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Navy offense explodes in blowout win over Holy Cross

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Anchored by sophomore T.J. Hanzsche’s (Berwyn, Pa.) career-high six-goal performance, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League) cruised to a 21-12 victory over Holy Cross (0-4, 0-2 PL) Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Eight different players combined to score the 21 goals for the Mids which were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.  Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals in what was its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League team since its 12-3 win over the Crusaders in 2010. Meanwhile, the 33 combined goals are the most since second-ranked Virginia delivered a 24-13 blow to the Mids in Charlottesville on March 4, 1995.

“This was a good win,” said Navy third-year head coach Rick Sowell.  “We’ve been knocking on that door this season, but we’ve come up a bit short.  We know we are capable of putting points on the board and today we were able to put all of the pieces together.  Wins are hard to come by, but it was nice to see the hard work that the players and staff have been putting in is paying off.

“The next game is always our biggest game,” added Sowell.  “We had lost two in a row, lost a conference game and throw in the fact that we lost to them (Holy Cross) a year ago and there was plenty of motivation to go out and win this game.”

Similar to a week ago at Bucknell, the Mids dominated the first quarter by opening up a 2-0 lead on goals by senior midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) and senior attack Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  Then second-year attackPatrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) fed senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) from behind the cage and Hull’s shot found the back of the net less than two minutes into the second quarter to give Navy a 3-0 advantage.

Freshman attack Kevin Lux was able to provide a spark for the Crusaders, however, as he scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a 3-1 run by Holy Cross that got it to within one goal at 4-3 with 7:58 to play.

The Mids were able to regroup and put together a 7-0 run to close the half with an 11-3 advantage.  Five of the seven goals during the run were scored by seniors, including Jones who produced three goals and an assist.

The last time Navy scored nine goals in a quarter was in its 23-5 win over Holy Cross in 2004 when the Mids scored nine goals not once, but twice in the game (first and third quarters).

“I was really proud of the guys who remained composed when Holy Cross made a little run in the second quarter,” said Sowell.  “I took a timeout after they got to within one and said lets put the hammer down.”

Navy opened the third quarter with back-to-back goals by junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) and Durkin to push its lead to 10 at 13-3, but to Holy Cross’ credit, the Crusaders would continue to fight.  In fact, Holy Cross outscored Navy 6-5 in the third quarter and got to within six goals, but could never get any closer.  The Mids scored four in a row in the fourth quarter to push its lead back to 10 at 21-11, but an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Jamie Ward with 23 seconds remaining kept the loss to single digits.

Hanzsche, who extended his point and goal-scoring streak to 10 consecutive games, registered just his fourth career multi-goal performance.  Meanwhile, the six goals are the most scored by a Navy player since Hull scored six against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.  It’s also tied as the most goals scored by a Navy player in a Patriot League game.  Taylor Harrisput up six against Holy Cross in a 17-3 win on March 26, 2006.  Hazsche, Hull and Harris are the only three Navy players to score six or more goals in a game since the beginning of the 1991 campaign.

Jones finished the day with six points on five goals and one assist to jump from 20th to 17th on Navy’s career scoring list with 122 points.  Additionally, he joined Navy’s all-time goals scored list where he stands 17th with 74 goals and is tied for 17th on the career assists list with 48.

Hull turned in his team-best 13th career hat trick with three goals in the victory.  He is now tied with Jamie O’Leary (1996-99) for 20th on Navy’s career points list and has produced a point in seven straight contests.

Keena had his best day in a Navy uniform, posting four points on a goal and a career-best three assists, while Voumard also finished with four points on two goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, Navy freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md), who came into the contest ranked 17th nationally in winning percentage, claimed 19 of the 34 draws he took (.556) and picked up a team-high seven ground balls.

Defensively, Navy played well with the exception of its third-quarter lull where it gave up six goals, the same number of goals it gave up in the other three quarters combined.  Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) caused a team-high two turnovers and grabed five grounds balls to lead the way.

Eight different players scored for the Crusaders, including Terry McKenna who finished with four points on three goals and one assist while Sean Wilkinson had four points on one goal and three assists.

The Mids return to action next Friday when they play host to Lafayette at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 7:00 pm.

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Navy tries to get back to .500 Saturday against Holy Cross

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (1-2, 0-1 Patriot League) will look to capture its first win in Patriot League action on Saturday when the Mids play host to Holy Cross (0-3, 0-1 PL).  The 11th edition of the Navy-Holy Cross series is set for an 11:00 am faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• Navy held a 2-0 advantage over Bucknell through the first quarter, but the Bison went on a 4-0 run in the second quarter to secure a lead it would not relinquish.  Attack Sean Doyle paced the Bison with four goals, while Bucknell’s defense held Navy’s leading scorer Sam Jones scoreless for only the sixth time in his 41 collegiate game appearances.
• Holy Cross is seeking its first win of the season after dropping its third in a row on Tuesday with a 17-9 loss at Harvard.  Junior middie Terry McKenna led the way for the Crusaders with 4 goals.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Senior attack Sam Jones’ 10-point performance against VMI in the opener marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College.  It is tied (Kevin O’Shea, Hartford) as the most points scored by a player in DI lax this season.
9 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 9-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson
8 – 8 different players on Navy’s roster have scored goals against Holy Cross, including senior attack Tucker Hull who has produced 5 goals and 7 assists in 3 games against the Crusaders.
7 – Navy has reached double digits in 7 of the 10 games (8 in 2005 and 2011, 5 in 2013) it has played against Holy Cross.  Navy has lost just five games (55-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 9-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014)
6 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs 6 ground balls to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 149.
5 - Pat Kiernan is tied for 5th nationally in career scoring by a defenseman with 12 points (9G, 3A).
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones needs 3 goals to join the Mids’ all-time top 20 goals scored list … he owns 69 heading into Saturday’s contest.
2 – Senior Austin Heneveld, who came into the season having scored multiple goals just once in his career, has scored 2 goals in 2 games this year.
1 – Over the last six seasons, 29 (11-18) of the Mids’ 88 contests have been decided by 1 goal.

