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Duke rallies to top Loyola in fourth quarter

Posted on 09 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Fourth-Quarter Run Pushes Duke Past Men’s Lacrosse

 

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University scored five fourth-quarter goals to build a two goals lead late and hold off the fourth-ranked Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team for a 9-8 non-conference win on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium.

 

The Blue Devils (3-4 overall) scored twice in the first three minutes of the final period to take their first lead since the second quarter.

 

Jordan Wolf backstopped a wide Duke shot, picking up the groundball off the bounce behind the crease, and he fed a crashing Case Matheis who scored his second goal of the game at 13:59 to tie the score at 5-5.

 

Just over 90 seconds later, Jake Tripucka was running toward the back of the crease when he slipped a cross-crease pass to Josh Offit on the wide left side, and Offitt stuck an eight-yard shot inside the far post at 12:26 to put the Blue Devils in front, 6-5.

 

Loyola (4-2) went on extra man minutes later, and Justin Ward shot a pass to Sean O’Sullivan on the left side of the crease, and O’Sullivan finished from the doorstep at 10:36 to tie the score at 6-6.

 

Duke, however, responded with two goals inside of a minute to build an 8-6 lead.

 

Offitt took advantage of a slip by a Greyhounds’ defender to score from close range on the left side with 9:40 remaining, and Christian Walsh stepped back off a dodge and shot low to score 55 ticks of the clock later.

 

Loyola got a goal back in transition nearly four minutes later when Pat Laconi caused a turnover and Scott Ratliff picked up the ground ball. Ratliff passed it to Joe Fletcher to sent an over-the-top pass to a streaking Laconi who scored on a nine-yard shot to pull Loyola within a goal at 5:03.

 

Duke, however, extended its lead back to two at 3:45 when Tripucka sent a pass from behind to Wolf who was cutting down the middle for a goal.

 

The Greyhounds rallied to make it a one-goal deficit with 1:13 on the clock when Nikko Pontrello found Ward cutting toward the crease, and Ward scored his second of the game.

 

The Blue Devils won the ensuing faceoff, but Loyola forced a turnover, and called timeout after clearing the ball into its offensive end with 33 seconds left. The Greyhounds, however, could not get off a shot before the final whistle.

 

Duke took an early 3-0 lead, tallying a trio of goals by Josh Dionne, Matheis and Wolf in the game’s first 6:43.

 

Ratliff would put Loyola on the board after causing a turnover, clearing the ball himself and scoring with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

 

Mike Sawyer then got the Greyhounds back within a goal with 22 seconds left before the end of the first quarter as he dodged from the top left and shot from inside three yards.

 

Loyola continued its run at the start of the second quarter as Ward rolled back toward the cage after dodging and scored 91 seconds in to the frame. Chris Layne then gave the Greyhounds their first lead of the game 5:46 before halftime, dodging from right to left at the top and shooting from six yards out.

 

The Greyhounds held a 4-3 margin at the break, but Duke won the second half’s first faceoff and scored 45 seconds in when Dionne one-timed a shot off a Wolf feed from behind.

 

Loyola regained the lead, 5-4, with 7:28 left in the third quarter when Phil Dobson dodged from the top and shot while falling from inside five yards.

 

Duke finished with a 33-27 advantage in shots, but Loyola picked up 35 ground balls to the Blue Devils’ 25.

 

Ratliff picked up a game-high seven, and Fletcher pulled up five. Blake Burkhart had four and won 11-of-18 faceoffs in the game. Ward led the Greyhounds offensively with two goals and an assist.

 

The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, March 16, in Denver where they will face the Air Force Academy in the Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic.

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Loyola begins long road stretch Friday at Duke

Posted on 07 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Duke Blue Devils
Date Friday, March 8, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
TV | Radio Duke Webstreaming
Series Record Duke leads, 14-10
Last Meeting Loyola 13, Duke 8 – March 10, 2012, in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays the first of five-straight games on the road Friday night when it visits Durham, N.C., for a 7 o’clock game at Duke University.

The Greyhounds are coming off three consecutive games at home, but they will be away from Ridley Athletic Complex until April.

 

Series History

Friday will be the 25th meeting all-time between the Blue Devils and the Greyhounds, with Duke holding a 14-10 advantage in the series.

Duke had won five-straight over Loyola and eight of nine, before the Greyhounds defeated the Blue Devils, 13-8, on March 10, 2012, in Baltimore.

In that game, Mike Sawyer scored career-highs of six goals and eight points, and Eric Lusby posted three goals and two assists for Loyola.

The Greyhounds used a 3-0 run over a stretch of four-plus minutes in the first and second quarters to break open a 4-1 lead that they would stretch to 7-4 before halftime. They then tallied the first three goals of the second half and six of the first seven to lead 13-5 less than four minutes into the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Jack Runkel made a then-career-high 12 saves, and Scott Ratliff caused four Duke turnovers.

The series dates back to 1946 and the team’s have played at least once every season since 2000.

 

In The Polls

Loyola sits at No. 4 in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media polls for the second week in a row.

Entering the season, It was the first time in the polls’ existences that the Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 to start the year.

Bellarmine is receiving votes in both polls.

 

Last Time Out

Jack Runkel made 11 saves, and Loyola’s offense scored four straight spanning both halves, as the Greyhounds held off Bellarmine University for an 8-6 win last Saturday in the Greyhounds’ 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League opener.

Runkel made a kick save on a one-versus-one chance by a Bellarmine midfielder 71 seconds into the game to ignite the Greyhounds’ defense.

Mike Sawyer scored all three of his goals during the 4-0 run that he started with an unassisted goal with 1:46 left in the first half to put the Greyhounds in front, 4-2. He then added the first two goals of the second half, and Loyola led 7-2 with 11:17 left in the third quarter.

The Knights scored the next three goals to close to within two, 7-5, with 8:23 left in regulation, but Justin Ward scored one of his two goals less than three minutes later to help seal the win.

 

Runkel Grabs League Award

Jack Runkel was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, March 4, after posting 18 saves in a pair of Loyola wins last week. He had seven on Tuesday night in a driving rain against UMBC, and he then logged a season-best 11 on Saturday versus Bellarmine when he allowed just six goals.

It was the fourth time in his career that he has won the award from the ECAC after picking up the honor three times last season.

 

Back-To-Back Hat Tricks

Mike Sawyer recorded his second hat trick in as many games last week when he tallied three over a six-minute stretch of action against Bellarmine. He also finished with three goals against UMBC earlier in the week.

Sawyer scored with 1:46 to play in the first half and then twice within 20 seconds in the third quarter, his third goal of the day putting Loyola in front, 7-2, with 11:17 left in the stanza.

He now has 20 hat tricks in his career, one of only four players currently active to reach that plateau. Colgate’s Peter Baum leads the nation with 29, while Army’s Garrett Thul has 26. Saywer is tied with Cornell’s Steve Mock with 20 each.

 

Weekly Attack Numbers

Loyola’s starting attack posted considerable scoring numbers in the Greyhounds’ two games last week.

In the wins over UMBC and Bellarmine, Nikko Pontrello (4 goals, 4 assists), Mike Sawyer (6g, 1a) and Justin Ward (9g, 4a) combined for 28 total points on 19 goals and nine assists. All three had multiple-point games in both outings.

 

Davis Off The Ground

Davis Butts is second on the team this season with 22 ground balls and has picked up five in four of the Greyhounds’ five contests: Delaware, Maryland, UMBC and Bellarmine. He also had two in the game at Towson.

Through five games this season, he is already more than halfway to his total of 40 a year ago. He has also scored at least one point in every game this year and has three goals and five assists.

