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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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Hopkins wins defensive showdown at Navy

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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President Obama recognizes Navy football at White House

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy

Rose Garden

2:02 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  Congratulations to the Navy Midshipmen.  (Applause.)  Does this get old?

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Never.

THE PRESIDENT:  No?  Okay.  (Laughter.)  It’s good to see Coach Ken again.  And I want to recognize Vice Admiral Mike Miller for his service to the Academy and to our country.

This is the second time these seniors have come here to claim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.  If you guys have your punch cards with you, the next one is free.  (Laughter.)  I’m pretty sure Coach Ken would agree that this was one of the best teams yet.

First of all, you had incredible talent.  Senior captain Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti led the defense.  I hear that they’re known in the locker room as “the meatheads.”  (Laughter.) On a football team, though, that’s high praise.

This year, quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the best seasons in school history.  His 31 rushing touchdowns weren’t just an Academy record — they were a Division I record for a quarterback.  (Applause.)  He is one of only a handful of players in Division I history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.  I think it’s fair to say that if you’re on a list with Barry Sanders you’re doing pretty good.

So this team had the leadership, it had the tools.  But this is a team that also had a knack for getting the job done under some pretty tough circumstances.  When the government was forced to shut down, you didn’t even know if the game against Air Force was going to happen.  Luckily, the Secretary of Defense stepped in, gave the green light — which tells you how important it was, because Secretary Hagel has a few things on his plate, but he personally intervened on this one.

A few weeks later, you beat San Jose State in triple overtime — with Keenan scoring seven rushing touchdowns, the most ever by a Division I quarterback in a single game.  And you kept on rolling through the games that really mattered.  In the snow, you beat Army for the 12th time in a row — they’re starting to feel bad about this — locking up the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the 9th time in 11 years.  You went on to beat Middle Tennessee State to win your first bowl game since 2009.

So, overall, this was a pretty good year on the gridiron.  What’s more impressive is the fact that for these outstanding young men, football isn’t even the main thing.  When these guys sign up, when you sign up to play at Annapolis, you know you’re in for a different experience.  A typical day starts at 6:00 a.m. in the training room.  Breakfast is at 7:00 a.m.  After that, it’s class, lunch and football meetings.  Then more class, football practice, dinner.  Free time starts at 8:00 p.m., which most players use to study until midnight.  And when students at other colleges are enjoying summer vacation, these guys are busy with military training and summer school and offseason workouts.

So, yes, it’s about learning to be a good football player, but more importantly, it’s about learning how to be a good leader and to be a good man.  And that’s what these outstanding Americans are and will continue to be.

Next month, 14 of these guys are going to be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy.  Another eight will become 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.  Senior captain Matt Aiken will serve on a ship down in Norfolk.  And Wave Ryder — by the way, if your name is Wave Ryder, then you’ve got to be in the Navy — (laughter) — will suit up as a Naval aviator.

That’s their commitment to service.  That’s the commitment to country and to each other that sets this team apart.

Today, that commitment is as strong as ever.  Last month, I know that all of us were mourning the loss of Will McKamey.  Two busloads of classmates and teammates made the eight-hour trip to Knoxville to attend his funeral, as did Coach Ken.  I understand your motto for this season is “I Will” in memory of him.  And that’s what camaraderie is all about:  Honor.  Courage.  Commitment.  That’s what makes the Midshipmen so strong.  And that’s why I’m so proud to serve as your Commander-in-Chief — not only — in fact, not primarily because of what you’ve done on the football field, but because of your dedication to each other and your service to America.

So today it is my privilege to present you with a trophy that weighs about as much as I do.  (Laughter.)  Congratulations, guys, once again.  (Applause.)

