Posted on 22 May 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 27 April 2012 by Glenn Clark
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — I almost thought about just re-posting the column I wrote two years ago.
I DEFINITELY thought about writing nothing at all.
But after the Baltimore Ravens traded their first round pick in the NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikes’ 2nd and 4th round picks Thursday night, I had a few thoughts cross my mind.
After making the trade, General Manager Ozzie Newsome described the decision as “good business” for the Ravens. He might very well be correct. According to the famous Jimmy Johnson trade chart, the Ravens’ 29th overall pick was worth 640 points. The two picks acquired by the Ravens (35th and 98th overall) are worth a combined 658 points. Based on the chart alone, the trade really does appear to be “good business.”
Let’s drag this out a little bit though. The combined value of having the 129th-160th picks in the Draft (or ROUGHLY the entire 5th round) is 1,093.5 points. The 14th pick in the first round of the draft is 1,100 points. The value is almost exactly the same.
So with that in mind-which would you rather have? Would you rather have the 14th pick in the NFL Draft or the entire 5th round in the NFL Draft?
Don’t think about this TOO much. I don’t think there’s really a correct answer here.
The point I’m trying to drive home is that the acquisition of an additional pick or the breakdown of picks based on a numerical chart does not guarantee a selection in the draft is necessarily “good business.”
The last time the Ravens traded out of the first round was in 2010, when the team famously dealt the 25th overall pick in the first round of the Draft to the Denver Broncos for the 43rd, 70th and 114th overall picks in the Draft. The team would go on to select LB Sergio Kindle with the 43rd pick, TE Ed Dickson with the 70th and TE Dennis Pitta with the 114th. While Kindle has been almost a complete non-factor in the two seasons since the deal (and it is hard to imagine him becoming much more than that), Dickson and Pitta have established themselves as capable contributors at the pro level.
The player selected in the 25th spot was now New York Jets QB (and Special Teamer?) Tim Tebow. At first blush, the deal appears to have been “good business” indeed for the Baltimore Ravens.
But if we step back even a bit more, it’s worth identifying some of the players selected between the 25th and 43rd spot in the 2010 Draft. The list includes New England Patriots Pro Bowl CB Devin McCourty and TE Rob Gronkowski, as well as players like New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson (4 interceptions in 2011), Miami Dolphins DL Jared Odrick (6 sacks in 2011), Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 6 combined TD’s in 2010 before an injury shortened 2011 campaign) and other promising young players.
The Ravens picked up Kindle, Dickson and Pitta but could have had Gronkowski.
This “which would you rather?” argument is nearly as compelling as the earlier one presented. In the spirit of full disclosure, the Ravens have said Gronkowski failed a physical before the 2010 Draft that took him off their board.
The 2010 deal could perhaps prove to ultimately be known as “good business” or it could ultimately be known as the year the Ravens missed on a chance to get one of the more dynamic players in the National Football League. Moreover, two of the players selected between the time the Ravens traded out of the 25th pick and ultimately selected with the 43rd pick in 2010 went on to help a Pats team eliminate the Ravens in the 2012 AFC Championship Game and prevent the Purple & Black from reaching their first Super Bowl in over a decade.
So while we’re quick to accept the idea that trading out of the first round with talented players still on the board like LB Courtney Upshaw, WR Stephen Hill, OL Peter Konz and OT Jonathan Martin was “good business” for the Ravens Thursday night, let’s tell the whole story and paint the entire picture. Trading out of the first round MIGHT have been good business for the Ravens.
It MIGHT be looked upon as the time the Ravens missed out on a future superstar like Vikings S Harrison Smith, San Francisco 49ers WR AJ Jenkins, New York Giants RB David Wilson or (perhaps) Indianapolis Colts LB Upshaw.
As the headline of this column suggested, the Baltimore Ravens may have pulled off “good business” by dealing out of the first round, but the more important need for the team is to acquire good players. If the Ravens acquire good players with the 35th and 98th picks this year, the deal will ultimately prove to truly be good business.
If the Ravens instead miss out on those picks, the deal will be known more as the year where a team looking to make the next step towards a Super Bowl title failed to acquire good players.
You’ll probably tell me I’m being negative. I’d like to think I’m just being realistic.
Posted on 19 April 2012 by Glenn Clark
Posted on 19 March 2012 by WNST Staff
Peyton Manning Odds
Peyton Manning – Total Passing Yards in the 2012 Regular Season?
Peyton Manning – Total TD Passes in the 2012 Regular Season?
Peyton Manning – Completion % in the 2012 Regular Season?
Peyton Manning – Total Interceptions in the 2012 Regular Season?
Peyton Manning – Will his first pass of the season be complete, incomplete, or an Interception?
Complete -180 (5/9)
Incomplete +150 (3/2)
Interception +1000 (10/1)
Peyton Manning – Will he win 2012 NFL MVP?
Peyton Manning – Will he win 2012 Comeback Player of the Year?
Tim Tebow Odds
Tim Tebow – Which team will he be on for Week 1 of the Regular Season?
Jacksonville Jaguars 3/2
Denver Broncos 7/4
Miami Dolphins 7/4
New England Patriots 7/1
Cleveland Browns 12/1
Tim Tebow – Will he start as a QB in the NFL Week 1 of the Regular Season?
Denver Broncos – Regular Season Wins
Will the Denver Broncos play against The New York Giants in the 2013 Super Bowl?
Will the Denver Broncos win the AFC?
Will the Denver Broncos win the AFC West?
