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Stevenson Routs Frostburg State on Senior Night

Posted on 18 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) finished with five points on three goals and two assists while senior Doug Reidt (Towson, Md./Herford) won 8-of-8 face-offs as the fourth-ranked Mustangs posted a 17-4 victory over Frostburg State Wednesday at Mustang Stadium on Senior Night.

With the win, the Mustangs (13-3, 7-1 CAC) secured the No. 2-seed and a first-round bye in the 2012 CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship which begins this Saturday. As a result, Stevenson will host a semifinal contest next Wednesday, April 25.

The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game as the Mustangs outscored the Bobcats 9-1 while winning 9-of-11 face-offs and
holding a 15-3 advantage in shots. Eight different players scored in the quarter for Stevenson, including freshman Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) who scored twice.

The Mustangs led 12-3 at the half before back-to-back goals from junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) sparked a 5-0 run as they
stretched the lead to 17-3 after three.

Reid finished the game with three goals while senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) each had two goals and one assist. Junior Andrew Bishop (Lothian, Md./Southern) scored twice, netting his first two goals since he also had two on March 24 at Mary Washington.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made three saves in his 33 minutes in goal and was one of five goalies used by Stevenson. Junior Mark Salerno (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) also had three saves while freshman Alex Hrycak (Gaithersburg,
Md./Gaithersburg) made his first career appearance.

Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) totaled four caused turnovers and three ground balls while picking up his
second assist of the season from his defensive position.

The Mustangs held their opponent to four goals or less for the fifth time this season.

Four different players had one goal apiece for Frostburg State (2-14, 0-8 CAC) while Alex Sharrer made 12 saves.

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Salisbury Stages Dramatic Rally to Top Stevenson

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Salisbury’s Matt Cannone scored his fourth goal of the game with just 11 seconds remaining to cap an 8-1 as the No. 1-ranked Sea Gulls rallied from a six-goal deficit over the final 15:45 to post an 11-10 victory over fourth-ranked Stevenson Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.

The loss snapped an 18-game conference winning streak for the Mustangs (12-3, 6-1 CAC) and was their first in nine games at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson led 9-3 with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter following the second goal of the game from freshman Stephen Banick
(Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) off an assist from sophomore defender Warren Pumphrey (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s).

However, Salisbury (15-0, 7-0 CAC) scored the next three goals in a span of just 1:01, including two from Tony Mendes, to pull within
three at 9-6.

Menendes, Matt Cannone and Ryan Clarke combined to score the last eight goals for the Sea Gulls with three each coming from Cannone and Mendes.

Salisbury outscored the Mustangs 6-1 in the fourth quarter while winning 6-of-7 face-offs and holding a 13-2 edge in shots. For the game, the Sea Gulls won 14-of-21 face-offs and outshot Stevenson 39-28, including 24-11 in the second half.

The game featured 18 penalities including for a total of 16:30, but neither team could capitalize as they went a combined 3-17 on extra-man opportunities.  The two teams also combined for three man-down goals.

Banick totaled two goals and three assists for a game-high five points while senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) finished with a career-high three goals. Sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had two goals.

Cannone also had a game-high five points with four goals and one assist while Mendes also netted four goals. Clarke had two goals and
two assists.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) finished with a season-high 13 saves, including nine in the first half. His
counterpart Alex Taylor finished with nine saves.

Stevenson reutrns to action on Wednesday, April 18 as the Mustangs host a CAC contest versus Frostburg State on Senior Day. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

- Stevenson Men’s Lacrosse -

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Navy Drops Star Game Decision at Army

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army senior midfielder Devin Lynch broke a 6-6 tie with a goal at the 9:51 mark in the fourth quarter, as the Black Knights (6-6, 3-2 Patriot League) outscored Navy (5-6, 3-3 Patriot League) 3-0 in the final stanza en route to a 9-6 victory over the Midshipmen on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.

The game featured four ties, but Navy never led in a game that saw Army win its fourth straight against the Midshipmen.

“This game was every bit as intense as I thought it would be,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “It was a hard fought battle, but in the end, they made the plays they needed to to get the win.

“We made some runs, but we could never get the lead.  We fought and we hung in there, but the turnovers and faceoffs in the fourth quarter just played into the hands of Army.”

In a see-saw affair, Army junior attackman Garrett Thul punched in his first of a career-high tying five goals to put the Black Knights on the scoreboard first at 9:29 in the first quarter.  Navy answered with 29.5 seconds left in the quarter when sophomore attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) beat Army senior defender Larry LoRusso and cut to the middle where he sent a diving shot past keeper Zach Palmieri.

