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Trip to Alabama next for Maryland in NIT

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will face Alabama on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Crimson Tide, which are a No. 1 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 66-54 win over Stanford on Saturday afternoon. Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN.

No. 2 seed Maryland advanced to the quarterfinals with a 62-52 win over Denver on Thursday. The Terps also beat Niagara, 86-70, in the first round.

The winner of Tuesday’s game advances to the semifinals, which will be held on April 2 in New York.

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ESPN officially announces hiring of Ray Lewis as NFL anaylst

Posted on 13 March 2013 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis, who ended his legendary NFL career by helping the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII last month, is joining ESPN as a NFL studio analyst. The two-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer will appear on Monday Night Countdown, Sunday Night Countdown and SportsCenter, while also contributing to ESPN’s annual Super Bowl coverage.

Lewis will travel to the site of each week’s Monday Night Football game where he will offer analysis alongside Stuart Scott, Hall of Famer Steve Young and his former Ravens teammate Trent Dilfer during the pre-game Countdown and post-game SportsCenter. Lewis will contribute to Sunday NFL Countdown throughout the season and make a weekly appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. The 17-year NFL veteran will also have the opportunity to host specials similar to Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series. He is expected to start on August 1.

“Ray is a tremendous addition to our NFL roster and he will have an immediate impact on our coverage,” said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, production. “One of the most accomplished players in NFL history, fans will be drawn to his knowledge, experience and, of course, the passion he always exudes for the game.”

Lewis added: “ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch and experience sports, especially the NFL, so I’m excited to join their team. I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player. I can’t wait to work with my new teammates, many of whom I’ve already known for years.”

Lewis played his entire 17-year career (1996-2012) with the Ravens and was part of both of the franchise’s Super Bowl titles – XXXV (named MVP) and XLVII. His 12 Pro Bowl selections are tied for the fifth-most in NFL history and most by a linebacker. He is also one of only six players to earn the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award multiple times (2000 and 2003). Named to the 2000s All-Decade Team, Lewis played in 228 games during his career, amassing 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions. The second draft pick in Ravens history – the No. 26 pick overall in the 1996 NFL Draft – Lewis is the all-time franchise leader in many categories, including tackles (2,643), fumble recoveries (31), seasons (17), games played (228) and playoff games (11).

Lewis made a guest appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live last summer, and he had a similar role on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown at Super Bowl XLI in South Florida in 2007. He was the featured athlete on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2005, and he was profiled in NFL Network’s documentary series A Football Life.

Lewis is involved in charitable activities, motivational speaking and mentoring. He started the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation, a non-profit corporation which provides personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. In May 2010, a portion of Baltimore’s North Avenue was renamed “Ray Lewis Way” in honor of his charitable work; similar honors include a 2006 JB Award (named for CBS broadcaster James Brown) and an “Act of Kindness” Award for his community work.

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Navy players named to postseason All-Star Games

Posted on 12 December 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy slot back Gee Gee Greene and wide receiver Brandon Turner have been selected for postseason all-star games.

 

Greene has been selected to play in the Raycom All-Star Football Classic, which will be played Saturday, January 19 in Montgomery, Ala.  The game will be broadcast live by CBS Sports Network.

 

Greene is Navy’s leading rusher in 2012 with 765 yards and three touchdowns on 108 carries.  He is averaging 7.1yards per carry, which is tied for the second best rushing average in school history for a single-season.

 

Greene is also a threat out in the passing game as he is second on the team in receiving with 17 catches for 297 yards and two touchdowns.

 

He has rushed for 2,011 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career, while catching 47 passes for 758 yards and seven touchdowns.  He is averaging 7.1 yards per carry in his career, which is fifth all-time at Navy, while his 3,452 all-purpose yards ranks fourth in school history and he is just three yards behind Chris McCoy for third.

 

Turner will play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star game on January 11 in Tucson, Ariz.  The game will be broadcast live by ESPN.

 

Turner was Navy’s leading receiver this fall with 20 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns.  Turner’s biggest catch of the year was his 49-yard pass reception late in the fourth quarter that set up quarterback Keenan Reynolds’ game-winning touchdown run last Saturday against Army.

 

Turner has 38 career catches for 710 yards and seven touchdowns .  He is averaging 18.7 yards per catch in his career.

 

Navy will travel to San Francisco to take on Arizona State on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at 4 PM.  The game will be televised live by ESPN2.

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Suggs says no return plan in place, but doesn’t rule out playing against Texans

Posted on 18 October 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Already scheduled to meet with reporters for the first time since early summer, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs instead needed to respond to a media report of him planning to suit up to play against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

After taking part in his first practice since suffering a partially-torn Achilles tendon in late April, Suggs dismissed an ESPN report from Adam Schefter suggesting he was targeting a return to the field in his first week back, but the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year also left the door open for the unlikely possibility of playing this weekend.

“We are feeling it out,” Suggs said. “It’s good to see me back out there [practicing], but we don’t want to jump the gun and rush back, and we don’t want to sit out if I can go.”

Suggs appeared to be practicing on a very limited basis on Wednesday, only doing light jogging and playing catching during the portion of practice open to the media. On Thursday, Suggs did some sprinting in the practice time reporters were allowed to watch.

The 30-year-old admitted he didn’t know how close he was to being in good football shape, citing the need to be on the football field to gauge how well he responds after months of rehabilitation. Suggs will converse with members of the training staff as well as head coach Johon Harbaugh and linebackers coach Ted Monachino in making the decision of when he will ultimately return to game action.

“There’s no plan in place, so we’ve got to take it day by day,” Suggs said. “We went out there and practiced yesterday, see how it felt. I’ll practice today, see how it feels, and I’ll practice tomorrow and see how it feels. Come Sunday, I may or may not be out there. We’ll all make the decision if it’s good for me to go out there and play.”

Suggs revealed there are no plans for his family to attend the game in Houston, which contradicts Schefter’s Thursday morning report saying friends and family would be attending the road contest against the Texans.

Entering his 10th season in Baltimore, Suggs has become more influential and has received more leeway from the organization in recent seasons. His return on Sunday still appears to be a long shot, but he will receive considerable say in making any decision.

“One of the things that I’ve always felt [is] nobody knows themselves better than a good professional player,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “A young guy sometimes may not have enough experience to know whether he can go or not. I think experienced pros know when I can’t go and I might be hurting the team.”

Multiple reports and sources have pointed to a likely return in November after the Ravens’ Week 8 bye, which takes place next week. It would appear risky to allow Suggs to play against the Texans with only three days of practice time.

Appearing heavier on the practice field than he did last season, Suggs expressed no concerns with his weight, joking that he wasn’t taking part in a “beauty contest.” However, he did acknowledge not wanting to push his body too quickly in fear of suffering a setback with the surgically-repaired Achilles tendon.

There’s also the question of how quickly Suggs will be in optimum shape to avoid putting himself at risk for other injuries such as hamstring strains and groin pulls that are occasionally associated with players not being in shape.

