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Loyola tries to bounce back Saturday against St. Joseph’s

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Saturday, December 21, 2013  |  3:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md.  |  Reitz Arena


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its second game in three days after a 12-day layoff for final exams when the Greyhounds host fellow Jesuit school Saint Joseph’s University at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

The game is part of a doubleheader that features the Loyola women hosting UMBC in Reitz Arena at 12 noon.

Dylon Cormier logged his seventh 20+ point game of the season, and the 22nd of his career, on Thursday night against Stony Brook University.

Loyola has recorded 13 steals in each of its last two games, raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.8 per game.

The Greyhounds have posted 11 or more steals four times this season.


Last Time Out

Stony Brook University took a 17-point lead with 1:17 left in the first half, but Loyola rallied to tie the game twice in the second half on Thursday night in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds could not get over the hump, however, and never led in a 76-69 non-conference loss to the two-time defending America East Conference regular-season champs.

Dylon Cormier made 16-of-21 free throws and finished with a game-high 25 points for the Greyhounds.

After Stony Brook was up 10 with 14:58 left in regulation, Cormier scored eight during a 10-0 run that tied the game for the first time in the second half, 51-51.


Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Catholic will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The game, and all of Loyola’s non-televised home games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/pln.

Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers ’05 will provide color analysis.


Series History Versus Saint Joseph’s

Loyola and Saint Joseph’s will meet for the 23rd time in series history, although the first time in the 21st century. The Hawks hold a 16-6 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds won a double overtime thriller, 80-78, the last time the teams met on January 4, 1996. Loyola shot 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free-throw line in the game.

The Greyhounds’ win snapped a 12-game winning streak in the series for the Hawks.

The teams first met during the 1915-1916 season, a contest the Hawks won, 40-20. Loyola, however, won the teams’ second meeting that year, 53-24, in the Greyhounds’ last game of the season.

There were 17 games between the programs from 1915-16 through 1937-38, but they did not meet again until the first game of the 1976-77 season.


Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on Thursday night, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts are second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

Through nine games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 91 times (tied for 18th in Division I through games of December 19). His average of 10.1 free throws per game ranks fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 303 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 396-of-562 from the free-throw line. With five more attempts, he will take over fourth-place in school history, while he is 15 from fifth-place in free throws made.


Sticky Fingers

Loyola has logged 13 steals in each of its last two games, raising its Patriot League leading average to 8.8 per game this season.

The Greyhounds have had 11 or more steals in four games – 12 at UMBC, 11 at Connecticut and 13 at Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – through nine contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is fourth (2.0). Cormier had a season-high four thefts against the Seawolves.

Cormier now has 157 in his career at Loyola, fifth-most in school history and three out of fourth place. With 81 in his career, Williams is 26th on the career chart.


Turnovers Trending Lower

Through eight games this season, the Greyhounds have done a relatively good job of taking care of possessions, averaging 11.1 turnovers per game, second best amongst Patriot League teams.

Loyola is slightly ahead of last year’s average of 11.9 turnovers per game (12.0 in the first nine of the season).

Additionally, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League in turnover margin, averaging 3.4 fewer than their opponents this season. Loyola has forced 14.6 turnovers per game this year, 8.8 per game by route of the steal, a stat that is also tops in the conference.

In all, the Greyhounds have committed 100 turnovers to their opponents 131.


Telling Stat

In Loyola’s four losses this season – at Connecticut, West Virginia, Mount St. Mary’s and versus Stony Brook – the Greyhounds are shooting a full 10 percent worse from the floor than they are in their five victories.

Loyola has made 45.9 percent (134-of-292) shots in five wins versus 35.6 percent (84-of-236) in four losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 21.4 points less (81.4 versus 60.0) in the losses.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.3-42.4) in the games they’ve won.


Getting To The Line

Hopefully, the ability Loyola showed against Stony Brook to get to the free-throw line (35 attempts on Thursday) is a sign of things to come. When Loyola opened the season with a 4-0 record, it was going tot he free-throw line 32.5 times (129 total).

Since then, however, Loyola has gone to the line an average of just 20.2 times (101 total) in its last five games. Take out the 35 attempts against Stony Brook, and the Greyhounds were averaging just 16.5 free throws attempted over a four-game stretch.


Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 23.8 points per game through nine. Through games of Thursday, December 19, Cormier is fourth in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (28.6), Creighton University’s Doug McDermott (25.3) and Texas Southern’s Aaric Murray (24.5).

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has seven 20+ point games in nine contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.


1,400 For Cormier

In the second half at Mount St. Mary’s, Dylon Cormier became the 12th player in school history to score 1,400 or more points in a career. Entering Saturday’s  game against Saint Joseph’s with 1,427, Cormier is four points away from tying Bob Connor (1967-72) for 11th place in school history.

He is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,400 points at the Division I level.


Rassman Producing More

Franz Rassman has shown his best scoring form of the season in Loyola’s last three games, averaging 11.0 points in those three contests.

After tallying a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting against the Cardinals, Rassman finished with 12 points – 10 in the first half – at Mount St. Mary’s.

In Loyola’s first six games of the season, Rassman was making just 31.8 percent of shots (7-of-22), but he has hit 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the last three contests.


Doing The Little Things

Eric Laster has done the stat-sheet filling things in the several games for the Greyhounds. The guard, who is in his first year as a starter, has pulled down at least four rebounds in each of the last six games.

On Thursday night versus Stony Brook, he blocked a career-best three shots, and earlier this month, he posted a career-high five assists in a win over Catholic.

