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Rice, Porter lead Wizards past Hawks in Summer League play

Posted on 12 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Recap: Wizards 90, Hawks 74

Glen Rice Jr. and Otto Porter combined for 47 points as they powered the Washington Wizards to a 90-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on the second day of play in the summer dessert classic in Las Vegas.

The Wizards trailed by as many as eight points in the game and were held to just 12 points in the second quarter. However, the second half was all Wizards as they outscored the Hawks 55 to 33.

Porter led all scorers with 25 points for the Wizards while Adreian Payne chipped in a team-high 12 points for the Hawks.

The Wizards held a 23-17 lead after the opening quarter of play. The Hawks struggled out of the gate connecting on just one basket in the first eight minutes of the quarter. Mike Muscala and Walter Tavares both tallied four points for the Hawks in the quarter while Rice chipped in eight for the Wizards.

The Hawks closed the second quarter on a 6-2 run and held a seven point lead, 41-35, at halftime. Atlanta’s offensive output was driven by Larmar Patterson who chipped in eight points and Steven Holt who added five. The Wizards were held to just 12 second quarter points.

The third quarter was all Wizards as they fought back and tied the game up at 47, at the 6:40 mark in the quarter. They continued to dominate the quarter earning their largest lead of the quarter at 13. Washington continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, expanding their lead to as many as 20.

Paul Millsap was on hand to watch his younger brother Abraham who is a member of the Hawks summer league team.

Both teams return to action on Sunday, the Hawks (0-1) taking on the NBA D-League Select team at 3:30 p.m. and the Wizards (1-0) will host Minnesota at 7:30 p.m.

(Recap courtesy of NBA)

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Loyola faces Lehigh Sunday in Patriot League title game

Posted on 27 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Sunday, April 25, 2014  |  1:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | CBS Sports Network


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will host the Patriot League Championship Game at Ridley Athletic Complex, on Sunday, April 27.

The top-seeded Greyhounds will play third-seeded Lehigh University at 1 p.m.

Lehigh edged No. 2 seed the U.S. Military Academy, 12-11, and Loyola topped No. 4 seed Colgate University, 12-6, in Friday’s semifinals.

Loyola went 8-0 to win the Patriot League Regular-Season title and earn the right to host the Patriot League Championships.

The Greyhounds are looking for their second conference tournament title in three years. They also won the 2012 ECAC Lacrosse League Championship.

Joe Fletcher leads all close defenders nationally in ground balls (66) and ground balls per game (4.71).

Pat Laconi is tops among NCAA Division I non-pole players in caused turnovers (27) and caused turnovers per game (1.93).

Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello entered the week ranked second and third in assists and goals per game, respectively, in the NCAA. After the Colgate game, their averages are 3.21 and 3.14.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola used two 3-0 runs and a 4-0 run to take control of Friday’s Patriot League Semifinal against Colgate University, as the Greyhounds defeated the Raiders, 12-6.

Brian Schultz scored four goals and assisted on another, and Justin Ward matched his team-high five points with two goals and three assists.

Colgate’s Cameron Williams scored his first of two goals with 1:31 left in the third quarter to send the teams into the second frame with Loyola in front, 3-2.

Schultz, however, scored his first goal 38 seconds into the second quarter, and Nikko Pontrello added a goal at 4:21. Schultz then tallied his second of the quarter with 3:06 left in the half, and Loyola led 6-2 at halftime.

After a 38-minute lightning delay early in the third quarter, Schultz capped the 4-0 run with a goal at 5:22 left in the third.

The Raiders got two goals within 61 seconds of each other to close the third, but Ward, Ryan Fournier and Schultz scored for a 3-0 fourth-quarter run that put the game out of reach.

Joe Fletcher tied his career-high with five caused turnovers in the contest.

 

Turn On The Television

All three games in the Patriot League Championships will be broadcast live, nationally on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan will call the play-by-play, and Evan Washburn will handle the analysis of the action.

The game is one of six that will feature the Greyhounds on the network. The  entire Patriot League Championships, as well as game against Johns Hopkins University on May 3 will be broadcast live. Loyola’s games versus Duke University, at Georgetown University and against Bucknell University were also on the network.

 

In The Polls

With last Thursday’s win against Bucknell, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls for the fifth week in a row.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons. This stretch is the longest Loyola has been ranked first since spending nine-straight at the top from March 15-May 10, 1999.

 

Series History

Loyola and Lehigh will meet for the ninth time on the lacrosse field when the teams take the field Saturday.

Prior to the teams’ regular-season meeting at Lehigh on March 1, the Greyhounds, who are 8-0 all-time against the Mountain Hawks, last played Lehigh on April 15, 1998. Loyola won that game 20-2 at Curley Field in a season which the Greyhounds would reach the NCAA Semifinals.

In the teams’ regular-season game, Kevin Ryan scored a career-high five goals, and Jack Runkel made 13 saves. The Mountain Hawks tied the score, 3-3, with two goals late in the first quarter, but Loyola outscored them 4-0 in the second as part of an 8-1 run that covered both halves.

