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Navy tries to get back to .500 Saturday against Holy Cross

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (1-2, 0-1 Patriot League) will look to capture its first win in Patriot League action on Saturday when the Mids play host to Holy Cross (0-3, 0-1 PL).  The 11th edition of the Navy-Holy Cross series is set for an 11:00 am faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• Navy held a 2-0 advantage over Bucknell through the first quarter, but the Bison went on a 4-0 run in the second quarter to secure a lead it would not relinquish.  Attack Sean Doyle paced the Bison with four goals, while Bucknell’s defense held Navy’s leading scorer Sam Jones scoreless for only the sixth time in his 41 collegiate game appearances.
• Holy Cross is seeking its first win of the season after dropping its third in a row on Tuesday with a 17-9 loss at Harvard.  Junior middie Terry McKenna led the way for the Crusaders with 4 goals.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Senior attack Sam Jones’ 10-point performance against VMI in the opener marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College.  It is tied (Kevin O’Shea, Hartford) as the most points scored by a player in DI lax this season.
9 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 9-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson
8 – 8 different players on Navy’s roster have scored goals against Holy Cross, including senior attack Tucker Hull who has produced 5 goals and 7 assists in 3 games against the Crusaders.
7 – Navy has reached double digits in 7 of the 10 games (8 in 2005 and 2011, 5 in 2013) it has played against Holy Cross.  Navy has lost just five games (55-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 9-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014)
6 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs 6 ground balls to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 149.
5 - Pat Kiernan is tied for 5th nationally in career scoring by a defenseman with 12 points (9G, 3A).
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones needs 3 goals to join the Mids’ all-time top 20 goals scored list … he owns 69 heading into Saturday’s contest.
2 – Senior Austin Heneveld, who came into the season having scored multiple goals just once in his career, has scored 2 goals in 2 games this year.
1 – Over the last six seasons, 29 (11-18) of the Mids’ 88 contests have been decided by 1 goal.

Scouting the Crusaders
• Coming off a breakout season that saw Jim Morrissey’s Holy Cross squad put together a 7-8 record, the Crusaders have struggled out of the gates in 2014.  Facing a challenging slate, Holy Cross dropped a 15-13 decision to 19th-ranked St. John’s in its opener.  Last Saturday Holy Cross opened its Patriot League season by playing host to ninth-ranked Loyola, who dealt the Crusaders a 16-4 loss.  On Tuesday, the Crusaders traveled to Harvard with Crimson scoring a 17-9 victory.
• Tuesday’s game at Harvard marked the start of four straight games on the road for Holy Cross, who will face Richmond next Tuesday, followed by a trip to West Point to meet Army on March 8.
• Junior midfielder Terry McKenna and sophomore attack Sean Wilkinson have been solid in the opening weeks.  McKenna leads the team with 9 points on 7 goals and a pair of assists.  He was responsible for 4 goals in the loss at Harvard.  Meanwhile, Wilkinson has produced 8 points on 5 goals and 3 assists.  Wilkinson was sensational in the opener against St. John’s, scoring 4 goals and adding 2 assists.
• The Crusaders have surrendered 48 goals in their three games (16.00) with sophomore Michael Ortlieb standing between the pipes for 157 of the 180 minutes.  Ortlieb owns a 16.79 goals-against average and a 38.0 save percentage.
• Freshman Ben Williams has taken over the faceoff duties where he has won 50.7 percent (36-71) of the draws to date.  He had a strong outing against Harvard where he won 15 of the 25 faceoffs (.600).
• Holy Cross has scored 12 of its 26 goals in the fourth quarter.  It has been outscored 39-14 in the other three quarters of play.