2013 SUPER BOWL XLVII ODDS (odds current, 3/19/2012) (odds on 2/6/2012)
Green Bay Packers 13/2 6/1
New England Patriots 15/2 7/1
New Orleans Saints 10/1 8/1
Denver Broncos 12/1 50/1
Houston Texans 12/1 12/1
San Francisco 49ers 14/1 18/1
Baltimore Ravens 15/1 14/1
Philadelphia Eagles 15/1 12/1
New York Giants 16/1 15/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 18/1 12/1
Dallas Cowboys 20/1 18/1
San Diego Chargers 22/1 16/1
Chicago Bears 25/1 30/1
Detroit Lions 25/1 18/1
Atlanta Falcons 28/1 22/1
New York Jets 30/1 16/1
Carolina Panthers 40/1 50/1
Cincinnati Bengals 40/1 40/1
Miami Dolphins 40/1 35/1
Seattle Seahawks 40/1 60/1
Arizona Cardinals 50/1 30/1
Kansas City Chiefs 50/1 50/1
Oakland Raiders 50/1 50/1
Tennessee Titans 50/1 40/1
Washington Redskins 50/1 60/1
Buffalo Bills 75/1 60/1
St. Louis Rams 75/1 75/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 75/1 75/1
Indianapolis Colts 100/1 50/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 100/1 100/1
Minnesota Vikings 100/1 75/1
Cleveland Browns 150/1 100/1
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
“Our Super Bowl odds have been down for a couple weeks until we knew where Peyton would go since this signing would have such a huge impact on every team’s odds. Denver who we had at 50-1 before we closed the odds have dropped to 12-1 and as I expected the public is taking them regardless as soon as we opened this morning. We were a bit lucky that Denver came out of nowhere in the Manning Sweepstakes so not too many people bet them at 50-1.”
-Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager
Posted on 08 March 2012 by WNST Staff
EA SPORTS AND ESPN’S SPORTSNATION KICK OFF MADDEN NFL 13 COVER ATHLETE FAN VOTE
This Year’s Campaign Expands to 64 Players – With Play-In Round Featuring Two Athletes
From Each NFL Team Represented in Head-to-Head Matchups
March 7, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ and ESPN announced today the return of the award-winning Madden NFL Cover Vote campaign, where fans can cast their vote for the next athlete to grace the cover of one of the highest-selling videogame franchises in North America. Last year, nearly 13 million votes were cast through ESPNSportsNation.com and ESPN mobile in both companies’ most successful cross-platform activation. Tenth-seeded Cleveland Browns running back, Peyton Hillis, trucked through the six week competition all the way to the ultimate end zone – the Madden NFL 12 cover.
This year’s competition will incorporate more athletes and more chances to vote as the field has been expanded to 64 NFL players, putting even more control in the hands of the fans. Beginning today through March 21, fans can visit the SportsNation Facebook page to choose among the 64 candidates in a play-in round (each matchup features two players from the same NFL team) to advance to the official 32-player, seeded tournament. The winners of the play-in round will be unveiled with the official seeded, 32-player bracket on March 21 on ESPN’s “Madden Cover Vote Special” from 5-6p.m. EST. To ensure their favorite player advances to the next round, fans are encouraged to vote daily and tweet their picks using #MyMaddenCoverVote on Twitter. Every Wednesday between March 21 and April 25, fans can tune into SportsNation on ESPN2at 5p.m. EST to check out the latest Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote standings.
In addition to the SportsNation Facebook page, fans will be able to vote in the play-in round via the open Web through widgets embedded on blogs, websites and more. Each widget features an individual match-up for each of the 32 total teams in the league. For the cover vote from March 21-April 25, all voting must be cast at ESPN.com/MaddenVote.
The star-studded list of candidates participating in the play-in round features past Super Bowl winners, perennial Pro Bowlers and some of the most popular players in the NFL including Drew Brees, Arian Foster and Rob Gronkowski. The full list of matchups featured in the play-in round are:
|Ravens||Terrell Suggs vs. Ray Rice||Jets||Mark Sanchez vs. Darrelle Revis|
|Steelers||Troy Polamalu vs. Ben Roethlisberger||Bills||Stevie Johnson vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick|
|Browns||Joe Thomas vs. Joe Haden||Dolphins||Reggie Bush vs. Brandon Marshall|
|Bengals||Andy Dalton vs. AJ Green||Patriots||Wes Welker vs. Rob Gronkowski|
|Texans||Arian Foster vs. Andre Johnson||Chargers||Phillip Rivers vs. Antonio Gates|
|Colts||Dwight Freeney vs. Robert Mathis||Broncos||Tim Tebow vs. Von Miller|
|Jaguars||Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Blaine Gabbert||Chiefs||Dwayne Bowe vs. Derrick Johnson|
|Titans||Jake Locker vs. Chris Johnson||Raiders||Sebastian Janikowski vs. Shane Lechler|
|Bears||Jay Cutler vs. Matt Forte||Rams||Chris Long vs. Brandon Lloyd|
|Lions||Calvin Johnson vs. Matt Stafford||49ers||Vernon Davis vs. Patrick Willis|
|Vikings||Percy Harvin vs. Jared Allen||Seahawks||Marshawn Lynch vs. Earl Thomas|
|Packers||Aaron Rodgers vs. Clay Matthews||Cardinals||Larry Fitzgerald vs. Patrick Peterson|
|Falcons||Matt Ryan vs. Julio Jones||Eagles||Michael Vick vs. LeSean McCoy|
|Saints||Drew Brees vs. Jimmy Graham||Giants||Victor Cruz vs. Jason Pierre-Paul|
|Panthers||Cam Newton vs. Steve Smith||Cowboys||Jason Witten vs. DeMarcus Ware|
|Buccaneers||Josh Freeman vs. LeGarrette Blount||Redskins||Brian Orakpo vs. Ryan Kerrigan|
The Madden NFL 13 cover vote marks the third-consecutive year that EA SPORTS has asked fans to help shape the face of the Madden NFL franchise through a cover athlete voting campaign. It also marks the second year of its collaboration with ESPN’s SportsNation.
