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Maryland crushes Bryant, punches ticket to Final Four

Posted on 17 May 2014 by WNST Staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Senior Mike Chanenchuk became the first Terp to register nine points in a game since 1979 with five goals and four assists to lead the No. 7 seed University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 16-8 win over Bryant in front of a record crowd of 13,519 at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

The Terps (13-3) will play the winner of the No. 6 seed Notre Dame/Albany game on Sat., May 24 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Fighting Irish and Great Danes play in the second game of Saturday’s double-header at Shuart Stadium. The Bulldogs finish their season with a 16-5 record.

Maryland scored early and often and never took their foot off the gas pedal until the game was firmly in hand, beginning at the 13:37 mark of the first quarter when Chanenchuk scored unassisted on a laser to the lower left corner off of a dodge down the right alley.

The Terrapins scored three more goals over a span of just 2:03 to open up a 4-0 lead before Bryant even got possession of the ball.

Sophomore Henry West scored the next Maryland goal cutting to the middle of the field off of a feed from Chanenchuk at the 12:49 mark.

The lead grew to 3-0 with 12:02 on the clock when freshman Connor Cannizzaro slipped a slick little pass from behind the goal to junior Jay Carlson, who got behind his defender, on the crease for an easy one-timer.

Junior Joe LoCascio made it a 4-0 game with his first goal of the day, finishing a feed from Cannizzaro with a rip into the upper right corner of the Bryant goal with 10:46 to play in the first.

Bryant finally got its first possession of the day when Bulldog goalie Gunnar Waldt made a save on a shot by junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa as the clock neared the 10 minute mark. The Bulldogs capitalized on the chance with an unassisted goal by Tucker James at the 9:24 mark to end the Terps’ run.

But that just set off another mini-run that would find the Terrapins running off three straight goals, all of which featured Chanenchuk, to open a 7-1 lead.

Chanenchuk assisted on the first two goals of the run, feeding LoCascio at the 8:25 mark and then finding Cannizzaro wide open on the back post with a brilliant skip pass with 6:26 to play in the first.

Chanenchuk then capped off the run the same way he opened the game, scoring off of a dodge down the right alley with 4:47 left in the first. That play was started when sophomore Matt Dunn stripped James on the crease and seniorBrian Cooper came up with two crucial groundballs – one on the initial takeaway and another on the ensuing clear attempt.

Bryant closed out the first quarter scoring with an extra-man goal by Dan Sipperly at the 2:50 mark following a tripping call on Maryland freshman Matt Rambo.

The Terrapins opened the second quarter with a pair of quick unassisted goals from LoCascio, which finished off his first career hat trick, and Chanenchuk, which also finished his hat trick, to make it a 9-2 game with 11:16 to play in the first half.

But Bryant wouldn’t go quietly and their transition game sparked the Bulldogs. Waldt made a solid stop on a shot by Carlson, who was wide open on the crease, but the rebound bounced right to a Bryant defender and that ended with Shane Morrell scoring to make it a 9-3 game at the 8:21 mark.

The game settled down a bit as more than 4:00 passed before the next goal, but it was scored by the Bulldogs’ Colin Dunster to being Bryant back to within five goals.

The second half closed with a flurry as Bryant had a pair of chances, but Maryland got the ball back following a blocked shot with just over a minute to play. The Terrapins had two chances as time wound down, but both efforts from LoCascio and Cannizzaro missed the mark and Maryland took a 9-4 lead into the break.

Maryland extended its lead in the third quarter thanks to outscoring the Bulldogs 5-2 in the period.

Cannizzaro opened the scoring, running nearly 60 yards back and forth behind the net before finally cutting under his defender and beating Waldt from the doorstep at the 10:51 mark.

Chanenchuk then scored his fourth of the day on a left wing dodge after getting a step on his defender to give Maryland an 11-4 lead with 7:50 to play in the third.

After Morrell scored his second of the day for the Bulldogs, Carlson scored twice in a span of 19 seconds to open up a 13-5 lead for the Terps. Carlson’s second of the day came on an extra-man attempt. His own shot was blocked and went wide of the goal, but senior Rustin Bryant was there to pick up the loose ball and feed it back to Carlson on the crease for another one-timer.

Carlson then finished his hat trick by putting in another rebound goal at the 4:44 mark. Freshman Mac Pons got the groundball on the faceoff and pushed it forward to Rambo. His attempt was turned away by Waldt, but the rebound went right to Carlson, who put it back into the empty net.

Dunster scored his second of the day for Bryant with 2:57 left in the third to make it a seven-goal game at 13-6, but Maryland’s extra-man unit responded with 43 seconds left as Chanenchuk found Cannizzaro on the back side wide open for the easy finish.

Bryant opened the fourth with goals by Sipperly and Dunster, but the Terrapins answered back with an unassisted goal by Rambo with 5:42 to play to make it a 15-8 game.

Chanenchuk put the finishing touches on his masterpiece with an empty-net goal with 3:48 to play in the fourth, making the final 16-8.

Raffa won 14-of-20 faceoffs for the Terps with five groundballs, while senior Michael Ehrhardt and Cooper also finished five groundballs.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-8 win Maryland is now 2-0 all-time vs. Bryant and 1-0 in NCAA tournament play.
• Maryland is now 22-11 (.667) all-time in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. The Terrapins are making their 22nd appearance in the Final Four.
• With nine points on five goals and four assists, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 16 hat tricks, 41 multi-point, 30 multi-goal and 13 multi-assist games for his career.
• With his nine points, Chanenchuk now has 119 for his Maryland career, vaulting him into a tie with Dick Corrigan (1954-58) for 28th on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Chanenchuk’s five goals give him 76 for his Maryland career, moving him past Brian Zeller (74, 1996-2000) into 24th on the Terps’ all-time goals list.
• With three points on three goals, junior Jay Carlson now has nine hat tricks, 19 multi-point and 16 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, junior Joe LoCascio registered his first career hat trick and now has 10 multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on three goal and two assists, freshman Connor Cannizzaro now has four hat tricks, 10 multi-point and nine multi-goal games and one multi-assist game for his career.