Scouting the Crusaders
• Coming off a breakout season that saw Jim Morrissey’s Holy Cross squad put together a 7-8 record, the Crusaders have struggled out of the gates in 2014.  Facing a challenging slate, Holy Cross dropped a 15-13 decision to 19th-ranked St. John’s in its opener.  Last Saturday Holy Cross opened its Patriot League season by playing host to ninth-ranked Loyola, who dealt the Crusaders a 16-4 loss.  On Tuesday, the Crusaders traveled to Harvard with Crimson scoring a 17-9 victory.
• Tuesday’s game at Harvard marked the start of four straight games on the road for Holy Cross, who will face Richmond next Tuesday, followed by a trip to West Point to meet Army on March 8.
• Junior midfielder Terry McKenna and sophomore attack Sean Wilkinson have been solid in the opening weeks.  McKenna leads the team with 9 points on 7 goals and a pair of assists.  He was responsible for 4 goals in the loss at Harvard.  Meanwhile, Wilkinson has produced 8 points on 5 goals and 3 assists.  Wilkinson was sensational in the opener against St. John’s, scoring 4 goals and adding 2 assists.
• The Crusaders have surrendered 48 goals in their three games (16.00) with sophomore Michael Ortlieb standing between the pipes for 157 of the 180 minutes.  Ortlieb owns a 16.79 goals-against average and a 38.0 save percentage.
• Freshman Ben Williams has taken over the faceoff duties where he has won 50.7 percent (36-71) of the draws to date.  He had a strong outing against Harvard where he won 15 of the 25 faceoffs (.600).
• Holy Cross has scored 12 of its 26 goals in the fourth quarter.  It has been outscored 39-14 in the other three quarters of play.

Navy vs. Holy Cross – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks just the 11th meeting between Navy and Holy Cross … the Mids own a 9-1 advantage in the series, including a 23-5 victory over the Crusaders in the inaugural meeting in Annapolis in 2004.
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another three times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, `09, `11) and four times in Annapolis (2004, `06, `10, `12).
• Meanwhile, Navy and Holy Cross have met on neutral three times.
• In 2007, the two programs faced one another at SMU’s Ford Stadium where the Mids dealt Holy Cross a 12-2 loss.  It was Navy’s first trip to Texas since the Mids defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6, on May 8, 1971, at the Houston Astrodome.
• In 2008, Navy and Holy Cross were part of the Ford Patriot Cup which featured two high school games, along with two Div. I men’s lax games (Rutgers vs. Army).  Navy scored a 16-3 win over the Crusaders at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Last year Holy Cross earned its first victory over the Midshipmen in 10 tries, securing a 7-5 victory on the shoulders of Terry McKenna who netted four goals for the Crusaders.  The game was played at Citi Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.  It was just the second Div. I men’s lacrosse game played at a Major League Baseball venue.
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in nine of the 10 games, while putting up double-figure goals in seven of the 10 (8 in 2005 and 2011) … the Mids’ defense, meanwhile, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in eight of the 10 games.  The Crusaders have scored seven goals in each of the last two games against the Mids.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• After finishing outside of the top 30 in each of the last five years in faceoff percentage, Navy rookie Brady Dove has the Mids among the top 15.  Dove stands 17th in the individual rankings, winning 62.1 percent (36-58) of the draws he has taken, while Navy as a team is ranked 13th with a 63.1 faceoff winn percentage.
• Navy’s man-down defense has been stout this spring, warding off 9 of the potential 11 extra-man goals by its opponent.  The Mids are ranked 17th nationally in man-down defense (18.8)
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in ground balls per game (18th, 32.33), scoring margin (18th, +3.00) and scoring defense (19th, 7.67).

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Senior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan, a 2014 Preseason All-American, was among the national leaders in both caused turnovers (12th, 2.00) and ground balls (32nd, 5.23) last season.
• He is Navy’s record holder for career caused turnovers (55), a stat introduced in 2009 … with 26 caused turnovers last season, he finished the year ranked No. 3 on the Mids’ single-season list … he is also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
• He is tied for 11th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 149, 6 shy of joining the Mids’ all-time top-10 list … meanwhile, he turned in 68 grounders last spring to etch his name in at ninth on the Mids’ single-season chart … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
• He is also 19th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list, winning 24 of the 54 draws (44.4) he has taken.
• Kiernan has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for fifth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Brown’s Roger Ferguson (28), Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (21), Virginia transfer (from Lynchburg) Josephs Lisicky (16) and Syracuse’s Matt Harris (14).  Air Force’s Kyle O’Brien, Hartford’s Alex Matarazzo and Villanova’s John LoCascio also have 12 points going into the weekend.
• Kiernan is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most at Navy.

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Loyola welcomes Holy Cross to Reitz Arena for Senior Night Wednesday

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Holy Cross Crusaders

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  PLN


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland takes on College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in its final regular-season home game of 2013-2014.

Prior to the game, the Greyhounds will hold a brief senior day ceremony, honoring three players – Dylon Cormier, Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke – and manager Zan Cheema. The event will start at approximately 7:20 p.m.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena where they are shooting more than six percent better than when playing on the road (.449-.384).

Jordan Latham has enjoyed the confines of his home court most of all. In 12 games in Reitz, he is averaging 9.8 points as opposed to 5.6 on the road.

Last Time Out

Denzel Brito’s three with less than seven minutes to play in the first half at Colgate University gave the Greyhounds a 25-24 lead on Sunday, but the Raiders scored 20 of the half’s final 25 points to go on to an 84-60 victory.

Brito’s bucket marked the fourth lead change of the first half, but Murphy Burnatowski quickly gave Colgate the lead back with a three of his own at 6:03, starting a 20-5 run in which the Raiders made 8-of-10 shots.

Colgate shot 60.4 percent, a season-high for a Loyola opponent, from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range.

R.J. Williams scored a career-best 16 points for the Greyhounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday’s game against Holy Cross will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

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

 

Series History Versus Holy Cross

Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the second time as Patriot League foes and the sixth time overall when the teams take the floor on Wednesday night.

In this season’s first meeting, the Crusaders led by 14 in the second half, but the Greyhounds cut their deficit twice to two points, but they could not garner the lead in a 60-51 loss.