Navy vs. Holy Cross – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks just the 11th meeting between Navy and Holy Cross … the Mids own a 9-1 advantage in the series, including a 23-5 victory over the Crusaders in the inaugural meeting in Annapolis in 2004.
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another three times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, `09, `11) and four times in Annapolis (2004, `06, `10, `12).
• Meanwhile, Navy and Holy Cross have met on neutral three times.
• In 2007, the two programs faced one another at SMU’s Ford Stadium where the Mids dealt Holy Cross a 12-2 loss.  It was Navy’s first trip to Texas since the Mids defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6, on May 8, 1971, at the Houston Astrodome.
• In 2008, Navy and Holy Cross were part of the Ford Patriot Cup which featured two high school games, along with two Div. I men’s lax games (Rutgers vs. Army).  Navy scored a 16-3 win over the Crusaders at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Last year Holy Cross earned its first victory over the Midshipmen in 10 tries, securing a 7-5 victory on the shoulders of Terry McKenna who netted four goals for the Crusaders.  The game was played at Citi Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.  It was just the second Div. I men’s lacrosse game played at a Major League Baseball venue.
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in nine of the 10 games, while putting up double-figure goals in seven of the 10 (8 in 2005 and 2011) … the Mids’ defense, meanwhile, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in eight of the 10 games.  The Crusaders have scored seven goals in each of the last two games against the Mids.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• After finishing outside of the top 30 in each of the last five years in faceoff percentage, Navy rookie Brady Dove has the Mids among the top 15.  Dove stands 17th in the individual rankings, winning 62.1 percent (36-58) of the draws he has taken, while Navy as a team is ranked 13th with a 63.1 faceoff winn percentage.
• Navy’s man-down defense has been stout this spring, warding off 9 of the potential 11 extra-man goals by its opponent.  The Mids are ranked 17th nationally in man-down defense (18.8)
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in ground balls per game (18th, 32.33), scoring margin (18th, +3.00) and scoring defense (19th, 7.67).

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Senior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan, a 2014 Preseason All-American, was among the national leaders in both caused turnovers (12th, 2.00) and ground balls (32nd, 5.23) last season.
• He is Navy’s record holder for career caused turnovers (55), a stat introduced in 2009 … with 26 caused turnovers last season, he finished the year ranked No. 3 on the Mids’ single-season list … he is also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
• He is tied for 11th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 149, 6 shy of joining the Mids’ all-time top-10 list … meanwhile, he turned in 68 grounders last spring to etch his name in at ninth on the Mids’ single-season chart … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
• He is also 19th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list, winning 24 of the 54 draws (44.4) he has taken.
• Kiernan has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for fifth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Brown’s Roger Ferguson (28), Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (21), Virginia transfer (from Lynchburg) Josephs Lisicky (16) and Syracuse’s Matt Harris (14).  Air Force’s Kyle O’Brien, Hartford’s Alex Matarazzo and Villanova’s John LoCascio also have 12 points going into the weekend.
• Kiernan is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most at Navy.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

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

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

I find David Koechner to be a humorous individual.

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

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

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

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

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

ZZ Ward is just so marvelous.

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Navy announces 2014 football schedule

Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Announces 2014 Football Schedule

Season Tickets On Sale Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2014 Navy Football Schedule

Date                        Opponent                        Location

August 30               vs. Ohio State                 Baltimore, Md.

Sept. 6                     at Temple                        Philadelphia, Pa.

Sept. 13                   at Texas State                  San Marcos, Texas

Sept. 20                  Rutgers                            Annapolis, Md.

Sept. 27                  Western Kentucky          Annapolis, Md.

Oct. 4                      at Air Force                      Colorado Springs, Colo.

Oct. 11                   VMI                                    Annapolis, Md.

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

Nov. 1                     vs. Notre Dame                Landover, Md.

Nov. 15                   Georgia Southern            Annapolis, Md.

Nov. 28                    at South Alabama              Mobile, Ala.

Dec. 13                   vs. Army                           Baltimore, Md.

