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Four Terps Garner All-ACC Lax Honors

Posted on 18 April 2012 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland placed a league-high four players on the 2012 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team, which was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Senior attackman Joe Cummings and sophomore goalie Niko Amato made the team for the second-straight season, while junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt and junior midfielder John Haus are first-time selections.

All four ACC men’s programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the four head coaches. Maryland’s four honorees were the most by any school. Duke and Virginia each had three selections, while North Carolina had one player make the team.

Cummings makes his second All-ACC team as the team-leader in points, goals and assists with 28, 17 and 11, respectively. He currently ranks fifth in the conference with 2.80 points per game. In three ACC games this season Cummings led the team with eight points. Cummings, who made the All-ACC team last season as a midfielder, is the first Maryland player to make the team at two different positions in consecutive seasons since Mark Douglas made it as a midfielder and attackman in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

Amato earned his second All-ACC after leading the conference with a 7.04 goals-against average, which is a more than a full goal less than the second-place goalie. He is second in the conference in both save percentage and saves per game. Amato’s standout performance of the season came in the Terps’ 10-7 win over Duke, when he made nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter.

Bernhardt makes his first All-ACC squad as a dominant long pole. He leads the team with 37 groundballs and 18 caused turnovers. He ranks second among non-faceoff men in groundballs per game in the conference and leads all ACC players in caused turnovers per game. The lone team captain on the defensive end of the field, Bernhardt has been responsible for leading a young Terrapin defense, which ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 7.6 goals per game.

Haus is also a first-time All-ACC selection and is among the league’s finest all-around midfielders. He ranks third on the team with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists. He currently leads all Maryland offensive regulars with a shots-on-goal percentage of .676. In addition to his offensive contributions, Haus has also been a steady defensive performer.

The conference’s individual awards – Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year – will be announced early next week after the conclusion of the ACC tournament.

The 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will begin Friday, April 20, at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Maryland, the No 4 seed, will face No. 1 seed Duke in the tournament’s first semifinal game at 5 p.m. No. 2 seed Virginia battles No. 3 seed North Carolina in the second semifinal, which is slated for a 7:30 p.m. face-off.

2012 All-ACC Team
CJ Costabile Senior Midfield Duke
Robert Rotanz Senior Midfield Duke
Jordan Wolf Sophomore Attack Duke
Niko Amato Sophomore Goalie Maryland
Jesse Bernhardt Junior Midfield Maryland
Joe Cummings Senior Attack Maryland
John Haus Junior Midfield Maryland
Marcus Holman Junior Attack North Carolina
Steele Stanwick Senior Attack Virginia
Colin Briggs Senior Midfield Virginia
Chris LaPierre Junior Midfield Virginia


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Jermain Taylor vs. Caleb Truax (Friday 11pm from Biloxi, MS live on Showtime), Abner Mares vs. Eric Morel (Saturday 9pm from El Paso, TX live on Showtime); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 4:30am Saturday 7am Sunday 7:30am from Monaco live on Tennis Channel/ESPN3.com); Soccer: MLS-Montreal Impact @ DC United (Wednesday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), New York Red Bulls @ DC United (Sunday 6pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN2); Women’s College Lacrosse: ACC Tournament-Maryland vs. Virginia Tech (Friday 2pm from Durham, NC live on ESPN3.com), ACC Championship (Monday 7pm from Durham, NC live on ESPNU)

10. Augustana (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Portugal. The Man (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Charm City Devils (Saturday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Colin Hay (Thursday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Bacon Brothers (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), WAR (Sunday 5pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Fountains of Wayne/James Iha (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), NEEDTOBREATHE (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Glen Campbell (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Bad Brains (Friday 8pm Howard Theater); Daryl Hall/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Bowling For Soup (Saturday 8pm Stevenson University); Johns Hopkins Spring Fair feat. Passion Pit (Friday-Sunday, Passion Pit show Friday 7pm JHU Rec Center); UMBC Quadmania feat. Gym Class Heroes (Friday-Sunday, Gym Class Heroes show Saturday 7pm RAC Arena); Neon Trees “Picture Show” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know I’ll be at Recher Saturday night supporting the very awesome John Allan and CCD. My only issue with “Man of Constant Sorrow” is that I can’t fathom a human being leaving Kentucky…

I don’t particularly know anything about NEEDTOBREATHE but I DO know I dig this tune…

If Daryl Hall had Fitz & The Tantrums as his touring house band, I’d go to every show…

I probably shouldn’t admit how much I dig Neon Trees…

9. Ron White (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Norm MacDonald (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Wendy Liebman (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); Tax Day (Tuesday)

I think I’m gonna go see Norm MacDonald. Because Norm MacDonald is funny. See below.

Also, it’s Tax Day Tuesday. I don’t think I’m getting any money back (do you have to make money for that?), but if I did I know exactly how I’d spend it…

There isn’t anything…in the world…I want more than a LoveSac.

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Maryland Uses Brilliant Defense To Stun Hopkins at Homewood

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – A dominating defensive performance and four goals from junior Owen Blye propelled the No. 10 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 9-6 victory over No. 3 Johns Hopkins in the 108th meeting of Lacrosse’s Greatest Rivalry Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd at Homewood Field.

The victory lifts Maryland to 7-3 on the season, while Hopkins stands at 9-2.

The first quarter started off rocky for the Terps as the Blue Jays took an early 2-0 lead, capitalizing on some saves by Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett. Rob Guida scored the first for JHU less than three minutes into the quarter. Lee Coppersmith upped the lead to 2-0 at the 11:41 mark with an unassisted goal.

But Maryland used a patient offense and clamped down on the defensive end to stay within striking distance and the Terps closed the quarter with two scores in the final 1:23 to tie the game heading into the second.

Junior Kevin Cooper put Maryland on the board with a terrific jumping left-hand shot from the right alley. He took the ball from Blye and Cooper then beat Guida to the inside and slipped the ball inside the near pipe.

