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Hopkins routs Mt. St. Mary’s to improve to 8-3 on season

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

EMMITSBURG, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team had 11 different players score goals and 13 players had at least one point as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, at Waldron Family Stadium Monday afternoon. Johns Hopkins moves to 8-3 on the year with its third straight win, while the Mountaineers slip to 0-14.

Playing less than 48 hours after an emotional 11-6 win over rival Maryland, the Blue Jays led just 2-0 at the end of the first quarter as the Mount stayed in a tightly packed zone defense. Back-to-back goals in the first three minutes of the second quarter doubled the lead as junior Wells Stanwick found seniors Brandon Benn and Kevin Interlicchio alone on the crease in a 48-second span to push the lead to 4-0.

Johns Hopkins controlled a majority of the possession in the first half by winning 8-of-10 faceoffs and slowly began to find seams in the Mount zone. Benn added his second of the first half on a quick-stick from the doorstep less than four minutes after Interlicchio’s goal and freshman John Crawley had a hand in two straight late in the period, scoring an unassisted goal on a wing dodge and then getting the helper on Benn’s third with 1:02 left. A transition goal by freshmanNick Fields off the ensuing faceoff accounted for an 8-0 Blue Jay lead at the half.

The lead swelled to 12-0 by late in the third quarter as freshman Cody Radziewicz, junior Brady Faby, Interlicchio andHolden Cattoni all scored in a span of less than eight minutes to build the 12-goal lead.

The Mountaineers finally broke through in the final seconds of the third quarter as Bubba Johnson beat Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider with a low shot off an assist from Kyle McDonough and the Mount made it two straight at the 10:29 mark of the fourth quarter when Clayton Wainer scored from the wing.

Both teams substituted liberally in the fourth quarter with Johns Hopkins freshman attackman Jack Grass doing most of the damage with three goals and one assist in the final nine minutes of the game. Sophomore Liam Giblin and senior Greg Edmonds also scored in the final quarter for the Blue Jays, who played a total of 45 players in the game.

Johns Hopkins held decided advantages in shots (57-14), ground balls (47-19) and faceoffs (18-5) and matched a season high with 12 caused turnovers. Mount St. Mary’s goalie Chris Klaiber played well in goal for the Mount as his 19 saves were just one shy of his career high.

Stanwick paced the Blue Jays with a career-high-tying six assists, while Benn and Grass both added hat tricks. Four Blue Jay goalies combined for six saves with Schneider playing 45 minutes and stopping three shots.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, April 18 when the Blue Jays hit the road again at Navy. Faceoff is set for 7 pm.

Notes: Johns Hopkins has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games • Stanwick’s six assists give him 36 on the year, the ninth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had 40 in 2000 • JHU is now 65-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland.

#6 Johns Hopkins (8-3) 2-6-4-5/17
Mount St. Mary’s (0-14) 0-0-1-1/2

GoalsJ: Grass-3, Benn-3, Cattoni-2, Interlicchio-2, Crawley, Guida, Giblin, Radziewicz, Faby, Fields, Edmonds. M: Johnson, Wainer. AssistsJ: Stanwick-6, Crawley-2, Dismuke, Grass, Guida. M: McDonough. SavesJ: Schneider-3, Ryan-2, Feit-1, Fitts-0. M: Klaiber-19. Shots: J-57, M-14. EMOJ: 3-for-4. M: 0-for-1. Attendance: 468.

 

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Hopkins makes quick turnaround to visit Mt. St. Mary’s Monday

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins makes a quick turnaround from its game against Maryland on Saturday as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4 pm. The Johns Hopkins-Mount St. Mary’s game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, but snow forced the game to be postponed.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its second straight win with an 11-6 win over rival Maryland before a crowd of 9.553 at Homewood Field on Saturday. Mount St. Mary’s gave 17th-ranked Bryant all it could handle before falling 9-7 on the road on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the sixth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 2006. The Blue Jays have won each of the five previous meetings, including a 15-3 victory in 2007 in JHU’s only other trip to Mount St. Mary’s.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 940-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins was ranked ninth in last week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Mount St. Mary’s was not ranked in either poll. Rankings for April 14 were not available in time to be included in this edition of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse notes, but JHU’s official ranking at the time of the game will be what the Blue Jays check in at in the USILA Poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 154th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 11-6 victory against Maryland and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 177: In addition to his 154-53 (.744) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 177-70 (.717). Pietramala’s 177 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s averaging 12.2 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Maryland, JHU ranked 11th in the nation in scoring offense, second in assists per game and eighth in points per game. Updated NCAA statistics are published on Mondays and were not available at press time.

