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Towson honored by ECAC as FCS team of the year

Posted on 09 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS NAMED AS ECAC FCS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Towson Finished As NCAA FCS Runners-Up

CENTERVILLE, Mass.  The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced today that Towson University has been named as the 2013 ECAC Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Team of the Year.

This is Towson’s first-ever ECAC Division I FCS Team of the Year honor and fourth overall, as the Tigers had previously won the ECAC Division II Team of the Year in 1983, 1984 and 1986. Towson was selected as the most outstanding team by the coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership and members of the media.

The Tigers will be honored on March 27, at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet, hosted by the ECAC at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Eastern College Football Awards Banquet with feature the presentation of the ECAC Football Awards as well as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards. Towson was also recently chosen as the Lambert Meadowlands Division I FCS Award winner.

Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tigers were one of the nation’s elite teams this season, compiling a 13-3 record en route to an appearance in the FCS National Championship game. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-2 record. They went on to defeat Fordham University, Eastern Illinois and Eastern Washington in the NCAA FCS Playoffs before falling to North Dakota State University in the championship game.

“What a great honor it is for Towson University to be named as the ECAC FCS Team of the Year,” said Ambrose. “It is quite validating that the hard work done by so many has once again garnered another great honor for our institution.”

Led by a group of 19 seniors, the Tiger offense averaged nearly 40 points per game this season (38.5) and was No. 12 in all of NCAA FCS in total offense.

Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was the catalyst of the offense, as he produced a record-breaking season in 2013. West, the ECAC Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for an FCS single season record 2,509 yards, shattering the previous mark of 2,326 yards held by Colgate’s Jamaal Branch. He also set the FCS single season record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the previous total of 39 set by Delaware’s Omar Cuff.

West scored at least one touchdown in all 16 games the Tigers played this season and rushed for over 100 yards on 12 occasions, four of which went for over 200 yards. In Towson’s NCAA FCS quarterfinal win over Eastern Illinois, West set an FCS playoff record with 354 yards on the ground and scored five touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.) was just as impressive, throwing for 3,461 yards and 19 touchdowns. He completed over 64 per cent of his passes and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 151.6

The Tigers outscored their opponents by over 15 points per game, due in large part to a strong defense. Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Bloomfield H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) spent most of the season in the opponent’s backfield, registering 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) made 145 tackles on the season, including 89 solo stops and 10.5 tackles for loss. Clark also forced five fumbles and recovered three. The Tiger defense forced opponents to turn the ball over 34 times, recording 18 fumble recoveries and 16 interceptions. Sophomores Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Newport News, Va.) each picked off four passes and returned one for a touchdown.

Duke University was selected as the ECAC FBS Team of the Year while West Chester was honored as the ECAC Division II Team of the Year. Wesley College was named as the ECAC Division III Team of the Year.

About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s and women’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse.

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Six Towson football players honored by ECAC

Posted on 26 December 2013 by WNST Staff

SIX TIGERS DOMINATE ECAC FCS ALL-STAR TEAM    

West Honored As ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year

CENTERVILLE, Mass. –  Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of NCAA FCS finalist Towson University leads a contingent of six Tigers who were named to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Football Championship Sub-Division (FCS) All-Star team.

West, who leads all of college football with an FCS record 2,410 rushing yards and an FCS record 41 touchdowns, was honored as the ECAC FCS Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus first team All-American, West broke the FCS rushing single season rushing record held by Jamaal Branch of Colgate when the Tigers beat Eastern Washington last week.

West was named as the recipient of the first Division I FCS Athletics Directors Association Running Back of the Year Award and was the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Year.

The teams are comprised of student-athletes from a possible 88 institutions from 17 different conferences, and the balloting was completed by head coaches within the ECAC Division I FCS membership.

Senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), senior tackle Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.) were also named to the All-ECAC FCS team.

While Towson led all FCS schools with six selections, Fordham had four players honored. Brown and Princeton each had three all-stars.

Another consensus first team All-American selection at tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has set a school record by appearing in 49 career games. A starter in all 49 games of his college career, Pike has been a valuable leader on the Tigers’ offensive line. He has been named as an All-CAA first team selection twice. Harris, a three-year starter at right tackle, has also been named as an All-CAA first team honoree the last two seasons.

Clark, a starter at outside linebacker the last two seasons, has led the Tigers in tackles all season. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark has 139 tackles in 15 games and ranks fourth in the CAA with 9.3 tackles per game. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and ranks second in the CAA with three fumble recoveries. Clark was named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond in October.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Love has made 62 tackles, seventh on the team. He is second on the team by breaking up 10 passes and has made two tackles for lost yardage.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire leads the Tigers with 11.5 sacks, a mark that places him 10th in the nation. He has made 64 tackles and leads the CAA with four fumble recoveries. He also made 17.5 tackles for lost yardage, the top mark in the CAA.