“That’s always a concern. You know how the guys are in this locker room,” Suggs said. “We all want to be out there when we can, so that’s always going to be there. That’s why I’ve got the people around me that I trust with my position coach, Ted Monachino, and [Harbaugh]. We’re going to make the decision as a group, whether it’d be better for me to either sit out or suit up. So, we’ll see.”

The Ravens currently rank 26th in total defense and are tied for 23rd in the league with only 10 sacks this season. The Baltimore defense also allowed back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances against Kansas City and Dallas and surrendered a franchise-record 227 rushing yards against the Cowboys.

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Suggs Nominated for ESPY Award

Posted on 27 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has been nominated for “Best NFL Player” at the 20th annual ESPY Awards, scheduled to air on ESPN Wednesday July 11th at 9pm. Fans can vote for T-Sizzle by going to ESPN.com.

Below, find a list of all nominees for every award. 

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Novak Djokovic, Tennis

  • Won three Grand Slams and a record five ATP Masters 1000 titles in 2011
  • Enjoyed a 70-6 match record during 2011 season
  • Became the sixth player in the Open Era to win three Grand Slams in the same season

LeBron James, NBA Miami Heat

  • Named NBA MVP for 2011-12 season
  • Finished third in scoring during regular season (27.1 ppg)
  • Averaged 28.6 ppg., 10.2 rpg and 7.4 apg. in NBA finals

Aaron Rodgers, NFL Green Bay Packers

  • Led Packers to a 15-1 regular-season record
  • Threw for 45 touchdowns and just six interceptions during 2011 regular season
  • Had a 122.5 QB rating in 2011 season, breaking Peyton Manning’s mark of 121.1, set back in 2004

Justin Verlander, MLB Detroit Tigers

  • Won 2011 AL Cy Young Award and 2011 AL MVP
  • Was the first pitcher to win MVP since Dennis Eckersley in 1992
  • He is one of just three American League pitchers since the inception of the Cy Young Award in 1956 to have at least 24 wins and 250 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.50 or better

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Brittney Griner, NCAA Baylor Women’s basketball

  • Led the Bears to the national championship and the first 40-0 NCAA mark ever
  • Averaged 23.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg. and over five blocked shots per game
  • Won Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and AP National Player of the Year

Maria Sharapova, Women’s Tennis

  • Became 10th woman to complete career Grand Slam when she won 2012 French singles title
  • Moved into world number one ranking after winning French Open

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

  • Averaged set a women’s record for the most World Cup points in a season in 2012
  • Won her fourth alpine skiing overall World Cup title

Abby Wambach, USA Women’s Soccer

  • Scored her USA-record 13th career women’s World Cup goal in championship game loss to Japan
  • Is the first player to score in all three knockout rounds in a single women’s World Cup and the first American to score in four straight women’s World Cup games

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

David Freese, World Series MVP

  • Down to their final strike in Game 6, the Cardinals’ reluctant hero delivered a tying two-run triple in the ninth inning
  • Freese then did one better: a leadoff homer in the 11th that gave St. Louis a dramatic win over the Rangers and forced the first World Series Game 7 since 2002
  • Set the record for most RBIs in a single postseason, 21
  • Batted .348 with seven RBI in World Series

LeBron James, MVP in NBA finals

  • Averaged 28.6 ppg., 10.2 rpg and 7.4 apg. in NBA finals
  • Won first career championship
  • 10th player to win regular season MVP and finals MVP

Eli Manning, MVP in Super Bowl

  • Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl win over the Patriots
  • Became the fifth quarterback with at least two Super Bowl MVPs
  • Was 30-of-40 for 296 yards, with one touchdown pass and zero interceptions in Super Bowl

Tony Stewart, winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship

  • All five of Stewart’s wins came in the Chase
  • Stewart became the first owner/driver to win the championship since the late Alan Kulwicki in 1992
  • Won five of final 10 races of season

Jonathan Quick, Conn Smythe winner in the Stanley Cup

  • Allowed just seven goals in six games in finals
  • Finished the 2012 Playoffs with a 16-4 record, 1.41 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

 Anthony Davis, University of Kentucky basketball

  • Led Kentucky to the national championship
  • Earned Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tournament and national Player of the Year honors

Robert Griffin III, Baylor football

  • Won the 2011 Heisman Trophy
  • Completed 72.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 4293 yards and 37 touchdowns
  • Also ran for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

  • Had 90 receptions for 1327 yards and 17 touchdowns during 2011 regular season
  • Set single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end

Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks

  • Created Lin-sanity in an early stretch with Knicks
  • Averaged 14.6 ppg and 6.1 apg. during 2011-12 regular season after signing with New York

Alex Morgan, USA women’s soccer

  • Had a breakout performance at the Women’s World Cup, her first at the senior level
  • Scored the third and game-clinching goal in the 3-1 victory over France in the semifinal and then tallied against Japan in the final

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Drew Brees breaks Dan Marino’s single-season record for passing yards

  • After the single-season pass yard record was broken four times in six seasons from 1979 to 1984, Brees was the first to have the mark change hands in 27 years
  • Finished with 5,476 yards to break Marino’s single-season pass yard record of 5,084

Coach K passes Bob Knight

  • Mike Krzyzewski won his 903rd career game to break the record for the most wins in Men’s Division I history. Krzyzewski broke the wins record held by one of his mentors, Bob Knight. Coach K played for Knight at Army from 1966 to 1969 and began his head coaching career in 1975 at Army

Mariano Rivera, breaks the save record

  • Rivera broke Trevor Hoffman’s major-league record for career saves in style, excusing the Twins with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, for save #602 in September, 2011
  • Currently has 608 saves

Lexi Thompson, Youngest winner of an LPGA event

  • Was 16 years, 7 months and 8 days old when she won
  • Shattered the age record for winning a multiple-round tournament, previously held by Paula Creamer, who won in 2005 at 18

 BEST UPSET

Iowa State over Oklahoma State in football

Iowa State, which came in 5-4, scored 17 unanswered points vs. number 2 Oklahoma State over the final 25 minutes to send the game to overtime

  • Eventually beat the previously undefeated Cowboys 37-31
  • Jeff Woody’s four-yard touchdown run gave the Cyclones the win in double-overtime

Los Angeles Kings winning Cup as an eighth seed, Stanley Cup

  • Became the first team seeded eighth to win the Cup
  • Went 16-4 in the postseason to win the Cup
  • Beat the #1, 2, 3 seeds in the Western Conference playoffs

Lehigh over Duke, NCAA men’s basketball tournament

  • The Patriot League team scored a 75-70 stunner in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Prior to this season, only four previous #15 seeds beat #2’s (105-4 all-time before these upsets)
  • Duke suffered only its fourth first-game loss in 28 trips to the NCAA Tournament under Mike Krzyzewski

Norfolk State over Missouri, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