Army took a 2-1 advantage five minutes into the second quarter when Navy senior defenseman Ian Crumley (Oakton, Va.) threw an errant clearing pass right into the stick of Thul at the midline.  Thul took off running, sticking his shot past Navy senior goaltender RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.).

The Mids won the ensuing faceoff with second-year pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) finding sophomore attackman Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) anchored on the right crease where he produced his third goal of the year and knotted the game at two apiece.

Less than a minute later, the Black Knights grabbed the lead for the third time when rookie midfielder John Glesener sent a 15-yard shot top shelf on Wickham.  Army pushed its lead to two, 4-2, when defenseman Austin Miller (North Bethesda, Md.) was slow to slide and Andrew Boyd fired in his 12th goal of the season at the 6:08 mark.

Navy would trim the lead to one by the end of the half when sophomore midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) scaled the crease and sent his diving underhand shot past Palmieri.

Thul set the tone in the second half, scoring his third goal of the afternoon at the 12:28 mark off an assist from Glesener.

The Mids, however, rallied to score three of the next four goals, including goals just a minute apart.  Junior Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) nailed a wide open shot from 10 yards out at the 11:23 mark, followed by a perfectly executed play between rookie Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) and sophomore middie Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.).  Hoffstadt set up shop 15 yards up the middle from the goal, sending his pass to Voumard who was positioned on the crease and pumped in his fifth goal of the year.

Thul once again provided the go-ahead goal (6-5) for the Black Knights when Glesener fed him from 12 yards out on the left side with 5:52 to go.

Kiernan, one of the nation’s top-scoring defensive point producers, fought to win the ensuing faceoff and charged towards the cage where he scored his seventh goal of the year and tied the game for the fourth time at 6-6.

On the year, Kiernan has produced 10 points with seven goals and three assists.  The 10 points and the seven goals are the most by any defenseman in program history.  Meanwhile, he has recorded 11-career points on eight goals and three assists which ranks eighth among the nation’s active defensemen.

Lynch scored what would be the game-winner at 9:51 in the fourth, threading his shot past Kiernan and Wickham from seven yards out on the left wing.  It’s the second-straight week that Lynch would be responsible for a game-winner, as he scored the game-clincher in Army’s double-overtime win over Bucknell in Lewisburg last Saturday.  Thul not only scored the insurance goal at 5:59, he pumped it in on a crowd-pleasing over-the-shoulder shot.  Lynch salted the game away with a goal with 2:29 remaining in the contest.

The fourth quarter spelled trouble for the Mids, as Army owned the advantage in nearly every statistical category. The Black Knights outshot Navy, 13-5, owned a 3-1 faceoff edge and the Mids turned the ball over four times to Army’s once.

Navy’s six goals were scored by six different players and all were first-time scorers against Army.  Both Jones and Kiernan finished with two points with one goal and one assist.  Defensively, Wickham produced 12 saves and became just the sixth player in program history to reach the 450-career save milestone.  He has turned aside 461 over his four-year career.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my team and its effort,” added Sowell.  “We’ve been through a lot this year and at times it hasn’t been easy, but I feel like brighter days are ahead for the program.”

The Midshipmen will play their season finale next Saturday when they play host to third-ranked Johns Hopkins at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 12:00 pm.  The contest will be televised live by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.

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New Penn State Coach O’Brien to Visit Baltimore in May

Posted on 12 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Penn State Coaches Caravan To Hit The Road This Spring

Coaches Bill O’Brien and Patrick Chambers to Headline Seven State Bus Tour

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 11, 2012 – The Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association will team up to provide fans the chance to meet and hear from some of the leaders of Penn State Athletics this spring when the Penn State Coaches Caravan hits the road for destinations across Nittany Nation, encompassing seven states and Washington, D.C.

Nittany Lion football coach Bill O’Brien will headline the bus tour of many Penn State alumni strongholds across Pennsylvania and the East Coast. The first-year head coach is scheduled to participate in all 18 Coaches Caravan stops across nine days in late April and early May.

O’Brien will be joined by several other Penn State head coaches on varying Coaches Caravan stops, including Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers during the first week, which begins with two events in Philadelphia on Monday, April 30.

O’Brien and selected coaches will speak and answer questions from Penn State fans at every Coaches Caravan stop. Field hockey coach Char Morett also is confirmed for Philadelphia and other Penn State head coaches and the events they are attending will be announced later this month.