The Blue Jays had the ball with the clock winding down, but they stepped out of the box after a stall warning was issued giving the ball to the Terps. Junior Landon Carr picked up the ball for the quick restart and raced down the right side of the field. He pulled up and beat Bassett low from 14 yards out to knot the score with just 20 seconds left in the quarter.

Hopkins regained the lead at the 10:34 mark of the second when Greg Edmonds scored from the right side.

Sophomore Niko Amato made a save on a John Ranagan shot, but a turnover on the clear attempt gave Hopkins another possession and this time Ranagan connected with 9:27 left, making it a 4-2 JHU lead.

Amato made another terrific save at the 5:11 mark on a Chris Boland shot and sophomore Brian Cooper came up with the tough groundball, but a quick turnover gave Hopkins another crack at the Terps and Brandon Benn capitalized with a quick shot off a feed from Boland to up the Blue Jay lead to 5-2 with 3:35 remaining in the second.

The tables were turned when Hopkins’ John Greeley turned the ball over to the Terps just under the 2:00 mark. Brian Cooper again scooped up the groundball and Maryland’s offense took over. Senior Drew Snider dodged down the left side from the high slot and passed back to junior John Haus. Haus fired a quick pass from near the top of the box to the top-right of the crease where junior Billy Gribbin lost his defender. Gribbin then beat Bassett to make the score 5-3 with 54 seconds left.

Hopkins’ Mike Poppleton won the opening faceoff of the third quarter and Boland quickly made it a 6-3 Blue Jay advantage, scoring off a feed from Greeley just 43 seconds into the third.

The Terps responded with a terrific look by Mike Chanenchuk to the right side of the crease for Blye. Maryland’s good ball movement moved the Blue Jay defense out of position and Blye had enough time to make six fakes before slipping a bouncer past Bassett with 9:04 remaining.

Terrific defensive pressure by junior Jesse Bernhardt created a turnover for the Terps and Blye scored his second straight to make it a one-goal Maryland deficit. The goal was in question for a moment as Hopkins’ defender Robert Enright got tangled in the net tracking Blye from behind the cage and actually pulled the net onto its side as Blye shot. The officials counted the goal, making it a 6-5 game at the 6:16 mark.

The Terps continued their comeback as the third quarter came to a close. Kevin Cooper took the ball behind the net and initiated the offense with around 20 seconds left on the clock. He went around the right side and moved the ball on the senior Michael Shakespeare, who was able to step into a high-to-low shot from the right alley, tying the game at 6-6 going into the fourth quarter.

It appeared as if Wells Stanwick regained the lead for the Blue Jays with under 10 minutes to play, but he was ruled to be in the crease, which waived off the goal.

Maryland capitalized on the opportunity as Blye scored for the third time to give the Terrapins their first lead of the game at the 8:46 mark. Blye started from behind the cage and came around the left side of the goal. He continued up the field, creating some space to get his hands free and his shot beat Bassett low.

A slashing call on sophomore Michael Ehrhardt put the Blue Jays up a man, but sophomore Emmett Cahill picked off a pass by Boland and Carr raced the ball into Maryland’s offensive zone, ending the threat.

Maryland killed off the remaining time on the penalty and was given a stall call as the Terps worked the clock up by a goal. That didn’t stop Blye from exploiting a mismatch with Hopkins shortie Nikhon Schuler and beating Bassett low again for an 8-6 Terrapin lead with 5:05 remaining.

Some terrific transition lacrosse gave the Terps a three-goal lead with 2:31 to go in the game. Haus picked up a loose ball inside the Maryland defensive box and quickly found Bernhardt breaking up the field. Bernhardt pump-faked the Blue Jay defense, drawing them to him. He moved the ball to senior Joe Cummings, who made the one-more pass to Kevin Cooper on the doorstep for the easy goal.

Hopkins had one last chance to get back in the game, but Amato rose to the occasion, stopping a shot by Boland with 49 seconds left. Amato finished with a flourish, making eight saves for the game.

Maryland’s defense dominated the second half, holding the Blue Jay offense, which entered the game scoring 11.0 goals per game, to just one goal in the second half and none over the game’s final 29:17.

Maryland next heads to the ACC tournament as the No. 4 seed where it will meet up with No. 1 seed Duke. The Terps and Blue Devils will play in the 5 p.m. game, while No. 2 seed Virginia and No. 3 seed North Carolina play in the 7:30 p.m. game at the Cavaliers’ Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 9-6 win, Maryland is now 39-61-1 all-time vs. Johns Hopkins.
• The victory is the first for Maryland at Homewood Field since 2006.
• With four points on four goals, junior Owen Blye now has three hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 11 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, junior Kevin Cooper now has eight multi-point and three multi-goal games for his career.
• Maryland shutout the Blue Jays in the fourth quarter, which marks the fourth time this season the Terps have held an opponent scoreless for a quarter.


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Future Terps to Play in Capital Classic

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Future Terps to Play in Capital Classic

Posted on 02 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Terps Host Virginia Saturday in ACC Showdown

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The ninth-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team (5-2) wraps up its ACC regular-season slate when it welcomes No. 2 Virginia (8-1) to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for a noon start on Saturday, March 31.

• The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU with Joe Beninati handling the play-by-play and Matt Ward and Ryan Boyle will provide the analysis.

• Maryland (5-2, 1-1 ACC) is coming off of an emotional 11-10 loss at No. 12 North Carolina last Saturday. Senior Joe Cummings led the Terps with four points on two goals and two assists. Junior Billy Gribbin netted his first hat trick as a Terp, while junior Owen Blye added three assists. Sophomore goalie Niko Amato made 10 saves in defeat with freshman defender Goran Murray scoring his first collegiate goal and setting career highs with three groundballs and three caused turnovers.

• For the season, Cummings leads the Terps in points and goals with 19 and 12, respectively. Freshman Jay Carlson is the only other Terp with double-digit goals with 10. Blye leads the team with eight assists. Defensively, Amato has stopped 61.5 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 6.61 goals-against average, which each leads the ACC. Junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 29 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers.

