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Friday Mud asks: How can we make sure the Huguely-Love tragedy never happens again?

Posted on 24 February 2012 by Drew Forrester

Like a pitcher who comes into the dugout after 2 innings of work and says to the manager, “I just don’t have it tonight”, I’ll tell you a similar story:  I just didn’t have Friday Mud in me this week.  Not in the traditional sense, anyway. 

I’m aggravated by the Orioles, for starters, so sitting down and crafting a spectacular edition of FM for you seemed almost unfair given my mood.  I just haven’t felt like laughing this week.  But the biggest reason I haven’t been laughing – and thus, not in the Friday Mud mood – has been the conclusion of the Huguely-Love murder trial in Virginia.  To have to read the accounts of that young lady’s mother and sister talk about Yeardley on Wednesday night at the sentencing portion of the trial was a terrible reminder that no one should have that much grief in their life…but sadly, people are saddled with it even when the didn’t do anything to desreve it.  I spent some of Thursday talking to people in the lacrosse community about this horrible story and how it all could have happened.  

And then I decided to write this:  


Over the last couple of days as people react to the conviction and sentencing recommendation of George Huguely V, I’ve heard or read more than one person say, “Lacrosse got what it deserved”.  That e-mail came into me on Thursday morning and we talked about it during the show.  “Lacrosse got what it deserved…”

That, of course, was a reference to the constant criticism lacrosse always hears about its own fiber:  that people involved in the sport are spoiled and entitled because the sum of their parts include family wealth, private school, self-sense of entitlement and, in a lot of cases, superior athletic ability.

Mix those elements together and you have someone who believes he or she is above reproach.

That, some are saying, is precisely what happened to George Huguely V.

But that doesn’t mean lacrosse got what it deserved on Wednesday when the jury handed down its verdict and recommended to the judge that the former Landon School student should spend the next 26 years of his life in prison for the death of Yeardley Love.

Lacrosse had nothing at all to do with the story, per-se.  It just served as the convenient backdrop for a tragedy.

Yeardley Love is dead because no one took the time to help her or George Huguely V when they needed it most.  He could have been a baseball player and she a member of the volleyball team.  The outcome would have likely been the same.

Where on earth were the adults while these two were leading their highly publicized college lifestyle?  Where were the parents and the coaches and the professors?

Where were the friends of those two?

Where WAS everyone?

In the United States these days, we’re sensing that people are actually starting to support one another again.  After a couple of decades of our nation’s dog-eat-dog, make-as-much-as-you can, screw-the-little-guy approach, we seem to have figured out that helping one another and being “in this together” is probably a better way to pick ourselves up from this horrible economic dip of the last five years.

We need help.

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After Virginia Mess, Win Over Miami Even More Impressive For Terps

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK — After the University of Maryland basketball team suffered a disastrous second half letdown in a 71-44 loss at the University of Virginia Saturday, it would have been easy to believe a season ending freefall had begun.

Head coach Mark Turgeon said he only needed 48 hours to believe that wasn’t going to be the case.

“I was so down. There was nothing going on on the bus (after the loss in Charlottesville), there was no one talking except me and I was just yelling at my assistants, just venting to them” Turegon said. “We finished practice (Monday) and we had a great practice. I said ‘you know what? Everybody around here thinks we’re just going to roll over and quit and you showed me today that we’re not.’ I went home and had a great night with my family, enjoyed dinner, slept well, and that’s all you can ask as a coach.”

Turgeon’s intuition proved totally accurate, as his Terrapins rallied from a late deficit Tuesday night to beat Miami 75-70 at Comcast Center. The Terrapins (16-11, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed by five points in the final two minutes of the game, but got big plays from G Sean Mosley and F/C James Padgett to overcome the Hurricanes (16-10, 7-6 ACC). Turgeon called the win the best his team had recorded all season.

“I know the (December) Notre Dame game probably looks like it’s better, but under that circumstance and under this circumstance it was just a great win for out team.”

This circumstance being just days removed from the Terps’ worst performance since an early season beatdown suffered at the hands of Iona in the 5-Hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Maryland scored just 13 points in the second half of their loss at John Paul Jones Arena, looking at times as though a thin roster and lack of NCAA Tournament hopes had combined to suck the life out of the team.

The life returned in a big way Tuesday night, proving Turgeon’s message was still ringing with a thin group of overachieving players.