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through 10 games, 78 of JHU’s 122 goals have been assisted, or 63.9%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on two of its four extra-man opportunities last week against Maryland and is now 18-of-33 (.545) for the year. The Blue Jays ranked third in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Maryland game. Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (5), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score all 18 EMO goals for JHU this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranked third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering the game against Maryland. Despite a rare off day against the Terps (JHU was 6-of-21), the Blue Jays have still won 150-of-248 (.605) as a team on the year.

For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 143-of-228 (.627) through 10 games and also has a team-high 100 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage and ground balls per game (10.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 10 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 13 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 10 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal.

More Holding Them Down: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 10 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. The Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging), and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held eight of its 10 opponents to nine goals or less.

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Gregoire scores six goals as UMBC beats Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Emmitsburg, Md. – Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) recorded career highs in goals (6) and points (8) and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a career-best five goals as UMBC defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 17-7, at Waldron Family Stadium.

The Retrievers completed the non-conference slate at 4-4, while Mount St. Mary’s fell to 0-8.

“We came ready to play,” said head coach Don Zimmerman. “We were disappointed in the back-to-back losses and determined to come up here and play well.”

Gregoire had a hand in all five UMBC first quarter goals as the Retrievers raced out to a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes. He converted a pair of feeds from Maxwell in the first 4:05 of the stanza to stake the Retrievers to a quick 2-0 lead.  After the Mount got a goal back ,the senior tri-captain took advantage of a Mountaineer turnover and scored on an unsettled situation to give UMBC  a 3-1 advantage at the 8:35 mark. Then, playing the point on the man-up, he fed sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and Maxwell for inside tallies in the late stages of the quarter to propel the Retrievers to a 5-1 advantage.

Lewnes stretched the lead to 6-1 early in the second quarter, but Mount responded with back-to-back scores to come within 7-3 at the 5:19 mark. But Gregoire got one back at the 8:32 mark and the Retrievers scored twice in the final 26 seconds of the stanza to take a 9-3 lead into the break.

The Mount opened the third quarter with a goal just 1:58 into the period, but Lewnes started a 7-0 response with back-to-back scores which gave the visitors an insurmountable 16-4 lead early in the fourth quarter.

“Nate (Lewnes) played injured and we didn’t know if he was going to play,” said Coach Zimmerman. “He plays, he’s a tough kid and he has his best day shooting the ball. Matt (Gregoire) has been a great leader for us since he’s been at UMBC. He finishes opportunities.”

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) also posted a season-best, scoring twice and adding three assists for five points. Gannon added a pair of scores and an assist, while senior midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) added a goal and two helpers .

All of UMBC’s players in uniform competed in the contest.

UMBC outshot MSM, 47-25 and controlled 18 of 27 draws. Red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made six saves, allowing four goals in the first 46:48 of the game.  Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won 14 of the 19 draws he attempted and collected a season-best 12 ground balls.

The 17 goals and 12 assists recorded by UMBC were season-highs and the most goals since a 17-16 win over Albany on April 21, 2012.

UMBC opens America East Conference play versus Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Notes: Gregoire now has 26 goals through eight games in 2014… He recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013… UMBC remained undefeated in 21 all-time meetings versus Mount St. Mary’s… The win snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Retrievers, dating back to the 2013 season.

