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Towson Hosts Manhattan Tuesday Night on WNST

Posted on 19 December 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its final two non-conference home games of the 2011-12 season this week, starting with a match-up against Manhattan Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action from the Towson Center Arena.

TIGER UPDATE:

Towson is set to play its final two non-conference home games of the 2011-12 season this week against Manhattan tonight and Vermont on Friday evening. The Tigers are coming off a pair of extremely close losses last week to cross-town rivals UMBC and Coppin State.

LAST TIME OUT:
Towson held Coppin State to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor, but turnovers and poor free throw shooting hurt the Tigers in a 71-57 loss to the Eagles Wednesday evening. Towson tied a season-high by making eight from beyond the arc, but couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers and nine of 24 shooting from the foul line (37.5 percent). Sophomore Marcus Damas led the Tigers with 16 points and shot 4-for-5 from three-point range. Senior Robert Nwankwo chipped in 15 points while shooting 6-for-8 from the field. Freshman Kris Walden dished out a season-high eight assists, but also turned the ball over nine times.

SCOUTING MANHATTAN:
The Jaspers have won four straight and are undefeated in the month of December. Manhattan is coming off a wire-to-wire 68-59 victory Dec. 10. Junior George Beamon led the Jaspers in scoring for the seventh time this season finishing with 14 points to go along with eight rebounds. Beamon had scored in double figures in 25 straight contests. Manhattan has already exceeded its win total (6) from the 2010-11 season.

SERIES HISTORY:
Towson and Manhattan have only met once on the hardwood with the Jaspers prevailing at home, 78-62, on Feb. 20, 2010.

PLAYING THE BEST:
In just 10 games this season, Towson has played five teams either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. According to the Pomeroy Ratings, the Tigers have played the second toughest schedule in the CAA thus far.

WHAT’S ON TAP?:
Following tonight’s game, the Tigers will prepare to host Vermont on Friday. The contest against the Catamounts, which will be the final non-conference home game on the 2010-11 season, is set to tip at 7 p.m. Between Christmas and the start of the New Year, Towson will travel south to take on the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Trip to UMBC Highlights Maryland Women’s Basketball Schedule

Posted on 14 September 2011 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Home-and-home match ups with Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia highlight the 2011-12 Maryland women’s basketball schedule, released Tuesday. All five of the aforementioned teams were selected to compete in the postseason in 2011.

The Terrapins will play at least 17 games against opponents that competed in either the NCAA or WNIT postseason tournaments in 2011. Ten of those games will be played in College Park.

Eight of the Terps’ games will be televised, including three on the ESPN family of networks. The other five will be shown on RSN, which consists of several regional cable syndicated networks throughout the ACC footprint, including Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net South, and New England Sports Network, reaches approximately 24 million households.

Highlighting the early non-conference schedule will be a matchup with Georgetown, who ended the 2010-11 season ranked 14th, on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Comcast Center.

Six local opponents are on the Terps’ non-conference slate. Maryland will welcome Loyola, Georgetown and Towson to Comcast Center, and will travel to UMBC, American and George Mason.

In the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Maryland will play host to 2011 postseason team Michigan for a 7 p.m. game on Nov. 30. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams and both are undefeated in the first four years of the Challenge.

The Terps, who went 24-8 and finished fourth in the ACC last year, will play their first five league games against 2011 postseason participants, including three on the road. They will play single-games at home vs. Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Boston College, and single road games at Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina State.

The Terrapins open league play at Florida State on Jan. 2 with a 7 p.m. game, then return home for an 8:30 p.m. televised game vs. Georgia Tech on Jan. 6. Two days later, the Terrapins hit the road against to play at North Carolina at 1 p.m. Continuing its road trip, Maryland will take on Miami, who finished second in the league last year, in Coral Gables on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

Maryland’s last three home games include a Feb. 12 matchup with Miami, which will be shown live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. A week later, the Terrapins will play host to Duke for a 3 p.m. game on Feb. 19, which will also be shown on ESPN2. The Terps close out their home slate with a Feb. 24 game vs. North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. shown on RSN.

The 2011 ACC Tournament will be held March 1-4 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The ACC Semifinals will be shown on ESPNU and the ACC Championship game will be shown on ESPN2.

Maryland will play host to the 2012 NCAA First and Second Rounds March 17 and 19 at Comcast Center.

The Terps will make their first appearance of the season at Maryland Madness on Oct. 14 at Comcast Center. They will play host to Messiah College for an exhibition on Nov. 1 and Holy Family for an exhibition on Nov. 6. Both exhibition games will be at 7 p.m.