The Penn State Coaches Caravan will feature two stops on each of nine days of the tour spread over three consecutive weeks this spring, starting April 30 in Philadelphia. Three of the Coaches Caravan events will be held at Penn State Commonwealth campuses in Altoona, Erie and Hazleton.

Complete details and registration information for every stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour are available at www.GoPSUsports.com and www.alumni.psu.edu/coachescaravan.

Penn State Coaches Caravan schedule:

April 30      Philadelphia (lunch)

                          Drexel Hill, Pa. (evening)

May 1         Baltimore (lunch)

                          Washington, D.C. (evening)

May 2         Richmond, Va. (breakfast)

                          Harrisburg/Hershey, Pa. (evening)

May 8         Penn State Hazleton (lunch)

                          Lehigh Valley, Pa. (evening)

May 9         Woodbridge, N.J. (lunch)

                          New York City (evening)

May 10       Hartford, Conn. (lunch)

                          Scranton, Pa. (evening)

May 14       Penn State Altoona (breakfast)

                          Pittsburgh (evening)

May 15       Youngstown, Ohio (lunch)

                          Cleveland, Ohio (evening)

May 16       Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (lunch)

                          Buffalo, N.Y. (evening)

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Big First Half For Stevenson in Win Over Denison

Posted on 08 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) scored all four of his goals in the first half as the sixth-ranked Mustangs built an 8-2 halftime lead before holding off a late rally by No. 8 Denison for their sixth-straight win Saturday, 12-9 at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (11-2) outshot the Big Red 32-13 in the first half, including 19-5 in the first quarter while scoring seven second-quarter goals.

The Mustangs improved their record to 8-0 at home this season and 3-2 against teams ranked in the USILA Division III Coaches’ Poll.

Denison (9-1) was one of just four remaining undefeated teams in Division III entering Saturday, joining No. 1 Salisbury, No. 2 SUNY Cortland and Lyndon State.

Lea finished the game with a career-high six points while tying his career-high with four goals for the second consecutive game. In three games since returning from a broken hand that forced him to miss eight of the team’s first 10 games, Lea has totaled 10 goals and 13 points.

Lea scored four of Stevenson’s first eight goals as it built a six-goal lead at the half. He then assisted on the Mustangs’ final two tallies just 27 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to push the team’s lead to five with 6:00 remaining after Denison cut its deficit to 10-7.

After junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) scored to give Stevenson its largest lead of the game at 9-2, the Big Red responded with five of the next six goals, including two from Eddie Vita to pull Denison within three.

Vita and Chapin Speidel each had three goals for the Big Red who entered the game with nation’s fifth-best scoring offense.

Lea was one of eight different goal scorers for the Mustangs. Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) had two while Reid finished with a goal and an assist. Freshman Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) had two assists.

Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) led the Stevenson defense with four caused turnovers while senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had six saves.

Senior Doug Reidt (Towson, Md./Hereford) won 12-of-23 face-offs and totaled seven ground balls.

Stevenson travels to Marymount (Va.) on Wednesday. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator Fighting Championships 64 (Friday 8pm from Windsor, Ontario, Canada live on MTV2); Women’s College Lacrosse: Maryland @ North Carolina (Saturday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPN3.com); Soccer: Team USA Women vs. Brazil (Tuesday 7am from Chiba, Japan live on ESPN2), MLS-Seattle Sounders @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm RFK Stadium)

10. Alabama Shakes (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Cody Canada/Shooter Jennings (Friday 8pm Recher Theatre); Kevin Costner & Modern West (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Snow Patrol (Friday 7pm Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Of Monsters And Men “My Head Is An Animal” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be at RHL Saturday night because I’m ALL IN…

I wish I could tell you I enjoyed The Moody Blues. Sadly I do not. But here’s this because there’s not much going on this week…

Now here’s Snow Patrol. Look, if Paul McCartney was playing this week I’d post something of his…

I think I posted the studio version of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men last week. But I’m posting them again this week because THEY’RE REALLY FREAKING GOOD…

9. Mike Epps (Saturday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); Kevin James (Wednesday 7:30pm Warner Theatre); Royal Comedy Tour feat. Bruce Bruce, Sommore, Mark Curry, Earthquake (Saturday 8pm Show Place Arena); “War Horse” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “American Reunion” out in theaters (Friday)

We’re going to see “American Reunion” Thursday night/Friday morning at midnight in White Marsh. If you’re not going to see “American Reunion” Thursday night/Friday morning at midnight you’re a terrible human being and I don’t want to be your friend. So just make it simple and come with us. We’ll probably hit Tilted Kilt before then.

But honestly, if you don’t go see this movie you’re just the worst person of all time…

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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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