  • #2 seed Missouri entered the game with a 30-4 record and the Big 12 tournament championship
  • #15-seed Norfolk State shot 54 percent from the field and won 86-84
  • Norfolk State also became the first school to win in its first big dance appearance since Hampton in 2001

BEST GAME

 Missouri at Kansas college basketball

  • It was the last scheduled game in the Border War series, a rivalry which extended 105 years
  • The Jayhawks rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to win 87-86 in overtime

Niners-Saints, NFC playoff game

  • Alex Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left as San Francisco earned  a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory
  • The teams combined for 34 points in the wild fourth quarter

Rangers-Cardinals, World Series Game Six

  • St. Louis rallied from a 7-3 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning, winning 10-9 in 11 innings
  • The Cardinals were down to their last strike twice but still prevailed

BEST MOMENT

Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit

  • He hit a home run off of David Price for the magical milestone hit
  • He had five hits in that game including the game winning RBI
  • Became the 28th member of the 3,000-hit club

Tebow to Thomas sudden death playoff touchdown

  • Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime
  • The Broncos defeated the stunned Steelers, 29-23 in the AFC wild-card game

Bubba Watson winning Masters

  • Defeated Louis Oosthuizen in the second playoff hole to win the Masters Tournament and his first major championship.
  • It was the 1st-time since 2009 and the 15th-time overall that a playoff decided the Masters.

Final night of the 2011 MLB season

  • The Rays beat the Yankees, the Red Sox lost to Orioles in game 162
  • The Orioles use a two-run ninth inning to beat Boston 4-3
  • The Rays came back from a 7-0 deficit to edge the Yankees in the game
  • Tampa Bay rallied from a nine-game deficit in September to make the playoffs

BEST TEAM

 Alabama football

  • Avenged a regular-season loss to LSU, winning the BCS championship game

Baylor women’s basketball

  • Won that national championship over Notre Dame in Final
  • Became first team, men or women, to go 40-0 in one season

Kentucky men’s basketball

  • Won the national championship by beating Kansas at Final Four
  • Finished season with 38-2 record

LA Kings, NHL

  • The first #8-seed to win the Stanley Cup since the conference-based playoff format was introduced in 1994
  • The second team in the four major sports to win with as many as three different head coaches/managers during the regular season, joining the 1978 Yankees
  • Won their first Stanley Cup in their 44th season

Miami Heat, NBA

  • Earned their second NBA title in franchise history
  • The 11th team in NBA history to win an NBA championship the next season after losing in the Finals
  • They are the first team in NBA history to win a title after trailing in three different series in a single postseason

NY Giants, NFL

  • Became the fifth team with at least four Super Bowl titles
  • First team to win a Super Bowl with fewer than 10 regular-season wins since NFL went to 16-game schedule in 1978

St. Louis Cardinals, MLB

  • Were 10 ½ games behind in NL wild card race in late August and rallied to win World Series
  • Win 11th World Series title, second-most among all teams.

BEST COMEBACK

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Came back from two separate battles of concussion-like symptoms to play during 2012 … sat out 10 months before his return … had 37 points in 22 regular-season games during 2011-12 season

Johan Santana, NY Mets

  • Missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery
  • Threw no-hitter vs. Cardinals, the first no-hitter in New York Mets history
  • It was a 134-pitch no-hitter, a first in the history of the franchise in its 8,020th game.

Maria Sharapova

  • Returned to number one ranking in the world
  • Enjoying her fifth stint as No.1, a position she last held in June 2008
  • Won 2012 French Open, her first Grand Slam singles title since 2008

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

  • After playing just three games during the 2010 season (shoulder injury), he passed for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011

BEST COACH/MANAGER

John Calipari, Kentucky basketball

  • Earned his first national championship
  • Led Wildcats to 38-2 record

Tom Coughlin, NY Giants

  • Became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl (age 65)
  • Giants beat Falcons, Packers, 49ers and Patriots in the postseason

Kim Mulkey, Baylor women’s basketball

  • Led Lady Bears to 40-0 record and national championship
  • Became the fifth coach in the NCAA era to win multiple national titles

Patrick Murphy, Alabama softball

  • Led Tide to first-ever SEC national championship in softball
  • Alabama finished season with 60-8 record

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

  • Led Heat to franchise’s second NBA championship
  • Heat are the first team in NBA history to win a title after trailing in three different series in a single postseason

Darryl Sutter, LA Kings

  • The fifth midseason coaching replacement to win the Stanley Cup
  • The Kings began with Terry Murray who was fired on December 12 and replaced by John Stevens on an interim basis (4 games) before they hired Sutter on December 20
  • Led Kings to 25-13-0-11 record in 49 regular season games 

BEST NFL PLAYER

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

  • Set an NFL record for single-season passing yards (5476)
  • Threw 46 touchdown passes and only 14 interceptions

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

  • Had 90 receptions for 1327 yards and 17 touchdowns during 2011 regular season
  • Improved on 42-catch season of 2010

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

  • Led NFL in receiving yards during 2011 regular season (1681)
  • Had 16 touchdown catches during 2011 regular season

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

  • Led Packers to 15-1 regular-season record
  • Threw for 45 touchdowns and just six interceptions during 2011 regular season
  • Won NFL MVP

Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens

  • Voted The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year for 2011 season
  • Recorded 14 sacks for the Ravens

BEST MLB PLAYER

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

  • Won 2011 NL MVP
  • Hit 33 home runs, drove in 111 and totaled 77 extra-base hits

Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

  • Tied major-league record with four home runs in one game in 2012
  • Also set AL record for total bases in one game (18)
  • Had 25 home runs, 94 RBI, .298 BA in 121 games during 2011 season

Matt Kemp, LA Dodgers

  • Led major leagues in RBI with 126
  • Hit .324, seventh in the majors
  • His 39 home runs finished tied for third in 2011

Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers

  • Tied for the NL lead in wins (21) and led the NL in both ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248), giving him pitching’s version of the Triple Crown.

Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

  • Won both AL Cy Young award and AL MVP
  • Became the first starting pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to win the Cy Young Award and MVP Award in the same season.

BEST NHL PLAYER

 Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

  • Third in the NHL in points (93)
  • Second in NHL in assists (65)

Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers

  • Won 39 games during 2011-12 regular season
  • Posted 1.97 goals against average
  • Won Vezina Trophy as Best Goaltender

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Won Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer (109 points) and Hart Trophy as MVP
  • One of two players to score 50 goals during 2011 regular season

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Led NHL in goals with 60
  • Finished second in points with 97
  • Joined Alexander Ovechkin as the only two players to score 60 since 1996

Jonathan Quick, LA Kings

  • Allowed just seven goals in six games in Stanley Cup Final
  • Finished the 2012 Playoffs with a 16-4 record, 1.41 goals against average and a .946 save percentage

BEST DRIVER

Dario Franchitti

  • Won 2012 Indianapolis 500, his third victory at the Brickyard
  • Earned his fourth IndyCar title in 2011, Franchitti moved into a tie for second place on the all-time list for most IndyCar Champioships

Tony Stewart

  • Became just the third active driver (Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon) with at least three NASCAR Cup Series titles
  • Became the 1st owner/driver to win a title since Alan Kulwicki in 1992
  • The 1st driver to win the final race and the championship since Jeff Gordon in 1998
  • Edged Carl Edwards for the title
  • Won final race of the season at Homestead, Florida to earn Sprint title
  • Won five of final 10 races of season

Sebastian Vettel

  • Youngest double world champion in F1 history
  • Scored 11 wins and a record 15 pole positions in 2011.

