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Bucknell Tops Navy in Patriot League Opener

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anchored by senior attackman Billy Eisenreich’s seven-point performance, the Bucknell men’s lacrosse team picked up a 14-9 victory over the host Midshipmen Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in what was both teams’ Patriot League opener.

The two teams went toe-to-toe in the opening quarter with the Bison holding a one-goal, 4-3 edge after the first 15 minutes.  Navy closed out the first quarter with a perfectly executed Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.)-to-Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) goal.  The Mids used that momentum to propel them into the second quarter where just 14 seconds had elapsed before Hull wrapped around the left side of the goal and tucked his shot up in the right corner to tie things up.

Bucknell, however, would hold Navy scoreless for the remainder of the half, while the Bison scored four-straight goals to take an 8-4 lead into the half.  During that streak, Eisenreich scored one and aided on two other scores for Bucknell.

The Mids came out swinging in the second half, however, scoring three-straight goals in 45 seconds.  Hull beat First-Team All-Patriot League defenseman Mike Huffner twice on back-to-back goals, the first at 13:47 and the second at 13:37 when rookie short stick defensive midfielder Brendan Gaine (Bay Shore, N.Y.) fed Hull off an outlet following the faceoff win.  Navy closed to within one when senior midfielder Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) cut up the middle and was the recipient of a perfect Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) pass, sticking the shot past All-Patriot League keeper Kyle Feeney for his first goal of the year.

Senior Logan West (Berlin, Md.), who struggled mightily a week prior against North Carolina, came up with one of his 19 wins on the day, but immediately turned the ball over.  That was followed by an illegal body check by junior defensive middie Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.) which led to an extra-man goal by Bison midfielder Peter Burke.  The Burke score would be the first of four-straight by the Bison, as the Mids were held scoreless for the final 13:02 of the third quarter.

“I think they were aided by mistakes on our part,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “It certainly was not good timing to give up a penalty, but we had the faceoff won and then turned it over.  We only compounded that with the penalty.  We just made some uncharacteristic mistakes along the way today.”

Midway through the final quarter, the Mids took advantage of an unreleasable unsportsmanlike penalty on Bucknell rookie David Dickson, scoring back-to-back extra-man goals to cut the lead to three at 12-9.  Reynolds fed sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) for a long 10-yard shot from the right side, while 26 seconds later Hull found junior middie Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) for another long shot from the opposite side of the field.

Navy was unable to keep the momentum, however, as Bucknell scored the final two goals of the games, including a goal with 43.9 seconds left following an unbelievable four flags called on one possession that left the Mids down three men at one point of the extra-man possession.

Perhaps the key stat of the day was Navy’s 25 turnovers, a stat Sowell was baffled by.

“I can’t (explain it),” said Sowell, whose Navy team came into the game averaging the 13th-fewest turnovers per game at 14.67.  “This was a game of mistakes, we made too many.  Decent, good teams have 12 to 13 turnovers in a game and we had 11 at the half.  Why, I don’t why, but we will go back to the drawing board and figure out what led to so many mistakes.  We have a tough Lafayette team to play next week.”

Six different players accounted for Navy’s nine goals, including Hull who paced the team with his third hat trick of the season with three goals and a pair of assists.  Meanwhile, Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to eight-straight games after delivering a pair of goals, while Reynolds pitched in a goal and three assists.

After winning just one faceoff a week ago, West won 19 of his 27 draws (70.4) and scooped up a career-high 14 ground balls.

Defensively senior RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) made seven saves and while he gave up 14 goals, he was left one-on-one against the goal scorer on at least six occasions.

Eisenreich led all scorers in the game with two goals and five assists, while Bucknell junior Chase Bailey put up three goals and Burke dealt out two assists to match his two goals.  Feeney turned away eight shots and gave up all nine Navy goals.

It’s the second-straight year Navy has lost its conference opener, losing in similar fashion a year ago to Lehigh, 14-10, on the road.

The 14 goals by Bucknell were the most scored by the Bison in the 12-game history (previously 12 in last year’s double-overtime win), while the five-goal difference marked the largest margin of victory by either team in the series since Navy scored an 11-5 win over the Bison on March 13, 2004.

