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Hopkins wins defensive showdown at Navy

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team capped a tough stretch of three games in seven days with a gutty 6-5 win at Navy before a crowd of 8,655 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Friday night. The Blue Jays previously topped Maryland (11-6) and Mount St. Mary’s (17-2) to open the three-game run and the Midshipmen gave them all they could handle before Hopkins forced a late turnover and ran out the clock to run its winning streak to four games.

In a game that saw both teams score just twice in the second half, it was Navy that had momentum and possession late, but a pair of big plays – a save by senior Eric Schneider on a left-handed runner by Gabe Voumard and a deflected pass by junior co-captain Michael Pellegrino that eventually gave the Blue Jays possession in the final 15 seconds – proved to be the difference.

Schneider bailed the Blue Jays out with his 17th save on Voumard’s shot with 1:01 remaining as he swept across the field and got his hands free from 12 yards out. Still, the Blue Jays weren’t out of danger as they failed to clear the ball cleanly and Navy regained possession and called timeout with 34 seconds remaining.

The Midshipmen worked the ball around to Schneider’s left, but an Austin Heneveld pass to the middle was deflected by Pellegrino and junior John Kelly came up with the ground ball near midfield before Navy was called for a hold with 12 seconds remaining that effectively sealed the win for the Blue Jays.

Johns Hopkins never trailed in the game, but the Blue Jays could never quite put the Midshipmen away and needed the late-game heroics of Schneider, Pellegrino and the defense to seal the victory.

It took less than a minute for Hopkins to open the scoring as Brandon Benn finished from in tight on a nifty feed to the crease from Wells Stanwick. Voumard answered just under three minutes later as he had time and room from 12 yards and beat Schneider up high.

That score held until early in the second quarter, when Hopkins took a two-goal lead on the strength of back-to-back goals by Benn in a span of just 28 seconds. He scored from the wing at the back end of a transition chance that was jump-started by a Schneider save and sophomore Connor Reed then drew a slide off a dodge and found Benn alone five yards to the right of goalie John Connors, who gave up the inside post as Benn completed his 18th career hat trick.

T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull wrapped goals around an extra-man tally by Ryan Brown for the Blue Jays to account for a 4-3 score at the half and Hopkins pushed that lead to three goals less than seven minutes into the third quarter as Holden Cattoni blew a low shot past Connors off a feed from Reed and Benn found the same spot midway through the period to make it 6-3.

The three-goal cushion was down to two when Sam Jones found the top corner from straight away in an extra-man situation with 5:22 remaining in the third and Hull added his second of the game nearly 15 minutes later to make it 6-5 with 5:27 left in regulation.

The Midshipmen fired four more shots at Schneider and the Blue Jay defense in the final four minutes, but two missed the mark and Schneider got the better of Hull and then Voumard to help seal Johns Hopkins’ ninth win of the season.

Schneider’s 17 saves are the second-highest total of his career and six of those 17 came in the final 15 minutes. He anchored a defense that held its third straight opponent to six goals or less.

Benn’s four goals push his career total to an even 100, which makes him the 17th player in school history to reach the century mark. Brown (1g, 1a) and Reed (2a) were the only other multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays.

Navy got 14 saves from Connors and the Midshipmen held decided advantages in shots (46-29) and ground balls (27-10), but Schneider and the Blue Jay defense got the stops they needed down the stretch to close out the win and polish off the rugged seven-day run.

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Towson welcomes Drexel for Senior Night Saturday

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson hosts No. 18 Drexel on Saturday, April 19 in the Tigers’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season finale at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. Both teams have clinched berths in the CAA tournament, which begins on April 30.

Opening Face-Off
Towson will honor its six seniors tonight in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Tigers are coming off an 8-1 loss to Penn State at home on April 12. Drexel comes into tonight’s contest riding a four-game win streak after a 13-9 win over UMass last weekend.

Updating the Tigers
Freshman Mike Lynch scored with 54.7 seconds left to keep the Tigers from being shut out by Penn State, 8-1, last weekend. Towson struggled with turnovers throughout the contest.

Scouting the Dragons
Drexel comes into the game ranked 18th in the nation after posting a 13-9 win over UMass. Seven different Dragons scored in the victory. Nick Trizano led the way with a hat trick. Drexel has now won four straight, and a Dragon victory tonight would clinch the number two seed and the right to host a CAA tournament semifinal game.

Towson-Drexel Series History
Towson has dominated this series over its history, holding a 38-7 advantage all-time. However, Drexel has held its own in the last five games, winning three including the first meeting between the teams in 2013. In the second meeing – during the CAA semifinals – Towson exacted revenge by defeating the Dragons, 11-8, en route to winning the 2013 CAA title.

Last Time Out vs. Drexel: May 1, 2013 (Towson 11, Drexel 8)
Ben McCarty scored a career-best six goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse over Drexel, 11-8, and into the CAA Tournament final. McCarty’s six goals led all scorers. Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals, while Justin Mabus had three assists. Andrew Wascavage made 14 saves for Towson. Robert Church led Drexel with five points (3g, 2a). The Tigers advanced to the CAA finals for the seventh time overall and first since 2010 when they defeated UMass in the semifinals before falling to Delaware in the championship game. McCarty scored three goals in each half. Towson led 9-3 at the start of the third quarter before stalling offensively and allowing five goals. The Tigers righted the ship in the fourth, holding the Dragons scoreless for the win.

Three Things to Watch
1. The Avengers. This is the first meeting between the teams since Towson defeated Drexel in the CAA semifinals. The Tigers performed poorly against Penn State last weekend, the team Towson beat for the 2013 CAA title. Will there be a hangover?
2. Six was the magic number. A Tiger scored six goals in each of the meetings between the teams last season - Thomas DeNapoli did so in the 14-11 loss on April 20 before Ben McCarty did so in the CAA semifinal win. Will either player or any Tiger be able to lead the offensive production like that this year?
3. Offense, defense, special teams. The Dragons have scored 49 goals in their last four games (12.25 gpg) and are averaging 11.75 gpg for the season. Towson has scored 22 in the same span and is averaging just 8.42 gpg. On the other hand, Drexel allows opponents 10.42 gpg to the Tigers’ 8.92 gpg allowed. Towson is also fourth in the nation this week in man-down defense, killing 75.6 percent of their penalties. Drexel leads the CAA with 1.58 EMO goals per game and is second in the league in man-up scoring percentage (.388).

