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UMBC continues America East play Saturday against Hartford

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC and Hartford meet in a critical America East Conference match-up at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 12. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Both squads are coming off setbacks in the five-game  America East schedule and will be battling to maintain contact with the top of the league. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv with Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex on April 6. UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, FR A Max Maxwell led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while SO M Pat Young and SR A Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals. Gregoire, who leads the team with 31 goals and 34 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last eight games. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.20 saves per game. The AE Rookie of the Week on March 31 owns a save percentage of 55.2 percent, which is 17th-best in the country.

HAWK UPDATE:  SR Conner Yatauro and RS JR Adam Yee each netted hat tricks on Sunday afternoon, but Hartford came up short against No. 16 UAlbany, dropping a 15-11 decision at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. Hartford won the ground ball battle, 38-33, and forced 18 UAlbany turnovers, but dropped its fourth straight contest. The Hawks then defeated visting Dartmouth, 12-7, on April 8. FR A Jaedon Henderson scored five goals and SR G Frank Piechota made a career-high 18 saves. JR A Kevin O’Shea has recorded 27 goals and 39 points through the team’s first 12 games. Shea averages 11.1 shots per game.  Yee has won 150 of 269 draws attempted, a 55.8 percent success mark.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the series, 7-5, and snapped a four-game slide to the Hawks with a 16-12 victory at UMBC Stadium in 2012. The teams met twice in 2013, with Hartford triumphing, 15-14, in overtime at Al-Marzook Field in the regular season, but UMBC rallying for a 15-13 victory in the America East semifinals at Stony Brook. The Retrievers are 4-1 versus the Hawks at UMBC Stadium.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the  home schedule and honors its seniors next Saturday, April 19 with a 3:30 p.m.contest versus defending America East champion Albany.

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UMBC concludes regular season Sunday at Hartford

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (9-19, 5-10 America East) plays its final game of the 2013-14 regular season when the Retrievers travel to West Hartford, Conn. to take on Hartford (15-15, 9-6) at the Chase Family Arena on Sunday, March 2.

A win would guarantee the Retrievers the fifth seed in next weekend’s America East Tournament, its highest seed since the championship season of 2007-08. UMBC could finish fifth, sixth or seventh with a setback. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m. Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action on Q1370 AM (www.q1370.com) and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played its seventh league game which was decided by six points or less versus Binghamton on Feb. 22 and dropped a 72-70 decision to the Bearcats. The Retrievers, now 3-4 in those close contests, rallied from an 18-point second half deficit and took a brief late lead, but two missed free throws and a pair of offline last-second attempts sent the squad to its third straight loss. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.7 ppg) became the third UMBC DI freshman to surpass the 400-point plateau as he led UMBC with 19 points.

HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (15-15, 9-6 AE) has won five of its last six games and is tied with Albany for third place in the conference. The Hawks had a great battle with Binghamton at Chase Family Arena on Thursday and ended up prevailing, 89-83, in overtime. Five Hawks scored in double figures, led by JR F Mark Nwakamma’s double-double of 19 points and 12 caroms. Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg) and is shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Classmate G Wes Cole leads America East with 75 treys and is shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will compete in its 11th America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany, beginning with a quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 8.

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UMBC hosts Hartford for Hall of Fame Day Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: The UMBC Retrievers (5-14, 1-5) try to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand when they face the Hartford Hawks (10-11, 4-2) on Hall of Fame Day at the RAC Arena. The Saturday, Jan. 25 nightcap of a hoops doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Gary Stein and Troy Green have the call, live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC played the two undefeated teams in America East, Vermont and Stony Brook, in a span of three days, and dropped both decisions. The Retrievers are mired in a shooting slump – the squad has not surpassed 40 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games. FR G Rodney Elliott (13.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, while SR F Chase Plummer coming off a 21-point effort versus Stony Brook.

HAWK UPDATE: Taylor Dyson’s short baseline jumper as he fell to the floor with 2.3 seconds left boosted Hartford to a 56-54 victory over Binghamton on Thursday night. Wes Cole led the Hawks (10-11, 4-2 America East) with 24 points, and the junior guard has buried 18 treys in his last two outings. JR F Mark Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (6.0). Hartford has won three straight, two of which have been on the road and the Hawks are 5-6 in road games in 2013-14.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC hits the road next week for contests at Binghamton (Jan. 29) and at Maine (Feb .1).

