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Terps Ferrara, Boykins will miss West Virginia game

Posted on 20 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Position

Name

Injury

Status

QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
DL Keith Bowers Calf Out
WR Kerry Boykins Hamstring Out
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out
QB Dustin Dailey Ankle Questionable
DB A.J. Hendy Ankle Probable
LB Kenny Tate Knee Probable
DL Joe Vellano Foot Probable

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DC Stewart says Terps hope to limit big plays against WVU

Posted on 19 September 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On West Virginia’s defense:

“For us it’s a front that Perry [Hills] hasn’t faced. We’ve faced four down fronts for the most part, and we’ll get some three down fronts like last week in nickel situations. This team is a true 50 defense. Which for him is just another week of adding to his box of experience. You have to attack different fronts different ways, and so this week we have to prepare and come up with a game plan vs. a 50.”

On how Perry Hills bounced back after last Saturday’s loss:

“I talked to him on the phone and saw him after the game and my big thing was telling him as a quarterback it’s a natural leadership position. The other guys on the offense are going to look to him for leadership, and it’s a game. It’s one game, and obviously we didn’t play very well on offense and that’s collectively, myself included as a coach. We need to come in, he needs to come in tomorrow and put it behind us. That’s going to be our base way of doing things around here, win or lose, we have 24 hours to get over it and make the necessary adjustments we need to make.”

On Matt Furstenberg’s play and his involvement:

“There’s an effort to get the passing game going. But, with a young quarterback obviously coverages and things they do on defense dictate where the ball goes.  We go into every game with a plan to try to get certain touches to certain people. We have to make adjustments and when you have a freshman quarterback, a lot of the things that you go in planning for you see different things. It becomes a game of adjustments throughout the course of it. Matt’s a guy that the impact he’s made for us may not be on the stat sheet. He’s done a great job in the run game for us and he’s helped us in some protection situations, and we’ll continue to try and find ways to get all those guys involved. As I told our offense, especially the guys on the back end, we’ll only be able to do and go as far as far as our quarterback is able to take us.”

On having Tyler Cierski back and where the reps will go:

“It’s a great situation to have as we’ve talked about. That’s the type of situation you’d like to have at all the positions, along the offensive side of the ball. We’re fortunate to have four backs that are all capable of carrying the load for us. The competition day to day and throughout the course of a game week will obviously dictate the roles that each guy has.”

On Brandon Ross returning:

“Well yesterday was really the first day, and I thought he did well for his first day back. He’s been in all the meetings even though he hasn’t been practicing with the guys that are traveling, but he’s been there mentally throughout the course of the injury. From a mental standpoint we feel that he’s there, and then last week he was able to get some physical reps down on the scout team. From what I heard he did a great job and looked good running.”
Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart

On how he rated the return of Matt Robinson and Isaac Goins:

“I thought both did a good job. I thought our communication in the back end was clean. I thought they did a good job of coming in where they left off and knowing what they’re supposed to do. They did a good job of making sure everybody was on the same page.”

On the difficulty of going up against WVU’s offense:

“The offense has one of the better quarterbacks, Geno Smith, in NCAA Football. Not just having him, but the tempo of their offense, they’re a fast paced offense. And then they have good skill players on the edge with Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin are going to end up as two of the better receivers. As a challenge, we’re excited about the challenge. To be the best, you have to play the best. I think it’s excited they’re on the schedule and we get an opportunity to play them.”

On the challenges the air raid offense presents:

“For the most part they can lure you to sleep, especially if their quarterback has a strong arm like Geno does, and their receivers can catch the ball. What we want to do is keep the ball in front of us, tackle the catch, and eliminate the big play. If we can get off on third down, I think we’ll have the opportunity to be close.”

On slowing down a quarterback like Geno Smith:

“I don’t think you go into it worried about slowing him down. I just think like I said you eliminate the big plays, keep the ball in front of you, tackle the catch, put pressure on him, and get off on third down. You’ll have opportunities.”

On Head Coach Randy Edsall’s insight on WVU:

“Coach Edsall knows what we do defensively, and the people we’re playing against. So, he always is going to have his name on it and he’s talked to us about it.”

On how the secondary has taken steps the past two games:

“I just think with Matt [Robinson] back as a starting safety our communication is a lot cleaner. You’re not going to get freshmen mistakes from him. Unfortunately freshmen are going to make mistakes, and they’re going to see run when it’s not run, and see pass when it’s not pass. Matt understands his keys, your keys tell you run or pass, and then you play it from there. So, I think the biggest improvement is not having mental errors in the back end like we had against Temple and William & Mary.”

On the challenge of playing a hurry-up offense:

“My first college job back from the NFL was the University of Houston. This is the exact same offense that the University of Houston employs. As a matter of fact, Dana Holgorsen in 2009 had the number one offense at the University of Houston, and then he went to Oklahoma State. The way the defense is set up with the no huddle and the wristbands that we use, it came from playing against that offense in practice. I don’t anticipate the communication being a problem. What I do anticipate is that it’s hard to practice that speed.”

On the linebacking core:

“Honestly I’d like to see more plays. We had some opportunities to make plays and it’s not anybody’s fault. We just need to understand what’s asked of everybody, and once we get that cleaned up I think we’ll be able to make some more plays. For the most part they’ve done what we’ve asked, but I just guess I’ve been spoiled.”

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Edsall knows West Virginia air raid offense will present challenge to Terps

Posted on 18 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening statement:

“We’ve got a tough one this week, that’s for sure. [West Virginia] is ranked No. 8 in the country, going down to Morgantown which is not a real good place to play from the standpoint of the noise and everything else. But we’re looking forward to the challenge of going up against the air-raid offense. Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin and Joe Madsen the center, who is a really good player. They’re averaging over 600 yards a game, 55 points game, talented players, so our defense is going to have their work cut out for them.

 

“Defensively, they’re led really there by their linebackers Terrence Garvin and Isaiah Bruce. Again a scheme where you have very athletic people playing a ‘50’ scheme. Offensively we’re going to have to make sure we utilize every possession and make every possession count, especially with what our defense is going to be facing this week. We look forward to it and we know that it will be a very hostile environment, but another challenge for our young team.”

 

On what makes West Virginia so special:

“They don’t use the tight end in their offense so they really kind of spread you out. Then what they do is they utilize Tavon Austin as a running back, putting him in motion and getting him the ball on handoffs, getting the ball on swing passes and underneath. The thing that’s really impressive, and having had the opportunity to watch Geno play from the time he was a young guy, you just see the growth and maturity that he’s had in the years that he’s been there. He’s gotten a lot better each year; he’s bigger and stronger now, shows good poise in the pocket, knows when to come out of the pocket and knows when to sit in there. So I think it’s the experience of the quarterback and it’s the talent surrounding him and then they do have an experienced offensive line.”

 

On wide receiver Kevin Dorsey only having three catches this season:

“A lot of times it’s what the defense is doing that dictates where the ball goes. I think that Kevin is going to have plenty of opportunities in the remaining games. We just need to make sure that we make the correct reads and that he runs the precise routes. Kevin sees the big picture and again, we have plays where he is supposed to get the ball but they do a good job of covering. Sometimes we may not execute as well as we should. Kevin and I both know that he’s going to have some big days for us before the year is over.”

 

On West Virginia QB Geno Smith and what he has learned from last year:

“He’s got a great arm and he knows where to go with the ball. He’s putting the ball right were its needs to be. I think his accuracy has improved since last year and I see a guy who has done more in the weight room and has gotten a bit thicker. You can watch the film and see the level of confidence that he plays with. If we can shake that confidence a little bit early in the game and disrupt it, then that would be to our advantage.”

 

On the seniors drawing upon last year’s game:

“You always take a look at history and try to use it to your advantage. During the week, coaches will show certain things from last year. We know that we came close and came up a little bit short. But that’s something that we need to draw on. We need to minimize the mistakes. It has got to be a team thing. The offense has to take advantage of every possession, the defense has to be sound, and in the kicking game, we have to make sure we do the things we are supposed to.”

 

On having four options at running back:

“I wish we had this kind of depth at every position. We’ll see how everything plays out in practice during the week. We have a process in mind going into the game on how we want to use those guys but we’ll see how it plays out during the week.”

 

On the similarities between Stefon Diggs and WVU’s Tavon Austin:

“Well you see similarities when you watch the film. They are both kick-off returners and punt returners; they both play the slot position on offense. They might use Austin more from a running game standpoint than we do with Diggs. They are both great athletes and great competitors with the ability to change the game quickly and make big plays.”

 

On having four running backs listed as starters:

“I think that we have situations where all four can end up playing. And again, we will see how it all plays out but I have a lot of confidence in each and every one of those guys. The thing is, it’s not what somebody didn’t do, it’s just the situation. I think all four of them will play in the game if things work the way we want them to.”

 

On playing at West Virginia:

“The one thing that we have to do is really prepare our guys for the noise and the hostility that those fans have for their Mountaineers. I would hope that, I know the last time I was playing at West Virginia – my hat goes off to them in terms of we went there after the situation with Jasper Howard, and they couldn’t have been more classier and outstanding fans that particular day. They have such tremendous passion for their team, we just have to try and prepare our guys for that and understand they have to stay focused and block all that stuff out. [We] just need to remember that the only thing that is really important it what is going on in between those white lines.”

 

On if he sees the West Virginia-Maryland game as a rivalry:

“I see it as a rivalry. It’s a game that you’re playing pretty much every year. The states are bordering each other; we compete against them quite a bit in recruiting. It’s a game that has been played a number of times but we have to do our part to get back on the winning side.”