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Maryland battles Bryant Saturday with Final Four berth at stake

Posted on 16 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 7-seeded Maryland men’s lacrosse team faces unseeded Bryant in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. Faceoff is set for 12 noon, as the Terps (12-3) battle the Bulldogs (16-4) for the first time in post-season play.

• The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as streamed on ESPN3.com and on wireless devices with the WatchESPN app. Eamon McAnaney will handle the play-by-play call, Quint Kessenich will provide the expert analysis and Paul Carcaterra will report from the sideline.

• The Terps, who received an at-large bid, are making their 37th NCAA Tournament appearance, the second most of any school in NCAA history, while Bryant, which earned the automatic bid by winning the NEC tournament, is making its second appearance in the NCAA tournament.

• The winner of the Maryland/Bryant game will advance to the Final Four in Baltimore, and will face the winner of the No. 6 seed Notre Dame (10-5)/Albany (12-5) game on Saturday, May 24 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Fighting Irish and the Great Danes play in the second game on Saturday, which is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start following the Maryland/Bryant game.

• Maryland is 12-3 on the season following its 8-7 win over Cornell on May 10 in College Park. The win is Maryland’s first as a seeded team in the tournament since 2010. Senior Mike Chanenchuk continues to lead the team this season with 48 points on 30 goals and 18 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 35 points on 29 goals and six assists, which is the highest output by a Terrapin freshman since 2008 when Grant Catalino finished with 42 points. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 169-of-250 (.676) faceoffs this season, which ranks second in the nation, with a team-best 103 groundballs. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (65 straight) and boasts a 7.17 goals-against average (3rd in the NCAA) with a .574 save percentage (8th in the NCAA) this season.

• The Bulldogs are 16-4 on the year after topping Siena, 9-8 in a play-in game, and No. 2 seed Syracuse, 10-9, to pick up their first NCAA tournament wins. Sophomore attackman Shane Morrell, leads Bryant with 59 points on 44 goals and 17 assists. Freshman attackman Tucker James has 50 points on 30 goals, including four vs. the Orange, and 20 assists. Senior midfielder Alex Zomerfeld leads Bryant with 24 assists to go along with 16 goals for 40 points. Junior faceoff specialist Kevin Massa leads the NCAA with a .708 winning percentage and also leads the NCAA with 10.95 groundballs per game (219 total). Sophomore Gunnar Waldt has started 19 of the Bulldogs’ 20 games and is 5th in the nation in goals-against average (7.52) and fourth in save percentage (.610).

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 111 of the 120 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .925 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 130-27 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .828 winning percentage.
8 … Niko Amato has allowed eight or fewer goals in six of 10 career NCAA tournament games.
7 … Maryland is 4-4 all-time as the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.
6 … Mike Chanenchuk is averaging 2.0 points per game in six NCAA tournament games as a Terp.
5 … This marks the fifth time that Maryland has been the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.
4 … Only four Division I teams have a current streal of winning 10 or more games in a season for at least five seasons. Maryland leads that list with 12-straight 10+ win seasons.
3 … Maryland has played an unseeded team in the NCAA quarterfinals three times and has a 2-1 record.
2 … This will be the second ever meeting between Maryland and Bryant.
1 … Only one program – Maryland – has earned a bid in every NCAA tournament since 2003.

OACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 67-37 career record for a 64.4 winning percentage. Tillman is 47-18 (.723) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Bryant’s Mike Pressler is in his eighth season as the head coach at Bryant and has a 93-46 (.669)record with the Bulldogs. Overall, Pressler is in his 30th season as a head coach and has a 322-184 (.733) mark. Of those 30 years, 24 have been as a Div. I head coach at Duke and Bryant (246-128, .658).

TILLMAN IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• The meeting with Bryant will be John Tillman’s 11th NCAA tournament game as a head coach.

• Tillman is 3-1 all-time in first round games, leading the Terps to wins at No. 8 seed North Carolina, 13-6, in 2011, at No. 7 seed Lehigh, 10-9, in 2012 and at home vs. Cornell, 8-7, in 2014 as a No. 7 seed. Tillman’s lone defeat in the first round came in 2013 when the No. 6-seeded Terrapins were defeated at home by Cornell, 16-8.

• Tillman is 2-0 in quarterfinal games with a 2011 win over No. 1 seed Syracuse, 6-5 in overtime, in Foxborough, Mass., and an 11-5 win over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins in 2012 in Annapolis.

• Tillman is 2-0 in semifinals with both wins coming over No. 3- seeded Duke teams. The Terps won over the No. 3-seeded Blue Devils, 9-4, in Baltimore in 2011 and then won 16-10 Duke in 2012 in Foxborough, Mass. Maryland would go on to lose both title games, dropping the 2011 game to No. 7 seed Virginia, 9-7, and the 2012 game to No. 1 seed Loyola, 9-3.

• Overall, Tillman is 6-3 in NCAA tournament games.

• The win over Hopkins in the 2012 quarters made Tillman the only coach in NCAA history to guide two unseeded teams to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four.

• As an assistant coach, Tillman helped guide Navy to four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2004-07, including a run to the 2004 championship game.


MARYLAND’S 37TH TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• Maryland is making its 37th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. The Terps have played in the second-most tournaments since the event began in 1971. Only Hopkins has played in more with the Blue Jays making their 42nd appearance this season. Virginia is third all-time with 36 NCAA appearances. The Terps have captured two NCAA championships, 1973 and 1975.


