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Is Michael Phelps a hero or a zero? Depends on who you ask…

Posted on 31 July 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

The every-fourth-year hubbub about the Olympics and swimming and local connections is underway and once again this week Michael Phelps has entered the worldwide sports consciousness every night as the most decorated athlete in United States history.

So if you’re a provincial, “local” Baltimore sports fan you’re almost obligated to cheer for the kid from Towson wearing the red, white and blue on behalf of our country as well as our community.

After all of the tape delay fiascos from England this weekend – I wrote my two cents here — I started thinking about Michael Phelps as being the unique sports figure of our time in Baltimore. Oh, sure we have some hometown sports heroes like Johnny Unitas, Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken and Ray Lewis, who will all have plenty of bronze likenesses and memories in our community and “time will not dim the glory of their deeds” but Phelps’ accomplishments trump all of them on his stage when you consider his competition around the planet and the scope and magnitude of the Olympics.

And unlike the Orioles, Colts or Ravens, most people have never been anywhere near a pool where Michael Phelps has swam a lap. The closest approximation to a “cheering crowd” for Phelps happened four years ago when the remnants of a Baltimore Ravens preseason game watched him swim for gold inside the stadium about 30 minutes after the football game ended.

You can see my view of it here:

So on Saturday afternoon before Phelps took his first turn in the pool vs. Ryan Lochte, I put up one simple, open-ended sentence for tens of thousands of our @WNST Twitter followers and our Facebook community. It was:

Michael Phelps is ___________________.

There were hundreds of comments across social media and by my count far more than 50% weren’t just negative they were downright personal and abusive in some cases. And this was on Facebook, where people sign their names and add their likeness to their criticism.

Perhaps it’s gold medal envy?

Maybe it was the DUI

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Navy Puts Win Streak On Line Friday Night Against Lehigh

Posted on 30 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Riding its longest winning streak since 2009, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 3-1 Patriot League) will play host to seventh-ranked Lehigh (9-1, 2-0 Patriot League) Friday evening in a nationally-televised broadcast … face off is set for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
• Navy is coming off a huge upset victory over 12th-ranked Colgate last Saturday after sophomore attackman Sam Jones slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory … while the Mids ran their winning streak to four in a row, they snapped the Raiders’ streak at five straight.
• Lehigh, meanwhile, scored its program-record eighth-straight victory when it dealt Holy Cross a 12-3 loss last Saturday in Bethlehem … junior attackman David DiMaria paced the Mountain Hawks with a seven-point effort that featured a career-high four goals.
• Friday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and former Syracuse All-American defenseman Steve Panarelli (analyst) calling he action.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (51-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 5-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Lehigh has scored 10 or more goals in five of its 10 games, winning all five.
9    Senior attackman Taylor Reynolds owns nine-career multi-point contests, including each of the last six games.
8    Tucker Hull in one of only three players in program history to post three eight-point games in a season – 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross … he joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) … no Navy player has ever recorded four eight-point games in a season.
7    Sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has produced nine points on seven goals and two assists over his career … the seven goals are tied as the most by a defenseman in school history, along with Bucky Morris (2001-04) and Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined … Lehigh has scored seven or more goals in just three (2004, ‘09, ‘11) of the previous 30 games.
5    Looking to add to its four-game winning streak, the last time Navy was able to put together five-consecutive wins was in 2008 when the Mids captured wins over Mount St. Mary’s, Lafayette, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Bucknell and Colgate from Feb. 29 to March 23.
4    Attackman Sam Jones led Navy with four goals and an assist in last year’s Lehigh contest.
3    At least one Navy players has scored a hat trick in seven of the eight games this season … Towson is the lone game in which a player did not reach three goals.
2    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.13 … his is also ranked 15th in goals per game (2.63) and fourth in assists per game (2.50).
1    Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids’ 68 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy had lost five-straight one-goal games prior to last week’s 12-11 victory over No. 12 Colgate.

More on the Mountain Hawks
• Off to its best start in program history, fifth-year head coach Kevin Cassese has led Lehigh to a 9-1 record including a 2-0 mark in Patriot League action this spring … the nine wins are the most by any Div. I team this season, however just a handful of teams have played 10 games to date.
• The Mountain Hawks’ lone setback of the season was a 17-7 loss to Villanova in the second week of the season … Villanova, ranked 12th in the country this week, is coming off a huge win over Syracuse last weekend … since that loss on Feb. 18, Lehigh has won eight in a row, including wins over nationally-ranked programs Penn (10-4), North Carolina (9-8), Yale (11-7) and Penn State (9-5).
• Lehigh owns a balanced offensive arsenal that including five players with 10 or more goals and seven players with double-digit points … anchoring the offense, however, is junior attackman David DiMaria who leads the team in points (33), goals (16) and assists (17) … none of DiMaria’s goals have been scored when a man up.
• Junior attackman Dante Fantoni has been nicked up this season … despite missing three games, he is the team’s second-leading scorer with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists.
• Junior Ryan Snyder has had a fine season at the faceoff “x” where he has won 54.3 percent (82-151) of his draws … additionally he leads the team with 62 ground balls.
• Collectively, Lehigh’s defense is ranked No. 1 in the country, surrendering just 5.6 goals per game.
• Freshman goalkeeper Matthew Poillon has made a case to be named this year’s Patriot League Rookie of the Year … he owns a stingy 5.57 goals-against average, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation, and has turned away 62.6 percent of the shots he has faced, which is No. 2 in the country.
• Junior defensive midfielder Noah Molnar and junior defenseman Mike Noone are atop the league’s leader board in caused turnovers with Molnar pacing the team with 14 and Noone has contributed 13.
• Lehigh is one of the second-ranked extra-man unit in the country, scoring goals on 20 of its 31 attempts for a 64.5 scoring percentage … attackmen Adam Johnston and Kyle Stiefel have been the go-to guys for Cassese this season … the two have combined for 12 of the 20 extra-man strikes with Johnston leading the way with seven.
• The Mountain Hawks have limited their turnovers this season … they are ranked No. 4 nationally, turning the ball over 13.0 times per outing.

