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Loyola, Towson, Stevenson get wins; Hopkins, Maryland, UMBC suffer setbacks on third Saturday of College lacrosse season

Posted on 05 March 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of this weekend’s local college lacrosse action, thanks to each school’s Sports Information office…

10th-Ranked Princeton Too Much for 8th-Ranked Johns Hopkins, 8-3

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game in each of its first three games this season and parlayed those quick starts in victories. On Saturday at Homewood Field, it was visiting Princeton that struck the first blow with a Tyler Moni goal just 58 second into the Tigers’ much-anticipated game against the eighth-ranked Blue Jays and Princeton never looked back in an 8-3 victory before a crowd of 3,936. The win is Princeton’s third straight against JHU and second straight at Homewood Field as the Tigers won their last game here in 2006.

Princeton, which had dropped its opener to Hofstra a week earlier, jumped to a 3-0 lead less than six minutes into the game as Forest Sonnenfeldt struck for an unassisted goal with a flag down and freshman Tom Schreiber added an extra-man tally 54 seconds later to dig the Blue Jays into their biggest hole of the young season.

Princeton wouldn’t beat JHU goalie Pierce Basset for more than 20 minutes after Schreiber’s goal, but Hopkins managed only a Kyle Wharton goal just over three minutes into the second quarter during that time and a late flurry by the Tigers just before halftime pushed the two-goal margin to 6-1 at the half.

Schreiber notched his second of the game with 3:41 remaining in the opening half as he went high-to-low on a pass from behind the goal from Chris McBride to make it 4-1 and Mike Grossman worked inside his defender and beat Bassett from in tight with 68 seconds remaining in the period. When Schreiber blew home an extra-man goal with 14 seconds remaining in the first half, the Tigers had a five-goal lead that Hopkins never seriously threatened in the second half.

While the Blue Jays never sliced into the deficit, which swelled to six early in the third quarter when Jeff Froccaro scored less than 90 seconds into the period, it certainly wasn’t for lack of chances. The Blue Jays had eight third-quarter possessions, but generated just one shot against seven turnovers against a suffocating Princeton defense and the Tigers closed the door for good when Schreiber polished off his four-goal, five-point showing with an unassisted goal 69 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Seniors Chris Boland and Kyle Wharton added markers for the Blue Jays in the final 10 minutes, but Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito came up with three big saves down the stretch, including stops from in tight on Boland and John Greeley, to preserve the win.

Fiorito anchored the Princeton defense with a nine-save effort, while Schreiber’s four goals and five points paced a Tiger offense that generated 32 shots and maintained possession for long periods of time. Princeton’s time of possession advantage came in large part to a dominant performance on ground balls, where they held a 38-21 advantage.

#10 Princeton (1-1) 3-3-1-1/8
#8 Johns Hopkins (3-1) 0-1-0-2/3

GoalsP: Schreiber-4, Moni, Froccaro, Grossman, Sonnenfeldt. J: Wharton-2, Boland. Assists: P: Armour-2, McBridge, C.-2, Schreiber. J: Boland, Goodrich. SavesP: Fiorito-9. J: Bassett-9, Burke-0. Shots: P-32. J-25.EMOP: 2-for-4. ,b>J: 0-for-2. Attendance: 3,936.

Sawyer Scores Five As Loyola Runs Past Bellarmine
BALTIMORE – Mike Sawyer scored three of his career-high five goals during a 16-minute, 3-second stretch in the second half as Loyola University Maryland went on a 6-1 run to take control of a 9-6 victory over Bellarmine University on Saturday in the ECAC Lacrosse League opener at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Tied 3-3 at the half, Sawyer took a pass from Davis Butts and gave Loyola the lead just 45 seconds into the third quarter. The Knights, however, won the ensuing face-off and scored just six ticks later, as Will Cary fed Liam Kelly to knot the game at 4-4.

Loyola would go ahead, 5-4, with 9:26 left in the third when D.J. Comer rolled around the left side of the cage and ripped a hard shot past Bellarmine’s Dillon Ward for his third goal of the season. The score started a 5-0 Greyhounds’ run that would extend into the fourth quarter.

Two Bellarmine penalties over the next two-plus minutes would then contribute to a pair of Greyhounds’ goals.

Patrick Fanshaw found an open Sawyer near the top of the crease with 8:20 to play in the third, and Sawyer scored his fourth goal of the afternoon, and after another Knights’ penalty, Stephen Murray came down the left alley, caught a Matt Langan pass and scored with 6:34 on the third-quarter clock, giving the Greyhounds a 7-4 advantage.

Loyola’s John Schiavone won the next face-off, and 40 seconds after Murray’s goal, Langan sent another pass from behind the cage, finding Fanshaw for his second goal of the game.

Langan matched his career-high with four assists.”Matt Langan is our quarterback, and he did a great job of finding people who were open for good shots today,” Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “We think that anytime Mike Sawyer gets his hands free, he is going to have a good chance to score. For us, it’s a matter of putting our shots on goal because we have guys that are very good shooters when they do.”

The Greyhounds outshot Bellarmine, 42-26, putting 23 shots on frame.

Fanshaw’s goal gave Loyola an 8-4 lead going into the fourth quarter that Sawyer extended to 9-4 with 13:12 remaining in the game off a Comer assist.

