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Navy, Army renew historic rivalry Saturday in West Point

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 11 Army (7-3, 5-1 PL) vs. Navy (4-6, 3-4 PL)
Date and Faceoff April 12 at 2:00 pm ET
Location West Point, N.Y. | Michie Stadium (38,000)
Television CBS Sports Network | Dave Ryan & Evan Washburn
Video Streaming None


Game Preview

• Bragging rights will be on the line this Saturday when  Navy (4-6, 3-4 Patriot League) travels to West Point to battle its arch rival Army (7-3, 5-1 PL) in the annual Star Game.  The 93rd edition of the Army-Navy Game is slated for a 2:00 pm faceoff at Michie Stadium.
• Saturday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.  There will be no video stream available for this contest.
• Live stats will be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a heart-breaking 7-6 double-overtime decision at home to top-ranked Loyola last Saturday.  A goal by Navy junior midfielder Gabe Voumard in the fourth quarter sent the game into extra minutes, but it was Brian Schultz who fired in the game-winning goal 1:12 into the second overtime frame.
• Meanwhile, Army comes into the game riding a three-game winning streak after narrowly escaping Boston with a win over the Terriers.  The Black Knights dominated the early stages of the game, but BU scored five of the game’s last seven games and came a goal shy of upsetting Army in its inaugural season.

Scouting the Black Knights
• Ninth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici has directed the Black Knights to a 7-3 overall mark, including a 5-1 Patriot League record.
• Army’s losses have been by a combined THREE goals.  The Black Knights dropped a 6-5 decision to Massachusetts in their opener, a 9-8 overtime decision to Rutgers and a 7-6 decision on the road against then-No. 2 Loyola.  Army has reaped the benefits of close games, as well, scoring a 6-5 win over nationally-ranked Lehigh, an 8-6 victory over Lafayette and an 8-7 road win last Saturday over Boston U.
• The Black Knights dominated the early stages of their game against Boston U., however, the Terriers put together a furious rally over the last seven minutes of the contest.  BU scored the game’s last three goals, but came up a goal short.
• The Black Knights are ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring defense, surrendering just 5.70 goals per game.  No team has reached double digits against Army this season.  Rutgers came the closest in a 9-8 OT win.
• Meanwhile, army stands ninth in scoring margin (+3.50) and 10th in man-down defense (72.0)
• Army’s two lowest rankings are in saves per game (#62, 9.00) and shot percentage (#55, 23.8).
• Junior attackman John Glesener is atop the scoring leader board for the Black Knights with 37 points on a team-best 26 goals and 11 assists.  He owns 4 of Army’s 8 extra-man goals.  He is ranked 20th nationally in points per game (3.70) and goals per outing (2.60).
• Sophomore attackman Will Mazzone has split his 24 points evenly with 12 goals and 12 assists, while classmate Connor Cook has amassed 18 points on 10 goals and 8 assists.
• Sophomore Alex Daly has won 96 of his 155 draws (.619) this season and stands 13th nationally in winning percentage.  He did not, however, play against Boston U. last weekend.
• Army has used 5 different face-off men this season, however, rookie Alex Daly has taken the majority.  He has won 49.7 percent (78-157) of his draws this season and is pacing the team in ground balls with 40.
• In his second season as the starting keeper, junior Sam Somers has been solid outstanding.   He is ranked No. 1 nationally in goals-against average (5.43) and No. 2 in save percentage (62.2).
• Junior long stick midfielder Jimbo D’April has been solid on defense where he has produced a team-best 14 caused turnovers and has 22 ground balls.

Army vs. Navy – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 93rd meeting between Army and Navy on the lacrosse field, meeting for the 82nd-consecutive year … it’s the longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another team.
• Navy owns a 57-32-3 series advantage that included 13-straight wins by the Midshipmen between 1998 and 2007 … the Mids have won 14 of the last 20 contests in the series.
• The Mids also own a 52-31-3 advantage in Star Games, winning 11 of the last 16.
• Army, however, has won six of the last seven games in the series, including each of the last five games overall and four-consecutive Star Games.
• The Mids lead the series at West Point, 27-16-2, however Army has won three in a row on its home field.  Navy’s last win at Michie Stadium was an 11-10 decision on April 15, 2006.
• There have been only six times in the 92-game history (dating back to 1924) in which the two programs have battled twice in one season (1978 and 1981 in the NCAA Tournament; 2005, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘10 in the Patriot League Tournament).
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 25 games against Army … the Mids have held the Black Knights to single digits in nine of the 14 games since joining the league in 2004 … Army has reach double digits three times in the last 10 games against the Mids.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9 – Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan stands 9th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 171 … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record with 222 from 2004-07.
8 – Army leads the country in scoring defense (5.70) this season, however, Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 25 games against the Black Knights.
7 – With his goal last Saturday against Loyola, senior Sam Jones became one of just 7 players in program history who have scored 80 goals and dealt out 50 assists … he has posted 80 goals and 54 assists.
6 – n his 3 previous appearances against Army, senior attackman Tucker Hull has scored 6 goals, including 3 in last year’s contest.
5 – Rookie Brady Dove needs 3 faceoff wins to move into 5th place on Navy’s single season faceoff wins list.  His 126 faceoff wins this spring are the most since Mikelis Visgauss won 126 in 2008.
4 – 4 Patriot League players are ranked among the nation’s top 20 in faceoff winning percentage, including Army’s Alex Daly (61.9) who is 13th and Navy’s Brady Dove (58.6) who is 18th.
3 – Navy is 3 goals shy of topping its goal total from a year ago.  The Mids scored 103 goals (7.92) in their 13 games last season and through 10 games this spring have scored 101.
2 - Tucker Hull has been held without a goal in just 2 games this season (Georgetown, Lehigh) and without a point just once (Lehigh).
1 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 99-103 record in 15 years as a head coach.