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UMBC plays final non-conference game Saturday at Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday, March 22 when they visit Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. The opening face-off is set for noon. Live video streaming is available on Northeast Conference Front Row.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: For the second time in four days, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-4) dropped a two-goal decision on the road, falling, 10-8, to Towson at chilly Unitas Stadium on Tuesday, March 18.  SO M Jack Gannon led the visitors with three goals and SR A Matt Gregoire added his 19th and 20th goals of the season. The three-goal effort was the first of Gannon’s career. Gregoire has scored all 20 of his season’s goals in the last six games, while Gannon has produced 10 goals and eight assists in his last five contests. Entering the week, Gregoire was second in America East and ninth nationally with 3.00 goals per game.
MOUNTAINEER UPDATE:  The Mount St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse team (0-7) outscored No. 20 Drexel by a 6-4 margin over the final three quarters of last Saturday’s tilt at Waldron Family Stadium, but could not overcome a fast start by the Dragons in a 9-6 home loss. Bubba Johnson scored his first career hat trick to go with the first two collegiate goals for freshman Mikey Ripa for the Mount. In net for the Mountaineers, Chris Klaiber turned away 13 shots, including five in the opening quarter, when Drexel took a 5-0 lead. Against common opponents, Mount has dropped decisions at Maryland (16-3) and Towson (9-1). Johnson leads MSM with six goals and eight points on the season.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:
  UMBC senior close defender Ethan Murphy snapped an 8-8 tie with his first goal of the season with 6:48 remaining as the host Retrievers prevailed, 10-8, over Mount St. Mary’s at UMBC Stadium on March 23, 2013. The game-winning goal capped an outstanding day for Murphy, who led an excellent defensive effort by the Retrievers with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Pat Young and Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals.
The Retrievers improved to 20-0 in all-time meetings vs. Mount St. Mary’s. Prior to last year’s contest, the two teams had not met since 2003. The last meeting in Emmitsburg occured in 2002 and resulted in a 7-5 UMBC victory.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Friday evening, March 28, when they host Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Auto Club 400 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Orlando), Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Biloxi, MS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour Founders Cup (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Phoenix live on Golf Channel); MLS: DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 4:30pm from Toronto live on MLS Direct Kick)

10. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds); Muppets Most Wanted“, “Divergent” and “50 to 1” out in theaters (Friday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Frozen” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve been known to support the very important work they do at BBBBQ. In large part because they have mother effing pickle kabobs available there.

Also, this. (Language NSFW)

9. The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Marsha Ambrosius (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Matt Schofield (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Mike Doughty (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Asking Alexandria (Wednesday 6:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Switchfoot (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Drive-By Truckers (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Schneider (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Shamrock Fest feat. Dropkick Murphys/Carbon Leaf (Saturday 3pm RFK Stadium); Eddie Money (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Foster The People “Supermodel” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Neighbourhood does all those songs you like.

I enjoy the work of Matt Schofield.

Forrester used to use a Mike Doughty song on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” all the time. For good reason.

I could listen to Bob Schneider sing this song ALL NIGHT.

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Mt. St. Mary’s draws First Four matchup with Albany in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 16, 2014)—The Northeast Conference Champion Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball team was announced as a No. 16 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament and will face another 16 seed, Albany, in the First Round on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:40 p.m. The Mount’s First Round game versus the America East Champion will be held in Dayton, Ohio.

Playing in the South Region, a win in the First Round would propel the Mount into a Second Round matchup with No. 1 overall seed Florida on Thursday, March 20, in Orlando, Fla.

This is the Mount’s fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, joining the teams from 1995, 1999 and 2008.  The Mountaineers have been a No. 16 seed in each of their four appearances.  In 1995, the Mount lost to top-seeded Kentucky in the First Round, and in 1999, the Mount fell to top-seeded Michigan State in the First Round.  In 2008, the Mount defeated Coppin State in the Opening Round game before falling to No. 1 seed North Carolina in the First Round.

Mount St. Mary’s earned its spot in the NCAA Tournament by defeating Robert Morris, 88-71, in the Northeast Conference Championship game on Tuesday, March 11.  The Mountaineers (16-16) were the fourth seed in the NEC Tournament, and rallied to defeat St. Francis Brooklyn in the quarterfinal round before besting second-seeded Wagner on the road in the semifinals.

Tickets will be available through the Mount St. Mary’s Ticket Office beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 17.  The ticket office phone number is 301-447-5700 and tickets are $60.00.