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Georgetown tops Navy in OT on Fountain goal

Posted on 15 February 2014 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Navy lacrosse season begins Saturday against VMI

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 1 Navy (0-0, 0-0 PL) vs. VMI (0-0)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 8 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television None
Video Streaming Navy All-Access/PatriotLeague.TV

Game Preview
• Navy opens up its 107th season of men’s lacrosse on Saturday afternoon when it plays host to VMI … action is set for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Saturday’s contest will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Navy-VMI tilt is one of 12 games slated for Saturday in what marks the second weekend of action among the Div. I ranks … Delaware captured a 10-3 victory over High Point last Saturday, while Lehigh scored a 13-6 win over Furman to officially kick off the season.
• Entering his 15th season as a collegiate head coach, Rick Sowell is in his third season leading the Midshipmen.  He directed Navy to a 6-6 record in his inaugural season which featured a 12-11 upset on the road against #12 Colgate and an 8-2 rout over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins in Annapolis.  Meanwhile, last year Navy produced a 3-10 record that featured three one-goal losses.
• Navy returns six starters off last year’s team, including its top three scorers, senior attack men Tucker Hull and Sam Jones and junior midfielder Gabe Voumard.  Jones paced the team with 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists, while Hull chipped in 21 points on 13 goals and 8 assists.  Voumard anchored the midfield with 20 points on 15 goals and 5 assists.
• Also returning to the lineup are second-year attack T.J. Hanzsche and senior midfielder Pat Durkin.  Durkin scored 11 goals and 2 assists, while Hanzsche started eight of the 10 games in which he played and finished with 10 goals and 1 assist.
• Preseason All-American Pat Kiernan returns for his senior season as one of the nation’s best long stick midfielders.  A year ago he led the Mids in ground balls with 68 and was second in caused turnovers with 26.  He ranked 12th nationally in caused turnovers (2.00) and 32nd in ground balls (5.23).
• Navy’s defense will no doubt have a new look this season.  Senior Nik Mullen, who contributed 13 caused turnovers and 22 ground balls last year returns, however, he will be joined by freshmen Chris Fennell and Matt Rees.  SophomoreJules Godino has been slowed by an injury, but is expected to return to the playing field this season.
• Taking over the goalkeeping duties this year is sophomore John Connors who saw a combined 52 minutes in five games a year ago.  He owned a 6.92 goals against average and a 60.0 save percentage.
• Also new to the lineup is rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove, who hails from nearby Stevensville.  Dove has been solid in the Mids’ two scrimmages to date, but he will be supported by sophomores Sean Reilly and Pat Menezes, along with Kiernan.

Scouting the Keydets
• VMI head coach Brian Anken enters his fourth season hoping a more home-friendly schedule will help an exceptionally young program.  After playing just four home games a year ago that did not see VMI play at home until the seventh game of the season, the Keydets have seven games slated to be played at home this spring.  In fact, four of their first six games are at home.
• The Keydets, who posted a 1-12 record a year ago, return six of their 10 starters, however four of their top six scorers.  Junior attack Mike DeBlasio, who scored 12 goals and dealt out 5 assists is the team’s top returning scorer, while second-year midfielder Gage Snowbarger returns after netting 10 goals and adding three assists.
• VMI will have a new player in goal this spring after Matt Lindemann graduated with a 14.54 goals against average and a 51.6 save percentage.  Senior Evan Windisch is the only upperclass goalkeeper on the roster and he saw action in a pair of games a year ago.
• Traditionally a strong faceoff unit, VMI’s top two faceoff men from a year ago are gone, leaving Pat Hine who took just 23 of the 329 draws last spring.

