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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR STP Gas Booster 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX), IndyCar Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Sunday 3pm from Birmingham live on NBC Sports Network); Golf: PGA Tour Valero Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from San Antonio), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 12pm & 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Elite 8-Notre Dame vs. Duke(Tuesday 7:05pm from Norfolk live on ESPN), Tennessee vs. Louisville (Tuesday 9:10pm from Oklahoma City live on ESPN); Final Four (Sunday TBA from New Orleans live on ESPN); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC on FUEL TV-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi (Saturday 11am from Stockholm, SWE live on FUEL TV); Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Atlantic City live on SpikeTV)

10. Maroon 5/Neon Trees/Owl City (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Green Day (Thursday 7:30pm Patriot Center); They Might Be Giants (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Brigance Brigade Foundation Benefit feat. Charm City Devils/Loving The Lie (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Senses Fail (Friday 8pm Ottobar); Marc Broussard (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Meek Mill (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ozomatli (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Local Natives (Friday 8pm Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club), Black Crowes (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Walk The Moon (Sunday George Washington University)

I like Charm City Devils. I LOVE supporting anything involving O.J. Brigance. Nice little Saturday night then.

Loving The Lie is another excellent Baltimore band playing the event Saturday night. I throw my support fully behind that.

Genuinely believe I’ve heard more about Local Natives in the last month than I’ve heard about U2 in my life. Pretty good reason for that.

I can get behind EVERYTHING about Carolina Chocolate Drops…

9. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons (Tuesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena); Jon Lovitz/Chris Kattan/Tim Meadows (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Louis C.K. (Saturday 8pm & 10:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Brian Regan (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Shawn & Marlon Wayans (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Craig Shoemaker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Bret Ernst (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); “That Thing You Do!” available on Blu-Ray (Tuesday)

Don’t kill me for this, but I searched “That Thing You Do!” on YouTube and discovered this video of ‘N Sync performing the song over a decade ago. I could have ignored the video, but instead I shared it with you here.

Language, but nothing not to enjoy about Louis C.K…

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UMBC to open AE Tournament Saturday against Hartford

Posted on 03 March 2013 by WNST Staff

America East Men’s Basketball Championship Matchups Set After Thrilling Final Day of Season

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The matchups and seeds for the 2013 America East Men’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU are set as the regular-season schedule concluded with a thrilling final day Sunday.

Stony Brook, already the league’s regular-season champion and top seed for the tournament coming into the day’s action, beat Albany, 75-70, while Hartford upended Vermont, 61-58, on Nate Sikma’s buzzer-beating three pointer. The Hawks’ win paired with the Great Danes’ loss gives Hartford the No. 3 seed and Albany the No. 4 seed. Vermont had already secured the No. 2 seed earlier in the week. UMBC toppled Binghamton, 59-49, to lock up the No. 6 seed, while Binghamton is the No. 8 seed. New Hampshire outlasted Maine, 79-74, but lost the tiebreaker to UMBC and is the No. 7 seed. Maine will be the No. 5 seed.

The 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU will be held March 8-10 in Albany, N.Y., at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena. The men’s quarterfinal games take place Saturday, March 9 with the first game tipping off at noon. The four winners will advance to the semifinals on Sunday, March 10. The two semifinal winners will play for the America East title and an automatic NCAA bid on Saturday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the highest remaining seed’s home court.

Saturday’s men’s quarterfinals will kick off with second-seeded Vermont (19-10, 11-5 AE) taking on seventh-seeded New Hampshire (9-19, 5-11) at 12 p.m. The Catamounts are seeded second or better for the ninth time in 11 years and will be seeking their second-straight league crown. The Wildcats, winners of two of their last three, are seeking their first league title and championship game appearance.

Third-seeded Hartford (17-12, 10-6 AE) will face sixth-seeded UMBC (7-22, 5-11 AE) at approximately 2 p.m. in a matchup of teams that split their regular-season series. The Hawks, who have their best seed and record since the 2007-08 season, come in having won three straight and six of eight, while the Retrievers have their most wins since the 2008-09 campaign when they reached the league title game.

In the night session, top-seeded Stony Brook (23-6, 14-2 AE) faces eighth-seeded Binghamton (3-26, 1-15 AE) at 6 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal matchup. The Seawolves, who captured their third America East regular-season crown in four years and have their most-ever wins as a Division I program, will try to get to their third-straight championship game and take home their first league crown. The Bearcats will try to win at least one tournament game for the fourth-straight time.