 

Ward’s Big Night

The foul weather did not slow Justin Ward on Tuesday against UMBC, as the junior finished with seven goals and three assists for 10 points. His goal and point outputs were career-highs.

He became the first player to score at least seven goals in a game since Gavin Prout tallied eight in a 19-11 win at Hobart on April 28, 2001.

Ward’s 10-point effort was the first 10-point game for a Greyhound since Tim Goettelmann tallied the same amount in a 19-9 win on March 25, 2000, against Fairfield. In that game, Goettelmann scored four goals and had six assists. Later that season, he would score seven goals on May 16 in the NCAA First Round against Notre Dame.

Ward’s seven goals brought his 2013 total to a team-high 12, matching the number he put up in 19 games last season. He is also tops on the team with nine assists and 21 points through four games.

His seven goals are tied with Ohio State’s Logan Schuss and Army’s Garrett Thul for the most in a game this season, and his 10 points tie Schuss for game-high honors, as well.

He then chipped in two goals and an assists on Saturday versus Bellarmine.

With 42 career assists, Ward is now tied for 19th in Loyola’s Division I history with Ben Hagberg who registered the same total from 1982-1983.

 

Pontrello Puts Up Points, Too

Somewhat lost in Justin Ward’s 10-point night against UMBC were the career-high numbers put up by fellow attacker Nikko Pontrello. The sophomore finished with career-bests in goals (3), assists (3) and points (6).

It was his first career multi-goal game, and his assists exceeded his previous best of two.

Pontrello now has three multi-point games this season after scoring a goal and assisting on two at Towson on February 20 and tallying one of each against Bellarmine. In four games, he has six goals, and his seven assists are second-most on the team.

 

Eighth To 100

With his goal at 9:25 in the third quarter against UMBC, Mike Sawyer became the eighth player in Loyola men’s lacrosse history to score 100 in his career, the seventh in the program’s Division I history.

Sawyer joins a list that includes Gary Hanley (151), Pat Lamon (133), Gewas Schindler (120), Tim O’Shea (115), Kevin Beach (114), John Carroll (112) and Chris Colbeck (108).

 

Blackjack

Loyola scored 21 goals on Tuesday night against UMBC, marking the first time since April 26, 2000, that the Greyhounds had recorded 20 or more in a game. That day, they went on the road and beat Villanova, 21-7.

The game at Villanova was just 11 days after Loyola beat Massachusetts, 21-10, at home. Prior to those two games, the last 20-point outing was on April 15, 1998, against Lehigh.

 

Layne Keeps Tallying Points

Chris Layne had his fourth multi-point game in as many contests this season, recording two goals and an assist for the Greyhounds against UMBC after tallying the same amount three days prior against Maryland. Through four game this year, Layne has seven goals and five assists.

Last season, he had a total of five multi-point games while finishing with 11 goals and 14 assists. With his two goals against Delaware, Maryland and UMBC, Layne has more than doubled his multi-goal games during his time at Loyola to five. He also had one as a sophomore in 2010 for North Carolina.

At Delaware in the season-opener, Layne tallied the first and last goals of the game for the Greyhounds, the initial coming at 12:17 in the first quarter, and the second with 4.4 seconds left in the fourth. He also assisted on a Scott Ratliff transition goal just over five minutes into the third quarter.

 

Spreading The Scoring

Nine Loyola players scored goals at Towson with seven recording two or more points, and nine was also the number of scorers versus Maryland and UMBC, and seven had two or more points against the Retrievers. Against Towson, Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward led the way with four points, Chris Layne and Kevin Ryan tallied three, while Nikko Pontrello, Sean O’Sullivan and Brian Schultz each recorded two.

Last season, Loyola had just two games with seven players scoring two or more points (Michigan, Air Force).

 

Two At The ‘X’

Loyola has had two primary faceoff men in their five games this season. Brendan Donovan started the season at Delaware and then took all but two of the 33 restarts against UMBC. He won 19-of-31 against the Retrievers where his 19 wins were the most by a Loyola player since Dan Kallaugher went 27-of-33 in the NCAA First Round at Albany on May 13, 2007.

In the Greyhounds’ other two games, Blake Burkhart took the majority of the restarts, winning 17-of-28, a career-high, at Towson, and 14-of-25 against Maryland.

 

Acton Active On Defense

Reid Acton tied his career-high on against Delaware with five caused turnovers to lead all players. He also picked up five ground balls, one shy of Scott Ratliff’s team-best six. He was part of a unit that held Delaware’s starting attack to just three goals in the game. Acton also caused five turnovers last season against Ohio State.

Acton has logged at least two ground balls in all but one game (at Towson) this year.

 

A Lot Of Everything

The adage that a player does a little bit of everything does not necessarily apply to long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff. The Loyola senior does a lot, as he led the team last year in ground balls (88) and caused turnovers (37), was fifth in goals (12) and seventh in assists (7). His 37 caused turnovers were second-most in Loyola history – behind P.T. Ricci’s 51 in 2009 – since the stats became official that year.

A Tewaaraton Award semifinalist, Ratliff was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Championships after scoring three goals, one a game-winner, and recording two assists and 16 ground balls.

Ratliff, who was also an USILA All-America Third Team member, an All-ECAC First Team honoree and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year.

He has scored a goal in three of the Greyhounds’ five games this year, at Delaware and versus Maryland and UMBC to bring his career totals to 18 goals and 10 assists. He is currently second among active long-poles in scoring behind Bryant’s Mason Poli who has 32 goals and 10 assists.

With his game-opening goal against Canisius in the NCAA First Round, he set the Loyola single-season record for long-pole scoring, surpassing the record of 16 points set by current assistant coach Matt Dwan his senior season in 1995 when he tallied 11 goals and five assists and earned All-America honors.

 

Helmet Stickers

Loyola players are wearing three stickers on their helmets this season to remember those who have passed away. The stickers are in memory of Adam Pomper, a member of the 2012 team who passed away on June 12, 2012, Mandy O’Sullivan, mother of current players Sean and Ryan O’Sullivan who died in March 2012 from pancreatic cancer, and the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December 2012 where Loyola put on a youth lacrosse clinic in January.

 

Well-Represented In MLL Draft

Five members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team were selected in the top 26 of the January 11 Major League Lacrosse draft. The Greyhounds tied Virginia for the most draft picks in the selection process.

Josh Hawkins and Mike Sawyer were both taken in the first round, going fifth and eighth overall to the Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds, respectively.

Scott Ratliff was the first pick of the second round, going ninth to the Boston Cannons, and Davis Butts was taken early in the third round, 19th overall to the Denver Outlaws.

Joining Hawkins in Hamilton will be Reid Acton, the team’s fourth round pick, 26th overall.

Sawyer will be joined in Charlotte by former teammate Eric Lusby who was the top waiver pick after the NCAA season ended in early June. After missing the majority of the MLL season with an injury, the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player made his MLL debut on July 28 at Long Island and scored a goal. He then tallied three goals  in an August 11 win over Rochester.

 

Newtown Youth Clinic

Fourteen members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team took time from their holiday vacation to travel to Newtown, Conn., for a clinic with the Newtown Lacrosse Association.

Led by freshman Jason Crane, the Greyhounds worked with more than 100 elementary and junior-high school-age players, many of whom attended Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shooting that killed 26 took place in December.

 

Preseason Accolades

Six Loyola players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America teams: defender Joe Fletcher and short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins (first team); attackman Mike Sawyer and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (second); midfielder Davis Butts (third); and, defender Reid Acton (honorable mention).

All six earned All-America honors last season with Sawyer earned Second Team honors and Ratliff was named to the Third Team. Acton, Butts, Fletcher and Acton earned Honorable Mention along with graduate student Eric Lusby.

