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Greyhounds Hoping to Run to Upset Of Buckeyes

Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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Loyola Battles Ohio State in NCAA Tournament Thursday Night

Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent NCAA Second Round – Ohio State Buckeyes
Date Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time 9:50 p.m.
Location Pittsburgh, Pa. | CONSOL Energy Center
TV  TNT
Series Record First Meeting
Last Meeting First Meeting

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament when it takes on The Ohio State University Buckeyes on Thursday, March 15, 2012. The teams are slated for a 9:50 p.m. tip-off in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Greyhounds were tabbed as a No. 15 seed in the tournament, while Ohio State, the Big 10 runners-up, are a No. 2.

Watch Or Listen

The game will be broadcast on TNT with Kevin Harlan calling the play-by-play. For the second-straight game, Len Elmore will provide the analysis. He will be joined by fellow analyst and NBA great Reggie Miller. Marty Snider will report from the sideline for TNT.

Fans in the Baltimore are can tune in to LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Gary Lambrecht will handle play-by-play duties, and Jim Chivers will provide analysis.

The national radio broadcast will be distributed by Dial Global Media. Scott Graham will call the game with analysis from Kevin Grevey.

Second NCAA Trip

Loyola is making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons, a span of 17 years, 11 months and 23 days. In all, it will have been 6,569 days between NCAA Tournament Games for the Greyhounds.

This year’s freshmen – Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams – were less than one year old the last time Loyola played in an NCAA match.

The last time the Greyhounds played in the NCAA Tournament, they were also No. 15 seed. They took on No. 2 Arizona on March 18, 1994, and were defeated by the Wildcats, 81-55, en route to Arizona’s second Final Four.

Series History

Loyola and Ohio State will meet for the first time when they take the court Thursday.

The Greyhounds are 2-8 all-time against Big 10 schools. The last time Loyola met a team from the conference, it defeated Indiana University, 72-67, on December 22, 2012, in Bloomington.

MAAC Title

Loyola won its second MAAC Championship in 23 years in the conference on Monday, March 5, defeating Fairfield University, 48-44, in the lowest scoring championship game in league history.

The Greyhounds held Fairfield to just six second-half field goals and 28.8-percent shooting in the game.

Loyola, which finished second in the conference during the regular season and earned the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, defeated Niagara University and Siena College in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.

Defense Wins Championships

The Greyhounds played outstanding defense in the MAAC title game, holding Fairfield to 44 points and 28.8-percent shooting for the game. The 44 points were the fewest Loyola had allowed in a game this season. It was the fewest points a Loyola opponent had scored since the Greyhounds held Dartmouth to 41 in a 58-41 decision on November 24, 2009.

Loyola allowed the Stags to shoot just 6-for-31 (.194) in the second half, scoring only 22 points, the fewest points against the Greyhounds in any half this season.

After trailing by four points (30-26) at halftime, Loyola held Fairfield without a point for the first 7:48 of the second half, and without a field goal for the first 8:48. In that period, the Greyhounds outscored the Stags 11-1 to take a 37-31 lead.

Turnaround…Check

Loyola has completed the turnaround from finishing the 2003-2004 season with the lowest RPI in NCAA Division I basketball. The Greyhounds finished that season with a 1-27 record the season before Jimmy Patsos took over as head coach.

Since then, Loyola has gone 122-122 and culminated the turnaround by winning a school Division I record 24 games thus far in 2011-2012.

Patsos is one of only three coaches at the Division I level in the last 20 years to take over a program that had won zero or one game the year prior to then win 100 games at the school. He joins Steve Cleveland (BYU) and Pat Douglass (UC-Irvine) as the others.

Outstanding Performance By Etherly

Erik Etherly was named the MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the three games.

Etherly was in double figures in each of the three games, including back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

He followed that with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the MAAC title game vs. Fairfield.

He shot 20-for-38 (.526) from the floor and 11-for-14 (.786) from the foul line, while finishing with nine blocks.

Drummond, Olson Earn All-Tournament Honors

Along with Etherly, Justin Drummond and Robert Olson were both named to the MAAC All-Tournament team.

Olson averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and a team-best 4.3 assists, while shooting 10-for-23 from the floor and 5-for-11 (.435) from 3-point range.  He had a career-high six assists in the MAAC Semifinal win over Siena.

Drummond, the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year, averaged 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 22.0 minutes of action. He was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Hot Shooting

Loyola recorded its best shooting performance of the season on in the MAAC Quarterfinal on March 3 against Niagara, going 29-of-46 from the floor, good for 63-percent.

The outing was 10 percentage points better than the Greyhounds’ previous best this season when they shot 52.9-percent from the field (27-of-51) at Bucknell on December 28, 2011.

Loyola’s 29 field goals made were its second-most of the year, behind the 32 it made on February 10 against Iona.

The Greyhounds continued their good shooting in the MAAC Semifinal against Siena, making 50.9-percent of their shots (27-of-53). Loyola also converted on 7-of-13 3-pointers, for its second-best 3-point percentage of the season, 53.8-percent.

Sharing The Rock

Loyola matched its season-high with 18 assists against Siena in the MAAC Semifinal, tying the mark it posted in two games against Canisius and in a non-conference game versus Florida Gulf Coast, all Greyhound wins.

Three Loyola players – Robert Olson (6), R.J. Williams (5) and Anthony Winbush (3) – combined for 14 of the assists.

The Greyhounds improved to 8-0 this season when Williams has four or more assists.

Big Buckets By Bush

Anthony Winbush scored just 16 points in the Greyhounds’ MAAC Championships run, but five of his field goals have come at critical junctures in the victories.

Winbush hit two 3-pointers midway through the first half of the MAAC title game that were part of a 10-3 Loyola run, giving the Greyhounds a 16-9 lead with 10:12 left in the half. Prior to the two 3-pointers, Winbush was 3-for-15 (.167) from downtown on the season.

In the Semifinal game vs. Siena, he tallied Loyola’s fifth and sixth points of the game, scoring in the paint at 12:13 to stop an 11-0 Siena run that had the Saints ahead 11-4. He then made a jumper at 6:31 that put the Greyhounds ahead 17-16 in the first half.

