Posted on 04 February 2013 by Nestor Aparicio
Posted on 04 February 2013 by WNST Staff
TIMORE RAVENS QB JOE FLACCO WINS PETE ROZELLE TROPHY AS SUPER BOWL XLVII MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player.
The award is chosen by a panel of 16 members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, selected members of the electronic broadcast media and interactively through the National Football League’s official website, NFL.com. Flacco collected 14 votes of the possible 20 cast in the MVP voting process.
Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a passer rating of 124.2. Flacco led the Ravens to a fast start by becoming the sixth player in NFL history to throw three or more touchdown passes in the first half of a Super Bowl game.
Flacco, in his fifth season, led the Ravens to a 7-0 lead on their first possession of the game when he orchestrated a six-play, 51-yard drive that culminated with a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
His second and third touchdown passes of the first half came in the second quarter. On Baltimore’s first scoring drive of the second quarter, Flacco completed all four of his passes for 45 yards, including a one-yard scoring pass to tight end Dennis Pitta.
Flacco’s third and final touchdown pass was a game-long 56-yard pass to wide receiver Jacoby Jones to put the Ravens ahead, 21-3. In the first half, Flacco completed 13 of 20 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
Flacco finished the 2012 playoffs with 11 touchdown passes, tying Joe Montana (1989) and Kurt Warner (2008) for the most by any player in a single postseason.
Posted on 24 January 2013 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).Included below are the more fun props that are mostly entertainment and television based. Plus some of the more interesting player, team, historical, and cross-sport props. This is by far the most creative list of props yet. If you’d like to see the full list of close to 500 props, please let me know and I’ll email them to you in a word document.
Also, if you’d like to speak to Bovada Head Oddsmaker Pat Morrow about the multitude of prop bets and the book’s perspective on the Super Bowl, he’ll be available all next week for interviews.
Entertainment Odds and Ends
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the US National Anthem?
Over/Under 2 minutes 15seconds
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the US National Anthem?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Alicia Keys forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Alicia Keys add at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Yes +200 (2/1)
No -300 (1/3)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Beyonce be joined by Jay Z on Stage during the Super Bowl Half Time Show?
Yes +110 (11/10)
No -150 (2/3)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Beyonce’s hair be Curly/Crimped OR Straight at the beginning of the Super Bowl Halftime show?
Straight -140 (5/7)
Curly/Crimped EVEN (1/1)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What predominant color will Beyonce’s top be at the beginning of the Super Bowl Halftime show?
Gold (Yellow) 11/4
Silver (Grey) 7/2
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will either Jack or Jackie Harbaugh be shown on TV wearing any clothing that has either a SF or BAL logo on it during the game?
Yes +200 (2/1)
No -300 (1/3)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will Jack Harbaugh be shown on TV during the game?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will the game be referred to as the Harbaugh Bowl or Har Bowl or Super Baugh during the game?
Over/Under 2 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will be shown first during the game?
Split screen shot of both 4/1
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How long will the post game handshake/hug last between Jim & John Harbaugh?
Over/Under 7.5 seconds
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will be mentioned more by full name during the game?
Jim Harbaugh -120
John Harbaugh -120
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will Harbaugh be said during the game?
Over/Under 20 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will Jay-Z be shown on TV during the game?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will any Baltimore of San Francisco Player on active roster be arrested before Super Bowl XLVII?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will Barack Obama pick to win the game?
Baltimore Ravens -200 (1/2)
San Francisco 49ers +150 (3/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
Does Not Thank Anyone 9/4
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – If Ray Lewis is interviewed on TV after the game on the field or in the locker room how many times will he mention “God/Lord”
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What will the TV Rating be for the Super Bowl?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many average viewers will the game have?
Over/Under 111 million viewers
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Which region will have the higher local TV Rating?
Baltimore -150 (2/3)
San Francisco +110 (11/10)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
Market Up -140 (5/7)
Market Down EVEN (1/1)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What will be the highest tweet per second during the Super Bowl?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will any player get a penalty for excessive celebration in the game?
Yes +225 (9/4)
No -350 (2/7)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Randy Moss Retire before Game 1 of the 2014 Regular Season?
Yes -300 (1/3)
No +200 (2/1)
MVP and First to Score a Touchdown Odds
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Odds to Win MVP?
Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB 7/4
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 11/4
Frank Gore (SF) RB 7/1
Ray Lewis (BAL) LB 7/1
Ray Rice (BAL) RB 10/1
Michael Crabtree (SF) WR 14/1
Anquan Boldin (BAL) WR 16/1
Vernon Davis (SF) TE 18/1
Torrey Smith (BAL) WR 20/1
Ed Reed (BAL) FS 33/1
Aldon Smith (SF) LB 40/1
Dennis Pitta (BAL) TE 40/1
Randy Moss (SF) WR 40/1
Patrick Willis (SF) LB 50/1
Terrell Suggs (BAL) LB 50/1
Dashon Goldson (SF) FS 66/1
David Akers (SF) K 66/1
LaMichael James (SF) RB 66/1
NaVorro Bowman (SF) LB 66/1
Bernard Pierce (BAL) RB 75/1
Justin Tucker (BAL) K 75/1
Ted Ginn Jr. (SF) WR 75/1
Alex Smith (SF) QB 100/1
Delanie Walker (SF) TE 100/1
Player to score the first TD in the game?
Frank Gore (SF) RB 13/2
Ray Rice (BAL) RB 15/2
Michael Crabtree (SF) WR 15/2
Anquan Boldin (BAL) WR 8/1
Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB 8/1
Vernon Davis (SF) TE 9/1
Torrey Smith (BAL) WR 10/1
Dennis Pitta (BAL) TE 12/1
Randy Moss (SF) WR 12/1
Delanie Walker (SF) TE 18/1
Bernard Pierce (BAL) RB 20/1
Ed Dickson (BAL) TE 25/1
Jacoby Jones (BAL) WR 25/1
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 30/1
Vonta Leach (BAL) FB 33/1
Ed Reed (BAL) FS 33/1
Anthony Dixon (SF) RB 33/1
Ted Ginn Jr. (SF) WR 33/1
Ray Lewis (BAL) LB 50/1
No TD scored in the game 75/1
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will the team that wins the coin toss win the game?
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Team to Score First Wins Game?
Yes (Score First wins game) -180 (5/9)
No (Score First wins game) +150 (3/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will Either team score 3 unanswered times in the game?
Yes (3 Unanswered Scores) -180 (5/9)
No (3 Unanswered Scores) +150 (3/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will there be a score in the final 2 minutes of the 1st half?
Yes (Score in Final 2 Minutes of 1st Half) -280 (5/14)
No (Score in Final 2 Minutes of 1st Half) +220 (12/5)
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Which Will be the Highest Scoring Quarter?
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will there be a scoreless quarter in the game?
Yes (Scoreless Quarter)
No (Scoreless Quarter)
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Margin of Victory
Baltimore Ravens 1 to 6 points
Baltimore Ravens 7 to 12 points
Baltimore Ravens 13 to 18 points 10/1
Baltimore Ravens 19 to 24 points 20/1
Baltimore Ravens 25 to 30 points 40/1
Baltimore Ravens 31 to 36 points 80/1
Baltimore Ravens 37 or more points 80/1
San Francisco 49ers 1 to 6 points 3/1
San Francisco 49ers 7 to 12 points 4/1
San Francisco 49ers 13 to 18 points 6/1
San Francisco 49ers 19 to 24 points 10/1
San Francisco 49ers 25 to 30 points 16/1
San Francisco 49ers 31 to 36 points 25/1
San Francisco 49ers 37 or more points 25/1
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Half Time / Full Time
Baltimore Ravens / Baltimore Ravens 13/4
San Francisco 49ers / Baltimore Ravens 13/2
Tie / Baltimore Ravens
Tie / San Francisco 49ers
Baltimore Ravens / San Francisco 49ers 5/1
San Francisco 49ers / San Francisco 49ers 1/1
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Team to score first and final result
Baltimore Ravens Score First and Win Game 3/1
Baltimore Ravens Score First and Lose Game 3/1
San Francisco 49ers Score First and Win Game 1/2
San Francisco 49ers Score First and Lose Game 17/4
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will the game go to overtime?
SUPER BOWL XLVII – The largest points lead of the game by either team will be
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will there be a Lead Change in the Second Half?