“If we would have lost this game by, I would have been really, really disappointed, but I would have been really proud of my team.” Turgeon said. “Tonight I really felt the coaching-we’d call a play and they’d actually run it. We changed some things offensively which really helped us. Our guys played as a team. The crowd got into it late. We made all the plays – Sean (Mosley) made a big three, Padgett the and-one, (Freshman G) Nick (Faust) the big steal, we stepped up and made free throws. It was just a great win for us.”

A win over a Tournament bubble team in Miami does not suddenly lift the Terrapins’ postseason hopes, but it likely prevents a young group of players from feeling sorry for themselves and sleepwalking through the end of the season. It might not pay dividends immediately, but it could have a long term effect as Turgeon suggested postgame.

“That’s the kind of win right there that will carry over hopefully for the rest of the year and into the future because we are a young team and we’ve got to learn how to win. And when you win a game like that, you’re learning how to win. And I know our program has won-I understand they won 19 games last year. But this group hasn’t won and so to win a game like that is just going to help our young kids.”

Perhaps the most important of those young kids is Faust, who also said the victory was the biggest of his career.

“I would say this is a win that will carry over. We’ve seen that we can play as a team and overcome. Even when we’re down we can still get back in the game; so this is a win that will carry over.”

While it was Sophomore G Terrell Stoglin (20 points) who again lead the way for the Terrapins, the positive contributions from Padgett (16 points, six boards and the late three point play) and Faust (eight points, eight rebounds and a crucial late steal) offer a bright spot and a building block for players and fans alike moving towards Turgeon’s second season.

The next two or three weeks aren’t likely to be very rewarding for the Maryland program, but the sustained growth from this group could be exactly what is needed to reap rewards in the future.

Either way, it’s a much better feeling than watching a group of players fall apart as they did just three days earlier.


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Maryland Set to Host Miami, Honor Johnny Rhodes Tuesday Night

Posted on 21 February 2012 by WNST Staff

  • Miami (16-9, 7-5) at Maryland (15-11, 5-7)
    Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
    ACC Network (WNUV 54 in Baltimore) | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland plays its return match with Miami in a Tuesday-night test at Comcast Center. The Terrapins and Hurricanes played one of the best games of the season so far in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Feb. 1 when the `Canes prevailed in a 90-86 double-overtime game. The Terrapins are 15-11 after last Saturday’s 71-44 loss at 22nd-ranked Virginia, and come into the game tied for seventh place in the league with a 5-7 conference mark. The Canes are 16-9 overall and in a three-way tie for fourth in the league with NC State and Virginia at 7-5.
  • The Terrapins got 33 points from Terrell Stoglin in the double-OT loss at Miami earlier in the season. The talented sophomore had six 3-pointers and went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. Maryland came back from a 16-point deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime.
  • Maryland is completing a tight turnaround in its schedule, with three games in six days. The Terrapins played host to Boston College last Thursday, traveled to Charlottesville for a game early Saturday afternoon and complete the whirlwind against Miami on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, now at 21.4 points per game. Stoglin has 24 straight games with double figures in points, and has 18 games with at least 20 points or more. The Terrapins are 12-6 in games in which he hits the 20-point mark. Against Boston College, Stoglin set the school record for 3-pointers in a season by a sophomore. Now with 72, he has surpassed the 64 of Greivis Vasquez in 2008.
  • Nick Faust has been playing particularly well of late, taking over the point guard role after the season-ending knee injury to Pe’Shon Howard. Faust has averaged 14.0 points per game in his last three outings, scoring in double figures in the last three and four of the last five games. He has also stood out at the defensive end, getting 11 steals in the last six games. His five against Boston College marked the first time a Terp player had that many in a game since the ACC Quarterfinals in 2010 when both Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne accomplished that feat.
  • Maryland has won the last two straight over Miami in games played in Comcast Center, including an 81-59 victory on 1/26/2010 in the most recent matchup in College Park.
  • After road games at Georgia Tech on Saturday and at North Carolina on Feb. 29, the Terrapins will play their final game of the regular season at Comcast Center on Sunday, March 4 on Senior Day against Virginia.

