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UMBC hosts Mt. St. Mary’s for Sunday matinee

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC and Mount St. Mary’s will meet for the 48th time when the in-state rivals compete on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the RAC Arena. The two teams met in Emmitsburg last season for the the first time since the 2002-03 campaign. The Mount captured that contest, 58-55 on Dec. 29. The game can be seen on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC lost a tough 63-61 overtime decision at American at Bender Arena on Thursday evening.The Eagles (1-1) hit fi eld goals with less than two seconds to play in regulation and in overtime to tie and take the lead for good. Senior forward Chase Plummer led the squad with 12 points and posted his 11th career double-double with 12 rebounds. The Retrievers had an eight-point lead with less than four minutes to play, but were done in by poor free throw shooting for the third consecutive game.

MOUNTAINEER UPDATE: The Mount has had a daunting early season schedule, dropping road contests at West Virginia, 77-62, at Villanova, 90-59, and at Brigham Young, 108- 76. G Rashad Whack scored a team-high 19 points against the Cougars at the Marriott Center on Friday Night. The Cougars took a 20-point lead at the half to earn the victory. SR G Julian Norfl eet averaged 17.0 points per game in the Mount’s first two outings.

WHO’S UP NEXT: The Retrievers remain at home and will welcome Loyola to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The game will be televised regionally by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

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Maryland CB Hendy earns national defensive award

Posted on 22 September 2013 by WNST Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of Maryland junior defensive back A.J. Hendy has been named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week as announced by The Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.

On Saturday against West Virginia, Hendy recovered two fumbles and returned an interception 26 yards for Maryland’s second touchdown of the game as the Terps defeated the Mountaineers, 37-0. The interception is Hendy’s second of his career. Both of his interceptions have been returned for touchdowns. Against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, Hendy intercepted his first career pass and returned it 32 yards for a score.

Hendy and the Maryland defense forced six West Virginia turnovers on Sunday and held the Mountaineers to 175 yards of total offense. It is the first shutout for the Terps since blanking Wake Forest on Oct. 18, 2008 (26-0), and its first shutout of West Virginia since defeating the Mountaineers 33-0 on Sept. 18, 1999.

Hendy is the first Maryland player to win Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors.

Maryland travels to Tallahassee to face No. 8 Florida State on Oct. 5 in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

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Terps record first shutout since 2008 in win

Posted on 21 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: The Terps improved to 4-0 on the season with a 37-0 win over West Virginia. The Mountaineers fell to 2-2. The 37-point margin of victory for Maryland is the second largest for the Terps in the series. The Terps defeated WVU by 47 points (54-7) on Nov. 24, 1951.

Shutout: Maryland’s 37-0 win over WVU is its first shutout since the Terps held Wake Forest scoreless on Oct. 18, 2008. Maryland won the game 26-0. It is Maryland’s first shutout of the Mountaineers since defeating West Virginia 33-0 on Sept. 18, 1999.

Stiff Defense: Maryland held West Virginia to 175 yards of total offense. It is the second time this season Maryland has held an opponent under 200 yards of total offense. The Terrapin defense held FIU to 171 yards in the season opener (Aug. 31).

Homecoming: Tight end Dave Stinebaugh, a native of Baltimore, got the Terps on the board first. The senior adjusted to a tipped C.J. Brown pass and hauled it in for his first career touchdown reception to put Maryland up 7-0 in the first quarter. The six-yard touchdown reception capped a three-play, 24-yard drive that began after West Virginia muffed a punt.

Big Totals: Through four weeks this season, Maryland has totaled 30 or more points in all four games. The last time the Terps scored 30 or points in four or more consecutive games came in 2002. Maryland topped 30 points in six consecutive games starting with Eastern Michigan (45, 9/21/02) and ending at North Carolina (59, 11/2/02).

Hendy to the House: Defensive back A.J. Hendy put Maryland up 14-0 a minute later. The junior jumped a Ford Childress pass and returned the interception 28 yards for a touchdown. It was Hendy’s second career interception, both of which have been returned for scores. Hendy notched his first career pick against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, returning an interception 32 yards for six points.

It is the second consecutive week the Terrapin defense has returned an interception for a touchdown. At Connecticut last week, defensive back Dexter McDougle returned an interception 49 yards for a score.