Mitch McLaren and Kelly scored after that for Bellarmine, but Loyola ran out the clock on the Knights.

Loyola’s defense was stout for the third game in a row this season, holding Bellarmine to 26 shots. Goalkeeper Jake Hagelin made a season-high 11 saves, and the Greyhounds’ defense had a season-best 13 caused turnovers.

“We had a team that was dodging at us today, and that allowed us to get on their hands and create some turnovers,” sophomore defender Reid Acton said.

Acton led the team with a career-best four caused turnovers, while Steve Dircks and Scott Ratliff each had two.

Despite having just a 19-17 advantage in the first half, Loyola picked up 42 ground balls to Bellarmine’s 30.

Josh Hawkins led the way, grabbing seven ground balls for the second game in a row. Dircks and Schiavone each had five, while Hagelin and Chris Basler both picked up four.

Loyola took a 1-0 lead just 61 seconds into the game as Langan fed Fanshaw for the contest’s first goal. Billy Wersel tied things up for Bellarmine with 12:26 left in the first quarter before Langan found Sawyer free for a shot and goal with 6:24 on the clock.

Karsen Leung dodged and shot from 10 yards in front of the crease to pull the Knights even 1:36 into the second quarter, but Sawyer found the net again, this time unassisted, with 11:40 left in the first half.

Bellarmine’s Lance Robinson took a Leung pass and scored 34 ticks later to tie things up at 3-3, a score that would hold until Sawyer’s first goal in the third quarter.

Loyola steps back out of conference action on Friday when it travels to Durham, N.C., to take on the defending national champions, Duke, at 7 p.m.

#3 Terps Fall in OT at #19 Duke, 9-8

DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 3 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team engaged in a back-and-forth battle at No. 19 Duke, but in the end it was the Blue Devils taking the victory, 9-8 in overtime, at Koskinen Stadium.

The Terps (2-1) drew first blood with just over three minutes into the game. Junior Joe Cummings scored unassisted with a stick-side high rocket from the left alley.

The lead was upped to 2-0 at the 10:31 mark when sophomore Landon Carr scored off of a nice feed from senior Grant Catalino. The Blue Devil defense used an early slide on Catalino, trying not to let the Terps’ leading scorer get off a shot, but that left Carr wide open in the right alley.

The Blue Devils (2-2) made it all even at 2-2 with back-to-back unassisted goals by Jordan Wolf and David Lawson.

Maryland regained the lead with a man-up goal at the 2:49 mark, capitalizing on a slash by Duke’s Luke Dupree. Senior Travis Reed made a great pass to Cummings on the crease and Cummings finished the play with ease.

Duke drew first blood at the start of the second to even things up at three goals apiece. Zach Howell scored on an unsettled situation at the 12:46 mark.

The Blue Devils took their first lead of the game on a Jake Tripucka goal with 7:08 left in the second, but the Terps knotted things back up at 4-4 with 2:48 remaining on an unassisted goal by John Haus.

The game appeared to be headed into halftime with the scored tied, but Tripucka struck again for the Blue Devils, giving them a 5-4 lead with just three seconds left in the half.

Duke extended its lead to 7-4 early in the third when Justin Turri and Wolf scored back-to-back goals.

Redshirt freshman Niko Amato kept the Terps within striking distance with eight saves in the third quarter. He finished the game with a career high 19 stops.

The Terps got back on the board early in the fourth thanks to an exceptional individual effort by Carr. He stripped his man in the Maryland defensive zone with a great check. Carr then picked up the groundball, outran two Blue Devils and scored on a bounce shot from 10 yards out to make cut the Blue Devil lead to 7-5 with 11:55 remaining.

Maryland’s short sticks continued to be an offensive force as junior Michael Shakespeare scored an unassisted goal at the 11:07 mark to trim it to a one-goal deficit.

The midfield struck again less than three minutes later when Haus dodged down the left alley and beat Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer far side to tie the game at 7-7.

Maryland retook the lead with 3:48 to go on Haus’ third goal of the game. He dodged down the right alley and beat Wigrizer low for the 8-7 Terrapin lead.

The Terps seemed to have the game won when Carr stripped the ball from a Blue Devil, but the officials ruled a hold on the play giving the ball back to Duke and Howell made it count tying the game with his second goal of the game with just three seconds left in the fourth, sending the game into overtime.

That set the stage for Wolf to score the game winner with 1:01 gone in the overtime period.

Maryland has a short turnaround with a game vs. Bellarmine on tap for Monday, March 7 at 3 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 9-8 loss Maryland is now 56-18 all-time vs. Duke.
• Maryland is now 18-20-3 all-time in overtime games.
• With two points on two goals, junior Joe Cummings now has 15 multi-point and nine multi-goal games for his career.
• Sophomore John Haus tied his career high with three goals and now has two hat tricks, six multi-point games and four multi-goal games for his career.
• Sophomore Landon Carr set a career high with two goals for his first career multi-point and multi-goal game.
• Senior defender Brett Schmidt set a career best with six groundballs.
• The Terps held Duke scoreless for 23:30 from 8:33 of the third quarter to 0:03 of the fourth, marking the third time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.