MARYLAND’S 12TH-STRAIGHT TRIP TO THE DANCE

• This season marks Maryland’s 12th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, which is the longest active streak in Division I men’s lacrosse. The Terps are the only program to appear in every NCAA tournament since the field was expanded to 16 teams in 2003.


MARYLAND’S RECORD IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• The Terps have won the fourth-most Division I NCAA Tournament games, compiling a 49-34 overall record in 83 games. Only Johns Hopkins (68-32) and Syracuse (62-23) have won more Division I tournament games. Virginia (48-31) is fourth, one game behind Maryland.

• Maryland is seventh by percentage (.591) among all teams ever to play in the tournament. Only Syracuse (62-23, .729), Princeton (30-14, .682), Johns Hopkins (68-32, .680), Duke (29-15, .659), Virginia (48-31, .608) are ahead of the Terps.

• The Terps have captured two titles. Only eight other schools have ever won the NCAA Championship: Syracuse (10), Johns Hopkins (9), Princeton (6), North Carolina (4), Virginia (5), Cornell (3), Duke (2) and Loyola (1).


MARYLAND AS THE NO. 7 SEED

• This marks the fourth time that Maryland has been named the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament. Maryland is 4-3 all-time as the No. 7 seed after the 8-7 win over Cornell in the first round last Saturday.

• The Terps were previously a No. 7 seed in 1982, 1991, 2007 and 2008.

• In 1982, Maryland lost a first round game to Johns Hopkins by a 14-9 margin.

• In 1991, Maryland advanced to the Final Four, but lost to Towson, 15-11, in the semifinals.

• In 2007, the Terps were upset in the first round by UMBC, 13-9.

• The 2008 tournament saw the No. 7 Terps defeat Denver, 10-7, to advance to the quarters where they fell, 8-7 in overtime, to No. 2 seed Virginia in Annapolis.


ONE-GOAL GAMES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• Maryland’s 8-7 win over Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament was the eighth one-goal victory in the Terps’ 48 tournament wins.

• Overall, the Terrapins have an 8-4 record all-time in one-goal decisions in NCAA tournament games.

• Six of the 12 one-goal games needed overtime to be decided and Maryland has a 4-2 record in those overtime games, including the 1973 championship game where the Terps defeated Johns Hopkins, 10-9 in double-overtime.

2014 1st Round: #7 Maryland 8, Cornell 7
2012 1st Round: Maryland 10, #9 Lehigh 9
2011 Quarterfinals: Maryland 6, #1 Syracuse 5, OT
2008 Quarterfinals: #2 Virginia 8, #7 Maryland 7, OT
2005 Quarterfinals: #3 Maryland 9, #6 Georgetown 8, OT
2004 Quarterfinals: #7 Princeton 9, #3 Maryland 8, OT
2001 Quarterfinals: #6 Towson 12, #3 Maryland 11
1998 Quarterfinals: #5 Maryland 11, #4 Johns Hopkins 10, OT
1997 Quarterfinals: Maryland 10, #2 Virginia 9
1997 Semifinals: Maryland 18, #3 Syracuse 17
1992 Quarterfinals: #3 Princeton 11, #6 Maryland 10
1973 Championship: #1 Maryland 10, #2 Johns Hopkins 9, 2OT.


SERIES HISTORY VS. BRYANT

• Maryland and Bryant have played only once, with the Terps holding a 1-0 lead in the series.

• Senior Dan Groot and sophomore Travis Reed each had hat tricks for No. 5 Maryland, but it was sophomore Grant Catalino’s five points on two goals and three assists that led the Terrapins to a 13-6 victory over the visiting Bulldogs on March 15, 2009.


FOUR-GOAL COMEBACKS

• Maryland’s rally from a 5-1 deficit early in the third quarter in its 8-7 win over Cornell in the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament was the program’s fourth comeback from a four-goal deficit since 2000.

Deficit, Opponent (Date), Final Score
5-1, 3Q, vs. Cornell (May 10, 2014), 8-7
5-1, 3Q, vs. North Carolina (April 22, 2011), 7-6
11-7, 3Q, at Georgetown (Feb. 27, 2010), 15-13
6-1, 3Q, at North Carolina (April 28, 2006), 10-9


WELCOME TO THE CLUB

• With his 10 saves vs. Navy in the 2014 regular season finale on May 3, senior goalie Niko Amato eclipsed the 600-save mark for his career. He is just the third Terrapin to reach 600 saves for his career, joining Kevin O’Leary (705, 1981-84) and Brian Dougherty (658, 1993-96).

• Amato is one of just four current goalies in NCAA Division I lacrosse with at least 600 career saves and is the only one whose team advanced to the NCAA tournament. The other goalies with at least 600 saves are: Austin Kraut (Penn State, 686), Nicholas Gibaldi (Wagner, 634) and Peter DeLuca (Jacksonville, 619).


UNDEFEATED HOME SEASONS

• The 2014 Maryland team is the first since 2001 and just the 11th since 1971 to go through the regular season undefeated at home.

• The 1972 team finished the regular season with a perfect 5-0 record at home and won its first NCAA tournament game at home, but lost at home to Johns Hopkins, 9-6, in the NCAA semifinals at Byrd Stadium.

1972: 6-1
1973: 5-0
1974: 5-0
1975: 7-0
1976: 6-0
1978: 6-0
1987: 8-0
1996: 6-0
1998: 7-0
2001: 5-0*
2014: 8-0

* Maryland was 4-0 at Byrd Stadium, the win over UMBC on May 5 was at Ludwig Field


GET TO 10 AND WIN

• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 111 of the 120 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .925 winning percentage.