Yes (Lead Change in 2nd Half) +150 (3/2)
No (Lead Change in 2nd Half) -180 (5/9)
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Longest Touchdown Scored in the Game (Yardage)
Over/Under 46 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Shortest Touchdown Scored in the Game (Yardage)
Over/Under 1 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Total Touchdowns in the game
Over/Under 5 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will there be a Special Teams or Defensive Touchdown scored in the game?
Yes (Defensive or Special Teams TD) +160 (8/5)
No (Defensive or Special Teams TD) -200 (1/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVII - How many successful 3 point Field Goals will be kicked in the game?
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Longest Successful Field Goal in the Game
Over/Under 44 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Total QB Sacks in the game
Over/Under 4 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Total First Downs Made by Both Teams
Over/Under 40 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will either team successfully convert a 4th down attempt?
Yes (4th Down Converted)
No (4th Down Converted)
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Total Number of Penalties Made in the Game by Both Teams
Over/Under 13 ½
SUPER BOWL XLVII – Will there be a Successful 2 point Conversion Attempt in the Game?
Yes (Successful 2pt Conversion Attempt) +350 (7/2)
No (Successful 2pt Conversion Attempt) -500 (1/5)
Total Passing Yards - Joe Flacco (BAL)
Total TD Passes – Joe Flacco (BAL)
4 or more 7/2
Longest Completion – Joe Flacco (BAL)
Over/Under 40 ½
Posted on 19 January 2013 by WNST Staff
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-The annual Naval Academy football banquet was held Friday evening at Alumni Hall where several prestigious awards were handed out. Navy posted an 8-5 record in 2012, won a record 11th-straight game over rival Army and defeated Air Force to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 years and earned a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which was Navy’s ninth bowl appearance in the last 10 years. The senior class finished its career with a record of 32-20, won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies, defeated Army four times, played in three bowl games, won a bowl game and beat Notre Dame twice.
Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) was named the winner of the E.E. “Rip” Miller Award, which is presented to the season’s most valuable player as voted on by his teammates.
Reynolds, who is the first freshman to win the award, went 6-2 as the starting quarterback and led Navy to three fourth-quarter comebacks (Air Force, Army and Indiana). He became the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991 and just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback. He finished the year with 649 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, while completing 61 of his 108 passes for 898 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Reynolds was the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since Bob Powers in 1979.
Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel (Palos Heights, Ill.) was named the winner of the Roger Staubach Award, which is presented to the varsity football player who demonstrated consistent, outstanding leadership and an “Expect to Win” attitude in contributing to the team’s success during the season and embodied honor, courage and commitment on and off the playing field.
The College Sports Information Directors of America named Wetzel a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American this season thanks to a 3.91 grade-point average in systems engineering (honors courses). On the field he enjoyed a spectacular senior campaign, recording 79 tackles, a team-high 15 tackles for a loss, a team-high seven sacks, a pass break-up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was named All-Independent by a nationwide media poll and played in the Casino Del Sol All-Star game in Tucson, Ariz.
Wetzel also took home the Jeffrey R. Korn Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given annually to the first classman on the team who has demonstrated excellence both in the classroom and on the football field, as well as the Cmdr. Ralph Sentmann Award, which honors the member of the graduating class from the varsity football team who has achieved the highest ranking in academic order of merit.
Senior slot back Gee Gee Greene (Columbia, S.C.) was the recipient of the Joe Bellino Award, which is presented to the varsity football player whose inspiring on-the-field performance made a significant impact on the team and contributed to its overall success during the season, as well as the Napoleon McCallum Award, which is presented to the Navy varsity football player of the graduating class who has gained the most all-purpose yards in his career.
A starter in each of the last 38 games, Greene had his best season as a senior. leading the Mids in rushing with 877 yards and three touchdowns on 120 carries (7.3 yards per carry) and finished second on the team in receiving with 18 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns (17.2 yards per catch). The 7.3 yards per carry is the second-best single-season rushing average in school history and he joins Shun White as the only slot backs to lead the team in rushing. He rushed for 2,123 yards and 10 touchdowns over his four-year career, while catching 48 passes for 764 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry over his career, which is the fifth-best rushing average in school history. He amassed 3,757 all-purpose yards, which ranks him third all-time at Navy. Greene will play in the Raycom All-Star Football Classic on Saturday and in the South Carolina College All-Star game on March 23.
The First Lieutenant Ron Winchester Unsung Hero Award, which is presented to an unheralded senior recognized as an over achiever and role model as selected by a vote of his teammates, was presented to senior slot back John Howell (Greenville, N.C.).
Howell, who was coming off a standout junior campaign where he rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns, was lost for the season in the fourth game of the year against San Jose State when he suffered a knee injury on a pass play. The injury was a major blow to the team as Howell was being counted on as a key player. Howell, however, never felt sorry for himself and continued to be a positive role model on the team and helped the younger slot backs improve daily in practice.
Senior offensive guard Josh Cabral (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) was awarded the George Fritzinger Memorial Award, presented annually to a member of the graduating class who as a football interior lineman has excelled as a student-athlete and contributed to the overall team leadership and spirit.
Cabral was a three-year starter at guard and started the final 38 games of his career. He was named All-East by the ECAC and was named Honorable Mention All-Independent by a nationwide media poll as a senior. Cabral was a key member of an offensive line that helped lead Navy to a No. 6 national ranking in rushing offense in 2012, averaging 278.46 yards per game.
Freshman quarterback Rafi Montalvo (Miami, Fla.) was awarded the Collins/Roos Class of 1949 Junior Varsity MVP Award, presented annually to the most valuable player on the junior varsity football team as chosen by a vote of his teammates.
Montalvo helped lead the Navy JV team to a 3-2 record, including a 37-0 whitewashing of Hargrave Military Academy. Montalvo was involved in a serious automobile accident on Thanksgiving night while home in Miami and was in critical condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center, but has since been released from the hospital and is now at home in Miami rehabilitating. The team wore a helmet sticker with his name on it for the Army-Navy ame and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Senior linebacker Matt Warrick (Chesterfield, Mo.) was named the winner of the Cooke Award, which is given to the player who has done the most to promote team spirit.
Warrick was a two-year starter at linebacker and finished his career with 214 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, four interceptions and 11 pass break-ups. Warrick played his best in the biggest games recording 49 tackles in five Service Academy games (9.8 tackles per game). Warrick will formally receive his award at the annual Prizes & Awards ceremony during Commissioning Week.
Cabral, senior offensive tackle Ryan Paulson, freshman kicker Nick Sloan and sophomore punter Pablo Beltran were recognized for being named All-East by the head coaches on the Eastern Seaboard as part of the ECAC.
Cabral (guard) and Paulson (tackle) anchored an offensive line that helped the Mids average 378.5 yards per game on the ground, which ranked sixth nationally. Beltran averaged 43.6 yards per punt on his 44 punts this year with 15 of his punts being fair caught and 18 downed inside the 20-yard line. He had 11 punts this year of 50 yards or more and his 43.6-yard average is the third-best average in a single season in school history. Sloan made 10 of his 15 field goal attempts and all 41 of his extra-points. His 41 extra-points are the fourth most in school history and he is just the fifth kicker in school history to not miss an extra-point in a season with 25 or more attempts.
Posted on 10 December 2012 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland football team announced its 2012 season awards during the annual awards banquet on Sunday. Head coach Randy Edsall and his staff handed out 11 total awards, including the Ray Krouse Memorial Award, sponsored by Capital One Bank, for the team’s Most Valuable Player which was presented to Stefon Diggs.
In his inaugural campaign, Diggs totaled 1,896 all-purpose yards, which is the second-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a freshman. His 172.4 all-purpose yards per game ranked second in the ACC. He scored six touchdowns receiving, two on kickoff returns and one throwing. On the season he was named ACC Rookie of the Week three times and Specialist of the Week twice. He finished second in the voting for ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year by the coaches and was named second-team specialist.
The complete list of award-winners is below:
Bennett Fulper: The George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest academic average.
Ryan Schlothauer: The George Boutselis Memorial Award for the player who both lettered in football while attaining the highest GPA on the team and has adhered to the goals of the student-athlete ideal.
Justin Gilbert: The Public Service Award for the student athlete that has committed to serving and having a positive influence in the community.