The Midshipmen will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to Lafayette to face the Leopards at 12:00 pm.  As a reminder, due to the lack of a press box, there will not be a radio broadcast from Easton, Pa.

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Navy Spring Football Schedule Set

Posted on 01 March 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The annual Navy spring football game will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 12-noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.   Admission is free and there is a $5 charge to park.

The game will not be televised this year, but will be available for free on Navy All-Access.

Navy will begin practicing on Monday, March 19 and will practice every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the first three weeks and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the fourth and final week.

The team will scrimmage at the Academy on Saturday, March 31 and at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 7.

Practices during the week generally run from 4:00-6:00 PM and the Saturday scrimmages and practices start at approximately 9:00 AM.  All dates and times are subject to change.

Navy returns 14 starters (four on offense, eight on defense and two specialists) and 38 letterwinners (17 on offense, 19 on defense and two specialists) off last year’s team.

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Bassett, Ranagan, Grimm, Sawyer Amongst Locals on Tewaaraton Watch List

Posted on 16 February 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the college lacrosse season is just getting under way across the country, The Tewaaraton Award is pleased to announce the 2012 Men’s and Women’s Watch Lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award.

This year’s list has 64 schools represented, which is a record high. “We are particularly excited with the number of schools represented in this year’s Watch List, which is a strong indication of the growth of the sport and the excitement that the Award creates throughout the lacrosse world” said Jeff Harvey, Chairman of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed each year by the Tewaaraton Award. “Our selection committees have a passion for this Award and these Watch List players should know that this is a distinction that only the best coaches could provide,” said Sarah Aschenbach, Executive Director of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. In late April, both lists will be narrowed to 25 and these men and women will earn the distinction of Tewaaarton Nominees. In mid-May, the 5 Finalists in each category will be announced. These finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place on May 31st, at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

For information on the Award and to purchase tickets to the event, go to www.tewaaraton.com.

About The Tewaaraton Award

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 with the inaugural presentation taking place at The University Club of Washington DC in June of 2001. The Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. To honor the heritage of the sport, the Award presents two annual scholarships to students of American Indian decent. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation’s top male and female collegiate lacrosse players and is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse.

About The University Club of the City of Washington, DC

Established in 1904 during the tenure of William Howard Taft, the Club’s first President and later the President of the United States, the membership is a diverse mix of professional, business and government leaders. The Club’s mission is to provide members and their families: congenial social gatherings, good fellowship, excellent dining, guest rooms, athletics, a rich variety of cultural, international and educational programs activities, and other services to enhance health, wellness, intellectual growth and fitness within the Club’s superbly maintained and expanded historic Clubhouse.

