Posted on 10 May 2012 by WNST Audio
Posted on 05 May 2012 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE, MD – Junior attackman Zach Palmer scored a career-high five goals and added two assists and the 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team scored nine of the game’s final 11 goals as the Blue Jays knocked off visiting Army, 13-6, at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. Johns Hopkins finishes the regular season with a record of 11-3 and seems assured of a record 41st consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament. Army ends its season at 7-8.
After Army’s Alex Van Krevel knotted the game at 4-4 early in the third quarter, Palmer and the Blue Jay offense took over. Palmer answered Van Krevel’s strike just 10 seconds later as he scored off a nice skip pass from senior Chris Boland to give Hopkins a lead that it would never relinquish. Sophomore Greg Edmonds dipped inside his defender at the top of the box and scored on the run 61 seconds later and Brandon Benn’s rebound goal 90 seconds after that gave the Blue Jays their second three-goal lead of the game.
Conor Hayes’ goal just under a minute after Benn’s tally made it 7-5, but Benn’s second goal of the game, this one off an assist from John Ranagan, and another Palmer goal made it 9-5 before Devin Lynch closed the third quarter scoring with an unassisted tally of his own to make it 9-6 entering the final period. Palmer’s goal that made it 9-5 was the latest of his highlight-reel goals this season as he went behind-the-back from in tight with a pair of defenders on him to stake JHU to its first four-goal lead of the game.
The Blue Jays, who dominated at the X throughout the game, won all five faceoffs in the fourth quarter and used that possession advantage to outscore the Black Knights 4-0 in the final 15 minutes; Palmer had a hand in all four goals.
After coming up with a loose ball in a riding situation, he went in alone on goalie Zach Palmieri and beat him low before capping another transition opportunity with his career-best fifth goal of the game off another assist from Boland to make it 11-6. Boland capped the victory with back-to-back goals in a two-minute span midway through the quarter – both off assists from Palmer – to account for the final scoring.
Army was held scoreless in the final 15 minutes to mark the 16th time this season the Blue Jay defense has held the opposition scoreless in a quarter.
A tightly contested first half saw the Blue Jays jump out to a 4-1 lead as Ranagan, Palmer, Boland a freshman Wells Stanwick all scored in the first 18 minutes of the game, but Army hung in and pulled within a goal by intermission as senior Garrett Thul’s 39th goal of the season midway through the second quarter was followed by Van Krevel’s first of the game as he blew a 14-yarder from the top of the box past Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett to account for a 4-3 score at the half.
By the time Van Krevel added his second goal just under four minutes into the third quarter, the Blue Jays had gone more than 16 minutes without scoring and the Black Knights had eaten away all of JHU’s three-goal lead. The tie last just 10 seconds before Palmer’s transition goal opened the floodgates as the Blue Jays scored on nine of their 21 second-half shots to secure their 18th consecutive victory over Army.
Palmer led the Blue Jays with his five goals and two assists as he scored on five of his seven shots in the game and had a hand in six of the nine goals Johns Hopkins scored after halftime. Boland added his 11th career hat trick as he totaled three goals and two assists, while Ranagan (1g, 2a) and Benn (2g) also added multi-point games for the Blue Jays. Junior Mike Poppleton continued to excel on faceoffs for the Blue Jays as he won 15-of-19 and grabbed a game-high six ground balls. The 15 faceoffs won match Poppleton’s career high.
Army goal two goals from Van Krevel and Lynch and one goal and one assist from Hayes, but Thul, who entered the game with 38 goals on the year, was held to just one goal and the Black Knights didn’t get a point from a non-starter.
Johns Hopkins will learn its NCAA fate on Sunday, May 6 at 9 pm when the bracket for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament is announced live on ESPNU. Johns Hopkins has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 40 years. The streak is the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in any Division I team sport.
Army (7-8) 1-2-3-0/6
#10 Johns Hopkins (11-3) 2-2-5-4/13
Goals: A: Lynch-2, Van Krevel-2, Hayes, Thul. J: Palmer-5, Boland-3, Benn-2, Ranagan, Stanwick, Edmonds.Assists: A: Glesener, Hayes. J: Boland-2, Palmer-2, Ranagan-2, Goodrich. Saves: A: Palmieri-7, Somers-1. J: Bassett-5, Burke-1, Van Syckle-0. Shots: A-24. J-37. EMO: A: 0-for-1. J: 1-for-2. Attendance: 5,130.