Matt Furstenburg: The Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man, which is named after Dr. John E. Faber, who coached men’s lacrosse for 35 years and finished his coaching career with a record of 249 wins and only 57 losses, including national championship teams.
Kevin Dorsey: The A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship Award for the student athlete that best displays outstanding & conspicuous sportsmanship during the course of the year.
Joe Vellano: The Alvin L. Aubinoe Unsung Hero Trophy for the student athlete that best displays the true meaning of teamwork without regard for his personal goals.
A.J. Francis: The James M. Tatum Memorial Award for Lineman of the Year.
Matt Furstenburg: Special Teams Player of the Year Award.
Darin Drakeford: Defensive Player of the Year Award in memory of Herman Grabenstein.
Stefon Diggs: Offensive Player of the Year Award in honor of Larry Grabenstein.
Stefon Diggs: Ray Krouse Memorial Award for Team’s Most Valuable Player.
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Posted on 14 August 2012 by WNST Staff
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2012 NFL MVP – Odds to Win
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB 11/2
Tom Brady (NE) QB
Drew Brees (NO) QB
Michael Vick (PHI) QB 10/1
Peyton Maninng (IND) QB 10/1
Matthew Stafford (DET) QB 12/1
Arian Foster (HOU) RB 15/1
Calvin Johnson (DET) WR 15/1
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 18/1
Eli Manning (NYG) QB 18/1
Cam Newton (CAR) QB 22/1
Matt Ryan (ATL) QB
Tony Romo (DAL) QB 22/1
Alex Smith (SF) QB
Chris Johnson (TEN) RB 25/1
LeSean McCoy (PHI) RB 25/1
Ray Rice (BAL) RB
Jay Cutler (CHI) QB
Jimmy Graham (NO) TE 35/1
Matt Forte (CHI) RB
Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE 40/1
Andre Johnson (HOU) WR 50/1
Andrew Luck (IND) QB 50/1
Andy Dalton (CIN) QB 50/1
Jared Allen (MIN) DE
Robert Griffin III (WSH) QB 50/1
Wes Welker (NE) WR 50/1
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR 75/1
Tim Tebow (NYJ) QB
2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win
Andrew Luck (IND) QB 5/2
Robert Griffin III (WSH) QB 9/2
Trent Richardson (CLE) RB 11/2
Brandon Weeden (CLE) QB 15/2
Justin Blackmon (JAC) WR 15/2
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) QB 10/1
Michael Floyd (ARI) WR 12/1
Doug Martin (TB) RB
Alshon Jeffery (CHI) WR 20/1
David Wilson (NYG) RB 25/1
LaMichael James (SF) RB 25/1
Rueben Randle (NYG) WR 25/1
Ryan Broyles (DET) WR 25/1
Coby Fleener (IND) TE 30/1
Kendall Wright (TEN) WR 30/1
Stephen Hill (NYJ) WR 30/1
A.J. Jenkins (SF) WR 35/1
2012 NFL 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win
Luke Kuechly (CAR) LB 4/1
Morris Claiborne (DAL) DB 6/1
Chandler Jones (NE) DE 9/1
Melvin Ingram (SD) DE 10/1
Mark Barron (TB) DB
Fletcher Cox (PHI) DT 10/1
Courtney Upshaw (BAL) LB 12/1
Dont’a Hightower (NE) LB 12/1
Dre Kirkpatrick (CIN) DB 12/1
Harrison Smith (MIN) DB 12/1
Mychal Kendricks (PHI) LB 14/1
2012 NFL Regular Season – Who will lead the league in Passing Yards?
Drew Brees (NO) QB
Tom Brady (NE) QB
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB 11/2
Matthew Stafford (DET) QB 13/2
Philip Rivers (SD) QB 10/1
Peyton Maninng (IND) QB 10/1
Eli Manning (NYG) QB 12/1
Tony Romo (DAL) QB 18/1
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 18/1
Jay Cutler (CHI) QB
Matt Ryan (ATL) QB
Matt Schaub (HOU) QB 20/1
Carson Palmer (CIN) QB 25/1
Cam Newton (CAR) QB 25/1
Andrew Luck (IND) QB 30/1
Michael Vick (PHI) QB 30/1
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 40/1
Andy Dalton (CIN) QB 40/1
Robert Griffin III (WAS) QB 50/1
Josh Freeman (TB) QB 50/1
Sam Bradford (STL) QB 66/1
Matt Cassel (KC) QB 66/1
2012 NFL Regular Season – Who will lead the league in Rushing Yards?
Arian Foster (HOU) RB 9/2
Ray Rice (BAL) RB
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) RB 15/2
Chris Johnson (TEN) RB 15/2
LeSean McCoy (PHI) RB 12/1
Jamaal Charles (KC) RB 12/1
Darren McFadden (OAK) RB 14/1
Matt Forte (CHI) RB
Marshawn Lynch (BUF) RB 15/1
Adrian Peterson (MIN) RB 18/1
Ryan Mathews (SD) RB 18/1
Michael Turner (ATL) RB 18/1
DeMarco Murray (DAL) RB 18/1
Frank Gore (SF) RB
Trent Richardson (CLE) RB 20/1
Steven Jackson (STL) RB 20/1
Shonn Greene (NYJ) RB 25/1
Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) RB 30/1
Fred Jackson (BUF) RB 35/1
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (CIN) RB 50/1
2012 NFL Regular Season – Who will lead the league in Receiving Yards?
Calvin Johnson (DET) WR 7/2
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR 15/2
Andre Johnson (HOU) WR 10/1
Julio Jones (WR) ATL
Victor Cruz (NYG) WR 12/1
Hakeem Nicks (NYG) WR 14/1
A.J. Green (CIN) WR
Roddy White (ATL) WR 15/1
Brandon Marshall (CHI) WR 15/1
Jimmy Graham (NO) TE 16/1
Mike Wallace (PIT) WR 16/1
Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE 18/1
Wes Welker (NE) WR 18/1
Greg Jennings (GB) WR 20/1
Steve Smith (CAR) WR 20/1
Jordy Nelson (GB) WR 22/1
Vincent Jackson (TB) WR 25/1
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR 28/1
Eric Decker (DEN) WR 28/1
Miles Austin (DAL) WR 30/1
Marques Colston (NO) WR 30/1
Dez Bryant (DAL) WR 30/1
DeSean Jackson (PHI) WR 35/1
Randy Moss (SF) WR 100/1
Terrell Owens (SEA) WR 100/1
Posted on 22 June 2012 by John Sears
Last night was the culmination of years upon years of adversity for LeBron James. No player in, probably the history of sports, garnered as much criticism and pure hatred than LeBron. He had become the biggest villain in all of sports.
Proclaimed as “The Chosen One”, after being drafted out of St Vincent St Mary High School in Akron Ohio, we finally saw the prophecy fulfilled last night, in what was a dominating performance by both him and the Heat as a team. Excuse me while I nerd out for a second. LeBron was called “The Chosen One” and so was Anikan Skywalker. Skywalker became Darth Vader (the villain) and it seemed as though all hope was lost until he finally fulfilled the prophecy. LeBron had to embrace becoming the villain before he could fulfill his own prophecy. Ok I’m back, if you are still with me after that ‘nerdgasm’.
After failing in the playoffs time and time again with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cavs failing to supplement LeBron’s talent (through 8 years) with anyone high caliber, LeBron felt that the only way to win would be to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. The next couple of months would define him as a person and make him a villain in the eyes of a majority of sports fans. “The Decision”, “The Promise”, “The Failure”. These would all set the stage for this season.
If you didn’t watch this year’s NBA Playoffs (especially LeBron’s performance) for some crazy reason, I truly pity you. LeBron dominated in every facet of the game. He shut down Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks in the first round in five games. He carried them past a deep Pacers team in 6 games. And finally, in one of the most legendary performances in the history of the NBA, he brought his team back from the brink of elimination with back to back wins against the Celtics. He played all of game seven and hit a 30 foot three pointer that would seal the deal and would advance the Heat to the NBA Finals to finally face down their demons.
LeBron put up ridiculous numbers in the Finals, now silencing the critics that said he couldn’t perform on the biggest stage. He had worked himself so hard through the playoffs (now top five in playoff minutes per game all time) that in game four he broke down with thigh cramps, yet still came back in the game to hit the go ahead for good three pointer. He then wisely came out because he was not quick enough to guard anyone on the Thunder due to the injury.