Series History
• Friday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 31st game in a series that began in 1910 … the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-2 series advantage.
• The Mids won the first three contests before suffering their first loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913 … Navy had won 25 in a row against the Mountain Hawks until last year’s stunner in Bethlehem when Lehigh dealt the Mids a 14-10 loss in Bethlehem.
• Friday’s game marks the first time Navy and Lehigh have met in Annapolis since 2008 … the two played one  another three-straight years in Bethlehem … four of the last five games, in fact, have been contested in Bethlehem.
• Navy owns a 21-1 series advantage in games played in Annapolis … the Mids’ lone loss at home was the 1913 game.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 10 contests … Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other four games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.

2011 Navy-Lehigh Recap
• Lehigh outscored Navy 8-2 over the final 24 minutes and went on to defeat the Midshipmen, 14-10, at Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa. in what was both teams’ league opener.
• Navy, which trailed 6-5 at the half, took an 8-6 lead early in the third quarter on a goal by senior midfielder Andy Warner (13:40) and two straight by freshman attackman Sam Jones (9:41 and 9:04). The second goal by Jones was his fourth of the night.
• Lehigh stopped Navy’s run with 7:47 left in the third on a goal by Jonathan Stumpf and then tied the game at eight when Stumpf assisted on a Dante Fantoni goal. Lehigh would take the lead for good with 1:06 left in the third when Fantoni scored his second goal of the night and then Ryan Snyder won the faceoff and went right down the field and fired a shot by goalkeeper RJ Wickham to give Lehigh a 10-8 lead heading into the fourth.
• The Mountain Hawks would make it six-consecutive goals on back-to-back tallies by David DiMaria and Adam Johnston to make it 12-8 and the Mids would never pull closer than three goals the rest of the way.
• Navy outshot Lehigh, 35-32, but the Mountain Hawks dominated the faceoff (18-9) and the ground ball (32-24) statistics. Navy was just 1-5 (.200) on extra-man opportunities.
• Jones led the Mids with four goals, while Warner had two. Jay Mann, Brian Striffler, Nikk Davis and Michael Jones, who saw his first action in a Navy uniform, scored one goal apiece. Tucker Hull, Sam Jones and Warner each added an assist. Meanwhile, Wickham produced 11 saves between the pipes for the Mids.

Program Ties
• First-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell has a handful of connections with the Lehigh coaching staff.
• Sowell served as an assistant coach for the goal-medal winning Team USA squad at the 2010 World Championships in England … a team in which Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese was a member.
• All three of Lehigh’s assistant coaches graduated from Stony Brook with Sowell having coached 2007 grad Brendan Callahan and 2011 grad Tom Compitello … Callahan, an All-East goalkeeper, served as team captain in 2007, Sowell’s first season as head coach at Stony Brook … Compitello was an All-American as a junior, producing 37 goals and 35 assists to help lead the Seawolves to the NCAA Quarterfinals … Errol Wilson graduated in 2006 from Stony Brook.

Mids Join the Rankings
• Coming off a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate this past Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team has entered the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time since March 8, 2010 … the 5-3 Midshipmen have won four-straight games to position themselves as the No. 19 team in the country according to the weekly media poll.
• While Navy has received votes from the media over the last two seasons, the last top-20 ranking the Mids received was No. 13 in week four of the 2010 campaign.
• Navy, who finished the 2010 season with a 7-8 record and the program’s first losing season since 2003, fell out of the rankings on March 15 following a 15-8 loss to Lafayette … the Mids would later avenge that loss against the Leopards in the Patriot League Tournament, but fell short of claiming the title with an 11-8 loss to top-seeded Army.
• Six of Navy’s 12 opponents are ranked among the nation’s top 20 in this week’s installation of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, including top-ranked Johns Hopkins … additionally, four of the seven Patriot League teams stand among the top 20, led by Lehigh at No. 7, followed by Bucknell (16), Colgate (17) and Navy (19).