Men’s 2012 Watch List

Sean Aaron, Goalie – Union College
Brent Adams, Midfield – Fairfield University
Andrew Barton, Midfield – Providence College
Pierce Bassett, Goalie – Johns Hopkins University
Peter Baum, Midfield – Colgate University
Carter Bender, Attack – University of Hartford
Anthony Biscardi, Midfield – University of Massachusetts
Ian Braddish, Midfield – Hofstra University
Sam Bradman, Midfield – Salisbury University
Colin Briggs, Midfield – University of Virginia
Fergus Campbell, Goalie – Dartmouth College
Charlie Cipriano, Goalie – Fairfield University
Travis Comeau, Attack – Georgetown University
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Cunningham, Attack – Villanova University
Bobby Dattilo, Midfield/Face Off – Hobart College
Nikk Davis, Midfield – United States Naval Academy
Tim Desko, Attack – Syracuse University
Daniel DiMaria, Defense/LSM – Harvard University
Billy Eisenreich, Attack – Bucknell University
Dante Fantoni, Attack – Lehigh University
Kyle Feeney, Goalie – Bucknell University
Tyler Fiorito, Goalie – Princeton University
Nick Galasso, Attack – University of North Carolina
Matt Gibson, Attack – Yale University
Rob Grimm, Attack – University of Maryland Baltimore County
Tim Henderson, Defense – United States Military Academy
Curtis Holmes, Midfield – University of Maryland
Shayne Jackson, Attack – Limestone College
Sam Jones, Attack – United States Naval Academy
Grant Kaleikau, Attack – University of Delaware
Austin Kaut, Goalie – Penn State University
Jeff Keating, Attack – Roanoke College
Micah Keller, Attack – Hampden-Sydney College
John Kemp, Goalie – University of Notre Dame
Roy Lang, Midfield – Cornell University
Chris LaPierre, Midfield – University of Virginia
Joe Lisicky, Defense – Lynchburg College
Jeffrey Lowman, Goalie – St. John’s University
Matt Mackrides, Attack – Penn State University
Greg Mahony, Midfield – Yale University
Mark Manos, Goalie – Drexel University
JoJo Marasco, Midfield/Attack – Syracuse University
Kiel Matisz, Midfield – Robert Morris University
Mark Matthews, Attack – University of Denver
Joel Matthews, Attack – University of Detroit Mercy
Jack McBride, Attack/Midfield – University of North Carolina
Kevin McCormick, Midfield – Tufts University
Brian Megill, Defense – Syracuse University
Bryan Neufeld, Attack – Siena College
Chris Nourse, Defense – Georgetown University
Robert Pannell, Attack – Cornell University
Mason Poli, Defense – Bryant University
John Ranagan, Midfield – Johns Hopkins University
Joe Resetarits, Attack – University at Albany
Connor Rice, Attack – Marist College
Jack Rice, Attack – Villanova University
Stephen Robarge, Midfield/Face Off – Virginia Military Institute
Dan Savage, Midfield – University of Pennsylvania
Michael Sawyer, Attack – Loyola University
Rob Schlesinger, Midfield – Brown University
Tom Schreiber, Midfield – Princeton University
Logan Schuss, Attack – Ohio State University
Steve Serling, Midfield – Hofstra University
Ryan Snyder, Face Off – Lehigh University
Steele Stanwick, Attack – University of Virginia
Garrett Thul, Attack – United States Military Academy
Jeff Tundo, Attack – Stony Brook University
Justin Turri, Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Vaughan, Midfield – Harvard University
Joe Vitale, Midfield – Adelphi University
Ben Waldron, Long Stick Midfield – Binghamton University
Chad Wiedmaier, Defense – Princeton University

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Harbaugh Named Salute to Service Award Finalist

Posted on 30 January 2012 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK – With Super Bowl XLVI around the corner and the spotlight on the field, the NFL is recognizing excellence off the field by announcing today the two finalists for the League’s inaugural Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military and their families, is the NFL’s first Official Military Appreciation Sponsor.

Tennessee Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. The first Salute to Service Award will be presented to one of the finalists at the inaugural NFL Honors event that will air on NBC Saturday, February 4 at 9 PM ET. In addition, a $25,000 contribution will be made by USAA in the winner’s honor to the aid societies representing all five military branches.

“We should never take for granted the tremendous sacrifices made daily by our nation’s military,” said Steve Speakes, executive vice president of USAA’s external affairs and a retired Army lieutenant general. “Together with the NFL, we are launching the Salute to Service Award as a way to recognize those in the NFL community who appreciate and honor that sacrifice, enrich the lives of military members and encourage others to do the same.”

An ardent backer of the military in his 52 years as owner, Bud Adams’ enthusiasm for the military began with his service in the U.S. Navy from 1942-46.  His commitment to supporting the military followed him and the franchise to Tennessee where he focused his efforts on recognizing the service men and women of nearby Fort Campbell, home to the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, as well as the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers) and the 5th Special Forces Group (Green Berets).

Since 1999, more than 11,000 Fort Campbell soldiers have been guests of Adams at Titans home games, and it’s very common for Adams to host military members in his suite and award game balls as a tribute to their service. Adams’ support at Fort Campbell includes directing the team to make several visits during the year where Titans players, cheerleaders, and staff can participate in autograph sessions at the PX, greet patients at the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, provide programs to the on-base middle school and visit with the on-base high school football team.

Similarly, John Harbaugh’s dedication includes frequent base visits, and he relishes interaction with the military community. His passion for supporting the troops was felt immediately by the Ravens’ organization after being named head coach in 2008. Harbaugh was the main driver in the team’s decision to institute a Military Appreciation Day, an annual event which was established during his first training camp with the team. Since then, an estimated 2,000 service members have enjoyed preferred seating and opportunities to meet with players and coaches during Ravens’ camp.

