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Turnovers Doom Caps in Chicago

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Turnovers Doom Caps in Chicago

Posted on 01 October 2013 by Ed Frankovic

It’s only one game, but a pattern seen in the Washington Capitals pre season continued again in the season opener in Chicago on Tuesday night: turnovers. The Caps did a lot of good things in a contest against a super Blackhawks team, including scoring three power play goals, but they were just too careless with the puck on too many occasions and it cost them at least a point in the Windy City.

Washington took a 4-3 lead early in the third period after two Mikhail Grabovski deflections (#84 had a hat trick plus an assist), but then a Connor Carrick offensive zone miscue led to the tying goal before another turnover in the defensive corner by the Caps allowed Johnny Oduya to score a deflected goal off of Braden Holtby’s glove. It was one #70 would like back and it was tough to see that one cost Washington the game after Holtby made several ten bell saves in period two to keep his club in it.

One thing is for sure, this Capitals team is going to be exciting to watch. Grabovski was all over the ice and his addition seems to mitigate the loss of center Mike Ribeiro to free agency. The Caps have several lines that can score and there were stretches where Washington tilted the ice in their favor. The power play, run by coach Adam Oates and Blaine Forsythe, was great up until late in the game when the Caps had a 5 on 3 but couldn’t convert. Grabovski played below the goal line on the first unit and he really helped open things up for the others. 

But the theme of the game, and what led to a 0 point night, was Washington’s struggles in their own zone. The Caps positioning was bad and they repeatedly failed with their clears. Carrick and Jack Hillen had a rough night as the 3rd defensive pair but several others on the back end gave the puck away too much. Eric Fehr did some nice things at center, but he had his struggles positioning wise when it came to playing defense. The good news is that can be corrected with more reps for #16 at the pivot. The team turnovers are correctable too, but as stated in Sunday night’s blog, the defense is a little shaky and is the weakness on this hockey team right now.

You can bet that Oates and company will adjust going forward. Also keep in mind that Washington won’t be playing the defending Stanley Cup Champions every night. Chicago has a great hockey team and the Caps were in position to win in the third period. That’s encouraging, but there is lots of work to be done for the Capitals to get where they want to be. The offense looks really good, but you have to be able to play in your own end. It will be a work in progress on the back end.

Notes: Alex Ovechkin had 9 shots on net and netted a goal and an assist…rookie Tom Wilson only played 6:40 against a very quick Hawks club…Chicago was 1 for 4 on the power play but their first tally was just seconds after Fehr’s minor expired. The Caps were hoping to improve their PK this season but it got off to a rough start…Washington lost the faceoff battle 31-29 but they did win several in a row late when they had the five on three advantage (Backstrom won most of them)…the final score was 6-4. Marian Hossa was awarded a goal late when he was ruled to be tripped en route to the empty cage…the Capitals open their season at the Verizon Center on Thursday at 7 pm against the Calgary Flames.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: I will be on with Drew Forrester on The Morning Reaction at 7:25 am on Wednesday. Listen Live at WNST.NET

 

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Bayhawks drop OT battle in Charlotte

Posted on 22 June 2013 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Attackman Ryan Young scored an unassisted goal off a rebound to lift the Charlotte Hounds to a 16-15 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Chesapeake captured the face-off to start overtime and had first opportunity to end the sudden death session. Grant drove in from behind and got off an 8-yard shot that was wide. Attackman Drew Westervelt collected the rebound and two quick passes put the ball in the stick of midfielder Kyle Dixon, whose crank shot was stuffed by Charlotte goalieAdam Ghitelman.

Veteran attackman Matt Danowki then drove to goal-line extended and fired a sidearm shot that went wide, but somehow the ball bounced right into the stick of Young, who beat an unsuspecting Turner with a quick-stick shot from right on the doorstep.

“I think we’re all frustrated with losing so many close games, but I think we turned the corner tonight on a lot of fronts,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “I thought we shared the ball better than we have been and fought really hard. We played well enough to win this game. It’s a bittersweet loss, but in my mind a step forward.”

Grant and Westervelt both posted hat tricks for Chesapeake, which has lost four of five since starting the season 3-0. Midfielder Michael Kimmel fired in a pair of two-point goals while Dixon dished off four assists for the Bayhawks, who were beaten 19-12 on face-offs.