Jones Chosen as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
• For the second time this season, Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, picking up this week’s citation after scoring the game-winning goal on Saturday against 12th-ranked Colgate.
• In addition to Jones, Lehigh’s Mike Noone (defense) and Matt Poillon (Goalkeeper) along with Bucknell’s David Dickson (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.
• Jones paced the Mids with a three-goal, two assist performance against Colgate, but it was his goal with 3.4 seconds left in the game that led to Navy’s first victory over a ranked team since snapping its 36-game losing streak to Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010.
• Jones, who is Navy’s second-leading scorer with 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists, came into the game having scored just two points in games played away from Annapolis this season.  Meanwhile, Colgate was the lone team to hold Jones without a point a year ago.

Navy-Colgate Rewind
• Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate last Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y.
• The win gave the Mids their first four-game winning streak since 2009 when Navy claimed victories over Mount St. Mary’s, Lafayette, Lehigh and Holy Cross.
• Navy snapped a four-game losing streak when the opponent has picked up more ground balls … Colgate owned a slight 29-24 advantage.
• The win marked the program’s first one-goal victory since Navy earned a memorable 9-8 overtime win against Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010 in Annapolis.  The Mids lost all four one-goal games a year ago and dropped a disappointing 9-8 decision to North Carolina earlier this season after the Tar Heels scored the game’s final four goals.
• The win was also Navy’s first win over a ranked team since that same victory over Hopkins … the Mids had lost five in a row against ranked programs.
• Just eight of the 23 goals were assisted in the contest, four by each team.
• The game was played without a single penalty by either team … the last time Navy was not penalized was the Feb. 12, 2011 game against VMI … the last time a Navy opponent was not flagged was the May 9, 2009 NCAA Tournament game against Duke.
• Senior faceoff specialist Logan West struggled at the “x”, but scored his first-two collegiate goals.
• Sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt saw his five-game point-scoring streak snapped against Colgate after being held without a shot.

One-Goal Wonders
• Navy has played 70 one-goal games (of 235) since the start of the 1996 season, winning just 29 (41.4) of those contests.
• Among those 70 games, 25 of them have gone into extra minutes with Navy winning 11 (44.0).
• Over the last five seasons, 24 of the Mids’ 64 contests have been decided by one goal and Navy has produced wins in just 10 of the 24.
• The Mids had lost five-consecutive one-goal decisions dating back to 2010 before Sam Jones’ goal with 3.4 seconds left lifted Navy over 12th-ranked Colgate on March 24.
• Navy is now 1-1 this season in one-goal decisions, giving up a four-goal advantage over No. 4 North Carolina (2-25) to lose, 9-8.
• Outside of this year, which is yet to be completed, Navy has played at least three one-goal games every year since 1996 … in 2007, Navy played a program-record seven one-goal games, including five that were decided in overtime.
• Last spring, the Mids were 0-4 in one-goal decisions, dropping a 9-8 decision at Loyola (2-19), a 12-11 double-overtime loss at Bucknell (3-7), a 5-4 heart breaker to Colgate and a 9-8 decision at Georgetown … three of the four one-goal losses were on the road.

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Asking Harbaugh the tough question about Cundiff kick & not calling timeout

Posted on 24 February 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

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Pietramala Added to Team USA Lacrosse Staff

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Feb. 10, 2012 – US Lacrosse has named Kevin Cassese, Dave Pietramala and Jeff Tambroni assistant coaches for the 2014 U.S. men’s national team.

Cassese, Pietramala and Tambroni join the coaching staff led by head coach Richie Meade that will lead the U.S. men’s national team at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse and set for July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo. The U.S. men’s national team is seeking its 10th world championship after reclaiming the gold medal at the 2010 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England.

“We’re really pleased about the quality and number of coaches who were interested in the positions and especially about the three guys we selected to help coach the team,” said Meade, who was named head coach in December 2011. “It’s a very solid group. Each of the coaches is experienced, tough-minded and brings something special to the group.”

Kevin Cassese is beginning his fifth season as Lehigh’s head men’s lacrosse coach, where, in 2011, he led the Mountain Hawks to their first Patriot League Tournament appearance since 2006. Prior to Lehigh, Cassese served as assistant coach at his alma mater Duke from 2005-07, helping lead the Blue Devils to the 2007 national championship game. As a player at Duke from 2000-03, Cassese was a three-time All-American, two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist and received the Lt. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation’s top midfielder in 2002.

A three-time U.S. men’s national team midfielder (2002, 2006, 2010), Cassese was part of two gold medal winning U.S. teams at the FIL World Championships (2002, 2010). Cassese has also helped coach the U.S. men’s training team at US Lacrosse’s Stars & Stripes and Champion Challenge events from 2010-12.

“Coach Cassese has been involved in the international game for more than 12 years,” Meade added. “He’s an expert at international lacrosse and the face-off game, and his familiarity with the current player mindset will help him relate really well.”