 

All-League Awards

Three Loyola players earned individual awards on Monday when the Patriot League honors were announced. Joe Fletcher was named Defensive Player of the Year, Jack Runkel Goalkeeper of the Year and Justin Ward Offensive Player of the Year.

The trio was also named to the All-Patriot League First Team along with teammates Pat Laconi, Nikko Pontrello and Brian Sherlock. Kevin Ryan was named to the Second Team. Loyola’s seven All-League players were the most by any team this season.

 

Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 67 occasions. After defeating Colgate, 12-6, on Friday, Loyola has won 82.1 percent of those games (55-12).

 

Since 2012

Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 42-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 13-1 this season) for a .857 mark. Loyola’s winning percentage of .928 this season is the best nationally.

Only Duke has won more games (43) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage nine percent (43-13, .767).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are near the top of two offensive categories through games of Friday, April 25, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello is third in Division I with 44 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 45 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 114 combined points (Ward, 60; Pontrello, 54). Albany’s Lyle (88) and Miles (85) have a combined 173.

 

Tops Among Close Defenders

Joe Fletcher not only leads Loyola in ground balls, total (66) and per game (4.71), this season, but more impressive than that, he paces all close defenders nationally in the categories. Fletcher is 46th overall in ground balls per game, while the 45 players who are ahead of him are either face-off specialists or long-stick midfielders who play on the wings during restarts.

 

And Short-Sticks, Too

Meanwhile, Pat Laconi leads all non-pole defenders nationally in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game. With a career-high five against Bucknell, he has caused 27 this season while averaging 1.98 per game. He entered the Patriot League Championships eighth in the nation, and the seven players ahead of him in the rankings are all long-stick midfielders or close defenders.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 45 assists in 14 games. With his third and final assist on April 12 against Boston University, Ward passed Sean Heffernan for first-place in school single-season history at the Division I level.

He is second in the nation in total assists (45), and he is also second in the country, and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.21 assists per game this year. The 45 assists are tied for second in Patriot League history, three shy of matching Bucknell’s David Dickson’s record of 48 from a year ago.

With four assists against Duke on March 9, Ward set Loyola’s career Division I record (since 1982) in total assists, eclipsing the mark of 83 set from 1989-92 by Jim Blanding. His three at Colgate gave him 100 for his career, making him the second player in program history ever to reach the century mark.

Ward now has 112 career assists. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also sixth in school Division I history in total points with 166, 14 away from tying Gewas Schindler (1996-99) for fifth place. His 60 points this season are tied for seventh in school single-season history.

Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello was held without a goal for the first time this season on April 5 against Navy, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to start the season that Pontrello had two or more goals. He rebounded, however, with three goals and two assists versus Boston University and three goals and an assist versus Bucknell. Through games of Friday, April 25, Pontrello is third in the nation in total goals with 44.

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown, five versus Lafayette and three against Colgate, Boston University and Bucknell. He has now scored two or more in 12 of 14 games this year.

Two of his goals have been game-winners in one-goal contests. Pontrello scored 19 seconds into overtime to give Loyola a 12-11 win at Penn State, and he then tallied one with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to push the Greyhounds past Georgetown, 10-9.

Pontrello’s 44 goals this season rank fifth in school single-season history, one shy of tying Kevin Beach’s 1993 total for fourth.

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .647 mark, saving 143 out of 221 shots on goal he’s faced. In a six-game stretch  against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army, Runkel made 61 saves and allowed just 26 goals (.701).

The senior goalkeeper earned a record five Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors this year and was named the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year. He has a goals against average of 6.80 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .621 through 14 games. He is second in the nation in saves percentage and third in goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.63 goals against average and .569 saves percentage. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 40-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 43 victories. Amato, however, is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

He later had seven ground balls and causing a turnover against Duke. He also was primarily responsible for holding the Blue Devils’ All-American attacker Jordan Wolf to one goal.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games. He then marked Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, holding him without a point for the first time in 15 games. He then snapped the 41-game point-scoring streak of Bucknell’s David Dickson on April 17, holding him without a shot.

In all, the players Fletcher has had primary marking responsibilities for have tallied 11 goals in 13 games this year (including three each by the University of Virginia’s Mark Cockerton and Penn State University’s Shane Sturgis in the season’s first two games). Four of those goals have come when Fletcher was already out of the game late in the fourth quarter.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week five times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He leads the Greyhounds with 61 ground balls and caused turnovers (19). His 69 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Pat Laconi has continued to show his versatility as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the nation while being a player with offensive acumen. The Preseason All-American had a goal against Bucknell to bring his season total to eight goals and three assists and his career numbers to 13 and 12.

Laconi posted four ground balls, matching his career-high, and three caused turnovers at Colgate, the final of each coming with less than 25 seconds remaining to help seal the win. He caused another three turnovers a week later at Navy and then had a career-high five against Bucknell. His team-leading 27 caused turnovers are tops a this season have brought his career total to 68, fourth-most in school history.