2013 Navy-VMI Recap
• Erik Hoffstadt and Sam Jones scored hat tricks, while then-attack Austin Heneveld produced a career-high six-point effort to lead Navy to a 20-7 victory over VMI in both teams’ season opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Twelve different players scored goals for Navy, including five first-time goal scorers in what marked the Mids’ largest scoring output since dealing Holy Cross a 23-4 loss on April 18, 2004.   Meanwhile the 13-goal win was Navy’s largest margin of victory since beating Holy Cross 16-3 on March 15, 2008.
• Navy jumped out to a 4-0 lead with goals by four different players, including Jones who scored the game’s first goal and his first of three goals on the day at the 11:10 mark.
• The Mids surrendered their first goal of the game with 55.5 seconds left when attack Bernie Mowbray set up behind the goal and found rookie attack Alex Henthorn cutting and he punched it in from seven yards out.
• Navy, though, would score the next seven goals to take an 11-1 lead going into the half.  Among those goals, Jones would secure his hat trick with a pair including a shot that had absolutely no angle from the left wing with 3:47 left in the half.  Jones now has 12 goals and five assists in the three games that he has played against VMI.
• The Mids opened up the second half much like they left off, scoring three in a row, including a sensational transition goal by defensive middie Cade Norris off one of a career-high four assists by Heneveld.
• Riding a 14-1 advantage with roughly eight minutes to play in the third quarter, head coach Rick Sowell began substituting freely on both ends of the field.  By game’s end, he played 47 of the 52 players on the roster (five players were not dressed due to injury), including all three goalkeepers.
• Meanwhile, Navy was hoping to improve in the faceoff department and found some success in newcomer Sean Reilly.  Reilly won 13 of the 18 draws he took, while senior Evan McGoogan who started the game was 3-for-6.
• Navy’s defense was stout, giving up just one goal in the first 37-plus minutes of action, including keeping the Keydets off the scoreboard the entire second period and half of the third.  Seniors Austin Miller and Jay Christopher were joined by freshman Jules Godino in the starting lineup with Godino producing two of the Mids’ 13 caused turnovers.  Junior long pole Pat Kiernan also caused a pair of turnovers and paced the Mids with six ground balls on the afternoon.

Navy vs. VMI – The Series
• Having met one another in the season opener in each of the last six seasons, Navy holds a 6-0 series advantage against VMI.  All six games have been played in Annapolis.
• The Midshipmen have scored double digits against the Keydets in each of the six previous meetings, while holding VMI to single digits in all six contests.
• VMI has held an advantage in the faceoff column in four of the last five meetings … after winning just 10 of 25 two years ago, Navy won the battle at the “x” last spring, 17-13.

Navy Vs. the Atlantic Sun
• The Mids own a 6-1 record (85.7) against the six-member Atlantic Sun, a newly-formed conference that includes start-up programs Furman and Richmond.  Navy’s lone loss against an Atlantic Sun foe was a 13-7 setback to Jacksonville in 2012.
• Navy’s contest against VMI on Saturday marks the 10th straight season the Mids have faced a team either currently in the MAAC or had previously been part of the MAAC at the time of the contest.  The Mids and Keydets have battled one another in the season opener in each of the last five years, this being the sixth.
• In 2005, Navy faced Providence who is now a member of the Big East, while in 2006 and ‘07 the Mids battled Saint Joseph’s who is now part of the Colonial Athletic Association.

For Openers
• Navy owns an 89-15-1 record in season openers, including wins in each of its last 12 dating back to a 16-2 win over Saint Joseph’s in 2002 … the Mids have outscored their foes 160-45 (13.3-3.8) during that stretch of 12 wins.
• The Mids have played 10 of their last 14 openers at home, including each of the last seven … Navy played its 2004, ‘05 and ‘06 openers on the road.
• Last year, Navy’s Erik Hoffstadt and Sam Jones produced hat tricks, while Austin Heneveld turned in a career-best six-point performance on two goals and four assists in a 20-7 win over VMI.