In the Quarterfinal victory over Niagara, Winbush’s first half basket with 2:32 on the clock broke a 31-31 tie.

Stretch Of Threes

When Kyle Downey cut through the lane and laid in a basket with 16:42 to go in regulation, it pulled Siena within three, 32-29. Robert Olson responded for the Greyhounds, however, knocking down a three at 16:25 that started a 12-4 Greyhounds run that saw the Greyhounds go 4-of-4 from 3-point range.

Dylon Cormier and Shane Walker each hit threes during the span, and Olson capped it with a three off the dribble at 14:12, making Loyola’s lead 44-33.

Against The Nation’s Leading Rebounder

Loyola held Siena’s O.D. Anosike, the leading rebounder in NCAA Division I, to a season-low five boards. It was just the fourth time this season Anosike, who entered the game averaging 12.8 rebounds per game, was held to single-digits on the glass. His previous low this season was eight.

Cormier & Etherly Over 20

For the third time this season, Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly both eclipsed the 20-point mark in the same game against Niagara. Cormier finished with a game-high 23, and Etherly had 21.

The duo previously topped 20 together at UMBC and at home against Iona, both Greyhounds’ wins. Etherly now has four 20-point games this season after tallying 21 against Siena. Cormier has hit the plateau eight times this year.

Walker’s Double-Double

Shane Walker notched his third double-double of the season in the MAAC Quarterfinal vs. Niagara, going for 13 points and 12 rebounds. He scored nine of his points in the first half, scoring seven of Loyola’s first nine points of the game. He also had four assists and blocked two shots in 37 minutes of action.

Best MAAC Finish

Loyola defeated Manhattan last Sunday afternoon to earn its 13th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory of the season, setting a program record in the process.

The Greyhounds twice finished their MAAC schedule 12-6 (2006-2007 and 2007-2008), a game shy of this year’s record.

Loyola also finished alone in second place in the conference standings, improving on its previous best finish when it tied for second with a 10-4 league mark in 1996-1997.

20-Win Season

The Greyhounds’ victory over Boston University on February 19 was their 20th of the season, setting a school Division I record.

Loyola, which moved to NCAA Division I in 1981-1982, had won 19 games in 2007-2008 and 18 in 2006-2007.

The overall school record for victories, 25, game in 1948-1949.

Patsos Named Coach Of The Year

On Thursday night, Jimmy Patsos became the first Loyola coach to earn The Rock/Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors by a vote of his peers in the league.

Patsos has guided the Greyhounds to a school Division I high 23 wins and a program MAAC record 13 victories. He earned his 100th career coaching victory in November and led the Greyhounds to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.

Drummond Picks Up 6th Man Award

Justin Drummond became the fifth Loyola player to earn MAAC 6th Man Of the Year honors in the last eight seasons when he picked up the award on Thursday night. He led all bench players in the league with 11.1 points, fourth on the team, and he was third on the squad with 4.2 rebounds per game.

Drummond joins Charlie Bell (2005), Michael Tuck (2007), Marquis Sullivan (2008) and J’hared Hall (2011) as Jimmy Patsos-coached players to win the award.

All-MAAC Honors

For the first time since the league expanded to three All-MAAC teams in 1998, four Greyhounds received all-league honors, topping all teams in the conference. Erik Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team, Dylon Cormier to the Second, and Justin Drummond and Robert Olson to the Third.

Loyola led all teams in the MAAC with its four selections, just in front of Iona’s three.

The Greyhounds’ previous high was at the end of the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell (1st), Jason Rowe (2nd) and Roderick Platt (3rd) earned All-MAAC honors.

Etherly led Loyola in scoring (13.3) and rebounding (7.4) during conference play, and he is second overall on the team with 13.4 points per game. He also is tied for fourth in the league with teammate Shane Walker with 39 blocked shots, and he is fourth in field-goal percentage (.540).

Cormier has led the team throughout the season in scoring with a 13.9 points, and he has shot 46.5-percent from the field. Cormier is third in the conference with 1.7 steals per game, and he has topped the 20-point mark eight times this year.

Drummond has come off the bench in 26 of the Greyhounds’ 30 games this year and is fourth on the team with 11.1 points per game. The guard is also third in rebounding (4.2). He has scored in double figures 15 times this year.

Olson has been one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference this year. He has shot .440 from behind the arc, second-best in the MAAC, and has averaged 11.3 points per game. The junior guard entered the month of January averaging less than nine points per game, but since then he has been the team’s second-leading scorer at nearly 13 a contest.

More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in a season, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

NATO was formed.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.

Billy Joel, Joe Theismann, Bruce Springsteen & Meryl Streep were born.

Milestones And Firsts

Loyola has accomplished several milestones and firsts throughout the 2011-2012 season. Here is a sample of a few:

First 20-win season in Division I history.

Second MAAC title in school history and first since 1994.

Program MAAC record with 13 league wins and best conference finish (2nd).

Tied school Division I record with eight non-conference wins (1993-1994).

Longest winning streak in school Division I history (8, Nov. 14-Dec. 10). Also, second longest winning streak in D-I history (7, Jan. 19-Feb. 10).

First back-to-back sellouts of Reitz Arena since the venue opened in 1984 (Feb. 3 and 10).

Winning Without A Three

Loyola completed a rare accomplishment at Manhattan, defeating the Jaspers despite not making a 3-pointer in the game. The Greyhounds attempted just eight from behind the arc.

The last time the Greyhounds won a game without making a 3-pointer was February 27, 1996, when they defeated Siena, 67-53, in Reitz Arena, a span of 438 games. Loyola was 0-of-9 in that win over the Saints.

No Starters In Double-Figures

Loyola also won the Manhattan game without a starter in double-figures. Dylon Cormier and Erik Etherly each scored nine from the starting line, but Justin Drummond (13) and Anthony Winbush (12) scored 25 of the Greyhounds’ 29 bench points in the win.