West, Pike, Harris, Clark, Love and Delaire were also named to the All-CAA first team.

The Tigers’ six All-ECAC FCS selections have led Towson to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game on Jan. 4. The Tigers will face defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State in the finals.

About the ECAC

The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II,  and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports.

The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually.

2013 ECAC FCS All-Star Team

Offense

Quarterback – Michael Nebrich, Jr., Fordham University

Running Back – John Spooney, Sr., Brown University

Running Back – Terrance West, Jr., Towson University

Wide Receiver – Sam Ajala, Jr., Fordham University

Wide Receiver – Lee Kurfis, Sr., Lehigh University

Tight End – Dan Light, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Nick Easton, Jr., Harvard University

Offensive Line – Spenser Huston, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Joe Gross, Jr., Princeton University

Offensive Line – Jeff Gakos, Sr., University of Maine

Offensive Line – Randall Harris, Sr., Towson University

Offensive Line – Eric Pike, Sr., Towson University

Defense

Defensive Line – Zach Hodges, Jr., Harvard University

Defensive Line – Caraun Reid, Sr., Princeton University

Defensive Line – Rakim Cox, Sr., Villanova University

Defensive Line – Ryan Delaire, Jr., Towson University

Defensive Line – Mike Reilly, Jr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Line – Jeff Covitz, Jr., Bryant University

Linebacker – Telvion Clark, Sr., Towson University

Linebacker – Stephon Robertson, Sr., James Madison University

Linebacker – Stephen Hodge, Jr., Fordham University

Defensive Back – Emory Polley, Sr., Brown University

Defensive Back – Kendall James, Sr., University of Maine

Defensive Back – Jordan Love, Sr., Towson University

Defensive Back – Jerome Couplin III, Sr., College of William & Mary

Defensive Back – Mike Armiento, Jr., Colgate University

Defensive Back – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

Special Teams

Place Kicker – Alexander Norocea, Sr., Brown University

Punter – Lawrence Forbes, Fr., Morgan State University

Return Specialist – Matt Smalley, So., Lafayette College

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Towson tops Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll

Posted on 05 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TOPS LAMBERT MEADOWLANDS FOOTBALL POLL

Tigers Ranked Ahead Of Fordham, Maine, New Hampshire

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the eighth Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll of the 2013 season and Towson University (10-2) is the number one selection in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The Tigers, who were ranked fifth nationally in The Sports Network’s national poll last week, are ranked ahead of this week’s NCAA FCS playoff opponent, Fordham (12-1). The Tigers are also ranked ahead of Colonial Athletic Association rivals Maine (10-2) and New Hampshire (8-4).

While the Tigers are hosting Fordham on Saturday, Maine will be hosting New Hampshire in Orono.

Towson won the Lambert Meadowlands Award as the top Division II team in the East three times. The Tigers were honored in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

In the other divisions, Penn State University (7-5) has regained the No. 1 overall ranking in the Football Bowl Subdivision Lambert Poll, while West Chester University (12-1) has moved back into first place for the first time since week four in the Division II rankings. St. John Fisher College (10-2) is the top team in the Division III for the first time this season.

Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.

To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if at least half of their schedule features eligible teams.

Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.

Division I FCS Lambert Poll – Week 8

1.        Towson                     10-2

2.      Fordham                   12-1

3.       Maine                       10-2

4.      New Hampshire        8-4

5.      Harvard                    9-1

6.       Princeton                 8-2

7.       Villanova                  6-5

8.      William & Mary         7-5

9.       Lehigh                      8-3

10.    Sacred Heart            10-3

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Navy QB Reynolds named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Keenan Reynolds – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Quarterback, Antioch, Tenn

Reynolds carried the ball 36 times for 240 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 4-6 passers for 46 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 58-52 triple overtime victory over San Jose State.  The seven rushing touchdowns is an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.  His eight total touchdowns sets a Navy school record.  He also became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 and pass for 1,000 yards in a single-season and he now has 26 rushing touchdowns on the season, which leads the country for all players and is just one off the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NCAA history.  On Reynolds final five carries of the game he rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns. He had 25-yard touchdown runs on the first play of the first overtime and first play of the third overtime, which was the game-winner.

Defensive Player of the Week

Khalil Mack – University at Buffalo
Senior, Linebacker, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mack had a team-high eight tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles in Buffalo’s 44-7 win at Miami. Two of his forced fumbles were recovered by the Bulls and both were turned into touchdowns. His third forced fumble was scooped up by teammate Okoye Houston and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. In the game, Mack broke the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 career forced fumbles, surpassing the previous record of 14.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Nate Freese – Boston College
Senior, Placekicker, Strongsville, Ohio

Freese converted a 52-yard field goal – his third field goal of the game – as time expired to lift Boston College to a 29-26 win at Maryland. His 52-yard field goal matched his career long against Wake Forest in October 2011, and he improved to 3-for-4 in career field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more. Freese, who is now 17-for-17 in field goal attempts on the season, also converted a 35-yard PAT following a penalty in the fourth quarter, and averaged 43.4 yards per punt in the win over the Terps.

