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Navy announces Ohio State, Army game kickoff times

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Times Announced For Navy Football Home Games And Neutral Site Games Against Ohio State And Army

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.  Once again, all Navy home and neutral site games will be televised by CBS Sports or CBS Sports Network.

 

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 in a game that will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network 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, in a 3:30 PM contest that will be televised live by CBS Sports Network. 

 

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 in a 3:30 PM contest that will be televised live by CBS Sports Network. 

 

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 on 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.  The game is scheduled to kick at 1:30 PM in Colorado Springs (3:30 in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.

 

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 in a 3:30 PM game that will be televised by CBS Sports Network 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 San Jose State game will kick at1:00 PM and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

 

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 Landover, Md.  in a game that will be televised by CBS Sports.  Game time is still to be announced.

 

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.  CBS Sports Network will televise the game starting at 3:30 PM.

 

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. No game time has been set as of yet for the South Alabama game.

 

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.  The game will be televised by CBS Sports and will kick at 3 PM.

 

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.

 

Season tickets are currently on sale at navysports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY. The direct link to the ticket info page is here: http://bit.ly/LNw2FX

 

Single game tickets are also available to Admiral’s Row members only.  To become a member of Admiral’s Row go here: http://bit.ly/1lFSSSA


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

 

 

2014 Navy Football Schedule

Date                         Opponent                                    Location                            Time                        TV

August 30                vs. Ohio State                             Baltimore, Md.                  12 noon                  CBS SN

Sept. 6                     at Temple                                    Philadelphia, Pa.                TBA                          TBA

Sept. 13                   at Texas State                              San Marcos, Texas              TBA                          TBA

Sept. 20                  Rutgers                                        Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Sept. 27                  Western Kentucky                      Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Oct. 4                       at Air Force                                  Colorado Springs, Colo.     3:30 PM                   CBS SN

Oct. 11                    VMI                                               Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Oct. 25                    San Jose State (HC)                    Annapolis, Md.                  1:00 PM                  CBS SN

Nov. 1                      vs. Notre Dame                           Landover, Md.                   TBA                         TBA

Nov. 15                    Georgia Southern                       Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Nov. 28                     at South Alabama                        Mobile, Ala.                        TBA                         TBA

Dec. 13                    vs. Army                                      Baltimore, Md.                  3:00 PM                  CBS

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Navy eliminated from Patriot League Tournament by Lehigh

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  Two-time defending Patriot League Champion Lehigh outscored Navy 4-1 in the fourth quarter to secure a 10-6 victory over the Midshipmen in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals played Tuesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa.  The third-seeded Mountain Hawks will face Army in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, while top-seeded Loyola will battle the No. 4 seed Colgate.

“It was another hard-fought battle for the Midshipmen,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We have had a long stretch against some really talented teams (Loyola, Army, Johns Hopkins, Lehigh) and there’s a lot of emotion that goes into those games.  I’m extremely proud of the way we came out and competed against a team that got us pretty good a month ago.  Lehigh is a talented team and well coached and at the end of the night they made a few more plays than us.

“We knew we were a better team than what showed up the last time we played here,” added Sowell.  “But I think it was a combination of it being a playoff game and the confidence we have gained over the last few weeks.  We certainly wanted to leave it all on the field tonight and I honestly couldn’t have been more proud of the effort my team gave.”

Navy opened the game with the hot hand as seniors Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) joined forces to put the Midshpmen up 1-0 six minutes into the contest thanks to a transition goal that was generated by a takeaway from rookie John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.).

Lehigh answered with just over three minutes to go in the opening quarter when Kurtis Kaunas fired in a five-yarder from the left wing.

The Mids took the lead once again when sophomore midfielder Kevin Wendel (East Islip, N.Y.) out-raced Lehigh defenseman Sam Lawrence and scored his third collegiate goal to put Navy up 2-1 with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.

Reid Weber slipped his defender and poked in his shot three minutes into the second quarter, queing  a 4-0 run by the Mountain Hawks.  Three of the next four goals were extra-man strikes as Lehigh owned a 5-2 lead with 9:25 to go in the first half.

Navy finally stopped the Lehigh run when Jones threaded his scoop shot through multiple defenders, as well as three-time All-Patriot League goalkeeper Matt Poillon, as Navy trailed 5-3 at the half.

The Mids trimmed the lead to one four minutes into the third quarter when senior middie Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) found a wide-open Hul standing on the left crease for his second goal of the contest.