Fallen Hero Not Forgotten
• For the fourth consecutive year, Navy will honor the memory of fallen Navy SEAL and former Navy lacrosse player Lt. Brendan Looney (‘04), who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010.
• Marty Gallagher wore the No. 40 jersey as Navy’s team captain in 2011.
• In each of the last three years, Navy’s players voted who among his teammates best represented what Looney stood for as a man, a warrior and a teammate.
• Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan has been selected by his peers to honor Looney by wearing jersey No. 40 this spring.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Terrapin Classic: Wofford @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm Comcast Center), Howard/College of Charleston @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm Comcast Center)

10. SOJA (Friday & Saturday Rams Head Live); Papadosio (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Deadcember with Cris Jacobs Band (Thursday 9pm 8×10 Club), Colouring Lesson (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); O’Malley’s March (Thursday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Corey Smith (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Common (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Sunday & Monday 8pm 9:30 Club)

Strict “no marijuana” policy with the SOJA boys.

I’m not into Corey Smith as much as others, but once I post this video I’ll be that much closer to wrapping up T10BD!

I loved Common in Wild Aces.

Trombone Shorty is pleasing to my earhole.

9. Jeff Dunham (Monday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom“, “Grudge Match” and “47 Ronin” out in theaters (Friday); Insidious Chapter 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s Christmas plans (Wednesday, parts unknown)

As I reminder, Christmas dinner in the Glenn Clark household is stuffed shells. More recently, my fiancee’s absolutely SUBLIME Buffalo Shells.

Happy Holidays, gang.

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Terps head to Annapolis for first bowl game of Edsall era

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team will make its first bowl appearance since 2010 and its first under head coach Randy Edsall on Friday, Dec. 27 when the Terps take on Marshall in the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman in Annapolis, Md., president and executive director of the Military Bowl Steve Beck announced on Sunday.

 

The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is the first year the bowl will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium after being held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the past five years.

 

With a 41-21 victory over NC State on Nov. 30 to close the regular season, the Terps improved to 7-5 and will look for its eighth win for the first time since 2010, when Maryland finished 9-4 and capped its season with a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

 

Maryland’s matchup with Marshall will be its 25th all-time bowl appearance and second in the Military Bowl. The Terps are 11-11-2 all-time in bowl games and have won five of their past six.

 

For the Terps, it is their fifth bowl appearance in the last eight seasons and will be their first matchup all-time with the Thundering Herd.

 

Marshall (9-4), which won the Conference USA East Division title, faced two opponents that appeared on Maryland’ schedule this season. The Herd lost 29-21 to Virginia Tech in triple overtime on Sept. 21, and defeated FIU, 48-10, on Nov. 23.

 

The Thundering Herd is led by quarterback Rakeem Cato, who ranks second in Conference USA in passing (275.3 ypg) and total offense (296.8 ypg). Cato has thrown for 36 touchdowns this season, which is the most in C-USA and tied for third nationally.

 

Offensively, Marshall is averaging a Conference USA-best 43.0 points per game, the seventh-highest total nationally, and is averaging a league-high 502.3 yards per game of total offense.

 

For more information, visit umterps.com/bowl_central. To directly purchase tickets, visit umterps.com.

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Marshall accepts bid to Military Bowl in Annapolis

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, today announced that Marshall University has accepted an invitation to play in this year’s game. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the Thundering Herd travel to the National Capital Region,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “As evidenced on the field this season, Marshall has a terrific team and we are sure their fans will enjoy our hospitality.”

Marshall (9-4) won the Conference USA East Division title.

The Thundering Herd, which includes 10 players from the Washington area on its roster, will play a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. It will be Marshall’s second game this season against an ACC opponent; the Thundering Herd lost to Virginia Tech, 29-21 in triple overtime, on September 21. The ACC representative in the Military Bowl will be announcedSunday.

Marshall won seven of its final eight regular season games, the only loss coming on a last-play touchdown. The Thundering Herd’s high-powered offense, led by junior quarterback Rakeem Cato, led Conference USA in scoring (44.6 points per game) and total yardage (513.2 per game) during the regular season. Senior Gator Hoskins led all tight ends nationally with 13 touchdown catches. On defense, Marshall made the biggest year-to-year improvement nationally, allowing 21.4 fewer points per game this season.

This will be the Thundering Herd’s 11th bowl appearance, but first appearance in the Military Bowl. Marshall is 7-3 all-time in bowl games.

