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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

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Sunday 4:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera (Saturday 9:45pm from San Antonio live on HBO)

10. David Koechner (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: The Dark World“, “Gravity” and “Nebraska” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Non-Stop” out in theaters (Friday); Canton Irish Stroll (Saturday 1pm Canton Square)

I find David Koechner to be a humorous individual.

Also, I might like this t-shirt, you.

9. Eagles (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center); Robin Thicke (Thursday 8pm Patriot Center), Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Young The Giant (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Nelly’s Echo (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Los Lobos (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Flogging Molly (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Shaggy (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Brett Dennen (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), St. Vincent (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Talib Kweli (Sunday 9pm Howard Theatre); Band of Horses (Thursday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Josh Ritter (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Beck “Morning Phase” and The Fray “Helios” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I wish I could tell you I’d be in Fairfax Friday night. I fully support this tour.

Not familiar with OCMS? You probably know more about them than you think.

Couple of good shows in Charm City this week as well.

ZZ Ward is just so marvelous.

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Navy’s struggles continue in loss at Bucknell

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

LEWISBURG, Pa. —  A scoreless second quarter by the Navy men’s lacrosse team (1-2, 0-1 Patriot League) opened the door for Bucknell (2-1, 1-0 PL), as the Bison used a four-quarter second period to take a lead it would not relinquish en route to posting a 9-6 victory over the Mids Saturday afternoon at Christy Mathewson Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa.

Both teams looked to have the early-season hiccups as the two programs had trouble settling into their offense.  Navy scored the opening goal at 9:23 as senior midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) fed classmate Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) who punched in his first of two goals on the afternoon from seven yards.  The Mids tacked on to their lead when senior midfielder Erik Hoffstadt’s (Dover, Del.) hard right-hander rippled the net from 10 yards out on the left wing at the 2:42 mark.  It was Hoffstadt’s first goal of the 2014 campaign.

Navy’s defense stymied the Bison in the opening quarter, but it would be the Mids who would come up empty in the second quarter for the first time this season.

All-Patriot League midfielder Thomas Flibotte sparked what would be a 4-0 Bucknell run when he sent his runner from the left wing past Navy keeper John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) just 1:34 into the second period.  Sophomore attack Sean Doyle gave Bucknell the lead at 3-2 when he notched back-to-back goals, including a goal off a rebound in which he picked up a loose ball and danced his way around the left crease. Bucknell closed out the half by coming out of a timeout with four ticks left on the clock and Flibotte won a foot race and scored as time expired, giving Bucknell a 4-2 advantage at the break.

Navy trimmed the lead to one (4-3) when senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) alertly threw his pass in on a quick restart to Heneveld who stood in front of a goalie-less cage.  However, less than a minute later Bucknell midfielder Kyle Shanahan answered to push the lead back to two.

Sixty seconds later, Navy sophomore attack T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) curled around the right side of the goal and managed to thread his fifth goal of the year through a scrum of players.  The goal extended Hanzsche’s goal-scoring streak to nine straight games.

Once again, Bucknell answered as Doyle secured his hat trick and gave the Bison a 6-4 lead.

Bucknell scored three of the first four goals of the final period to post its largest lead of the day at four (9-5) with just over two minutes remaining in the contest.

Bucknell would be flagged for its first penalty of the game with 1:37 to go and Hull went on to connect on the extra-man goal off an assist from junior Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) as Navy could get no closer than the final margin of three.

Navy was oushot 41-29 in the contest after struggling to keep hold of the ball.  The Mids were credited with 15 turnovers, including 10 that were unforced errors.

“Ultimately today it was another hard-fought battle,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We are making far too many mistakes, especially in these tight games.  I really thought the defense did a great job of holding Bucknell to nine goals considering the possession time.  We have to figure things out on the offensive end and cut out the unforced turnovers.

“We are doing some really good things, especially when you look at this game a year ago,” added Sowell.  “I’m proud of our effort, no doubt, but we aren’t in it to show up and play hard.  This team wants to win and right now we are searching to find the answers.”