Laster has 15 assists this year against just six turnovers, and his 4.2 rebounds per game are tied for third on the team.


Williams To The Basket

R.J. Williams has been a true point guard throughout his career at Loyola, but he has taken more opportunities to score this season. He has scored 10 or more three times (the same number he had during his first two years), including tallying 11 versus Stony Brook to match his career-high.

Against the Seawolves, Williams showed his ability to get to the basket for layups or to draw fouls. He is tied for Jarred Jones for team-high honors in free-throw percentage (83.9), as they both have made 26-of-31 this year.


Outside Shooting Off The Bench

Tyler Hubbard’s role as an outside shooter off the bench has continued this year, with good success. The sophomore is hitting 42.9 percent (12-of-28) shots from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 16.6 minutes per game.

He is also getting to the free-throw line at a good clip with the ability to draw contract when driving into traffic. He has taken the fourth most free throws on the team this season, making 13-of-17.

After averaging 2.8 points in 9.7 minutes per game last season, Hubbard has raised his scoring to 6.1 this year. He has played 24 minutes, season highs, in each of the last two Greyhound games.


Slowing Leading Scorers

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season. In his next game, December 2 against No. 15 Florida, Napier hit the game-winner as time expired to finish with 26 points.

Loyola also did a solid job defensively on West Virginia’s leading scorers, guard duo Eron Harris and Juwan Staten. Harris finished with 14 after entering with a 21.1 points per game average; Staten scored four, despite averaging 18.1 prior to the contest. Combined the duo shot 6-of-23 from the field.


Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 8.8 points in Loyola’s first nine contests, and he is shooting 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.


From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.


Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.


Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.


Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.


Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.


Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.


Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.


New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.


Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.


Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.


Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:


12th 1,427 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 470 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 91 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
6th 396 free throws made
Next Maurice Hicks, 412
21st 181 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
5th 157 steals
Next Kevin Green, 159


Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.


High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.


Up Next

Loyola will play its final regular-season non-conference game of the year on Monday, December 30, at the University of Miami.

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UMBC continues road trip Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC continues its four-game road swing at Lehigh on Saturday, Dec. 6. It will be the first meeting between the Retrievers and Mountain Hawks since the 1997-98 campaign. The Retrievers will not return home until Dec. 30 when they complete a home-and-home series with Navy. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.

RETRIEVERUPDATE:  Today’s game will cap a busy week for UMBC, as the Retrievers defeated visiting UMES, 64-59, on Monday, then traveled to Pittsburgh on Tuesday and fell at Duquesne, 94-88, on Wednesday evening. After one day in Baltimore, UMBC completes the week by heading back to Pennsylvania to face Lehigh. The offense has been a bright spot for UMBC (3-6) this week, as they have hit 46-of-82 shots (56.1%) from the floor over the last three halves of basketball. SR F Chase Plummer exploded for 27 points at Duquesne, while FR G Rodney Elliott scored in double figures in both games and leads UMBC at 13.6 points per game.

HAWK UPDATE: Lehigh took an early lead and made the plays in the end to pull out a 57-50 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday evening. It marked Lehigh’s first road win of the season as the Mountain Hawks won their second straight game and third in their last four. FR F Tim Kempton led the way with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for his first-career double-double. SR G Mackey McKnight leads LU with 15.3 points per game.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays one more game before final exams as they make the short trip to take on Coppin State on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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Former assistant Allen brings UMES to UMBC Monday night

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

In-state rivals UMBC and UMES meet for the first time since 2005 in the Retrievers’ final home game prior to four straight on the road. The game also features teacher versus student as former UMBC assistant and Howard head coach Frankie Allen returns to the RAC Arena to match up against his former player/assistant Aki Thomas. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.


RETRIEVER UPDATE:  After playing an NCAA-record tying four consecutive overtime games, UMBC (2-5) has shot under 30 percent from the floor combined in losses at Navy and Towson. Senior wing Chase Plummer scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game at Towson on Nov. 26 and led the visitors with 17 points. He needs two points to become the 15th Retriever to score 1,100 in a career. Freshman guard Rodney Elliott continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring, now at 13.4 points per game.

HAWK UPDATE:  UMES (2-3) is 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road this season. In their last outing, the Hawks dropped a 67-59 decision at Navy on Nov. 26. Guards KyRee Jones (18.3 ppg) and Hakeem Baxter (15.0 ppg) form a dynamic backcourt. Jones, who led UMES with 16 points at Navy, has buried 14 treys in four outings to date. UMES defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 78-71 on Nov. 20.


A LOOK BACK: The last time these teams met, current assistant coach and then-senior forward John Zito posted scored 23 points and added 14 rebounds as host UMBC opened the 2005-06 season with a 75-65 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Zito had secured his third career double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds.


UMES took its final lead at 42-41 on an Antonio McMillion three-pointer with 13:41 to play. But then UMBC went on a decisive 14-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 55-42 lead with 9:34 to play.  Current assistant coach and then freshman guard Jay Greene made his UMBC debut Greene by tallying 16 points, including 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, all in the second half.


UMES head coach Frankie Allen spent three years on the bench at UMBC, culminating in the Retrievers’ NCAA appearance in the 2007-08 season. Allen and Aki Thomas shared the sidelines that season as Thomas made his debut on the coaching staff during that historic run for the Retrievers.


UP NEXT:  UMBC has a busy week, travelling to Pittsburgh for a Dec. 4 match-up at Duquesne, before heading back to Pennsylvania for a Dec. 7 contest at Lehigh.

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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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