In his first year as a starter, Fletcher was named to the NCAA and ECAC Championships All-Tournament Teams and earned a reputation as one of the top defenders in the nation. In 19 games as a sophomore, Fletcher caused 26 turnovers, second most on the team, and had 41 ground balls.

Hawkins has continued to be one of the top defensive midfielders in the nation and garnered considerable respect nationally for his play during the NCAA Championships. He earned NCAA All-Tournament honors and helped the Greyhounds limit Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals on Championships weekend. In addition to his six goals and two assists in 15 games last year, Hawkins was second on the team with 63 ground balls.

Sawyer was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player last season when he scored 52 goals and assisted on 10 more and was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. During the regular-season, he led the ECAC in goals and goals per game while earning All-ECAC First Team honors. He became the second player to score 50 or more goals in a season and was joined by a third on last year’s team.

Ratliff continued to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. He finished with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995. In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defenisve player of the year honors.

Butts was a first-line midfielder for the Greyhounds for the second year in a row. He excelled as a dodger and finisher and ranked fourth on the team in points (35) and third in goals scored (21). A versatile player, Butts also saw plenty of action on the wings of faceoffs and in the defensive midfield where he picked up 40 ground balls.

Acton will enter 2013 having started on the Greyhounds’ defense each of the last three years. He finished the 2012 season with 44 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, while helping Loyola record a 7.21 goals allowed per game average, the fifth-best mark in Division I. The Greyhounds set a pair of defensive records during Championship Weekend, holding Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals in the two games and allowing the Terrapins just three in the title match.

 

Toomey Receives Morris Touchstone Award

Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career, and in December, he received the coaches association’s Morris Touchstone Award as the national coach of the year.

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.

The win over Canisius in the First Round was the 60th victory of his coaching career, becoming the fourth coach in Loyola history to win 60 or more – Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001), Charles Wenzel (62-104, 1954-1970), Jay Connor (61-46, 1975-1982).  Toomey’s .640 winning percentage trails only Cottle’s .721 at Loyola.

 

Big Runs

Last season, runs of three-plus goals were critical in the Greyhounds success, as they had runs of 3-0 or better in all 19 games. In all, Loyola scored three or more in a row on 37 occasions last year.

The Greyhounds have opened the 2013 season in similar fashion as they scored three-straight in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead against Delaware after trailing, 2-1. They then had two runs of 3-0 or better at Towson.

Against UMBC, Loyola had a 3-0 first-half run before putting together a 10-0 stretch in the third and fourth quarters. The Greyhounds then had a 4-0 run that spanned both halves to help beat Bellarmine

The game against Maryland marked the first time since May 5, 2011, against Fairfield that the Greyhounds did not put up a run of 3-0 or better.

 

Second-Half Success

The Greyhounds outscored opponents 66-22 in the third quarters of games, and 123-63 overall in the second half (including overtime), last season. The second-half scoring continued a trend from 2011 when Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56.

This year, Loyola is outscoring opponents 22-9 in the third quarter and 34-22 overall after halftime.

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#1 Maryland stays unbeaten with blowout win at Duke

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#1 Maryland stays unbeaten with blowout win at Duke

Posted on 02 March 2013 by WNST Staff

DURHAM, N.C. – Junior Mike Chanenchuk set his career high with six points and tied his career best with five goals to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 16-7 win over No. 19 Duke Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

The Terps improve to 4-0 on the season and are now 1-0 in the ACC, while the Blue Devils drop to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Maryland’s nine-goal victory over Duke is its highest margin of victory over the Blue Devils since 1984 when Maryland won 16-4 in College Park.

Duke controlled the opening faceoff, but a Miles Jones shot was blocked and senior Landon Carr picked up the groundball and pushed transition. Once into the Duke zone, Carr made a quick pass to senior Owen Blye, who buried a shot from the point to give the Terps a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game.

Chanenchuk had three points in the first quarter, beginning with a lefty laser from near the top of the box to up Maryland’s lead to 2-0 with 11:23 to go in the first.

After Duke got on the board with a goal by Christian Walsh, Chanenchuk struck again, this time on a right-handed runner from the left alley at the 1:31 mark.

That goal kicked off a 5-0 Maryland run that extended into the second quarter.

Chanenchuk was on the giving end of the next Terrapin goal, feeding senior Jake Bernhardt for the quick strike to make it a 4-1 Maryland lead with 50 seconds left in the first.

Junior Niko Amato was sensational in the first quarter. He was credited with just two stops, but both were big for the Terps. The first came to end a Duke extra-man opportunity and the second was near the end of the quarter as he stoned Jordan Wolf from the right alley.

Maryland’s run continued early in the second when Chanenchuk finished his hat trick with another unassisted goal at the 14:17 mark of the second.

The Terps’ reserves kept things rolling as sophomore Joe LoCascio drove down the left alley and make a good look inside to a cutting Jay Carlson and the sophomore finished on the doorstep to make it 6-1 with 13:07 to go in the half.

Junior Brendan Saylor capped the run off with an unassisted goal at the 11:27 mark. He took the ball around the back of the cage to right goal line extended and took the extra step to increase his angle and beat back-up goalie Kyle Turri to up Maryland’s lead to 7-1.

Duke kept fighting and got back-to-back goals from David Lawson and Josh Offit to close the gap to 7-3, but Maryland closed the first half strong.

Sophomore Charlie Raffa won the ensuing faceoff after Offit’s goal and took it straight down the field and beat Turri low, making it 8-3 in favor of the Terps.

Maryland would take a 9-3 lead into halftime thanks to another Carlson goal at the 3:13 mark. Senior Kevin Cooper took advantage of his matchup with a Blue Devil short-stick feeding the ball into Carlson, who made a timely cut to the front of the crease.

The scoring pace slowed down in the third with just one goal for each of the teams.

Chanenchuk put the Terps into double-digits with his fourth of the game, finishing off a feed from Blye to make it 10-3 for Maryland at the 9:18 mark.

Duke got its score in the third with 3:31 to go with Deemer Class getting one to go from the right wing.

The scoring picked up again in the fourth, beginning with back-to-back unassisted goals for the Terps by Jake Bernhardt and freshman Bradlee Lord to make it a 12-4 Maryland lead with 12:08 to go in the game.

Duke’s Brendan Fowler scored off the faceoff following Lord’s goal, but Kevin Cooper scored the next two goals off assists from Saylor and Chanenchuk, respectively, to open up a 14-5 Maryland lead.

Offit scored his second of the game to cut the Maryland lead to 14-6 with 8:07 to play, but the Terps wrapped things up for good with goals from LoCascio and Billy Gribbin.

Duke tacked on a goal by Josh Dionne with 15 seconds left to make the final score, 16-7.

Amato finished with eight saves, while Maryland’s starting close defense of Michael Ehrhardt, Casey Ikeda and Goran Murray held Duke’s starting attack without a goal while the Terrapin trio was on the field.

Raffa was a difference-maker for the Terps, winning 11-of-17 faceoffs with eight groundballs. He was helped out on the wings by senior Jesse Bernhardt, who had four groundballs.

Maryland returns to the friendly confines of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Wednesday, March 6 for a 5 p.m. game vs. in-state foe UMBC. The game between the Terps and the Retrievers is the debut of ESPNU’s Wednesday Night Game of the Week.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-7 win, Maryland is now 60-19 all-time vs. Duke.
• With six points on five goals and an assist, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has eight hat tricks, 19 multi-point and 15 multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on two goals, sophomore Jay Carlson now has six multi-point and five multi-goals for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, senior Kevin Cooper now 14 six multi-point and six multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on two goals, senior Jake Bernhardt now has 13 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.