Dave Pietramala is entering his 12th season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. He guided the Blue Jays to the 2005 and 2007 NCAA championships and sports a record of 126-41 at Johns Hopkins and an overall collegiate coaching record of 149-58. Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of his 11 seasons with two national championships, two national runner-up finishes (2003, 2008) and six total trips to the final four. The only person in the history of men’s college lacrosse to win an NCAA Division I lacrosse championship as a player and a head coach, Pietramala was a three-time first team All-American at Johns Hopkins during his playing career from 1986-89. He helped the Blue Jays to the 1987 NCAA championship and later starred for the U.S. men’s national team in 1990 and 1994. Pietramala was inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003.

“We were looking for one guy on each side of the ball and one guy who would be good in the specialty area,” Meade noted. “Coach Pietramala is a great coach across the board, but especially at the defensive end of the field. He has a level of comfort with the international game and will get the most out of the players at the defensive end.”

Jeff Tambroni is entering his second year as head coach at Penn State University. Prior to his arrival in State College, he spent 10 seasons as head coach at Cornell University (2001-2010), where his teams won eight Ivy League championships (2003-2010) and made three final four appearances (2007, 2009, 2010). In 2009, Tambroni was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coach of the Year after leading Cornell to the national championship game. His overall collegiate coaching record is 116-47, having amassed 109 wins while at Cornell. A 1992 graduate of Hobart University, Tambroni helped lead the Statesmen to back-to-back NCAA Division III championships (1990-91) before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 1993.

“Coach Tambroni is one of the most outstanding coaches in the game,” Meade said. “He’s great with offensive players and will be very good at developing schemes to highlight the great talent we have here in the U.S.”

“I want to thank Coach Meade and the committee for their time and effort in screening a deep and talented pool of applicants,” said Bill Tierney, chair of US Lacrosse’s Coaches Selection Committee and former U.S. men’s team head coach. “My experience as a head coach of the 1998 team afforded me the opportunity to work with a great group of coaches and this was our goal for Coach Meade. Clearly, this is one of the most impressive U.S. staffs ever to be assembled. We are all looking forward to great things from them and the team in Denver in 2014.”

Warrior is the official equipment and apparel sponsor of the U.S. men’s national teams. Marriott and Nationwide are official sponsors of the National Teams Program.

About US Lacrosse US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org

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Stevenson Lax Coach Cantabene Named to Baltimore Chapter of Hall of Fame

Posted on 29 December 2011 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse eighth-year head coach Paul Cantabene was recently named to the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The ceremony will be held on January 21, 2012 at The Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Maryland.

Cantabene is the third member of the Stevenson athletics department to be inducted, joining former head women’s lacrosse coach and current administrative coordinator M.C. McFadden, Class of 2003 and Director of Physical Education Dick Watts, Class of 1998.

Joining Cantabene in the Class of 2012 will be Sheehan Stanwick Burch, Courtney Martinez Connor,  Lisa Dowling Costello, Betsy Givens Economou, Kathy Altemus Franz, Tim Hormes, Jeff Jackson, Robert
Francis Lindsey and Jim Wilkerson.

Cantabene was inducted in the Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and was honored with the President’s Medal at the University’s graduation on May 21, 2010.

Regarded as one of the greatest face-off specialists of all-time, Cantabene has bulit Stevenson into one of the elite programs in Division III. In seven seasons, he has totaled a 97-30 record while leading the Mustangs to three consecutive NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship appearances, the 2010 CAC title and the 2006 ECAC South Championship.

Cantabene has led the Mustangs to a school record for wins in six of his seven seasons, six conference championship games.

During that time, the Mustangs have appeared in five conference championship games, made two appearances in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship, won its first conference title in 2010 and an ECAC championship in 2006.

Stevenson has also been ranked in the top 20 the last five consecutive seasons, including at No. 1 the last three. Since 2008, the program has had 26 All-America selections, including 17 the last two, while boasting two USILA Attackman of the Year awards, one Outstanding Player of the Year and one Outstanding Defensive Player.

The Mustangs have also posted five Scholar All-Americans since 2009.

In 2009, Cantabene was named College Coach of the Year by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association and in 2010 was an assistant coach for the U.S. national team that won the 2010 world title with a 12-10 victory over rival Canada at the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.

A long-time assistant coach at the Division I level, Cantabene spent nine combined seasons at Maryland, Towson and Johns Hopkins before coming to Stevenson. He began his coaching career at The McDonogh
School where he spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995.

A 1993 graduate of Loyola (Md.), Cantabene played four seasons for the Greyhounds, earning second team All-America honors as a senior before embarking on what was a 13-year professional career on the indoor, outdoor and club levels.

Cantabene played 11 seasons in the National Lacrosse League from 1994-2004 and was a three-time NLL All-Star and 1999 All-Star Game MVP.

Cantabene began his outdoor career in Major League Lacrosse when he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 MLL Inaugural Draft by the Baltimore Bayhawks. In six seasons in the league, he played in five championships, winning three in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

In addition, Cantabene was a five-time All-Star, two-time All-MLL selection and 2002 recipient of the SoBe Iron Lizard award. He still holds the MLL career record with 1,015 face-off wins and 538 ground
balls and is also the single-season record holder with a .633 face-off percentage and 156 ground balls.

