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Maryland women set for Final Four showdown Sunday night against Notre Dame

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (28-6) will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA Final Four at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, log on tohttp://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1. The winner of Sunday’s matchup will take on Connecticut or Stanford Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA National Championship game.

Three-time All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Maryland reached its fourth NCAA Final Four all-time with a 76-73 win at third-seeded Louisville Tuesday night. Freshman Lexie Brown added 20 points and senior Katie Rutan scored 12.

This is the seventh all-time meeting between the Terps and the Irish. Maryland owns the series, 4-2. The Irish won this year’s regular season meeting between the two, 87-83, at Comcast Center on Jan. 29. Alyssa Thomas led a furious second half comeback for the Terrapins with 29 points and 12 rebounds as they took a one-point lead with minutes to play.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

The Terrapins are a top four seed for the 13th time in school history No. 4 seed for the third time. They are 7-2 all-time as the fourth-seed.

Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in the men’s or women’s history in the NCAA First Round with her 13 points. She passed Juan Dixon (2,269) and currently has 2,342 career points. She also has 1,229 career rebounds, which ties her with Crystal Langhorne for the school record.

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Maryland F Thomas named WBCA All-American

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 10 players in the country to be named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Saturday. She is the first in program history to earn the honor three times.

The WBCA All-America Team was announced at a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2014 WBCA National Convention.

Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (28-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,341 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.

Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas is joined on the team by Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

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Maryland women try to punch Final Four ticket Tuesday against Louisville

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (27-6) will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight on the Cardinals’ home court of the KFC Yum! Center.

The Maryland-Louisville matchup will be shown on ESPN, as well as ESPN3.com.

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1. The winner of Tuesday’s matchup will advance to the Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. and will play either Notre Dame or Baylor in the NCAA Semifinals Sunday.

Maryland is coming off of a 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Alyssa Thomas led the way with a career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds, while Lexie Brown, Laurin Mincy and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough all hit double figures as well. Alicia DeVaughn added 10 rebounds.

This is the third meeting all-time between the Terps and the Cardinals, with the series tied at one. Maryland won the last matchup, 72-68, in the NCAA Second Round in College Park on March 19, 2012. Mincy led the Terrapins with 24 points.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).

The Terrapins are a top four seed for the 13th time in school history No. 4 seed for the third time. They are 6-2 all-time as the fourth-seed.

Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in the men’s or women’s history in the NCAA First Round with her 13 points. She passed Juan Dixon (2,269) and currently has 2,320 career points.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Shell Houston Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Humble, TX), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Auto Racing: NASCAR Duck Commander 500 (Sunday 3pm from Fort Worth, TX live on FOX)

10. Mike Birbiglia (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Judah Friedlander (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Tuesday-Friday Baltimore Arena); Captain America: The Winter Soldier” out in theaters (Friday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Judah Friedlander has GREAT hats.

Also, this was a wonderful part of Anchorman 2.

9. Crowded Streets: Dave Matthews Band Tribute (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Scott Stapp (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Lone Bellow (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage Thursday 8pm Capitol Theatre); Childish Gambino (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Hold Steady (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Los Lonely Boys (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Dream Theater (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theater); Rocket From The Crypt (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Nickel Creek “A Dotted Line” and Chevelle “La Gargola” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I will be at The Lone Bellow Thursday night in York. Zach Williams from TLB will be on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. These are exciting times.

You know what, here’s more of The Lone Bellow. They’re THAT good. They do a John Prine song in this one.

More Lone Bellow? MORE LONE BELLOW.

Oh and also Nickel Creek. Because…also…Nickel Creek.

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On Halloween weekend, perhaps it’s fitting to have a schedule-gate horror sequel

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On Halloween weekend, perhaps it’s fitting to have a schedule-gate horror sequel

Posted on 02 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

The Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII will obviously go down as the biggest sports story of 2013 here in Baltimore. But for those of us who live in Charm City-we truly know the story that has actually been the most discussed.

The Ravens opened on the road in 2013-getting absolutely crushed by the Denver Broncos in the process-due to the fact that the Baltimore Orioles were previously scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox on September 5-a date that was traditionally held for the defending Super Bowl champs to open at home.