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has scored 31 goals, second-most on the team through 14 games. He had the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the second overtime at Navy and less than two weeks later posted a career-best six goals in a win over Bucknell. His four against Colgate in the Patriot League Semifinals have given him 10 in Loyola’s last two contests.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds entered the Championships as the only team to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (13.14) rank fifth, and its goals allowed (6.93) are third. As a result, Loyola leads the nation in scoring margin (+6.21).

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 13 of its games this season, and it has had five stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 25 runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent Run Time Covered   Opponent Run Time Covered
at Holy Cross 14-0 38:58   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18

 

 

Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Loyola is one of three schools (along with Duke) to have three players named Tewaaraton Award nominees. Joe Fletcher, Nikko Pontrello and Justin Ward are semifinalists for the honor of college lacrosse’s top player.

 

Fletcher and Ward were also two of 20 players nationally to be named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award that seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom and who have used their platforms as student-athletes to make positive impacts in the community. Earlier this month, they were selected as two of the award’s 10 finalists for this year.

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Navy eliminated from Patriot League Tournament by Lehigh

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  Two-time defending Patriot League Champion Lehigh outscored Navy 4-1 in the fourth quarter to secure a 10-6 victory over the Midshipmen in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals played Tuesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa.  The third-seeded Mountain Hawks will face Army in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, while top-seeded Loyola will battle the No. 4 seed Colgate.

“It was another hard-fought battle for the Midshipmen,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We have had a long stretch against some really talented teams (Loyola, Army, Johns Hopkins, Lehigh) and there’s a lot of emotion that goes into those games.  I’m extremely proud of the way we came out and competed against a team that got us pretty good a month ago.  Lehigh is a talented team and well coached and at the end of the night they made a few more plays than us.

“We knew we were a better team than what showed up the last time we played here,” added Sowell.  “But I think it was a combination of it being a playoff game and the confidence we have gained over the last few weeks.  We certainly wanted to leave it all on the field tonight and I honestly couldn’t have been more proud of the effort my team gave.”

Navy opened the game with the hot hand as seniors Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) joined forces to put the Midshpmen up 1-0 six minutes into the contest thanks to a transition goal that was generated by a takeaway from rookie John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.).

Lehigh answered with just over three minutes to go in the opening quarter when Kurtis Kaunas fired in a five-yarder from the left wing.

The Mids took the lead once again when sophomore midfielder Kevin Wendel (East Islip, N.Y.) out-raced Lehigh defenseman Sam Lawrence and scored his third collegiate goal to put Navy up 2-1 with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.

Reid Weber slipped his defender and poked in his shot three minutes into the second quarter, queing  a 4-0 run by the Mountain Hawks.  Three of the next four goals were extra-man strikes as Lehigh owned a 5-2 lead with 9:25 to go in the first half.

Navy finally stopped the Lehigh run when Jones threaded his scoop shot through multiple defenders, as well as three-time All-Patriot League goalkeeper Matt Poillon, as Navy trailed 5-3 at the half.

The Mids trimmed the lead to one four minutes into the third quarter when senior middie Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) found a wide-open Hul standing on the left crease for his second goal of the contest.

Lehigh pushed its lead back to two when the Mids were unable to clear the ball out of the defensive box and Matt Smith punched in his fourth goal of the year from 10 yards out.

With under 30 seconds to go in the third period, Navy set up a play that saw Jones use a roll dodge to get free of middie Alan Henderson and post his second goal of the game with just 5.6 seconds left.

Down 6-5 heading into the final period of play, the Mids were unable to get anything going on the offensive end of the field while the Mountain Hawks scored four in a row, including an empty net goal with two minutes to play, to take a 10-5 lead.

The Mids scored a final time with 1:23 left in the contest when Hull produced his 14th collegiate hat trick with an unassisted strike from five yards out.

“We were able to get to within one a few times, but we just couldn’t get that goal to pull us even.  Looking back that four-goal run they made in the second quarter was tough to come back from, but we did not give up until the clock hit zero.”

Hull and Jones paced the Mids with three points apiece as Hull became just the 14th player in program history to reach 80 career goals.  Meanwhile, Jones moved into a tie for 10th place on Navy’s all-time points list with 143 points alongside Hall of Famer James Chambers (1946-49).

John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.), who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, played a strong game between the pipes, finishing the contest with 13 saves including six in the third quarter.  Senior long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) turned in a team-best three caused turnovers, while also playing a huge role on the wings of faceoffs helping Navy freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) win 13 of the 19 draws.  Kiernan grabbed a team-best seven ground balls and jumped from sixth to fourth on Navy’s career ground balls list with 185.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record playing from 2004-07.

Dove, who was named a Second-Team All-Patriot League player, has now won 158 faceoffs this season which are the second most in school history behind record holder Chris Pieczonka who set the record with 173 in 2004 and played in five more games.  Meanwhile, he stands eighth on Navy’s career faceoff wins list.

