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Juan Dixon Looks Back on Maryland Championship 10 Years Later

Posted on 29 March 2012 by WNST Audio

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Grinnon Looks Back on Freshman Season As Part of Maryland Championship Team

Posted on 29 March 2012 by WNST Audio

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Steve Blake Remembers Big Shots En Route to 2002 Championship

Posted on 29 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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Kentucky Favorite, Loyola Given Longest Odds to Win NCAA Tournament

Posted on 12 March 2012 by WNST Staff

“As of this morning we have already seen some trends on who the public is liking to take this thing down. Florida State who won the ACC and who we opened at 40-1 have dropped down to 30-1 and are a heavy liability for us already.  Syracuse at 10-1 as a #1 seed has also taken quite a bit unlike Kentucky who are clear cut favorites at 9/4 but not seeing too much action at that short price. Michigan State took quite a lot of money when they were as high as 40-1 at one point during the season but now at 17/2 I guess some bettors feel they missed the boat on that one.”

-Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager 

Odds to Win the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship 

Kentucky (1)                                          9/4

Ohio State (2)                                        11/2

North Carolina (1)                                   13/2

Michigan State (1)                                  17/2

Missouri (2)                                           10/1

Kansas (2)                                            10/1

Syracuse (1)                                          10/1

Duke (2)                                                20/1

Marquette (3)                                         30/1

Florida State (3)                                     30/1

Baylor (3)                                              35/1

Wisconsin (4)                                        35/1

Louisville (4)                                          35/1

Vanderbilt (5)                                         35/1

Wichita State (5)                                    40/1

Georgetown (3)                                      40/1

New Mexico (5)                                      50/1

Indiana (4)                                             60/1

Florida (7)                                              65/1

Memphis (8)                                          65/1

Cincinnati (6)                                         75/1

Kansas State (8)                                    75/1

Connecticut (9)                                      75/1

Michigan (4)                                          80/1

Belmont (14)                                          100/1

Temple (5)                                             100/1

UNLV (6)                                               100/1

Murray State (6)                                     100/1

Notre Dame (7)                                      100/1

St. Mary’s (7)                                         125/1

Gonzaga (7)                                          125/1

West Virginia (10)                                  125/1

San Diego State (6)                                150/1

St. Louis (9)                                          150/1

Alabama (9)                                           150/1

Creighton (8)                                          150/1

Texas (11)                                             100/1

Purdue (10)                                           100/1

NC State (11)                                        100/1

Iowa State (8)                                        200/1

Virginia (10)                                           200/1

VCU (12)                                               250/1

Harvard (12)                                           250/1

California (12)                                        250/1

Southern Miss (9)                                  250/1

Long Beach State (12)                            250/1

Colorado State (11)                                300/1

Colorado (11)                                         300/1

South Florida (12)                                  300/1

Montana (13)                                         300/1

New Mexico state (13)                            300/1

Ohio (13)                                               300/1

Davidson (13)                                         300/1

BYU (14)                                               300/1

Iona (14)                                                300/1

St. Bonaventure (14)                               300/1

South Dakota State (14)                         300/1

Lehigh (15)                                            450/1

Norfolk State (15)                                   450/1

Detroit (15)                                            450/1

Mississippi Valley State (16)                   500/1

Western Kentucky (16)                           500/1

NC-Ashville (16)                                     500/1

Long Island (16)                                     500/1

Lamar (16)                                             500/1

Vermont (16)                                         500/1

Loyola Maryland (15)                              500/1

Odds to Win the South Region           

Kentucky (1)                              5/7

Duke (2)                                    5/1

Baylor (3)                                  11/2

Wichita State (5)                        8/1

Indiana (4)                                 12/1

UNLV (6)                                   25/1

Connecticut (9)                          30/1

Notre Dame (7)                          40/1

Iowa State (8)                            60/1

Xavier (10)                                 60/1

VCU (12)                                   100/1

Colorado (11)                             150/1

New Mexico State (13)               200/1

South Dakota State (14)             200/1

Lehigh (15)                                200/1

Western Kentucky (16)               200/1

Mississippi Valley State (16)       225/1

Odds to Win the West Region 

Michigan State (1)                      11/5

Missouri (2)                               9/4

Marquette (3)                             13/2

Louisville (4)                              13/2

New Mexico (5)                          9/1

Florida (7)                                  14/1

Memphis (8)                              14/1

Murray State (6)                         25/1

St. Louis (9)                              30/1

Virginia (10)                               50/1

Long Beach State (12)                75/1

Davidson (13)                             100/1

BYU (14)                                   100/1