Del Worsham

  • Won the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series top-fuel national championship
  • Clinched the title by beating Tony Schumacher at the National Hot Rod Assn. Finals in Pomona, California

BEST NBA PLAYER

Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

  • Averaged 27.9 ppg. during 2011-12 regular season, second in NBA
  • Averaged 38.5 minutes per game during regular season

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Averaged 28.03 PPG this season, 0.17 ahead of Kobe Bryant
  • Became eighth player in NBA history to win at least three scoring titles

LeBron James, Miami Heat

  • Averaged 27.1 ppg. 7.9 rpg. and 6.2 apg. during the 2011-12 regular season
  • Shot 53.1 pct. from the field during regular season
  • Averaged 28.6 ppg., 10.2 rpg and 7.4 apg. in NBA finals
  • 10th player to win regular season MVP and finals MVP

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Led NBA in double-doubles during regular season
  • Averaged 26 ppg. and 13.3 rpg

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

  • Helped Spurs to top Western Conference regular-season record
  • Averaged 19.3 ppg and 7.7 apg. during 2011-12 regular season

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

  • Led NBA in assists in both regular season and postseason
  • Averaged 20.9 ppg. , 11.3 apg. and 6.9 rpg. In Eastern Conference finals vs. Miami
  • Averaged 11.7 apg. in regular season and 11.9 apg. in postseason

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx

  • Averaged 24.7 ppg. during WNBA finals after averaging 16.2 ppg. during the regular season
  • Shot 58.7 pct. in finals vs. Atlanta
  • Earned MVP of WNBA finalsTamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

  • 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player of the Year, led the Fever to the top seed in the Eastern Conference
  • Averaged 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals during 2011 regular season

Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun

  • Captured her second consecutive rebounding title )11 rpg.)
  • Recorded 10 or more rebounds 23 times
  • Surpassed her previous league record of 22 double-doubles last season, with one more this year (23)

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

  • Ranked second in the league in scoring, averaging 21.56 points, to go along with 5.2 rpg and 2.2 spg.
  • Helped Atlanta reach the WNBA finals

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

  • Edged Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry by less than one-tenth of a point — 21.63 to 21.56 ppg. for the WNBA scoring title
  • Averaged more than 20 points for the fifth time in her career and shot 44.9 percent from the field
  • Led the league in three pointers made (81)

BEST FIGHTER

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA

  • Beat Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans to retain his MMA championship
  • Became the youngest fighter in UFC history in a title defense at 24 years and 67 days old
  • Also scored second-round victory over former champion Lyoto Machida in UFC 140

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Boxing

  • Scored a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto to win the WBA junior middleweight title, a championship in his six different weight class
  • Also scored a controversial fourth-round knockout to take the WBC Welterweight Title from Victor Ortiz
  • Improved to 43-0 (26 KO) overall and 20-0 in title fights

Anderson Silva, MMA

  • Extended his win streak to a UFC-record 14, including a record nine-straight title defenses with his TKO win over Yushin Okami
  • Scored a second-round TKO to extend his record

Andre Ward, Boxing

  • Reigning WBA and WBC super-middleweight champion
  • Defeated Carl Froch to win Super Six championship
  • Has career record of 25-0

BEST MALE GOLFER

Luke Donald

  • Became the first golfer to win the U. S. and European money titles in the same season

Bill Haas

  • Won the 2011 Fed Ex Championship
  • Won the 2011 PGA Tour Championship by beating Hunter Mahan in a playoff

Rory McIlroy

  • Had four top 10 finishes in 10 PGA Tour events in 2011
  • Earned number one ranking in world golf ratings during season

Webb Simpson

  • Earned his first major championship by winning 2012 U. S. Open
  • Finished second in 2011 in FedEx Cup standings and money earning list

Bubba Watson

  • Earned his first major championship, winning the 2012 Masters
  • Earned over $3.47 million during 2011 season

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Cristie Kerr

  • Finished second on 2011 LPGA money list with over $1.4 million
  • Became the top American money winner in LPGA history in 2011

Yani Tseng

  • Became the youngest player (age 22) to win five LPGA majors
  • Went on to win Women’s British Open
  • Led the LPGA in money earned in 2011

So Yeon Ryu

  • Defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole aggregate playoff to earn her first major win and her first LPGA Tour win at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Novak Djokovic

  • Won the 2011 Wimbledon singles championship
  • Won the 2012 Australian Open
  • Finished as World No. 1, winning a career-best 10 titles in 11 finals en route to a 70-6 match record
  • Won three  Grand Slams and a record five ATP Masters 1000 titles  in 2011
  • First  player with at least 10 titles in a season since Roger Federer (12) in ‘06

Roger Federer

  • Won the season-ending ATP Tour championship in London
  • Finished in Top 3 for a ninth straight year
  • Compiling a 4-2 record in finals during year, capping season with 17-match winning streak

Rafael Nadal

  • Finished in Top two of the world rankings for a seventh straight year
  • At 24 years and 10 months old, he was 2nd-youngest to win 500 matches, only behind Bjorn Borg
  • Won a record seventh French Open singles title in 2012

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Victoria Azarenka

  • Won her first career Grand Slam title, capturing the 2012 Australian Open
  • Spent time ranked #1 in the world in 2012

Petra Kvitova

  • Won her first Grand Slam singles championship at 2011 Wimbledon
  • Beat Maria Sharapova in the straight sets in the final

Maria Sharapova

  • Became 10th woman to complete career Grand Slam when she won 2012 French singles title
  • Moved into world number one ranking after winning French Open
  • Enjoyed her fifth Top 5 season in 2011

Samantha Stosur

  • Won her first Grand Slam title, beating Serena Williams in the final of the 2011 U. S. Open
  • Became the first Australian woman to win a major championship since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980 

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Jack Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth hockey

  • Won 2012 Hobey Baker Award
  • Finished the season second in the nation in scoring with 60 points (20 goals, 40 assists) playing in all 41 games for the Bulldogs

Anthony Davis, Kentucky basketball

  • Won Wooden and Naismith awards as Player of the Year
  • Won Most Outstanding Player at NCAA championship

Robert Griffin III, Baylor football

  • Became the first Baylor player to win the Heisman Trophy
  • Completed 72.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 4293 yards and 37 touchdowns
  • Also ran for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns

Andrew Luck, Stanford football

  • Threw 37 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions during 2011 season
  • Led Cardinal to 11-2 record during 2011 season