    Scouting the Hurricanes

  • Miami is 16-9 and 7-5 in the ACC following a 74-56 home win over Wake Forest on Saturday… The Hurricanes are 4-6 on the road this season, but have won three of the last four, beating Georgia Tech, Boston College and Duke while falling to Florida State.
  • Junior guard Durand Scott is averaging a team-high 12.9 ppg and is one of four Hurricanes averaging double figures… junior forward Kenny Kadji (12.8), senior guard Malcolm Grant (11.6) and junior center Reggie Johnson (11.1) are the other three… Both Scott and Kadji had 18 points in the win over Wake Forest.
  • Miami ranks second in the ACC in 3FG made per game (7.5), with Grant, Trey McKinney Jones and Shane Larkin leading the way… Grant has made 49 of 162 (.302), McKinney Jones 30 of 84 (.357) and Larkin 27 of 76 (.355)… Against Wake Forest the Hurricanes made 12 of 31 3FG attempts (.387).
  • With the 6-foot-10, 284-pound Johnson and 6-foot-11, 251-pound Kadji, Miami has an imposing frontcourt… Johnson is averaging a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game, while Kadji has a team-best 40 blocks.


    After road games at Georgia Tech on Saturday and at North Carolina on Feb. 29, the Terrapins will play their final game of the regular season at Comcast Center on Sunday, March 4 on Senior Day against Virginia.

    The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be held March 8 to 11 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NHL-Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators (Wednesday 7pm from Ottawa live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on NHL Network/Comcast SportsNet), Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs (Saturday 7pm from Toronto live on NHL Network/Comcast SportsNet); Monster Jam (Friday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena); Tennis: ATP Tour Regions Morgan Keegan Championships (Saturday 12pm & 4pm Sunday 4pm from Memphis live on Tennis Channel); Boxing: Marcos Maidana vs. Devon Alexander (Saturday 10pm from St. Louis live on HBO), Friday Night Fights-Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Cristobal Cruz (Friday 9pm from Dover live on ESPN2); High School Basketball: MPSSAA Playoffs Opening Round-Games include Catonsville @ Mergenthaler, Paint Branch @ Dulaney, Poly @ Blake, Perry Hall @ Sherwood, Chesapeake-AA @ South River, Great Mills @ North County, Leonardtown @ Broadneck, Severna Park @ Meade (All games Friday); Women’s College Basketball: North Carolina @ Maryland (Friday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS)

10. Blake Shelton (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Mr. Greengenes (Friday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Several Species: The Pink Floyd Experience (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); Citizen Cope (Friday 7pm Recher Theatre); Guns N Roses (Thursday 10pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Flogging Molly (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Estelle (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rick Ross (Thursday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Fun. “Some Nights” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m not really a Blake Shelton fan.That said, I wish I could tell you I didn’t enjoy this tune…

I am particularly bitter that my trip to Indy this weekend will prevent me from getting to the Cope show Friday night. If you’ve never seen him, shame on you…

What’s happening in Silver Spring won’t ACTUALLY be a GNR show, but it doesn’t mean you can’t sing along…

Just in case you forgot, Flogging Molly is the one that ISN’T Dropkick Murphys…

9. Portlandia The Tour (Tuesday 7pm & 9pm 9:30 Club); Jeffrey Ross (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Jim Gaffigan (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Rodney Carrington (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “J. Edgar” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Act of Valor” and “Wonderlust” out in theaters (Friday); 2012 Academy Awards (Sunday 7pm from Los Angeles live on ABC)

Can someone ask Jeffrey Ross if he’ll come on my show this week and make fun of me? It’s that good…

Also funny? Jim Gaffigan. It’s just a very different type of funny…

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Deliberations in Huguely Trial to Begin Wednesday

Posted on 19 February 2012 by WNST Staff

STEVE SZKOTAK  Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A jury that begins deliberations Wednesday will have to decide whether a former University of Virginia lacrosse player went to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment with the intent to kill her, or if the 22-year-old’s death was the accidental end result of a jealousy-tinged, volatile relationship.

After listening to more than three hours of closing arguments, jurors in the trial of George Huguely V decided to begin deliberations on Wednesday. The defendant could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious count of murder in the May 3, 2010, death of Yeardley Love.

Prosecutors told jurors Saturday that Huguely, the former lacrosse player, killed his ex-girlfriend in a drunken rage, while the defendant’s attorney said his client contributed to her death but had no intent to harm her.

Love was founded battered and bruised around her face in her bedroom in what a coroner concluded was death by blunt force trauma. Medical experts offered various possible causes for her death — a bruised and bleeding brain or smothering in her blood-dampened pillow.

