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Towson sees six game win streak snapped at Hofstra

Posted on 30 March 2014 by WNST Staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Despite four goals from freshman Joe Seider, Towson Lacrosse had its six-game win streak snapped with a 9-7 loss at Hofstra Saturday evening at Shuart Stadium.

It was a tightly contested matchup until Hofstra was able to hold the Tigers scoreless for nearly 17 minutes between the third and fourth quarters. Towson was able to get to within one, 8-7, at 7:08 in the fourth, but Hofstra scored on a rebound to seal the win.

In addition to Seider’s four goals, senior Thomas DeNapoli added three points (1g, 2a). Torin VarnSam Llinares and Korey Hendrickson each had two goals for the Pride.

Anthony Zappone struck first for the Pride, just 2:34 into the game when Hofstra capitalized on a caused turnover and scored on a fast break. DeNapoli had a hand in Towson’s first two goals, scoring the early equalizer at 10:15 and assisting Seider’s tally at 7:01 first quarter that put the Tigers in front, 2-1.

However, Hofstra standouts Llinares (2g) and Drew Coholan strung together three goals to put the Pride back ahead, 4-1. Greg Cuccinello struck at 7:51 for Towson, from his favorite spot 15 yards out. Seider and DeNapoli teamed up again with 2:07 left in the half to help the Tigers go into the break tied with Hofstra, 4-4.

Towson and the Pride traded goals to start the second half. After Seider’s second goal at 11:21 in the third quarter. Hendrickson and Varn each tallied a goal to put Hofstra up, 7-5, at the start of the fourth quarter. Seider scored his fourth of the game – an EMO tally off an assist from Justin Mabus – with 9:26 left in the game, as the Tigers trailed the Pride, 8-6.

Senior Max Siskind scored from close range at 7:08 fourth quarter to inch the Tigers to within one, 8-7. However, Varn picked up a rebounded save and whipped it past sophomore Tyler White to score his second tally of the game and give Hofstra its final lead.

The Tigers stalk up to No. 14 UMass on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Towson 7, Hofstra 9

Towson (7-3, 1-1 CAA) 2-2-1-2/7
Hofstra (6-3, 3-0 CAA)  2-2-3-2/9

GOALS: TOW – Seider 4, DeNapoli, Cuccinello, Siskind; HOF – Varn 2, Llinares 2, Hendrickson 2, Coholan, Yapor, Zappone. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello, Drenner, Mabus; HOF – Llinares, Sullivan, Varn.SAVES: TOW – White (7, 60:00, 9 GA); HOF – Selva (3, 60:00, 7 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 24; HOF – 29. GBs:TOW – 32; HOF – 37. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 6-19; HOF – 13-19. EMO: TOW – 1-2; HOF – 0-3. ATT: 1108.

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Towson aims to continue hot play Saturday at Hofstra

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson and Hofstra – both receiving votes in the USILA poll – face-off on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers continued their winning ways with an 11-8 decision over Delaware in Towson’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season opener. Hofstra comes into Saturday’s contest after an 11-9 win at Drexel. The Pride have victories over the Dragons and Delaware in conference play.

Updating the Tigers
After spotting Delaware a 5-0 lead, Towson came roaring back to defeat the Blue Hens 11-8 at Unitas Stadium on March 22. The Tigers held the Hens scoreless for the final 31:18 of the game. Junior Justin Mabus led all players with a career-best five points (1g, 4a).

Scouting the Pride
Hofstra started the season 0-2 before putting together four-game winning streak. That streak was snapped by an 11-10 overtime loss to Saint John’s on March 18. All of the Pride’s games so far this season have been decided by two goals or fewer. Hofstra’s 22 CAA goals have been evenly divided over four quarters (5-5-7-5) and the Pride averages 34 shots in two games.

Towson-Hofstra Series History
Begun in 1961, Towson and Hofstra have played each other 44 times. The series pre-dates reliable records; five times the teams played where the sites of the games were unknown. Hofstra leads these meetings, 3-2. The Tigers have historically fared better at home, winning 12 of 19 games played in Towson. Towson won five straight games from 2003 to 2005, but Hofstra proceeded to win six of the next seven games until falling in the 2012 double-overtime thriller.

