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Navy visits Towson for in-state showdown Tuesday night

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 6 Navy (3-2, 2-1 PL) at Towson (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
Date and Faceoff March 11 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-2, 2-1 Patriot League) will step away from conference action and make the short trip to Towson to battle the 4-2 Tigers Tuesday evening.  The 13th edition of the Navy-Towson series is set for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via TowsonTigers.com and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at both sites NavySports.com.
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance of the season, dealing Lafayette an 11-3 loss last Friday in Annapolis.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards 9-1 over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Rookie Joe Seider and sophomore Chris Vetter each pitched hat tricks to lead Towson to a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night.  The Tigers scored 5 goals in the first and third quarters to secure the win.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has produced a combined 9 points in the three previous games he has played against Towson.
8 – Hull has scored a point in each of the last 8 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzsche owns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 11 straight games.
7 – The Mids are ranked 7th nationally in three team categories:  faceoff winning percentage (61.3), man-down defense (79.2) and scoring defense (7.60).
6 – Hull needs 6 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.  He would also join teammate Sam Jones as one of just nine active NCAA players to score 70 plus goals and register 50 assists.
5 – Navy senior attackman Sam Jones is ranked No. 5 nationally in points per game, averaging 5.00 points.
4 – Jones has produced hat tricks in 4 of the 5 games this season and has 14 over the course of his career.
3 – The Mids have won just 3 of their 11 road games over the last three years and have lost 8 straight.
2 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 2 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 98-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
1 – Freshman Brady Dove won 12 of 17 draws against Lafayette last Friday to move into No. 1 on Navy’s faceoff wins list by a freshman with 67 on the year.  The record was previously held by Mike Haertel (1997) with 64.

Scouting the Tigers
• After dropping back-to-back games to nationally-ranked programs, third-year Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen has led the Tigers to wins in each of the last three contests.  Towson has wins over High Point (11-8), Georgetown (8-7), Mount St. Mary’s (9-1) and Marist (12-9), while dropping decisions to Johns Hopkins (15-8) and Loyola (20-4).
• The Tigers are coming off a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night that saw Towson twice score five goals in a quarter (1st, 3rd).
• Senior midfielder Thomas DeNapoli is leading the Towson offense with 20 points on a 9 goals and a team-high 11 assists.  He paced the team with 2 goals and 3 assists against Marist last Friday.
• Rookie attack Joe Swider has scored a team-high 10 goals and dealt out 3 assists, while fellow newcomer Ryan Drenner has contributed 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists.
• While Nadelen has looked to four different players to take faceoffs this season, sophomore Conor Pequigney and freshman Alec Burckley have taken the majority of the draws.  Pequigney is 30 for 67 (44.8), while Burckley is 23 for 40 (57.5)
• Junior Tyler White has taken over the starting goalkeeper duties from Andrew Wascavage who graduated following the 2013 campaign.  White has given up 57 goals (9.77 GAA) and made 60 saves (51.3).
• Senior John Fennessy anchors the defensive unit which is surrendering 10 goals per game.  Fennessy leads the team with 7 caused turnovers and owns 12 ground balls.  Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Nick Gorman owns a team-best 17 ground balls and has forced four turnovers by the opponent.

Navy vs. Towson – The Series
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Towson marks the 13th game in a series that, prior to 2010, was discontinued following the 1997 campaign.
• Navy holds a 7-5 series advantage winning, however Towson owns a 4-2 record in games played on its home field.
• The inaugural meeting was won by Navy, 13-9, but a regular series was not set up until the 1991 campaign … Navy and Towson met seven straight years before the series stalled out.
• Navy head coach Rick Sowell owns a 2-3 record against Towson all-time … he was 1-1 against the Tigers at Stony Brook and lost the only meeting with Towson while at Dartmouth.  In his first season at the Academy, he directed the Midshipmen to a 10-6 victory over the Tigers at Towson but fell short a year ago at home in an 8-7 loss.
• The winning team has reached double digits in nine of the 12 meetings, including four of the last five contests.

Navy Vs. the CAA
• The Mids own a 74-18 all-time record (80.4) against the current six-member Colonial Athletic Association, playing all six of the programs.
• While Navy has a flawless record against Drexel (1-0), it has seen the most action against Penn State (38 gms) and enjoyed great success against the Nittany Lions, winning 94.7 (36-2) of the games.  However, the last time the two programs played was in 2003 when they were both members of the ECAC Lacrosse League.
• This is the fourth straight year Navy has faced a team from the CAA.

Weekend Rewind
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance, scoring an 11-3 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette last Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards, 9-1, over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Navy has now won 15 of the 16 games played in the series, including all 10 played in Annapolis.
• It was the fewest goals surrendered by Navy since its 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins on April 21,2012.  Meanwhile, it was the fewest goals Lafayette has scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012.
• Navy’s starting offensive lineup scored 10 of the 11 goals and dealt out 3 of the 6 assists.
• Senior attack Sam Jones paced the team with 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists.  It marked Jones’ 4th hat trick this season and the 14th over his career.
• Attack men T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull extended their point scoring streaks.  Hanzsche owns a team-best 11-game point and goal-scoring streak, while Hull has produced a point in 8 straight games.
• Senior long pole Pat Kiernan scored his first goal of the season and 10th of his collegiate career … he is now tied as Navy’s top scoring defenseman of all-time with Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
• Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove won 12 of the 17 draws against Lafayette and in doing so became Navy’s all-time leader in faceoff wins by a freshman, posting 67 wins on 109 attempts through five games.  The previous record was 64 set in 1997 by Mike Haertel.  He also moved into 16th on Navy’s career faceoff wins leader board.
• Sophomore goalkeeper John Connors turned in 13 saves and a career-best 81.3 save percentage.
• Senior defenseman Nik Mullen held Lafayette leading scorer Brian Bock to just an assist.  Additionally, he posted in a career-high three caused turnovers and picked up two ground balls.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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Towson plays host to Navy Tuesday night at Unitas Stadium

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Tiger men’s lacrosse team returns to Unitas Stadium to host Navy on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.

