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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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Maryland WR’s Diggs, Long return to practice field after suffering season ending injuries

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wide Receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs are back on the practice field as they continue their recovery from season-ending injuries that cut their 2013 campaign short.

Both Diggs and Long participated in 7-on-7 and individual drills as the team continues to prepare for the annual Red-White Spring game this upcoming Friday.

“They’re really excited to be back,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “We’ve been getting a lot of good work in as a team, so it’s nice to be able to get these guys back out here to get some reps in.”

The two are continuing to rehab back from leg injuries that ended both receivers’ seasons against Wake Forrest last season. Through seven games last season, Diggs registered 587 receiving yards and three touchdowns and Long amassed 489 yards and one touchdown catch.

“It feels good to be out here with my teammates,” Long said. “You just have to come out here and play every play like it’s your last. If we all do that, there’s no telling how far we can go.”

The time rehabbing has given both Diggs and Long the opportunity to sharpen their game off the field as the two took the opportunity to meet with wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and review film.

“I take everything he says to heart,” Diggs said. “He’s going to make both of us complete receivers and all-around better receivers. As a coach, he is going to lead us in the right direction, and I appreciate it.”

The energy and competitiveness the two bring to the table has given the wide receiver unit, as well as the team, a little extra motivation on the field.

“It was very helpful to have Stefon [Diggs] around,” Long said. “Just looking and seeing that there was a teammate doing the same thing that I was doing, really pushed us to get better.”

And while Long and Diggs have been pushing each other to get better during this rehab process, both are very excited to be getting back on the field to the game they love.

“It’s good to have him [Deon Long] next to me on the field and off the field,” Diggs said. “He’s a great friend. I’m going to continue to learn from him, and he is going to continue to learn from me. We work off each other, but right now, we are just happy to be back.”

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Maryland AD Anderson on Williams HOF election: “(His) contributions…are unmatched”

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Williams Elected for Enshrinement in Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams has been elected for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as announced today. The Class of 2014 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 8.

“On behalf of the University of Maryland athletics department, we want to congratulate Gary on being selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Over the past five decades, Gary’s contributions to the University of Maryland as an alum, player and coach are unmatched. Gary has earned this honor through his unwavering commitment and dedication to the game of basketball. He had the uncanny ability to bring the best out of his players. Gary is an outstanding coach and great friend, whose drive, passion and knowledge of the game have led him to the pinnacle of his profession.”

Selected for induction into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame last month, Williams will be the first coach in history to be selected to both institutions in the same year. Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 is Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and David Stern.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

“Gary Williams is an icon not only here at the University of Maryland, but for all of college basketball,” said Wallace D. Loh, President.  “I congratulate Coach Williams on this much-deserved honor and I celebrate this moment with Terp alumni and fans all over the world.”

Upon returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland ‘68) led his alma mater’s basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence during his 22 seasons at the helm from 1993-2011.

With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons, Williams and his staff garnered seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.

“I want to congratulate Gary on this prestigious honor,” said current Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Gary is as respected as they come in the coaching profession. He won at every level, did things the right way and will be recognized as one of the all-time greats in our profession. His record and championship pedigree speak for themselves.”

After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.

With an all-time record of 461-252 (.646) as Maryland’s head coach, Williams stands as the Terrapins all-time winningest head basketball coach. He passed Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who amassed 348 victories in 18 seasons from 1969 to 1986.

The rise of the Maryland program ran parallel with Williams’ ascent among the most notable in the collegiate coaching fraternity. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004. He produced at least 20 wins in a school-record eight straight seasons from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run.

In 2001, Williams became just the sixth coach since 1980 to direct his alma mater to the Final Four. A year later, he became the first coach since 1974 to guide his alma mater to a national title.

A former Terrapin point guard and 1968 graduate, Williams was a starter under coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989, inheriting a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. Displaying his coaching abilities immediately, he helped the Terps to 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament – and making him the first coach in school history to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.