2011-12 Maryland Women’s Basketball Schedule

Day Date  Opponent    Location  Time

Tues. Nov. 1  Messiah College (Exhib.)   COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 6  Holy Family (Exhib.)   COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 11  LOYOLA (Md.)    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 13  GEORGETOWN    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 2 p.m.

Wed. Nov. 16  TOWSON    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 19  UMBC     Baltimore, Md.  7 p.m.

Tues. Nov. 22  SAINT JOSEPH’S    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Florida International Thanksgiving Classic

Fri. Nov. 25   at Florida International   Miami, Fla.  6 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 26  Cal State Bakersfield   Miami, Fla.  2 p.m.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Wed. Nov. 30  MICHIGAN    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 4  at American    Washington, D.C.  1 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 8  DELAWARE STATE   COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 11  at George Mason    Fairfax, Va.  2 p.m.

Terrapin Classic

Wed. Dec. 28  LAFAYETTE    COLLEGE PARK, Md. Noon

Thurs. Dec. 29  DELAWARE/ECU    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 2  at Florida State*    Tallahassee, Fla.   7 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 6  GEORGIA TECH* (RSN)   COLLEGE PARK, Md.       8:30 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 8  at North Carolina* (RSN)   Chapel Hill, N.C.  1 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 12  at Miami*     Coral Gables, Fla.  7 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 16  VIRGINIA* (RSN)    COLLEGE PARK, Md.       8:30 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 19  WAKE FOREST*    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 22  at Duke* (ESPNU)    Durham, N.C.  3:30 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 26  VIRGINIA TECH*    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 2  BOSTON COLLEGE*    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.

Mon. Feb. 6  at Georgia Tech* (RSN)   Atlanta, Ga.  7 p.m.

Thurs.  Feb. 9  at Clemson*    Clemson, S.C.  7 p.m.

Sun.  Feb. 12  MIAMI* (ESPN2)    COLLEGE PARK, Md.       2:30 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 16  at Virginia*     Charlottesville, Va.  7 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 19  DUKE* (ESPN2)    COLLEGE PARK, Md. 3 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 24  NORTH CAROLINA* (RSN)   COLLEGE PARK, Md.      8:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 26  at North Carolina State*   Raleigh, N.C.  2 p.m.

*-denotes ACC game | Home games in BOLD CAPS

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Trips to Kansas, Michigan and Visit from Oregon State Highlight Towson Hoops Schedule

Posted on 13 September 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON RELEASES 2011-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Tigers to Face Six NCAA Tournament Teams

TOWSON, Md. – Contests against six teams that reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2011-12 Towson University men’s basketball schedule, it has been announced by Pat Skerry, the Tigers’ first-year coach.

The Tigers will open the 2011-12 season by participating in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. After opening the season at the University of Kansas on Nov. 11, the Tigers will travel to the University of Michigan for a Nov. 14 game against the Wolverines. The Jayhawks advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Southwest Region final last year while Michigan reached the NCAA Tournament third round.

Towson will continue play at the EA Sports Maui Invitational by facing Belmont, a team that played in the NCAA Tournament second round last year, on Nov. 19. The Tigers will play either UNC Greensboro or Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 20.

The Tigers open their home schedule against Oregon State on Nov. 26. That is the start of a stretch of four of five home games. After a visit to the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 30, the Tigers open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule at home against George Mason on Dec. 3, the first of two meetings against the Patriots. The two teams will also face each other at the Patriot Center on Jan. 21.

The Tigers resume their non-conference schedule by hosting La Salle on Dec. 7 and UMBC on Dec. 10 before visiting Coppin State on Dec. 14. They will finish the month of December with games against Manhattan College (Dec. 20), the University of Vermont (Dec. 23) and the University of Virginia (Dec. 30).

“As you can see, we are playing a national schedule against several of the nation’s top programs,” Skerry said. “The players want to play against the best competition much like they have during their entire basketball careers. We look forward to using these games and experiences to prepare us for a very tough CAA.”

The Tigers resume their CAA schedule on Jan. 2 by hosting Northeastern at the Towson Center in the first of two meetings between the two teams. Towson will also play Delaware, Drexel, James Madison, CAA champion Old Dominion and Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth in a home-and-home series during the 2011-12 season while facing the other four CAA teams once.

In addition, the Tigers will play in an ESPN BracketBusters game on the weekend of Feb. 17-19 against an opponent to be determined.