Prior to game five, you could see it in his eyes. You could see that he knew he was so close to holding the O’Brien trophy and the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy. He then went out and did everything for the Heat just as he had been doing all season. He recorded his second triple double of the Finals leading the Heat to a dominating 15 point victory.
Last night I used the hashtag #SilenceTheCritics to signify LeBron’s victory. This doesn’t mean that the criticism will simply disappear because it just never will. However, it does mean that there is no rationality behind it anymore. All it is now is muffled whispers. I can only imagine what it felt like for LeBron to finally have that load removed from his shoulders, he is free.
People will continue to make excuses to discredit his accomplishments. Refs, conspiracy theories, not enough rings will all be popular. It doesn’t matter though because LeBron will continue to prove everyone wrong. He will never win with everyone, but why should he care. He has gotten what he deserved. This isn’t the end for LeBron either. It’s FAR from it. He is only 27. Jordan won his first Finals and Finals MVP at 28 and Kobe won his first Finals MVP at 30. We have a long way to go yet with LeBron. “But LeBron was in the league longer than Jordan” is a common rebuttal to that. I would agree that’s a valid point if years in the league actually affected mental maturity. But it doesn’t. People mature because they get older, not because they play a game for more time. That’s a common misconception people have.
People criticize LeBron for “having” to join Wade and Bosh to get to the top. By the way people act about Jordan, you would have thought he scored every single point for the Bulls during their hay days. People forget that Pippen, Rodman, Kerr and the rest were FAR from scrubs. Not to mention Jordan had arguably the best coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson. LeBron has a great supporting cast, sure. But so did Jordan. Obviously LeBron will have to win a few more Finals for me to compare him to Jordan without being called a “retard”, but that shouldn’t be the case.
LeBron is the most talented basketball player the world has ever seen and if the critics were to just calm down for a second, they would realize this. He is a team player, values winning over personal stats, and can do pretty much anything his team needs. Why then does he garner so much hatred? Well, he shouldn’t. Sure he has done some, simply dumb things, but all the stars have.
I have spent years defending LeBron James and I felt this victory right along with him. Seeing him finally smile (it seemed like he hadn’t all season, especially the playoffs) with trophy in hand was so gratifying for me. Some tears of joy ran down my face. That’s the beauty of sports. Last night will go down in history and it’s a shame that some people missed it because they were too busy thinking of ways to hate a person that they have never met.
All there is left to say though is long live The King, the Chosen One. It’s been a long wait but “it’s about damn time”.
Posted on 25 May 2012 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The unseeded Maryland men’s lacrosse team will face No. 3 seed Duke in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m., as the Terps (11-5 overall) battle the Blue Devils (15-4) for the third time this season.
• The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, as well as streamed on ESPN3.com. Fans can also watch the game on their wireless device with the WatchESPN app. Eamon McEnaney will provide the play-by-play, while the analysis will come from Quint Kessenich. Paul Carcaterra will be the sideline reporter.
•The Westwood One/Dial Global/NCAA Radio Network will also broadcast the game. All games can be heard on Sirius/XM Channel 91, streamed online at dialglobalsports.com and on mobile devices via Slacker radio (download the Dial Global App). Dave Ryan will be on the play-by-play, while Steve Panarelli will provide the analysis.
• The Terps are making their 35th NCAA Tournament appearance, the second most of any school in NCAA history, while Duke is making its 31st appearance in the NCAA tournament.
• The winner of the Maryland/Duke game will advance to the championship game against the winner of the No. 1 seed Loyola (16-1)/No. 4 seed Notre Dame (13-2) game on Monday, May 28. The Greyhounds and Fighting Irish play in the first game on Saturday, which is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start.
• Maryland is 11-5 on the season following an 11-5 win over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins on May 12 in Annapolis, Md.. The Terps are the only unseeded teams to advance to this year’s semifinals. The Terps are led by senior attackman Joe Cummings, who has 30 goals and 15 assists for 45 points. Junior attackman Owen Blye is the team leader with 20 assists on the season. Maryland’s defense is led the co-ACC Defensive Player of the Year Jesse Bernhardt, who is tops on the squad with 56 groundballs and 32 caused turnovers.
• Duke, the 2012 ACC champions, is 15-4 after defeating unseeded Colgate, 17-6, in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The Blue Jays are led on offense by sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf, who has 32 goals and 31 assists for 63 points. Junior midfielder Robert Rotanz is the team leader in goals with 38. The Blue Devils’ catalyst is senior Tewaaraton Trophy finalist CJ Costabile, who has 136 groundballs and 19 caused turnover and is 133-of-251 (.530) facing off this season. Senior goalie Dan Wigrizer has an 8.54 goals-against average with a .530 save percentage.
The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 92 of the 101 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .911 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 110-24 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .821 winning percentage.
8 … Joe Cummings has scored a goal in eight of 11 career NCAA tournament games.
7 … John Haus leads all current Terps with seven career goals vs. the Blue Devils.
6 … Mike Chanenchuk has scored 10 goals during his six-game goal scoring streak.
5 … Niko Amato has a 6.98 goals-against average in five career games vs. the Blue Devils.
4 … Maryland and Duke have played four previous times in the NCAA tournament with each team owning two victories.
3 … Maryland and Duke have played three times in a season on three other occasions (1992, 2005 and 2011).
2 … Drew Snider is the only current Terp with at least two hat tricks in NCAA tournament play.
1 … John Tillman is the first coach in the history of the NCAA tournament to lead an unseeded team to back-to-back Final Four berths.
• John Tillman is in his fifth season as a head coach, and second with the Terps, with a 44-29 career record for a 60.3 winning percentage. Tillman is 24-10 (.706) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.
• Duke’s John Danowski is in his 30th season as a head coach and holds an all-time record of 314-162 (.660). He is in his sixth season at Duke and has a 95-23 (.805) record with the Blue Devils.
• Tillman has a 4-4 career record against Duke while coaching at Maryland and Harvard, all against Danowski. The two have met once in the NCAA tournament with Tillman’s Terps winning, 9-5, in the 2011 NCAA semifinals in Baltimore.
Tillman in the NCAA Tournament
• The meeting with Duke will be John Tillman’s seventh NCAA tournament game as a head coach.
• Maryland’s 10-9 victory at No. 7 seed Lehigh on May 13 made Tillman 2-0 in first round games. He improved to 2-0 in quarterfinals as well with an 11-5 win over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins on May 19. Overall, Tillman is 5-1 in NCAA tournament games.
• The win over Hopkins in the quarters made Tillman the only coach in NCAA history to guide two unseeded teams to back-to-back appearances in the Final Four.
• Maryland’s run to the 2011 NCAA title game gave Tillman his first four NCAA tournament games as a head coach. He had a 3-1 record after the Terps defeated No. 8 seed UNC in the first round on May 15, No. 1 seed Syracuse on May 22 and No. 5 seed Duke on May 28 before losing to No. 7 seed Virginia.
• As an assistant coach, Tillman helped guide Navy to four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2004-07, including a run to the 2004 championship game.
Maryland’s 35th Time in the NCAA Tournament
All-Time NCAA Tournament Results
• Maryland is making its 35th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. The Terps have played in the second-most tournaments since the event began in 1971. Only Hopkins has played in more, making its 41st appearance this season. Virginia is also making its 35th NCAA appearance.
• The Terps have captured two NCAA championships, 1973 and 1975.
Maryland’s Record in the NCAA Tournament
• The Terps have won the fourth-most Division I NCAA Tournament games, compiling a 47-32 overall record in 77 games. Only Johns Hopkins (67-32), Syracuse (59-21) and Virginia (48-30) have won more Division I tournament games.
• Maryland is seventh by percentage (.595) among all teams ever to play in the tournament. Only Syracuse (59-21, .738), Princeton (30-14, .682), Johns Hopkins (67-32, .677), Duke (24-14, .632) and Virginia (48-30, .615) are ahead of the Terps.
• The Terps have captured two titles. Only seven other schools have ever won the NCAA Championship: Syracuse (10), Johns Hopkins (9), Princeton (6), North Carolina (4), Virginia (5), Cornell (3) and Duke (1).
Maryland Unseeded in the NCAA Tournament
• This season marks the sixth time that Maryland has been unseeded since the tournament began in 1972. The Terps were previously unseeded in 1993, 1994, 1997, 2009 and 2011. Maryland is 9-5 (.643) all-time as an unseeded team.