In its sixth year, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of postseason football to the Washington, D.C., area while also supporting the USO and our nation’s military personnel. Once again, the Military Bowl this year will donate at least $100,000 to the USO and provide complimentary tickets for active-duty military personnel and their families.

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Navy looks to get bowl eligible Saturday against South Alabama

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 10 Navy (5-4) vs. South Alabama (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and South Alabama will meet for the first time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis.   Kickoff is set for  3:30 pm.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:15 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:04 pm.
• Navy’s 22 senior football players will be honored in a pregame ceremony starting at 3:21 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters, the Navy men’s indoor track & field team will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
•    At halftime, the senior cheerleaders will be recognized, there will be a performance by Cheerleaders of America and the Naval Academy D&B will perform.
• Between the third and fourth quarters, the men’s and women’s swimming teams will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Reynolds Has Record Day In Navy’s 42-28 Victory Over Hawai’i
•    (AP) – Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for four touchdowns, including one for 67 yards, and threw for another as the Midshipmen (5-4) kept the Rainbow Warriors winless with a 42-28 victory.
• Sean Schroeder completed 29 of 33 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns, while running back Joey Iosefa rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 35 carries for Hawai’i (0-9).
• Reynolds also finished with a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries. He now has 18 rushing touchdowns on the season, one behind Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs for most in the nation.
• With the game tied at 14, an interception by Hawaii’s John Hardy-Tuliau was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the first drive of the third quarter. Three plays later, Navy fullback Quinton Singleton made them pay with a 12-yard touchdown run.
• Reynolds then scored from 6 yards to increase the lead to 28-14 with 4:39 left in the third quarter. Hawai’i went to a no-huddle offense and put together an 18-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 6-yard run by Iosefa to pull within a touchdown.
• On the ensuing drive, however, Reynolds ran 67 yards to increase the margin back to 35-21. It was the longest play of the season for Navy.
• But Hawai’i would not go quietly and cut the margin again on a 6-yard pass from Schroeder to Clark Evans, who set a career high with nine catches. Once again, Reynolds answered with a 21-yard scoring run to put the game away with 1:36 left.
• The Rainbow Warriors concluded a 10-day road trip that covered 9,863 miles, six time zones and a 47-10 loss to Utah State. Hawai’i entered the game as one of five winless teams in the FBS.
• After Hawaii’s Donnie King Jr. fumbled a punt on his own 26, Reynolds foundGeoffrey Whiteside in the corner of the end zone on the next play for a 7-0 lead with 10:08 left in the first quarter. Hawai’i tied the game with 6:21 left in the half on a 40-yard pass from Schroeder to Keith Kirkwood.
• Navy retook the lead 14-7 on a 1-yard run by Reynolds, but the Rainbow Warriors knotted the score again on an 8-yard pass from Schroeder to Evans with 45 second left in the second quarter.
• With the victory, Navy (5-4) is just a win away from qualifying for a bowl game for the 11th time in 12 years.

Scouting South Alabama
• South Alabama enters Saturday’s game with a 3-5 record that includes victories over bowl-bound Tulane (41-39) and Western Kentucky (31-24). South Alabama also beat Kent State, 38-21.
• Incredibly, South Alabama is just 12 points away from being 8-0.  The Jags have lost to Southern Utah (22-21), Tennessee (31-24), Troy (34-33), Texas State (33-31) and Arkansas State (17-16).
•    The Jags are led by quarterback Ross Metheny, who has completed 136 of his 220 pass attempts for 1,817 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.  Metheny is also South Alabama’s second-leading rusher, running for 359 yards and eight touchdowns on 77 carries.
•    Junior running back Jay Jones leads the South Alabama rushing attack with 437 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries.
•    Junior Wes Saxton leads the South Alabama passing attack with 496 yards on 39 catches, while Shavarez Smith has 29 catches for 551 yards and two touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Enrique Williams leads the defense with 73 tackles, four tackles for a loss and a sack, while junior corner Qudarius Ford has 57 tackles, an interception and five pass break-ups.
•    South Alabama has lost just three fumbles on the year, which is ranked sixth in the country; allows only 17.3 yards per kickoff return, which is ranked fifth in the country; and has lost just 11 turnovers on the year, which is ranked 19th in the country.
•    Individually, T.J. Glover is ranked 16th in the country in kickoff returns (27.2), while defensive end Alex Page ranks 19th in tackles for a loss per game (1.4).

