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Maryland-UConn game to kick off at 12:30, air on ACC Network

Posted on 17 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland-UConn Game Time Announced

Terps’ second home game of 2012 will start at 12:30 p.m. and be shown on ACC Network

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s third football game of the 2012 season, a home contest against the University of Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 15, will kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET and be shown regionally on the ACC Network.

The Atlantic Coast Conference office announced game times and television outlets for the first three weeks of the 2012 season on Thursday.

The start time for Maryland’s season opener vs. William & Mary (Sept. 1) was previously announced. That contest will begin at 3 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The ACC confirmed the game will be streamed on ESPN3.

Kick times for remaining games will be announced at a later date.

Conference game times are generally declared 12 days prior to the contest. Start times for Maryland’s two nonconference road games (at Temple, Sept, 8; at West Virginia, Sept. 22) will be announced by the Big East and Big 12, respectively.

 

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Stevenson tops Denison, third date with Salisbury in NCAA semis looms

Posted on 16 May 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) totaled six points with five goals and one assist, breaking the school’s NCAA Tournament record for goals as the No. 5 Mustangs advanced to semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 14-7 victory over No. 8 Denison Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

With the win, Stevenson (18-4) improved to 13-1 at home this season and advanced to its third national semfinal in four NCAA Tournament appearances. The team is also one win shy of the school record for wins in a season set in 2010.

The win also sets up a third meeting between the Mustangs and rival Salisbury for the third time this season. Sunday’s game will mark the ninth meeting between the schools in the last three seasons and the third in last four in the NCAA Tournament.

For Reid, he now has 19 goals in five games in the NCAA Tournament, breaking the school record held by Richie Ford who had 15 in eight games.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and held an 8-3 advantage at the half. In 22 games this season, Stevenson has outscored its opponents 131-57 in the first half, including 80-27 in the second quarter.

Reid scored four of his five goals in the first half, including three in-a-row to end the second quarter.

Denison (15-2), who suffered both of its losses this season at Mustang Stadium, pulled within four on Alex Hardt’s 37th goal of the season with 10:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. Both teams would exchange goals over the next two minutes before the Mustangs finished the game by netting the final three to send the team to its third semifinals.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte) finished with four goals while senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) had two goals and one assist and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had one goal and two assists.

Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) also scored two goals.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled 11 saves to lead the defense while junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and junior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) each had three caused turnovers.

Hardt finished with three goals to lead the Big Red while Cory Couture had two goals and one assist. Nick Petracca was credited with 15 saves.

Sunday’s semifinal game time between Stevenson and Salisbury will be announced on Thursday.

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Stevenson tops Gettysburg to reach NCAA quarters

Posted on 13 May 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and junior Tyler Reid (Clinton,
Conn./Xavier) each totaled five points as the fifth-ranked Mustangs advanced to their fourth consecutive national quarterfinals with a
13-6 victory over No. 20 Gettysburg Saturday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (17-4) improved its record to 12-1 at home this season and 72-14 in eight seasons under head coach Paul Cantabene. The team is 7-3 in four appearances in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship, including 7-2 at home.

The Mustangs also raised their record to 96-2 all-time when allowing six goals or less.

As a result of Stevenson’s win and No. 8 Denison’s 10-5 road victory over No. 2 Lynchburg, the Mustangs will host the Big Red in the
quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship next Wednesday, May 16 at Mustang Stadium. Game time will be announced on Monday.

Rossi’s five points set a new career-high as he finished with a goal and career-best four assists while Reid, who had six points in
Wednesday’s first round win over Birmingham-Southern, added five more on Saturday with three goals and two assists.

In four career NCAA Tournament games, Reid has totaled 17 points on 14 goals an three assists. He is one goal and five points shy of the
school NCAA Tournament record. Steve Kazimer scored 22 points in six games while Richie Ford netted 15 goals in eight games.

Stevenson took a 6-2 halftime lead after outshooting the Bullets 23-10 and winning 9-of-10 faceoffs. The Mustangs outscored Gettysburg 5-0 in the second quarter and won all six faceoffs.

Gettysburg (11-7) would rally, scoring three of the first four goals of the second half to pull within 7-5 with 7:21 remaining in the third
quarter. However, that would be as close as it would get as the Stevenson scored six of the final seven goals, including two from
Reid, both of which were assisted by Rossi.

The Mustangs outscored the Bullets 4-1 in the fourth quarter, limiting them to just four shots.