Posted on 28 April 2012 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Joe Cummings scored four goals and had six points on “Senior Day” to lead the No. 9 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-7 victory over Bellarmine Saturday afternoon in front of 2,507 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Terrapins improve to 9-4 on the year, while the Knights fall to 4-8.
Cummings got Maryland off to a hot start, scoring just over a minute into the game at the 13:53 mark. Redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk’s shot from the right alley was wide of the goal, but Cummings was in the right spot to scoop up the groundball and finish a shot from the left wing inside the far post.
Chanenchuk then made it a 2-0 lead for Maryland with 8:56 left in the first. Junior Owen Blye skipped the ball from behind the cage to the top right slot, where Chanenchuk stepped down and hit the low shot.
Maryland finished the first quarter off strong with junior John Haus finding senior Drew Snider cutting across the crease for the one-timer with 4:47 on the clock to push the lead to 3-0.
Cummings then added his second goal in spectacular fashion at 13:06 in the second quarter. Dodging from the right wing, he saw the Knights sliding to him and patiently waited for an opportunity. Cummings saw some daylight between the two defenders and split the double team and calmly beat Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward to the far post.
Less than a minute later Maryland increased its lead to 5-0 with Cummings on the giving end this time He found senior Michael Shakespeare in the top slot and Shakespeare finished the shot inside the left post.
Junior Kevin Cooper added to the Terps lead at the 6:24 mark. Cooper dodged down the left alley and finished the jumping left-hander low past the keeper.
Maryland finished off the scoring run with a goal at 2:10 in the second quarter. Freshman Joe LoCascio scored his second goal of the year off of another assist from Cummings. LoCascio was in the right slot and finished a side-armed shot inside the right pipe.
Bellarmine scored its first goal of the game with 1:16 remaining in the half ending a scoreless run of 28:44. Will Cary scored the goal off of an assist from Keaton Ohara to make it 7-1 going into halftime.
Junior Billy Gribbin opened up the second half scoring with two straight goals for the Terps. The first came at 13:38 when he beat his defender from behind the cage and finished from the right side. Then at 9:35 he finished a cross-crease pass from Blye to make it 9-1 Terps.
That was the start of three goals in less than 10 seconds. Bellarmine answered off the ensuring faceoff with Andrew Bulgarelli winning the draw and taking it to the cage to cut the lead to 9-2.
Six seconds later Maryland answered with a goal of its own off the faceoff. Freshman Charlie Raffa won the faceoff and pushed the break. He found Cummings on the left wing where he finished with a low-to-low shot.
Bellarmine then went on a 3-0 scoring run scoring to finish the third quarter and added another goal to start the fourth, which cut Maryland’s lead to 10-6.
The Terps then scored two goals of their own to end the run and put the game out of reach.
The first came at 5:30 in the fourth quarter when Cooper found Shakespeare on the right wing and he connected on the jump shot for his second of the game.
Then at 2:46 Cummings tied his career high with his fourth of the day when he came around the right side of the cage and finished the unassisted goal to cap off his senior day.
Bellarmine’s Austin Bright scored the final goal of the game with 55 seconds left to make the final score 12-7.
Raffa and junior Curtis Holmes controlled the faceoff X for the Terps, combining to win 15-of-23 with 11 faceoffs.
Junior Tewaaraton nominee Jesse Bernhardt continued to show why he’s considered to be one of the top defenders in the nation with six groundballs and a caused turnover. Sophomore Michael Ehrhardt also had a solid day on the defensive end of the field with two groundballs and two caused turnovers.
The game marked the final regular season home game for seven Maryland seniors: Cummings, MJ Leonard, David Miller, Pat Morrison, Tim Shaeffer, Shakespeare and Snider.
Maryland wraps up the regular season on Saturday, May 5 when it plays at No. 10 Colgate with the opening faceoff set for 1:00 p.m. at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y.
• With today’s 12-7 win, Maryland is now 4-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine.
• With six points on four goals and two assists, senior Joe Cummings now has 12 hat tricks, 29 multi-point, 21 multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• With his six points, Cummings moves into 36th on the all-time points list at Maryland with 106.