On Aug. 21, 2010, Cantabene was named to MLL’s 10-Year Anniversary Team and in its August 2008 issue, Lacrosse Magazine named him as one of the top 10 players in the history of the MLL.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Cantabene is married to the former Tracey Whetstone and the couple currently resides in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania with their two children, daughter Lilly, and son, Curry.

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Loyola Hoops Picked 3rd In MAAC Preseason Poll

Posted on 25 October 2011 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Basketball Picked Third In MAAC PreseasonPoll

Walker, Etherly Earn Preseason All-MAAC Honors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team received their highest preseason ranking since 2007-2008 from Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches today when the Greyhounds were tabbed to finish third in this year’s league race.

Iona was picked to win the MAAC with Fairfield a closesecond in the poll that was announced at the MAAC Preseason Awards Show from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The Gaels garnered 8-of-10 first-place votes in the coaches poll, while the Stags drew the other two.

A pair of Greyhounds, senior forward Shane Walker (Northhampton, England/Montrose Christian H.S.) and junior forward Erik Etherly (Alexandria, Va./Annandale H.S.) earned Preseason All-MAAC Second Team honors from the league coaches.

Loyola had 76 points in the poll and was followed by Rider, which was picked fourth with 71. The Broncs were by Saint Peter’s (52), Siena (44), Niagara (42), Manhattan (33), Canisius (25) and Marist (15). Loyola’s third-place ranking is the best for the Greyhounds since they were chosen second prior to the 2007-2008 campaign.

“We are pleased to be picked third in what should be a very competitive MAAC season,” Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “I think the conference has some of the best talent top-to-bottom this year that it’s had since I have been here. We have a very deep team ourselves, and we’re looking forward to getting the season started.”

Last season, the Greyhounds finished fifth in the MAAC during the regular season with a 10-8 record during league play.

The men’s team combined with the Loyola women, who were picked second in their poll, to form the highest combined preseason poll rankings in the school’s MAAC history.

Walker was named to the All-MAAC Third Team a year ago after leading Loyola with an 11.1 points per game average. The 6-foot-10 forward also pulled down 7.1 rebounds per game and blocked 47 shots. Walker enters the season with 93 career blocked shots, good for third all-time at Loyola and just 24 back of George Sereikas in second.

Walker was fifth in the league in free-throw percentage (.819, 86-of-105), the best average for a post player. He also was sixth in the MAAC in rebounds per game, giving Loyola the best 1-2 combination of rebounders with Etherly.

Etherly came on strong as the year progressed for Loyola in his first season on the Reitz Arena hardwood after joining the Greyhounds as a transfer. The 6-foot-7 forward finished with a 10.8 points per game average and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game, the No. 3 mark in the conference.

Etherly finished the season by scoring in double figures for 11-straight games, raising his scoring average from 8.8 on January 22 to 10.8 at the year’s end.

The Greyhounds play before a crowd for the first time this season in just nine days when they host Indiana University of Pennsylvania in an exhibition match-up on Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

Loyola opens the regular-season on Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C., when it takes on Wake Forest in a game that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3. The Greyhounds return to Reitz for its first regular-season home game of the year on Monday, November 14, against Coppin State.

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Rick Sowell was introduced Thursday as Navy

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Stony Brook’s Sowell Sets Sail as New Navy Lax Coach

Posted on 09 June 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the Midshipmen Sports Information Office…

Rick Sowell Named Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach At The Naval Academy

Rick Sowell was introduced Thursday as Navy's new men's lacrosse coach.

Rick Sowell was introduced Thursday as Navy’s new men’s lacrosse coach.

June 9, 2011

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced on Thursday that Rick Sowell, who has been involved with rebuilding programs at Georgetown, Dartmouth, St. John’s and Stony Brook, is leaving his post at Stony Brook to become the eighth head men’s lacrosse coach in 104 years at the Naval Academy.

“The Naval Academy family welcomes Coach Sowell as an accomplished educator, proven lacrosse coach, architect of building winning programs, inspirational leader of student-athletes, role model in the community and devoted husband and father,” said Gladchuk.

“Rick has impressed us in a way that is consistent with the wonderful accolades we have received from those who have worked with him or coached against him over the years.

“In addition to his responsibilities at Stony Brook, Rick has already taken a step forward representing our country as a former coach for gold-medal winning Team USA at the World Championships in 2010. Now at Navy, he takes another step in the same direction training and preparing our midshipmen for their future role as leaders in the fleet.

“We are looking forward to a tenure at Navy where Rick can provide ambitious direction to our program while reinforcing the values of the Academy that resonate with the Navy way.”

“Today is a day about moving forward, not looking backwards,” said Sowell. “I am excited to have this opportunity and appreciate all that the United States Naval Academy represents: Honor, Tradition, and Integrity. These are all principles that I follow in life and know that my new team will reflect these values.

“I am honored and humbled to be named the next head coach of the United States Naval Academy. This is the best situation in which to work to represent our proud country and to honor and lead ambitious young men in their commitment to the people of this great nation. Navy’s lacrosse tradition is unprecedented and I look forward to continuing that tradition and adding to what already is one of a kind.”

