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Miraculous Late Rally Lifts UMBC Past Albany

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones (Port CoquiItlam, B.C.) capped a miraculous rally with a goal at the 1:43 mark of overtime and the Retrievers edged Albany, 17-16, at UMBC Stadium.

With the victory, UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) clinched a spot in the America East four-team playoffs for the ninth time in nine conference seasons. Albany, also assured of a berth in the championships, fell to 3-9, 3-1.

The Retrievers trailed the Great Danes, 16-11, in the wild affair with under six minutes remaining in regulation. But UMBC reeled off five goals in a span of 2:18 and tied the score on a goal by junior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) with 2:57 remaining, setting the stage for Jones’ heroics.

“I saw this team grow up,” head coach Don Zimmerman said.  “That’s a very good team that we just played out there.  We have been waiting and waiting and waiting for it to kick in and I thought we kicked into gear and came of age.”

Jones, UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, and sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored four goals each to lead UMBC. Three Great Danes- senior attackman Joe Resetarits, and sophomore attackmen Miles and Ty Thompson- scored four goals each, with Resetarits leading all scores with seven total points.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs. Poe attempted all 37 draws on the day and won 9-of-11 in the fourth quarter.

Miles Thompson finished a fast break on a pass from Ty Thompson with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the visitors a five-goal bulge. UMBC responded with on a goal by junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) with 5:15 to play and the Retrievers got an extra surge when Poe controlled the draw and scored eight seconds later to trim the deficit to 16-13.

After a holding call on Albany, Hopmann scored again, just 34 seconds after the 13th goal, and after Gregoire turned the corner and scored with 3:29 remaining, the Retrievers were within a goal. Poe beat UA long-stick Doug Eich on the draw and Brown fired a high blazer past Dane netminder Max Huber with 2:57 remaining to tie the score for the first time since it was even at 6-all.

Both teams had one offensive possession in the final moments of regulation, but could not score. Albany won the opening draw in overtime, but a Lyle Thompson shot sailed over the goal and possession went over to the Retrievers. Playing on Senior Day, senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) fed Jones on the left wing ,and the Retrievers leading scorer dipped inside his defender and bounced a shot past Huber, setting off a wild celebration by the Retrievers.

The 17 goals scored by UMBC was its most since a 17-10 win over Rutgers in 2009. The 33 goals combined by the two squads was the most in a Retriever contest since an 18-15 loss at Towson early in the 1998 campaign.

Grimm, junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) each had three assists for UMBC. Grimm and Bertolini added a goal piece to finish with four-point efforts. Hopmann and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St.Paul’s) scored two goals each for the hosts.

UMBC led only once before scoring the game-winning goal, scoring three consecutive first quarter goals after Albany had taken a quick 2-0 advantage. Albany led, 5-3, after one quarter, and 6-3 early in the second stanza before the Retrievers evened the affair on Grimm’s lone tally of the day on a man-up situation with 9:23 to play in the half.

But the Danes ended the first half of  3-0 run, punctuated by a Resetarits score from in front of the cage with six seconds to play in the half to give the guests a 9-6 halftime edge.

The Retrievers outscored UA, 4-3, in the third quarter and got as close as 12-10 before the Danes stretched out the margin to five goals.

Both teams had 37 shots in the game. Huber made nine saves for Albany, while UMBC junior netminder Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) had a season-low six saves for his side. But Cohen made three key fourth quarter saves to allow the Retrievers to complete the rally.

UMBC hit on 3-of-4 man-up chances, while UA was 1-for-1.

The Retrievers, who fell to Stony Brook last Saturday, have never lost back-to-back games in 46 America East regular season games. UMBC is 16-6 in Zimmerman’s tenure in overtime games.

Jones has scored 17 goals in his last five outings and became the first Retrievers since Alex Hopmann (36) in 2009 to reach the 30-goal plateau with 31 scores.

The four goals were a career-high for Gregoire, who has 11 goals in his five starts in 2012.

UMBC completes the regular season at Binghamton on April 28.

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UMBC Hosts Albany Saturday in Senior Day Showdown

Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff

In eight prior seasons of America East lacrosse, UMBC has met Albany 13 times and the two perennial league powers have developed a healthy rivalry. The two squads meet at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 21, and as usual, there is a lot at stake for both teams. The Retrievers (4-6, 2-1 AE) are looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Stony Brook and sew up their ninth consecutive league tournament berth, while Albany (3-8, 3-0 AE) seeks to extend its winning streak to four and stay atop the America East standings. Moreover, it is Senior Day at UMBC, as four-year lettermen Rob Grimm, Brian McCullough and Aaron Verardi will be honored in pregame ceremonies. The game will be televised live locally by the Live Well Network, broadcast live on www.umbcetrievers.tv.  The ceremonies begin at 1:00 p.m., with the game to follow.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

Junior attackman Scott Jones tied a career-high with five goals and led a furious comeback, but the host Retrievers (4-6, 2-1 AE) fell to Stony Brook, 10-8, before 960 fans at UMBC Stadium on April 14. Jones’ 27 goals is the most for a Retriever since Alex Hopmann scored 36 in 2009. He is tenth in the country in goals per game (2.7).

UMBC scored five goals in 3:11 to trim a 9-2 deficit to 9-7 early in the fourth quarter, but 21 turnovers curtailed the comeback attempt.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe won all seven fourth quarter draws and captured 15 of 22 in the game. His 125 face-offs won this season is already the 13th-best figure in school history.

Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten had a goal and two helpers for UMBC vs. SBU and now has 10 assists in his last four outings. He is 13th in the nation in assists per game (1.9).

The Retrievers have outscored their foes, 31-22, in the fourth quarter this season. It is the team’s highest-scoring stanza by nine goals.

SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES

Albany (3-8, 3-0 AE) clinched a spot in the America East Tournament with its third straight conference win, a 15-7 decision over Vermont on April 14. The Great Danes did not compete in the championships in 2011.