Senior Day
The Tigers will honor their six seniors Saturday evening. Seniors Peter Athens, Thomas DeNapoli, John Fennessy, Devin Grimaldi, Johnny Gallagher and Max Siskind will be recognized, along with their parents in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Ferrante scholarship will also be awarded to a member of the junior class.

Next Up
Towson finishes its regular season with nationally ranked Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

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UMBC welcomes Albany Saturday for Senior Day showdown

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

he UMBC men’s lacrosse team has a big day in-store on Saturday, April 19. Five seniors – Will Fejes, Ryan Johnston, Zach Linkous, Phil Poe and Matt Reeping – will be honored before the America East contest. In addition, the opponent on Saturdayis the Albany Great Danes, the defending America East champions and the highest-scoring team in the nation to date. The two programs have put on some epic battles in their high-energy series, especially at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv and Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SO M Pat Young scored four of his career-high five goals in the fourth quarter as the host Retrievers staved off a Hartford rally and defeated the Hawks, 16-11, in an America East Conference contest in summer-like conditions at UMBC Stadium on April 12. UMBC improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference. – SO M Jack Gannon and FR A Max Maxwell also set personal bests in the contest. Gannon led all scorers with six points, scoring twice and adding four assists, while Maxwell set a season-high with four helpers.  Young was named America East Conference Co-Player of the Week for his efforts versus Hartford.

SR A Matt Gregoire, who leads the team with 33 goals and 36 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last nine games. Entering the week, he is tied for sixth nationally with 3.0 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked fifth in the nation with 12.27 saves per game. The AE Rookie of the Week on March 31 owns a save percentage of 55.1 percent, which is 14th-best in the country.  SR M Phil Poe collected seven ground balls versus Binghamton and is now in fifth place in school history with 289 ground balls. Poe has now attempted more than 1,000 career draws, winning 54.5 percent (school-record 581) of 1,066 attempted.

UMBC is 41-14 (.745) in 11 years of America East competition and 24-4 (.857) at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.


GREAT DANE UPDATE: Trailing 2-0, Albany scored eight-straight goals and allowed a season-low seven goals for opponent to down Stony Brook, 17-7, and improved to 3-0 in league play and locked up an America East Championship bid. Attackmen Lyle and Miles Thompson rank first and second nationally in points per game, averaging 6.6 and 6.1 respectively.  Lyle leads the country in assists while Miles is tops in goals. Albany leads the nation scoring, averaging 15.1 goals per game.


LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  The teams met twice in 2013, with Albany winning at John Fallon Field, 16-10, on April 19, and the Great Danes capturing the AE title with a 19-10 victory at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.

UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-7, but Albany has won the last three contests.

UMBC has won seven of ten meetings at home. The last contest at UMBC Stadium resulted in a thrilling 17-16 overtime victory for the Retrievers.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC concludes the regular season when they travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m.

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Maryland tries to clinch ACC regular season title Saturday at Notre Dame

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 7 Maryland (9-2) men’s lacrosse team looks to win the ACC regular season title on Saturday, April 19 when it plays at No. 8 Notre Dame (6-4) at Arlotta Stadium. Faceoff between the Terps and the Fighting Irish is scheduled for noon.

• The Maryland-ND game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and streamed on the WatchESPN app. Eamon McAnaney will handle the play-by-play call, while Paul Carcaterra will provide the expert analysis.

• Maryland will look to rebound from its second loss of the season, an 11-6 defeat at Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Senior Rustin Bryant and juniors Joe LoCascio and Henry West each had two goals vs. the Blue Jays, while senior Mike Chanenchuk had three assists. Chanenchuk continues to lead the team this season with 40 points on 25 goals and 15 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 26 points on 21 goals and five assists. Junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has won 112-of-175 (.640) faceoffs this season with a team-best 74 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 39 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 22 caused turnovers to go along with two goals and an assist. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (61 straight) and boasts a 7.32 goals-against average (5th in the NCAA) with a .575 save percentage (7th in the NCAA) this season.

• Notre Dame is 6-4 on the season following its 15-5 home win over Robert Morris last Saturday. Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanaugh leads the Irish offense with 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists. Freshman Shane Doss has started the last seven games in net for ND and has an 8.53 goals-against average and is saving 47.9 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Senior faceoff specialist Liam O’Connor ranks third in the NCAA in faceoff win percentage with .644 on 139-of-216. He is also ninth in the nation in groundballs per game with 8.60 (86 total).

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 109 of the 118 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 127-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .830 winning percentage.
8 … Eight different Maryland players have 20 or more groundballs so far this season.
7 … Midfielder Mike Chanenchuk ranks fourth on the team with seven caused turnovers this season.
6 … Six Maryland freshmen have combined to score 45 goals this season.
5 … Niko Amato ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 7.32 goals-against average.
4 … Maryland has won four of the five all-time meetings between the Terps and the Irish.
3 … The Terps are one of just three teams allowing 7.0 goals per game or fewer this season.
2 … Maryland and Notre Dame have only met twice in the regular season.
1 … This will be the first regular season meeting between the Terps and the Irish since 2004.

COACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 64-36 career record for a 64.0 winning percentage. Tillman is 44-17 (.721) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Kevin Coorigan is in his 28th season as a head coach, with all but one of them at the helm of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. During his 28 years as a head coach he has compiled a 257-134 (.657) career record. At Notre Dame his record is 247-118 (.677).


SERIES HISTORY VS. NOTRE DAME

• Maryland and Notre Dame have only played five times. The Terps won the first four games against the Irish, which started a varsity men’s lacrosse program in 1981, but ND won the last meeting in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA tournament.

