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Towson Tops Delaware in CAA Opener

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Five different Tigers posted multi-goal games as Towson cruised past rival Delaware, 13-8, in its Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Towson (5-3, 1-0 CAA), which never trailed in the game, has now won three straight for the first time since the 2010 season. The five-goal margin of victory is the Tigers’ largest against the Blue Hens since an 18-4 win on March 23, 2002.

“We were very pleased with our energy, focus and execution tonight,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. “It was our most complete game of the year and it came against and extremely talented Delaware team. The great thing is we are getting better and improving. We’re going to enjoy this win, but we have some extremely tough games ahead.”

Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli recorded a career-high four points with two goals and two assists to lead the Tigers. Senior’s Sean Maguire and Matt Lamon, sophomore Andrew Hodgson and freshman Robby Zoppo also posted multi-goal games for the Tigers.

Junior Ian Mills was impressive once again for the Tigers, winning 17 of 25 face-off’s. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was solid in the cage, posting eight saves and picking up his fifth win of the season.

For the second straight game, Towson got on the board less than five seconds into the game as Mills took the opening draw and fed Lamon for his eighth goal of the season before four ticks could come off the clock. Freshman Justin Mabus and Zoppo followed with goals and the Tigers led 3-0 less than seven minutes into the contest.

Delaware (3-6, 0-2 CAA) would score three of the next four goals to cut the Tiger lead to 4-3 at the end of the opening period. After the teams exchanged goals early in the second quarter, Zoppo and Maguire registered consecutive goals for Towson to give the Tigers a 7-4 halftime advantage.

After an even 2-2 third quarter, the Blue Hens remained within striking distance down just three goals entering the final period. Maguire posted his team-high 15th goal of the season at the 13:13 mark of the fourth quarter, but consecutive Delaware goals would bring the Blue Hens to within 10-8 with 8:39 remaining.

Towson would close the game strong though, netting three goals in a 2:20 span to seal the victory.

The Tigers outshot the Blue Hens by a 36-29 margin and went 3-for-6 in extra man opportunities.

Towson will play its first CAA road game of the season on Saturday, March 31 at No. 19 Hofstra. Opening face-off from Hempstead, N.Y. is set for 7 p.m.


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Navy Visits Patriot League Rival Lafayette Saturday

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Navy will look to snap its three-game losing skid on Saturday when the Midshipmen travel to Easton, Pa. to face Lafayette … meeting for the 14th time in series history, the Mids and Leopards will face off at 12:00 pm at Rappolt Field.
• The Mids enter Saturday’s contest having lost three in a row, including last week’s Patriot League opener against a Bucknell team who had lost three games by a combined four goals … while Navy doubled up the Bison in faceoff wins (19-8), the Mids had a difficult time holding onto the ball once they gained possession … meanwhile, the defense gave up a pair of four-goal runs to the Bison in the second and third quarters.
• Lafayette is coming off a tough 9-6 loss to Rutgers … the Leopards scored the first goal of the game, but gave up four-consecutive goals to the Scarlet Knights … while the Leopards would get to within two goals on four different occasions, they could never put together a run to even the score … Lafayette also scored just one extra-man goal on five Rutgers penalties.
• Saturday’s contest will NOT be broadcast over the radio due to the lack of press box facilities …  live stats, however, will be available at NavySports.com.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat … the Mids are 10-0 when scoring 10 or more goals against Lafayette.
9    Nine different players have provided points for the Mids this season, including Sam Jones and Tucker Hull who have recorded points in all four contests.
8    Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to eight-straight games after his two-goal effort against Lafayette last Saturday … he opened the season with  a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
7    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded seven hat tricks in his 17-game Navy career, including three this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
6    Starting attackman Sam Jones paced Navy in last year’s win over Lafayette with a six-point performance … he punched in three goals and dealt out three assists in his first-collegiate game against the Leopards.
5    Saturday’s contest marks just the fifth game played in Easton, Pa. in what will be the 14th meeting … eight of the remaining nine games have been played in Annapolis.
4    Only four of the 57 points scored by the Midshipmen this season have been by non-starters … Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, Pat Kiernan has a goal and Jay Mann has an assist.
3    Three of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (4) and Maryland (5) – while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
2    Navy has lost two-straight true road games (Jacksonville was played at a neutral site) … last season the Mids were 1-6 on the road.
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 64 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.

More on the Leopards
• Tenth-year Lafayette head coach Terry Mangan has led the Leopards to a 2-2 record this season, already matching last year’s win total … the Leopards have claimed wins over Providence (10-5) and Wagner (19-2), while dropping contests on teh road to Binghamton (10-8) and Rutgers (9-6).
• Rookie attackman Brian Bock leads the way as the team’s top point producer with three goals and nine assists … he is ranked 14th nationally in assists per game (2.25) … senior middie Doug Prusoff is the team’s leading goal scorer with eight, while senior attack and senior midfielder Greg Allis have pitched in seven goals … Allis s ranked 14th in the country in shot percentage, scoring seven goals off 14 shots (50.0).
• Junior Anthony Zawadzki has taken the bulk of the faceoffs this season, winning 21 of 46 (45.7), while rookie Jake O’Brien has won 10 of 23 (43.5).
• Three keepers have played for the Leopards – sophomore Andrijk Andrusko, sophomore Jake Hyatt and junior Ed Stubits.  Hyatt opened the year as the starter against Providence and played the first 30 minutes of the Binghamton game.  Andrusko, however, has been the starter in each of the last two contests.  Andrusko was Lafayette’s starter a year ago.
• Lafayette is the nation’s third-stingiest defense, giving up just 6.50 goals per game, while its offense is ranked 22nd, putting up 10.75 goals per contest … the Leopards have given up 10 goals just once this season and held two foes to five or fewer goals … Lafayette, however, is dreadful in the hustle stat – ground balls … picking up just 19 grounders per game, the Leopards are ranked 59th out of 61 teams.