The CAA Championship will be played Mar. 2-5 at the Richmond Coliseum with the CAA winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Note: Schedule follows on next page

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2011-12 Towson University Men’s Basketball Schedule

November
11 at Kansas ^ Lawrence, Kan. 7 p.m.
14 at Michigan ^ Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
19 vs. Belmont ^ Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
20 vs. UNC Greensboro/Middle Tenn. St. Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
26 OREGON STATE Towson Center TBA
30 at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass. TBA

December
3 GEORGE MASON * Towson Center TBA
7 LA SALLE  Towson Center 7 p.m.
10 UMBC Towson Center 7 p.m.

14 at Coppin State Baltimore, Md. 7:30 p.m.
20 MANHATTAN COLLEGE Towson Center 7 p.m.
23 VERMONT Towson Center 7 p.m.
30 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.

January
2 NORTHEASTERN * Towson Center TBA
4 at Drexel * Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
7 at Old Dominion * Norfolk, Va. TBA
11 WILLIAM & MARY * Towson Center TBA
14 at Georgia State * Atlanta, Ga. TBA
18 OLD DOMINION * Towson Center TBA
21 at George Mason * Fairfax, Va. TBA
23 at Delaware * Newark, Del. TBA
25 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH * Towson Center TBA
28 UNC WILMINGTON * Towson Center TBA

February
1 at Hofstra * Hempstead, N.Y. TBA
4 DREXEL * Towson Center TBA
8 at Virginia Commonwealth * Richmond, Va. TBA
11 JAMES MADISON * Towson Center TBA
17-19 at ESPN BracketBusters vs. TBA TBA TBA
22 DELAWARE * Towson Center TBA
25 at James Madison * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA

March
2-5 at CAA Tournament Richmond, Va. TBA

Home games listed in BOLD
* – Colonial Athletic Association game
^ – EA Sports Maui Invitational

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Maryland Rout of Virginia Highlights Saturday Lacrosse Action

Posted on 02 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of this weekend’s lacrosse action-courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

#10 Terps Topple #4 Virginia, 12-7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Ryan Young led the No. 10 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team with six points on two goals and four assists, while junior Joe Cummings and sophomore John Haus each scored four goals, in the Terps’ 12-7 victory over No. 4 Virginia in front of 10,545 at Scott Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-1 ACC) drew first blood less than four minutes into the first quarter with some help from a fortunate bounce. Steele Stanwick wrapped around the left side of the Maryland goal and threw a wild shot over his shoulder. Terp redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato got his stick on it, but the ball trickled into the net for a 1-0 Wahoo lead.

The Terps (7-2, 1-2 ACC) tied the game at the 5:30 mark when sophomore John Haus finished a nice feed to the crease by Young. Young dodged Virginia defender Scott McWilliams behind the cage and junior Drew Snider set a great pick to give Young the extra step he needed to get off a pinpoint pass to Haus for the one-timer.

Young then gave Maryland its first lead of the game on a terrific individual effort. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt pushed the ball in transition, but Wahoo goalie Adam Ghitelman made the save. The rebound went to the Cavaliers’ Matt Lovejoy, who tried to get the ball to Ghitelman behind the net for the clear. But, Young picked off the pass and scored easily into the open net with 2:16 to go in the first.

But Virginia came out shooting at the start of the second and got unassisted goals from Colin Briggs and John Haldy less than a minute apart to take a 3-2 lead with 13:16 to go in second.

The Terps looked to be in a bit of a jam at the 11:26 mark when they were assessed two non-releasable unnecessary roughness penalties. But Maryland’s man-down unit proved up to the challenge and killed off the penalties.

Virginia, however, quickly built its lead to 4-2 when Rhamel Bratton hit a running left-hander from 10 yards outside the hash marks at the 9:31 mark,

Maryland got back on the board less than three minutes later thanks to its vaunted transition game. Jesse Bernhardt caused a turnover and pushed the ball into the Terps’ offensive zone. Bernhardt then flipped a back-handed pass to Blye on the right wing and Blye ripped an eight-yard shot to make it a 4-3 game.

Bratton scored again to make it a 5-3 game with 5:30 left, but a penalty on McWilliams gave the Terps their first extra-man advantage and Maryland didn’t let it go to waste. Blye quickly found Cummings on the crease and Cummings one-timed it into the Virginia net to cut the deficit back to a goal with 4:37 left in the second.

The Terps opened the third quarter with a nice pick-and-roll play with Haus and Young that resulted in Haus getting a feed from Young on the crease and Haus finished it inside the left pipe to tie the game at 5-5 at the 13:33 mark.

Maryland regained the lead for the first time in 17:25 on another brilliant feed from Young that was finished by Cummings. Young had the ball well behind the cage when he spotted Cummings cutting toward the goal. Young’s pass hit Cummings in stride and Cummings finished with a quick shot from seven yards out.