A traditional 3-point play by Dylon Cormier, who was playing in what would be his final full game, capped a 23-11 Greyhounds run and drew them within 49-47 with 4:05 left in regulation.

Cormier finished with 15 points, but he was just 4-of-11 from the free-throw line, a problem that plagued Loyola in the game. It was 10-of-19 overall from the charity stripe. Tyler Hubbard added 13 points, and Nick Gorski scored nine.

Dave Dudzinski had 20 of his 24 points, and 10 of his 12 rebounds, in the second half for Holy Cross.

Prior to playing on January 29 in Worcester, Mass., the programs last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.

Holy Cross has won all three games played on its home court. The only time the Crusaders have played in Reitz Arena the Greyhounds dealt them a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984. It was the first-ever men’s basketball game played in the venue.

 

Senior Send-Off

Prior to the game against Holy Cross, Loyola will honor its three senior players and one manager. Here’s a look at the careers of each:

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, Dylon Cormier will go down as one of the top players in program history. Despite breaking his hand in a game three weeks ago, Cormier has scored 1,659 points (7th all-time at Loyola), grabbed 467 rebounds, made 459 free throws (2nd) and accumulated 185 steals (2nd). He was on pace to finish third all-time in points at Loyola.

Jordan Latham transferred to Loyola prior to the 2011-2012 season and made an immediate impact on the Greyhounds 2012 NCAA Tournament Team. His 91 career blocks are fifth all-time at Loyola, and he has averaged 13.0 points in the Greyhounds’ last six games.

Chido Onyiuke was a walk-on to the program in 2010-2011 and was a member of the Greyhounds’ first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years during the 2011-2012 season. He has seen action in 34 games over the course of his career.

Zan Cheema joined the program as a manager before the 2012-2013 season.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

Last week, sophomore forward Franz Rassman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team for his excellence in the classroom.

Rassman, who has started 26-of-27 games and is averaging 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game) fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.

Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

 

R.J. Against The Raiders

In his two games against Colgate this season, Loyola point guard R.J. Williams has set his career-high in scoring twice. He finished with 15 on January 25 in the teams’ first meeting, and he eclipsed that by one with a team-best 16 points on Saturday, February 22, in Hamilton, N.Y.

In the game at Colgate, Williams made 6-of-11 shots from the field, 4-of-7 in the second half.

The 16 points raised his season scoring average to 8.1 points, tied with Eric Laster for second-best on the team. It was also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.9), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.3).

 

Career Night For Latham

Jordan Latham recorded career-highs in several categories on February 15 against Boston University, logging his first collegiate double-double with bests of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Latham made 10-of-16 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws (career-highs in both made and attempted for both) while also blocking three shots and tying his personal-best with two steals.

The senior forward from Baltimore scored 16 points in the first half, more than any other Loyola player has tallied in the opening 20 minutes this year. He played a career-high 33 minutes, as well in the game.

He followed that game by leading the team in scoring for the second game in a row, tying Jarred Jones with 13 points, on Wednesday night against Colgate. He had career-highs of seven free-throws made and 11 attempted in that contest. It was the first time in his career that he had led the team in scoring in back-to-back games.

His previous scoring high of 17 came in December 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he had a high of seven rebounds earlier this season at Cornell University.

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 16 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham has significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he has bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham is shooting 47.4 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he is also better at the free-throw line, making 66.7 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham has also rebounded better, 4.1 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game are 1.4, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.5 blocked shots are fourth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are 6th.

 

Shouldering More Scoring Load

Jordan Latham’s scoring has also seen a rise since the injury to Loyola’s leading point producer, Dylon Cormier. In the six games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 13.0 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 24-of-37 over that stretch. His 37 free throws in the six games are more than the 36 he attempted in Loyola’s first 21 games of the season.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster has set career-highs in scoring in two of the Greyhounds’ last five games. He recorded 18 points on February 15 against Boston University, clipping his previous best of 17 on February 8 at Lehigh.

Laster’s 18 against the Terriers came in a much more efficient manner than the 17 against the Mountain Hawks. He made 6-of-7 from the field, including both of his 3-point attempts, against Boston University after hitting 6-of-15 at Lehigh.

Through 27 games, 24 starts, this year, Laster is tied for second on the team with an 8.1 points per game average. He is shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played a career-high 37 minutes on February 19 against Bucknell to raise his minutes per game to 27.4.

In 27 games as a freshman in 2011-2012, Laster averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in 5.3 minutes of action per game.

 

Turnover Back In Line

After two games in which the Greyhounds had two of their top three turnover totals of the season – 17 at Lafayette and 22 versus Boston University – they had their lowest mark of the year with just five against Bucknell.

It was the sixth time this season Loyola finished a game with nine or fewer miscues. It is 4-2 in those games with both losses coming at the hands of the Bison.

Thirteen of the turnovers against Boston University came via Terriers’ steals in a game Loyola was playing without starting point guard R.J. Williams due to an injury.

The game against Boston University was just the sixth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-4 in those games.

Overall, turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.1 giveaways per game this year, fourth fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 2.07 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 23 blocked shots in the last five games for the Greyhounds (Latham 12, Jones 11), helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had three against both Boston University and Bucknell to retake  the seasonal team lead from Jones. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

 

Jones-ing For Points

Jarred Jones has scored in double figures each of the last three games – 10 each against Boston University and at Colgate and 13 versus Bucknell – after recording just seven points in a three-game stretch from February 5-12. Prior to that skid, he scored 17, his second highest total of the year, on February 1 versus Army.

He also has six rebounds in three of the last four games.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Although he struggled offensively during a stretch, Jarred Jones has continued to be a solid defensive player for the Greyhounds. In those games, he has blocked seven shots and come up with 10 steals.

Prior to Saturday’s game at Cornell, Jones had at least two steals in each of Loyola’s last seven games, dating back to January 29 against Holy Cross. He also has blocked two or more shots in six of the last eight games with a career-high tying four on February 8 at Lehigh. He is second on the team with 34 blocks and seventh in the League with 1.3 per game.

Jones is also seventh in the Patriot League in steals per game. He averages 1.5 per game with a total of 40.