On the Road Again
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 29 of its 59 road games (neutral sites not included).
• Navy had lost 10 straight games on the road dating back to 2012, but finally got a check in the win column two weeks ago at Boston U.   The Mids dropped back-to-back games to Maryland and Army in 2012, were 0-5 a year ago and dropped contests at Bucknell (9-6), Towson (14-9) and Lehigh (13-2) this season before dealing the Terriers a 13-7 loss.
• Navy has had a losing record on the road in four of its last five years.  The Mids were 2-4 in 2010, 1-6 in 2011, 3-2 in 2012, 0-5 in 2013 and 1-3 in 2014.
• Six of Navy’s 13 games this season will be played away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – at Bucknell (L, 9-6), at Towson (L, 14-9), at Lehigh (L, 13-2), at Boston U. (W, 13-7), at Army and at Maryland.
• Navy has averaged 11.8 goals in its 6 home games this season and just 7.5 goals in its 4 road games.  Meanwhile, the Mids’ opponents have scored 46 goals (7.7) in games played in Annapolis vs. 43 on the road (10.8).

Patriot League Tournament
• With the addition of Loyola and Boston U. this season, the Patriot League Tournament will expand to six teams and feature a quarterfinal round where the top two seeds receive a bye.  The 2014 Patriot League Quarterfinals will be played Tuesday, April 22, with the semifinals on Friday, April 25 and the championship on Sunday, April 27.
• The No. 3 and 6 seeds will face one another, while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed.
• Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal and championship rounds, played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round.
• While the playoff scene remains murky, Loyola, Army and Lehigh have clinched a spot in the tournament.  Meanwhile, Loyola has secured one of the top two seeds to earn an opening-round bye.
• Among the six teams vying for the final three spots in the tournament, Navy is the only team with just one conference game left.
• Colgate is 3-3 with games against Holy Cross and Army, Bucknell is 3-3 with games against Lafayette and Loyola, Holy Cross is 1-5 with games against Colgate and Boston U., Boston U. is 1-5 with games against Loyola and Holy Cross and Lafayette is 1-5 with games against Bucknell and Lehigh.
• This weekend’s lineup includes Lafayette at Bucknell on Friday night (7:30 pm), with Saturday contests between Holy Cross and Colgate (1:00pm), Boston U. and Loyola (1:00 pm) and Army vs. Navy (2:00 pm).  Lehigh has a nonconference matchup against Georgetown on Saturday (7:00 pm).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionMixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira (Friday 2pm from Abu Dhabi live on UFC Fight Pass); Auto Racing: NASCAR Southern 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Darlington, SC live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (Thursday 7pm Friday 2pm Saturday 3pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel)

10. Katt Williams (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Lewis Black (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Mick Foley (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Privateer Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday 5pm War Memorial Plaza); Bay Bridge Boat Show (Friday-Sunday Bay Bridge Marina); Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Draft Day“, “Oculus” and “Rio 2” out in theaters (Friday); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, “August: Osage County“, “Grudge Match” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a trailer that has made me want to see a movie LESS than Draft Day. But since Monday was the 25th anniversary of a REALLY good movie about a Cleveland sports franchise, let’s just remember that.

9. Avicii (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Phil Vassar (Friday 6:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Emmylou Harris (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Rick Ross (Friday 9pm Echostage); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Southern Soul Assembly feat. Marc Broussard/JJ Grey/Anders Osborne/Luther Dickinson (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre)

You know what drives me nuts? I hate the idea of Avicii but I actually like some of his tunes.

I love Carolina Chocolate Drops. I also love Charm City Devils. I feel like if someone started a band called Cool Colorado Demons, I’d probably like them too. It’s a CCD thing.

I could use much more Dirty Dozen Brass Band in my life.

Marc Broussard is a totally unfair type of talented.

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Loyola remains #1, Towson enters both new major lacrosse polls

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The #1 ranked Loyola Greyhounds survived a major Patriot League scare Saturday, topping Navy 7-6 in 2OT and holding on to their spot atop the rankings. Elsewhere in local lacrosse action this weekend, Johns Hopkins shook off a three game losing streak by beating Albany 13-8 Friday night at Homewood Field and Towson scored their biggest win of the season by going on the road and outlasting previous #11 UMass 6-5.