Cummings scored his third of the game at the 4:02 mark of the third to extend the Maryland lead to 7-5. Cummings dodged from behind the cage and ducked under his defender to create some space for himself in front of the net. He then used multiple ball-fakes to make Ghitelman commit before finishing with a quick shot.

Cummings completed the natural hat trick with just six seconds left in the third when he scored another unassisted goal to make it an 8-5 Maryland lead heading into the fourth.

Maryland’s offense continued to roll in the fourth with Haus finishing another score from just outside the crease. This time it was Blye picking up the assist to make it a 9-5 game.

Textbook transition offense extended the lead for the Terps at the 10:44 mark. Amato made another brilliant save and his outlet pass was just as nice, hitting Jesse Bernhardt in stride. Bernhardt then fed Blye on the right wing for a rip from six yards out.

Virginia finally broke up the Maryland scoring run on Chris Bocklett’s goal at the 10:09 mark.

But the Terps refused to let the Cavaliers gain any momentum. Young’s amazing day continued with a marvelous cross-field pass to Haus, who tiptoed the crease line and finished inside the far pipe to make it an 11-6 game.

Young put the finishing touches on the game for the Terps with his second goal of the game to give Maryland a 12-6 lead at the 2:58 mark.

Virginia tacked on a late extra-man goal by Bocklett to make it a 12-7 final.

Maryland’s defensive effort was spotlighted by 12 saves from Amato. Senior long pole Brian Farrell was solid with four groundballs, while the close defense unit of seniors Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt held the Virginia attackmen Stanwick, Bocklett and Nick O’Reilly to just three goals, with two of those coming late in the fourth quarter.

Another major contributor for the Terps was sophomore face-off man Curtis Holmes, who won 14-of-22 face-offs and had a team-leading five groundballs.

Maryland returns to action on Friday night in Annapolis, Md., vs. Navy. The Terps and the Midshipmen are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With the 12-7 win Maryland is now 45-41 all-time vs. Virginia.
• The five-goal margin of victory is Maryland’s largest in Charlottesville since 1987 when the Terps won 12-5.
• With six points on two goals and four assists, senior Ryan Young now has 43 multi-point, 20 multi-goal and 25 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s six points ties his career high and gives him 142 for his career, moving him past him with Brendan Hanley (140, 1985-88) for 22nd place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Young’s four assists gives him 84 for his career, moving him past John Lamon (83, 1976-79) for 12th place on the Terps’ all-time assists list. Young also passed Frank Urso (1973-76) and Jim Wilkerson (1980-83), who each had 81 during their Maryland careers.
• With four points on four goals, junior Joe Cummings now has five hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• The four goals tied Cummings’ career high.
• With a career-best four goals, sophomore John Haus now has three hat tricks, eight multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on two goals and a career-best three assists, sophomore Owen Blye now has five multi-point, three multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• The Terps held the Cavaliers scoreless in the third quarter, marking the eighth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.
• The Terps held Virginia scoreless for 25:21, from 5:30 of the second to 10:09 of the fourth, marking the fifth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.

Palmer Scores Five, Loyola Holds Off #17/19 Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Loyola University Maryland’s Chris Palmer scored a career-high five goals, and Josh Hawkins tallied a goal and two assists in transition, as the Greyhounds defeated No. 17/19 Ohio State University, 12-9, in ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Palmer, who is using his fifth-year of athletic eligibility as a Loyola graduate student after playing his first three seasons at Bucknell, scored three of his five goals after half time, helping the Greyhounds (5-3 overall, 2-2 ECAC) hold off the Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1).

Loyola led 9-4 with 5:17 to play in the third quarter after Patrick Fanshaw scored an extra-man goal, but Ohio State came racing back, scoring four in a row to pull within a pair, 9-7, less than 2:30 into the fourth quarter.

Palmer pushed the Greyhounds’ cushion back to three, 10-7, with 5:57 to play, but Nick Liddil and Tyler Frederick tallied consecutive Ohio State goals to make it 10-9 exactly two minutes later.

Loyola face-off man John Schiavone pushed the ensuing restart forward and picked up the ground ball himself, stepping into the offensive zone and dishing a pass to Mike Sawyer.

Sawyer, who was scoreless at the time, dodged a Buckeyes defender and scored with 3:41 left in regulation to give Loyola a 11-9 advantage.

Ohio State gained possession on the next face-off, but the teams traded turnovers, and the Buckeyes gained an extra-man opportunity on an offsides’ call against Loyola during a clearing situation with 1:33 on the fourth-quarter clock.

The Buckeyes worked the ball inside to Jeff Tundo, but Joe Fletcher checked the ball from Tundo’s stick, and Fletcher picked up the loose ball, and Loyola cleared it successfully to the offensive end.