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Hopkins makes quick turnaround to visit Mt. St. Mary’s Tuesday

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins makes a quick turnaround from its game at Princeton on Saturday as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4 pm.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it four straight in the win column to open the season as the Blue Jays topped Princeton, 15-9, on the road last Saturday. Mount St. Mary’s slipped to 0-5 on the year with a 9-1 loss at Towson on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the sixth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 2006. The Blue Jays have won each of the five previous meetings, including a 15-3 victory in 2007 in JHU’s only other trip to Mount St. Mary’s.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game at Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 937-303-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked third in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fourth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Mount St. Mary’s is not ranked in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 151st victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s 15-9 victory at Princeton and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

About 4-0: Johns Hopkins is 4-0 for the second time in three years and the fourth time under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays previously started 4-0 under Pietramala in 2004, 2005 and 2012.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Bronson Kelly(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten balanced production from each of their four classes through four games. Each class has registered at least nine points thus far, with the sophomore (32 points) and junior (26 points) classes leading the way. All four classes have produced at least nine goals through four games.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives at halftime that is sparking the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins was tied with Ohio State at the half (2-2) and led Towson by one (6-5), but the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 6-3 in the third quarter and took that up a notch against the Tigers by outscoring TU 7-1 to put the game away. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 20-9 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the first, second and four quarters, JHU is a combined +11 in scoring margin (33-22).

Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 54-of-85 (.635) through four games and also has a team-high 37 ground balls thus far. He ranks ninth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and sixth in ground balls per game (9.25).
Despite missing most of the preseason, Kennedy suited up and fueled Johns Hopkins’ win against Ohio State with a dominating performance as he was 18-of-22 (.818) and grabbed 13 ground balls in the victory. The 18 faceoff wins and 13 GBs are career highs. In addition, Kennedy’s 18 faceoff wins are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Mike Poppleton won 20 (of 26) against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
He came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers.

Crawley Quick Out of the Gate: Freshman John Crawley scored a key goal in the season opener against Ohio State before exploding for four goals on five shots against Towson. He added one goal against Michigan and is now tied for third on the team – and ranks first among midfielders – with six goals on the year. Crawley is the first Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil scored four times in a 12-11 come-from-behind win at Syracuse on March 18, 2005.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: Johns Hopkins improved to 20-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala with the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State. The Blue Jays have now won four of their last five overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record is to 62-8 (.886) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the recent 15-8 victory against Towson.
Including the game against the Tigers, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked third in this week’s USILA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 413 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 411 of those 413 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 384 of the 413 and the top five in 301 of those 413. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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Towson defense posts record effort in win over Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson men’s lacrosse set a program record for fewest goals allowed in a Division I game with the Tigers’ 9-1 defeat of Mount St. Mary’s at Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Towson had a shut-out until 7:45 in the fourth quarter. The last time the Tigers gave up a single goal in a game was May 19, 1974 in a 22-1 victory over the University of Baltimore.

Freshman Joe Seider and senior Max Siskind led Towson with two goals apiece. Senior Thomas DeNapoli led all players with three points while junior JoJo Ostrander scored his first career goal.

“I’m excited for the guys; I thought we came out from the start and played with good energy and focus,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We were more dialed in on execution and controlling [possession] from the onset than we were against Georgetown.

“Obviously, Mount St. Mary’s is dealing with a lot of injuries right now, but they came out and competed and made us earn opportunities on their defensive end. I thought our defense played pretty well today. [Towson's defense] limited [Mount St. Mary's] opportunities. I thought for the most part it was a pretty impressive 60 minutes for our guys.”

Ostrander, a long-stick defenseman, opened the scoring, when he picked up a ground ball off a Mount turnover, ran down the field and scored. From there, Towson was off to the races. Siskind and DeNapoli teamed up twice in the first half, and the Tigers held a 6-0 lead at halftime. DeNapoli tallied the game’s only goal in the third quarter before Seider and classmate Tyler Konen book-ended the Mount’s goal. Mountaineer Robert Jones posted his fourth of the season off an assist from Mike Pascali.