Heneveld led the way for the Mids with two goals, while Hanzsche, Hull and Voumard each pitched in a goal and an assist.  Meanwhile senior Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.), who came into the game as Navy’s leading scorer with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists, was held scoreless for only the sixth time in the 41 games he has played in during his career.

Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) did a fine job, winning 12 of the 18 draws he took.  He has now won 36 faceoffs in his first three games and stands 18th on Navy’s career faceoff wins list and fourth on the Mids’ rookie list.

Defensively Connors made 13 saves, including six stops in the second quarter.  Defensemen Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) and Matt Rees (Sykesville, Md.), along with short stick defensive midfielder John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.) and Dove were all credited with a caused turnover.  Dove led Navy with six ground balls.

The Mids return home next Saturday when they play host to Holy Cross at 11:00 am.

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Navy opens Patriot League play Saturday at Bucknell

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 3 Navy (1-1, 0-0 PL) at Bucknell (1-1, 0-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 22 at 3:00 pm ET
Location Lewisburg, Pa. | Christy Mathewson Stadium (13,100)


Game Preview

• Looking to bounce back after dropping a 9-8 overtime decision to Georgetown last Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (1-1) will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday to face Bucknell (1-1) in both teams’ Patriot League opener … the 14th edition of the Navy-Bucknell series is set for a 3:00 pm faceoff at Christy Mathewson 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 outscored Georgetown 5-1 over the final 24 minutes of play in a furious comeback in a game that was sent into overtime with a short-handed goal by T.J. Hanzsche with 53 seconds in regularion.  The Hoyas’ Jeff Fountain, however, scored the game-winner just under two minutes into the extra frame as Georgetown scored the 9-8 OT victory.
• Meanwhile, a four-goal run by Bryant in the opening quarter proved to be the difference in picking up a 12-9 victory over Bucknell last Sunday in Rhode Island.

A Win Over Bucknell Would …
• snap a 7-game skid in games played on the road dating back to 2012.
• snap a 3-game skid against the Bison.
• give Navy an 8-6 series advantage against the Bison and would clip Bucknell’s lead in games played in Lewisburg to 4-3.
• give Navy head coach Rick Sowell his first win over Bucknell as a head coach … he is 0-2 against the Bison.
• give Sowell a 97-98 career record and an 11-17 mark at Navy.
• push Navy’s all-time record to 761-325-14.
• give the Mids a 6-5 all-time record in Patriot League openers, including a 2-4 mark against Bucknell in openers.
• be Navy’s first win in a Patriot League opener since beating Lehigh, 8-3, in 2010.

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 was just the eighth time in program history that a Navy player has had double figured points.
9 – 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).
8 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 8-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson
7 – The Mids have lost 7 consecutive true road games dating back to the 2012 season.
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 – Senior attack Tucker Hull has scored a point in 5 straight contests dating back to last season, including assists in each of the last 3.
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-98 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 the weekend.
2 – Navy’s 2 goals against Bucknell a year ago marked the fewest scored by either team in the series’ 13-game history.
1 – Over the last six seasons, 29 (11-18) of the Mids’ 87 contests have been decided by 1 goal.

Scouting the Bison
• Ninth-year Bucknell head coach Frank Fedorjaka has directed his Bison to a 1-1 start this season, beating Delaware in the opener, 6-4, before droppin a 12-9 decision on the road to Bryant.
• Bucknell, who was voted to finish second this season in the Patriot League, stands 20th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and is receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll this week.
• Ironically, Bucknell owned a two-goal decision over Mount St. Mary’s in the fourth, but gave up two goals in the final 1:35 to suffer its lone loss (12-11) of the season.
• Bucknell has seven returning starters on its roster, including 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League Team members David Dickson, Thomas Flibotte and Jackson Place.
• Flibotte, a sophomore midfielder, has scored a team-high 4 goals off 10 shots on goal.  Dickson, meanwhile, owns 4 points off 3 goals and 1 assist.  Second-year middie Kyle Shanahan (2-1) and sophomore attack Sean Doyle (1-2) each have 3 points to date.
• Place, a senior close defenseman has 4 caused turnovers and 4 ground balls.
• Junior Sam Grinberg has been solid in goal where he owns an 8.00 goals-against average and a 52.9 save percentage.  The first-year starter earned Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors following Bucknell’s win over Delaware where he made a career-high 12 stops and surrendered 4 goals.
• One area Bucknell has long struggled at is the faceoff game.  The Bison have won just 37.8 percent (14-37) of the draws this season.  They were 5-13 against Delaware and 9-24 against Bryant.  Senior Peter Burke (6-13) and junior Gavin Sullivan (7-21) have split the duties at the “x.”