Hawkins carried it into the zone and found Palmer who scored his fifth goal with 48 ticks left to secure the victory.

Palmer, who scored his first two goals in a Loyola uniform last Saturday in a win at Mount St. Mary’s, had not scored more than two goals in a game as a collegian. He is the second player this season to score five in a contest for Loyola. Mike Sawyer accomplished the feat against both Bellarmine and Duke.

Hawkins, a short-stick defensive midfielder, helped key Loyola’s transition game, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. He also picked up four ground balls, helping the Greyhounds control the possession battle.

Schiavone led all players with eight ground balls and won 17-of-24 face-offs for Loyola. In the last two seasons against Ohio State – both Loyola wins – Schiavone has picked up 17 ground balls and been successful on 33-of-47 face-offs (.702).

During the game, Schiavone crossed the 200-ground ball and 400-face-off win marks. He now has 207 and 406, respectively.

The Greyhounds’ defense did its part, as well, holding Ohio State’s two leading scorers, Tundo and Logan Schuss, to just one goal. Schuss entered Saturday’s game with 20 goals, and Tundo had 17.

Jake Hagelin was credited with five saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and he also caused two Buckeyes turnovers. Loyola held Ohio State to just 21 shots, matching its second lowest output of the year.

Loyola started quickly in the first quarter, jumping out to a 3-0 lead as Matt Langan, Palmer and Hawkins scored unassisted goals in the first 6:08 of action. After neither team scored in the final 8:51 of the first 15 minutes, Ohio State scored three-straight to start the second quarter.

Dan Wertz’s unassisted tally with 7:20 to play before halftime drew the teams even at 3-3. Palmer broke through for Loyola, scoring off a Langan assist, with 2:37 left before the break, and the Greyhounds took a 4-3 advantage into the locker room.

Schiavone flipped the opening face-off of the second half out where long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff picked it up, raced toward the goal and scored 13 second into the third stanza. It was Ratliff’s second goal in as many games. He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors last Monday after scoring a goal and assisting on two others while picking up six ground balls last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s. In addition to his second-half opening goal against Ohio State, he also had three ground balls.

Minutes later, Dylan Grimm picked up a ground ball after a Tundo turnover, and Loyola cleared it successfully to its offensive end. The Greyhounds ran nearly 90 seconds of offense before Langan fed a pass to Palmer who scored his third of the game.

The Buckeyes closed the game back to two, 6-4, on a Michael Italiano’s goal with 10:12 to play, but Langan scored back-to-back goals, leading up to Fanshaw’s tally that gave the Greyhounds a 9-4 advantage with 5:17 remaining.

Langan’s second goal in the stretch, as well as Fanshaw’s, came after Ohio State’s Mike Pires was whistled for an unreleasable illegal body check penalty, putting Loyola on extra-man for two minutes.

Langan finished the game with three goals and two assists for his second-straight five-point game.

The Greyhounds continue ECAC action next Saturday when they return to Ridley Athletic Complex for a 1 o’clock game against Fairfield.

#10 Hofstra Defeats Towson, 12-5

TOWSON, Md. – Senior attackman Jamie Lincoln matched his season high by scoring five goals, including three in the second half, as 10th-ranked Hofstra University (8-1, 2-1) used a strong second half effort to win its third game in a row, a 12-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers (2-6, 0-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Lincoln, who leads the Pride with 19 goals, recorded his second five-goal game of the season as the Pride outscored the Tigers by a 9-2 margin in the second half en route to the victory.

“Hofstra certainly showed why they are one of the better teams in the country today, especially in the second half,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “We contributed to that by making some poor decisions in our transition game, which hurt us today.”

After junior attackman Matt Lamon gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead on an extra-man goal with 12:32 left in the first quarter, the Pride used a pair of Lincoln goals to take a 2-1 advantage with 2:41 left in the period.

But, the Tigers answered with back-to-back goals from Lamon and senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte to regain the one-goal cushion with 2:09 left in the first half. However, senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli tied the game just 10 seconds later when he scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper Travis Love.

Led by two goals from Lincoln, the Pride scored six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 9-3 lead while holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly 18 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Ian Braddish also contributed a goal with an assist during the run.

Just 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, junior attackman Sean Maguire ended the Tigers’ scoring drought when he scored his fourth goal of the season off a feed from Mezzanotte. But, the Pride put the game out of reach by scoring three goals over a nine-minute span, upping the Hofstra cushion to 12-4.

Senior midfielder Elliott Domanic scored his first goal of the season with 3:14 remaining to narrow the gap to 12-5, but the Tigers were unable to get any closer.

