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Loyola pays visit to Georgetown Wednesday night

Posted on 19 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Georgetown Hoyas
Date Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Multi-Sport Field
TV | Radio Georgetown Webstreaming
Series Record Loyola leads, 29-6
Last Meeting Loyola 11, Georgetown 6 – March 21, 2012, in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays its final midweek game of the 2013 regular-season on Wednesday, March 20, when it travels to Washington, D.C., to face Georgetown University.

Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Hoyas’ Multi-Sport Field.

 

Series History

Georgetown and the Greyhounds will play for the 36th time in series history on Wednesday. The Greyhounds have a 29-6 advantage in the previous 35 meetings, thanks in large part to a 20-game winning streak from 1974-2001.

The Hoyas were victorious in five of six from 2002-2007, but the Greyhounds are currently riding a five-game winning streak in the rivalry.

Prior to last year, The last five meetings have been decided by a total of 11 goals with the largest margin of victory by either team coming two years ago when Loyola won, 11-6.

Last season, Loyola led by just one, 5-4, at halftime, and Georgetown tied the game at 5-5 1:53 into the third quarter, but a Mike Sawyer extra-man goal at 10:44 started a 6-0 Loyola run that broke open the game. Eric Lusby scored three of his game-high five goals during the run that ended with an 11-6 Greyhounds victory. Sawyer had three goals, and Sean O’Sullivan posted a goal and an assist.

 

In The Polls

Loyola moved up to No. 6 in the USILA Coaches and ninth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media polls.

 

Last Time Out

The Greyhounds scored five of the second half’s first six goals and extended a 5-3 halftime lead to a six-goal advantage en route to a 13-7 ECAC Lacrosse League victory over Air Force in the Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic in Denver on Saturday.

Loyola trailed 1-0 after the Falcons scored the game’s first goal at 11:48, but the Greyhounds quickly rallied and tied the game 22 ticks of the clock later, and they did not trail from that point forward.

Air Force got back within a goal, 4-3, when Christopher Allen scored 33 seconds into the second quarter, but Patrick Fanshaw took a Justin Ward pass and scored to give Loyola a 5-3 advantage at the break.

The teams traded goals in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, but Loyola then scored three goals in less than two minutes as part of a 4-0 run that broke open the game.

Justin Ward had seven points with a pair of goals and five assists, while Nikko Pontrello finished with four goals and two assists. Zach Herreweyers recorded a hat trick in his first collegiate start, as well. Scott Ratliff contributed five ground balls and three caused turnovers on defense, and he scored a goal and assisted on another.

 

Ward, Fletcher Garner League Honors

Justin Ward and Joe Fletcher earned ECAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, on Monday after standout performances against Air Force (more later).

It marked the third week in a row that a Loyola defensive player has won the weekly league award after goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned the honor on March 4 and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff brought it home on March 11. Ward’s award was the first for a Loyola offensive player this season.

The weekly honors were the first of both Ward and Fletcher’s careers.

 

Second Seven-Plus Point Game

Justin Ward put up his second game with seven or more points on Saturday against Air Force, logging seven with two goals and five assists in the win over the Falcons.

His five assists tied his career-high, set twice in 2012 against both Towson and Fairfield.

On February 26, against UMBC, as the junior finished with seven goals and three assists for 10 points. His goal and point outputs were career-highs. He became the first player to score at least seven goals in a game since Gavin Prout tallied eight in a 19-11 win at Hobart on April 28, 2001.

Ward’s 10-point effort was the first 10-point game for a Greyhound since Tim Goettelmann tallied the same amount in a 19-9 win on March 25, 2000, against Fairfield. In that game, Goettelmann scored four goals and had six assists. Later that season, he would score seven goals on May 16 in the NCAA First Round against Notre Dame.

His five assists against Air Force moved into 12th place on Loyola’s Division I career assists chart with 48. He trails Chris Summers (2000-2003) and Sean Heffernan (1993-1994), who are tied for 10th with 49 assists.

Through seven games this year, Ward leads the team with 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points.

 

Fletcher Turns Up ‘D’

Joe Fletcher earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after picking up three ground balls and causing a turnover against Air Force. More impressive was the defense Fletcher played on Air Force’s offensive quarterback, preseason All-American Keith Dryer.

Dryer entered the game with four goals and a team-leading 10 assists, but Fletcher held him without a point.

This season, Fletcher, who was a Preseason All-America First Team honoree, has 27 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

 

Pontrello Puts Up Six Again

Nikko Pontrello posted his second six-point game this season on Saturday against Air Force, scoring a career-high four goals to go with two assists. He scored in the first quarter, tallied a pair during Loyola’s 4-0 third-quarter run and added his fourth in the final frame.

Earlier this year against UMBC, Pontrello posted three goals and three assists for six points against the Retrievers.

After scoring four goals and assisting on six in 17 games last season, Pontrello has already tallied 10 goals and 10 assists in seven games this year.

 

Ratliff Keeps Up Production

Scott Ratliff has continued his high production on defense, transition and offense that helped him earn USILA All-America Third Team and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago when he led the team last year in ground balls (88) and caused turnovers (37), was fifth in goals (12) and seventh in assists (7). His 37 caused turnovers were second-most in Loyola history – behind P.T. Ricci’s 51 in 2009 – since the stats became official that year.

He had one of his stat-sheet filling games against Air Force, scoring a goal and assisting on another while picking up five ground balls and causing three turnovers.

His goal and assist brought his career totals to 21 goals and 11 assists, and his 31 career points are second-most among active long-poles to Bryant’s Mason Poli. Last year, he set the school’s single-season long-pole scoring record with 12 goals and seven assists, eclipsing the previous high of 16 points on 11 goals and five assists set in 1995 by current Loyola assistant coach Matt Dwan.

 

Starting Debut

Freshman Zach Herreweyers made his first career start on Saturday against Air Force on attack for the Greyhounds, and he made his debut to the opening 10 an impressive one.