Mike Zunino, Florida baseball

  • Won the Dick Howser Award, which goes to college baseball’s best player
  • Finished with .322 batting average, 19 home runs and 67 RBI during 2012 season 

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Brittney Griner, Baylor basketball

  • Led Baylor to 40-0 record and national championship
  • Averaged 23.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg. and over five blocked shots per game

Alex Jupiter, USC Volleyball

  • An outside hitter who also excelled in defense, was named the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year

Caitlin Leverenz, University of California, Berkeley swimming/diving

  • Led her team to a second straight national title
  • Set an American record along with NCAA, U.S. Open, and Pac-12 records in the 200 IM and established a school record in her 200 breaststroke victory

Teresa Noyola, Stanford soccer

  • The senior midfielder scored the game-winning goal in the national championship game vs. Duke
  • Three-time All-American

Jackie Traina, Alabama softball

  • Led Crimson Tide to first softball national championship
  • Finished 42-3 on the season
  • Named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, threw a complete game four-hitter in championship series-clinching game

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Travis Rice

  • Won Supernatural, his own groundbreaking big mountain-with-artificial-obstacles contest
  • Named Rider of the Year by Snowboarder Magazine and an Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.

Kelly Slater

  • Won his 11th ASP World Tour title in 2011 at age 39 … he’s the youngest person to win surfing’s top title (captured at age 20) and also the oldest.

Ryan Villopoto

  • Won both the 2011 Motocross and the 2012 Supercross titles … claimed the latter in dominant fashion, winning 9 of the first 14 events and clinching the crown with four races remaining, which was unprecedented.

Shaun White

  • First Vert gold since 2007 and just his second Summer X Games gold medal in eight appearances
  • Earned his fifth consecutive superpipe gold at Winter X, earning a perfect 100 on his third and final run 

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Jamie Anderson

  • Dominated for gold at Winter X 2012 and Winter X Games Tignes 2012
  • Also won four Burton Open Slopestyle comps, the overall Burton title and the TTR Slopestyle title

Kelly Clark

  • Won 2012 winter X games Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
  • In 2012 she became the first snowboarder to repeat gold in Tignes

Carissa Moore

  • Became the youngest woman in history (18) to win the ASP (surfing) title
  • Won three of the seven events

Kaya Turski

  • Defended her 2011 SKI Slopestyle gold at both Winter X 2012 and Winter X Tignes 2012
  • She now has three-peats at both events. Won both Dew Tour women’s ski slopestyle comps and the overall Dew Tour slopestyle crown

BEST JOCKEY

Javier Castellano

  • Rode 11 grade one stakes winners in 2011
  • Concluded 2011 fifth in victories with 278, and third in earnings, with his mounts making $15,675,977
  • In March 2012, he broke the record at Gulfstream for most wins during the meet

Ramon Dominguez

  • 2011 Eclipse Award winner for best jockey
  • $20,264,822 in purse money, 348 wins, 24% win percentage and 60% in the money

Mario Gutierrez

  • Won in his first-ever Kentucky Derby mount
  • Rode I’ll Have Another as he became the first horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby from the 19th post position
  • Then rode I’ll Have Another to Preakness win

John Velazquez

  • Rode Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf winner Stephanie’s Kitten and Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl
  • Rode Union Rags to 2012 Belmont Stakes win 

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Baxter Humby

  • Muay Thai current champ and has one arm
  • Scored a great knockout of the night at the league’s debut event, earning a one-shot knockout with a roundhouse kick to the stomach of his opponent.

Ray Martin, Track & Field

  • Won two gold medals in the 800m and 200m men’s (T52) wheelchair division races … also won two silver medals in 100m and 400m dashes at the 2011 Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico

Kyle Maynard

  • Climbed to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peak, becoming the first quadruple amputee to get to the top without assistance

Oz Sanchez, Cycling

  • Won two gold medals – in the men’s road time trial and road race events (H4) at the 2011 Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Won three gold medals in the men’s time trial, road race and mixed team relay at the 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Roskilde, Denmark
  • Won three gold medals in the men’s time trial, road race and mixed team relay (H4) at the Road World Cup
  • Was crowned the Overall World Cup Winner

Tyler Walker, Alpine Skiing

  • 2012 SG and DH U.S. Paralympics Alpine National Champion, Aspen, Colorado
  • 2011-2012 World Cup season Won – three medals:
  • Gold medal, Super Combined– IPC World Cup Finals, Panorama, British Columbia
  • Second in overall World Cup Speed standings (Super-G, Super Combined and Downhill)

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Jessica Long, Swimming

  • Won seven gold medals (400 free, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 200 IM, 100 back, 100 breast) and set world records in the following women’s S8 events: 400m Free, 100m Fly, 50m Fly, 100m Free,  and 200m IM events
  • In addition, she is also the current world record holder in the following events:  50m breast, 200m back, 200m fly, 200m IM, 400m IM, 800m, 1500m

Chelsea McClammer, Track & Field

  • Won the most U.S. medals of any team member at the 2011 Parapan American Games; McClammer racked up five gold medals (5000m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m) and a bronze medal in the women’s 800m (T54) at the Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Was a member of the U.S. Team that competed at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships

Tatyana McFadden, Track & Field

  • Won first place in the women’s wheelchair division of the 2011 Chicago Marathon in 1:45:00 – just narrowly missing having set a new course record; the win qualified for her for the marathon event at the 2012 Paralympic Games
  • Won four gold medals (200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m) and a bronze medal (100m) in the women’s T54 division of the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand

Alana Nichols, Alpine Skiing

  • Won overall World Cup Speed Globe (most overall points in downhill and Super G
  • 3 gold medals in World Cup Finals
  • Member of the US Wheelchair basketball team that is competing in London in the Paralympics.

Melissa Stockwell, Paratriathlon

  • Won her second straight ITU Paratriathlon World Championship (2011, 2010)
  • Named 2011 USA Paratriathlon Athlete of the Year
  • 2012, won Inspirational Comeback Award from USA Triathlon
  • Won 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship in New York City (TRI-2 division)

BEST BOWLER

Jason Belmonte

  • Won three tournaments during 2011-12 season
  • Finished second in money winnings·

Mike Fagan

  • Had second-best average (227.73)
  • Had most match play appearances (14)

Sean Rash

  • Led the PBA tour in money winnings ($140, 250)
  • Had high average on tour (228.19)
  • Won PBA Tournament of Champions

BEST MLS PLAYER

David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy

  • Second in MLS in assists in 2011 (15)
  • Helped Galaxy win MLS Cup

Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo

  • Led MLS in assists in 2011 (16)

Dwayne De Rosario, DC United

  • The league’s highest scorer in 2011 (16 goals, 12 assists)
  • The only athlete in the history of North American professional sports to win an MVP award for a season in which he played for three different teams