SR A Joe Resetarits led the Great Danes with four goals and two assists for six total points . Resetarits scored his 108th career goal, which puts him eighth among active players, and scored in his 44th consecutive game, which leads the nation.  Resetarits is eighth in the nation with 2.73 goals per game.

FR G Max Huber continues to make a huge impact for the Great Danes since taking over netminding duties. Huber made 10 saves against Vermont, and picked up two ground balls.

SR face-off specialist Keith Olson was key to the Great Danes’ success, as he won 14-of-25 face offs in the game.

SO A Miles Thompson scored five points on three goals and two assists, while cousin Ty Thompson also netted a hat trick vs. Vermont.

INSIDE THE SERIES

UMBC leads the all-time series, 9-4, and the Retrievers have won five of the last six games.

The Retrievers are 6-2 vs. Albany at UMBC Stadium, but the Great Danes won the last meeting, 11-7, in the 2010 championship semifinals. UMBC won at Albany for the second consecutive time last season, outlasting Albany, 13-9, in miserable weather conditions at John Fallon Field. Scott Jones scored five goals for UMBC, including three straight when the game was tied at 9-all in the fourth quarter. Dave Brown scored a goal and added 5 helpers in the game and Ethan Murphy and Brian Patton each scored their first collegiate goals in the victory.

UP NEXT

UMBC completes the regular season and America East slate with a contest at Binghamton on April 28.

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Hopkins Hopes to Bounce Back Thursday Night Against Albany

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Third-ranked Johns Hopkins (8-1) returns home to host Albany (1-7) in a rare Thursday night game for the Blue Jays.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins had its 15-game regular season winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays fell to North Carolina, 13-9, in the Big City Classic on Sunday. Albany picked up its first win of the season last Saturday with a 12-11 victory over Binghamton.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Albany are meeting for the 11th time in a series that dates to a 10-4 Johns Hopkins victory in 2002. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 9-1 and all 11 games (including this season’s matchup) have been played at Homewood Field.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany with an all-time record of 920-295-15 (.754). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 157-59 (.726), including a 134-42 (.761) record at Johns Hopkins. He 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.

About the Start: Although Johns Hopkins had its eight-game season-opening winning streak snapped with the loss to North Carolina on Sunday, good things could be in store for the Blue Jays down the road. Since 1977 the Blue Jays have opened a season with eight straight wins seven times (including this season). JHU has won the national championship three times in the previous six years, made two other trips to the title game and advanced to the NCAA semifinals the other year.

Program Ties: 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.

Marching Orders: Johns Hopkins closed out the March portion of its 2012 schedule at Virginia on March 24. The Blue Jays posted their first perfect record in the month of March (5-0) since 2005, when they also won all five of their games played in the month. Since 1972, JHU has posted a perfect record in the month of March 15 times (not including this season). In six of those years the Blue Jays went on to win the national championship and in seven other instances JHU finished as national runner-up.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 48-8 (.857) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 27-3 at home, 19-3 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

Streaking – Part 1: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 16-2 in its last 18 games, 21-4 since the start of the 2011 season and 23-6 in its last 29 games.

Streaking – Part 2: Johns Hopkins is 109-30 (.784) in its last 139 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 126-38 (.768) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.

Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins ran its home winning streak to 11 games with the 11-7 win over sixth-ranked Syracuse on March 17. The streak is the second-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who picked up his 75th career victory at Homewood Field with the win earlier this season against Delaware. Hopkins sports a gaudy 78-12 (.867) record in home games during his career at JHU.
JHU won a school and national-record 37 straight home games from 2001-06 under Pietramala’s guidance and the current 11-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven wins or more since he arrived.

More Home Cookin’: In addition to boasting the second-longest home winning streak of the Dave Pietramala era, Johns Hopkins’ current 11-game winning streak at Homewood Field is also the second longest active home winning streak in the nation. Only Cornell, which has won 12 straight at Schoellkopf Field, has a longer current streak in the home whites than Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins’ win at Virginia on March 24 snapped UVA’s 14-game home winning streak, which had stood as the longest in the nation.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins has employed virtually the same first and second midfield units throughout the first nine games and those units have proven to be steady in terms of production. JHU’s first unit of Rob Guida (11), John Ranagan (8) and John Greeley (6) has combined for 25 goals, while the second unit of Lee Coppersmith (10), Mark Goodrich (5) and Greg Edmonds (2) has 17 goals to its credit. The major difference between the two groups has been with assists. The unit of Guida, Ranagan and Greeley has combined for 16 assists. Edmonds’ assist against North Carolina was the first assist of the season from the trio on the second midfield.

Jumping Right In: Junior John Kaestner had played in 12 career games and hadn’t so much as taken a shot before getting the starting nod at Princeton with freshman Wells Stanwick out. No worries, all Kaestner did was stick the first two goals of his career during a 4-1 fourth-quarter run that fueled JHU’s 10-8 win. He came back with one goal and one assist in the win vs. Manhattan and duplicated that effort in the win over UMBC.

Bassett Now 21-4 in Last 25 Starts: Junior goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 24th career victory in goal with the 11-10 win at Virginia as he posted nine saves in the overtime victory. Including the loss to UNC he is 21-4 in his last 25 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season and counts a 24-8 career record to his credit. Through nine games Bassett currently ranks fifth in the nation in goals against average (6.82) and 14th in save percentage (.565).
Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Jesse Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Boland Returns: Senior attackman Chris Boland returned to the lineup against North Carolina after missing seven consecutive games with an injury he suffered 35 minutes into the season opener against Towson. Boland scored twice and dished out a pair of assists to push his season totals to six goals and two assists in just two games. Boland’s two-goal, two-assist showing vs. North Carolina pushed his career totals to 72 goals and 40 assists for 112 points. It was also his 26th career multi-point game and 17th game with four points or more.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays check in at number three in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week. 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 391 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 389 of those 391 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 368 of the 391 and the top five in 294 of those 391. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including wins this season vs. Towson and UMBC, JHU is 55-4 (.932) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 34 of 36 quarters this season and two or more in 29 of the 36 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 36.1 shots per game. That number compares favorably to JHU’s averages in 2005 (38.1) and 2007 (36.3) – the most recent years in which Johns Hopkins won the national championship.
• Johns Hopkins ranks 20th in the nation in scoring offense (10.33), 14th in extra-man offense (.455) and ninth in scoring margin (+3.66).