Herreweyers scored his first collegiate goal with 12.3 seconds left in the first quarter, and he finished with a hat trick, tallying goals for Loyola in the third and fourth quarters, as well. He also picked up three ground balls.

The freshman from London, Ontario, made his collegiate debut just a week earlier against Duke on March 8.

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

 

Davis Off The Ground

Davis Butts is second on the team this season with 27 ground balls and has picked up five in four of the Greyhounds’ seven contests: Delaware, Maryland, UMBC and Bellarmine.

Through seven games this season, he is already more than halfway to his total of 40 a year ago. He has also scored at least one point in all but one game this year and has three goals and six assists.

 

Back-To-Back Hat Tricks

Mike Sawyer recorded his second hat trick in as many games last week when he tallied three over a six-minute stretch of action against Bellarmine. He also finished with three goals against UMBC earlier in the week.

Sawyer scored with 1:46 to play in the first half and then twice within 20 seconds in the third quarter, his third goal of the day putting Loyola in front, 7-2, with 11:17 left in the stanza.

He now has 20 hat tricks in his career, one of only four players currently active to reach that plateau. Colgate’s Peter Baum leads the nation with 29, while Army’s Garrett Thul has 26. Saywer is tied with Cornell’s Steve Mock with 20 each.

 

Eighth To 100

With his goal at 9:25 in the third quarter against UMBC, Mike Sawyer became the eighth player in Loyola men’s lacrosse history to score 100 in his career, the seventh in the program’s Division I history.

Sawyer joined a list that includes Gary Hanley (151), Pat Lamon (133), Gewas Schindler (120), Tim O’Shea (115), Kevin Beach (114), John Carroll (112) and Chris Colbeck (108).

 

Layne Keeps Tallying Points

Chris Layne had his fourth multi-point game in as many contests this season, recording two goals and an assist for the Greyhounds against UMBC after tallying the same amount three days prior against Maryland.

Through seven games this year, Layne has scored nine goals and has six assists.

Last season, he had a total of five multi-point games while finishing with 11 goals and 14 assists. With his two goals against Delaware, Maryland and UMBC, Layne has more than doubled his multi-goal games during his time at Loyola to five. He also had one as a sophomore in 2010 for North Carolina.

At Delaware in the season-opener, Layne tallied the first and last goals of the game for the Greyhounds, the initial coming at 12:17 in the first quarter, and the second with 4.4 seconds left in the fourth. He also assisted on a Scott Ratliff transition goal just over five minutes into the third quarter.

 

Two At The ‘X’

Loyola has had two primary faceoff men in their six games this season. Brendan Donovan started the season at Delaware, and he then took all but two of the 33 restarts against UMBC. He won 19-of-31 against the Retrievers where his 19 wins were the most by a Loyola player since Dan Kallaugher went 27-of-33 in the NCAA First Round at Albany on May 13, 2007. He also went 7-of-14 versus Bellarmine

Blake Burkhart took the majority of the restarts, winning a career-high 17-of-28, at Towson, and 14-of-25 against Maryland. Burkhart then took all 21 face-offs at Duke, winning 12, and he made good on 14-of-22 against Air Force.

This season, Loyola is 14th in Division I with a 55.4-percent success rate at the ‘X’.

 

Acton Active On Defense

Reid Acton tied his career-high on against Delaware with five caused turnovers to lead all players. He also picked up five ground balls, one shy of Scott Ratliff’s team-best six. He was part of a unit that held Delaware’s starting attack to just three goals in the game. Acton also caused five turnovers last season against Ohio State.

Acton has logged at least two ground balls in all but one game (at Towson) this year.

 

Helmet Stickers

Loyola players are wearing three stickers on their helmets this season to remember those who have passed away. The stickers are in memory of Adam Pomper, a member of the 2012 team who passed away on June 12, 2012, Mandy O’Sullivan, mother of current players Sean and Ryan O’Sullivan who died in March 2012 from pancreatic cancer, and the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December 2012 where Loyola put on a youth lacrosse clinic in January.

 

Well-Represented In MLL Draft

Five members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team were selected in the top 26 of the January 11 Major League Lacrosse draft. The Greyhounds tied Virginia for the most draft picks in the selection process.

Josh Hawkins and Mike Sawyer were both taken in the first round, going fifth and eighth overall to the Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds, respectively.

Scott Ratliff was the first pick of the second round, going ninth to the Boston Cannons, and Davis Butts was taken early in the third round, 19th overall to the Denver Outlaws.

Joining Hawkins in Hamilton will be Reid Acton, the team’s fourth round pick, 26th overall.

Sawyer will be joined in Charlotte by former teammate Eric Lusby who was the top waiver pick after the NCAA season ended in early June. After missing the majority of the MLL season with an injury, the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player made his MLL debut on July 28 at Long Island and scored a goal. He then tallied three goals  in an August 11 win over Rochester.

 

Newtown Youth Clinic

Fourteen members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team took time from their holiday vacation to travel to Newtown, Conn., for a clinic with the Newtown Lacrosse Association.

Led by freshman Jason Crane, the Greyhounds worked with more than 100 elementary and junior-high school-age players, many of whom attended Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shooting that killed 26 took place in December.

 

Preseason Accolades

Six Loyola players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America teams: defender Joe Fletcher and short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins (first team); attackman Mike Sawyer and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (second); midfielder Davis Butts (third); and, defender Reid Acton (honorable mention).

All six earned All-America honors last season with Sawyer earned Second Team honors and Ratliff was named to the Third Team. Acton, Butts, Fletcher and Acton earned Honorable Mention along with graduate student Eric Lusby.

In his first year as a starter, Fletcher was named to the NCAA and ECAC Championships All-Tournament Teams and earned a reputation as one of the top defenders in the nation. In 19 games as a sophomore, Fletcher caused 26 turnovers, second most on the team, and had 41 ground balls.

Hawkins has continued to be one of the top defensive midfielders in the nation and garnered considerable respect nationally for his play during the NCAA Championships. He earned NCAA All-Tournament honors and helped the Greyhounds limit Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals on Championships weekend. In addition to his six goals and two assists in 15 games last year, Hawkins was second on the team with 63 ground balls.

