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Maryland women top Syracuse to claim 12th national championship

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Maryland women top Syracuse to claim 12th national championship

Posted on 26 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Top-seeded Maryland captured its 12th national title Sunday with a 15-12 victory against No. 2 seed Syracuse in front of a record crowd of 10,311 at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Maryland (23-1) was led in scoring by lone senior starter Beth Glaros, who notched five goals. Taylor Cummings, Brooke Griffin and Kristen Lamon added hat tricks. The Terrapins boasted a 16-13 advantage in the draw circle, including eight from Cummings, en route to their first national championship since 2010.

Maryland’s offense erupted from the onset, posting a commanding 5-0 run in the first 4:20 of the game. After Lamon began the drive with a score 43 seconds in the contest, Glaros and Cummings each found the back of the net for a 3-0 Terrapin lead. Lamon extended the cushion to four after an incredible feed from Kelly McPartland before the All-American midfielder gave Maryland its fifth consecutive goal at 25:40.

After Maryland was able to snag the first six draw controls of the game, Syracuse was finally able to gain its first possession and Kayla Treanor provided the Orange with a goal at 24:20. Amy Cross made it two-straight for Syracuse with a tally 1:20 later.

Treanor shrunk Maryland’s lead to two with a top-shelf score at 12:06 and Alyssa Murray made it four-in-a-row for the Orange with a goal at 9:42 for a 5-4 match.

Cummings snapped a 16-minute scoring drought with an absolute rocket at 9:34 to push Maryland’s lead back to two and Glaros extended it to three with a free position goal following a Syracuse yellow card, one of six issued to the Orange Sunday. Cummings – a Tewaaraton finalist – made it a hat trick with a tally through traffic with about five minutes remaining in the first half and gave Maryland a 9-6 lead at the break.

Syracuse struck first in the second stanza but the Terrapins quickly countered after an unselfish look from Cummings to Griffin for a 10-7 score with 27 minutes remaining before a second consecutive tally by Griffin extended the Maryland advantage to four.

Griffin continued to make her presence known in the final period, completing a second-half hat trick with a spectacular move around the crease for a five-goal Terrapin lead at 21:26. Lamon became the fourth Terrapin to record a hat trick with a free position goal for a 13-7 game with 19:38 remaining.

Syracuse halted the 4-0 run with a Kailah Kempney effort at 17:53 to end a nine-minute scoring lull before Glaros picked up two straight goals to push Maryland’s lead to seven.

The Orange mustered one final run with four consecutive goals for a 15-12 score but the Terps’ defense buckled down in the final four minutes of play to take home the title.

“What an amazing night this is for our Maryland lacrosse program,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Our girls came out and fought hard from the opening whistle until the end. Lacrosse is a game of runs and there were a lot of them tonight. We really stuck together and played the full sixty minutes and we are really excited to come away with the national championship.”

Maryland’s 23 wins in 2014 ties a program-record, originally set in 2001 when the Terps went 23-0 on their way to a seventh-consecutive national championship.

Cummings was named NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player and joined Beth Glaros, Kelly McPartland and Megan Douty on the All-Tournament Team. The Terps will return 11 of 12 starters next season.

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Maryland to face Notre Dame Sunday for NCAA soccer title

Posted on 14 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland will face Notre Dame for a shot at its fourth national championship Sunday at 3 p.m. in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship at PPL Park.


Event Multimedia

• Watch the game live on ESPNU and ESPN3.

Scouting The Terps

• The Terps return seven starters from a year ago when the squad advanced to the College Cup for the first time since 2008 and boasted the top winning percentage in the nation.

2013 Maryland Terrapins: 17-3-5, 7-1-3 ACC

(NSCAA #4, Soccer America #3, TopDrawerSoccer.com #2)

• Maryland’s offense is led by one of the top scoring tandems in the nation – Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma. Mullins – the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner – leads the ACC in both goals and points. Tshuma is second on the team in goals and racked up second team All-ACC honors earlier this season.

• Gone from last year’s starting midfield is All-American John Stertzer, who was drafted 12th overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. However, the cupboard is far from empty with talented players like Dan Metzger, Sunny Jane, Tsubasa Endoh and Mikias Eticha running the center this season.

• Sophomore Mikey Ambrose has anchored the Terrapin defense, which is incredibly young and includes starting freshmen centerbacks Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh.

• Freshman Zack Steffen has started every game between the sticks for the Terps.


Scouting The Fighting Irish

• Notre Dame topped New Mexico 2-0 to punch its ticket to the title match Sunday.

2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 16-1-5, 7-1-3 ACC

(NSCAA #3, Soccer America #4, TopDrawerSoccer.com #1)

• The Irish are led by ACC Offensive Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Harrison Shipp who boasts 12 goals and 10 assists.

• Notre Dame is 16-1-5 on the year, including a tie against Maryland earlier this season. The Irish are outscoring foes 45-17 in 2013.


Terp Tourney Notables

  • Maryland has eight College Cup appearances in the last 16 years, the most in the country.
  • Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 13 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.
  • Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.
  • Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country.
  • Maryland is making its 33rd appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Terps advanced to the third round for a nation-best 12th straight season in 2013.

Mullins Sparks Terps to NCAA Title Match

• Patrick Mullins scored two spectacular goals to lead the Maryland men’s soccer team past rival Virginia 2-1 in the 2013 NCAA College Cup semifinals at PPL Park Friday night.