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#1 Maryland looks to stay undefeated Saturday at Duke

Posted on 01 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland (3-0) men’s lacrosse team opens its 2013 ACC slate when it travels down “Tobacco Road” on Saturday to play at No. 19 Duke (2-3). The Terps and the Blue Devils are slated for an 11 a.m. start at Koskinen Stadium.

• The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney handling the play-by-play duties, while Quint Kessenich and Ryan Flanagan will provide the analysis.

• Maryland became the outright No. 1 team in the nation after its 12-10 victory at former No. 1 Loyola last Saturday in Baltimore. Senior John Haus, who has 13 points on seven goals and six assists, is the first Maryland midfielder to lead the Team in scoring after the team’s first three games since 2001 after totaling five points on four goals and an assist vs. the Greyhounds. Junior Niko Amato has been tremendous in cage for the Terps and fourth in the nation with a 6.62 goals-against average and fifth in the country with a .630 save percentage. Senior Jesse Bernhardt picked up a career-best 10 groundballs at Loyola to become the first Terp since since Feb. 27, 2010 to have double-digit groundballs in a game.

• Duke is 2-3 so far in 2013 after playing an amazingly tough first-month schedule. The Blue Devils’ three losses have come at the hands of No. 10 Denver, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 14 Penn. Duke’s offense is paced by its junior trio of starting attackmen – Jordan Wolf (15-6=21), Christian Walsh (6-5=11) and Josh Dionne (6-0=6) – who were all named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last week. The Blue Devils also boast an all-senior first midfield line of David Lawson (6-3=9), Jake Tripucka (5-5=10) and Miles Jones (5-2=7). Duke has excelled at the faceoff X thanks to junior Brendan Fowler, who is sixth in the nation with a .639 faceoff win percentage.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 96 of the 105 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .914 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 112-25 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .818 winning percentage.
8 … John Haus has eight career goals vs. the Blue Devils.
7 … The Terps have only lost seven of the 32 games they have played against Duke in Durham.
6 … Maryland and Duke have met six times in the past two seasons with the Terps winning four times.
5 … A school record-tying five Terps were selected in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft.
4 … Kevin Cooper set his career high with four assists vs. Duke in the 2012 NCAA semifinals.
3 … The Terps have shot 30% or better in each of their three games this season.
2 … Maryland and Duke are the only two teams to have advanced to the past two NCAA Final Fours.
1 … This is the first time since March of 2006 that Maryland has been the outright No. 1 team in the country.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 48-30 career record for a 61.5 winning percentage. Tillman is 28-11 (.718) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Duke’s John Danowski is in his 31st season as a head coach and holds an all-time record of 316-166 (.656). He is in his seventh season at Duke and has a 97-27 (.782) record with the Blue Devils.

• Tillman has a 5-4 career record against Duke while coaching at Maryland and Harvard, all against Danowski. The two have met twice in the NCAA tournament with Tillman’s Terps winning, 9-5, in the 2011 NCAA semifinals in Baltimore and again, 16-10, in the semis in Foxborough, Mass., in 2012.


Series History vs. Duke
• Maryland and Duke have played 78 times. The Terps hold a 59-19 edge (.756) in the series that dates back to 1940. Maryland’s 59 wins against the Blue Devils are the most against any opponent.

• The rubber match took place once again in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament and once again it was the Terps advancing to the title game with a 16-10 win at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Maryland never trailed in the game after opening up an early 3-0 lead. The Terps held just a two-goal lead entering the fourth quarter, but Owen Blye scored twice in a 6-0 run that put the game out of reach. Kevin Cooper led all scorers with five points on a goal and four assists, while Blye finished with three goals. Curtis Holmes won 12-of-21 faceoffs with six groundballs to help the Terps control the pace of play, while Niko Amato was soldi in cage, stopping 10 Blue Devil shots.

• The two teams met in the ACC semifinals in Charlottesville, Va., and the Terps and Blue Devils played a highly physical contest that saw Duke advance with a 6-5 win. Joe Cummings and Mike Chanenchuk paced the Terps with two goals apiece, while Josh Dionne had three for the Blue Devils.

• In 2012′s first meeting the Terps raced out to a 4-0 lead halfway through the first quarter and coasted to a 10-7 victory over No. 8 Duke at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Drew Snider led the Maryland offense with a hat trick. Niko Amato was spectacular in cage, making nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter.

• The stakes were much higher in the 2011 rubber match as unseeded Maryland defeated No. 5 seed Duke, 9-4, in a tough, physical game in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Grant Catalino led the offensive attack for the Terps with three goals, while Joe Cummings added two goals and an assist. The Terrapin defense was terrific in holding the Blue Devils to just four goals with Niko Amato making 13 saves to send the Terps to their first NCAA title-game appearance since 1998.

• The 2011 rematch took place again at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium, but this time the stakes were a bit higher – the ACC championship. This time it was the Terps coming away with an 11-9 victory to take its first conference crown since 2005. Ryan Young scored the first game-winning goal of his career when he jumped in the air to redirect a John Haus pass from behind the cage. Grant Catalino earned tournament MVP honors after scoring three goals vs. the Blue Devils in the title game.

• For the second time in two years the Terps and the Blue Devils needed overtime to decide things, but in 2011 in Durham it was Duke that pulled out a 9-8 victory on freshman Jordan Wolf’s game-winning goal 1:01 into the first OT. The Blue Devils held a 7-4 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but four-straight goals by Landon Carr, Michael Shakespeare, Joe Cummingsand John Haus, who finished with three goals in the game, gave Maryland a one-goal lead with 3:48 to go. Maryland appeared to have the game wrapped up in the final seconds when Carr forced a Blue Devil turnover, but a controversial holding call gave Duke another chance and Zach Howell scored with 0:03 left to send the game into overtime. Both goalies were sensational in the game with Maryland’s Niko Amato making 19 saves and Duke’s Dan Wigrizer stopped 17 shots.

• The 2010 meeting will go down as one of the most memorable in the series as the Terps pulled out an 11-10 overtime victory at the 2010 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore. Grant Catalino was the star of the game for the Terps, netting a career-best five goals, including the game-winner. Duke scored the final three goals of regulation to send the game into OT and then controlled possession for all but eight seconds of overtime, but that’s all the Terps needed for Bryn Holmes to cause a turnover, Brian Farrell to scoop a groundball and Dean Hart to push the transition and find Catalino on the left wing for the game-winning shot. Senior goalie Brian Phipps made 15 saves in the win.

• Maryland won an 11-8 decision over the Blue Devils at the 2009 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore. Jeff Reynoldswas the key factor for the Terps in the victory. He scored a goal and had an assist, but he won three key face-offs that led directly to goals that spurred Maryland onto the win. Grant Catalino had six points on two goals and four assists, while Ryan Young had five points on a pair of scores and three helpers.

• In 2008 the Blue Devils defeated the Terps, 15-7, in Durham, N.C. Travis Reed totaled three goals for the Terps in the defeat.

• The 2007 meeting was the first road game for the Blue Devils since their 2006 season was cancelled. Duke responded with a 14-7 victory behind a six-goal, seven-point effort from Matt Danowski. Max Ritz led the Terps in the game with a three-point effort on two goals and an assist.

• The 2006 season saw the rivalry escalate even more as the teams entered the game ranked first and second in the nation. The game more than lived up to the hype as the two squads battled and needed overtime to decide the victor. In that overtime,Xander Ritz sent the Terps home with the 8-7 win after scoring his fifth goal of the game with 1:14 remaining in the first extra period.

• In 2005 the two teams played three times with the Blue Devils winning two of the three games. It was the second time in the series the two squads played three times in a season. In 1992 the two teams played in early March, again in the ACC Tournament and in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Maryland won all three games that season.