Series History
• Saturday’s contest marks the 14th meeting between the two programs, and the 10th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  Navy leads, 12-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 10 of the 13 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 12 times.
• In the 13-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 168-57 … since joining the league in ‘04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 104-56.
• While this is Rick Sowell’s first contest against the Leopards since taking the Navy post last June, he enters Saturday’s game with a 3-1 record against Lafayette as head coach at previous schools — 2-0 at Stony Brook, 1-1 record at St. John’s.

2011 Navy-Lafayette Recap
• Navy jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Mids dealt Patriot League foe Lafayette a 15-6 loss at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy opened the game on an 8-0 run, featuring a 7-0 advantage after the first quarter of play.  Junior Nikk Davis, who scored a pair of goals in the final 18 seconds of play to force overtime at Bucknell, punched in the game’s first goal less than two minutes into the contest.  The flood gates opened from there and continued into the second quarter where sophomore middie Jay Mann scored 52 seconds into the second frame with a 10-yarder from the right wing to cap the 8-0 run.
• Lafayette finally got on the scoreboard with 11:42 to go in the second quarter when all-league attackman Tom Perini capitalized on an extra-man opportunity, sending a hard-driven shot past Navy keeper RJ Wickham from 10 yards out.  Just 36 seconds later, Navy defenseman Peter Rogers got caught up in the netting and Lafayette midfielder Will Heffernan capitalized by curling around and sticking his shot.
• After nearly 10 minutes without a goal, Navy senior middie Andy Warner send his 12-yard shot top shelf to give the Mids a 9-2 advantage with 5:03 to go in the opening half.
• The Leopards put together a run to close out the half with Heffernan scoring his second of the day, beating Navy defenseman Michael Hirsch on the crease, followed by an unassisted goal by Doug Prusoff who bullied his way past defensive middie Jordan Seivold and somehow threaded his shot past Wickham.
• Senior midfielder Franklin Floyd trimmed the Mids’ lead to four at 9-5 just minutes into the third period when he cleared the ball and waltzed into the box untouched.
• The Mids would gain control, however, scoring back-to-back goals just 22 seconds apart, including a strike by senior pole Tom Mansfield, who, racing down the field in transition, scored his first-collegiate goal.
• A roll dodge by Prusoff midway through the third period resulted in a Lafayette goal, but Navy’s defense would keep the Leopards off the scoreboard for the final 22 minutes of the game to preserve the win.
• Navy, meanwhile, scored three more in the third and once in the fourth to produce the most goals in a game since defeating VMI last year, 16-5.  Freshman attackman Tucker Hull scored a pair of goals in the third quarter, including a man down goal with 5:32 to go.  Lafayette’s Perini took a shot following a Navy penalty which took out the legs of one of his own players.  Following a stoppage of play, the ball was awarded to Navy.  A heads-up play, team captain Marty Gallagher sent a long pass to Taylor Reynolds who fed Hull on the doorstep.
• It was the Mids’ first man-down goal since Joe Lennon pumped one in at Army on April 12, 2008.
• Seven different players scored for Navy, including three – Hull, Warner and freshman Sam Jones  – who recorded hat tricks.
• Defensively, the Mids held the Leopards to six goals, the fewest a Navy team has given up since defeating Holy Cross, 12-3, on March 20, 2010.

On The Road Again
• Navy will play half of its 12-game slate away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, in 2012.  Five of the six are true road games, while the sixth is a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
• The Mids have lost two-straight road games dating back to last season.
• Last year, Navy produced a 1-6 record in games played away from Annapolis … its lone road victory was an 8-3 decision over Holy Cross on March 19.
• Four of Navy’s first five games of the 2011 campaign were played away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and unfortunately, the Mids were on the losing end of all four games, including a pair of one-goal decisions to Loyola and Bucknell.
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 21 of its 48 true road games (neutral sites not included).
• The last time the Mids only managed one road win was in 1999 … Navy defeated Penn in its road opener, but lost at Duke, Delaware, Hofstra and Johns Hopkins … in 1996, the Mids were winless on the road.

