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Maryland makes first ever visit to future Big Ten foe Michigan Tuesday

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland (6-0) men’s lacrosse team makes its first-ever appearance in The Big House when the Terps travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on Michigan on Tuesday, March 18 at 4 p.m.

• The game is scheduled to be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network as part of Big Ten Student U Productions. Premium content on the Big Ten Digital Network is available for a monthly subscription of $14.95. Click here for more information.

• Maryland is coming off of a 12-10 home win over Villanova on Friday night at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Freshmen Connor Cannizzaro (3), Matt Rambo (2) and Colin Heacock (1) combined to score six of Maryland’s 12 goals, while senior Mike Chanenchuk led the Terps with four points on three goals and an assist vs. the Wildcats. Chanenchuk leads the team this season with 25 points on 19 goals and six assists. He is followed closely by Rambo, who has 17 points on 12 goals and four assists. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 67-of-112 (.598) faceoffs this season with a team-best 47 groundballs and four goals. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 25 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 14 caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (56 straight) and boasts a 6.71 goals-against average this season with a .608 save percentage.

• Michigan evened its record at 4-4 with an 11-10 overtime victory at Bellarmine in its ECAC opener this past Saturday in Louisville. It was the Wolverines’ third overtime game this season. Freshman attackman Ian King leads the Michigan offense with 18 points on 17 goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Jackson also has double-digit goals with 12 to go along the three assists for 15 points. Senior midfielder Thomas Paras is the team’s leader in assists with eight and also has 15 points. Freshman Robbie Zoninio has started all eight games in net for the Wolverines and has an 11.98 goals-against average and is saving 44.6 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Sophomore faceoff specialist Brad Lott has taken 138 of Michigan’s 215 faceoffs this year, winning 85 draws (61.6) with 52 groundballs to his credit.

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 107 of the 116 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .922 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 124-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .827 winning percentage.
8 … This season is just the eighth time since 1982 that the Terps have scored at least 10 goals in each of its first six games.
7 … Seven Terps have at least 10 groundballs this season, including three of its top four scorers.
6 … Six different Terps have scored at least one extra-man goal this season.
5 … The Terps are averaging just over five goals per game this season in the second quarter.
4 … Maryland has only lost four times to first-time opponents in its 89-season history.
3 … This will be just the third time in the last six seasons that Maryland has traveled west to play (2009 NCAA’s at Notre Dame, 2010 season opener at Bellarmine).
2 … Maryland junior Michael Bender has played two games vs. the Wolverines when he was at Bellarmine.
1 … Maryland is ranked the No. 1 team in the country for the 11th time since 1978.

COACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 61-34 career record for a 64.2 winning percentage. Tillman is 41-15 (.732) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• John Pauls is the only head coach in the short three-year history of the Michigan men’s lacrosse program and has a 6-30 (.200) overall record with the Wolverines.


SERIES HISTORY VS. MICHIGAN

• This will be the first-ever meeting between the Terps and the Wolverines.


FIRST TIME OPPONENTS

• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 89 seasons. The 2014 season adds Michigan to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


MARYLAND AS THE NO. 1 TEAM

• The Terps took over the top spot in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches’ Poll on March 3 after two impressive wins over then-No. 2 Syracuse and then-No. 1 Duke in sucsessive weeks. This is the 11th time Maryland has earned the No. 1 ranking since 1986.

• Overall, Maryland has played 31 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 21-10 in those games.

• This last time the Terps were the No. 1 team in the rankings was in the 2013 season. After taking over the top spot following its 12-10 win at then-No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23, the Terps played six games as the nation’s outright top team and was 4-2, defeating Duke, 16-7, in Durham on March 2, topping Stony Brook, 13-7, at home on March 10, going on the road to beat Villanova, 10-7, on March 16 and dropping a 10-8 decision to North Carolina on March 23. After regaining the No. 1 ranking on April 1, the Terps defeated Navy, 11-8, in Annapolis on April 5, but then dropped a 7-4 decision at home to Johns Hopkins on April. 13.

• Prior to the 2013 season, the last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.

