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Hopkins to host 2016 Big Ten Lacrosse Tournament

Posted on 12 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Rosemont, Ill. – With the inaugural seasons of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse set to begin next year, the conference today announced dates and sites for the 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments. The 2015 men’s tournament will be held from April 30 to May 2 at Maryland, while the 2015 women’s event will be hosted by Rutgers from April 30 to May 3. The 2016 men’s tournament will take place from May 5-7 at Johns Hopkins, while Northwestern will be the site of the 2016 women’s event from May 5-8.

“We are thrilled that the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will take place at Johns Hopkins in 2016,” Blue Jay men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala noted. “Homewood Field is the most historic venue in the sport of lacrosse and we look forward to adding this prestigious event to the long list of championship-level tournaments that have been held here.”

In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as the conference’s 27th and 28th sports, and that Johns Hopkins had been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Big Ten competition in both men’s and women’s lacrosse will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse.

The Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will feature a four-team field, with two semifinal matches on Thursday and the championship game played on Saturday. The Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will include all six conference programs, with two quarterfinal matches on Thursday. The top two seeds will receive byes to Friday’s semifinals, followed by the championship match on Sunday.

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 played 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, 1953 for Ohio State and 2012 for Michigan.

Big Ten women’s lacrosse will feature teams that have won 24 national championships and 20 of the 33 NCAA championships, including nine of the last 10. Maryland won its 12th national championship this year, and claimed seven straight from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.

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Maryland to host inaugural Big Ten Lacrosse Tournament

Posted on 12 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has been selected as the host site for the inaugural Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The 2015 men’s tournament will be held from April 30 to May 2 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We’re excited to be selected as the host school for the first-ever Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament,” said Maryland head coach John Tillman. “Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium is one of the finest venues in the country and this will be a tremendous showcase for Big Ten lacrosse.”

The Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will feature a four-team field, with two semifinal matches on Thursday and the championship game played on Saturday.

In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as the conference’s 27th and 28th sports, and that Johns Hopkins had been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

Big Ten competition in both men’s and women’s lacrosse will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse.

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 played 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, 1953 for Ohio State and 2012 for Michigan.

The 2016 men’s tournament site was also announced and will take place from May 5-7 at Johns Hopkins.

The women’s lacrosse tournament sites for 2015 and 2016 were also announced with Rutgers hosting the inaugural tournament from April 30 to May 3, 2015. Northwestern will serve as the host for the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament from May 5-8.

Big Ten women’s lacrosse will feature teams that have won 24 national championships and 20 of the 33 NCAA championships, including nine of the last 10. Maryland won its 12th national championship this year, and claimed seven straight from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.

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Loyola defender Fletcher named Academic All-American

Posted on 05 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named To Capital One Academic All-America Team

BALTIMORE – Joe Fletcher added another Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse first to his resume today, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America® presented by CoSIDA honors when he was named to the At-Large second team.

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.

Fletcher was one of 15 student-athletes selected to the At-Large second team and one of four lacrosse players overall selected to the three teams. Syracuse University’s Kevin Rice joined him on the second team, while Villanova University’s John LoCascio and Duke University’s Jordan Wolf were members of the third team.

The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; and bowling, rowing and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

Last month, Fletcher became he first player in school history to earn a positional player of the year award from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association; he was named the 2014 recipient of the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defender.

A three-time USILA All-American and two-time member of the first team, Fletcher was also one of five finalists for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player. He was just the second close defenseman to be among the five finalists in the 14-year history of the honor.

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 is a member of the 30-man United States Men’s Lacrosse National Team from which the roster for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships will be chosen. He was the only collegiate player on that list, and he was the lone current collegian in the 52-man training pool.

As good as he has been on the field for the Greyhounds, Fletcher has been equally outstanding in the classroom and community. He was named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Scholar All-American, and he will start a job this summer for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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.In addition to his academic and All-America honors, Fletcher was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Patriot League First Team, and he was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, as well.

He earned five Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors throughout the year, something that has 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.