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

  • Tied for MLS lead in goals with 16 during 2011 regular season

BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE

Walter Dix

  • Won the 100 and 200-meter sprints at the 2011 U. S. Track and Field Championships
  • Finished second in the 100-meter race at the 2011 World Championships

Carmelita Jeter

  • Won the 100-meter race at the 2011 World Championships
  • Became the first American to win that race since Lauryn Williams in 2005

Jason Richardson

  • Won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2011 World Championships

Christian Taylor

  • Making his first appearance at the worlds, the 21-year-old American jumped a world leading 58 feet, 11 1/4 inches to win gold, beating defending champion Phillips Idowu of Britain

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Novak Djokovic, tennis

  • Finished as World No. 1, winning a career-best 10 titles in 11 finals en route to a 70-6 match record
  • Won three  Grand Slams and a record five ATP Masters 1000 titles  in 2011

Lionel Messi, soccer

  • Became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match
  • Smashed the all-time world record for most goals in one season last night – reaching an astonishing 73. The previous record was held by Scotland-born US international Archie Stark, who banged in 70 goals for Yankee side Bethlehem Steel in 1924/25

Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer

  • Had 46 goals in 38 games for Real Madrid in 2011-12 season

Yani Tseng, golf

  • Led the LPGA in money earned in 2011
  • Became the youngest player (age 22) to win five LPGA majors

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?

For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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Loyola aims for first D1 title in school history Monday

Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent NCAA Championship Game | Maryland Terrapins
Date Monday, May 28, 2012
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Foxborough, Mass. | Gillette Stadium
TV | Radio ESPN | ESPN3 | Sirius XM 91
Series Record Maryland leads, 18-2
Last Meeting Maryland 19, Loyola 8 – NCAA Semis – Piscataway, N.J.

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will play for the NCAA Championship for the third time in the school’s 73 seasons of lacrosse history when it takes on the University of Maryland at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 28.

Despite just 30.67 miles (as the crow flies according to DaftLogic.com) separating the campuses, the game will be played 338 miles from Loyola’s campus at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

On The Tube, Web And Radio

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN with Eamon McAnaney and Quint Kessenich calling the action. Paul Carcaterra will be the sideline analyst.

The action can also be seen worldwide on ESPN3, the broadband arm of the ESPN, and on the WatchESPN app on mobile devices.

Westwood One Sports/Dial Global will provide the NCAA Radio Network broadcast of the Championships with Dave Ryan on the play-by-play and Steve Panarelli on analysis. It can be heard on Sirius/XM 91 worldwide. A complete list of stations can be found at dialglobalsports.com.

Series History

Loyola and Maryland will meet for the 21st time in series history – the Terrapins hold an 18-2 lead in the previous 20 games – and the second time in NCAA Championships play. (complete list of games on page six of notes)

The teams have not squared off since Maryland won a 19-8 decision on May 23, 1998, in the NCAA Semifinals at Rutgers University. Monday’s game will be just the third meeting of the teams since 1989 and the third since Loyola joined NCAA Division I in 1982.

Loyola won the initial meeting between the schools, 17-6, on April 6, 1940, but the Terrapins then won 17 in a row before the Greyhounds scored a 10-8 victory on March 19, 1989.

NCAA Championships History

Loyola is making its 20th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, 18th at the Division I level. The Greyhounds are 11-19 all-time in Championships play, 11-17 at the Division I level.

Monday’s game will be Loyola third appearance in an NCAA Championship Game and second at the Division I level.

Loyola, with current Head Coach Charley Toomey as the team co-captain and goalkeeper, last played in the title game on May 28, 1990, when Syracuse defeated the Greyhounds, 21-9.

The Greyhounds also took part in the NCAA Division II-III Championship Game on May 17, 1981, when it lost to Adelphi, 17-14.

As an institution, Loyola has won one national title, the 1976 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer crown.

Five, Twice In A Row

Eric Lusby scored five goals in the NCAA Semifinal against Notre Dame, duplicating a performance he had in the Quarterfinal round against Denver. Lusby is the first Loyola player to score five in consecutive games since Mike Sawyer did it against Bellarmine (March 5) and Duke (March 11) during the 2011 season.

Lusby’s Tournament

Eric Lusby is thus far the leading scorer in this year’s NCAA Tournament, tallying 13 goals and five assists for 18 points. He is three goals shy of tying the tournament record of 16 set in 2006 by Matt Ward and matched in 2007 by Duke’s Zach Greer.

His 13 are tied for seventh all-time. Loyola’s Chris Colbeck scored 14 in the 1990 tournament and is tied for fourth with Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins, 2008) and Gary Gait (Syracuse, 1988). Gait is also third with 15 in 1990.

He has hat tricks in all three games Loyola has played after scoring three in the First Round against Canisius and five in both sequential games.

Runkel Stops 15

Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel set a career-high in the NCAA Semifinals with 15 saves against Notre Dame, setting a career-high. He narrowly eclipsed his previous best of 14 set on April 28 against Johns Hopkins.

The game was Runkel’s seventh this season with 10 or more saves in goal. The others came against Duke (12), at UMBC (13), at Fairfield (12), Johns Hopkins (14), at Denver in the ECAC Semifinals (10) and versus Denver in the Quarterfinals (11).

Runkel has played to a 5.97 goals against average and .622 saves percentage in three NCAA Tournament games.

Defense Limits Chances

Loyola’s defense held Notre Dame to just 28 shots, four below the Fighting Irish’s season average of 32.3 heading into the game, and the Greyhounds’ unit helped goalkeeper Jack Runkel make 15 saves by limiting inside chances.

As a unit, Loyola forced Notre Dame into 14 turnovers, although the team was credited with just seven caused turnovers.

Joe Fletcher caused three of the turnovers and picked up a career-high seven ground balls, while Reid Acton, Scott Ratliff, Josh Hawkins and Runkel each had a caused turnover.

50-50

Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer became the first duo in Loyola history with 50 goals each in the same season. Sawyer now stands with 51 goals, a Loyola single-season record, while Lusby has 50, tied with Tim Goettelmann for second in season history at the school.

They are two of three players in the NCAA this season to score 50 or more goals, joining Colgate’s Peter Baum (67). Last season, just one player (Robert Morris’ Trevor Moore, 50) had 50 or more.

The last time a pair of Division I teammates had 50 or more goals was 2010 when Duke’s Max Quinzani finished the year with 68, and Zach Howell tallied 51.

And, 60-60

Lusby and Sawyer are also the only Loyola players to reach 60 points in the same season.

With his six-point effort on Saturday afternoon, Lusby set the school Division I record for points in a season with 67, eclipsing the 66 (29g, 37a) Brian Duffy had during the 1995 season.

Gary Hanley has the top three points marks in school history with 89 in 1981, 86 in 1980 and 83 in 1979 when Loyola played Division II lacrosse.

Seven Earn All-America Honors

Attacker Mike Sawyer was named to the USILA All-America Second Team, and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned Third Team honors earlier this week from the coaches’ association.