Navy vs. Bucknell – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Bucknell marks the 14th game in a series that began in 1996 …Bucknell has won four of the last six, including each of the last three.
• Navy had won three straight in the series before rookie Charlie Streep’s goal as time expired snapped the Mids’ winning streak in 2009 during the regular season.
• However, the Mids got sweet revenge on Bucknell’s home field when they scored a 9-8 win in the 2009 Patriot League Championship Game to earn an automatic bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.
• Seven of the 13 games in the series have been decided by one goal, including five of the last seven … three of the seven one-goal contests have entered into extra minutes … in 2010, midfielder Patrick Moran stuck his shot 1:20 into overtime to lead the Mids to an 8-7 OT win … meanwhile, in 2011 Navy scored four goals in the fourth, including a pair by Nikk Davis in the final 18 seconds of the game to send it into overtime … rookie Todd Heritage, however, found an opening and scored the game-winner for the Bison.
• Bucknell holds a 4-2 advantage in games played in Lewisburg.
• Last year the Bison dealt the Mids their worst loss in series history, beating Navy, 11-2, in Lewisburg.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy has put together a 53-21 (71.6) record against conference members, which includes an 11-2 (84.6) mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 42-19 (68.9) in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (4)    2008, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13
Boston U. (0)    —
Bucknell (5)    2005, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13
Colgate (4)    2006, ‘09, ‘11, ‘13
Holy Cross (1)    2013
Lafayette (1)    2010
Lehigh (3)    2011, ‘12, ‘13
Loyola (0)    —
… and dropped the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.
• Fifteen of the 21 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 25-6 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 19-6 during the regular season.
• The Mids have produced undefeated marks in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in ‘07.
• Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in five (2004-05-06-07-08) of the nine years it has been a member of the league.
• Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league’s tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).
• 31 different Mids have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.
• With the addition of Boston U. and Loyola this season, the Patriot League has expanded to a nine-team league.

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Navy announces 2014 football schedule

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Announces 2014 Football Schedule

Season Tickets On Sale Now

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team, coming off a 2013 campaign that saw the Midsfinish with a 9-4 record, win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualify for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, win a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeat Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year, will face a challenging 2014 schedule that features five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and three neutral site games in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  Additionally, this year marks Navy’s final year as an independent as the Mids will join the American Athletic Conference in 2015.

The Mids will play seven teams that were bowl eligible in 2013, including two of college football’s most storied programs, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

“This exceptional schedule is terrific for our fans to attend up to eight games within a 25 minute drive of Annapolis,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “The base season ticket package covers our traditional home games in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, while the additional match-ups in NFL venues allow for optional purchasing opportunities for fans to be there for all the action, all fall long.  Navy football is Navy family and this is a great schedule for all to see the Midshipmen in some of the finest venues in the nation right in our backyard.”

“This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalo.  “With seven teams on our schedule that were bowl eligible a year ago, our team will have to work extremely hard this off-season to accomplish all of our goals next year.  It’s also exciting to have eight games locally (five in Annapolis, two in Baltimore, one in Landover) as it will give the thousands of Navy fans in the area, and even those who are looking for a college team to root for and have never seen us play, an opportunity to come out and support this incredible group of young men.”

Navy will open up the 2014 campaign with a bang as it plays host to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 12 noon.  Ohio State is coming off a 12-2 season and is 24-2 over the last two years under Urban Meyer.  This will be the second time in six years that Navy has opened up against Ohio State.  In 2009, Navy went into Columbus and nearly pulled off the upset before losing 31-27 on an intercepted two-point conversion that was returned for two points in the final minute.