The debate that occurred between when the Ravens won the Super Bowl and when they played the Thursday night opener in the Mile High City was one of the historically contentious debates our city has ever seen. Instead of debating what was best for the city, the debate became more about allegiances. The common question was about whether you supported the Ravens or the Orioles-the National Football League or Major League Baseball-and who you thought the bad guys were in the process.

What was so rarely discussed was what was best for Baltimore and what needed to happen to ensure such issues wouldn’t occur moving forward. As I mentioned in a column this March, this issue wasn’t as uncommon as some wanted to paint it. I reported then that the 2012 Baltimore Marathon was dangerously close to being cancelled because the O’s could have ended up hosting Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS had they won the AL East. (They would have still needed to win the ALDS to host the first two games of the Championship Series, but the race would have been cancelled prior to that because of the possibility.)

As I reported in March, the Birds had the power to force such a cancellation because in their lease agreement for the Camden Yards complex with the Maryland Stadium Authority-they have been granted not only the first right to dates available, but they have essentially been granted ALL rights to dates available. They have the exclusive power to decide they want a date for a game (or an event), preventing the Baltimore Ravens or another entity from using the complex.

I told you then this situation wasn’t going anywhere. I told you then this was an issue that needed to be addressed in a bigger picture scope than just adjusting a football game. I wasn’t kidding.

The situation already looms as a factor twice in 2014. The Orioles are scheduled to be home against the Cleveland Indians over Memorial Day weekend-the same weekend the Ravens are scheduled to host the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium. Then on Labor Day weekend the Birds are scheduled to be home against the Minnesota Twins-the same weekend Ohio State is scheduled to face Navy at the home of the Ravens. The scheduling complexities of that weekend have already lead to the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Baltimore for at least the next two years if not longer. No solutions have been determined for those events-instead the parties involved appear to simply be hoping those events will work out.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 May 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Ft. Worth, TX), Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 12pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from St. Louis), Bahamas LPGA Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Paradise Island, Bahamas live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler (Saturday 6pm from London live on HBO); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Tulsa Shock (Monday 3pm from Tulsa live on ESPN2); High School Lacrosse: MPSSAA Championship Games-1A/2A Final: Patterson Mill vs. Fallston (Tuesday 6pm UMBC Stadium), 2A/3A Final: Glenelg vs. Hereford (Wednesday 4pm UMBC Stadium), 3A/4A Final: South River vs. Westminster (Wednesday 8pm UMBC Stadium)

10. 10 Years (Thursday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); 10,000 Maniacs (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Korn (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Kelly Rowland & The Dream (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Macy Gray (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); SWV (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Lonestar (Wednesday 8pm Strathmore); Trey Anastasio (Wednesday 8pm Kennedy Center); Shooter Jennings (Thursday 8pm State Theatre); Kenny Chesney/Eric Church/Eli Young Band (Saturday 5pm FedEx Field); Delfest feat. Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jerry Douglas, Carolina Chocolate Drops (Thursday-Sunday Allegany County Fairgrounds); Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”, Darius Rucker “True Believers” and 30 Seconds to Mars “LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

As far as country music goes, Eric Church ain’t too bad.

There’s so much I’d like to see at Delfest. I hope you know how great Jerry Douglas is.

Or how great Carolina Chocolate Drops are.

Lot of people who want to prove how cool they are have been trashing Darius’ version of “Wagon Wheel.” Not among that group of people, the band that first turned Bob Dylan’s half song into a full song.

9. Greg Proops (Tuesday 8pm DC Improv), Godfrey (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Chris Hardwick (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); The Hangover Part III“, “Epic” and “Fast & Furious 6” out in theaters (Friday); Parker” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Brew At The Zoo (Saturday & Sunday Maryland Zoo in Baltimore); Arrested Development Season 4” debuts (Sunday 3am Netflix)

It’s kinda hard to remember just how great “The Hangover” ever was at this point. I THINK I’ll end up seeing the new one, but I’m not promising.

Also, you’ll be watching this video until 3am Sunday…

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Your Monday Reality Check: Maryland’s end is far too familiar

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Your Monday Reality Check: Maryland’s end is far too familiar

Posted on 12 May 2013 by Glenn Clark

“How long must we sing this song?”