 

Setting Up The Shots

R.J. Williams finished the February 1 game against Army with nine assists, one off his career-high of 10 set on January 13 against Lafayette.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.9). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 60 assists in 15 games for an average of 4.0.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 8.1 points per game, 8.6 against conference opponents.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-3 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and at Colgate). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-20.4).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 12th straight road game on February 22 at Colgate after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-12 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.4 percent as opposed to 44.9 percent while going 7-5 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.7 percent in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.5-11.6), and they also force nearly two more turnovers at home (15.1-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly seven points less per game on the road, 62.5, to their 69.1 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 10 steals against Bucknell on February 19, marking the sixth time in 16 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 25, Loyola leads the League with 8.3 steals overall.

Through games of February 24, the Greyhounds are 18th nationally at 8.26 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 27 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 16th nationally in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 26th.

In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night. He now has 185 in his career.

With 121 in his career, Williams is tied for ninth on the career chart. His 56 this season are tied for eighth on the school single-season chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier had been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 21, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game.

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

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 17 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 38.0 percent (363-of-956) in 17 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.9 less (74.8 versus 59.9) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.8-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
7th 1,659 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
10th 552 field goals made
Next Gene Gwiazdowski, 565
3-Pointers Made
13th 96 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 459 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 210 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 185 steals
Next Jason Rowe, 272

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will close the regular-season in nearby Annapolis, Md., where it will take on the U.S. Naval Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Sunday 4:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera (Saturday 9:45pm from San Antonio live on HBO)

10. David Koechner (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: The Dark World“, “Gravity” and “Nebraska” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Non-Stop” out in theaters (Friday); Canton Irish Stroll (Saturday 1pm Canton Square)

I find David Koechner to be a humorous individual.

Also, I might like this t-shirt, you.

9. Eagles (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center); Robin Thicke (Thursday 8pm Patriot Center), Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Young The Giant (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Nelly’s Echo (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Los Lobos (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Flogging Molly (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Shaggy (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Brett Dennen (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), St. Vincent (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Talib Kweli (Sunday 9pm Howard Theatre); Band of Horses (Thursday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Josh Ritter (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Beck “Morning Phase” and The Fray “Helios” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I wish I could tell you I’d be in Fairfax Friday night. I fully support this tour.

Not familiar with OCMS? You probably know more about them than you think.

Couple of good shows in Charm City this week as well.

ZZ Ward is just so marvelous.

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Loyola offense red hot again in win over Holy Cross

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Fourteen Unanswered Goals Propels Loyola To First-Ever Patriot League Win

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nikko Pontrello scored five of his career-high six goals during a 14-0 Loyola University Maryland run, and the Greyhounds won their first-ever Patriot League contest, 16-4, over host College of the Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon.

Pontrello was one of three Greyhounds (3-1 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) to record career-highs in goals along with Brian Schultz and Kevin Ryan who had three each. Schultz had a career-best seven points, as well with another high of four assists.

Graham Savio won 14-of-18 faceoffs, most coming during the Greyhounds run that spanned four quarters. He also led the Greyhounds with seven ground balls, while Joe Fletcher was credited with six. Jack Runkel made 12 saves in goal for Loyola.

Holy Cross (0-2, 0-1) took a 3-2 lead on a Clay Haarman underhanded goal from in close off a Terry McKenna assist. The score with6:36 to play in the first quarter was the last either team would score in the opening 15 minutes, but it would also be the last for the Crusaders for more than 32 minutes.

Pontrello scored 56 seconds into the second quarter, sparking a 14-0 run for the Greyhounds.

Schultz would score twice in the corner, the first with 13:01 left in the half when Justin Ward initiated the play on the left side. Ward was doubled coming around a screen, but he threw a cross-field pass to Schultz who finished with a hard shot from 10 yards out.

Holy Cross was assessed an illegal body checking penalty on the goal, and Ward used a Jeff Chase feed to bury a 15-yard shot on the extra-man.

Another illegal body check call put Loyola back on man-up, and Ryan dumped in a goal from close in off a Schultz assist at 11:12. Chase tallied the next goal for Loyola after running around a screen and nailing a low left shot from 11 yards out.

Schultz tallied his second of the quarter with 3:38 left in the half in a play sparked on the defensive end. Fletcher knocked a McKenna shot out of midair, picked up the ground ball, ran the clear and got the ball to Ward who found Schultz.

Loyola took an 8-3 lead into the locker room at halftime, but Pontrello kept the run going by scoring four in a row to start the third quarter. Three of the four were assisted, twice by Ward and once Schultz.

Brian Sherlock scored his second of the game with 6:51 left in the third, and Schultz added his third with seven ticks left in the frame.

Ryan scored a pair in the fourth quarter to complete the run before Kevin Lux scored with 4:23 left in regulation, snapping the Crusaders’ at 47 minutes, 13 seconds.

Loyola finished with a 38-16 advantage in ground balls. Sherlock and Kyle Duffy had three a piece in addition to Savio’s seven and Fletcher’s six. The Greyhounds logged a 50-36 advantage in shots.

The Greyhounds play their second Patriot League game in a week when they travel to play No. 15 Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, March 1.

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Loyola looks to improve to 3-1 Saturday at Holy Cross

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Holy Cross Crusaders

Saturday, February 22, 2014  |  1:00 p.m.

Worcester, Mass. | Holy Cross Field

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse makes its Patriot League debut on Saturday, February 22, when it travels to Worcester, Mass., for a 1 o’clock game at College of the Holy Cross.

The Greyhounds had played three-straight overtime games, dating to last season’s NCAA Tournament, but they snapped that streak in a big way Wednesday, defeating Towson, 20-4.

Wednesday was the second time in as many years that Loyola had scored 20 or more goals in a game. Last year, the Greyhounds beat UMBC, 21-9, at Ridley.

Loyola’s 16-goal margin of victory was the largest by a Greyhounds team since Loyola defeated Fairfield University, 19-2, on April 21, 2007. It was the largest margin of victory for a game at Ridley Athletic Complex, and behind the Fairfield game, it was the second largest during the nine-year tenure of Charley Toomey as Loyola’s head coach.

Eleven players scored goals for Loyola against Towson, six of them had two or more, three had goals and assists, and three others had assists.