 

On facing West Virginia’s unorthodox defense and offense:

“I don’t think it is really an unorthodox defense. We’ve seen a lot of different defenses in the past three weeks so this one might be a bit more standard than others. The biggest thing we have to do as a team is get better fundamentally and from a technique standpoint. We haven’t come up short in effort or the want-to or any of that. We have made progress in the past three games but we still have a lot of work to do fundamentally. People can put up offenses and put up defenses but if you can go out and execute the fundamentals of the position and the defense and utilize the techniques, then you’re going to be successful against any scheme. We also have to get better at recognizing the situation that we are in and get better responding to that situation. For me, the biggest challenge for us is to get better fundamentally and improve our technique so we can go out and execute. We also have to understand those situations we are in and play to those situations.”

 

On Perry Hills’ clock management and seeing the field better:

“I was pleased with the way the guys bounced back on Sunday. I thought that we probably had our best Sunday practice this year. We watched the film and made corrections in practice. Once we go through the film on that Sunday, that previous game is over – you have to have a short memory. I know that Perry has put that behind him. I know that some of the mistakes you saw from last week you won’t see this week. You might see some new ones – you hope you don’t, but I’m confident in him. He’s extremely conscientious and he is going to get better. He’s got to feel comfortable when he goes out there and plays.”

 

On getting the ball to the wide receivers:

“There are only so many touches in the game. A lot will depend on what defenses will do – coverage that they play and how they match up during certain sets will dictate where the ball will go in the passing game. I think that we will be able to spread the ball around a little bit. A lot depends on how people play us.”

 

On how advanced Stefon Diggs is as an 18-year old:

“That’s a tough question to answer. I anticipated him being productive and doing some of the things I’ve seen him do, but maybe didn’t realize how much further along I thought he was. He still has a lot to work on in terms of fundamentals, technique and some other things in terms of route-running and all that. But I think the thing I didn’t realize is how far along he is in terms of understanding and his knowledge of the game.

 

“If you take a look at the play on Saturday, the touchdown that he got, I mean how many guys are going to realize that it’s one-on-one coverage, the ball is thrown not to me, but over to a guy next to me, and all I’m going to do is play to the whistle and run to the ball because the ball might be tipped, and then I catch it. There’s a lot of guys that wouldn’t have that instinct that have been playing for a long time. That’s something that I don’t know you might even see in the NFL from guys that have been playing. The athleticism, the dynamic plays, I kind of expected he could do those things. But I didn’t expect the experience, the knowledge of some of the things he can see that he’s doing. Because again, I think it’s rare to have a guy do some of the things we’ve seen him do out there.

 

“This is why I’m so excited about this team and these players; and you want to get upset sometimes, but you can’t because you just have to be patient. Against Temple you saw Wes [Brown] put the ball on the ground. And then you saw him come back against Connecticut and what he did. You’re standing on the sideline and you see him coming through the hole, bodies are coming, and he covers it up with two hands. You know, he learned.

 

“Stefon drops a punt because he takes his eye off it. And then against Connecticut, he’s standing there and there’s three guys right in front of him. He just focuses in on catching the ball, and then he catches it and he has the wherewithal to say ‘Ok I know didn’t fair catch it,’ and he instinctively reacts after he catches it and spins and makes a big return.

 

“Perry [Hills] makes some of the mistakes he makes, and then one of the things we’ve been telling him is if it breaks down take off and run, well he did that and scored a touchdown. So as much as it can be painful to see some of these things, it’s just the experience these guys have to get. But it also makes it fun because they have the ability to make plays, and when you have guys that have the ability to make those plays I think it helps everybody else that’s around you.”

 

On his confidence of the defense:

“I’m confident in our defense and I’m very confident in our defense when everybody goes out and does their job.  We’re going to get tested this week. There’s no doubt about that. We’re going to be tested quite a bit. But again I like our focus and our mentality that we are bringing. We need to step it up even more this week now. We’ve got to step it up to give ourselves an opportunity to win. There are things we need to correct and be sound and more solid with some of the little things that we are doing defensively. I think that can make us even better. We’ve got our hands full this week, there’s no question. It will be fun to watch our guys go out and compete against this high-powered offense which we have a tremendous amount of respect for.”

 

On his experience against West Virginia as a player and a coach:

“When I was at Syracuse playing, we played West Virginia, so it’s a team that I’ve been competing against as a player and as a coach for many, many years. I’ve always just had a tremendous amount of respect for West Virginia. I can still remember going to old Mountaineer Field when it was right in the middle of campus when I was a quarterback at Syracuse. We’d go and they pelted us with oranges and we walked on the field pre-game and they had dogs out their catching Frisbees and tobacco-spitting contests. You know when you go play West Virginia you better strap it up because it’s going to be a physical, 60-minute game. Especially when you go there, you know that their fans are going to be against you. I’ve always enjoyed playing against West Virginia teams from when Don Nehlen was a coach and Rich (Rodriguez) and now Dana (Holgorsen). I think it’s always good to be able to play good teams and West Virginia is a very good team.”

 

On the recruiting battle with West Virginia:

“There are so many players in this area and this region and state, we’re not going to get them all. There’s some that we might not recruit based on different variables in the recruiting process. Knowing that they are a bordering state and they come in here and recruit, it’s important for us to go and work to beat them and get wins against them from a recruiting standpoint that kids we do go head-to-head with we have a little more ammunition than them. I think it’s always fun to compete against West Virginia because you know you’re going to get their best effort. It’s going to be a physical, 60 minutes of slug-it-out, get-after-you and who’s standing at the end.”

 

On the offense’s role in slowing West Virginia down:

“We’ve done a decent job of doing that with the time of possession in the first three games. Even though we are in a no-huddle, it’s not the hurry-up type of offense like West Virginia’s. The best defense we can play is having our defense on the sideline. It’s important for us to be able to possess the ball and, not only possess the ball, but make sure you score. If we are possessing the ball and not coming up with points, that’s not going to give us the formula for victory we’re looking for.  We need to possess the ball, we need to score points, and we need to try to keep our defense off the field. When the defense is on the field, we need to play very sound, very solid and take care of responsibilities and not let them have those big plays against us.”

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Cummings Reaches 100 Career Points As Maryland Tops MSM

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Senior Joe Cummings scored his 100th career point to lead the No. 9 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-8 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in front of a record-setting crowd of 1,278 at Waldron Family Stadium Wednesday night.

The Terrapins improve to 8-4 on the season, while the Mount falls to 4-8.

It didn’t take long for Maryland to open the scoring. Junior Owen Blye took the ball from behind the cage, around the left side, took the extra step to create a better shooting angle and beat The Mount goalie Chris Klaiber with less than two minutes gone in the first.

Junior Curtis Holmes won the ensuing faceoff with junior Jesse Bernhardt scooping up the groundball. Bernhardt had a clear run to the Mount St. Mary’s goal and quickly hit the top left corner to make it a 2-0 Maryland lead at the 12:58 mark.

The lead grew to 3-0 just over a minute later when Blye found Cummings on the right side of the crease and Cumming pump-faked Klaiber before finishing inside the far post.

The Mount responded with an unassisted goal by Bryant Schmidt at the 10:22 mark to make it a 3-1 contest.

Schmidt made it a one-goal game with a shot from the right alley as time expired on an extra-man opportunity, following a pushing call on sophomore Brian Cooper.

Mount St. Mary’s sent the game into the second quarter all tied at 3-3 thanks to a goal by Andrew Scalley with just 27 seconds left in the first.

The second quarter was scoreless outside of a 22-second span that saw the Terps score three times to open up a 6-3 lead.

Redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk got things started at the 3:15 mark, taking a pass from junior John Haus in the right alley and connecting on a low-to-low shot.

The ensuing faceoff was another display of perfect transition lacrosse by the Terps. Bernhardt picked up the groundball moving toward the Mountaineers’ goal. This time the Mount slid to stop his progress, so he moved the ball to Cummings on the left side. He then made the “one-more” pass to Blye across the crease, where he scores easily with 2:53 left.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Morgan scooped up the following faceoff and took the open shot. Klaiber made the stop this time, but couldn’t control the rebound. Junior Kevin Cooper picked up the loose ball and put the rebound back in at the 2:53 mark.

A slashing call with 42 seconds left gave the Terps their first extra-man opportunity, but Maryland held the ball until the horn, giving them possession at the start of the third quarter.

The extra-man opportunity wasn’t wasted as Blye found junior Billy Gribbin on the right wing and he ripped a shot inside the far post 11 seconds into the third, making the score 7-3 for Maryland.

Scalley tallied his second of the game with 11:36 to go in the third to make it a three-goal game, but Gribbin scored again from the right wing a minute later on a left-handed sidearm shot off an assist from Blye top up the lead back to four.

Cummings scored from in close with 6:19 to go in the third to register his 99th career point to give Maryland a five-goal lead, but Christian Kellett got the Mountaineers back to within four with his first at the 4:37 mark.

A good groundball Gribbin at the 3:35 mark turned into the Terps’ 10th goal of the game as Haus found senior Drew Snider on the right sing. Snider ripped a low-to-high shot to give Maryland a 10-5 lead with 3:18 remaining in the third.

History was made at the 2:19 mark when Cummings scored on a nice re-dodge from left goal-line extended to register his 100th career point, becoming just the 38th player in the 87-year history of Maryland men’s lacrosse to reach that plateau.

Brett Schmidt and Bryan Kane scored late in the fourth to make it 11-7 with 3:09 to play.