Midfielder Steven Brooks scored two unassisted goals for Chesapeake in the opening frame. Kimmel opened the second quarter with a 2-pointer, rocketing an overhand shot into the top right corner of the cage. Dixon then delivered beautiful passes to set up midfielder Ben Hunt and Westervelt for goals while midfielder Matt Mackrides scored unassisted off a tremendous individual move to put the Bayhawks ahead 8-4. Those three goals came in the span of 1:10.

Kimmel blasted his second 2-pointer past Ghitelman to give Chesapeake its largest lead of the game at 10-5. Midfielders accounted for 11 points in the first half for the Bayhawks, who outscored the Hounds 7-2 in the second stanza.

Charlotte regrouped at halftime and controlled the third quarter, outscoring Chesapeake by a 6-3 count.

Danowski connected on both of his 2-pointers during the comeback, which pulled Charlotte to within one at 13-12. A play that typified the type of night it was for the Bayhawks came when Dixon had a laser 2-point shot carom off the post and back toward midfield.

“I think we got a bit unlucky tonight. There were several times when the ball just didn’t bounce our way,” Cottle said.

Grant scored unassisted goals off spectacular shots to answer Charlotte tallies and retie the contest at 14-14 and 15-15. The 259th goal of Grant’s career came when he bull-dodged defenseman Joe Cinosky then performed a nifty inside roll.

Turner made an outstanding save on an inside shot by midfielder Peet Poillon with 1:18 remaining and the Bayhawks gained a power play two seconds later when Danowski committed a penalty during the subsequent ride. However, a shot by Hunt went wide and the Bayhawks were unable to get off another attempt before time expired.

Turner turned in another tremendous performance with 20 saves. Attackman Ben Rubeor was held scoreless, snapping his 36-game streak of getting at least one point. The Bayhawks wound up getting 14 points out of the midfield, which was a positive.

“I thought Kyle Dixon played very well and did a good job of finding open men. Brooks, Kimmel and Hunt all played better than they have been,” Cottle said.

Chesapeake was a bit short-handed on the defensive end with top close defenseman Michael Evans and short stick defensive midfielder Jeff Reynolds both sitting out with injuries. Barney Ehrmann, who replaced Evans on close defense, had to leave the game with cramps at one point – as did long stick defensive midfielder Michael Simon. Close defenseman Brian Spallina also got nicked up during the contest.

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Towson wraps regular season Saturday with visit from St. Joe’s

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
With the loss at No. 17 Drexel last weekend, Towson secured the three seed in the 2013 CAA Tournament held at Penn State. Saint Joe’s is coming off a midweek loss to Marist, 14-6. Today’s game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com with Spiro Morekas and former Tiger midfielder Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Towson’s six-goal tear in the third and fourth quarters couldn’t fully erase a nine-goal run Drexel put together on Saturday as the Tigers fell, 14-11, to the No. 17 Drexel Dragons. Junior Thomas DeNapoli scored six goals and added an assist to lead Towson. Seniors Andrew Wascavage and Jake Graves split time in net.

Scouting the Hawks
Saint Joesph’s is being out-scored by nearly 3.5 goals per game and are just 12-58 in extra-man opportunities. Opponents are winning the ground ball battle 438-361, causing more turnovers (104-88) and taking control at the “X,” winning 169-292 face-offs (.579). The Hawks come into today’s contest on a four-game losing streak. Pat Swanick (22g, 6a), Matthew Sarcona(14g, 5a) and Michael Dougherty (13g, 7a) are the three Hawks in double figures for goals.

Last Time Out vs. Saint Joseph‘s - April 28, 2012
(SJU 6, Towson 3)
Nearly one year ago, Saint Joseph’s used a three-goal third quarter to pull away from Towson and claim a 6-3 win over the Tigers in Philadelphia. Rob ZoppoCarl Iacona and Michael Brashears each scored a goal for Towson.Ryan McGee led all players with a hat trick and one assist for four points.

Towson-Saint Joseph’s Series History
This series is one of the newest in program history, which started in 2011 when the Hawks joined the CAA. The teams have split the series, each winning at home.

Towson-Saint Joseph’s By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Tied 1-1
at Towson Towson leads, 1-0
at SJU SJU leads, 1-0
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites N/A
First Meeting 2011 – Towson 15, SJU 2
Last Meeting 2012 – SJU 6, Towson 3
Streak SJU +1

 

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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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Navy starts slow, falls to Lehigh to continue slump

Posted on 30 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  Junior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) played a role in six of the Mids’ seven goals, but it wouldn’t be enough as the 18th-ranked Lehigh men’s lacrosse team dealt Navy a 12-7 loss on a sunny afternoon at Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa.  The Mids, who have lost seven of their last eight games, are now 3-7 overall and 1-4 in Patriot League contests, while the Mountain Hawks are 7-4 and 3-0 in conference action.