Last Time Out vs. Hofstra – March 30, 2013 (Hofstra 6, Towson 7)
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a then-season-high 19 saves and Justin Mabus and Andrew Hodgson each scored four points in the 7-6 victory over then-No. 15 Hofstra at Unitas Stadium. It was Towson’s first win over a ranked team in 2013 and first at home since a 9-8 victory over then-No. 5 Brook on March 19, 2011. Wascavage faced 42 shots on the evening, withstanding a late Pride charge and turning away eight shots in the final period. Hodgson and Mabus each had two goals and two assists for the Tigers, who took a sizable 7-4 lead with 6:43 remaining in the game on Mabus’ second tally of the evening. Hodgson’s four points were a career best, while Mabus also notched a personal best with two goals. Adrian Sorichetti had a goal and an assist to lead the Pride.

Three Things to Watch
1. It will be a battle of the two CAA weekly honorees: Player of the Week Drew Coholan and Rookie of the WeekRyan Drenner. Coholan scored eight goals as the Pride went 1-1 last week. Drenner scored five points (3g, 2a) in a 2-0 Towson week.

2. Both teams are careful with the ball. Towson and Hofstra both rank in the top 10 in the NCAA in turnovers per game. The Pride stands third with just 11.88 miscues per game, while Towson is sixth (12.00).

3. Home field advantage is key. Hofstra holds a 13-6 lead at home in the all-time series and is 4-1 at Shuart Stadium this season. Towson has performed better at home in 2014, going 6-0 at The U.

Drenner Earns CAA Rookie of the Week Honors
Freshman Ryan Drenner scored five points in two games to earn Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week honors for the week of March 24. The midfielder scored one goal and added one assist in a 10-8 win over UMBC on March 18. His tally was an extra-man goal (EMO) that put Towson ahead early, 3-2. His assist came on an EMO goal that gave the Tigers some breathing room, 9-7, at 4:31 in the fourth quarter. The Westminster, Md. native contributed two goals and one assist in the 11-8 victory over Delaware on March 22. Drenner scored Towson’s third goal and the Tigers’ final goal on Saturday. He assisted the goal that cut UD’s lead to 8-7 at 7:27 in the third quarter. The two goals against the Hens tied his career high and marked the second time this season he has posted a multi- goal game. Drenner has nine goals and nine assists on the year. The rookie is also second on the team in EMO goals (3) and total points (18).

Next Up
Towson remains on the road, heading north to UMass to play the Minutemen on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

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Towson continues road trip Saturday at Hofstra

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON CONTINUES ROAD TRIP ON SATURDAY AT HOFSTRA
Tigers seeking fourth straight win and 20th victory of the season

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its fourth straight win and 20th victory of the season on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Hofstra.

The game, set to tip at 4 p.m., can be heard on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis and Spiro Morekas on the call.

Towson (19-9, 10-3 Colonial Athletic Association) is coming of a 79-70 win at Northeastern on Thursday. The Tigers have their most wins in a season since the 1993-94 team went 21-9.

Senior Rafriel Guthrie led the Tigers against the Huskies with a season-high 21 points. Guthrie is now tied with classmate Marcus Damas for second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon still leads the team in scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounding (11.6 rpg), assists (4.0 apg) and blocks (1.4 bpg). The forward leads the NCAA with 18 double-doubles and ranks third in the country in rebounds per game.

Hofstra (8-20, 4-9 CAA) is coming off a highly-competitive 81-77 loss to CAA-leading Delaware on Wednesday evening. The Pride led 41-32 at halftime, but Delaware battled back and eventually captured the four-point victory. Hofstra got a pair of outstanding efforts as graduate forward Zeke Upshaw led the squad with 26 points, while graduate guard Dion Nesmith added 22 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Upshaw, who ranks third in the conference in scoring, is averaging 18.9 points per game and has drained a team-high 72 three-pointers.

Hofstra is 36-22 all-time against Towson in a series that dates back to the 1982-83 campaign. The Tigers have won three straight in the series.