Sowell compiled a 47-26 (.644) record in five seasons at Stony Brook and was named the America East Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons as he guided the Seawolves to back-to-back America East regular-season titles (2010-11).

Stony Brook finished the 2011 campaign with a 10-4 mark, including a 5-0 record in conference play. The Seawolves just missed a second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament when they lost in the America East Championship Game by a goal.

In 2010, Sowell led Stony Brook to the program’s first America East regular-season title, a school-record 13 wins, a national ranking as high as No. 6 and a 9-7 victory over Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Seawolves were just a game away from advancing to the school’s first-ever final four, narrowly losing in to Virginia in the quarterfinals, 10-9. Stony Brook had four players earn All-America honors, including Kevin Crowley who was the school’s first First-Team All-American and was named the USILA Player of the Year.

Sowell, who was an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2010 World Championships in England, led Stony Brook to a 9-6 record in 2009 and a final ranking of No. 20 in the country. It marked the school’s first end-of-the-season national ranking. Stony Brook finished 4-1 in America East and stood as the regular season co-champions.

Prior to Stony Brook, Sowell was tapped to head the rebirth of the St. John’s lacrosse program that had been dormant since 1995. Sowell had just one season to recruit before the Red Storm took the field in 2005.

Sowell was the head coach at Dartmouth from 1999-2003 and revived the Big Green program, taking the team from last place in the Ivy League to first.

In his final season at Dartmouth in 2003, Sowell’s squad posted an 11-3 record and won the Ivy League with a 5-1 record. It was Dartmouth’s first Ivy League title since 1965 and just the third Ivy League title in school history.

During the title run, the Big Green upset No. 2 Princeton marking the first time that Dartmouth had won at Princeton since 1958. Sowell was also named the NEILA Coach of the Year that season.

Sowell served as an assistant at Georgetown from 1990-98 where the Hoyas grew from an also-ran to a national contender. In 1998, the Hoyas finished 10-5 overall and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA’s.

Sowell’s coaching career began at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., where he helped guide the Shoremen to the NCAA Division III national title game in 1986 and the semifinal round in 1987.

Before dedicating his life to coaching, Sowell played lacrosse at all levels. He began his college career in 1982 at the State University of New York before transferring to Washington College prior to the 1984 season.

At Washington College, Sowell was named the 1985 Division III National Midfielder of the Year and was also a two-time All-American. He helped lead Washington College to the Division III national championship game twice. In Sowell’s senior campaign he was team captain and earned the Dr. Charles B. Clark MVP Award.

His 45 goals and 14 assists earned him Division III First-Team All-America honors and an invitation to participate in the annual North-South All-Star Game.

Sowell spent five years with the Baltimore Thunder of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL), where he was a first-team all-pro selection three times.

Sowell graduated from Washington College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was inducted into the Washington College Hall of Fame in 2000.

Sowell, and his wife, Catherine, have two daughters, Kennady and Avery.

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Towson Gives Nod to Nadelen as Next Lacrosse Coach

Posted on 29 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of Towson’s Sports Information Department…

SHAWN NADELEN NAMED AS TOWSON HEAD MEN’S LACROSSE COACH

A Champion at All Levels as a Player and Coach, Nadelen Set to be Seventh Bench Boss in Program’s History

TOWSON, Md. – A highly-decorated and respected collegiate and professional player and current Associate Head Coach at Towson University, Shawn Nadelen has been tabbed to take over the Tiger men’s lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and Interim President Marcia G. Welsh announced Sunday.

“Shawn’s championship experience at the collegiate, professional and international levels as both a player and a coach make him the ideal leader for Towson Lacrosse,” Waddell says. “When you look in his eyes, there is the intensity of a CHAMPION and a resolve which will bring the most out of our student-athletes on and off the field. He is the perfect choice to continue the coaching legacies of Carl Runk and Tony Seaman.

“While at Towson, Shawn has solidified himself as part of the collegiate lacrosse landscape here in Baltimore and across the county as this sport continues to expand from coast to coast,” Waddell added. “As someone who is still active as an athlete, Shawn has great name recognition with the lacrosse community. We look forward to keeping him and his wife, Mary, a professor at Towson, here as key members of our Tiger family.”

Nadelen just completed his seventh season at Towson and his second at the team’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Since Nadelen arrived at Towson in 2004, he has sparked a defensive resurgence in which the Tigers have allowed an average of nine or fewer goals four times and finished among the nation’s top 20 defenses twice, including this year when the Tigers allowed 8.23 goals per game.

During his first year at Towson, the Tigers ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.88 goals per game. It was the Tigers’ best goals against average since the 1974 season when the Tigers won the Division II national championship with a 7.3 goals against average.

In 2006, the Tigers ranked third in the CAA with an 8.42 goals against average while holding opponents to under 10 goals nine times. In 2008, the Tigers were fourth in the CAA with an 8.48 average.