Huguely, who has pleaded not guilty, told police that he had gone to Love’s apartment to talk the night of her death. But he said the encounter quickly turned physical after she “freaked out” and began hitting her own head against the wall of her bedroom.

The prosecution has said Huguely kicked a hole in her bedroom door when she refused to let him in, leading to a final violent encounter.

“Isn’t that a scene from a horror movie?” prosecutor Dave Chapman told jurors.

Chapman said Huguely left Love to die.

The prosecutor has said Huguely was incensed that Love had been seeing a lacrosse player from North Carolina and threatened her in an email after he learned about it with the message, “I should have killed you.”

Huguely’s attorney acknowledged that the Chevy Chase, Md., man went to Love’s apartment and their encounter turned physical but said he had no intention to harm her.

“The story is the same story,” defense attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence said.

“Where’s the intent to kill?” he asked jurors. “Where’s the intent to kill?”

Chapman, who presented about 50 witnesses during the 11-day trial, seemed to sob as he presented his closing to jurors. He also showed crime scene photographs of Love’s lifeless body, prompting weeping in the courtroom.

Lacrosse teammates testified how Huguely drank heavily in the hours before Love’s death during an end-of-season, father-son golf tournament, and Chapman reminded jurors of testimony that Huguely had put Love in a chokehold in February 2010.

Chapman read a letter from Huguely to Love in which he apologized for the incident.

“Alcohol is ruining my life. I assure you I’ll never act like that again,” Huguely wrote.

Defense attorneys have argued that her death was accidental, possibly the result of drinking and a prescription drug that the suburban Baltimore woman took for attention-deficit disorder. A coroner has said those substances were in her body but not in potentially lethal doses.

A defense witness testified that Love’s blood alcohol level was higher than recorded in an autopsy.

Lawrence, who presented about 10 witnesses, cast Love’s death in the context of her tempestuous relationship, which included public spats and infidelities by both of them, and the sexually charged lives of young male and female athletes — the “lacrosse ghetto,” as he called it. Love was a player on the U.Va. women’s lacrosse team.

“We know there was a jilted lover, that each jilted each other,” Lawrence said. “This is not making Yeardley a bad guy. That’s what these kids do.”

He called Huguely a “stupid drunk” who made bad choices.

Lawrence said prosecutors were overreaching in the bid for a charge of felony murder in commission of robbery. Huguely took Love’s computer in what the prosecution said was an attempt to get rid of damning emails.

Conviction on that charge could bring a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Circuit Judge Edward L. Hogshire told jurors they could find Huguely guilty of a lesser charge of involuntary or voluntary manslaughter as well as murder.

Jurors are returning Wednesday because of the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday and grand jurors meet in the courthouse on Tuesday. Jurors are not sequestered.

Huguely is also charged with burglary, breaking and entering, and grand larceny.

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Defense Rests in Huguely Trial

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Following two days of delays, the defense rested in the University of Virginia Lacrosse murder trial without defendant George Huguely V taking the stand on his own behalf.

A neurosurgeon testified Saturday that he saw little brain injury in Yeardley Love whom prosecutors said Huguely fatally bashed her head against a wall.

Dr. Ronald H. Uscinski testified for the defense in the trial. Huguely is charged with first-degree murder in the May 3, 2010, death of YeardleyLove, who was a member of the U.Va. women’s lacrosse team and is ex-girlfriend.

Huguely waived his right to testify before the trial broke for lunch. Jurors had already heard his account of Love’s death in a police interrogation video played during the trial.

By Saturday afternoon, defense attorneys had rested their case after presenting fewer than 10 witnesses over several days. The prosecution had presented about 50.

Circuit Judge George Hogshire read jurors instructions, which said they could also find Huguely guilty of involuntary manslaughter or voluntary manslaughter instead of murder. Both charges would carry lighter sentences than a murder conviction.

Closing arguments were also scheduled for Saturday afternoon, with jurors possibly getting the case later in the day.

Uscinki’s testimony was limited by Circuit Judge George Hogshire because of an email exchange involving Uscinski during the trial that had the potential to influence his testimony. The prosecution said they also would seek to strike previous defense medical testimony.

The medical testimony is critical because there is no disagreement that the 24-year-old Huguely of Chevy Chase, Md., was in Love’s apartment the night she died, or that their encounter became physical. At issue is how she died from what the medical examiner has ruled was blunt-force trauma.