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Towson returns home Monday to face Hofstra

Posted on 26 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RETURN HOME MONDAY TO FACE HOFSTRA
Towson football team to be honored at halftime

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team is set to host Hofstra in a battle between teams tied for second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Monday night at SECU Arena.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken and John Feinstein on the call.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (12-8, 3-2 CAA) has dropped back-to-back games after winning a season-high five straight games from December 30 to January 19. The Tigers are coming off an 83-76 loss at first-place Delaware on Saturday.

Towson will look to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season as the Tigers return to SECU Arena, where they are 9-1.

Despite their recent struggles, the Tigers still own their best record after 20 games since 1995-96.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted his 13th double-double of the year against the Blue Hens with 29 points and 16 rebounds. The forward, who has 10 games with 20 or more points this season, is averaging 22 points and 13.5 rebounds in his last eight contests.

Senior Marcus Damas could make history on Monday as the forward is just 13 points shy of becoming just the 23rd player in a Towson uniform to score 1,000 points in his career. Damas has scored in double figures in three of his last four games, including a pair of 20-point performances against Drexel and Northeastern.

Hofstra (7-13, 3-2 CAA) has won three of its last five games, but is coming off a 70-57 loss against Northeastern on Saturday. The Pride are led by Zeke Upshaw, who is tied for second in the CAA in scoring at 18.8 points per game.

Monday will be the 58th all-time meeting between the rivals. Hofstra, which is Towson’s fourth most commonly played opponent all-time, owns a 36-21 edge over the Tigers in the series. However, Towson has won the last two meetings, including a 67-64 victory last March in the final men’s basketball game ever played in the Towson Center.

Monday will also be a special night inside SECU Arena as the NCAA FCS runner-up Towson football team will be honored for their record-setting season at halftime.

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Towson continues CAA play Saturday with visit from Hofstra

Posted on 29 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson went 2-0 last week, defeating UMBC 12-9 and Delaware 7-6 in overtime, both on the road. Hofstra is ranked No. 15 in the USILA coaches’ poll this week. The Pride is coming off an 11-9 win over Dartmouth at home on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 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 started the CAA season off with a 7-6 overtime win at Delaware on Friday. The Tigers are now 5-5 on the year. Towson came back from being down 6-3 and scored three goals in the fourth quarter and the game winner in overtime after suffering through a 29:54 scoring drought. Thomas DeNapoli’s 35 points (27-8) lead the Tigers. Senior Andrew Wascavage is the starter in net and has a 9.06 goals-against average and a save percentage of .591.

Scouting the Pride
Hofstra has been ranked or receiving votes in the USILA coaches poll since the preseason. The Pride has been ranked as high as seventh (week of March 17) after winning four straight games from February 26 to March 16. In fact, Hofstra won five of its first six games before dropping two in a row to St. John’s (7-6) and Drexel (8-7 in 3ot). The Pride are led by Torin Varn‘s 23 goals, while Sam Llinares has a team best 25 points (15g, 10a). Chris Selva minds the net for Hofstra, recording a goals-against average of 6.77 and a save percentage of .615 – both tops in the conference. He is the only CAA goalkeeper allowing under seven goals per game.

Towson-Hofstra Series History
Begun in 1961, Towson and Hofstra have played each other 43 times. The series pre-dates reliable records; five times the teams played where the sites of the games were unknown. Hofstra leads these meetings, 3-2. The Tigers have historically fared better at home, winning 12 of 19 games played in Towson. Towson won five straight games from 2003 to 2005, but Hofstra proceeded to win six of the next seven games until falling in last year’s double-overtime thriller.

Towson-Hofstra By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Hofstra leads, 24-19
at Towson Towson leads, 12-7
at Hofstra Hofstra leads, 13-5
at Neutral Sites Hofstra leads, 1-0
at Unknown Sites Hofstra leads, 3-1
First Meeting 1961 – Hofstra 14, Towson 2
Last Meeting 2012 – Towson 10, Hofstra 9 (2ot)
Streak Towson +1

 

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Towson tries to get back to winning ways Saturday at Hofstra

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its third straight road game on Saturday as the Tigers travel to Hofstra to battle the Pride at 4 p.m.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Damon Lewis and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (14-13, 9-5 CAA), which had its four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday at James Madison, currently sits in third-place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) standings.

Since the start of CAA play, the Tigers lead the league in scoring at 73.9 points per game. They’ve also been strong on the defensive side, pacing the conference in rebounding margin (+6.4) and blocked shots per game (5.8).