• Senior Brian Phipps was sensational in cage for the Terps, stopping 13 Notre Dame shots, but the Fighting Irish scored four times in the first quarter and then held on for a 7-5 win over No. 3 seed Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on May 22, 2010 in Princeton, N.J. ND’s Sean Rogers led all scorers with three goals, while junior Travis Reed led the Terrapins with a goal and an assist.

• These two teams met in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2009 in South Bend, Ind., but it was the visiting, unseeded Terps that pulled off the 7-3 upset over the Fighting Irish. Dan Groot scored two goals, while Will Yeatman, who returned to the Notre Dame campus for the first time since transferring to Maryland prior to the 2009 season, and Ryan Young each had two assists. Brian Phipps was solid in cage for the Terps, stopping nine Irish shots.

• The teams played a one-for-one series in 2003 and 2004. Before that the team’s played their first-ever game in 1995 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

• It took two overtimes to decide the 2004 meeting between the Terps and the Irish, but in the end it was Maryland leaving Bryd Stadium with the 9-8 victory. Brendan Healy was the hero for the Terrapins, scoring the game-winner just nine seconds into the second overtime. Those heroics wouldn’t have been possible without some from J.R. Bordley, who’s goal with 19 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 8-8. Joe Walters led all scorers in the game with three goals, while goalie Tim McGinnis was sensation in cage for the Terps, stopping 16 Notre Dame shots.

• The 2003 meeting saw Maryland post a 10-4 win at Moose Krause Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. on May 3. A stifling defense shutdown the Irish’s top two scorers as the then-No. 4 Terps gave coach Dave Cottle his 200th career coaching victory. The Terps’ All-American defense of Michael Howley, Chris Passavia and Lee Zink, along with goalie Danny McCormick, held Patrick Walsh and Dan Berger pointless. Zink had a huge game with nine groundballs and seven caused turnovers. On offense, Justin Smith, Ryan Moran, Joe Walters and Brian Hunt each had two goals.

• Maryland eliminated Notre Dame from the 1995 NCAA Tournament with a 19-11 win at Byrd Stadium on May 20, 1995. The Terps advanced to the national championship game for the first of three times in a four-year span that season. In that game, Maryland built a 10-2 lead with 5:59 left in the third quarter before the Irish mounted a furious comeback to cut the score to 11-10 Maryland with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter. But Maryland held on behind the Nation’s Outstanding Goalie of the Year Brian Dougherty, who made 16 saves. Ten different Terps scored goals including two each by Pat McGuire, Peter Hilgartner and Kip Fulks. Rob Chomo had four assists and a goal in the win.


ACC TOURNAMENT FIELD SET

• Maryland and Notre Dame will be familiar with each other when the next two weeks are done. After playing this weekend at Arlotta Stadium in an ACC regular season game, the Terps and the Irish will meet in the semifinals of the ACC tournament six days hence in Chester, Pa., at PPL Park. The only thing to be determined is which team will wear which color jersey. Click here to buy tickets.

• Here are the two scenarios for the final ACC Championship seeding depending on the outcome of Saturday’s Maryland – Notre Dame game:

If Maryland wins:
1. Maryland
2. Duke
3. Syracuse
4. Notre Dame

If Notre Dame wins:
1. Duke
2. Notre Dame
3. Maryland
4. Syracuse


TERPS ON ESPNU

• Maryland has had 50 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 27-23 (.540) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at North Carolina, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins, at Notre Dame and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2014.


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 109 of the 118 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 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 92.4 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 127-26 in games, for a .830 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 203 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.4 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 67-4 (.944) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• Maryland is 9-2 on the year and shot 30% or better in five of its nine victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%
W- at Michigan: 13 goals, 42 shots = 31.0%
L- at North Carolina: 8 goals, 30 shots = 26.7%
W- Virginia: 9 goals, 33 shots = 27.3%
W- Robert Morris: 19 goals, 36 shots = 52.8%
L- at Johns Hopkins: 6 goals, 31 shots = 19.4%

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 16 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 16 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in five of them.


STREAKING TERPS

• Eleven games into the 2014 season and only one Terp has notched at least one point in every game.

• Senior Mike Chanenchuk has scored at least one point in each of the 11 games so far in 2014 and has a 34-game point scoring streak dating back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 40 of 42 games. Freshman Colin Heacock has the next longest current streak for the Terps at seven dating back to the Duke game on March 1, 2014.

• Chanenchuk’s point-scoring streak is the second longest since the 2004 season. The only other point-scoring streak longer belongs to Joe Walters, who had at least one point in 45 straight from Feb. 2004 to April 2006. Here’s a look at the Terps’ 20+ game point-scoring streaks since 2004.

45 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/30/06)
34 – Mike Chanenchuk (4/14/12 – present)
29 – Xander Ritz (2/26/05 – 4/30/06)
26 – Bill McGlone (2/28/04 – 4/23/05)
22 – Grant Catalino (3/3/08 – 3/28/09
20 – Max Ritz (5/6/06 – 5/13/07)
20 – Joe Cummings (5/28/11 – 5/28/12)

• In conjunction with his point-scoring streak, Chanenchuk also had an impressive 23-game goal-scoring streak going, but that came to an end in the 11-6 loss at Johns Hopkins when he regiatered three assists, but didn’t score a goal. Prior to the Hopkins game, the last time Chanenchuk did not score a goal for the Terps was in the 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8, 2013.


FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS

• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008. Rambo netted his third hat trick of the season with four goals in the Terps’ 13-5 win at Michigan (March 18) and then added his fourth with three goals in the 19-6 win over Robert Morris (April 2).

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (4 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15; 4-0=4 at Michigan, Mar. 18; 3-0 vs. Robert Morris, April 2
Connor Cannizzaro (2 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14


50 PERCENT OR MORE

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.

• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:

Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)

• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):

Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)


UNIFORM AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $25K FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

• During the March 30 game vs. Virginia, Maryland honored military men and women injured in the line of duty with a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms that were auctioned off at umterps.com. The auction raised more than $25,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directrly to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Maryland men’s lacrosse program and the Maryland athletics department thank everyone for their generous support.