Madden NFL 13 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon. For more information about Madden NFL 13, please visit: http://www.ea.com/madden-nfl. To download assets pertaining to the Madden NFL 13 please visit http://maddennfl13.newslinevine.com.
All player participation has been facilitated by National Football League Players Incorporated, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.
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For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.
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In fiscal 2011, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.6 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster franchises such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™, and Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available at http://info.ea.com.
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About ESPN Games and EA
ESPN’s long-standing relationship with EA produces deep brand integrations into console gaming titles such as EA SPORTS NCAA Football 12 and Fight Night Champion. Additionally, the relationship in 2011 produced the biggest ESPN poll vote ever for the Madden NFL 12 cover vote, logging nearly 13 million votes, the most ESPN votes ever for a joint collaboration. The Emmy award-winning EA Virtual Playbook also most recently extended to boxing and golf in 2011.
PLAY-IN ROUND VOTING THRU FACEBOOK & OPEN WEB
Thanks for your interest in SportsNation’s Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote.
EA Sports and ESPN’s SportsNation have chosen two players from each NFL team to be included in a social play-in round for the Madden NFL 13 cover.
Starting March 7th on SportsNation’s Facebook page and on voting matchups called ‘sapplets’ or ‘widgets’ embedded across open web (info below), fans will be able to vote on matchups from each NFL team to send one representative into the final bracket of 32 players at ESPN.com/MaddenVote on March 21st.
If you choose to embed one of the 32 individual voting ‘sapplets’, you can use the next page that includes all 32 embed codes for all 32 NFL teams. They post to your site much like a YouTube clip and can increase time spent on your site as well as traffic by generating debate about matchups.
The social Play-in vote launches on Wednesday, March 7th and closes two week later on Wednesday, March 21st. The Facebook tab and voting ‘sapplets’ will be live during those two weeks.
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Posted on 25 February 2012 by WNST Staff
|2012 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics|
|Game 3||Navy (1-1, 0-0 PL) vs. #4/5 North Carolina (3-0)|
|Date and Faceoff||Feb. 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)|
|Video Streaming||Navy All-Acces|
• After dropping a tough 13-7 decision to Jacksonville a week ago at the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Florida, Navy returns home Saturday to play host to nationally-ranked (4/5) North Carolina … the Mids are looking to avenge last year’s two-goal loss (10-8) against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill … the 27th edition of the Navy-Carolina series is set for a 12:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off a frustrating loss that saw Jacksonville score six second-quarter goals and take an 8-2 lead into the half … while the Mids clipped the lead to 10-7 with 14 minutes to play in the game, the Dolphins’ defense would be stout and the offense would be accurate in dealing Navy its first loss of 2012.
• Ten different players pitched in goals to lead North Carolina an 18-8 victory over Detroit last Saturday in Chapel Hill … the Tar Heels owned an 8-3 lead at the half, but an eight-goal third period put the game out of reach as UNC improved to 3-0 on the season.
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat.
9 Over the last 13 Navy-Carolina meetings, the winning teams has scored nine or more goals 12 times with the one exception being the 2008 NCAA Tournament contest that Navy won, 8-7.
8 Navy scored eight goals against the Tar Heels a year ago … four of the five players who accounted for the eight goals return this year and three of the four are sophomores – Tucker Hull (2), Sam Jones (2), Taylor Reynolds (2) and Harrison Chaires (1).
7 Seven different players have provided points for the Mids this season … Tucker Hull, Sam Jones and Pat Durkin have scored goals in both contests.
6 Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded six hat tricks in his 15-game Navy career, including two this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
5 Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point scoring streak to six-straight games after scoring a goal against Jacksonville last Sunday … he opened the season with a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
4 Four of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll – Johns Hopkins (3), North Carolina (4), Maryland (7), Colgate (20), while Army, Bucknell, Towson and Jacksonville are receiving votes.
3 This is the third-straight year in which Navy and Johns Hopkins have faced one another on Feb. 25.
2 In each of Navy’s two games this season, the opponent has scored two goals on two shots on goal.
1 Over the last four seasons, 22 (9-13) of the Mids’ 62 contests have been decided by one goal.
• Carolina rookie attackman Jimmy Bitter is the younger brother of former Navy lacrosse standout and 2009 graduate Matt Bitter.
• Navy junior defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold grew up with Carolina Blue running through his veins … his father, Joe, was a four-time All-American lacrosse player at UNC during the mid-80s, earning first-team honors in 1984 and `85 … his uncle, Gary, was a three-time All-American who was named the MVP of the 1986 NCAA Championship in which North Carolina won … his older brother, Johnny, was a midfielder for Carolina from 2001-04 … meanwhile, his mother, Joan, was an All-American soccer player for the Tar Heels and won two national championships … Jordan grew up in Chapel Hill and also lived in Efland before moving to Minneapolis, Minn. in his eighth-grade year.
More on the Tar Heels
• In his fourth season as head coach, Joe Breschi has his fourth-ranked Tar Heels off and running with a 3-0 record … North Carolina opened the season with a 14-10 victory over then 17th-ranked Penn State and followed up with a 20-7 victory over Mercer and an 18-8 win over Detroit.
