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Big first quarter lifts Terps LAX past Penn State

Posted on 04 April 2015 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Matt Rambo led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists to guide the No. 3 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory over Penn State in front of 4, 052 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Terrapins also celebrated the careers of eight seniors: Mike Bender, Jay Carlson, Bobby Gribbin, Casey Ikeda, Joe LoCascio, Eric Parnon, Charlie Raffa and Zack Wholley

With the victory, the Terps improved to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten Conference play, while the Nittany Lions fell to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Maryland wasted no time in opening up a 3-0 lead in the first 5:14 of the first quarter with all three goals coming from the starting attack.

Sophomore Dylan Maltz got things started with an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the game. Senior Carlson made it a 2-0 lead at the 11:35 mark, finishing off a nice feed from Rambo. Rambo then netted his first at 9:26 with an assist coming from Maltz.

Penn State’s Mike Sutton scored his first of three goals on the afternoon to stem the tide for a moment with 7:56 left in the first, but Maryland then went on a 5-0 run to open up an 8-1 lead.

Sophomore Isaiah Davis-Allen scooped up the groundball off the faceoff following Sutton’s goal and scored his third goal of the season. After a Bryan Cole goal make it a 5-1 Terrapin lead, senior Ikeda triggered Maryland’s transition game and assisted on Rambo’s second goal of the day.

Junior Henry West scored his first of two on the day at the 2:14 mark and Carlson finished the run with his second goal with 38 seconds left on the clock.

Sutton gave Penn State a lift as the first quarter came to a close, beating the clock with a shot to make it an 8-2 game going into the second quarter.

Only one goal was added in the second quarter and that came on a 6-on-4 extra-man opportunity for the Nittany Lions at the 4:37 mark.

Maryland answered back in the third quarter with a pair of goals. Sophomore Colin Heacock took a slick feed from Rambo and slipped an extra-man goal past Nittany Lion goalie Connor Darcy less than a minute into the third. Rambo then finished his hat trick by scoring off of a feed from Carlson with 12:23 left on the third quarter clock.

The Terps and Nittany Lions traded off goals in the fourth quarter. LoCascio opened the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal at the 12:34 mark. After Sutton finished his hat trick at 11:34, West scored his final tally of the game at the 9:25 mark. Penn State’s Mike Aronow closed out the scoring with 1:58 left on the clock.

Maryland’s defensive dominance continued through this game as the Terps limited the Nittany Lions to just 20 shots. Junior goalie Kyle Bernlohr finished the day with 8 saves and allowed four goals. Redshirt freshman Dan Morris played the final 6:53 and made three stops.

Sophomore Jon Garino was solid at the faceoff X winning 8-of-10 draws with a game-high seven groundballs.

Maryland has a quick turnaround as it hosts in-state foe Loyola on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game between the Terps and the Greyhounds will be streamed live on BTN2Go.com.

Game Notes:

– Maryland improved to 30-0 all-time against Penn State.

– The Terps won their 30th consecutive game when scoring at least 10 goals.

– The Terps held Michigan scoreless for a stretch of 21:44 – the ninth time in 10 games Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.

– Maryland moved to 49-3 all-time under John Tillman when leading at halftime.

– Maryland is 5-0 this season against unranked opponents.

– Matt Rambo tied his career high with two assists. He now has nine hat tricks, 10 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.

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Princeton rallies late to top Hopkins LAX in overtime

Posted on 28 February 2015 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

BALTIMORE, MD – The 18th-ranked Princeton men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-0 lead, then fought back from a two-goal deficit in the final seven minutes before knocking off 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 16-15, on a Gavin McBride extra-man goal with 1:07 remaining in overtime at Homewood Field Saturday. The win improves the Tigers’ record to 3-0 on the year, while the Blue Jays slip to 2-3 with the loss.

The 31 combined goals are the most in a Johns Hopkins-Princeton game since 1994 and this is the first time in the 85-game series history that both teams have scored 15 or more goals.