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU defense:
• Hopkins held Towson to just 18 shots and Manhattan to just 14. Hopkins is surrending an average of just 29.9 shots per game.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its nine opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 14:52 – eight of the nine have gone scoreless for 19:30 or longer.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 12 of 36 quarters this season (33.3%).
• The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense (6.67), 22nd in man-down defense (.677) and ninth in scoring margin (+3.66) this season.

Now That’s a Drought: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow an even-strength goal for an amazing stretch of 116:37 from late in the win at Princeton through early in the fourth quarter of the win over UMBC. The Retrievers did score a pair of extra-man goals in the first half, but the first six-on-six goal they scored came 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.

About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with the 11-0 victory over Manhattan on March 6. Prior to that, the Blue Jays had last posted a shutout on March 26, 1988, when they knocked off Princeton, 9-0. The shutout vs. Manhattan was the 61st in school history with 57 of those 61 shutouts coming prior to 1950.

Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 920 all-time wins.

That’s 625 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 920-295-15 (.754) … that’s 625 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 125 straight seasons, they would still be five games over .500.

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Navy Tries To Extend Win Streak Saturday At Colgate

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Riding a three-game winning streak, the Navy men’s lacrosse team travels to Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday to play 12th-ranked Colgate … meeting for the 15th time in series history, the Mids and Raiders will face off at 2:00 pm at Andy Kerr Stadium.
• Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday’s 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest … sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists … meanwhile, senior keeper RJ Wickham produced a season-high 16 saves to keep the Crusaders at bay while eclipsing the 400-career save milestone.
• Meanwhile, Colgate ran its winning streak to five in a row with a 12-6 victory over then 13th-ranked Fairfield last Saturday … junior attackman Peter Baum anchored the attack with six points on four goals and two assists, while attackmen Ryan Walsh and Brendon McCann along with middie Jeff Ledwick all contributed a pair of goals.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (50-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 4-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Colgate has scored 10 or more goals in seven of its eight games, winning all seven.
9    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded nine hat tricks in his 20-game Navy career, including five this season … Hull has also produced eight points in a game three times this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Holy Cross last Saturday.
8    Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves … he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.
7    The Mids’ four wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven or fewer goals.
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
5    Riding a five-game point-scoring streak, senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds has already topped his point total from a year ago (12) with his nine goals and six assists (15).
4    Just four players (Nikk Davis, Tucker Hull, Taylor Reynolds and Jordan Seivold) on the current roster have scored goals against Colgate, all of which have turned in just one goal.
3    Over the last three games, sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has scored five goals and added an assist  … in the Mids’ win over Holy Cross, he scored a career-high tying two goals and dealt out his first-career assist.
2    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.71 … his is also ranked 11th in goals per game (2.86) and second in assists per game (2.86).
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 67 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games … each of the last four Navy-Colgate games has been decided by one goal with each team winning two of the four.

More on the Raiders
• In his first season as head coach, former Army assistant Mike Murphy has the 12th-ranked Colgate Raiders sitting atop the Patriot League with a 1-0 record … meanwhile the Raiders, who boast a 7-1 record, are off to the program’s best start since the 1993 team opened its season with an 8-1 mark.
• Colgate, whose only blemish on the year was  9-6 hiccup to Dartmouth, has won five in a row over the likes of Robert Morris (24-14), Hobart (18-8), Holy Cross (13-9), Binghamton (17-8) and Fairfield (12-6).
• Junior attackman Peter Baum has been sensational for the Raiders … as the nation’s No. 1 scorer, he has registered 46 points (5.75) on 33 goals and 13 assists.
• Freshman attackman Ryan Walsh has made a strong case for Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors, producing 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists and is the team’s second-leading scorer.
• Junior Robert Grabher has won 96 of his 175 faceoffs (54.9) and is ranked 24th nationally … additionally, he is No. 5 in ground balls, averaging 6.88 per contest.
• Senior Jared Madison has anchored the defense from the cage where he owns an 8.60 goals-against average and a 51.1 save percentage.
• Meanwhile senior Kevin Gordon and sophomore Bobby Lawrence are pacing the team with 14 takeaways apiece … Lawrence is also second on the team in ground balls with 25.

Series History
• Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 10-4, including wins in two of the last three contests.
• Just three (2006, `08, `10) of the 14 contests have been played in Hamilton, N.Y. with Navy claiming wins in two of the three.
• The two teams have met 12 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004 … during that span, Navy has produced an 8-4 record and outscored Colgate, 129-89.
• Each of the last four contests between the two programs has been decided by one goal, including the last trip to Hamilton in which the Mids were forced to come from behind to win eventually win in overtime, 10-9.
• Navy and Colgate have twice faced one another in the Patriot League Tournament and have been met with split results … in 2007, the Mids claimed a 15-9 win over the Raiders in the championship game, before dropping the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate.