Fourth-seeded Albany (21-10, 9-7 AE) and fifth-seeded Maine (11-18, 6-10 AE) will wrap up the quarterfinal action at approximately 8 p.m. The Great Danes, who carry their most-ever wins into the tournament, will try to get to the semifinals for the second straight year and reach their first championship game since 2007. The Black Bears are aiming to snap a seven-game tournament losing skid.

The Vermont-New Hampshire winner will take on the Hartford-UMBC winner in Sunday’s first semifinal at 5 p.m., while the Stony Brook-Binghamton winner will face the Albany-Maine winner in the second semifinal at approximately 7 p.m.

The semifinal winners will then meet for the America East title on Saturday, March 16 at the highest remaining seed. Game time is 11:30 a.m.

All-session ticket packages for the first two rounds of 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU are already on sale. Single-session tickets championship will go on sale Monday, March 4, at 9 a.m. For more information on how to purchase tickets and the championship, visit Championship Central.

Fans who can’t make it to Albany will still be able to catch all the action. For the first time in league history, all early round games of the 2013 Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and available via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets. ESPN2 will televise the championship game nationally on March 16. Postgame press conferences will air on AmericaEast.com approximately 10 minutes after each game.

Stay up-to-date through March 16 by visiting America East Championship Central for all the latest tournament news and information.


2013 America East Men’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU
Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.
Title Game at Highest Remaining Seed

Saturday, March 9 – Quarterfinals
#2 Vermont vs. #7 New Hampshire, 12 p.m. (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
#3 Hartford vs. #6 UMBC, 2 p.m.* (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
#1 Stony Brook vs. #8 Binghamton, 6 p.m. (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
#4 Albany vs. #5 Maine, 8 p.m.* (ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Sunday, March 10 – Semifinals
Vermont-New Hampshire Winner vs. Hartford-UMBC Winner, 5 p.m. – (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
Stony Brook-Binghamton Winner vs. Albany-Maine winner, 7 p.m.* – (ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Saturday, March 16 – Title Game

Semifinal Winners, 11:30 a.m. – (ESPN2/WatchESPN)

*time approximate. Second game of session will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the prior game.

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UMBC welcomes Albany Wednesday for “RAC in Black” night

Posted on 06 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays two of the top three teams in America East this week, as they welcome Albany and then Vermont to the RAC Arena. The Retrievers meet the Great Danes on Wed., Feb. 6 with a tip time of 7:05 p.m. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier handle broadcast duties, all UMBC home basketball games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

UMBC will be clad in its traditional black road uniforms for the 7th annual “RAC in Black” promotion.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-5, 6-16) is riding its first two-game winning streak since 2010-11 with back-to-back nail-biting victories over Binghamton and Maine last week. SR G Brian Neller was named America East Player of the Week after scoring a season-high 18 points vs. the Bearcats and hitting the game-winning trey with 0.5 seconds remaining vs. the Black Bears. JR F Chase Plummer leads UMBC with 13.2 ppg in league play, while SR G Ryan Cook is the overall leader at 15.2 points per outing.

GREAT DANE UPDATE:  Albany (6-4, 17-7) just completed a four-game homestand and snapped a three-game slide with a 79-46 thrashing of Binghamton on Feb. 2. SR wing Jayson Guerrier led a resurgent UA attack with 18 points. Albany had averaged just 46.0 points per game in setbacks to Vermont and Stony Brook. SR G Mike Black leads Albany with 15.2 points per game. Albany is 8-2 on the road in 2012-13.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers complete the three-game homestand by entertaining Vermont in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Sat., Feb. 9. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m.

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UMBC opens America East play Wednesday night at Albany

Posted on 01 January 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC opens its tenth America East Conference campaign with a tough two-game road swing, which begins at Albany on Wed., Jan. 2.  Due to the women’s basketball team hosting Albany at the same time (7:00 p.m.), there will be no local radio coverage for this contest. Follow the Retrievers’ progress on Twitter @UMBCAthletics.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-11) suffered another tough loss to a Northeast Conference opponent, falling 58-55, at Mount St. Mary’s to close out non-conference play on Dec. 29. SR G Brian Neller’s fall-away three from 23 feet just before the horn sounded hit the front rim and the Retrievers slipped to 1-5 in games decided by eight points or less. SR G Ryan Cook led a balanced effort with 12 points and continues to lead the team with 17.0 ppg. JR C Brett Roseboro posted his fourth double-double of the season (10 pts./10 rebs.), but 19 Retriever turnovers derailed the effort.