Maryland looked to run out the clock and had the ball inside the Mount St. Mary’s box with under a minute to play. The Mount doubled freshman Jay Carlson at the top left corner of the box and he flipped the ball across the box to senior Michael Shakespeare, who scored the empty-netter to make it a 12-8 final.

Freshman Charlie Raffa won 6-of-10 faceoffs for Maryland, which got six saves from sophomore goalie Niko Amato.

In addition to scoring the early goal, Bernhardt tied for the game-high with four groundballs and also caused a turnover. Brian Cooper also had four groundballs and a caused turnover for the Terrapin defense.

Maryland wraps up its regular season home slate on Saturday, April 28 when it hosts Bellarmine at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game is the featured athletic event of Maryland Day and admission is free. Faceoff is set for noon.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 12-8 win, Maryland is now 9-0 all-time vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Joe Cummings now has 11 hat tricks, 28 multi-point and 20 multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on two goals and three assists, junior Owen Blye now has 18 multi-point, 12 multi-goal and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, junior John Haus now has 17 multi-point and six multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Billy Gribbin now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games for his Maryland career.

 

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Towson Tops Mount St. Mary’s in Home Opener

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli (Lynbrook H.S./East Rockaway, N.Y.) matched his career high by scoring three goals in a game for the second time this season as Towson University (2-2) used a three-goal run in the final 5:13 to post a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over Mount St. Mary’s (1-2) in the Tigers’ home opener at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In a game that was tied five times and had five lead changes, the Mountaineers scored four straight goals in the second half to take an 8-7 lead with 9:03 remaining. Junior Andrew Scalley(Archbishop Spalding H.S./Arnold, Md.) gave The Mount its lead when he scored an unassisted goal, his second goal of the game. With 7:33 remaining, The Mount had a great chance to extend its lead when the Tiger bench was penalized for a conduct foul. However, the Tigers were able to kill off that penalty, setting up the tying goal.

With 5:13 left in regulation, senior Matt Lamon (St. Mary’s H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored off a pass from freshman Robby Zoppo (Calvert Hall College H.S./Baltimore, Md.) to tie the game at 8-8, the fifth tie of the game. It was Lamon’s second goal of the game. He did not score in the Tigers’ first three contests.

After junior Ian Mills (Chantilly H.S./Centreville, Va.) won the ensuing faceoff, junior Matt Hughes(Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) came from behind the cage and scored an unassisted goal with 4:00 remaining, giving the Tigers a 9-8 advantage. After the Tigers took the lead, Mills won another faceoff and that set up DeNapoli’s third goal, which came on a drive from the right side with 2:56 remaining.

Although the Mountaineers won the next faceoff, they quickly turned it over and the Tigers were able to run out the clock, posting their seventh victory in eight all-time meetings with The Mount.

Led by senior Bryant Schmidt (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Great Mills, Md.), who scored four goals, the Mountaineers outshot the Tigers, 34-24. However, Tiger goalkeepers Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.) and Andrew Wascavage (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Drayden, Md.) combined to make 12 saves. Love had seven saves while playing the first half while Wascavage had five saves in the second half.

The Mountaineers, who upset two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware last week, took an early 1-0 lead just 1:42 into the game when Schmidt scored his first goal of the game.

The Tigers responded by scoring three consecutive goals to take a 3-1 lead in the second quarter. After senior Sean Maguire (Calvert Hall College H.S./Lutherville, Md.) scored the tying goal on an extra man opportunity, Lamon’s first goal of the season gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with 5:09 left in the opening period. With 12:36 left in the second quarter, DeNapoli put the Tigers up by 3-1 when he scored an extra man goal.

But, the Mountaineers erupted for three goals in a period of 1:19 to take a 4-3 lead with 10:05 remaining in the first half. With 11:24 left in the half, Bryant Schmidt’s extra man goal cut the deficit to 3-2. His twin brother, Brett Schmidt (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Great Mills, Md.), tied the game at 3-3 with 10:30 left when he scored off a pass from Scalley.

Just 25 seconds later, Scalley’s unassisted goal gave The Mount a 4-3 lead.

With 6:30 remaining in the half, DeNapoli tied the game at 4-4 with an unassisted goal before sophomore Andrew Hodgson (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal with 2:50 left to give the Tigers a 5-4 advantage.

The Tigers opened the second half with a 2-0 run to take a 7-4 lead with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter. Maguire’s second goal of the game made it 6-4 with 11:20 left in the quarter. An unassisted goal by senior Michael Brashears (Calvert Hall College H.S./Timonium, Md.) with 10:12 left upped the lead to 7-4.

Just when it appeared that the Tigers were about to break the game open, they went through a scoring drought of nearly 20 minutes. By the time Lamon ended the drought with 5:13 left in the game, the Mountaineers had taken a lead.

Trailing by 7-4 in the third quarter, the Mountaineers went on a four-goal run to grab a lead. Bryant Schmidt scored twice in the third quarter and Brett Schmidt had one goal to tie the game at 7-7 after three quarters.

When Scalley scored an unassisted goal with 9:03 left in the game, The Mount owned its final lead.

Bryant Schmidt led The Mount with four goals while Brett Schmidt and Scalley each had a pair of goals. Daniel Stranix had three assists for The Mount.

DeNapoli paced the Tigers with three goals while Lamon added two goals and an assist. Maguire had two goals while Hughes chipped in with a goal and an assist.

The Tigers, who snapped a two-game losing streak, return to action on Tuesday, March 13 when they host Navy at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s College Lacrosse: Towson 10, Mount St. Mary’s 8
Mount St. Mary’s (1-2)  1-3-3-1 / 8
Towson (2-2)  2-3-2-3 / 10

Goals: MSM – Bryant Schmidt 4, Brett Schmidt 2, Andrew Scalley 2; TOW – Thomas DeNapoli 3, Matt Lamon 2, Sean Maguire 2, Matt Hughes 1, Andrew Hodgson 1, Michael Brashears 1.Assists: MSM – Daniel Stranix 3, Anthony Golden 1, Andrew Scalley 1; TOW – Matt Hughes 1, Matt Lamon 1, Brian Prendergast 1, Robby Zoppo 1. Saves: MSM – Chris Klaiber 7 (60:00, 10 goals allowed); TOW – Travis Love 7 (30:00, 4 goals allowed); Andrew Wascavage 5 (30:00, 4 goals allowed). Shots: MSM – 34; TOW – 24. Extra-Man Opportunities: MSM – 1 for 3; TOW – 2 for 3. Attendance: 1,128.

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Towson Lax Home Opener Saturday Against Mount St. Mary’s on WNST

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Looking to snap their two-game losing streak, the Tigers return to Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon to host Mount St. Mary’s in the 2012 home opener. The game, which is sponsored by Mariner Finance, will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Note: If the Tiger men’s basketball team advances to the CAA Tournament quarter-finals on Saturday, the Tiger men’s lacrosse game will be broadcast on TowsonTigers.com in its entirety.   

Updating the Tigers
Now 1-2 on the season, the Tigers have dropped back-to-back games after a season-opening 12-10 victory over Jacksonville on Feb. 11. The Tigers lost by a 12-6 margin to No. 2 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 17 before suffering a 13-6 defeat at No. 13 Loyola last Saturday afternoon. Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus recorded his second three-point game of the season by scoring a goal with two assists. Meanwhile, senior attackman Sean Maguire tallied two goals in a losing effort. Maguire is the Tigers’ leading scorer with six goals and two assists while Mabus has a team-high five assists. 

Scouting the Mountaineers
Off to a 1-1 start this season, the Mountaineers will be playing their third game in eight days when they visit Towson on Saturday afternoon. After opening the season with a 12-10 upset victory over two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware last Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers dropped a 17-5 decision against No. 1 Virginia on Tuesday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium. Junior midfielder Daniel Stranix is the team’s leading scorer with five goals and one assist. 

Last Year’s Towson-Mount St. Mary’s Meeting
Led by three goals from attackman Matt Hughes, the Tigers erupted for four early goals en route to a dominating 11-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium. The Tigers, who owned a 6-2 lead at half-time, held the Mountaineers scoreless for the first 26:21 of the game. While Hughes led the Tigers with three goals and an assist, midfielder Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals with an assist as the Tigers outshot Mount St. Mary’s by a 46-31 margin. Andrew Scalley led the Mountaineers with two goals while goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo had 14 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter.

Towson-Mount St. Mary’s Series History
The Tigers and the Mountaineers will be meeting for the eighth time in an all-time series that Towson leads by a 6-1 margin. The Tigers have won the last five meetings in the series, including last year’s 11-3 victory at Waldron Family Stadium. The Mountaineers’ lone victory in the series came on Mar. 26, 1975 in a 1-0 forfeit victory at Towson. During the seven-game series, the Tigers have averaged 14.1 goals per game while holding the Mountaineers to eight goals or less in six of the seven games.

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Maryland Announces 2012 Football Schedule

Posted on 27 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Terps will play six home games in 2012, including matchups with Florida State, Georgia Tech and Connecticut

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2012 Maryland football schedule, which includes league home games against Florida State and Georgia Tech, and a nonconference tilt with Connecticut, was announced jointly Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University.

Maryland will open 2012 season, the second under head coach Randy Edsall, on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a game against William & Mary, the first of six home contests.

The Terps, who face eight bowl teams from last year, will not play consecutive road or home games throughout 2012.

After a road trip to Temple on Sept. 8, the Terps return home on Sept. 15 to face Connecticut, where Edsall spent 12 years as head coach.

The Terps will face interstate rival West Virginia on Sept. 22 in Morgantown. Maryland and WVU will be facing each other for the third straight year after taking two years off in the series.