• The Terrapins will advance to their sixth national title game against Notre Dame on Sunday. Zack Steffen backed up Mullins with an outstanding night between the sticks, stopping five Cavalier shots.


Terps Drop Cal 2-1 Saturday to Advance to College Cup

• Freshman Michael Sauers tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to give No. 5 seed Maryland a 2-1 victory at No. 4 seed California Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

• Sauers found the back of the net from 25 yards after Mikias Eticha found the rookie in space for Maryland’s 10th consecutive victory.  The win avenges a September loss to the Bears. Junior Alex Shinsky also scored for the Terps who advance to their 13th College Cup in program history.


Maryland in the College Cup Under Cirovski

1998 – Semifinals – L, Stanford – 1-0

2002 – Semifinals – L, UCLA – 2-1

2003 – Semifinals – L, St. John’s – 1-0

2004 – Semifinals – L, Indiana – 3-2 (2OT)

2005 – Semifinals – W, SMU – 4-1; Championship – W, New Mexico – 1-0

2008 – Semifinals – W, St. John’s – 1-0 (2OT); Championship – W, North Carolina, 1-0

2012 – Semifinals – T, Georgetown – 4-4 (Lost in PKs)

2013 – Semifinals – W, Virginia – 2-1


Maryland/Notre Dame – Round One

• Senior Patrick Mullins tallied the lone goal as the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team escaped No. 2 Notre Dame with a 1-1 draw.

• Maryland was keyed by a tremendous defensive effort as the Terps kicked off the first leg of their most difficult road trip of the year.  Freshman Zack Steffen racked up five saves to anchor the effort against Notre Dame.


Mullins Leads Terps Past UC Irvine

• Patrick Mullins capped off his Ludwig Field career in style Sunday with a first half goal that sent No. 5 Maryland past No. 12 UC Irvine 1-0 and into the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

• The Terrapins controlled much of what became a very physical match with the Anteaters. Freshman keeper Zack Steffen came up big time and time again for the Terps over the course of the 90 minutes, including a couple of huge saves in the second half.


#Mullins4MAC Time Again

• Patrick Mullins was one of three players named a 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist.

• The two-time first team All-ACC honoree and two-time ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, Mullins will join Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp and UCLA’s Leo Stolz at the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a banquet where winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.


Terps Advance to 12th Straight NCAA Round-of-16

• No. 5 seed Maryland benefited from a penalty kick goal from Patrick Mullins in the 70th minute as the Terps defeated Providence 3-1 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship night at Ludwig Field.

• The Terrapins advanced to their nation-leading 12th straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen in an exciting match with the Friars. The two teams combined for 27 shots. Michael Sauers and Jake Pace also scored for Maryland.


Going Out with a Bang! Terps Win ACC Championship

• The Maryland men’s soccer team benefited from an own goal to defeat Virginia 1-0 and capture its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship last Sunday in front of nearly 5,000 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

• With 2:42 remaining, ACC Championship Most Valuable Player Patrick Mullins crossed the ball into the box from short range and Virginia defender Kevin McBride failed on the clear, beating goalkeeper Calle Brown and giving Maryland its third title in four years and sixth tournament championship overall.


Sauers Powers Terps into ACC Final

•Michael Sauers scored a goal with just 13 seconds left in the first overtime period to lift the top seeded Maryland men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Clemson in the ACC semifinals last Friday night in front of 3,352 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

• Maryland led Clemson in shots, 13-11, and nine different Terps had notched a shot. Steffen had three saves between the sticks for the Terps.


When #15 Scores, Good Things Happen

• Patrick Mullins has recorded a masterful 46 goals in his prolific career at Maryland but possibly more impressive is the Terps’ record when #15 finds the back of the net.

• In four years, Maryland has lost only one game when Mullins scores a goal. The Terps are 32-1-5 in matches Mullins’ notches a tally. The lone loss came against Wake Forest earlier this season.


Mullins, Metzger Headline All-ACC Team

• Patrick Mullins and Dan Metzger were tabbed to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer First Team, announced by league officials.

• In addition to Mullins and Metzger, Schillo Tshuma landed second team honors and Mikey Ambrose was named to the third team. Zack Steffen and Michael Sauers were both tabbed to the All-ACC Freshman Team.


Terps Claim Share of ACC Regular Season Title

• Senior Patrick Mullins scored the golden goal in overtime to lead the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Virginia Tech.  The win clinched a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship for the Terps as they cap their final season in the league.

• Maryland controlled play for most of the night against Virginia Tech. Schillo Tshuma’s early goal stood up for most of regulation before Alessandro Mion equalized late for the Hokies. Mullins then netted in the first overtime period to give the Terps the victory.

• The title marks Maryland’s 24th ACC Regular Season Championship in program history. It’s the Terps’ second consecutive title and their third since 2005. Notre Dame capped its first season as a member of the ACC with a matching 7-1-3 record. Maryland earned the top seed due to a tiebreaker.


All Systems Go Against Marshall

• Senior Patrick Mullins scored two goals as the No. 4 Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Marshall 5-0 at Ludwig Field.

• The Terrapins relentlessly attacked the Thundering Herd from the opening whistle and held a 16-6 shot advantage in the match. The Terps’ five goal win was their highest margin of victory this season.