• The Cavaliers are 8-1 on the year after dropping their first game of the year last Saturday at home to then-No. 2 Johns Hopkins, 11-10 in overtime. Prior to that Virginia had won 13 straight games, dating back to last season’s 19-10 loss at Duke in the ACC semifinals. This season the Wahoos are led again by 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner Steele Stanwick, who has 39 points on 11 goals and 28 assists. Chris Bocklett leads the Cavaliers, who have a total of seven double-digit goal scorers, with 22 goals. Rob Fortunato has started all nine games in cage for Virginia and ranks second among ACC goalies with a .599 save percentage and a 7.57 goals-against average.

Honorary Captain
John Schofield, a two-time All-American at Maryland who played from 1963-65, will be the Terps’ honorary captain for the Virginia game. During his career from 1963 to 1965, Schofield received prestigious Maryland awards such as the Edwin E. Powell Trophy as the team MVP and the Deckman-Silber Memorial Award as the team’s most outstanding defensemen. In 1965 he made 190 saves and was the recipient of the C.M. Kelly Memorial Cup, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding goalie. He still ranks among the top 10 on the school’s all-time saves list.

1950’s Decade Reunion
Saturday will also be the 1950’s Decade Reunion for Maryland Terrapin men’s lacrosse teams from 1950-59. The 1950’s featured three USILA National Championship teams (1955, 1956 and 1959) and five ACC title teams (1955-59) under the guidance of lengendary Hall of Fame coaches Jack Faber and Al Heagy. The 1950’s Maryland teams combined for an 84-18-1 (.820) record and featured a total of 64 All-Americans. The 1955 National Championship team featured four Terps who would go on to be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame – James Kappler, James Keating, John Simmons and Charles Wicker.

National Award Winners from the 1950’s
Turnbull Memorial Award (nation’s top attackman): C. Rennie Smith (1954), Richard Corrigan (1958)
Schmeisser Memorial Cup (nation’s top defenseman): William Hubbell (1952), John Simmons (1956)
Kelly Memorial Cup (nation’s top goalie): William Larash (1952), James Kappler (1955, 1956, 1957)
USILA Coach of the Year: John Faber

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 87 of the 95 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 104-23 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .819 winning percentage.
8 … John Haus has eight career points vs. Virginia in four meetings.
7 … Seven Terps have double-digit points so far in 2012.
6 … Maryland is ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 7.43 goals per game.
5 … Owen Blye had five points in last season’s regular season game at Virginia.
4 … Maryland (2004, 2008) and Virginia (2006, 2010) have split the last four regular season games played in College Park.
3 … Three Terps have caused at least 10 turnovers in 2012 – Jesse Bernhardt (14), Brian Cooper (11) and Michael Ehrhardt (11).
2 … This is the second-straight season that both Maryland and Virginia come into this game with each team having lost the previous week. Prior to last year, that hadn’t happened since 1993.
1 … Four of the last 10 meetings between Maryland and Virginia have been decided by one goal.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his fifth season as a head coach, and second with the Terps, with a 38-26 career record for a 59.4 winning percentage. Tillman is 18-7 (.720) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Dom Starsia, who is in his 30th season as a head coach, has won 73.9 percent of his games at Brown and Virginia (337-119 overall record). His 337 wins are the most all-time at any four-year college or university.

• Tillman has a 1-1 career record against Virginia. In the 2011 regular season meeting Maryland won 12-7 in Virginia’s Scott Stadium. The Wahoos the won a 9-7 decision in the 2011 NCAA title game.

Series History vs. Virginia
• The Maryland-Virginia rivalry is the third-longest in Terrapin lacrosse history with Maryland holding a 45-42 (.517) advantage, dating to the first game — a Terps’ 10-1 victory on April 24, 1926. The 45 wins are the third-highest number of victories Maryland has against any team. The Terps have defeated Duke 59 times and Navy 51 times.

• Virginia and Maryland met in an all-ACC NCAA title game with the Wahoos winning the championship, 9-7. Grant Catalino and John Haus led the Terps with three points apiece. Niko Amato made eight saves in the game.

• In the 2011 regular season, the Cavaliers hosted the Terps in UVa’s Scott Stadium prior to the annual Orange/Blue Spring Football game. A crowd of 10,545 came out and saw Maryland defeate Virginia, 12-7. Ryan Young led all scorers with six points in the win on two goals and four assists, while Joe Cummings and John Haus each scored four goals for the Terps. Niko Amato proved once again that he plays his best on a big stage with a 12-save effort.

• The two teams met again in the championship game of the 2010 ACC Tournament and again it was the Cavaliers coming out on top, 10-6. Maryland couldn’t solve Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman, who was named the Tournament MVP after making 16 saves vs. the Terps. Grant Catalino led Maryland on offense with a goal and an assist, while Max Schmidt had two groundballs and three caused turnovers to pace the defensive effort.

• The meeting in the 2010 regular season had a silimar theme to the previous two games between Maryland and Virginia – controversy. The Wahoos raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and held a 10-5 lead early in the fourth. But Maryland rallied to score four unanswered goals in the fourth to cut the deficit to one. The game appeared to be tied when Ryan Young batted a loose ball into the Cavalier goal with 2:00 left in the game. But, the goal was waved off when the cross-field official whistled Young for being in the crease. The controversy came when TV replays of the play failed to show Young step in the crease conclusively. Virginia went up 11-9 on the transition following the call. Will Yeatman, who led Maryland with four goals and an assist in the game, scored with less than a minute to go to cut the lead to 11-10, but the Terps couldn’t get the tying goal before the clock expired. Brian Phipps was terrific in net for the Terps, stopping 16 Wahoo shots.

• In 2009 it took seven overtimes (the longest Division I men’s lacrosse game in history) for Virginia to eek out a 10-9 victory in Charlottesville. The win was not without controversy as an official’s inadvertant whistle wiped off a goal by Grant Catalino just nine seconds into the first overtime. Will Yeatman was a dominant force in the game, accounting for two goals and three assists. Brian Phipps was spectacular in cage, stopping 11 Wahoo shots.