Updating the Tigers: Towson took a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to defeating Marist, 12-9, Friday evening in New York. Freshman Joe Seider and sophomore Chris Vetter both recorded hat tricks. Senior Thomas DeNapoli had a five-point day. The Red Foxes held the Tigers scoreless in the fourth quarter, but Towson withstood Marist’s late rally.

Scouting the Midshipmen: Navy is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play after a win over Lafayette on Friday, March 7. The Midshipmen defeated VMI and Holy Cross, and Lafayette but have lost to Georgetown (8-7 in ot) and at Bucknell (9-6). The Mids used a suffocating defense and a well-balanced offense to pitch an 11-3 victory over the Leopards at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Sam Jones had a hat trick while Gabe Voumard and Austin Heneveld each added two goals. John Connors made 13 saves in the win.

Towson-Navy Series History: The Midshipmen lead the overall series 7-5 in a rivalry that dates back to March 22, 1975 and a 13-9 Navy victory in Annapolis. The longest winning streak of the series went from April 18, 1992 to April 16, 1994, when the Midshipmen won three straight. Navy had won games in 2011 and 2012 before Towson earned a one-goal decision, 8-7, in 2013.

Last Time Out vs. Navy – March 13, 2013 (Towson 8, Navy 7): Behind a five-goal second quarter, Towson men’s lacrosse powered through to defeat Navy, 8-7, at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Towson got off to a slow start, allowing Navy to take a 3-0 lead. Andrew Wascavage made six stand-up saves the second frame for Towson. Cory Dobyns kicked off a scoring run where Towson posted five of seven goals to finish the half tied at five. Navy scored two quick, tough goals to start the second half and go up 7-5 with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter. Andrew Hodgson posted his first man-up goal since his freshman year at 4:10 off an assist from Dobyns (7-6). The Tigers evened the game at 7-7 on Devin Grimaldi’s second career goal assisted by Neil Hutchinson and took their first lead of the game on an unassisted tally, and eventual game winner, from Greg Cuccinello at 10:28 in the fourth quarter.

Next Up: The Tigers remain at The U to host UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

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Navy defense stifles Lafayette for 11-3 victory

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  The Navy men’s lacrosse team used a suffocating defense and a well-balanced offense to pitch an 11-3 victory over Lafayette Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  The Mids improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Patriot League action, while dealing Lafayette its fourth loss of the season (1-4) and second in conference play.

“This was a heck of a win tonight,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We have a lot of respect for Lafayette and we knew it would be a tough game.  They have a strong defense and they are very strong in goal, but we battled.”

The two teams traded goals in the opening period before the Mids took a 2-1 lead with just 3.2 seconds left in the first thanks to the spectacular play of senior long pole Ben Sampson (Doylestown, Pa.).  Sampson forced a Lafayette turnover, grabbed the ground ball and took off looking for a transition goal.  He found senior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) in mid-stride, as Jones punched in the goal and Sampson was credited with his first collegiate assist.

Lafayette, though, would convert on its fourth extra-man opportunity of the game when Navy goalkeeper John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) came out of the goal and went behind the cage.  Lafayette junior attackman Sonny Round recognized Connors was out of position and wheeled his pass to senior middie John Floyd who knotted the game at 2-2 with 6:19 remaining in the half.

Navy senior Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) gave the Mids the lead for good when he took possession of the ball from behind the cage on a restart and quickly ran around the right side of the cage and tucked his shot in over the shoulder of Lafayette keeper Jake Hyatt with 2:23 to go in the second period.

The Mids added a goal onto the scoreboard after Lafayette way flagged for its first penalty of the game with 37 seconds remaining in the half.  A perfectly executed play between attackmen Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) and Tucker Hull(Charlotte, N.C.) gave the Mids a 4-2 advantage at the break.

Navy pushed its lead to 7-2 with just under seven minutes to play in the third quarter and featured goals by Heneveld, Jones and junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.), who blew past midfielder Matt Confort and waltzed his way in for a doorstop goal.  Following a 20-minute scoring drought, Lafayette scored its third and final goal of the game on an unassisted marker by sophomore Robert Orazietti at the 1:19 mark.

Leading 7-3 to begin the final stanza, Navy got a huge spark from rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.).  The Mids opened the fourth quarter by scoring four goals in the first minute and 24 seconds thanks to consecutive wins by Dove at the faceoff “x.”  Heneveld picked up the ground ball on the opening draw of the fourth quarter and fed Jones who was posted up low on the left wing.  Jones sent his pass to co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) who was running up the middle and scored his first goal of the season at the 14:47 mark.  Kiernan is now tied for sixth nationally among active defensive scorers with 13 points on 10 goals and three assists over his career.