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

HOLDING OPPONENTS TO SINGLE-DIGITS

• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.5 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 130-27 in games, for a .828 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 208 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.5 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 69-4 (.945) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• Maryland is 12-3 on the year and shot 30% or better in seven of its 12 victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%
W- at Michigan: 13 goals, 42 shots = 31.0%
L- at North Carolina: 8 goals, 30 shots = 26.7%
W- Virginia: 9 goals, 33 shots = 27.3%
W- Robert Morris: 19 goals, 36 shots = 52.8%
L- at Johns Hopkins: 6 goals, 31 shots = 19.4%
W- at Notre Dame: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30.0%
L- vs. Notre Dame: 5 goals, 37 shots = 13.5%
W- Navy: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.8%
W- Cornell: 8 goals, 42 shots = 19.0%

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 16 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 16 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in five of them.


STREAKING TERPS

• Thirteen proved to be an unlucky number for senior Mike Chanenchuk, who saw his 35-game point scoring streak, which dated back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012, come to an end in the Terps’ 6-5 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 41 of 44 games.

• Chanenchuk’s point-scoring streak was the second longest since the 2004 season. The only other point-scoring streak longer belongs to Joe Walters, who had at least one point in 45 straight from Feb. 2004 to April 2006. Here’s a look at the Terps’ 20+ game point-scoring streaks since 2004.

45 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/30/06)
35 - Mike Chanenchuk (4/14/12 – present)
29 – Xander Ritz (2/26/05 – 4/30/06)
26 – Bill McGlone (2/28/04 – 4/23/05)
22 – Grant Catalino (3/3/08 – 3/28/09
20 – Max Ritz (5/6/06 – 5/13/07)
20 – Joe Cummings (5/28/11 – 5/28/12)

• In conjunction with his point-scoring streak, Chanenchuk also had an impressive 23-game goal-scoring streak going, but that came to an end in the 11-6 loss at Johns Hopkins on April 12 when he regiatered three assists, but didn’t score a goal. Prior to the Hopkins game, the last time Chanenchuk did not score a goal for the Terps was in the 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8, 2013.

• The Terp with the longest current point-scoring streak is now freshman Matt Rambo who has had at least one point in seven straight games.


FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS

• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008. Rambo netted his third hat trick of the season with four goals in the Terps’ 13-5 win at Michigan (March 18) and then added his fourth with three goals in the 19-6 win over Robert Morris (April 2).

• Rambo’s latest hat trick came in the Terps’ 8-7 victory over Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament (May 10). That is the first time a Terrapin freshman has recorded a hat trick in an NCAA tournament game since May 14, 2000 when Mike Mollot had three goals and four assists in a 14-12 win over Hofstra in the first round.

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14 and added his third at Notre Dame on April 20.

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

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (5 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15; 4-0=4 at Michigan, Mar. 18; 3-0 vs. Robert Morris, April 2; 3-0=3 vs. Cornell, May 10 (NCAA first round)
Connor Cannizzaro (3 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14; at Notre Dame, April 20


50 PERCENT OR MORE

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

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

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

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

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


UNIFORM AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $25K FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

• During the March 30 game vs. Virginia, Maryland honored military men and women injured in the line of duty with a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms that were auctioned off at umterps.com. The auction raised more than $25,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directrly to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Maryland men’s lacrosse program and the Maryland athletics department thank everyone for their generous support.

TILLMAN, AMATO AND CANNIZZARO EARN ACC HONORS

• Head coach John Tillman, senior goalie Niko Amato and freshman attackman Connor Cannizzaro were among the recipients of the annual ACC men’s lacrosse individual awards, the conference announced on May 1. Tillman was selected as the ACC Coach of the Year, while Amato and Cannizzaro were named the Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.

• Tillman earns his first ACC Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Terrapins to an 11-3 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in conference play, which earned Maryland the 2014 ACC Regular Season championship. Tillman, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Maryland program, is the third Terrapin head coach to earn the honor, joining Dick Edell, who won the award in 1989, 1992 and 1998, and Dave Cottle, who won the award in 2004 and 2008.

• Amato, who is the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the All-ACC squad four times, becomes the second Terp to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award in just the third season of the award’s existence. The native of Conshohocken, Pa., leads the conference with a 7.19 goals-against average, which is nearly a full goal less than the second-place goalie. He is also tops in the conference with a .577 save percentage. A four-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season, Amato was at his best in conference games and had a 7.80 goals-against average with a .585 save percentage in the five regular season conference games. His standout performance of the season came in the Terps’ 10-6 victory over then-No. 1 Duke on March 1 when he recorded a season-best 17 saves, which is the most by an ACC goalie this year.

• Cannizzaro becomes the eighth Terrapin to earn the ACC Freshman of the Year award and is the first Maryland attackman to win the award since Joe Walters in 2003. The native of Cazenovia, N.Y., was solid throughout the season for the Terps, and is tied for third on the team with 26 points and is fourth with 20 goals. But Cannizzaro excelled in ACC games this season and ranks 10th in the conference in points per game (2.80) and goals per game (2.0). He scored three goals and added an assist in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse on Feb. 22 and matched that performance with three goals and an assist in Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 19. He also had two goals and an assist in each of the Terps’ games vs. Virginia and North Carolina.


LEAGUE-BEST FIVE TERPS NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM

• Senior goalie Niko Amato became the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the all-conference team for the fourth time in his career. He is just the fifth player ever to be a four-time honoree with Duke attackman Jordan Wolf joining him as the sixth player with his fourth selection this season.

Four-Time All-ACC Selections
Niko Amato (G, MD): 2011-14
Jordan Wolf (A, Duke): 2011-14
Michael Watson (A, UVa): 1994-97
Roddy Marino (A, UVa): 1983-87
Scott Gerham (M, UVa): 1981-84
Pete Worstell (M, MD): 1977-78, 1980-81
Stan Cockerton (A, NC State): 1977-80

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, junior defender Goran Murray and junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa are all first time honorees.

• The five All-ACC selections are the most for the Terps since 2006 when they also placed five on the all-conference team.


TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 759-256-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 58-22 in the 2010′s for a .728 winning percentage.


