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Towson, Ambrose Agree to Extension Through 2016

Posted on 23 December 2011 by WNST Staff

ROB AMBROSE AND TOWSON ATHLETICS AGREE TO MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION

2011 CAA Coach of the Year to remain with Tigers through 2016 season

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head football coach Rob Ambrose has agreed to an extension to his current agreement that will see him coach the Tigers through the 2016 season, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell announced today.

“Rob and his staff are building a strong foundation that will give our football program an opportunity to sustain success over the long term,” said Waddell. “The 2011 season has energized our campus with a swell of Towson pride and as we move into a new year that will only continue to build. Our student-athletes are achieving on the field, in the classroom and represent our university in the community as we drive to establish ourselves as Baltimore’s college football team. It takes time to build a football program and after three years, Rob’s leadership has put us ahead of schedule in many aspects.”

“First of all, it is an honor to get an extension and a new five-year contract,” said Ambrose, a 1993 Towson graduate. “As a football coach, I have always wanted to have some stability for myself and my family.  The commitment from Towson University is outstanding. My commitment to this university and the Towson University community is strong and very meaningful to my family. I am grateful to Towson for their confidence in our staff and the direction that our football program is moving.  I am confident that we can win a national championship at Towson as everyone is showing a strong commitment to create a positive environment across the board.”

In his third season as the head coach at Towson, Ambrose led the “Turnaround Tigers” to their first Colonial Athletic Association championship. The most improved team in NCAA FCS football in 2011, the Tigers posted a 9-3 record this past season, a vast improvement over the 1-10 mark they had in 2010. The Tigers went from an 0-8 mark in the CAA last year to 7-1 this year, winning the championship outright while beating six nationally ranked opponents over the balance of the campaign.

In recent weeks, Ambrose was named the 2011 CAA Coach of the Year and the WNST Radio Baltimore Sportsperson of the Year. The Tigers’ head coach was also selected as one of the five Regional Coaches of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).  Ambrose is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award, the AFCA National Coach of the Year Award and the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year Award.

When the eighth-ranked Tigers qualified for the NCAA FCS playoffs, they became the first team ever to go to the NCAA post-season at the Division III, the Division II and the FCS levels.

Coach Ambrose was born on July 30, 1970 in Skokie, Illinois. He and his wife, the former Melissa Grady, are the parents of two children, Grace (11) and Riley (8).  Ambrose is the son of Tim Ambrose, one of the most successful high school football coaches in the state of Maryland. He was the head football coach and Athletics Director at Middletown High School for 31 years.

– TowsonTigers.com –

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Fang Mitchell Goes For Win 400 As Coppin Visits Charlotte

Posted on 19 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Charlotte (6-2) vs. Coppin State (4-5)

Mon., Dec. 19 at Halton Arena (9,105); Charlotte, N.C.; 7:30 p.m.

The Game:

Charlotte (6-2) vs. Coppin State (4-5)

All-Time Series Record:  Charlotte leads 1-0

Lone meeting:  CHA W, 82-65 (1st rd 2005 BCA Invitational; Laramie, Wyoming; Nov. 13)

About Coppin State:

Coppin State has won 3 of its last 4

Coppin state is 4-0 at home; 0-5 on the road

Last game: Coppin State scored a 71-57 home win over Towson

The Eagles have lost to: Illinois, Purdue, Connecticut; Oklahoma and Loyola Maryland

Tony Gallo (27 pts vs. Towson) leads Coppin State with a 19.1 scoring average

he is shooting .366 from long range (30-82)

Coppin State hits 35% of its three-pointers and scores 42% of its points from distance

Coppin State averages just 11.3 turnovers

Opponents shoot 45% against Coppin State

Charlotte vs. COPPIN STATE  (1-0)        N:  1-0

Nov. 13, 2005          W      82-65           Laramie, Wyo.                                    HC: Lutz

MAJOR vs. MEAC  (2-0)        H2-0

Nov. 11, 2011          W      73-57           NC Central

Nov. 13, 2010 W                     90-81               SC State

THE HEADLINES

The Charlotte 49ers (6-2), winners of four straight, host Coppin State (4-5), Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the second of three straight home games.  Charlotte toppled Davidson, 84-61, to open the homestand and will host Miami (5-4, vs. Fla. Atlantic, Saturday), Thursday night.