The prosecution argues that Huguely banged Love’s head against her bedroom wall, bruising her brain and causing bleeding near the brain stem, while the defense contends Love suffocated with her face buried in her own blood-dampened pillow.

Love, who was 22 and from suburban Baltimore, was found with a battered right eye and injuries around and in her mouth and on her neck.

Asked by one of Huguely’s defense attorneys, Rhonda Quagliana, what he concluded after he viewed Love’s brain, Uscinski replied: “That there may have been head trauma … but there’s not of lot of significant brain trauma.”

Asked by Quagliana if he saw blunt-force injuries, Uscinski said, “No.”

Huguely’s defense has said it can complete its presentation Saturday. But the jury was kept out of the courtroom after prosecutor Dave Chapman presented a series of emails between Uscinski and a member of Huguely’s defense team that involved the testimony of another medical expert scheduled to testify for the defense.

Chapman sought to keep Uscinski from testifying and to have jurors disregard the testimony of the defense witness who said Love smothered in her pillow.

While Hogshire said Uscinski was likely “influenced by these emails,” he allowed him to testify but limited the extent of his testimony.

The defense hopes to finish its presentation Saturday.

Huguely and Love shared a tempestuous relationship, according to witnesses, marked by arguments, jealousy and infidelities.

Prosecutors have said Huguely went to Love’s apartment after a day of golf and heavy drinking, kicked in her bedroom door and repeatedly banged her head against a wall, leaving her to die.

Huguely, who has pleaded not guilty, told police that he had gone to her apartment to talk the night of her death. But he said the encounter quickly turned physical after she “freaked out” and began hitting her own head against the wall of her bedroom.

Hogshire has said the trial is unlikely to be conducted Sunday or Monday, which is Presidents’ Day, and grand jurors meet in the courthouse on Tuesday. Jurors, who are not sequestered, presumably could return on Wednesday.

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NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Virginia

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With Little to Play For, Maryland Offers Woeful Effort in Charlottesville

Posted on 18 February 2012 by Glenn Clark

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As a tie game at halftime turned into a blowout loss to the University of Virginia Saturday, University of Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon decided he couldn’t sit back and watch his scholarship players go through the motions anymore.

With roughly three minutes to play in the game, Turgeon inserted five walk-on players into the Terrapins’ lineup and stuck with them for the rest of the game. It only made a blowout loss more lopsided, but the head coach was in need of making a statement.

“I just had enough” Turgeon said. “Selfishness, not boxing out, not defending. I wanted to do it earlier. You can go down our whole list-if you can tell me one guy that played well today, I’ll argue that you’re wrong. We were 0-14 or however many guys we played today.”

The number actually was 14 players, and none had anything to offer in the second half of the Terrapins’ 71-44 loss to the Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The Terps (15-11, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) had managed to erase an early deficit and tie things up at intermission thanks to 14 points from G Terrell Stoglin. Stoglin wouldn’t score again after the break, and the Cavs (20-6, 7-5 ACC) outscored Maryland 40-13 the rest of the way.

It was as ugly (if not uglier) than I’m sure it appeared on television. Maryland shot a putrid 5-24 (20.8%) from the field and turned the ball over 12 times after returning from the locker room. Those 12 points resulted in 20 points for the Wahoos, while the Terps forced just one UVa turnover after the half (which actually did result in two points).

There’s no silver lining to Maryland’s second half effort. It was abysmal. It made spectators wonder why the team even bothered to return to the floor after the break. It was so frustrating that the coach compared it to Maryland’s previous season low point.

“This reminded me of Puerto Rico today. I thought we looked like we were disinterested as far as trying to be tough on defense and rebounding. Our execution was poor.”

Turgeon was referring to the team’s early season trip to San Juan for the 5-Hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where they lost two of three games-including a blowout defeat at the hands of Iona. After the stretch, Turgeon referred to his team as “the biggest challenge I’ve ever had in coaching; it’s not even close.”

Similarly, Maryland played the three games in Puerto Rico without sophomore PG Pe’Shon Howard, who missed his third straight game Saturday (and will be out for the rest of the season) with a torn ACL. The Terps were also without freshman C Alex Len in Puerto Rico due to suspension. Len tallied zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists, zero blocks and zero steals to go with one turnover and two missed field goals in 20 minutes Saturday. It’s difficult to determine which scenario would have been preferable.