Sawyer was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player last season when he scored 52 goals and assisted on 10 more and was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. During the regular-season, he led the ECAC in goals and goals per game while earning All-ECAC First Team honors. He became the second player to score 50 or more goals in a season and was joined by a third on last year’s team.

Ratliff continued to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. He finished with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995. In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defenisve player of the year honors.

Butts was a first-line midfielder for the Greyhounds for the second year in a row. He excelled as a dodger and finisher and ranked fourth on the team in points (35) and third in goals scored (21). A versatile player, Butts also saw plenty of action on the wings of faceoffs and in the defensive midfield where he picked up 40 ground balls.

Acton will enter 2013 having started on the Greyhounds’ defense each of the last three years. He finished the 2012 season with 44 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, while helping Loyola record a 7.21 goals allowed per game average, the fifth-best mark in Division I. The Greyhounds set a pair of defensive records during Championship Weekend, holding Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals in the two games and allowing the Terrapins just three in the title match.

 

Toomey Receives Morris Touchstone Award

Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career, and in December, he received the coaches association’s Morris Touchstone Award as the national coach of the year.

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 .640 winning percentage trails only Cottle’s .721 at Loyola.

 

Big Runs

Last season, runs of three-plus goals were critical in the Greyhounds success, as they had runs of 3-0 or better in all 19 games. In all, Loyola scored three or more in a row on 37 occasions last year.

The Greyhounds have opened the 2013 season in similar fashion as they scored three-straight in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead against Delaware after trailing, 2-1. They then had two runs of 3-0 or better at Towson.

Against UMBC, Loyola had a 3-0 first-half run before putting together a 10-0 stretch in the third and fourth quarters. The Greyhounds then had a 4-0 run that spanned both halves to help beat Bellarmine, and they runs of 3-0 and 4-0 to beat Air Force.

The game against Maryland marked the first time since May 5, 2011, against Fairfield that the Greyhounds did not put up a run of 3-0 or better.

 

Second-Half Success

Last season, the Greyhounds outscored opponents 66-22 in the third quarters of games, and 123-63 overall in the second half (including overtime). The second-half scoring continued a trend from 2011 when Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56.

This year, Loyola is outscoring opponents 28-12 in the third quarter and 46-32 overall after halftime.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 19 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-NASCAR Auto Club 400 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX), IndyCar Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Sunday 12pm from St. Petersburg, FL live on NBC Sports Network); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour Sony Open (Friday 3pm & 8pm Saturday-Monday 11am from Miami live on Tennis Channel); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Thursday 10pm from Lewiston, ME live on SpikeTV); Golf: PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 2:30pm live on NBC. All golf from Orlando); LPGA Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Sigur Ros (Sunday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Aaron Lewis (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rockapella (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Shovels & Rope (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Anberlin (Saturday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Garbage (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Bad Religion (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Mint Condition (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Travis Tritt (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Orgy (Thursday 7pm House of Rock); Kevin Eubanks (Thursday-Sunday Blues Alley); Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I want to be in Annapolis Saturday night for Shovels & Rope. Get me there. NOW.

Has Anberlin had more good songs since this one? Not that it matters, this one was funking amazing…

I honestly couldn’t tell you what my favorite Garbage song was. I just know how much I love Shirley Manson…

Justin Timberlake…I just…I don’t even know…oh my…

9. Mike Epps (Friday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Demetri Martin (Saturday 6pm & 10pm 9:30 Club); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Thursday-Sunday Verizon Center); Flip Orley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); The Hobbit“, “Zero Dark Thirty“, “This is 40” and “Les Miserables” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Admission“, “The Croods” and “Olympus Has Fallen” out in theaters (Friday); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Baltimore)

I’d love to tell you more about my past experiences at the Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival, but we both know I don’t remember much about any of it. I did some sort of fighting that involved putting a massive bubble on my head and then attacking my friend. I have no recollection of how it went and I’m reasonably certain I got a concussion.

It was the best time ever. I went back through my phone to find any photos I may have taken and this is the only one I could find…

But you know what? It’s fairly appropriate.

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Navy falls to 2-2 after OT loss to Georgetown

Posted on 24 February 2013 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  For the second time this week, the Navy men’s lacrosse team was stung by a one-goal loss, this time a 9-8 overtime decision against long-time rival Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C.  The Mids dropped a 10-9 decision against 15th-ranked Fairfield on Tuesday following a Sam Snow goal with just 4.1 seconds left in the contest.

“It’s another tough loss for us,” said Navy head coach Rick Sowell, who spent nine seasons (1990-98) as an assistant coach at Georgetown.  “Defensively we were doing a great job and we started off sharp on offense, but then it just sputtered.  But I think it all cirlces back to turnovers.  Until we figure out how to play better and cleaner, we are going to have games like these.  All that said, we had a chance to win the game with 30 seconds left and came up short two games in a row”

In general Navy has struggled over the years in one-goal games, finding itself in 15 one-goal contests over the last four seasons with the Mids posting a 4-11 record during that stretch.

Five of the last six meetings between the Mids and Hoyas have been decided by one goal and all five have been in favor of Georgetown.  Meanwhile, three of the last five matchups have been decided in overtime, however, this marked the first in Washington, D.C.

Although it didn’t look to be the case early on in the game after the Mids jumped out to a 3-1 first-quarter decision, it was a classic Navy-Georgetown matchup that saw the game tied four times in the second half.

The Hoyas grabbed a 1-0 lead just seven seconds into the game after faceoff specialist Tyler Knarr won the first of his 13 draws that led to a Reilly O’Connor goal.

Navy, though, bounced back scoring three goals in three minutes which was capped by the first of three goals by junior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) at 10:35 in the first quarter.

Neither team would score for the next 18 minutes, but Jones pushed the Mids’ lead to 4-1 after sophomore Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) fed Jones on the left crease.  Georgetown, however, trimmed the Mids’ lead to two at the half after Jeff Fountain around the cage and took Navy keeper Nolan Hickey (Garden City, N.Y.) on a low to low shot.