Lehigh pushed its lead back to two when the Mids were unable to clear the ball out of the defensive box and Matt Smith punched in his fourth goal of the year from 10 yards out.

With under 30 seconds to go in the third period, Navy set up a play that saw Jones use a roll dodge to get free of middie Alan Henderson and post his second goal of the game with just 5.6 seconds left.

Down 6-5 heading into the final period of play, the Mids were unable to get anything going on the offensive end of the field while the Mountain Hawks scored four in a row, including an empty net goal with two minutes to play, to take a 10-5 lead.

The Mids scored a final time with 1:23 left in the contest when Hull produced his 14th collegiate hat trick with an unassisted strike from five yards out.

“We were able to get to within one a few times, but we just couldn’t get that goal to pull us even.  Looking back that four-goal run they made in the second quarter was tough to come back from, but we did not give up until the clock hit zero.”

Hull and Jones paced the Mids with three points apiece as Hull became just the 14th player in program history to reach 80 career goals.  Meanwhile, Jones moved into a tie for 10th place on Navy’s all-time points list with 143 points alongside Hall of Famer James Chambers (1946-49).

John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.), who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, played a strong game between the pipes, finishing the contest with 13 saves including six in the third quarter.  Senior long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) turned in a team-best three caused turnovers, while also playing a huge role on the wings of faceoffs helping Navy freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) win 13 of the 19 draws.  Kiernan grabbed a team-best seven ground balls and jumped from sixth to fourth on Navy’s career ground balls list with 185.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record playing from 2004-07.

Dove, who was named a Second-Team All-Patriot League player, has now won 158 faceoffs this season which are the second most in school history behind record holder Chris Pieczonka who set the record with 173 in 2004 and played in five more games.  Meanwhile, he stands eighth on Navy’s career faceoff wins list.

Five different players scored goals for the Mountain Hawks, including Kaunas who produced three goals and added an assist.  Meanwhile, Poillon anchored the defense with 15 saves including four in the final quarter of play.

The Mids will close out the 2014 campaign a week from Saturday with a 1:00 pm contest against fifth-ranked Maryland.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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Hopkins wins defensive showdown at Navy

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team capped a tough stretch of three games in seven days with a gutty 6-5 win at Navy before a crowd of 8,655 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Friday night. The Blue Jays previously topped Maryland (11-6) and Mount St. Mary’s (17-2) to open the three-game run and the Midshipmen gave them all they could handle before Hopkins forced a late turnover and ran out the clock to run its winning streak to four games.

In a game that saw both teams score just twice in the second half, it was Navy that had momentum and possession late, but a pair of big plays – a save by senior Eric Schneider on a left-handed runner by Gabe Voumard and a deflected pass by junior co-captain Michael Pellegrino that eventually gave the Blue Jays possession in the final 15 seconds – proved to be the difference.

Schneider bailed the Blue Jays out with his 17th save on Voumard’s shot with 1:01 remaining as he swept across the field and got his hands free from 12 yards out. Still, the Blue Jays weren’t out of danger as they failed to clear the ball cleanly and Navy regained possession and called timeout with 34 seconds remaining.

The Midshipmen worked the ball around to Schneider’s left, but an Austin Heneveld pass to the middle was deflected by Pellegrino and junior John Kelly came up with the ground ball near midfield before Navy was called for a hold with 12 seconds remaining that effectively sealed the win for the Blue Jays.

Johns Hopkins never trailed in the game, but the Blue Jays could never quite put the Midshipmen away and needed the late-game heroics of Schneider, Pellegrino and the defense to seal the victory.

It took less than a minute for Hopkins to open the scoring as Brandon Benn finished from in tight on a nifty feed to the crease from Wells Stanwick. Voumard answered just under three minutes later as he had time and room from 12 yards and beat Schneider up high.

That score held until early in the second quarter, when Hopkins took a two-goal lead on the strength of back-to-back goals by Benn in a span of just 28 seconds. He scored from the wing at the back end of a transition chance that was jump-started by a Schneider save and sophomore Connor Reed then drew a slide off a dodge and found Benn alone five yards to the right of goalie John Connors, who gave up the inside post as Benn completed his 18th career hat trick.

T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull wrapped goals around an extra-man tally by Ryan Brown for the Blue Jays to account for a 4-3 score at the half and Hopkins pushed that lead to three goals less than seven minutes into the third quarter as Holden Cattoni blew a low shot past Connors off a feed from Reed and Benn found the same spot midway through the period to make it 6-3.