Plenty of Leg: Place kicker Brad Craddock connected on his eighth field goal of the season to put Maryland up 17-0. Craddock tied his career long by drilling a 52 yarder early in the second quarter. The sophomore also converted a 52-yard field goal against Wake Forest on Oct. 6, 2012. On the season, Craddock is 10-for-11 on field goals and entered the contest ranked third in the ACC in scoring averaging 11.3 points per game.

Craddock also connected on field goals from 30 and 36 yards to tie his single-game career-high of three. He hit three fields last Saturday at Connecticut.

Defensive Notes: Maryland forced West Virginia into six turnovers (4 FF, 2 INT). That is the most turnovers created by the Terps since Maryland turned Georgia Tech over six times on Oct. 11, 2001 … Maryland forced three Yellow Jacket fumbles and three interceptions … defensive back A.J. Hendy finished with an interception, which was returned for a 28-yard touchdown, and recovered two fumbles … linebacker L.A. Goree led the Terps with nine tackles, five solo … defensive lineman Roman Braglio had one sack and defensive lineman Darius Kilgo added one as well.

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Terps look for 4-0 start Saturday against WVU in Baltimore

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team renews its border rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl.

LIVE Coverage on ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 117 and XM Radio Channel 202, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• The University of Maryland football team renews its boarder rivalry with West Virginia at 3:32 p.m. on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Terps are coming off of a 32-21 victory at Connecticut behind 501 yards of total offense. With the win, the Terps improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. That year, Maryland won its first seven games of the season en route to a 10-2 record, an ACC championship and a spot in the Orange Bowl. In the Terps’ three wins, the offense has totaled over 500 yards each time becoming one of only three schools in the nation to eclipse 500 yards of total offense in as many games. Defensively, the Terps applied constant pressure to UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer. Maryland sacked Whitmer six times and forced him to throw two interceptions, while holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. The six sacks by the Terrapin defense are the most since totaling six against Virginia on Oct. 1, 2005.

• The usual suspects played a major role in the Terps’ offensive performance at UConn as Maryland showed good balance with 277 yards passing and 224 yards rushing. Quarterback C.J. Brown continues to be a dynamic run-pass threat. Brown threw for 277 yards on 15-of-28 passing and one touchdown, and rushed for a season-high 122 yards and one score. The 399 yards accounted for by Brown is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total in the nation this season and is the most by a Maryland player since Danny O’Brien accounted for 408 total yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010. For the second consecutive game, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who ranks 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (176.67), went over 100 yards receiving finishing with five catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. On the score, Diggs took a bubble screen from Brown, and with blocking in front, worked his way into the end zone from 21 yards out. Diggs has at least one receiving touchdown in five of his last seven games played dating back to last season. Wide receivers Levern Jacobs and Deon Long finished with 60 and 39 yards receiving, respectively. One of Jacobs’ two receptions was a career-high 48-yard sprint down the right sideline to set up a Brad Craddock field goal just before halftime.

• Maryland’s 3-4 defensive scheme consistently applied pressure on Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer totaling a season-high six sacks, forcing two interceptions and holding the Huskies to 25 yards rushing. Through three games, the Terps are holding opponents to 96.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the ACC and is tied for 14th nationally. Despite three Maryland turnovers, including two in the third quarter, the defense held the Huskies to just three points off of those turnovers. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who leads the nation with 5.5 sacks, led the team with a career-high three sacks. Whitfield’s final sack led to a safety as the senior applied pressure off the right side causing an intentional grounding call against Whitmer in the end zone. Whitfield was joined by linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, who also had a career high with 2.5 sacks. Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle had both of the Terrapin interceptions, returing one for his second career touchdown weaving his way through the Huskies offense for a 49-yard score. McDougle’s effort earned him Athlon Sports ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors and ACC Defensive Back of the Week. Linebacker Cole Farrand led the team in tackles with a personal-best 12.

• Special teams played an important part in the Maryland win. For the first time this season, defensive back William Likely was the focal point of the return game. Likely had three kick returns for 110 yards including a long of 45 yards. Place kicker Brad Craddock made 3-of-4 field goal attempts including a season-long 40-yard attempt. On the season, the sophomore has made 7-of-8 fieldgoal attempts. Punter Nathan Renfro averaged 43.4 yards per attempt on Saturday including two punts downed inside the 20-yard line.


Quick Hitters

• With 501 yards of total offense against Connecticut, Maryland has recorded over 500 yards of total offense in all three games this season. Since the 1983 season, no other Maryland team has eclipsed the 500-yard mark in three or more consecutive games

• Additionally, Maryland is one of only three teams nationally who have played three games this season to have totaled 500 or more yards of total offense in every contest joining Oregon and California.