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event on Saturday, March 17, following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Fast Facts
• Navy’s starting lineup has accounted for 36 of the team’s 38 goals (94.7), 17 of the 19 assists (89.5) and 53 of the 57 points (93.0) this season … sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, second-year long pole Pat Kiernan has a goal and defensive midfielder Jay Mann has an assist to account for the remaining points.
• Sophomores Tucker Hull and Sam Jones have produced points in each of the Mids’ four games, while Jones in the only player to score a goal in all four.
• Dating back to 2009, at least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 26 of the last 39 games, including all four contests this season … Hull has managed to pitch hat tricks three times this season, recording a career-high six goals against VMI (2-11) in the opener and three against Jacksonville (2-19) and Bucknell (3-3) … he was held without a goal against North Carolina (2-25), but dealt out three assists.
• Six different players recorded hat tricks a year ago, but only Hull (4) and Jones (3) produced more than one.
• Senior keeper RJ Wickham moved into ninth place on the Mids’ all-time saves leader board following his 12-save performance against North Carolina two weeks ago … with 375 saves, he now trails 2004 Kelly Award winner and three-time All-American Matt Russell who amassed 380 saves from 2003-06.
• Senior draw specialist Logan West became only the fourth player in school history to reach the 200-win milestone when he went 15-for-24 against Jacksonville (2-19) … he stands fourth all-time on the career wins list and needs 38 wins to move into third.
• Senior close defenseman Matt Vernam has started 44-straight games for the Midshipmen … other players with lengthy starting streaks include senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (38) and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (34).
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 53-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including an 11-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 47-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 9-1 mark in 2009, a 10-1 record in ‘10, a 3-2 mark in ‘11 and a 1-0 record in ‘12.
• Navy has lost nine-straight games when scoring seven or fewer goals … in the Lafayette series, the Mids have never been held to seven or fewer goals
• All seven of Navy’s goal against Jacksonville (2-19) were unassisted … the last time Navy was held without an assist was on April 24, 1999, when Johns Hopkins defeated the Mids, 11-1 … Jamie O’Leary scored the unassisted goal for Navy in the third quarter.

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UMBC Dropped By Fairfield in OT

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- Fairfield senior attackman John Snellman scored 44 seconds into overtime and the 20th-ranked Stags nipped UMBC, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium.

Fairfield improved to 4-0 and won their third overtime decision in the last eight days. The Retrievers slipped to 1-2 on the season.

Retriever junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) scored the game-tying goal with 40 seconds to play in regulation and recorded a season-best four-goal effort. Stag senior midfielder Brett Adams responded with four goals for his side, while Snellman added three.

For the second time in three weeks, UMBC rallied from a multiple-goal fourth-quarter deficit to draw even late in the action.

Fairfield’s Colin McLindin scored to put the visitors ahead, 9-5 with 13:51 to play. But Jones started the UMBC rally, putting away a Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) inside look at the 12:23 mark. The Stags were called for a slash on the Jones goal, and freshman Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) recorded his first collegiate goal just 35 seconds later to slice the deficit to 9-7.

The Retrievers did not capitalize on two additional man-up situations and Fairfield was attempting to run out the clock when they turned the ball over and UMBC senior defender Aaron Verardi (Lutherville, Md./Boys’ Latin) scored from up top on a 4-on-3 break with 2:26 to play.

UMBC controlled the ensuing draw, and after a time out, patiently moved the ball until Lustgarten again found Jones six yards from the cage, and his bounce shot hit the net with 40 seconds remaining.

Fairfield got the final draw of regulation, but a late shot by Adams was easily handled by UMBC junior netminder Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn). But FU sophomore face-off specialist Michael Roe won his 15th draw of the game to start overtime. McLindin, who had a game-high three assists fed Snellman on the left wing and the attackman took two steps to the inside and beat Cohen from eight yards out.

Fairfield defeated Bryant, 9-8, in double overtime last Saturday and upended Hofstra, 10-9, in triple OT  on Long Island on Tuesday evening.

In its home opener, UMBC had rallied from an 8-5 fourth quarter deficit  to draw even with Robert Morris, but the Colonials prevailed, 10-8.

Senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) moved to 95 career points with a goal and two assists for UMBC.

Fairfield outshot UMBC, 34-32, and Cohen was steady in net with 12 saves for the Retrievers. UMBC missed the cage on 19 of its 32 attempts. The Stags dominated the draws, winning 16 of 23.

The Retrievers had won four consecutive one-goal decisions, dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009.

UMBC welcomes No. 5 Maryland to Baltimore on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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UMBC Welcomes Fairfield Saturday Afternoon

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (1-1) men’s lacrosse team hosts a red-hot Fairfield squad (3-0) on Saturday, March 3. The opening face-off is set for 3:00 p.m. and the game will be streamed live by www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen stopped a career-high 14 Rutgers shots as the Retrievers evened their record at 1-1 with by defeating the Scarlet Knights, 11-7, at the RU Stadium Complex on Sun, Feb. 26.

Sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous scored a career-best five goals to lead the Retriever offense vs. Rutgers. Junior midfielder Dave Brown added two goals and two assists for UMBC, while sophomore middie Ryan Johnston also had multiple points with a goal and a helper.

Linkous leads UMBC with seven goals through two games, while Brown is just behind with two goals and a team-best four helpers.

SCOUTING THE STAGS

Fairfield is 3-0 to start a season for only the fifth-time at the varsity level. The Stags last got out to a 3-0 start in 2008, opening with three straight wins before finishing the year at 4-9. The best start in program history came in 2007, 5-0, with a 6-6 final result.