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Navy QB Reynolds, CB Krah pick up ECAC honors

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Keenan Reynolds – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Quarterback, Antioch, Tenn

Reynolds rushed for a career-high 226 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 28 carries, while completing four of his eight pass attempts for 59 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 42-28 victory over Hawai’i. His 226 yards rushing are the third most in school history by a quarterback and the most since 1997. His four rushing touchdowns are tied for the third-most in school history.  His 18 rushing touchdowns this year are the second most in the country by any player and are the third-most in school history.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Steele Divitto – Boston College
Senior, Linebacker, Ridgefield, Conn.

Divitto recorded a game-high 18 tackles, including six solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, in the Eagles’ 48-34 win at New Mexico State.  Divitto’s tackling total marked a season high and equaled his career best, which he achieved against Army in 2012.  Divitto ranks third among ACC leaders in average tackles per game with 8.9.

Ray Vinopal – University of Pittsburgh
Junior, Safety, Youngstown, Ohio

Vinopal played a vital role in Pitt’s 28-21 victory over Notre Dame by having a direct hand in all three Irish turnovers. Vinopal’s initial big play came in the second quarter when he stripped receiver TJ Jones of the ball at the Pitt 6, and it was recovered by cornerback Lafayette Pitts. In the decisive final period with the score tied, 21-21, Vinopal halted an Irish drive by intercepting quarterback Tommy Rees in the end zone with 14:04 remaining. Less than four minutes later, he picked off Rees again, returning it 40 yards to the Irish 5 to set up Pitt’s winning touchdown. Vinopal added seven tackles and assisted on a tackle for lost yardage.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Myer Krah – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Corner Back, Durham, NC

Krah recovered a Hawai’i fumble off a punt in the first quarter that set up Navy’s first touchdown in a 42-28 victory over the Rainbow Warriors.  It was his first-career fumble recovery.

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Navy QB Reynolds honored by ECAC

Posted on 18 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named the ECAC FBS Offensive Player of the Week for his play in Navy’s 51-7 victory over Delaware.  Reynolds completed 10 of his 13 pass attempts for a career-high 233 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 109 yards in Navy’s win.

The Delaware marked the third time in his career that Reynolds went over 100 yards rushing and passing in the same game and his 233 yards passing was the most by a Navy quarterback since 2000 (Brian Broadwater against Tulane) and his 342 yards of total offense was the best by a Navy player since 2008 (Shun White against Towson).

Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to pass for more than 200 yards and rush for more than 100 yards in a game since 2002 (Craig Candeto against Northwestern) and he has directed Navy to over 500 yards total offense in each of the first two games.  Navy has never had three-straight games of more than 500 yards of total offense.

The Mids are off this week before traveling to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Western Kentucky in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPNEWS. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM in Bowling Green, 2:00 PM (ET). Navy has not started a season 3-0 since 2006.

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Six Greyhounds named ECAC All-Academic