The Stevenson defense was led by nine saves from senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) who improved his record to 37-7 as a starter, including 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament.

Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) finished two caused turnovers and four ground balls while sophomore Warren Pumphrey (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) added three caused turnovers.

Freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) won 15-of-22 face-offs and in two NCAA Tournament games, has won 25-of-35 for 71.4 percent. He won 10-of-12 in the first round versus Birmingham-Southern.

Robby Maddux led Gettysburg with three goals and one assist. Jon Maddalone was credited with 14 saves.

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Loyola A Sawyer amongst Tewaaraton Award finalists

Posted on 10 May 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2012 Tewaaraton Award men’s and women’s finalists lists, presented by Panama Jack. Five men and five women were selected as finalists and will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 12th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 31 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The five men’s finalists are Colgate University attackman Peter Baum, Duke University midfielder C.J. Costabile, University of Massachusetts attackman Will Manny, Loyola University attackman Mike Sawyer and University of Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick.

The five women’s finalists are University of Florida midfielder Brittany Dashiell, University of North Carolina attacker Becky Lynch, University of Maryland attacker Katie Schwarzmann, Northwestern University midfielder Taylor Thornton and Syracuse University attacker Michelle Tumolo.

This year marks the first time that 10 different schools are represented among the finalists, as well as the first time finalists originally hailing from North Carolina, Oregon and Texas have been selected. Returning 2011 finalists include Stanwick (2011 men’s winner) and Schwarzmann. All ten finalists will compete in this month’s NCAA lacrosse championships, at the conclusion of which the selection committees will vote on and select this year’s winners.

“It is the ultimate recognition for these 10 finalists to have been recognized by the game’s very best coaches,” said Jeffrey Harvey, chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. “They are all worthy of the sport’s ultimate award, and we could not be more excited to have this group come to Washington, D.C. on May 31.”

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. Finalists were selected from a pool of 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and 10 women’s current and former college coaches.

Brief bios of the finalists:

Peter Baum (Portland, Ore.) leads the nation in goals (64) and points (93), setting Colgate and Patriot League records in both categories en route to being named the 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. The junior attackman’s 93 points are the most in NCAA Division I play since 2008, when Tewaaraton Award finalist Zack Greer recorded 95. Baum is the first finalist in Colgate lacrosse history.

C.J. Costabile (New Fairfield, Conn.) is looking to become the third Duke Blue Devil to receive the Tewaaraton, following Matt Danowski (2007) and Ned Crotty (2010). On his way to being named the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year, the senior long-stick midfielder grabbed an ACC-best 113 ground balls along with 18 caused turnovers, 10 points (6g, 4a) and 119 of 231 draws.

Will Manny (Massapequa, N.Y.) led Massachusetts’ third-ranked offense (13.07 goals per game) and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in both goals (43) and points (75), helping the Minutemen to an undefeated regular season in which his team led the nation in scoring margin. The junior attackman ranked in the nation’s top six in goals (2.87), assists (2.13) and points (5.00) per game and earned 2012 CAA Player of the Year honors.

Mike Sawyer (Waxhaw, N.C.) helped the Loyola Greyhounds land the No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) regular season and tournament titles. The junior attackman was a first-team All-ECAC performer, leading his team and the ECAC in goals (45), and his 3.00 goals per game average ranked third nationally. Sawyer is the first men’s finalist in Loyola lacrosse history.

Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) is looking for a repeat of his 2011 Tewaaraton Award-winning campaign, when he led the Virginia Cavaliers to the national title. The senior attackman claimed his second straight ACC Player of the Year award, leading Virginia with 71 points (26g, 45a). Stanwick led the nation in assists and is ranked second in the country with 5.07 points per game.

On the women’s side, the five finalists represent the top five schools in the final regular season Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) coaches’ poll.

Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) was a catalyst for the Florida Gators third-ranked offense, leading the Gators to the program’s first American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) tournament title and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA women’s lacrosse championship. The junior attacker led Florida with 23 assists and was third on the team with 59 points. Her 27 ground balls and 42 draw controls ranked second on the Gators and helped her garner a first-team All-ALC selection. Dashiell is the first finalist in Florida lacrosse history.

Becky Lynch (Garden City, N.Y.) ranked in North Carolina’s top two in goals, assists, points (team-leading 55), ground balls and draw controls (team-leading 37). The senior attacker became the Tar Heels’ career assist leader (89) en route to first-team All-ACC honors and the ACC regular season championship. She paced the Tar Heels with six points in the ACC tournament and became the only player in program history to earn all-tournament honors in four consecutive seasons.