Meanwhile just 16 seconds later (14:31), Jones again found a teammate, this time fellow attackman T.J. Hanzsche(Berwyn, Pa.), who extended his point and goal-scoring streak (11 straight games) with a high-powered shot from the right wing.  Just eight seconds elapsed (14:23) when Dove won the faceoff and without hesitation flipped the ball to Voumard who fed Jones for his third goal of the game.  Navy’s final goal in the run came at 13:36 when senior midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) punched in his lone goal of the game and gave the Mids an 11-3 lead.

“It all started with Brady” said Jones about Navy’s four-goal run to open the fourth quarter.  “I have a lot of respect for him.  He doesn’t play with a lot of emotion, he just goes out and does his job and gives the offense an opportunity to score.”

Dove, who came into the contest ranked 17th nationally in faceoff percentage (59.8), won 12 of the 17 draws he took against the Leopards and became Navy’s record holder for faceoff wins by a freshman.  Winning 67 of the 109 draws (61.5) to date, he passed previous record holder Mike Haertel who held the record for nearly 20 years.  Haertel won 64 of the 122 faceoffs he took as a rookie in 1997.  Dove, meanwhile, also moved up to 16th on Navy’s career faceoff wins list, passing Tommy Wallin who amassed 64 wins from 2003-07.

“Brady has been unbelievable for us,” added Sowell.  “He has great poise.  He might be the most important player on our team right now.

“I’ve been saying it since day one that we need to find other ways to score other than set pieces and in the last two games I think we have done a nice job of that.  Tonight Brady really did a good job of generating some offense for the team.”

Navy senior close defenseman Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) and Connors in goal orchestrated a defensive effort that was nearly flawless, as the Mids surrendered the fewest goals since their 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins on April 21, 2012.  It’s the fewest goals the Leopards have scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012.

Mullen held the Leopards’ leading scorer Brian Bock (7G, 2A) to just an assist in the contest while also chipping in a career-high three caused turnovers, while Connors turned away 13 shots on goal including six in the third quarter.

“Connors was unbelievable tonight,” said Mullen.  “He was on fire.  He really saw the ball well and made some great doorstop saves.”

“We were pretty good down there,” said Sowell regarding Navy’s defensive effort.  “Coach Wellner has done a good job of coaching our defense and I thought we played a sound game.  I didn’t like all of the penalties that we committed, but credit our man-down defense for hanging tough.”

Navy was flagged for an alarming eight penalties, including multiple times when the Mids were already down a man.  Remarkably, Navy was able to squelch seven of the eight man-down situations.  On the year, Navy’s opponents have scored five goals on 24 attempts (20.8).

Seven different players scored goals for the Mids, while 10 different players provided points.  Jones paced the Mids in the scoring column with five points on three goals and two assists.  With his fourth hat trick in five games this season, Jones slipped past Eddie McKinnon (1999-02) into 16th on Navy’s career scoring list with 137 points.  Meanwhile, Voumard pitched in three points on two goals and an assists and Heneveld turned in his third two-goal performance of the season.

The Mids will have little time in relishing their victory as they will play their lone regular-season mid-week game of the year on Tuesday when they make the short bus ride to Johnny Unitas Stadium where they will face Towson.  Game time is slated for 7:00 pm.

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Navy hosts Patriot League rival Lafayette Friday night

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 5 Navy (2-2, 1-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (1-3, 1-1 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 7 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League) seeks its second Patriot League victory of the season when the Mids play host to Lafayette (1-3, 1-1 PL) Friday evening.  The 16th edition of the Navy-Lafayette series is set for a 7:00 pm faceoff 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 are coming off an historical victory over Holy Cross at home last Saturday.  After Holy Cross trimmed Navy’s lead to one (4-3) midway through the second quarter, the Mids used a 9-0 run to blow the game open and eventually deliver Holy Cross a 21-12 loss.  Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals for the Mids.
• Despite an 8-7 win over conference foe Colgate, Lafayette was unable to bottle up the momentum and instead have been on the short end of its last two games against Army (8-6) and Delaware (9-6).  The Leopards and Blue Hens were knotted up (4-4) at the half, but Delaware outscored Lafayette 5-2 in the second half to cruise to the victory on Tuesday.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (56-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 10-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 2-0 in 2014).
9 - Brady Dove needs 9 faceoff wins to tie record holder Mike Haertel (1997) for most wins by a freshman in program history with 64.
8 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has scored a combined 8 goals in the three previous games he has played against Lafayette.
7 – Hull has scored a point in each of the last 7 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzsche owns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 10 straight games.
6 – Hanzsche scored a career-high 6 goals against Holy Cross last Saturday.  It’s the most scored by a Navy player since Tucker Hull scored 6 against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.
5 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 5-1 all-time against Lafayette, including a 2-0 mark as the Mids’ head coach.
4 – Friday marks Navys 4th home game this season.  The last time Navy played 4 of its first 5 games at home was in 2010 when the Mids faced VMI (W, 16-5), Loyola (L, 8-7 OT), North Carolina (L, 11-4) and Bucknell (W, 8-7) at home with a trip to Lehigh (W, 8-3) prior to Bucknell.
3 – Sowell is 3 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 97-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
2 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones (74G, 48A) needs 2 assists to become just the seventh active player in DI lacrosse to have 60 career goals and 50 career assists.  ClassmateTucker Hull is one of the active six to have achieved this with 66 goals and 51 assists.
1 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs just 1 ground ball to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 154.