Posted on 28 May 2013 by WNST Staff

ECAC Division I Lacrosse League 2013 All‐Academic Team 
For immediate release 5/29/13
CENTERVILLE, Mass. ‐ The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced the ECAC Division I Lacrosse League 2013 
All‐Academic Team.  To qualify for the team, a student‐athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 3.3 
or better throughout the completion of the most recently finished academic term.  The University of Denver, an NCAA 
Championship semi‐finalist, leads the way with 19 qualifiers.  In all 82 student‐athletes qualified for the squad. 
Seven players earned both All‐Academic and All–Conference recognition.  University of Denver midfielder Wesley Berg 
and defenseman Carson Cannon were first team All‐Conference picks as was defenseman Joe Fletcher from Loyola 
University of Maryland.  Second team All‐Conference selections who qualified for the All‐Academic team are Denver 
midfielder Eric Adamson and attackman Eric Law, Fairfield University midfielder Sam Snow, and attackman Justin Ward 
from Loyola University of Maryland. 
The 2013 ECAC Division I Lacrosse League All‐Academic Team 
U.S. Air Force Academy 
Michael Curran, Jr., Midfield, North Brunswick, N.J.  
Brett Dadiego, Fr., Goalie, Baldwin, N.Y. 
Matthew Duenes, Fr., Midfield, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 
Doug Gouchoe, Fr., Goalie, Concord, Mass. 
Pat Harrison, Sr., Attack, Annapolis, Md.  
Dan Schonfeld, Sr., Defense, Ellicot City, Md. 
Matt Scott, Jr., Attack/Midfield, Babylon, N.Y.  
Bellarmine University 
Luke Acton, Sr., Attack, Saskatoon, Sask. 
Grant Beczkalo, So., Midfielder, Denver, Colo. 
Cam Gardner, Jr., Midfielder, Calgary, Alta. 
Will Haas, Jr., Goalie, Westerville, Ohio 
Sean Joyce, Jr., Defense/LSM, Highlands Ranch, Colo. 
Ryan Scinta, So., Midfielder, Louisville, Ky. 
Trevor Timmerberg, Gr., Midfielder, Overland Park, Kansas 
University of Denver 
Eric Adamson, So., Midifeld, Anaheim, Calif. 
Sander Aplet, So., Midfield, Arvada, Colo. 
Drew Babb, Jr., Defense, Centennial, colo. 
Joe Bano, Fr., Midfield, Dublin, Ohio 
Wesley Berg, So., Midfield, Coquitlam, British Columbia    
Sean Cannizzaro, So. Attack, Cazenovia, N.Y. 
Carson Cannon, So., Defense, Stillwater, Minn.    
Geoff Davis, Fr., Defense, Jefferson, Md. 
Bailey Dodds, Jr., Attack, Eden Prairie, Minn. 
Kyle Hercher, Sr., Defense, Littleton, Colo. 
Garret Holst, So., Midfield, Fishers, Ind. 
Gordie Koerber, Fr., Attack, Baltimore, Md. 
Matt Kramer, Jr., Defense, Littleton, Colo.  
Ryan LaPlante, So. Goalie, Fort Collins, Colo. 
Eric Law, Sr., Attack, Centennial, Colo.   
Connor Pagnani, So., Midfield, Nashville, Tenn. 
Jack Pruitt, Fr., Midfield, Sammamish, Wash. 
Colin Scott, Sr., Attack, Ridgefield, Conn.  
Taylor Young, Sr., Midfield, Littleton, Colo. 
Fairfield University 
Frank Borgognone, Fr., Long Stick Midfield, Manhasset, N.Y.  
Tom Branca, Fr., Goalie, Cross River, N.Y.  
Brian Browne, Fr., Midfield, Sandwich, Mass. 
Max Buchanan, So., Defense, Wykoff, N.J.  
Mikey Gulasey, Fr., Attack, Medina, Ohio  
Trent Lauer, Fr., Long Stick Midfield, La Jolla, Calif.  
Cameron Parker, So., Midfield, Bainbbridge Island, Wash.  
Greg Perraut, Jr., Defense, Bethesda, Md.  
Sam Snow, Sr., Midfield, Bainbridge, Wash.  
Tristan Sperry, So., Attack, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  
Hobart College 
Peter Bolte, Jr, Defense, Belmont, Mass. 
Dom Facciponte, Fr., Goalie, Syracuse, N.Y. 
Ryan Korn, Sr., Defensive Midfield, Highlands, N.J. 
Jon Lawless, Sr., Goalie, East Aurora, N.Y. 
Gavin Llewellyn, Fr., Midfield, Towson, Md. 
Ryan Munnelly, Jr, Midfield, Fort Salonga, N.Y. 
Ethan O’Connor, Sr., Long Stick Midfield, Milton, Ontario 
Matt Opsahl, Fr., Attack, Potomac, Md. 
Cam Stone, Jr., Attack, Syracuse, N.Y. 
Peter Zonino, Jr., Goalie, Wayne, Pa. 
Loyola University of Maryland 
Kyle Duffy, Jr., Short Stick Defensive Midfield, Chapel Hill, N.C.  
Joe Fletcher, Jr. Defense, Syracuse, N.Y. 
T.J. Harris, Sr. Defense, Gambrills, Md.   
Harry Kutner, Gr. Midfield, Garden City, N.Y. 
Pat Laconi, Jr. Short Stick Defensive Midfield, Morristown, N.J.  
Justin Ward, Jr., Attack, Glen Burnie, Md.  
University of Michigan 
Chase Brown, Fr. Long Stick Midfield, Annapolis, Md. 
Doug Bryant, Jr., Midfield, Princeton, N.J.  
Jeff Chu, Jr., Defensive Midfield, Berwyn, Pa.  
Michael Dalessio, Fr., Goalie, Eastchester, N.Y.  
Jon Eisenreich, So., Midfield/Face off, Chatham, N.J.  
Mack Gembis, So., Defense, Birmingham, Mich.  
 