Towson junior Marcus Damas has scored in double figures in six straight games, including a game-high 19 points at James Madison on Tuesday. Graduate student Bilal Dixon has recorded consecutive double-double performances and is averaging 10.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in his last three games.

Hofstra has dropped eight of its last nine games and enters Saturday with a 6-19 overall record and a 3-9 mark in CAA games.

The Pride are led by sophomore guard Taran Buie, who averages 13.5 points per game. Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni paces the team in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game.

Hofstra is 5-6 at home this season with wins over Marshall, Georgia State and William & Mary.

Towson has dropped seven straight to the Pride and have not won at Hofstra since Feb. 25, 2002.

The Tigers will be seeking their 11th win away from home on Saturday, a total they haven’t reached in a single season since winning 13 under Angotti during the 1976-77 season.

-TowsonTigers.com-

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Four Tigers honored by CAA

Posted on 04 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Four Tigers Named 2012 All-CAA
Thomas DeNapoli & John Fennessy Earn Second Team All-CAA Selections

RICHMOND, Va. – Towson University sophomore’s Thomas DeNapoli and John Fennessy garnered second team All-CAA selections while freshmen Justin Mabus and Jojo Ostrander were named to the All-Rookie team as the league announced its men’s lacrosse post-season awards Friday afternoon.

The four underclassmen were all major contributors in leading the Tigers back into the CAA Tournament after a one year absence. Towson went 7-8 under first-year head coach Shawn Nadelen in 2012 after only winning three games in 2011. The Tigers lost just three games all year to teams not ranked in the Top 20 nationally and they won five straight games from March 17 to April 4, a stretch that included wins over Delaware, Hofstra and UMBC.

DeNapoli led the Tigers with 28 points this season. The sophomore tallied 15 goals and dished out a team-high 13 assists on the year. DeNapoli set a new career high with six points on three goals and three assists to lead the Tigers to a dramatic come-from-behind victory at No. 20 Hofstra on March 31. He had four points in the fourth quarter against the Pride, including a goal with two seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Fennessy was an anchor on the Towson defense throughout the season. The sophomore started 14 games and was second on the team with 14 caused turnovers. A 2011 CAA All-Rookie team selection, Fennessy caused a career-high three turnovers against both Navy on March 13 and No. 1 Massachusetts on May 2.

Mabus started 10 of the 13 games he played in during his first season in a Tiger uniform. The freshman was second on the team with 11 assists and he scored four goals to total 15 points. Mabus was selected as the CAA Rookie of the Week twice, on March 26 after dishing out three assists against Mercer and on April 2 after tallying the game-winning goal for the Tigers in double overtime at Hofstra.

Ostrander was a starter on defense for the Tigers in 14 of 15 games this season. The freshman was usually assigned to guard the opposing team’s top scorer. Ostrander ended the year with 18 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers.

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Will Manny, A, Jr., Massachusetts
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Dana Wilber, D, Sr., Drexel
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Ryan Belka, M, Fr., Drexel
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR:  Greg Cannella, Massachusetts

FIRST TEAM
Name, SchoolPos.Yr.Hometown/Previous School
Matthew Mackrides, Penn State*ASr.Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep
Will Manny, Massachusetts#AJr.Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
Grant Kaleikau, Delaware#ASr.Germantown, Md./Bridgton Academy
Kyle Bergman, Drexel#MSr.Toronto, Ontario/St. Andrew’s
Anthony Biscardi, Massachusetts*MSr.Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh
Adrian Sorichetti, HofstraMJr.Whitby, Ontario/All Saints
Frank Tufano, Drexel*LSMSr.Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge
Anthony Toresco, MassachusettsFO Spec.Sr.Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central
Tom Celentani, Massachusetts#DSr.Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur
Ryan McGarvey, Penn StateDSr.Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Penn Charter
Dana Wilber, DrexelDSr.Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan
Austin Kaut, Penn State*GKSoph.Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco
SECOND TEAM
Name, SchoolPos.Yr.Hometown/Previous School
Robert Church, DrexelAJr.Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best
Jack Forster, Penn StateASr.Jenkintown, Pa./LaSalle
Art Kell, MassachusettsASr.Westford, Mass./Bridgton Academy
John Austin, DelawareMSr.Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Thomas DeNapoli, TowsonMSoph.East Rockaway, N.Y./Lynbrook
Aaron Prosser, DrexelMJr.Portland, Ore./Lincoln
Ryan Hollenbaugh, Massachusetts #LSMJr.Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury
Dan Cooney, Delaware#FO Spec.Sr.Lewes, Del./Ridge (N.J.)
John Antoniades, Hofstra*FO Spec.Jr.Hauppauge, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
John Fennessy, TowsonDSoph.Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
Mark Mullen, HofstraDJr.Harleysville, Pa./Germantown Academy
Greg Rushing, MassachusettsDSr.Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge
Tim McCormack, MassachusettsGKSr.Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach

* — First Team All-CAA Selection in 2011
# — Second Team All-CAA Selection in 2011
ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Name, SchoolPos.Yr.Hometown/Previous School
Tyler Begley, HofstraAFr.East Islip, N.Y./East Islip
Ryan Belka, DrexelMFr.Crofton, Md./DeMatha
Jack Donnelly, Penn StateDFr.Toronto, Ontario/The Hill Academy
Ryan Izzo, MassachusettsMFr.Walpole, Mass./Walpole
Justin Mabus, TowsonMFr.Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
Michael Malave, HofstraMFr.Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Jojo Ostrander, TowsonDFr.Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale
Ryan Reilly, HofstraLSMFr.East Northport, N.Y./John Glenn
Michael Richards, Penn StateMFr.Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles
Brandon Worrall, DelawareLSMFr.Plainsboro, N.J./West Windsor North

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Hopkins wraps regular season with Homecoming visit from Army

Posted on 03 May 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Tenth-ranked Johns Hopkins (10-3) closes the 2012 regular season with its annual Homecoming game as the Blue Jays welcome Army to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 2 pm.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins snapped a two-game losing streak with a 10-9 win at top-ranked Loyola last Saturday. Army had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 13-7 loss to Lehigh in the Patriot League Semifinals last Friday at Colgate.

A Look Ahead: The bracket for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will be announced at 9 pm on Sunday, May 6. The bracket will be announced live on ESPNU with first round games scheduled for Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

JHU’s NCAA Tournament Credentials: There are a number of factors that go into selecting the field for the NCAA Tournament, not the least of which are RPI and Strength of Schedule. Johns Hopkins currently sports a 10-3 record, is ranked fifth in the latest RPI and has played six games against teams ranked in the top 20 of the RPI (JHU is 4-2 in those six games).

Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Army are meeting for the 68th time in a series that dates to a 3-2 Johns Hopkins win in 1921. Johns Hopkins won last season’s meeing, 15-10, at Michie Stadium and has won 54-of-67 all-time meetings. A complete series review can be found at the back of this week’s note packet.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Army with an all-time record of 922-297-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

A Win For Johns Hopkins Would …
• Give the Blue Jays 11 wins for the eighth time in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Pietramala.
• Give JHU 11 wins for the 27th time in school history.
• Be the 18th consecutive win for Johns Hopkins over Army.
• Improve Johns Hopkins’ record to 13-0 in regular season games played in May under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Gardner Awards to be Presented: The Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics and the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse team are continuing their fight against cancer with this week’s game against Army. Chris Gardner, who would have been a senior on the 1999 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, lost his life to cancer in 1997. In 1998, the Blue Jays began their fight against cancer with the inaugural IKON Lacrosse Classic to benefit the American Cancer Society.
In the last 14 years the Blue Jays have continued their fight against cancer with a game to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where Chris received treatment for his illness. An additional dollar has been added to the cost of all tickets for today’s game with the extra money being donated to the Children’s Center in Chris’ name. To date, more than $70,000 has been donated to the Children’s Center in Chris’s honor.
At the conclusion of the game, the Chris Gardner Players-of-the-Game will be selected and each will receive a plaque for their efforts in Chris’ name. Kathleen Van Haverbeke, Chris’ mom, will present the plaques to a member of both teams.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 159-61 (.723), including a 136-44 (.756) record at Johns Hopkins. He ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Representing the Stars and Stripes: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Durkin, Bassett Among Tewaaraton Nominees: Johns Hopkins placed two players among the top 25 men’s nominees for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award it was announced on April 25. Juniors Tucker Durkin (D) and Pierce Bassett (G) are among the 25, making Johns Hopkins one of just five schools with two nominees.
The 12th-annual Tewaaraton Award will be presented to the top male and female lacrosse players on May 31 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Durkin is one of just three close defensemen among the final 25, while Bassett is one of just four goalies among the final 25.