Maryland was idle this weekend after throttling Robert Morris 19-6 Wednesday night. This has set the stage for a major top ten showdown between the Terps and Blue Jays this coming Saturday afternoon.

Here is a look at both of the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com). We’ll start with the new Inside Lacrosse media poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (16) 10-1 432 1
2 Duke (2) 10-2 414 3
3 Maryland (4) 9-1 401 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 375 5
5 Denver 9-2 347 6
6 Cornell 9-1 337 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 308 7
8 Johns Hopkins 6-3 273 10
9 Notre Dame 4-4 252 8
10 Virginia 8-4 244 9
11 Penn 5-3 215 13
12 Fairfield 9-2 195 15
13 Yale 6-3 184 14
14 Hofstra 7-3 131 T16
15 Bryant 9-3 111 11
16 Massachusetts 7-3 97 12
17 Princeton 5-4 69 19
18 Army 7-3 54 20
T19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
T19 Lehigh 9-3 42 NR

And now the new weekly USILA coaches’ poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (12) 10-1 278 1
2 Duke (1) 10-2 258 3
3 Maryland (1) 9-1 250 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 243 5
5 Denver 9-2 223 6
6 Cornell 9-1 209 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 184 T8
8 Virginia 8-4 168 T8
9 Johns Hopkins 6-3 166 10
10 Notre Dame 4-4 163 7
T11 Fairfield 9-2 119 13
T11 Penn 5-3 119 15
13 Yale 6-3 112 14
14 Massachusetts 7-3 73 11
15 Princeton 5-4 72 17
16 Hofstra 7-3 48 20
T17 Harvard 6-4 46 NR
T17 Bryant 9-3 46 12
19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
20 Lehigh 9-3 32 NR

 

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UMBC can’t hold halftime lead, falls at Binghamton

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Vestal, N.Y. – UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Binghamton improved to 4-6, 2-0.

Binghamton outshot UMBC, 38-27, and UMBC fell to 0-5 when being oushot in 2014.

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored a pair of goals.

Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Retrievers reeled off four consecutive goals and led, 4-2, on a score by Maxwell with 11:00 to play in the second quarter. The Bearcats tied the game on back-to-back scores, but Gregoire gave the visitors the lead back, converted a high feed from Maxwell inside with 3:29 remaining in the stanza.

With 1:45 to play in the half, Young found the net on a dodge and shot from 10 yards out to give UMBC a 6-4 advantage, which they took to the break.

But Binghamton came out in the second half and jumped on the Retrievers, racking up four straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the third. Sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) tried to breath life back into the visitors, finishing on a man-down fast break situation with 4:31 to play in the quarter.

UMBC won the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over and BU’s Michael Antonozzi closed the quarter with a goal at the 13:03 mark of the period to give the hosts a 9-7 lead after 45 minutes.

A key sequence early in the fourth quarter stung the Retrievers, as Binghamton netminder Max Schefler made back-to-back, one-on-one  saves on Gregoire in a five-second span.  After BU’s Tucker Nelson gave the Bearcats the first three-goal of the day at 10-7 with 10:58 remaining, the Bearcats took over the momentum and controlled the final stages  of the game.

Schefler, who made just two saves and allowed six first half goals, stopped 11 shots (13 saves) and permitted just one second half UMBC goal. UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) allowed more goals (13) than recorded saves (11) for only the second time in 2014.

UMBC won the battle of face-offs, 14-10, but committed more turnovers (15) than the Bearcats (12).

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, April 12, when they host Hartford at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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White dominant for Towson in upset win at UMass

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Amherst, Mass. - Sophomore Tyler White made 16 saves, saving the best one for 10 seconds left in the game, as Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA) defeated No. 11 UMass (7-4, 1-1 CAA), 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

“It was the game we expected,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We knew it would be tough, and both goalies played very well. Any time you play UMass, it’s a street fight. Tyler White came up huge for us. It’s a great win for us.”

The Tigers scored their last goal at 9:01 in the third quarter and withstood a furious UMass charge for the victory. It was Towson’s 30th program victory over a ranked team on the road and first since the 2013 CAA champioship.

UMass’s Grant Whiteway opened the scoring at 11:36, but the Minutemen weren’t in the lead for long before DeNapoli and Justin Mabus teamed up for DeNapoli’s 16th goal of the season at 8:57 first quarter. Cuccinello put the Tigers ahead, 3-1, at the end of the first quarter when he scored back-to-back goals 39 seconds apart.

Mariano notched his 23rd of the year at 12:35 in the second quarter, unassisted, to make it 3-2 in favor of Towson. Sophomore Ben McCarty contributed a goal at 10:40, but Mariano answered just under two minutes later. Neither team was able to do much offensively until Seider scored unassisted with a shot low to the right at 6:26 in the second.

The Tigers struggled with turnovers late in the first half, and White made five stand-up saves for Towson on quality Minutemen shots.

Ryan Izzo cut the Tigers’ lead to 5-4 when he cut right down the middle and scored unassisted with 48 seconds left in the half.