VOTE EHRHARDT FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD

• Maryland senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt is one of 10 lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were selected as finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men’s lacrosse.

• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

• Fans can vote once per day per device – computers, tablets, smart phone – so be sure to VOTE EHRHARDT every day!

TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 756-255-4 (.747), 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 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• 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 56-21 in the 2010′s for a .727 winning percentage.


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, Army and Cornell 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.

SEASON HONORS

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Face-Off Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Michael Ehrhardt (1st)
Niko Amato (2nd)
Goran Murray (2nd)
Mike Chanenchuk (3rd)

National Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 3)

The ACC
Preseason All-ACC
Niko Amato
Michael Ehrhardt
Goran Murray

Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 4)

Defensive Player of the Week
Niko Amato (Feb. 25)
Niko Amato (Mar. 4)
Niko Amato (Apr. 1)

University of Maryland
Terp of the Week
Charlie Raffa (Feb. 28)


CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS

• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (11): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 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)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (8): 2014 (11-2), 2013 (16-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


FIRST-TIME OPPONENTS

• Maryland has played 80 different opponents in its 89 seasons, including the first-ever meeting between the Terps and Michigan and then vs. Robert Morris earlier this season. In the Terps’ 80 first-time meetings Maryland is 76-4 (.950) 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.


A FAMILY AFFAIR

• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, 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: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS

• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) 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.)

21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS

• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-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 (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 21-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 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.

FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT

• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014′s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA

• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


2014 TEAM CAPTAINS

• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchukand Michael Ehrhardt.


BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015

• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.

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Schultz scores six goals to lift Loyola past Bucknell

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Schultz Scores Career-High Six As Men’s Lacrosse Beats Bucknell, 13-5

BALTIMORE – Brian Schultz scored a career-high six goals on just 10 shots, helping No. 1-ranked Loyola University Maryland defeat Bucknell University, 13-6, in the teams’ final Patriot League regular-season game of the year.

Schultz, who had a previous best of four goals earlier this season against Lafayette College, recorded a hat trick in the game’s first 25-plus minutes, helping Loyola take a 5-1 halftime lead.

He tallied another in the third, the final goal of a 7-0 Greyhounds run, and two in the fourth quarter.

The Loyola run, its 22nd of the season of 3-0 or better, started when slick passing led to a Matt Sawyer goal on the doorstep with 4:47left in the first quarter. Brian Sherlock sent a high-to-low pass from the top to Schultz on the right side. Schultz didn’t let the ball settle in his stick and immediate fed Sawyer on the crease for a goal that put Loyola up, 2-1.

Loyola’s defense played as big of a role in the run as its offense, as Bucknell missed on 20-straight shots and was shutout for a period of 37 minutes, 17 seconds.

Jack Runkel made 14 saves in goal for the Greyhounds (12-1 overall, 8-0 Patriot League), and Loyola forced 18 Bucknell (7-7, 4-4) turnovers. The Greyhounds caused 13 of the turnovers, led by a career-high five by Pat Laconi. Schultz and Jason Crane each had two for Loyola. Joe Fletcher led all players in the game with seven ground balls.

Fletcher also held the player he was defending, Bucknell’s David Dickson, without a point, snapping a streak of 41 games with at least one. It is the third time in four weeks that Fletcher has held an opponent without a point after he entered the game with a streak of 15 or more games (Colgate’s Ryan Walsh, 42; Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, 15).

Schultz put Loyola on the board after more than seven minutes of scoreless lacrosse to start the game. Justin Ward, who had a goal and three assists, used a skip pass to find Schultz on the low right side, and Schultz finished with a nine-yard rip for a goal at 7:27.

Ryan Joseph, however, tied the game for Bucknell with a goal off Tom Black’s assist at 65 seconds later, but Sawyer’s goal at 4:47would put Loyola in front for good.

Nikko Pontrello fed Schultz from behind as Schultz was cutting to the middle of the field, and Schultz scored his second with 9:45 left in the first, and after a transition run, Kyle Duffy shot a cross-box pass from high-to-low to Pontrello who quickly shot low to score at 8:06.

Schultz completed his hat trick off another Ward assist at 4:54, sending Loyola into the locker room ahead by four.

Pontrello and Ward scored unassisted at 13:11 and 5:57 in the third quarter, and Tyler Albrecht fed Schultz for a goal from the right side at 5:22 to push Loyola’s lead to 8-1.

Peter Burke scored 55 seconds into the fourth quarter, snapping Bucknell’s scoreless drought, but Loyola responded with two quick goals.

Ward saw Sherlock make a diagonal cut, threw him a pass, and Sherlock used a right-handed sidearm shot to score at 13:07. Schultz was then the recipient of a Kevin Ryan pass for his fifth of the night with 11:00 left in regulation.

Two-straight goals by the Bison’s Sean Doyle, both unassisted tallies, pulled Bucknell within six with 7:56 left, but Schultz fired in his sixth at 7:28, rolling from behind and beating his defender to the crease.

Thomas Filbotte added a Bucknell goal at 3:34, but Laconi scored off Fletcher’s first career assist, and Pontrello used another dodge from behind to tally the game’s final goal.

Graham Savio had another efficient day at the faceoff ‘X’ for Loyola, winning 13-of-20 and picking up five ground balls. Loyola also used a 39-31 advantage in ground balls to control the possession game.

In addition to Fletcher’s game-high seven, Kyle Duffy had four ground balls, and Runkel, Crane and Fournier each had three.

The Greyhounds will have more than a week off to prepare for their next game, a Patriot League Championships semifinal on Friday, April 25. Loyola will host the Patriot League semifinals and championship game at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds will play Bucknell, Colgate University or the U.S. Naval Academy in a 4:30 p.m. semifinal that will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. Tickets for the championship weekend are available at http://loyo.la/PLmlax14.