May Day: Johns Hopkins has won 13 straight regular season games in the month of May. JHU’s last regular season loss in May came on May 8, 1999, when Hofstra nipped the Blue Jays, 9-8, in overtime. Johns Hopkins is 32-9 (.780) in games played in May under head coach Dave Pietramala (2001-present).

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to last season and are now 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Play it and They Will Come: Johns Hopkins played in front of its second sellout crowd in three weeks last Saturday as Loyola sold all 6,000 tickets available for its home game against JHU last week. JHU also played in front of a packed house of 8,500 on April 14 when Maryland visited Homewood Field.
Playing in front of large crowds is nothing new for the Blue Jays, who lead the nation in average attendance for all games played (7,010). Amazingly, Johns Hopkins’ average attendance dropped last week despite playing in front of a sellout crowd.

Six Over Six: Last week’s crowd of 6,000 at Loyola was the sixth crowd of 6,000 or more that Johns Hopkins has played in front of in 2012. A large Homecoming crowd is also expected this Saturday when Army visits Homewood Field.

Five of Top 10: There have been 10 crowds of 6,500 or more at a Division I men’s lacrosse game this season and Johns Hopkins has been a participant in five of the 10.

Against Number One: Last week’s 10-9 overtime victory at Loyols was JHU’s second of the season against a team ranked number one in the nation. Earlier this season (March 24) the Blue Jays knocked off then top-ranked Virginia, 11-10, in overtime. Last week’s game was also the 11th Johns Hopkins has played against a team ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays are now 7-4 in their 11 games against the nation’s top-ranked team under his guidance. This is the first time in school history that Johns Hopkins has defeated a top-ranked team twice on the road in the same season.

Close Calls: Eight of the 11 games Johns Hopkins has played against teams ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala have been decided by one goal. JHU is 6-2 in those eight one-goal games.

That’s Odd: Despite the win at top-ranked Loyola, Johns Hopkins remained ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. This week’s game against Army will be the fifth game Johns Hopkins has played under head coach Dave Pietramala as the 10th-ranked team in the nation. JHU is a perfect 4-0 in the previous four games.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who improved to 50-10 (.833) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April with last week’s win at Loyola. JHU is 28-4 at home, 20-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

Prepping For May: May become a whole lot more important when the NCAA began sponsoring the lacrosse national championhip in 1971. Johns Hopkins currently has a streak of 40 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and finishing April strong has been a big part of Hopkins’ success. In fact, Johns Hopkins has won the last game it has played in the month of April in each of the last 16 years and 40 of 41 during its streak of qualifying for the NCAAs. The only time JHU lost its last game in April since 1972 was in 1996 (Towson: Lost 13-12).

Marching Orders: Johns Hopkins closed out the March portion of its 2012 schedule at Virginia on March 24. The Blue Jays posted their first perfect record in the month of March (5-0) since 2005, when they also won all five of their games played in the month. Since 1972, JHU has posted a perfect record in the month of March 15 times (not including this season). In six of those years the Blue Jays went on to win the national championship and in seven other instances JHU finished as national runner-up.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 18-4 in its last 22 games, 23-6 since the start of the 2011 season and 25-8 in its last 33 games.

13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins scored 10 goals in the win last week at top-ranked Loyola and those 10 goals and the 15 total points the Blue Jays amassed were pretty evenly distributed. JHU got two goals and four assists from its starting attack, five goals from its first midfield and three goals from its second midfield.

Attack Oriented: Despite being forced to start five different players in three different combinations, the starting attack units the Blue Jays have trotted out have been effective and efficient. The unit has combined for 56 goals and 42 assists (7.54 points per game) through 13 games.