University of Michigan (continued) 
Sam Martorella, Fr., Defensive Midfield, Hewlett, N.Y. 
Dave McCormack So., Attack, Terrace Park, Ohio 
Paxton Moore, Fr., Long Stick Midfield, Haverford, Pa.  
Thomas Orr, So, Defensive Midfield, West Bloomfield, Mich.  
Thomas Paras, Sr. Midfield, Lakewood, Ohio  
Andrew Portnoy, So., Attack, Mountain Lakes, N.J.   
Josh Stauffer, Fr., Attack, Jupiter, Fla.  
Max Zwolan, Jr., Defense, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
 
Ohio State University 
Dominique Alexander, Sr., Midfield, Baldwin, N.Y. 
Ryan Borcherding, Jr., Defense, Atlanta, Ga. 
Carter Brown, Fr., Attack, Bel Air, Md.    
Eric Chadderdon, So, Defense, Hamburg, N.Y. 
Turner Evans, So., Midfield, Peterborough, Ontario 
Kevin Mack, Sr., Midfield, Dublin, Ohio 
Evan Mulchrone, So. Defense, Chicago, Ill. 
Patrick Toohey, Sr., Midfield, Lutherville, Md.  
Dan Wertz, Sr., Midfield, Lititz, Pa.

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Loyola’s Ratliff, Fletcher pick up top ECAC honors

Posted on 02 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Ratliff, Fletcher Earn ECAC Specialist, Defensive Players Of Year

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff and junior defender Joe Fletcher were both named to the All-ECAC Lacrosse League First Team, and they were respectively named the conference’s Specialist of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday by the league’s coaches.

Senior Mike Sawyer and junior Justin Ward were named to the All-ECAC Second Team as attackers, as were seniors Reid Acton and Davis Butts on defense and in the midfield, respectively.

Freshmen Zach Herreweyers, an attacker, and Justin Verratti, a defender, were named to the All-Rookie Team.

Ratliff, who was a unanimous selection as the Specialist of the Year after earned Defensive Player of the Year honors last year, leads the ECAC in ground balls (64), ground balls per game (4.78), caused turnovers (29) and caused turnovers per game (2.1).

He has also excelled in transition and offensively for the Greyhounds. This season, he has already set the school single-season for scoring by a long-pole player with 13 goals, topping the 12 he scored last season. He also had four assists, and earlier this year, he became the first player in the modern history of lacrosse to score four goals in a game with a long-stick.

Fletcher picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors while helping anchor the Greyhounds defense that is seventh in NCAA Division I, allowing 7.86 goals per game. He has routinely marked the opposing team’s top scorer, including last week when he held Johns Hopkins’ Wells Stanwick, who entered the game averaging 4.0 points per game, to just one point on an assist.

The second-year starter leads ECAC defenders players in ground balls with 54, and he has also caused 17 turnovers.

Sawyer became a three-time All-ECAC honoree with his second team honors. The senior has scored 11 goals in the Greyhounds’ last three games, tallying four goals and two assists against both Denver and at Hobart and three goals in last Saturday’s win over Johns Hopkins. He is second on the team this season with 30 goals and 36 points. He is second in Loyola’s Division I era in career goals (122).

Ward has led the team in scoring throughout the season and enters the ECAC Championships with 26 goals and a team-high 28 assists and 54 total points. He is third in the ECAC in total points, and his 7-goal, 10-point performance earlier this season against UMBC was the first of its kind at Loyola since 2001. With 60 career assists, he is tied for seventh in school Division I history, and his 98 points are 23rd.

Butts has consistently drawn the long-pole defender on Loyola’s first midfield unit this year, but he earned All-ECAC honors for the second time in as many years. He has scored seven goals and assisted on nine this year, and his 31 ground balls are third on the team.

Acton is another repeat All-ECAC honoree for the Greyhounds. A tough interior defender for the Greyhounds, he has caused 15 turnovers and picked up 20 ground balls while marking some of the conference’s best offensive players.

Herreweyers has led ECAC freshmen in goals per game (2.0) this season while scoring 16 in eight games. He has four hat tricks this season and scored at least one goal in every game he played but one (Duke, which he played only in the fourth quarter).

Verratti was a key part of Loyola’s man-down defense this year, helping the Greyhounds kill penalties at an 85-percent success rate.

The Greyhounds open play in the third-annual ECAC Championships tonight in the semifinals against The Ohio State University. Play will commence at 8 p.m. from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Networks, Fox College Sports and FUEL TV.

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Loyola opens ECAC Tournament Thursday against Ohio State

Posted on 01 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Ohio State Buckeyes | ECAC Semifinals
Date Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time 8:00 p.m.
Location Geneva, N.Y. | Boswell Field
TV | Radio Fox College Sports | FUEL TV | Fox Sports Networks
Series Record Loyola leads, 6-0
Last Meeting Loyola 9, Ohio State 4, March 30, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio

Game Data

Loyola opens play in the third-annual ECAC Lacrosse League Championships on Thursday, May 2, when it takes on The Ohio State University in the second semifinal in Geneva, N.Y.

Faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. from Hobart College’s Boswell Field.

 

Watch The Action

The ECAC Championships will be the first original lacrosse games programed by Fox Sports Networks. Mark Larson will call the play-by-play, and Dale Drypolcher will handle color analysis. Terry Mangan will be the sideline reporter for the broadcasts.