• Maryland has had a player rush for over 100 yards and a player with over 100 yards receiving in all three games. Dating back to the 1987 season, no other Terrapins have accomplished the feat in three consecutive games. Quarterback C.J. Brown rushed for 105 yards, while wide receiver Deon Long had 110 yards receiving in the season opener against FIU. Against ODU, running back Brandon Ross totaled 149 rushing yards and wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 receiving yards. On Saturday, Brown had 122 yards rushing and Diggs totaled 110 yards receiving.

• When linebacker Marcus Whitfield forced an intentional grounding call in the end zone on UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer, the Terps tallied their second safety in as many games. The last time the Terps had two or more safeties in a season came in 1985. Maryland scored a safety against Penn State on Sept. 7 and one against Duke on Oct. 26.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has 16 catches for 387 yards to lead the team and is averaging 24.2 yards per catch. His per catch average is the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 10 or more receptions and his 129.0 receiving yards per game average leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally.

• As part of Maryland’s six-sack barrage at UConn, linebacker Marcus Whitfield recorded a career-high three, tied with five other players nationally for the most in a single-game this season. In addition, his 5.5 sacks on the year lead the nation. Shawne Merriman had three sacks against North Carolina on Nov. 2, 2002, and was the last Terp to reach that total. Whitfield was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his effort.

• Led by Whitfield, the six sacks totaled by the Maryland defense are the most in a single-game for the Terps since recording the same number on Oct. 1, 2005, against Virginia.

• Senior quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for 399 yards of total offense on Saturday (277 pass/122 rush). That mark is tied for the 19th-highest single-game total this season.

• Defensive back Dexter McDougle had a career-high two interceptions returning one 49 yards for his second career touchdown. He is the first Maryland player to return an INT for a touchdown since A.J. Hendy returned one 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. His two picks increased his season total to three, which is tied for the most in the nation.

• McDougle’s 49-yard interception return for a touchdown is the first non-offensive touchdown for Maryland this season. Since 2009, the Terps have 18 non-offensive touchdowns, that total is the most in the ACC.

• Head coach Randy Edsall awarded game balls for the win over Connecticut. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs received the award for the offense, defensive back Dexter McDougle on defense, and place kicker Brad Craddock for special teams.


Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are Derrick Hayward (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and linebacker Jalen Brooks (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Defensive back Anthony Nixon will carry the American Flag, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the West Virginia game are tight end Dave Stinebaugh (offense), linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (defense), and defensive back William Likely (special teams).


Maryland-West Virginia Series History

• The Terps and Mountaineers will meet for the 49th time on Saturday, but it’s only the second time Maryland and WVU have met at a neutral site. The previous meeting was at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2003 Gator Bowl, a game won by the Terps 41-7.

• Maryland trails the all-time series with WVU, 21-26-2, and the Mountaineers have won seven straight meetings with the Terps.

• The Terps’ last win over the Mountaineers during the regular season also came in 2003 as Maryland defeated WVU, 34-7, in College Park (9/20).


Parking Information

• Plan to arrive early to avoid heavy stadium traffic and the evening rush hour traffic. Stadium parking lots will open at 10:30 AM, and stadium gates will open at 1:30 PM.

• Follow the suggested transportation routes below for the parking lot you have been assigned to.

• Pre-plan your route. For more information, visit baltimoreravens.com.

 

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Terps excited for rivalry battle in NFL stadium Saturday

Posted on 18 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Quarterback C.J. Brown

On the Maryland-West Virginia rivalry:

“It’s another big game for us; we get to go play in an NFL stadium against another good team. In the past, it’s been a pretty big rivalry, but from my point of view it’s just another game; we’re just going to look at it as an opportunity to go 4-0 and get another win closer to a bowl game.”

On what they have to do to beat West Virginia:

“We have to play our game. I think they’re a good team, they’re going to come out and make plays, and they’re going to be a force. We’ve played them well the past couple years that I’ve been here. We have to go in there and execute, come out and play our game and not have the turnovers we had last game; execute and put touchdowns on the board”

On the West Virginia defense:

“There aren’t too many concerns, but they are going to pressure.  We just have to go out and have a good week of practice, execute what we have to do and go out there on Saturday and play well.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On the offensive line’s chemistry:

“There are a lot of personalities in that unit and I think that plays a big part in it. Some guys are a little quieter, but some guys really are outgoing and really like to communicate a lot so I think that is good for us to have. Off the field too, we really click very well.”