While Lincoln scored a game-high five goals, senior attackman Stephen Bentz added two goals and an assist for the Pride, which outshot Towson by a 37-30 margin.

Lamon scored two goals for the Tigers in a losing effort while Mezzanotte and Domanic each contributed a goal with an assist. Love made 11 saves for Towson, which has dropped four of its last five games.

The Tigers will travel to UMBC on Wednesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game against the Retrievers before resuming CAA play against Massachusetts on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pride will host Manhattan College on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Post-Game Notes:
– The Tigers and the Pride were meeting for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon … Hofstra has won the last four games against Towson and now leads the series by a 24-18 margin.
– The Tigers played a nationally-ranked opponent for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday … All five of those games have come at Towson … The Tigers are now 1-4 against ranked opponents this season.
– The Tigers were called for two penalties in the loss against Hofstra on Saturday, ending a streak of 122 minutes, 49 seconds without a penalty … Prior to Saturday, the Tigers had not been called for a penalty since the third quarter of their win over Stony Brook on March 19.
– Lincoln recorded his third “hat trick” of the season and had his second five-goal game of the year … He also had five goals against Harvard on March 5.
– Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes had his 10-game point-scoring streak snapped … The Tigers’ leading scorer with 12 goals and four assists this season, Hughes had also scored a goal in three straight games.
– Mezzanotte scored his first goal since May 1, 2010 when he tallied his lone goal of the season against Hofstra in a 12-10 loss at Shuart Stadium … Of Mezzanotte’s five career goals, two of them have been scored against the Pride.
– Mezzanotte also recorded the second multi-point game of his career … He had two assists in the Tigers’ win over Mount St. Mary’s on March 5.
– Domanic scored the second goal of his college career against the Pride on Saturday … It was his first goal since April 26, 2009 against Penn at Unitas Stadium.

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Terps not pretty, but pick up 74-63 win at Georgia Tech

Posted on 31 January 2011 by Luke Jones

Gary Williams admitted moments after a 74-63 win at Georgia Tech Sunday night he does not have a very pretty team this year.

But the Maryland head coach would rather win ugly than lose with style any day of the week.

It fits his personality, and this year’s team epitomizes the underdog, scrappy persona Williams has carried throughout his brilliant 22-year career in College Park.

The Terps failed to make a 3-point field goal (0-for-6) and went scoreless for nearly five minutes late in the second half as they wilted against the Georgia Tech press, but Maryland’s defensive efforts managed to take care of the Yellow Jackets at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, a place where Georgia Tech was undefeated in conference play and had defeated its three opponents (North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech) by a combined 70 points.

The Terps picked up their third conference road win of the season, a mark no other ACC team has reached at the end of January.

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The only outcome you can expect from Maryland (14-7, 4-3 ACC) on a given night is Jordan Williams to lead the way in points and rebounds, doing so again with 21 points and 15 rebounds after his double-double streak was snapped at 13 against Virginia earlier in the week. Contributions from others vary from game to game and even half to half, a major reason why the Terps are both compelling and highly frustrating to watch this year.

Three nights after going scoreless in Charlottesville, junior Sean Mosley rebounded with 16 points, ending a wild eight-day period in which he was benched against Clemson, failed to score against Virginia, and was the Terps’ second-leading scorer against the Yellow Jackets. His effort helped push the Terps into a fourth-place tie with Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Clemson as Maryland eyes a return bout with Duke at Comcast Center on Wednesday night.

Freshman point guard Terrell Stoglin added 13 points, but he and Pe’Shon Howard struggled in handling the Yellow Jackets’ full-court pressure, turning what was a comfortable 65-52 advantage with 8:14 to play into a four-point nail-biter with 3:30 remaining before the Terps made their free throws down the stretch to earn the 11-point win. The Terps made an impressive — by their standards, anyway — 75 percent (24-for-32) of their attempts from the line in the game.

The difference for the Terps was their stifling defense, forcing 17 turnovers and holding the Yellow Jackets to just 39.7 percent shooting. Maryland entered the game ninth in the nation in opponent field-goal percentage, holding foes to 38.1 percent shooting. Georgia Tech played without its third-leading scorer Brian Oliver who was suffering from the flu.

Maryland can exhale after taking care of business on a brief two-game road trip that resulted in two victories, but cannot rest long as the seething Blue Devils come to College Park this week after an embarrassing 93-78 loss to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon. Duke hasn’t lost consecutive games since February 2009, a sobering thought for Terps fans as Maryland has a final shot at the signature win it so desperately wants to add to its postseason resume.