• With two points on two goals, senior Michael Shakespeare now has seven multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, junior Owen Blye now has 19 multi-point and 10 multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Kevin Cooper now has nine multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Billy Gribbin now has seven multi-point and four multi-goal games for his Maryland career.
• Maryland shutout the Knights in the first quarter, which marks the sixth time this season the Terps have held an opponent scoreless for a quarter.
Posted on 27 April 2012 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The No. 9 Maryland men’s lacrosse team closes out its regular season home slate by hosting Bellarmine on Saturday, April 28, at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Faceoff is scheduled for noon.
• The game will mark the final regular season game for seven Terrapin seniors: Joe Cummings, MJ Leonard, David Miller, Pat Morrison, Tim Shaeffer, Michael Shakespeare and Drew Snider. The 2012 senior class has compiled a 43-20 (.683) record during its time in College Park, helped bring the Terps the 2011 ACC Championship and were key to Maryland’s run to the 2011 NCAA championship game. They have also helped Maryland to three NCAA tournament bids with a fourth a near certainty when the 2012 field is announced on May 6.
• Maryland (8-4, 1-2 ACC) is coming off of a 12-8 victory at Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday, April 25. Senior Joe Cummings became just the 38th player in the 87-year history of the Maryland men’s lacrosse program to reach 100 career points with four points on three goals and an assist vs. the Mount. Owen Blye led the Terps with five points on two goals and three assists.
• The Knights are 4-7 on the year and are coming off of a 9-8 victory over Detroit Mercy on April 21. Bellarmine opened the season winning three of its first five games, but then went on a five-game losing skid before beating the Titans. This season the Knights are led by senior midfielder Colton Clark, who has 30 points on 18 goals and 12 assists. Junior attackman Michael Ward is the team leader in goals with 22. Junior Dylan Ward has started all 11 of Bellarmine’s 11 games in cage and has a .515 save percentage and a 10.25 goals-against average.
The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 89 of the 97 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .918 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 107-24 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .817 winning percentage.
8 … Owen Blye needs eight points to reach 75 for his career.
7 … Seven Terps will be playing in their final regular season game at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
6 … Joe Cummings has had six games this season with at least three points.
5 … Niko Amato is fifth in the lastest NCAA rankings with a 6.94 goals-against average.
4 … This will be the Terps’ fourth meeting all-time with Bellarmine.
3 … Three Terps have totaled 20 or more points so far this season.
2 … Goran Murray is just the second close defender to be named the ACC Freshman of the Year in the last 12 years.
1 … Head coach John Tillman is 1-0 all-time vs. Bellarmine.
• John Tillman is in his fifth season as a head coach, and second with the Terps, with a 40-28 career record for a 58.8 winning percentage. Tillman is 20-9 (.690) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.
• Bellarmine’s Kevin Burns is in his first season as a head coach and has a 4-7 (.364) record at Bellarmine.
• This will be Tillman’s second game vs. the Knights as a head coach. He is 1-0 vs. Bellarmine, winning 12-8 in College Park in his first season as Maryland’s head coach.
Series History vs. Bellarmine
• There’s not much of a series history, but Maryland holds an 3-0 advantage in it.
• Last season the Terps hosted Bellarmine in a Monday matinee and Maryland, behind hat tricks by seniors Travis Reed and Ryan Young, raced out to an 11-3 lead through three quarters and won the game 12-8. Niko Amato played the first three quarters and made eight saves, while allowing just three goals.
• Maryland played its 2010 season opener at Bellarmine as the Knights dedicated the plaza area of its stadium to Jack McGetrick, the former head coach who founded the Knights’ lacrosse program. McGetrick passed away from prostate cancer in October of 2010. The Terps went on to win their 17th straight season opener, 11-6, behind four different Maryland players each scoring a pair of goals. Grant Catalino led the way with six points on two goals and four assists. Brian Phipps made 12 saves to lead the Terrapin defense.
• The first meeting between the two clubs came in the 2007 season opener with the Terps taking an 11-6 victory at Maryland’s Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The game was the Terrapin debut for some highly touted freshmen and they did not disappoint. Long pole Brian Farrell scored twice in his college debut to go along with four groundballs. Goalie Brian Phipps was pressed into duty from the start due to injuries to Harry Alford and Jason Carter, but he responded with nine saves and three groundballs to pick up his first career victory. Overall, 11 different Terps registered points in the game, led by attackmen Michael Phipps and Max Ritz, who had three apiece.