Thursday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game will be distributed on various Fox Sports Regional Networks nationwide. They will also be available – in the Baltimore area – on Fox College Sports, a premium sports channel on many cable and satellite companies, or on FUEL TV.

 

Series History

Loyola and the Buckeyes will be meeting for the seventh time in series history and first time in postseason action. The Greyhounds have won all six prior meetings, including a 9-4 victory earlier this season in regular-season action.

In the teams’ regular-season meeting on March 30 in Columbus, David Planning scored for Ohio State with 3:03 left in the first half, making the score 3-3, but Loyola scored the next six goals and held the Buckeyes scoreless for 32 minutes, 54 seconds, until they scored with nine ticks left on the clock.

After Planning’s tying goal, the Greyhounds tacked on three goals before the end of the first half, the initial by Chris Layne and the second and third by Zach Herreweyers and Nikko Pontrello.

Pontrello had a game-high three goals, while Layne tallied a goal and two assists. Herreweyers, Davis Butts and Scott Ratliff each posted a goal and an assist.

Jack Runkel made nine saves and allowed just four goals for Loyola, while Joe Fletcher picked up a team-best five ground balls.

The Greyhounds led last year’s contest 9-4 when Patrick Fanshaw scored a man-up goal in transition off a Josh Hawkins assist with 5:17 to go in the third quarter, but Ohio State scored five of the next six goals to pull within a score, 10-9, on Tyler Fredericks’ tally with 3:57 left in regulation.

Mike Sawyer and Chris Palmer, however, scored after that for Loyola, and the Greyhounds held off the Buckeyes for an 11-9 victory in Columbus. Chris Palmer finished with five goals, and Matt Langan had three goals and two assists. Hawkins scored a goal and had two assists, all coming in transition.

 

In The Polls

Loyola moved up to fourth the USILA coaches poll and checked in sixth in the Inside Lacrosse media ranking.

Ohio State is 10th in the coaches version, 11th in the media.

 

Last Time Out

Johns Hopkins scored 41 seconds into the second half, but Loyola held the Blue Jays scoreless for the game’s final 29 minutes, 18 seconds, and the Greyhounds defeated host Johns Hopkins, 8-4, snapping a 13-game losing skid in the series.

The Greyhounds opened the second half on a man-advantage, and after the teams returned to even strength, Sean O’Sullivan took a Justin Ward skip pass and scored at 14:24 to put Loyola up, 5-3. The Blue Jays, however, got the goal back five seconds later after winning the faceoff on a violation. Mike Poppleton ran into the box and scored Johns Hopkins’ last goal of the game at 14:19.

Mike Sawyer scored his last of three goals with 6:10 to play in the third quarter, and Davis Butts and Kevin Ryan added fourth-quarter goals to provide the final margin.

Sawyer had a game-high three goals, while O’Sullivan, Ryan and Josh Hawkins each posted a goal and an assist.

Jack Runkel made 10 saves, six in the second half, and Joe Fletcher picked up a team-high five ground balls.

 

ECAC Championships History

Loyola is 2-1 all-time in ECAC Championships games, winning both of its contests last season to take the second-annual tournament title.

Last year, the Greyhounds defeated Denver, 14-13 in overtime, to advance to the Championship Game where they beat Fairfield, 14-7.

In the first year of the tournament, the Stags edged Loyola, 10-9, in the semifinals.

 

Second Half Defensive Success

Loyola’s defense held Johns Hopkins to just one goal in the second half last Saturday and none in the game’s final 29 minutes, 18 seconds. The Blue Jays’ final 18 shots of the second half were either saved or went off target.

Jack Runkel made six of his 10 saves in the second half, four during the fourth quarter.

Johns Hopkins also turned the ball over 10 times in the final 30 minutes, 16 times in all during the game.

Loyola also shutout the Blue Jays on extra-man opportunities Saturday, holding them scoreless on three attempts, two in the fourth quarter.

 

Fletcher Honored For Defensive Performance

Joe Fletcher earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time this season on Monday after a standout performance on close defense against Johns Hopkins.

The junior picked up five ground balls and helped start Loyola’s transition game that cleared the ball successfully all 20 times it attempted clears.

He was matched up against the Blue Jays’ leading scorer, Wells Stanwick, who entered the game averaging 4.0 points per game. Fletcher held Stanwick to just one point on an assist that came in transition off a Johns Hopkins faceoff win. Stanwick, who had 23 goals entering the game, managed just three shots against Fletcher.

 

Sawyer Keeps Scoring

Mike Sawyer recorded his third-straight hat trick on Saturday at Johns Hopkins, the first time this season he’s accomplished that. In the Greyhounds’ last three games, Sawyer has scored 11 goals while assisting on four. In his first nine this year, he tallied 19 goals and two assists.