Katie Schwarzmann (Sykesville, Md.) has the opportunity to join two other Maryland Terrapins as Tewaaraton winners: Jen Adams (2001) and Caitlyn McFadden (2010). Schwarzmann led the ACC and ranked third nationally with 63 goals. Her 78 points were second best in the conference, and she also led the Terrapins in ground balls (29) and recorded 40 draw controls, second on the team. A member of the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national team, the junior midfielder was named 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and received her third straight all-conference selection. She paced the Terrapins with a tournament-record 11 goals in their run to the ACC tournament title, earning MVP honors.

Taylor Thornton (Dallas, Texas) was the leader for Northwestern’s fourth-ranked defense and was named 2012 ALC Player of the Year, earning her third-straight all-conference selection. The junior midfielder, who in 2011 was named IWLCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year, was also a member of the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national team. She set a career high with 27 goals and ranked in the top two for the Wildcats in ground balls (team-leading 44), draw controls (59) and caused turnovers (24). She is looking to become Northwestern’s record sixth Tewaaraton winner, following the likes of Kristen Kjellman (2006, 2007), Hannah Nielsen (2008, 2009) and Shannon Smith (2011).

Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) paced the Syracuse offense, ranking in the Orange’s top two in goals (43), assists (team-leading 40), points (83), ground balls (20) and caused turnovers (11). The junior attacker made her second appearance on the All-Big East First Team and was named Big East Attack Player of the Year. A member of the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national team, she became only the second player in Syracuse history to record 200 points and 100 assists in her career.

For more information on the Tewaaraton Award or to attend the ceremony, visit www.tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at www.facebook.com/tewaaraton and www.twitter.com/tewaaraton.

About The Tewaaraton Foundation

First presented in 2001 at the University Club of Washington DC, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Iroquois descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, visit www.tewaaraton.com.

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Stevenson blasts Birmingham-Southern in NCAA Tournament opener

Posted on 09 May 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) tied a career-high with five goals while
adding one assist for six points, one shy of his career-high, as the fourth-ranked Mustangs began their fourth NCAA Division III Men’s
Lacrosse Championship with a 13-2 win over Birmingham-Southern in the first round Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (16-4) won their sixth NCAA tournament game with all six victories coming at home where they have posted a 6-1 record.

After Erik Klein scored his team-leading 62nd goal of the season with 12:33 left in the first quarter to give the Panthers an early 1-0
lead, the Mustangs scored the next 10-straight, including four from Reid, as they built a 10-1 advantage with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

Two of Reid’s goals came with on the man-up where Stevenson was 4-for-10 for the game. Three of the Mustangs’ final four goals came
with a man-advantage. After going 0-for-3 on the extra-man in the first quarter, Stevenson scored on four of its final seven extra-man
opportunities.

The Mustangs also did well at the face-off dot, winning 13-of-18 with freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) winning 10-of-13. He also had seven ground balls.

Freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) also had a career-high, totaling three points with two goals and one assist.  Sophomore J.P. Coombe (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) also had two goals while sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) and senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) each had one goal and one assist.

Meanwhile, the Stevenson defense was led by 10 saves from senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) while juniors Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) each had three caused turnovers.

Jacob McPherson finished with one goal and one assist for Birmingham-Southern who was making its first-ever appearance in the
NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship in just its fourth season as a program. Andrew Huffman was credited with 15 saves.

The Mustangs host Gettysburg in the second round on Saturday. Game time will be announced on Thursday. The Bullets lead the overall
series with Stevenson 2-1 with the last meeting coming in the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship
with Gettysburg prevailing on the road, 12-7.

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Loyola battles Fairfield Friday for ECAC title

Posted on 03 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent ECAC Championship Game | Fairfield Stags
Date Friday, May 4, 2012
Time 4:00 p.m. (Mountain)
Location Denver, Colo. | Peter Barton Stadium
TV | Radio ESPNU | ESPN3
Series Record Loyola leads, 12-2
Last Meeting Loyola 8, Fairfield 6 – April 7, 2012 at Fairfield

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will play Fairfield University in the ECAC Championship Game on Friday, May 4, at 4 p.m. (Mountain) time at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo.

The top-seeded Greyhounds defeated No. 4 seed University of Denver, 14-13, in overtime Wednesday night, and the No. 3 seed Stags topped Ohio State University, 8-7, in the other semifinal.