The 49ers continue to be led by junior Chris Braswell (17.0 ppg; 8.6 rpg; .631 FG%).  Braswell, who was named to CollegeHoops.net A-10 all-November team, is among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding and field goal pct. and owns three double-doubles.  DeMario Mayfield (10.5 pts; 5.8 rpg) has a pair of double-doubles.

Four-Game Win Streak: The 49ers have won four straight, matching last year’s longest win streak.  Charlotte is shooting .476 during the four-game win streak, while holding opponents to .332 shooting.  The 49ers are led by Braswell (17.0 ppg; 8.5 rpg) and Mayfield (10.5 ppg; 5.8 rpg) during the streak.  Deuce Briscoe has pumped in 10.5 points during the last four games. Briscoe and Javarris Barnett have combined to hit 12-of-27 threes (.444) over the last 4 games.  Starting point guard Pierria Henry owns a 2.6 A-TO ratio over the last 4 games (13 a; 5 TO).  Each of the four opponents were held to 66 points or less and under 37% shooting from the field.

Execution: Charlotte has 117 assists and 192 made field goals, a .609 assist rate.   The 49ers had a season-high .741 rate  (20 assists; 27 FGM) at ECU.  Charlotte has shot over 50% in two of the four wins, including a .692 FG% in the 2nd half v. Davidson.

INSIDE BRASWELL’S NUMBERS: Look close inside Chris Braswell’s numbers:  He’s leading the team in scoring and rebounding — and shooting .631 in doing so.  He also tops the team with a .745 FT pct., while averaging 6.7 FTA/gm.  On the defensive end he has blocked a team-high 15 shots (His season-high is 21, last year).  In addition, he has played a key role in fouling out 8 of the 9 opponents that have been sent off against the 49ers this year (Davidson’s Jake Cohen, De’Mon Brooks; Radford’s Tolga Cerrah; Wright State’s AJ Pacher; Central Michigan’s Andre Coimbra, Zack Saylor, Olivier Mbaigoto; NCCU’s David Best).  Braswell has not fouled out.

LAST TIME OUT:

W, 84-61 vs. Davidson

49ers had .510 FG% (2nd time over .500 this year; .558 at Wright State)

Decisive second half:

49ers shot .692 from the field

49ers scored 54 points (most pt in a half under Major)

Chris Braswell 19 pts; 10 reb double-double (3rd year; 18th career)

Javarris Barnett 15 pts (5-6 3FG; hit 4 threes over 4:49 span that

pushed a 5-pt game to a 15-pt game)

Niners 7-0 vs. Davidson all-time at Halton Arena

2nd time that Charlotte had more assists (16) than turnovers (12)

12 turnovers are a season-low for the 49ers

Niners improved to 5-0 when scoring 70 or more points

A LOOK INSIDE THE STATS:

Charlotte has a +29 rebounding margin in its 6 wins; a -30 margin in its 2 losses (one of which (Lamar) came with Braswell sidelined with illness).

The 49ers have assists on 61% of its field goals (117 of 192)

Charlotte has held its last four opponents to 66 points or less and the last two (Radford, 49; Davidson 61) to the lowest point totals allowed this year.

Charlotte shot a season-high 69% in the second half vs. Davidson, scoring 54 second half points (most ever by the 49ers under Major)

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Towson Visits Coppin Wednesday Night on WNST

Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Tigers Travel To Cross-Town Rival Coppin State Wednesday

Towson has won four straight verse the Eagles

TOWSON, Md. – After a three-game homestand, Towson returns to the road Wednesday, but only for a short trip to cross-town rival Coppin State. The Tigers will be looking for their first win of the season as the Eagles welcome them for a 7:30 p.m. tip at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.

The game can be heard locally on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (0-9) has won four straight verse Coppin State, including an 89-74 home victory over the Eagles a year ago. Senior Robert Nwankwo has been outstanding in five games away from the Towson Center this season, averaging a double-double with 14.8 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Coppin State (3-5) has played the nation’s toughest non-conference schedule thus far according to the Pomeroy Ratings. The Eagles have played road contests against Oklahoma, UConn, Purdue and Illinois.

The Eagles are led by senior Tony Gallo’s 18.1 points and 4.3 assists per game. The point guard has drilled 24 three-point field goals on the year, including four in Sunday’s loss to Illinois.

Towson leads the all-time series with Coppin State, 6-3, and both squads have won once in the two games played in Baltimore.

-TowsonTigers.com-

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Coppin-Illinois To Air Sunday Night on ESPNU

Posted on 09 December 2011 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — The Coppin State men’s basketball at Illinois on Sunday (Dec. 11) will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN3 the network announced.

The Eagles will meet the 24th-ranked Fighting Illini at 8 p.m. in Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.

Coppin State, which is 3-4 overall, will bring a two-game winning streak into the contest having defeated West Virginia Tech and Rio Grande in its last two games.

Illinois is currently ranked 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 and is undefeated on the season with a 9-0 mark.

This will mark the fourth all-time meeting between the Eagles and the Fighting Illini with Illinois having won all three of the previous games.

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Mt. St. Mary’s Invades Comcast Center Wednesday Night to Face Terps

Posted on 07 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Mount St. Mary’s (1-6) at Maryland (4-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland begins a six-game homestand with a matchup against local rival Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday night. The Terrapins are 4-3 after a 78-71 win over Notre Dame on Sunday in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center. The Mount is 1-6 after having lost five straight, including a pair of Northeast Conference games last weekend at home to St. Francis, N.Y., and Long Island.

  • The Terrapins won at Verizon Center on Sunday for the third time in the last eight games in the BB&T Classic. The Terps got a game-high 31 points from sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, who fell one point short of his career-high set earlier this year in a victory over Colorado in San Juan, P.R. Senior guard Sean Mosley added 17 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior forward James Padgett earned the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Stoglin earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for averaging 28.0 points per game over Maryland’s previous two games. In addition to the 31 against the Fighting Irish, Stoglin led the Terps with 25 against Illinois, which has climbed into the national rankings with an 8-0 record. Stoglin is the leading scorer in the ACC with a 22.4 ppg average and is ninth nationally with that mark. He is the only ACC player averaging better than 20 points a game and is the only player in the league who has hit the 30-point plateau twice so far this season.
  • Mosley has continued his consistently strong all-around play for the Terrapins. One of only two Terps to have started all seven games so far (Nick Faust is the other), Mosley is second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg), third on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and second with five blocked shots. Mosley has improved his shooting percentage from the floor this year from .413 a year ago to .472 so far. The improvement is more substantial behind the 3-point line, going from .269 last year to .480 this year. Mosley’s 12 3-pointers in seven games this year are only two short of the season-long totals of 14 he had in each of the last two years.
  • Padgett has developed into an offensive force recently, having scored in double figures in each of the last three games. He scored a career-high 16 against a good Illinois front line. Better accuracy from the free-throw line has helped Padgett recently, as he is 14-for-21 at the line in his last three games after beginning the season 3-for-11. A solid finisher around the basket, Padgett has been strong on the offensive glass. Of his 45 rebounds this year, 30 have come off the offensive glass, and he leads the ACC in offensive rebounding (4.3 rpg).
  • Maryland’s game on Dec. 14 against FIU has been moved to a 7:30 p.m. starting time and will be telecast on ESPN. The Terrapins are home through the rest of December and into the new year. The Terrapins first game at an opponents’ venue this season will come at the end of the homestand, Jan. 8 at NC State. 

    Scouting the Mountaineers

  • Mount St. Mary’s enters Wednesday’s matchup with a 1-6 record on the season including a 0-2 mark in the Northeast Conference… Robert Burke (Haverford, ’88) is in his second season as the head coach at the Mount…
  • Senior forward Danny Thompson is coming off a career-best 21-point performance in the Mount’s 85-76 loss to Long Island on Saturday… Thompson, one of two players to start all seven games, leads the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and ranks second in the Northeast Conference with 8.4 rebounds per game… The 6-foot-7 Springdale, Md., native also ranks second in the league in blocks (2.0 pg)…
  • Junior forward Raven Barber has joined Thompson in the starting frontcourt in six games and ranks fourth on the team with 9.6 ppg, and first in field-goal percentage (28 of 51, .549)…
  • Sophomore guard Julian Norfleet is the other Mountaineer to have started every game and is averaging 10.0 ppg… Norfleet leads the team in 3-point attempts (44) and makes (15)… Sophomore guard Josh Castellanos is hitting .444 from 3-point range, while Freshman guard Kelvin Parker is connecting at a .400 mark from 3PT.
  • The Mount has played a difficult schedule thus far, with games at Marquette, Minnesota and Navy… It’s lone win came over Siena, 65-53, on Nov. 19, and, on the season, the Mountaineers are averaging just 56.4 points per game. 

    Upcoming

    Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State.

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Terps G Stoglin Named ACC Player of the Week

Posted on 05 December 2011 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin has been named ACC Player of the Week while Miami’s Shane Larkin earned ACC Rookie honors following their outstanding performances this past week.

Stoglin averaged 28.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as Maryland split a pair of games. The Tucson, Ariz., native opened the week with a 25-point, three-rebound effort in a 71-62 loss to Illinois. In Sunday’s 78-71 win over Notre Dame, Stoglin poured a game-high 31 points, hitting on 11-of-20 from the floor and pulling down five rebounds. The ACC’s leading scorer (22.4) on the year, Stoglin, shot .514 (19-for-37) from the floor in the two games, including 7-for-13 from behind the arc.

In Miami’s two games this past week, Larkin averaged 15.0 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds. The Orlando, Fla., native was 9-of-18 from the floor (.500), including 6-of-7 (.857) from 3-point range and 6-of-6 (1.000) from the free throw line. Larkin had 16 points and two assists in Tuesday’s 76-65 loss at Purdue and 14 points and four rebounds in Saturday’s 83-75 win over Massachusetts.

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Maryland Battles Notre Dame Sunday at Verizon Center

Posted on 03 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Notre Dame(5-3) vs. Maryland (3-3)
Sunday, Dec. 4 | 4:45 p.m. | Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
MASN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

 

  • Maryland travels to downtown Washington, D.C., for the 17th annual BB&T Classic, benefiting the Children’s Charities Foundation. This year, the Terrapins will play Notre Dame in the second game of a doubleheader, with George Washington playing VCU at 2:15 in the opener.
  • The Terrapins come into Sunday’s game at 3-3 after losing 71-62 to Illinois on Tuesday. Sophomore Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points, taking advantage of 4-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Junior forward James Padgett had a career-high 16 points and five rebounds.
  • Maryland has played in each edition of the BB&T Classic and comes to Verizon Center this year with a 14-11 record all-time in the event. The Terrapins lost, 64-61, last year to Temple and have lost back-to-back games in the BB&T (12/6/2009, Lost 95-86 to Villanova). The Terps are 2-5 since the tournament went to a single-day format in 2004. Maryland has faced Notre Dame twice in the BB&T Classic, losing 79-69 in 2002 and losing 81-74 in 2006.
  • Stoglin leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring at 21.0 points per game. The sophomore is the only ACC player currently averaging more than 20 points per game. Stoglin is 28th in the nation in scoring average through games of 11/27. He already has four games over the 20-point plateau, including a career-high 32 against Colorado in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
  • James Padgett has started each of the last two games for the Terrapins. He had career-highs in points (16), free throws (6) and free-throw attempts (9) in Tuesday’s game against Illinois. Padgett leads the ACC with 4.3 offensive rebounds per game, and all five of his boards vs. Illinois were on the offensive glass.

    Scouting the Irish

  • After starting the season 4-0, Notre Dame has dropped three of its last four games and sits at 5-3 on the year after a 73-53 loss at Gonzaga Wednesday night… Tim Abromaitis, a fifth-year senior forward who was Notre Dame’s leading scorer, was lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL on Nov. 25…
  • Eight different players have been in the starting lineup for the Irish, with sophomore guard Jerian Grant and senior guard Scott Martin the only two to start all eight contests… Sophomore guard Eric Atkins has started six games and, at 13.8 ppg, is the leading scorer along with Grant… Martin contributes 10.4 ppg and the backcourt trio accounts for 54.4 percent of Notre Dame’s scoring on a per-game basis…
  • Grant is among the top 3-point shooters in the Big East, having connected on 13 of 26 attempts this season and his 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the conference… Freshman guard/forward Pat Connaughton also shoots well from beyond the arc, connecting at a .440 mark, and is fourth on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg).
  • With the absence of Abromaitis, the Irish have relied mostly upon guard-heavy lineups… They started five guards in a 84-59 win over Bryant on Nov. 27 and most recently used four guards and one forward against Gonzaga, as junior guard Joey Brooks and junior forward Jack Cooley joined Grant, Atkins and Martin… Cooley leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 rpg.

    Upcoming

    Following Sunday’s trip downtown, Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State… NOTE THAT THE GAME VS. FIU ON 12/14 HAS BEEN MOVED TO A 7:30 P.M. START AND WILL BE ON ESPN.

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Maryland Hosts Illinois Tuesday Night in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 29 November 2011 by WNST Staff

llinois (6-0) at Maryland (3-2)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland plays host to Illinois in this season’s Big Ten / ACC Challenge. The Terrapins have won six straight games in the series, including last season’s 62-39 victory at Penn State, and are 9-3 since the inception of the series. The Terps’ last loss in the series was a 69-64 defeat at Wisconsin in 2004.

  • Maryland is 3-0 against Illinois in the Challenge, including wins in 2001, 2006 and 2007. The Terrapins lost to Illinois in a matchup last season in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The Illini prevailed 80-76 in a game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Illinois is receiving votes in both pols this week.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a 73-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast last Friday. Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins with 24 points, giving him three games with at least 20 points in Maryland’s first five of the season. Stoglin, a sophomore guard, leads the ACC in scoring at 20.2 points per game and is the only player in the league over a 20-point average coming into this week’s Challenge.
  • James Padgett scored 11 points in 15 minutes against the Eagles and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. The junior forward is third on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.0 rpg), but leads the ACC with 4.2 offensive boards per game. Of his 30 rebounds this year, 21 have come at the offensive end.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley also averages in double figures for the Terrapins, putting up 11.0 points per game. He has hit nine 3-pointers so far to lead the team and is 9-for-19 (.474) behind the arc. Mosley is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game.
  • Freshman guardNick Faust is one of two Terrapins (Mosley) to have started all five games this season, as head coach Mark Turgeon juggles his starting lineup. Faust leads the Terrapins in assists (13) and steals (7), while scoring 6.8 points per game.

    Scouting the Illini

  • Illinois comes into Tuesday night’s game with a 6-0 record, having outscored its opponent by an average margin of 18.8 points per game… Bruce Weber is in his ninth season as the head coach and will be seeking his 200th career win at Illinois on Tuesday night.
  • The Illini returned just one starter – D.J. Richardson – from last season’s 20-14 team which reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen… The junior guard leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and is connecting at a .405 mark from 3-point range.
  • Joining Richardson in the backcourt is junior Brandon Paul and newcomer Sam Maniscalco… Paul leads the team in assists (3.0 apg) while Maniscalco is third in scoring (11.5 ppg) and is shooting 54.8 percent from the field.
  • Meyers Leonard, a 7-foot-1 center, and Tyler Griffey, a 6-foot-8 forward, comprise the starting frontcourt… Leonard is second on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and leads the Big Ten in blocks (3.2 pg)… Griffey is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, second on the team behind Leonard’s 6.8 rpg…
  • Freshman Nnanna Egwu, a 6-foot-11 forward/center, is another defensive threat… He has 10 blocks on the season and, as a team, the Illini lead the Big Ten with 6.8 blocks per game.

    Upcoming

    Maryland next plays on Sunday, Dec. 4 against Notre Dame in the nightcap of the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C… The Terrapins and Irish follow the opener with George Washington hosting VCU…

    Following the trip downtown, Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State…

    NOTE THAT THE GAME VS. FIU ON 12/14 HAS BEEN MOVED TO A 7:30 P.M. START AND WILL BE ON ESPN.

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Hopkins QB, Coach Honored by Centennial Conference

Posted on 15 November 2011 by WNST Staff

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LANCASTER, PA – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team landed the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year in senior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin (Jackson, TN/Trinity Christian), had a school-record 10 players earn First Team All-Centennial and a total off 14 Blue Jays earned a spot on the 2011 all conference team, which was announced today. In addition, head coach Jim Margraff was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Jays to a 10-0 record and their third straight conference championship.

Headlining the honorees for Johns Hopkins is Tomlin, who becomes the third straight Johns Hopkins player to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors and was also a unanimous First Team All-CC selection. Tomlin is 194-of-282 (.688) for 2,459 yards with 23 touchdowns against just five interceptions on the year. Despite missing two games, his 23 TDs rank as the second-best single-season total in school history, while his 2,459 yards are fourth best. He threw for more than 200 yards in seven of the eight games he played in, threw for more than 450 yards twice and becomes the first Johns Hopkins quarterback to earn First Team All-Centennial honors in consecutive years.

Joining Tomlin as repeat First Team All-Centennial selections are senior wide receiver Sam Wernick (Dallas, TX/Dallas Jesuit), senior center Ed Rodger (Glen Ridge, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep), senior linebacker Ryan Piatek (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace) and senior safety Michael Milano (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic).

Selected to the first team for the first time in their career are sophomore wide receiver Dan Wodicka (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette), sophomore tackle Armand Jenifer (Teaneck, NJ/Bergen County Academies), senior tackle Roland Massimino (Lake Barrington, IL/Barrington), senior defensive end Kale Sweeney (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) and senior linebacker/defensive end Tyler Brown (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman).

Rounding out Johns Hopkins’ All-Centennial selections were junior running back Jonathan Rigaud (Pembroke Pines, FL/Pembroke Pines), junior linebacker Taylor Maciow (Marlton NJ/Cherokee), senior cornerback Sam Eagleson (Reading, PA/Governor Mifflin) and senior offensive lineman Doug Drummond (White Plains, NY/Iona Prep). Rigaud, Maciow and Eagleson all grabbed second team honors, while Drummond earned honorable mention status.

Impressively, seven of Johns Hopkins’ All-Centennial selections were also among the Blue Jays recently named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team. Piatek, Milano, Eagleson, Wernick, Drummond, Sweeney and Massimino all garnered Academic All-District honors and are currently on the ballot for national Academic All-America honors.

Wernick, the 2010 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, has 71 receptions for 644 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. His 71 receptions are a career-high and rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. He recently became just the second player in school history to top 3,000 career receiving yards (3,023) and the third to top 4,000 career all-purpose yards (4,053).

Rodger is the latest in a long line of outstanding centers at Johns Hopkins and is making his third appearance on the All-Centennial team after a second team nod in 2009 and a first team selection in 2010. He anchors the line from his spot in the middle and leads the way for an offense averaging 42.6 points and 500.3 yards per game. Like Tomlin, he also was a unanimous selection.

Piatek is also making his third appearance on the team with a second team selection in 2009 followed by last season’s first team nod. Despite missing three full games and parts of two others with an injury, he still ranks fifth on the team in tackles (41) and counts two interceptions to his credit. He is JHU’s career active leader in tackles with 234.

Milano has quietly put together one of the best careers by a safety in school history as this is his third straight selection to the first team. He joined Tomlin and Rodger as a unanimous first team selection and currently ranks sixth on the team in tackles (40) and also counts four tackles for losses, four pass breakups and one sack to his credit. He has 183 career tackles to his credit and is the first Johns Hopkins defensive back since Matt Campbell (2002-04) to earn First Team All-Centennial honors three times. In addition, he is just the seventh Johns Hopkins player – regardless of position – to earn First Team All-Centennial honors three times.

Wodicka teams with Wernick to give the Blue Jays one of the top wide receiver tandems in the nation. He has enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history by a wide receiver as he counts 75 receptions for 1,162 yards and six touchdowns to his credit with six 100-yard games and two 200-yard games to his credit. The 75 receptions are just three shy of the Johns Hopkins single-season record, while his 1,162 yards rank second best.

Jenifer and Massimino join Rodger as Blue Jay offensive linemen on the first team as they bookend the line from their tackle positions. Jenifer was the only non-senior offensive lineman named to the first team and the duo has been a key part of an offense that ranks among the national leaders in scoring (42.6) and total offense (500.3). The Blue Jays have allowed just 11 sacks in 401 pass attempts on the year with Jenifer and Massimino playing key roles from their spots.

Brown and Sweeney round out JHU’s first team selections as they fuel a defense that is allowing just 12.1 points and 229.1 yards per game. Brown, who moves up to the first team after second team (2009) and honorable mention (2010) selections the last two years, has split time between defensive end and linebacker and ranks fourth on the team in tackles (46), second in tackles for loss (6.0), tied for third in sacks (3.0) and tied for second in pass breakups (4). He also has a pair of fumble recoveries to his credit.

Sweeney made the full transition to defensive end this season and has been a force up front. He counts a career-high 57 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and five sacks to his credit. His 10 tackles for loss and five sacks both lead the team, while his 57 tackles are 25 more than any other defensive lineman on the team and rank second overall on the squad.

On a team that is among the most effective in the nation at passing the ball, Rigaud has provided a breakaway threat at running back. He leads the team in rushing with a career-high 768 yards and counts 11 touchdowns to his credit. Three of his 11 TDs have come on runs of 65 yards or longer and he is averaging a robust 6.2 yards per carry. He also has 11 receptions for 120 yards to his credit.

Playing on a senior-laden defense, it’s Maciow who sits at the top of the Blue Jay tackle charts with a career-high 77 stops to his credit. He also counts 5.5 tackles for losses, 4.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble to his credit. He is one of just two non-senior linebackers who earned a spot on the first or second team.

Eagleson grabs Second Team All-Centennial honors for the third straight year. A mainstay at cornerback since the start of the 2009 season, he ranks seventh on the team in tackles (33) and leads the team in pass breakups (5) and interceptions (3). His three interceptions this season improve his career total to 14, which ranks fourth all-time in school history.

Drummond is the fourth Johns Hopkins offensive lineman to earn All-Centennial honors this season with his honorable mention nod. A standout at guard, Drummond helps lead an offense averaging 42.6 points and 500.3 yards per game. The Blue Jays have been equally effective passing (319.1 ypg.) and running (181.0) the ball and have allowed just 11 sacks in 401 pass attempts this season.

Johns Hopkins’14 All-Centennial selections this season are tied for the third-highest total in school history with the 10 first team selections ranking as a school record.

Johns Hopkins is currently 10-0 and riding a school-record 15-game winning streak. The Blue Jays will open play in the 2011 NCAA Division III Playoffs on Saturday, November 19 with a first round game at Homewood Field against St. John Fisher (8-2). The winner of the Johns Hopkins-St. John Fisher game will play the winner of the Delaware Valley-Norwich game in the second round on Saturday, November 26.

Johns Hopkins’ 2011 All-Centennial Selections

First Team: Tyler Brown (LB/DE), Armand Jenifer (OL), Roland Massimino (OL), Michael Milano (S), Ryan Piatek (LB), Ed Rodger (C), Kale Sweeney (DE), Hewitt Tomlin (QB), Sam Wernick (WR), Dan Wodicka (WR)

Second Team: Sam Eagleson (CB), Taylor Maciow (LB), Jonathan Rigaud (RB)

Honorable Mention: Doug Drummong (OL)

Offensive Player of the Year: Hewitt Tomlin (QB)

Coach of the Year: Jim Margraff

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Maryland Basketball Schedule Announced

Posted on 24 August 2011 by WNST Staff

Terps play 16 games against postseason participants

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A home-and-home series with Duke and North Carolina, as well as non-conference matchups with postseason participants from the Big East, Atlantic-10 and Big Ten highlight the 2011-12 University of Maryland men’s basketball schedule announced Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Terrapins will play at least 16 games against teams that participated in the NCAA or NIT postseason tournaments a year ago. Maryland is currently scheduled to play 12 times in the regular season on national television.

A limited number of season tickets are available for sale to the general public. Fans can take advantage of a six-month, no-interest payment plan and can become a season ticket-holder for as low as $77 per month per ticket. For more information, fans can call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

““We have a very challenging schedule set up for this season,” said first-year head coach Mark Turgeon. “The non-conference games will showcase a lot of different styles of play and levels of teams that will help prepare us for the ACC. With a loaded Puerto Rico Tip-Off plus Illinois, Notre Dame and Temple, we should have a solid RPI heading into league play.”

Highlighting the non-conference schedule is a home matchup with Illinois on Nov. 29 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins’ next game, on Sunday, Dec. 4, will mark their annual trip to play in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, with this year’s opponent being Notre Dame.

Maryland also faces a non-conference battle with a postseason participant from a year ago on Jan. 21 when it plays Temple at the storied Palestra in Philadelphia.

This year’s early-season tournament is the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from Nov. 17 through 20. The Terrapins open with Alabama in the first round, then will face either Colorado or Wichita State in the second round. All three of those teams reached the NIT semifinals last year.

In addition to Duke and North Carolina, Maryland will also play ACC home-and-home series against Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami. The Terrapins will play one game each at home against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Boston College, and will make trips to play their only regular-season meetings with NC State, Florida State and Clemson.

Maryland will play six straight home games between Dec. 7 and Jan. 3 before its conference opener at NC State on Sunday, Jan. 8. The homestand includes a Saturday matinee matchup on New Year’s Eve with Samford University.

Regional broadcast selections for non-conference games will be announced at a later date, with the game times for those contests potentially changing. All conference games carried by either the ACC Network or another regional sports network will also be available on the Internet on ESPN3.com.

The Terrapins make their first Comcast Center appearance under Turgeon on Friday, Oct. 14 when they host Maryland Madness. There will be an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 against Northwood in advance of the regular-season home opener against UNC Wilmington on Nov. 13.

2011-12 MARYLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day Date Opponent Time Television

Fri. Nov. 4 NORTHWOOD (Exhibition) 8:00 —

Sun. Nov. 13 UNC WILMINGTON 8:00 TBD

Thu. Nov. 17 vs. Alabama (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) 5:00 ESPN2

Fri. Nov. 18 vs. Colorado or Wichita State (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) TBD —

Sun. Nov. 20 vs. Third-Round Opponent (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) TBD ESPN/ESPN2

Fri. Nov. 25 FLORIDA GULF COAST TBD TBD

Tue. Nov. 29 ILLINOIS (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) 7:30 ESPN

Sun. Dec. 4 vs. Notre Dame (BB&T Classic, Washington, D.C.) 4:45 MASN

Wed. Dec. 7 MOUNT ST. MARY’S 8:00 TBD

Wed. Dec. 14 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 8:00 ESPNU

Fri. Dec. 23 RADFORD 8:00 TBD

Wed. Dec. 28 ALBANY 8:00 TBD

Sat. Dec. 31 SAMFORD 1:00 TBD

Tue. Jan. 3 CORNELL 8:00 TBD

Sun. Jan. 8 at NC State* 6:00 ESPNU

Wed. Jan. 11 WAKE FOREST* 7:00 RSN

Sun. Jan. 15 GEORGIA TECH* 1:00/4:00 ACC Network

Tue. Jan. 17 at Florida State* 9:00 ESPNU

Sat. Jan. 21 at Temple (Palestra) TBD ESPNU

Wed. Jan. 25 DUKE* 9:00 ESPN

Sat. Jan. 28 VIRGINIA TECH* 2:30 ACC Network

Wed. Feb. 1 at Miami* 8:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 4 NORTH CAROLINA* 4:00 ESPN/ESPN2

Tue. Feb. 7 at Clemson* 7:00 ESPNU

Sat. Feb. 11 at Duke* 4:00 ESPN

Thu. Feb. 16 BOSTON COLLEGE* 9:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 18 at Virginia* 1:00 ACC Network

Tue. Feb. 21 MIAMI* 8:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 25 at Georgia Tech* 2:30 ACC Network

Wed. Feb. 29 at North Carolina* 7:00 ESPN/ESPN2

Sun. Mar. 4 VIRGINIA* 2:00 ACC Network

March 8-11 at ACC Tournament (Atlanta, Ga.)

March 13 & 14 at NCAA First Round (Dayton)

March 15 & 17 at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Portland, Louisville)

March 16 & 18 at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Columbus, Greensboro, Nashville, Omaha)

March 22 & 24 at NCAA Regionals (Boston, Phoenix)

March 23 & 25 at NCAA Regionals (St. Louis, Atlanta)

March 31 & Apr. 2 at NCAA Final Four (New Orleans)

* – Atlantic Coast Conference game

All times and dates subject to change (times for non-conference home games subject to change with regional TV selections);

All times Eastern; Home games played at Comcast Center (17,950) listed in BOLD CAPS

TV Key – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU – national broadcasts; ACC Network, Regional Sports Network (RSN); Comcast SportsNet (CSN); Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) – regional broadcasts. TerpsTV available via live stream on www.umterps.com

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