The three-goal cushion was down to two when Sam Jones found the top corner from straight away in an extra-man situation with 5:22 remaining in the third and Hull added his second of the game nearly 15 minutes later to make it 6-5 with 5:27 left in regulation.

The Midshipmen fired four more shots at Schneider and the Blue Jay defense in the final four minutes, but two missed the mark and Schneider got the better of Hull and then Voumard to help seal Johns Hopkins’ ninth win of the season.

Schneider’s 17 saves are the second-highest total of his career and six of those 17 came in the final 15 minutes. He anchored a defense that held its third straight opponent to six goals or less.

Benn’s four goals push his career total to an even 100, which makes him the 17th player in school history to reach the century mark. Brown (1g, 1a) and Reed (2a) were the only other multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays.

Navy got 14 saves from Connors and the Midshipmen held decided advantages in shots (46-29) and ground balls (27-10), but Schneider and the Blue Jay defense got the stops they needed down the stretch to close out the win and polish off the rugged seven-day run.

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President Obama recognizes Navy football at White House

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy

Rose Garden

2:02 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  Congratulations to the Navy Midshipmen.  (Applause.)  Does this get old?

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Never.

THE PRESIDENT:  No?  Okay.  (Laughter.)  It’s good to see Coach Ken again.  And I want to recognize Vice Admiral Mike Miller for his service to the Academy and to our country.

This is the second time these seniors have come here to claim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.  If you guys have your punch cards with you, the next one is free.  (Laughter.)  I’m pretty sure Coach Ken would agree that this was one of the best teams yet.

First of all, you had incredible talent.  Senior captain Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti led the defense.  I hear that they’re known in the locker room as “the meatheads.”  (Laughter.) On a football team, though, that’s high praise.

This year, quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the best seasons in school history.  His 31 rushing touchdowns weren’t just an Academy record — they were a Division I record for a quarterback.  (Applause.)  He is one of only a handful of players in Division I history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.  I think it’s fair to say that if you’re on a list with Barry Sanders you’re doing pretty good.

So this team had the leadership, it had the tools.  But this is a team that also had a knack for getting the job done under some pretty tough circumstances.  When the government was forced to shut down, you didn’t even know if the game against Air Force was going to happen.  Luckily, the Secretary of Defense stepped in, gave the green light — which tells you how important it was, because Secretary Hagel has a few things on his plate, but he personally intervened on this one.

A few weeks later, you beat San Jose State in triple overtime — with Keenan scoring seven rushing touchdowns, the most ever by a Division I quarterback in a single game.  And you kept on rolling through the games that really mattered.  In the snow, you beat Army for the 12th time in a row — they’re starting to feel bad about this — locking up the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the 9th time in 11 years.  You went on to beat Middle Tennessee State to win your first bowl game since 2009.

So, overall, this was a pretty good year on the gridiron.  What’s more impressive is the fact that for these outstanding young men, football isn’t even the main thing.  When these guys sign up, when you sign up to play at Annapolis, you know you’re in for a different experience.  A typical day starts at 6:00 a.m. in the training room.  Breakfast is at 7:00 a.m.  After that, it’s class, lunch and football meetings.  Then more class, football practice, dinner.  Free time starts at 8:00 p.m., which most players use to study until midnight.  And when students at other colleges are enjoying summer vacation, these guys are busy with military training and summer school and offseason workouts.

So, yes, it’s about learning to be a good football player, but more importantly, it’s about learning how to be a good leader and to be a good man.  And that’s what these outstanding Americans are and will continue to be.

Next month, 14 of these guys are going to be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy.  Another eight will become 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.  Senior captain Matt Aiken will serve on a ship down in Norfolk.  And Wave Ryder — by the way, if your name is Wave Ryder, then you’ve got to be in the Navy — (laughter) — will suit up as a Naval aviator.

That’s their commitment to service.  That’s the commitment to country and to each other that sets this team apart.

Today, that commitment is as strong as ever.  Last month, I know that all of us were mourning the loss of Will McKamey.  Two busloads of classmates and teammates made the eight-hour trip to Knoxville to attend his funeral, as did Coach Ken.  I understand your motto for this season is “I Will” in memory of him.  And that’s what camaraderie is all about:  Honor.  Courage.  Commitment.  That’s what makes the Midshipmen so strong.  And that’s why I’m so proud to serve as your Commander-in-Chief — not only — in fact, not primarily because of what you’ve done on the football field, but because of your dedication to each other and your service to America.