Maryland will enjoy a bye (Sept. 29) before entering conference play with a home game against Wake Forest (Oct. 6).

The Terps will play at border rival Virginia on Oct. 13 before facing a pair of Atlantic Division foes in NC State (Oct. 20 at home) and Boston College (Oct. 27 on the road).

Georgia Tech then visits College Park for the first time since 2007 on Nov. 3 and a road game against defending Atlantic Division champion Clemson follows on Nov. 10.

The Terrapins will face Florida State on Nov. 17, the final home contest for its senior class, before closing out the regular season at North Carolina on Nov. 26. The Terps and Tar Heels have not faced each other since 2008.

Game times will be announced at a later date. League home games are selected on a 12-day option by ESPN or the ACC Network. During the season, ESPN can choose certain ACC games on a six-day window. Times for early-season nonconference home games are announced in the summer.

Season tickets are now available for purchase and renewal.  A variety of season ticket options are available starting as low as $114. There are also family 4-packs available for $420 and season-ticket holders have the ability to spread their cost over six monthly installments.

Fans can purchase tickets by going to www.umterps.com or by calling the Terrapin Ticket Office at (301) 314-7070 or 1-800-IMA-TERP. Single-game tickets will be available at a later date.

2012 Schedule

Sept. 1    William & Mary

Sept. 8    @ Temple

Sept. 15   Connecticut

Sept. 22   @ West Virginia

Sept. 29   Open

Oct. 6      Wake Forest

Oct. 13    @ Virginia

Oct. 20    NC State

Oct. 27    @ Boston College

Nov. 3     Georgia Tech

Nov. 10    @ Clemson

Nov. 17    Florida State

Nov. 24    @ North Carolina

Home games in bold and played at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium; Times are TBA

Schedule Notes:

  • Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Temple (Gilden New Mexico Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and North Carolina (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).
  • Maryland and William & Mary will be meeting for the fifth time. The series is even at 2-all. The last meeting occurred in 2006 with the Terps posting a 27-14 victory in College Park. The teams hadn’t met since 1946.
  • Maryland leads the all-time series with Temple, 6-1. The Owls won their first game in the series last season, downing the Terps, 38-7.
  • Maryland and West Virginia are playing for the third straight season after taking two years off in the series. The two schools met annually from 1980 to 2007. The Mountaineers hold a 25-21-2 advantage in a series that dates back to 1919.
  • Connecticut and Maryland will be meeting for the just the second time. The Terps downed the Huskies, 34-0, in 1946. Randy Edsall was the head coach at UConn from 1999-2010.
  • Maryland owns a 42-17-1 advantage in the series against Wake Forest, including victories in nine of the last 13. The Terps have won five of the last six in College Park.
  • The Terps lead the all-time series with Virginia, 42-32-2. Maryland has won two of the last three in Charlottesville.
  • The all-time series with NC State is tied, 32-32-4. The Terps have won eight of the last 12 in the series.
  • Boston College leads the all-time series 6-3. Maryland and Boston College met for the first time in 21 years in Massachusetts in 2006 with the Eagles winning, 38-16 (in Chestnut Hill). Maryland’s 42-35 home victory in 2007 over the eighth-ranked Eagles snapped a three-game BC winning streak in the series. Maryland won the last time it visited Chestnut Hill (2010), its first victory in three trips.
  • Georgia Tech leads the series with the Terps, 14-6, having won four of the last five meetings. Five of the last seven games have been decided by five points or less.
  • Clemson holds a 32-26-2 advantage over Maryland in the series, but the Terps have won six of the last 11.
  • Florida State has a 20-2 edge in the all-time series, but both Maryland wins have come at home in the last eight meetings.

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Loyola Tries To Bounce Back Thursday Night Against Manhattan

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Manhattan Jaspers
Date Thursday, January 5, 2012
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Manhattan leads, 31-20
Last Meeting Loyola 62, Manhattan 50 – Jan. 20, 2011 at Loyola

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays the second of three home games this week on Thursday, January 5, when it hosts Manhattan College at 7:30 p.m.

The Greyhounds are playing three games in the span of six days for the only time during the 2011-2012 regular-season.

Thursday’s game will mark just the second time this season that Loyola has played back-to-back games in Reitz Arena, the first coming November 27 and December 1.

Series History

Loyola and Manhattan will meet for the 52nd time when the teams take the floor Thursday. The Jaspers hold a 31-20 advantage in the all-time series.

The Greyhounds won both meetings between the teams last season, defeating Manhattan, 82-67, on January 7 in Riverdale, and 62-50 on January 20 in Reitz Arena.

Loyola has won seven of the last nine meetings between the schools dating back to the 2007-2008 season.

Second Time With Twenty

Justin Drummond topped the 20-point plateau for the second time in four games when he led all players with 23 points on Monday night against Niagara. The 23 points were his second-most in a game during his career at Loyola, three behind the 26 he scored on December 18 at St. Bonaventure.

Drummond made 9-of-16 shots form the field and 4-of-5 from the line against the Purple Eagles.

Free Webstreaming

Fans who can’t make it to the game on Thursday have multiple options for catching the action from Reitz Arena. In addition to live stats and internet audio, all non-televised home contests, will be broadcast free of charge on Hounds Unleashed, the broadcast arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. The games will be available on computers and most smart phone devices.

Offensive Board Work

Drummond also led all players Monday with nine rebounds and five offensive boards.

Nine of his 23 points came as a direct result of his own offensive rebounds.

Rally Falls Short

Loyola overcame a 12-point first-half deficit on Monday night against Niagara to take a four-point lead, only to fall short of the win.

The 12 point Purple Eagles lead is the largest overcome to take the lead in a game this season by the Greyhounds.

Guards Hit The Boards

Loyola outrebounded Niagara, 40-36, on Monday night, thanks in part to solid rebounding from its guards. Justin Drummond led the team with nine, and Robert Olson had seven.

This season, three Loyola guards are averaging three or more rebounds per game: Drummond (4.6), Dylon Cormier (4.4), Olson (3.1).

Last Time Out

Loyola overcame a 12-point Niagara lead to go up by four on two occasions in the second half, but the Purple Eagles held the Greyhounds scoreless for the last 3:24 of the game for a 66-61 victory.

Erik Etherly put Loyola ahead 61-57 with a fast-break dunk at 3:35, but Juan’ya Green made a three just over a minute later, and Antoine Mason’s layup with 61 ticks left gave Niagara the lead for good.

Nine Is Fine

The Greyhounds’ victory at Bucknell was their ninth of the season, setting a program standard for wins before the calendar year turns.

Loyola’s previous best for wins in November and December was seven, a number Jimmy Patsos-led teams totaled during the 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 seasons.

Second In Road Wins

Loyola’s six road wins in November and December have them tied for second in all of NCAA Division I for victories away from its home court.

The Greyhounds are tied with fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team Iona and No. 23 Murray State, and the three teams trail only Cleveland State, which has seven.

Last year, the Greyhounds finished the season with a 7-8 record away from Reitz Arena.

Road Warriors

The game at Bucknell closed a six-game road trip for the Greyhounds, a venture away from Baltimore on which Loyola finished 4-2 with its only losses coming at St. Bonaventure and No. 3 Kentucky.

The roadtrip is the longest in school Division I history (since 1981-1982), stretching longer than multiple five-game swings, the most recent coming from December 21, 2008-January 5, 2009. That trip took Loyola from Northern California (UC-Davis) to North Carolina (Duke and North Carolina State) and Western New York (Canisius and Niagara). The Greyhounds went 2-3 against those teams.

Solid MAAC Start

Loyola did something last month it had never accomplished in 22 previous seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds went 2-0 in their first two league games, defeating Marist at home and Siena on the road.

The Greyhounds also won their conference opener for the first time since 2005-2006, marking just the fourth time in 23 seasons they were 1-0 in the MAAC.

Keeping Loyola In The Game

Justin Drummond scored nine-straight Loyola points over a 4:09 stretch that helped the Greyhounds stay close to Bucknell when the Bison were rallying. Bucknell outscored Loyola 13-9 during the span, but Drummond’s play kept the Bison from getting too far out in front.

Drummond was 3-of-3 form the field, and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line during the run, while the rest of the Greyhounds were 0-2 from both. He also had a big defensive rebound after a Cameron Ayers missed jumper that led to a Dylon Cormier layup to put Loyola in front for good at 3:36.

A Little Bit Of Everything

Erik Etherly led Loyola in four statistical categories at Bucknell: points (18), rebounds (8), assists (4) and blocked shots (4). While it was atypical to lead the Greyhounds in all of the categories, Etherly has routinely topped the team in at least one category this season. He was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week on January 2.

He has led the team in rebounding eight times (including ties); scoring, 4; assists, 5; steals, 4; blocked shots, 5.

Currently, Etherly paces the team in rebounds (95 total, 7.9 per game) and assists (26, 2.2), and he is second in scoring (156, 13.0) and minutes played (370, 30.8).

He is the only player in the MAAC currently leading his team in rebounds and assists.

Etherly has scored in double-figures in 21 of the Greyhounds’ last 23 games, going back to January 2011. He has averaged 14.1 in those contests.

Back On The Boards

After outrebounding opponents in six of its first eight games, Loyola was beaten on the boards at Mount St. Mary’s (3), St. Bonaventure (12) and No. 3 Kentucky (8). Wednesday’s game reversed that trend when Loyola pulled down 36 rebounds to Bucknell’s 25 and then outrebounded Niagara, 40-36.

Entering the game, Bucknell led the Patriot League and was in the top 30 nationally in rebounding margin (+6.7), but the Greyhounds held the Bison to a season-low 25. Their previous low was 30 when they played at No. 1 Syracuse.