• In the 2005 NCAA Semifinals, Duke ended Maryland’s season with a 18-9 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill McGlonegave the Terps a 1-0 lead, but the Blue Devils responded with nine unanswered goals and took a 10-3 lead into halftime. Joe Walters scored three times in the third quarter, but Maryland could not close the deficit.

• In 2005′s ACC Final, Maryland turned in its finest defensive effort of the year. The Terps held Duke, the nation’s highest scoring offense, scoreless for more than 40 minutes en route to a 9-5 victory at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on May 1. ACC Tournament MVP Harry Alford made 15 saves on the afternoon, while freshman Will Dalton helped the Terps control the ball on face-offs, winning 7-of-10 draws. Offensively Maryland was led by All-American Joe Walters who scored his second straight hat trick vs. the Blue Devils, while adding an assist. Freshman attackman Max Ritz also chipped in a pair for goals in the victory.

• The 2005 regular season game saw Maryland dominate Duke at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, but the Blue Devils found a way to get out of College Park with a 10-8 victory. All-American Joe Walters scored a hat trick for the Terps, but Duke outscored Maryland 6-3 in the second half to secure the win. Michael Phipps scored two goals and added an assist for his second career three-point game.

• The Terps dominated the series from 1955 through 1988, winning all 27 meetings.

• The teams have met five times in the NCAA Tournament with Maryland winning 13-11 in 1992, Duke retaliating 14-9 in 1994, and the Blue Devils taking the 2005 match-up 18-9. Maryland took the most recent NCAA meetings, 9-4, in the 2011 Final Four in Baltimore and again, 16-10, in the 2012 NCAA semis in Foxborough, Mass.

Maryland As The No. 1 Team
• The Terps took over the top spot in the USILA Coaches’ Poll on Feb. 18 after two impressive wins to open the 2013 season. The Terps became the outright No. 1 team in the country on Feb. 25 following their 12-10 victory at then-No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23. This marks the ninth time Maryland has earned the No. 1 ranking since 1986.

• Overall, Maryland has played 23 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 15-8 in those games.

• The last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.

• The last time the Terps were the nation’s top team was in April of 2004. Maryland’s two-week run at the top of the polls ended with a 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy in College Park.

• This season’s ranking is also the earliest the Terps have achieved the No. 1 ranking in a season. Previous to this week, the earliest Maryland was ranked No. 1 was March 10, 2006.

• The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 96 of the 105 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .914 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.4 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 112-25 in games, for a .818 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 183 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 74.9 percent of the time.


Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 3-0 on the year and has shot 30% or better in its three victories.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 58-4 (.935) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 12 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 12 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in three of them.


Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.

• The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.


Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 43 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 24-19 (.558) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at Duke, vs. UMBC, at Virginia, vs. Johns Hopkis and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.


Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

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

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

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


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

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

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


Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

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

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.


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

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

Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 740-249-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

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


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

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).

• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.

• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.

• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.

• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.

• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.


2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Monday Reality Check: Happy for Turgeon but hardly sympathetic

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Your Monday Reality Check: Happy for Turgeon but hardly sympathetic

Posted on 18 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

For what felt like the first time in the Mark Turgeon era, Comcast Center housed an incredible, big-game, “I swear to God I’m not sure the roof will be able to take this” atmosphere Saturday night as the University of Maryland stunned #2 (#1 according to the coaches) Duke 83-81.

It was an incredible night. The game itself was captivating, as the Terrapins completely squandered a late 10 point lead before two Seth Allen free throws saved them. There was controversy in officiating, a high level of intensity and physicality from players and a number of big time shots made by likely future NBA players like Seth Curry, Alex Len and Quinn Cook.

But even more captivating was the atmosphere in the building, which reached a Gary Williams era-esque “fever pitch” at multiple times. Celebrities, dignitaries and former Terps filled the building, students arrived hours early and delivered a charming first half flash mob before emptying onto the floor (and College Park’s Route 1) following the victory.

It was a two and a half hour frenzy, a feeling that remained palpable even as I watched the replay of the game Sunday night on ESPNU.

The victory was emotional for a number of reasons. It was emotional because it was a throwback to a decade ago, when the level of the Maryland-Duke series rivaled even Duke-North Carolina as the best in the entire sport. It was emotional because it gave a major shot in the arm to the fledgling NCAA Tournament hopes of a Terps team in danger of missing out on March Madness for a third consecutive season. It was emotional because there is clearly a renewed level of bad blood between the programs based on Maryland’s decision to bolt the ACC in favor of the Big Ten. In the week leading up to the game Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski made it clear Duke wouldn’t be continuing a series with the Terps after the conference change happened and after the game he continued to fire shots in the direction of a program that helped to put the ACC on the map.

But it was incredibly emotional in particular for head coach Mark Turgeon, who had yet to record a “signature” win as he began the homestretch in his second season in College Park. Students rushed the floor following the Terps’ win over then-Number 14 North Carolina State earlier in the season, but even at the time the win felt a bit flimsy. Maryland had made a habit out of knocking off top ranked teams under Williams but hadn’t made a similar level of national noise yet under Turgeon.

Yet when asked about what the win meant to him, Turgeon offered an unpredictable answer.

“It’s been a hard week”, Turgeon started while fighting back tears. ”I take a lot of pride in my coaching. I don’t do a lot of things well, but I’d like to think I can coach a little bit and I haven’t done a very good job.”

“It’s been a hard week on my family. It was hard on my son. Last week he had to leave the gym because the fans were so hard on his dad.”

The coach then motioned in the direction of his son and noted pointedly “this was for them.” He continued by saying “I got a loyal family. It’s very loyal to me.”

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Turgeon’s postgame press conference was his simplistic “I wanted to beat Duke” statement (which every Maryland fan everywhere echoes at just about all times), but the story about his son was clearly the most emotional.

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Emotional Turgeon: “I wanted to beat Duke”

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Emotional Turgeon: “I wanted to beat Duke”

Posted on 16 February 2013 by WNSTV

University of Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon got a bit emotional following his team’s 83-81 win over #2 Duke Saturday night at Comcast Center. His family had a tough week dealing with things that were said about the coach a week earlier in the team’s loss to Virginia. Turgeon explains…

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Maryland faces crucial showdown with Duke Saturday night

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (17-7, 5-6 ACC) vs. #2 Duke (22-2, 9-2 ACC)

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013 • 6 p.m. ET

Game #25 • Home Game #17 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-Play), Doris Burke (Analyst) & Jeannine Edwards (Sidelines)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines)

 

Storyline

 

• Following a five-day break from games, Maryland returns to action on Saturday as it plays host to second-ranked Duke at 6 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps are 17-7 and 5-6 in the ACC after suffering just their second home defeat of the season last Sunday against Virginia. Duke is 22-2 and 9-2 in the conference after a 73-68 win over North Carolina on Wednesday.

 

• Against Virginia, Maryland trailed at halftime for the first time at home this season, as the Cavaliers shot 52.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes and finished the game at 54.2 percent, the best by a Maryland opponent this year. After shooting just 35.5 percent in the first half, the Terps responded by knocking down 16 of 27 shots (.593) in the second half, but were unable to get closer than seven points down the stretch.

 

• The Terps rank second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .472 and have exceeded the 40 percent mark in each of the last six games. In that six-game stretch, the Terps have shot it well from beyond the arc, hitting 54 of 96 shots (.404). Jake Layman (12-29, .414), Logan Aronhalt (11-24, .458) and Dez Wells (8-15, .533) have been the biggest contributors from the perimeter of late.

 

• Maryland has ranked in the top-10 nationally throughout much of the season in opponent field goal percentage. Opposing teams have shot just 36.7 percent against the Terrapins, a mark which leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally. Virginia was just the second team this season to make better than 50 percent of its shots against Maryland; eight of 11 conference opponent have shot under 38 percent.