So today it is my privilege to present you with a trophy that weighs about as much as I do.  (Laughter.)  Congratulations, guys, once again.  (Applause.)

END
2:10 P.M. EDT

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Navy looks to beat Hopkins for third straight time Friday night

Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 12 Navy (4-7, 3-5 PL) vs. Johns Hopkins (8-3)
Date and Faceoff April 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network | Brent Stover & Evan Washburn


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-5 Patriot League) will look to capture its third straight victory over Johns Hopkins (8-3) in Annapolis when it plays host to its longtime rival Friday under the lights.  The 88th edition of the Navy-Johns Hopkins game is slated for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Friday evening’s contest will mark the final collegiate game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for Navy’s 13 seniors … those 13 players and their families will be honored in a pregame ceremony..
• The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.  There will be no video stream available for this contest.
• The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a tough 14-7 decision to archrival Army last Saturday at West Point.
• Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are riding a three-game winning streak that includes an impressive 11-6 victory over nationally-ranked Maryland last Saturday.

Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – The Series
• Tonight’s contest marks the 88th meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 65th-consecutive year the two programs have battled and it is the third-longest continuous series between Navy and another team on the lax field behind Army-Navy and Navy-Maryland.
• The Blue Jays own a commanding 59-27-1 advantage in the series, however Johns Hopkins’ amazing 36-game winning streak was snapped in 2010, when the Mids dealt the Blue Jays a 9-8 overtime loss.
• While Johns Hopkins owns a 31-19-1 lead in games played in Annapolis, the Mids have won each of the last two played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  The first of the two was the 9-8 extra-frame victory by the Mids in which Andy Warner scored the game winner.  Meanwhile, in 2012, Navy dismantled the Blue Jays in an 8-2 route.
• Seven of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal … additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
• Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 1-1 all-time against the Blue Jays.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9    Navy is 9-9 under Rick Sowell in games played at home.  The Mids are 3-3 in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.
8    Freshman Brady Dove stands 8th on the Mids’ all-time single-season ground balls list with 70 this spring.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since Mikelis Visgausspicked up 80 in 2008.
7    7 of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal.  Additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
6    Junior midfielder Gabe Voumard has produced multiple goals in 6 games this season, including each of the last 3 games.
5    Senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan is just 8 ground balls shy of moving into the top 5 on the Mids’ career ground balls list.  He has 175 and is ranked eighth.
4    Kiernan is pacing the Mids with 19 caused turnovers this spring and is ranked 4th on Navy’s all-time single season list.  He needs just 1 caused turnover to become the program’s third different player to post 20 takeaways in a season and first to do it multiple times.
3    Senior Sam Jones leads Navy with 35 points (20-15) … he is 3 points shy of matching his career best of 38 set his freshman year.
2    Tucker Hull has been held without a goal in just 2 games this season (Georgetown, Lehigh) and without a point just once (Lehigh).
1    Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 99-104 record in 15 years as a head coach.

Scouting the Blue Jays
• In his 14th season at Johns Hopkins, head coach Dave Pietramala has his Blue Jays playing at the top of their game at the right time of the year.  The Blue Jays won their first five games of the year, before stumbling in consecutive games to nationally-ranked programs Syracuse (12-10), Virginia (11-10 OT) and North Carolina (13-9).  Hopkins snapped its losing streak against Albany and has since won three in a row, including an 11-6 win over No. 3 Maryland last weekend at Homewood Field.
• Johns Hopkins is ranked among the top 20 in 10 statistical categories, including extra-man offense where it is ranked fourth nationally.  The Blue Jays have scored 21 goals on 37 opportunities (56.8) and are coming off a 3-for-4 performance at Mount St. Mary’s Monday evening.
• The Blue Jays are also ranked among the nation’s best in assists per game (5th), points per game (10th), face-off winning percentage (11th), scoring margin (11th), scoring offense (12th), shot percentage (14th), winning percentage (15th), ground balls per game (17th) and scoring defense (17th).
• Johns Hopkins, however, is ranked 65th in caused turnovers per game (5.5) and clearing percentage (83.7).
• Two of the top point producers in the country are on Hopkins’ roster this season.  Ranked ninth in points per game (4.55) and fourth in assists per game (3.27) is junior attackman Wells Stanwick.  He has produced 50 points on 14 goals and a team-best 36 assists.  Meanwhile, sophomore attackman Ryan Brown stands 11th in points per game (4.30) and third nationally in goals per game (3.20).  Brown owns 43 points on a team-best 32 goals and 11 assists.
• Senior attackman Brandon Benn (27) and sophomore middie Holden Cattoni (20) have also topped 20 goals this season.
• Senior Eric Schneider directs the defense from between the pipes where he owns an 8.11 goals-against average and has stopped 54.6 percent of the shots he has faced this season.  The defense has surrendered double digits in three games this season, all three losses.
• Following Hopkins tradition, Pietramala once again has one of the premiere faceoff men in the country.  Junior Drew Kennedy owns a 63.6 winning percentage and is coming off a 9-for-11 effort against Mount St. Mary’s.  entering the week, he was ranked 11th nationally with a 62.7 winning percentage.  Kennedy has also picked up a team-best 109 ground balls and stands third in the country, grabbing better than 10 a game.