“We really didn’t get settled in until the second quarter,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “Give Lehigh credit, their offense got going quickly and it was an uphill battle for us from there.

“Our defense has played tough all year, but we just haaven’t been able to find a way to get the ball into the back of the net on the offensive side.”

Lehigh scored the game’s first goal when Navy senior defenseman Austin Miller’s (North Bethesda, Md.) clearing pass was intercepted by Dante Fantoni and he quickly found Alex Drake for the goal at 13:43.  The Mids answered two minutes later when Jones scored the first of his season-high four goals on an unassisted strike.

At the 8:27 mark, senior midfielder Noah Molnar targeted a 15-yard shot that slipped past Navy keeper Nolan Hickey’s (Chaminade, N.Y.) left shoulder and sparked five straight goals by the Mountain Hawks.

After being held without a goal for nearly 16 minutes, Navy finally scored its second goal of the game at the 10:46 mark in the second quarter when senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.) won the draw and fed Jones for the goal.  It was McGoogan’s first collegiate point.

With a 6-2 halftime advantage, Lehigh extended its lead by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter including sophomore attackman Dan Taylor’s third goal of the game.

The Mids got on the scoreboard at the 4:46 mark in the third when, on a timer-on situation, Jones sent a cross-the-field pass to rookie attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) who was anchored on the right crease and stuffed in his sixth goal of the season.

Lehigh answered two minutes later when Kurtis Kaunas fired off another long shot at Hickey to give Lehigh a 10-3 lead after three quarters of play.

Navy put together as fine a quarter as they’ve had in recent weeks when it scored four goals in the final 15 minutes.  Junior midfielder Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) kicked it off with an extra-man goal 14 seconds into the final stanza off an assist from Jones.

Lehigh answered with back-to-back goals by Kyle Stiefel and Patrick Corbett, who took advantage of the goalie change from Hickey to rookie John Connors at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Navy, however, regrouped and scored the final three goals of the game, including a pair by Jones.

Jones finished the game with four goals and two assists, marking his third-career six-point game the first of the season.  He is the third Navy player this season to register six points and first since fellow attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) put up six against Detroit in mid-February.  Meanwhile, he is the first player to post four goals in a game since Gabe Voumard’s (Cape May, N.J.) four-goal effort in a one-goal loss to Fairfield in mid-February.

Meanwhile, Jones came into the contest 10 points shy of the century mark but is now just four points short of becoming the 31st player in program history to reach the elusive 100-point milestone.  Hull scored his 100th point earlier this season against Towson.

Miller led Navy with a career-high eight ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Jones, defenseman Jay Christopher (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) also contributed a pair of takeaways.

McGoogan, meanwhile, won 11 of the 21 faceoffs he took and in doing so moved from 15th to 13th on Navy’s career faceoffs won list with 98.  He trails 12th-place Michael Schaal by 11.

Nine different players accounted for Lehigh’s 12 goals with Taylor (3) and Corbett (2) being the lone multi-goal scorers on the day for the Mountain Hawks.  Reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon came up with nine saves for Lehigh, while Dante Fantoni and Tripp Telesco registered three caused turnovers.

After three straight games on the road, the Mids finally return home on Friday when they play host to No. 2 Maryland at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  CBS Sports Network will televise the contest beginning at 7:00 pm with Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn calling the action.

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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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Navy tries to snap losing skid Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 29 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 10 Navy (3-6, 1-3 PL) at Lehigh (6-4, 2-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 30 at 1:00 pm ET
Location Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sport Complex (1,200)


Game Preview

• Looking to snap a three-game losing skid, the Navy men’s lacrosse team will battle 2012 Patriot League Champion Lehigh on Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa. … meeting for the 32nd time in series history, the Mids and 18th-ranked Mountain Hawks will face off at 1:00 pm at Ulrich Sports Complex.
• The Midshipmen were dealt their third conference loss of the year last Saturday when Colgate attackmen Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh combined for 7 goals in leading the Raiders to an 11-3 win over Navy in Baltimore at the Face-Off Classic.  Colgate jumped out to a 4-0 lead and after Navy clipped the lead to 2 at 4-2, the Raiders held the Mids off the scoreboard for 31 minutes and rattled off 7 straight goals of their own en route to the victory.
• Meanwhile, after finding itself down 2-1 after the first quarter of play, Lehigh’s David DiMaria (3G) helped the Mountain Hawks outscore Holy Cross 7-3 the rest of the way to post an 8-5 victory over the Crusaders last Saturday in Worcester, Mass.