Prior to the season, he was the third-overall draft pick in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft by the New York Lizards. He made his professional debut in May and promptly won Warrior Defensive Player of the Week honors after his first game.

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UMBC’s Gregoire finishes tied for second in country in goal scoring

Posted on 28 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC All-American attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) finished tied for second in the nation in goal scoring, according to the final 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Division I statistics, which  were released on May 27.

Gregoire, who set a UMBC single-season record with 48 goals (15 games), scored 3.20 goals per game, tied with Duke’s Jordan Wolf for the second spot. Albany senior attackman Miles Thompson led the nation with 4.56 goals per contest.

Senior Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) capped his career in fine fashion, placing sixth in the country in ground balls per outing (9.33) and 11th in face-off winning percentage at 59.9 percent.

Red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) placed 12th in the country in saves per game with 11.13.

The Retrievers posted their second-best scoring average since 1998, averaging 12.2 goals per game, the ninth-best figure in Division I. The 2009 squad was a tick ahead at 12.3 goals per contest.

UMBC also placed ninth in face-off winning percentage (58.2%) and ground balls per game (33.1), tenth in shooting percentage (31.7%), 14th in assists per game (6.7) and 19th in man-up offense (41.0%).

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Let’s go in the crease for this week’s #WNSTSweet16

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Let’s go in the crease for this week’s #WNSTSweet16

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

The qualifications made this an impossible list. We really should have split this list into two different categories. I should have never opened up the list to anyone who was from Baltimore, played at an area high school, played at a local college or played locally at the professional level. I should have instead split that group up into two categories-players from Johns Hopkins or Maryland in one group and the rest in another category altogether.

You know how tough this list was? Think about the names I ended up leaving OUTSIDE the Top 16. I’d share them with you now, but I don’t want to give away anyone who missed the list. Here goes. (Thanks to Inside Lacrosse, the Baltimore Sun, the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Loyola, Towson and UMBC for assists on info, pictures, etc.)

16. Jim Darcangelo

I’m not trying to get anything past anyone. The bottom four spots on the list are claimed by players who perhaps aren’t REALLY among the 16 greatest of all-time. But they all represent one of the area colleges who deserved to be recognized on the list. It became difficult to keep determining the NEXT greatest player in Hopkins history, so I decided to start looking elsewhere.

Darcangelo was a three time All-American as a midfielder for Towson, helping the Tigers claim the 1974 College Division National Championship. He was twice recognized as the Division II/III Player of the Year during his Towson career and went on to play for Team USA in three World Championships.

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Maryland women top Syracuse to claim 12th national championship

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Maryland women top Syracuse to claim 12th national championship

Posted on 26 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Top-seeded Maryland captured its 12th national title Sunday with a 15-12 victory against No. 2 seed Syracuse in front of a record crowd of 10,311 at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Maryland (23-1) was led in scoring by lone senior starter Beth Glaros, who notched five goals. Taylor Cummings, Brooke Griffin and Kristen Lamon added hat tricks. The Terrapins boasted a 16-13 advantage in the draw circle, including eight from Cummings, en route to their first national championship since 2010.

Maryland’s offense erupted from the onset, posting a commanding 5-0 run in the first 4:20 of the game. After Lamon began the drive with a score 43 seconds in the contest, Glaros and Cummings each found the back of the net for a 3-0 Terrapin lead. Lamon extended the cushion to four after an incredible feed from Kelly McPartland before the All-American midfielder gave Maryland its fifth consecutive goal at 25:40.

After Maryland was able to snag the first six draw controls of the game, Syracuse was finally able to gain its first possession and Kayla Treanor provided the Orange with a goal at 24:20. Amy Cross made it two-straight for Syracuse with a tally 1:20 later.

Treanor shrunk Maryland’s lead to two with a top-shelf score at 12:06 and Alyssa Murray made it four-in-a-row for the Orange with a goal at 9:42 for a 5-4 match.