Navy vs. The Sun Belt
•    Navy is 5-2 (.714) all-time against teams from the Sun Belt.
•    The Mids have played four of the eight teams that make up the Sun Belt, having played Arkansas State (1-0), Texas State (1-0), Troy (1-1) and Western Kentucky (2-1).
•    Navy lost to Western Kentucky earlier this year, 19-7.

Navy To Celebrate Senior Day
• Navy’s 22 seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  The Class of 2014 has compiled a 27-20 (.574) record in its four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for two bowl games and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.
• With a victory on Saturday over South Alabama, the senior class will clinch its third bowl game in four years.
• With a victory over Army on Dec. 14, the senior class will win its third Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in four years.
• Navy has won 10 straight games on Senior Day.  The Mids’ last loss came back in 2002 when Navy lost to Connecticut in a monsoon, 38-0.
• The 22 seniors that will be honored on Saturday include:  wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken, wide receiver Casey Bolena, nose guard Travis Bridges, nose guard Barry Dabney, corner Albrey Felder, punter Justin Haan, wide receiver Brantley Horton, defensive end Michael Huf, wide receiver Shawn Lynch, guard Eric Mahler, wide receiver Hayden Maples, defensive end Evan Palelei, linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson, safety Wave Ryder, outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, slot back Darius Staten, offensive guard Thomas Stone, slot back Marcus Thomas, linebacker Michael Tuimavave, offensive tackleMatthew Van Halanger, offensive tackle Graham Vickers and offensive tackle Sam Womack.

One More Win Sends Navy To The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
• Navy needs one more victory to become bowl eligible and to accept an invitation to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth, Texas against a team from the Mountain West Conference.
•    It would be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 years. Prior to 2003, Navy had been to nine bowl games in the previous 122 seasons.

Undefeated At Home
• A victory over South Alabama would give Navy an undefeated record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2004.
• That 2004 team, which finished 10-2 and beat New Mexico in the Emerald Bowl, went 6-0 at home with victories over Duke, Northeastern, Vanderbilt, Rice, Delaware and Rutgers.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf: PGA Tour OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Thursday-Sunday 2pm from Riviera Maya, Mexico live on Golf Channel); Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Edwain Rodriguez (Saturday 10pm from Ontario, CA live on HBO); High School Football: MPSSAA Playoffs-4A North Semifinal Howard @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm); The Book Thief” and “The Best Man Holiday” out in theaters (Friday); Man of Steel” and “Turbo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

10. Elton John (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Monday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Manchester Orchestra (Tuesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Eli Young Band (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Dr. Dog (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); The Lone Bellow (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Zach Myers/Silvertung (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dave Davies (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Gary Clark Jr. (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Skrillex (Thursday 8:30pm 9:30 Club), Sister Hazel (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Widespread Panic (Tuesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); The Mowgli’s (Wednesday 7:30pm Rock & Roll Hotel); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Rick Ross (Sunday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Counting Crows “Echoes of The Outlaw Roadshow” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Lone Bellow HAS to win “Best New Artist” this year, right?

GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR GARY CLARK JR

I’d listen to Sister Hazel sing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.

I’ve tried telling you about Sister Sparrow before. Stop missing the memo.

9. NBA-Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Tuesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Washington Wizards @ San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday 8:30pm from San Antonio live on Comcast SportsNet), Cleveland Cavaliers @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Meanwhile, JJ Hickson…

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