Seider started the scoring in the second half at 9:01 when he worked in alone to the right side of the net and stuffed it in to give the Tigers another two-goal lead, 6-4. Towson ended the third quarter ahead, 6-5, after Jeff George sent a scorcher past White.

The fourth quarter started with a long UMass possession in which the Minutemen took six shots. Towson then went cold on offense, hitting the pipe twice and forcing Minutemen keeper Zach Oliveri into multiple tough saves.

Towson went a man down for two minutes and killed both penalties but could not sustain an offensive possession. Mariano took UMass’s last shot with 10 seconds left, which White stopped dead. The Tigers ran out the last few seconds for the win.

The Tigers kick off a three-game homestand to end the regular season with Penn State on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Towson 6, No. 11 UMass 5
Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA)    3-2-1-0/6
UMass (8-2, 2-0 CAA)     1-3-1-0/5

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 2, Seider 2, DeNapoli, McCarty; UMASS – Mariano 2, Whiteway, Izzo, George.ASSISTS: TOW – Mabus; UMASS – Consoletti, Mooney, George. SAVES: TOW – White (16, 60:00, 5 GA); Oliveri (13, 60:00, 6 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 35; UMASS – 33. GROUNDBALLS: TOW – 22; UMASS – 24. FACE-OFFS:TOW – 5-12; UMASS – 7-12. EMO: TOW – 0-4; UMASS – 0-4. ATT: 786.

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UMBC continues America East play Sunday at Binghamton

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

An early battle of America East unbeaten will take place in Vestal, N.Y. on Sunday, April 6, as the UMBC Retrievers (5-4, 1-0 America East) face the Binghamton Bearcats (3-6, 1-0 AE) at the Bearcats’ Sports Complex. The opening face-off is set for 2:00 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.americaeast.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Sophomore midfielder Pat Young scored with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the Retrievers edged Stony Brook, 12-11, in the America East opening game for both squads on March 28. Young and SR A Matt Gregoire led a balanced attack in goal-scoring with three apiece. Gregoire, who leads the team with 29 goals and 32 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last eight games. Entering the week, he is fifth nationally with 3.22 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.33 saves per game. The reigning AE Rookie of the Week owns a save percentage of 56.3 percent, which is 14th-best in the country. The win over Stony Brook moved UMBC’s overtime record in America East play to 4-1 in regular season competition.

BEARCAT UPDATE:  Binghamton gave No. 8 Syracuse all they could handle on Wednesday night, losing a tight 10-8 non-conference contest in front of 1,847 fans at the Carrier Dome. JR A Tucker Nelson led the way for Binghamton with a four-point effort against the Orange with a one-goal, three-assist night. BU edged Hartford, 11-10, in their America East opener from Al-Marzook Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats fought back from a four-goal deficit in the first half and their defense withstood a late Hartford rally in the final minute. SR A Matt Springer registered his fourth hat trick of the season with a four-goal effort. Nelson leads BU in points with 10 goals and a team-best 19 assists, while SR A Matt Springer has tallied a team-best 25 goals. Seven of the Bearcats’ nine games have been decided by two goals or less and BU is 3-4 in those contests.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  Young scored his fourth goal with 1:18 remaining and the host Retrievers outlasted Binghamton, 10-9, to clinch a berth in the America East Tournament for the tenth consecutive year on April 27, 2013. Young, who led the Retrievers with four scores, scored his third game-winning goal of the season.
Binghamton won the first meeting in New York in 2004 and the most recent one in Vestal in 2012, but UMBC won the 11 contests in between and last year’s game to increase the series lead to 12-2.  Five of the 14 decisions in the series have been determined by a single goal and UMBC has won a pair of overtime decisions versus the Bearcats.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for back-to-back America East contests, starting with a Saturday, April 12 contest versus Hartford. The opening face-off is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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#1 Loyola faces Navy for first time as conference foe Saturday

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Navy Midshipmen

Saturday, April 5, 2014  |  12:00 p.m.

Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland plays the second of two-straight Patriot League road games on Saturday, April 5, when it travels to nearby Annapolis, Md., for a 12 noon game versus the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Greyhounds’ current nine-game winning streak is tied for the nation’s longest with Cornell. The Big Red are 9-0 this season.

Two Loyola players – Joe Fletcher and Jack Runkel – won Patriot League weekly honors on Monday, bringing the Greyhounds’ total to 16 out of a possible 28 awards this year.

On Monday, Runkel became the first player to win five Goalkeeper of the Week awards in a single year, and Fletcher is the first to earn four or more Defensive Player of the Week laurels.

Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello combined for nine points and were on the scoring or assisting end of 7-of-10 Loyola goals Saturday at Colgate.

Pontrello continues to lead the nation in total goals scored with 37 this season. Ward is second in total assists with 33. Pontrello is second in goals per game (3.7), and Ward is third in assists per game (3.3).

 

Last Time Out

Jeff Chase tied Saturday’s game at then-No. 17 Colgate University with 12-yard shot 5:31 into the third quarter, starting a 4-0 Loyola run that led to a 10-8 Patriot League victory over the Raiders.