On The Tube And Web

The ECAC Championship Game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Mark Larson and Dale Drypolcher calling the action.

The action can also be seen worldwide on ESPN3, the broadband arm of the ESPN.

Series History

Loyola and Fairfield will play for the 15th time in series history when the teams meet in the ECAC Championship Game. The Greyhounds hold a 12-2 advantage in the all-time series, but the Stags are 1-0 when they meet in the ECAC Championships.

The Greyhounds rallied from a two-goal fourth-quarter deficit to score the last four game to defeat Fairfield, 8-6, on April 7, 2012, in the regular-season meeting between the teams. The Stags took a 6-4 lead with 11:59 left in regulation on a John Snellman goal, but Davis Butts assisted a J.P. Dalton goal eight seconds later to start the 4-0 run that led to the win in Connecticut.

ECAC Championships History

Loyola is 1-1 in the brief two-year history of the ECAC Championships after defeating Denver, 14-13, in overtime on Wednesday night.

Last year, the second-seeded Greyhounds lost to Fairfield, the No. 3 seed, 11-9, in the ECAC Semifinal that was also held in Denver.

School-Record Tying Win

Loyola’s victory over Denver on Wednesday night was the team’s 13th of the season, tying the 1998 team for most in school history.

This season’s 13 wins came in 14 games, one fewer the same number it took the 1998 team. That squad finished with a 13-2 record after falling in the NCAA Semifinals.

In The Polls

Loyola’s first loss of the season last Saturday, to then-No. 10 Johns Hopkins, dropped the Greyhounds from the top spot nationally where they resided for two weeks.

The Greyhounds are now No. 3 in both the USILA coaches and Inside Lacrosse/Nike poll.

Fairfield is ranked 16th in both polls.

Back-To-Back OTs

It took Loyola 30 years of NCAA Division I play (the Greyhounds moved into the division in 1982) to play back-to-back overtime games, but now it has experienced the pleasure twice in two years.

Last year, Loyola defeated Fairfield, 7-6, in overtime on April 9, and it then won 6-5 in four extra periods at Georgetown on April 17, marking the first time it had played back-to-back overtime games since joining Division I.

The Greyhounds have now played two-straight overtime games, losing on April 28 at home to Johns Hopkins and defeating Denver on Wednesday night.

Comeback Thwarted

Loyola led Denver 13-6 early in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, but the Pioneers reeled off seven goals in a row to tie the game at 13-13 with 3:30 to play.

J.P. Dalton won the next faceoff, however, and Loyola retained possession for the rest of regulation, getting off two shots that went wide.

In overtime, Scott Ratliff picked up the ground ball on the first faceoff of overtime, raced to goal and scored eight seconds into the extra frame to give Loyola a 14-13 win.

Denver’s 7-0 run to tie the game was the largest run the Greyhounds have allowed this season, topping 5-0 runs that Fairfield and Johns Hopkins put up.

Ratliff’s Scoring

Scott Ratliff had his second multi-goal game of the season on Wednesday night, raising his season totals to eight goals and six assists.

Ratliff is nearing the Loyola single-season for points by a long pole player. Current assistant coach Matt Dwan set the record during his senior season in 1995 when he tallied 11 goals and five assists while earning All-America honors.

Ratliff, a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist along with teammate Mike Sawyer, is second nationally this season in goals and points by a long pole, and his six assists are tops in the country. Bryant’s Mason Poli leads all long poles this year with 19 goals and 24 points.

Spreading Out The Scoring Wealth

Loyola’s first 11 goals on Wednesday night were scored by 11 different players. Eric Lusby, Phil Dobson and Scott Ratliff finished the game with two goals, and eight others had one.

All three members of the Greyhounds’ first midfield – Davis Butts, Chris Layne and Sean O’Sullivan – scored goals. They received four goals from the four players who make up the second midfield line – Dobson (2), Pat Byrnes and Nikko Pontrello (J.P. Dalton did not score). Extra-man attackman Kevin Ryan scored, and two of the team’s three attackmen – Mike Sawyer and Lusby (2) – recorded goals. Ratliff scored twice in transition, and short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins added one. The Greyhounds’ other attack player, Justin Ward, did not score but had a game-high three assists.

Scoring From Different Places

Kevin Ryan scored his first career goal on Wednesday night, taking a Justin Ward pass form behind the crease and one-timing a shot into the net. Ryan did not play as a freshman in 2011 but has seen action in 12 games this year from the midfield and on extra-man possessions.