The following week (Sept. 6), Navy will travel to future American Athletic Conference foe Temple (2-10 in 2013), as the two teams will tangle at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Mids are 10-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial (9-0 vs. Army, 1-0 vs. Temple).

The Mids will be back on the road the following week (Sept. 13) as they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on the Bobcats of Texas State (6-6 in 2013).  It will be Navy’s first trip to San Marcos.

The Mids will play their first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20 when Navy plays host to one of the Big Ten’s newest members, Rutgers.  The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 a year ago and played in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame. 

Navy will be looking for payback the following week as it plays host to Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 27.  The Hilltoppers are coming off an 8-4 campaign, including a 19-7 victory over Navy in a game that starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds was knocked out of in the second quarter with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Navy travels to Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 4 to take on Air Force in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.  Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-10, in Annapolis and will look to beat Air Force for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Air Force finished 2-10 a year ago.

Navy returns home to face VMI on Oct. 11 and then, after a week off, will welcome San Jose State on Oct. 25 in a rematch of one of the best games in all of college football a year ago.  The Spartans, who finished 6-6 on the year including an upset of undefeated Fresno State in the season finale, lost to Navy a year ago, 58-52, in triple overtime as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for an NCAA-record (for a quarterback) seven rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run.

The following week the Mids will take the short trip down Route 50 to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9-4) at FedExField in Washington, DC.  Last year, Notre Dame outlasted Navy, 38-34, in a game that featured an incredible nine lead changes.  This will be the first meeting between Navy and Notre Dame at FedExField since 1998.

After another off-week, the Mids return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to face a Georgia Southern team (Nov. 15) that will be in its first full year as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.  Last year, as a transitional FBS squad, the Eagles went 7-4 including a 26-20 upset victory over Florida in The Swamp.

After a third off-week in six weeks, the Mids will return to the gridiron on Friday, Nov. 28to take on South Alabama (6-6) in Mobile, Ala.  It will be Navy’s first trip to Mobile to play the Jaguars.

Navy will have a fourth off-week after the South Alabama game before playing Service Academy rival Army at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.  Navy will be going for a record 13th win in a row against its biggest rival.  It will be the first Army-Navy game in Baltimore since 2007 when the Mids beat the Black Knights, 38-3.  Army head coach Jeff Monken was an assistant at Navy for that game.

CBS Sports has the rights to all of Navy’s home football games and either CBS Sports or CBS Sports Network will televise all five games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as well as the neutral site games against Ohio State and Notre Dame.  CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA. 

Season tickets go on sale today at navysports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY.

With six wins in 2014, the Mids will appear in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  A date has not been set for the bowl game.

 

2014 Navy Football Schedule

Date                        Opponent                        Location

August 30               vs. Ohio State                 Baltimore, Md.

Sept. 6                     at Temple                        Philadelphia, Pa.

Sept. 13                   at Texas State                  San Marcos, Texas

Sept. 20                  Rutgers                            Annapolis, Md.

Sept. 27                  Western Kentucky          Annapolis, Md.

Oct. 4                      at Air Force                      Colorado Springs, Colo.

Oct. 11                   VMI                                    Annapolis, Md.

Oct. 25                   San Jose State (HC)         Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 1                     vs. Notre Dame                Landover, Md.

Nov. 15                   Georgia Southern            Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 28                    at South Alabama              Mobile, Ala.

Dec. 13                   vs. Army                           Baltimore, Md.

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Georgetown tops Navy in OT on Fountain goal

Posted on 15 February 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  For a second consecutive year, Georgetown attack Jeff Fountain drove a dagger through the hearts of the Navy lacrosse faithful as his goal just under two minutes into overtime guided the Hoyas (2-0) to a 9-8 victory over the Mids (1-1) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A classic Navy-Georgetown battle, Saturday’s contest marked the sixth time in the last seven meetings the game has been decided by one goal and ironically all six have been won by the Hoyas.  Four of the six have gone into extra minutes, including each of the last three games played in Annapolis (2008, 2010, 2014).  Additionally, each of the last three games have been won by Georgetown by a final score of 9-8.