The last time no starters scored in double figures was on November 24, 2010, when the Greyhounds lost 51-48 at Vermont.

It was the first time Loyola had won a MAAC game without having a starter score 10 or more, going back to the 1989-1990 season when the Greyhounds joined the conference.

Rally Caps

The February 26 win at Manhattan was the third time this season that the Greyhounds came back from a 10-plus goal deficit to win. Manhattan led by 11 four times, including with 11:36 in the second half. The Greyhounds also rallied form 15-point deficits to defeat Boston University at home and Fairfield on the road.

Balanced Offense

Loyola overcame a low scoring afternoon in the Manhattan win when just two players, Justin Drummond (13) and Anthony Winbush (12) topped 10 points.

Loyola is 11-2 this season when four or more players score in double figures, and prior to the defeat at Rider, it had not lost since the season-opener on November 11 at Wake Forest. The Greyhounds are also 21-3 when three or more players top 10.

Transversely, the Greyhounds are just 2-5 when two or fewer players tally 10 or more with their only wins coming on December 7 at George Washington and at Manhattan.

45-Percent Or Better

Loyola improved to 13-1 this season when shooting 45.0-percent or better from the field with its win over Siena. The only loss the Greyhounds have suffered when shooting that mark or better was on February 24 when they went 25-of-55 (.455) from the field at Rider and lost by four.

Telling Stats

Loyola’s three most recent losses underscored the importance for the Greyhounds of capitalizing on a few areas of the box score. Seven of Loyola’s eight losses have come when scoring fewer transition points – and the eighth loss was in a game that the teams tied in the category – than its opponents.

The Greyhounds also dropped to 2-6 this year in the eight games they have shot fewer free throws than their opponents, compared to 19-2 when shooting more.

Loyola is also 4-8 when its opponents have a better field-goal percentage, compared to 18-0 when the Greyhounds shoot at a better clip.

Olson’s Last 17

Robert Olson entered the month of January averaging 8.9 points per game through Loyola’s first 11, and he stayed right on that track in the first two games of 2012, scoring a combined 17.

Since then, however, he has averaged 13.0 points per game, starting with a 16-point game on January 7 against Canisius. The game against the Golden Griffins started a stretch of 11-straight in which Olson scored 11 or more points and had 15 or more seven times. During the last 15 games, Olson has shot 75-of-150, 50.0-percent, from the field and 45-of-94 (.478) from behind the 3-point line.

Against Niagara, he hit two threes and moved into sole possession of 10th on the single-season threes list at Loyola. His 136 career threes are sixth in school history.

Six Under Sixty

For the first time in its NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982), Loyola held six consecutive opponents to fewer than 60 points.

During the span, all Loyola victories, the Greyhounds have held Siena, Saint Peter’s (twice), Niagara, Canisius and Rider to an average of 53.2 points per game.

The Greyhounds previously had held three teams to sub-60 performances just once since joining Division I, and that came during 1981-1982, their first season at this level.

The last time a Loyola team held six-straight teams under 60, regardless of division, came in January-February 1977 when it held six teams in a row – Southampton, Saint Peter’s, Randolph-Macon, Mount St. Mary’s, Baltimore and Philadelphia Textile – to 59 or fewer. The Greyhounds, however, were just 3-3 in that stretch.

Walker Moves Into Second

Shane Walker blocked two Fairfield shots in the first three minutes of the game, and he then swatted a Maurice Barrow layup with 13:58 on the clock, tying him for second all-time at Loyola in blocked shots. He now has 130 in his career, second all-time.

Running Away

Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:

Opponent Run Start Finish
at UMBC 16-4, 8:08 35-31, 19:16 (2) 51-34, 11:08 (2)
Marist 15-3, 5:47 61-57, 6:03 (2) 76-60, :16 (2)
at Siena 13-0; 4:27 0-2, 19:28 (1) 13-2; 15:35 (1)
Canisius 18-4, 10:14 57-53, 10:14 (2) 75-57, 2:11 (2)
at Fairfield 36-21, 16:42 30-45, 16:42 (2) 66-63, Final
Siena 22-2, 7:36 40-47, 10:35 (2) 62-49, 2:49 (2)
Saint Peter’s 20-5, 8:13 15-20, 8:55 (1) 35-25, :48 (1)
at Niagara 15-2, 5:42 44-46, 7:48 (2) 59-48, 1:58 (2)
at Canisius 24-2, 12:04 16-22, 8:02 (1) 40-24, 15:58 (2)
Rider 18-0, 8:06 6-5, 16:50 (1) 24-5, 8:55 (2)
Iona 36-17, 12:50 11-10, 13:40 (1) 47-28, 00:50 (1)
Boston U. 16-3, 4:37 34-34, 16:05 (2) 50-37, 11:28 (2)
Siena 16-2, 5:17 9-16, 10:49 (1) 22-18, 5:32 (1)
Fairfield 11-1, 8:48 26-30, 20:00 (2) 37-31, 11:12 (2) 

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 121 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

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Loyola F Etherly Honored By NABC

Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Etherly Earns NABC All-Region Honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On the eve of its first NCAA Tournament game in 18 years, Loyola University Maryland junior Erik Etherly (Alexandria, Va./Annandale H.S.) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District II Second Team.

Etherly, who earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team honors, was one of seven MAAC players to earn first or second team honors from the NABC.

He is just the second player in Loyola history to earn NABC All-District honors at the Division I level, joining Mike Powell who was tabbed to the First Team in 1998. The Greyhounds joined Division I in 1981-1982. Overall, just three Greyhounds have earned Division I or Division II honors from the NABC, as Tim Koch picked up Second Team laurels in 1979.

Iona College’s Scott Machado and Mike Glover, Fairfield University’s Rakim Sanders and Siena College’s O.D. Anosike were named to the First Team, while Etherly, Manhattan College’s George Beamon and Fairfield’s Derek Needham earned Second Team nods.

Etherly enters the NCAA Tournament as the Greyhounds’ leading scorer (13.5 points per game) and rebounder (7.5 rpg). He also topsLoyola (24-8) in field-goal percentage (.531) and blocked shots (46).