Scouting the Leopards
• Second-year head coach Jim Rogalski has his Lafayette Leopards nipping at the heels of some of the better programs in DI lacrosse this season.  While the Leopards are 1-3 on the year, they’ve lost their last two games by two goals each.
• Lafayette’s lone win of the year was an 8-7 victory over Colgate, while its losses have been against Stony Brook (18-10), Army (8-6) and Delaware (9-6).
• The attack combo of Brian Bock and Sonny Round has led the way, as the two have produced a team-best 8 points.  Bock has produced a team-high 7 goals and 1 assist, while Round has posted 3 goals and a team-high 5 assists.  Sophomore Robert Orazietti and middie Morgan Westby have also contributed four goals.
• Lafayette has had to rely upon a stiff defense to provide the offense an opportunity to possess the ball.  The Leopards are 66th among the 67 teams in DI lacrosse in faceoff winning percentage, winning just 27.1 percent of their draws.  Sophomore Adam Broeckaert is 13 for 53 (.245) and rookie Erik Cannon is 10 for 29 (.345).
• Senior Jake Hyatt has been a mainstay in goal for the Leopards with an 11.14 goals-against average and a 54.3 save percentage.  Hyatt’s 12.67 saves per game average stands 10th nationally.  However, sophomore Ben Falcone made the start Tuesday against Delaware where he surrendered 9 goals and made just 6 saves.

Navy vs. Lafayette – The Series
• Friday’s contest marks the 16th meeting between the two programs, and the 12th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  Navy leads the series, 14-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 12 of the 15 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 13 times.
• In the 15-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 192-75 … since joining the league in `04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 128-74.

Weekend Rewind
• The Mids are coming off an historical victory over Holy Cross at home last Saturday.  After Holy Cross trimmed Navy’s lead to one (4-3) midway through the second quarter, the Mids used a 9-0 run to blow the game open and eventually deliver Holy Cross a 21-12 loss.
• Navy has now won 10 of the 11 games played in the series, including all 5 played in Annapolis.
• The 21 goals were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.  The nine-goal victory marked its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League team since its 12-3 win over the Crusaders in 2010. Meanwhile, the 33 combined goals are the most since second-ranked Virginia delivered a 24-13 blow to the Mids in Charlottesville on March 4, 1995.
• Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals for the Mids, including 6 byT.J. Hanzsche.  The six goals are the most scored by a Navy player since Tucker Hullscored six against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.
• Hazsche, Hull and Taylor Harris (2006) are the only three Navy players to score six or more goals in a game since the beginning of the 1991 campaign.
• It’s also tied as the most goals scored by a Navy player in a Patriot League game since the Mids joined the league in 2004.
• Fellow attack Sam Jones turned in a career-high tying 5 goals, while Hull chipped in three goals.
• Attack men T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull extended their point scoring streaks.  Hanzsche owns a team-best 10-game point and goal-scoring streak, while Hull has produced a point in 7 straight games.  Hull’s consecutive games with an assist streak came to an end, however, at 4.
• Midfielder Gabe Voumard  and attack Patrick Keena both produced career highs in points with four apiece.
• Freshman midfielder Colin Flounlacker scored his first collegiate goal.
• Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove won 19 of the 34 draws against Holy Cross.  The 19 wins by Dove tied as the third most in program history, just one off the record set in 1995 and later tied in 2004.  It’s the most wins since Logan West won 19 against Bucknell on March 3, 2012.  The 34 attempts are the most in school history, improving upon the previous mark of 32 set by Dan Sullivan (twice) in 1995.
• Navy used a 7-0 run in a nine-goal quarter to end the first half of the game with an 11-3 lead.  The last time Navy scored nine goals in a quarter was in its 23-5 win over Holy Cross in 2004 when the Mids scored nine goals not once, but twice in the game (first and third quarters).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech/Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa (Saturday 3pm from London live on UFC Fight Pass); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Thursday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel)

10. Jim Breuer (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Amy Schumer (Thursday 8pm Stephens Hall Towson University); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park); 300: Rise of an Empire“, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out in theaters (Friday); 12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Matthew McConaughey won an Academy Award. Which means we can’t be far from Jim Breuer getting his.

Also Amy Schumer returns to her alma mater. She’s a really polite gal-you should introduce her to your mom.

9. Juicy J (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Stir Fried feat. John Popper/Cara Kelly & The Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Stephen Kellogg (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Schoolboy Q (Friday 8pm & 11pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); Bob Mould (Wednesday 7:30pm 9:30 Club); Bear Hands (Tuesday 8:30pm DC9); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Tuesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Lorde (Friday 8pm Echostage), David Guetta (Saturday & Sunday 9pm Echostage); Moody Blues (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Pharrell Williams “G I R L”, Drive-By Truckers “English Oceans” and Rick Ross “Mastermind” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Have you thought about the fact that John Popper has been in your life for two decades now?

Yes, I still smile when I hear a Vertical Horizon tune. So sue me.

I’ve been playing the Bear Hands tune a lot as a rejoiner on the show recently. You know it from the times you’ve emailed to say “what’s the name of that song?”