Cummings snapped a 16-minute scoring drought with an absolute rocket at 9:34 to push Maryland’s lead back to two and Glaros extended it to three with a free position goal following a Syracuse yellow card, one of six issued to the Orange Sunday. Cummings – a Tewaaraton finalist – made it a hat trick with a tally through traffic with about five minutes remaining in the first half and gave Maryland a 9-6 lead at the break.

Syracuse struck first in the second stanza but the Terrapins quickly countered after an unselfish look from Cummings to Griffin for a 10-7 score with 27 minutes remaining before a second consecutive tally by Griffin extended the Maryland advantage to four.

Griffin continued to make her presence known in the final period, completing a second-half hat trick with a spectacular move around the crease for a five-goal Terrapin lead at 21:26. Lamon became the fourth Terrapin to record a hat trick with a free position goal for a 13-7 game with 19:38 remaining.

Syracuse halted the 4-0 run with a Kailah Kempney effort at 17:53 to end a nine-minute scoring lull before Glaros picked up two straight goals to push Maryland’s lead to seven.

The Orange mustered one final run with four consecutive goals for a 15-12 score but the Terps’ defense buckled down in the final four minutes of play to take home the title.

“What an amazing night this is for our Maryland lacrosse program,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Our girls came out and fought hard from the opening whistle until the end. Lacrosse is a game of runs and there were a lot of them tonight. We really stuck together and played the full sixty minutes and we are really excited to come away with the national championship.”

Maryland’s 23 wins in 2014 ties a program-record, originally set in 2001 when the Terps went 23-0 on their way to a seventh-consecutive national championship.

Cummings was named NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player and joined Beth Glaros, Kelly McPartland and Megan Douty on the All-Tournament Team. The Terps will return 11 of 12 starters next season.

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Duke to face Notre Dame for NCAA Championship Monday in Baltimore

Posted on 25 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Game 20
No. 3 Duke (16-3) vs. No. 5 Notre Dame (12-5)
NCAA Championship
May 26, 2014 | 1 p.m. | ESPN2
Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium
 
Setting the Scene
• Duke advanced to its fifth NCAA title game with a 15-12 win over Denver
• The Blue Devils face off against Notre Dame in the championship match for the second time overall
• Notre Dame advanced on an 11-6 win over ACC foe Maryland, earning its second appearance in title match
The Series History
• Duke and Notre Dame meet for the second time this season and 16th time overall
• The Blue Devils hold a 9-6 lead in the series and a 3-1 edge in NCAA Tournament games
• Duke won the 2014 regular season game 15-7 in South Bend

Tale Of The Tape
Category Duke Notre Dame
Overall Record

16-3

12-5

Shots/Game

41.8

37.4

Goals/Game

15.05

12

Assists/Game

9.11

6.12

Points/Game

24.2

18.2

Shot %

0.36

0.321

GAA

9.68

9.46

GBs/Game

35.2

31.1

EMO

24-65 (.369)

35-66 (.530)

Man Down

53-80 (.662)

33-57 (.579)

Clears

319-356 (.896)

227-262 (.866)

Faceoff %

305-528 (.578)

238-426  (.559)