Keeping It Close

Neither Loyola, nor Bucknell, led by more than five points (Loyola by 5; Bucknell, 3) on Wednesday, the tightest game the Greyhounds have played this year. It is the second time this season Loyola has played a game that neither team has been ahead by 10 or more.

Nine of the Greyhounds’ 12 games this year have been decided by 10 or fewer points.

Cutting Down Turnovers

In the first six games of the season, Loyola averaged 16 turnovers per, a total of 96. Since the going on the road, however, for the last six games, the Greyhounds have committed just 72 or 12.0 per game.

Take out the 21-turnover outing in the win at George Washington, and Loyola has averaged 10.1 turnovers. In the last four games, the Greyhounds have not committed more than 13 turnovers.

Back-to-Back Tournament Teams

For the only time this season, Loyola faced teams that appeared in the 2011 NCAA Tournament in consecutive games, No. 3 Kentucky and Bucknell.

Both teams bowed out to eventual National Champion Connecticut, Bucknell falling 81-52 in the West Region First Round, while Kentucky lost 56-55 in the Final Four.

Streak Snapped

St. Bonaventure University defeated Loyola 76-66, snapping the Greyhounds’ eight-game winning streak. Loyola had reeled off the span of wins since falling in its season-opener at Wake Forest.

The winning streak was the longest in the school’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-82), and it is the longest since the 1964-1965 team won eight in a row during January and February.

Drummond’s Career Day

Justin Drummond put together a career-high scoring effort in the Greyhounds’ loss at St. Bonaventure, finishing with 26 points to eclipse the 22 he scored last February against Canisius.

Drummond, who came off the bench and played 32 minutes, made 10-of-19 shots, both of his 3-point attempts and all four of his free throws. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

Drummond spread his 26 points evenly between the two halves, scoring 13 in each. He scored six-straight points as Loyola held the Bonnies scoreless for over two minutes in the second half, trimming St. Bonaventure’s advantage from 12 to six with 4:06 to play.

Honors Abound For Cormier

Loyola sophomore guard Dylon Cormier picked up a couple of awards for his recent play, earning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Jesuit Basketball Spotlight National Player of the Week honors on December 12, both for the first time in his career.

Cormier averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of wins over George Washington University and Mount St. Mary’s University.

This season, Cormier leads Loyola in scoring (16.8), 3-point percentage (.424) and steals (1.8) and is third in rebounding (5.0).

Walker Off And Running At Mount

Shane Walker scored his first five points of the game last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s from the free-throw line, but he made a 3-pointer from the top left of the arc with less than five seconds to go in the first half, pushing the Greyhounds’ lead to seven at the break.

In the second half, he continued his scoring effort, tallying 12 of his team-high 20 points in the second 20 minute stretch. He made another three and finished the game 10-of-13 from the charity stripe, setting career-highs in free throws made and attempted.

Walker’s 20 points were a season-high, and the game marked the eighth time in nine games this year he has scored 10 or more.

His only sub 10-point outing came one game earlier when he scored just four points at George Washington. Both of his field goals against the Colonials were big ones, however. The first came after George Washington cut Loyola’s one-time 20-point advantage to just eight with 5:18 to play, and the momentum appeared to have shifted to the Colonials. On the ensuing possession, R.J. Williams misfired on a jumper, but Walker came from the weak side to grab the rebound and lay it off the glass for his first points.

Minutes later, Walker took advantage of a mismatch at the top of the perimeter and drove down the right side of the lane, laying another basket off the backboard to put Loyola up 15 in the final 90 seconds.

He also had a season-best nine rebounds against George Washington.

Big Shots From Bobby

Robert Olson was just a point behind Shane Walker for team-high honors at Mount St. Mary’s, finishing with a season-high 19. He was 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from behind the arc.

He scored 16 of his points after halftime, making a three 43 ticks in after the Mountaineers had cut Loyola’s lead to four. He then had a traditional 3-point play and one from behind the arc in consecutive possessions with less than five minutes left to push the Greyhounds lead to 12 on two occasions.

Best Start In Division I History

Loyola’s victory against Siena on December 3 moved the Greyhounds’ record to 6-1 and gave the 2011-2012 team the best start in school Division I history, improving on the 5-1 start the Greyhounds achieved in 2005-2006.

The Greyhounds also are 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time in the 23 years in the league.

Back-To-Back Career Nights

Dylon Cormier tied his previous career-high of 20 points against both Coppin State and UMBC earlier this season, matching the amount he scored last season as a freshman, also against UMBC.

He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season on December 3 at Siena, scoring 22, and he set another career-high one game later with a game-best 26 in the win over George Washington.

This season, Cormier has averaged 18.3 points per game through eight games, scoring 15 or more five times. Last season, Cormier scored 10 or more in 12 games, something he has already done eight times this year.

His points have come in a variety of ways. At Siena, he knocked down 5-of-6 threes, while against the Colonials, he posted 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Earlier in the year, he scored 20 at UMBC behind a 15-of-17 effort from the charity stripe.

Cormier also registered a career-best nine rebounds against George Washington.

Crashing The Boards

Loyola has outrebounded opponents by 54 this season, 441-387, through 12 games this season.

The Greyhounds’ advantage has been even more dramatic on the offensive glass where they have outrebounded opponents, 175-126. They have pulled down offensive boards on nearly 40-percent of missed field goals and free throws this season.

The offensive rebounds have come from guards and forwards. Guard Dylon Cormier leads the team with 31, while forward Erik Etherly is right behind with 30. Guard Justin Drummond has 26, and forward Shane Walker, 24.

Thievery

Loyola caused 20 Siena turnovers, and the Greyhounds were credited with 19 steals. R.J. Williams led the way with a career-high five, while Erik Etherly, Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

The 19 steals are the second-most in school history, one more than the Greyhounds posted in a November 29, 1997, game at Kent State. It is also the most Loyola has recorded against a Division I opponent. The school single-game record of 20 came on February 28, 1996, when the team closed the regular-season against St. Mary’s (Md.).

Consistency Is The Key

Up until the George Washington win, three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14, 15, 22), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10, 11, 10) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15, 14, 11) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ first seven games, something never accomplished by the same three players in the program’s Division I history.

Walker was held to just four against the Colonials, but Cormier finished with 26, and Etherly had 12.

The last time three Loyola players scored 10 or more over a six-game stretch was the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell, Jason Rowe and Roderick Platt accomplished the task in consecutive games from January 25-February 15, 1998. Loyola was 5-1 in those games.

The Greyhounds had not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola was 3-1 during that stretch.

Running Away

Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success early this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:

Opponent Run Start Finish
Coppin State 10-1, 4:26 31-32, 1:36 (1) 41-33, 17:11 (2)
UMBC 16-4, 8:08 35-31, 19:16 (2) 51-34, 11:08 (2)
FGCU 22-5, 6:53 15-16, 8:08 (1) 37-21, 1:11 (1)
Marist 9-0, 1:50 47-48, 11:16 (2) 56-48, 9:26 (2)
Marist 15-3, 5:47 61-57, 6:03 (2) 76-60, :16 (2)
Siena 13-0; 4:27 0-2, 19:28 (1) 13-2; 15:35 (1)
Geo. Wash. 17-0; 3:58 18-19, 6:28 (1) 34-19, 2:30 (1)
The Mount 9-0, 1:55 24-26, 1:59 (1) 33-26, :04 (1)

Triple Digit Blocks

Shane Walker’s block of a Kevin Cantinol layup 1:25 into the second half against Florida Gulf Coast was the 100th rejection of his Loyola career. He is now one of three Greyhounds all-time to log 100 or more blocked shots, joining Brian Carroll (217, 1997-2001) George Sereikas (117, 1989-1993).

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 107 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

Two Of A Kind

Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.

Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.

Men’s & Women’s Coaches With 100

Loyola University Maryland is one of just 26 mid-major schools that has men’s and women’s basketball coaches with 100 or more victories at their current school after Greyhound women’s coach Joe Logan got his 100th on December 18 in a win at George Washington.

Loyola is the only school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to have accomplished the feat, and it is one of only five institutions at which the coaches have both won 100 or more games in 10 or fewer seasons.

Getting To The Line

As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.

Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.

Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.

Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9

What’s Next

Loyola continues play at home with a 12 noon game on Saturday, January 9, against Canisius.

The Greyhounds then play two contests on the road next weekend, taking on Fairfield on Friday and Iona Sunday.

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Loyola Hosts Niagara Monday Night

Posted on 02 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Niagara Purple Eagles
Date Monday, January 2, 2012
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Niagara leads, 33-15
Last Meeting Loyola 75, Niagara 63 – Feb. 25, 2011 at Niagara

Game Data

The new year dawns on Sunday, and the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team will open play in 2012 the following day when it hosts Niagara University at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 2, in Reitz Arena.

The home game is the first for Loyola in over a month since the Greyhounds defeated Marist College on December 1.

Monday’s game is the tail end of doubleheader. The Loyola women host Niagara at 4:30 p.m.

It will also be the first of 14-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests for the Greyhounds. The lone remaining non-conference match-up on Loyola’s regular-season slate will be on the weekend of February 17-19 when the Greyhounds will host an opponent in Bracketbuster action.

Series History

Loyola snapped a nine-game losing skid to the Purple Eagles in the teams’ second meeting last year, winning a 75-63 decision in Western New York on February 25, 2011.

Niagara holds a 33-15 advantage in the previous 48 meetings between the teams and had won nine in a row dating back to the January 12, 2007, when Loyola last won a home game in the series. That was a thrilling, 96-95, overtime victory in Reitz Arena.