• Dan Metzger, David Kabelik, and Ryan Reid also scored for Maryland.


Mullins Earns ACC Player of the Week Honors Again

• Forward Patrick Mullins has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week, announced by the league office last Tuesday.

• Mullins, a senior from New Orleans, had a hand in all of the No. 5 Terrapins’ goals during a rugged road stretch that produced a 1-1 tie at second-ranked Notre Dame and a 3-3 draw at 23rd-ranked Virginia.


The 40 Goal Club

• Patrick Mullins’ two-goal showing against Wake Forest put the senior forward in prestigious company when he moved to fifth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 40. After his two goals against Virginia in the NCAA semifinals, Mullins now boasts 46 and is second all-time in Terrapin career annals


Mullins Named ACC Player of the Week

• Senior forward Patrick Mullins has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after his two-goal performance in the Terrapins’ 3-1 road win over 13th-ranked and previously unbeaten Clemson.

• Mullins, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, tallied the first and final goals against the Tigers, who had surrendered just one goal in six matches this season prior to Saturday night’s contest.

• Mullins sealed the win in the 83rd minute when pulled down in the box and converted the subsequent penalty opportunity for his second goal of the match. The New Orleans native’s efforts helped the Terps remain unbeaten in ACC play.


Bonus Soccer

• Maryland has battled opponents to extra stanzas in eight of 25 games this season, including five double overtime matches.

• The Terps’ lone defeat in overtime came at California in the second contest of the year.


Terps, Tar Heels Draw in Chapel Hill

• Sophomore Schillo Tshuma recorded two goals to lead the No. 18 Maryland men’s soccer team to a hard-fought 2-2 tie at No. 2 North Carolina.

• The Terrapins amassed 20 shots on the night and fueled by the return of sophomore defender Dakota Edwards tallied nearly 90 minutes of shutout soccer to cap the match and give North Carolina its second straight draw.


Terps Top Duke in Front of Ludwig Record Crowd

• Sophomore Tsubasa Endoh scored one goal and added two assists as the No. 13 Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Duke 3-1 in front of a Ludwig Field record crowd of 8,397.

• The Terrapins fell behind early for the third time this season, but fought back with three second-half scores from Endoh, Helge Leikvang and Patrick Mullins to overcome the Blue Devils.


Dynamic Duo

• Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma continue to show why they are one of the most prolific 1-2 punches in college soccer.

• The pair have combined for 24 of Maryland’s 52 goals in 2013.


Terps Picked First in ACC Preseason Poll

• Maryland is the preseason favorite to claim the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

• The 2012 ACC Champion Terrapins, who return MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, amassed 142 points in the balloting. North Carolina, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship last season, placed second with 122 points in the conference poll.

• Maryland led with 10 first-place votes. Wake Forest and Notre Dame, selected third and fourth, respectively, each received one first-place vote. The ballot awarded 12 points for each first-place ballot, 11 points for second place, etc.


Cali Kickoff

• Maryland played back-to-back overtime matches when it tied Stanford and fell to California to begin the 2013 season.

• The Terps battled from two down to net a tie against the Cardinal on Friday. Patrick Mullins, Schillo Tshuma and Jake Pace scored for Maryland.

• At Cal on Sunday, Pace slotted the equalizer late in the second period to lift the Terps to extra stanzas. Tshuma also recorded a goal for Maryland.


Meet the New Kids on the Block

• The Maryland men’s soccer program welcomes another talented group this fall with a six-member freshman class in 2013.

• The Terps’ signing class is ranked third in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and features two members of the U-18 U.S. men’s national team with the signing of Zack Steffen and Suli Dainkeh.

• Other newcomers include Alex Crognale, Daniel Johnson, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers.


Youth Nation

• Maryland started four freshmen defenders and a freshman goalkeeper against Cal.

• Michael Sauers, Alex Crognale, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh all notched starts in the backline while Zack Steffen earned his second consecutive start in goal.

• Steffen has started all 25 games this season.


Terrapin Dynasty

Soccer

• Maryland has eight College Cup appearances in the last 16 years, the most in the country.

• Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 13 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.

• Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.

• Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country. The second-longest is Wake Forest (seven years).

• Men’s soccer has more NCAA titles than all other men’s programs at Maryland combined since 1976.

In all sports with at least 32 schools in its NCAA Tournament

• Maryland has more consecutive appearances in the round-of-16 than any other program in the country with 12. The second-most on that elite list is five.

• No other head coach in the nation has more national championships since 2002 than Sasho Cirovski. He is joined in that elite company by the likes of Jim Calhoun of UConn, Billy Donovan of Florida, and Roy Williams of North Carolina, who have all won two.