Five different players scored goals for the Mountain Hawks, including Kaunas who produced three goals and added an assist.  Meanwhile, Poillon anchored the defense with 15 saves including four in the final quarter of play.

The Mids will close out the 2014 campaign a week from Saturday with a 1:00 pm contest against fifth-ranked Maryland.

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Young scores five goals to lift UMBC past Hartford

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School (Va.)) scored four of his career-high five goals in the fourth quarter as the host Retrievers staved off a Hartford rally and defeated the Hawks, 16-11, in an America East Conference contest in summer-like conditions at UMBC Stadium.

UMBC improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while UH slipped to 5-8, 0-3.

Inserted onto the man-up unit for the contest, UMBC senior midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown)  tied a school record by scoring three extra-man goals on the day.

Retriever freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) turned in another outstanding performance. He made 13 saves, but all of his four of fourth-quarter stops were all dazzling efforts.

“We were not happy with the outcome of last week and were determined to come out here today and get one back,” said head coach Don Zimmernan. “The key was that we jumped all over them early. Give Hartford credit, they make their run, but it’s really hard to come back when you’re down that many. I really liked the way we played down the stretch.”

The Retrievers never trailed, but looked to make a comfortable day as they sprinted out to leads of 5-0, just 7:03 into the contest and 9-3 on Johnston’s third man-up score just 5:47 into the second quarter.

But Hartford scored twice in a span of 19 seconds late in the quarter and had the momentum going into the break, trailing just 9-5.

The Hawks continued to push back in the third quarter and closed the deficit to 10-8 on a goal by freshman attackman Jaedon Henderson midway through the stanza.  The Retrievers halted that 5-1 Hawk run as senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was rejected twice by Hawk senior goalkeeper Frank Piechota, but sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) corralled the loose ball and fed Gregoire inside for the Retrievers’ 11th score.

Gordon came up with a huge, acrobatic save on UH’s Brad Hutton at the 3:33 mark of the fourth quarter, and Young cashed in on the other end, scoring an unassisted goal 41 seconds later.  Hawk attackman Andrew Cacchio got that goal back off the ensuing draw 18 seconds later, but

Young started and ended a 3-0 UMBC run with goals over a span of 3:32, which gave the hosts a 15-9 advantage with 6:13 to play.

Hartford would continue to fight back, getting back-to-back goals from Matt Carroll and Hutton to trim the score to 15-11 with5:13 remaining. But Young set his personal high in goals, converting a Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) feed with4:22 remaining and sealing the victory for the Retrievers.

“I think (Pat Young) played his best game since he’s been here,” said Zimmerman. “He really took the game into his own hands down the stretch.”

Gannon and freshman attackman Max Maxwell also set personal bests in the contest. Gannon led all scorers with six points, scoring twice and adding four assists, while Maxwell set a season-high with four helpers. Three of Gannon’s assists occurred on man-up opportunities.

Henderson led Hartford with two goals and two assists and Piechota was credited with nine saves.

UMBC outshot UH, 38-35. The Hawks were penalized ten times (8:00) and the Retrievers were credited with four man-up goals on seven attempts.

“I’m really happy for the team- hard work pays off,” Zimmerman said.

Notes:  Gannon, who recorded one assist in his freshman season, now has 17 goals and 18 helpers as a sophomore… Gordon has made more saves than allowed goals in 9 of 11 games in 2014…  Six other Retrievers have scored three man-up goals in a game… Alex Hopmann was the last to do it on April 3, 2007 vs. Towson… Young has scored at least one point in 22 consecutive games… UMBC is now 24-4 in 28 America East Conference home games in 11 league seasons and the Retrievers have yet to lose back-to-back games in conference regular season play

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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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Navy falls to 3-4 after being overwhelmed by Lehigh

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team (6-2, 3-1 Patriot League) scored 10 of the game’s first 11 goals and held the Mids off the scoredboard for better than 30 minutes as the Mountain Hawks earned a 13-2 victory over Navy (3-4, 2-2 PL) Saturday afternoon at Ulrich Sports Complex.

“Credit Lehigh with playing a phenomenal all-around game,” said Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “They were hitting on all cylinders in every facet of the game.  We need to regroup and get ready for Colgate next weekend.”

Lehigh took an early 2-0 lead before Navy was able to cut the lead in half when sophomore attack T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) curled around the right crease and punched in his 15th goal of the season.  The goal extended his point and goal-scoring streak to a team-best 13 consecutive games.

The Mountain Hawks answered two minutes later with junior attackman Dan Taylor scoring his first of a career-best five goals and sparking what would be eight straight goals by Lehigh, including five straight to end the first half.

With a 7-1 advantage at the half, Lehigh scored the first three goals of the second half to give the Mountain Hawks a 10-1 advantage with 8:46 remaining in the third quarter.