This is the part of the column where I note that Maryland was playing a second game in roughly 40 hours after recording a win over Boston College Thursday night in College Park. Neither Turgeon nor senior G Sean Mosley would use the turnaround as an excuse, but Turegon was willing to admit the span “was hard” on his team. Now I’ve noted it.

I should also probably note that a tip of the cap is warranted for Virginia F Mike Scott, who bowled over four different Maryland defenders en route to a 25 point, seven rebound performance. Scott’s dominance of the Terrapins was perhaps “Plumlee-esque” Saturday. Consider that noted as well.

Sitting nearly an entire level away from the JPJ Arena floor, I started to wonder if the Maryland players had quit in the second half. For what it’s worth, the coach disagreed.

“We didn’t quit, we just hung our head. I wouldn’t say we quit, we just kind of felt sorry for ourselves and weren’t competing as hard as we can compete. I know it might have looked that way a little bit, but I don’t think we quit.”

Perhaps the players never actually quit, but it was a brutal effort that came at a time where it would be easy to see the team give up a bit. This is a difficult stretch for a Maryland team that has frankly overachieved with a thin roster. The players are smart enough to know that there’s no hope of a NCAA Tournament at-large bid and even slim NIT hopes aren’t enticing enough to maintain a high level of energy until March. The only tangible difference between winning and losing at this point is the reaction generated from coaches and fans.

When things aren’t going their way, it is understandable that players may be a little more willing to pack it in down the stretch. It’s not a condemnation of the collective heart of this group of players, it’s just more a look at reality for a team that is too thin in both quantity and quality.

It’s also not an excuse for poor effort down the stretch. Maryland’s second half performance was absolutely unacceptable even against a Virginia team in need of a strong effort to hold on their place in the nation’s Top 25. Things won’t necessarily get any easier for Maryland, as bubble dwelling Miami invades Comcast Center Tuesday and the final three games of the regular season include a return contest with Scott and the Cavaliers plus trips to North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

If Turgeon thought the stretch after the Puerto Rico trip was going to be a challenge, it would be hard to find the right word to describe the rest of the season.

The word is definitely not “easy”. That much I know.


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Huguely Trial Delayed Again Friday, Judge Hopes to Finish Saturday

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

By Brandon Shulleeta

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va, Feb 17 (Reuters) – A day before University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Lovevdied, she went to dinner with the ex-boyfriend now accused of killing her and was seen embracing his family members and holding his hand, witnesses testified on Friday.

An attorney for George Huguely V, 24, attempted to create a rosier portrait of the couple’s relationship than portrayed by prosecution witnesses during the past two weeks of Huguely’s first-degree murder trial in Charlottesville.

The fellow senior university lacrosse players had an on-again, off-again relationship for about two years leading up to Love’s death. Jurors previously heard testimony that Huguely had choked Love weeks before she died and wrote “I should have killed you” in an email.

On Friday, they watched surveillance video recorded at a restaurant the day before Love’s May 2010 death.

“That’s Georgie. And there’s Yeardley. And they’re holding hands,” said Alina Massaro, Huguely’s aunt, as the tape played.

Just over 24 hours after that outing, Love was found dead, face down in her bloody bedroom pillow. Prosecutors say a drunk Huguely walked into Love’s apartment, kicked in her bedroom door, slammed her head against the wall and left her to die.

The defense focused on Friday on an incident in which Love was said to have struck Huguely with her purse.

Two young women said they had been watching a movie with Huguely when Love entered his apartment one night in February 2010. Love wanted to know who they were, Caroline Wattenmaker and Alice Billmire testified.

“She came over to his side of the couch and seemed pretty frustrated,” said Billmire, who testified that she saw  Love hit Huguely with her purse. “I think he just kept telling her to leave.”

Other defense witnesses described Huguely as cordial.

Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him, which include first-degree murder, robbery, burglary at night, breaking and entering, grand larceny and murder during a robbery.

Neuropathologists have testified that Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Maryland, died from blunt force trauma to the head. But defense expert neuropathologist Dr. Jan E. Leestma said Love might have suffocated in her bloody pillow instead, a conclusion prosecutors said would not explain her brain hemorrhages.

Earlier this week, Leestma acknowledged his theory that Love’s brain hemorrhages might have occurred during CPR performed after her death was not widely accepted by the scientific community.

Friday’s proceedings were cut short because Huguely defense attorney Rhonda Quagliana said she was sick again. There was no testimony on Thursday due to her illness.

Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire told Quagliana’s colleague, Francis Lawrence, he wants proof of her illness. The case was expected to continue on Saturday with the final defense witnesses and possibly closing arguments.

“The defense needs to be ready to go tomorrow,” Hogshire said.

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Terps Make Quick Turnaround for Saturday Visit to Virginia

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND (15-10, 5-6) AT #22/22 VIRGINIA (19-6, 6-5)
Saturday, February 18, 2012 • 1 p.m. EST
Game #26 • Road Game #7 • Charlottesville, Va. • John Paul Jones Arena
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst)
TV: ACC Network – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)-Locally on WNUV-TV.

• Maryland travels to Charlottesville for its first matchup of the season but the 176th all-time with Virginia, which is currently ranked 22nd in both polls. The Terps are tied with Clemson for seventh in the ACC with a 5-6 mark, just one game behind the fifth-place tie between the Cavaliers and Miami. Maryland and Virginia close the regular season on Sunday, March 4 at Comcast Center in a 2 p.m. matchup.
• Maryland scored its most lopsided victory of the season on Thursday in an 81-65 victory over Boston College. The Terrapins took control with a 14-0 run over a 2:45 stretch of the first half that gave Maryland an 18-10 lead. All 14 of those points were by sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin. The streak extended to a 29-4 run over 7:51 that put Maryland ahead 33-14 with 7:53 left before halftime. Stoglin had 19 of his game-high 24 in the first half.
• Stoglin set the sophomore record for 3-pointers in a season against BC, with his five giving him 68 for the year. Greivis Vasquez had 64 during the 2008 season for the record. Stoglin became the 16th Terrapin with 100 3-pointers in his career in that game and has tied Terence Morris (1995-99) for 15th on the all-time list with 101. Stoglin has accomplished that milestone in only 58 career games.
• Junior forward James Padgett came off the bench against BC for the first time in 14 games and played well. His 15 points (one off his career-high) came on near-perfect shooting, as he went 5-for-5 from the floor and 5-for-6 at the line. Padgett also had eight rebounds for the Terrapins.
• Maryland is in a tight stretch of quick turnarounds, with less than 48 hours between the BC and Virginia games. The Terps play three games in six days, including Tuesday’s home game with Miami.

Scouting the Cavaliers
• No. 22 Virginia enters Saturday’s game with a record of 19-6, including 6-5 in the ACC… However, the Cavaliers have dropped three of their last four and sit in a tie for fifth in the standings… Virginia is 12-1 at home with the lone blemish a 47-45 loss to Virginia Tech on Jan. 22.
• Senior forward Mike Scott, an ACC Player of the Year candidate, leads the team in scoring at 16.9 ppg, third in the league… He is also first in the conference in field-goal percentage (.596) and sixth in rebounding (8.2 rpg)… Sophomore guard Joe Harris is second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg)…. Junior guard Jontel Evans is fifth in the conference in both assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).
• Virginia is the top defensive team in the ACC… The Cavaliers are allowing a league-low 52.2 ppg… Opponents are shooting just 39.2 percent from the fl oor which ranks third in the ACC… The Cavaliers
also shoot the ball well, connecting on 46.1 percent of their field-goal attempts, fourth in the ACC
• Tony Bennett is in his third season as head coach… Prior to his stint there, he spent three seasons as head coach at Washington State, where he led the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Maryland has a little better than a 36-hour turnaround before its 1p.m. tipoff at Virginia on Saturday…The Terps then return home on Tuesday for their rematch against Miami (2/21)… Maryland has five
regular-season games on the schedule, two at home and three on the road… Of the five remaining, three are against nationally ranked teams, including the home-and-home with the Cavaliers.

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Huguely Trial Delayed By Defense Attorney Illness

Posted on 16 February 2012 by WNST Staff

STEVE SZKOTAK | Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.(AP) The murder trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player is taking a one-day break because one of his defense attorneys is ill.The first-degree murder trial of George Huguely will resume on Friday.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire delayed the trial early Thursday in hopes attorney Rhonda Quagliana would be able to return to the courtroom later in the day. Court resumed midday and lead defense attorney Francis McQ. Lawrence informed the court she would not be able to return.

Huguely is accused in the May 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love. The body of the 22-year-old suburban Baltimore woman was found battered in her apartment bedroom after what prosecutors say was one final, violent encounter.

Huguely has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and other counts.

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