Hopkins bailed itself out of the early seven-goal deficit and finally took its first lead of the game on a Ryan Brown goal with 9:16 remaining. When freshman Joel Tinney spun inside a defender and scored on a nifty dodge from the side, the Blue Jays had a 14-12 lead and had outscored Princeton 14-5 since digging themselves the early seven-goal hole.

But, in a game of runs and as quickly as the Blue Jays had turned a 12-10 deficit into the 14-12 lead with a four-goal spree that took less than five minutes, the Tigers struck twice to knot things at 14. An unassisted goal by Zach Currier just 65 seconds after Tinney’s strike made it 14-13 and McBride split a pair of defenders and got in tight to knot the game with just over five minutes remaining.

Still, the Blue Jays grgoalie abbed a 15-14 lead when Tinney completed his first career hat trick with a 12-yard bouncer that eluded Princeton Eric Sanschagrin with 2:13 remaining.

That set the stage for the late-game heroics that forced overtime and the extra-session game-winner from McBride.

Princeton had the final possession of regulation and called timeout with 32 seconds remaining. Two shots that missed the cage were followed by a quick feed to the crease from Mike MacDonald that Ryan Ambler shoveled home with seven seconds left in regulation.

A violation on the opening faceoff of overtime gave Princeton possession and the Blue Jays drew a pair of flags, including a two-minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal body check.

Hopkins got a big save from Eric Schneider on a Kip Orban shot while still playing two men short and the Blue Jays nearly cleared the ball before turning it over under pressure. A successful clear by the Tigers kept the pressure on with Hopkins still trying to kill the final 30 seconds of the longer penalty and Princeton finally capitalized with 67 seconds remaining in the first overtime when Riley Thompson slipped a pass across the crease to McBride, who flipped the game-winner into the open net on the backside.

A late-game rally didn’t seem like it would be necessary 10 minutes into the game as the Tigers had their 7-0 lead by then as MacDonald had a hat trick and Orban had a pair before Hopkins finally broke through. In all, Princeton scored on seven of eight first-quarter shots.

A Brown goal for Johns Hopkins finally halted the Tigers’ run with 3:46 to play in the first quarter; Brown’s goal ignited a six-goal run for the Blue Jays that took less than nine minutes and included five consecutive extra-man goals.

Holden Cattoni closed the first quarter with an extra-man strike and then added another less than a minute into the second quarter before Blue Jay freshman Patrick Fraser put on an impressive shooting display with three straight extra-man goals in a span of just 80 seconds. His third goal capped the six-goal run and made it 7-6.

In a game full of runs, it was the Tigers’ turn to answer as McBride, Ambler and Orban all scored in the final five minutes of the first half with only another goal by Cattoni answering for the Blue Jays during that time to account for a 10-7 Tiger lead at the half.

The seven-goal deficit was a memory less than seven minutes into the second half as Tinney scored the first of his three second-half goals, Wells Stanwick got his hands free and scored on a dodge from behind and Brown blew home a 12-yarder.

Ambler and Orban gave Princeton a 12-10 lead as they bridged the third and fourth quarters with consecutive Tiger goals. Hopkins answered with the four-goal run that gave them the 14-12 lead. That run was ultimately answered and capped by McBride’s game-winner that sealed the seventh straight win in the series by the visiting team.

Princeton got all 16 of its goals and 11 of its 13 assists on the day from its starting attack and first midfield unit. Orban punched up six points on four goals and two assists, while Ambler, MacDonald and McBride added three goals and two assists each.

Five different players had exactly four points for Johns Hopkins as Fraser’s career-best four goals led the way, while Tinney and Brown added three goals and one assist. Stanwick and Crawley both punched up one goal and three assists to round out JHU’s four-point performers. Cattoni was just behind with his three-goal effort.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday, March 7 when Navy visits Homewood Field. Princeton will play at Maryland the same day.