2011 Navy-Colgate Recap
• Navy scored the game’s first-two goals, but scoreless lulls of 21 and 31 minutes in the first and second halves, respectively, allowed Colgate to score a 5-4 win over the Mids and snap Navy’s three-game winning streak.  Colgate, the only Patriot League foe who has beaten the Mids on their home field since Navy joined the league in 2004, has now won two in a row against the Mids at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals within a minute of one another by senior midfielder Kevin Doyle (8:09), followed by a speed dodge goal by Nikk Davis (7:15).
• While the Mids looked to have the game well in hand, they were dealt a blow when senior midfielder Andy Warner got tangled up with a Colgate player and Warner suffered a blow to the head.  For precautionary reasons, Warner was held out of competition for roughly 15 minutes of game play.  Although Warner did return to the game midway through the second quarter, Navy’s offense never seemed to get the swagger back in its step.
• In fact, Colgate rattled off three-straight goals to take a 3-2 advantage with 5:15 to play in the opening half.  Rookie midfielder Jimmy Ryan kicked off the run with a left alley dodge past Navy defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold, sending his shot from 10 yards out past Navy keeper RJ Wickham with 47 seconds left in the first quarter.  Faceoff specialist Jim Carroll won the faceoff to open the second frame and found the nation’s sixth-ranked goal scorer Peter Baum for the equalizer at 14:54.  The Raiders took the lead with 5:15 remaining in the second when Warner’s errant pass was picked up by Colgate defenseman Greg Perkins and off to the races they went.  The Navy turnover led to one of three transition goals by Colgate, this one by long pole Dave Tucciarone.
• The Mids finally got themselves back on the scoreboard when Warner found freshman attackman Tucker Hull for a five-yard shot just to the right of the goal at the 1:12 mark.  The assist by Warner extended his point scoring streak to 21-straight games dating back to last year’s Lehigh contest.
• Navy’s efforts were short-lived, however, as Carroll won the ensuing faceoff for the Raiders and got the ball to senior middie Rob Bosco.  Filling the middle, Bosco passed the ball off to Baum on the left wing, who fired off a shot that appeared to hit defenseman Michael Hirsch before taking a hop and finding its way into the goal with 1:01 left to take a 3-2 advantage going into halftime.
• The third quarter featured several shots that would never find the back of the net until the 4:30 mark when the Raiders perfectly executed their transition game that resulted in a Ben McCabe goal from roughly seven yards out and extended their lead to 5-3.
• After barraging Colgate keeper Jared Madison with 11 shots over the final 2:19 of the game, the Mids finally were able to get within one.  But the eight-yard unassisted goal by junior attackman Taylor Reynolds came too late for the Mids, as he scored with just two ticks left.

Navy-Holy Cross Rewind
• Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday’s 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest
• The win gave the Mids their first three-game winning streak since last year when the Mids won three in a row over this same three-game stretch against Lafayette, Towson and Holy Cross.
• Navy is now 4-0 this season when holding its opponent to seven or fewer goals.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists … it also marked his fifth hat trick of the year and ninth of his career.
• Navy’s first two goals of the game were scored by long stick defensive midfielders … sophomore Pat Kiernan punched in the game’s first goal and went on to finish the game with two goals and an assist … meanwhile, in just his second-career appearance, sophomore Ben Sampson notched his first-collegiate goal in the opening period.
• Six players extended scoring streaks - Taylor Reynolds with five-straight games with a goal, Hull with seven-straight games with a point, Erik Hoffstadt with fiver-straight games with a point and Pat Kiernan with thtree-straight games with a goal.
• Junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs saw his five-game goal-scoring streak snapped against Holy Cross after being held scoreless on two shots.
• Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves … he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.

An Old Fashioned Duel Between 1 and 2
• Not only do the nation’s top two point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week’s NCAA statistics report, Colgate junior Peter Baum and Navy sophomore Tucker Hull are set to square off Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y..
• Baum, who owns the nation’s seventh-leading scoring streak at 35-consecutive games, is leading the country with his 5.75 points per game, while Hull stands No. 2, averaging 5.71 points per contest.
• Baum is also the nation’s top goal producer (4.13), while Hull is 11th, scoring 2.86 goals per game.
• Hull has registered hat tricks in five of the seven games this season.
• Hull, who possesses a more balanced game, is ranked No. 2 in assists per game, dealing out 2.86 per contest.

Kiernan Among Navy’s Top Scoring Defensemen
• Navy sophomore long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan has produced eight-career points, including seven this season.
• He is ranked third all-time for career points scored by a  Navy defensemen, while his seven goals are tied as the most.
• Among the NCAA’s top active defensemen, he is just outside of the top five … there are only five defensemen in the entire nation who have scored 10 or more career points.
• For a single season, Kiernan’s seven points are tied as the most by a Navy player alongside Zack Schroeder who  produced seven points on three goals and four assists in 2009.
• Meanwhile he has turned in more goals this season (6) than any Navy defenseman in program history.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy is 51-14 (78.1) against conference members, which includes an 11-2 mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 40-12 in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (3)    2008, `10, `11
Bucknell (4)    2005, `09, `11, `12
Colgate (3)    2006, `09, `11
Lafayette (1)    2010
Lehigh (1)    2011
… and dropped the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.
• Ten of the 14 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 27-4 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 21-4 during the regular season.
• The Mids have produced undefeated marks in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in `07.
• Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in five (2004-05-06-07-08) of the seven years it has been a member of the league.
• Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league’s tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).
• 31 different Mids have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.

Hull Hauls in the Points
• Seven games into the season, Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has already eclipsed his team-high 38 points from a year ago.
• Hull is the first 40-point scorer for the Mids since Nick Mirabito turned in 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists in 2008.
• He is just 12 points shy of joining Navy’s single-season top 20 points list … 20th-place Mike Hannan produced 52 points during the 1978 season … Mike Buzzell holds the scoring record with 85 points in 1979.
• Meanwhile, Hull is just 22 points shy of joining Navy’s list of elite 100-point scorers … there are just 29 current members of the group with the last player joining the list just a year ago, as Andy Warner graduated with 101-career points.

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UMBC Hopes To Pull Another Stunner Saturday Against Loyola

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (2-3) welcomes Loyola back to UMBC Stadium for the first time since 2004 on Saturday, March 24.  The Retrievers had a rare week off after the March 10 setback to No. 2 Johns Hopkins, while the fifth-ranked Greyhounds defeated No. 11 Duke on the same day and have improved to 7-0 with subsequent wins over Air Force and Georgetown.

The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m. Game coverage includes streaming on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

The Retrievers had the week off after facing a pair of top five teams (No. 4 Maryland, No. 2 Johns Hopkins) in a five-day span. UMBC will face its
third consecutive top-ten team and fourth straight top-20 team when they entertain No. 5 Loyola.