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Edsall expects negative reaction in return to UConn Saturday

Posted on 10 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — As much as Maryland coach Randy Edsall would like to pretend otherwise, the matchup between the Terrapins and Connecticut this Saturday isn’t just another game.

It couldn’t be, given Edsall’s 12-year tenure as the Connecticut head coach before he abruptly left to take the job at Maryland after the 2010 season.

Edsall got his first head coaching job at Connecticut in 1999. He took the program from the Football Championship Subdivision level to the Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big East.

He was the school’s all-time leader in wins (74) and games coached (144).

Although UConn beat Maryland last year at Byrd Stadium, this will be Edsall’s first trip back to East Hartford’s Renscheler Field. His list of priorities begins with helping the Terrapins improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.

“I have a lot of great memories of Rentchler Field and coaching there and a lot of good game splayed there and good fan support,” Edsall said Tuesday. “But you’ve got to put that behind you because the attention and the focus need to be on preparing this week and playing the best game we can in a hostile environment.”

Maryland will be playing its first road game of the season after two lopsided victories at home against Florida International (43-10) and Old Dominion (47-10). The Terrapins can expect to be surrounded by a home crowd more energetic than usual because of the circumstances surrounding Edsall’s departure.

Edsall coached the Huskies in their 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. Afterward, he flew to Maryland for a job interview rather than returning home with his team. Many of the players learned of his departure through the news media. Edsall wasn’t able to meet with all the players personally to explain his decision, but did talk to most of the players on a conference call.

Edsall said last year that he regretted how he handled the situation. He expects he’ll hear plenty about it while on the Maryland sideline during the game.

“Anytime you go on the road, they’re going to boo you and they’re not gonna like you,” Edsall said. “I wouldn’t expect anything different. I’m sure there will be some people — maybe my golf buddies — that might cheer for us.”

Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni expects Edsall to receive a mixed reaction upon his return.

“Some people probably really appreciated the years and the work that Randy put in here,” Pasqualoni said. “I’m sure that there’s that population out there. There are other people that are probably still a little upset in the way things sorted out in the end.”

UConn senior defensive end Jesse Joseph expects the Huskies (1-1) to use Edsall’s return as motivation.

“There’s some guys on the team who feel like, because it’s Edsall, we need to come out as high as we can, more focused more violent than ever before,” Joseph said. “And that could be a good thing.  We could always use that. Some people do use that. I could use that, and that’s something that you’ll definitely see on the field.”

Maryland’s players have been made aware of what to expect from the crowd. But they have their own reasons for wanting to win, and it’s got nothing to do with their head coach.

“We’re rolling right now and we just want to keep it going,” linebacker Matt Robinson said. “We’ve just got to go out there and do what we’ve been doing.”

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Hartford’s late heroics drop UMBC in OT

Posted on 31 March 2013 by WNST Staff

West Hartford, Conn.- Hartford midfielder Garrett Dollard scored the game-tying goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation and tallied the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime as the host Hawks edged the UMBC Retrievers, 15-14, in the America East opener for both teams at Al-Marzook Stadium.

UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) led the visitors with a season-best four goals and five points. Retriever senior attackmen Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) added three goals apiece.

Hartford sophomore and attackman Kevin O’Shea led all scorers with five goals and one assist.

The Retrievers played from behind for the entire first half, but took the lead for the first time at 10-9 on back-to-back scores by Young late in the third quarter. Gregoire capped his hat trick and gave the visitors a two-goal advantage with 1:28 remaining.

But Hartford (4-4, 1-0) sent the game to the fourth quarter down by only one as they scored with 28 second left in the frame, then tied the score at 11-all just 1:01 into the fourth.

UMB C (3-6, 0-1) then snatched the momentum back as Young recorded an unassisted score with 10:19 remaining. The Retrievers added to the advantage as Jones fired home a man-up goal from 12 yards out and scored inside on a feed from Young to take a 14-11 lead with 6:39 remaining.

The Hawks rallied, scoring a man-up goal with 5:42 remaining, and then tallied on a fast break while down a man with 3:02 to play.

In the final minute of regulation, UMBC was assessed a delay of game penalty, but was en route to killing it off after a loose ball situation with 31 seconds to play, but the Hawks managed to call a time out. Hartford’s Jared Franze found Dollard cutting inside and his shot from eight yards out beat UMBC sophomore netminder wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) to knot the score at 14-all.