 

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Bovada gives Maryland 200/1 odds to win next year’s NCAA hoops title

Posted on 15 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win     

Kentucky                              5/1

Kansas                                 11/2

Louisville                              17/2

Michigan State              12/1

Duke                            14/1

Arizona                                 15/1

North Carolina                    16/1

Florida                                  18/1

Ohio State                    20/1

Syracuse                              25/1

Connecticut                         33/1

Indiana                                  33/1

Memphis                              33/1

Michigan                              33/1

Colorado                              40/1

UCLA                            40/1

Baylor                           50/1

Creighton                      50/1

Georgetown                        50/1

Gonzaga                       50/1

Iowa                                       50/1

Marquette                            50/1

Missouri                               50/1

NC State                       50/1

New Mexico                        50/1

Oklahoma State            50/1

Pittsburgh                            50/1

St. Louis                              50/1

VCU                             50/1

Wisconsin                            50/1

Butler                                     66/1

Illinois                                    66/1

Minnesota                            66/1

St. John’s                     66/1

Tennessee                           66/1

UNLV                            66/1

Villanova                       66/1

Virginia                                 66/1

Wichita State                 66/1

Florida State                 75/1

Notre Dame                  75/1

Alabama                               100/1

Arizona State                100/1

BYU                             100/1

California                             100/1

Cincinnati                             100/1

Iowa State                     100/1

Kansas State                100/1

Miami Florida                     100/1

Ole Miss                       100/1

Oregon                                 100/1

Purdue                          100/1

San Diego State            100/1

Stanford                       100/1

Texas                                    100/1

Vanderbilt                     100/1

West Virginia                      100/1

Arkansas                              150/1

Boise State                   150/1

Colorado State              150/1

Dayton                                  150/1

St. Mary’s                     150/1

Temple                                  150/1

USC                             150/1

LSU                              150/1

Georgia                                200/1

Georgia Tech                200/1

Harvard                         200/1

Maryland                              200/1

Oklahoma                            200/1

Texas A&M                   200/1

Washington                         200/1

Washington State          200/1

Xavier                           200/1

Clemson                       250/1

Davidson                      250/1

South Carolina                   250/1

St. Joe’s                       250/1

Virginia Tech                 250/1

Wake Forest                       250/1

Boston College                 500/1

Northwestern                 500/1

Mississippi State           500/1

 

Andrew Wiggins – Will he be selected #1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft?    

Yes                   -300     (1/3)

No                    +200     (2/1)

 

Andrew Wiggins – Average PPG in the 2013-14 NCAA Basketball Season?

Over/Under                   18

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More history as Loyola finishes in Capital One Cup Top 10

Posted on 27 June 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – On the heels of winning its first NCAA Division I National Championship, the Loyola University Maryland athletic departmentfinished tied for 10th in the Men’s Capital One Cup, and 44th in the women’s standings, for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Greyhounds totaled 60 points to finish tied with North Dakota State on the men’s side. Loyola and the Bison, who won the 2011 NCAA Football Championship Series title, were the highest finishers by schools not affiliated with BCS conferences. There were no other BCS schools amongst the top 20 in either the men’s or women’s rankings.

With an undergraduate enrollment of just over 3,800 students, Loyola is the smallest school to finish in the top 10 on either the men’s or women’s side in the Cup’s history.

Florida won the men’s cup, followed respectively by Arizona, UCLA, LSU, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas and Ohio State.

Loyola’s women, bolstered by the women’s lacrosse team’s NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, scored 12 points and tied for 44th.

In addition to winning the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, three other teams from the University won their respective conference titles and advanced to NCAA competition.

The men’s basketball team captured its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown since 1994 and advanced to the NCAA Second Round, and the men’s golf team won its fifth-straight MAAC title and went on to the NCAA Regionals.

Loyola’s women’s lacrosse team won the BIG EAST Conference crown for the second year in a row and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal for the same time in as many seasons.

The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men’s and women’s Division I college athletics programs in the country. Points toward the Capital One Cup are earned and tracked throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches’ polls.

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Baum, Schwarzmann Tewaaraton winners

Posted on 31 May 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced Peter Baum of Colgate University and Katie Schwarzmann of the University of Maryland as the winners of the 12th annual Tewaaraton Award, presented Thursday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse players in the United States.

Colgate didn’t enter the season on the national radar, but Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Peter Baum ensured the Raiders quickly emerged as contenders. Baum took off after an early-season move to attack and terrorized defenses with his hybrid style. The nation’s scoring leader broke eight school and conference records and led Colgate’s second-ranked offense to a school-record 14 wins and its first-ever NCAA tournament victory.

The Portland, Ore., native is the first men’s Tewaaraton finalist and winner from west of the Mississippi, and the first in Colgate history. The junior ended the season with 97 points (67 g, 30 a), tying Duke’s Matt Danowski (2008) for the most ever by a men’s Tewaaraton finalist.

The winner of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award for Outstanding Player of the Year, Baum was also named to the USILA All-America first team and earned All-Patriot League, All-Patriot League Tournament (tournament-record 18 points) and Academic All-Patriot League honors. His 5.39 points per game and 3.72 goals per game both led the country.

Baum currently ranks second in Colgate and Patriot League history with 130 career goals and fifth in program history with 176 career points. His 67 goals and 97 points this season rank sixth and 13th all-time in NCAA history. He is the first Patriot League representative and the seventh attackman to receive the men’s Tewaaraton Award.

A returning finalist in her junior season, Katie Schwarzmann continued to make her mark in Maryland’s record book. The ACC Offensive Player of the Year was a threat between the lines and ruled the fast break. Schwarzmann finished 2012 first in the ACC and second nationally in goals (72), while ranking second on the Terrapins in points (94), ground balls (31), draw controls (52) and caused turnovers (17).

A three-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American and three-time All-ACC performer, Schwarzmann was a member of the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national team. The Sykesville, Md., native joins Jen Adams (2001) and Caitlyn McFadden (2010) as the Terps’ Tewaaraton winners.