After a 31-minute, 14-second drought, Navy turned in its second and final goal of the game on an extra-man marker by Hanzsche.  Classmate Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) sent his pass from the top of the box to Hanzsche on the lower right crease with 5:05 left in the third quarter as Navy closed to within eight (10-2).

Lehigh went on to score the final three goals of the game, as Navy did not score over the last 20 minutes.

Navy turned the ball over 17 times with 14 of the 17 forced by the Mountain Hawks.  Lehigh, meanwhile, had its own turnover woes with 17, 11 of which were caused by the Mids.  Junior defensive midfielder Alex Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.) posted a career-high three takeaways, while Pat Kiernan and starting defensemen Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) and Chris Fennell (Milford, N.J.) contributed two apiece.

Navy rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) won 10 of the 18 draws he took in the game and in doing so jumped from 16th to 14th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list with 94 wins.

Six different players scored for the Mountain Hawks, including Taylor who paced the team with eight points on five goals and three assists.  Junior attackman Patrick Corbett turned in a hat trick, while sophomore attackman Reid Weber contributed four assists.

The Mids will be back in action next Saturday when they return home to play host to Colgate at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Faceoff is slated for 12:00 pm.

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Navy looks for first road win Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 5 Navy (3-3, 2-1 PL) at Lehigh (5-2, 2-1 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 15 at 2:00 pm ET
Location Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sports Complex (1,200)


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• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-3, 2-1 Patriot League) will make its fifth trip to Bethlehem, Pa. in the last six years when the Mids make the trek Saturday to face conference foe Lehigh (5-2, 2-1 PL).  With faceoff slated for 2:00 pm at the Ulrich Sports Complex, the Mids and Mountain Hawks will meet for the 33rd time in the series history.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids are coming off a 14-9 loss at Towson last Tuesday where the Mids trailed 9-1 at the half.  Despite scoring four goals in each of the last two quarters, the deficit was too great for Navy to overcome as it dropped its ninth consecutive road game.
• Like Navy, Lehigh also struggled to find the back of the net in its Tuesday evening road loss at 17th-ranked Yale.  The Mountain Hawks were held scoreless in the first and third periods and mustered just 17 shots the entire contest.  Turnovers also caused havoc, as Lehigh turned the ball over 21 times, 12 of which were unforced.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has scored a point in each of the last 9 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzscheowns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 12 straight games.
8 – Navy starting attack Sam Jones has produced a combined 8 goals in the three previous games he has played against Lehigh, including 4 in last year’s contest.
7 – The Mids are ranked 7th nationally in three team categories:  faceoff winning percentage (61.3), man-down defense (79.2) and scoring defense (7.60).
6 – Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove, who is Navy’s all-time freshman faceoff wins leader, needs 6 wins on Saturday to take over the No. 15 spot on Navy’s career faceoff wins list.
5 – Just 5 players on the roster have produced points against Lehigh, including 4 seniors -Sam Jones (8-3=11), Erik Hoffstadt (2-0=2), Tucker Hull (1-1=2), T.J. Hanzsche (1-0=1) and Austin Heneveld (1-0=1).
4 – Hull needs 4 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.  He would also join teammate Sam Jones as one of just nine active NCAA players to score 70 plus goals and register 50 assists.
3 – Jones needs just 3 points to become only the seventh player in school history to reach the 30-point milestone in each of his four seasons and the first since Nick Mirabito (2005-08).
2 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 2 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 98-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
1 – Navy senior long pole Pat Kiernan stands No. 1 on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 59 over his four year career.  He leads Navy this season with 8 takeaways.

Navy vs. Lehigh – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 33rd game in a series that began in 1910 … the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-4 series advantage.
• The Mids won the first three contests before suffering their first loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913 … Navy had won 25 in a row against the Mountain Hawks until Lehigh dealt the Mids a 14-10 loss in Bethlehem in 2011.  That win has sparked a three-game winning streak by the Mountain Hawks over the Mids and none of the three games have been closer than four goals.
• Navy owns a 6-2 series advantage in games played in Bethlehem.
• Four of the last five games have been played in Bethlem and Saturday’s contest marks the second straight year.  The lone game to be played in Annapolis since 2009 was the 2012 contest in which Lehigh won, 9-4.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 12 contests … Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other six games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.