• The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.


GET TO 10 AND WIN

• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 107 of the 116 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .922 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

HOLDING OPPONENTS TO SINGLE-DIGITS

• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.2 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 124-26 in games, for a .827 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 199 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.4 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 65-4 (.941) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• Maryland is 6-0 on the year and shot 30% or better in three of its five victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 15 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


STREAKING TERPS

• Six games into the 2014 season and so far and three Terps have notched at least one point in every game.

• Senior Mike Chanenchuk has scored at least one point in each of the six games so far in 2014 and has a 29-game point scoring streak dating back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 36 of 38 games.

• Junior Jay Carlson and freshman Matt Rambo have also registered at least one point in every game this season. Junior Joe LoCascio had his five-game point scoring streak end in the Villanova game.


FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS

• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008.

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (2 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15
Connor Cannizzaro (2 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14


50 PERCENT OR MORE

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.

• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:

Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)

• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):

Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)


TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 753-253-4 (.748), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 53-19 in the 2010′s for a .736 winning percentage.


THE 700 CLUB

• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy, Army and Cornell as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS

• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (11): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (16-5), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


A FAMILY AFFAIR

• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS

• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS

• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 21-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT

• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014′s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA

• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


2014 TEAM CAPTAINS

• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchukand Michael Ehrhardt.


BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015

• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

 

 

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Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana all to visit Maryland in first Big Ten hoops season

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Home and Away Opponents

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday the Maryland men’s basketball conference home and away opponents for the 2014-15 season.

The Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten season features an exciting docket of home games, including five teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Terps will also play Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers at home.

Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

The Big Ten currently has five teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 – the most of any conference in the nation.

For ticketing information or questions, contact the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-462-8377.

Below is Maryland’s home and away opponents for the 2014-15.  Dates and times for the games will be announced at a later date.

 

Home

Indiana

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Nebraska

Northwestern

Penn State

Rutgers

Wisconsin

 

Away

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Michigan State

Nebraska

Ohio State

Penn State

Purdue

Rutgers

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Hopkins opens season against future Big Ten rival Ohio State Sunday

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins opens the 2014 men’s lacrosse season by welcoming Ohio State to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 11:30 am with a live national television audience on ESPNU.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins posted a 9-5 record and finished the 2013 season ranked 14th by the USILA (final regular season poll) and 17th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Ohio State enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history as the Buckeyes finished 13-4, won the ECAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Series History: This week’s game between Johns Hopkins and Ohio State will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams. The previous four games took place between 1999-2002 with Blue Jays winning all four. The first three of those four wins came at Homewood Field and the last came in Columbus. In the 12-9 win at Ohio State on April 6, 2002, current Blue Jay offensive coordinator Bobby Benson totaled five goals and two assists to lead the way for the Blue Jays.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters the 2014 season with an all-time record of 933-303-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins opens the 2014 season ranked 11th in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and 13th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Ohio State enters the season ranked 14th in the coaches poll and ninth in the media poll.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 11-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers with six of the 13 games being decided by three goals or less.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 19 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 16-3 in those 19 games. The Blue Jays have currently won 12 straight games played in the month of February.

First Big Ten Game: Well, kind of. This week’s game against Ohio State will be the first of three games this season the Blue Jays will play against future Big Ten opponents. Johns Hopkins announced last June that it would join the Big Ten for men’s lacrosse starting with the 2015 season. The Blue Jays will also take on Michigan and Maryland, both future Big Ten opponents, later this season.

New Blue: Johns Hopkins enters the season with six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright/John Kelly/Nick Fields (two of the three with start on D), Bronson Kelly (M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but makes the move to his natural attack position this season.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins will field one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

Class Rank: Despite a heavy turnover to the roster, the Blue Jays do return key contributors to an offense that averaged 11.5 goals per game last season. Each returning class contributed at least 23 goals and 31 points last year. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s scoring by returning class:

Class (Gls. • Assts. • Points)
Seniors (56 • 8 • 64)
Juniors (30 • 26 • 56)
Sophomores (23 • 8 • 31)

What it Means in 2014: With the above breakdown of goals, assists and points in mind, the Blue Jays return 67.7% of their goals (109-of-161), 45.7% of their assists (42-of-92) and 59.7% of their points (151-of-253) from last season.