END
2:10 P.M. EDT

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Navy looks to beat Hopkins for third straight time Friday night

Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 12 Navy (4-7, 3-5 PL) vs. Johns Hopkins (8-3)
Date and Faceoff April 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network | Brent Stover & Evan Washburn


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-5 Patriot League) will look to capture its third straight victory over Johns Hopkins (8-3) in Annapolis when it plays host to its longtime rival Friday under the lights.  The 88th edition of the Navy-Johns Hopkins game is slated for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Friday evening’s contest will mark the final collegiate game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for Navy’s 13 seniors … those 13 players and their families will be honored in a pregame ceremony..
• The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.  There will be no video stream available for this contest.
• The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a tough 14-7 decision to archrival Army last Saturday at West Point.
• Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are riding a three-game winning streak that includes an impressive 11-6 victory over nationally-ranked Maryland last Saturday.

Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – The Series
• Tonight’s contest marks the 88th meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 65th-consecutive year the two programs have battled and it is the third-longest continuous series between Navy and another team on the lax field behind Army-Navy and Navy-Maryland.
• The Blue Jays own a commanding 59-27-1 advantage in the series, however Johns Hopkins’ amazing 36-game winning streak was snapped in 2010, when the Mids dealt the Blue Jays a 9-8 overtime loss.
• While Johns Hopkins owns a 31-19-1 lead in games played in Annapolis, the Mids have won each of the last two played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  The first of the two was the 9-8 extra-frame victory by the Mids in which Andy Warner scored the game winner.  Meanwhile, in 2012, Navy dismantled the Blue Jays in an 8-2 route.
• Seven of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal … additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
• Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 1-1 all-time against the Blue Jays.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9    Navy is 9-9 under Rick Sowell in games played at home.  The Mids are 3-3 in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.
8    Freshman Brady Dove stands 8th on the Mids’ all-time single-season ground balls list with 70 this spring.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since Mikelis Visgausspicked up 80 in 2008.
7    7 of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal.  Additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
6    Junior midfielder Gabe Voumard has produced multiple goals in 6 games this season, including each of the last 3 games.
5    Senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan is just 8 ground balls shy of moving into the top 5 on the Mids’ career ground balls list.  He has 175 and is ranked eighth.
4    Kiernan is pacing the Mids with 19 caused turnovers this spring and is ranked 4th on Navy’s all-time single season list.  He needs just 1 caused turnover to become the program’s third different player to post 20 takeaways in a season and first to do it multiple times.
3    Senior Sam Jones leads Navy with 35 points (20-15) … he is 3 points shy of matching his career best of 38 set his freshman year.
2    Tucker Hull has been held without a goal in just 2 games this season (Georgetown, Lehigh) and without a point just once (Lehigh).
1    Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 99-104 record in 15 years as a head coach.

Scouting the Blue Jays
• In his 14th season at Johns Hopkins, head coach Dave Pietramala has his Blue Jays playing at the top of their game at the right time of the year.  The Blue Jays won their first five games of the year, before stumbling in consecutive games to nationally-ranked programs Syracuse (12-10), Virginia (11-10 OT) and North Carolina (13-9).  Hopkins snapped its losing streak against Albany and has since won three in a row, including an 11-6 win over No. 3 Maryland last weekend at Homewood Field.
• Johns Hopkins is ranked among the top 20 in 10 statistical categories, including extra-man offense where it is ranked fourth nationally.  The Blue Jays have scored 21 goals on 37 opportunities (56.8) and are coming off a 3-for-4 performance at Mount St. Mary’s Monday evening.
• The Blue Jays are also ranked among the nation’s best in assists per game (5th), points per game (10th), face-off winning percentage (11th), scoring margin (11th), scoring offense (12th), shot percentage (14th), winning percentage (15th), ground balls per game (17th) and scoring defense (17th).
• Johns Hopkins, however, is ranked 65th in caused turnovers per game (5.5) and clearing percentage (83.7).
• Two of the top point producers in the country are on Hopkins’ roster this season.  Ranked ninth in points per game (4.55) and fourth in assists per game (3.27) is junior attackman Wells Stanwick.  He has produced 50 points on 14 goals and a team-best 36 assists.  Meanwhile, sophomore attackman Ryan Brown stands 11th in points per game (4.30) and third nationally in goals per game (3.20).  Brown owns 43 points on a team-best 32 goals and 11 assists.
• Senior attackman Brandon Benn (27) and sophomore middie Holden Cattoni (20) have also topped 20 goals this season.
• Senior Eric Schneider directs the defense from between the pipes where he owns an 8.11 goals-against average and has stopped 54.6 percent of the shots he has faced this season.  The defense has surrendered double digits in three games this season, all three losses.
• Following Hopkins tradition, Pietramala once again has one of the premiere faceoff men in the country.  Junior Drew Kennedy owns a 63.6 winning percentage and is coming off a 9-for-11 effort against Mount St. Mary’s.  entering the week, he was ranked 11th nationally with a 62.7 winning percentage.  Kennedy has also picked up a team-best 109 ground balls and stands third in the country, grabbing better than 10 a game.