#18 Princeton (3-0) 7-3-1-4-1/16

#12 Johns Hopkins (2-3) 2-5-3-5-0/15

Goals: P: Orban-4, MacDonald-3, Ambler-3, McBride-3, Currier-2, Hardej. J: Fraser-4, Brown-3, Cattoni-3, Tinney-3, W. Stanwick, Crawley. Assists: P: Currier-3, Ambler-2, MacDonald-2, McBride-2, Orban-2, Thompson-2. J: Crawley-3, W. Stanwick-3, S. Stanwick-2, Brown, Tinney. Saves: P: Sanschagrin-12. J: Schneider-4. Shots: P-34. J-37. EMO: P: 4-for-5. J: 7-for-10. Attendance: 1,217.

 

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Strong defense leads Maryland LAX to 12-3 win over Drexel

Posted on 28 February 2015 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jay Carlson notched his first hat trick of the season to lead the No. 10 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-3 victory over Drexel on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Meeting for the first time since 1943, the Dragons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Maryland (3-1) defense buckled down to hold them scoreless for 56:17. The Terps scored 12 unanswered during the Drexel’s scoring drought, which was the longest since Maryland held Penn scoreless for 51:12 in 2008.

Bryan Cole jumpstarted the Terrapin offense when he found Matt Rambo with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter to kick off the scoring for the Terps.

Cole then found the back of the net himself to knot the score at 2-2 with 14:11 left in the second quarter.

The offensive domination continued with three straight goals from Carlson, who has scored in a team-leading eight consecutive games.

Kyle Bernlohr finished with 11 saves to lead the strong defensive performance along with Casey Ikeda who caused three turnovers. Dan Morris also made a save in relief of Bernlohr.

A pair of freshman, Connor Kelly and Bryce Young each tallied their first career goals for the 3-1 Terrapins.

The Terps return to action Saturday, March 7 for a noon tilt against Princeton at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

NOTES:

– Jay Carlson scored his ninth career game-winning goal, moving into a tie with Grant Catalino and Joe Cummings for second in Maryland history. Joe Walters (2003-06) holds the program record with 13 goals

– Charlie Raffa moved into a tie for fourth all-time in ground balls with Bryn Holmes (236)

– Maryland moved to 2-0 all-time against Drexel

– Maryland improved to 39-3 all-time in the month of February, including 13-1 under Tillman

– The Terps have won 11 consecutive regular season home games, dating back to 2013

– Bobby Gribbin scored his first goal since May 4, 2013

– Freshmen Bryce Young and Connor Kelly scored their first career goals

– Dan Morris, Tyler Brooke, Colin Giblin, Christian Zawadzki, Josh Reinson and James Bull made their first career appearances for Maryland

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Loyola adds former Terps assistant Moran to lacrosse staff

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Ryan Moran Named Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach

BALTIMORE – Ryan Moran, an assistant at the University of Maryland for the last six seasons, has been named an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland, announced Charley Toomey, the Greyhounds’ head coach.

The Long Island native comes to the Evergreen campus where he will work with the Greyhounds’ offensive unit. Moran joined the Maryland staff in September 2008 as an assistant coach, and he was the Terrapins’ associate head coach the last two years.

“We are pleased to welcome Ryan and his family to Loyola and our men’s lacrosse program,” Toomey said. “Ryan has an outstanding track record of developing offensive players and leaders, and we are looking forward to him starting work with us on the field and in recruiting.”

He helped Maryland reach the NCAA Championships in each of his six seasons in College Park, including three trips to Championship Weekend (2011, 2012 and 2013), the first two culminating in Championship Game bids. The Terrapins won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant coach, going 70-30 since 2009.

“I am very excited to work with Coach Toomey and Coach (Matt) Dwan,” Moran said. “Being at Maryland for 11 of last 16 years was a great experience with many people who helped me build a strong foundation, and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. Now, I am looking forward to being at another great school with a great tradition and successes that places lacrosse in such high regard and puts an emphasis on the sport.”

Moran’s offensive units averaged 10.92 goals per game over his six seasons at Maryland while playing some of the toughest schedules in collegiate lacrosse. He also coached the Terrapins’ faceoff unit that was ranked in the nation’s top seven for three of his years, including 2014 when Maryland won 64.6 percent of restarts, the third-best mark in Division I.

During his six years, he coached seven Maryland players that earned a combined 15 USILA All-America honors.