For Starters: The entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counts a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) account 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player has started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ tentative starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season. The trio combined for 75 goals and 28 assists last season, with Stanwick leading the team in points (47) and assists (23) and Benn pacing the team in goals (34). The trio also combined for 20 of Johns Hopkins’ 27 extra-man goals on the year.

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Turgeon and Terps: He’s here to stay

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Turgeon and Terps: He’s here to stay

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

Mark Turgeon is living a charmed life.

“Wait, Drew, didn’t Maryland just get their doors blown off last night?  How can Turgeon be charmed?” you’re asking.

Turgeon is indeed living a charmed life.  If not for Maryland having to cough up $50 million to join the Big Ten — hence, the Athletic Department, like the school, is broke – the Terps might very well be in the beginning stages of a coaching search.

Maryland didn’t lose 85-61 to Florida State last night.  They got smashed 85-61.  It wasn’t pretty.  Worse than that, actually.  Honestly, there are Old Mill High School cheerleaders better looking than the Terps were last night.

I’m not telling you anything new if you’ve watched them play — and I’m also not trying to pile on — but this is starting to get seriously concerning at College Park.  I said from the day Gary Williams left that the first guy in after him would have a tough time of it.  Yes, I know Maryland flirted with Arizona’s Sean Miller before hiring Turgeon, but it might be a good thing that Miller wasn’t first in after Williams departed.  I think the Terps would be better with Miller, yes, but be very careful of that “first person in after the legend leaves” stuff because it’s very real.

Turgeon’s era at College Park would really be in jeopardy if not for the aforementioned check of blood money owed to the ACC.  As it is, now, he’s likely safe no matter what the Terps do.  They simply can’t afford to jettison a guy who still has five years left on his contract, not to mention $10 million or so in guaranteed money.

The black marks against Turgeon extend past the team’s record on the court.  He’s the guy who hired Assistant Coach Dalonte Hill, a highly sought ofter basketball lifer most recently from the Kansas State program.  Hill came along with a list of question marks but Turgeon needed him for a boost in local recruiting and the reputation that Maryland was “back” on the national scene after a sluggish final five years in the Gary Williams era. Hill is no longer with the program after a DUI arrest in 2013.

Last night’s drubbing in Tallahassee was way too familiar.  The team’s two de facto big men, Mitchell and Cleare, teamed up for a total of 3 points on the night.  Florida State took advantage of Maryland’s lack of defensive focus to light it up from outside the arc and the Terps either, A) never figured it out — B) figured it out but didn’t know how to change their defense to stop it  – C) the players were told how to adjust to it but just didn’t care enough to put out the required energy to do it.  Good defense — in any sport — is 90% effort.  You have to be willing to bust your hump more than you even thought you could in order to play really good defense.  I don’t see that kind of effort from Maryland.  Not even close.

There’s more, but I have other stuff to cover here.

Just know this much — the seat at College Park would really be hot on Turgeon’s tush if not for the Big Ten transfer fee.

As it is, he’s not going anywhere soon.

And, it would appear, neither is Maryland basketball.

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Here’s the one thing about Sunday’s AFC title game that should drive you nuts this week.

No matter who wins, either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will be playing in the Super Bowl on February 2nd.

As a guy covering the big game from New York all week as we continue our tradition of broadcasting live from Super Bowl’s Radio Row, I’m just thrilled beyond belief at the thought of talking about Manning or Brady for five straight days.

OK, I’m not at all thrilled about it, but it is what it is.

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Boy, have two men ever been a better fit for one another than Anthony Bosch and Alex Rodriguez?

Bosch was on 60 Minutes last night and completely sold me on what I already suspected:  He’s a derelict.  Throughout the interview he was fidgety, stuttered and stammered, and looked more like a drug dealer than a nutritionist.

