Albany

Posted on 04 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (6-3) welcomes Albany (6-3) to Homewood Field for a key midseason game featuring two top 20 teams.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins fell at then sixth-ranked North Carolina, 11-10, in overtime last Saturday. Albany picked up its second straight win and fifth in six games with a 21-8 win at Binghamton.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 12th meeting between Johns Hopkins and Albany in a series that dates to a 10-4 Blue Jay victory in 2002. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series, 10-1, and has won five straight since the Great Danes scored an 8-7 win in 2007.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany with an all-time record of 930-301-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Program Ties – Part I: Albany is coached by Scott Marr, a 1991 Johns Hopkins graduate. Marr was a member of the Blue Jays’ 1987 NCAA Championship team and played at JHU with current Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala and current JHU associate head coach Bill Dwan.

Program Ties – Part II: Johns Hopkins fans may recognize the name Haugen on the Albany roster. Great Dane junior midfielder Jimmy Haugen is the younger brother of A.J. Haugen, a three time First Team All-American midfielder at JHU (1998-2000). A.J. Haugen will be inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame later this month (April 20). Like his older brother, Jimmy Haugen also wears #12.

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 167th career win when JHU knocked off Virginia on March 23 and he now stands at 167-65 overall. Included in that mark is a 144-48 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 50-10 (.833) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 28-4 at home, 20-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through nine games. JHU has outscored the opposition 34-18 in the first quarter and 32-20 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 24-16 scoring margin in the second quarter – the bulge slides to a 27-24 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with five or more goals and 10 players with seven or more points through nine games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 21 players have at least one point.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 6-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 0-2 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals with the win vs. Virginia. On the flip side, JHU is 0-3 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit has been on a roll of late as the group is 14-of-24 (.583) in the last five games and is now 22-of-41 (.537) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks third in the nation in man-up offense. Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshmanRyan Brown (8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 andConor Ford had eight.

Among the Leaders: The NCAA issued its sixth national statistical report this week and Johns Hopkins is well represented among the national leaders. JHU ranks in the top 15 in the nation in eight different team categories and four individuals combine for six spots in six different categories as well.

Palmer Bounces Back: After being held scoreless in back-to-back games against Syracuse and Virginia, senior attackman Zach Palmer broke through against North Carolina with three goals and one assist. All four of his points came in the second half as JHU erased a 5-3 halftime deficit and eventually led 10-9 before falling in overtime.
His effort against the Tar Heels pushed his season totals to 11 goals and 12 assists and his career totals to 70 goals and 68 assists for 138 points. He enters this week’s game against Albany needing just two assists to become the 11th player in school history to amass 70 goals and 70 assists.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick ran his consecutive multi-point game streak to eight (all eight he has played this season) with a pair of assists against North Carolina. He had totaled four or more points in four straight games prior to the game at UNC and has now accumulated 25 points in his last five games.
Stanwick boosted his totals to 18 goals and 15 assists on the year with his effort against UNC and he has already surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 12th in the nation in points per game (4.13).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
He followed that with a two-goal, four-assist effort in the win over UMBC and then added the three-goal, one-assist performance at SU.
Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: In a matchup of two of the top faceoff specialists in the nation, senior Mike Poppleton won 13-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls against North Carolina. This effort came on the heels of a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse and a 4-of-6 effort against Virginia in his previous two games.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 113-of-141 (.685) on the year and leads the team with 64 ground balls. He also improved to 303-of-475 (.638) in his career with his showing last week against North Carolina and is now tied for eighth in school history in career faceoffs won.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (21) and ranks third in points (22) after scoring once against North Carolina last week.
He has scored 51 of his 56 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and currently ranks 14th in the nation in goals per game (2.63).

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse, added one goal and one assist vs. Virginia and now has five goals and two assists for seven points on the year.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 13 goals and four assists through nine games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in eight of nine games this season and his eight extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) andConor Ford (8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in the15-8 win over Virginia and added two goals at North Carolina. He now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games to his credit this season.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 11 goals through nine games. Sanders is tied for fourth on the team in goals (11) and ranks eighth in points (11) after punching up the first hat trick of his career against Virginia.

Bassett Shines Against Virginia, Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enjoyed his finest game of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career.
Bassett currently boasts a .570 save percentage and an 8.55 goals against average. He ranks 17th in the nation in goals against average and 12th in save percentage. His eigh-save performance against UNC boosted his career total to 441 saves, which moved him into sole possession of eighth place on JHU’s career saves list (441). Bassett also enters this week’s game Albany ranked second among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up career win number 33 against UVA.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (18) and leads the team with 11 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense (8.78).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
The Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for a stretch of 31:25 midway through the game and Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes – all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 11th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 404 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 402 of those 404 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 404 and the top five in 299 of those 404. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer enters this week’s game against Albany with 68 career assists. He currently ranks 13th among all active Division I players in career assists.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3″ have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The loss at North Carolina snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in games that have gone to overtime. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 19-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 26-8 in its last 34 games and 31-10 since the start of the 2011 season.

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