Fountain sent another ankle biter Hickey’s way to open the second half, climbing to within one at 4-3, but a loose ball found its way into Voumard’s stick in front of the Georgetown goal and Voumard found junior attackman Tucker Hull(Charlotte, N.C.) standing on the crease to push the Mids’ lead back to two.

Georgetown tied the game for the first time by scoring a pair of goals in just 22 seconds, the first by Brian Casey and the second by Charles McCormick who bounced his shot in from the left corner.

The Mids answered 44 seconds later when Georgetown’s John Wujciak was flagged for unnecessary roughness and freshman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) and junior Tyler Nechanicky (Montgomery Village, Md.) worked together to score an extra-man goal with 4:42 left in the third period.

The game would go back and forth the rest of the way with Georgetown answering each of Navy’s go-ahead goals, including Casey’s game-tying goal with 2:22 left in regulation.

Navy won the ensuing faceoff and junior middie Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) had his shot blocked with 1:18 to go.  The Hoyas picked up the ground ball, however, were unable to clear the ball when Wujciak lost the ball.  Navy went the length of the field and called a timeout with 30 seconds left.  The Mids got the ball to Jones, who had the hot hand, but Jones was well defended and the Hoyas jammed up Jones who was unable to get a pass or shot off before the final horn.

Knarr beat Navy senior Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.) on the overtime faceoff and the Hoyas immediately called a timeout.  Casey fired off a shot that was saved by Hickey, however, the Mids were called for an off-the-ball push which put the ball back in the sticks of the Hoyas.  Georgetown worked the ball around and Navy senior defensemanAustin Miller (North Bethesda, Md.) peeled off Jeff Fountain to double Zac Guy and Guy found a wide open Fountain for the game-winner on the left crease with 2:04 remaining in the overtime period.

Jones led Navy with three goals, while Durkin added a pair of goals and Voumard scored a goal and added a pair of assists in the loss.  Hickey put together his second consecutive 15-save performance, while junior long pole Pat Kiernan(Ridgewood, N.J.) produced a team-high three caused turnovers.

Navy has turned the ball over at an alarming rate this season, committing 77 turnovers in its four games including 17 in Sunday’s loss.

“As an offense, you take what the defense gives you,” said Jones.  “There were too many times we pushed it when it wasn’t there and it cost us.  There’s no solution in terms of what they (our opponents) are doing.  We have to toughen up mentally.  It’s a gut check for us.”

“There are no excuses for our turnovers,” said Sowell.  “We’ve been playing since Jan. 9.  We can’t blame it on the weather and we can’t blame it on early season jitters.  This is our fourth game of the year and we probably do more stick work than any other team in the country.”

While Navy has held its own in the faceoff game this season, the Mids struggled mightily against the Hoyas winning just six of the 19 draws.

“Knarr had our number today,” said Sowell.  “We tried three different guys and just couldn’t get any success going our way.  It won’t be easy for us all year, but we are working every day to get better.”

The Hoyas were led by Fountain’s three goals, while Casey contributed a pair of goals and two assists.  Freshman Alex Joyce was excellent between the pipes in the first half, posting nine saves in the contest.

The Midshipmen will play their third straight road game when they make the trip to Lewisburg, Pa. next Saturday to face Bucknell in both teams’ Patriot League opener.  Game time is slated for 1:00 pm.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 16 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Houston Rockets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors (Monday 7pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer: MISL Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena), Team USA U-20 vs. Costa Rica (Friday 6:30pm from Puebla, Mexico live on Fox Soccer Channel); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt (Friday 5pm DC Armory); ShoBox: Art Hovhannisyan vs. Alejandro Perez (Friday 11pm from Cabazon, CA live on Showtime), Cornelius Bundrage vs. Ishe Smith (Saturday 9pm from Detroit live on Showtime); Vyacheslav Glazkov vs. Malik Scott (Saturday 10:30pm from Huntington, NY live on NBC Sports Network); Women’s College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 3pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Saturday 1pm & 4pm Sunday 4pm live on Tennis Channel)

10. Shinedown/P.O.D./Three Days Grace (Tuesday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Dirty Heads/Shiny Toy Guns (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Wale (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Live); Imagine Dragons (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Matchbox Twenty (Monday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Shinedown is that band you’ve always liked but never fully admitted to it…

I could listen to Wale’s first full record on repeat for like a week straight.

Imagine Dragons not only does one of your favorite songs but also MY favorite song from Madden 13…

I will sign up for ANY amount of more Robert Randolph.

9. Joel McHale (Sunday 7:30pm Towson Center); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); “Argo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Snitch” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Winter Wine Celebration (Friday-Monday); “The Gathering” (Saturday 3pm The Castle at Keswick Hampden)

I saw Joel McHale after Preakness a few years ago. He was LEGITIMATELY funny. Also there’s this.

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Season over for Maryland after NCAA semifinal loss to Georgetown

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

HOOVER, Ala. - Despite a valiant comeback, the No. 2 Maryland men’s soccer team fell in penalty kicks after an epic 4-4 tie against No. 3 Georgetown in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Friday.

The Terps (20-1-3) picked up goals from Schillo Tshuma (2), Patrick Mullins and Christiano Francois and managed a gritty second-half comeback with a pair of scores in the final 17 minutes of the match.

Maryland, which competed in its 12th College Cup Friday, landed on the board first with the first of two scores from Tshuma. Senior John Stertzer’s cross flicked off Mullins and Tshuma took care of the rest with a header from three yards in the 22nd minute.

Georgetown (19-3-3) answered with a staunch minute stretch in which Steve Neumann scored a goal at 32:11 and 33:40 to pick up its first lead of the match.

The Terps clearly outplayed Georgetown in the second half, outshooting the Hoyas 10-4, but the stanza started dreadfully for Maryland. An unfortunate Brandon Allen goal extended Georgetown’s lead to 3-1 after a failed clear went awry from Terrapin keeper Keith Cardona in the 48th minute.