Junior attackman Scott Jones has now scored goals in 10 consecutive games. He has 25 goals in that span which began vs. Binghamton on April 9, 2011. As of March 12, Jones was 30th in the nation with 2.4 goals per game

Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen is 10th in the country with 11.2 saves per contest (as of March 12).

Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten recorded a career-high three assists against Johns Hopkins on March 10.

UMBC has outscored the opposition, 16-9, in fourth quarter scoring this season.

The Retrievers’ strength of schedule is currently fourth in the nation. For the second consecutive week, UMBC is receiving votes in both the USILA poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll.

SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS

Loyola held the Air Force Academy scoreless for over 31 minutes, and the Greyhounds used a 10-0 run to down the Falcons, 15-8, last Saturday
afternoon in ECAC Lacrosse League action at Ridley Athletic Complex. They defeated Georgetown, 11-6, at home on Wednesday evening.

The Greyhounds are currently ranked No. 5 in both the USILA and Nike/Inside Lacrosse polls.

J.P. Dalton was critical for the Greyhounds in the comeback over AFA, winning 18-of-26 face-offs, 10-of-13 in the second half. He also had five
ground balls. Loyola trailed, 7-4, at the half.  Dalton is winning 62.8 percent in the circle in 2012.

JR A Mike Sawyer leads the explosive Greyhound offense with 24 goals and 29 total points. Grad student A Eric Lusby, who scored five goals vs.
Georgetown, is second on the team with 21 goals, and he is tied for the team lead with 29 points.

Loyola’s most notable victory was the 13-8 triumph over No. 11 Duke at Ridley Athletic Complex on March 10.  Sawyer scored six times in the game and Lusby added three goals and two assists.

THE SERIES

This will be the 30th meeting between UMBC and Loyola, although it will be the first meeting since a 2005 contest at Loyola. The teams met every year from 1970-1996, then met in back-to-back years in both 2004 and 2005. UMBC leads the all-time series, 16-13 and won both the 2004 (13-7) and 2005 (9-8, 2ot) contests. The 2004 Retriever victory snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Hounds.

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Navy Visits Patriot League Rival Lafayette Saturday

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Navy will look to snap its three-game losing skid on Saturday when the Midshipmen travel to Easton, Pa. to face Lafayette … meeting for the 14th time in series history, the Mids and Leopards will face off at 12:00 pm at Rappolt Field.
• The Mids enter Saturday’s contest having lost three in a row, including last week’s Patriot League opener against a Bucknell team who had lost three games by a combined four goals … while Navy doubled up the Bison in faceoff wins (19-8), the Mids had a difficult time holding onto the ball once they gained possession … meanwhile, the defense gave up a pair of four-goal runs to the Bison in the second and third quarters.
• Lafayette is coming off a tough 9-6 loss to Rutgers … the Leopards scored the first goal of the game, but gave up four-consecutive goals to the Scarlet Knights … while the Leopards would get to within two goals on four different occasions, they could never put together a run to even the score … Lafayette also scored just one extra-man goal on five Rutgers penalties.
• Saturday’s contest will NOT be broadcast over the radio due to the lack of press box facilities …  live stats, however, will be available at NavySports.com.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat … the Mids are 10-0 when scoring 10 or more goals against Lafayette.
9    Nine different players have provided points for the Mids this season, including Sam Jones and Tucker Hull who have recorded points in all four contests.
8    Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to eight-straight games after his two-goal effort against Lafayette last Saturday … he opened the season with  a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
7    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded seven hat tricks in his 17-game Navy career, including three this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
6    Starting attackman Sam Jones paced Navy in last year’s win over Lafayette with a six-point performance … he punched in three goals and dealt out three assists in his first-collegiate game against the Leopards.
5    Saturday’s contest marks just the fifth game played in Easton, Pa. in what will be the 14th meeting … eight of the remaining nine games have been played in Annapolis.
4    Only four of the 57 points scored by the Midshipmen this season have been by non-starters … Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, Pat Kiernan has a goal and Jay Mann has an assist.
3    Three of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (4) and Maryland (5) – while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
2    Navy has lost two-straight true road games (Jacksonville was played at a neutral site) … last season the Mids were 1-6 on the road.
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 64 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.

More on the Leopards
• Tenth-year Lafayette head coach Terry Mangan has led the Leopards to a 2-2 record this season, already matching last year’s win total … the Leopards have claimed wins over Providence (10-5) and Wagner (19-2), while dropping contests on teh road to Binghamton (10-8) and Rutgers (9-6).
• Rookie attackman Brian Bock leads the way as the team’s top point producer with three goals and nine assists … he is ranked 14th nationally in assists per game (2.25) … senior middie Doug Prusoff is the team’s leading goal scorer with eight, while senior attack and senior midfielder Greg Allis have pitched in seven goals … Allis s ranked 14th in the country in shot percentage, scoring seven goals off 14 shots (50.0).
• Junior Anthony Zawadzki has taken the bulk of the faceoffs this season, winning 21 of 46 (45.7), while rookie Jake O’Brien has won 10 of 23 (43.5).
• Three keepers have played for the Leopards – sophomore Andrijk Andrusko, sophomore Jake Hyatt and junior Ed Stubits.  Hyatt opened the year as the starter against Providence and played the first 30 minutes of the Binghamton game.  Andrusko, however, has been the starter in each of the last two contests.  Andrusko was Lafayette’s starter a year ago.
• Lafayette is the nation’s third-stingiest defense, giving up just 6.50 goals per game, while its offense is ranked 22nd, putting up 10.75 goals per contest … the Leopards have given up 10 goals just once this season and held two foes to five or fewer goals … Lafayette, however, is dreadful in the hustle stat – ground balls … picking up just 19 grounders per game, the Leopards are ranked 59th out of 61 teams.