On his mindset this season:

“I’ve been trying to work on all aspects of being a leader. I think that helps me to be able to go out there and have to communicate and to just get everyone on the same page. I don’t think I’m changing anything, just trying to develop a little more.”

On playing at M&T Bank Stadium:

“I think everyone is a little excited about that. Actually, my first game (Navy, 9/6/10) was there. I’m excited to go back there to play. With that game, I just remember the whole time it was exciting, from the time we ran out of the tunnel to the very last snap.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On possibly tying last year’s win total with victory against West Virginia:

“It’s definitely going to be huge, you know we haven’t been 3-0 since 2001, so this is a big thing for us. We are just going to take it week-by-week and that’s all we can do”

On what the West Virginia-Maryland rivalry means:

“It’s going to be my first West Virginia game so I don’t really know too much about it. All I’ve heard is ‘The Battle of the Border’. Last year, when I traveled myself to the game, it got a little heated on the field. It’s going to be a big game, especially at M&T Bank Stadium. It’s just going to be a big game for a whole bunch of guys”

On if the attitude of the team has been different so far this week:

“Just overall excitement to get another win and to just prove to other people and prove to this conference that we’re really trying to do some good things this year.  We just go out every day with the mentality to get better.”

Tight End Dave Stinebaugh

On the rivalry with West Virginia:

“It’s definitely a good rivalry; we’ve played them on and off the past couple years and it’s always good especially when a lot of the guys around here know someone from West Virginia. So it’s always a good thing for them, right across the border.”

On missed opportunities for the offense at Connecticut:

“We definitely left some opportunities out there, it’s definitely something we’re not happy about, but its things we can fix. We pride ourselves on offense as going out there and fixing the little things and trying to get this thing running on all cylinders; be the best we can be.”

Linebacker Marcus Whitfield

On his improved pass rush this season:

“I worked out over the offseason with the team, went through the drills, had a great offseason. Definitely liked working with the team on the defensive scheme. I feel like in my position I know all of what goes on all around me; when coaches put me in a position to make a play I make the play.”

On the reception for the team around campus

“People are out there noticing us more; it feels good to have support from the fans. They definitely turn out to the games to come out to support us. It just feels good to be out there doing what we do best.”

-Maryland-

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Edsall says WVU provides Terps “tremendous challenge” Saturd

Posted on 17 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

“It’s going to be a lot of fun Saturday to be able to go up to M&T Bank Stadium and play in Baltimore. I know our guys are excited about it to get up there and play in a great venue in the biggest city in the state. We know we got a tremendous challenge. We haven’t beaten West Virginia in seven [straight games]. They’re a very good football team that is playing well at this point in time so were going to have to make sure that we go out and have a good week of practice and prepare the right way and execute and be more productive offensively and minimize big plays defensively in order to give ourselves an opportunity to win on Saturday afternoon.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I think if you just listen to what I’ve said about Will it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that he’s gone in and stepped right in and has done the things that we’ve asked him to do on the field. Since the day that Will got here, he’s been extremely competitive. He was well coached coming out of high school. He had good knowledge of the position. He had good fundamentals and he had good technique and all he’s done is just gone out and continue to compete, continue to learn the different fundamentals that we had here and the different techniques that we had. What he’s doing on the field is not a surprise to me or our coaching staff because these are the things that we saw from him when he got here in January. He plays like he’s a seasoned veteran. ‘Will he make mistakes?’ Yes, just like every player. But it’s not a surprise how he’s playing. That’s just how the kid practices. If we had everybody practice the way he practices and the way he competes, we’d be even better. That’s not a knock on anybody else, it’s just he really competes at a high level and he practices at a high level and at a fast pace each and every day. He’s very knowledgeable, he’s a great listener, he understands it, and he’s one of those guys that puts it behind him whenever the play’s over. If it’s good, bad or indifferent, he moves on to the next play. He’s a talented young man.”