For the first time in program history the Stags have played consecutive multi-overtime games. Fairfield defeated Bryant 9-8 in double-overtime on Saturday and then defeated Hofstra 10-9 in triple-overtime Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano became the second Stag in as many weeks to earn an ECAC honor, as he was named Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The senior earned the honor after stopping 11 shots and picking up four ground balls, in the win over Bryant.

Brent Adams and Cipriano were both named to the 2012 Watch List for the Tewaaraton Award prior to the start of the season. Adams enters play tonight as the Stags second leading scorer with 10 points, on six goals and four assists. He has also picked up a team-leading eight ground balls.

THE SERIES

UMBC and Fairfield played a home-and-home series in 1998 and 1999, with the Retrievers capturing both contests. UMBC triumphed, 13-5, at home in ’98 and won, 10-8, in Connecticut in 1999.

UP NEXT: UMBC has its shortest break between games of the season, as they must regroup and face No. 5 Maryland at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday, March 6. Face-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Bassett, Ranagan, Grimm, Sawyer Amongst Locals on Tewaaraton Watch List

Posted on 16 February 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the college lacrosse season is just getting under way across the country, The Tewaaraton Award is pleased to announce the 2012 Men’s and Women’s Watch Lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award.

This year’s list has 64 schools represented, which is a record high. “We are particularly excited with the number of schools represented in this year’s Watch List, which is a strong indication of the growth of the sport and the excitement that the Award creates throughout the lacrosse world” said Jeff Harvey, Chairman of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed each year by the Tewaaraton Award. “Our selection committees have a passion for this Award and these Watch List players should know that this is a distinction that only the best coaches could provide,” said Sarah Aschenbach, Executive Director of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. In late April, both lists will be narrowed to 25 and these men and women will earn the distinction of Tewaaarton Nominees. In mid-May, the 5 Finalists in each category will be announced. These finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place on May 31st, at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

For information on the Award and to purchase tickets to the event, go to www.tewaaraton.com.

About The Tewaaraton Award

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 with the inaugural presentation taking place at The University Club of Washington DC in June of 2001. The Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. To honor the heritage of the sport, the Award presents two annual scholarships to students of American Indian decent. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation’s top male and female collegiate lacrosse players and is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse.

About The University Club of the City of Washington, DC

Established in 1904 during the tenure of William Howard Taft, the Club’s first President and later the President of the United States, the membership is a diverse mix of professional, business and government leaders. The Club’s mission is to provide members and their families: congenial social gatherings, good fellowship, excellent dining, guest rooms, athletics, a rich variety of cultural, international and educational programs activities, and other services to enhance health, wellness, intellectual growth and fitness within the Club’s superbly maintained and expanded historic Clubhouse.

Men’s 2012 Watch List

Sean Aaron, Goalie – Union College
Brent Adams, Midfield – Fairfield University
Andrew Barton, Midfield – Providence College
Pierce Bassett, Goalie – Johns Hopkins University
Peter Baum, Midfield – Colgate University
Carter Bender, Attack – University of Hartford
Anthony Biscardi, Midfield – University of Massachusetts
Ian Braddish, Midfield – Hofstra University
Sam Bradman, Midfield – Salisbury University
Colin Briggs, Midfield – University of Virginia
Fergus Campbell, Goalie – Dartmouth College
Charlie Cipriano, Goalie – Fairfield University
Travis Comeau, Attack – Georgetown University
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Cunningham, Attack – Villanova University
Bobby Dattilo, Midfield/Face Off – Hobart College
Nikk Davis, Midfield – United States Naval Academy
Tim Desko, Attack – Syracuse University
Daniel DiMaria, Defense/LSM – Harvard University
Billy Eisenreich, Attack – Bucknell University
Dante Fantoni, Attack – Lehigh University
Kyle Feeney, Goalie – Bucknell University
Tyler Fiorito, Goalie – Princeton University
Nick Galasso, Attack – University of North Carolina
Matt Gibson, Attack – Yale University
Rob Grimm, Attack – University of Maryland Baltimore County
Tim Henderson, Defense – United States Military Academy
Curtis Holmes, Midfield – University of Maryland
Shayne Jackson, Attack – Limestone College
Sam Jones, Attack – United States Naval Academy
Grant Kaleikau, Attack – University of Delaware
Austin Kaut, Goalie – Penn State University
Jeff Keating, Attack – Roanoke College
Micah Keller, Attack – Hampden-Sydney College
John Kemp, Goalie – University of Notre Dame
Roy Lang, Midfield – Cornell University
Chris LaPierre, Midfield – University of Virginia
Joe Lisicky, Defense – Lynchburg College
Jeffrey Lowman, Goalie – St. John’s University
Matt Mackrides, Attack – Penn State University
Greg Mahony, Midfield – Yale University
Mark Manos, Goalie – Drexel University
JoJo Marasco, Midfield/Attack – Syracuse University
Kiel Matisz, Midfield – Robert Morris University
Mark Matthews, Attack – University of Denver
Joel Matthews, Attack – University of Detroit Mercy
Jack McBride, Attack/Midfield – University of North Carolina
Kevin McCormick, Midfield – Tufts University
Brian Megill, Defense – Syracuse University
Bryan Neufeld, Attack – Siena College
Chris Nourse, Defense – Georgetown University
Robert Pannell, Attack – Cornell University
Mason Poli, Defense – Bryant University
John Ranagan, Midfield – Johns Hopkins University
Joe Resetarits, Attack – University at Albany
Connor Rice, Attack – Marist College
Jack Rice, Attack – Villanova University
Stephen Robarge, Midfield/Face Off – Virginia Military Institute
Dan Savage, Midfield – University of Pennsylvania
Michael Sawyer, Attack – Loyola University
Rob Schlesinger, Midfield – Brown University
Tom Schreiber, Midfield – Princeton University
Logan Schuss, Attack – Ohio State University
Steve Serling, Midfield – Hofstra University
Ryan Snyder, Face Off – Lehigh University
Steele Stanwick, Attack – University of Virginia
Garrett Thul, Attack – United States Military Academy
Jeff Tundo, Attack – Stony Brook University
Justin Turri, Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Vaughan, Midfield – Harvard University
Joe Vitale, Midfield – Adelphi University
Ben Waldron, Long Stick Midfield – Binghamton University
Chad Wiedmaier, Defense – Princeton University