• The two teams played three times in 2008. In the regular-season game the then-No. 4 Terps knocked off the newly minted No. 1 Cavaliers, 13-7, at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Freshman Travis Reed had a breakout performance, scoring a hat trick, assisting on two other goals and grabbing three groundballs. Not to be outdone, goalie Jason Carter made a career-best 15 saves to help seal the victory for the Terrapins.

• The two teams then hooked-up in the 2008 ACC tournament for the fifth straight season and the Cavaliers prevailed with an 11-8 win on their home field in Charlottesville. Grant Catalino led the Terps with three points on a pair of goals and an assist.

• The Wahoos also took the rubber match, a controversial 8-7 overtime thriller in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Annapolis. Early in the fourth quarter, with the Maryland holding a 7-6 lead, Travis Reed appeared to give Maryland a two-goal cushion, but a Cavalier defender pushed Ryan Young into the crease before the goal, nullifying the score. The Cavaliers went on to tie the game in regulation before scoring the game-winner with just 34 seconds left in the first overtime period.

• These two teams locked up in a classic in the semifinals of the 2007 ACC tournament. Maryland jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Cavaliers rallied to take a four-goal lead at 10-6 in the fourth quarter. That’s when Maryland stormed back, but the comeback fell short and Virginia was able to hold on for an 11-10 win. Dan Groot led Maryland with five points on four goals and an assist.

• In 2007’s regular season meeting, the second-ranked Cavaliers defeated the No. 8 Terps 12-8 in Charlottesville. Wahoo attackman Ben Rubeor scored five goals to pace Virginia, while Max Ritz (3-0) and Michael Phipps (1-2) each had three points for the Terps.

• On April 1 of last season, the No. 1 Cavaliers jumped out early, scoring just 15 seconds into the game, and never looked back, handing Maryland a 15-5 loss at Byrd Stadium. The Ritz brothers, Max and Xander, each scored two goals with Max also picking up a pair of assists. Bill McGlone scored the other goal for the Terps.

• The two schools hooked up again in the ACC title game and again it was Virginia taking the game, this time by an 11-5 margin. Brendan Healy and Bill McGlone each had three points in the loss.

• The 2005 regular season game was tough for the fourth-ranked Terps as they were handed a 10-2 loss at No. 3 Virginia on April 2. The Cavaliers held Maryland scoreless until the 4:51 mark of the third quarter when Joe Walters scored. It was the first time Maryland had been held without a goal in a half since a 7-2 loss at Virginia in 2001.

• Things were a little different in the rematch on April 29, 2005 in the ACC Semifinals. Brendan Healy gave Maryland a 1-0 lead in the first, but the ‘Hoos scored three unanswered to take a 3-1 lead. But the Terps stormed back with a 3-0 run of their own on goals from Max Ritz, Healy and Xander Ritz to take a 4-3 lead into the half. The Cavaliers took a 7-5 lead into the fourth quarter, but Andrew Schwartzman and Bill McGlone scored the final to goals in regulation to send the game into sudden death. In the overtime period, freshman Max Ritz proved to be the hero for Maryland, but putting back a rebound off of a Mcglone shot to sent the Terps into the ACC finals with an 8-7 win.

• The 2004 regular season meeting between Maryland and Virginia saw the Terps enter the game as the No. 1 team in the country, the first time Maryland had earned the top ranking since 2001. Maryland lived up to its billing, pounding the Cavaliers 11-2 in College Park. Xander Ritz scored three goals and assisted on another three, while Joe Walters added a goal and three assists. The game was never really in doubt as the Terps opened the game with a 5-0 run. The Maryland defense was stellar all afternoon, holding Virginia’s top seven scorers without a single point.

• The Cavaliers would not go so quietly in the 2004 ACC title game. The Terps built a 12-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, behind a career-high six goals from Joe Walters, who would be named Tournament MVP. But the Wahoos scored four goals in the fourth and shutdown the Maryland offense to close the gap to 12-11.

• Maryland has won three of six meetings in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps topped the Cavaliers in a pair of first round games in 1978 and 1983 and won a 1997 quarterfinal game, 10-9, played at Byrd Stadium. In that last NCAA meeting, Virginia broke its three-game post-season losing streak to the Terps with a 14-4 win in the NCAA semifinals in Baltimore en route to the 2003 national championship. Virginia then took the 2008 quart erfinal game, 8-7, in overtime at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Cavaliers continues its winning streak over the Terps in the NCAA tournament with a 9-7 win in the 2011 NCAA title game..

The Stretch: Carolina, Virginia, Navy, Hopkins
• Since 1978 Maryland’s schedule has been highlighted by a four-game stretch in the middle of its season: North Carolina, Virginia, Navy and Johns Hopkins. In the 35-year span only four times has the stretch been interrupted with another game added in between one of these traditional four (1981, 1997, 2001, 2003).

• Overall, Maryland is 62-75 (.453) since 1978 vs. those four teams during that time.

• The Terps have swept the four games only once – in 1987. Only twice (1981 & 1988) has Maryland lost all four games. Six times (1978, 1979, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001) the Terps have won three of the four games. Johns Hopkins broke up the Terps’ bid for a perfect stretch four times, while Carolina and Virginia broke it up one time each.

The Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 39 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 22-17 (.564) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• This will be the first of at least four games (at UNC, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkis, at ACC tournament) Maryland will play on ESPNU in 2012.

Cooper To Serve One-Game Suspension
• Junior midfielder Kevin Cooper will serve a one-game suspension this Saturday. Cooper was ejected from the March 24 North Carolina game and will serve the NCAA’s mandatory one-game suspension for an expulsion foul. The ACC reviewed all available video footage of the on-field altercation and determined no additional suspension was warranted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 87 of the 94 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .926 winning percentage.

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

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.6 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 104-23 in games, for a .819 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 168 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.6 percent of the time.

Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 5-2 on the year and has shot 30% or better in all five victories.