Duke by the Numbers
2-2 – The Blue Devils’ record in NCAA title games
298 – Career points for Jordan Wolf, two shy of becoming the second ACC player to reach 300
169 – Points this season by Duke’s first midfield line of Class, Jones and Walsh – the most by a unit in school history
97 – Points this season for Jordan Wolf, three shy of becoming the first Blue Devil to record 100 points in a season
18 – Points for Myles Jones in three NCAA Tournament games, five shy of Matt Danowski’s Duke record 23
4 – Goals for Kyle Keenan on four shots in semifinal win over Denver
468 – Career ground balls for Brendan Fowler, five shy of taking over the No. 4 spot in NCAA history
488 – Faceoffs taken by Brendan Fowler in 2014, second in NCAA single season history to his 526 taken last year
32 – Career hat tricks for Jordan Wolf, including 13 this season
18 – Goals per game average for the Blue Devils in the three tournament games this year
8.00 – Goals allowed by per game by Notre Dame in its three NCAA Tournament games
How Duke Got Here
Duke junior Kyle Keenan registered four goals and Jordan Wolf added five points to help the Blue Devils to a 15-12 win over Denver … Junior goaltender Kyle Turri came off the bench to make four saves in 13:46 of action to hold off the Pioneers down the stretch … Deemer Class added three goals and Chad Cohan had two … Christian Walsh dished out a game-high three assists.
How Notre Dame Got Here
Matt Kavanagh had five goals and seven points overall to lead Notre Dame to an 11-6 win over Maryland … Connor Doyle added four points … Matt Landis forced three turnovers in the Irish’s defensive effort and Connor Kelly made 14 saves against the Terps.
Last Time We Met
Jordan Wolf tallied four goals and three assists and  Deemer Class added five goals and two assists to lead the No. 3 Blue Devils to a 15-7 win over seventh-ranked Notre Dame in early April … Duke held Notre Dame scoreless for 21:57 en route to a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter … Duke led by as many as 10 and held Irish leading scorer Matt Kavanagh without a goal and to just two shots overall in the game … The Irish won the faceoff battle 15-10.
The Streak Continues
Duke has won seven straight NCAA Tournament games … The Blue Devils are trying to become the first repeat champion since Syracuse won in 2008 and 2009 and the sixth program to do so in NCAA history … The Blue Devils are the lone squad to reach eight consecutive championship weekends in the 21st century … Since 2000, Duke, Syracuse and Virginia have landed in the NCAA semifinal round nine times … Maryland and Johns Hopkins have seven appearances … Overall Syracuse holds the record with 22 straight from 1983-2004.
In common
Duke and Notre Dame share eight common opponents, including four non-conference foes … The Blue Devils went 7-2 against the eight foes, while the Irish were 8-3 in the 11 meetings with the eight squads.

Opponent Duke Notre Dame
Jacksonville W, 16-10 W, 19-7
North Carolina W, 9-8 (OT) W, 11-10
Denver W, 14-10 L, 7-10
Virginia W, 17-15 W, 18-9
Syracuse W, 21-7, L, 15-16 L, 10-11, W, 15-14
Marquette W, 20-9 W, 12-7
Maryland L, 6-10 L, 8-12, W, 6-5, W, 11-6
Harvard W, 17-11 W, 13-5
Danowski in Rematches
Head coach John Danowski is 21-8 in rematches from regular season games during his eight seasons at Duke … He is 15-7 in rematches when the Blue Devils win the regular season contest … This marks the first time Duke has faced Notre Dame in the postseason after winning the regular season game … In non-conference rematches, Duke is 7-2 with the two losses coming against Johns Hopkins.
NCAA Tournament Notes
• Duke is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA title game and second consecutive
• The Blue Devils are 31-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … The 31 wins are sixth among Division I teams … Duke is 2-2 in championship games
• Jordan Wolf leads all current Blue Devils with 48 career NCAA Tournament points (28g, 20a) … Josh Dionne andChristian Walsh have 25.
• Duke has won 25 of its past 31 NCAA playoff games and seven straight … Three of the losses have come against Johns Hopkins in 2005 and 2007 title games and 2008 semifinals
• Overall, the Blue Devils are 26-6 in NCAA action when scoring at least 10 goals and 1-9 when held to single digits
A Win Over Notre Dame Would
• Give Duke its second consecutive NCAA Championship and third overall
• Mark the first time a team has won consecutive championships since Syracuse did so in 2008 and 2009
• Be the program’s 32nd NCAA Tournament victory
• Make Duke 63-58-1 all-time in the month of May
• Give John Danowski his 347th career victory, 128th at Duke and 27th in the NCAA Tournament
• Be the program’s 508th victory
 
2014 Wolf Moving Up Single-Season Charts
With five points against Denver, Wolf moved into a tie with mentor Matt Danowski on the Duke single-season scoring chart with 97 points … Wolf is fourth in goals and seventh in assists … He is two points shy of becoming the first Duke player and 13th in NCAA history to reach 100 points in a single season.