After Chase’s goal, Justin Ward scored back-to-back goals, and Nikko Pontrello added one of his three to put Loyola in front, 8-5, with 2:31 left in the period.

Colgate got two goals, however, before the end of the frame to trail by just one entering regulation’s final 15 minutes.

Graham Savio won the fourth quarter’s opening faceoff and ran into the box only to see his shot clang off the crossbar. Ryan Fournier secured a high ground ball and fed Pontrello on the crease, however, for a goal 11 seconds into the quarter.

Matt Clarkson responded with a goal at 13:33 for Colgate, but Ward fed Matt Sawyer for a 13-yard shot with 4:05 left on the clock to put Loyola up two.

The Raiders got off four shots on the following possession, but none were from inside 12 yards, and Jack Runkel made a save on the only one on goal.

Runkel finished with 12 saves, while Pat Laconi caused three turnovers.

Follow The Action

Saturday’s game, and all non-televised Patriot League games, will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. Additionally, all of Loyola’s non-televised home games will be available on the free HD network.

Log on to PatriotLeague.tv to watch the home games on your computer, web-enabled televisions and most mobile devices.

 

In The Polls

With Saturday’s win at then-No. 17 Colgate, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls.

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.

 

Series History

Loyola and Navy will meet for just the ninth time in series history despite being located less than 26 miles from each other as the crow flies. The teams have met only two times during the regular-season since 1943. Navy leads the all-time series, 5-3, but Loyola has won each of the last three games.

The Greyhounds and Midshipmen played a two-game series to open the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Loyola coming away victorious in both. The Greyhounds had only the slightest margins in each game, winning 8-7 in 2010 and 9-8 a year later.

Navy led the February 19, 2011, meeting by five, 7-2, with 5:53 to play in the second quarter, but Loyola held the Midshipmen scoreless for more than 28 minutes to rally for the win. Patrick Fanshaw tied the game at 7-7 with three seconds left in the third quarter, and he then scored the game-winner with 1:08 left in regulation.

 

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 Colgate, 10-8, on Saturday, Loyola has won 81.3 percent of those games (52-12).

 

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 38-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 9-1 this season) for a .844 mark.

Only Duke has won more games (40) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by more than eight percent (40-12, .769).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are at or near the top of two offensive categories through games of Monday, March 31, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello paces Division I with 37 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 33 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 87 combined points (Ward, 44; Pontrello, 43). Albany’s Lyle (48) and Miles (44) have a combined 105.

 

Schedule Says

Loyola has jumped out to a 9-1 start this season and the nation’s number one ranking while playing one of the best schedules in Division I. Loyola’s first 10 opponents are 54-35 overall as of March 30, and their combined winning percentage of .607 is the fifth-best opponent winning percentage in the nation. Only the opponent winning percentages of Yale (.768), Syracuse (.734), Penn (.732) and Albany (.615) are better.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello had his 10th multi-goal game is as many contests to open the season on Saturday when he scored three against Colgate. Through games of Monday, March 31, Pontrello leads the nation in total goals with 37.

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 and five versus Lafayette.

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 Greyhounds with 37 goals and is second behind Justin Ward for the team-lead with 43 points through 10 games.

He leads the Patriot League and is second nationally in goals per game (3.70), while he is second and 11th in points per game (4.30).

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .643 mark, saving 99 out of 156 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 7.24 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .607 through nine games. He is fourth in the nation in both saves percentage and  goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.81 goals against average and .560 saves percentage; he is fifth in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982) with 400 career saves. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 36-6. 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.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 27 assists in the last seven contests. He is second in the nation in total assists (33), and he is also third in the country and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.30 assists per game this year. His 33 assists are already fifth-most in school Division I single-season history, five shy of tying Sean Heffernan’s single-season record from 1994.

With four assists against Duke, 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. Following his three at Colgate, Ward now has 100 in his career. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also tied for ninth in school Division I history in total points with 150.

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.

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola continues to lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 10.2 through 10 contests. The Greyhounds have committed 1.6 fewer turnovers per game than the second-place team in the nation, North Carolina.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds are also one of just two teams to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (14.11) rank fourth, and its goals allowed (7.33) are tied for fifth.

North Carolina is the other team in the top five for both, matching the Greyhounds in goals allowed while it is second in goals per game (14.78).

While it is tied for fifth nationally in scoring defense, Loyola is just fourth in the Patriot League in the category. Army (1st, 5.50), Lehigh (2nd, 6.67) and Colgate (4th, 7.11) all rank ahead of the Greyhounds nationally. In conference games, however, Loyola and Army are tied at 5.25 per contest.

 

Man-Up Success

Loyola has converted on just under half of its man-up possessions this year, scoring 14 goals on 30 opportunities. Its .467 success rate is good for 12th in NCAA Division I through games of Monday, March 31.

Nikko Pontrello leads the way with five man-up goals, while Kevin Ryan has three and Matt Sawyer and Brian Schultz each have two.

Eight of Loyola’s extra-man goals have been assisted by Justin Ward.

 

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 three 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.