Hartford: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30%
at Georgetown: 16 goals, 41 shots = 39.0%
Duke: 10 goals, 28 shots = 35.7%
at UMBC: 7 goals, 30 shots = 23.3%
Marist: 17 goals, 43 shots = 39.5%
Villanova: 11 goals, 31 shots = 35.5%
at North Carolina: 10 goals, 35 shots = 28.6%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 50-3 (.943) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The first game Maryland lost during that stretch was a 13-10 decision to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas). The second loss came in 2010 in the controversial 11-10 loss to No. 1 Virginia on April 3. The Terps shot 10 of 33 for 30.3%. The most recent came on April 16, 2011 in a 12-11 overtime loss to No. 3 Johns Hopkins.

Fast Starts
• Since 2002 only 13 players (for a total of 23 times) have totaled 17 points or more in the first seven games of a season. One of those 23 is on this year’s team.

• Joe Cummings has been a consistent threat during his tenure as a Terp, but since moving to his natural position of attack this season he has been an even more potent point producer. Through seven games Cummings has 19 points on 12 goals and seven assists. Last year as a midfielder he had 15 points on 14 goals and one assist.

Youth Is Served
• Maryland started two sophomores (Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper) and a freshman (Goran Murray) at close defense in the 2012 season-opening win over Hartford. The last time Maryland’s defense had two sophomore and one freshman starting was 2005 when sophomores Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill started alongside freshman Joe Cinosky. The first game that group started together was April 23, 2005 at Fairfield (a 9-6 Terrapin win).

• Goran Murray became the first Maryland freshman to start at close defense in a season opener since 2008 when Max Schmidt started in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.

Face-Off Firsts
• Junior Curtis Holmes’ 19-of-20 (.950) performance facing-off vs. Hartford in the 2012 season opener is just the fifth time since 2000 that a Maryland face-off man has won at least 90% of his draws with at least 10 attempts.

• Holmes joins Andy Claxton and Brian Haggerty as the only Terps with multiple games of 19 or more face-off wins. Claxton did it three times (27 at Towson in 1991, 21 vs. Duke in 1991 and 19 at Brown in 1991), while Haggerty did it twice (20 vs. Butler in 1998 and 19 vs. Virginia in 1998). Holmes had 20 wins vs. Georgetown last season to go along with his 19 vs. the Hawks, which makes him the only Terp to win 19 or more face-offs in different seasons.

• The last 90% performance was in 2008 when Bryn Holmes, Curtis’ older brother, won 9-of-10 face-offs at Mount St. Mary’s.

• The last time a Terp faced-off with a winning percentage above 90% was on March 21, 2006 when David Tamberrino won 12-of-13 in a 14-2 win over Dartmouth.

Best Face-Off Performances Since 2000
Curtis Holmes – 19/20 (.950) vs. Hartford 2/18/12
Brian Carroll – 12/13 (.923) at Delaware 3/17/01
Davin Tamberrino – 12/13 (.923) vs. Dartmouth 3/21/06
Jeremy Pastula – 11/12 (.917) at Towson 3/8/03
Bryn Holmes – 9/10 (.900) at Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/08
Bryn Holmes – 12/14 (.857) vs. Presbyterian 2/13/09
Brian Carroll – 11/13 (.846) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/02
Bryn Holmes – 11/13 (.846) vs. Air Force 2/14/09
Ryan Moran – 10/12 (.833) vs. Bucknell 3/11/03
Will Dalton – 18/22 (.818) vs. Vermont 2/20/07
Curtis Holmes – 17/21 (.810) vs. Detroit Mercy 2/19/11

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

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

Terps’ 87th Season Of Lacrosse
· The Terps boast an all-time record of 733-249-4 (.745), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

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

First-Time Opponents
• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 87 seasons. The 2012 season added Hartford (a 12-6 win on 2/18) and will add Marist (3/10) to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.

Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has a 83-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

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

19 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Hartford to open the 2012 season the Terps have an 19-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s, Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 19-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 267-99 (an average score of 14.1-5.2) in those games.

· The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 18 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
· The 11-9 victory over Duke on April 24, 2011 was the 10th of the year for Maryland, giving it nine straight seasons with double-digit wins. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1Scourse.com).

· How does that stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (9): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Cornell (7): 2011 (12-3), 2010 (12-6), 2009 (11-3), 2008 (11-4), 2007 (15-1), 2006 (11-3), 2005 (11-3)
Virginia (7): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (6): 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (5): 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (5): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

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

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

Three Taken In MLL Draft
· Three University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the highest pick, being selected with the 12th overall selection by the Hamilton Nationals. Midfielder/attackman Joe Cummings was the next Terp taken, going 17th overall to the Rochester Rattlers (his rights have since been traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks). Midfielder Drew Snider went 45th overall by the Bayhawks.

2012 Team Captains
· Five players have been named team captains for the 2012 season. The quintet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. Blye and Jesse Bernhardt are the first pair of juniors to be named team captains since Bob Ott and Randy Ratliff were among four captains in 1978.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Lacrosse-Towson @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm from Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex live on AM1570 WNST.net); Auto Racing: NASCAR Goody’s Fast Relief 500 (Sunday 12:30pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX), IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of Alabama (Sunday 2pm from Birmingham live on NBC Sports Network); High School Basketball: McDonald’s All American Games (Girls Wednesday 7pm from Chicago live on ESPNU Boys Wednesday 9:30pm from Chicago live on ESPN); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 63 (Friday 8pm from Uncasville, CT live on MTV2); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Hank Lundy vs. Dannie Williams (Friday 9pm from Mashantucket, CT live on ESPN2); Soccer: Team USA Women @ Japan (Sunday 6:30am from Sendai, Japan live on ESPN2), MLS-FC Dallas @ DC United (Friday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Bill Maher (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Goon” & “Wrath of the Titans” out in theaters (Friday); Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

10. Van Halen/Kool & The Gang (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Mac Miller (Saturday 8pm Patriot Center); Blue October (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live); Mr. Greengenes (Thursday 8pm Recher Theatre); The Bad Plus (Sunday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Sleigh Bells (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Temper Trap (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club), Andrew WK (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre); Patti LaBelle (Friday & Saturday 8pm Strathmore); Leon Redbone (Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere), Three Dog Night (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Of Monsters And Men (Monday 8pm Black Cat)