Scouting the Mountain Hawks
• Sixth-year Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese has led the 18th-ranked Mountain Hawks to a 6-4 record this spring which features Patriot League wins over Army (10-6) and Holy Cross (8-5) … Lehigh has also picked up wins over Saint Joseph’s (14-1), Villanova (11-9), VMI (18-2) and Penn State (12-10) … its losses have come at the hands of Denver (18-10), Air Force (15-10), Penn (6-4) and Massachusetts (6-4).
• Similar to last year, Lehigh fields one of the nation’s best defensive units, giving up just 7.80 goals per game and owning a #7 national ranking.
• One of the keys to the success of the defense is reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year sophomore Matt Poillon … Poillon boasts a 59.1 save percentage which is sixth nationally and his 7.65 goals-against average is the ninth best in the country.
• Additionally, All-Patriot League defenseman Ty Souders leads the way with 17 caused turnovers and 21 grounders while Mike Noone has 14 takeaways and 16 ground balls.
• Newcomer Tripp Telesco has recently stepped up his production on the defensive end and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week this past Monday.
• Senior David DiMaria is pacing the Mountain Hawks with 40 points on 20 goals and 20 assists and is ranked 16th in points per game (4.00) and assists per game (2.00).
• Fellow starting attackmen Dan Taylor and Dante Fantoni have contributed 27 (15-12) and 26 (16-10) points, respectively.
• Senior Ryan Snyder has taken the bulk of the draws for Lehigh once again this season, winning 81 of the 153 faceoffs (52.9) and is ranked 28th nationally.  He also is pacing the team in ground balls (49), averaging 4.90 per contest.
• While Lehigh is ranked in the top 20 in just two categories, the Mountain Hawks fall no worse than 38th in any given stat.  Averaging 10.70 saves per game, Lehigh is ranked 38th, while its 29.5 ground balls per game average is 37th.

Navy vs. Lehigh – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 32nd game in a series that began in 1910 … the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-3 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.  The Mountain Hawks put together their first winning streak against the Mids by tacking on a 9-4 victory over the Mids last spring.
• Last year’s game marked the first time Navy and Lehigh had met in Annapolis since 2008 … the two played one  another three-straight years in Bethlehem … Saturday’s game marks the fifth among the last six contested in Bethlehem.
• Navy owns a 6-1 series advantage in games played in Bethlehem … the Mids’ lone loss at home was the 2011 game.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 11 contests … Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other five games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.

Weekend Rewind
• Colgate jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and weathered a short-lived rally by the Mids en route to dealing Navy its third straight loss.  After Navy cut the lead to two at 4-2, the Mids were held scoreless for over 30 minutes while Colgate reeled on 7 consecutive goals en route to the 11-3 victory last Saturday in Baltimore at the Face-Off Classic.
• It was the third time this season that Navy has experienced 20-plus minute dry spells – 51:08 vs. Bucknell, 31:02 vs. Colgate, 22:17 vs. Towson.
• The game marked the second straight in which Navy played its foe at a professional sports venue … the previous week the Mids faced Holy Cross at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
• Navy snapped its four-game streak of being held without an extra-man goal when rookie Patrick Keena found the back of the net in the second quarter … Keena has scored 3 of the Mids’ 6 man-up goals this season.
• Junior attackman Sam Jones had his 11-game point-scoring streak snapped by the Raiders … going into the game, he was the only player on the roster to have scored a point in every game this season.
• Meanwhile, sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard also had his 7-game goal-scoring streak end against Colgate.
• Junior midfielder Sean Price fed Austin Heneveld for the Mids’ final goal of the game … it was Price’s first collegiate assist.
• Rookie T.J. Hanzsche has scored in three games for the Mids and in all three games he has been responsible for Navy’s first goal of the game.
• Senior defenseman Austin Miller recorded 3 caused turnovers in the loss to move into a tie with former teammateMichael Hirsch (2008-11) for second on the Mids’ all-time caused turnover list.  He owns 37, while teammate Pat Kiernan has registered 48 over his career.