 

On his confidence level in defensive backs Jarrett Ross and Alvin Hill:

“I got tremendous confidence in whoever we put in the ball game, but in regards to Alvin and Jarrett, they know exactly what the expectations are going to be for them, what they’re going to have to do in order to prepare themselves to possibly play this weekend. Again, that’s just something that we’ve tried to stress to all of our players that it doesn’t matter where you start on the depth chart, you better be practicing and you better be mentally sharp in the meetings because there could come a time when you’re going to get out there when least expected and you got to get the job done. I got tremendous confidence in either one of them if they had to play.”

 

On West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress:

“[He’s a] big kid, strong kid and has a really good arm. [He] made good decisions. Ran their offense really well, seemed composed for his first start and really did a good job of managing the game for West Virginia against Georgia State. He was impressive on film for a first start. Very, very impressive in terms of how he handled everything.”

 

On the success of Maryland’s pass rush this season:

“I think the pass rush is a combination of a couple of things, number one, you got to have guys that have a desire to get to the quarterback. You got to have guys that have more than one move, guys that can do things from a technique standpoint that’s going to allow them to combat the things that the offensive lineman is doing in terms of protection. I think it helps when you have guys on either side plus you have guys that have speed and quickness, and power in the middle. So I think it’s a combination of a lot of guys working together and guys taking a lot of pride in trying to get pressure on the quarterback with four guys and working together, whether it’s running stunts or straight speed rushes. Again, I think it’s an attitude. I think it’s an attitude and guys that have ability and take pride in trying to get to the quarterback and getting sacks.”

 

On the depth at kick returner and punt returner:  

“There are things that happen throughout the game that I’ll talk to players or players will come up and talk to me. We’ll make a decision to what I think is best in that situation. It was one of those situations where Stefon [Diggs] came up to me and just talked about something, and I have true confidence in Will [Likely] to go back there and so that’s what we did. That’s the thing that I like so much about our football team. We have open communication that if there is something that you know is bothering a guy. You know some kind of knick of something. You know they might feel that I might not be able to get the job done as well as my backup. And then ultimately, I’m the guy that will make that decision. But I think those are the things we’ll make and we’ll talk about certain things. And again the other thing is in terms of numbers of plays that some guys are getting. But like I said I think we got some really outstanding returners. Stefon, Will and I wouldn’t hesitate to put DeAndre [Lane] in there, and a guy like Taivon Jacobs. I know that he can go back there and return some kicks for us as well. And I think that’s a good thing to have. That kind of depth, because again if there is somebody that is nicked up or like I said, you want to just give them a break or something like that, you have the ability to do that. That’s what we’re really shooting for from a depth standpoint.”

 

On wide receiver Taivon Jacobs: 

“He’s No. 2 on the depth chart right now, because we’ve had some injuries there. We’ll just take a look at how he practices this week and we’ll make a determination from there if there is a possibility for him to get on the field or what we’ll do. But he’s a young man who got tremendous speed. He’s again a guy that really works hard. And he’s like said, he can run. He’s a good route runner. Speed is something that you can never have enough of. And again, we’ll just see how it works this week at practice.”

 

On staying focused on each game despite the strong start to the season:  

“Right now we got another one coming up against West Virginia and that’s number four. And then after that, we got eight more that are guaranteed. After that we don’t know. We don’t know what’s going to happen after this week. So this group is a good group from the standpoint that they’re listening to what I’m saying. They get it. They understand that season isn’t over that we do have three wins, but you don’t even worry about those three anymore, because they are over and done with. And they’ve been very good at just focusing in on the task at hand that we have for that particular week. And that’s the nice thing to deal with when you’re a coach. They understand that and they get that.  But, no I don’t do anything different. They just have to understand that hey, this is the most important game we’re going to play all season long because it’s the game that we’re playing this week. You know you’re not getting any bonus points if you win this game, so just go out and give it everything that you got. Play every play like it’s the last one you’re going to play and then hopefully it’s enough that by 6:30 on Saturday afternoon we have a win. And if we do, then we put it in the bank. And if we don’t, then we learn from it. You get better and you move forward.”

 

On playing the game in Baltimore:

“We’re trying to continue to develop the Maryland pride. With the city being as large as it is, and also having that venue, M&T Bank Stadium there in Baltimore, when you do have the opportunity being that we’re the flagship university here in the state and we’re the only state school that’s an FBS, it’s something that I think is important to us. It’s accessible. It’s easy to get to. And again when you’re talking about the fan support in this state for football, there are a lot of football fans. And so, the more that we can do to develop that Maryland pride, get the people from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and the surrounding counties to be involved with what we’re doing I think it’s a win for us. We’re going to continue to do that and again I think from the standpoint you take a look at the number of kids that we have from the state, and from that area, that are going to be participating. It’s a great way for the people in Baltimore and in Baltimore County to come out and support some of their own, and the rest of the football team. So we’re looking forward to it and hope that we can go up there and play really well on Saturday.”