The junior, who transferred from Northeastern University and first played for the Greyhounds as a sophomore in 2010-2011, has scored 756points in his two years at Loyola, and he has 467 rebounds as a Greyhound. Etherly also is now fourth on the school’s all-time blocked shots list with 80.

He posted eight double-doubles this season and had a team-high 25 games with 10 or more points. Etherly led the Greyhounds in rebounding in 22 or 32 games and scoring 12 times.

Etherly was named the MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player after helping the Greyhounds win their first title since 1994. He scored 21 points against both Niagara University and Siena in the MAAC Quarterfinals and Semifinals.

He then was the team’s leading scorer with 10 in a 48-44 win over Fairfield in the MAAC Championship Game on March 5.

Etherly and the Greyhounds are in Pittsburgh for tomorrow’s NCAA Second Round game against Ohio State University. Loyola and the Buckeyes will take the CONSOL Energy Center court at approximately 9:50 p.m. for a game that will be televised on TNT.

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Loyola set to take on No. 2 seed Ohio State in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 11 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The MAAC champion Loyola Greyhounds will take on the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the East region of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Playing in their first NCAA tournament since 1994 when the late Skip Prosser coached the Greyhounds to their only other MAAC championship, Loyola (24-8) earns its second trip to the “Big Dance” as the No. 15 seed after winning the MAAC tournament last Monday.

The Buckeyes finished the season with a 27-7 record and were ranked seventh in the NCAA RPI to earn the second seed in the East. Ohio State fell to Michigan State, 68-64, in the Big Ten tournament championship on Sunday afternoon.

Since taking over the Greyhounds following their 1-27 season in 2003-2004, Jimmy Patsos has taken Loyola to its highest point in nearly 20 years and will face a major challenge in slowing big man Jared Sullinger and the Buckeyes, coached by Thad Matta.

Thursday’s game is scheduled for a 9:50 p.m. tip-off and will be televised on TNT.

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Towson Lacrosse Adds Gilardi to Staff

Posted on 08 September 2011 by WNST Staff

ANTHONY GILARDI NAMED AS ASSISTANT COACH AT TOWSON

Ohio State Graduate Joins Tigers After Three Years at Navy

TOWSON, Md. Anthony Gilardi, who spent the last three years as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy, has been named as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Towson University, it has been announced by Head Coach Shawn Nadelen.

A 2004 graduate of Ohio State University, Gilardi will serve as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator.

“I am ecstatic to have Anthony Gilardi and his wife, Jess, become part of our Towson family,” Nadelen said. “Anthony brings a great deal of passion, energy and knowledge for the game of lacrosse to Towson. He will challenge our young men every day to increase their work ethic as well as teach them the proper way to work efficiently.

“Anthony possesses tremendous knowledge and resources in regards to recruiting and is tenacious in his efforts to find the best person and player for our program,” Nadelen added. “I have complete trust in knowing that everything he will instill in our personnel will allow us to be very dangerous in every game we play. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Anthony join our staff.”

In three years at Navy, Gilardi helped the Midshipmen earn a pair of Patriot League Tournament appearances and the 2009 Patriot League championship. As the Mids’ offensive coordinator, he guided a Navy offense that ranked fourth in the Patriot League by averaging 9.08 goals per game last year. In addition, Navy ranked third in the Patriot League by scoring 19 extra-man goals in 13 games, a 1.46 average.

Prior to joining the Navy staff, Gilardi spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Buckeyes to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes ranked third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.18 goals per game. They also scored on 32.7 per cent of their extra-man opportunities, which also ranked third in NCAA Division I.

In 2005, the Baldwin, N.Y. native helped Denison College reach the NCAA Division III Tournament as the Big Red’s co-offensive coordinator. He was responsible for creating game plans and film breakdown while developing and implementing speed and agility programs.

A two-time All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection, Gilardi led the Buckeyes to NCAA Tournament appearances as a junior and senior. The Buckeyes’ Offensive MVP in 2004, he ranks 13th in Ohio State history with 133 points after scoring 75 goals with 58 assists. He is also ninth on the Buckeyes’ all-time assist list.

In addition, Gilardi was a scholar-athlete who received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2003 and 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in History and was the recipient of the prestigious Corwin A. Fergus Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete Scholarship from Ohio State.

Gilardi also played for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse for two seasons, helping the Lizards reach the 2005 MLL Championship Game.

I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Towson University and the Tiger men’s lacrosse program,” Gilardi said. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Nadelen and Coach [Dan] Cocchi as we embark on writing the next chapter of Towson lacrosse through hard work and dedication.”

Gilardi is married to the former Jessica Coridan.

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Maryland Rout of Virginia Highlights Saturday Lacrosse Action

Posted on 02 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of this weekend’s lacrosse action-courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

#10 Terps Topple #4 Virginia, 12-7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Ryan Young led the No. 10 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team with six points on two goals and four assists, while junior Joe Cummings and sophomore John Haus each scored four goals, in the Terps’ 12-7 victory over No. 4 Virginia in front of 10,545 at Scott Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-1 ACC) drew first blood less than four minutes into the first quarter with some help from a fortunate bounce. Steele Stanwick wrapped around the left side of the Maryland goal and threw a wild shot over his shoulder. Terp redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato got his stick on it, but the ball trickled into the net for a 1-0 Wahoo lead.

The Terps (7-2, 1-2 ACC) tied the game at the 5:30 mark when sophomore John Haus finished a nice feed to the crease by Young. Young dodged Virginia defender Scott McWilliams behind the cage and junior Drew Snider set a great pick to give Young the extra step he needed to get off a pinpoint pass to Haus for the one-timer.

Young then gave Maryland its first lead of the game on a terrific individual effort. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt pushed the ball in transition, but Wahoo goalie Adam Ghitelman made the save. The rebound went to the Cavaliers’ Matt Lovejoy, who tried to get the ball to Ghitelman behind the net for the clear. But, Young picked off the pass and scored easily into the open net with 2:16 to go in the first.