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 44 ground balls and caused turnovers (14). His 59 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

 

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 and a goal at Georgetown, bringing his season totals to six goals an one assist. He now has 11 goals and 10 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. His team-leading 17 caused turnovers this season have brought his career total to 59, fourth most in school history.

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 10 of its games this season, and it has had five stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 17 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

 

 

Five-Plus For Two

Matt Sawyer scored six goals, and Nikko Pontrello tallied five for the Greyhounds on March 9 against Duke, marking the first time in over a decade that two Loyola players have scored five or more in the same game.

The last pair to do so was Gavin Prout (six) and Tim Goettelmann (five) in a 14-9 win on March 25, 2000, at 14th-ranked Brown University.

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has parlayed his opportunity into a solid start to the season. Through 10 games, Schultz has scored 18 goals, second most on the team, and assisted on nine, second behind team-leader Justin Ward.

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.

They 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.

In addition to the senior duo that is on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, junior attacker Nikko Pontrello was also named to the group on March 20.

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Towson tries to return to winning ways Saturday at UMass

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson men’s lacrosse hits the road for the last time in the regular season, visiting the No. 11 Minutemen of UMass on Saturday, April 5 at 12 p.m. at Garber Field.

Opening Face-Off
Hofstra snapped Towson’s six-game win streak with a 9-7 victory over the Tigers in a windy and soggy contest in Hempstead, N.Y. on March 29. UMass is coming off a 12-6 win over Hartford. The Minutemen jumped from 14th to 11th in this week’s USILA coaches poll.

Updating the Tigers
Despite a career-best four goals from freshman Joe Seider, Towson fell, 9-7, at Hofstra on Saturday. The game was tightly contested until the third quarter when Towson went 17:00 without a goal. The Tigers had a chance to tie it late, but the Pride’s Torin Varn scopped a rebounding save and scored for the final margin.

Scouting the Minutemen
UMass has been in the top 15 of the USILA coaches poll since the first week of the season. The Minutemen have ranked as high as ninth and are No. 11 this week. Their only two losses came against then-No. 18 Albany (25-10) and then-No. 19 Fairfield (11-5). Saturday’s game is the bookend to back-to-back home games, after last weekend’s 12-6 win over Hartford. UMass is 3-1 at home this season. The Minutemen’s conference win came over then-No. 5 Penn State (8-6) on March 15.

Towson-UMass Series History
This series is a long one, composed of just a few games. It started in 1963 with a four-goal UMass victory but wasn’t revived until 2010. The Minutemen hold a 4-3 advantage in the series and are 2-1 against Towson in Amherst, Mass.

Last Time Out vs. UMass – April 6, 2013 (UMass 5, Towson 9)
Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson defeated UMass, 9-5, at Unitas Stadium. Aftera  first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third frame on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter – insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.

Greg Cuccinello tied his then-career high with two goals. Ben McCarty and Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. UMass had five different players - Kyle SmithMatt WhippenConnor MooneyColin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen.

Seider Named CAA Rookie of the Week
For the second time in 2014, freshman Joe Seider earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades. This time, he scored a career-high four goals in a 9-7 loss at Hofstra. His first goal tied the game at 4-4 just before the half. His last goal was an EMO tally that inched Towson to within two, 8-6, with 9:26 left.

Next Up
Towson kicks off a three-game home stand to finish the regular season with a 7 p.m. game against Penn State on Saturday, April 12.

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Navy hosts Loyola for Patriot League battle Saturday

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Fresh off a 13-7 victory over Boston U. a week ago, Navy (4-5, 3-3 Patriot League) will kick off a stretch of three consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents when it battles No. 1-ranked Loyola (9-1, 5-0 PL) on Saturday.  Action is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids snapped a three-game losing skid last Saturday when they made their inaugural trip to Nickerson Field and dealt the Boston University Terriers a 13-7 loss.  Eight different players scored goals for the Midshipmen, including defensemen Pat Kiernan and Jules Godino, while sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche produced his third hat trick of the year.
• Loyola earned its ninth straight win by scoring a 10-8 victory over Colgate on the road last Saturday.  After trailing 5-4 in the early minutes of the third quarter, the Greyhounds staged a 4-0 run and took the lead for good as Loyola secured a spot in the Patriot League Tournament in its first season as a member of the conference.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9    Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan stands 9th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 166 … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record with 222 from 2004-07.
8    8 of Gabe Voumard’s 10 goals this season have been unassisted … over his three-year career, 22 of his 27 goals have been unassisted.
7    Just 2 opponents have won the faceoff battle against the Mids this season, however Navy has lost 7 straight games when the opponent has won more draws.
6    Just 6 Navy players have scored 80 goals and dealt out 50 assists … senior attackmanSam Jones needs just 1 goal to add his name to the list (79G, 54A)
5    Sam Jones has scored all but 5 of his points this year at home … he has punched in 26 (16-10) of his 31 (17-14) points in front of his hometown crowd.
4    4 of Patrick Keena’s 9 points this spring have come on extra-man offense, scoring a goal and adding 3 assists.
3    Sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche is coming off his 3rd hat trick of the season … meanwhile, he has produced at least one point in 15 consecutive games.
2    The last two games between Navy and Loyola have been decided by a combined 2 points … the Greyhounds defeated Navy 8-7 OT in 2010 and 9-8 in 2011.
1    With games over the next month against #1 Loyola (9-1), #4 Maryland (9-1), #10 Johns Hopkins (5-3) and #18 Army (6-3), Navy stands No. 1 in the country for the toughest remaining schedule.  Those four teams have a combined record of 29-8.