Tigers Erupt For 11-3 Win Over The Mount
EMMITSBURG, Md. – Sophomore Matt Hughes scored two of his career high three goals in the first 8:05 of the game as the Tigers (1-2) erupted for four early goals en route to a dominating 11-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s (0-2) at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, who were held to eight goals in their first two games of the season, were never seriously threatened after grabbing the early 4-0 lead. The Tigers owned a 6-2 lead at halftime and shut out the Mountaineers for the first 26:21 of the second half.

By the time sophomore Andrew Scalley ended the Mountaineers’ 29:57 scoring drought, the Tigers owned a comfortable 10-2 lead.

“We moved the ball very well and we put our shots on the goal,” said Coach Tony Seaman. “After the way we struggled on offense the last two weeks, it was such a relief to get that 4-0 lead. You could see it on the field. The kids relaxed and we played with much more confidence.”

While the Tigers scored 11 goals on 46 shots, their defense did a great job shutting down the Mountaineers. Led by junior Michael Landy and senior Marc Ingerman, the Tiger defense held The Mount to 31 shots and forced 13 turnovers. The Tigers also harassed the Mountaineers into five failed clears.

“Our defense has been playing well all season,” said Coach Seaman. “They have so much confidence in our goalkeeper (Travis Love) and they force the other team to take shots that our goalie can save.”

After scoring only two goals in a 3-2 loss to Loyola last week, the Tigers came out firing against The Mount. With 13:09 left in the first quarter, Hughes scored an unassisted goal to give Towson a quick 1-0 advantage. Less than a minute later, freshman Andrew Hodgson scored his first career goal off a pass from Hughes. Senior Peter Mezzanotte set up the goal by forcing a turnover.

With 9:16 left in the first quarter, junior Stephen Norris scored his first goal of the season off a pass from Hodgson to put the Tigers up, 3-0. With 6:55 remaining in the opening period, Hughes upped the lead to 4-0 when he scored his second goal of the game off a pass from Carl Iacona.

After being shut out for the first 14 minutes, the Mountaineers scored their first goal of the game when sophomore Andrew Scalley tallied an unassisted goal with 49 seconds left in the first quarter.

Although The Mount outshot Towson in the opening quarter by a 10-9 margin, the Mountaineers trailed by 4-1 as Love made five saves in the first period.

In the second quarter, the Tigers continued to dominate play. With 13:40 remaining in the second quarter, freshman Thomas DeNapoli tallied the first goal of his career to give Towson a 5-1 lead.

Hughes scored his third goal of the game off a pass from Pat Britton with 6:45 left in the half to put the Tigers up by 6-1. Junior midfielder Bryant Schmidt’s goal on a 15-yard shot with 3:36 remaining in the half cut The Mount’s deficit to 6-2.

In the second half, the Tigers extended their lead by adding two goals in the third period. DeNapoli’s second goal of the game made it a 7-2 lead with only 1:20 elapsed. With 4:06 remaining in the third quarter, junior Michael Brashears scored the Tigers’ first extra man goal of the season off a pass from Mezzanotte to put Towson ahead, 8-2.

In the third quarter, the held the Mountaineers to eight shots and Love made saves on five of them.

With 11:58 left in the game, junior Matt Lamon scored his second goal of the season on a fast break as he took a pass from Mezzanotte to give the Tigers a 9-2 lead. With 5:52 remaining, Hodgson scored an extra man goal off a pass from senior Tim Stratton to give the Tigers a 10-2 advantage.

The Mountaineers spent most of the fourth period killing off penalties as they were called for four slashing penalties in the final 6:48 of the game.

With his team trailing by 10-2, Scalley scored his second goal of the game on a behind-the-back shot off a pass from Brendan Harrison to cut the deficit to 10-3. That goal ended a scoreless streak of 29:57.

With 34 seconds left in the game, Norris scored his second goal of the game, another extra man goal, to put the game away. Brashears assisted on the goal.

“Winning sure helps everything,” said Coach Seaman, who earned his 97th victory as the Tigers’ coach. “When I saw those 11 goals on the scoreboard, I wanted to take a picture of it. I’m not sure anyone back in Towson would believe it.”

Hughes led the Tigers with three goals and one assist as he tied his career high with four points. Hodgson and DeNapoli each enjoyed the first two-goal games of their young careers. Norris also scored a pair of goals.

Love made 11 saves for the Tigers before giving way to sophomore Andrew Wascavage, who made two saves in the final minutes.

The Tigers return to action next Saturday when they host Maryland at 12 noon at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

UMBC Rallies, But No. 11 North Carolina Prevails, 13-9; Grimm Posts Five-Point Game

Chapel Hill, N.C.—Junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage) tied a career-high with five points, but a Retriever comeback fell short, as No. 11 North Carolina (3-1) defeated UMBC (1-2),13-9,at Fetzer Field.

Grimm scored three goals and added a pair of assists, while freshman midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) and sophomore midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) added two goals apiece.

UMBC was 3-for-3 in extra-man opportunities in the game.

North Carolina was paced by attackman Nicky Galasso who scored a pair of goals and added three assists, while midfielder Marcus Holman scored four goals.