Nikko Pontrello maintained his team-lead in points (13) with a four-goal, one-assist performance.

 

 

Last Time Out

After playing two overtime games to start the season, Loyola dispelled the notion of needing extra time for its third game, scoring nine goals in the first quarter, and 10-straight overall, in a 20-4 win over Towson University on Wednesday at RIdley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds took a 10-0 lead on Pat Laconi’s second-consecutive goal 1:38 into the second quarter, and after Towson got on the board at 11:41, Loyola reeled off a 7-0 run that gave it a 17-1 advantage on Nikko Pontrello’s fourth of the game with 11:50 to play in the final quarter.

The Greyhounds’ defense, led by eight Jack Runkel saves, held the Tigers scoreless for stretches of 16:38 and 30:57 in the game.

Loyola shot .750 in the first quarter, scoring on 9-of-12 shots, and .488 (20-of-41) in the game.

Blake Burkhart won 10-of-14 faceoffs for Loyola, all in the first half of the game.

When Towson did gain possession, Loyola had 16 caused turnovers, three each by Pat Laconi and Zack Sirico.

Five players had their first collegiate points in the game.

 

 

Follow The Action

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. All of Loyola’s non-televised home games, and Many of the Greyhounds’ road conference games will also be available on the free HD network.

Log on to LoyolaGreyhounds.com or PatriotLeague.tv to watch the home games on your computer, web-enabled televisions and most mobile devices.

 

In The Polls

Following the Greyhounds’ win at Penn State and an overtime loss at Virginia to start the year, Loyola moved up to ninth in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and 10th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse rankings.

 

Series History

Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the first time on the lacrosse field when the teams take the field Saturday.

The Greyhounds are 14-6 all-time against teams from their new conference, having played Army, Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy in the past. Other than a series with Navy in 2010-2011, Loyola last played a Patriot League team in 1998 when it took on Lehigh.

 

Starting Off Strong

Loyola needed just 12 shots to score nine goals in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against Towson, and the Greyhounds scored on nine of their 11 possessions in the quarter.

Meanwhile, the defense limited Towson to five shots, four of which were saved by goalkeeper Jack Runkel. Loyola forced four Towson turnovers, and Blake Burkhart won 7-of-9 faceoffs in the opening frame. Six different players scored in the first quarter for Loyola.

 

Burkhart On Restarts

After going just 2-of-10 on faceoffs in the Greyhounds first two games of the season, Blake Burkhart turned in a dominating performance on Wednesday against Towson. He finished 10-of-14 at the ‘X’, winning 7-of-9 in the first quarter as Loyola jumped out to a 9-0 lead.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello had his third multi-goal game is as many contests to open the season on Wednesday when he matched his career-high with four goals against Towson. The junior attacker scored twice in the opener against Virginia, and he then recorded three versus Penn State. His final goal against the Nittany Lions came 19 seconds into overtime and lifted Loyola to a 12-11 win.

Pontrello leads the Greyhounds with 13 points through three games with nine goals and four assists. He is closing in on his goal total from last year when he finished his sophomore campaign with 16.

In his career, Loyola is now 5-0 in games that he scored three or more goals.

 

Tyler’s Time

As a freshman in 2013, Tyler Albrecht saw limited action for the Greyhounds, mostly coming off the wings on faceoffs and occasional offensive midfield shifts. His role has changed dramatically in his second season, and the Canadian midfielder is making the most of it.

Albrecht is a starter on Loyola’s first midfield with Matt Sawyer and Brian Sherlock, and he has three multi-goal games in as many outings this year. Albrecht scored twice in the season-opener at Virginia, and he has recorded hat tricks with three each against Penn State and Towson. He is second on the team with eight goals, one behind Nikko Pontrello, the team leader.

In addition to his offensive work, Albrecht has continued to be a two-way middie, playing on the wings for faceoffs and defensive shifts. He had five ground balls and two caused turnovers against Towson.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

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

Fletcher trained with Team USA throughout the fall, playing in two training weekends, the Play For Parkinson’s event in October and the Champion Challenge last month. He was one of seven defenders to make the 30-man roster.

In three games this year, Fletcher has nine ground balls and a team-high seven caused turnovers. He now has 120 ground balls and 52 caused turnovers during his career.

 

Stopping Shots

Jack Runkel posted 12 saves, including five in the fourth quarter, of the win against Penn State after making just three stops in the season-opener against Virginia.

The senior goalkeeper, who earned 2012 NCAA Championships All-Tournament honors, made five of the saves in the fourth quarter as Penn State took 13 shots.

Runkel then directed the Loyola to a dominating performance against Towson. He made four saves in the first quarter and allowed just two goals over more than 54 minutes of action, stopping a total of eight shots.

 

Quarterbacking The Offense

Justin Ward returns for his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds and will once again serve as Loyola’s quarterback from ‘X’. Last season, Ward earned USILA All-America Honorable Mention after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

With two assists in each of the last two games, Ward  has moved into fifth-place in Loyola’s Division I history with 73. He trails Mike Ruland in fourth place by three. Ward is now tied with his former teammate, and future Charlotte Hounds teammate, Eric Lusby for 19th in career points with 115.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Good transition play has been a key to Loyola’s success in recent years, and the dynamic has continued this year through three games. Five of the Greyhounds’ first 10 goals Wednesdaycame out of unsettled situations.

Pat Laconi, a preseason All-American short-stick defensive midfielder, scored a career-best two goals against the Tigers, and he also had three caused turnovers. Ryan Fournier scored his first career goal on a transition run in the third quarter.

 

Dennis Grabs Patriot League Honor

Romar Dennis was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday after scoring a pair of goals in his first collegiate game at Virginia. Dennis tallied one in the first quarter and one in the fourth that tied the game at 12-12.

 

On The Tube

Loyola men’s lacrosse will make a minimum of four appearances on national television this year as part of the Patriot League’s agreement with CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds will host Duke University on Sunday, March 9, in a match-up of the last two NCAA Champions, and CBS will then feature the Greyhounds’ Thursday, April 17, game against Bucknell University, the top two teams in the Preseason Patriot League poll. The network will also feature two long-time rivals when Loyola hosts Johns Hopkins University, onSaturday, May 3.