Category DUKE ACC NCAA
Points (97) T-1st T-1st T-15th
Goals (62) 4th 4th T-13th
Assists (35) 7th NA NA
Wolf Climbing Career Lists
Wolf continues to move up the Duke, ACC and NCAA career lists … His 298 points (182 goals and 116 assists) rank second in Duke and ACC history and ninth in NCAA history … His 182 goals are third in Duke history, fourth in the ACC and 10th all-time in the NCAA records book … He is two points shy of becoming the second player in ACC history and ninth in NCAA history to reach 300 career points.

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And this week we’ll have a #WNSTSweet16 for all of the bros

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And this week we’ll have a #WNSTSweet16 for all of the bros

Posted on 25 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

16 years, lists of 16. It’s a pretty simple concept, right?

Unless you’ve spent the first four and a half months of 2014 helping CNN look for a missing plane, you’re probably aware that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. And no, we’ve never been kissed but thanks for asking.

To celebrate our 16th birthday we’re looking over some of the “water cooler” topics of the WNST era and doing our damnedest to try to “define” them with “Sweet 16″ lists. Some lists have been better than others. For example, Drew Forrester has only been involved in a couple-so that’s good.

Here’s a recap if you’ve missed any of our first 20 lists thus far this year.

Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Which brings us to Week 21…and back to your favorite WNST personality.

I actually wrote this preview Saturday while sitting in the press box at the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four between Duke’s win over Denver and Notre Dame’s win over Maryland. I won’t be there to see the Blue Devils face the Fighting Irish Monday for the title, but I have no doubt that Satan will enjoy watching his two favorite teams closely.

This area certainly has a long history with the game of lacrosse at every level and we intend to recognize that with this week’s #WNSTSweet16 list. This week’s topic is the “Sweet 16 All-time Greatest local lacrosse players”.

This list would be WAY easier if I could minimize it to one of the three qualifiers we’re using for the list. Unfortunately for me, I have to combine all three groups to try to make one definite list. Here are the qualifiers.

A-Player played college lacrosse at a school in Maryland. Any of the area schools are options-Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Navy, Mt. St. Mary’s or even a Division III school like Salisbury or Stevenson.

B-Player played professionally for an area team. Certainly the most prominent pro teams in the area have been the now defunct Baltimore Thunder of the indoor game or the Baltimore/Chesapeake/Washington Bayhawks of the MLL on the outdoor side.

C-Player must have been originally from the immediate area and/or played lacrosse in high school locally. This means anyone who played either for a MIAA program or public school in the Baltimore area can be considered even if they went on to play at the college level outside of the area.

My head hurts just thinking about all of the possibilities. Ugh.

(For the record, I’m going to limit this to the greatest MALE players. It’s just to difficult to compare male vs. female lacrosse accomplishments. We will have opportunities to recognize female contributors to the sport in a later list.)

I’m pretty sure I know the greatest players in Thunder history as well as Johns Hopkins and Maryland history. I could probably use some help in EVERY other area of this list AND in trying to compare players in one group to players in another.

I want your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email me (glenn@wnst.net). We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, I will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

In the midst of Championship Weekend here in Baltimore-who are the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the area? Make your voice heard!

-G

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Salisbury falls to Tufts in DIII national championship game

Posted on 25 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The No. 2 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team fell on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in the NCAA Division III national championship game, 12-9, to No. 6 Tufts University, marking only the second time in seven trips that the Sea Gulls have dropped a championship game in Baltimore.

“We fought to the bitter end and had a couple opportunities in the fourth quarter to close the game down to a one-goal game, which we didn’t quite get,” Head Coach Jim Berkman said. “We had an outstanding season. The quality schedule that we played and the number of top-ranked opponents that we won against has been a testament to the great kids and great leadership that we’ve had this season.”

Tufts jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Peter Gill, 55 seconds into the game, but the Sea Gulls answered with a 3-0 run to end the first quarter.

Senior midfielder Greg Korvin netted the Gulls’ first goal, curling around the left side of the crease and planting a high shot in the cage, before assisting junior midfielder Sean Fitzgerald 45 seconds later; Fitzgerald ripped a high shot driving left to give SU its first lead, 2-1.