It was a “Bloody Sunday” indeed for the three Maryland teams in the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament. Sixth seeded Maryland was blown out by Cornell, upstart Towson was rocked at Ohio State and defending national champion Loyola fell to Duke in double overtime after coughing up a four goal second half advantage.

The rest of the NCAA Tournament isn’t going to be cancelled, it will just seem irrelevant to those of us in this area. (Other than the handful that will still wander to Byrd Stadium next Saturday to see Ohio State, Cornell, Syracuse and Yale, that is. I imagine the crowd size will make a Maryland/James Madison football game look like a packed house.) It is particularly disappointing considering the 2012 NCAA Championship Game was an all-Old Line State affair between the Greyhounds and Terrapins.

For the Tigers, the loss marked the end of a season that lasted two or three games longer than anyone could have expected after a 3-5 start. (Worse, a 3-5 start that included a loss to High Point-playing only their second game ever in program history and the first of only three wins all season for the Panthers.) Shawn Nadelen’s team made great strides in the CAA his second season as head coach and the blowout loss to the Buckeyes was to be expected by most. It would be hard for Towson fans to get away with labeling themselves as particularly disappointed with the result.

For the Hounds, the nature of their season-ending setback at the hands of the Blue Devils had to be considered particularly disappointing. Loyola had an 8-4 lead in the second half and appeared to have essentially clinched victory before Face-Off Specialist Blake Burkhart’s final minute goal was waived off because head coach Charley Toomey had called timeout just a split second earlier. Loyola was a legitimate contender to return to the Final Four, but the heartbreak shouldn’t be misconstrued as disappointment. What Loyola accomplished a season ago in Foxborough should have never been viewed as a measuring stick for the program’s success. It was a remarkable run unlikely to be accomplished with any sort of regularity. The Greyhounds had a very successful season (including their first win over Johns Hopkins since 1999) with a very tough end.

And then there’s the Terps. The same team that coming off two consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship Game was believed to be a legitimate national championship contender. After winning their rematch with the Greyhounds in Baltimore in February, the Terps took over the #1 ranking in both polls and held it almost exclusively until mid-April. Conversation within crowds of Maryland alums was set around the idea that this group was finally primed to claim the school’s first national championship since 1975.

1975…it seems more and more impossible every time I think about it. For what it’s worth, only eight schools have combined to win the 37 championships since Maryland last claimed lacrosse glory. Still, the drought remains staggering for the flagship university in the state most closely associated with the sport.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 April 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR STP Gas Booster 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX), IndyCar Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Sunday 3pm from Birmingham live on NBC Sports Network); Golf: PGA Tour Valero Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from San Antonio), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 12pm & 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Elite 8-Notre Dame vs. Duke(Tuesday 7:05pm from Norfolk live on ESPN), Tennessee vs. Louisville (Tuesday 9:10pm from Oklahoma City live on ESPN); Final Four (Sunday TBA from New Orleans live on ESPN); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC on FUEL TV-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi (Saturday 11am from Stockholm, SWE live on FUEL TV); Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Atlantic City live on SpikeTV)

10. Maroon 5/Neon Trees/Owl City (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Green Day (Thursday 7:30pm Patriot Center); They Might Be Giants (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Brigance Brigade Foundation Benefit feat. Charm City Devils/Loving The Lie (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Senses Fail (Friday 8pm Ottobar); Marc Broussard (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Meek Mill (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ozomatli (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Local Natives (Friday 8pm Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club), Black Crowes (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Walk The Moon (Sunday George Washington University)

I like Charm City Devils. I LOVE supporting anything involving O.J. Brigance. Nice little Saturday night then.

Loving The Lie is another excellent Baltimore band playing the event Saturday night. I throw my support fully behind that.

Genuinely believe I’ve heard more about Local Natives in the last month than I’ve heard about U2 in my life. Pretty good reason for that.

I can get behind EVERYTHING about Carolina Chocolate Drops…

9. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons (Tuesday-Sunday 1st Mariner Arena); Jon Lovitz/Chris Kattan/Tim Meadows (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Louis C.K. (Saturday 8pm & 10:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Brian Regan (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Shawn & Marlon Wayans (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Craig Shoemaker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Bret Ernst (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); “That Thing You Do!” available on Blu-Ray (Tuesday)

Don’t kill me for this, but I searched “That Thing You Do!” on YouTube and discovered this video of ‘N Sync performing the song over a decade ago. I could have ignored the video, but instead I shared it with you here.