 

DANE UPDATE:  Albany (11-3) has won eight of its last nine games, including a 57-50 win over Brown on Monday, Dec. 31. SR G Jacob Iati, the reigning co-Player of the Week in America East, led the Danes with 16 points after a 25-point effort at Navy on Dec. 28. Iati and backcourt mate Mike Black share scoring honors for Albany with 16.1 ppg.

 

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC gets back to Baltimore in the wee hours on Thursday morning, and returns north on Friday to prepare to compete at Maine on Saturday, Jan. 5 at noon.

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UMBC picked to finish 8th in America East, Plummer All-Conference

Posted on 23 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite; Preseason All-League Team Announced

ALBANY, N.Y. – The 2012-13 America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and All-Conference teams were announced on Tuesday, October 23, at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., at the conference’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Day. University of Vermont was chosen at the preseason favorite, while four juniors highlighted the preseason all-conference team.

 

Defending Champion Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite

ALBANY, N.Y. – Coming off a season in which it won its fifth America East men’s basketball since 2003, University of Vermont is the coaches’ preseason choice to top the standings again in 2012-13. The selections were announced today as part of America East’s Basketball Media Day held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, the site of the 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.

The Catamounts received five of eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 60 points, followed by last year’s runner-up and regular-season champion Stony Brook University, which received the other four first-place votes and 58 points. Boston University came in third with 49 points, followed by Albany in fourth with 38 points and University of Maine in fifth with 35 points. University of New Hampshire (34 points) was next followed by University of Hartford (26), UMBC (15) and Binghamton University (9).

The 2012-13 season begins on November 9 with America East play starting on January 2. Conference positioning will prove key for the America East Championship, which the top two seeds have won in 29 of the last 30 years. The tournament, which is combined men and women for the fourth straight year, will head to SEFCU Arena for quarterfinal and semifinal round action March 8-10 while the title game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on March 16. The winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, where Vermont picked up the conference’s seventh win all time in 2012.

Vermont (24-12 overall, 13-3 AE in 2011-12) will have six players, including three starters, back from its 2012 America East championship-winning squad. The Catamounts, who recorded their ninth 20-win season in their last 11 in 2011-12, beat Stony Brook on the road to claim the conference crown and went on to defeat Lamar in the first round of the NCAA tournament for their second-ever NCAA win. UVM ranked among the top defensive teams in the league last year, finishing second and 31st nationally in scoring defense (60.9 ppg) and first in field goal percentage defense (.406). Junior Brian Voelkel, the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship, led that charge, earning All-Defensive and third-team All-America East honors last year after pacing the league in rebounding (8.6 rpg), ranking second in assists (5.1 apg) and finishing third in steals (1.7 spg). Second-year head coach John Becker and his team open their title defense at Siena on Nov. 9.

Stony Brook (22-10, 14-2) is coming off its best season in its Division I history and brings back eight letterwinners from a team that won the America East regular-season crown, reached the league title game for the second-straight year and made its second NIT appearance in three years last season. The Seawolves had success because of their lock down defense last year, ranking among the best defensive teams in the country as they were fourth in rebound margin (plus-8.3) and 13th in points allowed (59.1 ppg). Senior forward Tommy Brenton (7.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.4 apg), the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is the conference’s lone returning first-team all-conference performer and will again lead the defensive effort. Junior Dave Coley, Stony Brook’s top returning scorer, will be looked at to carry the offensive load after averaging 10.0 points per game as a sophomore. Reigning Coach of the Year Steve Pikiell leads SBU against Marist in its opener on Nov. 9.

Boston U. (16-16, 12-4) welcomes back six letterwinners and three starters from a team that won 12 America East games and finished third in the regular-season standings, the 10th time in the last 11 it has finished third or higher. Junior D.J. Irving (11.4 ppg, 5.4 apg) is the team’s top returnee after earning second-team All-America East honors last season. Boston U., which allowed under 64 points per game (63.6 ppg) for the second straight season last year, will need to replace reigning America East Player of the Year Darryl Partin, who accounted for 31 percent of the team’s scoring output last year. Joe Jones, who will begin his second season as the Terriers’ head coach, welcomes five newcomers to this year’s team, including guard Maurice Watson, a Parade All-American last season as well as an ESPN Top-100 recruit.