“It was a heck of a game, first and foremost,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “You had two solid teams and it was just a great battle.  It was one of those games where you hate to see someone lose.  It seems like Georgetown just has Navy’s number.”

Added Sowell, “Overall I was very proud of the effort our team put forward.  I was proud of them.  We are on the right course.  I really do believe there is success ahead for this team.”

Navy got on the scoreboard first (13:02, 1 Qtr) when senior attack Sam Jones’ (Annapolis, Md.) five-yard shot was initially saved by junior keeper Jack Haley and took a hop off the ground and back into the net.  The two teams exchanged goals over the remainder of the period with the Mids taking a 2-1 advantage into the second quarter.

Georgetown was able to score a pair of goals in the first two minutes of the second stanza to quickly shift the momentum into the sticks of the Hoyas.  An exchange of turnovers between both teams on the offensive end of the field for the Hoyas left Navy’s goal unmanned and Peter Conley was quick to feed Devon Lewis for the game-tying goal at 13:25.  Just six seconds later, Georgetown’s Tyler Knarr claimed the first of his 12 faceoff wins on the day and fed Conley to give the Hoyas a 3-2 advantage.

Navy was able to even the game midway through the quarter when Georgetown freshman defender Michael Mayer was unable to corral a loose ball in front of the Hoyas’ goal and Jones quickly picked the ball up and poked it in the net.

Georgetown, however, outscored the Mids 3-0 over the final minutes to take a 6-3 lead into the half.

The Hoyas kept it rolling in the third when junior midfielder Charles McCormick, who was suspended for the first quarter of play in the game, fired in his second goal of the afternoon, pushing the lead to four at 7-3 with 9:26 to play in the third quarter.

After being outscored 6-1 over better than 20 minutes of action, a transition goal at 8:19 in the third by Navy defensive midfielder Alex Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.) sparked a 3-0 run by the Mids.  It was Heyward’s first collegiate goal as now 12 players have scored goals for the Midshipmen this season.

Navy clipped the Hoyas’ lead to 7-5 when Jones picked up by the ball off a saved shot by teammate Austin Heneveld(East Hampton, N.Y.) and tossed it in the back of the net at 13:38 in the fourth.  The Mids then got to within one when sophomore attack T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) scored off a pick by defenseman Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) in transition.

Georgetown pushed its lead back to two (8-6) with 7:04 to play when Fountain won a foot race against Mullen and fired off a shot from the left corner.

Navy, though, continued to fight back and with 4:59 Hanzsche fired in his second goal of the game to again trim the Hoyas’ lead to one.

With 1:44 left in regulation, Navy was flagged for a cross check, giving the Hoyas their sixth extra-man opportunity.  Following a flurry of shots by Reilly O’Connor, Navy defensive midfielder Brendan Gaine (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was able to come up with the loose ball and was off to the races.  Gaine sent a pass to pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) in mid-stride who then found Jones at the top of the box.  Jones made the extra pass to Hanzsche who was set up five yards out on the right side and Hanzsche scored the game-tying goal with the Mids a man down with just 53 seconds remaining in the game setting up the extra frame.  It was the second straight game Navy has scored a man-down goal.

Knarr’s faceoff win gave Georgetown possession to begin overtime and with 2:42 a 30-second timer-on was assessed to the Hoyas.  Possession should have expired at 2:12, however, the officials never blew the whistle and instead Fountain curled around the left side of the goal and fired off a spectacular low-to-low shot to lead the Hoyas to victory with 2:08 on the clock.

“The officials told us there were two seconds left and then they said seven, so I really don’t know how much time was left,” said Sowell regarding Georgetown’s timer-on possession.  “It was just unfortunate we didn’t have a chance to win it at the end.  My team fought their way back into the game, but Georgetown made the play when they needed it, so give them credit.”

Jones finished the game with a team-high tying three goals and one assist.  Jones, who registered his 12th career hat trick, moved into 20th on the Mids’ career points list with 116.  Hanzsche, meanwhile, produced his second collegiate hat trick and extended his point and goal-scoring streak to a team-best eight straight games.

Sophomore keeper John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) made a career-high 17 saves, marking the best day in goal for a Navy goalie since Nolan Hickey stopped 18 shots against Bucknell a year ago.