Colorado State (11)                    150/1

Iona (14)                                    150/1

Norfolk State (15)                       200/1

Long Island (16)                         200/1

Odds to Win the East Region  

Ohio State (2)                            8/5

Syracuse (1)                              9/4

Vanderbilt (5)                             9/1

Florida State (3)                         10/1

Wisconsin (4)                            10/1

Kansas State (8)                        15/1

Cincinnati (6)                             18/1

Gonzaga (7)                              30/1

West Virginia (10)                      30/1

Texas (11)                                 30/1

Southern Mississippi (9)             60/1

Harvard (12)                               60/1

Montana (13)                             100/1

St. Bonaventure (14)                   150/1

Loyola Maryland (15)                  200/1

NC-Ashville (16)                         200/1

Odds to Win the Midwest Region        

North Carolina (1)                       8/5

Kansas (2)                                2/1

Georgetown (3)                          10/1

Michigan (4)                              15/1

Temple (5)                                 18/1

Purdue (10)                               18/1

Belmont (14)                              18/1

NC State (11)                            20/1

St. Mary’s (7)                             25/1

San Diego State (6)                    30/1

Creighton (8)                              35/1

Alabama (9)                               40/1

California (12)                            50/1

South Florida (12)                      100/1

Ohio (13)                                   100/1

Detroit (15)                                150/1

Lamar (16)                                 200/1

Vermont (16)                             225/1

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

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Hopkins Aims to Stay Perfect Saturday Against Retrievers

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Second-ranked Johns Hopkins (5-0) makes the five-mile trip to M&T Bank Stadium to take on UMBC (2-2) in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. This is the sixth straight year the Blue Jays have participated in Inside Lacrosse’s early-season event.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-0 with an 11-0 victory against Manhattan on Tuesday, March 6. The Retrievers stunned fourth-ranked Maryland with a five-goal fourth quarter and grabbed an 8-7 victory over the Terps.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and UMBC are meeting for the 10th time in a series that dates to a 15-4 Johns Hopkins victory in 1983. JHU grabbed a 16-5 decision against the Retrievers last season in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against UMBC with an all-time record of 917-294-15 (.754). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with Tuesday’s 11-0 victory over Manhattan. Prior the that, the Blue Jays had last posted a shutout on March 26, 1988, when they knocked off Princeton, 9-0. The shutout was the 61st in school history with 57 of those 61 shutouts coming prior to 1950.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 154-58 (.726), including a 131-41 (.762) record at Johns Hopkins. He ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

About the 5-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 5-0 for the first time since 2005 and just the third time under head coach Dave Pietramala (2004). Prior to opening at 5-0 in 2004 and 2005, JHU hadn’t opened a season with five straight wins since 1995. Since 1977 the Blue Jays have opened a season with five straight wins 14 times (including this season). JHU has won the national championship six times in those 14 years, made five other trips to the title game and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the other two years. In six of those years the Blue Jays suffered their first loss of the season in their sixth game.

In the Face-Off Classic: Johns Hopkins is the only team to have played in every Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic since the event was formed in 2007. JHU is 3-2 all-time in the Face-Off Classic.

At M&T Bank Stadium: This week’s game against UMBC will be the 13th Johns Hopkins has played at M&T Bank Stadium. The Blue Jays are 7-5 all-time at the home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.

JHU won all three of its games at M&T in 2007, including a 7-6 double-overtime win against Princeon in the Face-Off Classic and a 12-11 win against Duke in the NCAA Championship game. After dropping two of their first three games at M&T Bank Stadium in 2003 and 2004, the Blue Jays have won six of their last nine here.

The 12 games JHU has played here have been equal parts nail-biter and equal parts blowout. Six of the 12 have been decided by two goals or less (including five one-goal affairs) and six have been decided by five goals or more.

Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 917 all-time wins.

That’s 623 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 917-294-15 (.754) … that’s 623 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 125 straight seasons, they would still be three games over .500.

13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.

Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins ran its home winning streak to 10 games with the 11-0 win over Manhattan on March 6. The streak is the second-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who picked up his 75th career victory at Homewood Field with the win earlier this season against Delaware and sports a gaudy 77-12 (.865) record in home games during his career at JHU.
JHU won a school and national-record 37 straight home games from 2001-06 under Pietramala’s guidance and the current 10-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven wins or more since he arrived.

Twelve Straight: Johns Hopkins ran its regular season winning streak to 12 games with the 11-0 win over Manhattan. This is the longest regular season winning streak for JHU since a 19-game run that bridged the 2004 and 2006 seasons.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011 and has already turned the trick twice this season. After not scoring all the way until their second shot of the game against Towson, the Blue Jays netted their first goal of the game against Delaware (Brandon Benn) and Siena (Wells Stanwick) on their first shot. JHU scored on its second shot of the game at Princeton. as well.

Attack Oriented: Despite being forced to start five different players in three different combinations, the starting attack units the Blue Jays have trotted out have been effective and efficient. The unit has combined for 25 goals and 15 assists (nearly 8 points per game) through five games.