The new Van Halen is TERRIBLE (at least the song is-I haven’t listened to the record), but it doesn’t change how freaking awesome this is…

I don’t worship Bruce Springsteen. (Some of you would have to admit you do.) I DO freaking love this song though…

I have no idea what Three Dog Night even looks like at this point. I would be more than happy to sing along with this though…

Here’s another fantastic tune by a band called Of Monsters And Men. So now we’ve done that…

9. NBA: Washington Wizards @ Indiana Pacers (Thursday 7pm from Indianapolis live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors (Sunday 6pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet), Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS)

Since Sonny Weems doesn’t play for the Raptors anymore, he won’t be there when the ‘Zards visit Canada. It’s a shame because if he was he could bring his creepy foot…

I get the feeling there won’t be many folks willing to click on Page 2 or Page 3 after that, but we’re going to keep going here anyway.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Hopkins Bests Virginia in Thrilling 1-2 Showdown

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Few games that receive as much hype as Saturday’s men’s lacrosse matchup between top-ranked Virginia and second-ranked Johns Hopkins actually live up to the advance billing. After regulation and all but five seconds of a full overtime, it’s safe to say that the Blue Jays’ 11-10 win over the Cavaliers did – and then some.

Johns Hopkins trailed by as many as three in the first half, led by two early in the fourth quarter and trailed by a goal with just over a minute to play in regulation – while playing a man down.

That’s when things really got crazy.

Virginia turned the ball over with 11 seconds remaining on its extra-man chance and the Blue Jays needed one timeout and 27 seconds before junior Lee Coppersmith slipped inside a pair of defenders and scored from the high slot with 44 seconds left in regulation.

Failed extra-man chances and turnovers by both teams over the remainder of regulation and the first three plus minutes overtime eventually led to Hopkins isolating junior John Ranagan at the top of the box as the first overtime ticket away. After getting a quick step on his defender, he beat Virginia goalie Rob Fortunato low for his eighth goal of the season and the Blue Jays had exorcised yet another demon they had carried – and heard about – for far too long.

Ranagan’s goal lifted the Blue Jays to their first win in Charlottesville against the Cavaliers since 1998. Earlier wins at Princeton and last week against Syracuse had stopped losing streaks against the Tigers and Orange that had stretched to three and five games, respectively.

Winning at Virginia – that was an entirely different monkey on the back; or gorilla as JHU head coach Dave Pietramala has referred to it a week earlier.

That the game went to overtime should surprise few. During the losing streak in Charlottesville the Blue Jays had alternated blowout losses in 2002, 2006 and 2010 with overtime defeats in 2004 and 2008. Eventually one of these had to break Hopkins’ way.

After Virginia built an early 4-1 lead on lengthy possessions and back-to-back goals by Chris Bocklet that bridged the first and second quarters, the Blue Jays slowly began to work their way back into the game.

The Blue Jays grabbed the momentum midway through the second quarter as they scored consecutive goals in a three-minute span midway through the period. Sophomore Brandon Benn one-timed home a pass to the crease from junior Zach Palmer to make it 4-2 and freshman Wells Stanwick made it a one-goal game with 4:34 remaining in the first half as he dodged hard to the crease from behind the goal and beat Fortunato from in tight.

A Steele Stanwick goal into an empty net gave the Cavs a 5-3 lead at halftime and the teams traded goals in a 35-second span early in the period to make it 6-4. Nearly 15 minutes would pass before Virginia would score again. During that time the Blue Jays scored four times to build their two-goal lead.

Benn completed his third consecutive hat trick 29 seconds after a Ryan Tucker goal to ignite the four-goal run, which included the first career goal by sophomore Jack Reilly and back-to-back extra-man goals by Rob Guida in a span of just over five minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters.

Virginia, as it does so often, struck back quickly with two goals in a 50-second span shortly after Guida’s strike made it 8-6. A Rob Emery extra-man goal drew the Cavs within one at 8-7 and Matt White’s highlight-reel behind the back shot from the crease tied it less than a minute later.

If White’s shot was destined for play of the game, it was quickly bumped by Zach Palmer’s goal 52 seconds later. Working from behind the goal, Palmer drove up the side and scored on a one-handed wrap-around shot from goal line extended that gave the Blue Jays a 9-8 lead with more than 10 minutes remaining.

The one-goal lead didn’t figure to hold – and it didn’t. Steele Stanwick scored from in tight after defenseman Tucker Durkin lost his footing to knot the game with just over four minutes remaining and Tucker fired home his second of the game with 2:44 on the clock to give Virginia a 10-9 lead.

The one-goal lead held for exactly two minutes, when Coppersmith fired home the game-tying goal that forced overtime and led to Ranagan’s game-winner that lifted the final proverbial monkey off the Blue Jays’ back.

Benn led the Blue Jays with his three goals, while Guida notched a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Wells Stanwick (1g, 2a) and Palmer (1g, 1a) were JHU’s other multi-point scorers, while freshman Drew Kennedy won 8-of-14 faceoffs and junior goalie Pierce Bassett posted nine saves.

Virginia, which had its 14-game home winning streak snapped, was led by Steele Stanwick’s two goals and three assists, while Emery, Bocklet and Tucker added two goals apiece for the Cavaliers, who also got 11 saves from Fortunato.