Both goalies tallied double-figure saves. Chris Klaiber had 18 for The Mount while sophomore Tyler Whitestopped 10 shots for the Tigers. Towson out-shot MSM 40-21, won 25 of 39 ground balls and won the face-off battled 9-5.

Next Friday, Towson travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face the Red Foxes of Marist at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Mount St. Mary’s 1, Towson 9
Mount St. Mary’s (0-5) 0-0-0-1/1
Towson (3-2)     4-2-1-2/9

GOALS: TOW – Siskind 2, Seider 2, DeNapoli, McCarty, Drenner, Konen, Ostrander; MSM – Jones. ASSISTS:TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello 2, Grimaldi 2; MSM– Pascali. SAVES: TOW – T White (10, 60:00, 1 GA); MSM – C Klaiber (18, 60:00, 9 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 40; MSM – 21. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 25; MSM – 14. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 9-14; MSM – 5-14. EMO: TOW – 1-3; MSM – 0-3. CAUSED TURNOVERS: TOW – 11; MSM – 2. ATT: 743

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Towson welcomes Mt. St. Mary’s to Unitas Stadium Saturday

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they host Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Unitas Stadium.

Opening Face-Off: The Tigers are in the midst of a stretch in which five of six games are played at home. Unitas Stadium has been kind to the Tigers; both of Towson’s wins have come at home. Mount St. Mary’s is 0-4 after a tough early schedule featuring two top 10 teams.

Updating the Tigers: Towson got back on track with an 8-7 win over Georgetown on Feb. 22. The Tigers got two goals apiece from Thomas DeNapoli and Greg Cuccinello. DeNapoli had a six-point day after posting a career-best four assists.

Scouting the Mount: Mount St. Mary’s has been outscored 55-18 so far this season but have played #6 Maryland, Georgetown, Delaware and #4 Virginia. The Mount have surrendered no fewer than 10 goals in those outings. Six different players each have two goals on the year for MSM. Goalkeeper Chris Klaiber has started all four games and has a goals-against average (GAA) of 14.26 and a save percentage of .522. Nick Haley takes the face-offs, going 35-83 (.422) and has 13 ground balls.

The Series: The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Mount, 8-1. Mount St. Mary’s’ only win came in 1975 when Towson forfeited six games due to an ineligible player. Towson is 3-1 at home and 4-0 on the road. The teams played one game at an unknown site; the Tigers won that contest. Towson is on a seven-game win streak coming into Saturday’s game.

Last Time Out vs. MSM – March 2, 2013 (Towson 13, MSM 5): Behind hat tricks from Thomas DeNapoli andAndrew Hodgson, Towson men’s lacrosse recorded a 13-5 win over Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium. The Tigers scored six straight goals in the third and fourth quarters and kept the Mount off the board in the fourth to secure the win. DeNapoli posted a four-point night, adding an assist to his three goals. Towson’sAndrew Wascavage made 12 saves on the evening, many of them point-blank.

Next Up: Towson travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face Marist on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

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Rambo goes off in debut as Maryland crushes Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Matt Rambo made his Terrapin debut a memorable one with four goals and two assists to lead the No. 6 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 16-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s Saturday afternoon in front of 1,203 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk had three goals and an assist, while junior attackman Jay Carlson also chipped in with a hat trick for the Terps (1-0), who opened the season with a victory for the 21st-straight season.

Rambo’s six-point effort is the most points for a Terrapin making his Maryland debut since 2004 when sophomore Xander Ritz had seven points on three goals and four assists in his first game after transferring from Delaware. Rambo’s four goals were the most for a Maryland freshman in his collegiate debut since 2008 when Grant Catalino score four times in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.

Maryland jumped on the Mount (0-1) right from the start as Chanenchuk opened the scoring just 1:05 into the game with his first goal of the game. That kick-started a 5-0 run for the Terps.

The 2014 season got off to a good start for the Terrapin extra-man unit when senior Rustin Bryant found freshmanConnor Cannizzaro open inside on the crease for an easy one-timer just 13 seconds into the first extra-man opportunity of the season to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.

