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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez (Saturday 10:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); Soccer: Exhibition College Soccer-St. John’s @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Ludwig Field), American @ UMBC (Friday 3pm Retriever Soccer Park); MLS: Toronto FC @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); WNBA: Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Toni Braxton (Wednesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Gladys Knight/the O’Jays (Thursday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Styx/REO Speedwagon (Friday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Cheap Trick/Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (Tuesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Shawn Mullins (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Modern English (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); The Cult (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Goodie Mob (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Dru Hill (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Eve (Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); Lupe Fiasco/Travis Porter (Saturday 9pm Bender Arena); Carly Rae Jepsen/The Wanted (Sunday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds); Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind“, John Mayer “Paradise Valley” and Jimmy Buffett “Songs From St. Somewhere” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

One-Toni Braxton is the most important thing to ever come out of Anne Arundel County. Two-the “You’re Making Me High” video taught 13 year old Glenn Clark things about sex he probably would have otherwise never learned.

I wouldn’t pay for tickets, but if someone wanted to offer me free tickets to Modern English, I’d honestly go.

Carly Rae Jepsen isn’t actually a thing anymore, but her return allows me the opportunity to post this amazing Third Eye Blind mix again…

There is no partnership more significant…in the world…than that of Tedeschi and Trucks.

9. Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Tracy Morgan (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Ian Bagg (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Epic” and “Scary Movie 5” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The World’s End” out in theaters (Friday)

Tracy Morgan will never jump the shark. Week.

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Loss to Carolina leaves Towson baseball in elimination game Sunday

Posted on 02 June 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman righthander Trent Thornton came out of the bullpen to record his eighth save of the season as No. 1 North Carolina (54-8) held off a comeback by the Tigers (30-29) to remain undefeated in the NCAA Regionals with an 8-5 victory over Towson at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday night.

The Tar Heels, who have won seven games in a row, are now one victory away from winning the Chapel Hill Regional and advancing to the Super Regionals next weekend. Towson, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, will play Florida Atlantic in an elimination game at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

The winner of the Towson-Florida Atlantic game will face the Tar Heels at 6:00 p.m. in what could be the regional championship game.

Junior lefthander Kent Emanuel was virtually unhittable through the first five innings as the Tar Heels built a 5-0 lead. Through the first five innings, Emanuel faced the minimum 15 batters. He allowed a single to sophomore centerfielder Richie Blosser in the third inning and a single to third baseman Zach Fisher in the fourth inning. But, he immediately picked both runners off base.

“Give credit to Kent Emanuel,” said Towson Coach Mike Gottlieb. “He gave us absolutely nothing for five innings. He was throwing three pitches for strikes and he made us look bad a number of times. He did a great job mixing his pitches and got the big outs when he needed them.

“One of the biggest outs he got was in the sixth inning when we had two runners on base and two outs with Kurt Wertz at the plate. He struck him out on an off-speed pitch that froze Kurt. It was a big out at the time because a base hit by Wertz makes it a much closer game.”

Senior first baseman Cody Stubbs gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he blasted a solo home run over the rightfield fence. It was the only hit that junior righthander Brandon Gonnella allowed over the first three innings.

In the fourth inning, Gonnella ran into trouble. Freshman Landon Lassiter, the Tar Heels’ designated hitter, opened the inning by drawing a walk. After he reached second base on a wild pitch, Gonnella retired senior third baseman Colin Moran on a fly ball to rightfield. When freshman rightfielder Skye Bolt also drew a walk, North Carolina had two runners on base with one out.

Lassiter and Bolt moved into scoring position when Stubbs grounded out to second base. However, sophomore shortstop Michael Russell gave the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead when he drilled a two-run single into left field. After junior catcher Brian Holberton followed with a single, senior catcher Andrew Parker came up with another big play. While Gonnella was pitching to sophomore second baseman Mike Zolk, he picked Holberton off first base to end the rally.

In the fifth inning, the Tar Heels extended their lead to 4-0. Zolk led off the inning with a double to rightfield. After junior leftfielder Jordan Parks reached base on a bunt single, the Tar Heels had runners at the corners. Senior centerfielder Chaz Frank lifted a foul ball down the left field line where sophomore leftfielder Peter Bowles made a sliding catch. Zolk alertly tagged up on the play and scored just seconds ahead of Bowles’ throw to the plate. After Lassiter singled, Moran grounded into a double play to end the inning as the Tigers turned their 80th double play of the season.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Russell singled through the left side. When Holberton doubled down the right field line, Russell came around to score from first base. Zolk grounded out to first base.

Emanuel took a two-out shutout into the sixth inning. With one out, Blosser doubled to left centerfield. After junior shortstop Hunter Bennett struck out. Fisher drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Junior second baseman Pat Fitzgerald followed with a single to right field, driving in the first run of the game for the Tigers. But, Emanuel struck out junior designated hitter on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers staged another rally against Emanuel. Bowles led off the seventh with a double to left center field. After junior rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono struck out, sophomore first baseman Brendan Butler lined a single to centerfield, scoring Bowles to make it a 5-2 lead. But, Emanuel got out of the jam by getting Parker to ground into double play to end the uprising.

With their lead trimmed to 5-2, the Tar Heels added two more runs in the eighth inning. Stubbs led off with a single, his second base hit of the game. Russell came through another clutch hit and doubled down the leftfield line, driving in Stubbs to give North Carolina a 6-2 advantage. Russell reached third base when Holberton grounded out to second base for the first out of the inning. With Russell on third base, the Tigers pulled their infield in to try and prevent another run from scoring. However, when Zolk hit a high chopper to Bennett at shortstop, Russell was able to score while Bennett threw Zolk out at first base.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Tigers continued to show the resilience they displayed all season. With one out, Bennett doubled to rightfield. After Fisher drew a walk, Fitzgerald was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Wertz. On a 2-0 pitch from Emanuel, Wertz singled to rightfield, driving in two runs to pull Towson to within 7-4. A sacrifice fly by Bowles enabled Fitzgerald to score and cut the lead to 7-5. When Fratantuono singled to centerfield, the Tigers had the tying runs on base.