Salisbury took the 3-1 lead into the second quarter, as sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo took a pass from senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick and found the cage from 12 yards out on the right wing.

Less than five minutes into the second quarter, senior attackman Luke Phipps dodged his defender and ran to the crease from the right side to score his first and increase the lead to three goals.

The Jumbos used a 2-0 run to cut the lead to 4-3, but senior attackman Rhett DePol scored on a fastbreak goal to regain a two-goal lead, 5-3. DePol took a pass from junior attackman Mike Kane and put away his first on the crease.

Another 2-0 Tufts run tied the game, 5-5, as the teams would take that score into halftime. At the break, Salisbury held a slight lead in shots, 23-21, and ground balls, 16-15, while Tufts won more faceoffs, 7-of-12.

The Jumbos came out of the half with two quick goals in the first five minutes to break the tie, 7-5, with both coming from Ben Andreycak.

Senior midfielder Donovan Lange ripped a low shot from 15 yards to cut the lead to one, but Tufts answered with five-straight goals, outscoring the Sea Gulls, 7-1, in the third quarter.

Trailing 12-6 at the start of the fourth, Salisbury began its comeback attempt, as Lange netted his second just over one minute into the quarter, hitting from the right wing.

Kane scored on the crease on a pass from Phipps just over two minutes later, bringing the Gulls within four goals with 11:36 to play.

Salisbury was unable to complete the comeback, with its final goal coming from Fitzgerald at the 6:52 mark of the fourth.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor played all 60 minutes in the cage, making nine saves in the game.

Playing in its final game, Salisbury’s senior class amassed an 82-9 overall record, while advancing to four NCAA tournaments and three national championship games, winning two.

“I am very proud of our seniors…those guys all refocused our group last year and just had a great run,” Berkman said. “I can honestly say this was one of my most enjoyable years coaching ever.”

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Season ends for Maryland with loss to Notre Dame in Final Four

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Season ends for Maryland with loss to Notre Dame in Final Four

Posted on 24 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The No. 7 seed University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team ended its season with an 11-6 loss to No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.

Notre Dame (12-5) got out to a hot start, scoring the game’s first two goals in the opening 8:36 and never trailed in the game. Matt Kavanagh, who led the Irish with seven points on five goals and two assists, scored the first at the 9:58 mark and assisted on the second, which was scored by John Scioscia.

The Terps’ offense not only had to battle a tough Irish defense, but also had to contend with the pipe as senior Mike Chanenchuk and freshman Connor Cannizzaro each had a shot ring off of the cage in the first quarter.

But the rebound on Cannizzaro’s shot went right back to him and he was able to move the ball on to junior Joe LoCascio, who dodged past his defender before bouncing a shot by ND goalie Conor Kelly at the 4:25 mark of the first to trim the Irish lead to 2-1.

Maryland (13-4) tied the score with 2:05 to go in the first when a defensive switch put a short-stick defensive midfielder on Cannizzaro. That worked in the Terps’ favor as Cannizzaro ran by the defender around right goal line extended and scored into the upper right corner.

The Irish used every second of the first quarter, scoring twice in the final 16 seconds, to take a 4-2 lead. Kavanagh scored off an assist from Sergio Perkovic with 16 seconds left. A faceoff violation on junior Charlie Raffa gave Notre Dame the ball on the ensuing faceoff and Nick Ossello came right down and scored unassisted with 9.5 seconds remaining.

The Terrapins opened the second quarter with a good offensive set that saw freshman Matt Rambo set up junior Jay Carlson on the doorstep, but Kelly made the point-blank save to give Notre Dame the ball. That Irish possession was quick as Doyle scored from the left alley to make it a 5-2 Irish lead with 13:28 to go in the second.

Maryland’s extra-man unit had a chance to cut into the ND lead, but Chanenchuk’s look inside was off the mark and picked up by Kelly. That possession led to another Kavanagh goal as he scored from just above right goal line extended from virtually no angle to make it a 6-2 lead for Notre Dame at the 9:12 mark.