Senior Salute
• The following is a list of Navy’s seniors and their service assignments upon graduation in May.
Pat Durkin - Marine Corps Ground
Austin Heneveld - Navy Pilot
Erik Hoffstadt - Submarines
Tucker Hull - Marine Corps Ground
Sam Jones - Special Warfare
Pat Kiernan - Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Matt Morrison - Special Warfare
Nik Mullen - Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Sean Price - Marine Corps Ground
Ben Sampson - Surface Warfare, USS Princeton (CG 59)
Trevor Shafran - Navy Pilot
Matt Steffens - Surface Warfare, USS Comstock (LSD 45)
Paul Zimmerman - Marine Corps Ground
• MCM – Mine Countermeasures, CG 59 – Guided Missile Cruiser, LSD 45 – Dock Landing Ship

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 6am Saturday 7:30am Sunday 9am from Monte-Carlo live on Tennis Channel)

10. PEEPShow (Tuesday-Monday Carroll Arts Center); Spring Football Festival (Saturday 12pm McHenry Row); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday Baltimore Museum of Industry); Baltimore Green Week (Saturday-Monday throughout Charm City); “Transcendence” out in theaters (Friday); Philomena“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “The Nut Job” and “Ride Along” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s your annual reminder that there’s only one thing that matters on Easter (despite the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Staburst Jelly Beans are the vastly superior Easter candies)…

Yes, it’s Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and it’s more important than anything else.

9. Pat Green (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Alter Bridge (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Keller Williams (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); French Montana (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Saturday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cloud Nothings (Wednesday 8pm Black Cat), Andrew WK (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Stephen Marley (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Local H (Saturday 6:30pm DC9); NEEDTOBREATHE “Rivers In The Wasteland”, Nas “Illmatic XX” and Sevendust “Time Travelers & Bonfires” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

I’m not particularly witty this evening. I’m just going to say “Charm City Devils” and we can move forward.

And here’s a tune from the new NEEDTOBREATHE record. Let’s all move forward from here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1oH9q4vgc

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Navy football team to visit White House Friday

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Team Returns To The White House On Friday For The Ninth Time In The Past 11 Years

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team will return to the White House for the ninth time in the past 11 years on Friday afternoon.  The Midshipmen are invited to the White House for winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three Service Academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States.

 

Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year.

 

The 2013 team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved that feat.

 

Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 10 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.

 

Navy’s senior class finished with a 31-20 (.627) record over four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for three bowl games, won a bowl game and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.

 

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns.

 

His 31 rushing touchdowns were not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback. He is just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.

 

Reynolds finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2).

 

His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.


His 188 points this season eclipsed the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram back in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.

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Navy doubled up by Army in annual rivalry battle

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

WEST POINT, N.Y. —  Navy senior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) and junior middie Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) scored two goals each but it would not be enough as the high-powered Army offense (8-3, 6-1 Patriot League) outmuscled the Mids and scored a 14-7 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-5 PL) Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.

“I have to take my hat off to Army.  They played an all-around great game,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “They were hot early on in the game and while we were able to cut into the lead a number of times, we could never get back to within one.  They took our punch, if you will, and were able to counter almost every time.”

Army wasted little time in making a statement in the game, scoring its first goal just six seconds into the contest.  In a mirror image of last year’s contest, sophomore faceoff specialist Alex Daly won the draw and fed All-American attackman John Glesener who fired in his shot from 10 yards out on the left wing.