Away from the field, Harbaugh often recruits Ravens players and coaches to join him during base visits, and even took members of his team to the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif., last December in the middle of the Ravens’ playoff run. He has also spent significant time and funds putting together care packages for soldiers overseas, and caches of school supplies for military families.

In December, 22 NFL clubs nominated for this award coaches, active and retired players, and team executives and personnel who best demonstrated support for the military community. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges based on the positive effect of the individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.

The panel of judges, consisting of representatives from the U.S. military, the NFL and USAA, includes:

*         Roger Staubach, Naval Academy graduate, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl MVP

*         Chad Hennings, Air Force Academy graduate, three-time Super Bowl champion

*         Rocky Bleier, U.S. Army veteran, four-time Super Bowl champion

*         Jim Mora, Sr., Marine Corps veteran, former NFL head coach

*         General Stephen Speakes, U.S. Army veteran, USAA executive vice president

*         Eric Grubman, Naval Academy graduate, executive vice president-NFL Ventures and Business Operations

“Bud and John’s efforts demonstrate how members of the NFL family can inspire us both on and off the field,” said Roger Staubach. “Their service to the military community is a reminder that we can never do enough to show our appreciation for all the men and women in uniform who defend and protect us.”

All Salute to Service nominees are listed below:

KS Bud Adams Jr. Tennessee Titans Founder, Owner, Chairman of the Board

Jared Allen Minnesota Vikings Defensive End

Jason Baker Carolina Panthers Punter

Tom Coughlin New York Giants Head Coach

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Kris Dielman San Diego Chargers Left Guard

Mark Dominik Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager

Anthony Fasano Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver

Mike Flood Seattle Seahawks Vice President, Community Relations & Special Projects

Drayton Florence Buffalo Bills Defensive Back

John Harbaugh Baltimore Ravens Head Coach

Robert Wood Johnson IV New York Jets Chairman & CEO

Gary Kubiak Houston Texans Head Coach

Lonie Paxton Denver Broncos Long Snapper

Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers Strong Safety

Marco Rivera Green Bay Packers Guard (Retired)

Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns Offensive Lineman

Charles Tillman Chicago Bears Cornerback

Chad Walker Detroit Lions Community Affairs Coordinator

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders

Roddy White Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver

Kurt Wisenbaugh Jacksonville Jaguars Manager, Events and Game Operations

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Navy Adds Shaun Nua to Football Staff

Posted on 26 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced today that Shaun Nua has joined the staff as an assistant coach and will assist Dale Pehrson in coaching the defensive line.  Niumatalolo also announced that Justin Davis will move from the defensive line to assist Tony Grantham at outside linebackers. Nua replaces Napoleon Sykes, who left Navy in January to coach at UNC-Charlotte.

Nua comes to the Naval Academy from Brigham Young, where he assisted for the past three seasons.  He is a 2005 graduate of BYU where he received his bachelor’s degree and is currently pursuing his graduate degree.

Over the past two seasons, Nua helped the Cougars achieve the nation’s 24th-best total defense in 2010 and the 13th-ranked defense in 2011. BYU won its bowl games both years while finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll with a 10-3 record.

“Shaun is a bright and enthusiastic coach and I’m very excited to have him join our staff,” said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo.   “He is a man of character and coaches with a great deal of passion.  I went to BYU last spring to watch a couple of spring practices and he immediately caught my attention with the way he coached. He will be a great asset.”

“I am very excited to be at Navy,” said Nua. “I have so much respect for these young men and what they do here at the Naval Academy and what they are going to do after graduation.  I am fired up about having a role in helping these young men progress on the football field and I am very grateful that Coach Niumatalolo has given me this opportunity.”

“Shaun is an exceptional coach and an exceptional person,” said Brigham Young head coach Bronco Mendenhall.  “He has an outstanding defensive mind blended with great optimism, and he is an excellent teacher who cares for the players in his charge.  Our players and coaches are sorry to see him leave, but excited for him and his opportunity at Navy. Shaun has a very bright future in the coaching profession.”