Nine Is Fine

The Greyhounds’ victory last Wednesday at Bucknell was their ninth of the season, setting a program standard for wins before the calendar year turns.

Loyola’s previous best for wins in November and December was seven, a number Jimmy Patsos-led teams totaled during the 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 seasons.

Second In Road Wins

Loyola’s six road wins in November and December have them tied for second in all of NCAA Division I for victories away from its home court.

The Greyhounds are tied with fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team Iona and No. 23 Murray State, and the three teams trail only Cleveland State, which has seven.

Last year, the Greyhounds finished the season with a 7-8 record away from Reitz Arena.

Road Warriors

Last Wednesday’s game closed a six-game road trip for the Greyhounds, a venture away from Baltimore on which Loyola finished 4-2 with its only losses coming at St. Bonaventure and No. 3 Kentucky.

The roadtrip is the longest in school Division I history (since 1981-1982), stretching longer than multiple five-game swings, the most recent coming from December 21, 2008-January 5, 2009. That trip took Loyola from Northern California (UC-Davis) to North Carolina (Duke and North Carolina State) and Western New York (Canisius and Niagara). The Greyhounds went 2-3 against those teams.

Snapping A Home-Court Streak

One of the Greyhounds’ accomplishments on their recent road trip came Wednesday when they snapped Bucknell’s 18-game winning streak on its home floor. The streak was the 11th-longest in NCAA Division I at the time and spanned 394 days to November 2010.

Free Webstreaming

Fans who can’t make it to the game on Thursday have multiple options for catching the action from Reitz Arena. In addition to live stats and internet audio, all non-televised home contests, will be broadcast free of charge on Hounds Unleashed, the broadcast arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. The games will be available on computers and most smart phone devices with Mark Zinno and Jim Chivers calling the action.

Solid MAAC Start

Loyola did something earlier this month it had never accomplished in 22 previous seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds went 2-0 in their first two league games, defeating Marist at home and Siena on the road.

The Greyhounds also won their conference opener for the first time since 2005-2006, marking just the fourth time in 23 seasons they were 1-0 in the MAAC.

Last Time Out

Loyola held Bucknell to just three points in the game’s final 4:10 to defeat the preseason pick to win the Patriot League, 72-67, on its home court. The Greyhounds trailed 64-61 after a Steven Kasper free throw, but layups by Justin Drummond and Dylon Cormier in the next 46 seconds put Loyola in front for good.

Cormier’s layup resulted in a traditional 3-point play after he was fouled, and Shane Walker knocked down a 3-pointer off a Cormier assist on Loyola’s next possession.

Erik Etherly led the Greyhounds with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.

Keeping Loyola In The Game

Justin Drummond scored nine-straight Loyola points over a 4:09 stretch that helped the Greyhounds stay close to Bucknell when the Bison were rallying. Bucknell outscored Loyola 13-9 during the span, but Drummond’s play kept the Bison from getting too far out in front.

Drummond was 3-of-3 form the field, and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line during the run, while the rest of the Greyhounds were 0-2 from both. He also had a big defensive rebound after a Cameron Ayers missed jumper that led to a Dylon Cormier layup to put Loyola in front for good at 3:36.

A Little Bit Of Everything

Erik Etherly led Loyola in four statistical categories at Bucknell: points (18), rebounds (8), assists (4) and blocked shots (4). While it was atypical to lead the Greyhounds in all of the categories, Etherly has routinely topped the team in at least one category this season.

He has led the team in rebounding eight times (including ties); scoring, 4; assists, 5; steals, 4; blocked shots, 5.

Currently, Etherly paces the team in rebounds (95 total, 7.9 per game) and assists (26, 2.2), and he is second in scoring (156, 13.0) and minutes played (370, 30.8).

He is the only player in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference currently leading his team in rebounds and assists.

Etherly has scored in double-figures in 21 of the Greyhounds’ last 23 games, going back to January 2011. He has averaged 14.1 in those contests.

Back On The Boards

After outrebounding opponents in six of its first eight games, Loyola was beaten on the boards at Mount St. Mary’s (3), St. Bonaventure (12) and No. 3 Kentucky (8). Wednesday’s game reversed that trend when Loyola pulled down 36 rebounds to Bucknell’s 25.

Entering the game, Bucknell led the Patriot League and was in the top 30 nationally in rebounding margin (+6.7), but the Greyhounds held the Bison to a season-low 25. Their previous low was 30 when they played at No. 1 Syracuse.

On The Mark

Loyola shot a season-best 52.9-percent (27-of-51) from the field on Wednesday, the first time this season the Greyhounds have made more than 50-percent of their shots. The Greyhounds opened the game by making 59.3-percent (16-of-27) in the first half.

Keeping It Close

Neither Loyola, nor Bucknell, led by more than five points (Loyola by 5; Bucknell, 3) on Wednesday, the tightest game the Greyhounds have played this year. It is the second time this season Loyola has played a game that neither team has been ahead by 10 or more.

Nine of the Greyhounds’ 12 games this year have been decided by 10 or fewer points.

Cutting Down Turnovers

In the first six games of the season, Loyola averaged 16 turnovers per, a total of 96. Since the going on the road, however, for the last six games, the Greyhounds have committed just 69 or 11.5 per game.

Take out the 21-turnover outing in the win at George Washington, and Loyola has averaged 9.8 turnovers. In the last four games, the Greyhounds have not committed more than 11 turnovers.

Back-to-Back Tournament Teams

For the only time this season, Loyola faced teams that appeared in the 2011 NCAA Tournament in consecutive games, No. 3 Kentucky and Bucknell.

Both teams bowed out to eventual National Champion Connecticut, Bucknell falling 81-52 in the West Region First Round, while Kentucky lost 56-55 in the Final Four.

Latham Continues Contributions

Jordan Latham has seen increased playing time in the last four Loyola games, seeing 18 minutes of action at Mount St. Mary’s and 17 at St. Bonaventure, Kentucky and Bucknell, the top four totals of his career.

He scored just two points at The Mount and four at St. Bonaventure, but his size, effort and solid defense were noted by the coaches, leading to increased time on the floor. Latham then tallied a career-high seven points against the Wildcats.

Latham is a new addition to the Loyola side this season after transferring during the offseason from Xavier. He was granted an NCAA waiver and will be immediately eligible to play for the Greyhounds in 2011-2012 rather than having to sit out the typical year-in-residency.

Latham returned to his home city when joining the Greyhounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played high school basketball a mere 2.5 miles from Loyola’s campus at the storied Baltimore City College, a high school that has produced two sitting U.S. Congressmen (Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.) and a U.S. Senator (Ben Cardin D-Md.).

Streak Snapped

St. Bonaventure University defeated Loyola 76-66, snapping the Greyhounds’ eight-game winning streak. Loyola had reeled off the span of wins since falling in its season-opener at Wake Forest.

The winning streak was the longest in the school’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-82), and it is the longest since the 1964-1965 team won eight in a row during January and February.

Drummond’s Career Day

Justin Drummond put together a career-high scoring effort in the Greyhounds’ loss at St. Bonaventure, finishing with 26 points to eclipse the 22 he scored last February against Canisius.

Drummond, who came off the bench and played 32 minutes, made 10-of-19 shots, both of his 3-point attempts and all four of his free throws. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

Drummond spread his 26 points evenly between the two halves, scoring 13 in each. He scored six-straight points as Loyola held the Bonnies scoreless for over two minutes in the second half, trimming St. Bonaventure’s advantage from 12 to six with 4:06 to play.

Honors Abound For Cormier

Loyola sophomore guard Dylon Cormier picked up a couple of awards for his recent play, earning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Jesuit Basketball Spotlight National Player of the Week honors on December 12, both for the first time in his career.

Cormier averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of wins over George Washington University and Mount St. Mary’s University.

This season, Cormier leads Loyola in scoring (16.8), 3-point percentage (.424) and steals (1.8) and is third in rebounding (5.0).

Walker Off And Running At Mount

Shane Walker scored his first five points of the game last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s from the free-throw line, but he made a 3-pointer from the top left of the arc with less than five seconds to go in the first half, pushing the Greyhounds’ lead to seven at the break.

In the second half, he continued his scoring effort, tallying 12 of his team-high 20 points in the second 20 minute stretch. He made another three and finished the game 10-of-13 from the charity stripe, setting career-highs in free throws made and attempted.

Walker’s 20 points were a season-high, and the game marked the eighth time in nine games this year he has scored 10 or more.

His only sub 10-point outing came one game earlier when he scored just four points at George Washington. Both of his field goals against the Colonials were big ones, however. The first came after George Washington cut Loyola’s one-time 20-point advantage to just eight with 5:18 to play, and the momentum appeared to have shifted to the Colonials. On the ensuing possession, R.J. Williams misfired on a jumper, but Walker came from the weak side to grab the rebound and lay it off the glass for his first points.

Minutes later, Walker took advantage of a mismatch at the top of the perimeter and drove down the right side of the lane, laying another basket off the backboard to put Loyola up 15 in the final 90 seconds.

He also had a season-best nine rebounds against George Washington.

Big Shots From Bobby

Robert Olson was just a point behind Shane Walker for team-high honors at Mount St. Mary’s, finishing with a season-high 19. He was 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from behind the arc.

He scored 16 of his points after halftime, making a three 43 ticks in after the Mountaineers had cut Loyola’s lead to four. He then had a traditional 3-point play and one from behind the arc in consecutive possessions with less than five minutes left to push the Greyhounds lead to 12 on two occasions.