Rodriguez is a cheater and so is Bosch.  He admitted to 60 Minutes he was well aware that his work with A-Rod was “beating the system” and that he didn’t really care.  A-Rod certainly didn’t care that what he was doing was wrong.

Made for each other.  Honestly, a perfect fit.

 

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Former coach Williams honored before Maryland/Ohio State game

Posted on 04 December 2013 by WNST Staff

WILLIAMS HONORED PRIOR TO OHIO STATE GAME

Dec. 4, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams was presented with a plaque by Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany prior to Wednesday’s game at No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Williams served as the Buckeyes’ head coach for three seasons from 1987-89 prior to his legendary coaching tenure at Maryland.

“Gary is an outstanding ambassador to college basketball,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “With his passion and tireless work ethic, he changed the culture and brought back a winning tradition to both basketball programs at Maryland and Ohio State. He and his teams made an indelible mark in both the ACC and Big Ten conferences and this recognition is a testament to his leadership and commitment to his student-athletes and our universities.”

A member of the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame, University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Washington Sports Hall of Champions, and the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum Hall of Legends, Williams ranks third in ACC history with 461 wins behind only Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith.

In his 33 years as a head coach, he amassed an overall record of 668-380 (.637), including 461-252 (.646) at Maryland. Williams also served as head coach at Ohio State, Boston College and American.

His career is nothing short of extraordinary: 14 NCAA tournament appearances, three ACC regular season titles, ACC tournament championships, seven Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and a National Championship in 2002. Williams was the National Coach of the Year in 2002, and the ACC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010.

Williams garnered a 59-41 (.590) record in three seasons at Ohio State, including one NCAA Tournament appearance.

Tonight’s matchup marks the first meeting between Maryland and Ohio State since 1985 – two seasons prior to Williams’ arrival as head coach. The Buckeyes won the game at home, 78-66.

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Maryland visits Ohio State Wednesday for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps Head to #5 Ohio State for Big Ten/ACC Clash

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland travels to Columbus, Ohio for its first road game of the season Wednesday at 6:00 pm as it takes on future Big Ten foe No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It is the first meeting between the teams since 1985.The game will be aired live on ESPN.

Watch: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-play), Bob Knight (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terps are tied for the second-most wins in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history since the tournament’s inception in 1999 (Duke-12, Maryland-10, Wake Forest-10, Clemson-9). Maryland also has a tournament-best road mark of 4-1 amongst teams that have played at least four games, defeating Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. last season.

• Winners of four games in a row, Maryland was highly efficient offensively in an 89-62 victory against Morgan State last Friday, shooting 33-of-53 (.623) from the field en route to victory. The team also dished a season-high 26 assists, including six from freshman Roddy Peters.

• Maryland was lights-out from beyond the arc against Morgan State, connecting on 13-of-20 (.650) shots from beyond the arc. It was the first time the Terrapins made 13 3-pointers since they shot 13-of-30 in an overtime victory against North Carolina on Feb. 21, 2009. Jake Layman led the way Friday, knocking down seven 3-pointers for a career-high 27 points.

• Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz has played Ohio State more times (six) than Maryland in its entire history (five). Smotrycz’s Wolverines played the Buckeyes three times in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Last Time Out
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display last Friday when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67-percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond the arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State enters Friday’s contest as one of the nation’s hottest teams, beginning the season 6-0 and climbing into the top-5 in the national rankings. The Buckeyes have dominated opponents, winning by an average margin of 19.6 points.
The Buckeyes are led by standout senior guard Aaron Craft, who earned 2013 First Team All-Big Ten and 2013 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Craft ranks second in the Big Ten in steals (2.5/g) and fourth in assists (5.3). Lenzelle Smith, Jr. leads the Buckeyes with 11.6 ppg, in addition to 4.6 rpg.
Ohio State has played suffocating defense thus far, holding opponents to just 53.3 ppg (2nd in the nation). OSU’s strong defense is coupled with its ability to avoid fouling opponents, ranking first in the Big Ten in fewest fouls (97).