THE 700 CLUB

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

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

SEASON HONORS

Inside Lacrosse
Face-Off Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Michael Ehrhardt (1st)
Niko Amato (2nd)
Goran Murray (2nd)
Mike Chanenchuk (3rd)

National Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 3)

The ACC
ACC Coach of the Year
John Tillman

ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Niko Amato

ACC Freshman of the Year
Connor Cannizzaro

All-ACC
Niko Amato (4th selection)
Mike Chanenchuk (1st selection)
Michael Ehrhardt (1st selection)
Goran Murray (1st selection)
Charlie Raffa (1st selection)

ACC All-Tournament Team
Goran Murray

Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 4)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 22)

Defensive Player of the Week
Niko Amato (Feb. 25)
Niko Amato (Mar. 4)
Niko Amato (Apr. 1)
Charlie Raffa (Apr. 22)
Niko Amato (May 6)

Preseason All-ACC
Niko Amato
Michael Ehrhardt
Goran Murray

University of Maryland
Terp of the Week
Charlie Raffa (Feb. 28)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 23)
Mike Chanenchuk (May 13)


CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS

• Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 20, 2014 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 12, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

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

Maryland (12): 2014 (12-3), 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (9): 2014 (10-5), 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (8): 2014 (14-3), 2013 (16-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (6): 2014 (10-5), 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

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


TERPS ON ESPNU

• Maryland has had 53 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 29-24 (.547) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps played five games (at North Carolina, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins, at Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame in the ACC tournament semifinals and vs. Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament) on ESPNU in 2014.


FIRST-TIME OPPONENTS

• Maryland has played 80 different opponents in its 89 seasons, including the first-ever meeting between the Terps and Michigan and then vs. Robert Morris earlier this season. In the Terps’ 80 first-time meetings Maryland is 76-4 (.950) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


A FAMILY AFFAIR

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

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

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


MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS

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

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

21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS

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

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

FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT

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

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

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

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

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


FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA

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

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

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


2014 TEAM CAPTAINS

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


BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Coppin welcomes South Carolina State to CSPEC Monday night

Posted on 12 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD—The South Carolina State men (5-10, 1-1 MEAC), will look to bounce back in the win column when they take on Coppin State (4-11, 1-1 MEAC) in a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic conference doubleheader, Monday at the Coppin Center. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m., immediately following the women’s game.

The Bulldogs dropped a tough, 73-56, decision to the Bears of Morgan State on Saturday to fall to 1-1 in the MEAC, senior All-MEAC forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way with 16 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, freshman guard Jalen White added 12 in the loss.

“We don’t add any extra pressure on ourselves we just have to play Bulldogs basketball and take it one game at a time,” said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. “It’s not going to be easy playing a team that’s well coached by a legend (Coach Fang Mitchell) but we also have a good team and we will play our hearts out and leave it on the floor.

Hezekiah leads the team in scoring this season with 13.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds. Senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams is second on the team behind Hezekiah with 9.5 points per contest. Sophomore forward Daryll Palmer leads the team in rebounds with 6.6 boards, while tossing in 7.7 points.

Coppin State dropped their second conference contest, 75-53, to Savannah State on Saturday. The Eagles is led by Michael Murray with 15.6 ppg, while teammates Sterling Smith and Andre Armstrong added a little over 10.0 points per outing.

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Morgan plays first game of 2014 Saturday against SC State

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Opponent: South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-9, 1-0 MEAC)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (131-110 – 8th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (3-10, 1-0) begins the calendar year when they host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent South Carolina State on Saturday. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to snap a three-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon’s contest will mark the 72nd basketball meeting between the teams. MSU has won six straight against the Bulldogs since 2010. The Bears are attempting to win its first two league game for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs welcomed back seven veterans, including four starters, from a squad that posted a 6-24 overall record and went 2-14 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Matthew Hezekiah lis the only ‘Dawg averaging in double-figures by leading SCSU averaging 12.9 ppg. Hezekiah is also shooting 57 percent (72-125) from the field.  Darryl Palmer leads SCSU on the boards (6.5 rpg) and is averaging 1.5 blocks per contest with 7.8 points per contest. Jalen White runs the show for SCSU from his point guard position where he’s averaging 5.4 ppg and is dishing out 2.4 assists per game. Murray Garvin (Eastern Kentucky, ’98) enters his first season as SCSU’s head men’s basketball coach. South Carolina State posted their first conference win of the season with an, 78-71, victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore Wednesday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Senior forward Matthew Hezekiah led the way for the Bulldogs recording his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Adama “Louis” Adams and freshman Jalen White tossed in 14 each in the win.

MSU’S LAST TIME OUT VS. SCSU
bench to score 16 points and Morgan State pulled away in the second half to defeat South Carolina State 61-52 in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.Hubbard scored 11 points in a span of just under 7 minutes midway through the first half to rally the fifth-seeded Bears (15-14). South Carolina State (6-24) went cold after scoring the game’s first 12 points and leading 32-29 at halftime. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs shot 25.7 percent (8 of 31) in the second half, including 1 of 13 from 3-point range after making 4 of 6 first-half 3-pointers. DeWayne Jackson scored 12 points for Morgan State to move into fifth place on the Bears’ career scoring list with 1,549 points. Matthew Hezekiah paced SCSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State NorthrIdge (12/27) … Black currently has 1,045 career points.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Thair HeathIan Chiles and Cedric Blossom are shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first 13 games Heath is shooting 66.7 pct, Chiles is shooting 57.4 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting 54.4 pct. from the floor.

PERFECT STROKE
On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge, Blake Bozeman went 5-10 from downtown on his way to scoring a season-high 15 points. Bozeman’s five three-pointers was the most by a Bear so far this season. The junior guard has connected on 21-of-62 three-pointers (.339 pct; No. 15 in MEAC).