After Hartford mishandled the ball on the ensuing draw, UMBC sent the ball the length of the field and Jones popped it into the net, but just one second after the clock read 0:00.

UMBC won the draw to start overtime, but committed a turnover before on an immediate drive to the goal. Hartford took possession and Dollard took the ball behind the goal, popped out on the right side, and bounced a shot past DiRito from close range. .

Both goalkeepers were outstanding at various stages of the game. DiRito amassed 14 saves, including 11 in the middle two stanzas to allow UMBC to rally. Hartford-s Frank Piechota came up with 12 stops, including 10 in the first and fourth quarters.

Senior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) scored a goal and added three assists for UMBC.

UMBC trailed, 4-2, after one quarter and 7-5 at the half.

The Retrievers play one of only two league home games on Sat., April 6 vs. Vermont.

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UMBC opens America East play Saturday at Hartford

Posted on 29 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-5) opens its tenth season of America East Conference play on Sat., March 30 when they travel to West Hartford, Conn. to take on the Hartford Hawks (3-4). The Retrievers are seeking to earn their tenth berth in the postseason America East Tournament and their fourth league title. The contest vs. the Hawks faces off at 2:00 p.m.

UMBC just won its second of three consecutive home games in an eight-day stretch with a 10-8 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on March 23. UMBC got a pair of goals from its close defenders, including the game-winner by senior Ethan Murphy in the late stages of the game. Sophomore netminder Wes DiRito made 11 saves as UMBC held the Mount three goals below its season average.

 

FOR OPENERS: UMBC is 6-3 in previous America East Conference openers. The Retrievers snapped a two-game slide in the wake of the 2012 victory vs. Hartford. The Retrievers are 2-2 when opening an America East season on the road.

 

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is 36-11 (.766) in nine years of America East competition and 20-4 (.833) at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play. In 2012, the Retrievers (3-2 AEC) posted a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the ninth consecutive year.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Hartford put up a good fight, but it was unable to take down the University of Massachusetts as the Minutemen scored a pair of late goals to come out of Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium with an 13-11 triumph on March 23. Hartford, which rode a three-game win streak into the evening, dips to 3-4 on the season. Freshman midfielder Jack Bobzien tallied five points, a team-high, on one goal and four assists. Bobzien (5g, 20a) was named America East Conference Rookie of the Week and has 20 assists through seven games, including 12 in his last three outings. Junior attackman Andrew Cacchio leads the Hawks with 12 goals scored. Five of Hartford’s seven games have been decided by three goals or less and UH is 3-2 in those contests.

ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the series, 6-4, and snapped a six-game slide to the Hawks with a 16-12 victory at UMBC Stadium in 2012. The Retrievers have dropped three consecutive games at Al-Marzook Field. Hartford has averaged 12.0 goals per game vs. UMBC in the last five meetings after the Retrievers averaged 15.6 goals per game in the first five meetings.

 

THE LAST TIME WE MET: Joe Lustgarten smashed a career highs with five goals and eight total points, leading host UMBC to a 16-12 victory over Hartford in the America East Conference opener for both squads on March 31, 2012. Junior attackman Scott Jones added four goals and an assist for UMBC, while sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire added three goals in his first start of the campaign. The Retrievers led 5-0 after 15 minutes and 8-2 at halftime. The Hawks got as close as 14-11 early in the fourth quarter before a Gregoire goal halted the momentum.

 

UP NEXT: UMBC returns to UMBC Stadium for its league home opener vs. Vermont on Saturday, April 7.

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UMBC to open AE Tournament Saturday against Hartford

Posted on 03 March 2013 by WNST Staff

America East Men’s Basketball Championship Matchups Set After Thrilling Final Day of Season

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The matchups and seeds for the 2013 America East Men’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU are set as the regular-season schedule concluded with a thrilling final day Sunday.

Stony Brook, already the league’s regular-season champion and top seed for the tournament coming into the day’s action, beat Albany, 75-70, while Hartford upended Vermont, 61-58, on Nate Sikma’s buzzer-beating three pointer. The Hawks’ win paired with the Great Danes’ loss gives Hartford the No. 3 seed and Albany the No. 4 seed. Vermont had already secured the No. 2 seed earlier in the week. UMBC toppled Binghamton, 59-49, to lock up the No. 6 seed, while Binghamton is the No. 8 seed. New Hampshire outlasted Maine, 79-74, but lost the tiebreaker to UMBC and is the No. 7 seed. Maine will be the No. 5 seed.