Nikko Pontrello added his third goal of the season and second versus the Pioneers. He also had the game-tying goal in the third quarter of the regular-season match-up that started Loyola’s 5-1 run to close the victory.

Phil Dobson recorded his second career multi-goal game, both coming against top-flight competition. He recorded a pair earlier this season against ACC Champ Duke.

Josh Hawkins added a man-up goal after Mike Sawyer caused a turnover and Justin Ward picked up the ground ball and fed Hawkins. The goal was Hawkins’ fifth of the year, and he also had his first assist of the season on a first-quarter Scott Ratliff goal.

Twelve In A Row Ties Mark

Loyola’s 12-straight to start the season tied the school record for consecutive victories, matching the number put up by the 1998 (March 14-May 17) and 1999 (March 6-May 8).

It also matched the best start to a season, equaling the 1999 team that finished the regular-season unblemished at 12-0.

Ratliff Named ECAC Defender Of The Year

Junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, marking the second time in four years a Greyhounds’ long pole has received the award. P.T. Ricci earned the honor in 2009, as well.

Ratliff leads the ECAC with 30 caused turnovers (2.31 per game) and is seventh nationally in that category, and he is tops on the Greyhounds with 52 ground balls (4.0 per contest).

The native of Marietta, Ga., also has scored six goals and has six assists this year, keying the Greyhounds’ transition game on many occasions. He earned ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week twice during the year and was the Defensive Player of the Week early in the season.

Ratliff is one of two Greyhounds, along with Mike Sawyer on attack, who is a semifinalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player.

Toomey Tabbed ECAC Coach Of The Year

Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career. This season, Toomey guided the Greyhounds to a 12-1 mark during the regular-season and the ECAC regular-season crown with a 6-0 mark in conference play.

The Greyhounds became the second team in USILA Coaches Poll history to start a season unranked and ascend to the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The only other team was Duke in 2007 – a year after the Blue Devils had their season suspended in March – which accomplished the feat after being unranked in the first poll, moving to second in the next version and first in the third. Duke was knocked from its perch as No. 1 that season when it lost to the Greyhounds at the First Four in San Diego.

Earlier this season, Toomey won the 50th game of his coaching career, becoming the fourth coach in Loyola history to win 50 or more – Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001), Charles Wenzel (62-104, 1954-1970), Jay Connor (61-46, 1975-1982).  Toomey’s .611 winning percentage trails only Cottle’s .721 at Loyola.

All-ECAC Honors

Five Loyola players earned All-ECAC Lacrosse League honors form the conference’s coaches on Monday. Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned a spot as a defender on the First Team, where he was joined by Mike Sawyer on attack and Davis Butts in the midfield.

Sawyer led the ECAC during the regular-season, and was third nationally, in goals (41) and goals per game (3.15). Butts scored 15 goals and assisted on 11 from the Greyhounds first midfield line while also playing a role on the wings during face-offs with 33 ground balls.

Attack Eric Lusby and defender Joe Fletcher were tabbed to the All-ECAC Second Team. Lusby is second on the team and in the top-20 nationally with 34 goals, and he also has 10 assists this season. Fletcher came on as one of the top lock-down defenders around, earning Midseason All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse last month. He has 25 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers entering the post season.

Ratliff, Sawyer Named Tewaaraton Semifinalists

Juniors Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer were named to the Tewaaraton Award semifinal list as the game’s top players, making Loyola one of five schools – joining Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Massachusetts and Virginia – to have two players make the 25-man list.

Loyola is also one of six schools to have at least one male and one female semifinalist, as sophomore Marlee Paton made the women’s list from Loyola. The winners of both awards will be selected on May 31, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

40-Goal Mark

Mike Sawyer scored four goals on April 21 at Hobart and added one each against Johns Hopkins and Denver, raising his season total to 42 through 14 games. Against Hobart, he became the first Loyola player to reach 40 goals in a season since Tim Goettelmann and Gavin Prout scored 50 and 41, respectively, in 2000.

In addition to being just the third Loyola player to score 40-plus this century, Sawyer is the seventh Greyhound to reach the mark since Loyola moved to NCAA Division I status in 1982.

Big Runs

Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its 14 games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 28 occasions this season.

Loyola used four three-goal runs against Duke, including one three-goal streak that put Loyola up 4-1 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Greyhounds never trailed after that initial three-goal run and extended their lead to 13-5 after its fourth three-goal spurt of the game.