Albany (19-15, 9-7) returns eight letterwinners and three starters from a team that won 19 games last year, its most since the 2006-07 season. Senior Mike Black (13.4 ppg, 4.3 apg in 2011-12), the conference’s active leading scorer (1,024 points) and assist man (299 assists), will be the catalyst for the Great Danes after earning second-team all-conference honors last year. Albany will need to replace the scoring output of all-league performers Gerardo Suero (21.5 ppg) and Logan Aronhalt (13.8 ppg), who accounted for 45 percent of its points in 2011-12. Senior Jayson Guerrier will assume a more active role in the team’s plans this year after posting a league-best .423 three-point shooting percentage last year. Will Brown, the longest tenured head coach in America East, begins his 12th season at Albany against Duquesne on Nov. 9.

Maine (12-17, 6-10) welcomes back six lettermen and three starters from its 2011-12 squad and is the league’s only team to bring back an all-conference, all-rookie and all-defensive selection. The Black Bears, which ranked second in America East averaging 68.6 points per game last year, will lean on junior Alasdair Fraser, a preseason all-conference selection, who ranked 12th in scoring (12.9 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg) last year en route to earning third-team All-America East honors. Sophomore Justin Edwards, an All-Rookie selection, and senior Mike Allison, will also be keys for Ted Woodward’s team, which begins play at Dartmouth on Nov. 9.

New Hampshire (13-16, 7-9) will have nine letterwinners and three starters back from its 2011-12 squad, which tied for fifth in the conference standings, the program’s best finish since 2009. The Wildcats ranked in the 80th percentile nationally in scoring defense last season, holding foes to just 62.8 points per game. Senior Chandler Rhoads, the team’s top returning scorer (11.2 ppg in 2011-12), earned America East All-Defensive honors for the second straight year for Bill Herrion’s squad, which opens up its season Nov. 10 against Suffolk.

Hartford (9-22, 7-9) has seven letterwinners, including three starters, back from a team that was the youngest in the league last year as freshmen accounted for 60.4 percent of the team’s scoring output. Mark Nwakamma (9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, .552 FG%) and Nate Sikma (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg) return as sophomores after becoming the first Hartford tandem to each earn America East All-Rookie honors in the same year last season. John Gallagher, who begins his third season as Hartford’s head coach, leads his squad against Quinnipiac in its 2012-13 opener Nov. 9.

UMBC (4-26, 3-13) brings back more letterwinners (11) and scoring output (82.8 percent) from last year than any other America East squad. Junior Chase Plummer, one of four returning UMBC starters, is the league’s top returning scorer (15.4 ppg in 2011-12) and fourth-leading rebounder (7.9 rpg). A second-team All-America East standout last year, Plummer was the lone player to rank in the league’s top five in both scoring (4th) and rebounding (5th) in 2011-12. Aki Thomas takes over as acting head coach and will make his debut when UMBC meets Penn in its opener Nov. 9.

Binghamton (2-29, 1-15) begins its first season under Tommy Dempsey and returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team. Dempsey comes to Binghamton after spending seven years as the head coach at Rider, where he went 119-105, made three postseason appearances and earned 2008 MAAC Coach of the Year honors. Senior Jimmy Gray will direct the Bearcats after averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds last year. Binghamton opens its season at Loyola on Nov. 9.

For more America East men’s basketball information, including the preseason all-conference team, composite and team-by-team schedules and more preseason coverage, visit www.AmericaEast.com.

2012-13 Preseason Poll
Rank    Team (1st-place votes)                   Pts.

1.         Vermont (5)                                          60
2.         Stony Brook (4)                    58
3.         Boston U.                                               49
4.         Albany                                     38
5.         Maine                                                      35
6          New Hampshire                                   34
7.         Hartford                                  26
8.         UMBC                                      15
9.         Binghamton                              9

 

Four Juniors Highlight America East Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Six returning All-America East selections from last season comprise the 2012-13 America East Preseason All-Conference Team as determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. The conference unveiled the six-man squad as part of America East Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 23, which was held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, the site of the 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.

Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton, a first-team All-America East standout last season, highlights the team as one of two unanimous selections. He is joined by three second-team all-conference honorees in Albany’s Mike Black, the other unanimous choice, Boston University’s D.J. Irving and UMBC’s Chase Plummer. Maine’s Alasdair Fraser and Vermont’s Brian Voelkel, both third-team recipients last year, round out the squad.

Brenton (Columbia, Md.), a 6-foot-5 senior forward, led Stony Brook to one of its best seasons in program history last year as the Seawolves captured the America East regular-season crown, reached the league title game for the second straight year and made its second NIT appearance in three years. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, Brenton helped Stony Brook rank 13th nationally allowing just 59.1 points per contest. He averaged 8.1 rebounds (3rd in AE), 3.4 assists (6th in AE) to go with 7.8 points per game. He earned Co-Player of the Week honors on Jan. 23.