Williams began his coaching career as a graduate student at Maryland under freshman coach Tom Davis. The 1969 freshman team finished with a 12-4 record as Williams bonded with Davis in a relationship that would serve him well as his coaching career progressed.

After earning a degree in business, he continued his coaching career as an assistant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. After one year, he took over as the head coach and guided his first team to a perfect 27-0 record and the state title. Williams has called that season “the ultimate — there wasn’t another game to win.” Upon winning the NCAA West Region championship in 2001, he fondly recalled his championship at Camden as the “only other time I’ve ever got to cut down a net.”

Williams spent one more year at Woodrow Wilson before accepting an invitation from Davis in 1972 to become an assistant at Lafayette College. While an assistant at Lafayette, Williams also served as the head soccer coach. In 1978, Williams accompanied Davis to Boston College. After one year there, Williams became the head coach at American University.

Williams immediately began making his mark at American. His 1981 squad set the still-standing school record for victories with a 24-6 mark, won the East Coast Conference championship, and played in the NIT. Williams was named the district coach of the year.

American returned to postseason play the next season as the Williams-led Eagles went 21-9 and played in the NIT for the second consecutive year. Only once prior to Williams’ arrival had AU attended a postseason tournament, and the Eagles have not returned since. Williams’ four-year record at AU was 72-42.

In 1983, Williams succeeded Davis at Boston College. He was once again an instant success, posting a 25-7 record and leading the Eagles to the regular-season championship of the Big East in his first season. Making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Williams directed the Eagles to the Sweet 16. He finished third in the balloting for national coach of the year, and was honored again as the Eastern Coach of the Year by his peers. He went on to duplicate that NCAA Tournament success again in 1985, leading B.C. back to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1987, Williams accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, becoming the 10th basketball coach in that school’s illustrious history. He succeeded Eldon Miller and once again enjoyed success. In three years, the Buckeyes made three postseason appearances. His first squad defeated then-No. 1 and unbeaten Iowa (coached by Tom Davis) in the regular season, in what would be the first of many giant-killings.

During Williams’ three-year term at Ohio State, the Buckeyes defeated a second-ranked Purdue team, perennial power Kansas and highly regarded Big Ten powers Michigan and Illinois. Each of Williams’ three Ohio State teams advanced to postseason play, and he laid the groundwork for the highly successful teams that followed when he left Columbus for College Park.

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Former Terps coach Williams elected to Naismith Hall of Fame

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Former Terps coach Williams elected to Naismith Hall of Fame

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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Maryland women set for Final Four showdown Sunday night against Notre Dame

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (28-6) will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA Final Four at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, log on tohttp://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1. The winner of Sunday’s matchup will take on Connecticut or Stanford Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA National Championship game.

Three-time All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Maryland reached its fourth NCAA Final Four all-time with a 76-73 win at third-seeded Louisville Tuesday night. Freshman Lexie Brown added 20 points and senior Katie Rutan scored 12.

This is the seventh all-time meeting between the Terps and the Irish. Maryland owns the series, 4-2. The Irish won this year’s regular season meeting between the two, 87-83, at Comcast Center on Jan. 29. Alyssa Thomas led a furious second half comeback for the Terrapins with 29 points and 12 rebounds as they took a one-point lead with minutes to play.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

The Terrapins are a top four seed for the 13th time in school history No. 4 seed for the third time. They are 7-2 all-time as the fourth-seed.

Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in the men’s or women’s history in the NCAA First Round with her 13 points. She passed Juan Dixon (2,269) and currently has 2,342 career points. She also has 1,229 career rebounds, which ties her with Crystal Langhorne for the school record.

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Maryland F Thomas named WBCA All-American

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 10 players in the country to be named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Saturday. She is the first in program history to earn the honor three times.

The WBCA All-America Team was announced at a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2014 WBCA National Convention.

Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (28-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,341 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.

Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas is joined on the team by Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

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Maryland to play Villanova in 2014 Jimmy V Classic

Posted on 03 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Four historic college basketball programs — Indiana, Louisville, Maryland and Villanova – will participate in the 20th annual Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 9. ESPN will televise both games from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, beginning with Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m. ET followed by Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.