 

– Maryland –

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Murphy delivers late for UMBC in win over Mount St. Mary’s

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC senior close defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) snapped an 8-8 tie with his first goal of the season with 6:48 remaining as the host Retrievers prevailed, 10-8, over Mount St. Mary’s at UMBC Stadium.

The game-winning goal capped an outstanding day for Murphy, who led an excellent defensive effort by the Retrievers with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Retriever sophomore netminder Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) recorded 11 saves, and only permitted a pair of Mountaineer goals after halftime.

UMBC held Mount St. Mary’s to three goals below their season average.

Offensively, three Retrievers- freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.)) School), and senior attackmen Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored a pair of goals. Senior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) led the Retrievers with a goal and two assists.

Mount St. Mary’s was paced by senior attackman Brett Schmidt was scored two goals and added three assists.

UMBC led, 7-6, at halftime, but the Mount scored the lone goal of the third quarter to send the contest to the fourth tied at 7-7. Young and Mount midfielder Daniel Stranix traded scores early in the fourth quarter before Murphy struck for the third time in his career.  DiRito made a save on one end and Murphy scooped up the ground ball. He raced down the field and dished to sophomore midfielder Tim Lang (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North). Lang brought the ball into the offensive third and fed the trailing Murphy, whose shot beat reserve Mount goalkeeper Frankie McCarthy to the off-stick side.

The Retrievers (3-5) added an insurance goal with 5:25 remaining, as Jones hauled in a rebound off McCarthy, wheeled and scored to give UMBC a two-goal advantage.

The Mount had a late man-up advantage with 1:27 remaining, but could not capitalize and slipped to 4-6 on the season.

UMBC junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) dominated the face-off x, capturing 16 of 22 draws.  The Retrievers had 34 ground balls to 18 for Mount St. Mary’s, although the visitors outshot UMBC, 37-29.

McCarthy took the loss for his side, making five saves and allowing all three fourth quarter goals. Starter Adam Borgogelli had six first-half saves for the Mountaineers.

The Retrievers improved to 20-0 in all-time meetings vs. Mount St. Mary’s. The two teams had not met since 2003.

The visitors jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but UMBC scored four consecutive goals in under five minutes to take a 4-2 lead late in the first quarter. The Retrievers led, 4-3, after 15 minutes and 7-6 at the half.

UMBC opens America East play next Saturday at Hartford.

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UMBC wraps non-conference slate Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team will face in-state foe Mount St. Mary’s for the first time since 2003 when the Retrievers and Mountaineers tangle at UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 23. It is the final non-conference contest for both squads before America East and Northeast Conference play get underway next weekend. The contest vs. the Mount faces off at 1:05 p.m. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed in high definition on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

Both teams are coming off setbacks- UMBC (2-5) fell to Towson, 12-9, on Tuesday evening at UMBC Stadium, while the Mount (4-5) fell, 14-11, at Drexel on Saturday.

Retriever senior attackman Scott Jones is pacing UMBC with 14 goals and 17 total points. But a pair of freshmen, attackman Nate Lewnes and midfielder Pat Young, are coming on strong. Lewnes, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, has three goals and six assists in his last two outings, while Young posted his first career hat trick and a season-high of four points vs. Towson.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Mount St. Mary;s (4-5) has been very strong at home this season, winning four of five contests, including impressive victories over No. 18 Bucknell (12-11, Feb. 17) and Georgetown (14-6, March 12). The Mountaineers have yet to win on the road in 2013, including a 14-11 setback at No. 13 Drexel on March 16. The Mountaineers held a 10-8 lead with 1:47 left in the third quarter on senior attackman Brett Schmidt’s fifth goal of the game, but the Dragons countered by scoring the next five goals of the game en route to the win. The Mount has three 20-goal scorers already in 2013- Schmidt has 22, has now scored a goal in 37 consecutive games, the longest scoring streak in the nation. Senior attackman Andrew Scalley has scored a goal in 18 consecutive games, and now leads the Mount with 51 points on 25 goals and 26 assists this year.