Bernhardt, Murray Earn Annual ACC Awards
• Junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt and freshman defender Goran Murray were among the five student-athletes recognized as recipients of the annual ACC men’s lacrosse individual awards, the conference announced Tuesday.
• Bernhardt, a native of Longwood, Fla., shares the inaugural ACC Defensive Player of the Year award with Duke’s CJ Costabile. Bernhardt, who is also a 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, leads the Terps with 22 caused turnovers and leads the conference with 2.0 caused turnovers per game. He is also averaging 3.3 groundballs per game and is the captain of a Maryland defense that currently ranks seventh in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 7.45 goals per game.
• Murray, a native of Merion Station, Pa., becomes the seventh Terp to be named the ACC Freshman of the Year. He is the first since 2007 when Brian Phipps earned the honor and the first Maryland defender since Michael Howley won the honor. Murray was a long-pole midfielder coming into preseason practice, but was converted to close defense and has become Maryland’s shutdown defender. Murray has started all 11 games for the Terps and became the first freshman close defender to start a season opener since 2008. He currently ranks sixth in the conference with 1.1 caused turnovers per game.
• Virginia senior Steele Stanwick earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Duke’s John Danowski was named the ACC Coach of the Year.
League-Best Four Terps Named To All-ACC Team
• Maryland placed a league-high four players on the 2012 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team, which was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Senior attackman Joe Cummings and sophomore goalie Niko Amato made the team for the second-straight season, while junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt and junior midfielder John Haus are first-time selections.
• All four ACC men’s programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the four head coaches. Maryland’s four honorees were the most by any school. Duke and Virginia each had three selections, while North Carolina had one player make the team.
• Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse family last season with the passing of Maria Young on April 17.
• This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.
• If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.
• Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.
• If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.
Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 89 of the 97 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .918 winning percentage.
• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.
Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.6 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.
• Since 2002 Maryland is 107-24 in games, for a .817 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 172 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.6 percent of the time.
Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 8-4 on the year and has shot 30% or better in seven of its eight victories.
Hartford: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30%
at Georgetown: 16 goals, 41 shots = 39.0%
Duke: 10 goals, 28 shots = 35.7%
at UMBC: 7 goals, 30 shots = 23.3%
Marist: 17 goals, 43 shots = 39.5%
Villanova: 11 goals, 31 shots = 35.5%
at North Carolina: 10 goals, 35 shots = 28.6%
Virginia: 8 goals, 32 shots = 25%
Navy: 13 goals, 52 shots = 25%
at Johns Hopkins: 9 goals, 28 shots = 32.1%
vs. Duke: 5 goals, 31 shots = 16.1%
at Mount St. Mary’s: 12 goals, 29 shots = 41.4%
• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 52-3 (.945) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The first game Maryland lost during that stretch was a 13-10 decision to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas). The second loss came in 2010 in the controversial 11-10 loss to No. 1 Virginia on April 3. The Terps shot 10 of 33 for 30.3%. The most recent came on April 16, 2011 in a 12-11 overtime loss to No. 3 Johns Hopkins.
• With four points in the Terps’ 12-8 win at Mount St. Mary’s on April 25, senior attackman Joe Cummings became a member of an elite club at Maryland – The 100-Point Club. Cummings became just the 38th player in the program’s 87-year history to reach the 100 point plateau.
• Since men’s lacrosse became a fully-recognized championship sport by the NCAA in 1971 only 25 Maryland players have reached 100 career points. (Players who played their entire careers in the championship era).
• Cummings also joined another elite club with his 11th career hat trick at The Mount, becoming one of just 20 Terrapins players to have scored at least 75 career goals. He currently stands in 19th on the career goals list at Maryland with 77.
• Since 2002 only nine players (for a total of 15 times) have totaled 30 points or more in the first 12 games of a season. Only one of those is on the 2012 team.
• Joe Cummings has been a consistent threat during his tenure as a Terp, but since moving to his natural position of attack this season he has been an even more potent point producer. Through nine games Cummings has 34 points on 22 goals and 12 assists. Last year as a midfielder he had 26 points on 24 goals and two assists through 12 games.