On the Flip Side: While the Blue Jay attack is collectively averaging over 7.5 points per game, the Blue Jay defense has not been nearly as giving. In fact, the starting attack units Johns Hopkins has faced this season have totaled just 45 goals and 24 assists (5.3 points per game).

Bassett Now 23-6 in Last 29 Starts: Junior goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 26th career victory in goal with the 10-9 win at top-ranked Loyola as he posted nine saves. Bassett is now 23-6 in his last 29 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season and counts a 26-10 career record to his credit.
Through 13 games Bassett currently ranks seventh in the nation in goals against average (7.14) and 21st in save percentage (.547).
Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Jesse Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Boland Returns: Senior attackman Chris Boland returned to the lineup against North Carolina after missing seven consecutive games with an injury he suffered 35 minutes into the season opener against Towson. Boland scored twice and dished out a pair of assists against the Tar Heels and came back with a three-goal, two-assist showing against Albany and a one-goal, one-assist effort against Maryland to push his season totals to 10 goals and five assists. He had 13-game goal and point-scoring streaks snapped at Navy, but tallied a pair of assists in last week’s win at Loyola.
Boland pushed his career totals to 76 goals and 45 assists for 121 points with his two-assist effort at Loyola. He has 10 career hat tricks, 29 career multi-point games and 18 games with four points or more.

Stanwick in Rare Company: Freshman Wells Stanwick scored the fifth goal in JHU’s game-opening 5-0 run last week at top-ranked Loyola to help the Blue Jays to the 10-9 overtime victory.
Stanwick has seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 10 games played. He missed three games early in the season with an injury, but still ranks second on the team in assists and fourth in points.
Stanwick ran his streak of consecutive multi-point games to seven with one goal and two assists in the win over Albany before being held scoreless by Maryland and Navy. His run of seven straight multi-point games to open his career is the longest by a Johns Hopkins player (freshmen only – not transfers) since all-time leading scorer Terry Riordan opened his career with 18 consecutive multi-point games from 1992-93.

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 47 of 52 quarters this season and two or more in 38 of the 52 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 35.8 shots per game. That number compares favorably to JHU’s averages in 2005 (38.1) and 2007 (36.3) – the most recent years in which Johns Hopkins won the national championship.
• Johns Hopkins ranks 29th in the nation in scoring offense (9.85), 12th in extra-man offense (.426) and 12th in scoring margin (+2.77).

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU defense:
• Hopkins is surrendering an average of just 29.1 shots per game.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 15 of 52 quarters this season (28.8%).
• The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense (7.08), 15th in man-down defense (.730) and 12th in scoring margin (+2.77) this season.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its 13 opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 14:25 and 10 of the 13 have gone scoreless for 19:30 or longer.

Now That’s a Drought: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow an even-strength goal for an amazing stretch of 116:37 from late in the win at Princeton through early in the fourth quarter of the win over UMBC.

About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with the 11-0 victory over Manhattan on March 6. Prior to that, the Blue Jays had last posted a shutout on March 26, 1988, when they knocked off Princeton, 9-0. The shutout vs. Manhattan was the 61st in JHU history with 57 of those coming prior to 1950.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays check in at number 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 395 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 393 of those 395 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 372 of the 395 and the top five in 295 of those 395. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Fifteen Straight – Historically: Johns Hopkins won 15 straight regular season games prior to falling to North Carolina on April 1. Not only was the 15-game regular season winning streak the second longest under Dave Pietramala, it’s also the sixth longest in school history during the NCAA Tournament era (1971 – Present).

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including wins this season vs. Towson, UMBC and Loyola and losses to Maryland and Navy, JHU is 56-6 (.903) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 922 all-time wins.

That’s 625 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 922-297-15 (.753) … that’s 625 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 125 straight seasons, they would still be five games over .500.