A steadfast Maryland unit cut the lead in half in the 59th minute when Tshuma tallied his second goal of the match after Mullins crossed the ball to the freshman from the backline.

Neumann struck again at 60:11 to complete his hat trick performance with a four-yard strike for a 4-2 Hoya advantage.

Mullins showed exactly why he belongs in St. Louis in January for the MAC Hermann Trophy presentation with a header rebound goal after an absolute rocket from Mikey Ambrose ricocheted off the cross bar in the 74th minute.

Francois, who was one of six key contributors off the bench for the Terps, would take matters in his own hands in the 77th minute, shaking off a defender, possessing for 10 yards and firing a 15-yard equalizer into the lower right for a 4-4 match.

Maryland held the advantage in overtime but was unable to convert and Georgetown overcame an early deficit in penalty kicks to advance 5-4.

“It’s very difficult to cope with the reality that we are not advancing,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “This was in my view the greatest semifinal in the history of college soccer. I love my team. I told them that. I love them even more after this game. They made not only me and our University but all of Terrapin Nation very proud.

“That was a classic game. We’re going to get better from that game. We’ve got some great young talent. We’re going to begin the process of getting back to next year’s College Cup immediately.”

The Terps compiled their fourth 20-win season in 2012 and registered their 19th consecutive winning season. Friday night’s match was the collegiate finale for storied seniors Taylor Kemp, London Woodberry and Stertzer.

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Towson travels to Georgetown for televised battle Saturday

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its second straight road win Saturday as the Tigers travel to the nation’s capital to take on No. 15 Georgetown.

The game is set to tip at 12 noon from the Verizon Center. It will be broadcast live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) with Jason Knapp and Mark Tillmon on the call.

Towson (4-4) is off to its best start since the 2008-09 season. The Tigers picked up their first true road win of the season at Vermont (68-64) on Wednesday behind the stellar play of junior forward Jerrelle Benimon. The Georgetown transfer, who will be facing his former team for the first time, poured in a career-high 29 points against the Catamounts. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to register his fourth double-double in his last six games.

The Tigers boast the Colonial Athletic Associations second ranked scoring offense (66.6 ppg) and second ranked scoring defense (63.9 ppg). Towson also ranks Top 25 nationally in both rebounding margin (+9.1) and blocks per game (5.4).

Georgetown (6-1) has won three straight games since falling in overtime to No. 1 Indiana on November 20. The Hoyas are holding opponents to just 56.1 points per game and they’ve only allowed two teams to score more than 60 points this season.

Junior guard Markel Starks leads the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game, while sophomore forward Otto Porter is also a major threat as he’s averaging 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Although the Tigers are winless in their three previous meetings with the Hoyas, Towson has picked up three all-time wins over BIG EAST programs (Louisville, 1995; West Virginia, 1994; St. John’s, 1993).

Additionally, Georgetown has lost two of its previous three meetings against teams from the CAA. The Hoyas lost at home to Old Dominion in 2009 and fell to former league member Virginia Commonwealth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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Maryland meets Georgetown in NCAA Soccer Tournament semi Friday

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 2 Maryland is poised to make its 12th appearance in the College Cup as it faces No. 3 Georgetown Friday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

The Terps (20-1-2) avenged their 2011 postseason loss to Louisville with a 3-1 win Saturday over the No. 10 seeded Cardinals in the quarterfinals at Ludwig Field. London Woodberry, Jake Pace and Patrick Mullins tallied goals for Maryland, which leads the nation in scoring with 2.61 goals per match.

Georgetown (19-3-2) is making its first ever appearance in the College Cup in 2012. The Hoyas defeated San Diego 3-1 to punch their ticket to the semifinals where they will face Maryland for the first time since 2009 when the Terps won 2-1 in Washington, D.C.

Maryland leads the all-time series 28-0 against the Hoyas and is returning to the College Cup for the first time since 2008.

· The Terps have reloaded for the 2012 campaign, head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 20th at Maryland. With a talented recruiting
class and the return of All-American midfielder John Stertzer, there is plenty of room for optimism as Maryland aims to
capture its fourth national championship in program history.

· Patrick Mullins has been the offensive Most Valuable Player thus far, registering team-highs in goals (16), assists (8) and points (40). Stertzer has been steady as ever, tallying seven goals and six assists while mentoring a very young midfield.

· Taylor Kemp has battled injury in his return as a starter for the fourth season. The senior captain, along with Stertzer, was tabbed to the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. He has teamed up with senior London Woodberry to lead the squad on defense. Instrumental to the backline is the rookie duo of Dakota Edwards and Mikey Ambrose.

· Maryland has looked to its youth to seal up the goal as sophomore Keith Cardona and redshirt freshman Jordan Tatum have split time in net, with Cardona starting the majority of the season.

· Georgetown is making its first ever appearance in the College Cup in 2012.

· The Hoyas defeated San Diego 3-1 to punch their ticket to the semifinals where they will face Maryland for the first time since 2009 when the Terps won 2-1 in Washington, D.C.

· Georgetown won the BIG EAST regular season title before bowing out to Notre Dame in the tournament championship.

· The Hoyas are led by Brandon Allen who boasts 15 goals. Steve Neumann has a team-high 13 assists. GU is outscoring opponents 39-20.

· Maryland leads the all-time series 28-0.

Terps Avenge 2011 Tourney Loss to Louisville
· No. 2 Maryland advanced to its 12th College Cup in program history with a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Louisville in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship last Saturday.

· A raucous Ludwig Field crowd enjoyed goals from London Woodberry, Jake Pace and Patrick Mullins as the Terrapins avenged last season’s NCAA tournament loss to the Cardinals.


College Cup Terrapins
· Maryland is headed to its 12th College Cup in Hoover, Ala. The Terps are 5-6 in national semifinal games.

· The Terps’ last trip to the semifinals was one of the most memorable in program history as current USMNT product Graham Zusi scored a Sportscenter Top-10 gem late in the second overtime to defeat St. John’s 1-0.