Scouting the Mountain Hawks
• Seventh-year Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese has led the 15th-ranked Mountain Hawks to a 5-2 record this spring which features Patriot League wins over Boston U. (10-7) and Bucknell (9-3) … Lehigh has also picked up wins over Furman (13-6), Marquette (13-6) and Villanova (7-6, 3OT) … its losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked programs Loyola (14-7) and Yale (10-2).
• A staple for Cassese’s teams over the last several years has been the strength of its defense.  That continues to be the trend this year as the Mountain Hawks entered the week ranked fourth nationally, giving up 7.00 goals per game.  That mark slid to 7.43 after 17th-ranked Yale dealt Lehigh a 10-2 loss.
• One of the keys to the success of the defense is two-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon … Poillon boasts a 55.0 save percentage which is 16th nationally and owns a 7.30 goals-against average.  Prior to the Yale loss, Poillon stood fourth in the country with a 6.74 GAA.
• Additionally, All-Patriot League defenseman Ty Souders and sophomore defenseman Tripp Telesco have been sensational.  Telesco leads the way with 14 caused turnovers and 19 grounders, while Souders has 5 takeaways and 16 grounders.
• The starting attack trio of Reid Weber, Patrick corbett and Dan Taylor has been sensational.  Weber and Taylor boast all-around games as both scorers and feeders with Weber pacing the team with 16 points on 9 goals and 7 assists while Taylor has 14 points on 9 goals and 5 assists.  Corbett, meanwhile, is the finisher, posting 14 points on a team-best 13 goals and 1 assist.
• Senior Ryan Buttenbaum has taken over the faceoff duties this year and has been solid.  He has won 75 of the 128 draws for a 58.6 wining percentage and leads the team with 34 ground balls.  He is ranked 15th in the country in faceoff winning percentage and 35th in ground balls per game
• According to the national statistics released prior to Lehigh’s contest at Yale on Tuesday, the Mountain Hawks were ranked among the nation’s top 20 in eight statistical categories.  They are among the top 10 in four stats.
• One weakness the Mountain Hawks do have is extra-man offense where they have scored on just 20 percent (5-25) of their opportunities and are ranked 58th.

Welcome to the Club!
• On March 12, 2013, Navy attackman Tucker Hull became the 30th player in program history to join the Mids’ elite list of 100-point scorers.
• Hull moved into 19th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with his 2 goals against Towson on Tuesday night.  With 120 points, he trails 18th-place Brendan Schneck (1977-78) by just 1 point and is 5 behind 17th-place Eddie McKinnon (1999-02).
• Meanwhile, Jones joined the elite 100-point list with 2 goals and an assist against arch rival Army on April 13, 2013.
• Jones stands 16th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 129 points and trails 15th-place Rich Wehman (1980-83) by 1 point and is 3 behind Dennis Nealon (1988-91).
• Hull and Jones are only the fourth set of classmates in program history to reach 100 points.  Brendan Schneck (121) and Mike Hannan (101) from the Class of ‘78, Mike Herger (197) and Brian Keith (134) from the Class of 1990 and Ian Dingman (188) andBilly Looney (103) from the Class of 2007 are the others.
• Hull and Jones are just the 13th and 14th players at Navy, respectively, to reach the 100-point mark as juniors.  Mike Herger (109), Ian Dingman (102) and Brendan Schneck (121) accomplished it as sophomores.
• Jones, who led the team last spring with 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists, has reached the 30-point milestone as a freshman, sophomore and junior … he is one of only 7 players in program history to achieve that feat, joining Paul Basile, James Chambers,Ian Dingman, Mike Herger, Jeff Long and Nick Mirabito.  Those players went on to score 30-plus in their senior years, as well.  Jones currently leads the team in scoring with 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists.
• As a sophomore, Hull produced 47 points on 23 goals and 24 assists, becoming the Mids’ first 40-point scorer since Nick Mirabito turned in 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists in 2008 … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since 2006 when Jon Birsner dealt out 36 assists en route to his 54-point effort.
• Hull has turned in a goal in 32 of the 44 games he has played in during his career, including hat tricks 13 times … he has dealt out assists in 27 games and has posted 28 multi-point performances.
• Among the 44 games Jones has played in, he has scored a goal in 34 contests and produced an assist in 30 … he has recorded 22 multi-goal games, including hat tricks in 14 games … additionally, he has put up multiple points in 33 contests.
• In Navy’s 2012 opener against VMI, Hull and Jones combined to score 17 points, including 11 of the 14 goals … the last Navy tandem to combine for 11 goals was Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan, who pitched in 6 and 5 goals, respectively, to help guide the Mids to a 16-8 win over Princeton on April 8, 1978.
• Jones turned in a remarkable 9-point (5-4) effort against the Keydets in 2012 … just two years later, Jones posted a career-best 10-point performance (4-6) against the Keydets … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
• Hull, meanwhile, led the Mids with six goals in the 2012 VMI game … it was the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.  Teammate T.J. Hanzsche scored six goals against Holy Cross this season.
• Hull is one of only three players in program history to post three 8-point games in a season (2012) – 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross … joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) … no Navy player has recorded four 8-point games in a season.
• Hull and Jones are among just 12 players in school history with 60 goals and 50 assists.  Jones, meanwhile, is one of just eight active players in the NCAA with 70 goals and 50 assists.
• Hull stands among the nation’s leaders in the following career categories (prior to the Towson contest): points (25th, 118), points per game (22nd, 2.74), goals (38th, 67), goals per game (43rd, 1.56), assists (T15th, 51), assists per game (19th, 1.16).
• Jones, meanwhile, is ranked among the nation’s leaders in the following career stats (prior to the Towson contest): points (T14th, 127), points per game (15th, 2.95), goals (T24th, 77), goals per game (27th, 1.79), assists (T17th, 50), assists per game (20th, 1.16).