The Greyhounds had their longest run in almost two years against Air Force, scoring 10 in a row to open the second half. The last time Loyola scored 10 or more in a row was on March 20, 2010, when it had 14 straight against Air Force.

At Fairfield, Loyola scored the final four goals of the game to rally from a 6-4 deficit to win 8-6. The Greyhounds then scored four in a row during the third and fourth quarters at Denver that brought them from down 8-7 to a 12-9 victory.

Versus Johns Hopkins, the Greyhounds scored four in a row, holding the Blue Jays scoreless for the last 14:13 of regulation, to tie the game at 9-9, sending it to overtime.

Loyola scored the first four goals of the ECAC Semifinal game against Denver and then tallied three-straight after the Pioneers pulled within 4-2. The Greyhounds then reeled off five in a row during the third quarter to take a 13-6 lead.

On The Flip Side

Conversely, the Greyhounds have allowed a run of three or more goals just nine times this year, with the most recent coming when Denver scored three on two occasions. Only Denver (seven), Johns Hopkins (five), Fairfield (five), Air Force (four) have scored more than three in a row this year.

Following six of the nine opponent runs of three or more, Loyola has answered in kind with a run of 4-0 or better.

Sawyer, Lusby Form Rare Tandem

Graduate student Eric Lusby and junior Mike Sawyer have formed the top attack tandem in the ECAC Lacrosse League this year and one of the most balanced in the nation. The duo has combined for 78 goals in 14 games this season, an average of 5.6 per game.

Sawyer has scored 42 goals, and his 3.0 goals per game average is third-best in Division I. Lusby, meanwhile is right behind with 36 goals and a 2.57 goals per game mark, a number that is tied for 14th in the country. Loyola is one of two schools to have two players in the top 14 of goals per game nationally.

The Greyhounds have not had two players score 36 or more goals in the same season since 2000 when Tim Goettelmann set the school single-season record with 50, and Gavin Prout tallied 41. As a side note, the Goettelmann-Prout duo has gone on to highly successful professional careers. Goettelman recently retired from Major League Lacrosse as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 268 goals in 11 seasons. Prout has been an MLL Champion and has scored 314 National Lacrosse League goals to go with 625 assists as a multiple-time all-star.

On The EMO

This season, the Greyhounds are ranked second in the nation in man-up offense, scoring 52.6-percent of the time. Only Lehigh (.553) has a better mark this year.

The last time Loyola finished above .500 in man-up offense was in 1997 when it converted 39-of-77 (.506).

Second-Half Success

The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 51-20 in the third quarters of games and 94-52 overall this year in the second half (including overtime).

The second-half scoring continues a trend from the last two seasons. Last year, Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56 two years ago.

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Six Retrievers Honored By America East

Posted on 01 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – Junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) were named to the America East Conference First Team in voting done by the league’s six head coaches.

Senior defender Aaron Verardi (Lutherville, Md./Boys’ Latin) and junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) earned Second Team honors, while freshman A/M Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn./Choate) was selected to the All-Rookie Team. Junior defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) was named to the league’s All-Academic team.

Jones is UMBC’s lone repeat honoree, as the nation’s current ninth-leading goal scorer, earned Second Team honors in 2011.

Jones has hat tricks or better in four of his last five outings, scoring a total of 16 goals in that span. He had scored in 14 consecutive games (35g-10a-45pts, 3.21 ppg) until being held off the board at Vermont on April 7. Jones had multiple points in 12 of those contests and is currently 9th in the nation with 2.83 goals per contest in 2012. He now also has 12 career games with three or more goals, seven of which has been recorded this season.

A team tri-captain, Jones’ season total of 34 goals is the most since Alex Hopmann scored 36 times in 2009 and it is tied for the 17th-best single season in school history.

Poe has attempted all but six draws through 12 games in 2012. He has already won 155 draws in 2012, which is 7th on the Retrievers’ all-time list. He was named America East Conference Player of the Week for games ending April 21 as he tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Moreover, his 15 ground balls recorded are the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997.

The 22 face-off wins are tied for the sixth-most in a Division I single game in 2012. Poe’s 68 ground balls on the season is the most for a
Retriever since Taylor Marino had 78 in 2008. Poe has won 14 or more draws in eight of the 12 contests in 2012. He is ranked 15th in the country with 5.67 ground balls per game.