• In those first two unseeded-years Maryland lost its first round game to the No. 8-seeded team, which were Army and Duke, respectively.
• The Terrapins were much more successful in 1997, advancing to the NCAA championship game. Maryland defeated No. 7-seed Georgetown in the first round before knocking off No. 2 Virginia in the quarters. In the 1997 Final Four Maryland upset No. 3 Syracuse, but couldn’t topple No. 1-seed Princeton in the finals.
• The 2009 Terps were the lone unseeded team to win a first round game, knocking off previously unbeaten Notre Dame, 7-3. The Terps lost to eventual national champion Syracuse in the quarterfinals.
• Last season saw the Terps head into the tournament unseeded, but Maryland advanced to the NCAA title game, knocking off No. 8 seed North Carolina in the first round, No. 1 seed Syracuse in the quarterfinals and No. 5 seed Duke in the semifinals. The Terrapins’ run ended with a 9-7 loss to No. 7 seed Virginia in the championship game.
• In the first round this season, Maryland knocked off No. 7 seed Lehigh, 10-9, on a goal by Joe Cummings with just six seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Terps vs. the No. 3 Seed
• This marks just the seventh time that Maryland will face the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Maryland is 3-3 all-time when playing the No. 3 seed.
• The Terps previously played the No. 3 seed in 1979, 1983, 1992, 1995, 1997 and 2000. Maryland played No. 3 Navy in the 1979 semifinals and defeated the Midshipmen, 15-10. In 1983 the Terps faced No. 3 seed Virginia in the quarterfinals and defeated the Cavaliers, 13-4. The 1992 quarters was the first time Maryland fell to a No. 3 seed, losing to Princeton, 11-10. Maryland met No. 3 Syracuse for the 1995 NCAA title, but the then Orangemen took home the crown with a 13-9 victory. The Terps got a measure of revenge in the 1997 semifinals, knocking off No. 3 Syracuse, 18-17. Maryland last played a No. 3 seed in 2000, losing to Princeton, 10-7.
• The 1997 semifinal win over Syracuse was the only time Maryland played a No. 3 seed as an unseeded team.
Series History vs. Duke
• Maryland and Duke have played 79 times. The Terps hold a 59-20 edge (.747) in the series that dates back to 1940. Maryland’s 59 wins against the Blue Devils are the most against any opponent.
• The two teams met in the ACC semifinals in Charlottesville, Va., and the Terps and Blue Devils played a highly physical contest that saw Duke advance with a 6-5 win. Joe Cummings and Mike Chanenchuk paced the Terps with two goals apiece, while Josh Dionne had three for the Blue Devils.
• In 2012′s first meeting the Terps raced out to a 4-0 lead halfway through the first quarter and coasted to a 10-7 victory over No. 8 Duke at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Drew Snider led the Maryland offense with a hat trick. Niko Amato was spectacular in cage, making nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter.
• The stakes were much higher in the 2011 rubber match as unseeded Maryland defeated No. 5 seed Duke, 9-4, in a tough, physical game in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Grant Catalino led the offensive attack for the Terps with three goals, while Joe Cummings added two goals and an assist. The Terrapin defense was terrific in holding the Blue Devils to just four goals with Niko Amato making 13 saves to send the Terps to their first NCAA title-game appearance since 1998.
• The 2011 rematch took place again at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium, but this time the stakes were a bit higher – the ACC championship. This time it was the Terps coming away with an 11-9 victory to take its first conference crown since 2005. Ryan Young scored the first game-winning goal of his career when he jumped in the air to redirect a John Haus pass from behind the cage. Grant Catalino earned tournament MVP honors after scoring three goals vs. the Blue Devils in the title game.
• For the second time in two years the Terps and the Blue Devils needed overtime to decide things, but in 2011 in Durham it was Duke that pulled out a 9-8 victory on freshman Jordan Wolf’s game-winning goal 1:01 into the first OT. The Blue Devils held a 7-4 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but four-straight goals by Landon Carr, Michael Shakespeare, Joe Cummingsand John Haus, who finished with three goals in the game, gave Maryland a one-goal lead with 3:48 to go. Maryland appeared to have the game wrapped up in the final seconds when Carr forced a Blue Devil turnover, but a controversial holding call gave Duke another chance and Zach Howell scored with 0:03 left to send the game into overtime. Both goalies were sensational in the game with Maryland’s Niko Amato making 19 saves and Duke’s Dan Wigrizer stopped 17 shots.
• The 2010 meeting will go down as one of the most memorable in the series as the Terps pulled out an 11-10 overtime victory at the 2010 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore. Grant Catalino was the star of the game for the Terps, netting a career-best five goals, including the game-winner. Duke scored the final three goals of regulation to send the game into OT and then controlled possession for all but eight seconds of overtime, but that’s all the Terps needed for Bryn Holmes to cause a turnover, Brian Farrell to scoop a groundball and Dean Hart to push the transition and find Catalino on the left wing for the game-winning shot. Senior goalie Brian Phipps made 15 saves in the win.
• Maryland won an 11-8 decision over the Blue Devils at the 2009 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore. Jeff Reynoldswas the key factor for the Terps in the victory. He scored a goal and had an assist, but he won three key face-offs that led directly to goals that spurred Maryland onto the win. Grant Catalino had six points on two goals and four assists, while Ryan Young had five points on a pair of scores and three helpers.
• In 2008 the Blue Devils defeated the Terps, 15-7, in Durham, N.C. Travis Reed totaled three goals for the Terps in the defeat.
• The 2007 meeting was the first road game for the Blue Devils since their 2006 season was cancelled. Duke responded with a 14-7 victory behind a six-goal, seven-point effort from Matt Danowski. Max Ritz led the Terps in the game with a three-point effort on two goals and an assist.
• The 2006 season saw the rivalry escalate even more as the teams entered the game ranked first and second in the nation. The game more than lived up to the hype as the two squads battled and needed overtime to decide the victor. In that overtime,Xander Ritz sent the Terps home with the 8-7 win after scoring his fifth goal of the game with 1:14 remaining in the first extra period.
• In 2005 the two teams played three times with the Blue Devils winning two of the three games. It was the second time in the series the two squads played three times in a season. In 1992 the two teams played in early March, again in the ACC Tournament and in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Maryland won all three games that season.
• In the 2005 NCAA Semifinals, Duke ended Maryland’s season with a 18-9 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill McGlone gave the Terps a 1-0 lead, but the Blue Devils responded with nine unanswered goals and took a 10-3 lead into halftime. Joe Walters scored three times in the third quarter, but Maryland could not close the deficit.
• In 2005′s ACC Final, Maryland turned in its finest defensive effort of the year. The Terps held Duke, the nation’s highest scoring offense, scoreless for more than 40 minutes en route to a 9-5 victory at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on May 1. ACC Tournament MVP Harry Alford made 15 saves on the afternoon, while freshman Will Dalton helped the Terps control the ball on face-offs, winning 7-of-10 draws. Offensively Maryland was led by All-American Joe Walters who scored his second straight hat trick vs. the Blue Devils, while adding an assist. Freshman attackman Max Ritz also chipped in a pair for goals in the victory.
• The 2005 regular season game saw Maryland dominate Duke at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, but the Blue Devils found a way to get out of College Park with a 10-8 victory. All-American Joe Walters scored a hat trick for the Terps, but Duke outscored Maryland 6-3 in the second half to secure the win. Michael Phipps scored two goals and added an assist for his second career three-point game.
• The Terps dominated the series from 1955 through 1988, winning all 27 meetings.
• The teams have met four times in the NCAA Tournament with Maryland winning 13-11 in 1992, Duke retaliating 14-9 in 1994, and the Blue Devils taking the 2005 match-up 18-9. Maryland took the most recent NCAA meeting, 9-4, in the 2011 Final Four in Baltimore.
Maryland vs. Duke in the NCAA Tournament
• Maryland and Duke have player 79 times, but have only four of those games have come in NCAA tournament play. The postseason series is split 2-2.
• Maryland and Duke split their first two games in 2011, but the stakes were much higher in the rubber match as unseeded Maryland defeated No. 5 seed Duke, 9-4, in a tough, physical game in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Grant Catalino led the offensive attack for the Terps with three goals, while Joe Cummings added two goals and an assist. The Terrapin defense was terrific in holding the Blue Devils to just four goals with Niko Amato making 13 saves to send the Terps to their first NCAA title-game appearance since 1998.