Schwarzmann scored in every game this season and boasted eight games with five or more points. Her 72 goals ranked fifth in Maryland single-season history. The ACC Championship Most Valuable Player tallied a tournament-record 11 goals in three games while leading the Terrapins to a fourth straight ACC crown. She was also named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team.

Schwarzmann is the fifth women’s Tewaaraton winner in ACC history, the third women’s winner from the state of Maryland and the eighth midfielder to receive the Tewaaraton award on the women’s side.

“Every year, there are 10 worthy candidates and it is a credit to Peter and Katie that they have been recognized as the most outstanding players this year,” said Jeffrey Harvey, chairman of The Tewaaraton Foundation. “We are thrilled to have them join this elite list of those who have received the Tewaaraton Award.”

The five men’s finalists were Baum, Duke University midfielder CJ Costabile, University of Massachusetts attackman Will Manny, Loyola University attackman Mike Sawyer and University of Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick.

The five women’s finalists were Schwarzmann, University of Florida midfielder Brittany Dashiell, University of North Carolina attacker Becky Lynch, Northwestern University midfielder Taylor Thornton and Syracuse University attacker Michelle Tumolo.

Finalists were selected from a pool of 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and 10 women’s current and former college coaches.

For more information on the Tewaaraton Award, visit www.tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at www.facebook.com/tewaaraton and www.twitter.com/tewaaraton.

About The Tewaaraton Foundation

First presented in 2001 at the University Club of Washington DC, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Iroquois descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, visit www.tewaaraton.com.

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I answer your questions about Orioles contracts, lacrosse titles, more

Posted on 29 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

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Greyhounds top Terps for first ever NCAA title

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Greyhounds top Terps for first ever NCAA title

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team checked off a lot of firsts throughout the 2012 season, and the Greyhounds capped their magical season with another on Memorial Day at Gillette Stadium.

Loyola won its first-ever NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship and the first national title in the school’s Division I history. The Greyhounds set a record for fewest goals allowed in an NCAA Championship Game, defeating the University of Maryland, 9-3.

“I thought Saturday was a pretty cool day for the Greyhounds. But, today is special,” said Charley Toomey who became the first coach to win an NCAA title in his first trip to the NCAA Semifinals. “When I look at my locker room, I’m just so proud of them. They’ve handled every situation with dignity and class this year. Coming back on short preparation to play a tough Maryland team, a physical Maryland team, they responded in a big way to give Loyola our first National Championship.”

Eric Lusby was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after scoring four goals in the title game and setting a tournament record with 17 in four games. He also ends his season with a school-season record 54 goals, surpassing teammate Mike Sawyer who set the record two games ago and finished the year with 52.

Four Greyhounds joined Lusby on the All-Tournament Team: Josh Hawkins, Joe Fletcher, Scott Ratliff and Jack Runkel.

The Greyhounds trailed on two occasions during the game, 1-0 and 3-2, but after Maryland’s Kevin Cooper scored at 10:40, Loyola did not allow a goal for the remaining 40-minutes, 40-seconds of the contest.

Loyola’s win capped a season that it started outside the national Top-20 after concluding 2011 with an 8-5 record. The Greyhounds’ 18 wins set a program record, and Loyola became just the ninth team to win an NCAA Division I title since the first Championship in 1971.

The team is also the second in Loyola history to win a national crown, joining the 1976 men’s soccer side that won the NCAA Division II title.

Maryland took a 1-0 lead 5:26 into the game when Jesse Bernhardt caused a turnover and went the distance to score. The Terrapins (12-6) held Loyola scoreless for more than four more minutes, but Davis Butts broke through for the Greyhounds, scoring on a bouncer from nine yards out after taking a feed from Chris Layne.

Lusby pushed Loyola in front at the 1:55 mark in the first quarter, spinning free from a defender to dump in his first goal of the game.

Maryland, however, scored two in a row in the first five minutes of the second quarter to take brief 3-2 lead. Mike Chanenchuk got loose curling around the crease and scored at 12:12, and Cooper’s goal off a Joe Cummings feed made it 3-2 with 10:40 left in the frame.

The Terrapins’ advantage, however, did not last long as Pat Byrnes dodged around a defender from goal-line extended on the right side, putting a low-to-low shot around Maryland goalkeeper Niko Amato 1:18 after Cooper’s goal.

Layne then found Sawyer open about seven yards out, and Sawyer put a low-to-low shot into the net at 5:57 to put the Greyhounds up for good.

With 3:57 to go before the half, Phil Dobson came down the right side and ripped a shot to make it 5-3 at the break.

From that point, it was the defense’s turn to take over. Maryland took 19 shots in the third and fourth quarters, but Loyola did not yield a goal. Runkel made six of his seven saves in the second half in goal for the Greyhounds.

“Jack was tremendous this week, but that is what we see of him in practice every day,” Toomey said. “I felt like he got his first save, and that started things off right.”

Runkel was quick to credit the defense in front of him.

“A dream come true to play with these guys,” he said. “They give me shots that I want to see. I’m a lot better up top seeing shots and saving them.”

The close defense of Fletcher (2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover), Reid Acton (3, 2) and Dylan Grimm (1 gb) and rope unit of Ratliff (5, 2), Hawkins (2, 2), Pat Laconi (1 gb), Kyle Duffy and Kevin Moriarty led the way in front of Runkel.