The 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU will be held March 8-10 in Albany, N.Y., at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena. The men’s quarterfinal games take place Saturday, March 9 with the first game tipping off at noon. The four winners will advance to the semifinals on Sunday, March 10. The two semifinal winners will play for the America East title and an automatic NCAA bid on Saturday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the highest remaining seed’s home court.

Saturday’s men’s quarterfinals will kick off with second-seeded Vermont (19-10, 11-5 AE) taking on seventh-seeded New Hampshire (9-19, 5-11) at 12 p.m. The Catamounts are seeded second or better for the ninth time in 11 years and will be seeking their second-straight league crown. The Wildcats, winners of two of their last three, are seeking their first league title and championship game appearance.

Third-seeded Hartford (17-12, 10-6 AE) will face sixth-seeded UMBC (7-22, 5-11 AE) at approximately 2 p.m. in a matchup of teams that split their regular-season series. The Hawks, who have their best seed and record since the 2007-08 season, come in having won three straight and six of eight, while the Retrievers have their most wins since the 2008-09 campaign when they reached the league title game.

In the night session, top-seeded Stony Brook (23-6, 14-2 AE) faces eighth-seeded Binghamton (3-26, 1-15 AE) at 6 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal matchup. The Seawolves, who captured their third America East regular-season crown in four years and have their most-ever wins as a Division I program, will try to get to their third-straight championship game and take home their first league crown. The Bearcats will try to win at least one tournament game for the fourth-straight time.

Fourth-seeded Albany (21-10, 9-7 AE) and fifth-seeded Maine (11-18, 6-10 AE) will wrap up the quarterfinal action at approximately 8 p.m. The Great Danes, who carry their most-ever wins into the tournament, will try to get to the semifinals for the second straight year and reach their first championship game since 2007. The Black Bears are aiming to snap a seven-game tournament losing skid.

The Vermont-New Hampshire winner will take on the Hartford-UMBC winner in Sunday’s first semifinal at 5 p.m., while the Stony Brook-Binghamton winner will face the Albany-Maine winner in the second semifinal at approximately 7 p.m.

The semifinal winners will then meet for the America East title on Saturday, March 16 at the highest remaining seed. Game time is 11:30 a.m.

All-session ticket packages for the first two rounds of 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU are already on sale. Single-session tickets championship will go on sale Monday, March 4, at 9 a.m. For more information on how to purchase tickets and the championship, visit Championship Central.

Fans who can’t make it to Albany will still be able to catch all the action. For the first time in league history, all early round games of the 2013 Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and available via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets. ESPN2 will televise the championship game nationally on March 16. Postgame press conferences will air on AmericaEast.com approximately 10 minutes after each game.

Stay up-to-date through March 16 by visiting America East Championship Central for all the latest tournament news and information.


2013 America East Men’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU
Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.
Title Game at Highest Remaining Seed

Saturday, March 9 – Quarterfinals
#2 Vermont vs. #7 New Hampshire, 12 p.m. (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
#3 Hartford vs. #6 UMBC, 2 p.m.* (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
#1 Stony Brook vs. #8 Binghamton, 6 p.m. (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
#4 Albany vs. #5 Maine, 8 p.m.* (ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Sunday, March 10 – Semifinals
Vermont-New Hampshire Winner vs. Hartford-UMBC Winner, 5 p.m. – (ESPN3/WatchESPN)
Stony Brook-Binghamton Winner vs. Albany-Maine winner, 7 p.m.* – (ESPN3/WatchESPN)

Saturday, March 16 – Title Game

Semifinal Winners, 11:30 a.m. – (ESPN2/WatchESPN)

*time approximate. Second game of session will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the prior game.

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UMBC plays final road game Thursday at Hartford

Posted on 27 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC enters the final week of the regular season trying to hold off UNH for the sixth seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. The Retrievers open play this week by taking on the Hartford Hawks at the Chase Family Arena on Thurs., Feb. 28. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-10, 6-21) has droppped five straight, including last Saturday’s 68-59 setback vs. Boston University. The Retrievers fell behind by 12 early in the second half before a rally cut the deficit to two points midway through the stanza, but the comeback fell short. Reserve SO G Joey Getz is averaging 12.0 ppg in the month of February. SR G Ryan Cook leads the squad with 14.6 points per game.