Series History
• Saturday’s contest marks the 14th meeting between the two programs, and the 10th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  Navy leads, 12-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 10 of the 13 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 12 times.
• In the 13-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 168-57 … since joining the league in ‘04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 104-56.
• While this is Rick Sowell’s first contest against the Leopards since taking the Navy post last June, he enters Saturday’s game with a 3-1 record against Lafayette as head coach at previous schools — 2-0 at Stony Brook, 1-1 record at St. John’s.

2011 Navy-Lafayette Recap
• Navy jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Mids dealt Patriot League foe Lafayette a 15-6 loss at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy opened the game on an 8-0 run, featuring a 7-0 advantage after the first quarter of play.  Junior Nikk Davis, who scored a pair of goals in the final 18 seconds of play to force overtime at Bucknell, punched in the game’s first goal less than two minutes into the contest.  The flood gates opened from there and continued into the second quarter where sophomore middie Jay Mann scored 52 seconds into the second frame with a 10-yarder from the right wing to cap the 8-0 run.
• Lafayette finally got on the scoreboard with 11:42 to go in the second quarter when all-league attackman Tom Perini capitalized on an extra-man opportunity, sending a hard-driven shot past Navy keeper RJ Wickham from 10 yards out.  Just 36 seconds later, Navy defenseman Peter Rogers got caught up in the netting and Lafayette midfielder Will Heffernan capitalized by curling around and sticking his shot.
• After nearly 10 minutes without a goal, Navy senior middie Andy Warner send his 12-yard shot top shelf to give the Mids a 9-2 advantage with 5:03 to go in the opening half.
• The Leopards put together a run to close out the half with Heffernan scoring his second of the day, beating Navy defenseman Michael Hirsch on the crease, followed by an unassisted goal by Doug Prusoff who bullied his way past defensive middie Jordan Seivold and somehow threaded his shot past Wickham.
• Senior midfielder Franklin Floyd trimmed the Mids’ lead to four at 9-5 just minutes into the third period when he cleared the ball and waltzed into the box untouched.
• The Mids would gain control, however, scoring back-to-back goals just 22 seconds apart, including a strike by senior pole Tom Mansfield, who, racing down the field in transition, scored his first-collegiate goal.
• A roll dodge by Prusoff midway through the third period resulted in a Lafayette goal, but Navy’s defense would keep the Leopards off the scoreboard for the final 22 minutes of the game to preserve the win.
• Navy, meanwhile, scored three more in the third and once in the fourth to produce the most goals in a game since defeating VMI last year, 16-5.  Freshman attackman Tucker Hull scored a pair of goals in the third quarter, including a man down goal with 5:32 to go.  Lafayette’s Perini took a shot following a Navy penalty which took out the legs of one of his own players.  Following a stoppage of play, the ball was awarded to Navy.  A heads-up play, team captain Marty Gallagher sent a long pass to Taylor Reynolds who fed Hull on the doorstep.
• It was the Mids’ first man-down goal since Joe Lennon pumped one in at Army on April 12, 2008.
• Seven different players scored for Navy, including three – Hull, Warner and freshman Sam Jones  – who recorded hat tricks.
• Defensively, the Mids held the Leopards to six goals, the fewest a Navy team has given up since defeating Holy Cross, 12-3, on March 20, 2010.

On The Road Again
• Navy will play half of its 12-game slate away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, in 2012.  Five of the six are true road games, while the sixth is a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
• The Mids have lost two-straight road games dating back to last season.
• Last year, Navy produced a 1-6 record in games played away from Annapolis … its lone road victory was an 8-3 decision over Holy Cross on March 19.
• Four of Navy’s first five games of the 2011 campaign were played away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and unfortunately, the Mids were on the losing end of all four games, including a pair of one-goal decisions to Loyola and Bucknell.
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 21 of its 48 true road games (neutral sites not included).
• The last time the Mids only managed one road win was in 1999 … Navy defeated Penn in its road opener, but lost at Duke, Delaware, Hofstra and Johns Hopkins … in 1996, the Mids were winless on the road.

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event on Saturday, March 17, following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Fast Facts
• Navy’s starting lineup has accounted for 36 of the team’s 38 goals (94.7), 17 of the 19 assists (89.5) and 53 of the 57 points (93.0) this season … sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, second-year long pole Pat Kiernan has a goal and defensive midfielder Jay Mann has an assist to account for the remaining points.
• Sophomores Tucker Hull and Sam Jones have produced points in each of the Mids’ four games, while Jones in the only player to score a goal in all four.
• Dating back to 2009, at least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 26 of the last 39 games, including all four contests this season … Hull has managed to pitch hat tricks three times this season, recording a career-high six goals against VMI (2-11) in the opener and three against Jacksonville (2-19) and Bucknell (3-3) … he was held without a goal against North Carolina (2-25), but dealt out three assists.
• Six different players recorded hat tricks a year ago, but only Hull (4) and Jones (3) produced more than one.
• Senior keeper RJ Wickham moved into ninth place on the Mids’ all-time saves leader board following his 12-save performance against North Carolina two weeks ago … with 375 saves, he now trails 2004 Kelly Award winner and three-time All-American Matt Russell who amassed 380 saves from 2003-06.
• Senior draw specialist Logan West became only the fourth player in school history to reach the 200-win milestone when he went 15-for-24 against Jacksonville (2-19) … he stands fourth all-time on the career wins list and needs 38 wins to move into third.
• Senior close defenseman Matt Vernam has started 44-straight games for the Midshipmen … other players with lengthy starting streaks include senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (38) and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (34).
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 53-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including an 11-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 47-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 9-1 mark in 2009, a 10-1 record in ‘10, a 3-2 mark in ‘11 and a 1-0 record in ‘12.
• Navy has lost nine-straight games when scoring seven or fewer goals … in the Lafayette series, the Mids have never been held to seven or fewer goals
• All seven of Navy’s goal against Jacksonville (2-19) were unassisted … the last time Navy was held without an assist was on April 24, 1999, when Johns Hopkins defeated the Mids, 11-1 … Jamie O’Leary scored the unassisted goal for Navy in the third quarter.