Carlson scored his first of the season to up the lead to 3-0 at the 10:49 mark off of a nice inside feed from juniorKevin Forster, who made is return to the field after missing all of 2013 due to injury.

Rambo picked up his first collegiate goal just 19 seconds later with an unassisted effort.

The 5-0 run was capped off by sophomore Henry West, who picked up his first goal as a Terp with 5:35 left in the first quarter on a bounce shot from the right alley.

The Mount rallied near the end of the first quarter with goals from Ryan Lamon and Bubba Johnson to close the gap to 5-2 heading into the second quarter.

But the Terps scored six unanswered goals in the second to blow the game wide open.

Rambo and Chanenchuk scored back-to-back unassisted goals to give Maryland a 7-2 lead with just over 12:00 to play in the first half.

The extra-man unit cashed in again with 10:52 on the clock when junior midfielder Joe LoCascio ripped a laser into the top corner from the left alley to make it an 8-2 game.

Carlson netted his second of the game to put the Terps up by seven with 9:54 to play. Junior midfielder Bryan Colemade a nice move to dip under his defender and finish in close to up the Terps’ lead to 10-2 48 seconds later.

The first-half scoring was capped off with a transition goal that began with a terrific ride by senior midfielder Brian Cooper, who caused a Mountaineer turnover and picked up the groundball to begin the play. Cooper then pushed the ball into the box and found Rambo open for the easy shot and score with 6:13 to play.

The second half saw the Terps extend their scoring run to eight straight goals, beginning with Chanenchuk’s third of the game at the 14:904 mark. This one came on a big-time shot from the left top slot off of a feed from Cannizzaro.

Rambo closed out the run with his fourth of the game with 9:27 left in the third to make it a 13-2 Maryland lead.

Robert Jones scored an extra-man goal for Mount St. Mary’s with 3:39 remaining in the third to close the game to 10 goals, but Maryland responded with a goal by Cannizzaro off an assist from Rambo to up its lead to 14-3 at the 2:39 mark.

With time running down in the third, senior Michael Ehrhardt, who finished with three groundballs and three caused turnovers, caused a Mountaineer turnover and picked up the groundball to give the Terps the ball back. Carlson made the effort pay off with a spectacular underhand, back-handed sweeping shot off of a quick feed from Rambo with just two seconds left on the clock to make it a 15-3 Maryland advantage.

That’s the way it would stay until just two seconds remained in the fourth quarter when freshman midfielder Ben Chisolm scored his first collegiate goal on a rip from the right wing off of a feed from junior midfielder Zack Wholley.

Maryland’s defense was stout all day, allowing just 22 shots. Senior goalie Niko Amato played the first three quarters and made seven stops. Junior Kyle Bernlohr came in for the fourth quarter and recorded four saves for the Terps.

Maryland dominated possession thanks in large part to junior Charlie Raffa winning 8-of-12 faceoffs and picking up a game-high seven groundballs. Sophomore Jon Garino relieved Raffa as the team’s primary faceoff man in the second half and he won 4-of-6 draws with three groundballs and one caused turnover.

The Terps will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 when it welcomes in-state rival UMBC to Captial One Field for a noon start. That match is scheduled to be streamed live on TerpsTV.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-3 win Maryland is now 11-0 all-time vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
• Maryland has won 21 straight season openers and is 85-3-1 all-time to start the season.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 11 hat tricks, 28 multi-point and 20 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, junior Jay Carlson now has five hat tricks, 12 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.
• With six points on four goals and two assists, freshman Matt Rambo registered the first hat trick, multi-point, multi-goal and multi-assist game of his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, freshman Connor Cannizzaro registered the first multi-point and multi-goal game of his career.
• With his seven saves, senior Niko Amato now has 480 for his career, moving him out of a tie with Brian Phipps (2007-10) and past Jake Reed (479, 1974-77) for third place on Maryland’s all-time saves list.
• The Maryland defense held Mount St. Mary’s without a goal for 26:37 from 0:16 in the first quarter to 3:39 in the third quarter to register the team’s first 20-plus minute scoreless stretch of the season.

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