But Virginia came out shooting at the start of the second and got unassisted goals from Colin Briggs and John Haldy less than a minute apart to take a 3-2 lead with 13:16 to go in second.

The Terps looked to be in a bit of a jam at the 11:26 mark when they were assessed two non-releasable unnecessary roughness penalties. But Maryland’s man-down unit proved up to the challenge and killed off the penalties.

Virginia, however, quickly built its lead to 4-2 when Rhamel Bratton hit a running left-hander from 10 yards outside the hash marks at the 9:31 mark,

Maryland got back on the board less than three minutes later thanks to its vaunted transition game. Jesse Bernhardt caused a turnover and pushed the ball into the Terps’ offensive zone. Bernhardt then flipped a back-handed pass to Blye on the right wing and Blye ripped an eight-yard shot to make it a 4-3 game.

Bratton scored again to make it a 5-3 game with 5:30 left, but a penalty on McWilliams gave the Terps their first extra-man advantage and Maryland didn’t let it go to waste. Blye quickly found Cummings on the crease and Cummings one-timed it into the Virginia net to cut the deficit back to a goal with 4:37 left in the second.

The Terps opened the third quarter with a nice pick-and-roll play with Haus and Young that resulted in Haus getting a feed from Young on the crease and Haus finished it inside the left pipe to tie the game at 5-5 at the 13:33 mark.

Maryland regained the lead for the first time in 17:25 on another brilliant feed from Young that was finished by Cummings. Young had the ball well behind the cage when he spotted Cummings cutting toward the goal. Young’s pass hit Cummings in stride and Cummings finished with a quick shot from seven yards out.

Cummings scored his third of the game at the 4:02 mark of the third to extend the Maryland lead to 7-5. Cummings dodged from behind the cage and ducked under his defender to create some space for himself in front of the net. He then used multiple ball-fakes to make Ghitelman commit before finishing with a quick shot.

Cummings completed the natural hat trick with just six seconds left in the third when he scored another unassisted goal to make it an 8-5 Maryland lead heading into the fourth.

Maryland’s offense continued to roll in the fourth with Haus finishing another score from just outside the crease. This time it was Blye picking up the assist to make it a 9-5 game.

Textbook transition offense extended the lead for the Terps at the 10:44 mark. Amato made another brilliant save and his outlet pass was just as nice, hitting Jesse Bernhardt in stride. Bernhardt then fed Blye on the right wing for a rip from six yards out.

Virginia finally broke up the Maryland scoring run on Chris Bocklett’s goal at the 10:09 mark.

But the Terps refused to let the Cavaliers gain any momentum. Young’s amazing day continued with a marvelous cross-field pass to Haus, who tiptoed the crease line and finished inside the far pipe to make it an 11-6 game.

Young put the finishing touches on the game for the Terps with his second goal of the game to give Maryland a 12-6 lead at the 2:58 mark.

Virginia tacked on a late extra-man goal by Bocklett to make it a 12-7 final.

Maryland’s defensive effort was spotlighted by 12 saves from Amato. Senior long pole Brian Farrell was solid with four groundballs, while the close defense unit of seniors Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt held the Virginia attackmen Stanwick, Bocklett and Nick O’Reilly to just three goals, with two of those coming late in the fourth quarter.

Another major contributor for the Terps was sophomore face-off man Curtis Holmes, who won 14-of-22 face-offs and had a team-leading five groundballs.

Maryland returns to action on Friday night in Annapolis, Md., vs. Navy. The Terps and the Midshipmen are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With the 12-7 win Maryland is now 45-41 all-time vs. Virginia.
• The five-goal margin of victory is Maryland’s largest in Charlottesville since 1987 when the Terps won 12-5.
• With six points on two goals and four assists, senior Ryan Young now has 43 multi-point, 20 multi-goal and 25 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s six points ties his career high and gives him 142 for his career, moving him past him with Brendan Hanley (140, 1985-88) for 22nd place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Young’s four assists gives him 84 for his career, moving him past John Lamon (83, 1976-79) for 12th place on the Terps’ all-time assists list. Young also passed Frank Urso (1973-76) and Jim Wilkerson (1980-83), who each had 81 during their Maryland careers.
• With four points on four goals, junior Joe Cummings now has five hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• The four goals tied Cummings’ career high.
• With a career-best four goals, sophomore John Haus now has three hat tricks, eight multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on two goals and a career-best three assists, sophomore Owen Blye now has five multi-point, three multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• The Terps held the Cavaliers scoreless in the third quarter, marking the eighth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.
• The Terps held Virginia scoreless for 25:21, from 5:30 of the second to 10:09 of the fourth, marking the fifth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.

Palmer Scores Five, Loyola Holds Off #17/19 Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Loyola University Maryland’s Chris Palmer scored a career-high five goals, and Josh Hawkins tallied a goal and two assists in transition, as the Greyhounds defeated No. 17/19 Ohio State University, 12-9, in ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Palmer, who is using his fifth-year of athletic eligibility as a Loyola graduate student after playing his first three seasons at Bucknell, scored three of his five goals after half time, helping the Greyhounds (5-3 overall, 2-2 ECAC) hold off the Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1).

Loyola led 9-4 with 5:17 to play in the third quarter after Patrick Fanshaw scored an extra-man goal, but Ohio State came racing back, scoring four in a row to pull within a pair, 9-7, less than 2:30 into the fourth quarter.

Palmer pushed the Greyhounds’ cushion back to three, 10-7, with 5:57 to play, but Nick Liddil and Tyler Frederick tallied consecutive Ohio State goals to make it 10-9 exactly two minutes later.

Loyola face-off man John Schiavone pushed the ensuing restart forward and picked up the ground ball himself, stepping into the offensive zone and dishing a pass to Mike Sawyer.

Sawyer, who was scoreless at the time, dodged a Buckeyes defender and scored with 3:41 left in regulation to give Loyola a 11-9 advantage.