 

HAWK UPDATE:  Hartford (8-6, 15-12) is tied with Albany for the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Hawks has been tough at home in 2012-13, postiing a mark of 9-4. UH is coming off a 49-44 victory over UNH on Feb. 20 and had the weekend bye. SO F Mark Nwakamma leads America East in scoring in league play at 17.6 points per game.

 

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC completes the regular season vs. Binghamton at home on Sun., March 3 at 2:00 p.m.  The Retrievers will honor seniors Ryan Cook, Brian Neller and Adrian Satchell in ceremonies before the start of the game.

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Five Blye goals help Maryland past Hartford, to 2-0 on season

Posted on 16 February 2013 by WNST Staff

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Owen Blye scored a career-high five goals to lead the No. 2 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a convincing 16-4 win at Hartford in front of 1,747 at Alumni Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Maryland got out of the box quick, going up 1-0 just 1:05 into the game when Blye came around right goal line extended and beat Hartford goalie Frank Piechota with a quick fake high before finishing with bouncer.

The lead jumped to 3-0 with two more unassisted goals. Senior Kevin Cooper scored his first of the game, converting off of a scramble on a Maryland clear attempt at the 10:42 mark. Then senior Jake Bernhardt blew past his defender to get to the middle of the box and ripped a shot into the top right corner with 8:55 to go in the first.

An illegal body check on the Hawks’ Brendan Lake gave the Terps’ an extra-man chance and junior Mike Chanenchuk scored off of a feed by senior John Haus at the 7:01 mark to make it a 4-0 Maryland lead.

Hartford got on the board with 1:03 left in the first with an extra-man score by Andrew Cacchio.

But the Terps would take a four-goal lead into the quarter break thanks to a score by Cooper. Piechota got a piece of it, but the ball trickled over the line for a 5-1 Maryland lead with just 30 seconds to go in the first.

The second quarter started just like the first with the Terps’ scoring quickly. With just 1:17 ticked off the clock, a quick restart caught Piechota out of the crease and Cooper found Haus wide open in front of the net for the easy score.

The lead grew to 7-1 for the Terps at the 10:30 mark when Haus picked up his second assist of the game by finding Blye on left goal line extended with a pinpoint pass.

Sophomore Jay Carlson scored his first of the season to make it a seven-goal Terrapin lead with a quick turn-and-shoot from just above right goal line extended with 7:24 to play in the second.

Maryland’s transition game kicked into gear for the next goal as a Hawks turnover went the other way with senior Landon Carr pushing the tempo. He gave the ball up to senior Jesse Bernhardt and the long pole bounced a shot into the Hartford net with 6:37 left in the quarter.

Blye scored twice to open the third quarter to build the lead to 11-1. He scored his third of the game, going right past a Hawk defender to get in close and beat Piechota off side high. Blye then made it a 10-goal lead with an extra-man goal off an assist by Chanenchuk with 9:32 to go in the third.

Cooper finished his hat trick with an unassisted goal through the legs of the Hawks’ goalie to give Maryland a 13-1 lead at the 8:08 mark.

Drew Haig ended the Hartford scoring drought at 25:37 with an unassisted goal at the 5:56 mark of the third.

But Maryland answered right back with Carlson scoring his second of the day with 3:43 to play in the quarter. The goal was officially unassisted with Carlson dipping under his defender to get free, but Haus slipped a terrific pass to Carlson to set up the score.

The Terps closed out the quarter with a goal by senior Billy Gribbin with 2:03 to play. After being robbed several times earlier in the game by Piechota, Gribbin got one into the net, finishing off a nice feed from sophomore Joe LoCascio to make it a 15-2 Maryland lead.

Hartford made it a 12-goal deficit early in the fourth quarter with Jared Franze scoring off a feed from Garrett Dollard.

The Hawks scored back-to-back goals for the first time in the game when Cooper Del Zotto found the back of the net to make it a 15-4 game with 9:48 to go in the fourth.

Maryland upped the lead back to 12 when junior Brendan Saylor found sophomore Bobby Gribbin wide open on the crease and Gribbin beat reserve goalie Dan Zenevitch for the 16-4 Terrapin lead.