As a player, Nua was a 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive end at BYU from 2002-04 before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nua played four years in the NFL, three seasons with Pittsburgh and one in Buffalo, including a winning trip to the Super Bowl with the Steelers his rookie year in 2006.

Nua earned All-Mountain West Conference Second-Team honors as a senior.  He played in all 23 games of his BYU career, appearing in 12 games his junior season in 2002 and 11 games as a senior in 2004 (redshirted in 2003 due to an injury).  He totaled 54 tackles in his two seasons, including 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. His four sacks were second on the team behind longtime NFL veteran Brady Poppinga his junior season, while his six sacks led the Cougars his senior year.

Born on May 22, 1981, Nua is a native of Pago Pago, American Samoa.  He transferred to BYU from Eastern Arizona Junior College, where he earned junior college All-America honors. He prepped at Tafuna High School in Tafuna, American Samoa where he was an all-league performer as a defensive end.

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Navy Football To Join BIG EAST in 2015

Posted on 24 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy To Join The BIG EAST For Football In 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller, USN announced Tuesday in conjunction with BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto that the Naval Academy has accepted a formal invitation from the BIG EAST to become a football-only member of the conference starting with the 2015 season.

The Naval Academy and the BIG EAST have agreed to a three-year phase-in period during which a scheduling partnership will be created and leading to a full schedule of eight games in 2015.  During that period, Navy will continue its current partnership with CBS and post-season bowls.  In anticipation of full football membership, Navy will be included in all future television, marketing, promotion, and bowl negotiations by the BIG EAST Conference effective immediately.

“The Naval Academy is pleased to accept the invitation for our football team to join the BIG EAST conference,” said Miller.  “After careful consideration, we believe this affiliation to be in the best interests of the Naval Academy, our athletic programs and the Brigade of Midshipmen.  While our independent status has served Navy Football well to date, BIG EAST conference affiliation will help ensure our future scholar-athletes and athletic programs remain competitive at the highest levels for the foreseeable future.”

“When people look back, they will mark this as a truly historic day for the BIG EAST Conference,” said Commissioner John Marinatto.  “America’s first national football conference is adding a program with true national appeal. Navy’s decision to make the BIG EAST its first football conference home after over 100 years of independence demonstrates the value of our new expansion model and the long-term viability of our football product.  The BIG EAST is truly proud to be associated with one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and one of the most storied programs in college football.”

The Naval Academy has established itself as one of the nation’s elite institutions in both academic and athletic prowess.  Navy has annually ranked near the top of both the NCAA’s APR and Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes.  This past year, Navy’s Graduation Success Rate of 96% places the Academy in the top four of all FBS institutions.

On the gridiron the Midshipmen have compiled a record of 75-40 (.652) over the last nine seasons with the 75 wins ranking as the 20th most in the country (and third most among current or future Big East Schools ranking behind Boise State and West Virginia) over that period.  The Mids have gone to a bowl game in eight of the last nine years and their 18 wins over schools from a BCS conference are the most of any non-BCS school over that same nine-year period.

“The BIG EAST will provide an expanded stage for the American public to see our nation’s future leaders,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.  “Expanded media opportunities and coverage by the BIG EAST will elevate the national visibility of Navy football to the highest levels.  This new affiliation will brand Navy football as a member of a BCS conference whose competitive aspirations include the opportunity to compete for a championship.  The BIG EAST plays a prominent role in the NCAA governance structure and affiliation will ensure that the Naval Academy solidifies its position as an important contributor to leadership decisions on a national level.  The future direction of Division I athletics and the vision for collegiate football will include insights and input brought to the table by the Naval Academy administration.”

Joining the BIG EAST will not require any degree of government/taxpayer money. Membership, rather, will enhance opportunities for revenue generation in support of the physical mission and the Brigade to a significant degree.  New opportunities for revenues will significantly exceed what Navy can generate as an Independent in football.  The business model that correlates with joining the BIG EAST illustrates an unparalleled opportunity to stabilize the financial condition of both the Naval Academy Athletic Association and the Academy’s support for the physical mission at large.  This includes 32 varsity sports, 14 club programs, intramurals, physical education, and mission related facilities.