Towson has recruited and developed many talented players during Nadelen’s tenure, including 17 first-team and 17 second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association performers. In addition, eight freshmen have been selected to the CAA All-Rookie squad.

Prior to joining the Towson staff, Nadelen spent three years as an assistant coach for Coach Bill Tierney at Princeton and was a member of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams. Princeton won the NCAA Division I title in 2002 and reached the semi-finals in 2004. 

A four-year starter and a captain for the Blue Jays as a senior, Nadelen moved from the midfield position to close defense as a junior. He led the Blue Jays to the NCAA semi-finals twice during his playing career and was named an all-American in 2001.

In addition to coaching, Nadelen has continued his playing career at the indoor and outdoor professional level. A three-time Major League Lacrosse champion with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Nadelen is currently in his 11th season with the franchise. He is the only player to have all played in all 11 years of the team’s existence.

Nadelen also completed his 10th season as a player in the National Lacrosse League. He has played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Wings after stints with the New Jersey Storm and Minnesota Swarm.

One of his greatest highlights as a player came in the Summer of 2010 when he recovered from a serious knee injury to help Team USA win the gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in England. 

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Nadelen is married to the former Mary Ciolek, who is a certified athletic trainer and a member of Towson’s kinesiology faculty. The couple resides in the Baltimore area.

“Our search committee did an outstanding job of reviewing many qualified candidates while providing great insight into what Towson Lacrosse has been and what we hope to be in the future,” Waddell says. “I want to thank these folks and the many generous coaches around the country on the high school, college and professional levels for their counsel during this process.”

The members of the search committee included:

Greg LaCour (Committee Co-Chair): Director of Development, Major Gifts at Towson and former men’s lacrosse student-athlete
Mike Harris (Committee Co-Chair): Senior Associate Director of Athletics, External Relations and men’s lacrosse oversight
Carl Runk: Retired Head Men’s Lacrosse and Football Coach, Towson University
Sonia LaMonica: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Towson University
Heather Crowe: Kinesiology Professor at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Steve Heaney: Lecturer in English at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Norm Engelke: Cornell alumnus and two-time United States National Team World Games player
Bob Shriver: Washington College alumnus and head boys’ lacrosse coach at Boys’ Latin School
Tim Barger: Towson University alumnus and former men’s lacrosse and soccer student-athlete

“Towson University is committed to the sport of lacrosse and with the tandem of Shawn Nadelen and Sonia LaMonica leading our teams, I feel as if we have two of the finest coaches in the nation leading our Tigers on and off the field,” Waddell said.

Shawn Nadelen Coaching Timeline

Year  School  Position  Record  Highlights 

2001  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  14‐1  NCAA Champions; Ivy League Champions 

2002  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  10‐5  Ivy League Champions; NCAA Semi‐finalists 

2003  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  11‐4  Ivy League Champions; NCAA Quarter‐finalists 

2004  Towson University  Assistant Coach  11‐5  CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament 

2005  Towson University  Assistant Coach  11‐5  CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament 

2006  Towson University  Assistant Coach  8‐6 

2007  Towson University  Assistant Coach  9‐7  Tigers earn NCAA Tournament at‐large berth  

2008  Towson University  Assistant Coach  5‐9 

2009  Towson University  Assistant Coach  7‐10  CAA runners‐up 

2010  Towson University  Associate Head Coach  7‐8  CAA runners‐up; CAA regular season champions 

2011  Towson University  Associate Head Coach  3‐10

What They’re Saying About Shawn Nadelen

Former Towson Men’s Lacrosse Coach Tony Seaman

“I am very proud that Shawn has been named as the head coach at Towson. I think they hired the right person for the job and I know Shawn will do a great job as the next head coach of Towson Lacrosse.”

Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Coach Dave Pietramala

“When I think of Shawn, I think of the word class. From the time I met him during his senior year in high school to his senior year  at Johns Hopkins when he played for me, he has been a first class individual. He has continued to do things the right way as a coach and really cares about the kids and wants to be successful. Towson made a great choice in hiring not only a good coach, but an even better person.”

United States National Team and Bryant University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Pressler

“I am very ecstatic for Shawn. In all of my time as a coach at the collegiate and international levels, I have never come across someone who is more of a competitor and is more selfless than Shawn. He is a tremendous individual who has a lot of character. What he did in five months to come back from his knee injury and play at the level he did in the World Championships last year is one of the most remarkable and incredible things I have ever seen as a coach. To see Shawn named as the head coach at Towson is very exciting for not only Shawn, but for Towson as well because they got a great young coach and an outstanding young man that the players will look up to. Congratulations to Towson on an outstanding hire.”

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Lacrosse Coach Tony Seaman Out At Towson

Posted on 09 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release of the story, which was first reported by WNST.net’s Drew Forrester (via Twitter). The release is courtesy of the Tigers’ Sports Information Department.

Coaching Legend Tony Seaman Resigns

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s lacrosse coach and Baltimore Lacrosse Hall of Famer Tony Seaman announced his resignation today after completing his 13th season at Towson and 30th overall.