Best Start In Division I History

Loyola’s victory against Siena on December 3 moved the Greyhounds’ record to 6-1 and gave the 2011-2012 team the best start in school Division I history, improving on the 5-1 start the Greyhounds achieved in 2005-2006.

The Greyhounds also are 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time in the 23 years in the league.

Back-To-Back Career Nights

Dylon Cormier tied his previous career-high of 20 points against both Coppin State and UMBC earlier this season, matching the amount he scored last season as a freshman, also against UMBC.

He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season on December 3 at Siena, scoring 22, and he set another career-high one game later with a game-best 26 in the win over George Washington.

This season, Cormier has averaged 18.3 points per game through eight games, scoring 15 or more five times. Last season, Cormier scored 10 or more in 12 games, something he has already done eight times this year.

His points have come in a variety of ways. At Siena, he knocked down 5-of-6 threes, while against the Colonials, he posted 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Earlier in the year, he scored 20 at UMBC behind a 15-of-17 effort from the charity stripe.

Cormier also registered a career-best nine rebounds against George Washington.

Crashing The Boards

Loyola has outrebounded opponents by 54 this season, 441-387, through 12 games this season.

The Greyhounds’ advantage has been even more dramatic on the offensive glass where they have outrebounded opponents, 175-126. They have pulled down offensive boards on nearly 40-percent of missed field goals and free throws this season.

The offensive rebounds have come from guards and forwards. Guard Dylon Cormier leads the team with 31, while forward Erik Etherly is right behind with 30. Guard Justin Drummond has 26, and forward Shane Walker, 24.

Thievery

Loyola caused 20 Siena turnovers, and the Greyhounds were credited with 19 steals. R.J. Williams led the way with a career-high five, while Erik Etherly, Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

The 19 steals are the second-most in school history, one more than the Greyhounds posted in a November 29, 1997, game at Kent State. It is also the most Loyola has recorded against a Division I opponent. The school single-game record of 20 came on February 28, 1996, when the team closed the regular-season against St. Mary’s (Md.).

Consistency Is The Key

Up until the George Washington win, three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14, 15, 22), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10, 11, 10) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15, 14, 11) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ first seven games, something never accomplished by the same three players in the program’s Division I history.

Walker was held to just four against the Colonials, but Cormier finished with 26, and Etherly had 12.

The last time three Loyola players scored 10 or more over a six-game stretch was the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell, Jason Rowe and Roderick Platt accomplished the task in consecutive games from January 25-February 15, 1998. Loyola was 5-1 in those games.

The Greyhounds had not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola was 3-1 during that stretch.

Running Away

Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success early this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:

Opponent Run Start Finish
Coppin State 10-1, 4:26 31-32, 1:36 (1) 41-33, 17:11 (2)
UMBC 16-4, 8:08 35-31, 19:16 (2) 51-34, 11:08 (2)
FGCU 22-5, 6:53 15-16, 8:08 (1) 37-21, 1:11 (1)
Marist 9-0, 1:50 47-48, 11:16 (2) 56-48, 9:26 (2)
Marist 15-3, 5:47 61-57, 6:03 (2) 76-60, :16 (2)
Siena 13-0; 4:27 0-2, 19:28 (1) 13-2; 15:35 (1)
Geo. Wash. 17-0; 3:58 18-19, 6:28 (1) 34-19, 2:30 (1)
The Mount 9-0, 1:55 24-26, 1:59 (1) 33-26, :04 (1)

Triple Digit Blocks

Shane Walker’s block of a Kevin Cantinol layup 1:25 into the second half against Florida Gulf Coast was the 100th rejection of his Loyola career. He is now one of three Greyhounds all-time to log 100 or more blocked shots, joining Brian Carroll (217, 1997-2001) George Sereikas (117, 1989-1993).

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 107 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

Two Of A Kind

Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.

Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.

Men’s & Women’s Coaches With 100

Loyola University Maryland is one of just 26 mid-major schools that has men’s and women’s basketball coaches with 100 or more victories at their current school after Greyhound women’s coach Joe Logan got his 100th on December 18 in a win at George Washington.

Loyola is the only school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to have accomplished the feat, and it is one of only five institutions at which the coaches have both won 100 or more games in 10 or fewer seasons.

Getting To The Line

As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.

Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.

Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.

Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9

What’s Next

The Greyhounds play two more games at Reitz Arena this week, hosting Manhattan on Thursday, January 5, at 7:30 p.m., before welcoming Canisius on Saturday, January 7, at 12 noon.

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Loyola Pays Visit to Bucknell Wednesday Night

Posted on 28 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lewisburg, Pa. | Sojka Pavillion
TV Bucknell Webstream
Series Record Bucknell leads, 5-1
Last Meeting Bucknell 70, Loyola 59 – Dec. 28, 2010, at Loyola

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will play its final game of 2011 on Wednesday, December 28, when it takes on Bucknell University at 7 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa., at Sojka Pavilion.

Both the Greyhounds and Bison are coming off six-day layoffs for Christmas after they both played on December 22, Bucknell at Boston University and Loyola at the third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

Series History

Bucknell and Loyola will play for the seventh time on Wednesday. The Bison lead the all-time series 5-1 after defeating the Greyhounds 70-59 a year ago to the date of this game.

The teams played in 1986-1987 and 1987-1988, and then twice during the 1992-1993 campaign, with Bucknell winning each time.

Loyola snapped the skid against the Bison with a 55-49 win in Lewisburg on December 28, 2009.

Road Warriors

Wednesday’s game will close a six-game road swing for the Greyhounds. They have not played at Reitz Arena since defeating Marist in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener on Thursday, December 1.

Loyola is 3-2 on the current slate of road games, winning the first three before falling at St. Bonaventure and Kentucky.

The Greyhounds return to Baltimore for the first of three-straight home games on Monday, January 2, to play Niagara.

Back-to-Back Tournament Teams

For the only time this season, Loyola will be facing teams that appeared in the 2011 NCAA Tournament in consecutive games.

Both teams bowed out to eventual National Champion Connecticut, Bucknell falling 81-52 in the West Region First Round, while Kentucky lost 56-55 in the Final Four.

Highest Ranked Opponent

Loyola took on Kentucky on December 22 in Rupp Arena when the Wildcats were ranked No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls.

The Wildcats’ No. 3 rankings matches the highest-ranked opponent Loyola has faced in program history, equalling that of Kansas in January 2008.

Kentucky’s announced crowd of 22,774 was the largest a Loyola athletics team has ever played in front of.

Switching It Up

Jimmy Patsos started the sixth different lineup combination of the season last Thursday against Kentucky when forwards Jordan Latham and Shane Walker and guards Dylon Cormier, Justin Drummond and Robert Olson were in the starting five.

Latham and Drummond both made the second starts of their careers. Latham also started the season opener at Wake Forest, and Drummond opened the game Florida Gulf Coast game.

Back To Form

After scoring fewer than 10 points for back-to-back games at Mount St. Mary’s and St. Bonaventure, the first time he was in single digits since January, Erik Etherly posted a double-double at Kentucky with team highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The double-double was Etherly’s fifth this season and ninth of his career. His most recent feat came on December 7 at George Washington when he scored 12 and matched his career-best with 15 rebounds.

Etherly has scored in double figures in 20 of the Greyhounds’ last 22 games, going back to January 28, 2011, against Siena. In those 22 games, Etherly has averaged 14 points per contest.

Slowing Lamb

Entering the December 22 game against the Greyhounds, Preseason All-SEC and Dick Vitale Solid Gold selection Doron Lamb was leading the Wildcats at 16.7 points per game.

Loyola held the sophomore to nine points and limited him to just five shots (he entered averaging 11 field goals attempted) in 31 minutes of action. The nine points were his second-lowest of the season and came two days after he scored a season-best 26 points against Samford.

Low TOs

Loyola and Kentucky combined for just 19 turnovers in Lexington, and the Greyhounds matched their season-low with only nine.

The Greyhounds have posted just nine turnovers in three of their last five games, all coming on the current swing of games away from Reitz Arena – at Siena, Mount St. Mary’s and Kentucky.

Latham Continues Contributions

Jordan Latham has seen increased playing time in the last three Loyola games, seeing 18 minutes of action at Mount St. Mary’s and 17 at both St. Bonaventure and Kentucky, the top three totals of his career.

He scored just two points at The Mount and four at St. Bonaventure, but his size, effort and solid defense were noted by the coaches, leading to increased time on the floor. Latham then tallied a career-high seven points against the Wildcats.

Latham is a new addition to the Loyola side this season after transferring during the offseason from Xavier. He was granted an NCAA waiver and will be immediately eligible to play for the Greyhounds in 2011-2012 rather than having to sit out the typical year-in-residency.

Latham returned to his home city when joining the Greyhounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played high school basketball a mere 2.5 miles from Loyola’s campus at the storied Baltimore City College, a high school that has produced two sitting U.S. Congressmen (Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.) and a U.S. Senator (Ben Cardin D-Md.).

Last Time Out

Loyola cut No. 3 Kentucky’s lead to four points on the first possession of the second half on an Erik Etherly dunk, but the Wildcats fended off the challenge and eventually went on a 15-2 run en route to a 87-63 victory.

Twice in the first half, Kentucky appeared ready to break the game wide open. The Wildcats scored nine straight after Dylon Cormier’s opening bucket, but Loyola then reeled off six-straight to make it a 9-8 game. Later, Marquis Teague made two free throws to put Kentucky up 33-23 only to see Loyola pull within a pair, 33-31, on an Etherly dunk with 4:30 remaining in the half.