J. Roddy is amazing. You should probably already know that.

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Navy offense explodes in blowout win over Holy Cross

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Anchored by sophomore T.J. Hanzsche’s (Berwyn, Pa.) career-high six-goal performance, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League) cruised to a 21-12 victory over Holy Cross (0-4, 0-2 PL) Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Eight different players combined to score the 21 goals for the Mids which were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.  Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals in what was its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League team since its 12-3 win over the Crusaders in 2010. Meanwhile, the 33 combined goals are the most since second-ranked Virginia delivered a 24-13 blow to the Mids in Charlottesville on March 4, 1995.

“This was a good win,” said Navy third-year head coach Rick Sowell.  “We’ve been knocking on that door this season, but we’ve come up a bit short.  We know we are capable of putting points on the board and today we were able to put all of the pieces together.  Wins are hard to come by, but it was nice to see the hard work that the players and staff have been putting in is paying off.

“The next game is always our biggest game,” added Sowell.  “We had lost two in a row, lost a conference game and throw in the fact that we lost to them (Holy Cross) a year ago and there was plenty of motivation to go out and win this game.”

Similar to a week ago at Bucknell, the Mids dominated the first quarter by opening up a 2-0 lead on goals by senior midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) and senior attack Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  Then second-year attackPatrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) fed senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) from behind the cage and Hull’s shot found the back of the net less than two minutes into the second quarter to give Navy a 3-0 advantage.

Freshman attack Kevin Lux was able to provide a spark for the Crusaders, however, as he scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a 3-1 run by Holy Cross that got it to within one goal at 4-3 with 7:58 to play.

The Mids were able to regroup and put together a 7-0 run to close the half with an 11-3 advantage.  Five of the seven goals during the run were scored by seniors, including Jones who produced three goals and an assist.

The last time Navy scored nine goals in a quarter was in its 23-5 win over Holy Cross in 2004 when the Mids scored nine goals not once, but twice in the game (first and third quarters).

“I was really proud of the guys who remained composed when Holy Cross made a little run in the second quarter,” said Sowell.  “I took a timeout after they got to within one and said lets put the hammer down.”

Navy opened the third quarter with back-to-back goals by junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) and Durkin to push its lead to 10 at 13-3, but to Holy Cross’ credit, the Crusaders would continue to fight.  In fact, Holy Cross outscored Navy 6-5 in the third quarter and got to within six goals, but could never get any closer.  The Mids scored four in a row in the fourth quarter to push its lead back to 10 at 21-11, but an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Jamie Ward with 23 seconds remaining kept the loss to single digits.

Hanzsche, who extended his point and goal-scoring streak to 10 consecutive games, registered just his fourth career multi-goal performance.  Meanwhile, the six goals are the most scored by a Navy player since Hull scored six against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.  It’s also tied as the most goals scored by a Navy player in a Patriot League game.  Taylor Harrisput up six against Holy Cross in a 17-3 win on March 26, 2006.  Hazsche, Hull and Harris are the only three Navy players to score six or more goals in a game since the beginning of the 1991 campaign.

Jones finished the day with six points on five goals and one assist to jump from 20th to 17th on Navy’s career scoring list with 122 points.  Additionally, he joined Navy’s all-time goals scored list where he stands 17th with 74 goals and is tied for 17th on the career assists list with 48.

Hull turned in his team-best 13th career hat trick with three goals in the victory.  He is now tied with Jamie O’Leary (1996-99) for 20th on Navy’s career points list and has produced a point in seven straight contests.

Keena had his best day in a Navy uniform, posting four points on a goal and a career-best three assists, while Voumard also finished with four points on two goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, Navy freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md), who came into the contest ranked 17th nationally in winning percentage, claimed 19 of the 34 draws he took (.556) and picked up a team-high seven ground balls.

Defensively, Navy played well with the exception of its third-quarter lull where it gave up six goals, the same number of goals it gave up in the other three quarters combined.  Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) caused a team-high two turnovers and grabed five grounds balls to lead the way.

Eight different players scored for the Crusaders, including Terry McKenna who finished with four points on three goals and one assist while Sean Wilkinson had four points on one goal and three assists.

The Mids return to action next Friday when they play host to Lafayette at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 7:00 pm.

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Loyola wraps regular season Saturday at Navy

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Navy Midshipmen

Saturday, March 1, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.

Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall |  PLN

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland makes a quick trip down Interstate 97 for its final regular-season game of 2013-2014. It will face the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

The Greyhounds are looking for their first Patriot League road win and to snap a 12-game skid overall in games away from Reitz Arena.

Opponents are shooting more than nine percent better than Loyola when it is on the road, .473-.382, and the Greyhounds are being outscored by 14.4 in those games.

Jordan Latham has enjoyed the confines of his home court most of all. In 13 games in Reitz, he is averaging 9.7 points as opposed to 5.6 on the road.

Last Time Out

A Jordan Latham free throw 1:04 into the second half put the Greyhounds in front of College of the Holy Cross, 33-27, but the Crusaders went on a 23-8 run and pulled away for a 65-52 Patriot League win Wednesday night.

Loyola outshot Holy Cross, .426-.367, in the game, but the Crusaders had nine more rebounds (36-27) and five fewer turnovers (12-7).

Franz Rassman scored a career-high 15 points, making 6-of-7 shots, while R.J. Williams finished with 13.

Three Holy Cross players, led by Malcolm Miller’s 20, scored 12 or more. Eric Green and Anthony Thompson both had a dozen. Malachi Alexander scored nine and grabbed 10 rebounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Holy Cross will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

 

Series History Versus Navy

With campuses located 26 miles apart (as the crow flies), Loyola and Navy will meet for the 25th time on the hardwood when the teams play Saturday afternoon.