Trailing 9-2 at the 9:47 mark of the third quarter, UMBC rallied furiously and closed the gap to 11-8 on a man-up goal by Linkous with 7:09 to play in the game. After killing off a penalty, UMBC had two opportunities to close with a pair of goals, but a Linkous’ shot attempt was blocked and Grimm’s effort was stopped by Tar Heel netminder Chris Madalon.

Carolina’ Will Campbell would restore the three-goal lead on an unassisted goal with 3:07 left, but Grimm netted his third goal with 1:22 remaining to maintain UMBC’s hopes. But the Tar Heels won the ensuing draw and Billy Bitter closed the scoring at the 1:06 mark to seal the win for the hosts.

UNC struck for the game’s first two goals in the first 5:25 of action, but Linkous and freshman attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) responded with scores to tie the game at 2-2 with 1:20 to play in the first quarter. But UNC controlled the ensuing face-off and Galasso netted his first goal of the game seven seconds later and the Tar Heels led, 3-2, after 15 minutes.

For the second consecutive game, UMBC was blanked in the second quarter as North Carolina built the lead to 6-2 at intermission. The Tar Heels outshot UMBC, 24-10, in the first half and extended the lead to 9-2 before UMBC made its spirited rally.

UMBC junior goalkeeper Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) made a career-high 14 saves, while Madalon stopped 13 in the Tar Heel net. North Carolina outshot UMBC, 48-30, and captured 17 of 26 draws. 

Grimm has 15 points in his last four outings and extended his consecutive game scoring streak to eight straight.

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, March 12 when they face Johns Hopkins in the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic. The final game of a triple-header of lacrosse takes place at M&T Bank Stadium at 4:00 p.m.

Second-ranked Stevenson downs Western New England 18-8 in non-league game

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. – Senior attacker Jimmy Dailey (Westminster, MD) scored five goals as the second-ranked Stevenson (MD) men’s lacrosse team remained unbeaten with an 18-8 victory over Western New England Saturday afternoon (March 5) at John J Burns Park.

Senior attacker Richie Ford (Baltimore, MD) and senior midfielder Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, PA) each added four goals for the Mustangs who are now 5-0. Freshman midfielder Tony Rossi (Towson, MD) also had a big game with three goals and three assists.

Moffitt netted two of his goals in the opening period to help give Stevenson a 3-0 lead after the first period. Ford (two goals), Moffitt, and Dailey each tallied goals in the second stanza as the Mustangs took a 7-2 advantage at the break.

Western New England (1-1) cut the margin to four when freshman forward Troy Powell (Ledyard, CT) scored just 1:07 into the third period.

Stevenson broke the game open with seven unanswered goals as Dailey four times times, including twice in a 35-second span late in the quarter to take a 14-4 lead. Rossi also netted a pair of goals in the period.

Senior midfielder Neal Barthelme (Towson, MD) added a goal and assist while freshman defenseman Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, MD) had the other goal for the Mustangs.

Senior midfielder Jake Stocksdale (Westminster, MD) chipped-in with an assist. Senior midfielder Ray Witte (Annapolis, MD) picked-up a game-high 10 ground balls and won 14-of-21 face-offs,

Junior goalie Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, NJ) had a solid outing allowing only five goals with 12 saves in 53 minutes, 17 seconds. Sophomores Mark Salerno (Huntington, NY) and Pete Wesselman (Charlotte, NC) also saw action in the net.

Eight players scored goals for the Golden Bears with senior attacker Joe O’Keefe (Branford, CT) leading the way with a goal and assist.

Also scoring goals were junior midfielders Chris D’Angelo (Suffield, CT), Andrew Mariani (East Brunswick, NJ) and Patrick White (Milton, MA), sophomore attacker Corrigan Harreys (Deep River, CT), freshman attacker Justin McKinney (Niskayuna, NY), and freshman midfielder Sean Lawton (Abington, MA).

McKinney also had an assist as did senior midfielder Colin Houlihan (Yorktown Heights, NY) and sophomore midfielder Joe Johnson (Boston, MA). Senior midfielder Bill Greider (South Windsor, CT) had seven ground balls. Junior goalie Brewster Knowlton (Somers, CT) stopped 17 shots.

Stevenson had a 52-37 advantage in shots and won 19-of-30 face-offs with Witte taking 14 in 21 attempts.

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Maryland-North Carolina pre-game notes

Posted on 27 February 2011 by Luke Jones

***Join us in the Turtle Power live chat beginning at 7:30 as Maryland takes on the Tar Heels at the Dean Dome***

With a final chance to make a loud statement for an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament, the Maryland Terrapins (18-10, 7-6 ACC) are in Chapel Hill to take on No. 19 North Carolina (21-6, 11-2 ACC) tonight at 7:45.

The Tar Heels are bigger (with 7-footer Tyler Zeller and 6-foot-10 John Henson leading the frontcourt), love to play in transition much like the Terps, and will attempt to stifle Maryland with one of the best defenses in the nation. North Carolina has taken its play to a different level since freshman point guard Kendall Marshall (5.1 assists per game) took the reins of the Heels offense in place of Larry Drew II, who has since left the program.