Maryland and the 2008 National Championship
· Maryland needed to prove twice why it was the best team in the ACC and it did just that and more, defeating North Carolina, 1-0, off a game-winner from senior Graham Zusi to capture the 2008 NCAA National Championship at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.


Mullins Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
· Maryland forward Patrick Mullins has been named a semifinalist for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.

· Mullins was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in goals (16) and points (38) in 2012. He was tabbed ACC Championship Most Valuable Player after guiding the Terps to their second conference championship in the past three seasons.


Terps Capture 2012 ACC Championship
· Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 2 North Carolina 2-1 to win its third title in five seasons at the 2012 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.

· The Terps picked up goals from freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma to win their fifth overall conference tournament crown (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012) in front of 9,341 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

· 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mullins was tabbed the ACC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament squad by John Stertzer, London Woodberry, Tshuma and Edwards.


Cirovski Picks up Win No. 300 at Maryland
· With a gritty 2-1 double overtime victory against Clemson, Sasho Cirovski racked up his 300th victory with the Terps.

· Cirovski, who is in his 20th season at Maryland, owns a 304-116-28 record with the Terps.


Terps and the NCAA Tournament
· This is Maryland’s 12th straight appearance in the tournament and its 32nd postseason berth in program history. The Terps have advanced to the third round for a nation-best 11th straight season.

· Maryland is 48-26-4 in the NCAA tournament and fell to Louisville in the third round in 2012. The Terps are returning to the College Cup for the first time since 2008 when they won the program’s third national title.


Former Terps Bring Home MLS Cup
· Former Terps Omar Gonzalez and AJ Delagarza helped the LA Galaxy win its second straight MLS Cup title last Saturday.

· Gonzalez and Delagarza were both integral members of the 2008 national championship team. Gonzalez was named the 2012 MLS Cup Man of the Match after scoring the Galaxy’s first goal against Houston.


#1 Terps Defeat #2 UNC in Instant Classic
· Schillo Tshuma redirected a Patrick Mullins shot late in the first overtime period to lift the No. 1 Maryland men’s soccer team over No. 2 North Carolina at Ludwig Field on Oct. 19.

· A crowd of 7,340, the second highest in Maryland soccer history, saw a quality contest with the top-ranked teams in the country going back and forth on a water-logged field.

· North Carolina was able to beat Maryland on the counter and create their best chance of the night late in regulation. Junior forward Robert Lovejoy was taken down in the box late by Tshuma, but Maryland keeper Keith Cardona came up huge, saving Lovejoy’s penalty and midfielder Verneri Valimaa’s follow-up.


Winnin’ Like It’s 1968
· With a 14-0-1 record to start the 2012 season, Maryland matched its best start since the 1968 season when the Terps were co-national champions. Maryland tied Michigan State in the national championship game.

· The Terps were 11-0-1 to start the 2011 campaign.


Tshuma Power
· Freshman sensation Schillo Tshuma has been tremendous in his rookie campaign, tallying a class-high eight goals in 2012.

· In total, Maryland rookies have accounted for 17 goals and 19 assists this season.


Sunday Funday!
· Maryland is a perfect 5-0 on games played on Sundays this season.

· The Terps have defeated then-#7 Louisville, California, then-#3 North Carolina, #15 Brown and #13 Coastal Carolina on Sundays. Maryland has outscored opponents 18-3 in its previous five meetings.


Former Terp Seitz Named MLS Humanitarian of the Year
· Major League Soccer announced that FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz was voted the 2012 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year.

· This past August, Seitz was contacted by DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow center, and told that he was a potential bone marrow donation match for a leukemia patient.


Balance Across the Board
· A total of 22 players have notched a goal and/or an assist through 23 games this season.

· 16 players have scored at least one goal. That is the highest number of players to score of any team ranked nationally in the top 25.


19 and Counting!
· With a 20-1-2 record this season, Maryland has clinched yet another winning season – its 19th consecutive.

· Prior to this season, Maryland averaged 15.5 wins per season since 1994. The Terps have had four 20+ win seasons in that span and have hit the 15-victory mark 11 times.


Cirovski, Mullins Garner Top ACC Honors
· Sasho Cirovski and junior Patrick Mullins were named the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach and Offensive Player of the Year, respectively, Thursday.

· Cirovski led Maryland to ts best start in program history (14-0-1) en route to its first conference regular season championship since 2005. The award is Cirovski’s third at Maryland and first since 2005.

· Mullins garnered top offensive honors after a spectacular junior campaign which has seen the New Orleans, La., native set career highs in goals, assists and points. Mullins is the first Terrapin to rack up top conference player honors since Omar Gonzalez was named ACC Defender of the Year in 2007.


Kemp Named Senior CLASS Candidate
· Taylor Kemp has been named a candidate for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award.

· Kemp, a four-year starter for Maryland, has been a mainstay in the backline since his arrival in 2009. The senior captain from Highlands Ranch, Colo., was a second team All-ACC pick in 2011.

· Kemp is a two-time Academic All-ACC selection, boasting a 3.303 grade point average in the challenging Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also volunteers as part of Maryland’s reading program and Relay for Life.


Terps Rack up ACC Accolades
· In addition to Cirovski and Mullins, five other Terps earned All-ACC honors this season. Senior John Stertzer was named to the first team for the second straight season and seniors Taylor Kemp and London Woodberry, in addition to freshmen Mikey Ambrose and Schillo Tshuma, landed on the second team.

· Ambose and Tshuma also represented Maryland on the ACC All-Freshman Team.


No Rubber Stamp Lineups Here
· Maryland is using an array of starting lineups this season.

· A total of 21 players have landed in the starting XI this season, including six freshmen.


Try to Keep Up the Pace
· Redshirt junior Jake Pace has exemplified Maryland’s depth, notching a career-high five goals for the Terps in 2012.

· He was named to CollegeSoccerNews.com’s National Team of the Week for his work against NC State and UMBC.


Terps Crush Cal, 6-0
· The No. 6 Maryland men’s soccer team coasted by California 6-0 at Ludwig Field.