The Midshipmen lead the series 19-5 and had won the last three meetings before Loyola took a 63-57 overtime decision in January. The teams first met during January 1910 when Navy defeated the Greyhounds, 36-10.

In the first Patriot League meeting for the teams, on January 2, 2014, Loyola trailed 47-34 with 5:16 left in regulation, but the Greyhounds went on a 18-5 run to force overtime. Jarred Jones scored the first four points of the run, and he then hit two free throws to tie the game with 11 seconds left, and the game went to overtime after a Navy shot went off course with less than three seconds left.

Dylon Cormier scored a game-high 20 in the contest for Loyola, and he went 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, the fifth-best performance in school history. Thurgood Wynn led Navy with 15 points.

Prior to that game, Loyola’s most recent win in the series came on January 10, 1994, when the Skip Prosser-coached Greyhounds recorded a 78-68 victory in Reitz Arena.

Loyola and Navy last met on November 10, 2006, on the campus of St. John’s University in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. The Midshipmen overcame a 34-25 halftime deficit, making 20-of-20 free throws and outrebounding the Greyhounds, 20-9, in the second half of a 73-61 decision. Loyola led by as many as 13 in the second half, but Navy’s free throw shooting – the Midshipmen were 27-of-28 overall – helped it bounce back.

 

Tournament Scenarios

Two scenarios exist in which the Greyhounds could host a Patriot League Championships First Round Game on Monday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena. A Colgate loss at Lehigh on Saturday would give the Greyhounds a home game, as would a Loyola win over Navy coupled with a Lafayette loss to Army.

If neither of those scenarios happen on Saturday, Loyola would travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to face Colgate on Monday.

 

Rassman On Target

Sophomore forward Franz Rassman had the best offensive game of his Loyola career Wednesday night versus Holy Cross, scoring a personal-best 15 points on 6-of-7 from the field. He made his lone 3-point attempt and converted 2-of-3 free throws, too. As a result, he played a career-high 30 minutes.

The native of the Nation’s Capital has been improved at the free-throw line during Patriot League play after making just 50 percent of his attempts in 11 non-conference games. He is 14-of-17 (.824) from the line in 17 League games.

 

Senior Send-Off

Prior to the game against Holy Cross on Wednesday, Loyola honored its three senior players and one manager. Here’s a look at the careers of each:

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, Dylon Cormier will go down as one of the top players in program history. Despite breaking his hand in a game three weeks ago, Cormier has scored 1,659 points (7th all-time at Loyola), grabbed 467 rebounds, made 459 free throws (2nd) and accumulated 185 steals (2nd). He was on pace to finish third all-time in points at Loyola.

Jordan Latham transferred to Loyola prior to the 2011-2012 season and made an immediate impact on the Greyhounds 2012 NCAA Tournament Team. His 92 career blocks are fifth all-time at Loyola, and he has averaged 12.4 points in the Greyhounds’ last six games.

Chido Onyiuke was a walk-on to the program in 2010-2011 and was a member of the Greyhounds’ first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years during the 2011-2012 season. He has seen action in 35 games over the course of his career.

Zan Cheema joined the program as a manager before the 2012-2013 season.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

Last month, sophomore forward Franz Rassman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team for his excellence in the classroom.

Rassman, who has started 27-of-28 games and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game), fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.

Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

 

R.J. Against The Raiders

In his two games against Colgate this season, Loyola point guard R.J. Williams has set his career-high in scoring twice. He finished with 15 on January 25 in the teams’ first meeting, and he eclipsed that by one with a team-best 16 points on Saturday, February 22, in Hamilton, N.Y.

In the game at Colgate, Williams made 6-of-11 shots from the field, 4-of-7 in the second half.

The 16 points were also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring. Coupled with 13 points against Holy Cross, Williams raised his points per game average to 8.3, second on the team.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.9), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.2).

 

Career Night For Latham

Jordan Latham recorded career-highs in several categories on February 15 against Boston University, logging his first collegiate double-double with bests of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Latham made 10-of-16 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws (career-highs in both made and attempted for both) while also blocking three shots and tying his personal-best with two steals.

The senior forward from Baltimore scored 16 points in the first half, more than any other Loyola player has tallied in the opening 20 minutes this year. He played a career-high 33 minutes, as well in the game.

He followed that game by leading the team in scoring for the second game in a row, tying Jarred Jones with 13 points, on Wednesday night against Colgate. He had career-highs of seven free-throws made and 11 attempted in that contest. It was the first time in his career that he had led the team in scoring in back-to-back games.

His previous scoring high of 17 came in December 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he had a high of seven rebounds earlier this season at Cornell University.

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 17 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham has significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he has bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham is shooting 46.0 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he is also better at the free-throw line, making 65.0 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham has also rebounded better, 4.2 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game are 1.3, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.4 blocked shots are fourth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are 7th.

 

Shouldering More Scoring Load

Jordan Latham’s scoring has also seen a rise since the injury to Loyola’s leading point producer, Dylon Cormier. In the seven games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 12.4 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 27-of-43 over that stretch. His 43 free throws in the seven games are more than the 36 he attempted in Loyola’s first 21 games of the season.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster has set career-highs in scoring in two of the Greyhounds’ last six games. He recorded 18 points on February 15 against Boston University, clipping his previous best of 17 on February 8 at Lehigh.