Additionally, the Loyola-Georgetown game on Wednesday, March 19, in Washington, D.C., was added to the CBS Sports Network slate.

Both semifinal games in the Patriot League Championships will be broadcast on Friday, April 25, and the Patriot League Championship Game will also air live on Sunday, April 27.

 

Preseason Prognostications

As a first-year member of the Patriot League, Loyola was picked to win the conference title in a poll of the League’s coaches and sports information contacts. The Greyhounds drew 13 of the possible 16 first-place votes (schools are not allowed to vote for themselves) and edged Bucknell for first.

Loyola and Bucknell were followed (in order) by Lehigh, Army, Colgate, Navy, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Boston U.

Joe Fletcher was named the Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, and he earned a spot with teammate Justin Ward on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

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Loyola continues Patriot League play Wednesday at Holy Cross

Posted on 29 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Holy Cross Crusaders

Wednesday, January 29, 2014  |  7:00 p.m.

Worcester, Mass. | Hart Center 


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola returns to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the second time in as many weeks for a Wednesday, January 29, game at College of the Holy Cross.

The game marks the end of the first half of Loyola and Holy Cross’ Patriot League schedule.

The Greyhounds are looking for their first Patriot League road win of the season.

With 21 points on Saturday night against Colgate University, Dylon Cormier recorded 20 or more for the 14th time in 19 games this year.

Loyola continues to lead the Patriot League in steals per game, averaging 8.7 a contest. Starting guards R.J. Williams (2.5) and Dylon Cormier (2.2) are first and second, individually.

Last Time Out

Loyola snapped a two-game losing skid with a 67-60 victory on Saturday night over Colgate.

Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams combined to score 16 of the Greyhounds’ final 18 points in the victory.

Cormier finished with 21 points to lead all scorers, while Williams tallied a career-high 15. The guard tandem combined to make all 13 of their attempts from the free-throw line.

Loyola shot a season-best 88.9 percent from the free-throw line in the game, converting on 16-of-18 chances.

Colgate led by nine early in the game and after trailing by seven at halftime, the Raiders pulled within a point twice in the game’s last eight minutes.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday game against Holy Cross will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

 

Series History Versus Holy Cross

Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the first time as Patriot League foes and the fifth time overall when the teams take the floor on Wednesday night.

The teams, which have evenly split the first five meetings in the series, last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.

Holy Cross has won twice in games played in Worcester, Mass., but the Greyhounds dealt it a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984, in the first game ever played in Loyola’s Reitz Arena.

 

Jesuit Connections

Wednesday’s game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, a national college basketball initiative of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Loyola’s president, Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., came to the Evergreen campus after previously serving as a dean and professor at Holy Cross.

 

Start Of A New Era

Loyola’s January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

Loyola faced a 34-16 disadvantage in free throws attempted last Wednesday night at Bucknell, and the Bison held an even greater 27-8 lead in free throws made. The 19-point advantage from the line more than made up for Bucknell’s 10-point margin of victory.

While Loyola got to the line just 18 times on Saturday against Colgate, it made good on a season-best 88.9 percent of its attempts (16). The Greyhounds also limited Colgate to just 10 free-throw attempts.

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-2 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line almost eight fewer in losses than wins (27.7-20.1).

 

Baltimore Guard Duo

Former summer league teammates Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams have made quite the duo as Loyola’s starting backcourt over the past three years, and Saturday’s game was perfect evidence of that.

The were the game’s top two scorers with Cormier turning in 21 and Williams delivering a career-high 15 points. They made 11-of-20 combined shots and were successful on all 13 of their combined free-throw attempts.

Williams had a team-best four assists, while Cormier passed out three. Defensively, they combined for six of Loyola’s eight steals with Williams coming up with four.

In the game’s final 10 minutes, Cormier and Williams scored 16 of Loyola’s final 18 points.

 

Bench Production

With the offense sputtering in the game’s first few minutes, Head Coach G.G. Smith turned to his bench to provide a spark, and the non-starters came through. Loyola received five minutes each from Jevon Patton and Damion Rashford in the first half. Patton had an assist, while Rashford grabbed three rebounds and had a blocked shot.

Nick Gorski played 11 minutes, his most since the turn of the calendar to January, and he contributed four points, two rebounds and a steal against the Raiders.

Jarred Jones, who has been the Greyhounds’ leading player off the bench all season, scored six points in 27 minutes on Saturday night.

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its eighth straight road game last Wednesday night at Bucknell after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena.

At 3-8 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 39.3 percent as opposed to 46.3 percent while going 5-2 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.1 percent in Reitz Arena.

Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 32.1 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 27.9 at home.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.2-11.0), and they also force an additional turnover at home (15.0-13.9).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly five points less per game on the road, 66.5, to their 71.4 points per game at home.

 

The Difference

The Greyhounds won two in a row – January 11 against Lehigh and two days later versus Lafayette – after going 1-6 in their previous seven.

They produced two of their three best shooting performances of the season in the games, shooting an even 50 percent against the Mountain Hawks and a season-best 54.9 versus the Leopards.

Combined, Loyola made 54-of-103 (52.4 percent) of its shots in the wins after shooting 39.2 percent (150-of-383) in its previous seven.

 

Rebounding On The Boards

Loyola also outrebounded Lehigh and Lafayette by an average of 8.5 in the two victories. In the seven prior games, Loyola was being outrebounded by 7.1 a contest. The Greyhounds outrebounded a team just once (Navy by 2) during that stretch.

Loyola had its biggest positive rebounding margin of the season last Monday against Lafayette, grabbing 38 to the Leopards’ 23.

The Greyhounds followed that by outrebounding Boston University, 32-30, marking the third game in a row Loyola has outrebounded its opponent, the first time this year they have done that.

The loss to the Terriers, however, dropped Loyola’s record to 5-3 when grabbing more rebounds than its foes.

 

Lower Volume, Higher Efficiency

Dylon Cormier has averaged 21.0 points per game over the Greyhounds’ last five, and he has done so with considerably better efficiency.

Over the five games, Cormier has made 58.8 percent (40-of-68) of his shots from the field, a 12.6 percent improvement over his 46.2 percent mark for the entire year.