Five other Greyhounds – attacker Eric Lusby, midfielders Davis Butts and Josh Hawkins and defenders Reid Acton and Joe Fletcher – received honorable mention.

The seven honorees are the most for Loyola since seven received plaudits following the 1999 season. Sawyer and Ratliff are also the first Loyola players to receive All-America nods other than honorable mention since Gavin Prout was a first teamer in 2001.

Sawyer Sets Goals Record

Mike Sawyer scored the first goal of Loyola’s NCAA Quarterfinal game against Denver and broke the school single-season record for goals in the process.

Sawyer now has 51 goals this season, breaking the previous best of 50 set by Tim Goettelmann in 2000. Goettelmann went on to become Major League Lacrosse’s all-time leading goal scorer.

Earlier this season, against Hobart, he became the first Loyola player to reach 40 goals in a season since Tim Goettelmann and Gavin Prout scored 50 and 41, respectively, in 2000. They are the only three Loyola players to top 40 this century.

In the ECAC Semifinal against Denver, Sawyer pushed his season point total to 50, a number that is now at 60, making him the first Greyhound to reach 50 in a season since Prout had 58 (37g, 21a) in 2001. It is the fourth time this century that a Loyola player has scored 50 or more points in a season. Goettelmann (65) and Prout (53) both reached the mark in 2000, and Prout did it again the following season. Sawyer’s teammate, Eric Lusby, has since joined him with more than 50 points (more later).

Three-For-Three

Loyola completed a three-game sweep of Denver with its 10-9 NCAA Quarterfinal victory last Saturday, marking the first time in school history the Greyhounds had ever played a team three times in a season.

It is the third time a team has beaten another three times in a season (thanks to Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times for the research). Loyola joins the 1992 Maryland (vs. Duke), 2007 Duke (vs. North Carolina) and 2009 Duke (vs. North Carolina) teams to have accomplished the feat.

Sawyer, Lusby Form Rare Tandem

Graduate student Eric Lusby and junior Mike Sawyer have formed the top attack tandem in the nation this season, combining for 101 goals in 18 games this season, an average of 5.61 per game.

Sawyer has scored 51 goals, and his 2.83 goals per game average is sixth-best in Division I. Lusby, meanwhile is right behind with 50 goals and a 2.78 goals per game mark, a number that is eighth in the country. Loyola is the only school to have two players in top 10 nationally.

The Greyhounds have not had two players score 40 or more goals in the same season since 2000 when Tim Goettelmann set the school single-season record with 50, and Gavin Prout tallied 41. As a side note, the Goettelmann-Prout duo has gone on to highly successful professional careers. Goettelman recently retired from Major League Lacrosse as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 268 goals in 11 seasons. Prout has been an MLL Champion and has scored 314 National Lacrosse League goals to go with 625 assists as a multiple-time all-star.

The duo is now the top goal-scoring tandem in Loyola single-season history, eclipsing the performance in 2000 by Goettelmann and Prout.

A Lot Of Everything

The adage that a player does a little bit of everything does not necessarily apply to long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff. The Loyola junior does a lot, as he leads the team in ground balls (83) and caused turnovers (35), is fifth in goals (12) and is seventh in assists (7). His 34 caused turnovers are second-most in Loyola history – behind P.T. Ricci’s 51 in 2009 – since the stats became official that year.

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

He had two goals, including the winner just eight seconds into overtime, and an assist versus Denver while picking up a career-high nine ground balls.

Ratliff, who was also an All-ECAC First Team honoree and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, then scored twice in the first quarter against Canisius to go along with six ground balls and three faceoff wins in the game.

Ratliff’s Scoring

Scott Ratliff had his third multi-goal game of the season in the NCAA First Round against Canisius, and he then added a goal in the Quarterfinal against Denver, raising his season totals to 12 goals and seven assists.

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

Ratliff is second nationally this season in goals and points by a long pole, and his seven assists are tops in the country. Bryant’s Mason Poli leads all long poles this year with 19 goals and 24 points.

Ward Dishes Out Assists

Justin Ward was credited an assist on an Eric Lusby goal against Notre Dame raising his season total to 31, and his 1.72 assists per game are 21st nationally. Those numbers are tops among the players on the four teams in the NCAA Semifinals.

Ward is the first Loyola player this century to reach 30 assists, and his total is the most since Brian Duffy had 34 in 1996.

Top Spot

Loyola entered the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed for the third time in school history. The Greyhounds were also the top seed in 1998 when they defeated Georgetown, 12-11, in the Quarterfinals to move on to the Final Four for the second time in school history. There, the Greyhounds lost, 19-8, to Maryland. They were then the No. 1 seed in 1999 when they fell in the Quarterfinals to Syracuse, 17-12.

School Record In Wins

Loyola’s victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Semifinals was its 17th of the season, setting a school record for victories in a year. The Greyhounds eclipsed the previous best of 13 that the 1998 squad achieved with a 13-2 record.

This is Loyola’s 15th season all-time with 10 or more wins with 12 coming since the Greyhounds joined Division I in 1982.

The Hardware Department

In the span of seven days, three teams in Loyola’s Department of Athletics advanced to their respective NCAA Championships by winning titles in three different conferences.

The men’s golf team started the trend with its fifth-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown on April 29, and the men’s lacrosse team followed by taking the ECAC title on May 4. The women’s lacrosse team completed the trifecta on May 5 when it defeated then-No. 2 Syracuse to win its second-straight BIG EAST Championship. Also, in March, Loyola’s men’s basketball team won its first MAAC title in 18 years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994.

Sawyer Named One Of Five Tewaaraton Finalists

Mike Sawyer was named one of five Tewaaraton Award finalists on Thursday, joining Colgate A Peter Baum, Duke LSM C.J. Costabile, Massachusetts A Will Manny and Virginia A Steele Stanwick.

Sawyer is the first Loyola men’s player to be named a finalist, and he is also the first player from to hail the State of North Carolina to be so honored. He was one of three Greyhounds on the Tewaaraton Watch List where he was joined by Eric Lusby and Scott Ratliff, and Ratliff was a fellow semifinalist. The Award, which is given annually to the top player in college lacrosse, will be presented on May 31 at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Midfield Scoring

Loyola’s first midfield line of Davis Butts (20g, 33p), Sean O’Sullivan (16, 27) and Chris Layne (11, 22) has combined for 47 goals and 35 assists this season, while the second midfield unit of Pat Byrnes (9, 7), J.P. Dalton (9, 4) and Phil Dobson (7, 2) has added 25 and 13. Additionally, Nikko Pontrello has started to mix in with the second midfield, allowing Loyola’s attackers the opportunity to invert, and he has four goals and six assists.

Twelve In A Row Ties Mark

Loyola’s 12-straight to start the season tied the school record for consecutive victories, matching the number put up by the 1998 (3/14-3/17) and 1999 (3/6-3/8).

It also matched the best start to a season, equaling the 1999 team that finished the regular-season unblemished at 12-0.