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Hopkins tries to extend win streak Friday at Navy

Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television: CBS Sports Network

The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-3) plays its third game in seven days as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy (4-7). Game time is set for 7 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium with a national television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its third win in 11 days as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, on Monday. Navy fell to rival Army, 14-7, last Saturday. The loss is Navy’s second straight and fifth in its last six games.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Navy are meeting for the 87th time in a series that dates to a 6-1 Blue Jay victory in 1908. The Blue Jays picked up a 15-4 victory at Homewood Field last season, but Navy has won two straight in Annapolis, including a decisive 8-2 victory in 2012. JHU leads the series 58-27-1.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy with an all-time record of 941-306-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Navy is not ranked this week in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 155th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 178: In addition to his 155-53 (.745) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 178-70 (.718). Pietramala’s 178 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy averaging 12.64 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Navy, JHU ranks ninth in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.1) and 10th in points per game (20.7).

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through 11 games, 89 of JHU’s 139 goals have been assisted, or 64.0%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on three of its four extra-man opportunities against Mount St. Mary’s and is now 21-of-37 (.568) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Navy game.Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (6), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score 19 of JHU’s 21 EMO goals this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 11th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game at Navy. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 168-of-271 (.620) as a team on the year.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 152-of-239 (.636) through 11 games and also has a team-high 109 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (11th) and ground balls per game (3rd / 9.9) after winning 9-of-11 with nine ground balls at Mount St. Mary’s.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 11 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 14 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 11 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 11 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. Recently, the Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging) and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held nine of its 11 opponents to nine goals or less.

A Final Holding: The Johns Hopkins defense has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games. The Blue Jays led Albany, 5-0, Maryland, 1-0, and Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter and haven’t allowed a first quarter goal since UNC scored with 51 seconds left in the first period of its game at JHU on March 29. The scoreless stretch for the opposition in the first quarter now stands at 45:51 and the Blue Jays have allowed just one goal in the last 55:25 of the first quarter.

Second Quarter Defense Nearly the Same: While the Blue Jays haven’t allowed a first quarter goal in the last three games, they’ve been nearly as effective in the second quarter over the same period of time. In wins against Albany, Maryland and Mount St. Mary’s the Blue Jays have allowed a total of just two goals in the second quarter. The Great Danes and Terps both managed a second-quarter goal against the Blue Jays after being held scorelessin the first. Mount St. Mary’s didn’t score until the final four seconds of the third quarter.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown is being counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least three goals and seven points in all 11 games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). The three started the first 10 games together before Brown sat out the game at Mount St. Mary’s.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: With the 11-10 loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record to 65-8 (.890) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s. Including this week’s game at Navy, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. 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.

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Loyola tries to continue win streak Thursday against Bucknell

Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Bucknell Bison

Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  7:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | CBS Sports Network


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland plays its second-straight home game on Thursday, April 17, when it closes its Patriot League regular-season schedule at 7 o’clock against Bucknell University.

The Greyhounds are 5-0 this season, and 23-7 all-time at Ridley Athletic Complex.

With its 15-6 win last Saturday against Boston University, the Greyhounds earned at least a share of the Patriot League Regular-Season title and secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Championships and will host the event on April 25 and 27.

Justin Ward became the program’s single-season assist leader at the Division I level. He has 39 through 12 games this season, tying for seventh-most in Patriot League single-season history.

Joe Fletcher leads all close defenders nationally in ground balls per game with 51 total and 4.6 per game.

Pat Laconi is the top non-pole player nationally in caused turnovers (22) and caused turnovers per game (1.83) through games of April 13.

Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello are both second nationally in assists (3.25) and goals per game (3.33), respectively.

 

Last Time Out

Nikko Pontrello and Kevin Ryan each had three-goal games, and Loyola clinched its first-ever Patriot League Regular-Season title last Saturday with a 15-6 victory over Boston University at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds led 4-1 at halftime, but Boston University got within two 1:04 into the second half before Loyola went on a 4-0 run that broke the game open.

Graham Savio won 17-of-25 faceoffs and had six ground balls in the game, as Loyola controlled the possession battle, picking up 47 ground balls to the Terriers’ 23.

Savio had a slim 4-of-7 advantage in the first half, but he then won 5-of-9 in the third quarter and 8-of-9 in the fourth.

In addition to his three goals, Pontrello had a five-point night with two assists, while Ryan had an assist, too. Brian Schultz scored twice and assisted on one, and Justin Ward recorded three assists against Boston University.

Five Greyhounds had five or more groundballs in the game, led by Savio’s six. Ward, Joe Fletcher, Ryan Fournier and Pat Laconi each picked up five.

 

Turn On The Television

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live, nationally on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan will call the play-by-play, and Evan Washburn will handle the analysis of the action.

The game is one of at least five that will feature the Greyhounds on the network. The  entire Patriot League Championships, as well as game against Johns Hopkins University on May 3will be broadcast life. Loyola’s games versus Duke University and at Georgetown University were also on the network.

 

In The Polls

With Saturday’s win against Boston University, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls for the fourth week in a row.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons, most recently in the first polls of the 2012 season. This stretch is the longest the Greyhounds have been ranked first since spending nine-straight at the top from March 15-May 10, 1999.

 

Series History

Loyola will play Bucknell for the fourth time in series history but the first since April 2, 1983 when the Greyhounds defeated the Bison, 15-8. Loyola is 3-0 all-time in the series that was played in 1981, 1982 and 1983; a fourth game was scheduled for the 1984 season, but it was postponed due to weather and not rescheduled.

 

Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 64 occasions. After defeating Boston University, 15-8, on Saturday, Loyola has won 81.5 percent of those games (53-12).

 

Since 2012

Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 40-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 11-1 this season) for a .851 mark. Loyola’s winning percentage of .917 this season is the best nationally.

Only Duke has won more games (42) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by more than seven percent (42-12, .778).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are near the top of two offensive categories through games of Monday, April 14, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello is second in Division I with 40 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 39 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 99 combined points (Ward, 51; Pontrello, 48). Albany’s Lyle (73) and Miles (67) have a combined 140.