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Towson Tries to Make It Back to Back Wednesday Night at Hofstra

Posted on 01 February 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since March 2010 as the Tigers travel to New York to take on Hofstra. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex and the game can be heard live on WNST-AM (1570).

FAMILIAR FOE: Towson and Hofstra will be meeting for the 55th time Wednesday evening. The Tigers have only played Loyola (70), Delaware (66) and Drexel (58) more often in their history.

STREAK BUSTERS: Towson broke it’s NCAA record 41-game losing streak this past weekend against UNCW, but the Tigers have other steaks they are still attempting to bust. A win against Hofstra would mark the first time Towson has won two straight since topping Delaware on Feb. 27, 2010 and then defeating UNCW in the CAA Tournament on March 5. The Tigers last conference road win occurred on Feb. 24, 2010 at William & Mary.

WHERE ROB RANKS: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is ranked both nationally and in the CAA in a number of categories. His career numbers are also climbing up latter’s in both Towson history and in the conference. After Nwankwo’s 12 points, 11 rebound, 3 blocked shots performance in the win over UNCW, the senior is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Those numbers rank him 17th nationally in blocks and 46th in the country in rebounding. In the CAA, Nwankwo places third in blocks, fourth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage (45.4), 21st in scoring and second in offensive rebounding. The forwards nine double-double’s this year ranks fourth in the CAA and 29th nationally. His 11 10-plus double digit rebounding efforts is the third most of any CAA player. In his career, Nwankwo’s 689 rebounds is the third most among all active league players.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior Robert Nwankwo scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the Tigers snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNC Wilmington at the Towson Center on Saturday afternoon. One of four Tigers to score in double figures, Nwankwo preserved the win with two seconds remaining when he blocked a three-point field goal attempt by freshman guard Adam Smith. Towson freshman Deon Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He sealed the victory by connecting on two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. The victory was the first career win at Towson for Coach Pat Skerry. En route to scoring a season high 66 points, the Tigers were led by Marcus Damas, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Jones matched his career high with 15 points while making five of seven shots from the floor. Sophomore Erique Gumbs shot 5-for-10 from the field and scored 11 points with eight rebounds. Led by Nwankwo, the Tigers outrebounded UNCW by a 41-29 margin, the fifth straight game in which the Tigers outrebounded their opponents.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE: Hofstra (7-16, 1-10 CAA) has lost three straight games and nine of its last 10 overall. The Pride boast the CAA’s leading scorer in Mike Moore, who enters Wednesday’s game averaging 19.3 points per game. Hofstra is one of just three schools in the conference to have two players that rank in the Top 10 in the scoring race. Nathaniel Lester is ninth in the league scoring 13.8 points per game.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: College Lacrosse scrimmage-Penn State @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 1pm Homewood Field); Mount St. Mary’s @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Isaac Chilemba vs. Edison Miranda (Friday 10pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN2), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on HBO); Women’s College Basketball: Boston College @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Monday 7pm from Atlanta live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer-MISL Norfolk SharX @ Baltimore Blast (Wednesday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Eastern Tech (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Patapsco (Friday 7pm); Pro Wrestling: Ring of Honor (Saturday 7pm Du Burns Arena)

10. Lacuna Coil (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Sebastian Bach (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Third Eye Blind (Monday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Dierks Bentley (Sunday 3:30pm Recher Theatre); Rise Against (Sunday 7pm Patriot Center); Augustana (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club); Marc Broussard (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Yardbirds (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere)

If Jimi Haha is reading this, can you please leave me two for Saturday night? Thanks…

Third Eye Blind had way more good songs than you realize they did…

I heard a guy on 98 Rock say the other day “if you need your face rocked clean off, Rise Against is the way to go.” He might have been right…

Here’s Bone Thugs n Phil Collins. Not only did this happen, but I really enjoyed it.