• As one of the most proficient offenses in the country, North Carolina is averaging 17.3 goals per game, while the defense is giving up 8.3 goals per outing.
• Seventeen different players have accounted for the Tar Heels’ 52 goals, including the attack combination of Davey Emala and Jimmy Bitter who are leading the team with seven goals apiece.
• Sophomore midfielder Pat Foster has dealt out a team-high five assists to complement his three goals this season … two of his three goals, meanwhile, have been scored on extra-man offense.
• The Tar Heels have been without two of their top three scorers from a year ago … both Nicky Galasso (So., A) and Thomas Wood (Sr., A) have been sidelined with injuries … Galasso was the nation’s top-scoring freshman a year ago with 56 points on 24 goals and 32 assists, while Wood produced 34 points (21-13).
• Sophomore R.G. Keenan is one of the nation’s top faceoff specialist … he has won 48 of the 61 draws (78.7) to date and has scooped up a team-high 18 ground balls.
• Redshirt junior goalkeeper Steve Rastivo has surrendered 19 of the 25 goals and owns an 8.44 goals-against average … meanwhile, he has made 30 saves for a 61.2 save percentage.
• The Tar Heels own a staggering 146-89 advantage (+57) in ground balls, thanks in part to the faceoff play.
• North Carolina holds a slight 14-12 series lead over the Mids … after Navy put together a five-game winning streak (2003-07) over UNC, the Tar Heels have now won four of the last five including each of the last three.
• The Mids hold an 8-4 edge in games played in Annapolis, winning three of the last four … UNC, however, dealt Navy a seven-goal loss (11-4) in its last trip to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on this exact date two years ago.
• In terms of regular-season meetings, Navy has won six of the last nine.
• Seven of the last 13 games in the series have been decided by one goal.
• The two teams had met every year during the regular season since 1996, however a scheduling glitch in `08 prevented them from their annual contest … ironically, the two teams would end up meeting in the `08 NCAA Tournament with the Mids scoring an 8-7 win.
2011 Navy-North Carolina Recap
• No. 12 North Carolina scored four of the game’s final five goals to secure a 10-8 victory over Navy at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. A typical Navy-North Carolina duel, fans were treated to an up-and-down game that featured five ties, including three in the second half of play.
• Both teams put together impressive runs in the opening half of play, including four-straight goals by the Midshipmen that was spearheaded by freshman attackman Tucker Hull, who netted Navy’s first goal of the game with just 16 ticks remaining in the opening period. Freshmen Sam Jones and Harrison Chaires, along with senior Andy Warner would all punch in goals for the Mids as Navy built a 4-1 advantage with 7:22 remaining in the first half.
• Carolina sliced into the lead on a pretty play from senior attackman Billy Bitter just 32 seconds later. However, Navy took a 5-2 advantage with under six to go when a save by junior keeper RJ Wickham led to a fantastic transition goal by the Mids. Wickham sent his outlet pass to second-year defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold who was off to the races. Sprinting from end to end, he found Jones who targeted a long shot from the left corner.
• North Carolina, though, found a hot stick thanks to freshman faceoff specialist R.G. Keenan who was near perfect on the evening. He kept generating possession for the Tar Heels and over the course of one minute and 30 seconds, the Tar Heels scored three goals and knotted up the game at 5-5. The equalizer came from defenseman Ryan Flanagan, who sent his shot right through Wickham’s legs.
• Navy wasted little time in breaking the tie coming out of intermission, as Jones perfectly threaded his pass from behind the goal to junior attackman Taylor Reynolds who, despite being triple teamed, fired in his point-blank shot.
• The Mids’ lead would be short-lived, however, as middie Jimmy Dunster’s shot on the run managed to catch the inside post, tying the game for the third time at 6-6.
• A resilient Navy team fought back to take the lead for a final time in the game when a slide to Warner resulted in an uncovered Hull, who scored for the second time in the game on a two-yarder at the 12:35 mark.
• The Mids held the lead for the better part of four minutes, but Carolina rookie Nicky Galasso began taking control of the game, fueling the Tar Heels. First he found Dunan Hutchins cutting in from the left side of the crease to tie the game and then he took a pass from Will Campbell and snuck it past Wickham on a lefty low to low shot. Galasso’s goal at 7:57 in the third was North Carolina’s first lead since scoring the game-opening goal.
• Nearly three minutes later, midfielder Jay Mann sent a hard shot that would be deflected back into play by Carolina keeper Chris Madalon. Reynolds scooped up the ball and spun around to pocket his second goal of the contest and send the game into its fifth tie.
• Following a Navy timeout with two minutes to play in the third quarter, middie Pat Foster gave the Tar Heels the lead for good, when he sent a 10-yard shot from a tough angle on the left wing in past Wickham.
• Flanagan provided the insurance goal just six seconds into the final quarter, picking up the ball off a faceoff win by the Heels and firing it in for his second goal of the evening.
• The Tar Heels dominated the game in almost every category, including winning 18 of the 22 faceoffs. Meanwhile, they owned a 40-28 advantage in shots and a 42-23 edge in ground balls. Neither team scored an extra-man goal, including the Mids who were 0 for 4.
Navy Vs. The ACC
• The Mids own a 100-94-1 (51.5) record against the four-member Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
• Navy has faced all four teams multiple times, including long-standing rivalries with Maryland and North Carolina.
• Navy, who trails North Carolina 14-12 in its series, has faced the Tar Heels every year since 1996 … the series first began in 1975.