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UMBC Faces Binghamton in America East Tourney Thursday

Posted on 01 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team competes in its ninth America East Conference Tournament and opens play on Thursday, March 1 when the take on the Binghamton Bearcats. The Retrievers are the No. 8 seed, and Binghamton the No. 9 seed and the squads will tip-off at the Chase Family Arena on the campus of the University of Hartford at approximately 8:15 p.m.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-25, 3-13 America East) enters the tournament coming off of three consecutive losses after a Feb. 15 victory at Binghamton.  Brian Neller scored a team-high 15 points in the regular season finale, an 80-49 setback at Vermont. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (15.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg), who is putting together one of the top sophomore seasons in UMBC’s 26-year Division I history, fouled out of that game in 23 minutes of action and saw his double figures streak of 11 straight games come to an end.

BEARCAT UPDATE:  Binghamton (1-29, 1-15) lost its first 27 games of the season before stunning Vermont, 57-53, on Feb. 21, knocking the Catamounts from a first-place tie with Stony Brook. The Bearcats dropped subsequent contests to Albany and UNH, playing three times in six days to end the season. Sophomore guard Rob Mansell (14.0 ppg) and freshman post Ben Dickinson (13.0 ppg) lead the Bearcat offense.

Who’s Up Next:  Should the Retrievers prevail over Binghamton, they would face No. 1 seed/regular season champion Stony Brook at noon on Saturday, March 3.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Honda Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC); Boxing-Friday Night Fights: Joan Guzman vs. Cosme Rivera (Friday 9pm from Hollywood, FL live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: ACC Tournament-Maryland vs. Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS); Tennis: ATP Tour Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (Final Sunday 3pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel), ATP Tour Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Tuesday-Thursday 7am, Friday & Saturday 8am from Dubai, UAE live on Tennis Channel); High School Basketball: MPSSAA Playoffs-Games include Springbrook vs. Mervo, Paint Branch vs. Kenwood, Westminster vs. Blake, Sherwood vs. Southwestern, Glen Burnie vs. Meade, Leonardtown vs. North Point, North County vs. Old Mill, Arundel vs. Chesapeake (Anne Arundel), Milford Mill vs. Aberdeen, C. Milton Wright vs. Woodlawn, City vs. Digital Harbor, Franklin vs. Patterson, Centennial vs. Howard, Stephen Decatur vs. Atholton, Annapolis vs. J.M. Bennett, Reservoir vs. Wilde Lake, Lake Clifton vs. Chesapeake (Baltimore County), Dundalk vs. Owings Mills, Randallstown vs. Douglass, Loch Raven vs. Edmondson Westside, Patterson Mill vs. Harford Tech, Elkton vs. Edgewood, Perryville vs. New Town, Bohemia Manor vs. Sparrows Point, Havre de Grace vs. Overlea, Western STES vs. Pikesville (Games Thursday-Sunday)

10. Brad Paisley (Thursday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Boyz II Men (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Chevelle/Middle Class Rut (Monday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Fun. (Friday 7pm Recher Theatre); O.A.R. (Tuesday-Friday 9:30 Club); Chiddy Bang (Tuesday 8pm U Street Music Hall); Lauryn Hill (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre); Young Jeezy (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Carolina Chocolate Drops “Leaving Eden” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You probably don’t know how much I enjoy Chevelle. It’s fine, I’m not mad. But someone will have to accept the responsibility of passing along a few tickets my way. I don’t care which one of you takes the responsibility, just make sure it gets done.

I’m doing the Tuesday night gig from Jerry DePizzo and the boys in DC. Unlike Chevelle, you all know EXACTLY how much I love the guys from Of A Revolution…

Lauryn Hill is one of the greatest musicians in the history of the planet. This dates back to her days at St. Francis School in California…

Not familiar with Carolina Chocolate Drops? Probably about time for you to take a few minutes…

9. Tim Meadows (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); John Oliver (Friday & Saturday DC Improv); “Hugo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s the thing. I don’t always think every comedian that comes to the area is very funny. That’s not the case with the group hitting the Mid-Atlantic this weekend. They’re all freaking funny.

“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” wasn’t very funny, but Tim Meadows was pretty funny in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (Language Semi-NSFW)…

You may remember Donnell Rawlings better as “Ashy Larry” from Chapelle’s Show. (Language definitely NSFW)…

John Oliver is just freaking brilliant…

I wish I had more time to watch The Daily Show.

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UMBC Lacrosse Looks For First Win Sunday at Rutgers

Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (0-1) men’s lacrosse team takes to the road, leaving the state of Maryland for the only time until April 7, when they face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1) at the RU Turf Field in Piscataway, N.J. on Sunday, Feb. 26. The opening face-off is set for noon.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

            UMBC dropped its season opener, falling 10-8 to Robert Morris, at UMBC Stadium on Feb. 18. The Retrievers never led, tying the game at 2-2 early in the second quarter, and 8-8 with a three-goal rally early in the fourth quarter. But the Colonials took a 9-8 lead just 31 seconds after the Retrievers drew even and added an insurance goal to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Junior attackmen Scott Jones and Joe Lustgarten and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored two goals each for UMBC. The Retrievers dominated statistically, outshooting RMU, 47-32, winning 15 of 21 face-offs and capturing 38 ground balls to 27 for the Colonials. UMBC sophomore Phil Poe attempted all 21 draws for UMBC and led all players with six ground balls.

SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS

Rutgers is 2-1 and has won two straight after opening with a 16-8 loss at Duke. The Knights have edged Air Force, 11-10, at Syracuse and, most recently, defeated  Wagner, 9-5, on Staten Island on Feb. 21. Senior midfielder Will Mangan leads RU with 8 goals and 3 assists. He has hat-tricks in back-to-back games and added two assists for a  five-point effort at Wagner.

Rutgers is 7-of-12 on the man-up to date and has cleared successfully 45 of 47 opportunities.