At that point, Coach Mike Fox went to the bullpen and brought in his ace closer, Thornton. He pitched out of the jam by retiring Butler on a fly ball to centerfield.

In the ninth inning, the Tar Heels added a run off relief pitcher Nick Cioffi. With one out, Lassiter singled to rightfield. A single by Moran enabled Lassiter to reach third base. When Bolt hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, Lassiter scored to give the Tar Heels an 8-5 lead. Cioffi finally retired the side by getting Russell on a fly ball to centerfield.

In the bottom of the ninth, Thornton retired the Tigers in order to prevent any comeback.

“Obviously, for us, it was a case of too little, too late,” added Gottlieb. “This is not a game we should have won – but it is a game we could have won. If we could have gotten one or two hits in the right spot, we might still be playing.”

Emanuel, now 11-3 on the season, earned the win for the Tar Heels. He pitched 7.2 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits. He walked two and had eight strikeouts. Thornton picked up the final four outs of the game to record his eighth save.

UNC outhit the Tigers by a 13-10 margin. Russell led the Tar Heels with three hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Lassiter had a pair of hits and scored two runs while Stubbs went two-for-four with a home run and two runs scored. Holbertson also had two hits and drove in a run.

Gonnella suffered his fifth loss of the season for the Tigers. He pitched 7.2 innings and allowed seven runs on 11 hits with three walks and one strikeout. Two of his walks were very costly as they led to a pair of Carolina runs in the fourth inning when the Tar Heels took a 3-0 lead.

Blosser led the Tigers with three hits and scored a run. He is batting .714 in the Tigers’ two NCAA Tournament games. He was the only Tiger with more than one hit. Fisher had a single and drew the only two walks that Emanuel allowed.

TIGER TALES: Wertz’s two-run single lifted his seasonal RBI total to 65, the top mark on the team … When Fitzgerald singled in the sixth, it marked the 29th consecutive that he reached base … Fitzgerald, who now has a .990 fielding percentage, played a solid defensive game with two putouts and five assists … He also started the double play in the fifth inning … Since the Tigers played the game on June 1, it was the first Towson University intercollegiate athletic event ever played in the month of June.

With the win, North Carolina beat Towson for the 13th game in a row … The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 26-2.

Sophomore righthander Paul Beers will try to keep the Tigers’ season alive on Sunday afternoon when the Tigers face Florida Atlantic at 1:00 p.m. … Florida Atlantic beat Canisius on Saturday afternoon to remain alive in the NCAA regional.

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Top ranked Carolina next for Towson in NCAA Baseball Tournament

Posted on 01 June 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Riding a five-game winning streak, the Tigers face their toughest challenge of the season when the Colonial Athletic Association champions play the top-ranked team in the nation, North Carolina, in the second round of the NCAA Regionals at Boshamer Park on Saturday evening at 6:05 p.m.

The Towson-UNC game can be seen on ESPN3 http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/950913/ncaa-baseball-regionals-presented-capital-one-site-1-game-4 and will also be broadcast on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Damon Lewis and Dan O’Connell calling the action.

The Tar Heels, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last week, are seeking their 12th NCAA regional title this week. North Carolina has made five appearances in the College World Series since 2006. Veteran Coach Mike Fox led North Carolina to second place in the College World Series in 2006 and 2007 as well as a third place showing in 2009.

The Tar Heels seem to have a complete team. The Tar Heels lead NCAA Division I in scoring, averaging 8.2 runs per game. At the same time, UNC’s pitching staff has a 2.52 E.R.A., a mark that ranks the Tar Heels fourth in the nation.

Senior first baseman Cody Stubbs and junior third baseman Colin Moran are the Tar Heels’ top offensive players and they are both All-Americans. Stubbs was the MVP of the ACC Tournament last week and is batting .362 with 22 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 72 runs batted in. Moran is hitting .357 with 13 homers and a school record 84 RBI’s.

Junior lefthander Kent Emanuel is expected to pitch for the Tar Heels. He has a 10-3 record with a 2.11 E.R.A. In 110.2 innings of work, he has 22 walks an 79 strikeouts. Emanuel has pitched five complete games, including two shutouts. He was named as the ACC Pitcher of the Year.

The Tar Heels, who are now 53-8 on the season, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Regional with a 6-3 victory over Canisius on Friday evening. North Carolina has won six games in a row.

When the Tigers face North Carolina on Saturday night, they will be playing against the number one-ranked team in the nation for the first time ever.

Towson is coming off a 7-2 victory over No. 23 Florida Atlantic in the first round of the NCAA regional on Friday afternoon. The Tigers are now 3-4 against nationally-ranked teams this season. Towson dropped three games to No. 30 Pittsburgh and a 7-1 decision to No. 5 Virginia. The Tigers won two of three games from North Carolina Wilmington inlate April when the Seahawks were ranked 21st in the nation.

Junior righthander Brandon Gonnella is expected to pitch for the Tigers on Saturday evening. The Tigers’ regular centerfielder, Gonnella has a 4-4 record and a 5.22 E.R.A. with two saves. In 69 innings of work, he has issued only 23 walks and has 56 strikeouts. Gonnella did not play in the NCAA opener on Friday.

After their 11-hit performance against FAU, the Tigers are batting .387 with 54 runs scored in five post-season games.

Junior rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono is swinging a hot bat in the post-season. He has a .556 batting average and a .682 on-base percentage. In the last five games, Fratantuono has scored seven runs and has eight runs batted in.

One of the heroes of the Tigers’ win over Florida Atlantic, senior catcher Andrew Parker is batting .471 in the post-season with three homers and nine RBI’s. Against Florida Atlantic, he blasted a monstrous three-run homer in the sixth inning.

The Tigers will be playing North Carolina for the 28th time. Towson has a 2-25 record against the Tar Heels, positing wins over UNC in 2000 and 2001. The teams played an annual two-game series in Chapel Hill from 1997 to 2007 as part of Towson’s spring trip. North Carolina has won the last 12 meetings.

The winner of the Towson-North Carolina game advances to Game 6 of the regionals on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The loser of the Towson-UNC game plays the winner of the Florida Atlantic-Canisius which is being played at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Maryland women drop 3OT heartbreaker to Carolina in NCAA title game

Posted on 27 May 2013 by WNST Staff

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Despite a gritty second half performance, Maryland fell to North Carolina 13-12 in triple overtime Sunday in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Villanova Stadium.

Maryland (22-1) narrowly missed out on its fifth perfect season in program history and fell in the championship game for the second time in three seasons by one goal. Freshman Taylor Cummings and senior Katie Schwarzmann led the way for the attack with a hat trick each and Brooke Griffin tallied five points on two goals and three assists.

The Terps faced their first halftime deficit of the season but were able to rebound with an outstanding showing in the second period, outscoring the Tar Heels 6-3 in the period.

North Carolina (18-3) began the contest – which was the third meeting between the two teams this season – with three unanswered goals to give Maryland its largest deficit since a regular season loss at UNC April 7, 2012.

Cummings continued to shine in her first final four appearance with a goal at 24:41 to shrink UNC’s lead to two but a goal by Aly Messinger a minute later gave the Tar Heels a 4-1 cushion.

Erin Collins sunk a free position after winning a hard-fought draw control at 23:29 but UNC answered back with another Messinger tally at 18:36.

A free position goal by Cummings and a top-shelf blast by Schwarzmann within 14 seconds of each other in the 17th minute set the score at 5-4 before back-to-back Cannizzaro scores extended Carolina’s advantage to 7-4 with 13:40 to play in the opening stanza.

Both teams exchanged goals twice – including scores by Beth Glaros and Griffin – for a 9-6 UNC lead at the half. It was the most goals allowed by Maryland in the first half this season.

But the Terrapin attack erupted out of the break for a ferocious 5-0 run to give Maryland its first lead of the game. Led by two scores from Schwarzmann, the Terps tallied all five goals in the first 10:05 of the period and held the Tar Heel offense off the board for nearly 17 minutes for an 11-9 cushion.

Brittney Coppa capped her hat trick with a score at 18:23 to snap the drought and squeeze the lead to one and Cannizzaro penetrated the middle for an 11-11 tie six minutes later.

Cannizzaro notched her fourth goal of the night on a free position to give UNC the 12-11 advantage but it would be Maryland’s top offensive threat Aust who would make a terrific move on the corner for the game-tying score with 3:51 remaining to force overtime.

It was the first overtime game for Maryland since May 1, 2011 at Dartmouth and what ensued would be the longest NCAA championship game in the sport’s history.

The Terps were able to get three shots off in the first overtime but Cummings’ shot hit the post and a pair of solid looks by Glaros were saved by Carolina goalie Megan Ward.

Kasey Howard – a senior who finished her career 22-1 as a starter for the Terps – came up huge in the second overtime, recording three big saves to push the game into a third extra period.

After another Ward save, Carolina was successful in the clear and a Sammy Jo Tracy score out of transition sealed the Tar Heels’ first national championship.

“Congratulations to UNC,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “That was a great game. This team played so hard, both teams did. They left their hearts out there.”

The marathon contest was the Maryland finale for eight seniors – Schwarzmann, Aust, Howard, Iliana Sanza, Melissa Diepold, Sam Barber, Camilla Hayes and Kristen McAfee. The class ends their Terrapin career with five ACC championships, one national title, four NCAA Final Four appearances and an 84-8 overall record.

NOTES:

With one assist on the night – senior Alex Aust is tied for second all-time in both career assists (132) and single-season assists (55) in Maryland history

Maryland played in its nation-leading 17th NCAA title game.

Katie Schwarzmann ends her career ranked third in goals (229) and points (304) in program history.

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Maryland women play for NCAA title Sunday night against Carolina

Posted on 25 May 2013 by WNST Staff

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The quest for a 12th national championship concludes Sunday when top-seeded Maryland battles North Carolina in the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Terps (22-0) edged Syracuse 11-10 to land t in their nation-leading 17th NCAA title game.Kelly McPartland tallied three second half goals to lead Maryland offensively while a stellar defensive effort held the Orange scoreless the final 18:31 of the contest.

No. 3 seed North Carolina (17-3) upset Northwestern 11-4 Friday night to punch its ticket to the championship game.

Maryland defeated North Carolina 14-13 in the regular season meeting in College Park April 6 and topped the Tar Heels 12-8 in the ACC championship game in Chapel Hill April 28.

Scouting The Terps
· Maryland hopes to win its first national championship since 2010 when it faces North Carolina Sunday.

· Alex Aust has led the Maryland attack with team-highs in goals, assists and points. She is joined by Brooke Griffin and reserves Kristen Lamon and Halle Majorana to form one of the top scoring offenses in the nation, averaging over 15 goals per match in 2013.

· Maryland’s deepest position is certainly the midfield where it returned eight players from last year’s squad including all-everything Katie Schwarzmann, who spent the majority of the offseason training with the U.S. women’s national team in preparation for the 2013 FIL World Cup. Freshman Taylor Cummings has made a seamless transition to the college game and leads the Terps in draw controls.

· The Maryland defense is led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza. Other key contributors to the back is senior Melissa Diepold, sophomores Shanna Brady and Megan Douty and rookie Alice Mercer.

· Senior Kasey Howard has worked hard to fill the void left by four-year starter Brittany Dipper in the goal. She has four double-digit save performances, including a career-best 14 against Penn State.


Scouting The Tar Heels
· North Carolina dropped Northwestern 11-4 to advance to the national championship game.

· Tewaaraton finalist Kara Cannizzaro leads the Tar Heels with 57 goals and 20 assists. Abbey Friend is a quality finisher for the UNC offense with 47 scores in 2013.

· Five players boast 20 or more draw controls, led by Jessica Griffin’s 39.

· Maryland defeated North Carolina 14-13 in the regular season meeting in College Park and topped the Tar Heels 12-8 in the ACC championship game in Chapel Hill.


Maryland and the NCAA Tournament

· Maryland leads the nation with 29 appearances in the tournament. The Terps are also tops with 54 wins, 17 championship game appearances and 10 NCAA titles.

· Maryland is competing in its NCAA-best 21st final four.

The Terps Advance to Title Game
· Kelly McPartland scored three second half goals to lead top-seeded Maryland to its 17th NCAA title game with an 11-10 victory against Syracuse in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Friday.

· Maryland reaped the benefits of six different goal-scorers on the day and put on a staunch defensive effort in the second half, holding Syracuse scoreless in the final 18:31 of play.


Schwarzmann Lands in 300 Club
· With a four-point showing against Syracuse in the national semifinals, Katie Schwarzmann is now a member of Maryland’s elite 300-point club.

· The senior is third in points (301) in Maryland career annals.


Maryland Tops Duke, Advances to Final Four
· Senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust led top-seeded Maryland to a 14-9 victory over Duke in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

· Aust recorded five goals and added two assists. The Sterling, Va., native also moved into third all-time in points (119) in single season history at Maryland.

· Defensively, senior Kasey Howard recorded seven saves in the cage. Aust, Katie Schwarzmann and Taylor Cummingscombined for 10 ground balls. Cummings and fellow freshman Alice Mercer led the way with two caused turnovers each.


#Drive4Five – Terps Claim Fifth-Straight ACC Crown
· No. 1 Maryland topped North Carolina 12-8 to capture its fifth-straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Fetzer Field.

· The Terps were led by hat tricks from Brooke Griffin, Beth Glaros and Taylor Cummings. Katie Schwarzmann – who was named ACC Championship Most Valuable Player for the second straight season – tied a championship game record with four assists against the Tar Heels.

· In addition to Schwarzmann, Beth Glaros, Aust, Griffin, Cummings, and Howard were tabbed to the all-tournament team.


Four Terps Named IWLCA First Team All-Americans 
· Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, Iliana Sanza and Katie Schwarzmann were named IWLCA First Team All-Americans.

· The IWLCA will honor the 48 National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on May 25, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, Pa.


Terps Stymie Stony Brook in Second Round 
· A stellar defensive effort vaulted top-seeded Maryland past Stony Brook 11-3 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

· Brooke Griffin led Maryland with four goals while senior Tewaaraton finalist Alex Aust pitched in with four points on two goals and two assists.

· Senior Iliana Sanza led the way for the backline with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.


The 20-Win Club
· With its win against Stony Brook, Maryland notched its eighth 20-win season in program history and its fourth in the last five seasons.

· Maryland also won at least 20 games in 1997 (21), 1999 (21), 2000 (21), 2001 (23), 2009 (21), 2010 (22), and 2011 (21).


Aust, Schwarzmann Named Tewaaraton Finalists
· Katie Schwarzmann and Alex Aust were named finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, announced Thursday.

· Maryland has had three players earn the highest honor in collegiate lacrosse by being named Tewaaraton Award winners.

· In addition to three winners, the Terps have had 12 finalists in the 11-year history of the award including Quinn Carney(2001), Kelly Coppedge (2003, `04), Kelly Kasper (2008), Dana Dobbie (2007, `08) McFadden (2009), Sarah Mollison (2011), Schwarzmann (2011, `12, `13) and Aust (2013).

· The 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.  The reception begins at 6:30pm and the ceremony will start at 8pm.


Six Terps Snag IWLCA All-Region Accolades
· No. 1-ranked and undefeated Maryland had six student-athletes selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region Team.

· Seniors Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Iliana Sanza and freshman Taylor Cummings were all named to the First Team All-South Region, while redshirt sophomore Brooke Griffin and freshman Alice Mercer earned second team honors.


A Terrapin Sweep!
· Katie Schwarzmann, Iliana Sanza, Taylor Cummings, and head coach Cathy Reese earned 2013 ACC Women’s Lacrosse individual postseason honors, as announced by the league office.

· Schwarzmann and Sanza each won their second straight offensive and defensive player of the year honor, respectively. Cummings was tabbed freshman of the year and Reese snagged her sixth career coach of the year award.


Perfection
· With a 22-0 record, Maryland is seeking to complete its fifth undefeated season in program history.

· The Terps were also unbeaten in 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2001.

· Maryland fell in the national semifinals to North Carolina in 2009 to thwart a perfect season.


Five Terps Land on All-ACC List
· The No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Maryland women’s lacrosse team placed five student-athletes on the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team.

· Katie Schwarzmann headlined the list, becoming only the third player in league history to be named All-ACC four times in a career. She was joined on the list by fellow seniors Alex Aust and Iliana Sanza, redshirt sophomore Brooke Griffin and freshman Taylor Cummings.


Terps Clinch Top Seed in ACC Tourney with Win vs. #2 North Carolina
· The No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title with a 14-13 victory against No. 2 North Carolina.

· The Terps were led by senior Katie Schwarzmann and freshman Taylor Cummings, who recorded five and four goals, respectively. Brooke Griffin added three assists.

· Kasey Howard was spectacular in goal, tallying a double-digit save performance with 11. Cummings led the way with six draw controls and Alice Mercer added three in a breakout performance for the rookie defender.


Stellar Seniors
· Maryland has been fortunate to have steady leadership from an eight-member senior class in 2013.

· The class is led by returning IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year Katie Schwarzmann and IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza.

· Other returning senior starters include Alex Aust and Melissa Diepold. Kristen McAfee, Sam Barber, Kasey Howard andCamilla Hayes round out the group.

· The class has helped Maryland to four ACC championships, three NCAA Final Four berths and an incredible 84-7 record.


Aust, Howard Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Maryland senior attacker Alex Aust and senior goalkeeper Kasey Howard were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their work against Princeton and Dartmouth.

· Aust tallied nine goals and five assists in a pair of wins for No. 1 Maryland last week to help the squad complete an unbeaten home regular season slate. Against No. 13 Princeton on Wednesday, the senior was one of four Terps to tally a hat trick and also added a ground ball and a caused turnover in a 15-9 win over the Tigers.

· Howard recorded 16 saves in two wins over Princeton and Dartmouth last week. She registered six stops against the Tigers Wednesday and tallied her fifth double-digit save performance of the year with 10 saves against Dartmouth on Sunday.


#Operation2k – A Success!
· The Terps set a new attendance record for a lacrosse game at the FH & Lax Complex with a crowd of 2,347 against North Carolina.

· The mark bested the previous top crowd of 2,214 against North Carolina in 2007.


Schwarzmann Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week, for her work against No. 2 North Carolina.

· Schwarzmann led Maryland with five goals in a 14-13 victory over No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday to clinch at least a share of the ACC regular season championship. The senior hit 5-of-6 shots on the day.

· It is the seventh career weekly award for Schwarzmann, who has five offensive honors and two defensive honors.


Schwarzmann Snags Career Goal #200
· With her second tally in a five-goal showing at Towson, Katie Schwarzmann became only the fourth player in Maryland history to record 200 career goals.

· Schwarzmann joins Jen Adams (267), Karri Ellen Johnson (236) and Kelly Coppedge (219) as Terps with 200 or more scores.


Be the Best? Play the Best.
· 13 of Maryland’s 22 wins this season have come against nationally-ranked opponents.

· The Terps have recorded eight wins against top-10 ranked foes and four in the top five, including North Carolina (2) and Syracuse (2).


Schwarzmann Snags ACC Weekly Honor
· Katie Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, for her work against Boston College and Stony Brook.

· Schwarzmann was key in No. 1 Maryland’s defense on the weekend as the Terps held back-to-back opponents to a combined eight goals on just 16 shots. Schwarzmann marked Boston College’s Mikaela Rix, holding her to one shot and zero goals in the 13-5 win over the Eagles.

· The native of Sykesville, Md., was also tasked with defending No. 18 Stony Brook’s Demmianne Cook, who entered the week as the nation’s leading goal scorer. Schwarzmann held Cook without a goal or shot in an 8-3 victory. The reigning Tewaaraton Award winner also added four goals and two assists on the weekend.


Balanced Attack Leads Terps Past #7 Penn State
· A total of 10 Terrapins registered at least one goal Saturday as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team handled No. 7 Penn State 20-10 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

· Maryland was led in scoring by Alex Aust and Brooke Griffin who tallied four goals apiece as the Terps turned in one of their most complete performances of the young season. Aust added four assists and now has 38 points in the last four games. The senior is one of only eight players in program history to record 100 assists.

· Freshman Taylor Cummings added five points on two goals and three assists.


Aust Snags ACC Weekly Honors Again
· Maryland attacker Alex Aust has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her work against UMBC and Penn State.

· Aust, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, notched 19 points in a pair of wins against UMBC and No. 7 Penn State. Against the Retrievers, the senior from Sterling, Va., racked up a career-best 11 points – one shy of the Terrapin single-game record – including a program record seven assists.


Potent Offense
· Maryland is outscoring foes an incredible 330-180 this season. The Terps are averaging 15.2 goals per game.

· The offense has tacked 20 goals on the scoreboard twice in 2013.


Quick Shooters
· Maryland has scored first in 16 of 22 games in 2013.

· Three times the Terps have scored within the first 45 seconds of the game, including twice with less than 20 seconds elapsed.


Aust Racks up ACC, National Honors
· Maryland attacker Alex Aust was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and Nike National Player of the Week for her effort against Virginia and Hofstra.

· Aust racked up 19 points in two games to help No. 1 Maryland stay perfect in 2013. The senior tallied five goals and five assists as the Terrapins defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10 on the road for their third-straight win over a top-10 foe. The 10-point total is tied for the third highest in Maryland single-game history.


Terps Rout #6 Virginia on the Road
· Fueled by a career-high 10 points from senior Alex Aust, the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10.

·Aust tallied five goals and five assists – tying the third-highest point total in Terrapin single-game history – as Maryland dropped its third straight top-10 ranked foe. Sophomore Kristen Lamon added a career-best four goals.

·The Terps have now scored 15 or more goals in each of their four games this season. Taylor Cummings boasted a team-high seven draw controls as Maryland picked up its seventh straight win over the Cavaliers.


Aust-some!
· Alex Aust has been downright awesome in 2013, tallying a massive 123 points on 69 goals and 54 assists.

· The senior has 273 points in her career and her 131 assists are third all-time in Maryland career annals.

· She nearly beat her freshman point total (9g, 3a) versus UMBC alone (4g, 7a) this season. She had more points through six games in 2013 (43) than she did her entire sophomore season (42).


Road Warriors
· 11 of Maryland’s 22 wins this season have come on the road.


Terps Drop #4 Duke in Home Opener
· Brooke Griffin notched three goals and two assists to lead the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team past No. 4 Duke 15-6 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

·The Terps were sparked by a 9-2 first-half advantage and ended the home opener with five unanswered goals to stay unbeaten in 2013. In addition to Griffin, Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, and Beth Glaros each added two goals to lead the offense.


Griffin Named ACC Player of the Week
· Maryland midfielder Brooke Griffin was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday for her work in the Terps’ victory against No. 4 Duke.

· Griffin, a redshirt sophomore from Annapolis, Md., tallied a game-high five points on three goals and two assists to help the Terps remain perfect in 2013 and drop its second-consecutive top-five ranked opponent.


Howard at Home in Cage
· Kasey Howard has been steady as a rock at goalie for Maryland this season.

· The first year starter has allowed 167 goals while tallying 126 saves in 2013. She’s recorded double-digit saves five times, including a career-best 14 against No. 7 Penn State and most recently 10 against Dartmouth.


Terps Sweep ACC Weekly Awards
· Maryland midfielder Katie Schwarzmann and goalkeeper Kasey Howard were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their work against Syracuse.

· Schwarzmann was also named Nike National Player of the Week.


Terps and Team USA – A Winning Combination
· Caitlyn McFadden and Katie Schwarzmann will represent the University of Maryland as members of the 18-player Team USA roster at the 2013 FIL World Cup.

· Schwarzmann, a senior midfielder and the reigning Tewaaraton winner, is one of only two current collegiate players on the roster, joining Danielle Etrasco from Boston.

· McFadden, a former Tewaaraton winner and current assistant coach with the Terps, was a midfielder on the 2009 national team which won gold in Prague.

· Sophomore Kelly McPartland also spent extensive time with the national team this offseason.


Defense Remains Intact 
· All four starters from Maryland’s stellar defense in 2012 will return this season.

· Led by reigning IWLCA National Defender of the Year Iliana Sanza, the Terps will hope to jump start one of the top offenses in the country again this season.

· Also returning is senior Melissa Diepold and sophomores Megan Douty and Shanna Brady.


Protect This House
· Maryland is 72-2 at home under head coach Cathy Reese.

· The Terps have won all five games in which they have played an opponent ranked No. 1 or 2 at home in the past six seasons. The Terps are 211-16 in College Park dating back to 1990 with 13 perfect seasons in that span.


Head Coach Cathy Reese
· A national champion as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Cathy Reese returns for her seventh season at the helm of the prestigious Terp program. Here are just a few of her highlights with the Terps.

Reese Notes:
• 2010 IWLCA National Coach of the Year
• 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ACC Champions
• Coached 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ACC Player of the Year, 2009 and 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, two Tewaaraton Award winners, seven Tewaaraton finalists, 27 All-Americans, and 26 All-ACC selections
• 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year
• 2009, 2010 and 2011 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year
• Guided Denver to school-record 16 wins in 2006
• Won eight national championships at Maryland as a player and coach (1995-2001, 2010)
• 1998 NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player

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Maryland women top North Carolina for fifth straight ACC title

Posted on 28 April 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 1 Maryland topped North Carolina 12-8 to capture its fifth straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship Sunday at Fetzer Field.

The Terps (19-0) were led by hat tricks from Brooke Griffin, Beth Glaros and Taylor Cummings. Katie Schwarzmann – who was named ACC Championship Most Valuable Player for the second straight season – tied a championship game record with four assists against the Tar Heels (14-3).

A tightly-contested first half began with both teams feeling out the wet conditions at Fetzer. It would be Maryland who would strike first with a Griffin goal at 27:00. North Carolina answered exactly three minutes later with a tally from Abbey Friend. Maryland’s rookie tandem put the Terps back on top with a Cummings goal from Halle Majorana at 17:47.

UNC’s Brittany Coppa and Kara Cannizzaro gave the Heels their first lead of the game with scores at 16:39 and 10:38 but Maryland surged ahead with three unanswered goals to cap the half with a 5-3 advantage at the break.

Kasey Howard led a solid defensive stand in the first half, tallying seven saves in the first 30 minutes alone.

The Terps kept that momentum rolling into the second, with three additional unanswered goals in the first five minutes of the stanza – including two from Griffin – for a decisive 8-3 advantage.

UNC finally stopped the scoring stretch with a goal from Emily Garrity at 24:11 but goals by Alex Aust, Griffin and Erin Collins extended the Maryland lead to 11-4. The Terps recorded six goals in the first 11 minutes of the period.

After a Cummings goal gave Maryland an eight-goal cushion with 14 minutes left, UNC recorded four straight to shrink the lead to five but the Terps held on for their 10th ACC tournament crown.

Maryland recorded a season-high 29 ground balls in arguably its best defensive performance of the year. Kelly McPartland, Iliana Sanza, Melissa Diepold and Cummings registered four apiece.

“I’m just so proud of this team and especially our senior class,” head coach Cathy Reese, who led Maryland to a fourth-straight win against Carolina in the title game, said. “We knew it was going to be a battle. You have two very talented teams playing against each other. I thought we played a great game defensively, probably the best we’ve played all season defensively. On offense, we were pretty smart with our decision making, especially in the second half, which allowed us to pull away with the win.”

In addition to Schwarzmann, Beth Glaros, Aust, Griffin, Cummings, and Howard were tabbed to the all-tournament team.

Maryland has next weekend off before it discovers its NCAA tournament destiny when the bracket is announced Sunday, May 5.

 

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Ravens’ preseason schedule dates and times finalized

Posted on 17 April 2013 by Luke Jones

The NFL released its 2013 preseason schedule earlier this month and will feature a nationally-televised preseason game for the Super Bowl XLVII champion Ravens.

Game dates and times were finalized on Tuesday.

Baltimore will host the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 22, a game that will be shown on ESPN at 8 p.m. The Ravens will also play a home game against the Atlanta Falcons in the second week of the preseason on Aug. 15.

Coach John Harbaugh will take his team to Tampa Bay for the opener on Aug. 8. The Ravens have never played the Buccaneers in the preseason and have made only one trip to Tampa in regular-season history, a win in the 2006 season opener.

The Ravens will conclude the 2013 preseason with a road game against the St. Louis Rams, which is set to be played on Thursday, Aug. 29.

In the Harbaugh era beginning in 2008, the Ravens have compiled a 13-7 record in the preseason. Baltimore has a 40-27 all-time preseason mark. In their history, the Ravens are 6-3 vs. Atlanta, 4-1 against Carolina, and 0-3 against St. Louis in preseason affairs.

Ravens 2013 Preseason Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 8           at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15         vs. Atlanta Falcons 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22         vs. Carolina Panthers (National ESPN Telecast) 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29         at St. Louis Rams 8:00 p.m.

 

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Ovechkin Sparks Caps Comeback Win in Carolina

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Ed Frankovic

It was 2-0 Carolina and they were totally dominating the Capitals as the game moved late into the first period.

<Cue the Jaws music>

Then Alexander Ovechkin took a sweet drop pass from Nicklas Backstrom and buried the biscuit top shelf, far side for a huge goal for the Capitals with just 39 seconds left in the frame.

It was a game changing and perhaps season changing tally as the Gr8’s club kicked it into high gear in the middle period scoring four times while allowing just one puck to take a 5-3 lead, which they would close out in the third period. They knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes for the second straight time in Raleigh after trailing by two goals and they move two points up on the Canes. In addition, they are now just two points out of the Southeast Division lead as the Winnipeg Jets lost to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Washington has two games in hand on the Jets, although Carolina has a game in hand on the Caps. The Capitals also hit .500 for the first time all season and their record stands at 17-17-2.

Just a week ago, after a terrible home loss to the Islanders, I blogged that the Caps had three options at tomorrow’s trade deadline:

1. Stand Pat

2. Become Buyers

3. Sell and build for the future

I can tell you that option three is totally out the window now after Washington grabbed five points in three road games while the teams in front of them in the Southeast Division went into full collapse mode. Add to the fact that clubs like Calgary, Buffalo, and Dallas have gone into total sell mode and there is just no way Washington can get in the bottom three or five in the standings and make tanking the season for a high draft choice worth it.

Simply put, General Manager George McPhee needs to try and add a top six forward to this club if they want to really increase their playoff chances. As I also wrote last week, hockey is a business and there is lots of playoff money and hockey department bonuses on the line. So everyone wants to get into the dance, especially owner Ted Leonsis who generates millions in revenue off of a playoff appearance. Factor in that a Southeast Division title yields the third seed and a likely date with either Toronto or Ottawa while avoiding the Pittsburgh Penguins until the Eastern Conference Finals and the motto has to be:

Southeast Division Title or Bust!

The question is who to buy after big names like Jarome Iginla (Penguins) and Jaromir Jagr (Bruins) went off the market in trades. Add in guys like Derek Roy (Vancouver) and Ryane Clowe (Rangers) to the already moved ledger and the rental pickings to improve a club are pretty slim. But there are teams that have players under contract for another year that might make sense. Why not kick the tires in Calgary and see if Jay Feaster might be interested in moving left handed shooting Mike Cammalleri? The Flames forward is a sniper who would fit nicely with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom but he comes with a 2013-14 price tag of $6M. But if you can move some salary back to Calgary in the deal it would make sense. Let’s be honest, Mike Ribeiro is not going to be dealt tomorrow now and he will likely hit the open market come July 1st. But he earned that and Washington will probably lose him so they will be down another top 6 forward. So why not add one for this year and next year on Wednesday, if you can?

Anyways, Wednesday’s deadline day, which ends at 3pm, shapes up to be interesting for the Caps.

But back to Tuesday’s big win. Mike Green (2 goals) was just outstanding in this game at both ends of the rink. He not only scored but he moved the puck well on the back end and his 3rd period penalty kill shifts were downright dominant. If #52 stays healthy, this is a totally different hockey team.

In addition, Backstrom was sensational with four assists and even Marcus Johansson played one of the best contests of his young career and had two helpers by playing solid positionally and using his stick and speed to generate counter attacks.

Last of all, let’s not forget Braden Holtby (31 saves), who continues to make the big save when Washington needs it. The Caps defense continues to be very loose in stretches and Holtbeast wouldn’t allow Carolina to get too far ahead early and he didn’t give up a momentum changing tally once the Capitals seized control.

It was a huge victory and it all turned on the Gr8’s first tally. Ovechkin then poured in what became the eventual game winner and he now has 20 goals and 37 points in 36 games. He has points in nine straight games and goals in eight of them. The Gr8, Backstrom, and Holtby are carrying this hockey club and Ovechkin is once again quieting his critics.

On that note, I’ll leave you with one thought that I’ve tweeted many times in recent weeks on twitter after Ovechkin goals:

Where’s Milbury?! Hahahahahaha

Notes: The Caps next game is against the Islanders on Thursday at home. New York is 2-0 against Washington this year and their team speed gives the Capitals fits…Carolina won the shot attempt tally 65-43 and the face-off battle, 34-32, but they gave up too many odd man rushes and their goaltending is subpar…John Erskine finally returned to the lineup and logged 13:32 on defense. Jeff Schultz was scratched while both Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek were sent to Hershey…Michal Neuvirth was healthy enough to back up Holtby (Philip Grubauer was sent back to Hershey on Monday)…Finally, in honor of Caps radio play by play man John Walton’s birthday on Tuesday, “Good morning, Good afternoon, and Good night Carolina!”

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Hopkins drops heartbreaker in OT at Carolina

Posted on 31 March 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, NC – R.G. Keenan scored his only goal of the game six seconds into overtime to lift the sixth-ranked North Caorlina men’s lacrosse team to a dramatic 11-10 win over eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins at, appropriately, Kenan Stadium, Saturday afternoon. Keenan’s goal gave the Tar Heels the win in a game they never trailed until the last five minutes of regulation, but tied late to force extra time.

The Blue Jays took their only lead of the game with 4:36 remaining in regulation when senior John Greeley capped a long possession by getting to the middle of the field and beating North Carolina goalie Kieran Burke from 10 yards out to make it 10-9.

The Tar Heels, playing from behind for the first time in the game, got the equalizer with 90 seconds left on the clock when Chad Tutton drove from the top of the box and found Davey Emala on the doorstep. Emala turned and shoveled a shot past Pierce Bassett to force the fourth tie of the game.

Johns Hopkins won the ensuing faceoff and had possession for the final 1:23 out of a timeout, but the Tar Heel defense kept the Blue Jays away and never allowed a clean look at the goal to force overtime. There, Keenan took over to lift the ‘Heels to their fourth consecutive victory.

The frantic ending seemed almost appropriate in a game that Carolina led by three goals once and two goals four different times, only to have the Blue Jays fight back each time.

After Emala and Ryan Brown traded goals in the first four minutes of the game, the Tar Heels grabbed the momentum with a three-goal run late in the first quarter to grab a 4-1 lead.

Sophomore Joey Sankey used a pick along the goal line to get topside on his defender and rifled home an eight-yard shot to make it 2-1 and Marcus Holman and Emala scored goals just 30 seconds apart to make it 4-1.

After the Tar Heel defense forced a turnover, Holman scored in transition and Emala went backdoor on his defender and took a perfect feed from Tutton just off the crease and scored to give UNC the three-goal lead.

 

The Blue Jays sliced the deficit to 4-2 late in the first quarter as junior Brandon Benn blew home a 10-yarder while the Blue Jays had the man advantage and Lee Coppersmith broke a long scoring drought for both teams when he dodged down the ally and ripped a 12-yard shot to make it 4-3.

The Blue Jays nearly tied the game late in the second quarter, but Burke made two of his 10 first-half saves on the doorstep in a span of three seconds and UNC took off in transition, where Holman again made them pay with a 12-yard blast that accounted for a 5-3 score at the half.

A back-and-forth third quarter saw the Blue Jays pull to within one twice in the first six minutes, only to have the Tar Heels answer each time with Tutton giving UNC the third of its four two-goal leads with an unassisted strike with 8:45 remaining that made it 7-5.

Hopkins finally drew even at 7-7 on John Ranagan and Zach Palmer goals just 51 seconds apart midway through the quarter, but a Ryan Creighton goal late in the period and the only goal of the game by sophomore Jimmy Bitter gave the Tar Heels a 9-7 lead early in the fourth.

As it had all day, Johns Hopkins rallied. Brown’s second goal of the game – from in-tight on a nice feed to the crease by Palmer –made it 9-8 with 12:34 remaining and Palmer went upstairs with a left-handed laser to draw the Blue Jays even with just under eight minutes on the clock.

That score held for more than three minutes before Greeley gave JHU its only lead of the game in the final five minutes, a lead Emala wiped away late, setting the stage for Keenan’s overtime heroics.

Palmer led the Blue Jays with three goals and one assist, while Coppersmith (2g, 1a), Brown (2g), Greeley (1g, 1a) and Wells Stanwick (2a) also registered multi-point games for JHU. Johns Hopkins held advantages in shots (48-37) and faceoffs (13-11) and got eight saves from Bassett in goal.

Emala matched Palmer’s three-goal effort and Holman (2g, 2a) and Sankey (2g) both added multi-goal games for the Tar Heels, who also got 12 saves in goal from Burke. Keenan won 11-of-24 faceoffs, grabbed five ground balls and end it with his second goal of the season.

#8 Johns Hopkins (6-3) 2-1-4-3-0/10
#6 North Carolina (7-3) 4-1-3-2-1/11

GoalsJ: Palmer-3, Coppersmith-2, Brown-2, Greeley, Benn, Ranagan. N:Emala-3, Holman-2, Sankey-2, Tutton, Bitter, Keenan, Creighton. AssistsJ: Stanwick-2, Coppersmith, Greeley, Palmer. N: Holman-2, Kilpatrick-2, Tutton-2. SavesJ: Bassett-8. N: Burke-12. Shots: J-48. N-37. EMOJ: 1-for-3. N: 0-for-3. Attendance: 5,922.

 

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Hopkins visits Carolina Saturday in top ten clash

Posted on 29 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-2) heads south to take on sixth-ranked North Carolina (6-3) in a key mid-season game.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up a key victory last Saturday as the Blue Jays topped Virginia, 15-8, in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. North Carolina has picked up two wins in the last week as the Tar Heels upset top-ranked Maryland, 10-8, last Saturday and beat Brown, 18-12, on Wednesday night.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and North Carolina are meeting for the 42nd time in a series that dates to a 16-9 Johns Hopkins win in 1977. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 24-17, although the Tar Heels have won five of the last six.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against North Carolina with an all-time record of 930-300-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That’s 103 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 167th career win when JHU knocked off Virginia last week and he now stands at 167-64 overall. Included in that mark is a 144-47 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coachDave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through eight games. JHU has outscored the opposition 32-14 in the first quarter and 28-17 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 23-15 scoring margin in the second quarter and an 24-22 advantage in the second quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with five or more goals and 10 players with seven or more points through eight games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 21 players have at least one point.

The Key to Victory – Part I: With last week’s 15-8 win over Virginia, Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 0-2 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals. On the flip side, JHU is 0-2 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit has been on a roll of late as the group is 13-of-21 (.619) in the last four games and is now 21-of-38 (.553) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks third in the nation in man-up offense Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshmanRyan Brown (8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 andConor Ford had eight.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick continued his offensive roll last week against Virginia as he scored three goals and added one assist, the same totals he punched up at Syracuse the week before. He now has four straight games with four or more points to his credit and has accumulated 23 points in his last four games.
Stanwick boosted his totals to 18 goals and 13 assists on the year with his effort against UVA and he has already surpassed his goal (9) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks ninth in the nation in points per game (4.43). Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
He followed that with a two-goal, four-assist effort in the win over UMBC and then added the three-goal, one-assist performance at SU.
Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: With a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse and a 4-of-6 effort against Virginia, senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton continued his strong work at the X for the Blue Jays.
Poppleton, who ranks first in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 100-of-141 (.709) on the year and leads the team with 55 ground balls. He also improved to 290-of-451 (.645) in his career with his showing last week against Virginia.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (20) and ranks second in points (21) after scoring once against Virginia last week. He has scored 50 of his 55 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and currently ranks eighth in the nation in goals per game (2.86).

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse and added one goal and one assist last week vs. Virginia and now has five goals and two assists for seven points on the year.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 11 goals and four assists through eight games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in seven of eight games this season and his eight extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) andConor Ford (8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in last week’s 15-8 win over Virginia and now has five multi-point and three multi-goal games to his credit.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 11 goals through eight games. Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (11) and tied for sixth in points (11) after punching up the first hat trick of his career last week against Virginia.

Bassett Shines Against Virginia, Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enjoyed his finest game of the season last week against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career.
Bassett currently boasts a .591 save percentage and an 8.18 goals against average. He ranks 13th in the nation in goals against average and fifth in save percentage. His 16-save performance boosted his career total to 433 saves, which moved him into a tie with Michael Gvozden for eighth place on JHU’s career saves list (433).
Bassett also enters this week’s game at North Carolina ranked second among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up career win number 33 against UVA.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (18) and leads the team with 10 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense (8.50).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season. The Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for a stretch of 31:25 midway through the game last week and Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes – all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the recent win against UMBC, JHU is 59-7 (.894) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked eighth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 403 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 401 of those 403 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 380 of the 403 and the top five in 299 of those 402. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer enters this week’s game at North Carolina with 67 career assists. He currently ranks 13h among all active Division I players in career assists.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 26-7 in its last 33 games and 31-9 since the start of the 2011 season.

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