 

• Virginia became the first team this season to outrebound the Terps, finishing with a 34-29 advantage on the boards. Still, Maryland is just one of two teams in the nation with an average rebounding margin in double figures. The Terps are second at plus-10.3, behind just Colorado State (plus-13.8).

 

Maryland-Duke Series History

 

• Maryland trails the all-time series 61-113, which dates back to 1925. The Terps trail the series 37-40 at home, with their last win in Comcast coming on March 3, 2010. In that game, the 22nd-ranked Terrapins got 20 points from Greivis Vasquez on senior night, to help knock off the fourth-ranked Blue Devils.

 

• Duke won the first meeting this season, 84-64 in Durham on Jan. 26, and has won six straight in the series. In the earlier meeting, Dez Wells and Charles Mitchell paced Maryland with 13 points each and the Terps trailed by just eight at halftime before Duke opened it up in the second half. Rasheed Sulaimon led Duke with 25 points, Mason Plumlee had 19 and the Blue Devils shot 52.4 percent in the game.

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Ovechkin Deserves Much of the Blame for Caps Bad Start

Posted on 25 January 2013 by Ed Frankovic

Michal Neuvirth was stellar in net on Friday night as the Capitals rallied from a 2-0 third period deficit to force overtime before losing to the New Jersey Devils, 3-2.

Sure it was nice to finally get a point, and the Capitals were the last team in the league to do so, but this team needs wins in a short 48 game season.

Washington is now 0-3-1 and you can criticize the bad penalty killing and complain about a system change due to the new coach, but to me the single biggest problem with this team is the terrible play of Alexander Ovechkin.

In 92:29 of ice time in the four games he has 0 goals, 1 assist, 13 shots on goal, and just 8 hits. At $9M a year, that production just doesn’t cut it.

Ovechkin continues to struggle on the point on the power play and he is not getting his shots through and on net. With all of the power play time Washington had on Friday, if the team captain is producing there then maybe the Caps win in regulation or don’t need Mike Green’s late game tying tally?

I’ve written this several times before but Ovechkin would be a better fit down low on the power play. His size and strength would force opponents to focus more on him and that would open things up for his teammates. Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter both did that, at times, but it didn’t seem to last long, for whatever reason. However, there were several times when that move was very effective.

Much was made of Hunter sitting Ovechkin in the post season last spring due to his defensive deficiencies. Those problems continue this year. Oates tried him on the PK but after he was caught standing like a statue on the second Winnipeg goal on Tuesday night, that experiment seems to have ended.

Alex can be very guilty of trying to do things on his own too much and not use his teammates effectively. His turnover in overtime that led to the winning goal on Friday was an example of that. In addition, after turning the puck over Ovechkin was late coming back on defense. As a result he over reacted to the play and got caught down low, which opened up the Washington defense for an easy goal. Oates will not like what he sees of #8 on the sequence that led to the Devils winning tally.

I am not sure what is going on with a guy who should be one of, if not the best player in the NHL? Given that he played in the KHL during the lockout, you can’t blame his poor play on a lack of conditioning.

Whatever the problem is, it is up to Oates to figure it out and stop Ovechkin from performing so poorly. Like a quarterback in football, it is tough to win when your top player is not scoring and Ovechkin still has a big donut hole on the stat sheet in the goals column.

The bottom line is the Caps can’t win consistently without Ovechkin playing well and until they get him untracked, this team will have trouble winning games.

So fair or not, he deserves much of the blame for Washington’s terrible start to this season.

 

 

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Terps try to get offense going at #1 Duke Saturday

Posted on 25 January 2013 by WNST Staff

After defeating Boston College 64-59 Tuesday night, Maryland heads south for a road test at No. 1 Duke on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Terrapins are tied for seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 3-3 record, a game behind second-place NC State and 2.5 games behind Miami, which at 5-0 is the last team with an unblemished league record. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in both polls and are 3-2 in the league after a 90-63 setback at Miami on Wednesday night.

Storyline

• Propelled by a strong second half, Maryland improved its record to 15-4 with the win over BC. Jake Layman scored 10 of his 15 points after halftime, and the Terrapins shot 48.3 percent in the second half. Dez Wells efficiently ran the offense in the second half, recording seven of his career-high eight assists without committing a turnover in the final 20 minutes. Nick Faust scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, including five in the final 1:37 to help ice the game.

• Alex Len recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 boards against the Eagles. He leads the team and ranks 15th in the ACC in scoring (13.5 per game) and sixth in rebounding (8.2 per game). With seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation either freshmen or sophomores, the majority of Maryland’s scoring this season has come from underclassmen. Of the 71.8 points per game Maryland is averaging, 58.2 come from underclassmen (81 percent).

• The Terps have held all six ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting and the last five opponents to 65 points or fewer. Opponents are shooting just 35.1 percent against Maryland this season, a mark which ranks third nationally behind just Texas (34.5) and Kansas (34.8). Maryland has also outrebounded all 19 opponents this season and ranks third in the country in rebounding margin (plus-10.4).


Maryland-Duke Series History

• Maryland trails the all-time series 61-112, which dates back to 1925. The Terps trail the series 15-56 on the road, with their last win in Cameron coming on Feb. 28, 2007. In that game, the 24th ranked Terrapins defeated the 14th-ranked Blue Devils, 85-77.

• Duke won both meetings last season, including a 73-55 victory in Durham, and has won five straight in the series. Maryland’s last victory came on March 3, 2010, a 79-72 win in Comcast Center.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland last defeated a No. 1 team on Jan. 19, 2008, when it beat North Carolina 82-80 in Chapel Hill, N.C. That was also Maryland’s last win over a ranked team on the road.

• Maryland’s 51-50 win over then-No. 14 NC State on Jan. 16 was its first win over a ranked opponent since March 3, 2010, when it beat No. 4 Duke 79-72 at home.

• Maryland ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .468, behind just NC State (.510). The Terps shot 42.4 percent against Boston College, snapping a streak of four straight games in which they shot under 40 percent. Prior to that streak of four games, Maryland had shot better than 40 percent in 12 of its previous 13 games.

• The Terps are 14-0 this season when they have the lead with 5:00 left in the game, and 1-0 when tied with 5:00 left.

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on earlier this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.

• It was also the 11th time in school history Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak. In the past 30 years, Maryland has gone on a 10-game winning streak on six occasions, and in each of the previous instances it has gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 7.7 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Reggie Bullock of North Carolina, makes one every 11 minutes on the floor.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 81 percent of Maryland’s scoring (58.2 of 71.8 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Additionally, Maryland’s top four scorers are underclassmen.

• At least eight players have scored in 16 of Maryland’s 19 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason, at Miami and at North Carolina, when just seven players scored.

• Maryland has nearly made more free throws (262) than the opponent has attempted (276) this season. The Terps are 10-1 when making more free throws than the opponent.

• When Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare drew starts against UMES, it marked the first time Maryland started three true freshmen since Dec. 28, 1993, when Keith Booth, Matt Kovarik and Joe Smith did vs. Hofstra.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.


Hitting the Mark

• Maryland has assisted on 61 percent (305 of 500) of its field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 17 of 19 games (exceptions are at Miami & at North Carolina), and are 14-1 when recording at least 14 assists.

• On average, Maryland has recorded 17.7 assists per game in wins, while in its four losses it has averaged just 9.8.


Field-goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in field goal percentage defense at .351. The Terps have held 13 of the last 15 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions. Maryland has held each of its six ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting (VT – .373; FSU – .367; Miami – .349; NC State – .311; North Carolina – .354; Boston College – .357).