• In the 2005 NCAA Semifinals, Duke ended Maryland’s season with a 18-9 defeat at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill McGlone gave the Terps a 1-0 lead, but the Blue Devils responded with nine unanswered goals and took a 10-3 lead into halftime. Joe Walters scored three times in the third quarter, but Maryland could not close the deficit.
• Twice the two teams have met in the semifinals with each team holding a victory over the other.
1992 First Round: #6 Maryland 13, Duke 11
1994 First Round #8 Duke 14, Maryland 9
2005 Semifinals: #2 Duke 18, #3 Maryland 9
2011 Semifinals: Maryland 9, #5 Duke 4
Five Terps Earn All-America Honors
• Junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt was named a second team All-American by the USILA to earn his first All-America honor.
• Four Terps earned honorable mention selections: senior attackman Joe Cummings, junior midfielder John Haus, freshman defender Goran Murray and sophomore goalie Niko Amato.
• Murray becomes the first Maryland freshman to be selected to an All-America team since Joe Walters was an honorable mention honoree in 2003.
Cummings Named Male Athlete of the Year at the Inaugural Terp Awards
• Senior Joe Cummings took home the top honor at the inaugural Terp Awards celebration on Tuesday, May 8, being selected as the 2012 Male Athlete of the Year. The Towson, Md., native was also recognized by the ACC for his community service efforts.
• Junior Owen Blye was the recipient of the men’s lacrosse Academic Achievement Award, which is presented to the junior or senior from each team with the highest cumulative GPA.
• Senior Jake Bernhardt may have been sidelined from the field this season due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from contributing in the community and he was honored with the men’s lacrosse Community Service Award.
Bernhardt, Murray Earn Annual ACC Awards
• Junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt and freshman defender Goran Murray were among the five student-athletes recognized as recipients of the annual ACC men’s lacrosse individual awards, the conference announced Tuesday.
• Bernhardt, a native of Longwood, Fla., shares the inaugural ACC Defensive Player of the Year award with Duke’s CJ Costabile. Bernhardt, who is also a 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, leads the Terps with 22 caused turnovers and leads the conference with 2.0 caused turnovers per game. He is also averaging 3.3 groundballs per game and is the captain of a Maryland defense that currently ranks seventh in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 7.45 goals per game.
• Murray, a native of Merion Station, Pa., becomes the seventh Terp to be named the ACC Freshman of the Year. He is the first since 2007 when Brian Phipps earned the honor and the first Maryland defender since Michael Howley won the honor. Murray was a long-pole midfielder coming into preseason practice, but was converted to close defense and has become Maryland’s shutdown defender. Murray has started all 11 games for the Terps and became the first freshman close defender to start a season opener since 2008. He currently ranks sixth in the conference with 1.1 caused turnovers per game.
• Virginia senior Steele Stanwick earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Duke’s John Danowski was named the ACC Coach of the Year.
League-Best Four Terps Named To All-ACC Team
• Maryland placed a league-high four players on the 2012 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team, which was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Senior attackman Joe Cummings and sophomore goalie Niko Amato made the team for the second-straight season, while junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt and junior midfielder John Haus are first-time selections.
• All four ACC men’s programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the four head coaches. Maryland’s four honorees were the most by any school. Duke and Virginia each had three selections, while North Carolina had one player make the team.
• Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse family last season with the passing of Maria Young on April 17.
• This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.
• If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.
• Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.
• If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.
In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.
Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 92 of the 101 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .911 winning percentage.
• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.
Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.0 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.
• Since 2002 Maryland is 110-24 in games, for a .821 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 175 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 76.6 percent of the time.
Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 11-5 on the year and has shot 30% or better in nine of its 11 victories. In four of the Terps’ five losses Maryland failed to shoot 30%.
W- Hartford: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30%
W- at Georgetown: 16 goals, 41 shots = 39.0%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 28 shots = 35.7%
L- at UMBC: 7 goals, 30 shots = 23.3%
W- Marist: 17 goals, 43 shots = 39.5%
W- Villanova: 11 goals, 31 shots = 35.5%
L- at North Carolina: 10 goals, 35 shots = 28.6%
L- Virginia: 8 goals, 32 shots = 25.0%
W- Navy: 13 goals, 52 shots = 25.0%
W- at Johns Hopkins: 9 goals, 28 shots = 32.1%
L- vs. Duke: 5 goals, 31 shots = 16.1%
W- at Mount St. Mary’s: 12 goals, 29 shots = 41.4%
W- Bellarmine: 12 goals, 33 shots = 36.4%
L- at Colgate: 11 goals, 31 shots = 35.5%
W- at Lehigh: 10 goals, 37 shots = 27.0%
W- vs. Johns Hopkins: 11 goals, 28 shots = 39.3%
• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 54-4 (.931) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).
• With four points in the Terps’ 12-8 win at Mount St. Mary’s on April 25, senior attackman Joe Cummings became a member of an elite club at Maryland – The 100-Point Club. Cummings became just the 38th player in the program’s 87-year history to reach the 100 point plateau. He tied with Max Ritz (2005-08) for 31st on the all-time points list with 111 after scoring a goal and adding an assist vs. Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
• Since men’s lacrosse became a fully-recognized championship sport by the NCAA in 1971 only 25 Maryland players have reached 100 career points. (Players who played their entire careers in the championship era).
• Cummings also joined another elite club with his 11th career hat trick at The Mount, becoming one of just 20 Terrapins players to have scored at least 75 career goals. He is currently tied with Jack Heim (1965-67) for 18th on the career goals list at Maryland with 85.
• Senior midfielder Drew Snider has three career hat tricks in NCAA tournament play with two of those coming this season at Lehigh and vs. Johns Hopkins (the other was at North Carolina in the 2011 first round game).
• Snider’s back-to-back hat tricks in this postseason mark the first time a Terp has logged consecutive hat tricks in the NCAA tournament since Brendan Healy scored three goals vs. Denver and Princeton in 2006.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Mountain Hawks extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times).
• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (10): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-2), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (15-4) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)
• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end this season with a 9-4 final mark.
The 700 Club
• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.
• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.
Terps’ 87th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 739-252-4 (.745), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.
• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.
Youth Is Served
• Maryland started two sophomores (Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper) and a freshman (Goran Murray) at close defense in the 2012 season-opening win over Hartford. The last time Maryland’s defense had two sophomore and one freshman starting was 2005 when sophomores Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill started alongside freshman Joe Cinosky. The first game that group started together was April 23, 2005 at Fairfield (a 9-6 Terrapin win).
• Goran Murray became the first Maryland freshman to start at close defense in a season opener since 2008 when Max Schmidt started in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.
• Junior Curtis Holmes’ 19-of-20 (.950) performance facing-off vs. Hartford in the 2012 season opener is just the fifth time since 2000 that a Maryland face-off man has won at least 90% of his draws with at least 10 attempts.
• Holmes joins Andy Claxton and Brian Haggerty as the only Terps with multiple games of 19 or more face-off wins. Claxton did it three times (27 at Towson in 1991, 21 vs. Duke in 1991 and 19 at Brown in 1991), while Haggerty did it twice (20 vs. Butler in 1998 and 19 vs. Virginia in 1998). Holmes had 20 wins vs. Georgetown last season to go along with his 19 vs. the Hawks, which makes him the only Terp to win 19 or more face-offs in different seasons.
• The last 90% performance was in 2008 when Bryn Holmes, Curtis’ older brother, won 9-of-10 face-offs at Mount St. Mary’s.
• The last time a Terp faced-off with a winning percentage above 90% was on March 21, 2006 when David Tamberrino won 12-of-13 in a 14-2 win over Dartmouth.
Best Face-Off Performances Since 2000
Curtis Holmes - 19/20 (.950) vs. Hartford 2/18/12
Brian Carroll - 12/13 (.923) at Delaware 3/17/01
Davin Tamberrino – 12/13 (.923) vs. Dartmouth 3/21/06
Jeremy Pastula - 11/12 (.917) at Towson 3/8/03
Bryn Holmes - 9/10 (.900) at Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/08
Bryn Holmes - 12/14 (.857) vs. Presbyterian 2/13/09
Brian Carroll - 11/13 (.846) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/02
Bryn Holmes - 11/13 (.846) vs. Air Force 2/14/09
Ryan Moran - 10/12 (.833) vs. Bucknell 3/11/03
Will Dalton - 18/22 (.818) vs. Vermont 2/20/07
Curtis Holmes - 17/21 (.810) vs. Detroit Mercy 2/19/11
A Family Affair
• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.
Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11
Three Taken In MLL Draft
• Three University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the highest pick, being selected with the 12th overall selection by the Hamilton Nationals. Midfielder/attackman Joe Cummings was the next Terp taken, going 17th overall to the Rochester Rattlers (his rights have since been traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks). Midfielder Drew Snider went 45th overall by the Bayhawks.
2012 Team Captains
• Five players have been named team captains for the 2012 season. The quintet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. Blye and Jesse Bernhardt are the first pair of juniors to be named team captains since Bob Ott and Randy Ratliff were among four captains in 1978.
Posted on 23 May 2012 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE, May 23, 2012 – The 2012 induction class for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame has been approved by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors. This year’s eight-person class will be officially inducted in a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.
The 2012 induction class is comprised of Jen Adams, Roy Colsey, Brian Dougherty, Missy Foote, Kelly Amonte Hiller, Jesse Hubbard, Tim Nelson, and Cindy Timchal.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. More than 350 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.
Brief bios for this year’s inductees follow, with more detailed career bios listed further below:
Adams will be inducted as a truly great player. She enjoyed a record-setting four-year playing career at the University of Maryland from 1998-2001, during which time she earned first-team All-America honors three times and won the Tewaaraton Award as a senior. Adams was named the national player of the year and the national attacker of the year by the IWLCA three times, winning each award in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She concluded her career as Maryland’s all-time leader in goals, assists, and points, and helped lead the Terrapins to four straight NCAA national championships from 1998-2001. A native of Australia, Adams also played for the Australian national team in 2001, 2005 and 2009 and earned All-World honors twice. She is currently serving in her fourth year as head women’s lacrosse coach at Loyola University Maryland.
Colsey will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a four-time All-American at Syracuse University from 1992-1995 following a standout prep career at Yorktown (N.Y.) High School. Colsey earned first-team All-America honors in each of his last three collegiate seasons after earning third-team honors as a freshman. He received the USILA’s McLaughlin Award in 1995 as the national midfielder of the year, and also was selected for the North-South All-Star Game as a senior. He led Syracuse to the NCAA national championship in 1993 and 1995. Colsey also played nine seasons (2000-2008) professionally in Major League Lacrosse and earned all-star honors four times. He was the MLL’s Championship MVP in 2006. Colsey also was a member of the 2006 U.S. Men’s National Team.
Dougherty will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a two-time, first-team All-American at the University of Maryland (1993-1996), earning the award in his junior and senior seasons. Dougherty was a two-time recipient of the USILA’s Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation’s top goalkeeper (1995, 1996) and was named the Lt. Raymond Enners Award winner as the nation’s outstanding player in 1995. In addition, he was MVP of the 1995 NCAA Championship after leading Maryland to a second place finish. Dougherty played nine professional seasons in Major League Lacrosse and was an MLL All-Star six times and the MLL’s Goalie of the Year three times. He also won two World Championships as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1998 and 2010.
Foote will be inducted as a truly great coach. She completed her 31st season as head coach at Middlebury (Vt.) College in 2012, and has a career winning percentage of nearly 80 percent. Foote has guided Middlebury to the NCAA Division III national championship five times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004) and has recorded four perfect seasons. Under her guidance, Middlebury has recorded seven conference championships and made 14 straight trips to the NCAA national semifinals from 1994-2007. She has been recognized as the IWLCA national coach of the year five times. Foote also served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s Developmental Team from 2005-09, and a member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Committee from 2003-06.
Kelly Amonte Hiller
Amonte Hiller will be inducted as a truly great player. Amonte Hiller was a four-time All-American at the University of Maryland, earning first-team honors in 1994, 1995 and 1996 after receiving second team honors as a freshman in 1993. She helped to lead the Terrapins to the NCAA national championship in 1995 and 1996, and was named the national defensive player of the year in 1995 and the national offensive player of the year in 1996. She was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s (ACC) Female Athlete of the Year in 1996. Amonte Hiller is a three-time member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (1997, 2001, 2005), and was selected to the All-World Team in 2005. She is currently serving in her 11th season as head women’s lacrosse coach at Northwestern University.
Hubbard will be inducted as a truly great player. Hubbard was a three-time All-American at Princeton (N.J.) University, earning first-team honors in 1996 and 1998 and second-team honors in 1997. He helped lead the Tigers to three straight NCAA national championships (1996, 1997, 1998) and four consecutive Ivy League titles during his career. Hubbard also earned All-Ivy League recognition three times, and was named the league’s player of the year as a sophomore in 1996 when he established a new school record with 53 goals in a season. He finished his career as Princeton’s all-time leader in goals scored (163) and second in career points (211). He was a member of the 1998 U.S. National Team that won the world championship, and played professionally for three indoor seasons and eight outdoor seasons. He was a six-time all-star in Major League Lacrosse (2001-2006) and the MLL’s leading scorer three times (2001-2003).
Nelson will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a three-time first-team All-American (1983, 1984, 1985) at Syracuse (N.Y.) University after transferring from North Carolina State University following his freshman season. In addition, Nelson was awarded the USILA’s Lt. Col. Jack Turnbull Award as the national attackman of the year three times (1983, 1984 and 1985). Syracuse won the NCAA national championship in 1983 and finished as the national runner-up during Nelson’s junior and senior seasons in 1984 and 1985. Nelson also was selected for the USILA’s North-South All-Star Game in 1985, and recognized on the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Team in 1995.
Timchal will be inducted as a truly great coach. Timchal is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA women’s lacrosse history, with a 412-108 career record in 30 seasons as a head coach through 2012. She is the only women’s lacrosse coach to lead three different teams to the NCAA tournament, having done so previously with Northwestern University and the University of Maryland in addition to her current team, the U.S. Naval Academy. Timchal has won the NCAA national championship eight times (1992, 1995-2001) – all at Maryland – and made her 24th NCAA tournament appearance in 2012, the most all-time among coaches. She was named the IWLCA’s national coach of the year in 1999, was the ACC’s coach of the year four times (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003) and recognized as the head coach on the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2006.
A fuller listing of each inductees accomplishments follows below:
Jen Adams – Player
• Four-year college player at University of Maryland (1998-2001)
• First-team All-American (1999, 2000 and 2001)
• Tewaaraton Award winner (2001)
• National Player of the Year (1999, 2000, and 2001)
• National Attacker of the Year (1999, 2000, and 2001)
• Atlantic Coast Conference Champion (1999, 2000, and 2001)
• NCAA National Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001)
• Named to NCAA 25th Anniversary Team
• Maryland career leader in goals, assists, and points
• Australia Women’s National Team (2001, 2005, and 2009)
• All-World Team (2005, 2009)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame (2007)
Roy Colsey – Player
• Three-year player at Yorktown (N.Y.) High School (1989-1991)
• Selected as all-county (1990 and 1991) and All-American (1990 and 1991)
• Won state championship (1989 and 1991)
• Four-time All-American at Syracuse Univ.: 1st Team (1993, 1994, 1995); 3rd Team (1992)
• Winner of USILA’s McLaughlin Award as Midfielder of the Year (1995)
• Two-time NCAA National Champion (1993 and 1995)
• Selected to North/South All-Star Game (1995)
• Played post-collegiate club lacrosse for New York AC (1997-2000)
• Played professional lacrosse for New York Saints (indoor, 2000-2001)
• Played professional lacrosse for Philadelphia Barrage (outdoor, 2001-2008)
• Selected as NLL All-Pro: First Team (2001); Second Team (2000)
• Selected as MLL All-Pro: First Team (2006) and four-time MLL All-Star
• Named MVP of MLL Championship Game (2006)
• Member of U.S. Men’s National Team (2006)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Hudson Valley Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2001)
Brian Dougherty – Player
• Four-year player at Episcopal (Pa.) Academy (1989-1992)
• Named all-state (1990, 1991, 1992) and All-American (1991, 1992)
• Won state championship (1991)
• Two-time All-American at the University of Maryland: First Team (1995 and 1996)
• Winner of USILA’s Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award as Goalie of the Year (1995, 1996)
• Named to All-ACC Team (1995 and 1996)
• Named Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament (1995)
• Selected to USILA’s North/South All-Star Game (1996)
• Selected to ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team
• Played post-collegiate club for Chesapeake (1997-2000) and Team Toyota
• Played professional lacrosse for Rochester Rattlers (outdoor, 2001-2002)
• Played professional lacrosse for Long Island Lizards (outdoor, 2003-2004, 2009); MLL Champions (2003)
• Played professional lacrosse for Philadelphia Barrage (outdoor, 2005-2008)
• Selected as MLL All-Star six times (2001-2004, 2006, 2008)
• Named MLL Goalie of the Year three times (2003, 2006, 2007)
• Member of the U.S. Men’s National Team (1998 and 2010)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Philadelphia/Eastern Pa. Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2010)
Missy Foote – Coach
• Head Coach at Middlebury College (1979-1983, 1987 to present)
• Cumulative record of 376-101-1 (79%) through the end of the 2012 season.