Prior to joining the coaching staff in College Park, Moran was a assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for current U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team Coach Richie Meade from 2006-2008. He helped the Midshipmen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Patriot League titles (2006 and 2007).

He started his coaching career at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2005, leading NAPS to a 10-1 record that featured wins over the U.S. Military Academy’s junior varsity team and the USMAPS squad.

Moran comes from a lineage of top lacrosse coaches, as his father, Jack, has been the coach at Long Island power Chaminade High School for more than 30 years, winning his 500th career game in May 2014. Ryan’s great uncle, Richie, is a U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame member and led Cornell University to three national titles.

As a collegiate player at Maryland, the younger Moran was a standout on the Terrapins’ midfield units. In two seasons, 2002 and 2003, as an offensive middie, Moran scored a combined 39 goals and added 11 assists for the Dave Cottle-coached teams.

Moran was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2003, helping the Terrapins to a 12-4 record and appearance in the national semifinals. He finished the season with 24 goals, second-most on the team, and 31 points, tied for third on the squad, earning USILA All-America Third Team honors.

He was a third-round pick, 18th overall, of the Baltimore Bayhawks in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse College Draft. Moran played in eight games as a rookie and was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage at the end of the 2003 season. He then helped the Barrage win the 2004 MLL Championship before being traded to the Long Island Lizards for the 2005 campaign, in which he scored 10 goals and added six assists.

As a high school player, Moran was an All-American lacrosse player for Chaminade, and he also was an all-league defensive back for the Flyers’ as a junior and senior.

Moran and his wife, Danielle, a two-time All-American herself at the University of Notre Dame, have three daughters, Madelynn, Kelly and Lucia.

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Navy lacrosse coach Sowell introduces 20 man recruiting class

Posted on 28 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With the graduation of 13 players off last year’s squad, fourth-year Navy men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell and his staff have welcomed 20 new faces to the Midshipmen lacrosse program this summer.

The Class of 2018 is represented by players from nine states, as far west as California and includes seven standouts hailing from the state of Maryland. Among those players from the Old Line State are Spencer Coyle, Steve Hincks, DJ Plumer and Nick Ramsey who were finalists for the C. Markland Kelly High School Lacrosse Award which has been awarded for the last 60-plus years to the best high school lacrosse player in the state of Maryland.

Meanwhile four of Navy’s recruits garnered All-America recognition (Hiram Carter, Noah Pounds, Nick Ramsey and Ray Wardell) and 11 led their respective programs as team captains. Additionally 17 received all-league honors and four were named their school’s athlete of the year.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome the Class of 2018 to the United States Naval Academy and to Navy Lacrosse,” said Sowell. “This is a rather large class that possesses the talent and desire to excel on the playing field. These young men have the character that it takes to become outstanding midshipmen and we expect them to make an immediate impact, both on the field and within the Brigade.”

 

Navy Men's Lacrosse Class of 2018
Hiram Carter         D          6-0     205    Apopka, Fla. / Lake Brantley
Spencer Coyle        A/M        5-9     175    Annapolis, Md. / St. Mary's
Taylor Esoldi        A/M        6-0     190    Encinitas, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic
Mike Germano         FO         6-0     185    Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier
Carson Hart          M          6-0     190    Wayland, Mass. / Wayland
Cortland Heneveld    M          6-3     205    East Hampton, N.Y. / East Hampton
Chris Hill           M/A        5-10    180    Novato, Calif. / Marin Catholic
Steve Hincks         D          6-3	210    Edgewater, Md. / South River
David Jones          M          6-4	195    Annapolis, Md. / Severn School
Justin Knode         M          5-11	196    Prince Frederick, Md. / Calverton School
Dave Little          A          6-1     190    Vienna, Va. / The Hill Academy
DJ Plumer            M          6-3     187    Stevensville, Md. / Kent Island
Noah Pounds          GK         5-8     185    Fair Lawn, N.J. / Ridgewood
Nick Ramsey          GK         6-0     185    Crofton, Md. / DeMatha Catholic
Jack Ray             A          6-6     255    Wyckoff, N.J. / Don Bosco Prep
Casey Rees           M          6-2     187    Sykesville, Md. / Boys' Latin
Michael Strack       LSM / D    6-1     190    North Babylon, N.Y. / St. Anthony's
George Uhrich        LSM/ D     6-4     205    Ambler, Pa. / La Salle College (HS)
Joseph Varello       M / FO     5-10    195    Kings Park, N.Y. / Smithtown West
Ray Wardell          M          6-5     220    Babylon, N.Y. / Babylon