 

Tops Among Close Defenders

Joe Fletcher is second on Loyola in ground balls, total (54) and per game (4.50), this season, but more impressive than that, he paces all close defenders nationally in the categories. Fletcher is 46th overall in ground balls per game, while the 45 players who are ahead of him are either face-off specialists or long-stick midfielders who play on the wings during restarts.

 

And Short-Sticks, Too

Meanwhile, Pat Laconi leads all non-pole defenders nationally in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game. He has caused 22 this season while averaging 1.83 per game. He is 13th in the nation, and the 12 players ahead of him in the rankings are all long-stick midfielders or close defenders.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 39 assists in 12 games. With his third and final assist last Saturday against Boston University, Ward passed Sean Heffernan for first-place in school single-season history at the Division I level.

He is second in the nation in total assists (39), and he is also second in the country and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.25 assists per game this year.

With four assists against Duke on March 9, Ward set Loyola’s career Division I record (since 1982) in total assists, eclipsing the mark of 83 set from 1989-92 by Jim Blanding. His three at Colgate gave him 100 for his career, making him the second player in program history ever to record 100.

Ward now has 106 career assists. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also seventh in school Division I history in total points with 157, one away from tying John Carroll (1984-87) for sixth place.

Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello was held without a goal for the first time this season on April 5 against Navy, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to start the season that Pontrello had two or more goals. He rebounded, however, with three goals and two assists last Saturday versus Boston University. Through games of Monday, April 14, Pontrello is second in the nation in total goals with 40.

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown, five versus Lafayette and three against Colgate and Boston University.

Two of his goals have been game-winners in one-goal contests. Pontrello scored 19 seconds into overtime to give Loyola a 12-11 win at Penn State, and he then tallied one with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to push the Greyhounds past Georgetown, 10-9.

Pontrello leads the Greyhound and the Patriot League with 40 goals and is second behind Justin Ward for the team- and League-lead with 48 points through 12 games.

He leads the Patriot League and is second nationally in goals per game (3.33), while he is second and 14th in points per game (4.00).

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .638 mark, saving 118 out of 185 shots on goal he’s faced. In a six-game stretch  against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army, Runkel made 61 saves and allowed just 26 goals (.701).

The senior goalkeeper, who earned 2012 NCAA Championships All-Tournament honors, has a goals against average of 7.02 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .608 through 12 games. He is third in the nation in both saves percentage and  goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.73 goals against average and .562 saves percentage; he is fifth in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982) with 419 career saves. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 38-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 42 victories. Amato (as of Monday), however, Amato is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

Runkel picked up his fourth-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honor on March 17, becoming the first player in League history to win any of the weekly honors (Offensive, Defensive, Goalkeeper or Rookie) four-consecutive times. His honor on March 31 made him the first player in League history to earn five in a season.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

Against Holy Cross, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls, eclipsing his previous total of seven set on five different occasions. In a pair of games against Towson and the Crusaders, he had 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers.

He later had seven ground balls and causing a turnover against Duke. He also was primarily responsible for holding the Blue Devils’ All-American attacker Jordan Wolf to one goal.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games. He then marked Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, holding him without a point for the first time in 15 games.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week four times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He is second on the Greyhounds with 54 ground balls and caused turnovers (18). His 63 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

As good of a match-up defender as Fletcher is, he is as good off the ground. He leads all close defenders nationally with 54 ground balls and 4.50 per game.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on March 3 after matching his career-high with two goals at Lehigh.

The senior, who is a team co-captain and Preseason All-American, had a goal an assist versus Army, a goal at Georgetown and an assist versus Navy,  and one of each versus Boston University bringing his season totals to seven goals and three assists. He now has 12 goals and 12 assists in his four-year career.

Laconi posted four ground balls, matching his career-high, and three caused turnovers at Colgate, the final of each coming with less than 25 seconds remaining to help seal the win. He caused another three turnovers a week later at Navy. His team-leading 22 caused turnovers this season have brought his career total to 63, fourth-most in school history.

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola continues to lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 10.42 through 12 contests. The Greyhounds have committed 1.33 fewer turnovers per game than the second-place team in the nation, Towson, a team that committed 18 turnovers earlier this year against Loyola.

The Greyhounds also lead the nation in clearing percentage at .940.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds is the only team to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (13.25) rank fifth, and its goals allowed (7.17) are fourth. As a result, Loyola leads the nation in scoring margin (+6.08).

While it is fourth nationally in scoring defense, Loyola is just third in the Patriot League in the category. Army (1st, 5.70) and Lehigh (2nd, 6.50) both rank ahead of the Greyhounds nationally.

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 12 of its games this season, and it has had five stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 21 runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent Run Time Covered   Opponent Run Time Covered
at Holy Cross 14-0 38:58   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18

 

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has scored 21 goals, second-most on the team through 12 games. He also had the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the second overtime at Navy.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Two of Loyola’s senior co-captains were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List when it was released in February. Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward were among the 50 players nationally to receive recognition in February. Additionally, junior attacker Nikko Pontrello was added to the Watch List on March 20.

Fletcher and Ward were also two of 20 players nationally to be named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award that seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom and who have used their platforms as student-athletes to make positive impacts in the community. Earlier this month, they were selected as two of the award’s 10 finalists for this year.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 6am Saturday 7:30am Sunday 9am from Monte-Carlo live on Tennis Channel)

10. PEEPShow (Tuesday-Monday Carroll Arts Center); Spring Football Festival (Saturday 12pm McHenry Row); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday Baltimore Museum of Industry); Baltimore Green Week (Saturday-Monday throughout Charm City); “Transcendence” out in theaters (Friday); Philomena“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “The Nut Job” and “Ride Along” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s your annual reminder that there’s only one thing that matters on Easter (despite the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Staburst Jelly Beans are the vastly superior Easter candies)…

Yes, it’s Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and it’s more important than anything else.