Television exposure and opportunities for marketing/promotion will be greatly enhanced through BIG EAST membership.  The BIG EAST television footprint represents 30% of the nation’s households.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of the Navy football program,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “There is no doubt the BIG EAST will be a challenging league for us to compete in every year, but the young men that come to Navy want to compete against the best and I believe this will open up some recruiting doors that we’ve been unable to open in the past.”

The Naval Academy will continue to annually compete against Army and Air Force for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and its rivalry with Notre Dame will continue as the longest, continuous intersectional matchup in FBS football.

“It is important to the U.S. Naval Academy, as a premier source for producing the next generation of Naval and Marine Corps officers, that Navy football remains relevant as well as highly visible on the national stage,” said Miller. “This has proven to be the case over the last decade and it will perpetuate itself with this new affiliation.”

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Nature Of Navy Win, Season Reminder Of How Remarkable Run Has Been

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Nature Of Navy Win, Season Reminder Of How Remarkable Run Has Been

Posted on 10 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

LANDOVER, Md. — It was emotional for players and incredible for fans, but make no mistake when it comes to the United States Naval Academy’s 27-21 win Saturday at FedEx Field over the United States Military Academy.

It wasn’t pretty.

Navy (5-7) blew a 14-0 first half lead and needed two Jon Teague field goals, a huge 4th down stop and a key offsides call on Army (3-9) in the 4th quarter to hang on to win their 10th straight game in the iconic Army/Navy rivalry series. The Midshipmen haven’t lost a game in the series since 2001, an unprecedented stretch of dominance in the series.

Yet this one was a bit different for a number of reasons.

Saturday’s game marked the first time since 2002 that the contest against Army would be the final game of the season for the Mids. In fact, not only had the Mids gone bowling in each of the past eight seasons, they had done so entering their battle with the Black Knights already bowl eligible in each of those eight seasons. Even after defeating their counterparts from West Point Saturday the season is over for Navy, as close losses earlier in the year to the likes of South Carolina, Air Force, Rutgers, East Carolina and San Jose State loomed large for a team needing only one more win to have clinched a trip to the Military Bowl.

Saturday’s game also stood out because the 27-21 final marked the slimmest margin of victory for the Mids in the series since a 30-28 win in December 2000 at the building then known as PSINet Stadium (now M&T Bank Stadium).

Both Saturday’s win and Navy’s season in general weren’t as easy as they have appeared to be in the past.

Of course, that might be a reminder of just how remarkable things have been in Annapolis over the past decade. Since 2002 (the first season for now Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson), the Midshipmen have posted an exceptional 77-50 overall record, including an undefeated record against Army and a 7-3 record against their other Academy rival Air Force-which has resulted in seven Commander-in-Chief’s Trophies.

(Despite the presence of Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama Saturday as Navy won, the C-i-C Trophy isn’t headed back to Annapolis. Their Mids’ loss to the Falcons earlier in the season means the Trophy will remain in Colorado Springs for another season.)

The stretch has also resulted in eight bowl game appearances. If you erase Johnson’s first season (2002) from the equation, the Mids have gone 75-40 over the last nine seasons under Johnson and current head coach Ken Niumatalolo, still undefeated against Army. (The eight bowl game appearances and seven C-i-C Trophies remain.)

Perhaps it explains the emotional nature of Niumatalolo following his team’s win Saturday. He knows just how difficult this stretch has been.

USNA fans have been spoiled by the success of their program in the past decade. Spoiled so much that it has become easy to simply expect their team to maintain such an incredible standard of performance.

The problem is that such a run of success has been much more difficult to achieve than it has appeared.

It isn’t easy for a service academy to defeat another service academy once. Navy found that out Saturday. After rushing TD’s from seniors Kriss Proctor and Alexander Teich put the Midshipmen ahead 14-0 in the first half it looked as though the team might waltz to another victory. That of course wasn’t going to be the case, as the Black Knights would go on to score touchdowns on their next three possessions (all three included involvement from QB Trent Steelman, RB Malcolm Brown or both) to make sure the Mids had to earn the win in the 4th quarter.