Toomey Tabbed ECAC Coach Of The Year

Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career. This season, Toomey has guided the Greyhounds to a 17-1 mark during the regular-season and the ECAC regular-season crown with a 6-0 mark in conference play. The NCAA Championship Game will be Toomey’s 100th as a head coach.

The Greyhounds became the second team in USILA Coaches Poll history to start a season unranked and ascend to the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The only other team was Duke in 2007 – a year after the Blue Devils had their season suspended in March – which accomplished the feat after being unranked in the first poll, moving to second in the next version and first in the third. Duke was knocked from its perch as No. 1 that season when it lost to the Greyhounds at the First Four in San Diego.

The win over Canisius in the First Round was the 60th victory of his coaching career, becoming the fourth coach in Loyola history to win 60 or more – Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001), Charles Wenzel (62-104, 1954-1970), Jay Connor (61-46, 1975-1982).  Toomey’s .626 winning percentage trails only Cottle’s .721 at Loyola.

All-ECAC Honors

Five Loyola players earned All-ECAC Lacrosse League honors form the conference’s coaches. Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff, who was also named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, earned a spot as a defender on the First Team, where he was joined by Mike Sawyer on attack and Davis Butts in the midfield.

Sawyer led the ECAC during the regular-season, and is now second nationally, in goals (51). Butts has scored 20 goals and assisted on 13 from the Greyhounds first midfield line while also regularly playing a role on the wings during face-offs with 39 ground balls.

Attack Eric Lusby and defender Joe Fletcher were tabbed to the All-ECAC Second Team. Lusby is second on the team and is third nationally with 50 goals, and he also has 17 assists this season. Fletcher came on as one of the top lock-down defenders around, earning Midseason All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse last month. He has 39 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers entering the NCAA title game.

Big Runs

Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its 18 games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 36 occasions this season.

Loyola scored the first four goals of the ECAC Semifinal game against Denver and then tallied three-straight after the Pioneers pulled within 4-2. The Greyhounds then reeled off five in a row during the third quarter to take a 13-6 lead.

The Greyhounds used two 3-0 runs against Notre Dame in the NCAA Semifinal to advance to the title game.

On The Flip Side

Conversely, the Greyhounds have allowed a run of three or more goals just 12 times this year, with the most recent coming when Canisius scored three in the second quarter. Only Denver (seven in ECAC Semifinal), Johns Hopkins (five), Fairfield (five), Air Force (four) have scored more than three in a row this year.

Second-Half Success

The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 65-22 in the third quarters of games and 119-63 overall this year in the second half (including overtime).

The second-half scoring continues a trend from the last two seasons. Last year, Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56 two years ago.

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Loyola tops Notre Dame to reach NCAA Championship Game

Posted on 26 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Eric Lusby scored five goals, and Jack Runkel made a career-high 15 saves for Loyola University Maryland, and the No. 1 seeded Greyhounds defeated the Unviersity of Notre Dame, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Lacrosse Semifinals.

The win moved the Greyhounds (17-1 overall) to a date in Monday’s NCAA Championship Game where it will play the University of Maryland. Monday will be Loyola’s second all-time NCAA Championship Game appearance, joining the 1990 team as Greyhound squads to make the title match. Monday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN.

“We’re excited about the opportunity,” Head Coach Charley Toomeysaid. “We’ll go back to work tonight. We just kept going week-to-week (this season) with (good) work ethic, with that same philosophy that we’re going to take care of each other.”

Lusby scored twice in the first quarter, once in the second and then tallied both Loyola goals in the third period. He also assisted on a Davis Butts goal in the second to finish with six points. He raised his season total to 50 goals, tying himself for second on Loyola’s single-season goals scored record, one behind teammate Mike Sawyer.

Sawyer and Lusby became the first pair of Loyola teammates to score 50 goals in a season.

“I’m playing confident right now,” said Lusby who had his second-straight five-goal game. “The past few games, I’ve had a pretty good shooting percentage. I see net, and I shoot for net. I don’t try to pick corners.”

Lusby got the scoring underway 3:34 into the first quarter when he took a pass from Chris Layne, drove topside from goal-line extended to score from inside five yards.

Notre Dame (13-3) tied the game with 7:57 to play in the first when Alex Eaton scored on an extra-man opportunity.

Lusby, however, put the Greyhounds back on top with 3:21 to go in the frame when he dodged and ducked two defenders, dumping a shot over the right shoulder of Notre Dame goalkeeper John Kemp.

Butts made it 3-1 in Loyola’s favor 2:01 into the second quarter when he took a Lusby pass from behind while crashing down the right side, scoring from close range.

Lusby pushed the Greyhounds’ lead to 4-1 with a nine-yard blast off a Justin Ward assist.

Notre Dame would snap a 20-plus minute scoreless stretch at 2:10 when Westy Hopkins worked his way free from a double-team and tallied his first of two in the game.

The Fighting Irish would not wait even 20 seconds for their next goal, as Liam O’Connor won the ensuing faceoff, raced into the box and fed Nicholas Beattie on the left side for a goal six seconds after Hopkins’.

Loyola looked likely to carry a 4-3 lead into the locker room until Josh Hawkins caused a Notre Dame turnover, and Joe Fletcher came up with one of his career-high seven ground balls.

Hawkins carried the ball into the box on transition and sent a high bouncer over Kemp with just 2.2 ticks left on the clock, putting Loyola up 5-3 at the break.

Notre Dame won the second half’s first faceoff – the Fighting Irish were 13-of-14 at the face-off `X’ in the game – but Runkel made a save on a Hopkins shot and sent an outlet pass over the top of the defense to J.P. Dalton.

Dalton took the ball into the top of the box where he passed to Mike Sawyeron the left side. Sawyer looked off a shot and sent a cross-field pass to Lusby on the low right crease, and Lusby shot-faked and scored 21 seconds into the frame.

Lusby made Loyola’s lead 7-3 with 11:40 left in the third, running down the alley to score his fifth of the game.

That goal, however, would be Loyola’s final of the game.

Neither the Greyhounds, nor Notre Dame would score until the Fighting Irish broke through with a Sean Rogers tally at 7:18 in the fourth quarter. Hopkins then added another goal just 50 seconds later, making it a 7-5 game.

Runkel made saves on the next two Fighting Irish possessions that quickly gave Loyola possessions.

He then tipped away a Hopkins point-blank try from inside three yards, but Notre Dame retained possession with a minute to play.

Hopkins had another attempt blocked, and then Fletcher stripped him of the ball and picked up ground ball with 16 seconds left, enabling Loyola to run out the clock.

Runkel made 11 of his 15 saves in the second half.

“I think the first save, I made was up top,” Runkel said. “It kind of got me into a rhythm. My defense was giving me shots to see a very clear line from the shooter.”

He eclipsed his previous best of 14 that came against Johns Hopkins on April 28.


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Former Jays star Rabil says Hopkins Maryland rematch should be as good as advertised

Posted on 14 May 2012 by WNST Audio

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