Senior Salute
• The following is a list of Navy’s seniors and their service assignments upon graduation in May.
Pat Durkin - Marine Corps Ground
Austin Heneveld - Navy Pilot
Erik Hoffstadt - Submarines
Tucker Hull - Marine Corps Ground
Sam Jones - Special Warfare
Pat Kiernan - Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Matt Morrison - Special Warfare
Nik Mullen - Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Sean Price - Marine Corps Ground
Ben Sampson - Surface Warfare, USS Princeton (CG 59)
Trevor Shafran - Navy Pilot
Matt Steffens - Surface Warfare, USS Comstock (LSD 45)
Paul Zimmerman - Marine Corps Ground
• MCM – Mine Countermeasures, CG 59 – Guided Missile Cruiser, LSD 45 – Dock Landing Ship

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

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

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

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

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

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

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

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Navy football team to visit White House Friday

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Team Returns To The White House On Friday For The Ninth Time In The Past 11 Years

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team will return to the White House for the ninth time in the past 11 years on Friday afternoon.  The Midshipmen are invited to the White House for winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three Service Academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States.

 

Navy 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 that 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.

 

Navy’s senior class finished with a 31-20 (.627) record over four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for three bowl games, won a bowl game and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.

 

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns.

 

His 31 rushing touchdowns were not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback. He is just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

 

Reynolds finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2).

 

His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.


His 188 points this season eclipsed the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram back in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.

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Navy doubled up by Army in annual rivalry battle

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

WEST POINT, N.Y. —  Navy senior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) and junior middie Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) scored two goals each but it would not be enough as the high-powered Army offense (8-3, 6-1 Patriot League) outmuscled the Mids and scored a 14-7 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-5 PL) Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.

“I have to take my hat off to Army.  They played an all-around great game,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “They were hot early on in the game and while we were able to cut into the lead a number of times, we could never get back to within one.  They took our punch, if you will, and were able to counter almost every time.”

Army wasted little time in making a statement in the game, scoring its first goal just six seconds into the contest.  In a mirror image of last year’s contest, sophomore faceoff specialist Alex Daly won the draw and fed All-American attackman John Glesener who fired in his shot from 10 yards out on the left wing.

Navy, though, answered just 51 seconds later when Jones ducked under his defender and sent his diving shot from the left crease past Army keeper Bobby Sincero.  Sincero was inserted into the starting grid after an injury sidelined Sam Somers.  Somers has been the cornerstone of Army’s defense this season and stands No. 1 in the country in goals-against average and No. 2 in save percentage.

Jones’ goal, however, would be the last for the Mids until late in the second quarter as Army put together a 5-0 run that featured five different scorers.

After nearly a 28-minute scoring drought, Navy punched in a goal with 1:14 left in the half when Jones found classmateAustin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) who split a pair of defenders and sent an eight-yarder past Sincero.

Just nine seconds later, however, Army midfielder Michael Larrabee answered to again put the Black Knights up by five.

Navy, though, would get the final say in the half as co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) intercepted an Army pass and ran the length of the field to find Jones for the transition goal and trim Army’s lead to four (7-3) at the break.