However, Duke hasn’t been the imposing force it looked to be early in the season since losing freshman sensation Kyrie Irving. The Blue Devils lack the girth inside they had a season ago and look far from a championship contender at this point.

To say the Blue Devils are ripe for the picking would be overstating things, but Maryland should feel plenty confident after playing a competitive game — albeit a 71-64 loss — in Durham on January 9.

With three straight victories after a humiliating home loss to Virginia Tech 10 days ago, the Terps have repositioned themselves in the top half of the ACC and for a realistic push to make the NCAA tournament. Aside from Williams’ work in the paint, the Terps do nothing to dazzle you, but a 3-1 road conference record reflects their strong defensive work this season.

The Terps can prove Wednesday night whether this current three-game winning streak is more a product of the opponents they played or the signal of a turning point after the Hokies humbled them on their home floor on January 20.

It won’t be easy — or very pretty — but these are the types of games Gary Williams has lived for throughout his career.

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Bowie leads Terps to blowout at Virginia, 66-42

Posted on 27 January 2011 by Luke Jones

Given the Terps’ past struggles in Charlottesville and the snow-challenged, six-hour trek they experienced just getting there Wednesday night, you can understand fans’ trepidation entering Thursday’s contest at John Paul Jones Arena.

On top of that, if you were told Jordan Williams would be held to just four points and six rebounds — snapping his school record of 13 consecutive double-doubles — you might have said a 24-point victory would have been more likely for the home Cavaliers than visiting Maryland.

However, seniors Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker combined for 35 points and the Terps used a dominating second half on their way to a 66-42 blowout win over Virginia as Maryland (13-7, 3-3) evened its mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The win marks the Terps’ largest margin of victory ever in Charlottesville

Despite a commendable effort by seven-footer Assane Sene and the Cavaliers defense to stifle Williams, the Terps looked to their seniors to pick up the offensive slack, and that’s exactly what they did. Bowie’s season-best 22 points were one shy of his career high, and Tucker’s 13 marked the eighth time in nine games the sixth man has reached double-digit scoring.  Their efforts were more than enough to overwhelm the offensively-challenged Cavaliers, who have now dropped four of their last five and clearly miss the leadership and scoring of forward Mike Scott (gone for the season with an ankle injury).

Maryland went 7-for-15 from beyond the arc, continuing the sharp shooting it discovered in Saturday’s win over Clemson, and outscored the Cavaliers by 19 points in the second half while holding them to 32.7 percent shooting on the night.

Freshmen point guards Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard turned in strong performances in the victory as the pair combined for 16 points, seven assists, and only one turnover, looking comfortable running the offense throughout the night.

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Only a week ago, Gary Williams challenged his seniors following an embarrassing home loss to Virginia Tech, emphasizing the need for leadership and to complement Jordan Williams’ offensive contributions. If the last two games are any indication, it’s safe to say Bowie, Tucker, and Dino Gregory (eight points and five rebounds) heard the message loud and clear.

Of course, no one should get too excited with a blowout victory over unimpressive Virginia, but 24-point road victories are few and far between in the ACC (unless you’re playing Wake Forest, who might go down this year as one of the worst teams in the long history of the conference). The Terps cannot earn their way to an NCAA tournament berth with any one victory — though a win over No. 3 Duke would be a major star for their nondescript profile — but this team needs to take notes from last season’s regular season co-champions.

And that lesson is winning the games you’re supposed to, a feat taken for granted but one that allowed the 2009-10 team to lock up an NCAA tournament bid without having a signature non-conference win.

Clearly, this year’s team lacks the experience and talent to approach the 13-3 conference record that Greivis Vasquez and company achieved a year ago, but Maryland — and the rest of what looks like a mediocre pool of ACC teams behind Duke — has given no indication that it can’t be one of the top four or five teams in the conference. A favorable schedule that includes second meetings with Virginia and Wake Forest gives the Terrapins an opportunity to stack more wins and move closer to the 10-6 mark that would likely be enough to secure a tournament bid.

The margin for error is small, especially after home losses to Boston College and Virginia Tech, and road wins over schools like Virginia and Georgia Tech — who the Terps play Sunday night to conclude a two-game road trip — are an absolute must.

With next Wednesday’s home rematch with Duke on the horizon, the Terps must handle business in Atlanta against the Yellow Jackets (10-9), whose 3-3 conference record includes blowout wins over North Carolina and Virginia Tech. If the Terps have real aspirations of playing meaningful games in the middle of March, they will get by Georgia Tech, a team who lost at Virginia last weekend and fell to Kennesaw State and Siena earlier in the season.