CHILES NAMED “BEST OF 2013″ BY COLLEGE HOOPS DAILY
MSU redshirt senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the “Best of 2013″ All-MEAC Team by CollegeHoopsDaily.com. The website picked the top five players in each conference that stood out during the non-conference slate (click here for the entire team). Chiles finished non-conference action with 15 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 2.9 blocks per game. The Cliffside Park, N.J. native also finished non-conference action by shooting 56 percent from the field.

HOMECOMING
Morgan State has three players on the roster from California. Thair Heath and Hassante Manning are both from Los Angeles, while Rasean Simpson is from San Diego.

WORKING OVERTIME
The Morgan State Bears are 1-0 in overtime games this season…On Nov. 25 vs. Marist, the Bears posted a 74-67 overtime victory in the consolation round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

HUBBARD SEEING DOUBLE
Anthony Hubbard has recently recorded back-to-back games with double-doubles. On Dec. 27 at Cal State Northridge with 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed by a 15 points and 11 boards effort at UC Irvine on Dec. 29.

UP NEXT
After SCSU, the Bears will hit the road for the next four games starting with a matchup against Norfolk State on Jan. 18 in Norfolk, Va.

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Amato, Chanenchuk lead Maryland past Yale

Posted on 20 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior goalie Niko Amato recorded a career high 24 saves and juniorMike Chanenchuk scored the game-winner with 13 seconds left in the game to give the No. 4 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team an 8-7 victory over No. 18 Yale Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,052.

Amato’s 24 saves were the most by a Maryland goalie since Harry Alford had 25 stops vs. Georgetown in the season opener on February 26, 2005. Senior Owen Blye and Chanenchuk led the Maryland scoring with three goals apiece.

Maryland improves to 9-2 on the season, while Yale, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped, falls to 8-4 with the loss.

Chanenchuk started off the scoring at 9:58 in the first quarter, scoring an unassisted goal from the left wing off of a roll back to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.

Yale answered back at 8:06 when John-William McGovern scored to tie things up at one.

Maryland closed out the scoring in the first quarter when senior Kevin Cooper found a cutting Blye on the crease for the one-time finish to give the Terps a 2-1 advantage.

Maryland opened the second quarter on extra-man after Yale was penalized for an illegal stick. Blye found the net twice during the ensuing extra-man opportunity to extend the lead to 4-1. Blye’s first goal came at 14:18 off of a feed from Chanenchuk. He answered just five seconds later after sophomore Charlie Raffa won the faceoff. Senior Jesse Bernhardtpushed the tempo and found Blye in transition.

Yale’s Colin Flaherty cut the lead to 4-2 at 12:28 with an unassisted goal, but Maryland sophomore Joe Locasio made it a three-goal game with 6:40 to play in the half on an unassisted goal off a dodge down the right alley.

Yale finished out the scoring in the first half at 5:56 when Conrad Oberbeck scored to cut the lead to 5-3 heading into the break.

The Bulldogs opened the second with two straight goals to tie things up at five. The first came at 14:44 when Brandon Mangan scored a man-up goal. Just over a minute later Ryan McCarthy scored his fourth goal of the year to knot things.

Maryland responded at the 12:27 mark of the third when Chanenchuk finished a shot down low off of a feed by Blye to retake the lead, 6-5.

Yale tied the game at 6-6 with 9:46 to play in the third on a goal by Flaherty.

The Bulldogs appeared to have taken its first lead of the game at the 4:15 mark, but McGovern’s goal was taken off the board due to an apparent crease violation on a Yale player away from the shot.

The Bulldogs did get their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter when Mangan scoring his second goal of the game, but that would be the last goal the Bulldogs would be able to get past Amato.

Maryland answered with two goals of its own over the final 4:36, while holding Yale scoreless for the final 12:06.

The tying goal came when Cooper found sophomore Jay Carlson on the left wing and Carlson finished past Yale goalie Eric Natale with 4:36 remaining in the game.

Yale had the ball for nearly three minutes at the end of the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal. Amato made his 23rd save of the game to give the Terps the ball with 51 seconds remaining.

A holding penalty on Yale’s Kirby Zdrill with 25 seconds left in the game gave the Terps a golden opportunity and Maryland didn’t let it go to waste. The game-winning goal came on the extra-man chance when Blye moved the ball to senior Billy Gribbon on the right wing and he found Chanenchuk on the right alley for the goal.

The game wasn’t finished yet though. Yale’s Dylan Levings, who won 11-of-17 faceoffs for the game, won the ensuing faceoff, but Amato made his biggest save of the game with just three seconds remaining, denying Yale’s Harry Kucharczyk with a kick save to preserve the victory.

Maryland’s man-down defense was exemplary in the win, limiting Yale to just one goal on seven extra-man opportunities and that goal was on a 6-on-4 chance to start the second quarter.

Jesse Bernhardt led the Terps with four groundballs and also had one caused turnover to go along with his assist.

Maryland is the No. 1 seed for the ACC tournament and will play No. 4 seed Virginia on Friday, April 26 at North Carolina’s Keenan Stadium at 5 p.m. The second semifinal will feature No. 2 seed North Carolina taking on No. 3 seed Duke in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 8-7 win, Maryland is now 10-1 all-time vs. Yale.
• With four points on three goals and one assist, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has 25 multi-point and 18 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, senior Kevin Cooper now has 19 multi-point and 10 multi-assist games for his career.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Owen Blye now has 30 multi-point and 17 multi-goal games in his career.
• Blye’s four points gives him 104 for his career and moved him past Steve La Vaute (103, 1966-68) for 40th place on Maryland’s all-time points list.
• With 24 saves, junior Nike Amato recorded his sixth game this season and 20th of his career with at least 10 saves.
• Amato’s 24 saves gives him 441 for his career. He needs just 20 mores saves to move past Brian Phipps (460, 2007-10) for fourth place on Maryland’s all-time saves list.