Language, but nothing not to enjoy about Louis C.K…

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Towson to host 2014 women’s lacrosse championship

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TO HOST 2014 NCAA WOMEN’S LACROSSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Tigers to Host Event for Fourth Time

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University will be the host institution for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse National Championship, it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday.

This will mark the fourth time that Towson has hosted the women’s lacrosse national championship at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Towson previously hosted the championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in Unitas Stadium.

“The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Committee is thrilled that the championship will be making a return to Towson University in 2014,” said Ann-Marie Guglieri, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee and senior associate athletic director for internal operations/senior woman administrator at Colgate University.  “When Towson University hosted the championship from 2008 to 2010, our student-athletes and fans experienced a first-class event in a vibrant lacrosse community.  We are excited that the 2014 Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be making a return to that exciting environment.”

The 2010 event proved to be a record setting one as 9,782 watched the national championship game in which Maryland defeated Northwestern, 13-11. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s lacrosse game in the United States. Towson set the attendance record each year it hosted the event, capped by a total of 18,564 for the three games in 2010.

“Hosting the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship is a privilege and honor that not only enhances the Towson University student-athlete experience but also brings a national audience to our campus for a premier sport in the Baltimore community,” says Towson University President Maravene Loeschke.

“Towson University is excited to bring an outstanding event like the women’s lacrosse national championship back home to Baltimore,” said Towson Director of Athletics, Mike Waddell. “Our campus has hosted this event three out of the last five years. Once again, we will roll out the red carpet for the NCAA and many fans that will help us sell out Johnny Unitas® Stadium as we create an outstanding environment for the championship weekend.”

Before the 2014 championship comes to Towson, the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships will take place at Villanova Stadium at Villanova University on May 24 and 26.

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Navy adds former Princeton assistant Saunders to hoops staff

Posted on 07 June 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy men’s basketball head coach Ed DeChellis  has announced that Kendrick Saunders will join the Navy coaching staff, replacing Jason Crafton, who took the head coaching job at Division II Nyack College last month. Saunders comes to Navy after spending the last two years on the staff at Princeton.

“Kendrick is an outstanding coach who possesses the ambition, work ethic and values that are important to be successful,” said Navy second-year head coach Ed DeChellis. “He will be very instrumental in recruiting quality student-athletes here at Navy. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in recruiting and coaching at a service academy and we are excited to have him on our staff.”

“I am excited to become part of the United States Naval Academy and its basketball program. Navy is a special place and one of the great institutions in America,” said Saunders. “I am very familiar with the standards and mission and have an understanding of the special people and students that make up the Naval Academy family. Being from Maryland, I am excited to be back and have an understanding of the prestige of the Naval Academy.”

Saunders was the director of basketball operations at Princeton the last two seasons, helping the Tigers to the 2011 Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, where Princeton would lose in the second round to eventual Final Four participant Kentucky, 57-53. During the 2011-12 season, Princeton finished with a 20-12 record, reached the CBI Tournament quarterfinals and finished third in the Ivy League with a 10-4 league mark.

Prior to his arrival at Princeton, Saunders served as an assistant coach at Army from the 2006-10 seasons, spending five years under Army head coach Jim Crews.

Saunders arrived at West Point following a two-year stint at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., where he was a member of Webb Hatch’s staff. During his last year at Frostburg State, the Bobcats compiled a 14-12 mark. Prior to his tenure at Frostburg, Saunders spent four years as the top assistant at Hunter College in New York City, where he coordinated the team’s recruiting efforts, monitored players’ academic progress and managed the preseason conditioning program.

A 1998 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saunders earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in physical education. He played point guard and served as the team captain during his senior season. Saunders embarked upon his coaching career immediately upon graduation, serving a one-year stint as an assistant basketball coach at his scholastic alma mater, Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md., before moving on to Hunter College.

Saunders, an assistant coach for the Gotham City Knights of the National Rookie League during the summer of 2000, has also been a counselor at a host of summer camps, including the heralded Five-Star Camp.

Saunders and his wife Janice have two sons, Alexavier (5) and Hezekiah (3).

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