Not to be outdone by Marshall, freshman Terrell Stoglin has exploded for the Terps in recent weeks and will need a big night at the Dean Dome for Maryland to pull off the upset. Stoglin (10.9 points per game) has emerged as the second-leading scorer on the team behind big man Jordan Wiliams (17.2).

This one could easily turn into a track meet given the teams’ respective profiles, but neither is strong from the perimeter, an area where the Terps have struggled defensively.

If you’re looking (hoping?) for a sleeper performance that could aid Maryland’s effort against the Heels, might this be the night Cliff Tucker snaps out of his late-season slump? The senior averaged 20 points per game in two games against North Carolina in 2009, including a 22-point performance to complement Greivis Vasquez’s triple-double in an overtime victory in College Park on Feb. 21, 2009.

Though the term “must-win game” gets tossed around far too much, this one absolutely fits the description after Virginia Tech knocked off No. 1 Duke on Saturday night, essentially locking up an at-large bid for the Hokies barring a major collapse. That leaves Clemson, Boston College, and Maryland currently battling for one potential — not guaranteed by any stretch — at-large bid as we enter the final week of the regular season.

A win in Chapel Hill puts the Terps in decent position to grab a tournament spot with wins over Miami and Virginia this week and at least a good showing (1-2 wins) in the ACC tournament. A loss to the Tar Heels likely means Maryland must win the conference tournament in Greensboro to punch a ticket to the Big Dance.

Tonight’s game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet with coverage beginning at 7:30 (tip-off scheduled for 7:45). As always, watch the action with us in the Turtle Power live chat and interact with WNST.net personalities about the happenings in Chapel Hill. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates and analysis.

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Loyola, Hopkins, Maryland, Stevenson Victorious in Week 2 of College Lacrosse Season

Posted on 27 February 2011 by WNST Staff

Saturday’s college lacrosse action was highlighted by a Loyola win over Towson in a low-scoring affair, a historic beatdown of Georgetown handed down by Maryland and different results for Johns Hopkins and UMBC in their respective home openers. Here’s a rundown of Saturday’s local college lacrosse action, with results taken from official press releases…

Langan Scores Game-Winner Versus Towson In Defensive Affair

TOWSON, Md. – Matt Langan curled around the crease and scored his second goal of the game with 3:41 left in regulation, as Loyola University Maryland defeated host Towson University, 3-2, in non-conference action at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Goalkeeper Jake Hagelin and the 15th-ranked Greyhounds’ defense held Towson to just 21 shots and eight on goal. Hagelin made six saves and tied for team-high honors with five ground balls.

Towson (0-2 overall) took a 2-1 lead with 10:06 left in the third quarter when Alec Jernstedt, a long-stick midfielder, scored in transition off a Peter Mezzanotte pass.

The Tigers continued to hold Loyola (2-0) without a goal for the next 19:23 until Davis Butts rushed toward the face of the goal and shot a pass to Mike Sawyer who was stationed 12 yards outside at the top of the left alley.

Sawyer ripped a shot past Towson goalkeeper Travis Love to tie the score at 2-2 with 5:43 remaining in regulation.

Loyola won the ensuing faceoff, as Scott Ratliff reached to pick up a ground ball that faceoff specialist John Schiavone pushed toward the Greyhounds’ defensive end.

Towson, however, regained possession when Stephen Murray’s shot went just outside the near pipe, and Love picked up the ground ball.

The Greyhounds forced a turnover on the Tigers’ clearing attempt. Mike Sawyer came from behind to strip Mezzanotte of possession, and the ball rolled out of bounds in Loyola’s favor.

After a media timeout, Love made a save on a Sawyer shot with 3:51 to go, but 10 seconds later, Langan wrapped around the backside of the crease and delivered a low shot from right to left into the bottom corner of the goal.

“We were in an inverted offensive set there, and Chris Basler had a short-stick defender on him,” Langan said. “He kind of got away from him, and I was able to sneak in past them. I dropped my hands and got my stick around the near side.”

Schiavone scored another win on the ensuing faceoff, pushing the ball to Josh Hawkins, and Loyola ran nearly 90 seconds off the clock before calling a timeout with 2:14 to play. Head Coach Charley Toomey called another timeout for the Greyhounds with 1:31 to go, but Towson, using a seven-man ride, forced a turnover with 1:11 left on the clock.

“I looked at (Hagelin) and the defense (during the second timeout), and I said, `one more stop, and we go home (with a win),'” Toomey said. “It is good to know that we can score in 6-on-6 (offense), and that if it is a slow game, we can gut it out with our athleticism.”

Loyola forced the Tigers to use almost 30 seconds of clock to clear the ball to their offensive zone, and Ratliff then caused a Carl Iacona turnover.

The Greyhounds, however, were unable to clear the ball, and Towson had possession after a timeout with 10 ticks remaining. Matt Hughes attempted a shot from the top with four seconds left, but it was blocked away by a Loyola defender, and the Greyhounds came away with the victory.

Loyola won the battle of the ground balls, picking up 27 to the Tigers’ 17, and Schiavone won 6-of-9 restarts. Hagelin and Hawkins led Loyola with four ground balls each, while Ratliff had four and Sawyer picked up three.