The Mids, who were outshot 21-8 in the opening half, scored two of the first three goals to start the second half with senior Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) sticking shots.

Army again put together a 3-0 run with three goals scored by three different players to gain its largest lead of the game at six (11-5) with 3:13 to play in the third.

Navy long pole Ben Sampson (Doylestown, Pa.) picked up the loose ball on the ensuing faceoff and drilled his first goal of the season and second of his career to get Navy within five (11-6) with 3:01 to play in the third.

The Mids, however, could get no closer than five, as Army scored three of the game’s final four goals to deal Navy its sixth straight loss in the series.

“I think we started to loosen up a bit to start the second half, but they were able to counter.  When they went on their little run, it really made it tough for us to gain any momentum.”

Nine different players scored goals for the Black Knights, including starting attackmen Connor Cook (3), John Glesener (3) and Will Mazzone (2) who combined to score eight goals.  Cook played a hand in six of Army’s 14 goals, as he added a team-best three assists.

Sincero played a fine game in what was just his fifth appearance in between the pipes this season, making eight saves.

Meanwhile, Daly won 14 of the 25 draws for the Black Knights and picked up six ground balls.

“I know Army was without Sam Somers, who is an outstanding goalkeeper, but they have an awfully good defense in front of whomever is in goal,” added Sowell.  “They also have a great faceoff guy who was able stir up some transition plays for them and lead to some goals.  They are just a good all-around team.

“That said, I’m certainly proud of my guys and how hard they played.  Today’s game got away from us, but we will continue to work hard and prepare for the games ahead of us.”

Both Jones and Voumard paced the Mids with three points on two goals and an assist, while Kiernan turned in three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

While Army secured a bye in the Patriot League Tournament due to start Tuesday, April 22, the Mids also claimed one of the six playoff spots thanks to wins by Bucknell over Lafayette and Colgate over Holy Cross this weekend.

The Mids will be back in action next Friday when they play host to nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins in what will be the final home game for Navy’s 13 seniors.  Faceoff is slated for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.

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Navy receiver Tillman wins Admiral Mack Award

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Rising Sophomore Wide Receiver Jamir Tillman Wins The Admiral Mack Award

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Rising sophomore wide receiver Jamir Tillman (Las Vegas, Nev.) was named the winner of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award on Friday afternoon in Bellino auditorium.

The Admiral Mack Award is presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the coaching staff. It is just the fourth time a wide receiver has earned the honor in the 39-year history of the award.  The last wide receiver to win the award was Jeff Gaddy in 2001.  The other two receivers to win the award were Ross Scott in 1994 and Shaun Stephenson in 1995.

“Jamir Tillman had a very good spring camp and has a bright future in this offense,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “He worked hard in the offseason and has gotten stronger.  He will provide Keenan Reynolds a big target next year and has really improved on his blocking.”

Currently listed as a starter at wide receiver, he played in seven games last fall as a plebe and caught two passes for 12 yards.

Tillman is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track & field.  He was an All-State selection in football as a senior, catching 58 passes for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was rated the 16th-best player in the state of Nevada and served as team captain his senior year.

He was a member of four state championship football teams at Bishop Gorman and two state championship basketball teams.  The Bishop Gorman football team was ranked 15th in the country his senior year.  He hails from the same high school as former Navy football players Evan Palelei and Sam Womack.

Tillman’s father, Cedric, played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos (1992-96) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1997).

The Admiral Mack Award was initiated in 1976 and is named in honor of Vice Admiral William P. Mack, the Naval Academy Superintendent from 1972-75, who was a strong supporter of the school’s intercollegiate athletic program.  Admiral Mack’s widow, Elsie, was on hand to present the award to Tillman.

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Navy, Army renew historic rivalry Saturday in West Point

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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


Game Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Schultz scores 2OT winner as Loyola survives Navy upset bid

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Brian Sherlock picked up the ground ball off the second overtime’s opening faceoff, raced into the box and fedJustin Ward on the low left side, and Ward found Brian Schultz across the crease to score the game-winner for top-ranked Loyola University Maryland in a 7-6 win over the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action.