Rookie Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) won eight of the 19 draws he took against Knarr who was among the nation’s leaders a year ago.  Dove won six of the 10 draws in the opening half, but Knarr was able to adjust in the second half and Dove went on to win just twice among his nine second half faceoffs.

Jeff Fountain, Peter Conley, Devon Lewis and Charlie McCormick scored two goals apiece for the Hoyas, while Conley added a pair of assists.

The Mids open Patriot League play next Saturday when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to battle Bucknell at Christy Mathewson Stadium beginning at 3:00 pm .

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Navy, Georgetown face-off Saturday for Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 2 Navy (1-0, 0-0 PL) vs. Georgetown (1-0)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 15 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)


Game Preview

• The Midshipmen opened their 107th season of men’s lacrosse last Saturday by scoring their 13th consecutive victory in a season opener.  Navy will look to ride that momentum into Saturday when the Mids play host to longtime rival Georgetown.  The 24th edition of the Navy-Georgetown series is set for a 12:00 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.
• Senior attack man Sam Jones anchored an offense that saw 11 players score in the Mids’ 18-5 victory over VMI last Saturday in the season opener.  Jones produced a career-high 10 points, while classmate Tucker Hull contributed five.  Meanwhile, rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove was spectacular in his debut, winning 16 of the 21 draws he took.
• Georgetown, meanwhile, used a five-goal second quarter to propel it to a 10-4 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday in its opener  Six different players scored, including Charles McCormick who recorded a hat trick.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Senior attack Sam Jones’ 10-point performance against VMI last Saturday marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College.  It was just the eighth time in program history that a Navy player has had double figured points.
9 – 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).
8 – Navy starting attack scored 8 goals and posted 8 assists in the win over VMI.
7 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 7-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson.
6 – Navy won just 6 of the 19 faceoffs in last year’s game against Georgetown.
5 – Senior pole Pat Kiernan needs 5 ground balls to become only the 11th player in school history to grab 150 grounders in a career.
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-97 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 – Navy has lost 3 straight 1-goal games to Georgetown.  Over the last six seasons, 28 (11-17) of the Mids’ 86 contests have been decided by one goal.
2 – Navy scored 2 goals against VMI within just 9 seconds of one another (10:40-10:31, 2nd Qtr).  It’s the quickest back-to-back goals Navy has scored since 2012 when it punched in two straight at 9:09 and 9:04 in the first quarter.
1 – Senior attack Tucker Hull needs just 1 assist to become only the 16th player in Navy history to reach 50 assists.  He would also become one of 11 players in school history to score 60-plus goals and post 50-plus assists.

Remembering A Friend
• The winner of Saturday’s game will be presented the Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy … a longtime lacrosse official, Boyle suffered a heart attack and passed away while officiating the Navy-Georgetown game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 2, 2005.
• Boyle was a tremendous ambassador of the sport of lacrosse who was involved at every level of the game, whether it was little league, the collegiate level, the pros or even the World Games … he was well thought of throughout the lacrosse community.

A Win over Georgetown would …
• push Navy’s record to 2-0 for a second straight year and just the second time in the last five seasons.
• snap the Mids’ three-game skid against Hoyas, who have won 8 of the last 9 meetings.
• give Navy head coach Rick Sowell his first win over Georgetown as a head coach … he was 0-2 at St. John’s, 0-1 at Dartmouth and 0-1 at Navy in games against the Hoyas.
• give Sowell a 97-97 career record and an 11-16 mark at Navy.
• push Navy’s all-time record to 761-324-14.