• The Mids, who battle Maryland on April 6 in College Park, have faced the Terps 86 times and have played one another every year since 1946 … the series first began in 1924.
• Virginia owns a 31-18 advantage over Navy with the two last meeting in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2005.
• Navy leads the series with Duke, 24-10, last meeting in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Jacksonville 13, Navy 7 — A Look Back
• Jacksonville outscored Navy 6-1 in the second quarter to put the game out of reach for the Mids, as the Dolphins dealt Navy a 13-7 loss last Sunday in the second game of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic played at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
• Navy never held the lead in the game, as Jacksonville took a 2-0 lead right out of the gates.
• Although the final score would not reflect it, Navy dominated Jacksonville in nearly every statistical category — shots 42-24, ground balls 36-18, faceoffs 15-9, turnovers 12-20, caused turnovers 12-3.
• One category Jacksonville did lead was saves … Peter DeLuca came up with 17 saves, while Navy’s RJ Wickham and Nolan Hickey combined for just six saves … Wickham was replaced by Hickey at the half in what was Hickey’s first collegiate appearance.
• Navy senior faceoff specialist Logan West won 15 of the 24 draws he took against the Dolphins … in doing so, he became just the fourth player in program history to reach the 200-win milestone for his career.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull paced the Mids with three goals, marking the second-consecutive game in which he has pitched a hat trick … he opened the season with a six-goal effort against VMI.
• Sophomore attackman Sam Jones extended his point scoring streak to six straight games dating back to last year’s Georgetown games, scoring a goal against the Dolphins.
• Junior close defenseman Austin Miller replaced an injured Pat Kiernan on the wing of faceoffs, picking up a career-high six ground balls.
• Junior Jay Christopher made his first-career start on defense.
Posted on 19 February 2012 by WNST Staff
Navy Men’s Lacrosse Team Falls To Jacksonville, 13-7
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—T.J. Kenary scored four goals and added an assist, while Donovan Lang added two goals and two assists as Jacksonville (1-1) defeated Navy (1-1), 13-7, Sunday afternoon in the Moe’s Southwest Grille Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Jacksonville goalie Peter DeLuca was strong in the cage for the Dolphins with 17 saves.
“Obviously we didn’t get what we came down for,” said Navy head men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell. “At the end of the day, Jacksonville just played better than us.”
Navy dominated the game statistically as the Mids outshot the Dolphins 42-24, had 36 ground balls to Jacksonville’s 18, won 15 of the 24 face-offs, committed just 12 turnovers while forcing 20 turnovers and converted all 15 clear attempts.
Statistics, however, can be deceiving at times as only 24 of Navy’s 42 shots were on goal and the majority of the shots that were on goal ended up being easy saves for DeLuca. The Mids were also 0-4 on extra-man opportunities and are now 0-8 on the year.
On the defensive end of the field, Navy goalies R.J. Wickham (30 minutes, 4 saves, 8 goals allowed) and Nolan Hickey (30 minutes, 2 saves, 5 goals allowed) combined for just six saves while giving up 13 goals. The Navy defense was also hampered by the absence of defensive longstick midfielder Pat Kiernan, who was out with a broken hand.
Navy trailed 10-4 late in the third quarter before scoring three quick goals, one at the end of the third quarter by Bryce Dabbs and two to start the fourth quarter by Tucker Hull and Pat Durkin, to cut the Jacksonville lead in half at 10-7. The Mids had several opportunities to get even closer, but poor shot selected doomed the comeback bid.
“We had our opportunities today, we just didn’t take advantage of them,” said Sowell. “There was a sense of urgency to get shots off, but unfortunately some of those shots weren’t very good.”
Hull led the Midshipmen with three goals, while Durkin scored twice. Sam Jones and Dabbs each had a single tally. All seven of Navy’s goals were unassisted.
“We put ourselves in a hole by coming out and turning the ball over early and those turnovers led to goals,” said Sowell. “I thought we settled down after that, but we just could never get things going our way.”
Navy will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium when they take on the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0) at 12 noon.
Posted on 19 February 2012 by WNST Staff
|2012 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics|
|Game 2||Navy (1-0, 0-0 PL) at Jacksonville (0-1)|
|Date and Faceoff||Feb. 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm ET|
|Location||Jacksonville, Fla. | EverBank Field (84,000)|
|Television||NBC Sports Network (Brent Harris, Evan Washburn, Amber Theoharis|
• Navy will look to push its record to 2-0 when it makes the journey to Florida to take part in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic on Sunday … Navy will face host Jacksonville in the second game of a doubleheader which features Denver vs. Ohio State at 2:00 pm, followed by the Mids and Dolphins at 4:00 pm. The game will be played at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
• Last week the Mids opened their 105th season of lacrosse as well as the Rick Sowell coaching era by earning a 14-7 win over VMI in Annapolis. Sophomore attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones combined to score 17 points, including 11 of the Mids’ 14 goals.
• Jacksonville, meanwhile, is in search of its first win since edging VMI, 13-12, on April 24, 2011 … the Dolphins dropped their opener last Saturday at home against Towson, 12-10 … Jacksonville held a 7-5 halftime advantage, but gave up seven second-half goals, including four in the final quarter of play.
• Sunday’s contest will be televised by NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) with Brent Harris (play by play) Evan Washburn (analyst) and Amber Theoharis (sideline) calling he action.
More on the Dolphins
• Entering just their third season as a Div. I program, Jacksonville is led by first-year head coach Guy Van Arsdale who spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Colorado College (Div. III).