“That was a battle” Niumatalolo explained after the game. “I am very, very proud of our young men; very proud of the way our guys battled. This is my 14th Army-Navy game, but this one, from the beginning, was different. Adding in the fact that we don’t have a bowl game, you could feel it with our guys. The last couple of weeks you could see the emotion coming to practice because they knew this was it.”

Niumatalolo at times had to choke back tears during his post-game press conference, despite the fact that he was talking about what (record-wise) will go down as the worst Navy team since Johnson’s first season.

Winning at Navy is incredibly difficult, despite how easy it has looked over the course of the past decade.

The most likely scenario is that the next ten years won’t include eight bowl games. They won’t include seven Commander-in-Chief’s Trophies. They might even include (gasp!) a loss or two to Army along the way.

It won’t mean fans in Annapolis (and throughout the Baltimore and Washington regions) won’t have reasons to be proud. It just means things won’t always look this easy for Navy.

Mostly because things never really have been this easy for Navy.

-G

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Maryland, Loyola, Navy Report Good News on Graduation Rates

Posted on 25 October 2011 by WNST Staff

Terps’ Graduation Rate Hits Record for Second Straight Year

GSR hits best-ever 82 percent

The University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 82 percent in figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. It marks the second time in the seven-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent and the second straight year the campus set a school record.

Maryland’s four-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes was 75 percent, the second time in the last five years the figure has been above 70 percent.

The Graduation Success Rate is a four-year measure of freshmen who entered Maryland between the fall of 2001 and the fall of 2004. It does not penalize the institution for those student-athletes who transfer from Maryland in good academic standing, as the FGR does. In addition, the GSR includes student-athletes who transfer into the institution and receive athletics aid, unlike the FGR.

Maryland’s previous-best GSR of 80 percent came last year.

“Succeeding academically is of primary importance to everyone in our athletics department,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “This core value is something we take seriously. Although we’re proud of these record-setting numbers, we will strive to continually improve in this area.”

“Kevin made it very clear to me when he brought me here that our student-athletes’ academic success was a top priority for him,” said Chris Uchacz, associate A.D. for academic services and career development. “Our staff has worked very hard over the last year to improve our processes and support. We are starting to see the positive results of these changes manifested in the GSR scores released this week.”

Nineteen teams at Maryland earned GSRs at or above 80 percent. Women’s swimming and water polo had 100 percent GSRs in the cohort. The wrestling team achieved a 92 percent GSR and was the highest-scoring men’s team at Maryland.

Football, which received contemporaneous penalties for this year due to low Academic Progress Rates, earned a 59 percent GSR for this cohort. Anderson said the football team had made significant academic progress this year and does not anticipate further penalties from the NCAA.

Men’s basketball posted a 46 percent GSR this year, which is up from 31 percent in 2010. Since 2006-07, the basketball program has successfully graduated 15 of 17 student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility. A perfect 11 of 11 student-athletes exhausting eligibility have graduated since the Fall 2007 semester. These numbers will have a significant impact on the coming years’ FGR, GSR and APR.

The GSR and FGR are separate from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which will be released in Spring 2012.

GSRs and four-year FGRs for freshmen and transfers receiving athletic aid and who entered the University of Maryland between Fall 2001 and Fall 2004:

Men’s Sport

GSR

4-Yr Fed.

Baseball

81

59

Basketball

46

33

CC/Track

90

89

Football

59

56

Golf

90

100

Lacrosse

91

81

Soccer

84

64

Swimming

80

73

Tennis

33

33

Wrestling

92

79

Women’s Sport

GSR

4-Yr Fed.

Basketball

81

71

CC/Track

92

85

Field Hockey

94

94

Golf

88

88

Gymnastics

90

82

Lacrosse

92

83

Soccer

94

100

Softball

94

92

Swimming

100

72

Tennis

88

63

Volleyball

83

77

Water Polo

100

67

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Navy Agrees to Play in 2016 Armed Forces Bowl

Posted on 15 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Signs Agreement To Play In The 2016 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl If Bowl Eligible

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler announced today that Navy has agreed to play in the 2016 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, if bowl eligible.  Navy had previously announced it would play in the game in 2013, as well.