Brian Brecht, who has 16 seasons of collegiate coaching experience and most recently served a highly successful seven-year tenure as head coach at Siena College, enter his first season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Rutgers University.

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TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years.  Zimmerman enters the 2012 season 9th in victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (61.5%) amongst active Division I coaches. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 208-130 in his 26th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2012.

THE SERIES

The series is tied at 7-7 and each team has won twice since the series resumed in 2008. Two years ago at Rutgers, then-freshman goalkeeper Adam Cohen recorded his first career victory as UMBC carved out a 6-5 victory. He recorded six saves in the game.

Last season, visiting Rutgers outscored five consecutive first half goals and the Scarlet Knights improved to 3-0 by defeating UMBC (1-1), 12-5, in the home opener for the Retrievers.

Junior attackman Kevin Hover led the RU attack with three goals, while Will Mangan added two goals and one assist.

Five different players scored for the Retrievers, but UMBC managed to put only nine of 26 shots on goal. Brian McCullough took the loss, allowing six goals and making two saves in the first half. Cohen allowed six second half goals and made four stops.

Zimmerman’s Records

Career Record:            208-131 (.614) (26th season)

at UMBC:                    135-116 (.538) (19th season)

TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage), junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased with the selection of Rob, Scott and Ethan as this year’s captains,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “They are outstanding individuals in their own right, and this trio will now have the opportunity to work together as leaders, representing the 2012 Retrievers on and off the playing field.”

CONGRATS: Four returning players received their first conference accolades. Junior attackman Scott Jones and junior defender Sam McKelvey earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore Zach Linkous was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team and sophomore Neill Lewnes earned a spot on the conference’ss All-Academic squad.

Sixty Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is now 33-9 in eight years of America East competition and 18-3 at UMBC Stadium.

In 2011, The Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 AEC) had a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the eighth consecutive year.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 23-13 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season. In one-goal decisions, UMBC has now won four in a row (dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009)  and 15 of its last 19.

UMBC is now 15-5 in Don Zimmerman’s 17 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-7 in extra time.

HOME, SWEET HOME: After 14 consecutive winning seasons at UMBC Stadium, the Retrievers were 1-6 at home in 2010. However, UMBC bounced back to go 4-1 last year and is 34-12 (.739) at home since 2006.

THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBC’s 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the school’s history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.

Programs With Most Victories, 2006-09

1. Virginia 58

2. Duke 56

3. Cornell 50

4. Syracuse 47

5. UMBC 45

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 333-276 (.547). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 217-211 (.507) in their 31st year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UMBC has been nationally ranked in man-up percentage in four of the past six years. In 2009, the Retrievers led the country in man-up situations and set a school record by converting on 51.7% (30 of 57) of its opportunities.

Year    Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank

2009    .517                  1st

2007    .464                  5th

2006    .417                  7th

2005    .444                  2nd

2004    .379                  10th

Junior attackman Rob Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 91 points (44-47-91). He needs 9 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.  Grimm has points in 37 of 44 games played in his career.

Grimm’s Five-Point Games

March 31, 2009            2g, 3a vs. Towson

Feb. 19, 2011              1g, 4a at Presbyterian

March 5, 2011              3g, 2a at North Carolina

April 6, 2011                3g, 2a vs. Towson

May 3, 2012                 4g, 1a at Hartford

HAT TRICKS: Sophomore Scott Jones posted his second career three-goal game by tallying UMBC’s first three of the contest at Maryland. He recorded four goals in the opener at Presbyterian, added five at Albany on April 16 and recorded his fourth of the campaign vs. Vermont. UMBC’s had 11 hat tricks in 2011 -  others have come from Dave Brown (4g at Presbyterian, 3g vs. Binghamton) Rob Grimm (UNC, Hartford), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian), Joe Lustgarten (Hartford)  and Jamie Kimbles (Albany).

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Dave Brown posted a six-point game (1 goal, 5 assists) at Albany on April 16. The five assists in a game was tied for sixth in the nation last season and was UMBC’s top-assist game since Drew Westervelt had six vs. Vermont on April 21, 2007. Brown opened the 2012 season with a pair of assists vs. Robert Morris.

CROW ABOUT POE: Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe won 15 draws (15-6) vs. RMU in the opener. The last Retriever to capture 15 face-offs in a game was Taylor Marino, who garnered 19 in America East Championship victory over Albany on May 3, 2008.

UP NEXT: UMBC returns home on Sat., March 3 when they host Fairfield at 3:00 p.m.

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UMBC Hoops Wraps Regular Season at Vermont Saturday

Posted on 25 February 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC concludes the regular season at second-place Vermont on Sat., Feb. 25.  Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. from Patrick Gymnasium.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC’s (4-24, 3-12 Amer. East) 21-point setback to Boston Univ. on Wednesday was its first lopsided loss since they fell to the Terriers in late January.  Despite the fact that the Retrievers were 1-6 in that span, UMBC’s scoring margin was only -4.1.  But UMBC shot a season-low 29.5 percent vs. BU and were down by double digits for the final 24 minutes. Soph. forward Chase Plummer (15.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg) continued his torrid scoring display with 21 points on Wednesday and is putting together one of the top sophomore seasons in UMBC’s 26-year Division I history.

CATAMOUNT UPDATE:  Vermont (19-11, 12-3 AEC) was riding a 10-game winning streak and controlled its own destiny toward the league’s No. 1 tournament seed until the Catamounts ran into an inspired Binghamton squad on Tuesday. The Bearcats won their first game of the season, edging Vermont, 57-53 at the Events Center.  The Catamounts have a balanced attack, led by freshman guard Four McGlynn, who has no starts in 30 games, but averages 11.8 points per game. Wing Brian Voelkel leads Vermont with 8.2 rebounds and nearly five assists per game.

Who’s Up Next:  The Retrievers will be the eighth seed in next week’s America East Conference Tournament and will face ninth-seeded Binghamton in the first round game on Thursday, March 1. The winner of that game will advance to take on the top seed in a Saturday, March 3 quarterfinal game.

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