Raffa won the ensuing faceoff and LoCascio made it count by ripping a runner from the right alley into the left side of the Irish net with 8:34 left in the first half.

The deficit was cut back to two again at the 1:39 mark when Chanenchuk’s shot was stopped by Kelly, but Carlson was right there waiting for the rebound and he quickly popped it into the back of the net to make it a 6-4 game.

Maryland had a chance to trim the Notre Dame lead back to one on another extra-man opportunity. Chanenchuk laced a perfect pass to Cannizzaro on the back pipe, but Kelly was there again to make the save for the Irish to keep it a 6-4 game heading into halftime.

Notre Dame opened the second half like it did the first, scoring the first two goals to open up an 8-4 lead.

Maryland looked for a spark and found it in its second midfield line. Sophomore Henry West made it a three-goal game at the 7:14 mark, finishing a feed from Chanenchuk with a low-to-low shot from the left wing. The play was set up by a nice dodge from behind the cage by freshman Colin Heacock.

The Irish didn’t let Maryland build any momentum and scored the final two goals of the third to take a 10-5 lead into the fourth quarter.

Chanenchuk scored his lone goal of the game with 6:02 remaining to cut the ND lead to 10-6, but there wasn’t a late-game rally in the cards as the Irish closed out the contest with a goal by Scioscia at the 1:17 mark.

Senior goalie Niko Amato finished the game with 10 saves and one groundball for the Terps, while Kelly was credited with 14 saves for Notre Dame.

Raffa ended up winning 11-of-13 faceoffs with a game-high six groundballs before exiting the game early in the third quarter. Sophomore Jon Garino filled in the remainder of the game and won 4-of-8 draws with two groundballs.

Seniors Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper finished with five and four groundballs, respectively. Sophomore Matt Dunn led the defense with two caused turnovers.

The game was the final game in the careers of nine Maryland seniors: Tyler Adelsberger, Amato, Rustin Bryant,Emmett Cahill, Chanenchuk, Cooper, Ehrhardt, Thomas Guarino, Quinn Haley.

“I’d like to thank our seniors for all that they’ve done,” said Maryland head coach John Tillman following the game. “We’re certainly going to miss all of them and appreciate how much they’ve sacrificed and what they’ve done for this program and this team, just having the characteristics that you want for young people in your organization and representing our state and our school and our alums so well all year, and I’m very proud of them for that.”

Game Notes:
• With today’s 11-6 loss Maryland is now 5-3 all-time vs. Notre Dame and 2-2 in NCAA tournament play.
• Maryland is now 11-11 (.500) all-time in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk finishes his Terrapin career with 16 hat tricks, 42 multi-point, 30 multi-goal and 13 multi-assist games.
• With his two points, Chanenchuk now has 121 for his Maryland career, moving him past Dick Corrigan (1954-58) for sole-possession of 28th on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Chanenchuk’s one goal gives him 77 for his Maryland career, moving him into a tie with Mike Mollot (2000-03) and Bill McGlone (2003-06) for 22nd on the Terps’ all-time goals list.
• Chanenchuk finished the season with 59 points, which is the 24th highest single-season point total in Maryland men’s lacrosse history. His 36 goals on the season ties him for 19th on the single-season goals list with Matt Hahn’s 1995 season and Joe Walters’ 2006 season.
• Chanenchuk finished this tournament with 15 points, which is the fifth most in Maryland history for a single tournament.
• With two points on two goals, junior Joe LoCascio now has 11 multi-point and seven multi-goal games for his career.
• With five groundballs, senior Michael Ehrhardt finishes his Terrapin career with 170 groundballs, which ranks 18th on the all-time groundball list.
• With 10 saves, senior Niko Amato finishes his Terrapin career with 625 saves, which ranks third on the all-time saves list.
• With 11 faceoff wins, junior Charlie Raffa finished the season with 194 faceoff victories, which ties him with Brian Haggerty (1998) for the third-most in a single season for the Terps.

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