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UMBC lacrosse stadium gets new turf surface

Posted on 24 July 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Tuesday 10pm from Phoenix live on ESPN2), Washington Mystics @ Los Angeles Sparks (Thursday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on WNBA Live Access); WNBA All-Star Game (Saturday 3:30pm from Phoenix live on ESPN); MLS: Chivas USA @ DC United (Sunday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet/Univision); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jim Miller (Wednesday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Fox Sports 1), UFC Fight Night Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao (Saturday 3pm from Dublin live on UFC Fight Pass)

10. Artscape (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); Flip Orley (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); The Purge: Anarchy“, “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and “Sex Tape” out in theaters (Friday); Rio 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Artscape is so much better when Robert McClintock is involved. For example,

I’ll bet “Sex Tape” is horrible, but it doesn’t change how much this appears to be a nice scene.

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Kelly Bell Band (Friday 7:30pm Artscape), Ozomatli/Galactic (Saturday 5:30pm Artscape), Anthony Hamilton (Sunday 6:30pm Artscape); New Edition (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena Sunday 8pm Verizon Center); Queens of the Stone Age/St. Vincent (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Fall Out Boy/Paramore/New Politics (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), O.A.R./Phillip Phillips (Saturday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Queen + Adam Lambert (Sunday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Fray (Wednesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Huey Lewis & The News (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Lionel Richie/CeeLo Green (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Better Than Ezra (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); The Bacon Brothers (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage), Dennis DeYoung (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Lyfe Jennings (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), De La Soul (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Puss N Boots (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Edwin McCain (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); B.B. King (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre); Ben Folds (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Veruca Salt (Monday 8pm Black Cat); John Hiatt/Robert Cray Band (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Rise Against “The Black Market”, Jason Mraz “Yes!”, Bleachers “Strange Desire” and “Weird Al” Yankovic “Mandatory Fun” available (Tuesday)

Sharon Jones is a DAMN fine Artscape headliner. Maybe the best since Robert Randolph.

Ozomatli is also quite good at the music stuff.

The guy with two hands up? He’ll be at O.A.R. Saturday night.

And when it comes to guys who have the same first and last names (or close enough), I’ll take Phillip Phillips over Cam Cameron.

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Former UMBC star Mundorf leads USA to blowout win over Japan at Worlds

Posted on 13 July 2014 by WNST Staff

In the Blue Division opener on Sunday, the United States scored five times in the opening 10 minutes and the first 12 goals of the game to improve to 3-0 with a 21-3 victory over Japan (0-3). Chris Eck (13-of-15) and Greg Gurenlian (10-of-11) were dominant on faceoffs to allow the U.S. to maintain possession and Ned Crotty (4g, 1a), Rob Pannell (1g, 5a) and Brendan Mundorf (3g, 2a) paced a balanced attack that had 10 goal scorers. Jesse Schwartzman made four saves and allowed just one goal before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury. Drew Adams came on and made six saves while allowing two goals. Wataru Tsugu, Yuji Tadahira and Ryu Matsushita scored for Japan.

(Recap courtesy of Federation of International Lacrosse)

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Former Loyola star Fletcher named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of Year

Posted on 09 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete Of Year

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse All-American Joe Fletcher was named the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an award voted on by conference member schools that honors the top performer in the classroom and competition.

The award is presented annually to one male and one female Patriot League student-athlete. Those who are named Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their respective sports – as Fletcher was in men’s lacrosse – are eligible for the honor. Boston University outdoor track and field standout Allison Barwise received this year’s female award.