Ward’s assist on the goal 12 seconds into the second overtime was his third of the game, capping a day in which he led all players with four points. Sherlock had a Loyola-high two goals.

A late third-quarter goal by Ward gave the Greyhounds (10-1 overall, 6-0 Patriot League) their first advantage of the game. He came around a Pat Laconi screen and launched an 11-yard shot that pushed Loyola in front, 6-5, with 2:53 to go in the quarter.

Navy (4-6, 3-4), however, scored the fourth quarter’s lone goal, a Gabe Voumard bouncer with 9:32 on the clock. The Midshipmen also went man-up after Voumard was hit late and Loyola was assessed a one-minute penalty.

The Greyhounds, however, killed the penalty – Navy did not score on three extra-man possession in the game – and got the ball back after a Midshipmen penalty.

Navy blocked a Nikko Pontrello shot on the ensuing possession, but Pontrello caused a penalty on the Midshipmen clear to get possession back for the Greyhounds. Against a Navy zone, Loyola took seven shots, but none found the net.

John Conners made three of his 14 saves in the series, one hit a post and three others went wide of the cage.

Conners saved a Zack Sirico attempt with less than two minutes to go, giving Navy possession and an attempt for a final shot. Following a Midshipmen timeout, however, Navy gave the ball back to the Greyhounds after a 30-second violation. Loyola did not get a shot off, and the game headed to overtime.

Navy won the faceoff to start extra time and settled into its offensive end. A T.J. Hanzsche shot went high 1:11 into the period, but the Midshipmen backed up the shot to retain possession.

Off the restart, Navy worked the ball to Sam Jones on the mid-right side, and he found a cutting Tucker Hull on the doorstep with a pass. Hull whipped a behind-the-head shot that hit the elbow of Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel before hitting hard off the far post and away from harm.

Loyola cleared the ball after Joe Fletcher picked up one of his seven ground balls, but Conners was there again to save a Pontrello shot. Navy cleared, and Patrick Kenna had a shot go wide, giving possession back to Loyola, but a turnover late thwarted a Greyhounds’ scoring chance.

To start the second overtime, Graham Savio flipped the ball toward Sherlock who collected it and beat everyone form midfield into the box before finding Ward.

Loyola led for just eight-minutes, 23 seconds of regulation, and Navy led 3-1 after the first quarter on goals by Hull, Voumard and Jones. Sherlock scored one of his two on a 13-yard sidearm rip off a Ward assist 1:33 into the first, but it was the Greyhounds’ only goal of the stanza.

Tyler Albrecht got Loyola within a goal at 11:33 in the second, scoring off a left-alley dodge, but Pat Durkin tallied a Navy goal less than a minute later.

Loyola made it 4-3, a score the teams would take to the locker room, when Ryan Fournier caused a turnover on the defensive end and then scored from Pat Laconi’s assist on the offensive side at 6:50.

Hull tallied the second half’s first goal, running from behind the cage to score low with 11:32 on the third-quarter clock, but Romar Dennis dodged past a player and fed Sherlock for a bounce-shot goal at 8:43, pulling Loyola back within one.

The Greyhounds then tied the game for the first time since early in the first quarter when Kevin Ryan scored an extra-man goal off a Ward pass with 4:02 on the clock. Ward would then give Loyola the lead 1:09 later.

Despite Navy winning 10-of-17 faceoffs, Loyola had a 29-24 advantage in ground balls, and the Greyhounds committed three fewer turnovers, 14-11. Runkel posted eight saves in goal for the Greyhounds.

Laconi caused three turnovers, and Fletcher had seven ground balls and a caused turnover. He also held Hanzsche without a point for the first time in 15 games. It is the second week in a row Flethcer had primary marking responsibilities on a player who had a long point streak snapped. Colgate’s Ryan Walsh had scored in 42-straight prior to last weekend.

The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex for the first time in three weeks for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, April 12, against Boston University.

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