Justin Ward scored the only goal of the third quarter,wrapping around the crease and depositing a high-to-high shot into the goal at 10:12, making Loyola’s lead 6-3.

The fourth quarter offense, then, belonged to Lusby.

He took a Layne pass and whipped a hip-high shot for a goal with 11:12 on the clock, and he made it an 8-3 Greyhounds lead with 5:07 toplay when Layne worked the ball to Sawyer, and Sawyer found Lusby alone on the top right side, and he scored from eight yards in front of the crease.

Lusby scored his record-setting goal with 3:45 left on the clock after Maryland had called a timeout to set up a ride.

Butts carried the ball around a double team for the Greyhounds, and then when he appeared to be trapped near the top of the box, Butts split the defenders and raced toward the goal. He sliced a pass in front of the crease to Lusby who finished his fourth goal of the afternoon.

“I just got hot at the right time,” Lusby said of his 17-goal outburst in the Championships. “I knew going into the tournament, my shot was a little off. I kept missing the cage, so I knew I wanted to shoot for net. But I have to give credit to all the other guys in the offense. From the middies to Davis Butts and Pat Byrnes, all those guys.”

“They were dodging hard all weekend and drawing slides and giving me all the opportunities I had. And, Mike Sawyer drawing all the attention on his side of the field. When I had the opportunity to shoot andscore, I wanted to make sure I made it count.”

Lusby opened the Championships with three goals and two assists against Canisius, and he then scored five goals with two assists in a Quarterfinal win over Denver. Saturday, he tallied five goals and a helper in the Semifinals against Notre Dame, leading to his four-goal performance in the title match.

He eclipsed the previous record of 16 goals set in 2006 by Virginia’s Matt Ward and tied a year later by Duke’s Zach Greer.

Lusby’s 17 goals came on 40 shots, and his 22 points were just three shy of tying the Championships’ record set in 1977 by Cornell’s Eamon McEneaney and tied in 1987 by Cornell’s Tim Goldstein.

The Greyhounds, who had made one previous appearance in the Division I Championship Game (1990 when Toomey was a co-captain and starting goalkeeper) and one in the Division II title contest (1981), joined Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse and Virginia as teams that have won Division I titles.

“For our alumni, for our past presidents (Rev. Joseph Sellinger and Rev. Harold Ridley), for our current president (Rev. Brian Linnane), (Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics) Jim Paquette, for (Athletic Director Emeritus) Joe Boylan, (Executive Vice President) Susan Donovan, the people (who) have supported us for so many years to allow this team to be what it is, I’m just so happy for those people,” Toomey said.

“This is a special group of guys. This is a special group of young men that fought through a lot of things this year to put themselves in position, and they stood tall on the biggest day.”

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Your Monday Reality Check-Best team all season ending up winning title

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Your Monday Reality Check-Best team all season ending up winning title

Posted on 28 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

It’s a particular shame Monday’s NCAA lacrosse Championship Game was in Foxborough instead of right here at M&T Bank Stadium. It would have been a special celebration of a beloved game in Charm City.

Instead, Memorial Day became a special celebration of a deserving champion at Gillette Stadium.

I was at Ridley Athletic Complex Saturday, March 10 to see the Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds face the Duke Blue Devils. The Hounds had gotten off to a nice 4-0 start at that point in the season, reaching double digit goals in every game and holding their opponent to single digits in every game as well.

The issue at that point was the competition. Home wins over Delaware and Towson and road victories at Bellarmine and Michigan did little to convince anyone the Greyhounds were on the cusp of a breakthrough campaign.

It changed that day.

Star attackman and eventual Tewaaraton Award finalist Mike Sawyer put on an absolute clinic for Charley Toomey’s team, scoring six goals and leading the Hounds to a 13-8 win over the Devils. The Hounds were actually ranked ahead of the Devils in one of the recognized college lacrosse polls, but the victory still had the feel of an upset, as Duke was viewed as a legitimate national title contender.

From the opening whistle, it was apparent the Hounds were the more focused, determined squad. The 13-8 final didn’t even necessarily reflect the nature of the game, as Loyola held a 12-5 advantage after three quarters and appeared to let up late. The win came just after Toomey installed Jack Runkel as his starting goalie ahead of Michael Bonitatibus, a move that he would not have to reconsider at all the rest of the season.

On that day at Ridley Athletic Complex, the Loyola Greyhounds became more than just a team with a capable combination of scorers (Sawyer and graduate student Eric Lusby). They became more than just a fun team to watch. They became a legitimate threat to make a run to the Final Four.

Two and a half months later, they found themselves there. It wasn’t a fluke. It wasn’t a run of good fortune. It wasn’t about bad luck for other teams. It wasn’t about an easy schedule.

This Loyola team proved that for the 2012 NCAA lacrosse season, they were unquestionably the best team in the country.

In Monday’s NCAA Championship Game, the Hounds dominated the University of Maryland in a way that perfectly encapsulated their entire season. They showed an incredible ability to score goals at times, but also showed that their midfield unit was as capable as their attack. Their wings battled for balls when face-offs appeared to be lost. Their defense was SUFFOCATING, preventing even a single goal from Maryland for a stretch of more than two and a half quarters, stifling a unit that had tallied 16 just two days prior against those same Duke Blue Devils. On top of all of that, Runkel was spectacular for a second straight game.