Navy, though, answered just 51 seconds later when Jones ducked under his defender and sent his diving shot from the left crease past Army keeper Bobby Sincero.  Sincero was inserted into the starting grid after an injury sidelined Sam Somers.  Somers has been the cornerstone of Army’s defense this season and stands No. 1 in the country in goals-against average and No. 2 in save percentage.

Jones’ goal, however, would be the last for the Mids until late in the second quarter as Army put together a 5-0 run that featured five different scorers.

After nearly a 28-minute scoring drought, Navy punched in a goal with 1:14 left in the half when Jones found classmateAustin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) who split a pair of defenders and sent an eight-yarder past Sincero.

Just nine seconds later, however, Army midfielder Michael Larrabee answered to again put the Black Knights up by five.

Navy, though, would get the final say in the half as co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) intercepted an Army pass and ran the length of the field to find Jones for the transition goal and trim Army’s lead to four (7-3) at the break.

The Mids, who were outshot 21-8 in the opening half, scored two of the first three goals to start the second half with senior Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) sticking shots.

Army again put together a 3-0 run with three goals scored by three different players to gain its largest lead of the game at six (11-5) with 3:13 to play in the third.

Navy long pole Ben Sampson (Doylestown, Pa.) picked up the loose ball on the ensuing faceoff and drilled his first goal of the season and second of his career to get Navy within five (11-6) with 3:01 to play in the third.

The Mids, however, could get no closer than five, as Army scored three of the game’s final four goals to deal Navy its sixth straight loss in the series.

“I think we started to loosen up a bit to start the second half, but they were able to counter.  When they went on their little run, it really made it tough for us to gain any momentum.”

Nine different players scored goals for the Black Knights, including starting attackmen Connor Cook (3), John Glesener (3) and Will Mazzone (2) who combined to score eight goals.  Cook played a hand in six of Army’s 14 goals, as he added a team-best three assists.

Sincero played a fine game in what was just his fifth appearance in between the pipes this season, making eight saves.

Meanwhile, Daly won 14 of the 25 draws for the Black Knights and picked up six ground balls.

“I know Army was without Sam Somers, who is an outstanding goalkeeper, but they have an awfully good defense in front of whomever is in goal,” added Sowell.  “They also have a great faceoff guy who was able stir up some transition plays for them and lead to some goals.  They are just a good all-around team.

“That said, I’m certainly proud of my guys and how hard they played.  Today’s game got away from us, but we will continue to work hard and prepare for the games ahead of us.”

Both Jones and Voumard paced the Mids with three points on two goals and an assist, while Kiernan turned in three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

While Army secured a bye in the Patriot League Tournament due to start Tuesday, April 22, the Mids also claimed one of the six playoff spots thanks to wins by Bucknell over Lafayette and Colgate over Holy Cross this weekend.

The Mids will be back in action next Friday when they play host to nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins in what will be the final home game for Navy’s 13 seniors.  Faceoff is slated for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.

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Navy receiver Tillman wins Admiral Mack Award

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Rising Sophomore Wide Receiver Jamir Tillman Wins The Admiral Mack Award

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Rising sophomore wide receiver Jamir Tillman (Las Vegas, Nev.) was named the winner of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award on Friday afternoon in Bellino auditorium.

The Admiral Mack Award is presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the coaching staff. It is just the fourth time a wide receiver has earned the honor in the 39-year history of the award.  The last wide receiver to win the award was Jeff Gaddy in 2001.  The other two receivers to win the award were Ross Scott in 1994 and Shaun Stephenson in 1995.

“Jamir Tillman had a very good spring camp and has a bright future in this offense,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “He worked hard in the offseason and has gotten stronger.  He will provide Keenan Reynolds a big target next year and has really improved on his blocking.”

Currently listed as a starter at wide receiver, he played in seven games last fall as a plebe and caught two passes for 12 yards.

Tillman is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track & field.  He was an All-State selection in football as a senior, catching 58 passes for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was rated the 16th-best player in the state of Nevada and served as team captain his senior year.

He was a member of four state championship football teams at Bishop Gorman and two state championship basketball teams.  The Bishop Gorman football team was ranked 15th in the country his senior year.  He hails from the same high school as former Navy football players Evan Palelei and Sam Womack.

Tillman’s father, Cedric, played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos (1992-96) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1997).

The Admiral Mack Award was initiated in 1976 and is named in honor of Vice Admiral William P. Mack, the Naval Academy Superintendent from 1972-75, who was a strong supporter of the school’s intercollegiate athletic program.  Admiral Mack’s widow, Elsie, was on hand to present the award to Tillman.

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