Versus Lafayette, Cormier made 73.3 percent of his shot attempts (11-of-15). That came after a 10-fo-18 performance versus the Mountain Hawks.

In Loyola’s four previous games – Miami, Navy, Army and American – Cormier had made just 33.8 percent of his shots (21-of-62). That included a game in which he made 10 at Army, but with 25 attempts.

In the seven games prior to the current two-game winning streak, Cormier was just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from 3-point range. Against Lehigh and Lafayette, however, he has attempted just one from behind the arc.

 

Double Double-Doubles

Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams both posted double-doubles against Lafayette, as Cormier went for 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams posted 12 points and a career-best 10 assists.

It was the first time since an 88-85 overtime win against Iona College on January 30, 2011, that two Loyola players completed the feat in the same game. Erik Etherly (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Justin Drummond (14 points, 10 rebounds) managed it on that day.

Williams’ 10 assists were the most by a Greyhounds’ player since Brian Rudolph dished out 10 on February 27, 2011, in the regular-season finale at Canisius College.

 

Cormier To The Glass

Dylon Cormier led, or tied for the team lead, for the 10 time this season with seven rebounds against Bucknell. Six of the Greyhounds’ eight wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.2 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and fifth overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.3 per game, a mark that is 0.9 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 112 total rebounds this year, with 59 coming on the offensive end.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they are averaging 9.1 in conference play through eight games.

The 73 steals in its last eight games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 8.7 per game. Through games of January 27, the Greyhounds are ranked 18th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 19 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 14th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.2) and tied for 32nd.

Williams posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.

In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night.

With 108 in his career, Williams is tied for 13th on the career chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 21.9 points per game through 19. Through games of Monday, January 27, Cormier was ninth in the nation in scoring.

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

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 18 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points.

Cormier now has 1,630 career points through 113 career games. Next up on the career scoring list is Mike Krawczyk who scored 1,676 from 1968-72.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

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

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

He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).

Through 19 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 173 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 27). His average of 9.1 free throws per game is tied for fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 273 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 453-of-644 from the free-throw line. He is second in school history in free throws made and third in attempts.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s nine victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 18.4-11.8 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 59.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.2 percent from the field and 23.3 percent from behind the arc.

In those 45 minutes, Loyola has committed just 13 turnovers to its opponents’ 25. Seventeen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.

Latham now has 79 career blocks, fifth-best in school history.

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its eight victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.

At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

 

Overcoming Overtime

Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.

Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.

This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.

Loyola’s three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 19 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.5 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 41st in the nation.

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s 10 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.9 percent (219-of-578) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.8 points less (77.4 versus 61.6) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.1-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 8.8 points in Loyola’s first 19 contests, and he is shooting 41.7 percent (30-of-72) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

Scoring
7th 1,630 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
T-12th 514 field goals made
Next Bob Reilly, 549
3-Pointers Made
13th 95 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 453 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 207 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 181 steals
Next Jason Rowe, 272

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Nod To Maryland Prep Basketball

The State of Maryland is home to the most college basketball recruits, according to Mode Analytics. Loyola’s home produces 58 players per 1,000 college-age males, six more than second place Louisiana.

 

Up Next

Loyola will play two straight home games to open the month of February. The Greyhounds will host the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, February 1, at 1 p.m. American University then visits Reitz Arena on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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Towson moves up to school-best 4th in FCS rankings

Posted on 09 September 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS MOVE UP TO 4th IN FCS RANKINGS

Unbeaten Tigers Attain Highest FCS Ranking Ever

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Coming off a 49-7 victory over Holy Cross, the undefeated Towson University football team is ranked fourth in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

For the Tigers, who were fifth in the nation last week, this is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that they’ve ever received.

Towson was ranked 11th in the pre-season and moved up to fifth after a season-opening win at Connecticut. The 49-7 win over Holy Cross enabled the Tigers to move up to fourth, ahead of Sam Houston State.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (2-0) received 146 of a possible 152 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-0) got the other six first place votes and is ranked second. Montana State (1-1) 1s ranked third despite a heart-breaking 31-30 loss to Southern Methodist.

Towson is only one point behind No. 3 Montana State.

The Tigers moved ahead of Sam Houston State (1-1) into fourth in the nation when the Bearkats fell at Texas A & M, 65-28.

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (0-1) is ranked 12th while Richmond (1-1) is 15th  in the nation after dropping a 23-21 decision at North Carolina State. Stony Brook (1-0) is ranked 17th for the second straight week while CAA pre-season favorite Villanova (0-2) fell to 19th after a loss to Fordham. James Madison (1-1) remained as the 20th-ranked team after losing at Akron.

The Tigers, who own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football, will be seeking their seventh win in a row when they open their home schedule on Sunday, September 14 against Delaware State at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (146)                                 2-0                3,769                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (6)                                   2-0                3,639                   2

3.      Montana State                                                1-1                  3,234                   3

4.      Towson University                                          2-0                3,233                   5

5.      Sam Houston State                                         2-0                3,033                   4

6.      South Dakota State                                         1-1                  2,941                   6

7.      Northern Iowa                                                2-0                2,855                  9

8.      Central Arkansas                                            2-2                2,461                   7

9.      Eastern Illinois                                               2-0                2,218                   14

10.     Georgia Southern                                            2-0                2,203                  10

11.      Montana                                                         1-0                 2,073                   13

12.     New Hampshire                                              0-1                 1,944                   11

13.     McNeese State                                               1-1                  1,789                    18

14.     Cal Poly                                                         1-1                  1,663                    12

15.     Richmond                                                       1-1                  1,645                   15

16.     Wofford                                                          1-1                  1,573                    16