Verardi, a four-year letterwinner, started all five conference games at close defense and competed in all 12 contests to date. He has recorded a career-best 15 ground balls, caused six turnovers and scored his first collegiate goal. For his career, Verardi has played in 39 games, starting 22, and has only committed two penalties in that span.

Hopmann recovered from a preseason hamstring injury and is the lone Retriever to record at least one point in each game (11) that he has dressed for in 2012. He is third on the team with 20 points, scoring 12 goals and adding eight assists. He averages 2.2 points per game in America East play and led UMBC with three goals and an assist in the 11-8 win at Vermont.

Bertolini has been a solid contributor in his first season at UMBC. A converted attackman, Bertolini has started four of five America East games at midfield. He has five goals and eight assists to date, which was highlighted by a one-goal, three-assist effort in the 17-16 overtime win vs. Albany.

Murphy, also a tri-captain, converted from a long-stick midfielder position to a spot on close defense in 2012. He has started all 12 games and leads the team with 13 caused turnovers. He is also second on the squad with 37 ground balls.

A total of 66 Retrievers have earned America East accolades in nine years of league competition.

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Providence Forward Dixon To Transfer to Towson

Posted on 30 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Bilal Dixon Will Transfer to Towson
Forward/Center Played in 94 Games & Started 68 for Providence from 2009-12

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s basketball program has added a big man to help the Tigers for the 2012-13 season, as Bilal Dixon, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward/center, will attend Towson. Dixon will have one year of eligibility remaining after transferring from Providence College, where he played in 94 games and started 68 for the Friars from 2009-12.

“We’re excited to add a player with Bilal’s talent and experience to our roster,” said Towson head coach Pat Skerry. “I coached him for two years in the BIG EAST conference, at a prestigious school like Providence that has a rich basketball tradition. I know what he’s capable of and I am thrilled to have him as a member of our basketball family. We are looking forward to adding a student-athlete that’s had success at the highest level of collegiate basketball.”

Dixon, a native of Jersey City, N.J., was named to The Sporting News BIG EAST All-Freshman Team in 2010 after averaging 8.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while starting 30 of 31 games for Providence. As a freshman, Dixon recorded his first double-double in conference play against No. 19 Connecticut as he registered 12 points and 11 rebounds and guided the Friars past the Huskies, 81-66. Dixon also hauled in 16 rebounds while matching up against future NBA draft pick Greg Monroe and seventh-ranked Georgetown and he set his career-high with 19 boards vs. Seton Hall.

As a sophomore, Dixon had nine double-digit rebounding games, including double-doubles against Colonial Athletic Association foe Northeastern and BIG EAST rival Seton Hall.

This past season, Dixon saw action in 31 of 32 games for the Friars and averaged 4.3 points per game. He was fourth on the team in rebounding (4.1 rpg), second in blocked shots (37) and second in field goal percentage (55.8 percent). Dixon scored a career-high 18 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to lead Providence past Rutgers on February 1, 2012. He also had a career-high seven blocked shots against South Carolina on December 1, 2011. Dixon averaged a rebound every 3.87 minutes he was on the floor, which ranked eighth in the BIG EAST Conference.

Dixon attended Queen of Peace High School (N.J.) from 2006-08 where he was a second-team All-State selection and the Conference Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. Dixon led Queen of Peace to an 18-0 mark in conference action in 2008. Dixon played at St. Anthony’s High School (N.J.) during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Dixon will be one of three transfer students from BIG EAST programs who will be eligible to play for Towson. He joins Jerrelle Benimon (Georgetown) and Mike Burwell (South Florida), who each have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2012-13 season.

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Stevenson Tops St. Mary’s to Advance to CAC Championship Game

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson junior attack Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) netted a hat trick, and scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7:46 remaining, as the fourth-ranked Mustangs advanced to the title game of the CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, 10-8, Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium.

Tonight’s victory sets up the 10th meeting between Stevenson and Salisbury in the last four seasons and the final time the two schools
will meet in the CAC Championship as Stevenson departs for the Middle Atlantic Conference.

The two teams have met in the Championship every season the Mustangs have been a member of the CAC except 2007, when they were ousted by the Seahawks, 8-7, in the semifinals.

Stevenson (14-3) would extend their lead to the largest of the game at 7-2 on an unassisted tally by senior midfielder Kenny Whittaker
(Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

The Seahawks (10-6) would score six of the next seven goals over the next 11:40 to knot the game at 8-8 after being held scoreless for over 28 minutes.