9. Demetri Martin (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Carrie Fisher “Wishful Drinking” (Tuesday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center-Hippodrome); Chocolate Affair (Thursday 6pm Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel)

Carrie Fisher is coming to town. This is a fantastic time to remind everyone that Adrianne Curry once dressed up as Princess Leia…

I would follow this up with another thought, but clearly my brain is no longer in operation.

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Exposure For Local Schools as ESPN Announces 2012 Lacrosse Schedule

Posted on 23 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ESPN announces its extensive 2012 college lacrosse coverage across ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN3 with a schedule featuring nationally-ranked programs, top-caliber games and the addition of the ACC Men’s and Women’s and BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championships. The schedule includes 49 total games – featuring 39 regular-season matchups, 37 men’s and two women’s games – plus the crowing of six conference champions on ESPNU and ESPN3. Coverage begins with No. 4 Johns Hopkins hosting Towson on Friday, Feb. 17, at noon on ESPNU.

Schedule highlights:

  • At least one appearance from each team in the top 10 of Inside Lacrosse Division Preseason Rankings and 14 of the 16 teams that qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championship, including seven appearances from the defending champion Virginia
  • ESPN will air two top-10 games – No. 7 Syracuse at No. 1 Virginia on Sunday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. and the Cavaliers at No. 6 North Carolina on Sunday, April 7, at noon
  • A rematch of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship game between No. 8 Maryland and top-ranked Virginia on Saturday, March 31, at noon on ESPNU
  • ESPN3 will offer eight exclusive games including three appearances by second-ranked Duke – at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 18, at No. 8 Maryland on Saturday, March 3 and at Georgetown on Saturday, March 24
  • Games from four in-season tournaments – Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore) on Saturday, March 10, Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.) on Sunday, April 1, ESPNU Warrior Classic (Charlotte, N.C.) on Saturday, April 14 and Mile High Classic (Denver) on Friday, April 27
  • ESPNU will carry two regular-season women’s games plus the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship title match as part of ACC Monday on Monday, April 23, at 3 p.m.
  • Five men’s conference champions will be crowned on ESPNU or ESPN3
    • The entire ACC Championship will air live on ESPNU beginning with the semifinals on Friday, April 20 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. and the title game on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.
    • ESPNU will carry the final game of the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday, May 5, at noon along with the first semifinal on Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m.; in addition, the second semifinal tilt will be at 7 p.m. on ESPN3
    • ESPN3 will be the home to the Ivy League Championship semifinals on Friday, May 4, at 5 and 8 p.m., while ESPNU will offer the title game that Sunday at noon
    • The America East and ECAC champions will be crowned on ESPN3

This season, the network’s telecasts will include a deep roster of experienced and knowledgeable lacrosse analysts: Ryan Boyle (Four-time All-American at Princeton), Paul Carcaterra (All-American at Syracuse and a member of 1995 National Championship team), Mark Dixon (former Johns Hopkins midfielder), Ryan Flanagan (All-American defenseman at UNC), Quint Kessenich (Four-time All-American at Johns Hopkins), Jamie Munro (All-American at Brown and former Denver head coach) and Matt Ward (former Virginia attackman and 2006 Tewaaraton winner). Play-by-play announcers include: ESPNU’s Anish Shroff, Joe Beninati (Bowdoin College goalie), Mike Corey, Ben Holden and Eamon McAnaney (Notre Dame defenseman). Newcomer Courtney Martinez Connor (Four-time NCAA Championship at Maryland) will handle analysis of the women’s games.

ESPN Network’s 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Regular-Season Schedule (Schedule subject to change; all times are Eastern) 