Scoring Adventures
• Navy is outscoring its opponents 19-13 in the opening quarter of its 9 games this season, however, the competition has outscored the Mids, 27-19, in the final quarter.
• The Mids own a 41-32 scoring advantage in the first half, but trail 48-36 in the second half (does not include the OT goal by Bucknell).
• In Patriot League games, Navy has been outscored by 18 (40-22) … Navy is struggling in the middle portion of its conference games as the opponent has outscored the Mids 22-10 in the second and third quarters combined.
• Navy averaged 12.0 goals per game (48G) in its first 4 contests … over the last 5 games, Navy is average 5.8 goals per game (29G).
• Overall, the Mids are averaging 8.56 goals per game (77G) and in Patriot League contests they are averaging 5.50 goals per contest (22G) … in nonleague contests, Navy is averaging 11.00 goals per game (55G).
• In 4 of Navy’s 6 losses this season, it has taken an early lead and lost.
• Navy owned a 4-1 lead in the second quarter over Georgetown and lost in OT, 9-8.
• The Mids held a 2-1 advantage against Bucknell and were outscored 10-0 over the last 50 minutes to lose 11-2.
• Against Towson, Navy held 3-0 and 4-1 leads before succumbing, 8-7.
• The Mids jumped out to a 2-1 advantage over Holy Cross early in the second quarter, but dropped a 7-5 decision.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• Navy has maintained its position as the nation’s leader in caused turnovers for the last 3 weeks, forcing 11.44 turnovers per game.  Junior long pole Pat Kiernan is #4 nationally, averaging 2.56 takeaways per game while senior close defenseman Austin Miller is #5, causing 2.44 turnovers per game.
• Navy’s man-down defense has lost its mojo as of late.  The Mids had not surrendered a man-down goal in 3 games and held their opponents to an 0-for-11 mark.  However, Navy has given up man-down goals on 8 of its last 17 opportunites over the last 4 contests.  The Mids are now ranked 12th, giving up goal on 75.6 percent (31-41) of the opportunities.
• Navy is ranked 11th in ground balls per game (33.56) which is a huge improvement over 2012.  The Mids were ranked 43rd in ground balls per game, averaging 27.67.
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in scoring defense (20th, 9.00) and faceoff win percentage (20th, 53.2).

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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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Morgan plays host to UMES Satuday

Posted on 01 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Dates: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Opponent: Md-Eastern Shore Hawks
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 4:00 p.m.
Record:  MSU 11-14 (7-6); UMES 2-22 (2-11)
Series Record: MSU leads 48-32
Last MSU Win: 87-55 (A) Feb. 16, 2013
Last UMES Win: 58-57 (A) (Feb. 25, 2012)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (121-99 – 7th yr)

Winners in five of its last six games played to climb above .500 in conference play, Morgan State will host Md-Eastern Shore in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Hill Field House. The Bears, one of the hottest teams in the MEAC, will enter the contest coming off an 86-68 home win against Coppin State. Sophomore guard Blake Bozeman led the way with a career-high 16 points and eight assists. UMES suffered a 49-45 loss at Howard, dropping its ninth game in 10 outings. Dominique Cowell and Louis Bell paced the Hawks with 14 points apiece.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home games and most MSU road games by its opponents.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

Bear Bits:

• Coach Todd Bozeman has directed the Bears to the most regular-season conference wins with 102.

• Morgan State defeated High Point in large part as a result of collecting16 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second chance points.

• Senior forward DeWayne Jackson eclipsed the 500 rebound mark – he currently ranks No. 9 in school history with 526 career rebounds.

• After opening the season with a 71 point effort in a win against UTSA, the Bears have gone 10-14 while averaging 68 points and 44 percent shooting.

• Morgan State, who shot 67.6 percent from the line last season, continues to have hard times from the stripe … through the first 25 games the Bears are ranked last in the conference by shooting 58 percent (337-573 FT).

• The Bears, who held UMES to 4 of 22 from 3-point range, have allowed an average of 68 points and opponents are shooting 30 percent from 3-point territory.

• Morgan State shot a season-high 59.7 percent against Md.-Eastern Shore, including a season best 63.6 percent from 3-point territory, with 12 steals and nine blocked shots.

• Justin Black has scored 352 points in 25 games and ranks among the MEAC’s scoring leaders ranked No. 4 (14.1 ppg).

• Justin Black was just shy of posting a triple-double at Liberty. The junior guard finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with nine points and nine assists … he is currently leads the team in scoring.