• The Dolphins opened the 2012 campaign last Saturday, dropping a two-goal decision to visiting Towson … Jacksonville held a 7-5 halftime advantage, but gave up seven second-half goals, including four in the final quarter of play.
• Five of Jacksonville’s top-six scorers from a year ago return, including junior midfielder Cameron Mann who topped the team with 37 points on 18 goals and 19 assists … he pitched in three goals and one assist in the loss against Towson last week.
• Freshman attackman Ari Waffle led all scorers in the opener with five points on three goals and two assists.
• Also returning are junior attackman TJ Kenary, who posted 21 goals and seven assists, senior attackman Max Gurowski, who led the team with 20 assists and six goals, while junior middie Donovan Lange scored 14 goals and added six assists.
• Sophomore Will Vogt played a solid game, winning 12 of the 19 draws he took and pacing all players with eight ground balls … Vogt won 51.7 percent (134-259) of the draws he took in 2011 and led the team in grounders.
• Dolphins keeper sophomore Peter Deluca gave up all 12 goals, while making 10 saves in the contest … Deluca owned a 50.8 save percentage a year ago, while surrendering 11.60 goals per game.
Navy vs. Jacksonville – The Series
• Sunday’s contest between the Mids and the Dolphins marks the inaugural game of the series.
• Of the 60 other Div. I teams who field men’s lacrosse teams, the Midshipmen have played 40 of them.
• Jacksonville will be crossed off the list of 20 teams Navy has not played when the two meet on Sunday.
• The following is a list of teams Navy has not played in its 105-year history (first year of DI lax): Albany (2000), Bellarmine (2005), Binghamton (2002), Bryant (2009), Denver (1999), Detroit (2009), Fairfield, Hartford (1985), Jacksonville (2010), Manhattan, Mercer (2011), Michigan (2012), Notre Dame (1981), Quinnipiac (1999), Robert Morris (2005), Sacred Heart (2000), Siena (1977), Vermont, Villanova (1981), Wagner (2000).
Navy Vs. the MAAC
• The Mids are undefeated against the seven-member Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, producing a 7-0 overall record, including a 1-0 mark in 2012.
• Last Saturday, the Mids kicked off the 2012 campaign by defeating VMI, 14-7, which marked the eighth-straight season the Mids have faced a team either currently in the MAAC or had previously been part of the MAAC at the time of the contest.
• In 2005, Navy faced Providence who is now a member of the newly-formed Big East, while in 2006 and ‘07 the Mids battled Saint Joseph’s who has moved to the Colonial Athletic Association. The Mids have battled VMI in each of the last five seasons’ openers.
Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 campaign … Navy is 1-0 this season.
9 – Senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham needs nine saves to move into ninth on the Mids’ all-time saves list … he has turned away 346 shots over his career and trails 1990 graduate Louis Brown who amassed 355 saves.
8 – Navy has lost eight-straight games when scoring seven or fewer goals … the Mids were held to seven or fewer goals just three times a year ago.
7 – The Mids’ 7-0 run that covered the first two quarters against VMI last week marked the school’s largest run since scoring eight straight against Lafayette last spring.
6 – Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull led Navy with six goals against VMI in the opener … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
5 – Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point scoring streak to five in a row thanks to a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
4 – Four of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (6), Maryland (7), Bucknell (12), while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
3 – With a 751-308-14 record, Navy is the third-winningest program in Div. I men’s lax behind Johns Hopkins (912-294-15) and Syracuse (821-312-16).
2 – Navy’s Rick Sowell and Jacksonville’s Guy Van Arsdale are two of the 15 schools around the country to have first-year coaches this season.
1 – Over the last four seasons, 22 (9-13) of the Mids’ 61 contests have been decided by one goal.
Navy 14, VMI 7 — A Look Back
• Navy improved to 89-15-1 all-time in season openers, including 11 in a row, after handing VMI a 14-7 loss.
• Navy has reached double-figures in 10 of the 11 games during the winning streak.
• Navy has now won 28 in a row when scoring 14 or more goals in a game.
• Navy sophomore attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones combined to scored 17 points, including 11 of the 14 goals against the Keydets. The last Navy tandem to combine for 11 goals was Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan, who pitched in six and five goals, respectively, to help guide the Mids to a 16-8 win over Princeton on April 8, 1978.
• Hull paced the Mids with a career-high school goals, marking the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
• Jones pitched in five goals and four assists, as he became the first Navy player to produce nine points since Dennis Nealon’s 12-point effort against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
• Sophomore midfielder Pat Durkin scored his first-collegiate goal in making just his second-career start.
• Senior faceoff specialist Logan West jumped from sixth to fourth on the Mids’ all-time faceoff wins list following a 10-for-25 effort against VMI … he has won 185 draws over four seasons.
• Junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs, junior defenseman Austin Miller and sophomore defenseman Nik Mullen made their first-collegiate starts in Navy’s opener … for Dabbs, it was his first-career appearance.
• Short stick defensive midfielder Cade Norris picked up a career-best three ground balls while causing a personal-high four turnovers.
• Since the start of 2004, 50 Navy lacrosse games have been televised.