Date Time (ET) Game Network(s)
Fri, Feb 17 5 p.m. Towson at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Feb 18 1 p.m. No. 2 Duke at No. 9 Notre Dame ESPN3
Tue, Feb 21 5 p.m. Delaware at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Feb 24 7 p.m. No. 8 Maryland at Georgetown ESPN3
Sat, Feb 25 noon Stony Brook at No. 1 Virginia ESPN3
  3 p.m. Siena at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Mar 2 5 p.m. No. 4 Johns Hopkins at No. 16 Princeton ESPNU
Sat, Mar 3 1 p.m. No. 2 Duke at No. 8 Maryland ESPN3
Sun, Mar 4 4:30 p.m. No. 7 Syracuse at No. 1 Virginia ESPN / ESPN3
Tue, Mar 6 7 p.m.* Manhattan at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Wed, Mar 7 5 p.m. Towson at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (women’s) ESPNU
Sat, Mar 10 11 a.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore): No. 16 Princeton vs. No. 6 North Carolina ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore): No. 3 Cornell vs. No. 1 Virginia ESPNU
  4 p.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (Baltimore): UMBC vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPN3
Fri, Mar 16 5 p.m. No. 6 North Carolina at No. 2 Duke ESPNU
Sat, Mar 17 2 p.m. No. 14 Penn at No. 16 Princeton ESPNU
  4 p.m. No. 7 Syracuse at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, Mar 18 1 p.m. No. 5 Denver at No. 9 Notre Dame ESPNU
Sat, Mar 24 noon No. 8 Maryland at No. 6 North Carolina ESPNU
  noon No. 2 Duke at Georgetown ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 4 Johns Hopkins at No. 1 Virginia ESPNU
Sat, Mar 31 noon No. 1 Virginia at No. 8 Maryland ESPNU
Sun, Apr 1 1 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.): No. 9 Notre Dame vs. St. John’s ESPN3
  4 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.): No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 Syracuse ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.): No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Apr 6 6 p.m.* Albany vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Arp 7 noon No. 1 Virginia at No. 6 North Carolina ESPN / ESPN3
Wed, Apr 11 5:30 p.m. No. 8 Virginia at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (women’s) ESPNU
Fri, Apr 13 6 p.m. No. 2 Duke at No. 1 Virginia ESPNU
Sat, Apr 14 11 a.m. ESPNU Warrior Classic (Charlotte, N.C.): Rutgers vs. No. 7 Syracuse ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. ESPNU Warrior Classic (Charlotte, N.C.): No. 11 Hofstra at No. 6 North Carolina ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 8 Maryland at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Apr 20 5 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Charlottesville, Va.): Semifinal #1 ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Charlottesville, Va.): Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sat, Apr 21 3 p.m. Georgetown at No. 7 Syracuse ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 10 Villanova ESPNU
Sun, Apr 22 3 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Charlottesville, Va.): Final ESPNU
Mon, Apr 23 7 p.m. ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship as part of ACC Monday (Durham, N.C.): Final ESPNU
Fri, Apr 27 7:30 p.m. Mile High Classic (Denver, Colo.): No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 14 Penn ESPN3
  10 p.m. Mile High Classic (Denver, Colo.): Duke at Denver ESPNU
Sat, Apr 28 5 p.m. No. 7 Syracuse at No. 9 Notre Dame ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 3 Cornell at No. 16 Princeton ESPNU
Thu, May 3 4:30 p.m. BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Villanova , Pa.): Semifinal #1 ESPNU
  7 p.m. /10:30 p.m.* BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Villanova , Pa.): Semifinal #2 ESPN3 / ESPNU*
TBD TBD ECAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Site TBD): Final ESPN3
Fri, May 4 5 p.m. Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Championship (site of regular-season champion): Semifinal #1 ESPN3
  8 p.m. Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Championship (site of regular-season champion): Semifinal #2 ESPN3
Sat, May 5 noon BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship (Villanova , Pa.): Final ESPNU
  2 p.m. Army at No. 4 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, May 6 10 a.m. America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship (campus of highest seed): Final ESPNU
  noon Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Championship (site of regular-season champion): Final ESPNU

* – tape delay; rankings from Inside Lacrosse Preseason Poll

For the sixth straight year, ESPN networks will provide exclusive coverage of all 15 games from the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Coverage will be in high definition across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU beginning Saturday, May 12 and concluding with the national title game on Monday, May 28. ESPN3 and ESPN Mobile will also feature select games. In addition, the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship semifinals and national title game will be aired on ESPN networks on Friday, May 25 and Sunday, May 27.

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Towson Visits George Mason Saturday on WNST

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with John Castleberry handling the play-by-play duties and Ron Thompson providing analysist. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling all the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Towson University men’s basketball team will play its third straight game against a team that is in first-place at the time of the contest as the Tigers travel to George Mason Saturday. The Tigers are looking for their first win of the year while the Patriots have won seven of their last eight contests. Both squads are in the midst of playing five games in just 11 days.

TOP FRESHMAN: Tiger point guard Kris Walden is the top ranked freshman in the CAA with 3.4 assists per game. The Richmond, Va. native, who is averaging 6.0 assists per contest in his last three outings, is seventh overall in the conference in assists.

TOP 20 NATIONALLY: Tiger senior forward Robert Nwankwo ranks second in the CAA and 20th nationally with 2.6 blocks per game. He’s averaging 4.8 blocks per game in his last four contests and is coming of back-to-back double-double performances against Georgia State and Old Dominion.

FAMILIAR FOE: Saturday’s game will be the 39th all-time meeting between Towson and George Mason. The Tigers have only played nine teams more often in their history.
The only other current CAA teams Towson has played more often is Delaware (65), Drexel (58) and Hofstra (55).

SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS: George Mason has won seven of its last eight games and is tied with Old Dominion at the top of the CAA standings. Senior Ryan Pearson leads the Patriots in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg). The forward tallied  a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Mason’s win against Delaware on Wednesday. George Mason leads the CAA averaging 71.5 points per game. As a team the Patriots shoot 47.5 percent from the floor, a mark that also leads the league. The Patriots are 8-1 at home this season with their only loss coming against Duquesne.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson senior forward Robert Nwankwo recorded his second straight double-double, but his performance wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Old Dominion, 71-41, Wednesday evening in the Towson Center Arena. Nwankwo led Towson with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for his sixth double-double of the season and 16th of his career. Towson tried to combat ODU’s hot shooting by controlling the glass. The Tigers won the battle of the boards, 34-32, against an Old Dominion squad that entered the game second in the CAA with a +5.3 rebounding margin. Towson was hurt though by its 31.3 shooting percentage and 18 turnovers. Freshman Kris Walden dished out six assists in the loss to the Monarchs.