Smotrycz Returns to Columbus
In two years as a player at Michigan, Evan Smotrycz amassed more experience (six games) against Ohio State than Maryland has in its entire history (five games). In six games, including two contests in the Big Ten Tournament, Smotrycz averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes of action. His best performance came on January 12, 2011, when he scored 14 points and added six rebounds in a 68-64 loss.
Smotrycz has found early success in the Maryland system, notching back-to-back double-doubles in his last two performances. He is the first Terrapin to do so since Jordan Williams in 2011. After being named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team last Monday, Smotrycz poured in 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Morgan State.

Lights Out Layman
Sophomore Jake Layman had his best game in a Maryland uniform against Morgan State last Friday, turning in career-high marks in points (27), field goals made (9) and 3-point field goals made (7). Layman shot 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 overall in the victory.
The Wrentham, Mass. native has been lethal from 3-point range this season, connecting on an ACC best 3.3/game (23rd nationally). His .511 percentage (23-45) from beyond the arc ranks third in the conference behind Joe Harris (UVA) and Ben Emelogu (VT).

Terps Support Toys for Tots
The Terps have partnered with the UMCP Campus Police and Prince George’s County Police for the Toys for Tots drive. Donation bins will be located outside Gates A, B and Terrapin Trail Garage entrances for the Men’s Basketball game onDecember 14 vs. Florida Atlantic. Fans are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys for boy or girls to the game.

– Maryland –

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Ohio State @ Maryland (Wednesday 7pm Comcast Center), Siena @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Comcast Center); NBA: Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Boxing: Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi (Saturday 8pm from Brooklyn live on Showtime); Auto Racing: NASCAR Awards Banquet (Friday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Fox Sports 2)

10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Halestorm (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Panic! at the Disco (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Spacehog & Sponge (Friday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage), Monster Magnet (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Carbon Leaf (Friday 8pm Saturday 3pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Megadeth (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), NOFX (Friday 7:25pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Muse “Live at Rome Olympic Stadium” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I don’t care what face you’re making, it doesn’t change how much I secretly love TSO.

I don’t know if I’ll make it to Soundstage Sunday night, but you should sing along with this tune for me.

I believe by law Carbon Leaf is not allowed to go more than a month without playing around here.

I’ll be the Muse record doesn’t suck.

9. Jeff Dunham (Thursday 7pm Patriot Center); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); The Wolverine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Parade of Lighted Boats (Saturday 6pm Fells Point/Inner Harbor); “A Monumental Occasion” (Thursday 5pm Mount Vernon Place)

I don’t really have a lot to say about any of this. Sorry. I didn’t really have time to study if we’re being fair.

Instead, courtesy of The Robb Report, for Christmas this year I’d like you to buy me a backyard stadium for $30 million. For reals.

I would also settle for this $83 million sky yacht.

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Maryland/Ohio State tip-off time announced

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Maryland/Ohio State tip-off time announced

Posted on 15 August 2013 by WNST Staff

ESPN has finalized the network and time assignments for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods on December 3 and 4. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.

The 2013 schedule is highlighted by eight teams in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including six of the top 11 teams: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 6 Duke, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Syracuse, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 20 Indiana and No. 25 Iowa. Three of the games will pit ranked teams against each other: No. 10 Michigan at No. 6 Duke, No. 12 North Carolina at No. 3 Michigan State and No. 20 Indiana at No. 9 Syracuse.

Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including the three newest ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will not play in the 2013 event.

The ACC and Big Ten split last year’s Challenge with six wins each. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC holds a 10-3-1 Challenge record, winning the first 10 events (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).