For Maryland’s two-game winning streak to turn into the roll it needs for the season’s final six weeks, the increased contributions from the three seniors need to continue after Williams bounces back from his quietest performance of the season.

The Terps still haven’t put it all together, but emphatically exorcising the demons in Charlottesville shouldn’t be ignored completely.

If the last two games are any indication of what we can expect in February, an invitation to the NCAA tournament is still very much within reach for the Terps.

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Maryland lets one slip through fingers in 26-20 loss to Miami

Posted on 06 November 2010 by Luke Jones

Opportunistic is a word we’ve used often to describe this year’s Terps, largely because we’re still trying to figure out just how good they really are after nine games.

And there Maryland was again, only seconds away from an unlikely 20-18 victory at Sun Life Stadium over a Miami team that had thoroughly dominated the Terrapins in nearly every statistical category. It was setting up to be the biggest win in two years for a program trying to erase the memory of a 2-10 season a year ago. A defensive score, some favorable officiating, and two botched extra points by the Hurricanes appeared to be just enough for the Terps to steal a victory they really didn’t deserve.

Unlike their win against Navy on Labor Day, however, the Terps defense couldn’t make a play to seal it as Miami quarterback Stephen Morris threw a 35-yard touchdown strike to Leonard Hankerson with 37 seconds left, giving Miami a 26-20 victory and leaving the Terps (6-3, 3-2 ACC) wondering what had hit them.

While the loss does little to hurt Maryland’s goal of winning the Atlantic Division and playing in the ACC Championship game in Jacksonville (the Terps still control their own destiny, unlikely as it might be), you have to wonder about the effect it will have on the psyche of a team building momentum after a road victory at Boston College and a 62-14 drubbing of Wake Forest on Homecoming last week.

Saturday’s loss looked an awful lot like the excruciating losses from last season in which the Terps did just enough to lose, regardless of the competition. Don Brown’s defense was gashed for 504 yards despite two Alex Wujciak interceptions — one returned for a 60-yard interception. The Hurricanes (6-3, 4-2 ACC) beat them to the edge countless times on running plays, and when Terps defenders did manage to get to the spot, they couldn’t tackle the ball carrier anyway.

On the final Miami drive, defensive lineman Joe Vellano drew a roughing-the-passer penalty, giving the Hurricanes the ball at the 50-yard line and making the job of the freshman quarterback much easier. Four plays later, Hankerson slipped behind Dexter McDougle and Kenny Tate for the game-winning touchdown catch.

It was an ugly relapse for a group that had been allowing just 19.8 points per game, 26th in the nation.

The Terps offense did few favors for an exhausted defense, managing to hold the ball for only 22:41 as quarterback Danny O’Brien played his worst game of the season. The redshirt freshman was just 9 of 27 for 134 yards, throwing a touchdown against one interception. Arguably the biggest reason for the team’s turnaround, O’Brien uncharacteristically looked the part of a freshman Saturday as he was outplayed by the inexperienced — but highly-touted — Morris (a true freshman), who was playing for the injured Jacory Harris.

Maryland had a golden opportunity following Wujciak’s second interception that set up the offense inside the red zone late in the third quarter. Two plays later, O’Brien badly underthrew LaQuan Williams at the goal line as the pass was picked off by Miami’s Ray-Ray Armstrong.

On the Terps’ next drive after they had moved the ball to the Miami 6, O’Brien misfired on two attempts, forcing the offense to settle for a field goal to take a two-point lead.

It even looked for a moment like the Maryland offense would be the group to make the fatal mistake as the Terps were trying to retake the lead in the fourth quarter. O’Brien fumbled after being leveled by linebacker Ramon Buchanan. It was returned for an apparent touchdown by Marcus Robinson before a mysterious facemask penalty was called on the Hurricanes, negating the score and giving Maryland a first down and the go-ahead field goal in the fourth.

Truthfully, both teams did plenty to lose on Saturday — Miami committed 10 penalties for 100 yards — but the Terps simply didn’t make enough plays in a very winnable game over a banged-up, vulnerable Hurricanes team.

Ralph Friedgen spoke last week about his team only reaching the minimum when the Terps became bowl-eligible last week after earning their sixth victory. Time will reveal where Maryland ends up in terms of their bowl destination, but Saturday’s loss hurts with an always-interesting trip to Charlottesville looming next week, followed by home meetings with Florida State and North Carolina State to close out the regular season.

Neither Maryland nor Miami looked very deserving of a win, but the Terps let one slip through their fingers. Instead of being opportunistic as they had been for much of the year, their performance was more wasteful than anything.

Where they go from here will tell how much they’ve really grown as a team.

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

Posted on 28 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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