They left no doubt not only about who was the best team on Memorial Day Monday, but who was the best team in the country. They were a deserving #1 seed and they worked to become a deserving national champion.

A deserving national champion that didn’t play a single game on television until the postseason.

They lost just one game along the way, an overtime heartbreaker to a fine Johns Hopkins squad. They won THREE games over ECAC rival Denver University, two of those wins coming in the Mile High City. They recorded a win over every team that reached Memorial Day weekend.

Lusby and Sawyer now have name recognition, but the work of Runkel, Scott Ratliff, Chris Layne, Josh Hawkins, Pat Byrnes, Davis Butts, Justin Ward, Joe Fletcher, Nikko Pontrello, Patrick Fanshaw, Kevin Ryan, Phil Dobson, Sean O’Sullivan, Dylan Grimm, Pat Laconi, Kevin Moriarty and J.P. Dalton were deserving of having their names typed in a column like this as well.

Loyola becomes the smallest school to ever win a national championship in lacrosse. The title is the first and only Division 1 title in any sport for the school. The team was unranked before the season started. Toomey was able to accomplish the feat after being on the losing end as a goalie in the school’s only ever run to the National Championship Game back in 1990. Lusby broke the record for most goals in a single NCAA Tournament in the process.

The word amazing keeps coming to mind.

The title drought continues for the Terrapins, as they have not held the trophy since 1974. John Tillman has been to the title game twice in his two seasons in College Park, but the inability to win the big one will now already become a topic of conversation for the Terps’ alumni and fan base. They were a remarkably young team this season and will likely be right back in the title picture a year from now. It won’t help the sting of a Championship Game loss, but they showed many signs of being a team on the verge of greatness.

Loyola however was the definition of greatness. They were exceptional. And perhaps they even earned a measure of revenge for the city of Baltimore on the field where the Ravens saw their season end months earlier in the AFC Championship Game.

Eh…they were the best lacrosse team in the country. We’ll be more than happy to have that in Charm City.

-G

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Salisbury tops Cortland for another DIII title

Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team capped off the program’s seventh undefeated season and 10th National Championship on Sunday by defeating the State University of New York at Cortland in the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship game, 14-10, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The team finished the season with a 23-0 record and ends the year riding a 30-game winning streak. Twenty-three wins matches the program record for most in a season and the national title is the 16th team title in Salisbury University history.

“We’ve had some pretty special teams at Salisbury,” Head Coach Jim Berkman said. “I can honestly say that this team is right there with some of those other teams. When we talk about the best teams, this is definitely right there in the same breath.”

Senior attackman Sam Bradman became the first Division III men’s lacrosse player to win the Most Outstanding Player award in a National Championship game in back-to-back years. Bradman led the Sea Gulls with seven points on six goals and one assist in the game.

“I’ve loved big competition, big games ever since high school,” Bradman said. “Getting into the big games, my intensity goes up, and I just like to give it my all.”

Bradman and senior attackmen Matt Cannone and Lantz Carter led Salisbury to victory, completing the championship repeat. Cannone led the team with three assists and netted two goals for five points. Carter chipped in with four points on three goals and one assist.

Bradman put Salisbury on the board first with an unassisted goal just 29 seconds into the game. Two Cortland goals gave the Red Dragons the lead before Carter netted his first score to tie the game, 2-2.

Bradman scored his second with 16 seconds left in the first and the Gulls went into the second quarter tied with Cortland, 3-3.

Goals by Bradman and Cannone to start the second quarter gave Salisbury a 5-3 lead. After Cortland scored two to tie the game, senior midfielder Jeff McGuire and Carter netted scores to regain the two-goal lead. Carter’s goal came with two seconds left, and Salisbury took the 7-5 lead into halftime.

The Sea Gull offense came to life in the second quarter to outshoot the Red Dragons 14-7. In the first half, Salisbury outshot Cortland 19-16, won 8-of-13 faceoffs and was successful on 6-of-7 clears.

Salisbury started the second half slowly, as the Red Dragons netted two quick scores in the first five minutes of the third quarter. However, two more goals from Bradman and a man-up score from senior attackman Erik Krum gave the Gulls a 10-9 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Salisbury held the lead despite being outscored 4-3 in the third period.

The Sea Gulls rebounded in the fourth quarter to outscore Cortland 4-1, and solidify the win. Bradman, Cannone, Carter and junior midfielder Ryan Clarke all scored in the quarter.

“We had a great senior class, 18 kids who contributed a great deal over a four-year period,” Berkman said. “I’m very fortunate to be able to coach those 18 seniors.”

Throughout its time at Salisbury University, the senior class has amassed a record of 81-7, made it to four NCAA tournaments, advanced to three National Championship games and won two National Championships.

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Terps punch title game ticket with emphatic win over Duke

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Terps punch title game ticket with emphatic win over Duke

Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Senior Drew Snider scored four goals to lead the Maryland men’s lacrosse team to it’s second straight NCAA title game with a 16-10 victory over No. 3 seed Duke in the semifinals Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.

The Terps (12-5) will play No. 1 seed Loyola on Mon., May 28 at 1 p.m. for the NCAA championship. The Greyhounds advanced to the title game with a 7-5 victory over No. 4 seed Notre Dame in the first semifinal. The Blue Devils finish their season with a 15-5 record.