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Ryan, Runkel lead Loyola to convincing win at Lehigh

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland’s Kevin Ryan scored a career-high five goals, and Jack Runkel made 13 saves in goal as the seventh-ranked Greyhounds beat No. 14 Lehigh University, 14-7, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action at Ulrich Sports Complex.

Nikko Pontrello added four goals, all in the first half, and Ryan tallied four of his five during the second 30 minutes.

Runkel saved 13 of the Mountain Hawks’ 29 total shots in the game.

Lehigh (4-1 overall, 1-1 Patriot League) scored the game’s first goal on a rebound shot by Patrick Corbett, but Loyola (4-1, 2-0) tallied three in a row to lead 3-1 on Pontrello’s first with 6:27 left in the quarter.

The Mountain Hawks, however, tied the game at 3-3 on an Alex Eaton goal with 51 ticks left in the first quarter, and the teams headed to the second period tied.

Loyola shutout the Mountain Hawks in that frame to start to pull away, going up 7-3 at halftime. Pontrello scored three in a row, and twice on man-up possessions, to start the second quarter, and Brian Schultz added his first of two with 2:32 left in the half.

Lehigh got within three to start the third quarter when Reid Weber scored 3:21 into the period, but that was as close as it would get the remainder of the game.

The Greyhounds scored four-straight goals, all coming from their midfield.

Pat Laconi started the scoring at 8:18 when he ran free down the left alley during a Mountain Hawks substitution, and Jeff Chase found him with a pass. Chase finished with a career-high three assists in the game.

Ryan then bookended a Matt Sawyer goal at 6:12 with scores at 7:26 and 3:12. Ryan’s first in the series came when he used a Chase pass to find space and hit a sidearm shot, and he scored his second after rolling off a check near the crease before shooting inside the opposite post.

His second put Loyola ahead 11-4 entering the fourth quarter, but after killing a two-man advantage by the Greyhounds, Lehigh scored twice in a row.

Corbett tallied his second of the game, this on an extra-man opportunity, at 12:55 off a Dan Taylor assist at 12:55. Billy Oppenheimer cut the Mountain Hawks’ deficit to five, 11-6, at 6:23 by taking a Weber feed from behind and scoring his frist of the season.

Just over a minute later, Justin Ward, who was one off his career-high with four assists, used a cross-field pass to find Schultz on the crease for a goal.

Ryan added his fourth at 4:53 off a Ward helper, and after Matt Smith scored unassisted for Lehigh at 1:33, Ryan scored on an empty net with 53 ticks of the clock left.

His previous career-high of three goals came just last week at Holy Cross. His eight goals in two games match his career total entering the 2014 season.

Loyola scored its 14 goals on 34 shots, converting on 41.2 percent of its attempts. All but four of the scores were assisted.

The Greyhounds had a 27-22 advantage in groundballs, as Graham Savio had an excellent day at the face-off `X’. The freshman won 15-of-24 and picked up six ground balls.

Joe Fletcher and Pat Frazier each caused two turnovers for Loyola, while Laconi had one in addition to his career-high tying two goals.

Runkel made stops on 13 of the 20 shots on goal he faced, while Lehigh’s Matt Pollion finished with 11 saves.

The Greyhounds take just over a week off before their next game, a step out of conference play on Sunday, March 9, to host Duke University. The game, which is between the last two NCAA Champions, will start at 6 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex and will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

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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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Coppin opens final homestand of season Saturday against UMES

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — Charles Ieans, Michael Murray and Andre Armstrong haven’t had time to process the emotional meaning of playing their final two regular home games in the Physical Education Complex. They haven’t thought about that after Monday night’s game against Howard, they will never play a college game on campus.

Instead, the trio is focused on helping the Eagles finish the regular season with a flourish and develop some much needed momentum for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament that begins on March 10 in Norfolk, Va. As the Eagles welcome Maryland-Eastern Shore (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and Howard (Monday, 7:30 p.m.) to campus, they are currently in seventh place in the conference with a 6-8 record. Two wins and the Eagles will finish .500 in the conference and no worse than where they are presently sitting in the conference.

Coppin State (9-18 overall, 6-8 MEAC) leads the all-time series over UMES, 58-17. The Hawks (4-22, 2-11) have won four of the past 11 meetings against CSU, but won three in a row between 2010 and 2011.

“It’s in my mind that these are my last two home games,” Armstrong said. “I am just trying to leave my mark and perform to my highest potential and ability. I’ve always had some doubters that said I couldn’t play on this level so I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder to prove that I am capable of playing at this level.”

Armstrong, Murray and Ieans have created some special memories for the Eagle program during their time. More importantly, all three student-athletes have shined in the classroom with Murray posting a 3.96 grade point average.