• Since 2000, five Terrapin teams have held the opponent under 40 percent shooting. Of those five, four went on to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 16 of 19 games (exceptions are Kentucky, George Mason & North Carolina).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 480-200 (25.3 to 10.5 per game) advantage over the opponent.

• All 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are averaging double-figure minutes, and no player is averaging more than 27 minutes per game (Alex Len is first at 26.4).

• Logan Aronhalt has been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is eight 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .476 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 15 of 19 games this season. Of his 32 field goals made this season, 30 are 3-pointers.

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Navy battles Arizona State in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Saturday to close season

Posted on 28 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Date and Kickoff Dec. 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 ET
Location San Francisco, Calif. | AT&T Park (40,184)
Television ESPN2
TV Talent Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Jenn Brown (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Arizona State and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the first time when they square off at AT&T Park in San Francisco in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.  Kickoff is set for 4:07 pm Eastern, 1:07 pm Pacific.
• Navy is 7-9-1 all-time in bowl games and 1-1-1 all-time against current Pac-12 schools in bowl games.  Navy tied Washington, 14-14, in the 1924 Rose Bowl; defeated California, 42-38, in the 1996 Aloha Bowl; and lost to Utah, 35-32, in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl. This will be Navy’s ninth bowl game in the last 10 years.
•    Navy has lost four of its last five bowl games. The only win was a 35-13 pounding of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl.  The Mids have lost to Boston College (25-24 in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl); Utah (35-32 in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl); Wake Forest (29-19 in the 2008 EagleBank Bowl) and San Diego State (35-14 in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl) during that time span.  Niumatalolo is 1-3 in bowl games.
• ESPN2 will televise the game nationally with Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Jenn Brown calling the action.
•    Touchdown Radio has the national radio call with Roxy Bernstein and Gino Toretta on the call.

Navy’s Last Trip to San Francisco … 
Navy 34, New Mexico 19    Dec. 30, 2004 | San Francisco, Calif.
•     Aaron Polanco accounted for four touchdowns and 237 yards of total offense as Navy defeated New Mexico, 34-19, in the 2004 Emerald Bowl.  The victory gave the Midshipmen a school-record tying 10 wins for the season and marked just the fifth bowl victory in school history.
• After the Lobos took a 7-0 lead on the first possesion of the game, the Mids answered with a touchdown drive of their own, moving 80 yards on just seven plays.  Polanco scored from 14 yards out to tie the game at seven.
• The game turned on the ensuing possession when safety Vaughn Kelley hit New Mexico’s DonTrell Moore just as he was catching a pitch.  The hit caused a fumble that was recovered by Lane Jackson and knocked Moore out of the game.
• Navy quickly took advantage of the turnover, as Polanco scored from one yard out five plays later to give Navy a 14-7 lead.  The touchdown was set up by a third-and-eight pass from slot back Frank Divis to Polanco for 17 yards
• Josh Smith stopped New Mexico’s next drive with an interception and the Mids made the Lobos pay dearly, as Polanco hit wide receiver Corey Dryden on the second play from scrimmage with a 61-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-7.
• After the two teams punted on their initial possessions of the third quarter, Polanco ran for his third touchdown of the day, this one from 27 yards out, to make the score 31-19.
• New Mexico, however, marched right back down the field.  The Lobos had the ball first-and-goal at the Navy six, but on fourth-and-goal from the one Lobo running back D.D. Cox was stopped short of the goal line by Kelley and Bobby McClarin.
• The Navy offense would take over the game from there, mounting an epic 26-play, 94-yard, 14:26 drive that was capped off by a Geoff Blumenfeld 22-yard field goal to make the score 34-19.  The 26 plays and 14:26 time of possession were both NCAA records for a single drive.

Fourth Quarter Rally Leads Navy To 11th Straight Win Over Army
•    Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds extended Navy’s dominance against Army, scoring the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter in a 17-13 victory in the 113th playing of America’s Game.
• Navy captured its 11th consecutive victory over Army and in doing so won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy which is awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three service academies. Army and Navy each beat Air Force, putting the prestigious trophy up for grabs in the regular-season finale for the first time since 2005.
• In front of 69,607 fans and Vice President Joe Biden at Lincoln Financial Field, Navy caught a break when Army missed a late field goal attempt.
• Reynolds quickly found Brandon Turner down the sideline for a 49-yard gain. Reynolds then escaped a rush and followed with the eight-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left in the game.
• Unlike previous games over the last decade, the Black Knights were in this one until the final drive. Army had driven to the Navy 14 when fullback Larry Dixon fumbled on a sloppy exchange with quarterback Trent Steelman. Junior nose guard Barry Dabney recovered the fumble and the Mids’ sideline went wild as the CIC trophy was coming back to the Naval Academy for a record 13th time after a two-year stint at Air Force. Before Navy started its 11-game winning streak, the longest winning streak in a series that started in 1890 was only five games by either team.
• Late in the third quarter, Army’s James Kelly stripped the ball from Reynolds and linebacker Alex Meier recovered to give the Black Knights the ball at Navy’s 37. Eric Osteen kicked a 21-yard field goal 10 plays later for a 13-10 lead.
• Osteen, however, was wide left on a 37-yard attempt with 6:57 left in the game.
• Navy made them pay on Reynolds’ score. The Midshipmen now lead the series 57-49-7
• After a scoreless first quarter, Army and Navy swapped rushing TDs in the second. Navy fullback Noah Copeland plowed straight up the middle for a 12-yard score. Trent Steelman matched him with an 11-yarder for his program-tying 17th TD run of the season, then saluted the cadets after the score.
• Freshman kicker Nick Sloan put Navy up 10-7 with a 31-yard field goal late in the second, but Army answered when Osteen’s 41-yarder as the first half expired hit the upright and bounced in to tie the game at 10.
•    Reynolds was named the Philadelphia Sportswriters Most Valuable Player, rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown and completing 10 of his 17 passes for 130 yards.  Sophomore fullback Noah Copeland rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, while senior slot back Gee Gee Greene caught three passes for 23 yards.
• Junior linebacker Cody Peterson led the Navy defense with a career-high 14 tackles, while senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel recorded 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and one sack.  Senior Matt Warrick was also in on 11 stops, while sophomore outside linebacker Josh Tate, senior linebacker John Michael Nurthen and Dabney all recovered fumbles.

Senior Salute
•    Navy’s 28 seniors have compiled a 32-19 record (.627), qualified for three bowl games, won a bowl game (2009 Texas Bowl against Missouri) and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy twice in their four years. The seniors were 4-0 against their biggest rival, Army, and 6-2 in Service Academy games (2-2 against Air Force).
•    The 28 seniors are:  offensive tackle Andrew Barker (High Point, N.C.), linebacker Matt Brewer (Wildwood, Mo.), safety Tra’ves Bush (Johnston, S.C.), guard Josh Cabral(Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), tackle Evan Campbell (Pasadena, Md.), fullbackPrentice Christian (Bowie, Md.), long snapper Billy Coats (Minden, Nev.), guard Matt Couch (Enola, Pa.), defensive end Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick (Westerville, Ohio), safetyJerad Fehr (Draper, Utah), linebacker Brye French (Deatsville, Ala.), wide receiverJonathan Gazaille (Grand Prairie, Texas), slot back Gee Gee Greene (Columbia, S.C.), guard Beau Haworth (Annapolis, Md.), defensive end Wes Henderson (Wexford, Pa.), slot back John Howell (Hatfield, Pa.), wide receiver Tyler Lynch (Irving, Texas), linebacker John Michael Nurthern (Phoenixville, Pa.), wide receiver John O’Boyle (Charlotte, N.C.), tackle Ryan Paulson (Broomfield, Colo.), center Kahikolu Pescaia (Kailua, Hawai’i), tackleJoe Ryan (Tucson, Ariz.), wide receiver Matt Shibata (Honolulu, Hawai’i), slot back Bo Snelson (Pasadena, Texas), defensive end Collin Sturdivant (High Point, N.C.), wide receiver Brandon Turner (Renton, Wash.), linebacker Matt Warrick (Chesterfield, Mo.), outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel (Palos Heights, Ill.).