After a rocky start for both teams that saw the first five possessions of the game end in turnovers, Maryland got on the board first when junior Kevin Cooper skipped a cross-crease pass to junior Billy Gribbin and Gribbin one-timed the ball past Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer with 10:28 to play in the first.

Gribbin then gave the Terps a 2-0 lead at the 3:11 to go in the first when senior Joe Cummings found him open on the crease for an easy score.

The lead grew to 3-0 a minute later when freshman Kevin Forster came around the left side of the Duke goal and hit a running jumper with 2:12 to go. It was Forster’s first goal since the Terps’ season opener on Feb. 18 vs. Hartford.

The Blue Devils wouldn’t let the first quarter go without making a run and goals by Josh Dionne and Rob Rotanz in the final 1:30 made it a 3-2 Terrapin lead going into the second.

The Terps’ EMO unit took advantage of the opportunity with junior John Haus skipping a pass to redshirt sophomore Mike Chanenchuk in the top right slot and Chanenchuk ripped a laser into the top left corner to give Maryland a 4-2 lead 32 seconds into the second.

The lead would be trimmed back to one on the ensuing faceoff. Two Terps got tangled up going for the groundball, which allowed Duke’s CJ Costabile to come down the middle and he hit a bouncer at the 14:19 mark.

Cooper upped the lead back to two when he worked a perfect pick-and-slip with Forster on the left side of the goal. Cooper got off a quick shot that beat Wigrizer to the far post, making it 5-3 with 13:05 to go in the second.

Another brilliant pass from Cummings to junior Owen Blye on the left side of the crease gave Blye a one-on-one with Wigrizer and the Blue Devil goalie couldn’t keep up with the fakes and Blye scored with 10:26 to go in the second to up the lead back to three, 6-3.

It looked like Blye scored again around the 6:00 mark, but the officials waived it off, calling that Blye stepped on the crease line before the ball went in the goal.

Duke cut it back to a two-goal deficit with a put-back goal by Christian Walsh at the 3:13 mark. Sophomore goalie Niko Amato made a spectacular one-on-one save, stoning Dionne, but the rebound went right to Walsh.

Amato made another big save on the Blue Devils’ next possession to give Maryland one more crack at the Duke goal before the end of the half. Cummings made that possession pay off when he ran the clock down to under 20 seconds before making his move. He didn’t get to the goal, however, but he slipped a pass to Snider on the crease for a one-timer and a 7-4 Terrapin lead going into halftime.

Maryland started the second half a man-down after junior Jesse Bernhardt was called for a trip on Costabile on the ensuing faceoff.

But, the extra-man chance came to an end thanks to two huge stops by Amato, who first stuffed Rotanz and then saved the rebound effort by Dionne.

Snider then completed his third hat trick in as many NCAA tournament games this season, scoring twice from the left alley to put the Terps up 9-4 with 7:20 to go in the third.

Duke then got back-to-back goals from Justin Turri and Josh Offit to trim the Terrapin lead back to three at 9-6 with 3:58 left in the quarter.

Maryland pushed the lead back to four at the 2:58 mark when Gribbin found Haus open in front of the goal and Haus snapped off a quick shot that found the net for the 10-6 Terrapin lead.

Turri netted his second score of the third with 2:20 to go to make it a 10-7 Maryland lead going into the fourth.

Duke scored 1:26 into the final period to make it a two-goal game on a transition goal by Rotanz.

But Maryland scored the next six to put the game away for good.

Snider started the run with his fourth of the day with a fantastic individual effort. He started with a dodge down the left wing, but was forced to roll back to the front of the cage and somehow found some space to finish into the top right corner.

Blye made it a 12-8 game with 10:04 to play with another dodge to the front of the crease. Unlike his earlier effort, he stayed off the line this time and connected on a high-bouncer under the crossbar.

The run continued with Cummings scoring his first of the day off a feed from Cooper, who found Cummings cutting across the crease and Cummings hit a turn-around with 9:10 left on the clock to make it 13-8.

Blye then scored his third of the game off of a feed from Cooper to push it to 14-8 with 6:01 to play.

The six-goal lead allowed the Terrapins some flexibility in the final minutes and Forster and sophomore Sean McGuire finished off the scoring for Maryland.

Andrew Vekstein and Eddie Loftus scored the final two goals for the Blue Devils.

Maryland dominated possession in large part because of the play of junior Curtis Holmes at the faceoff X. Holmes won 12-of-21 faceoffs with six groundballs.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-10 win, Maryland is now 60-20 all-time vs. Duke.
• The Terps are now 3-2 all-time vs. the Blue Devils in the NCAA tournament and 2-1 in the semifinals.
• Maryland is now 11-10 all-time in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
• With four points on one goal and three assists, senior Joe Cummings now has 31 multi-point and five multi-assist games for his career.
• The four points gives Cummings 115 for his career, which moves him into 30th on the all-time points list.
• With four points on four goals, senior Drew Snider now has six hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, junior Owen Blye now has four hat tricks, 22 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior John Haus now has 19 multi-point games for his career.
• With five points on one goal and four assists, junior Kevin Cooper now has 11 multi-point and six multi-assist games for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, junior Billy Gribbin has nine multi-point and seven multi-goal games for his Maryland career.

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