Ohio State gained possession on the next face-off, but the teams traded turnovers, and the Buckeyes gained an extra-man opportunity on an offsides’ call against Loyola during a clearing situation with 1:33 on the fourth-quarter clock.

The Buckeyes worked the ball inside to Jeff Tundo, but Joe Fletcher checked the ball from Tundo’s stick, and Fletcher picked up the loose ball, and Loyola cleared it successfully to the offensive end.

Hawkins carried it into the zone and found Palmer who scored his fifth goal with 48 ticks left to secure the victory.

Palmer, who scored his first two goals in a Loyola uniform last Saturday in a win at Mount St. Mary’s, had not scored more than two goals in a game as a collegian. He is the second player this season to score five in a contest for Loyola. Mike Sawyer accomplished the feat against both Bellarmine and Duke.

Hawkins, a short-stick defensive midfielder, helped key Loyola’s transition game, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. He also picked up four ground balls, helping the Greyhounds control the possession battle.

Schiavone led all players with eight ground balls and won 17-of-24 face-offs for Loyola. In the last two seasons against Ohio State – both Loyola wins – Schiavone has picked up 17 ground balls and been successful on 33-of-47 face-offs (.702).

During the game, Schiavone crossed the 200-ground ball and 400-face-off win marks. He now has 207 and 406, respectively.

The Greyhounds’ defense did its part, as well, holding Ohio State’s two leading scorers, Tundo and Logan Schuss, to just one goal. Schuss entered Saturday’s game with 20 goals, and Tundo had 17.

Jake Hagelin was credited with five saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and he also caused two Buckeyes turnovers. Loyola held Ohio State to just 21 shots, matching its second lowest output of the year.

Loyola started quickly in the first quarter, jumping out to a 3-0 lead as Matt Langan, Palmer and Hawkins scored unassisted goals in the first 6:08 of action. After neither team scored in the final 8:51 of the first 15 minutes, Ohio State scored three-straight to start the second quarter.

Dan Wertz’s unassisted tally with 7:20 to play before halftime drew the teams even at 3-3. Palmer broke through for Loyola, scoring off a Langan assist, with 2:37 left before the break, and the Greyhounds took a 4-3 advantage into the locker room.

Schiavone flipped the opening face-off of the second half out where long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff picked it up, raced toward the goal and scored 13 second into the third stanza. It was Ratliff’s second goal in as many games. He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors last Monday after scoring a goal and assisting on two others while picking up six ground balls last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s. In addition to his second-half opening goal against Ohio State, he also had three ground balls.

Minutes later, Dylan Grimm picked up a ground ball after a Tundo turnover, and Loyola cleared it successfully to its offensive end. The Greyhounds ran nearly 90 seconds of offense before Langan fed a pass to Palmer who scored his third of the game.

The Buckeyes closed the game back to two, 6-4, on a Michael Italiano’s goal with 10:12 to play, but Langan scored back-to-back goals, leading up to Fanshaw’s tally that gave the Greyhounds a 9-4 advantage with 5:17 remaining.

Langan’s second goal in the stretch, as well as Fanshaw’s, came after Ohio State’s Mike Pires was whistled for an unreleasable illegal body check penalty, putting Loyola on extra-man for two minutes.

Langan finished the game with three goals and two assists for his second-straight five-point game.

The Greyhounds continue ECAC action next Saturday when they return to Ridley Athletic Complex for a 1 o’clock game against Fairfield.

#10 Hofstra Defeats Towson, 12-5

TOWSON, Md. – Senior attackman Jamie Lincoln matched his season high by scoring five goals, including three in the second half, as 10th-ranked Hofstra University (8-1, 2-1) used a strong second half effort to win its third game in a row, a 12-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers (2-6, 0-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Lincoln, who leads the Pride with 19 goals, recorded his second five-goal game of the season as the Pride outscored the Tigers by a 9-2 margin in the second half en route to the victory.

“Hofstra certainly showed why they are one of the better teams in the country today, especially in the second half,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “We contributed to that by making some poor decisions in our transition game, which hurt us today.”

After junior attackman Matt Lamon gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead on an extra-man goal with 12:32 left in the first quarter, the Pride used a pair of Lincoln goals to take a 2-1 advantage with 2:41 left in the period.

But, the Tigers answered with back-to-back goals from Lamon and senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte to regain the one-goal cushion with 2:09 left in the first half. However, senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli tied the game just 10 seconds later when he scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper Travis Love.

Led by two goals from Lincoln, the Pride scored six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 9-3 lead while holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly 18 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Ian Braddish also contributed a goal with an assist during the run.

Just 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, junior attackman Sean Maguire ended the Tigers’ scoring drought when he scored his fourth goal of the season off a feed from Mezzanotte. But, the Pride put the game out of reach by scoring three goals over a nine-minute span, upping the Hofstra cushion to 12-4.

Senior midfielder Elliott Domanic scored his first goal of the season with 3:14 remaining to narrow the gap to 12-5, but the Tigers were unable to get any closer.

While Lincoln scored a game-high five goals, senior attackman Stephen Bentz added two goals and an assist for the Pride, which outshot Towson by a 37-30 margin.

Lamon scored two goals for the Tigers in a losing effort while Mezzanotte and Domanic each contributed a goal with an assist. Love made 11 saves for Towson, which has dropped four of its last five games.

The Tigers will travel to UMBC on Wednesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game against the Retrievers before resuming CAA play against Massachusetts on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pride will host Manhattan College on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Post-Game Notes:
– The Tigers and the Pride were meeting for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon … Hofstra has won the last four games against Towson and now leads the series by a 24-18 margin.
– The Tigers played a nationally-ranked opponent for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday … All five of those games have come at Towson … The Tigers are now 1-4 against ranked opponents this season.
– The Tigers were called for two penalties in the loss against Hofstra on Saturday, ending a streak of 122 minutes, 49 seconds without a penalty … Prior to Saturday, the Tigers had not been called for a penalty since the third quarter of their win over Stony Brook on March 19.
– Lincoln recorded his third “hat trick” of the season and had his second five-goal game of the year … He also had five goals against Harvard on March 5.
– Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes had his 10-game point-scoring streak snapped … The Tigers’ leading scorer with 12 goals and four assists this season, Hughes had also scored a goal in three straight games.
– Mezzanotte scored his first goal since May 1, 2010 when he tallied his lone goal of the season against Hofstra in a 12-10 loss at Shuart Stadium … Of Mezzanotte’s five career goals, two of them have been scored against the Pride.
– Mezzanotte also recorded the second multi-point game of his career … He had two assists in the Tigers’ win over Mount St. Mary’s on March 5.
– Domanic scored the second goal of his college career against the Pride on Saturday … It was his first goal since April 26, 2009 against Penn at Unitas Stadium.