Scouting Arizona State
•    The Sun Devils enter the bowl game with a 7-5 record against an extremely difficult schedule.
•    ASU has defeated Northern Arizona (63-6), Illinois (45-14), Utah (37-7), California (27-17), Colorado (51-17), Washington State (46-7) and Arizona (41-34).  Meanwhile, its losses have come at the hands of Missouri (24-20), Oregon (43-21), UCLA (45-43), Oregon State (36-26) and USC (38-17).
• ASU is one of the most balanced teams in the country ranking 38th in the country in rushing offense (190.8 yds/gm), 46th in passing offense (258.5 yds/gm), 31st in total offense (449.3 yds/gm) and 21st in scoring offense (36.4 pts/gm).
• Defensively, ASU ranks 75th in rushing defense (172.0 yds/gm), 12th in pass defense (178.8 yds/gm), 26th in total defense (350.8 yds/gm) and 41st in scoring defense (24.0 pts/gm).
•    Quarterback Taylor Kelly ranks 23rd nationally in passing efficiency (153.3). He has completed 224 of his 340 pass attempts for 2,772 yards with 25 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.  Chris Coyle is Kelly’s favorite target, with 53 catches for 659 yards and five touchdowns.  Running back Marion Grice has 39 catches for 406 yards and eight touchdowns, while running back D.J. Foster has 36 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns.
• Cameron Marshall is the Sun Devils’ leading rusher with 524 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 carries, while Grice has 520 yards and nine touchdowns on just 89 carries.
• Arizona State’s defense has been terrific this year, ranking second in the country in sacks and tackles for a loss.  All-American defensive tackle Will Sutton ranks fifth nationally in tackles for a loss (1.82) and 13th in sacks (0.95).
• Safety Keelan Johnson ranks 11th in the country in interceptions (0.11 per game), while linebacker Brandon Magee is 29th in tackles (9.5 per game).
• Punter Josh Hubner ranks third in the country (47.1 yards per punt), while ASU is sixth in the nation in net punting (40.7 yards per punt).

Navy Quick Hitters
• Since 2003, Navy has won 19 games against schools from a BCS conference.  The 19 wins against BCS schools during that time period, which have come against 10 different teams, are the most in the country by a non-BCS school.
• Navy has played six bowl eligible teams this year (counting Penn State, which is not going to a bowl due to NCAA sanctions) and compiled a 3-3 record against the six programs.  The Mids defeated Air Force (6-6), Central Michigan (6-6) and East Carolina (8-4) and lost to Notre Dame (12-0), Penn State (8-4) and San Jose State (10-2).
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo is just the third coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 5-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point (2002-07), while Wayne Hardin won his first five games (1959-63) before losing.
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade, posting a 19-2 record (.905) against Army (11-0) and Air Force (8-2) in the last 21 meetings, winning eight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies in the last 10 years and going to nine bowl games in the last 10 years.  Navy has amassed an 83-44 (.654) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-55 (.553) and Army is 32-88 (.267).  The 83 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• Navy is 4-0 this year in games decided by eight points or less after going 2-5 last year in such games.
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 40-25 (.615) record in this his fifth season as head coach.  He is fourth all-time at Navy in career wins.  Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two (18), three (27), four (32) and five seasons (40) of a career.
• Navy’s four losses this season (Notre Dame, Penn State, San Jose State and Troy) have come at the hands of opponents who are a combined 35-13 (.729).  Notre Dame (12-0) is ranked No. 1 in the country and will play in the BCS National Championship Game, while San Jose State (10-2) is ranked 24th and will play Bowling Green in the Northrop Grumman Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.
• Over the last 10 games (8-2), Navy has outscored the opposition in the second half, 153-83.  The Navy defense has allowed just eight touchdowns in the second half of the last 10 games.
• The Mids have turned the ball over 12 times in their four losses and six times in their eight wins.
•     Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and is believed to be the only current FBS player in the country to accomplish such a feat.  He carries a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering and was named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field for the Midshipmen, recording 74 tackles (tied for third on the team), a team-high 15 tackles for a loss, a team-high seven sacks, has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.  He is just one sack away from third on Navy’s single-season sacks list.
• Keenan Reynolds is the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991.  Meanwhile, he is just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback (the other was Alton Grizzard in 1987). Reynolds is 6-1 as a starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Texas State and Army and a loss to Troy.  He also came off the bench with Navy down eight points to Air Force in the fourth quarter to lead the Mids to an overtime victory.  Kubiak won just one game as a freshman starter (beat a 5-5 Army team) and Grizzard won two games (lost to Army).  Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979.
• Sophomore punter Pablo Beltran is averaging 43.9 yards per punt (40 punts) this season, which is the second-best single-season average in school history. John Skaggs currently holds the single-season punting record at 44.8 yards per punt in 2001.  Beltran would stand 16th nationally if he qualified (must average 3.6 punts per game).
• Navy was 4-0 during the month of October after going 0-5 last year in October. It is the first time Navy went undefeated in the month of October since 1996.  That Navy team finished 9-3 and defeated California in the Aloha Bowl.
• Navy owns a 6-3 record all-time in overtime games, winning six of its last seven.
• Navy owns an 83-44 (.654) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 83 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• Navy is trying to finish No. 1 in fewest penalties and penalty yards per game for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons.  The Mids are currently tied for second in penalties (3.5 /gm) and in penalty yards per game (27.9).
• Navy is 4-0 this year and 31-4 (.886) under Niumatalolo when scoring first and 4-4 this year and 9-21 (.300) under Niumatalolo when the opponent scores first.
• The Mids are 3-0 ths year and 24-3 (.889) under Niumatalolo when leading after the first quarter and 5-4 this year and 16-22 (.421) under Niumatalolo when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
• Navy is 6-0 this year and 27-4 (.871) under Niumatalolo when leading at the half and 2-4 this year and 12-22 (.353) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing at the half.
• Navy is 5-0 this year and 31-3 (.912) under Niumatalolo when leading after three quarters and 3-4 this year and 8-23 (.258) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing after three quarters.
•    Navy owns a 19-7 (.731) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 21-18 (.538) away from home.

California Dreaming
•    Navy has 10 players on its travel roster from the state of California.
•    Senior starting offensive guard Josh Cabral hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, sophomore starting long snapper Joe Cardona is from El Cajon, freshman center Brandon Greene is from Highland, freshman punter Gavin Jernigan is from Lawndale, freshman safety Mike Markovsky is from Costa Mesa, sophomore wide receiver James King is from Orinda, sophomore defensive end Paul Quessenberry is from Carlsbad, freshman starting kicker Nick Sloan is from San Diego, junior linebacker Michael Tuimavave is from Daly City and junior starting offensive tackle Graham Vickers is from Diamond Bar.

Playing Against The Home State
•    Senior guard Joe Ryan hails from Tucson, while junior wide receiver Casey Bolena is from Phoenix.

Balanced Attack
• Navy’s slot backs have rushed for 1,467 yards and six touchdowns on 200 carries (7.3 yards per carry), the fullbacks have ran for 943 yards and seven touchdowns on 202 carries (4.7 yards per carry) and the quarterbacks have rushed for 921 yards and 13 touchdowns on 230 carries (4.0 yards per carry).

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