Scouting the Greyhounds
• Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Charley Toomey, the Loyola Greyhounds enter today’s matchup as the No. 1-ranked team in the country and are riding a nation’s-best (along with Cornell) nine-game winning streak.  Loyola opened the season with a controversial 14-13 overtime loss at Virginia on Feb. 6 and have rolled since.  The Greyhounds have wins over Penn State (12-11 OT), Towson (20-4), Holy Cross (16-4), Lehigh (14-7), Duke (14-7), Army (7-6), Georgetown (10-9), Lafayette (21-4) and Colgate (10-8).
• The preseason Patriot League favorite, the Greyhounds are atop the conference standings as the lone unbeaten in league play at 5-0.  Loyola is the only school who has secured a spot in the six-team Patriot League Tournament slated for the week of April 21.
• Loyola is ranked among the nation’s top 5 in eight of the 15 statistical categories.  The Greyhounds are ranked No. 1 in turnovers per game (10.20), No. 2 in winning percentage (.900), No. 3 in points per game (21.80) and scoring margin (+6.30), No. 4 in assists per game (8.10), clearing percentage (.931) and scoring defense (7.40) and fifth in scoring offense (13.70).  If there was a chink in the armor, it would be the Greyhounds’ man-down defense whish is ranked 53rd (.565).
• Attackmen Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello complement one another quite nicely as Ward leads the team with 44 points on 11 goals and 33 assists, while Pontrello has produced 43 points on 37 goals and six assists.  Ward is 10th nationally in poins per game (4.40) and third in assists per game (3.30), while Pontrello stands 11th in points per game (4.30) and is second in goals per game (3.70).
• Senior keeper Jack Runkel is ranked fourth nationally in goals-against average, giving up 7.24 goals per game and his 60.7 save percentage is the fourth best in the country.  As a team, Loyola has given up double digits just twice this season, those coming in the first two games of the season.

Navy vs. Loyola – The Series
• The two programs are meeting for just the seventh time and the first time under third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.
• The series is split at three wins apiece, as Navy won the first three games and Loyola has won the last three.
• Saturday’s contest marks the series’ sixth game to be played in Annapolis.  The only game played on Loyola soil was in 2011.
• The two programs first met on May 6, 1939, with Navy scoring a 14-4 victory.  The Mids also took wins over Loyola in 1942 (12-8) and 1943 (8-1).  However, the two teams would not meet again until the NCAA Tournament in 1993.  The Greyhounds dealt the Mids a 19-8 to end their season.
• The two programs rekindled the series in 2010 with Loyola scoring an 8-7 decision in overtime and a year later the Greyhounds earned a 9-8 come-from-behind win over the Mids in Baltimore.

2011 Navy-Loyola Recap
• Fourteenth-ranked Loyola overcame a five-goal deficit to earn a 9-8 victory over Navy on Feb. 19, 2011.  A goal by attackman Patrick Fanshaw with 1:08 remaining in the contest sealed the win for the Greyhounds.
• Navy took 17 of its 24 shots in the opening half and scored seven goals. Meanwhile, in the second half, Navy lost nine of the 10 faceoffs and managed just seven shots in the entire half.  In the third quarter alone, Loyola outshot the Mids, 16-1, and owned a 10-1 ground ball advantage.
• A goal by Mike Sawyer at the 6:46 mark sparked a four-goal run by the Greyhounds in the third quarter and was capped by a goal by Fanshaw with 3.7 seconds left in the period that knotted the game at seven apiece.
• Loyola draw specialist John Schiavone won all five faceoffs in the third quarter to keep the ball out of Navy’s hands.  In fact, Navy got off just one shot in the third quarter while throwing the ball away five times.
• The Mids fought their way back and after more than 28 minutes of being held scoreless,Sam Jones found sophomore midfielder Jay Mann who unleashed a long bounce shot that snuck its way in at 7:48.
• The game remained deadlocked at 8-8 for nearly seven minutes before Chris Basler would find Fanshaw who exposed a missed switch by Navy and stuck a lefty shot past Wickham for the game-winner (1:08).
• Navy did have one last shot with five seconds to go in the game, but a shot by Andy Warner was snatched out of the air by keeper Jake Hagelin to preserve the win.