17.     Stony Brook                                                   1-0                 1,482                   17

18.     Illinois State                                                  0-1                 1,100                    19

19.     Villanova                                                       0-2                978                     8

20.    James Madison                                               1-1                  944                    20

21.     Coastal Carolina                                             2-0                712                     24

22.    Lehigh                                                           1-0                 603                     23

23.    Bethune-Cookman                                          2-0                580                    25

24.    Youngstown State                                           2-0                551                     NR

25.    Northern Arizona                                            0-1                 523                    22

Others receiving votes: Delaware 269, Samford 206, Southern Utah 185, Eastern Kentucky 159, Fordham 122, William & Mary 101, North Carolina A&T 81, Maine 66, UT Martin 64, Jacksonville State 62, Chattanooga 43, Appalachian State 40, Penn 38, Southern Illinois 29, Southeastern Louisiana 28, North Dakota 24, South Dakota 19, Harvard 18, Albany 15, Western Illinois 14, Northwestern State 14, Tennessee State 14, Liberty 10, Nicholls 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8, Indiana State 6, Gardner-Webb 4, Murray State 2, The Citadel 1, South Carolina State 1, Sacramento State 1, Portland State 1

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Towson looks for 2-0 start at Holy Cross Saturday

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WNST Staff

WORCESTER, Mass. - Hoping to extend their five-game winning streak, Coach Rob Ambrose and the fifth-ranked Tiger football team will travel to Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon to face the Crusaders at Fitton Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who opened their season with an impressive 33-18 victory at Connecticut last week, have won their last five games dating back to last season. The Tigers finished off the 2012 season with four straight wins over Villanova, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The win over UConn extended the winning streak. Towson has the second-longest winning streak in FCS football, topped only by North Dakota State.

The Towson-Holy Cross game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on www.TowsonTigers.com withSpiro Morekas, Ron Meehan and Zach Maskavich describing the action.

Strangely enough, this will be the third consecutive game that the Tigers will play in New England. They closed out the 2012 with a 64-35 win at New Hampshire and they opened the 2013 campaign with a win at UConn.

The Tigers, who have their highest-ever FCS national ranking this week, will be facing Holy Cross for the eighth time. The teams met seven times from 1997 to 2003 when both schools were members of the Patriot League. Towson owns a 4-3 series lead and won the last two contests between the schools. Holy Cross has a 2-1 record against Towson at Fitton Field.

“Holy Cross is a good football team,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “They are very good on offense and they can pile up a lot of yardage and a lot of points when they are clicking.”

The Tigers, who were ranked 11th in the nation prior to their win at Connecticut, were led by junior running backTerrance West and senior running back Sterlin Phifer in the win at UConn. Both West and Phifer scored two touchdowns in the win.

West, who was named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career, ran for 156 yards on 36 carries and scored touchdowns on a five-yard run and a six-yard run. Phifer, who transferred from Boston College prior to the 2011 season, caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Peter Athens and scored on a five-yard TD run at UConn. Phifer ran for 39 yards on eight carries against the Huskies.

West enters this week’s game with 2,496 rushing yards in his career. He has scored 46 touchdowns in 22 career games and will tie Jason Corle’s career record when he scores his next touchdown.

In the win over UConn, the Tigers’ defensive unit played very well, holding the Huskies to 287 yards of total offense, including 81 rushing yards. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark led the Tigers with a career high 13 tackles. He also recorded one of the Tigers’ five sacks in the win.

Sophomore linebacker Bryton Barr had eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for lost yardage. Sophomore defensive tackle Jon Desir had four tackles in the first start of his career. He also came up with one of the biggest plays of the game when he tipped a screen pass into the air and intercepted at the UConn 29-yard line. That play set up Phifer’s five-yard touchdown run which put the Tigers ahead to stay in the second quarter.

Playing in his first game as a Tiger, junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (made three tackles and had 1.5 sacks. Delaire is a transfer from the University of Massachusetts.

Delaire is one of two transfer students from UMass on the Tiger roster. Junior Brian Dowling  had an important 45-yard reception in the win over UConn.

Next week, the Tigers return home to host Delaware State on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

TIGER TALES: Towson was one of seven FCS programs to post a victory over an FBS team on the first weekend of the college football season … North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Eastern Washington, Southern Utah, McNeese State and Eastern Illinois also pulled off upsets.

When the Tigers beat Connecticut, it marked the 30th time that a CAA school had beaten an FBC program … CAA schools are responsible for some of the most surprising FBS/FCS upsets … In 2006, New Hampshire beat Northwestern (34-17) … In 2010, James Madison upset Virginia Tech (21-16).

Last season, the Tigers were ranked third in FCS football in time of possession at 34:02 … In their season opener, the Tigers continued that trend as they controlled the clock for 36:23 … That ranks seventh in FCS football.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

(We’re off Monday, so T10BD comes a day early. Enjoy. Celebrate. Don’t labor. Cheers. For week of Tuesday, 9/3 to Monday, 9/9.)

Honorable Mention: Golf-Champions Tour Montreal Championship (Friday-Sunday 6:30pm from Sainte-Julie, Canada on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chris Arreola vs. Seth Mitchell (Saturday 10:30pm from Indio, CA live on Showtime); WNBA: Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Keith Urban (Thursday 7:30pm Inner Harbor); Anthony Hamilton/Marsha Ambrosius (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Alan Jackson (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Maroon 5 (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Old Man Brown (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Eddie Monday (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Romantics (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Blondie/X (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Dangermuffin (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Marc Roberge/Richard On (Friday 7pm National Zoo); Butch Walker (Monday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Bastille “Bad Blood”, John Legend “Love In The Future” and Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I really don’t want you to know that I’m WAY into Keith Urban. Honestly. Please don’t tell anyone.

Hopefully my affection for Old Man Brown will help to make you forget my previous statement…

How much do you think it will cost me to have Carolina Chocolate Drops play my wedding?

I’ve been using “Pompeii” by Bastille as a rejoiner recently. Are you in?

9. Glenn Clark’s 30th Birthday (Friday 2pm-6pm Noble’s Federal Hill); Kevin Pollak (Sunday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); York Fair (Friday-Monday York Fairgrounds); Baltimore Comic-Con (Saturday & Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Drew Carey (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Maryland Seafood Festival (Saturday & Sunday Sandy Point State Park); Bikemore: Music to Your Gears (Saturday 3pm Druid Hill Park); Riddick” out in theaters (Friday); Now You See Me” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve said publicly that there are two options for birthday gifts for me-which I’m sure you’ve been thinking about for awhile now. One is the hat my friend Tara is holding in this picture…

The other can be found on eBay…

Like I said, either is fine.

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