Johns Hopkins, which figures to take over the top spot in the national rankings when the new polls are released on Monday, will play North Carolina in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic next Sunday night (6:30 pm) at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-Cuba @ US Under-23 Men (Thursday 9pm from Nashville live on Universal Sports Network), Canada @ US Under-23 Men (Saturday 9pm from Nashville live on Universal Sports), El Salvador @ US Under-23 Men (Monday 9pm from Nashville live on Universal Sports), MLS-DC United @ Vancouver Whitecaps (Saturday 10pm from Vancouver live on Comcast SportsNet); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour Sony Ericsson Open (Saturday-Monday 11am from Miami live on Tennis Channel); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Antwone Smith vs. Roberto Garcia (Friday 9pm from Pharr, TX live on ESPN2), ShoBox-Diego Magdaleno vs. Eduardo Lazcano (Friday 11pm from Tucson, AZ live on Showtime), Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia (Saturday 10pm from Houston live on HBO), Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris (Saturday 10pm from New York live on NBC Sports Network); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 62 (Friday 8pm from Laredo, TX live on MTV2)

10. The Head And The Heart (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Crack The Sky (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Adema (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre); Psychedelic Furs (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Phil Vassar (Wednesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Gotye (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Fatboy Slim (Friday 9pm 9:30 Club), The Joy Formidable (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Fiona Apple (Wednesday 9pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Kevin Eubanks (Thursday-Sunday Blues Alley); Angelique Kidjo (Saturday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); ShamrockFest feat. Dropkick Murphys, Gavin Degraw, Carbon Leaf (Saturday RFK Stadium); The Shins “Port of Morrow” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Here’s a truth. The Head and The Heart had one of the ABSOLUTE best songs of 2011…

Gotye is the band whose name you have NO IDEA how to pronounce but you just can’t get out of your head…

Fiona Apple once did a video in her underwear. It was awkward because 14 year old Glenn was both aroused and terribly disturbed…

I saw The Shins on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure I was into them. I’m into them.

9. Ralphie May (Friday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); Bret Ernst (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” & “The Muppets” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “The Hunger Games” opens in theaters (Friday); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds)

I will be at BBBBQ Saturday morning with my “Reality Check Players” partner John Collingsworth. If you intended to do something with me at some point during the day Saturday understand…well…just be prepared for anything.

I’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to Friday night on Tuesday and Wednesday on “The Reality Check.” Not sure if Beer, Bourbon & BBQ is an event for you? I have a simple question. Does this look like something you’d enjoy?

What about this?

See you this weekend.

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Hopkins Wins Syracuse Showdown to Stay Perfect

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The highly anticipated 50th all-time meeting between men’s lacrosse heavyweights Johns Hopkins and Syracuse was colored Columbia Blue on Saturday as the second-ranked Blue Jays used a 4-0 run to turn a 6-4 lead into a 10-4 advantage that the Orange never seriously threatened before falling 11-7 before 5,970 sun-drenched fans at Homewood Field. The win runs Hopkins’ home winning streak to 11, it’s regular season winning streak to 14 and its record this season to 7-0. Syracuse had its five-game winning streak against the Blue Jays snapped and slips to 3-2.

After sprinting out to leads to 4-1, 5-2 and 6-3, the Blue Jays led just 6-4 late in the second quarter after the third of Derek Maltz’s three first-half goals with 3:29 remaining before the half.

Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, freshman Wells Stanwick pushed the lead back to three as he converted from the slot off a nifty feed from sophomore Brandon Benn with 2:42 remaining in the second quarter. The goal ignited the game-turning run, which saw the Blue Jays outscore Syracuse 4-0 over a 20-minute span that bridged the second and fourth quarters.

After Stanwick’s tally late in the second period, it was Benn and the Blue Jays’ first midfield doing the damage as Benn scored all three Hopkins goals in the third period with each assisted by a different member of Hopkins’ top unit.

It didn’t take long, nine seconds to be exact, for the Blue Jays to strike in the third quarter as junior John Ranagan scooped up the loose ball on the opening faceoff of the second half and found Benn on the point. Benn had time and room to step in and blow a shot past a defenseless Matt Lerman to give the Blue Jays their first four-goal lead of the game.

Benn added his third of the game just under four minutes later off an assist from John Greeley and completed his three-goal third quarter showing with his career-high fourth goal of the game with 2:30 left in the period to make it 10-4. By then the Orange had gone more than 15 minutes without scoring and the Blue Jays had the six-goal lead.

The drought ended for Syracuse less than two minutes into the fourth quarter when Tom Palasek slipped inside a defender and got to the crease before beating Pierce Bassett in close.

Neither team scored over the next eight minutes as the Blue Jays nursed the 10-5 lead. A Tim Desko goal with 4:49 remaining gave the Orange life, but Hopkins eventually got an empty-net goal from junior Zach Palmer with 62 seconds remaining before Henry Schoonmaker fired home the game’s final goal with 15 seconds left to account for the 11-7 final score.

Like they did in the third quarter, the Blue Jays scored early in the first period as junior Mike Poppleton won the opening faceoff and the Blue Jays worked a nifty play of deception between Greeley and Ranagan that freed Greeley in the middle of the field and he found the top shelf to stake JHU to a quick 1-0 lead just 35 seconds into the game.

Maltz and Greeley traded goals in a two-minute span midway through the quarter before Benn and Ranagan added tallies in the final 3:14 to give the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead after the opening 15 minutes.

Three times the Orange sliced the deficit to two in the second quarter, only to have the Blue Jays answer quickly each time. A Maltz tally in the first two minutes was matched by Ranagan, while a Bobby Eilers strike at the 7:54 mark was answered by Guida with 5:40 remaining in the first half. Guida’s goal gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead that held until the Maltz goal made it 6-4. The two-goal lead lasted just 47 seconds before Stanwick’s goal sparked the 4-0 run that Syracuse was unable to answer.

Benn’s four goals and one assist paced the Blue Jays, who also got two goals and one assist each from Greeley and Ranagan and one goal and two assists from Guida. The five goals and four assists the trio combined for was four goals and two assists better than the Syracuse first midfield managed. Stanwick returned to the lineup and totaled one goal and one assist and Poppleton won 12-of-18 faceoffs for the Blue Jays.

Bassett registered nine saves, including several crucial stops with the Blue Jays playing short. He came up with a big first-quarter save with the Blue Jays playing two men down and added a point-blank save on a Maltz shot early in the third quarter that would have cut an 8-4 deficit to 8-5. Instead, Benn added the second of his three straight goals less than a minute later and Syracuse was never closer than four over the final 25 minutes.