· Coming off a tough draw to No. 11 UCLA on Friday, the Terps battled through rain to score their highest goal tally in nearly two years. Patrick Mullins led Maryland with three points on a goal and two assists. Jordan Cyrus picked up two late goals to give the Terps their second win of the year.


Maryland Nets Tie with UCLA, 2-2
· In a battle of two perennial college soccer powers, the No. 6 Maryland men’s soccer team drew with No. 11 UCLA 2-2 on an energy-fueled night at Ludwig Field.

· Dan Metzger and John Stertzer both scored for Maryland. Stertzer netted the equalizer on a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

· The attendance of 6,562 was the then-sixth highest in Maryland men’s soccer history.


Magic Mullins
· Patrick Mullins’ distributing has been a pleasant addition to the junior’s game in 2012.

· The New Orleans, La., product has eight assists through 23 games.

· He had seven assists total heading into this season.

· The captain also leads Maryland in goals with 16, including seven game-winners.


Terp Duo Named to MAC Hermann Trophy List
· Maryland seniors Taylor Kemp and John Stertzer were named nominees for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.

· Kemp is a four-year starter in Maryland’s backline. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native has started in all 66 games he’s appeared in heading into this season, aiding the Terps to an impressive 48-13-6 record. One of the top attacking defenders in the nation, Kemp has also netted a pair of goals and added 11 assists.

· Stertzer had a breakout campaign in 2011, netting NSCAA Third Team All-America honors after boasting a career-high 14 goals. The Oakton, Va., product, was also a First Team All-ACC selection. He tallied a squad-best five game-winners.


Terp Rookies Looking to Make Impact
· Head coach Sasho Cirovski announced the Terps’ 2012 signing class, his 20th at Maryland, this spring.

· The Terps signed eight players to this year’s highly-touted class. The class consists of five players on College Soccer News’ Top 150 Recruits, including Michael Ambrose (#2), Christiano Francois (#45), Cody Niedermeier (#58), Ntokozo Tshuma (#60), Dakota Edwards (#83), and Donovan Fraser (#102).

· Tsubasa Endoh, David Kabelik and Ryan Reid also signed letters of intent to play for Maryland.


Protect This House
· Maryland is tremendous at its home venue, Ludwig Field, boasting a 181-37-14 record since the facility was built in 1995.

· The Terps have not lost more than two games at home in a season since 2001, recording a 114-12-10 record in the last 10 years.


Lovin’ Ludwig!
· There are few venues in all of college athletics quite like the always-raucous Ludwig Field on the campus of the University of Maryland.

· Last season, Maryland averaged 3,781 fans per game and boasted three of the top ten single-game attendance figures in the nation. Excluding football and men’s basketball, only three other Division I programs in any sport in the area outdrew the Terps’ soccer program on average during the 2010-11 school year.


Head Coach Sasho Cirovski
· The winningest head coach in Maryland men’s soccer annals, Sasho Cirovski returns for his 20th season at the helm of the prestigious Terp program.

· National Champions (2005, 2008)
· NSCAA National Coach of the Year (2005)
· ACC Coach of the Year (2003, 2005, 2012)
· 18 NCAA postseason appearances
· Five ACC Tournament titles
· Seven appearances in the College Cup
· 19 straight winning seasons
· 39 MLS players
· 34 First Team All-ACC picks
· Eight MAC Hermann Trophy finalists


Townsend Drafted Fifth by Chivas USA
· Casey Townsend became the eighth Terrapin to be drafted with a top five pick in the MLS SuperDraft. The senior forward was selected fifth overall by Chivas USA.

· The Traverse City, Mich., product became Maryland’s fourth top 10 pick in the draft in the last three seasons, joining Zac MacMath (fifth overall – Philadelphia), Omar Gonzalez (third overall – Los Angeles), and Rodney Wallace (sixth overall – D.C. United).

· Townsend is the eighth top five pick for the Terps all-time, joining Leo Cullen (1998 – first), Taylor Twellman (2002 – second),Jason Garey (2006 – third), Chris Seitz (2007 – fourth), Maurice Edu (2007 – first), Gonzalez (2009 – third), and MacMath (2011 – fifth).


Fan Friendly Ludwig Field
· The Maryland men’s soccer team has increasingly attracted more and more fans to Ludwig Field season after season. Heading into this season, nearly 375,000 fans have filled the stands to take in exciting Terrapin soccer action since the facility opened in 1995.

· The Terps set a Ludwig Field record Oct. 14, 2011 when 7,957 fans watched Maryland defeat Duke on a perfect College Park night set with fireworks. Maryland averaged nearly 4,000 fans per game in 2011.

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing-Baltimore Indoor Auto Racing (Saturday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Ice Hockey: AHL Showcase Norfolk Admirals vs. Hershey Bears (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), George Mason @ Maryland (Saturday 6pm Comcast Center)

10. Wiz Khalifa (Thursday 7pm Patriot Center), Smashing Pumpkins (Sunday 8pm Patriot Center); Everclear/Eve 6 (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Robert Cray Band (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Misfits (Thursday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); X/Reverend Horton Heat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Gavin DeGraw/All-American Rejects (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre), Richard Marx (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Grace Potter and The Nocturnals (Thursday 7pm Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club), Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club), Alex Clare (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Phil Vassar (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Brian Setzer Orchestra (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); Blue Oyster Cult (Saturday 7pm State Theatre); Wiz Khalifa “O.N.I.F.C.” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday); GRAMMY Nominations Concert (Wednesday 10pm from Nashville live on CBS)

I have no idea if the Smashing Pumpkins are still any good, but I know they used to kick a ton of ass…

If there’s ANY WAY I can get out of Thursday Night Live early, I’d LOVE to head down to RHL. Do you have any idea how obsessed I was with Everclear growing up?

Hell…even Eve 6 for that matter…

There’s a part of me that’s pretty sure I’d go see BSO play Christmas tunes in Bethesda…

9. Judah Friedlander (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Paula Poundstone (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Dave Attell (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Gary Valentine (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Finding Nemo 3D” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (Tuesday 10pm CBS)

What was that last thing?