 

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Maryland, Yale meet Saturday in Top 15 showdown

Posted on 19 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse team (8-2) hosts No. 15 Yale (7-3) in a game with significant national implications on Saturday, April 20 at noon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

• Maryland is coming off of a 7-4 home loss to No. 11 Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk led all scorers with three points on two goals and an assist. Junior goalie Niko Amato had 12 saves to help the Terps limit the Blue Jays to a season-low seven goals.

• For the season, senior attackman Kevin Cooper leads the Terps in points, goals and assists with 32, 17 and 15, respectively. Five other Terps have scored double-digit goals. Sophomore Jay Carlson is next with 16, with Chanenchuk in third place with 15 goals. Seniors Owen Blye, Jake Bernhardt and John Haus each have 14. Defensively, Amato has stopped 58.9 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 7.18 goals-against average, both of which leads the ACC. Sophomore faceoff man Charlie Raffa leads the team with 67 groundballs, while Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 16 caused turnovers.

• Yale has won five-straight, including an 11-10 overtime win over Stony Brook on Monday night. The Bulldogs are led offensively by junior attackman Brandon Mangan, who has 44 points on 25 goals and 19 assists. Sophomore attackman Conrad Oberback also has more than 20 goals with 23 on the season. Sophomore Eric Natale has started all 10 games in net for the Elis and has a 53.0 save-percentage and a 7.82 goals-against average.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 100 of the 109 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 117-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .818 winning percentage.
8 … Eight Terps have started all 10 games so far in 2013.
7 … Seven different Terps have scored an extra-man goal so far this season.
6 … Maryland is ranked among the top 10 in six team statistical categories.
5 … Niko Amato is ranked fifth in the NCAA with a 7.18 goals-against average.
4 … Four Terps - Kevin Cooper, Mike Chanenchuk, John Haus & Owen Blye - have eclipsed the 20-point mark this season.
3 … John Tillman is 2-1 in three games as a head coach vs. Yale.
2 … John Haus needs two points to become the first full-time midfielder to score 100 career points since Bill McGlone hit that milestone in 2006.
1 … Jake Bernhardt is the only Terrapin to score a goal vs. Yale with one goal in the 2009 meeting in New Haven, Conn.
Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 53-32 career record for a 62.4 winning percentage. Tillman is 33-13 (.717) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Yale’s Andy Shay is in his ninth season as a head coach and holds an all-time record of 73-61 (.545), all coming as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

• Tillman has a 2-1 career record against Yale, with all three decisions coming during his time at Harvard.


Series History vs. Yale
• Saturday’s game between the Terps and Bulldogs will be the 11th in a series that began in 1925. Maryland has won the last nine games in the series.

• The Terps reeled off a 5-0 run to open the fourth quarter to beak open a 5-5 tie at Yale that ended in a 10-6 Maryland victory on May 2, 2009. Travis Reed led the Terrapins with three points on two goals and an assist, while Joe Cummings, Dan Grrot and Ryan Young each chipped in with two points. Brian Phipps was sensational in cage for the Terps, stopping 11 Bulldog shots.

• Maryland took its 2008 “Senior Day” game with a 16-10 decision, but it was freshman Grant Catalino that stole the show with a career-best seven points on four goals and three assists.

• The Terps dominated on “Senior Day” with 2007 seniors Chris Feifs and Michael Phipps combined for seven of Maryland’s 12 goals in a 12-4 win over the Bulldogs. Jeremy Sieverts led all players with five points on three goals and a pair of assists.

• The series was dormant from 1959 until 1999 when the Terps traveled to New Haven and defeated the Bulldogs, 9-4 on May 1.

• In 2000, Yale returned the trip, coming to Byrd Stadium, where Maryland defeated the Bulldogs, 12-9.

• Maryland returned to New Haven in 2001 and handed the Bulldogs a 10-5 loss to continue its five-game win streak in the series.

• That streak improved to six for the Terps in 2002 with a 14-8 win on Senior Day at Byrd Stadium on April 26.

• Back in 1925, Yale defeated Maryland in the first game, 5-3. The Terps came back to win each of the next two meetings. Maryland shutout Yale, 12-0 in 1934 and won that battle played at Maryland, 16-4, 40 years ago.


Maryland vs. The Ivy League
• In games against teams from the Ivy League, Maryland holds a 110-16-1 advantage, a .870 win percentage.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 100 of the 109 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 winning percentage.

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

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.7 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 117-26 in games, for a .818 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 190 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.3 percent of the time.


Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 8-2 on the year and has shot 30% or better in six of its eight victories and under that mark in each of its two defeats.W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%
W- at Duke: 16 goals, 29 shots = 55.2%
W- Stony Brook: 13 goals, 30 shots = 43.3%
W- at Villanova: 10 goals, 26 shots = 38.5%

L- North Carolina: 8 goals, 37 shots = 21.6%
W- at Virginia: 9 goals, 32 shots = 28.1%
W- at Navy: 11 goals, 40 shots = 27.5%
L-Johns Hopkins: 4 hoals, 36 shots = 11.1%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 61-4 (.938) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

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


Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List. • The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Bernhardt Named Senior CLASS Finalist
· Maryland senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt was named one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting consists of one-third of the final total to determine the winner, so click on the graphic to vote for Jesse. Fans can vote once per day per device, so come back every day to cast your vote for Jesse.

The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 745-251-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 46 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 26-20 (.565) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play four games (at Duke (W, 16-7), at Virginia (W, 9-7), vs. Johns Hopkins (L, 4-7) and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.


Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.


Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6. 

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

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).

• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.

• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.

• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.

• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.

• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.


2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.  