“Change is always difficult, but exciting,” said Seaman. “Old doors close and new ones open and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

The 2011 season marked the end of Seaman’s third decade as a head coach. Coming into this season, his 260 wins and .625 winning percentage ranked seventh and 12th respectively among active NCAA coaches.

“Tony is a coach with Hall of Fame credentials and a love and passion for the sport of lacrosse,” said Towson Director of Athletics Mike Waddell. “He has given everything he has into this program over the last 13 years and has made a difference in the lives of the kids he has coached. We wish Tony and his wife Guri all the best moving forward and it is our most sincere hope that they will stay active with the Towson program that has such a special place in their heart.”

Seaman has guided his teams into the NCAA Division I Tournament 19 times. He is one of only two coaches to have been honored as the National Coach of the Year at two different schools, earning the award in 1983 and 1984 while at the University of Pennsylvania and during the 2001 season when he led the Tigers to the NCAA Division I Semifinals.

He is the only coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to guide three different schools (Penn, Johns Hopkins, Towson) to the NCAA Tournament. In 13 years at Towson, the Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament five times (2001, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘07).

During his stint at Towson, Seaman compiled record of 99-93, which included four conference championships – the last of which came in 2005 when the Tigers won their third straight Colonial Athletic Association championship.

As the head men’s lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins University, Seaman coached the United States National Team in the 1994 ILF World Championships in Manchester, England. He led the United States to a perfect record and the title after beating Australia, 21-7, in the championship game.

A confidential national search for the next head coach of Towson lacrosse will begin immediately. Associate Head Coach Shawn Nadelen will oversee the team operations during the transition.

Seaman and Towson are working to develop a position within the Department of Athletics where he will continue to be involved as a mentor to the coaches and work with the Tiger Club and its fund raising efforts.

“With his vast wealth of knowledge as a coach, Tony will be a great asset to our administrative staff,” said Waddell. “Tony has endeared himself to the Baltimore community and he will use his ties to improve the lives of every student-athlete, present, past and in the future.”

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Strange, nostalgic day to be in Dallas

Posted on 20 December 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s a crazy day to be in Dallas. They’re shutting their stadium tonight amidst a potential season-wrecker if Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and the Ravens come in a steal a victory. It’s the Ravens’ first-ever trip into Dallas, the final city they’ve never played in over the 13-year history of the franchise (not counting the Minnesota preseason game two years ago). And the civic pressure is on here in “Big D.” You can almost feel the anticipation for this game if you just drive around town and hear people talking.

If the 2008 Dallas Cowboys lose their final game in Texas Stadium to get essentially bumped from a playoff spot, they’ll be all-time chumps. Especially on the backend of Tony Romo’s January meltdowns and T.O.’s loudmouthed nonsense. This game is significant here — the lead story on every TV channel and the headline of every newspaper.

A big giant “love in” is scheduled for the pre-game and the in-game. The pageantry they’re putting on – and you do know that EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas – will rival what we did for the Orioles in Baltimore on 33rd Street back in 1991. If you really want to vomit and hate the Cowboys more than you already do, just flip NFL Network on today. The pre-game show starts at 5 p.m. and that goof Rich Eisen has already promised to get “every breathing Cowboy legend possible” onto the show. Just hearing Deion Sanders wax on (and off) with every Dallas legend from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith is enough to make you hit the “mute” button.

I’ve hated the Cowboys since Clint Longley…

But here’s the reality: the WHOLE THING is set up for the Ravens to get their asses kicked on national “house TV” of the NFL with the star at the 50-yard line and a team and a stadium that helped build the foundational greatness of the shield is going down. (A little different than imploding the Hoosier Dome, as was done earlier to day in Indianapolis…)

Not that the game doesn’t have enough interesting subplots already – with both teams fighting for their January lives and a crucial win tonight – but the stadium closing combined with the constant drama of Terrell Owens and the matchup issues (still no word on whether Fabian Washington will suit up…join the FREE text service and we’ll keep you in the loop) on both sides of the ball, this figures to be a great and memorable night either way.

The Ravens need this game. The city kinda needs this game. I don’t want to wake up on Christmas Day on the outside looking in after all of the fun this team has given us this year. I want a playoff game in New England or New York or Miami two weeks from now. I don’t want the season to end. Tonight could be kinda ugly, as the Ravens enter the game as 4 ½ point underdogs. As big of a home game as the Pittsburgh fiasco was the other night, this might as big of a December road game as the Ravens have played in their history.

It’s always fun when the Ravens play in big games. You can feel the weight of this one here in Dallas for sure.

The weather report shows that the temperature will be dropping like a rock during the game. It was 78 degrees here yesterday when we landed. We walked in short sleeves after dark last night amidst the holiday lights. This morning it’s 60 degrees, damp and kinda chilly. It’s supposed to be 55 at 6 p.m. and 45 at 9 p.m. and 32 by midnight. Tomorrow, it’ll be 35 degrees when we leave Dallas.

I’ll continue to check in from Dallas.

We found a lady bug on the window sill and thought it might be good luck…Ladybug

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