Murray has played all four years for the Eagles while Armstrong and Ieans joined the team last year from junior colleges. This season, they have all taken turns to help Coppin State exceed preseason expectations. Coppin was picked to finish 10th in the MEAC preseason poll. The Eagles still have a chance to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place if things break right.

Murray has been special for Coppin State from the day he stepped on campus. Heading into his final two regular season home games, Murray has been named MEAC Player of the Week twice in his career, posted 16 doubles and scored in double figures 42 times. Last season as a junior, Murray led the MEAC in rebounding, averaging 8.9 boards per game. He was named to the preseason all-MEAC team entering this year.

“Michael is a total team player who’s willing to do all of the dirty work and play wherever we need him, inside or outside,” Coppin State head men’s basketball coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell said. “He’s a complete player. He can take over a game when he wants to. His rebounding was surprising to me. Overall, Michael has great character and has brought respect to the program.”

Murray scored a season-high 28 points against Delaware State on Dec. 7. Despite missing all of November with a broken hand, Murray leads the Eagles in scoring (14.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.9). He has scored over 900 points and grabbed 595 rebounds during his memorable career. Murray has five double-doubles this year. Not bad, for somebody who didn’t consider playing hoops after high school.

“Playing here has been a tremendous opportunity for me,” Murray said. “I didn’t even know if I would play college basketball after high school. I was just like ‘whatever happens, happens. To be here and play has been really humbling and amazing.”

Meanwhile, Armstrong has been a binge scorer for the Eagles during his career. He came to Coppin State with a good reputation. Murray, also a fellow New Yorker, had heard about Armstrong’s exploits despite having never had met him.

A sharpshooter, Armstrong has made 121 3-pointers during his career, including 49 this season. He has scored in double figures 33 times during his career and has hit for 20 or more eight times. Armstrong made eight 3-pointers in a game against Norfolk State last year. In two years, Armstrong has rung up over 650 points. He has been super consistent from the foul line, missing 41 free throws while shooting 82.1 percent in two years.

“We brought him here to be a scorer and he has done that,” Mitchell said. “He puts pressure on the defense, which has helped us offensively. Teams usually try and put one of their better defenders on him. Teams have had to worry about him when he’s on the floor. He’s been consistent and has been a hard worker.”

Ieans admitted that he’s grown immensely while playing for Mitchell. This season, Ieans had his best week when he tied a career-high with 13 points against Akron and scored 12 points against Towson four days later. Even though Ieans averages 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest, he has been a key part of Coppin State’s rotation this season. He has also done many of the little things that teams need to be successful like set screens, block out, take charges, play tough in the post and more.

“I would say my time here has been pretty good and I’ve grown a lot physically and mentally with the help of coach Mitchell,” Ieans said. “He uses a lot of off the court real life situations to teach us different things, which helps us. My game has grown a lot since I’ve been here. I got stronger and more athletic. When I first got here, I was kind of moving in slow motion, but with the coaches being on my back, I got more aggressive.”

Together, they will try to help the Eagles earn a season sweep of the Hawks. Coppin State controlled the final five minutes of the first meeting in Princess Anne on Feb. 8. The Eagles scored the last 11 points of the game to earn a 58-50 victory. Since that game, Coppin State has dropped two games to Morgan State, a game to Florida A&M and Norfolk State

Despite its overall record, UMES has been great on the offensive side of the ball as of late. The Hawks are averaging 79 points-per-game over their last five games. The 79 points per game average over the past five games is the most from a Hawk outfit in recent times, with the closest being in 2006 when UMES had a 75.8 average over five consecutive matches. The men have scored at least 72 points in every game of the span and have seen their season averages rise three points to 65.6.

The offensive spree has been generated by senior Troy Snyder, who is averaging 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the past nine games. Snyder has scored at least 20 points in his last five games, including a career-high 34 against Howard on Feb. 15 in an 87-73 UMES victory.

Freshman Hakeem Baxter has earned the second-most MEAC Rookie of the Week honors in the conference this season, while freshman Devon Walker has scored at least 19 points in three of his last four games. Baxter, Snyder and junior KyRee Jones are all averaging double figures for the Hawks.

“Right now we are in a losing streak, we have to turn that around, and I believe we can do it,” Mitchell said. “I think Michael has to remain consistent, just as he has been for us. Our biggest problem is not the offense. We do score enough points to win games. But we do have to concentrate more on defense and rebounding.”

The way Armstrong sees it for the Eagles, there is still time remaining to achieve the ultimate team triumph. Coppin has battled the top teams tough this year and it was just a play or two from reversing the outcome. The Eagles will be a dangerous foe in a few weeks.

“We’re trying to leave a good legacy,” Armstrong said. “Coach hasn’t won a ring in a couple of years and that’s one thing we want to do. If you win a ring and get better then you’ll be remembered here forever. If you don’t, then there aren’t too many things people are going to remember you by unless it’s the people that were here with you. I want a ring bad. I feel accomplished if I get a ring. If not, it just feels like all I did was play here and that’s just unacceptable to me. I know we can accomplish that.”

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