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Morgan opens MEAC Tournament Monday against SC State

Posted on 10 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 29
Game Dates: Monday, March 11, 2013
Opponent: No. 12 South Carolina State Bulldogs
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 9 p.m.
Live Stream: www.meacsports.com
Record:  MSU 14-14; SCSU 6-23
Series Record: SCSU leads 39-31
Last MSU Win: 76-60 (H) Jan. 12, 2013
Last SCSU Win: 71-68 (H) Feb. 15, 2010
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (124-99 – 7th yr)

Morgan State enters the MEAC Tournament this week with the No. 5 overall seed and will face No. 12 seed South Carolina State in the Opening Round on Monday at 9 p.m. The Bears have had unprecedented success in the MEAC Tournament under head coach Todd Bozeman. The Bears have won two titles and appeared in four while posting an 11-4 MEAC Tournament record under Bozeman.

Morgan State capped the regular season with a 78-67 win over Florida A&M at Hill Field House to garner the No. 5 seed. Although the Bears have won its last five straight games, including eight of its last nine, now everyone is zero and zero again when teams take the floor at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS & LIVE STREAM
Live stats of all games will be available on the conference’s official website, www.MEAChoops .com. The prelimianry games will also be streamed live on MEACsports.com.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER 
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

MEAC TOURNAMENT FACTS
• Morgan State has won three MEAC Tournaments (1977, 2009 & 2010) and made four straight championship appearances from 2008 to 2011 under Coach Bozeman.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 11 of the school’s 27 MEAC Tournament wins

• Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman was the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has had four MVP’s of the MEAC Tournament: Marvin ‘The Human Eraser” Webster (1975); Eric “The Pencil” Evans (1977); Reggie Holmes (2009); and Kevin Thompson (2010).

• Morgan State legendary center Marvin Webster averaged 21.3 rebounds per game during the 1975 MEAC Tournament.

BEAR BITS:
• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 105.

• Morgan State defeated High Point in large part as a result of collecting16 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second chance points.
• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he ranks No. 9 in school history with 539 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 14-14 while averaging 68 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State shot 67.5 percent from the line last season, and so far through the 28 games the Bears ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (365-624 FT).

• The Bears, who held Delaware State to 3 of 15 from 3-point range on March 4th in Baltimore, have allowed an average of 66 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 59.7 percent against Md.-Eastern Shore, including a season best 63.6 percent from 3-point territory, with 12 steals and nine blocked shots.

• Justin Black has scored 401 points in 28 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.3 ppg).

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson ranks among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 167 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 2 (No. 4 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 20 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks No. 5 (51) in the MEAC by averaging 2.1 blocks per game.

• The combination of DeWayne JacksonAnthony Hubbard and Justin Black have provided almost 60 percent of the scoring for the Bears so far this season.

• The Bears’ first 10 games of the 2012-13 season were on the road where they finished 3-7.

• The Bears used nine different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 12 times this season that puts DeWayne Jackson at forward with Justin BlackBlake BozemanAnthony Hubbard and Ian Chiles.

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stands at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Monday’s contest fresh off of a career-high 18 points (9-13) with six rebounds and two blocks against Florida A&M … he’s currently averaging 9.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.6 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. SCSU
January 12, 2013 — Morgan State entered tonight’s ballgame attempting to snap a five-game losing streak by recording its first victory of the New Year. It was a long time between victories for head coach Todd Bozeman‘s team. In fact, they last won a game beating VMI way back on December 1st.  But tonight, they can put that all behind them. Junior guard Justin Black led the Bears with 17 points as Morgan State (4-8, 1-0) claimed their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory on Saturday. The win improved the Bears to 8-0 record in conference openers under Bozeman.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs welcomed back three veterans from a squad that posted a 5-26 overall record, finished last in the MEAC with a 0-16 ledger. SCSU had a total new look with nine players on this year’s roster consisting of five junior college transfers, four freshmen, and four walk-ons. Junior 6-foot-11 forward Matthew Hezekiah leads the Bulldogs averaging 12.8 points and is shooting 56 percent from the field. Senior guard and team captain Khalif Toombs is also averaging double-figures (12.3 ppg) and leads the league dishing out 5.4 assists per game. Head coach Tim Carter (Kansas ’79) enters his 6th season as the Bulldogs head coach and he currently holds a 69-117 (.370) record.

TOURNAMENT FLASHBACK vs. S.C. STATE
Morgan State pulled off a 68-61 victory against No. 3 seed South Carolina State in the 2010 MEAC Tournament Championship. League player of the year Reggie Holmes added 17 points for the top-seeded Bears (27-9). They shot 53 percent to overcome 20 turnovers and avenged their only regular-season conference loss by becoming the first repeat MEAC champion since Hampton in 2001 and ’02.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON’S FINAL POSTSEASON
MSU senior DeWayne Jackson enters his final MEAC Tournament in the Orange & Blue. The 6-foot-8 swingman has been a major contributor at Morgan State where he has won a MEAC Championship, played in the NCAA Tournament and has received a number of postseason honors, including MEAC Rookie of the Year. Jackson is the only player in school history to have the combination of over 1,500 points (1,537 – No. 7), 500 rebounds (539 – No. 9), 150 steals (167 – No. 2) and 150 assists (175).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that possesses a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .534 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.6 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranks No. 10 in assists at 3.0 per game and No. 7 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears have rebounded from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,537 pts, 539 rebs., 175 asts) needs 4 points to surpass Ernest Garrett (1,540 points – 1952-55) to become the school’s No. 5 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson (2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High, Willis Turnipseed played at City High, and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .556 (124-99) after 223 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 28 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.3 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.6 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.6 points (ranked No. 7), 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals (ranked No. 4) per game. Jackson has also registered 26 blocks. He has recorded 24 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19).

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.1 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 22 of 28 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

PAINT PLAY
One area where the Bears have been consistent is under the basket. Morgan State ranks No. 4 in the league in total rebounding at 35.9 per game, No. 2 in offensive rebounds at 37.1, No. 2 in field goal percentage at 44.6 and No. 2 in blocked shots (5.2).

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