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Towson visits UMass for CAA semifinal Wednesday

Posted on 01 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson men’s lacrosse will be making its eighth appearance in the CAA Tournament since joining the league 11 years ago as the Tigers travel to top-seeded and No. 1-ranked UMass on Wednesday. The Tigers (7-7, 2-4 CAA), who have dropped four straight games, are the No. 4 seed. Towson met UMass in the CAA Tournament semifinals in 2010, topping the Minutemen 13-6 at home. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. and all the action can be heard live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
After winning five consecutive games to become nationally-ranked, the Tigers have dropped four straight to even their record at 7-7. Towson still qualified for the CAA Tournament though by virtue of their head-to-head win at Hofstra, which also had a 2-4 mark in CAA action. Towson’s leading goal scorer during the regular season was Sean Maguire, who posted 19 goals to go along with six assists. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli leads the Tigers in points with 27 on 15 goals and a team-high 12 assists. Faceoff specialist Ian Mills has won 88 of 157 (56 percent) matchups in the ‘X’ this year and he’s also posted a team-high 47 groundballs. In the cage for the Tigers is junior Andrew Wascavage, who has a 9.53 goals-against-average and has saved 56.7 percent of shots face this season. Wascavage is just two games removed from stopping a career-high 21 shots against No. 19 Drexel.

Scouting the Minutemen
UMass is ranked No. 1 in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll. At 13-0, the Minutemen are the only remaining unbeaten team in the country. UMass posted its first perfect regular-season since 1969 by winning at Delaware on Friday. The Minutemen are led by Tewaaraton nominee Will Manny, who leads the team in points (65), goals (39) and assists (26).

Towson-UMass Series History
Wednesday’s game will be just the sixth all-time meeting between Towson and UMass. The programs met in 1963, but then did not play again until 2010. The squads will be playing for the fifth time since 2010 when they battle on Wednesday. UMass leads the all-time series 3-2 after defeating the Tigers at home this season, 14-3, on April 7. Towson won the only other meeting at Garber Field, 10-9, on April 10, 2010. The Minutemen have won two straight against the Tigers.

Just 26 Days Ago…
The Tigers and Minutemen met on the lacrosse field just 26 days ago in Amherst, Mass. Towson trailed by just two at halftime, but UMass dominated the second half to snap the Tigers’ five-game winning streak. The Minutemen scored 11 of the game’s final 12 goals to pick up the 14-3 victory. The Tigers were outshot 55-24 and won just five of 19 faceoff’s. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage recorded 15 saves and the Tigers got goals from Andrew Hodgson, Sean Maguire and Matt Hughes.

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Towson Headed to CAA Tournament Despite Loss To St. Joe’s

Posted on 28 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Lacrosse Falls at St. Joseph’s But Qualifies For CAA Tournament
Tigers Will Play Top-Seeded UMass on Wednesday In CAA Semifinals

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Towson men’s lacrosse team fell at Saint Joseph’s Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers still qualified for the CAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed. Towson will play at top-seeded and No. 2-ranked UMass on Wednesday.

The Tigers end the regular season 7-7 overall and tied with Hofstra for fourth in the CAA standings with a 2-4 league mark. Hofstra, which fell at No. 15 Penn State in double overtime Saturday, finds itself outside the CAA Tournament based on the Tigers winning in Hempstead on March 31.

Towson found itself in an early 2-0 hole after Bobby Hurley and Ryan McGee tallied first quarter goals for St. Joseph’s. Freshman Robby Zoppo got the Tigers on the board at the 4:11 mark of the first quarter as he tallied his ninth goal of the season off a feed from Matt Hanzsche. Towson then tied the game before the end of the opening stanza a senior Carl Iacona posted his 13th goal of the season.

Defense dominated the second quarter as neither team was able to break through on the scoreboard and the game remained tied at two going into the third quarter.

The Hawks dominated the third quarter, holding Towson scoreless for the second straight quarter and getting three goals from three different players.

After an early goal in the fourth quarter, St. Joseph’s found itself up 6-2.

The Tigers broke a 24:54 scoreless drought when senior Michael Brashears blasted a low shot from 15-yards out to get the Tigers within 6-3. Senior Sean Maguire assisted on the Brashears goal.

Despite getting the ball into Hawks territory on several occasions in the final six minutes, Towson was unable to score the rest of the way. The Tigers turned the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter and 12 times overall.

The win for Saint Joseph’s was its first Colonial Athletic Association victory during its two years in the league. The Hawks end the year riding a three-game winning streak and finish 6-9 overall and 1-5 in the CAA.

Towson will play at UMass on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers fell in Amherst, Mass. on April 7, 14-3 after trailing just 4-2 at halftime.

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