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Comcast Morning Show Live Blog (1/7/09)

Posted on 07 January 2010 by Jack McManus

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Jim Nantz who will call the Ravens-Patriots playoff matchup this weekend comes on with Drew. Nantz invites Drew to see him before the game. He talks about the teams’ previous game that was the Raven’s first loss of the season. Nantz next explains how the league has turned into an offensive league. He states that through the draft and hiring decisions the Ravens have adjusted well to this change. After talking to Harbaugh, Nantz says that the coach believes that team is better at every aspect of the game.

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Sean Salisbury now joins Drew. He says that he is looking forward to a hard-hitting, good game between the Ravens and the Patriots. Drew tells Sean that he is sticking with his Super Bowl pick of the Chargers over the Packers in the Super Bowl. Drew states that he thinks the winner of the Green Bay-Arizona game will defeat the Saints. Sean agrees that a physical team could take down the Saints.

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Devin Barclay is the next guest. He is a Maryland-native and was the kicker for Ohio State this past college football season. Barclay is a former professional soccer player. After his short career, he walked on at Ohio State and began to kick field goals. He talks about the pressure of playing for such a prominent national power house, like the Buckeyes. He next discusses why his soccer career did not pan out. He states that one thing can never determine one’s career. He explains that a multitude of factors led him to step away from the sport when he did.
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9:00-

Steve from Pimlico calls in. He brings up the fact that a team’s quarterback makes or breaks the coach. He gives the example of Bill Belichick before and after Tom Brady was the starting QB.

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Drew talks about a comment Mike Paskoff made on his blog this morning. Mike then calls in and the two get in a heated discussion. They talk about Drew’s decision to lose a game on purpose

8:09-

Brian Billick makes his weekly appearance. He begins by discussing the excitement of wild card weekend and the uncertainty for some head coaches. He next talks about the Cleveland Browns’ situation. The team is carrying some momentum into the offseason by winning its last four games. Brian explains that he is not sure what direction Mike Holmgren will take with coach Eric Mangini. Drew reminds Brian that the Buffalo Bills play the Ravens next season. Brian responds that he believes the Bills will find a top young coordinator to the head coach. Before he leaves, Brian says that Dallas will beat Philly, Green Bay will beat Arizona, the Ravens will beat New England, and New York will beat Cincinnati.

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Jalen Parmele of the Ravens joins Drew early this morning. He starts off by talking about how it is exciting for him to able to make a name for himself in the NFL. He also states that he hopes to be a part of the mix for the kick returning job next year. Next, Parmele explains how the game this upcoming weekend will be special, since it is his first ever playoff. He also discusses the difference between returning punts and kicks. He states that he has not returned punts since high school. On the topic of preparation for the Patriots, Parmele says that the team is doing  essentially the same thing as the other weeks.
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Sports and Politics Don’t Mix

Posted on 19 September 2008 by emilyagueda

I read on CNN’s political ticker that Joe Biden is showing his U of Delaware pride with maybe a little too much passion.  He gave a pep talk to the Blue Hens stating he’s convinced U of D can put down the ailing Ohio State Buckeyes.

Can we say swing state with a neck and neck race?  They say there are grumblings in Ohio about this and it could sway those Buckeye voters on the fence.

So how do you root for your home team without messing up your bread and butter?

I’d bet a dollar Biden is a Ravens and a Flacco fan!  I wonder if he has a Wacko for Flacco sign in his car?

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Talk of the Town

Posted on 15 September 2008 by stevenlink

Wow, what a week in sports. But before I get to that, I want to first send my condolences and wishes to anyone who has family or friends in the Houston area. Also, my wishes go out to those persons affected by the horrible commuter train accident that occurred this past weekend.

And speaking of the situation with Houston, here’s, My Take about the talk of the town right now which is the Ravens-Texan’s schedule change and how it affects the Ravens:

I want to state a disclaimer beforehand that I do not know exactly what went on with the NFL’s decision about the Ravens-Texans game…all of this is pure speculation.

The last natural disaster the NFL had to deal with was that of Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans Saints. The NFL decided to move the Saints’ opener of the 2005 season to the Meadowlands in New Jersey against the New York Giants.

In comparison, what occurred this week with Ravens-Texans game and the Saints-Giants game are two completely different situations. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 and the home opener for the Saints was scheduled for September 18, 2005. The NFL was able to coordinate with the teams, the cities, and the networks to move the game to New York. For this situation the NFL only had 2 weeks to prepare for the game to be moved and it was not until September 10th that the path of Hurricane Ike was determined definite.

I know there are a bunch of reasons and also conspiracy theories out there as to why the game was not moved and how much of a disadvantage it is for both teams. Such as, why didn’t the NFL just move the game here to Baltimore for Monday night? It’s a good argument. The Orioles have an off day as they are about to travel to Toronto, and even if the Orioles did have a game, there would be more than enough space for the fans to park on W. Camden Street (you know, the street running perpendicular to the main Eutaw Street entrance across from Pickles). But the problems still remain about getting proper police protection, security, network personnel and equipment to Baltimore in such a short time. Preparations for our Sunday ritual are made months and months ahead of time.