Laster’s 18 against the Terriers came in a much more efficient manner than the 17 against the Mountain Hawks. He made 6-of-7 from the field, including both of his 3-point attempts, against Boston University after hitting 6-of-15 at Lehigh.

Through 28 games, 26 starts, this year, Laster is third on the team with an 8.0 points per game average. He is shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played a career-high 37 minutes on February 19 against Bucknell to raise his minutes per game to 27.2.

In 27 games as a freshman in 2011-2012, Laster averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in 5.3 minutes of action per game.

 

Turnover Back In Line

After two games in which the Greyhounds had two of their top three turnover totals of the season – 17 at Lafayette and 22 versus Boston University – they had their lowest mark of the year with just five against Bucknell.

It was the sixth time this season Loyola finished a game with nine or fewer miscues. It is 4-2 in those games with both losses coming at the hands of the Bison.

Thirteen of the turnovers against Boston University came via Terriers’ steals in a game Loyola was playing without starting point guard R.J. Williams due to an injury.

The game against Boston University was just the sixth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-4 in those games.

Overall, turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.1 giveaways per game this year, fourth fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 1.83 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 27 blocked shots in the last six games for the Greyhounds (Jones 14, Latham 13), helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Jones had three against Holy Cross to retake  the seasonal team lead from Latham. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.32 and 1.29 a contest.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Jarred Jones has been one of the Greyhounds’ most productive defensive players, statistically speaking.

In Patriot League action, Jones leads the team with 27 blocked shots, 1.6 per game, and he is second on the team with 29 steals, an average of 1.71 per game. He is fourth in League play in blocked shots per game, fifth in steals. His overall averages of 1.3 and 1.5 are sixth and seventh, respectively, in the League.

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-3 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and at Colgate). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-20.3).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 12th straight road game on February 22 at Colgate after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-12 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.4 percent as opposed to 44.8 percent while going 7-6 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.2 percent in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.5-11.6), and they also force an extra turnovers at home (13.5-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging more than five points less per game on the road, 62.5, to their 67.8 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 10 steals against Bucknell on February 19, marking the sixth time in 16 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 25, Loyola leads the League with 8.3 steals overall.

Through games of February 27, the Greyhounds are 26th nationally at 8.04 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 28 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 22nd nationally in steals per game (2.2), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 26th.

In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night. He now has 185 in his career.

With 121 in his career, Williams is tied for ninth on the career chart. His 56 this season are tied for eighth on the school single-season chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier had been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 27, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well.

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was also the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Over 1,600

In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 18 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting almost nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 38.2 percent (383-of-1,000) in 18 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.3 less (74.8 versus 59.5) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.8-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier entered his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
7th 1,659 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
10th 552 field goals made
Next Gene Gwiazdowski, 565
3-Pointers Made
13th 96 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 459 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 210 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 185 steals
Next Jason Rowe, 272

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola will play in the first round of the Patriot League Championships on Monday, March 3, at a location and time, and against an opponent, to be determined.

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Navy tries to get back to .500 Saturday against Holy Cross

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (1-2, 0-1 Patriot League) will look to capture its first win in Patriot League action on Saturday when the Mids play host to Holy Cross (0-3, 0-1 PL).  The 11th edition of the Navy-Holy Cross series is set for an 11:00 am faceoff 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.
• Navy held a 2-0 advantage over Bucknell through the first quarter, but the Bison went on a 4-0 run in the second quarter to secure a lead it would not relinquish.  Attack Sean Doyle paced the Bison with four goals, while Bucknell’s defense held Navy’s leading scorer Sam Jones scoreless for only the sixth time in his 41 collegiate game appearances.
• Holy Cross is seeking its first win of the season after dropping its third in a row on Tuesday with a 17-9 loss at Harvard.  Junior middie Terry McKenna led the way for the Crusaders with 4 goals.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Senior attack Sam Jones’ 10-point performance against VMI in the opener marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College.  It is tied (Kevin O’Shea, Hartford) as the most points scored by a player in DI lax this season.
9 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 9-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson
8 – 8 different players on Navy’s roster have scored goals against Holy Cross, including senior attack Tucker Hull who has produced 5 goals and 7 assists in 3 games against the Crusaders.
7 – Navy has reached double digits in 7 of the 10 games (8 in 2005 and 2011, 5 in 2013) it has played against Holy Cross.  Navy has lost just five games (55-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 9-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014)
6 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs 6 ground balls to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 149.
5 - Pat Kiernan is tied for 5th nationally in career scoring by a defenseman with 12 points (9G, 3A).
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones needs 3 goals to join the Mids’ all-time top 20 goals scored list … he owns 69 heading into Saturday’s contest.
2 – Senior Austin Heneveld, who came into the season having scored multiple goals just once in his career, has scored 2 goals in 2 games this year.
1 – Over the last six seasons, 29 (11-18) of the Mids’ 88 contests have been decided by 1 goal.