2004 4-2 (6) CSTV 1-1 ESPN 2-1 WMAR 1-0
2005 3-3 (6) CSTV 3-0 ESPN 0-3
2006 3-4 (7) CSTV 2-4 ESPN 1-0
2007 2-3 (5) CSTV 2-1 ESPN 0-1 MASN 0-1
2008 3-5 (8) CBS C 1-2 ESPN 2-2 MASN 0-1
2009 5-2 (7) CBS C 3-0 ESPN 1-2 MASN 1-0
2010 3-5 (8) CBS C 3-3 ESPN 0-2
2011 0-2 (2) CBS 0-2 ESPN 0-1
2012 0-0 (4) CBS 0-0 ESPN 0-0 NBC 0-0
CBS Sports Network: 15-13 ESPN: 6-12
NBC Sports Network: 0-0 MASN: 1-2 WMAR: 1-0
• Four regular-season contests are on tap to be aired this season, including this weekend’s game against Jacksonville.
• NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Vs., will carry the Navy-Jacksonville game live from EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars … the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic will feature Denver vs. Ohio State at 2:00 pm, followed by the Mids at Dolphins at 4:00 pm.
• CBS Sports Network will televise the Mids’ March 30 matchup against Lehigh at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, along with the annual Army-Navy game slated for April 14 at West Point, N.Y. and the Mids’ regular-season finale at home against Johns Hopkins on April 21.
• Additionally, CBS Sports Network will televise both Patriot League Tournament Semifinal contests on April 27, along with the championship game on April 29.
• Last year, CBS Sports Network carried rivalry games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Maryland and Army, while ESPNU aired Navy’s contest at Johns Hopkins.
• The Mids own a 23-27 record when their games are televised (since ‘04) … Navy is 15-13 on CBS Sports Network all-time and 6-12 on the ESPN family of networks … the Mids are also 1-0 on local Baltimore station WMAR and 1-2 on MASN.
• Sunday’s contest marks the first time the Mids have appeared on the NBC network and it is believed to be the first college games to be aired by the network.
• The Mids own a 59-16 record (78.7) in games that have not been televised since the start of 2004.
• Starting attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones scored at least one point in 12 of the 13 contests a year ago.
• Jones enters Sunday’s contest having scored a point (g/a) in each of the last five contests … the last time he did not score a point was on March 26, 2011, in the Mids’ 5-4 loss to Colgate.
• Among the 14 games over the last two years, Jones has scored a goal in 12 contests and produced an assist in 10. He has recorded eight multi-goal games, including hat tricks in four games. Additionally, he has put up multiple points in 12 of the 14 contests.
• Hull, meanwhile, has turned in a goal in 11 of the 14 games, including hat tricks five times. He has dealt out assists in 11 games, as well. He has posted 10 multi-point performances.
• Dating back to 2009, at least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 23 of the last 36 games … Hull and Jones combined to score 11 of the Mids’ 14 goals in their opener against VMI last Saturday.
• Six different players recorded hat tricks a year ago, but only Hull (4) and Jones (3) produced more than one.
• While Harrison Chaires paced the Mids with seven extra-man goals a year ago, Hull played a role in 11 of the Mids’ 19 extra-man goals, scoring five times and providing the assist on an additional six goals. Navy is off to a slow start in its extra-man game, coming up empty on its four opportunities against VMI.
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 53-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including an 11-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 47-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 9-1 mark in 2009, a 10-1 record in ‘10, a 3-2 mark in ‘11 and a 1-0 record in ‘12.
• Close defenseman Matt Vernam has started 41-straight games heading into his senior campaign … other players with lengthy starting streaks include senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (35) and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (31).
• Hull and Jones combined to scored 11 of the Mids’ 14 goals against VMI … the last Navy tandem to achieve that feat was Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan, who pitched in six and five goals, respectively, to help guide the Mids to a 16-8 win over Princeton on April 8, 1978.
Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff
TOWSON, Md. – Senior attack Sean Maguire scored three goals in the final 23 minutes as the Tigers (1-0) rallied from an 8-6 third quarter deficit to pull out a 12-10 win over Jacksonville (0-1) at D.B. Milne Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Tigers presented Coach Shawn Nadelen with a win in his coaching debut.
Midway through the third quarter, the Tigers were trailing the Dolphins, 8-6. However, Maguire’s unassisted goal with 7:17 left in the third period ignited a five-goal run that gave the Tigers an 11-8 advantage with 8:23 remaining in the game.
After Maguire made it an 8-7 contest, senior Carl Iacona scored the game-tying goal with 3:53 left in the third quarter off a pass from freshman Justin Mabus, his second assist of the game. With 13:46 remaining in the game, sophomore Thomas DeNapoli scored an unassisted goal to give the Tigers a 9-8 advantage.
When freshman Robby Zoppo added an unassisted goal with 9:32 left, the Tigers upped their lead to 10-8. Maguire tallied his second goal of the game off a pass from Mabus with 8:23 left, giving the Tigers an 11-8 advantage.
Junior midfielder Cameron Mann took a pass from Donovan Lang with 6:48 left in the game to end the Tigers’ scoring spurt and pull the Dolphins to within 11-9. With 4:12 remaining, sophomore defenseman Warren Kalkstein of the Tigers was called for a slashing penalty and Jacksonville had a man advantage. Moments later, junior T.J. Kenary scored off a pass from Max Gurowski to score an extra man goal with 3:54 remaining, pulling Jacksonville to within 11-10.
But, Kalkstein atoned for his penalty by winning the ensuring faceoff. Sophomore Andrew Hodgson picked up the ground ball and fed it to junior Dan Kramer. Kramer passed it to Maguire, who scored only nine seconds after the Dolphins’ goal, giving the Tigers a 12-10 lead with 3:45 left to play.
In the final minutes, the Dolphins managed only one shot, which junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage saved. The Tigers were able to run out the clock and win their season opener for the first time since 2007.