Maltz led the Orange with three goals and JoJo Marasco (2a) and Palasek (1g, 1a) also registered multi-point games for SU, but the Orange couldn’t over a 7-of-20 showing on faceoffs and didn’t score consecutive goals in the game until the fourth quarter.

The win potentially sets up a one vs. two matchup next weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia as the second-ranked Blue Jays travel to face the top-ranked Cavaliers next Saturday (new rankings will be released on Monday, March 19).

Notes: Johns Hopkins is 7-0 for the first time since 2005 and the seventh time since 1977 • Palmer’s goal extended his scoring streak to 19 games • Hopkins now leads the all-time series against Syracuse, 27-22-1 • The Blue Jays have scored on their first shot of the game three times this season and their first or second shot of the game six times in seven games • Syracuse went scoreless for 20:14 at one point …the Blue Jays have held all seven of their opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 19:30.

#6 Syracuse (3-2) 1-3-0-3/7
#2 Johns Hopkins (7-0) 4-3-3-1/11

GoalsS: Maltz-3, Palasek, Desko, Eilers, Schoonmaker. J: Benn-4, Ranagan-2, Greeley-2, Guida, Stanwick, Palmer. AssistsS: Marasco-2, Coleman, Palasek, Ward. J: Guida-2, Benn, Greeley, Ranagan, Stanwick. Saves:S: Lerman-8. J: Bassett-9. Shots: S-29. J-36. EMOS: 2-for-7. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 5,970.


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Maryland Announces 2012 Football Schedule

Posted on 27 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Terps will play six home games in 2012, including matchups with Florida State, Georgia Tech and Connecticut

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2012 Maryland football schedule, which includes league home games against Florida State and Georgia Tech, and a nonconference tilt with Connecticut, was announced jointly Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University.

Maryland will open 2012 season, the second under head coach Randy Edsall, on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a game against William & Mary, the first of six home contests.

The Terps, who face eight bowl teams from last year, will not play consecutive road or home games throughout 2012.

After a road trip to Temple on Sept. 8, the Terps return home on Sept. 15 to face Connecticut, where Edsall spent 12 years as head coach.

The Terps will face interstate rival West Virginia on Sept. 22 in Morgantown. Maryland and WVU will be facing each other for the third straight year after taking two years off in the series.

Maryland will enjoy a bye (Sept. 29) before entering conference play with a home game against Wake Forest (Oct. 6).

The Terps will play at border rival Virginia on Oct. 13 before facing a pair of Atlantic Division foes in NC State (Oct. 20 at home) and Boston College (Oct. 27 on the road).

Georgia Tech then visits College Park for the first time since 2007 on Nov. 3 and a road game against defending Atlantic Division champion Clemson follows on Nov. 10.

The Terrapins will face Florida State on Nov. 17, the final home contest for its senior class, before closing out the regular season at North Carolina on Nov. 26. The Terps and Tar Heels have not faced each other since 2008.

Game times will be announced at a later date. League home games are selected on a 12-day option by ESPN or the ACC Network. During the season, ESPN can choose certain ACC games on a six-day window. Times for early-season nonconference home games are announced in the summer.

Season tickets are now available for purchase and renewal.  A variety of season ticket options are available starting as low as $114. There are also family 4-packs available for $420 and season-ticket holders have the ability to spread their cost over six monthly installments.

Fans can purchase tickets by going to www.umterps.com or by calling the Terrapin Ticket Office at (301) 314-7070 or 1-800-IMA-TERP. Single-game tickets will be available at a later date.

2012 Schedule

Sept. 1    William & Mary

Sept. 8    @ Temple

Sept. 15   Connecticut

Sept. 22   @ West Virginia

Sept. 29   Open

Oct. 6      Wake Forest

Oct. 13    @ Virginia

Oct. 20    NC State

Oct. 27    @ Boston College

Nov. 3     Georgia Tech

Nov. 10    @ Clemson

Nov. 17    Florida State

Nov. 24    @ North Carolina

Home games in bold and played at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium; Times are TBA

Schedule Notes:

  • Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Temple (Gilden New Mexico Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and North Carolina (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).
  • Maryland and William & Mary will be meeting for the fifth time. The series is even at 2-all. The last meeting occurred in 2006 with the Terps posting a 27-14 victory in College Park. The teams hadn’t met since 1946.
  • Maryland leads the all-time series with Temple, 6-1. The Owls won their first game in the series last season, downing the Terps, 38-7.
  • Maryland and West Virginia are playing for the third straight season after taking two years off in the series. The two schools met annually from 1980 to 2007. The Mountaineers hold a 25-21-2 advantage in a series that dates back to 1919.
  • Connecticut and Maryland will be meeting for the just the second time. The Terps downed the Huskies, 34-0, in 1946. Randy Edsall was the head coach at UConn from 1999-2010.
  • Maryland owns a 42-17-1 advantage in the series against Wake Forest, including victories in nine of the last 13. The Terps have won five of the last six in College Park.
  • The Terps lead the all-time series with Virginia, 42-32-2. Maryland has won two of the last three in Charlottesville.
  • The all-time series with NC State is tied, 32-32-4. The Terps have won eight of the last 12 in the series.
  • Boston College leads the all-time series 6-3. Maryland and Boston College met for the first time in 21 years in Massachusetts in 2006 with the Eagles winning, 38-16 (in Chestnut Hill). Maryland’s 42-35 home victory in 2007 over the eighth-ranked Eagles snapped a three-game BC winning streak in the series. Maryland won the last time it visited Chestnut Hill (2010), its first victory in three trips.
  • Georgia Tech leads the series with the Terps, 14-6, having won four of the last five meetings. Five of the last seven games have been decided by five points or less.
  • Clemson holds a 32-26-2 advantage over Maryland in the series, but the Terps have won six of the last 11.
  • Florida State has a 20-2 edge in the all-time series, but both Maryland wins have come at home in the last eight meetings.

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