An otherwise statistically even game, both teams fired off 28 shots, while Stevenson held a slight edge in ground balls, 31-27.  St. Mary’s
(Md.) held more than a 2-to-1 edge in faceoffs and capitalized on both extra-man opportunities.  The Seahawks turned the ball over 23 times, four more than the Mustangs, including a critical turnover by Justin Harty with 1:00 remaining, that sealed the victory for Stevenson.

Senior goalkeeper Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made six saves, while his counterpart Stu Wheeler made nine.

The CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at Salisbury on Saturday.  Opening face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Miraculous Late Rally Lifts UMBC Past Albany

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones (Port CoquiItlam, B.C.) capped a miraculous rally with a goal at the 1:43 mark of overtime and the Retrievers edged Albany, 17-16, at UMBC Stadium.

With the victory, UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) clinched a spot in the America East four-team playoffs for the ninth time in nine conference seasons. Albany, also assured of a berth in the championships, fell to 3-9, 3-1.

The Retrievers trailed the Great Danes, 16-11, in the wild affair with under six minutes remaining in regulation. But UMBC reeled off five goals in a span of 2:18 and tied the score on a goal by junior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) with 2:57 remaining, setting the stage for Jones’ heroics.

“I saw this team grow up,” head coach Don Zimmerman said.  “That’s a very good team that we just played out there.  We have been waiting and waiting and waiting for it to kick in and I thought we kicked into gear and came of age.”

Jones, UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, and sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored four goals each to lead UMBC. Three Great Danes- senior attackman Joe Resetarits, and sophomore attackmen Miles and Ty Thompson- scored four goals each, with Resetarits leading all scores with seven total points.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs. Poe attempted all 37 draws on the day and won 9-of-11 in the fourth quarter.

Miles Thompson finished a fast break on a pass from Ty Thompson with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the visitors a five-goal bulge. UMBC responded with on a goal by junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) with 5:15 to play and the Retrievers got an extra surge when Poe controlled the draw and scored eight seconds later to trim the deficit to 16-13.

After a holding call on Albany, Hopmann scored again, just 34 seconds after the 13th goal, and after Gregoire turned the corner and scored with 3:29 remaining, the Retrievers were within a goal. Poe beat UA long-stick Doug Eich on the draw and Brown fired a high blazer past Dane netminder Max Huber with 2:57 remaining to tie the score for the first time since it was even at 6-all.

Both teams had one offensive possession in the final moments of regulation, but could not score. Albany won the opening draw in overtime, but a Lyle Thompson shot sailed over the goal and possession went over to the Retrievers. Playing on Senior Day, senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) fed Jones on the left wing ,and the Retrievers leading scorer dipped inside his defender and bounced a shot past Huber, setting off a wild celebration by the Retrievers.

The 17 goals scored by UMBC was its most since a 17-10 win over Rutgers in 2009. The 33 goals combined by the two squads was the most in a Retriever contest since an 18-15 loss at Towson early in the 1998 campaign.

Grimm, junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) each had three assists for UMBC. Grimm and Bertolini added a goal piece to finish with four-point efforts. Hopmann and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St.Paul’s) scored two goals each for the hosts.

UMBC led only once before scoring the game-winning goal, scoring three consecutive first quarter goals after Albany had taken a quick 2-0 advantage. Albany led, 5-3, after one quarter, and 6-3 early in the second stanza before the Retrievers evened the affair on Grimm’s lone tally of the day on a man-up situation with 9:23 to play in the half.

But the Danes ended the first half of  3-0 run, punctuated by a Resetarits score from in front of the cage with six seconds to play in the half to give the guests a 9-6 halftime edge.

The Retrievers outscored UA, 4-3, in the third quarter and got as close as 12-10 before the Danes stretched out the margin to five goals.

Both teams had 37 shots in the game. Huber made nine saves for Albany, while UMBC junior netminder Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) had a season-low six saves for his side. But Cohen made three key fourth quarter saves to allow the Retrievers to complete the rally.

UMBC hit on 3-of-4 man-up chances, while UA was 1-for-1.

The Retrievers, who fell to Stony Brook last Saturday, have never lost back-to-back games in 46 America East regular season games. UMBC is 16-6 in Zimmerman’s tenure in overtime games.

Jones has scored 17 goals in his last five outings and became the first Retrievers since Alex Hopmann (36) in 2009 to reach the 30-goal plateau with 31 scores.

The four goals were a career-high for Gregoire, who has 11 goals in his five starts in 2012.

UMBC completes the regular season at Binghamton on April 28.

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