Still not ringing a bell…

Oh! Now I know…

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Maryland tops Louisville to reach NCAA Soccer semifinals

Posted on 01 December 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 2 Maryland advanced to its 12th College Cup in program history with a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Louisville in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Saturday.

A raucous Ludwig Field crowd enjoyed goals from London Woodberry, Jake Pace and Patrick Mullins as the Terrapins (20-1-2) avenged last season’s NCAA tournament loss to the Cardinals (14-6-1). The Terps will face local rival Georgetown in the NCAA semifinals in Hoover, Ala., Friday at 5 p.m.

Maryland showed its intent in the opening 30 seconds of the match when freshman Schillo Tshuma’s bicycle kick attempt was punched over the bar by Louisville keeper Mike Mauro.

The Terrapins continued to pour on the pressure and Woodberry cashed in, scoring his third goal of the season off a Taylor Kemp cross in the 34th minute. The goal was the senior centerback’s first since he knocked in two tallies in a 3-2 win over College of Charleston on September 29.

Louisville struck back on the counter in the 40th minute. Zach Foxhoven got on the end of a Dylan Mares feed and put the ball past Maryland keeper Keith Cardona to even the contest.

Maryland took the lead into halftime after redshirt junior Pace weaved through the Cardinal defense and headed home aDakota Edwards cross into the far left corner.

The goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first stanza was Pace’s fifth of the season and gave the Terrapins a margin that reflected their first half dominance.

Maryland controlled most of the second half, but was unable to capitalize on a number of chances. Sunny Jane and Mullins both had point blank efforts saved by Mauro, who tallied five saves for the game.

Mullins, a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, finally provided the Terps with a two-goal cushion in the 68th minute. The junior knocked in his team-leading 16th goal of the season off his own rebound after a scramble in front of the net following a solid Kemp serve from the sideline.

Maryland, led by the backline of Woodberry, Edwards, Kemp and Jordan Cyrus, protected its lead for the final 20 minutes to secure its 12th trip to the College Cup.

“We played a great game against one of the great teams in college soccer…against one of the most well-coached, skillful and determined teams in the country,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “This game had a lot of intrigue to it and our team came out with a hunger, a tenacity, a determination and a skillset that carried us through.

“I am delighted our seniors will have a chance to experience the College Cup. Every player that came here since 1994 has had a chance to play in the College Cup, and this set of seniors was not going to let that pass us by. They worked their butts off.”

The victory gave Maryland its fourth 20-win season in its history, all accomplished under Cirovski, who is in his 20th season in College Park.

The Terps, who are returning the College Cup for the first time since 2008 when they won their third national championship, will face the third-seeded Hoyas live on ESPNU.

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Georgetown, Temple highlight Towson non-conference hoops schedule

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ANNOUNCES 2012-13 NON-CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
The Tigers Will Face Four Teams That Qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament During Their Non-Conference Slate

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play 13 games, including four contests against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, during the non-conference portion of its 2012-13 schedule, Tiger head coach Pat Skerry announced today.

The Tigers, who played the most difficult non-conference schedule in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) last year, will face off against teams from 12 different conferences during this year’s slate of non-league games. The BIG EAST, Pac-12 and Atlantic-10 are just three of the conferences with members on the Tigers’ non-conference schedule this season.

“Our non-conference schedule will once again challenge us from beginning to end,” said Skerry. “We face a number of really good teams from a number of quality conferences. I think the caliber of teams we’ll go up against will prepare our guys for the rigors of CAA play.”

The Tigers will host a pair of exhibition games at the Towson Center, taking on Bloomsburg University on November 1 and Goldey-Beacom on Nov. 12. Sandwiched in between the exhibitions will be the Tigers’ regular season opener at the College of Charleston on Nov. 9. The Cougars won 19 games last season and are usually among the front-runners in the Southern Conference.

After the exhibition finale, Towson will take part in the Eastern Kentucky Tournament in Richmond, Ky. The Tigers will be challenged with four games in four days, taking on Radford (Nov. 16), Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 17), Kennesaw State (Nov. 18) and Cincinnati Christian (Nov. 19).

Towson will then renew a pair of local rivalries, traveling to reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 26 and battling UMBC at the Retriever Activities Center Arena on Dec. 1. The Tigers will be meeting the Greyhounds for the 71st time and the Retrievers for the 54th time.

After that Towson faces a tough stretch of three consecutive road games against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will be at Vermont on Dec. 5, Georgetown on Dec. 8 and Temple on Dec. 12.

The regular season home opener is slated for Dec. 15 when North Dakota State comes to the Towson Center Arena for a 7 p.m. tip. The Tigers will then be part of a doubleheader with the Towson women’s basketball team on Dec. 19. The women’s team will compete against Bucknell at 5 p.m. with the men’s squad slated to play Coppin State at 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers will conclude their non-conference slate of games on Dec. 29 when they travel across the country to take on Oregon State out of the Pac-12 Conference. The Tigers and Beavers met this past season in the Towson Center Arena with President Barack Obama on hand to watch. Oregon State’s head coach, Craig Robinson, is Obama’s brother-in-law.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for the remainder of the 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule once the CAA slate of games are announced.

Towson University 2012-13 Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Date                       Opponent                                              Time
November 1          Bloomsburg (exhibition)                    TBD
November 9         at College of Charleston                   7:00 p.m.
November 12        Goldey-Beacom                                   TBD
November 16        vs. Radford*                                         TBD
November 17        at Eastern Kentucky*                        TBD
November 18        vs. Kennesaw State*                         TBD
November 19        vs. Cincinnati Christian*                    TBD
November 26       at Loyola (Md.)                                     TBD
December 1          at UMBC                                                 TBD
December 5         at Vermont                                          TBD
December 8         at Georgetown                                    TBD
December 12        at Temple                                             TBD
December 15        North Dakota State                            7:00 p.m.
December 19        Coppin State                                        7:30 p.m.
December 29       at Oregon State                                  TBD

*Games part of Eastern Kentucky Tournament in Richmond, Ky.

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