2004 Squad to Be Honored
• The 2004 Navy lacrosse team will be recognized at halftime of next Saturday’s home game against Loyola.
• Most considered the Mids’ season a Cinderella story.  But the blood, sweat and tears spoke volumes for the Navy squad that fought to play in the program’s first National Championship game since 1975.
• Over the course of the season, several milestones were achieved, including winning a school-record 15 games.  In addition to recording the most wins in Academy history, Navy earned its highest ranking — No. 2 — for five-consecutive weeks.  Its 9-6 win over Maryland in College Park was the program’s first win over a No. 1-ranked program and one-of-six Navy wins over top-10 ranked teams.
• Along the way, the Mids scored an 18-10 win on the road against ninth-ranked Army in what was the seventh win amidst a 13-game winning streak against their arch rivals (1998-07).
• After sweeping through the Patriot League with a 7-0 record in its first season as a member of the league, Navy conquered Colgate and Hobart in the league’s postseason tourney to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• By virtue of its Patriot League Tournament title, Navy earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in what was its first appearance in the postseason tournament since 1999.
• The Midshipmen went on to gain the nation’s support as they fought their way through the NCAA Tournament, first defeating Penn handily, 11-5, at home and then surviving a battle against seventh-seeded Cornell (6-5) on the Big Red’s home turf.  Navy made it to the coveted national semifinals where it withstood multiple rallies by eighth-ranked Princeton to earn an 8-7 victory and punch its ticket to play in the NCAA Championship Game.  In a back and forth contest, Syracuse scored three goals with under five minutes remaining in the game to edge the Mids, 14-13, with better than 40,000 fans looking on.
• Seven Midshipmen garnered All-America honors, including keeper Matt Russell who was named a First-Team All-American and the winner of the Ens. C. Markland Kelly Award as the nation’s top goalkeeper.    Ian Dingman (Second Team), Ben Bailey (Third Team), Mitch Hendler (Third Team), Joe Bossi (Honorable Mention), Graham Gill (Honorable Mention) and Steve Looney (Honorable Mention) also garnered All-America recognition.  Meanwhile, Richie Meade was the recipient of the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award, given to the National Coach of the Year.

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Hopkins tries to snap losing streak Friday against Albany

Posted on 03 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-3) welcomes Albany (4-4) to Homewood Field for the second of three consecutive home games for the Blue Jays. Faceoff at Homewood Field is set for 7 pm on Friday, April 4.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins dropped its third consecutive game to a team ranked in the top 10 as the Blue Jays fell to fifth-ranked North Carolina, 13-9, last Saturday. Albany turned in a strong showing on both sides of the field as the Great Danes topped visiting Vermont, 20-9, last Saturday at home in a game not as close as the score would indicate.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Albany are meeting for the 13th time in a series that dates to a 10-4 Johns Hopkins victory in 2002. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the previous 12 meetings, although Albany grabbed a 10-9 decision last season. Every meeting between the two teams has taken place at Homewood Field.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany with an all-time record of 938-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Wouded Warrior Partnership: Johns Hopkins will team with the Wounded Warrior Project for this week’s game against Albany. With an aim to raising awareness and funding for the organization, a number of Johns Hopkins lacrosse items will be available via raffle at the game. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, whose purposes include:

• Raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
• Helping injured service members aid and assist each other.
• Providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Albany enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked 16th in the coaches poll and 18th in the media poll.

Third of Three: This week’s game against Albany marks the third of three games the Blue Jays will play against teams who are coached by Johns Hopkins graduates. Johns Hopkins previously defeated Towson (Shawn Nadelen ‘01) and UMBC (Don Zimmerman ‘76), while Albany is coached by Scott Marr ‘91.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 15-8 victory at UMBC 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 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-53 (.741) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-70 (.714). Pietramala’s 175 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), Bronson Kelly(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: Despite being held under 10 goals for the first time this season with last week’s 13-9 loss to North Carolina, Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany averaging 12.25 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. JHU ranks 12th in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.00) and eighth in points per game (20.25).

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 eight games, 64 of JHU’s 98 goals have been assisted, or 65.3%. 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.

Something Special Going On: An area of emphasis for all lacrosse coaches in practice are the specialty units of extra-man offense, man-down defense and faceoffs and the Blue Jays have been excelling in all three areas this season. In fact, Johns Hopkins is the only team that ranks in the top 10 in the nation in all three categories.
Below is a quick look at each unit through eight games:

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on two-of-six extra-man opportunities last week against North Carolina and is now 13-of-26 (.500) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in extra-man offense with Brandon Benn (4 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (4) and Ryan Brown (3) leading the way.

Man-Down Unit Excelling: With a lot of the focus on JHU’s offense this season, it’s easy to overlook the performance of the man-down unit, which has killed off 12-of-16 (.750) chances this season. The Blue Jays rank eighth in the nation in man-down defense this season after finishing 11th a year ago.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (134-of-203 / .660). For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 129-of-187 (.690) through eight games and also has a team-high 88 ground balls thus far. He ranks third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in ground balls per game (11.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.br> In his last four games, Kennedy is 75-of-102 (.735) with 51 ground balls and has won ast least 16 faceoffs and grabbed 11 ground balls in each of those four games.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The eight teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 10 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and seven of 15 minutes or longer.

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 four goals and seven points in all eight 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).

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 last week’s 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.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th 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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