“We have thousands of alumni, enlisted and prior enlisted sailors and marines who reside within the Dallas-Fort Worth community and this opportunity will allow us to bring our highly-spirited supporters and football family together in one of the most hospitable communities in the country,” said Gladchuk. “We are generally excited and grateful for this invitation.

“Navy has been one of the most consistent football programs in the country over the last nine years and we are thrilled to have them come to Fort Worth twice in a four-year time period,” said Ringler.  “Extending our agreement with Navy to include the 2016 bowl game positions the Armed Forces Bowl to have a military academy in our game for four out of five years beginning with Navy in 2013.

Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured a military theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the military are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing military hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military’s top skydiving teams; on-field induction ceremonies; military bands and honor guards; and the awarding of the annual “Great American Patriot Award” (GAPA) presented by Armed Forces Insurance. Previous recipients include Admiral Thad Allen, Admiral Michael G. “Mike” Mullen, Gen. David H. Petraeus, Preston “Pete” Geren and Gordon England.

Navy, who has played in a school-record eight-consecutive bowl games, now has agreements in place for bowl games for the next six years:  The 2011 Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman in Washington, D.C.; the 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco; the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas; the 2014 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl; the 2015 Military Bowl and the 2016 Armed Forces Bowl.

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Towson Lacrosse Adds Gilardi to Staff

Posted on 08 September 2011 by WNST Staff

ANTHONY GILARDI NAMED AS ASSISTANT COACH AT TOWSON

Ohio State Graduate Joins Tigers After Three Years at Navy

TOWSON, Md. Anthony Gilardi, who spent the last three years as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy, has been named as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Towson University, it has been announced by Head Coach Shawn Nadelen.

A 2004 graduate of Ohio State University, Gilardi will serve as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator.

“I am ecstatic to have Anthony Gilardi and his wife, Jess, become part of our Towson family,” Nadelen said. “Anthony brings a great deal of passion, energy and knowledge for the game of lacrosse to Towson. He will challenge our young men every day to increase their work ethic as well as teach them the proper way to work efficiently.

“Anthony possesses tremendous knowledge and resources in regards to recruiting and is tenacious in his efforts to find the best person and player for our program,” Nadelen added. “I have complete trust in knowing that everything he will instill in our personnel will allow us to be very dangerous in every game we play. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Anthony join our staff.”

In three years at Navy, Gilardi helped the Midshipmen earn a pair of Patriot League Tournament appearances and the 2009 Patriot League championship. As the Mids’ offensive coordinator, he guided a Navy offense that ranked fourth in the Patriot League by averaging 9.08 goals per game last year. In addition, Navy ranked third in the Patriot League by scoring 19 extra-man goals in 13 games, a 1.46 average.

Prior to joining the Navy staff, Gilardi spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Buckeyes to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes ranked third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.18 goals per game. They also scored on 32.7 per cent of their extra-man opportunities, which also ranked third in NCAA Division I.

In 2005, the Baldwin, N.Y. native helped Denison College reach the NCAA Division III Tournament as the Big Red’s co-offensive coordinator. He was responsible for creating game plans and film breakdown while developing and implementing speed and agility programs.

A two-time All-Great Western Lacrosse League selection, Gilardi led the Buckeyes to NCAA Tournament appearances as a junior and senior. The Buckeyes’ Offensive MVP in 2004, he ranks 13th in Ohio State history with 133 points after scoring 75 goals with 58 assists. He is also ninth on the Buckeyes’ all-time assist list.

In addition, Gilardi was a scholar-athlete who received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2003 and 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in History and was the recipient of the prestigious Corwin A. Fergus Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete Scholarship from Ohio State.

Gilardi also played for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse for two seasons, helping the Lizards reach the 2005 MLL Championship Game.

I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Towson University and the Tiger men’s lacrosse program,” Gilardi said. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Nadelen and Coach [Dan] Cocchi as we embark on writing the next chapter of Towson lacrosse through hard work and dedication.”

Gilardi is married to the former Jessica Coridan.

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