Tuesday, Dec.
Indiana at Syracuse: 7:15 p.m. ET/6:15 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Illinois at Georgia Tech: 7:15 p.m. ET/6:15 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Penn State at Pittsburgh: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Michigan at Duke: 9:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Notre Dame at Iowa: 9:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Florida State at Minnesota: 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Maryland at Ohio State: 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN/ESPN2)
Wisconsin at Virginia: 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN/ESPN2)
Northwestern at North Carolina State: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
North Carolina at Michigan State: 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Boston College at Purdue: 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska: 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

• Tourney Teams: 14 teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the ACC, and Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
• First Challenge Matchups: Seven of the 12 games will mark first-time Challenge matchups: Michigan at Duke, Maryland at Ohio State, Miami at Nebraska and Boston College at Purdue plus the debut of the three new ACC members Syracuse against Indiana, Notre Dame at Iowa and Pittsburgh against Penn State.
• Syracuse and Indiana have met five previous times with Syracuse winning the past four games, including last season’s NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen matchup.
• Duke is 21-8 all-time against Michigan, including victories in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational.
• In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Nebraska holds a 3-1 record against Miami; Purdue won both previous meetings against Boston College; Ohio State and Maryland last played in 1985 with Ohio State winning three out of the five overall games; and Notre Dame will play Iowa for the first time since 1990 and holds a 8-5 series record.
• Pennsylvania rivals Pitt and Penn State will meet for the first time since 2005 with Pitt winning the past five contests.
• Following a First with a Rematch: Illinois and Georgia Tech and Wisconsin and Virginia will follow their first-time Challenge meetings in 2012 with a rematch in the 2013 event. Illinois defeated Georgia Tech and Virginia beat Wisconsin in last year’s Challenge.
• Best Three Out of Five: North Carolina and Michigan State and Minnesota and Florida State will meet in the Challenge for the fifth time with each program holding a 2-2 record against their opponent.
• North Carolina, with an 11-3 overall record against Michigan State, won games in 2008 and 2009. Michigan State won the games in 1999 and 2000.
• Minnesota won the Challenge games in 2000 and 2012 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007.
• Rubber Match: Northwestern and NC State will square off in the Challenge for the third time. Northwestern won in 2009 and NC State in 2002.

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Maryland’s 2016-17 Big Ten football schedules announced

Posted on 11 July 2013 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Big Ten announced on Thursday its football schedule for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The 2016 season marks the beginning of a nine-game conference slate for the league’s 14 members and features Maryland’s first-ever matchup with Nebraska.

As part of the Big Ten’s schedule rotation, Maryland will host five conference games in 2016 and will host four in 2017.

Maryland’s third season in the Big Ten will open on Oct. 1, 2016 when Purdue visits College Park marking the Terps first meeting with the Boilermakers as a conference foe. After traveling to Penn State on Oct. 8, Maryland plays host to Minnesota on Oct. 15.

The Terps face their second division opponent the following weekend as Michigan State (Oct. 22) pays a visit to Capitol One Field at Byrd Stadium before consecutive road games at Indiana (Oct. 29) and at Michigan (Nov. 5).

After its trip to Ann Arbor, Maryland ends the regular season with two of its final three games at home. The stretch begins on Nov. 12 with a home contest against Ohio State followed by a trip to Nebraska on Nov. 19. The home finale is set for Nov. 26 against Rutgers.

The 2017 season begins with three of four games on the road. Maryland opens with back-to-back road contests at Minnesota on Sept. 30 and at Ohio State on Oct. 7.

Maryland’s conference home opener is set for Oct. 14 against Northwestern before traveling to Madison to face Wisconsin on Oct. 21.

The Terps final five regular-season games are all against divisional opponents beginning at home against Indiana onOct. 28. After a trip to Rutgers on Nov. 4, Maryland plays host to Michigan on Nov. 11 followed by a road game onNov. 18 at Michigan State.

The regular-season finale is scheduled for Nov. 25 at home against Penn State.

Now is the time to order your season tickets for this historic new era of Maryland Football.  Become a season ticket holder today to secure the best seats available and lock-in your price for two years including the inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference.

All season tickets for 2013 include the game with West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium.  A variety of season ticket options are available and prices start as low as $159.  Family 4-Packs are also available for $600.  The five-month payment plan is a great option for fans to spread out the cost of tickets.

Fans can purchase season tickets online at UMTerps.com or by calling the ticket office at 800-462-TERP or 301-314-7070

The complete schedule and game times will be announced at a later date.