Now, I am not saying that NFL was 100% correct with its decision; rather I think it did the best that it could do. The NFL tried its hardest to keep the game at Reliant Stadium for the Texans to have their home opener there. We can all agree that the last thing the NFL wanted to do was move the game to a different location. It also would have been great to see the game moved to a college campus in Texas because we know they have an abundance of them. However, again, people will have to make new arrangements that cannot be done in less than a week’s time. Plus, I especially believe the NFL does not want to have the game played at the UTEP football stadium after the…how can I put this delicately…the tainting of the hill. This is a huge lesson for the NFL and how, (like school systems prepare for snow and other inclement weather), it needs to have its own plan to prepare for situations such as this. Apparently the NFL did not think ahead after its dealings from Katrina, but hopefully it will learn from this instance. I mean come on, if Major League Baseball had a contingency plan with the Cubs-Astros game and moved that series up to Milwaukee, so why didn’t the NFL have one as well?

The Ravens and the Texans are at a huge disadvantage because of the game change. I know people did not predict the Ravens to do well this year, but what if we are doing well by the time our bye was scheduled? “Experts” are wrong all the time about their picks. The absence of our bye week will probably break our season at that point due to injuries and fatigue. Losing our bye is going to be detrimental to our season, but let’s not forget that real life and real people will always outweigh the risk and reward of a sporting event.

Your take: Do you think the loss of the Ravens’ bye depletes any chance they had at a winning season this year?

2 Minute Drill: Oh Maryland, my Maryland, why do you only show up against opponents that are favored against you? That was quite a game by the Terps upsetting Cal. Turner had a great game, as did the entire running game. Now maybe Maryland was looking ahead last week when they lost to MTSU, but that that is still no excuse. This team should be 3-0 right now and atop the ACC. If they had dominating performances against Delaware and MTSU, who knows, maybe they would be in Top 25? Okay maybe not, but they’d have a really strong case to be there, especially with a win like that over Cal. Again, I want to make the point that I want Coach Friedgen and the Terps to do well, but this win shows me that the coaching staff did not have the ears of their kids and did not motivate them enough for the previous two games. Ralph thought this was going to be the best team he ever had because of the amount of seniors he has on his roster. It should not be that difficult to motivate a team that consists of over 20 seniors. But maybe last week’s game was a wake-up call for the players and coaches?? Great win for them though, especially since not that many thought they could pull an upset like they did (including me). Let’s hope they can keep the momentum going and trounce the Eastern Michigan Eagles this coming weekend.

The Ohio State Buckeyes again got smashed on national television. The Trojans completely dominated that game on both sides of the ball. My question is why didn’t we see more of Terrell Pryor? I don’t believe having Terrell Pryor at quarterback throughout the game would have changed the overall outcome because in the second half the Trojans easily game-planned around him, but it would have made the game much more interesting. Poor Todd Boeckman was setting prey for USC’s defense whenever he went back to pass. The defense sure brought the pain for that guy. And maybe Jim Tressel finally needs to get rid of the sweater vest he sports. Maybe he should put in a special order from Bill Belichick’s hooded sweatshirt collection.

And speaking of Belichick, his new quarterback Matt Cassell did one of the best impressions of Trent Dilfer I’ve ever seen. Manage the football game and do not turn the ball over. It looks like the Patriots are going back to the game plan they had when Corey Dillon was their running back. However, it looks like, at least at this point, that Lawrence Mahroney may not be the bruising back Dillon was and instead that roll may be held for Lamont Jordan. This team is still my favorite for the AFC East until it shows signs that its wheels are finally falling off.

The ending of the Chargers-Broncos game was ridiculous. However, you have to give out some respect points to Ed Hochuli for admitting that he blew the call, literally. When he blew the whistle early it stopped the play and because it was a passing play, the ball was given back to the Broncos where the ball landed. Norv Turner and the Chargers have had the worst luck so far this season. First it was the last second touchdown by the Panthers and now this. But Mike Shanahan did give the Chargers the chance to still win the game by allowing them to stop his team’s two-point conversion and the Chargers could not and therefore they deserved to lose that game.

The Redskins did a great job of exploiting the Saints rookie cornerback Tracy Porter. The Saints’ two starting corners already were scratched for the game and the injury to Aaron Glen was the turning point of that game. As soon as they put in Porter, Santana Moss put on his professor hat and started schooling the kid about how not to cover a wide receiver in the NFL. And it was great listening to Coach Billick in the booth during the game. He did an excellent job of critiquing both teams. My favorite line he said yesterday was when he was talking about the Redskins in the first half, “Now I know I am the poster-child for this because I was the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens for 9 years, but you can’t just score field goals when you are in the redzone. You have to punch it in there.” So isn’t an exact quote, but it is pretty close to what he said and it got a good laugh out of me.

Romeo Crennel, the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, tried his best impression of rookie head coach Jim Zorn last night with horrible clock management. Crennel actually surpassed Zorn with his blunders because at least Zorn has an excuse; it’s his first time coaching a position other than a quarterback. The clock management at the end of the first half was simply horrific for the Browns. After the Browns’ quarterback Derek Anderson ran the no huddle QB sneak for a first down resulting in 8 seconds left on the clock with no timeouts, they should have just kicked the field goal to get some momentum on their side. Then he decided to use his two final timeouts at the end of the second half before the 2 minute warning which was a wasted effort that you cannot fault him entirely for. But at that point in the game, you just knew that whatever the Browns did, they were going to lose the game regardless. And why was Kellen Winslow on the sideline for the final two plays of the game? That decision had me scratching my head too. That was a winnable game by the Browns, and while I know the players could have performed better, I believe they would have won had the coaching staff also called a better game.

And finally, Towson University started off conference play with a tough loss to Richmond Saturday, losing 45-14. Towson’s quarterback Sean Schaefer had a rough game but according to Towson University’s release, Schaefer “became the sixth player in CAA history to reach the 9,000-yard mark in career passing yards. In his career, he has now completed 809 of 1,268 passes (.638) for a school record 9,145 yards and 58 touchdowns.” http://www.towsontigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101455&SPID=12497&DB_OEM_ID=21300&ATCLID=1581565. So a big congrats goes out to Sean and his record setting performance.

Sayonara Bmore, I’ll get back at you next time.

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