 

ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC has won all previous 19 meetings vs. Mount St. Mary’s. The two teams last met in 2003 when the Retrievers won a 16-7 decision in a game played at Johns Hopkins University. The last contest at UMBC Stadium was played in 2001 and the hosts prevailed, 18-5. In between, UMBC won the tightest battle in the series, capturing  7-5 victory in Emmitsburg in 2002.

 

UP NEXT: UMBC opens its tenth America East Conference season at Hartford on Sat., March 30. The opening draw at Al-Marzook Field takes place at 2:00 p.m.

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Stanwick leads way as Hopkins routs Mount St. Mary’s

Posted on 05 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick punched up career highs of five goals and four assists and the sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team scored 13 second-half goals as the Blue Jays knocked off visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 19-9, at Homewood Field Tuesday evening. The win improves the Blue Jays’ record to 4-1, while the Mountaineers slip to 2-4.

The Blue Jays led just 5-3 late in the second quarter after Brett Schmidt scored with 3:30 remaining in the period for the Mount. The second of Brandon Benn’s four goals with just 29 seconds left in the first half extended the lead to 6-3 at intermission and jump-started a 9-2 Johns Hopkins run that put the game away.

After Rex Sanders and Andrew Scalley traded goals in the first two minutes of the third quarter to make it 7-4, the Blue Jays got some breathing room with a four-goal spurt that took less than four minutes – for the second time in the game Stanwick had a hand in all four goals in a 4-0 run.

After assisting on an extra-man goal by freshman Ryan Brown with 9:42 remaining in the period, Stanwick sandwiched his third and fourth goals of the game around another Benn strike that he assisted on to push JHU’s lead to 11-4.

The Mount temporarily halted the run when Anthony Golden took a skip-pass from Bryant Schmidt and had time and room to beat Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider from nine yards out, but the senior John Ranagan bookended a three-goal Blue Jay run that bridged the third and fourth quarters with his only two goals of the game to push the lead to 14-5.

 The high-scoring Mountaineer attack Scalley, Schmidt and Cody Lehr went goal-for-goal with the Blue Jays over the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to make it 16-8 with more than half the period still remaining. Lee Coppersmith, Bronson Kellyand Brady Faby all scored in the final 8:01 for the Blue Jays, while Daniel Stranix added the final marker for the Mount to account for the 19-9 final score.Early on the Mountaineers led 2-1 after Schmidt and Golden sandwiched goals around a Mike Poppleton tally for the Blue Jays and the Mount fired 10 of its 28 shots in the game during the first quarter, but Stanwick got the Blue Jays going with the first and last goals in a 4-0 run that turned the 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead early in the second quarter. He also assisted on Benn’s two goals during the spree, which was followed by an 11-minute scoring drought for both teams. Schmidt and Benn then traded the two goals late in the second quarter that set the stage for JHU’s third-quarter run that put the game away.

Stanwick, who had never posted more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game before tonight, is the first Johns Hopkins player to total nine points in a game since April 19, 2003, when Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy. Benn added four goals for to become the first Johns Hopkins player since Conor Ford in 2004 to post five straight hat tricks. In all, 10 different Johns Hopkins players found the back of the net and 13 different players registered at least one point, including senior John Greeley, who punched up a career-high four assists.

The Blue Jays got another solid effort on faceoffs from senior Mike Poppleton, who won 15-of-21 and had a team-high five ground balls. Johns Hopkins also converted on 5-of-6 extra-man chances and held advantages in shots (38-28) and ground balls (29-22).

Scalley, Schmidt and Lehrer combined for six of the Mountaineers’ nine goals and added two assists and starting goalie Adam Borgogelli posted seven saves and allowed 11 goals before giving way to a pair of backups, who managed just two saves while allowing eight goals in the final 21 minutes.

Mount St. Mary’s (2-4) 2-1-2-4/9
#6 Johns Hopkins (4-1) 4-2-7-6/19

GoalsM: Schmidt-Brett-3, Scalley-2, Golden-2, Stranix, Lehrer. J: Stanwick-5, Benn-4, Ranagan-2, Sanders-2, Brown, Cattoni, Coppersmith, Poppleton, Kelly-Bronson, Faby. AssistsM: Scalley-2, Schmidt-Bryant, Stranix. J: Greeley-4, Stanwick-4, Brown, Cattoni, Giblin, Kaestner, Ranagan. SavesM: Borgogelli-7, Klaiber-2, McCarthy-0. J: Schneider-4, Ryan-. Shots: M-28. J-38. EMOM: 1-for-2. J: 5-for-6. Attendance: 400.