Youth Is Served
• Maryland started two sophomores (Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper) and a freshman (Goran Murray) at close defense in the 2012 season-opening win over Hartford. The last time Maryland’s defense had two sophomore and one freshman starting was 2005 when sophomores Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill started alongside freshman Joe Cinosky. The first game that group started together was April 23, 2005 at Fairfield (a 9-6 Terrapin win).
• Goran Murray became the first Maryland freshman to start at close defense in a season opener since 2008 when Max Schmidt started in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.
• Junior Curtis Holmes’ 19-of-20 (.950) performance facing-off vs. Hartford in the 2012 season opener is just the fifth time since 2000 that a Maryland face-off man has won at least 90% of his draws with at least 10 attempts.
• Holmes joins Andy Claxton and Brian Haggerty as the only Terps with multiple games of 19 or more face-off wins. Claxton did it three times (27 at Towson in 1991, 21 vs. Duke in 1991 and 19 at Brown in 1991), while Haggerty did it twice (20 vs. Butler in 1998 and 19 vs. Virginia in 1998). Holmes had 20 wins vs. Georgetown last season to go along with his 19 vs. the Hawks, which makes him the only Terp to win 19 or more face-offs in different seasons.
• The last 90% performance was in 2008 when Bryn Holmes, Curtis’ older brother, won 9-of-10 face-offs at Mount St. Mary’s.
• The last time a Terp faced-off with a winning percentage above 90% was on March 21, 2006 when David Tamberrino won 12-of-13 in a 14-2 win over Dartmouth.
Best Face-Off Performances Since 2000
Curtis Holmes – 19/20 (.950) vs. Hartford 2/18/12
Brian Carroll – 12/13 (.923) at Delaware 3/17/01
Davin Tamberrino – 12/13 (.923) vs. Dartmouth 3/21/06
Jeremy Pastula – 11/12 (.917) at Towson 3/8/03
Bryn Holmes – 9/10 (.900) at Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/08
Bryn Holmes – 12/14 (.857) vs. Presbyterian 2/13/09
Brian Carroll – 11/13 (.846) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/02
Bryn Holmes – 11/13 (.846) vs. Air Force 2/14/09
Ryan Moran – 10/12 (.833) vs. Bucknell 3/11/03
Will Dalton – 18/22 (.818) vs. Vermont 2/20/07
Curtis Holmes – 17/21 (.810) vs. Detroit Mercy 2/19/11
The 700 Club
• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.
• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.
Terps’ 87th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 736-251-4 (.745), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.
• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010’s for a .735 winning percentage.
The Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 42 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 23-19 (.548) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.
• The Terps will have at least four games (at UNC, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins, at ACC tournament) Maryland will play on ESPNU in 2012.
The Stretch: Carolina, Virginia, Navy, Hopkins
• Since 1978 Maryland’s schedule has been highlighted by a four-game stretch in the middle of its season: North Carolina, Virginia, Navy and Johns Hopkins. In the 35-year span only four times has the stretch been interrupted with another game added in between one of these traditional four (1981, 1997, 2001, 2003).
• Overall, Maryland is 64-76 (.457) since 1978 vs. those four teams during that time.
• The Terps have swept the four games only once – in 1987. Only twice (1981 & 1988) has Maryland lost all four games. Six times (1978, 1979, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001) the Terps have won three of the four games. Johns Hopkins broke up the Terps’ bid for a perfect stretch four times, while Carolina and Virginia broke it up one time each.
• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 87 seasons. The 2012 season added Hartford (a 12-6 win on 2/18) and will add Marist (3/10) to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.
Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has a 83-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.
• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)
19 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Hartford to open the 2012 season the Terps have an 19-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s, Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 19-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 267-99 (an average score of 14.1-5.2) in those games.
• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 18 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• The 11-9 victory over Duke on April 24, 2011 was the 10th of the year for Maryland, giving it nine straight seasons with double-digit wins. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1Scourse.com).
• How does that stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (9): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (10-3), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Cornell (7): 2011 (12-3), 2010 (12-6), 2009 (11-3), 2008 (11-4), 2007 (15-1), 2006 (11-3), 2005 (11-3)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (10-1), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (5): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)
A Family Affair
• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.
Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11
Three Taken In MLL Draft
• Three University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the highest pick, being selected with the 12th overall selection by the Hamilton Nationals. Midfielder/attackman Joe Cummings was the next Terp taken, going 17th overall to the Rochester Rattlers (his rights have since been traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks). Midfielder Drew Snider went 45th overall by the Bayhawks.
2012 Team Captains
• Five players have been named team captains for the 2012 season. The quintet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. Blye and Jesse Bernhardt are the first pair of juniors to be named team captains since Bob Ott and Randy Ratliff were among four captains in 1978.
Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff
Navy Home Football Games To Kick At 3:30 PM And Will Be Televised Live By CBS Sports Network
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The five home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will kickoff at 3:30 PM and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.
Navy will kick-off the 2012 season on Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland against Notre Dame. The game will be played at Aviva Stadium, located in the heart of Dublin, and marks the first time the stadium has hosted an American football game.
It will also be the first time in program history that Navy has opened up against Notre Dame and the second time the two teams have met in Dublin. Navy played the Irish at Croke Park in Dublin in 1996. The game will be broadcast by CBS Sports and kick at 2:00 PM in Dublin, which is 9:00 AM on the East Coast.
After a week off, the Mids will travel to Happy Valley on Sept. 15 to take on Bill O’Brien’s Penn State Nittany Lions. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1974 when Navy shocked Penn State in State College, 7-6. A kickoff time has not yet been announced by Penn State and the BIG Ten Conference.
VMI comes to town on Sept. 22 for the home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It will be the ninth meeting between the two schools and the first since 2003 when Navy defeated the Keydets, 37-10, in the season opener.
The Mids will have revenge on their minds when San Jose State comes calling on Sept. 29. Last fall, the Spartans eliminated the Midshipmen from bowl contention with a 27-24 victory in San Jose.
Navy will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy on Oct. 6. The Falcons won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy last year thanks to a 35-34 overtime victory over Navy in Annapolis. Air Force and the Mountain West Conference have not yet released a game time.
The Mids will travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. the following week, as Navy will play at Central Michigan on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN2. It will be the first time Navy has played at Central Michigan and the first time Navy has played in the state of Michigan since 2006 when the Mids beat Eastern Michigan at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Indiana Hoosiers come to Annapolis the following week (Oct. 20) for Homecoming. It will be just the third time in school history that the two teams have met and it will be Indiana’s first trip to Annapolis. The Hoosiers will be the first Big 10 team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since Northwestern beat Navy in 2002.
East Carolina will play host to Navy on Oct. 27 in Greenville. The Pirates knocked off Navy last year in a thriller, 38-35. East Carolina and Conference USA have not yet announced a game time.
Navy and Florida Atlantic will meet on the gridiron for the first time the following week as new head coach Carl Pelini brings his Owls North to Annapolis on Nov. 3.
Navy will make its first trip to Troy, Ala. on Nov. 10 when the Mids take on the Troy Trojans. Navy defeated Troy last year, 42-14. Troy and the Sun Belt Conference have not yet announced a game time.
The home finale takes place on Nov. 17, when Dennis Franchione and the Texas State Bobcats come to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Senior Day.
The 2012 Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA will take place at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 8. Navy leads the all-time series, 56-49-7, and has won a series-record 10-consecutive games against the Black Knights. CBS has not announced a game time as of yet.
Season tickets are on sale now for $180. Standing room only tickets for the grass hill located at the North end zone of Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium are $100 for the season and the Billy the Kid Package (age 12 and under) is $60 forstanding room only tickets for the grass hill. Children two and under do not need a ticket unless the child is occupying a sea. You can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by going to www.navysports.com.
For information about how to get CBS Sports Network, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com
2012 Navy Football Schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Notre Dame (Dublin, Ireland)
Sept. 15 at Penn State
Sept. 22 VMI
Sept. 29 at San Jose State
Oct. 6 at Air Force
Oct. 13 at Central Michigan
Oct. 20 Indiana (Homecoming)
Oct. 27 at East Carolina
Nov. 3 Florida Atlantic
Nov. 10 at Troy
Nov. 17 Texas State
Dec. 8 vs. Army (Philadelphia)
Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff
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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.
Posted on 13 April 2012 by WNST Staff
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