Scouting the Crusaders
• Coming off a breakout season that saw Jim Morrissey’s Holy Cross squad put together a 7-8 record, the Crusaders have struggled out of the gates in 2014.  Facing a challenging slate, Holy Cross dropped a 15-13 decision to 19th-ranked St. John’s in its opener.  Last Saturday Holy Cross opened its Patriot League season by playing host to ninth-ranked Loyola, who dealt the Crusaders a 16-4 loss.  On Tuesday, the Crusaders traveled to Harvard with Crimson scoring a 17-9 victory.
• Tuesday’s game at Harvard marked the start of four straight games on the road for Holy Cross, who will face Richmond next Tuesday, followed by a trip to West Point to meet Army on March 8.
• Junior midfielder Terry McKenna and sophomore attack Sean Wilkinson have been solid in the opening weeks.  McKenna leads the team with 9 points on 7 goals and a pair of assists.  He was responsible for 4 goals in the loss at Harvard.  Meanwhile, Wilkinson has produced 8 points on 5 goals and 3 assists.  Wilkinson was sensational in the opener against St. John’s, scoring 4 goals and adding 2 assists.
• The Crusaders have surrendered 48 goals in their three games (16.00) with sophomore Michael Ortlieb standing between the pipes for 157 of the 180 minutes.  Ortlieb owns a 16.79 goals-against average and a 38.0 save percentage.
• Freshman Ben Williams has taken over the faceoff duties where he has won 50.7 percent (36-71) of the draws to date.  He had a strong outing against Harvard where he won 15 of the 25 faceoffs (.600).
• Holy Cross has scored 12 of its 26 goals in the fourth quarter.  It has been outscored 39-14 in the other three quarters of play.

Navy vs. Holy Cross – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks just the 11th meeting between Navy and Holy Cross … the Mids own a 9-1 advantage in the series, including a 23-5 victory over the Crusaders in the inaugural meeting in Annapolis in 2004.
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another three times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, `09, `11) and four times in Annapolis (2004, `06, `10, `12).
• Meanwhile, Navy and Holy Cross have met on neutral three times.
• In 2007, the two programs faced one another at SMU’s Ford Stadium where the Mids dealt Holy Cross a 12-2 loss.  It was Navy’s first trip to Texas since the Mids defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6, on May 8, 1971, at the Houston Astrodome.
• In 2008, Navy and Holy Cross were part of the Ford Patriot Cup which featured two high school games, along with two Div. I men’s lax games (Rutgers vs. Army).  Navy scored a 16-3 win over the Crusaders at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Last year Holy Cross earned its first victory over the Midshipmen in 10 tries, securing a 7-5 victory on the shoulders of Terry McKenna who netted four goals for the Crusaders.  The game was played at Citi Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.  It was just the second Div. I men’s lacrosse game played at a Major League Baseball venue.
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in nine of the 10 games, while putting up double-figure goals in seven of the 10 (8 in 2005 and 2011) … the Mids’ defense, meanwhile, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in eight of the 10 games.  The Crusaders have scored seven goals in each of the last two games against the Mids.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• After finishing outside of the top 30 in each of the last five years in faceoff percentage, Navy rookie Brady Dove has the Mids among the top 15.  Dove stands 17th in the individual rankings, winning 62.1 percent (36-58) of the draws he has taken, while Navy as a team is ranked 13th with a 63.1 faceoff winn percentage.
• Navy’s man-down defense has been stout this spring, warding off 9 of the potential 11 extra-man goals by its opponent.  The Mids are ranked 17th nationally in man-down defense (18.8)
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in ground balls per game (18th, 32.33), scoring margin (18th, +3.00) and scoring defense (19th, 7.67).

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Senior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan, a 2014 Preseason All-American, was among the national leaders in both caused turnovers (12th, 2.00) and ground balls (32nd, 5.23) last season.
• He is Navy’s record holder for career caused turnovers (55), a stat introduced in 2009 … with 26 caused turnovers last season, he finished the year ranked No. 3 on the Mids’ single-season list … he is also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
• He is tied for 11th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 149, 6 shy of joining the Mids’ all-time top-10 list … meanwhile, he turned in 68 grounders last spring to etch his name in at ninth on the Mids’ single-season chart … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
• He is also 19th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list, winning 24 of the 54 draws (44.4) he has taken.
• Kiernan has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for fifth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Brown’s Roger Ferguson (28), Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (21), Virginia transfer (from Lynchburg) Josephs Lisicky (16) and Syracuse’s Matt Harris (14).  Air Force’s Kyle O’Brien, Hartford’s Alex Matarazzo and Villanova’s John LoCascio also have 12 points going into the weekend.
• Kiernan is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most at Navy.

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Navy Spring Game tentatively set for April 11

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Team To Start Spring Practice On Monday, March 17

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced today that the Mids will start spring practice on Monday, March 17 and will hold 15 practices concluding with a potential spring game on Friday, April 11.

Navy returns 20 starters (eight on offense, five on defense and five specialists) and 51 lettermen off a team that finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year.

The 2013 team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game.  The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved the feat.

Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 10 years.  Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.

The practice schedule is listed below. All dates and times are tentative.  The spring game is also tentative.

 

Navy 2014 Spring Practice Dates

Monday, March 17 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Wednesday, March 19 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Friday, March 21 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Saturday, March 22 at 9 AM at the Naval Academy

Monday, March 24 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Wednesday, March 26 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Friday, March 28 at 4 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Saturday, March 29 at 9 AM at the Naval Academy (scrimmage)

Tuesday, April 1 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Thursday, April 3 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Saturday, April 5 at 9 AM at the Naval Academy (scrimmage)

Monday, April 7 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Wednesday, April 9 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Thursday, April 10 at 4 PM at the Naval Academy

Friday, April 11 at 7 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (spring game

tentative)

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