The teams played to a scoreless draw after the first quarter despite 14 combined shots. It remained that way in the second period, although Loyola appeared to have broken through. Pat Byrnes bounced a shot past Love, but he was called for being in the crease with 9:50 to go before halftime. Towson, however, had committed a pushing penalty, and the Greyhounds went on extra-man for the second time in the half.

The game was the lowest scoring contest for the Greyhounds since they defeated Ohio State by the same score on March 23, 1962.

Loyola is back in action at Ridley Athletic Complex next Saturday when it hosts Bellarmine University at 1 o’clock in ECAC Lacrosse League action.

Blue Jays Move to 3-0 with 16-6 Win Against Siena

BALTIMORE, MD – Ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins got three goals and two assists from both senior attackman Chris Boland and sophomore midfielder John Greeley and nine different players scored for the Blue Jays in a 16-6 win over Siena at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. JHU improves to 3-0 with the win, while the Saints slip to 1-2.

JHU got off to another quick start as the Blue Jays scored on their first shot of the game for the third time in as many games this season. Freshman Rob Guida needed just 36 seconds to stake the Blue Jays to an early 1-0 lead as he made a nice cut down the ally and scored from in tight off nifty feed from Boland. Siena tied the game 30 seconds later when Colin Clive scored an extra-man goal off a feed from Chris Roth, but the Blue Jays scored the next four goals and the Saints were never closer than three the rest of the way.

Boland notched a natural hat trick as he scored the final three goals of the first quarter for the Blue Jays, including back-to-back markers in a 61-second span late in the quarter to make it 4-1 at the end of the first period.

Guida’s linemates, John Ranagan and Greeley, got into the scoring act in the second quarter as they wrapped goals around a Bryan Neufeld tally for Siena in the back half of the quarter and sophomore Zach Palmer made it 7-2 at the half with some nifty work in traffic late in the period.

Any hopes for a Siena comeback were dashed in the first seven minutes of the third quarter as the Blue Jays scored five times and allowed just a Neufeld goal during that spree to push the lead out to 12-4.

Sophomore Chase Winter opened the run with his first career goal just 2:21 into the period, while Greeley scored twice and Matt Dolente and Eric Ruhl also scored before the quarter was seven minutes old. Neufeld’s goal, like his first of the game, came in an unsettled situation after a Blue Jay turnover.

Hopkins outscored the Saints 4-3 over the final 23:30 of the game to account for the 16 goals for JHU, while Dan Lawson, Danny Martinsen and Bryan Renneisen all scored during that time for the Saints.

Greeley’s three goals and five points are both career highs, while Boland’s three goals and five points are both season highs. The Blue Jays got five goals and five assists from the starting attack unit of Boland, Palmer and senior Kyle Wharton and seven goals and two assists from the first midfield of Greeley, Ranagan and Guida.

Neufeld extended his nation-leading scoring streak to 38 games with the two goals and one assists, while Martinsen matched his Neufeld’s point total with the one goal and two assists.

Pierce Bassett made 12 saves in goal for Johns Hopkins, which held advantages in shots (48-24), ground balls (37-19) and faceoffs (16-8). The Blue Jay defense held Siena scoreless for a stretch of 22:52 after Clive’s goal – that’s the fifth time in three games JHU has held the opposition scoreless for stretch of 14 minutes or longer.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 5 when the Blue Jays welcome Princeton to Homewood Field.

Notes: 12 of JHU’s 16 goals were scored by freshmen and sophomores • One game after scoring eight goals in the third quarter against Delaware, JHU scored six in the third period of today’s win against Siena • JHU has outscored its three opponents 18-4 in the third quarter this season • JHU has held its last five regular season opponents to six goals or less.

Siena (1-2) 1-1-2-2/6
#9 Johns Hopkins (3-0) 4-3-6-3/16

Goals: S: Neufeld-2, Martinsen, Clive, Lawson, Renneisen. J: Greeley-3, Boland-3, Ranagan-2, Guida-2, Palmer-2, Winter, Dolente, Ruhl, Sanders. Assists: S: Martinsen-2, DeBellis, Neufeld, Roth J: Wharton-3, Boland-2, Greeley-2, Rodgers. Saves: S: Morr-6, Kelly-7, Sharp-1. J: Bassett-12, Burke-0, Schneider-1. Shots: S-22. J-48. EMO: S: 1-for-4. J: 2-for-6. Attendance: 1,460.

Beltway Blowout: Terps Throttle Hoyas

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Grant Catalino scored five goals and added an assist to lead the No. 3 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 20-8 victory over No. 14 Georgetown in the annual “Battle of the Beltway” Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The Terps (2-0) held a 6-4 lead at halftime, but outscored Georgetown (1-1) 7-3 in the third quarter to blow the game open.

Junior Drew Snider, who finished the game with his first career hat trick, got things rolling for Maryland less than three minutes into the third with his second goal of the game. Senior Ryan Young, who ended up with two goals and three assists, slipped a nice pass to Snider in the crease and Snider finished with a quick shot inside the far post to give Maryland a 7-4 lead.

The Terps appeared to go up 8-4 less than a minute after Snider’s goal, but an unassisted goal by Catalino was taken off the board due to a Maryland penalty. The Hoyas wasted no time capitalizing on the extra-man opportunity as Max Seligmann scored his second of the game to make it a two-goal game again.