“Joe is the definition of a true student-athlete, and we are so proud of him for this honor and the many other he has received throughout his distinguished career,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Joe was a leader in every facet of his life at Loyola – in the classroom, locker room, community and on the field – and he will be the same in the business world as he starts his career.”

Fletcher, who received the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defender, was a two-time First Team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He also earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors this season and was the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The defender wrapped up his tenure at Loyola last month by graduating with a bachelor of business administration in accounting degree, posting a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in his final semester to finish with a 3.835 mark in his college classwork. This summer, he started his full-time job as a risk analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In May, Fletcher was named one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player, in the process becoming just the second close defender in the award’s 14-year history to be a finalist. Last month, he was the first Greyhounds men’s lacrosse player in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America® presented by CoSIDA honors when he was named to the At-Large second team.

On the field, he was a three-time USILA All-American, earning honorable mention in 2012 in addition to first team laurels each of the last two seasons, the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year, a USILA Scholar All-American and a finalist for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

He was the consensus top defender throughout the season and was equally good as a lockdown cover defender and groundball player. He led all NCAA Division I players in ground balls per game (4.71) and total ground balls (80). He also caused a career-high 31 turnovers. In 17 games this season, the players Fletcher had primary marking responsibilities for scored just 19 goals, several coming when he was already out of the game late in contests.

Fletcher was also a member of the 30-man U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team that trained for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships that will take place next week in Denver. He was the lone collegian to be a member of the 52-man training squad and the 30-man team.

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Fletcher was the third overall draft pick in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft – the highest a Loyola player had ever been selected – by the New York Lizards. In seven games with the Lizards, Fletcher has 18 ground balls, and he was selected as the MLL Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his first game.

In April, Fletcher received Loyola’s John R. Mohler Award as the athletic department’s top male senior student-athlete. He was a member of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society, a group of 14 student leaders who meet regularly and serve as liaisons to the University’s president, administration and board of trustees. Fletcher served as the co-president of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well, in 2013-2014.

He earned five Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors throughout the year, something that had never been done in conference history.

Over the course of his career, Fletcher collected 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers. His caused turnover total is third-most all-time at Loyola and the most by a close defender.

This is the third-straight year, and fourth time in five years, a men’s lacrosse student-athlete has won the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. The U.S. Military Academy’s Brendan Buckley earned the award in 2012 and 2013, and fellow cadet Andrew Masisano was honored in 2010. Prior to 2010, a men’s lacrosse player had never won the honor.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Chicago Sky (Wednesday 12:30pm from Chicago live on WNBA All-Access), Washington Mystics @ Tulsa Shock (Saturday 8pm from Tulsa live on WNBA All-Access); Auto Racing: NASCAR Camping World RV Sales 301 (Sunday 1pm from Loudon, NH live on TNT); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Ice Gardens Laurel)

10. John Witherspoon (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Sandra Bernhard (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jim Jeffries (Friday 7pm & 10pm Lincoln Theatre); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” out in theaters (Friday); Bad Words” and “Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & Vol. 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Jim Jeffries uses the F word a lot. So if you enjoy the F word and laughing, you’d probably enjoy him. (I’m looking at you, grandma.) (Not even remotely safe for work.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLuBA66xc0c

Also, national Pecan Pie Day is coming up this Saturday. So here’s this. (Oddly enough, if you’re like me this isn’t safe for work either. I’ll be staying at this desk for a bit.)

9. Justin Timberlake (Monday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Bruno Mars (Friday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live); Jennifer Nettles (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Sara Bareilles (Monday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Neon Trees/Smallpools (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); All Time Low/Cinder Road (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Brand New (Sunday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); The Original Wailers (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 7pm Echostage); Peter Frampton (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Natalie Merchant (Saturday & Sunday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Dirty Heads “Sound of Change”, John Mellencamp “Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall” and Blackberry Smoke “Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina” available (Tuesday)

I’ll see you Monday night. Don’t even try to act like he’s not amazing.

Remember back when we could pretend like we didn’t know how good Bruno Mars was?

Smallpools is responsible for one of the more notable songs of the last couple years.

Support our boys from All Time Low. They’re good boys.

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