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Hopkins eyes bounce back Tuesday against Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 04 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins plays its only midweek game of the 2013 season as the Blue Jays (3-1) welcome Mount St. Mary’s (2-3) to Homewood Field for the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins suffered its first loss of the 2013 season last Friday night at home as 12th-ranked Princeton left Homewood with an 11-8 win to its credit. Mount St. Mary’s dropped its second straight last Saturday night as the Mount fell to Towson, 13-5.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the fifth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins win in 2006. The Blue Jays have won all four meetings, including a 12-5 victory in the most recent matchup in 2009.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 927-299-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the win earlier this season against Towson, JHU is 57-7 (.891) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from the state of Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola (12-0)
Maryland (8-5)
Mount St. Mary’s (4-0)
Navy (11-2)
Towson (14-0)
UMBC (8-0)

That’s 101 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 164th career win with the recent win over Michigan and he now stands at 164-63 overall. Included in that mark is a 141-46 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has been especially strong in the first and third quarter of its four games this season. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 18-5 in the first quarter and 14-6 in the third. By contrast, JHU holds a slim scoring margin in the fourth quarter (11-10) and has been outscored 9-8 in the second quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and nine players with four or more points through four games. In all, 13 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 17 players have at least one point.

Among the Leaders: The NCAA issued its second national statistical report this week and Johns Hopkins is well represented among the national leaders. JHU ranks in the top 15 in the nation in eight different team categories and eight individual categories.
Below is a look at JHU’s top-15 statistical national rankings

Team Categories:
Faceoff Win Percentage (1st • .734)
Assists Per/Game (4th • 8.5)
Scoring Margin (5th • +5.25)
Points Per/Game (7th • 21.5)
Scoring Offense (8th • 13.0)
Scoring Defense (11th • 7.75)
Winning Percentage (12th • .750)
Extra-Man Offense (12th • .471)

Poppleton Strong at the X: Senior Mike Poppleton enjoyed one of the great individual games by a Johns Hopkins faceoff specialist in the recent win over Michigan.
Poppleton won all 14 faceoffs he took in the first half and finished with a 17-of-18 (.944) showing to go along with 12 ground balls. The 17 wins are the second-highest total of his career.
Including a 15-of-22 showing against Princeton, Poppleton has won 55-of-72 (.764) faceoffs through four games and has a team-high 31 ground balls to his credit. He currently first the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 10th in ground balls per game (7.75).

Benn Notches Fourth Straight Hat Trick: Junior Brandon Benn scored a game-high four goals against Princeton to run his season totals to 14 goals and one assist for 15 points. He leads the team in goals and points through four games.
Benn has notched at least three goals in all four games this season and ranks fifth in the nation in goals per game (3.5). He is the first Johns Hopkins player to record four straight hat tricks since 2004, when Conor Fordhad five in a row late in the season.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has four goals and two assists through four games and leads the team with three extra-man goals. He scored two goals and added an assist in the win last week against Michigan and scored in the first three games before being shutout against Princeton.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already surpassed that total as he has scored five goals through four games. Sanders is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and ranks seventh in points (5).

Bassett Solid Through Four: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .594 save percentage and a 7.61 goals against average. He ranks 12th in the nation in goals against average and 10th in save percentage. He enters this week just four saves shy of 400 for his career. Only nine Johns Hopkins goalies in school history have amassed 400 or more saves.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (11) and leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Durkin counts more than one-third of JHU’s total caused turnovers (22) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (7.75).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes.

Opponent Scoring Droughts in 2013
Siena (14:43 • 17:03)
Towson (16:40 • 26:59)
Michigan (15:22 • 13:03)
Princeton (11:11)

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Did You Know That …
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 396 saves and sports a 28-8 record in his last 36 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 19 of 20 games since the start of the 2012 season and has 12 multi-goal games to his credit during that time? In addition, his four straight hat tricks are the most consecutive by a JHU player since 2004, when Conor Ford had five in a row.

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in the win over Siena, once against Towson and twice more against Michigan. Prior to this, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 23-6 in its last 29 games and 28-8 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and sixth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 400 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 398 of those 400 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 377 of the 400 and the top five in 298 of those 400. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times). Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched two assists against Princeton to run his career assist total to 65. He is currently tied for eighth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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