The early-season event will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2013.

Each game will include a defending conference champion that participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and lost to an eventual Final Four team: Defending BIG EAST regular-season champion Villanova, a two-seed in the NCAA Championship, lost to Connecticut while American regular-season co-champion and conference champion, Louisville, lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.

Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m.: Villanova has defeated Maryland in four of the five all-time meetings. Maryland, making its Big Ten Conference debut next season, will make its first appearance in the Jimmy V Classic. Villanova will play in its third Jimmy V Classic, losing the previous two games: 67-58 to Texas in 2008 and 81-71 to Missouri in 2011.

Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.: Indiana holds a 10-6 record over Louisville, but lost the last meeting between the teams in 2003. Indiana has won its previous two Jimmy V Classic games, defeating North Carolina 82-73 in 1999 and Pittsburgh 64-54 in 2009. Louisville, making its Atlantic Coast Conference debut next season, will play in its second Jimmy V Classic after losing to Arizona 72-65 in 2006.

Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this fall.  Ticket prices range from $15-$275 and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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Carlson tallies four goals, assist as Maryland beats Robert Morris

Posted on 02 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Jay Carlson paced the Terrapins with four goals and an assist to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 19-6 win over Robert Morris Wednesday evening at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Maryland (9-1, 3-1 ACC) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first period and never looked back.

Junior Joe LoCascio jump started the Terps with the opening two goals of the game just 22 seconds apart. His first goal came at 9:27 and was unassisted with his second goal coming off an assist from senior Mike Chanenchuk.

After Robert Morris (4-6, 1-3 NEC) cut the lead to one with its first goal of the game at the 7:02 mark Maryland responded with three goals of its own.

Freshman Matt Rambo scored two goals just a minute apart. The first came at 6:19 after LoCascio dodged from the wing and found the freshman on the crease for an easy turn and shoot. Rambo’s second goal was a quick release shot off an assist from fellow freshman Colin Heacock.

The Colonials cut the Maryland lead to 5-3 with two goals of their own. The Terrapin defense responded holding Robert Morris scoreless for the next 16:34 while the offense poured in seven straight goals.

During the Maryland seven goal run five different players tallied a goal including Carlson, who scored three of his four goals on the day.

Sophomore Henry West started off the scoring run at 12:18 of the second with a big overhand step-down shot off an assist from LoCascio.

After Carlson scored his first goal of the day, Chanenchuk increased the Maryland lead to 8-3 with a quick stick finish on the crease off an assist from junior Bryan Cole at the 5:13 mark.

Carlson then scored two straight goals, increasing the Terrapin lead to 10-3 with 2:39 remaining in the opening half. Carlson’s first goal was an impressive behind-the-back finish from the right goal line extended off of a feed by freshman Tim Rotanz.

The final two goals of the half came from senior Michael Ehrhardt on a fast break goal and sophomore Jon Garino on an unassisted goal off a won faceoff. Garino’s goal gave the Terps a 12-3 lead at the break.

After Robert Morris opened the second half scoring to cut the lead to 12-4 Maryland answered with four straight goals of its own.

Senior Rustin Bryant scored with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter on an unassisted goal around right goal line extended.

Maryland’s riding effort earned the Terps their next goal. Carlson caused a Colonial turnover deep in their own end and found a wide open Rambo in front of an empty net for the easy finish to extend the Maryland lead to 14-4. Carlson finished off the third quarter scoring with 21 seconds remaining in the quarter off an assist from Bryant.

Maryland opened the final 15:00 of play with a goal from redshirt sophomore Kevin Forster, who scored from the left alley inside the left post off an assist from West just 49 seconds after the opening faceoff.

The Colonials answered with two goals of their own to cut the lead to 16-6, but that would be their final goals of the game, as the Maryland defense only allowed three Robert Morris goals in the final 44:13.

Maryland scored the final three goals of the game to give it a final score of 19-6. Freshman Ben Chisolm scored his second career goal with 3:42 remaining. Senior Quinn Haley scored just over a minute off an assist from sophomoreTyler Brooke. Junior Zack Wholley finished off the scoring with his first career goal with 1:38 left on the clock.