9. Pat Green (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Alter Bridge (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Keller Williams (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); French Montana (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Saturday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cloud Nothings (Wednesday 8pm Black Cat), Andrew WK (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Stephen Marley (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Local H (Saturday 6:30pm DC9); NEEDTOBREATHE “Rivers In The Wasteland”, Nas “Illmatic XX” and Sevendust “Time Travelers & Bonfires” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

I’m not particularly witty this evening. I’m just going to say “Charm City Devils” and we can move forward.

And here’s a tune from the new NEEDTOBREATHE record. Let’s all move forward from here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1oH9q4vgc

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Loyola remains #1, Maryland falls in weekly lacrosse rankings

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The greatest rivalry in the history of college lacrosse lead to a major shift in the sport’s weekly polls Monday.

Johns Hopkins raced past previous #3 ranked Maryland Saturday, posting an 11-6 victory over the Terps at Homewood Field. Hopkins moved up in the rankings thanks to the win while the Terrapins slid in both polls. Loyola remained #1 in both polls after crushing Boston University 15-6 Saturday for their 11th straight win and the Patriot League regular season title. Towson fell out of the polls after dropping an 8-1 decision to Penn State Saturday night.

Here are the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com), staring with the Inside Lacrosse media poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (15) 11-1 414 1
2 Duke (6) 11-2 405 2
3 Denver 10-2 367 5
4 Syracuse 8-3 357 7
5 Johns Hopkins 7-3 318 8
6 North Carolina 9-3 313 4
7 Maryland 9-2 312 3
8 Notre Dame 6-4 268 9
9 Penn 6-3 240 11
10 Virginia 8-5 215 10
11 Hofstra 9-3 205 14
12 Cornell 9-3 199 6
13 Yale 7-3 196 13
14 Princeton 7-4 129 17
15 Bryant 10-3 114 15
16 Army 8-3 91 18
17 Fairfield 9-3 76 12
18 Drexel 8-4 50 NR
19 Lehigh 10-4 42 T19
20 Massachusetts 7-4 27 16

Dropped out: No. T19 Towson.

And here is the new USILA Coaches’ poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (11) 11-1 258 1
2 Duke (2) 11-2 248 2
3 Denver 10-2 224 5
4 Syracuse 8-3 221 7
5 Maryland 9-2 199 3
6 Johns Hopkins 7-3 196 9
7 North Carolina 9-3 193 4
8 Notre Dame 6-4 168 10
9 Virginia 8-5 155 8
10 Penn 6-3 135 T11
11 Yale 7-3 114 13
T12 Hofstra 9-3 107 16
T12 Cornell 9-3 107 6
14 Princeton 7-4 86 15
15 Fairfield 9-3 46 T11
16 Army 8-3 45 NR
17 Lehigh 10-4 42 20
T18 Drexel 8-4 40 NR
T18 Bryant 10-3 40 T17
20 Harvard 7-5 30 T17

Dropped out: No. 14 Massachusetts, No. 19 Towson.

Also receiving votes: Massachusetts, Albany, Air Force, Towson, Villanova, Penn State.

And with Selection Sunday now just weeks away, here is a look at the official NCAA lacrosse RPI rankings.

RANK SCHOOL CONFERENCE RECORD ROAD NEUTRAL HOME NON-DI
1 Syracuse Atlantic Coast 8-3 2-2 1-0 5-1 0-0
2 Duke Atlantic Coast 11-2 3-2 0-0 8-0 0-0
3 Penn Ivy 6-3 2-2 0-0 4-1 0-0
4 Johns Hopkins Division I Independents 7-3 2-1 0-0 5-2 0-0
5 Denver Big East 10-2 3-2 1-0 6-0 0-0
6 Maryland Atlantic Coast 9-2 3-2 0-0 6-0 0-0
7 Loyola Maryland Patriot 11-1 6-1 0-0 5-0 0-0
8 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 9-3 3-2 0-0 6-1 0-0
9 Cornell Ivy 9-3 5-1 0-0 4-2 0-0
10 Hofstra Colonial 9-3 1-2 0-0 8-1 0-0
11 Yale Ivy 7-3 4-2 0-0 3-1 0-0
12 Virginia Atlantic Coast 8-5 3-4 0-0 5-1 0-0
13 Notre Dame Atlantic Coast 6-4 4-1 0-1 2-2 0-0
14 Princeton Ivy 7-4 2-2 0-0 5-2 0-0
15 Drexel Colonial 8-4 4-2 0-0 4-2 0-0
16 Fairfield ECAC 9-3 4-2 0-0 5-1 0-0
17 Massachusetts Colonial 7-4 3-2 1-0 3-2 0-0
18 Towson Colonial 8-4 2-3 0-0 6-1 0-0
19 Albany (NY) America East 6-5 3-2 0-0 3-3 0-0
20 Villanova Big East 5-6 3-3 0-0 2-3 0-0
21 Penn St. Colonial 5-6 3-2 0-0 2-4 0-0
22 Harvard Ivy 7-5 2-5 0-0 5-0 0-0
23 Colgate Patriot 8-4 3-2 0-0 5-2 0-0
24 Air Force ECAC 8-3 2-1 1-1 5-1 0-0
25 Bryant Northeast 10-3 5-2 1-0 4-1 0-0
26 Lehigh Patriot 10-4 3-3 1-0 6-1 0-0
27 St. John’s (NY) Big East 6-6 2-4 0-1 4-1 0-0
28 Ohio St. ECAC 5-6 1-3 0-1 4-2 0-0
29 Brown Ivy 6-5 2-3 1-0 3-2 0-0
30 Siena Metro Atlantic 7-4 4-3 0-0 3-1 0-0
31 Binghamton America East 5-6 4-1 0-0 1-5 0-0
32 Army Patriot 8-3 3-1 1-0 4-2 0-0
33 Bellarmine ECAC 6-4 3-2 0-0 3-2 0-0
34 Saint Joseph’s Northeast 9-3 5-2 0-0 4-1 0-0
35 Bucknell Patriot 7-6 1-5 0-0 6-1 0-0
36 Michigan ECAC 4-9 3-5 0-0 1-4 0-0
37 High Point Atlantic Sun 8-4 3-3 0-0 5-1 0-0
38 Delaware Colonial 6-7 2-3 0-0 4-4 0-0
39 Canisius Metro Atlantic 6-5 3-3 1-0 2-2 0-0
40 UMBC America East 6-5 1-4 0-0 5-1 0-0
41 Marquette Big East 5-8 4-5 0-0 1-3 0-0
42 Rutgers Big East 7-6 3-4 0-0 4-2 0-0
43 Stony Brook America East 5-8 0-4 0-0 5-4 0-0
44 Georgetown Big East 4-8 1-4 0-1 3-3 0-0
45 Marist Metro Atlantic 3-8 1-4 0-1 2-3 0-0
46 Robert Morris Northeast 5-7 3-5 0-0 2-2 0-0
47 Jacksonville Atlantic Sun 3-7 0-4 0-0 3-3 0-0
48 Hobart Northeast 4-7 3-3 0-1 1-3 0-0
49 Navy Patriot 4-7 1-4 0-0 3-3 0-0
50 Hartford America East 5-8 3-3 0-0 2-5 0-0
51 Holy Cross Patriot 3-10 2-6 0-0 1-4 0-0
52 Detroit Metro Atlantic 5-6 3-1 0-0 2-5 0-0
53 Quinnipiac Metro Atlantic 5-5 4-3 0-0 1-2 0-0
54 Dartmouth Ivy 1-8 0-6 1-0 0-2 0-0
55 Mercer Atlantic Sun 6-5 3-5 0-0 3-0 0-0
56 Providence Big East 3-10 3-5 0-0 0-5 0-0
57 Furman Atlantic Sun 1-10 1-3 0-1 0-6 0-0
58 Richmond Atlantic Sun 3-9 1-4 0-1 2-4 0-0
59 Sacred Heart Northeast 4-7 3-2 0-1 1-4 0-0
60 Manhattan Metro Atlantic 4-9 2-6 0-0 2-3 0-0
61 Boston U. Patriot 1-11 1-4 0-0 0-7 0-0
62 Mt. St. Mary’s Northeast 0-13 0-8 0-0 0-5 0-0
63 Vermont America East 5-6 3-4 0-0 2-2 0-0
64 Lafayette Patriot 2-10 1-6 0-0 1-4 0-0
65 VMI Atlantic Sun 1-11 0-6 0-0 1-5 0-0
66 Monmouth Metro Atlantic 0-11 0-7 0-0 0-4 0-0
67 Wagner Northeast 2-8 1-1 0-0 1-7 0-0