Scouting the Hoyas
• Entering his second season as head coach of the Hoyas, Kevin Warne returns five starters off last year’s team that posted a 6-9 record including a 3-4 mark in BIG EAST action.
• Georgetown opened its 2014 campaign on Wednesday at home where the Hoyas got a lift in the second quarter from its offense to post a 10-4 victory over Mount St. Mary’s.  Georgetown scored five of its 10 goals in the second stanza.
• Among the starters returning for the Hoyas is a trio of returning All-BIG EAST selections, graduate student Tyler Knarr, and juniors Charlie McCormick and Reilly O’Connor.
• A year ago Knarr established a new Hoya record in single season ground balls with 112 and was among the nation’s top five in faceoff win percentage (62.2, 184-296).  Additionally, his 184 faceoff wins marked the second most in program history.  Knarr won 11 of his 18 draws against Mount St. Mary’s in the opener and grabbed a team-high eight ground balls.
• O’Connor led Georgetown and was among the BIG EAST leaders with his 56 points (26G, 30A) … also returning on attack is senior Jeff Fountain who produced 24 points (16G, 8A) … anchoring the midfield is McCormick, who punched in 19 goals and added 8 assists.  O’Connor posted one goal and one assist against Mount St. Mary’s, while Fountain dealt out two assists and McCormick produced a hat trick with three goals on nine shots.
• The biggest hole in Georgetown’s lineup will be on defense where the Hoyas lost all three starters from a year ago.  A preseason All-BIG EAST selection, senior John Urbank will be expected to plug a gap after contributing 39 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers in 29 career games.  Meanwhile, redshirt junior Jake Haley returns in goal after making the start in 13 games a year ago.  He owned an 11.14 goals-against average and saved just 48.4 percent of the shots he faced.

Navy vs. Georgetown – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Georgetown marks the 24th game in a series that began in 1991 … the Hoyas own a 16-7 series advantage … Georgetown has won 10 of the last 12 which featured a five-game winning streak that was snapped by the Mids in 2009.
• Georgetown owns a 7-4 advantage in games played in Annapolis., including a 13-12 overtime decision on April 2, 2010, when the two teams last met at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• This is just the fourth time in series history that Georgetown has not been ranked when facing the Mids … the Hoyas were not ranked at the time of the 2009, `11 or `13 encounters.
• 14 of the 23 games have been decided by two goals or less, including each of the last eight contests.
• Eight of the 23 contests have been one-goal games, while five of the eight one-goal games have been decided in overtime … four of the five overtime contests have been played in Annapolis … last year’s 9-8 Georgetown victory was contested in Washington, D.C.
• Five of the last six meetings have been decided by one goal, all of which have been won by the Hoyas.
• 2012 marked the first time since the series began in 1991 that the two teams did not play one another.  Navy made the move two years ago to play all of its Patriot League opponents on weekends which meant Georgetown lost its traditional weekend spot to Lehigh.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-ATP Tour U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Friday 8pm Saturday 6pm Sunday 4pm from Memphis live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Duke (Monday 7pm from Durham, NC live on ESPN2); Soccer: Russia @ Team USA Women (Wednesday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on USSoccer.com)

10. Top Shelf Comedy Tour feat. Bruce Bruce/Earthquake/Gary Owen (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Ralphie May (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Katt Williams (Saturday & Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Sex At The Zoo (Friday 6pm Maryland Zoo); Cecily Strong/Mike O’Brien (Sunday 8pm Stevenson University); Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Charm City); RoboCop (Wednesday) and “About Last Night (Friday) out in theaters

I apparently made a mistake and included Cecily Strong last week instead of this week. “Oh no, more Cecily Strong in T10BD? That’s terrible” said no one in response.

O’Brien has actually had some nice highlights in his first year as a player as well.

9. Kanye West (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); JJ Grey & Mofro (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Johnny Winter Band (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm Rams Head on Stage); Rebelution (Thursday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Umprhey’s McGee (Saturday & Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Dru Hill (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Delta Rae (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Eddie From Ohio (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theatre), Jennifer Nettles (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre), Bob Weir & Ratdog (Monday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Lake Street Drive (Wednesday 7pm The Hamilton); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 7:30pm Carroll Arts Center); Eric Church “The Outsiders” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Dru Hill was so much more important to my childhood than I should ever admit.

Delta Rae is freaking wonderful. Here’s a night I saw them at Rams Head Live and FELL IN STINKING LOVE.

You might not be familiar with Lake Street Dive. But perhaps you’ve seen this wonderful video.

I saw Sister Sparrow in Brooklyn during Super Bowl week. They played Led Zeppelin IV in its’ entirety. I’m certainly glad they did.

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