The Terps controlled the faceoff X with Garino winning 17-of-20 draws while collecting 13 groundballs, including 10 in the first half, on the day.

The Terrapin defense caused eight turnovers on the day with Ehrhardt leading the team with two.

Senior goalie Niko Amato played the first half for the Terps and made seven stops. He was relieved in the second half by sophomore Kyle Bernlohr, who nearly matched him with six saves of his own.

Maryland will have this weekend off before returning to action on Saturday, April 12, when its plays at Johns Hopkins in the 111th meeting of Lacrosse’s Greatest Rivalry. The Terps and the Blue Jays are scheduled for a 2 p.m. faceoff at Homewood Field and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 19-6 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Robert Morris.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 37 multi-point and 27 multi-goal games for his career.
• Chanenchuk extended his consecutive point-scoring streak to 32 games with the three-point effort and pushed his consecutive goal-scoring streak to 23 with his two goals.
• With two points on a goal and an assists, senior Rustin Bryant now has two multi-point games for his career.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, junior Joe LoCascio now has six multi-point and two multi-goal games for his career and registered his first career multi-assist game.
• With five points on four goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has eight hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 14 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on a goal and two assist, sophomore Henry West now has four multi-point and two multi-assist games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, freshman Matt Rambo now has four hat tricks, seven multi-point and six multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, freshman Tim Rotanz now has two multi-point games for his career and registered his first career multi-assist game.

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Terps midfielder Ehrhardt finalist for Senior CLASS Award

Posted on 02 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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

This is the fourth straight season Maryland has had a Senior CLASS Award finalist, which is the longest streak of any college or university.

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

Ehrhardt has proven to be a fine example in each of the four areas highlighted by the Senior CLASS Award. The 2013 second team All-American has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills throughout his time at Maryland and was voted a 2014 team captain by his teammates and coaches. For the past three years he has been a part of Maryland’s Student Athletic Advisory Council as the voice and leader in a group of other student-athletes involved with the Athletic Department.

A communications major, Ehrhardt is also an active member of the community both in College Park at Maryland and at home in Westbury, N.Y. He has served as a mentor in the Big Brother Program at Hyattsville Elementary School and has also volunteered at several clinics

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 20 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through May 12. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore May 24-26. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

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Maryland GK Amato picks up another ACC weekly honor

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland’s Amato earns his league-leading third weekly honor of the season

GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina junior attackman Joey Sankey and Syracuse junior attackman Kevin Rice have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Co-Players of the Week, while Maryland senior goalkeeper Niko Amato is this week’s ACC Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Rice tied his career high with four goals and added two assists to lead Syracuse to its first ACC victory, 11-10, against No. 7 Notre Dame March 29 at the Carrier Dome. Three of his four goals came in the second half, including the game-winner with 2:05 to play. Rice has a goal in seven straight games and at least one point in his last nine contests.

Sankey scored a career-high five goals en route to a seven-point day to lead North Carolina to a come-from-behind victory at No. 9/10 Johns Hopkins. With the Tar Heels trailing 7-4 late in the second period, the Warminster, Pa., native helped engineer Carolina’s comeback as he played a role in two goals, including the go-ahead strike, during a 4-0 run that gave the Tar Heels the lead for good. Sankey padded North Carolina’s lead with two goals midway through the fourth quarter to help ice the win.

Amato totaled 10 saves in a 9-6 win over No. 8 Virginia on March 30 to remain a top the league standings with a 3-1 ACC mark. Amato made six of his 10 saves in the first half to keep the Terps within striking distance of Virginia and made four more in the second half to limit the Cavaliers to just one goal over the final 30 minutes of the game. Amato’s 10-save effort is his third double-digit save output of the season and 21st of his career.

Amato’s defensive player of the week honor is his third of the season.

ACC men’s lacrosse action continues Wednesday, April 2 with Maryland hosting Robert Morris and Binghamton playing at Syracuse.

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