 

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Hopkins routs Mt. St. Mary’s to improve to 8-3 on season

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

EMMITSBURG, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team had 11 different players score goals and 13 players had at least one point as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, at Waldron Family Stadium Monday afternoon. Johns Hopkins moves to 8-3 on the year with its third straight win, while the Mountaineers slip to 0-14.

Playing less than 48 hours after an emotional 11-6 win over rival Maryland, the Blue Jays led just 2-0 at the end of the first quarter as the Mount stayed in a tightly packed zone defense. Back-to-back goals in the first three minutes of the second quarter doubled the lead as junior Wells Stanwick found seniors Brandon Benn and Kevin Interlicchio alone on the crease in a 48-second span to push the lead to 4-0.

Johns Hopkins controlled a majority of the possession in the first half by winning 8-of-10 faceoffs and slowly began to find seams in the Mount zone. Benn added his second of the first half on a quick-stick from the doorstep less than four minutes after Interlicchio’s goal and freshman John Crawley had a hand in two straight late in the period, scoring an unassisted goal on a wing dodge and then getting the helper on Benn’s third with 1:02 left. A transition goal by freshmanNick Fields off the ensuing faceoff accounted for an 8-0 Blue Jay lead at the half.

The lead swelled to 12-0 by late in the third quarter as freshman Cody Radziewicz, junior Brady Faby, Interlicchio andHolden Cattoni all scored in a span of less than eight minutes to build the 12-goal lead.

The Mountaineers finally broke through in the final seconds of the third quarter as Bubba Johnson beat Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider with a low shot off an assist from Kyle McDonough and the Mount made it two straight at the 10:29 mark of the fourth quarter when Clayton Wainer scored from the wing.

Both teams substituted liberally in the fourth quarter with Johns Hopkins freshman attackman Jack Grass doing most of the damage with three goals and one assist in the final nine minutes of the game. Sophomore Liam Giblin and senior Greg Edmonds also scored in the final quarter for the Blue Jays, who played a total of 45 players in the game.

Johns Hopkins held decided advantages in shots (57-14), ground balls (47-19) and faceoffs (18-5) and matched a season high with 12 caused turnovers. Mount St. Mary’s goalie Chris Klaiber played well in goal for the Mount as his 19 saves were just one shy of his career high.

Stanwick paced the Blue Jays with a career-high-tying six assists, while Benn and Grass both added hat tricks. Four Blue Jay goalies combined for six saves with Schneider playing 45 minutes and stopping three shots.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, April 18 when the Blue Jays hit the road again at Navy. Faceoff is set for 7 pm.

Notes: Johns Hopkins has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games • Stanwick’s six assists give him 36 on the year, the ninth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had 40 in 2000 • JHU is now 65-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland.

#6 Johns Hopkins (8-3) 2-6-4-5/17
Mount St. Mary’s (0-14) 0-0-1-1/2

GoalsJ: Grass-3, Benn-3, Cattoni-2, Interlicchio-2, Crawley, Guida, Giblin, Radziewicz, Faby, Fields, Edmonds. M: Johnson, Wainer. AssistsJ: Stanwick-6, Crawley-2, Dismuke, Grass, Guida. M: McDonough. SavesJ: Schneider-3, Ryan-2, Feit-1, Fitts-0. M: Klaiber-19. Shots: J-57, M-14. EMOJ: 3-for-4. M: 0-for-1. Attendance: 468.

 

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