• DeWayne Jackson is ranked among the top theft artists in school history. Jackson has collected 163 steals with the Bears and currently ranks No. 3 (No. 2 in the MEAC). The school record for career steals is held by Terrence Wright (1992-96) with 186 career steals … Jackson is 24 steals away from becoming the school’s new leader.

• Shaquille Duncan leads the Bears in blocked shots. The sophomore ranks T-No. 5 (44) in the MEAC by averaging 2.0 blocks per game.

• The combination of DeWayne JacksonAnthony Hubbard and Justin Black have provided almost 60 percent of the scoring for the Bears so far this season.

• The Bears’ first 10 games of the 2012-13 season were on the road where they finished 3-7.

• The Bears used eight different lineups this season, but Coach Bozeman has used a lineup 12 times this season that puts DeWayne Jackson at forward with Justin BlackBlake BozemanAnthony Hubbard and Ian Chiles.

• Redshirt junior Ian Chiles, who stands at 7-foot-2, 270-pounds, enters Saturday’s contest with 505 career points and 92 blocked shots … he’s currently averaging 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.8 bpg.

LAST TIME VS. UMES
February, 16, 2013 – Justin Black scored 18 points, DeWayne Jackson had 17 points and Morgan State easily handled Maryland-Eastern Shore in an 87-55 rout on Saturday. It was the most points scored by the Bears since posting 91 points against Coppin State on February 22, 2012. MSU also posted their largest margin of victory since handing Coppin State a 29-point loss last week. Ian Chiles finished with 12 points and a career-high six blocked shots for the Bears. Anthony Hubbard had 11 points and Donte Pretlow added 10 points.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS
The Hawks welcome back five veterans, including two starters, from a squad that posted a 7-23 overall record, finished 12th in the MEAC with a 4-12 ledger. Kevin Mays leads the Hawks in scoring and rebounding by averaging 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Troy Snyder (11.6 ppg) is the only other player averaging double-figures for the Hawks. Head coach Frankie Allen (Roanoke College ’71) enters his fifth season as the Hawks’ head coach and he currently holds a 34-95 (.269) record.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
Ian Chiles is another Bear that possesses a top-10 MEAC ranking as the redshirt-junior center is No. 9 in the conference with his .526 field-goal percentage and is No. 9 in blocks averaging 1.8 per game.

THE SETUP ARTIST
Justin Black ranks No. 9 in assists at 3.1 per game and No. 6 with his 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all MEAC players.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,499, 526 rebs., 165 asts) needs 12 points to surpass Harry Johnson (1,500 points – 1958-62) to become the school’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd BozemanKevin Thompson(2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophomore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High, Willis Turnipseed played at City High, and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .550 (121-99) after 220 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UNDER BOZEMAN
During his tenure in Baltimore, Todd Bozeman has coached seven (7) different players to All-Conference honors, including four Players of the Year selections: Ron Timus (2007 2nd Team), Boubacar Coly (2008 Defensive POTY, 1st Team), Jamar Smith (2008 Offensive POTY, 1st Team), Marquise Kately (2008 & 2009 2nd Team), Reggie Holmes (2007 All-Rookie, 2008 2nd Team, 2009 Offensive POTY, 2009 & 2010 1st Team), Kevin Thompson (2009 All-Rookie, 2010 Defensive POTY, 2010 1st Team, 2011 2nd Team), DeWayne Jackson (Rookie of the Year, 2011 1st Team).

THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
In the first 25 games of the season, three Bears average more than 12 points a game Justin Black leads with by averaging 14.1 ppg, DeWayne Jackson averages 13.7 points per game, while Anthony Hubbard is averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds on the boards.

JACKSON DOING A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING 
Senior DeWayne Jackson is filling the stat sheet this season, averaging 13.7 points (ranked No. 7), 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals (ranked No. 2) per game. Jackson has also registered 20 blocks. He has recorded 22 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 32-point effort at Virginia (Dec. 19, 2012).

HIGH CLASS ON THE GLASS
Morgan State ranks No. 1 in the MEAC averaging 14.4 offensive rebounds per game and has recorded double-digit offensive boards in 21 of 25 games. MSU averaged 12.1 offensive rebounds.

UP NEXT
MSU will return to Hill Field House for its final two MEAC games of the season when they host Delaware State on Monday, March 4th and conclude the regular season with a matchup against Florida A&M on Saturday, March 7th.

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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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