Sawyer put up his best offensive numbers of the season on April 13 against Denver, scoring four goals and recording two assists for six points, season-highs in all categories.

The senior attacker quickly replicated that effort on April 20 at Hobart, posting the same numbers in each category.

With his 11 goals in three games, Sawyer has leapt into the team lead for goals scored with 30 this season. He finished the regular-season as the ECAC leader in goals per game during conference games (2.47).

In 56 career games, Sawyer has scored 122 goals and has 25 assists for 147 points.

Earlier this year, against UMBC, he became the eighth player in school Division I history to reach 100 goals, and his 122 total place him are second-most on the program’s Division I career chart. He is 11 back of Pat Lamon in first. Sawyer’s 139 points rank 11th in school Division I history.

 

Defending The Midfield

Loyola did not allow an offensive midfielder to score for Johns Hopkins on Saturday in 23 shot attempts when entering the game, the seven players that ran on the two midfield lines had combined for 69 goals and 43 assists.

The Greyhounds’ defensive midfield kept the Blue Jays middies from dodging to space and forced outside shots, keeping 17-of-23 shots off cage. The six that were on goal were all saved by Jack Runkel in goal.

 

Hawkins On The Fly

In just seven games this year, Josh Hawkins has already eclipsed his previous high in goals, scoring 10 this season to beat his total of six from last season and his 2010 freshman campaign. He also has two assists this season.

The defensive midfielder has scored at least two points in each of Loyola’s last four games and has at least one goal in every game he’s played this year. He scored twice against Fairfield, Denver and Hobart and registered a goal and an assist versus Johns Hopkins.

He has put 16-of-24 shots on goal and scored on 41.7-percent of his total shots.

In 47 career games, Hawkins has scored 25 goals and has nine assists as a short-stick defender.

 

Athletics Banquet Honors

Scott Ratliff was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, and Joe Fletcher earned Most Dedicated Player honors at the end of the year Athletics Awards Banquet on April 29.

Ratliff also was the recipient of the John R. Mohler Award as the athletic department’s top male student-athlete. The award, which is give to a student-athlete from one of Loyola’s eight men’s teams, recognizes the best Greyhound who combines athletic and academic accomplishments.

Sean O’Sullivan was the winner of the Diane Geppi-Aikens Inspiration Award.

 

ECAC Weekly Honors For Ratliff

Scott Ratliff earned ECAC Lacrosse League Specialist of the Week honors on April 22, his third weekly award of 2013 from the conference office. The long-stick midfielder posted another all-around performance at Hobart Saturday, scoring twice in transition and adding another assist on a Mike Sawyer goal in the third-quarter.

Defensively, Ratliff posted seven ground balls and three caused turnovers, while he and his teammates in the defensive midfield held the Statesmen’s starting midfield to three goals. Ratliff did not allow a goal against a player he was matched up against in the game.

He now has scored 13 goals this season, eclipsing his 2012 school record for scoring by a long-pole player.

Ratliff, who was the 2012 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and 2013 ECAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, has earned seven weekly awards from the league. Earlier this season, he was named Defensive Player of the Week twice.

 

O’Sullivan Shooting On Target

Sean O’Sullivan has scored eight goals in the Greyhounds’ last four games, nearly doubling his output of nine in the team’s first 10 outings this season. He is currently third on the team with 17 goals and fifth with 19 points.

After scoring once against Fairfield on April 6, he matched his career-high with four goals a week later against Denver. His final goal of the game tied the score with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, forcing overtime. O’Sullivan needed just four shots in the game against the Pioneers to score his four goals.

On April 20 at Hobart, he scored twice on four shots, and he added a goal on his only shot and an assist at Johns Hopkins.

This season, he has scored his 17 goals on just 40 shots (.425 shot percentage), and he is putting 75.0-percent of his total shots on goal (30-of-40). His four extra-man goals in conference play led the ECAC in that category.

 

Rookie Production

Zach Herreweyers recorded his fourth hat trick of the season at Hobart in just his seventh game of the season.

The freshman from London, Ontario, posted three goals and two assists against the Statesmen, and with a goal at Johns Hopkins, he raised his first-year total to 16 goals and three assists in eight contests.

Herreweyers, who had hat tricks against Air Force, Georgetown, Michigan and Hobart, leads ECAC Lacrosse League freshmen with 2.0 goals per game and 2.4 points per contest.

Against Air Force, Herreweyers became the first Loyola freshman to score three times in a game since current senior Patrick Fanshaw scored five goals and assisted on another on March 20, 2010, also against Air Force.

 

Ratliff Sets Record

Scott Ratliff did something believed to be a first in the modern era of college lacrosse  (circa 1971) on April 6 in the Greyhounds’ win over visiting Fairfield. The senior long-stick midfielder scored four goals, becoming the first player with a pole to do so.