Maguire, who scored a career high three goals, led the Tigers with three goals and one assist. DeNapoli added three goals for Towson while Zoppo scored the first two goals of his college career. Kramer had a goal and an assist and junior Matt Hughes also scored a goal with an assist.
Wascavage made eight saves for the Tiger defense as the Tigers forced 11 turnovers.
A third-year program, Jacksonville was led by Ari Waffle, who had three goals and an assist.
The Tigers, who played their season opener on the earliest date ever, return to action next Friday evening when they visit Johns Hopkins University for a 5:00 p.m. start.
Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Sophomore attackmen Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) combined to score 17 points, including 11 goals, as the Navy men’s lacrosse team opened the 2012 campaign with a 14-7 victory over VMI on a drizzly Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Saturday also marked the beginning of the Rick Sowell era at the Naval Academy, as he directed the Midshipmen to their 11th-consecutive victory in a season-opener.
While Navy has enjoyed success in season openers over the years, the Midshipmen came into the season having lost their final five contests of the 2011 campaign, including three in a row at home.
“It feels good to get the first win of the season under our belt,” said Sowell, who became the program’s eighth coach in what marks the 105th year of lacrosse played at the Academy. “I couldn’t be happier for the guys because I know it’s been awhile coming. I know for the boys in the locker room, it feels awfully good to experience a winning feeling.”
The beginning stages of the game indicated it could be a long day for Navy, as the Mids gave up a goal just 25 seconds into the game and fell behind 2-0 with 10 minutes to go in the opening period.
Navy, though, put together a 7-0 run, scoring six goals in four-and-a-half minutes. The run started at 9:38 when Hull found Jones cutting in from the left wing and after a stick fake, Jones put away his first of five goals. Just 35 seconds later, Jones sent a thank-you pass back to Hull who was standing on the right crease to even the score at 2-2.
The Mids took a lead it would not relinquish at 8:18 in the first quarter when Jones threaded his pass through heavy traffic and found second-year midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) darting in and caught him on the doorstep. While Durkin saw action in nine of the 13 games a year ago, the goal marked the first of his career.
Navy pushed its lead to 5-2 following back-to-back goals by Hull, who owned a hat trick by the 6:39 mark in the first period. Meanwhile, Jones gave the Mids a 6-2 lead at the end of the quarter after rocking back-and-forth on the right side of the crease and pumping in a shot that had absolutely no angle, but caught the inside of the pipe.
Navy capped off its 7-0 run and extended its lead to 7-2 just 20 seconds into the second stanza when first-year starting defenseman Austin Miller (Rockville, Md.) sent a clearing pass from the defensive end of the field to sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) at mid-field. Kiernan turned and was untouched as he ran straight to the goal, scoring for the first time on the afternoon and second in his career.
After being held without a goal for nearly 12 minutes, the Keydets finally found the back of the net at 13:32 in the second when senior midfielder Keith Long went high to low on Navy keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) from seven yards out. VMI trimmed the lead to 7-4 when Navy’s Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) was unable to get to VMI’s Chris Kitchen and the slide came too slow, as Kitchen punched in an unassisted goal at 7:55.
Navy answered with three-straight goals, including two by Hull, to put the game out of reach.
Hull led all goal scorers with six, becoming the first Navy player to reach the six-goal milestone since Taylor Harris put up six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006, en route to a 17-3 win by the Midshipmen. Hull added two assists to reach eight points for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile, Jones led all point producers in the game with nine on five goals and four assists. While both goal and assist marks were career highs for Jones, his nine points were the most by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon scored 12 (4 goals, 8 assists) against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
“They (Hull and Jones) are awfully fun to watch,” said Sowell. “I found out probably mid-fall that our offense would be geared around these two. I think versatility best describes our attack because all three, including Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.), can play on the perimeter, off the ball and have good vision. Tucker and Sam have differing styles, yet they have some similarities.”
“I have to give thanks to the play of our midfielders today,” said Jones, who along with Hull, led the Mids a year ago with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists. “It really all started with their play. They had a lot of hockey assists that they don’t get credit for, but it’s a true testament to what they can do.”
Meanwhile, it was a solid effort by the Mids’ defensive unit which is still gaining experience. Although the Mids gave up five goals in the opening half, the defensive unit held the Keydets to just two in the second 30 minutes of play including zero in the final quarter. Senior Matt Vernam (Shoreham, N.Y.) is in his fourth season as a starter, however Miller and sophomore Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) are first-year starters and juniors Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.) and Cade Norris (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) continue to adjust to their new roles as short stick defensive midfielders. Kiernan was the Mids’ primary long pole a year ago and will be a major player for the Mids up top this season. In addition to showing his versatility as a scorer when the opportunity presents itself, he picked up a team-high tying six ground balls. Wickham, meanwhile, was held without a save in the opening period, but a four-save effort in the second contributed to his eight for the day.
While senior Logan West (Berlin, Md.) didn’t finish the day winning the faceoff battle, his performance at the beginning of the game contributed greatly to the Mids’ seven-goal run. West won six of the game’s first nine draws and each of the last two as he faced the nation’s No.-1 ranked faceoff specialist, Stephen Robarge. VMI won the faceoff battle 15-10, but West surely put the ball in the Mids’ sticks early on to get a jump on the scoreboard.
The Midshipmen will be back in action next Sunday when they travel to Florida to take part in the Moe’s Southwest Classic which will feature Denver vs. Ohio State at 2:00 pm, followed by the Mids against the host Jacksonville Dolphins at 4:00 pm. Sunday’s contest will be televised live by NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus.