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Woeful Wizards Fall Again At New Jersey

Posted on 07 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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Stevenson Stays Hot With Win Over St. Mary’s

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – In just his second game back from injury, Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) scored a career-high four goals while the defense held its opponent to five goals or less for eighth time this season in a 14-5 victory Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

The win was the fifth-straight for Stevenson (10-2, 5-0 CAC) who won its 17th consecutive CAC contest dating back to Apr. 7, 2010. It was also the seventh in as many games at home for the Mustangs this season and moved them into sole possession of first place in the CAC standings, one game ahead of rival Salisbury.

In two games since returning from a broken hand, Lea has totaled six goals and seven points versus Hood and St. Mary’s (Md.). He scored three of the Mustangs’ first seven goals, netting his third with 10:03 remaining in the second quarter to give Stevenson a 7-2 lead.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored the first of his two goals just eight seconds later as the Mustangs
led by six before taking an 8-3 advantage into halftime.

Stevenson held a 32-7 edge in shots at the half and a 53-22 margin for the game.

Senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) scored the first of back-to-back goals only 18 seconds into the third quarter with a man
advantage that jump started a second half in which Stevenson outscored the Seahawks 6-2, including 4-1 in the third quarter.

Sophomore and reigning CAC Player of the Week Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) picked up the second of his three assists on
the goal by Rossi as he now has a team-high 20 assists this season. During the team’s five-game win streak, Dashiell has totaled 22 points and 15 assists.

A total of 11 different players scored for the Mustangs, including freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) who netted his first career goal to start the second quarter.

Defensively, junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers while
juniors Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) each had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and freshman Kevin Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) each had four saves.

Stewart D’Ambrogi had a goal and an assist for the Seahawks (7-4, 4-1 CAC) while Patrick Mull finished with two assists. Stu Wheeler made 19 saves.

Stevenson hosts No. 8 Denison on Saturday at Mustang Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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Another Week, Another Big Game For Hopkins Sunday Against UNC

Posted on 01 April 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Top-ranked Johns Hopkins (8-0) heads to New Jersey for the second time this season as the Blue Jays travel to Met Life Stadium to take on 11th-ranked North Carolina (7-3) in the third game of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 8-0 with an 11-10 overtime victory at then top-ranked Virginia. North Carolina made it two straight in the win column with an 11-10 victory at home against Maryland last Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and North Carolina are meeting for the 41st time in a series that dates to a 16-9 Johns Hopkins victory in the 1977 NCAA Quarterfinals. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 24-16 and grabbed a 10-9 win over the Tar Heels in the Big City Classic last season. A complete series history can be found at the back of this week’s note packet.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against North Carolina with an all-time record of 920-294-15 (.755). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Game Number 175: Last week’s game at Virginia was the 175th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. He sports a 134-41 (.766) record since taking over in 2001.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 157-58 (.730), including a 134-41 (.766) record at Johns Hopkins. He ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

About the 8-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 8-0 for the first time since 2005 and just the second time under head coach Dave Pietramala. Prior to opening at 8-0 in 2005, JHU hadn’t opened a season with eight straight wins since 1995. Since 1977 the Blue Jays have opened a season with eightstraight wins seven times (including this season). JHU has won the national championship three times in those six years, made two other trips to the title game and advanced to the NCAA semifinals the other year.

Program Ties: UNC Assistant Coach Brian Holman played lacrosse at JHU from 1980-83 and was a member of the 1980 NCAA Championship team … he was JHU’s starting goalie for his final three seasons and helped Hopkins to three straight national runner-up finishes • UNC junior attackman Davey Emala is the son of Dave Emala, who played football and baseball at JHU and is a member of Hopkins’ Athletic Hall of Fame • UNC sophomore midfielder William Scroggs’ father, Willie, played lacrosse and football at JHU and served as an assistant coach for both sports prior to become the Tar Heels’ men’s lacrosse coach … Willie Scroggs was a member of three (1967 1968, 1969) USILA Championship teams at Johns Hopkins.

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

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 48-7 (.873) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 27-3 at home, 19-3 on the road and 2-1 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

Streaking – Part 1: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 16-1 in its last 17 games, 21-3 since the start of the 2011 season and 23-5 in its last 28 games.

Streaking – Part 2: Johns Hopkins is 109-29 (.790) in its last 138 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 126-37 (.773) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

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

Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins ran its home winning streak to 11 games with the 11-7 win over sixth-ranked Syracuse on March 17. The streak is the second-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who picked up his 75th career victory at Homewood Field with the win earlier this season against Delaware. Hopkins sports a gaudy 78-12 (.867) record in home games during his career at JHU.
JHU won a school and national-record 37 straight home games from 2001-06 under Pietramala’s guidance and the current 11-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven wins or more since he arrived.

More Home Cookin’: In addition to boasting the second-longest home winning streak of the Dave Pietramala era, Johns Hopkins’ current 11-game winning streak at Homewood Field is also the second longest active home winning streak in the nation. Only Cornell, which has won 12 straight at Schoellkopf Field, has a longer current streak in the home whites than Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins’ win at Virginia last Saturday snapped UVA’s 14-game home winning streak, which had stood as the longest in the nation.

Fifteen Straight: Johns Hopkins ran its regular season winning streak to 15 games with the 11-10 overtime win at Virginia. This is the longest regular season winning streak for JHU since a 19-game run that bridged the 2004 and 2006 seasons. Hopkins’ last loss during the regular season … a 5-4 double-overtime setback at Syracuse last season.

Fifteen Straight – Historically: Not only is the current 15-game regualr season winning streak the second longest under Dave Pietramala, it’s also the sixth longest in school history during the NCAA Tournament era (1971 – Present).

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011 and has already turned the trick three times this season. JHU has scored on its first shot of the game three times and its second shot of the game three times already this season. Johns Hopkins has failed to score on one of its first two shots twice this season – against Manhattan and Virginia. In both of those games, the Blue Jays scored on their fourth shot.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins has employed virtually the same first and second midfield units throughout the first eight games and those units have proven to be steady in terms of production. JHU’s first unit of Rob Guida (9), John Ranagan (8) and John Greeley (6) has combined for 23 goals, while the second unit of Lee Coppersmith(9), Mark Goodrich (5) and Greg Edmonds (1) has 15 goals to its credit. The major difference between the two groups has been with assists. The unit of Guida, Ranagan and Greeley has combined for 15 assists. The next assist for the second unit will be its first of the year.

Jumping Right In: Junior John Kaestner had played in 12 career games and hadn’t so much as taken a shot before getting the starting nod at Princeton with freshman Wells Stanwick out. No worries, all Kaestner did was stick the first two goals of his career during a 4-1 fourth-quarter run that fueled JHU’s 10-8 win. He came back with one goal and one assist in the win vs. Manhattan and duplicated that effort in the win over UMBC.

Bassett Now 21-3 in Last 24 Starts: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 24th career victory in goal with the 11-10 win at Virginia as he posted nine saves to improve to 24-7 in his 31 career starts. He is 21-3 in his last 24 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
Through eight games Bassett currently ranks third in the nation in goals against average (6.03) and eighth in save percentage (.584).
Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Poppleton, Kennedy Fuel Success at the X: Freshman Drew Kennedy did a solid job on faceoffs in the season-opener vs. Towson as he won 9-of-14 in the absence of junior Mike Poppleton. Poppleton returned against Delaware and has been solid in seven games since as he ranks ninth in the nation in FO win percentage (.621 • 72-of-116). He won 15-of-18 against Siena, 11-of-21 at Princeton, 10-of-12 vs. Manhattan and 12-of-18 against Syracuse. Kennedy was also solid in the win at #1 Virginia as he won 8-of-14 with four GBs and is now 19-of-34 (.559) on the year. As a team, JHU is 91-of-159 (.572) on faceoffs this season and ranks 12th in the nation in FO winning percentage.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 390 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 388 of those 390 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 367 of the 390 and the top five in 293 of those 390. This week’s number one ranking is the 104th for JHU since the poll debuted in 1973.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including wins this season vs. Towson and UMBC, JHU is 55-4 (.932) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 31 of 32 quarters this season and two or more in 26 of the 32 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 36.4 shots per game. That number compares favorably to JHU’s averages in 2005 (38.1) and 2007 (36.3) – the most recent years in which Johns Hopkins won the national championship.
• Johns Hopkins ranks 24th in the nation in scoring offense (10.5), 16th in extra-man offense (.429) and fifth in scoring margin (+4.63).

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU defense:
• Hopkins held Towson to just 18 shots and Manhattan to just 14. Hopkins is surrending an average of just 27.5 shots per game.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its eight opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 14:52 – seven of the eight have gone scoreless for 19:30 or longer.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 11 of 32 quarters this season (34.4%).
• The Blue Jays rank second in the nation in scoring defense (5.88), 10th in man-down defense (.741) and fifth in scoring margin (+4.63) this season.

Now That’s a Drought: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow an even-strength goal for an amazing stretch of 116:37 from late in the win at Princeton through early in the fourth quarter of the win over UMBC. The Retrievers did score a pair of extra-man goals in the first half, but the first six-on-six goal they scored came 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.

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

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

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 920 all-time wins.

That’s 625 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 920-294-15 (.754) … that’s 625 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 125 straight seasons, they would still be six games over .500.

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Banick, Dashiell Lead Way For Stevenson in Blowout Win At Wesley

Posted on 29 March 2012 by WNST Staff

DOVER, Del. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored a career-high eight points while sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) added seven as the seventh-ranked Mustangs ran their CAC win streak to 15 with a 19-3 victory over Wesley Wednesday at Miller Stadium.

Stevenson (8-2, 2-0 CAC) led 12-0 at halftime and 16-0 following the first goal of the season by junior Reed Phillips (Chester Springs, Pa./Downington East)with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter.

Phillips was one of 12 different goal scorers for the Mustangs and one of four players who netted their first of the season, including junior John Cammalleri (Far Hills, N.J./Rutgers Prep), senior Mathew Schenck (Glen Gardner, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and freshman James Mullis (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck).

Meanwhile, senior Pat Magee (Chicago, Ill./Saint Viator), juniors Dixon Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford)Sam Ramatowski (Bowie, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Aaron Taylor (Powell, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) each picked up their first points of the season as 17 different players had at least one point.

Ramatowski also won 9-of-11 face-offs.

As for Banick, it was the fifth multi-goal game of his career as he finished with a career-high five. Banick, who had seven points and five assists in the season opener versus Haverford, has scored at least one goal in eight of the team’s 10 games this season.

Dashiell totaled career-highs with five assists and seven points. His seven points were four more than his previous career-high of three achieved five times over his first two seasons.

Junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led the defense with eight ground balls and three caused turnovers while reigning CAC Defensive Player of the Week, junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) did not allow a goal in the first half while making three saves to earn his eight win of the season and the 28th of his career. He is now 28-5 as a starter.

Sophomore Colin Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) and junior Mark Salerno (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) each made their first appearances of the season in the second half and the 10th and seventh of their careers, respectively.

Tim Dougherty had an assist on all three goals for Wesley (1-7, 1-3 CAC) while Matt Ryan was credited with 13 saves.

Stevenson wraps-up its three-game road trip at Hood on Saturday. Game time is at noon.

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Hopkins Bests Virginia in Thrilling 1-2 Showdown

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Few games that receive as much hype as Saturday’s men’s lacrosse matchup between top-ranked Virginia and second-ranked Johns Hopkins actually live up to the advance billing. After regulation and all but five seconds of a full overtime, it’s safe to say that the Blue Jays’ 11-10 win over the Cavaliers did – and then some.

Johns Hopkins trailed by as many as three in the first half, led by two early in the fourth quarter and trailed by a goal with just over a minute to play in regulation – while playing a man down.

That’s when things really got crazy.

Virginia turned the ball over with 11 seconds remaining on its extra-man chance and the Blue Jays needed one timeout and 27 seconds before junior Lee Coppersmith slipped inside a pair of defenders and scored from the high slot with 44 seconds left in regulation.

Failed extra-man chances and turnovers by both teams over the remainder of regulation and the first three plus minutes overtime eventually led to Hopkins isolating junior John Ranagan at the top of the box as the first overtime ticket away. After getting a quick step on his defender, he beat Virginia goalie Rob Fortunato low for his eighth goal of the season and the Blue Jays had exorcised yet another demon they had carried – and heard about – for far too long.

Ranagan’s goal lifted the Blue Jays to their first win in Charlottesville against the Cavaliers since 1998. Earlier wins at Princeton and last week against Syracuse had stopped losing streaks against the Tigers and Orange that had stretched to three and five games, respectively.

Winning at Virginia – that was an entirely different monkey on the back; or gorilla as JHU head coach Dave Pietramala has referred to it a week earlier.

That the game went to overtime should surprise few. During the losing streak in Charlottesville the Blue Jays had alternated blowout losses in 2002, 2006 and 2010 with overtime defeats in 2004 and 2008. Eventually one of these had to break Hopkins’ way.

After Virginia built an early 4-1 lead on lengthy possessions and back-to-back goals by Chris Bocklet that bridged the first and second quarters, the Blue Jays slowly began to work their way back into the game.

The Blue Jays grabbed the momentum midway through the second quarter as they scored consecutive goals in a three-minute span midway through the period. Sophomore Brandon Benn one-timed home a pass to the crease from junior Zach Palmer to make it 4-2 and freshman Wells Stanwick made it a one-goal game with 4:34 remaining in the first half as he dodged hard to the crease from behind the goal and beat Fortunato from in tight.

A Steele Stanwick goal into an empty net gave the Cavs a 5-3 lead at halftime and the teams traded goals in a 35-second span early in the period to make it 6-4. Nearly 15 minutes would pass before Virginia would score again. During that time the Blue Jays scored four times to build their two-goal lead.

Benn completed his third consecutive hat trick 29 seconds after a Ryan Tucker goal to ignite the four-goal run, which included the first career goal by sophomore Jack Reilly and back-to-back extra-man goals by Rob Guida in a span of just over five minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters.

Virginia, as it does so often, struck back quickly with two goals in a 50-second span shortly after Guida’s strike made it 8-6. A Rob Emery extra-man goal drew the Cavs within one at 8-7 and Matt White’s highlight-reel behind the back shot from the crease tied it less than a minute later.

If White’s shot was destined for play of the game, it was quickly bumped by Zach Palmer’s goal 52 seconds later. Working from behind the goal, Palmer drove up the side and scored on a one-handed wrap-around shot from goal line extended that gave the Blue Jays a 9-8 lead with more than 10 minutes remaining.

The one-goal lead didn’t figure to hold – and it didn’t. Steele Stanwick scored from in tight after defenseman Tucker Durkin lost his footing to knot the game with just over four minutes remaining and Tucker fired home his second of the game with 2:44 on the clock to give Virginia a 10-9 lead.

The one-goal lead held for exactly two minutes, when Coppersmith fired home the game-tying goal that forced overtime and led to Ranagan’s game-winner that lifted the final proverbial monkey off the Blue Jays’ back.

Benn led the Blue Jays with his three goals, while Guida notched a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Wells Stanwick (1g, 2a) and Palmer (1g, 1a) were JHU’s other multi-point scorers, while freshman Drew Kennedy won 8-of-14 faceoffs and junior goalie Pierce Bassett posted nine saves.

Virginia, which had its 14-game home winning streak snapped, was led by Steele Stanwick’s two goals and three assists, while Emery, Bocklet and Tucker added two goals apiece for the Cavaliers, who also got 11 saves from Fortunato.

Johns Hopkins, which figures to take over the top spot in the national rankings when the new polls are released on Monday, will play North Carolina in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic next Sunday night (6:30 pm) at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


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Navy Wins Patriot League Battle Over Lafayette

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

EASTON, Pa. — Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) punched in three goals and dealt out five assists to lead the Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-3, 1-1 Patriot League) to a 12-7 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette (2-3, 0-1 PL) Saturday afternoon at Rappolt Field in Easton, Pa. A strong offensive display by the Mids which featured goals by eight different players helped Navy snap a three-game skid and give it its first conference win of the season.

Navy is the first team to score double digits against the Leopards this season as Lafayette came into the game ranked third nationally in scoring defense, giving up just 6.50 per game.

“It feels awfully good to get back in the win column,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We came into the game committed to playing a second midfield and go a little deeper at attack and defense and I was thrilled to see it play out as it did.  We received some solid contributions from a good number of players today.

“We made no bones about it, we felt like today’s game was critical,” added Sowell.  “Having lost three in a row, we needed to get this win especially with such a big stretch coming up this week with games against Towson and Holy Cross.  We are taking it a game at a time, but we needed this win in the worst way and I was proud of the guys for stepping up and getting it done.”

Sophomore midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) put the Midshipmen on the scoreboard first, taking a Jordan Seivold (Tampa, Fla.) pass and sticking it past Lafayette keeper Andrijko Andrusko from seven yards out at the 11:13 mark in the first.  Lafayette, however, answered with back-to-back goals just 46 seconds apart, taking a 2-1 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the opening period.  The Mids evened the score at two all when Hull fed rookie Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) who put a nice move on his defender at the crease, scoring his first goal in a Navy uniform.

The Mids took the lead at 3-2 when Hull once again found Voumard open for a three-yard beauty up the middle at the 12:38 mark in the second.  The Leopards, though, tied the game right back up a minute later when Doug Prusoff used a roll dodge to get free of Navy short stick midfielder Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.), creating enough space for the unassisted goal.

Navy took the lead for good when pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) intercepted a Lafayette pass and threw an outlet pass the length of the field to senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) who immediately found sophomore attackman Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) on the crease.  it marked Heneveld’s first goal of the season and gave the Mids a 4-3 lead with 5:38 to go.

The Mids went on the score two goals in the final minute of the first half with Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) sending a worm burner up the middle from 8 yards out off an assist from Hull.  Following an RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) save with 15 seconds left, Wickham got his outlet pass to Kiernan who again sent a long pass down field to sophomore Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  Jones quickly fed Hull who was standing on the crease to give the Midshipmen a 6-3 lead at the half.

Navy wasted little time in adding to their lead, as co-captain Logan West (Berlin, Md.) won the opening draw of the second half and got the ball to Hull.  Hull dealt the assist to Kiernan, the trail man, who fired in his second goal of the season.

The Leopards weren’t giving up, however, as Lafayette scored the next two goals, including an extra-man strike with 4:25 to play in the quarter, to cut the lead back to two at 7-5.

The Mids, who have struggled in the fourth quarter this season, made a statement by scoring four goals in just over three minutes to open the final stanza and salt away the game.  Hull played a huge role in the run, scoring two goals and adding an assist on a third.  Had senior middie Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) not dodged his defenseman to get free, Hull would have been credited with a second assist as he found Davis who tabbed his second goal of the year.

Hull, who produced his fourth hat trick of the season, led all scorers with his eight-point performance.  His five assists not only go down as a career high, it also marked the most assists by a Navy player since Andy Warner distributed six in last year’s win over Towson.  Voumard and Kiernan finished the game with two goals apiece, while Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.), Davis, Reynolds, Durkin and Heneveld also chipped in goals for the Mids.

Kiernan played one of the best games of his young career.  While he notched a pair of goals, defensively he caused four Lafayette turnovers and picked up five ground balls.

“Pat makes a huge impact in the game for us,” said Sowell.  “We definitely felt it when he went out with his broken hand.  It took him a few weeks to get back into it, but to have him back in game shape mades a big, big difference for us.  It’s definitely good to have him on our side!”

Junior close defenseman Austin Miller (North Bethesda, Md.) turned in a pair of takeaways and picked up three ground balls.  Meanwhile, Wickham surrendered seven goals while making 11 saves in goal.

Lafayette was led by Prusoff, Colin Serling and Will Heffernan who scored two goals apiece, while Andrusko and Jake Hyatt split time in goal where the tandem made a combined six saves and each gave up six goals.

The Midshipmen will be back in action on Tuesday when they make the short trip to Towson, Md. to face the Tigers of Towson at 7:30 pm.  The game will be carried live by AM1570 WNST.net.

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Hopkins Holds Off Late Princeton to Stay Unbeaten

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

PRINCETON, NJ – Second-ranked Johns Hopkins used a 4-1 run to open the fourth quarter to turn a 6-4 lead into a 10-5 advantage and then held off a late-game rally by 12th-ranked Princeton to knock off the Tigers, 10-8, at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Friday evening. The win is JHU’s fourth straight to open the season, 11th straight in the regular season and third straight against the Tigers at Princeton.

The Blue Jays (4-0) led 6-4 entering the final period, but needed less than nine minutes to turn the two-goal lead into a five-goal advantage and the run was sparked by reserve attackman John Kaestner, who was making his first career start.

Kaestner jump-started the spree with a nifty goal from an impossible angle as he wrapped a shot around the post and Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito just over two minutes into the final period for his first career goal to make it 7-4.

Princeton’s Alex Capretta drew the Tigers to within 7-5 at the 10:04 mark as he stepped down and beat JHU’s Pierce Bassett to the far post off a pass from just above the goal line from Mike Grossman, but the Tigers’ fate was sealed over the next four minutes as the Blue Jays scored on three straight possessions to go up 10-5.

Sophomore Brandon Benn got free in the high slot and quickly turned and fired one home off Fiorito’s thigh 38 seconds after Capretta’s goal and Kaestner netted his second of the night 90 seconds later when he came from the side of the goal, took a nice dump pass from John Ranagan and scored from in tight.

Junior Lee Coppersmith added his sixth goal of the season on Hopkins’ next possession as junior Zach Palmer’s skip pass from the goal line to Fiorito’s left found Coppersmith alone and he blew one into the top corner.

Princeton (2-1), as expected, rallied. The Tigers got one back just 38 seconds after Coppersmith’s goal as Jeff Froccaro got free in the slot and went low to slip one past Bassett from seven yards out to make it 10-6.

Nearly four minutes, and one big save by Bassett, passed before Princeton would score again as Grossman got free after a long loose ball scramble and scored his only goal of the game with 2:16 remaining. Tom Schreiber worked free of Hopkins’ Tucker Durkin on a pick behind the goal and drove top side for his eighth goal of the year with just over a minute to play, but the Blue Jay defense held firm in the final 63 seconds to secure the win.

An extra-man goal by Tucker Shanley opened the scoring for the Tigers early in the first quarter, but Hopkins struck for three goals over the next eight minutes to take a 3-1 lead that they would never relinquish.

A cross-crease pass from Palmer found senior Mark Goodrich alone on the backdoor and he quick-sticked home his second goal of the year and Palmer got top side on his defender and rifled home a shot from six yards out that surprised Fiorito just over three minutes later. When sophomore Rob Guida spun inside his defender and whipped home his third goal of the season three minutes later the Blue Jays had the momentum and the two-goal lead.

Froccaro made it a one-goal game with his first strike of the match with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter, but that would be the final goal – and shot – for the Tigers in the first half.

Hopkins maintained possession for virtually the entire second quarter and got goals in the final five minutes of the half from junior midfielders John Greeley and Ranagan to carry a 5-2 advantage into the half. The Blue Jays outshot the Tigers 9-0 in the quarter and 19-7 in the first half.

Neither team scored in the first seven minutes of the second half, but Goodrich staked the Blue Jays to a 6-2 advantage when he snapped home a laser to the top corner after a quick move to the inside from eight yards out.

Princeton drew within 6-4 at the end of the third on back-to-back goals by Sonnenfeldt and Mike MacDonald, but Kaestner’s goal early in the fourth quarter ignited the decisive run and the Blue Jays pulled out of Princeton with their first 4-0 start since 2005.

Goodrich and Kaestner led the Blue Jays with two goals each, while Palmer added the one goal and a game-high three assists. Bassett totaled nine saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who also won 11-of-21 faceoffs in the game.

Froccaro was the only multi-goal scorer for Princeton as his two tallies led the way. Schreiber and Grossman added one goal and two assists apiece and Fiorito matched Bassett with nine saves.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Tuesday, March 6 when the Blue Jays host Manhattan at 3:30 pm.

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Four Greyhounds Named All-MAAC

Posted on 27 February 2012 by WNST Staff

EDISON, N.J. – Fresh off its best regular-season finish in its 23 seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Loyola University Maryland placed a league-high four players – Erik Etherly (Alexandria, Va./Annandale H.S.),  Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons H.S.),  Justin Drummond (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist H.S.) and Robert Olson (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Prep H.S.) – on the All-MAAC Teams on Monday.

Etherly was the first Loyola player named to the All-MAAC First Team since 2008 when Gerald Brown earned the honor. Cormier earned an All-MAAC Second Team nod, and Drummond and Olson were tabbed to the Third Team.

Loyola enters the MAAC Championships as the No. 2 seed, after winning a program-record 13 MAAC games. The Greyhounds are 21-8 overall and set a school Division I record for wins, as well.

The Greyhounds will play in the MAAC Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Loyola will take on the winner of an opening round game between Niagara University and Canisius College. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

“I see having four players named to the all-conference teams as a tribute to the way this team has played as a whole this year,” Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. “We have been at our best when we have shared the ball, not cared who was scoring the points and played good team defense. Each of these guys have brought different things to the team, from Dylon’s leadership, to Erik’s presence inside, to Bobby’s shooting, to Justin’s ability to score in many ways.”

The four players are the most Loyola has ever placed on the All-MAAC teams since joining the league in 1989-1990. Previously, three players from the school were honored in 1997-1998, the first year laurels were expanded to three teams.

Etherly was the Greyhounds’ leading scorer and rebounder during MAAC play this season, averaging 13.3 and 7.4 per game. Entering the MAAC Championships, he is second on the team with a 13.1 points per game average, while he leads the Greyhounds overall with a 7.7 rebounds per game mark.

He is fourth in the league in rebounds and helped Loyola lead the league in rebounding margin. Etherly is also fourth in the MAAC infield-goal percentage, making shots at a 53.2-percent clip.

The junior from Alexandria, Va., posted eight double-doubles this season and he has scored 10 or more points in 22 of 29 games. Etherly has led Loyola in scoring 10 times and rebounding on 20 occasions. He posted a career-high of 27 points at UMBC earlier this season, and he had one of his signature games in the conference with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over regular-season champion Iona on February 10.

Cormier, a sophomore, has led the Greyhounds in scoring this season with a 13.6 points per game mark. He also tops the Greyhounds in steals with 48 and is third in the MAAC with 1.7 steals per game. In his second year with Loyola, Cormier raised his field-goal percentage from .379 as a freshman to .457 as a sophomore.

The Baltimore native topped the 20-point mark seven times this, and he topped the 10-point mark in 22 of 28 games he played. Cormier led – or tied for the team lead – the Greyhounds in scoring 10 times.

Cormier scored a career-high 26 points in the Greyhounds’ victory at George Washington in December. It was his second-straight 20+-point effort after scoring 22 in the Greyhounds’ first conference road game at Siena.

Drummond came off the bench in all but four games and was one of the league’s best sixth men. A MAAC All-Rookie Team member last year, Drummond has averaged 11.2 points per game this season, and he is third on the team in rebounding with a 4.2 boards per game mark.

The sophomore from Bowie, Md., has scored in double-figures 15 times throughout the season, including a team-high 13-point effort against Manhattan yesterday that helped the Greyhounds defeat the Jaspers by two and clinch the No. 2 spot in the MAAC Championships.

Drummond has improved his free-throw percentage by more than 10 points since his freshman season. This year, he is second on the team at75.9-percent, making 82-of-108, after shooting just 65.2-percent from the stripe last year.

Olson has been one of the conference’s top shooters this season. He has averaged 12.5 points per game in league play, second on the team, and he has shot 44.7-percent from 3-point range. Overall, Olson has posted an 11.4 points per game mark, good for third on the Greyhounds, and he is second on the squad behind Etherly with a .471 field-goal percentage.

A junior, Olson is second in the MAAC in 3-point percentage, and he finished the regular-season ranked 13th in field-goal percentage, fourth-best amongst guards. Olson was also a MAAC All-Rookie performer in his first year at Loyola, 2008-2009.

Olson, who hails from Silver Spring, Md., was averaging just 8.8 points per game after the Greyhounds’ second game in January, but he reeled off a 11-straight games with 11 or more points. In eight of those games, hescored 14 or more points. He also sank two or more 3-pointers during those 11 games.

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UMBC Lacrosse Tops Rutgers in Piscataway

Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Piscataway, N.J.– UMBC sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored a career-best five goals and junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) stopped career-high 14 Rutgers shots as the Retrievers defeated the Scarlet Knights, 11-7, at the RU Stadium Complex.

UMBC evened its record at 1-1, while Rutgers fell to 2-2 on the season.

Cohen scored UMBC’s final goal of the day with 1:39 remaining and it is believed to be the first goal scored by a Retriever goalkeeper in 32 years of NCAA Division I competition.

The Retrievers never trailed, as Linkous opened the scoring on an unassisted tally at the 9:03 mark, but Rutgers got the equalizer on a score by Nick DePaolera less than three minutes later.

But the visitors took control in the second quarter and outscored Rutgers, 7-1, over a 15-minute span. Junior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) started the surge, converting a Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) feed exactly three minutes into the quarter. Junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C., sophomore midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md.) and Linkous added goals to give UMBC a 5-1 lead at the 5:42 mark of the quarter, before Rutgers’ leading goal-scorer midfielder Will Mangan responded with one minute to play and cut the deficit to 5-2 at halftime.

But UMBC completed the run early in the third quarter with three goals in an 81-second span. Brown scored his second of the game 1:19 into the quarter, and face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won the ensuing draw and scored unassisted just 16 seconds later. Linkous completed the hat trick on a man-up opportunity just 2:41 into the stanza.

Rutgers responded with two goals in a 55-second span to close the gap to 8-4, but Linkous put away a Brown feed 50 seconds after the fourth Rutgers goal and scored his fifth goal to close out the third quarter scoring with 1:20 to play.

UMBC held the 10-4 lead for the first half of the final quarter, but the Knights peppered Cohen with 13 fourth-quarter shots and cut the gap to 10-7 with ample time (2:43) remaining. But the Retriever netminder made seven fourth quarter saves and turned a late Knight turnover into a one-man clear and goal to punctuate his first victory since a 8-7 overtime win at Vermont on April 24, 2010.

Cohen’s first career win also occurred at Rutgers, a 6-5 victory on Feb. 28, 2010.

“Adam had a terrific day in goal,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “The defense did a nice job of eliminating high percentage shots and he was all over shots from the outside.”

Linkous, an America East All-Rookie team selection in 2011, scored a season-best two goals on two occasions in his freshman campaign.

“Zach had a big day for us,” Zimmerman said. “He got us started early by scoring a couple of big goals. It was just one of those days that he was putting the ball on target and (really) cashed in on his opportunities.”

Brown added two goals and two assists for UMBC, while Johnston also had multiple points with a goal and a helper. Poe won half of his 22 draws attempted, while junior midfielder Neill Lewnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) and sophomore LSM Nathan Klein (Coquitlam, B.C.) each contributed five ground balls and two caused turnovers apiece.

DePaolera led Rutgers with two goals and two assists.

The Retrievers took an 8-7 series lead over the Scarlet Knights and avenged a 12-5 loss to RU at UMBC Stadium a year ago.

UMBC returns home on Saturday, March 3, when they host Fairfield.

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Hey Jon Gruden: Welcome to the Baltimore manure list!

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

It didn’t take long for the manure to hit the fan in Baltimore during the Monday Night Football broadcast from Cleveland on ESPN after Jon Gruden made his comments regarding the Ravens and their “historic contributions” to the NFL’s newest drive to market hideously grotesque old AFL laundry.

While swimming in the sea of obvious insensitivity and double negatives that encompass every Ravens-Browns matchup since Art Modell moved his franchise to the Charm City in 1996, Gruden uttered one of the more ignorant one-liners since Bob Trumpy wished us bad weather and cold hot dogs back in September of that fateful year: “If the Ravens wore their throwback jerseys, they’d be the Browns.”

While I was awash in the WNST Purple Haze chat room as well as scanning Twitter and Facebook, I saw that the Baltimore folks were bristling in social media during the second quarter. At halftime, I chased down Ron Jaworski, who I knew pretty well from our days working together at NFL Films on Mondays a decade ago and told him to deliver a message to Gruden for me: “If the Ravens wore their throwback jerseys, they’d ACTUALLY be blue and white with a horseshoe on them! But those were stolen from us, never to return – except of course this weekend when Peyton Manning and his group will be kind enough to come to our stadium and parade around in them in front of us for the 26th consecutive year.”

Look, I’m a Gruden fan – in virtually every way! He’s always been my favorite NFL coach and I even documented meeting him with this video two years ago at the Owners Meetings when he was still the head coach of Tampa Bay.

He’s by far the best coach-turned-broadcaster on national television and that’s in no way to be disrespectful to my partner and friend, Brian Billick.

Chucky is pretty freaking good on the air — and apparently re-upped for two more years with ESPN yesterday — but this latest comment has really chapped my ass and put him on my manure list.

Clearly, Gruden is a big lifer Cleveland Browns fan (not to mention a closet admirer of Brady Quinn, apparently) and no doubt smelled an opportunity to ingratiate himself to the Greater Ohio and Cuyahoga region while he auditions as the next coach of this or some other woebegone franchise somewhere down the road. Gruden wants to work as a head coach again. Cleveland is a better place for him to cozy up to than Baltimore at this point.

But, is Gruden this ignorant to the actual facts? Was he being insensitive or just stupid? Or was he holding “open mic” night in an audition for how much he’d love to wear ugly orange gear without a logo and a quarterback sometime in the future?

But Gruden owes Baltimore an apology. Especially this week!

Our history and “throwback” uniform will be visiting our city again this weekend awash in stolen memories, identity, colors and markings in the form of Peyton Manning, who continues to wear the laundry that was pilfered in the middle of the night more than 25 years ago.

It’s like a continual knock on the door from your ex-wife, who is flaunting what you used to have.

To hear Gruden say something as stupid as what he did on Monday night is just sad. And for Jaworski or Mike Tirico to not correct him is just as bad. And I let Jaworski know what was on my mind.

To be honest, I’m tired of hearing about what was stolen from Cleveland. I was there in the Mistake on the Lake on Monday night. For any Clevelander or fan of the Browns, NOTHING is gone, except the good judgment of Art Modell, who guided the franchise to the playoffs 17 times in 35 years, but is somehow now regarded as a buffoon even after their new franchise has only tasted the playoffs once in 11 years after being reborn with their original hideous uniforms, logo-less helmets and empty shelf space awaiting a shiny silver trophy that we’ve managed to win as a community twice.

It’s “Colts Week” here and Baltimore and so I’m especially sensitive this week.

I also spent the day with a busload of Baltimoreans at the Hall of Fame in Canton, where we’ll show you all of the “discrepancies” that still exist in the only place where the NFL’s history is “celebrated.” Just stay tuned to wnsTV for that…

Between spending the day in a museum that snubs its nose at all things Baltimore – from the records of Johnny Unitas and company under the sub-heading “Indianapolis” to the obvious disrespectful lack of acknowledgement for Art Modell’s contributions not only to the NFL but to the city of Baltimore and making us whole into perpetuity – I’m admittedly a little pissy this week.

So, how did Gruden’s comments sit with you? And how do they sit knowing that no one around here ever seems to defend anything Baltimore, including the continued banishment of Modell from a bronze bust and a moment in the sun in his ninth decade on the planet after serving the NFL for more than half of his life.

Art Modell might never get into the Hall of Fame because of cretins like Tony Grossi and his ilk, but it’s never going to stop me from yelling at full voice.

Of course, Baltimore has always seemed to get even on the field. And we did again on Monday in Cleveland. As a matter of fact, Cleveland still hasn’t scored.

But the city of losers in Ohio always seems to find the sympathy in defeat and despair that seems to be its civic calling card.

Hey Cleveland, want some whine with that cheese?

Maybe Chucky The Rat can feed it to you in a few weeks when Mangini gets shown the gate after another gloriuos 3-13 campaign?

I’ve got your “throwback jersey” right here.

Or, at least I will at 1 p.m. on Sunday…

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