 

2016 Big Ten Schedule

Date     Opponent

10/1      Purdue

10/8      at Penn State

10/15    Minnesota

10/22    Michigan State

10/29    at Indiana

11/5      at Michigan

11/12    Ohio State

11/19    at Nebraska

11/26    Rutgers

 

2017 Big Ten Schedule

Date     Opponent

9/30      at Minnesota

10/7      at Ohio State

10/14    Northwestern

10/21    at Wisconsin

10/28    Indiana

11/4      at Rutgers

11/11    Michigan

11/18    at Michigan State

11/25    Penn State

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Hopkins will have great familiarity with future Big Ten foes

Posted on 03 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels announced today that the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse team has been accepted by the Big Ten Conference as a sport affiliate member. The announcement comes on the same day that the Big Ten announced the addition of men’s lacrosse as an official conference sport. Big Ten play is scheduled to begin during the 2015 season.

Johns Hopkins will join current Big Ten schools Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan as well as future members Maryland and Rutgers in competing for the Big Ten Championship in men’s lacrosse. Hopkins will officially become a Big Ten sport affiliate member on July 1, 2014.

“This decision may represent the single greatest change in Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse in more than a century,” Daniels said. “I am grateful for the thoughtful process that has led us to this historic place, and I am confident in the success of our shared endeavor in the years to come. ”

Johns Hopkins has competed as an independent in men’s lacrosse since the program began play in 1883. Since then, the program has produced 44 national championships, nine NCAA titles, 183 First Team All-Americans and 65 members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The Blue Jays rank first nationally in overall national titles, First Team All-Americans and Hall of Fame inductees, while JHU’s nine NCAA titles rank second all time. Johns Hopkins has also appeared in 41 of the 43 all-time NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships since the NCAA began sponsoring the national tournament in 1971.

“We are pleased to announce that the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program will become the Big Ten’s first sport affiliate member,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Johns Hopkins University is one of the top academic institutions in the country and their men’s lacrosse program has been one of the nation’s best since it was first founded in 1883. Lacrosse is a unique part of the culture on the East Coast, and is an emerging sport both among our current schools and across the country. The addition of Johns Hopkins will give us the opportunity to launch Big Ten men’s lacrosse in 2015, and we look forward to working with their administrators, coaches, student-athletes and fans in preparation for their first conference season.”

The ever-changing landscape of college lacrosse led Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics Tom Calder and men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala to begin discussing conference affiliation in the spring of 2012. While fully aware of the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program as an independent, both realized that national conference realignment was making the challenges of scheduling even more difficult and the opportunity most other teams had to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship through a conference was something that needed to be explored.

With six men’s lacrosse teams, the Big Ten will receive one of the automatic bids to the NCAA Championship. Currently, 16 teams are selected to compete each year in the tournament. NCAA rules allow for up to 50-percent of the tournament field to be comprised of teams receiving an automatic bid.

“The goal each season for our men’s lacrosse team always has been and always will be to compete for the national championship,” Calder noted. “Our administration is fully committed to providing Dave Pietramala and our men’s lacrosse program the resources and opportunities necessary for us to compete at that level. We are proud of the history and accomplishments we enjoyed while competing as an independent, but we feel the opportunity to align with members of the Big Ten as the conference adds men’s lacrosse best positions the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program to maintain the standards that have been established here.”

Johns Hopkins and Maryland have competed in men’s lacrosse since 1895 and the Blue Jays also added Michigan to the schedule during the 2013 season. In addition, Ohio State and Penn State are currently slotted as the team’s two preseason opponents, while Johns Hopkins and Rutgers have met 34 times dating back to 1920. The familiarity with those programs was a key element in the decision-making process.

“This is a very exciting day for Johns Hopkins University as we combine two traditions of excellence – the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program and the Big Ten, which are both committed to excellence in the classroom and on the field” Pietramala stated. “As the head coach and a former player here, one of the things that is truly exciting is the challenging schedule we have been able to maintain. This move allows us to maintain the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse with the University of Maryland, add several nationally-recognized programs to our schedule and maintain a number of national and local rivalries we have in place. All of those things were important considerations and I am thankful to our administration for the time and effort they have put into this process and the unwavering support we have received in making this decision.”

 

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