Black (Chicago, Ill.) earned all-conference accolades for the second straight year in 2011-12 after ranking 10th among league leaders in scoring (13.4 ppg) and third in assists (4.3 apg) last year. The 6-foot senior guard, who has twice been named America East Player of the Week in his career, led a Great Dane attack that paced the league in several categories including points per game (72.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (.446). Black is the conference’s active leading scorer (1,024 points) and assist man (299 assists).

Irving (Philadelphia, Pa.), one of the conference’s top playmakers, led America East with 5.4 assists per game last season en route to earning second-team all-conference honors. An All-Rookie selection as a freshman, he also increased his own scoring output in 2011-12, averaging a career-best 11.4 points per game, which ranked 18th in the league, while shooting 43.1 percent from the field, which ranked second among guards. The 6-foot junior guard twice earned Player of the Week honors last year.

Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) broke out in 2011-12 to earn second-team all-conference accolades. The 6-foot-6 junior forward averaged 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season after contributing just 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. Plummer, the only player to rank in the conference’s Top-5 in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fifth), was even better in conference play as he went over 20 points five times in 16 games and was third averaging 16.7 points per contest.

Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) emerged as one of the best low-post presences in the conference last year as he ranked 12th in scoring (12.9 ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg), third in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) and third in field goal percentage (.543) en route to earning third-team All-America East honors. The 6-foot-7 forward, who helped Maine rank second in the league in scoring (68.6 ppg), registered an America East-best eight double-doubles last year and twice earned Player of the Week recognition.

Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y.) picked up where he left off during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010-11 as he led the conference in rebounding (8.6 rpg) for the second-straight year. The 6-foot-6 junior forward, who was an All-Defensive selection, also ranked second in assists (5.1 apg) and finished third in steals (1.7 spg). In addition to his stellar regular season, Voelkel averaged four points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in three America East Championship games to earn Most Outstanding Player honors and lead UVM to its fifth league crown.

For more America East men’s basketball information, including the preseason predictions, composite and team-by-team schedules and more preseason coverage, visit www.AmericaEast.com.

 

2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Team

*Mike Black, Sr., G, Albany

D.J. Irving, Jr., G, Boston University

Alasdair Fraser, Jr., F, Maine

Chase Plummer, Jr., F, UMBC

*Tommy Brenton, Sr., F, Stony Brook

Brian Voelkel, Jr., F, Vermont

 

*unanimous selection

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Maryland makes Aronhalt transfer official

Posted on 22 May 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Logan Aronhalt, a 6-foot-3 guard who has graduated from the University of Albany, has signed a financial-aid agreement and will transfer to play his final season at the University of Maryland, Terps head coach Mark Turgeon announced Tuesday.

Aronhalt, a native of Zanesville, Ohio, averaged 13.8 points per game during the 2011-12 season. He scored 13 points and had six rebounds when the Great Danes lost at Maryland, 83-72, on Dec. 28, 2011.

The guard said the matchup in Comcast Center was memorable for him.

“From a basketball standpoint, [there’s] no one with more tradition than Maryland,” Aronhalt told The Baltimore Sun. “The facilities are incredibly amazing. The opportunity to play up there on a national stage and playing against the best competition in the country, just about every single night, is something that’s really great about the university.”

Aronhalt started 74 consecutive games in his three seasons at Albany, finishing with 1,091 career points. He has hit 169 3-pointers, shooting 35 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line. He was a third team All-America East Conference pick in 2011.

“We are thrilled to add Logan to our basketball family,” said Turgeon. “Logan’s values are closely aligned with the expectations we have in our program. I’m impressed with his high level of success in the classroom while being an all-league player in the American East. We have a world-class kinesiology graduate program, and he really wanted to be a part of that.

“I am impressed with Logan’s toughness, leadership, and basketball IQ. He’s a coach’s son and his game reflects that. Logan had a great career at Albany scoring almost 1,100 points in three years. His experience and ability will really be helpful on a team that will feature so many underclassmen.”

Aronholt missed all but two minutes of the 2008-09 season with a series of foot injuries, but recovered to play in 94 games over the next three years.

He was Albany’s team captain twice and was a second-team selection in the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America program. He graduated summa cum laude from Albany.

Aronhalt will have one season of eligibility remaining at Maryland.

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