Streak Snapped

St. Bonaventure University defeated Loyola 76-6, snapping the Greyhounds’ eight-game winning streak. Loyola had reeled off the span of wins since falling in its season-opener at Wake Forest.

The winning streak was the longest in the school’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-82), and it is the longest since the 1964-1965 team won eight in a row during January and February.

Drummond’s Career Day

Justin Drummond put together a career-high scoring effort in the Greyhounds’ loss at St. Bonaventure, finishing with 26 points to eclipse the 22 he scored last February against Canisius.

Drummond, who came off the bench and played 32 minutes, made 10-of-19 shots, both of his 3-point attempts and all four of his free throws. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

Drummond spread his 26 points evenly between the two halves, scoring 13 in each. He scored six-straight points as Loyola held the Bonnies scoreless for over two minutes in the second half, trimming St. Bonaventure’s advantage from 12 to six with 4:06 to play.

First Time With One

St. Bonaventure limited Loyola’s scorers, holding all players under 10 points, save for Justin Drummond’s 26. It was the first time this season that just one player was in double figures and just the third time (George Washington and Mount St. Mary’s) that less than three have tallied 10 or more.

Honors Abound For Cormier

Loyola sophomore guard Dylon Cormier picked up a couple of awards for his recent play, earning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Jesuit Basketball Spotlight National Player of the Week honors on December 12, both for the first time in his career.

Cormier averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of wins over George Washington University and Mount St. Mary’s University.

This season, Cormier leads Loyola in scoring (16.8), 3-point percentage (.424) and steals (1.8) and is third in rebounding (5.0).

Walker Off And Running At Mount

Shane Walker scored his first five points of the game last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s from the free-throw line, but he made a 3-pointer from the top left of the arc with less than five seconds to go in the first half, pushing the Greyhounds’ lead to seven at the break.

In the second half, he continued his scoring effort, tallying 12 of his team-high 20 points in the second 20 minute stretch. He made another three and finished the game 10-of-13 from the charity stripe, setting career-highs in free throws made and attempted.

Walker’s 20 points were a season-high, and the game marked the eighth time in nine games this year he has scored 10 or more.

His only sub 10-point outing came one game earlier when he scored just four points at George Washington. Both of his field goals against the Colonials were big ones, however. The first came after George Washington cut Loyola’s one-time 20-point advantage to just eight with 5:18 to play, and the momentum appeared to have shifted to the Colonials. On the ensuing possession, R.J. Williams misfired on a jumper, but Walker came from the weak side to grab the rebound and lay it off the glass for his first points.

Minutes later, Walker took advantage of a mismatch at the top of the perimeter and drove down the right side of the lane, laying another basket off the backboard to put Loyola up 15 in the final 90 seconds.

He also had a season-best nine rebounds against George Washington.

Big Shots From Bobby

Robert Olson was just a point behind Shane Walker for team-high honors at Mount St. Mary’s, finishing with a season-high 19. He was 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from behind the arc.

He scored 16 of his points after halftime, making a three 43 ticks in after the Mountaineers had cut Loyola’s lead to four. He then had a traditional 3-point play and one from behind the arc in consecutive possessions with less than five minutes left to push the Greyhounds lead to 12 on two occasions.

Timing Was Right

Justin Drummond scored all nine of his points in the first half at Mount St. Mary’s, although he did not make his first two field goals until less than 90 seconds were left in the stanza.

Aggressive play by Drummond, on the offensive glass and driving to the basket, put Drummond at the free throw line for six attempts, of which he made five, in the game’s first 17 minutes.

With under a 90 seconds in the first half, Drummond twice took the ball on the low block, backed his defender down and scored off the glass. His four points were in the middle of a 9-0 run Loyola used to close the half and go from two down to seven up at the break.

Best Start In Division I History

Loyola’s victory against Siena on December 3 moved the Greyhounds’ record to 6-1 and gave the 2011-2012 team the best start in school Division I history, improving on the 5-1 start the Greyhounds achieved in 2005-2006.

The Greyhounds also are 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time in the 23 years in the league.

Back-To-Back Career Nights

Dylon Cormier tied his previous career-high of 20 points against both Coppin State and UMBC earlier this season, matching the amount he scored last season as a freshman, also against UMBC.

He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season on December 3 at Siena, scoring 22, and he set another career-high one game later with a game-best 26 in the win over George Washington.

This season, Cormier has averaged 18.3 points per game through eight games, scoring 15 or more five times. Last season, Cormier scored 10 or more in 12 games, something he has already done eight times this year.

His points have come in a variety of ways. At Siena, he knocked down 5-of-6 threes, while against the Colonials, he posted 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Earlier in the year, he scored 20 at UMBC behind a 15-of-17 effort from the charity stripe.

Cormier also registered a career-best nine rebounds against George Washington.

Threes Starting To Fall

After starting the season cold from behind the 3-point arc – the Greyhounds made just 11-of-56 (.196) in their first four games – Loyola has seemingly reversed the trend, making 44-of-107 (.411) in its last six contests. The numbers were buoyed by 8-of-15 (.533) and 6-of-11 (.545) performances against Florida Gulf Coast and George Washington, respectively.

Crashing The Boards

Loyola has outrebounded opponents by 43 this season, 405-362, through 11 games this season.

The Greyhounds’ advantage has been even more dramatic on the offensive glass where they have outrebounded opponents, 165-119. They have pulled down offensive boards on nearly 50-percent of missed shots this season.

Loyola’s 23 rebounds at St. Bonaventure were the fewest by the Greyhounds this season, and the -12 is the biggest deficit they have seen in the rebounding battle this year.

The offensive rebounds have come from guards and forwards. Guard Dylon Cormier and forward Erik Etherly lead the team with 28 each, while guard Justin Drummond has 25, and forward Shane Walker has 24.

Solid MAAC Start

Loyola did something earlier this month it had never accomplished in 22 previous seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds went 2-0 in their first two league games, defeating Marist at home and Siena on the road.

The Greyhounds also won their conference opener for the first time since 2005-2006, marking just the fourth time in 23 seasons they were 1-0 in the MAAC.

Thievery

Loyola caused 20 Siena turnovers, and the Greyhounds were credited with 19 steals. R.J. Williams led the way with a career-high five, while Erik Etherly, Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.

The 19 steals are the second-most in school history, one more than the Greyhounds posted in a November 29, 1997, game at Kent State. It is also the most Loyola has recorded against a Division I opponent. The school single-game record of 20 came on February 28, 1996, when the team closed the regular-season against St. Mary’s (Md.).

Consistency Is The Key

Up until the George Washington win, three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14, 15, 22), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10, 11, 10) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15, 14, 11) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ first seven games, something never accomplished by the same three players in the program’s Division I history.

Walker was held to just four against the Colonials, but Cormier finished with 26, and Etherly had 12.

The last time three Loyola players scored 10 or more over a six-game stretch was the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell, Jason Rowe and Roderick Platt accomplished the task in consecutive games from January 25-February 15, 1998. Loyola was 5-1 in those games.

The Greyhounds had not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola was 3-1 during that stretch.

Spreading The Wealth

Five Loyola players scored in double figures in the Marist contest, the second time this season (Coppin State) the Greyhounds have had five score 10 or more.

In the first seven games of the season, at least three Loyola players have scored 10 or more in every game, and in all but one, four or more have topped the 10-point mark.

In the Greyhounds’ January 30 victory last year over Iona, six players scored in double-figures, and the team’s top two scorers at the time did not even dress for the contest. It was the first time that a Loyola team had six players score in double figures since December 6, 1991, when the Greyhounds matched the feat in a 98-84 overtime home victory against Mount St. Mary’s.

Running Away

Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success early this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:

Opponent Run Start Finish
Coppin State 10-1, 4:26 31-32, 1:36 (1) 41-33, 17:11 (2)
UMBC 16-4, 8:08 35-31, 19:16 (2) 51-34, 11:08 (2)
FGCU 22-5, 6:53 15-16, 8:08 (1) 37-21, 1:11 (1)
Marist 9-0, 1:50 47-48, 11:16 (2) 56-48, 9:26 (2)
Marist 15-3, 5:47 61-57, 6:03 (2) 76-60, :16 (2)
Siena 13-0; 4:27 0-2, 19:28 (1) 13-2; 15:35 (1)
Geo. Wash. 17-0; 3:58 18-19, 6:28 (1) 34-19, 2:30 (1)
The Mount 9-0, 1:55 24-26, 1:59 (1) 33-26, :04 (1)

Triple Digit Blocks

Shane Walker’s block of a Kevin Cantinol layup 1:25 into the second half against Florida Gulf Coast was the 100th rejection of his Loyola career. He is now one of three Greyhounds all-time to log 100 or more blocked shots, joining Brian Carroll (217, 1997-2001) George Sereikas (117, 1989-1993).

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 106 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

Two Of A Kind

Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.

Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.

Men’s & Women’s Coaches With 100

Loyola University Maryland is one of just 26 mid-major schools that has men’s and women’s basketball coaches with 100 or more victories at their current school after Greyhound women’s coach Joe Logan got his 100th on December 18 in a win at George Washington.

Loyola is the only school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to have accomplished the feat, and it is one of only five institutions at which the coaches have both won 100 or more games in 10 or fewer seasons.

Two Over Twenty

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both hit, or exceeded, the 20-point plateau at UMBC with Etherly scoring 27 and Cormier chipping in 20.

It marked the first time since January 3, 2009, a stretch of 80 games, that a pair of Greyhounds scored 20 in the same game. On that date, Jamal Barney poured in 41 at Canisius, while Brett Harvey had 22.

Getting To The Line

As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.

Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.

Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.

Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9

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