• Five-time NCAA Division III National Champion (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2004)
• Five-time National Coach of the Year (1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2002)
• Five-time conference Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005)
• Coached Middlebury to four perfect seasons (1999, 2001, 2002, and 2004)
• Led Middlebury to 14 straight trips to NCAA semifinals (1994-2007)
• Seven-time NESCAC Champions
• Assistant Coach for U.S. Women’s Developmental Team (2005-2009)
• Served on NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Committee (2003-2006)
• Served on Tewaaraton Committee (2001-2005)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Vermont Chapter Hall of Fame (2002)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse New England Chapter Hall of Fame (2003)
• Inducted to Springfield College Hall of Fame (2004)
• Inducted to Ward Melville High School Hall of Fame (2002)
Kelly Amonte Hiller – Player
• Four-year player at Thayer (Mass.) Academy
• Three-time high school All-American (1990, 1991, and 1992)
• Four-year player at the University of Maryland (1993-1996)
• Four-time college All-American: First Team (1994, 1995, 1996); Second Team (1993)
• National defensive player of the year (1995)
• National offensive player of the year (1996)
• ACC Female Athlete of the Year (1996)
• Two-time NCAA National Champion (1995, 1996)
• Selected twice to All-NCAA Tournament Team (1994, 1995)
• Three-time member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (1997, 2001, and 2005)
• Named to All-World Team (2005)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse New England Chapter Hall of Fame (2006)
• Inducted to University of Maryland Hall of Fame (2009)
Jesse Hubbard – Player
• Four-year player at St. Alban’s (D.C.) School (1991-1994)
• Named All-Metro twice (1993 and 1994) and All-American once (1994)
• Selected as The Washington Post’s Player of the Year (1994)
• Three-time college All-American at Princeton: 1st Team (1996, 1998); 2nd Team (1997)
• Three-time NCAA National Champion (1996, 1997, and 1998)
• Named to All-NCAA Tournament Team three times (1996, 1997, and 1998)
• Named to All-Ivy League Team three times (1996, 1997, and 1998)
• Named Ivy League Player of the Year (1996)
• Won four Ivy League championships (1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998)
• Finished as Princeton’s all-time leader in career goals; goals in a season (1996)
• Played post-collegiate club for Capital Lacrosse Club (1999)
• Played indoor professional lacrosse for three seasons (1999-2002)
• Played outdoor professional lacrosse for eight seasons ( 2001-2008)
• Six-time MLL All-Star (2001-2006)
• Leading goal scorer in MLL three times (2001-2003)
• Member of the U.S. Men’s National Team (1998)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2008)
Tim Nelson – Player
• Four-year player at Yorktown (N.Y.) High School (1978-1981)
• Named All-County (1979, 1980, and 1981) and All-American (1980 and 1981)
• Won three section championships (1978, 1980, and 1981)
• Four-year college player at North Carolina State (1982) and Syracuse (1983-1985)
• Three-time first-team All-American: (1983, 1984, and 1985)
• Three-time winner of USILA’s Turnbull Award as Attackman of the Year (1983, 1984, 1985)
• Won NCAA National Championship (1983)
• Finished as NCAA Championship runner-up (1984 and 1985)
• Served as Syracuse team captain (1985)
• Selected to USILA’s North/South All-Star Game (1985)
• Named to NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Team (1995)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Hudson Valley Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1994)
Cindy Timchal – Coach
• Assistant Coach at University of Pennsylvania (1980)
• Head Coach at Northwestern University (1982-1990) – 76 wins, 40 losses
• Head Coach at University of Maryland (1991-2006) – 260 wins, 46 losses
• Head Coach of U.S Naval Academy club team (2007)
• Head Coach of U.S. Naval Academy varsity team (2008-2012) – 76 wins, 22 losses
• Cumulative varsity record through the end of the 2012 season: 412 wins, 108 losses (79%)
• Winner of eight NCAA National Championships (1992, 1995-2001)
• Named National Coach of the Year (1999)
• Named IWCLA South Region Coach of the Year (2000)
• Named ACC Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003)
• Named to NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team as Head Coach (2006)
• Head Coach of U.S. Developmental Team (1997-1998)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Philadelphia/Eastern Pa. Chapter Hall of Fame (2002)
• Inducted to US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame (2006)
• Inducted to Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame – Delaware County Chapter (2009)
Posted on 21 May 2012 by Thyrl Nelson
Today was Pop Quiz day on the MobTown Sports Beat. Some of it we got to, others not so much. Thanks to all who sent their feedback by email and on Twitter. For the record, here are today’s Pop Quiz questions and my answers. You can add yours below.
Question 1: True or False – The Orioles are a legitimate contender.
True – It may be inexplicable, but for now at least, the Orioles are legitimate. Twenty five percent of the season is in the books and at 12 games above .500 the Orioles have to be accounted for in the impending pennant races. Elsewhere in the division it seems that no one is poised to run away, and with the impending returns of guys like Zach Britton, Nolan Reimold and (dare I say) Brian Roberts these O’s might still have their best baseball ahead of them.
The fact that they’re 12 games above .500 can be tough to explain, but with 120 games remaining on the season there’s certainly no reason to think that they can’t play .500 baseball from here out and finish the season with 87 wins. With another wildcard in the picture this season, 87 wins looks pretty close to that 5th AL playoff berth,
Question 2: True of False – Josh Hamilton will win the AL Triple Crown in 2012.
False – Hamilton has 18 HR (Adam Jones and Adam Dunn are next with 14), 47 RBI (Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion are next with 34) and is batting .389 (with Paul Konerko chasing in second at .367) and he is in a contract year, which makes things interesting. As Hamilton was on his tremendous hot streak last week a couple of things stood out. The first was the question of why pitchers continue to pitch to him, as Hamilton’s aggressiveness early in the count is well documented it’d stand to reason that pitchers would stay off of the plate, especially early in his at bats. Like it or not, Hamilton is going to have to accept some walks as the season continues or his other stats will come back to Earth in a hurry. Some might argue that over the last week or so they already have.
The other interesting thing about Hamilton’s tear, especially the Baltimore chapter was that each of the 6 homers that Hamilton hit in that 4-game set with the Orioles was a 2-run shot with Elvis Andrus on base. Surely if that trend continues the RBI opportunities will be plentiful and with big and fearsome hitters surrounding him in the lineup pitchers will still have to go after Hamilton more than they’d like this season.
Hamilton’s batting average lead is especially interesting as this would seem the toughest to maintain all season, but the fact that his nearest pursuers in the AL are Konerko, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Austin Jackson, there’s actually a reason to believe he could hang onto that leg of the triple crown. Hamilton’s propensity for injury more than anything would seem to be the biggest reason to doubt that he could pull it off this year.
Question 3: True or False – Orioles vs. Nationals is becoming a great rivalry.
False – But don’t let that detract from the fun and excitement of the last 3 days. We’ll see if one or both of these contenders has what it takes to remain in the hunt. Safe money says that at least one should, thereby providing MASN subscribers with some brand of interesting and meaningful baseball as the summers wears on. For now, there’s room for both. It’s also probably worth mentioning that interleague play has been over with long before the real thick of the pennant race comes around for anyone, and MLB has done a great job at making sure the end of the season is heavy with divisional match-ups. Next year though, with 15 teams per league and interleague play happening throughout the season, maybe we could look forward to an important O’s/Nats September series. Until then though…false, false, false.