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More All-American Honors For Towson Football

Posted on 20 January 2012 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior safety Jordan Dangerfield, senior fullback Tyler Wharton and freshman running back Terrance West of the Colonial Athletic Association champion Tiger football team have been selected as members of the 63-man College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America team, it has been announced by CSJ  officials.

In addition, Towson Coach Rob Ambrose was honored as the FCS Coach of the Year while West was named as the FCS Freshman of the Year.

Junior defensive end Frank Beltre was chosen as an honorable mention pick.

Georgia Southern and national champion North Dakota State topped all teams with four picks each, while Sam Houston State and Towson received three selections.

A first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, Dangerfield was also named as an All-ECAC honoree. Despite missing two games with an injury, he led the Tigers with 93 tackles in ten games. Averaging 9.3 tackles per game, he ranked seventh in the CAA. He also ranked second among CAA defensive backs with 93 tackles.

A two-year starter for the Tigers, he also intercepted two passes and tied for the CAA lead with two fumble recoveries. In addition, he also forced a pair of fumbles.

One of the Tiger co-captains, Dangerfield was one of the leaders of the Tigers’ dramatic turnaround in 2011. He led the Tigers in tackles for the second straight year. In 2010, he made 96 tackles in 11 games.  As a freshman, he played at Hofstra University. When Hofstra discontinued its football program, he transferred to Towson.

An outstanding blocker, Wharton earned All-CAA honors for the second year in a row. A third team All-CAA selection this season, he was a key to the Tigers’ terrific running game which led the CAA by averaging 229 yards per game. Wharton was also a very good receiver out of the backfield. He caught 14 passes for 203 yards and scored five touchdowns. A converted linebacker, Wharton was a second team All-CAA selection as a junior.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football, West is a consensus All-American who averaged 117.6 yards per game, second in the CAA and 12th in the nation. He was also named as ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year and the CAA Offensive Freshman of the Year. A four-time choice as CAA Rookie of the Week, he was also named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week twice.

While averaging 6.7 yards per carry, he led FCS with 29 touchdowns scored. His 29 touchdowns shattered the school record and represent the fourth-highest single season total in the history of FCS football. In 11 games, he ran for 1,294 yards on 194 carries. He rushed for at least 100 yards in six consecutive games and scored at least two touchdowns in each of his final eight contests. A first team All-CAA pick, West also scored four touchdowns in a game three times.

The winner of the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award, Ambrose directed one of the most dramatic turnarounds at the Division I level in recent memory. After taking over the Tiger program in 2009 and winning just three games in his first two years, the 1993 Towson graduate guided the Tigers to a 9-3 record in 2011.

The Tigers, who entered the season with 26 losses in their last 28 CAA games, won seven of eight CAA contests to claim their first CAA championship. The Tigers had been picked to finish last in the CAA pre-season poll.

The “Turnaround Tigers,” as they were nicknamed, won the Colonial Athletic Association outright and they made the FCS playoffs for the first time. By making their first appearance in the FCS playoffs, Towson became the first school in NCAA history to earn playoff appearances at the Division III, Division II and FCS levels.

The Tigers finished the season as the ninth-ranked team in the nation.

A two-year starter at defensive end, Beltre joined Dangerfield and West as first team All-CAA selections. A starter in 11 of 12 games, he was fourth on the team with 68 tackles. Beltre also led the Tigers with 12 tackles for lost yardage and recorded a team high four quarterback sacks.  Beltre was seventh in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage. In his career, he has made 196 tackles, including 30.5 tackles for lost yardage.

West was also the headline performer on the 40-man All-Freshman Team.

All 14 FCS conferences are represented on the All-America team. The Southern Conference led all leagues with 11 selections, followed by the Colonial Athletic Association with nine, the Missouri Valley Football Conference with eight and the Big Sky Conference with seven.

The All-America and All-Freshman teams were selected by a blue ribbon panel of FCS experts assembled by College Sports Journal executive editor David Coulson and CSJ publisher and managing editor Chuck Burton.

Coulson has 35 years of experience covering college football, including 20 seasons of following FCS and has served as the executive editor and managing partner of College Sporting News and the executive director for The Sports Network, running its national awards program from 2007-2009.

He has had a hand in selecting honors teams at the FCS level since 2002 and is in the process of writing and compiling the first FCS encyclopedia.

Burton has been acclaimed for his Lehigh Football Nation blog and as a national columnist for College Sporting News in the past decade.

2011 College Sports Journal Major Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year:              Chris Lum, Senior, Quarterback, Lehigh

Defensive Player of the Year:             Adrian Hamilton, Senior, Defensive End, Prairie View

Coach of the Year:                               Rob Ambrose, Towson

Lineman of the Year:                           Tom Compton, Senior, Tackle, South Dakota

Special Teams Player of the Year:       Laron Scott, Senior, Georgia Southern

Freshman of the Year:                         Terrance West, Freshman, Running Back, Towson 

FCS Playoff Most Valuable Player:       Preston Evans, Senior, Linebacker, North Dakota State

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