Ratliff scored once off a Loyola faceoff win, a second time on a give-and-go in transition with Pat Laconi and twice more off set plays in settled offense with feeds from Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello.

In recent years, at least two long-sticks, Duke’s C.J. Costabile and Bryant’s Mason Poli, have recorded hat tricks.

 

Multi-Point Ventures For Ward

Johns Hopkins All-American defender Tucker Durkin held Justin Ward to just one assist on April 27, the first time this season the junior attacker has been held to less than two points.

With three first-quarter goals against Hobart, Justin Ward had his 13th multi-point effort in as many games this season. He has now tallied at least two points in all 13 games this season, and he has three or more in nine of those outings.

In the Georgetown game, he became the 10th player in the program’s Division I history (since 1982) to log 50 or more assists in his career. With 60 career assists, Ward is tied for seventh in school Division I history Gewas Schindler in seventh. He is now 10 away from tying Kevin Beach and Tim O’Shea for fifth place.

Ward put up his second game with seven or more points on March 16 against Air Force, logging seven with two goals and five assists in the win over the Falcons. His five assists tied his career-high, set twice in 2012 against Towson and Fairfield.

On February 26, 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.

Through 13 games this year, Ward leads the team with 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points. His 27 assists are ninth-most in school Division I single-season history.

 

CLASSy Senior Candidate

Two weeks ago, Scott Ratliff was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, an honor given yearly to a NCAA Division I senior who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition

Ratliff has continued his high production on defense, transition and offense that helped him earn USILA All-America Third Team and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago when 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 career totals now stand at 29 goals and 14 assists, and his 43 career points are second-most among active long-poles to Bryant’s Mason Poli. Last year, he set the school’s single-season long-pole scoring record with 12 goals and seven assists, eclipsing the previous high of 16 points on 11 goals and five assists set in 1995 by current Loyola assistant coach Matt Dwan.

Additionally, Ratliff is now tied for ninth in school Division I history in career ground balls (207) with P.T. Ricci, and he is second in caused turnovers (88). His caused turnovers are two shy of tying the school record set by Ricci.

 

Defensive Midfield Production

Loyola’s defensive midfield had a productive game against Fairfield, finishing the outing with six goals, an assists, six caused turnovers and six ground balls.

The unit posted another solid outing on both sides of the field with four goals and two assists at Hobart on April 20.

This season, long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff has posted 13 goals and four assists, good for sixth on the team with 17 points, while short-stick Josh Hawkins has nine goals and an assist, and fellow short-stick Pat Laconi has four goals and six points. Kyle Duffy scored his first point of the season with an assist at Hobart.

 

Pontrello Keeps Tallying Points

Nikko Pontrello notched his third hat trick of the season on March 30 at Ohio State, scoring a game-high three against the Buckeyes. He also had three-goal outings against UMBC and Air Force earlier this year.

In his first season as a starter, Pontrello has scored 13 goals while assisting on 17 for 30 points, third-most on the team. As a freshman in 2012, he scored four goals and assisted on six.

He posted his second six-point game this season March 16 against Air Force, scoring a career-high four goals to go with two assists. He scored in the first quarter, tallied a pair during Loyola’s 4-0 third-quarter run and added his fourth in the final frame. Earlier this year against UMBC, Pontrello posted three goals and three assists for six points against the Retrievers.

 

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.

 

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 continued the trend this year, scoring three or more in a row 20 times and have had runs of 3-0 or better in every game but one (Maryland).

 

Second-Half Success

Last season, the Greyhounds outscored opponents 66-22 in the third quarters of games, and 123-63 overall in the second half (including overtime). 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 54-25 in the third quarter and 87-57 overall after halftime.

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Loyola’s Fletcher honored again by ECAC

Posted on 29 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Earns Final ECAC Defensive Player Of Week Award

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior defender Joe Fletcher received the final ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week award for the 2013 season Monday after helping the Greyhounds defeat host Johns Hopkins University, 8-4, on Saturday.

Fletcher, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., was a big part of the Greyhounds’ defense that held the Blue Jays scoreless for the final 29 minutes, 18 seconds of the game and limited them to 1-of-19 shooting after halftime.

He had marking responsibilities for Johns Hopkins’ leading scorer, Wells Stanwick who entered the game averaging 4.0 points per game. Fletcher held him to just one point, an assist that came in transition off a Blue Jays’ faceoff win.

Fletcher helped Loyola force 16 Johns Hopkins turnovers, picking up five ground balls to lead all Loyola players. He also was instrumental in the Greyhounds’ clearing game, as Loyola went 20-of-20 in that statistical category.

The award is Fletcher’s third of the season, tying him for the most this year by any player in the league.

Loyola opens play in the ECAC Championships on Thursday, May 2, at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., where it will face Ohio State University in the semifinals at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Networks, Fox College Sports and FUEL TV.

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