Maryland responded off the ensuing face-off with Catalino’s second goal of the game to take it back to a three-goal Terrapin lead at 8-5 at the 10:18 mark. The frenetic play continued with the Hoyas striking back less than two minutes later on a goal by Brian Casey.

But that was as close as the Hoyas would get for the rest of the game.

The Terps scored four goals in three minutes to extend their lead to six goals at 12-6 with 7:07 left in the third.

Sophomore Curtis Holmes was the catalyst for Maryland all day and he cleanly won the face-off after Casey’s goal and pushed the ball up the field and found Catalino waiting on the left wing. Catalino then ripped a shot past Hoya goalie Jack Davis to make it a 9-6 game.

A Joe Cummings goal off an assist from Young at 8:38 pushed the Maryland lead to 10-6.

Catalino scored again from the left wing at 7:17, ripping another shot inside the far upper corner to give the Terps a five-goal lead. Sophomore John Haus picked up his first of two assists on the score.

The 4-0 run was fittingly capped off by Holmes, who won another face-off. He quickly advanced the ball and found senior Brian Farrell barreling down the right side of the field. Farrell took the pass and laced a shot past Davis to make it 12-6 Maryland.

A David Shriver goal stopped the bleeding for the Hoyas at the 6:16 mark of the third, but the Terps put the game completely out of reach by scoring the next eight to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time since 2005.

Great ball movement by the entire offense ended up with Cummings finishing off an easy shot on the Hoya crease with 5:02 left in the third to begin the scoring deluge.

Sophomore Owen Blye, who finished with a career-high four points, opened the scoring in the fourth with an easy wrap-around goal from behind the right side of the cage at the 14:07 mark.

Haus picked up his first goal of the season with 13:25 left in the fourth, finishing a great athletic play. Haus beat his defender with a great dodge from the left side of the goal and got off a diving shot near the crease just before the slide came.

Catalino’s fifth of the game made it 16-7 and also gave sophomore Kevin Cooper his second assist of the day.

Two goals by Young were sandwiched around Snider’s third of the game to make it 19-7 with 5:52 remaining.

Maryland’s 20th and final goal was the first collegiate goal by freshman Brendan Saylor. The native of Fairport, N.Y., received a great skip pass from redshirt junior Bob Kercher, who picked up his first career assist on the play, and finished from the left alley, beating Hoya back-up goalie CT Fisher.

Georgetown’s C-Jay Engelke scored his first career goal to close things out with 1:04 remaining.

As explosive as the Maryland offense was, the key to the victory was the play of Holmes at the face-off X. The native of Marriottsville, Md., won 20 of 31 face-offs and had a game-high eight groundballs. His 20 face-off wins marks the first time a Terp has won 20 or more draws since 1991 when Andy Claxton had 27 wins vs. Towson. Holmes was also a factor offensively, scoring his first career goal (which tied the game at 3-3 midway through the second quarter) and added his first two career assists.

The Terrapin defense turned in another terrific performance vs. the Hoyas, which scored 15 goals in its season debut win at Jacksonville. Redshirt freshman Niko Amato finished the game with eight saves, while allowing just seven goals, in 54:08 of work.

Another big factor in the game was groundballs and the Terps came up big there too, winning the groundball battle 49-30. Senior Brett Schmidt had five groundballs to go along with three caused turnovers, while Farrell, Jake Bernhardt, Ryder Bohlander, Scott LaRue and Michael Shakespeare each chipped in with three GBs. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt tied with Schmidt with a team-high three caused turnovers.

Maryland hits the road for the first time in 2011 when it heads to Durham, N.C., for an ACC showdown on Saturday, March 5. The Terps and the Blue Devils are set for a 3 p.m. start at Koskinen Stadium. The game is slated to be shown live on ESPN3.com.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 20-8 win Maryland is now 9-2 all-time vs. Georgetown.
• The last time the Terps scored 20 or more goals in a game was May 7, 2005 in a 21-6 win over Penn.
• With six points on five goals and an assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 11 hat tricks, 39 multi-point and 31 multi-goal for his career.
• Catalino’s five goals give him 95 for his career and moves him into 13th place on Maryland’s all-time goal-scoring list. He passed Bob Boniello (1977-80) and Andrew Whipple (1995-98), who each had 93 during their Terrapin careers.
• Catalino’s six points also moved him into a tie with Scott Hochstadt (1996-99) and John Lamon (1976-79) for 18th place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• With five points on two goals and three assist, senior Ryan Young now had 38 multi-point, 18 multi-goal and 22 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s five points move him into a tie with Alan Lowe (1965-67) for 26th place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• With two points of two goals, junior Joe Cummings now has 14 multi-point and eight multi-goal games for his career.
• Senior long pole Brian Farrell had a goal and an assist to record his fifth career multi-point game.
• Junior Drew Snider tallied his first career hat trick and now has five multi-point and four multi-goal games for his career.
• Sophomore Owen Blye set a career high with four points on a career-best two goals and two assists for his second career multi-point and multi-assist game.
• Sophomore John Haus had two assist, marking his second career game with multiple assists. Haus leads the team with six assists after totaling just two during his entire freshman season.
• Sophomore Curtis Holmes won 20 of 31 face-offs to set career highs in both face-offs won and taken. Holmes is the first Terp to have 20 or more face-off wins in a game since Andy Claxton had 27 vs. Towson on March 18, 1991.
• The Terps held Georgetown scoreless for 20:12 from 6:16 of the third quarter to 1:04 of the fourth, marking the second time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.
• Maryland finished with 35 points on 20 goals and 15 assists, marking the second time this season that the Terps have hit the 30-point mark. Maryland finished with 30 points on 16 goals and 14 assists in its season-opening win over Detroit Mercy.

Rutgers Downs UMBC, 12-5

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

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

Five different players scored for the Retrievers, but UMBC managed to put only nine of 26 shots on goal.

UMBC junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) equalized Rutgers’ Michael Diehl’s opening goal to knot the game at 1-1 at the 3:51 mark of the first quarter. But Hover scored with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter and gave the visitors the lead for good.

The Scarlet Knights took advantage of back-to-back man-up situations to grow the lead to 4-1 midway through the second quarter. Mangan scored at the 9:32 mark, and Diehl posted his second goal of the game 70 seconds later.

Rutgers lead, 6-1, at halftime, but UMBC managed to exchange the first six goals of the half with the visitors and sophomore Scott Hopmann’s (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) tally at the 9:26 mark of the fourth quarter brought the Retrievers to within 9-4.

UMBC created a turnover while doubling the ball on Rutgers’ ensuing possession, but promptly committed a give-away of its own. The Knights would take advantage of the Retrievers’ gambling defensive strategy as they scored three times in a span of 1:38 to take command at 12-4 with 4:36 remaining.

Rutgers outshot UMBC, 30-26, and the Retrievers committed 24 turnovers. RU sophomore netminder Joseph Donnelly made four saves to record the win. UMBC junior Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) took the loss, allowing six goals and making two saves in the first half. Sophomore Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) allowed six second half goals and made four stops.

The Retrievers won the first five draws of the game, but Rutgers would capture 13 of the final 16 and dominated time of possession over the final 45 minutes.

In addition to Grimm and Hopmann, sophomore midfielder Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), freshman attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and sophomore midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./South River) tallied for UMBC.

Rutgers’ win even the series at 7-7.

UMBC travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, March 5.

Four Hat Tricks Highlights 19-5 Win Over Kean for No. 3 Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Four different players had at least three goals for the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team, including three from senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) who made his first appearance of the season, as the No. 3 Mustangs rolled to its third-straight win, 19-5 over Kean Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

Stevenson (3-0) scored the game’s first six goals, five of which involved senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) who totaled three goals and two assists, before the Cougars tallied three-straigth over the final five minutes of the first half to cut their deficit to three at the half, 6-3.

The Mustangs maintained their three-goal advantage after both teams exchanged man-up goals to start the second half, but they quickly put the game out of reach by scoring 11 consecutive to take an 18-4 advantage with just 3:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Ford totaled all four of his points on three goals and one assist during the run, including back-to-back tallies just 23 seconds apart to end the third quarter.

Dailey finished with nine points, one shy of his career-high, with four goals and five assists, two shy of his school record while senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) totaled a career-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) also scored three times for Stevenson.

A total of 13 players had at least one point for the Mustangs, including eight different goal scorers. Sophomore Mike Richardson (Arnold/St. Mary’s) and freshman C.J. Ugalde (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) each picked up their first career goals while sophomore Danny Schanne (Dayton/River Hill) totaled his first career points with two assists.

Junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had seven saves as he won his fifth-straight career start.

Tom Clifford led the Cougars (1-1) with three points on a goal and two assists while Nick Angrisani had two goals. Lane Zierten finished with 18 saves.

Stevenson returns to action next Wednesday, March 2 when it hosts a CAC contest with Hood beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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UMD-UVA go an incredible 7 OT’s on a heartbreaking day for Terps, Hopkins, and Loyola Lacrosse

Posted on 28 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Wow, what a wild, wild afternoon of incredibly dramatic local college lacrosse!

#9 Maryland @ #1 Virginia, #7 Johns Hopkins @ #12 North Carolina and #15 Loyola v. #2 Syracuse were all absolute instant classics.  Fans of the Blue Jays, Terps, and Greyhounds who had a chance to attend, or see these games on TV were treated to college lacrosse on its absolute highest level.

The only problem is… all three unfortunately came away with heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, crushing losses.

Virginia and Maryland went an astounding 7 overtimes, that’s 7 OVERTIMES!  The longest game in Division I history went to the Cavs 10-9 when Brian Caroll beat Terps goalie Brian Phipps to end the epic in Charlottesville.

Only one extra session in Chapel Hill, North Carlolina was needed for the Tar Heels to eek by Hopkins 10-9, their 3rd victory in 4 seasons over Dave Pietramala’s club.

And, at the game I had a chance to attend, Loyola was unable to hold onto a 12-8 4th quarter lead against Syracuse as the defending national champions ended the game netting 6 of the last 7, including the game winning with under a minute to play .

Man, if the basketball games tonight could be anywhere near as exciting… everyone would be satisfied!

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