Senior Michael Ehrhardt had a career-best six groundballs to lead the defensive effort, while junior Niko Amato made eight saves in the first three quarters and sophomore Kyle Bernlohr finished with four in the fourth.

The Terps continue their three-game road trip next Saturday, Feb. 23, when they travel up to Baltimore to play No. 1 Loyola at 1:30 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex. That game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-4 win, Maryland is now 2-0 all-time vs. Hartford.
• With a five points on three goals and two assists, senior Kevin Cooper now has three hat tricks, 13 multi-point, five multi-goal and eight multi-assist games for his career.
• With three points on a goal and two assists, senior John Haus now has 22 multi-point and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• With five points on five goals, senior Owen Blye now has 24 multi-point and 14 multi-goals for his career.
• With two points on two goals, sophomore Jay Carlson now has five multi-point and four multi-goals for his career.
• Maryland held the Hawks without a goal in the second quarter, marking the first time this season the Terps have shutout an opponent for a quarter.
• Maryland held Hartford scoreless for 25:37 from late in the first quarter into the third, marking the first 20+ minute scoreless drought for the Terrapin defense this season.

 

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Maryland lax looks to improve to 2-0 Saturday at Hartford

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 2 Maryland (1-0) men’s lacrosse team hits the road for the first time in 2013 when it heads to West Hartford, Conn., to play Hartford. The Terps and the Hawks are slated for a 1 p.m. start at Yousuf Al-Marzook Field on Saturday, Feb. 16.

• Maryland is 15-4 in its last 19 road openers with all four losses coming at ACC opponents (Duke three times and once at Virginia). The last time the Terps lost their first road game to a non-conference opponent was a 10-8 defeat at Loyola in 1989.

• Maryland is coming off of a dominating 23-6 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in its 2013 season opener. Senior Kevin Cooper made his first career start at attack and set his career high with six points on three goals and three assists. Senior John Haus had five points on two goals and three assists, while senior Jake Bernhardt returned to the field after missing the entire 2012 season due to injury and had a career-best four goals. In all, 14 different Terps scored goals. Maryland dominated the faceoff X with sophomore Charlie Raffa and senior Curtis Holmes combining to win 18 of the 24 draws they took and each scored a goal. Junior Niko Amato only needed to make eight saves in the win.

• Hartford is looking to return to its 2011 form that saw the Hawks win the America East tournament and make their first NCAA tournament field. Hartford graduated its top two scorers in Carter Bender and Ryan Compitello, but return sophomore attackman Kevin O’Shea, who had 23 goals and 10 assists as a freshman in 2012, including three goals (two on extra-man opportunities) off the bench vs. the Terps. Also back are Jared Franze and Rory Nunamacher, who scored 17 and 16 goals, respectively, last season.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 94 of the 103 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .913 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 111-25 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .816 winning percentage.
8 … Jesse Bernhardt had eight groundballs vs. the Hawks last season.
7 … Maryland will play seven of the preseason Top 20 teams in 2013.
6 … Kevin Cooper set his career high with six points in the season opener vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
5 … A school record-tying five Terps were selected in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft.
4 … John Haus had four points on two goals and two assists in the 2012 meeting with Hartford.
3 … John Tillman is beginning his third season as the head coach at Maryland.
2 … This will be the just the second meeting between Maryland and Hartford.
1 … Jake Bernhardt recorded his first career hat trick in the season opener vs. Mount St. Mary’s.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 46-30 career record for a 60.5 winning percentage. Tillman is 26-11 (.703) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Peter Lawrence is in his eighth season as a head coach, all at the helm of the Hawks, and has a 28-75 (.272) record.


Series History vs. Hartford
• This will be just the second meeting between the Terps and the Hawks with Maryland winning the only other meeting.

• The Terrapins opened their 2012 season vs. the Hawks, who were the defending America East champions, and John Haus’ four points led six Terps with multiple points in a 12-6 Maryland win. Niko Amato made 12 saves in the victory, while Curtis Holmes won 19-of-20 faceoffs with a career-best nine groundballs.

Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 94 of the 103 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .913 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.3 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 111-25 in games, for a .816 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 178 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 76.4 percent of the time.


Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 1-0 on the year and has shot 30% or better in the victory. In five of the Terps’ six losses Maryland failed to shoot 30%.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 56-4 (.933) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 12 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 12 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in three of them.


Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.


The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 741-253-4 (.744), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010’s for a .735 winning percentage.


A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

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