Jumping Right In: Junior John Kaestner had played in 12 career games and hadn’t so much as taken a shot before getting the starting nod at Princeton with freshman Wells Stanwick out. No worries, all Kaestner did is stick the first two goals of his career during a 4-1 fourth-quarter run that fueled JHU’s 10-8 win. He came back with one goal and one assist in the win vs. Manhattan.

Bassett Now 18-3 in Last 21 Starts: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 21st career victory in goal with the 11-0 win vs. Manhattan as he posted seven saves without allowing a goal to improve to 21-7 in his 28 career starts. He is 18-3 in his last 21 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season.

Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. His fifth-place finish in GAA is the highest by a JHU goalie since Jesse Schwartzman led the nation in 2005 (6.68), while he is just the third Blue Jay to finish in the top 10 in save percentage since the NCAA began tracking men’s lacrosse statistics in 2000.
Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Poppleton, Kennedy Fuel Success at the X: Freshman Drew Kennedy did a solid job on faceoffs in the season-opener vs. Towson as he won 9-of-14 in the absence of junior Mike Poppleton. Poppleton returned against Delaware and has been solid in four games since. After winning 10-of-16 vs. Delaware, he won 15-of-18 against Siena, 11-of-21 at Princeton and 10-of-12 vs. Manhattan. He is now 46-of-67 (.687) on the year and ranks seventh in the nation in faceoff winning percentage. As a team, JHU is 56-of-93 (.602) on faceoffs this season and ranks 15th in the nationin FO winning percentage.

Streaking – Part 1: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 13-1 in its last 14 games, 18-3 since the start of the 2011 season and 20-5 in its last 25 games.

Streaking – Part 2: Johns Hopkins is 106-29 (.785) in its last 135 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 123-37 (.769) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays check in at number two in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 387 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 385 of those 387 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 364 of the 387 and the top five in 290 of those 387.
State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the season-opening win vs. Towson, JHU is 54-4 (.931) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 19 of 20 quarters this season and two or more in 16 of the 20 quarters.
• Hopkins fired 42 shots on Towson and 40 against Manhattan. JHU generated 40 or more shots just four times last season.
• The Blue Jays scored on their first shot of the game seven times last season and have done the same vs. Delaware and Siena this season.
• Johns Hopkins finished 10th in the nation in scoring offense (11.25), second in scoring margin (+4.0), 12th in assists per game (6.19) and 10th in points per game (17.44) last season.

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest concerning the JHU defense:
• Hopkins held Towson to just 18 shots and Manhattan to just 14. Hopkins is surrending an average of just 22.4 shots per game.
• JHU held Towson scoreless for a stretch of 31:05 midway through the game and then held Delaware off the baord for 29:32 midway through the game. Siena failed to score for the final 19:30 and Princeton failed to score for a stretch of 25:20 midway through the game. Add in the shutout against Manhattan and all five JHU opponents this season have gone scoreless for stretch of at least 19:30.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in nine of 20 quarters this season (.450).
• The Blue Jays rank second in the nation in scoring defense (5.00) this season.
• The starting attack units the Blue Jays faced last season combined for a total of 39 goals and 36 assists (4.69 points per game). Six of those units were held to three points or less and only five generated more than five points. The Blue Jays have picked up right where they left off a year ago as the five starting attack units JHU has faced this season have combined for just 10 goals and eight assists in five games (3.6 ppg)

Taking Out the Finalists: Johns Hopkins defeated eventual national champion Virginia and eventual national runner-up Maryland during the 2011 regular season.

We’re Honored: Johns Hopkins produced six USILA All-Americans last season, four of which return in 2012. Headlining the group is returning First Team All-American John Ranagan (M), while classmates Tucker Durkin (defense) and Pierce Bassett (G) grabbed second team honors. Senior Chris Boland (A) rounds out JHU’s four returning All-Americans as he grabbed honorable mention honors in 2011.

The four returning All-Americans are the most for JHU since 2008 and the selection of Ranagan, Durkin and Bassett marked the first time Johns Hopkins had three sophomores earn All-America honors since 1989, when Matt Panetta (A/1st Team), Brian Voelker (M/3rd) and Bill Dwan (D/HM) were selected.

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Loyola Opens Lax Season Saturday With Visit From Delaware

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent No. 19/RV Delaware Blue Hens
Date Saturday, February 18, 2012
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
TV | Radio Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Loyola leads, 21-6-1
Last Meeting Loyola 9, Delaware 6 – Feb. 22, 2003 at Loyola

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland opens its 73rd season of men’s lacrosse on Saturday, February 18, 2012, when it hosts the University of Delaware at 1 o’clock.

The game will also mark the start of the third season of play for the Greyhounds at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Series History

The Greyhounds and Blue Hens will meet for the 29th time on the lacrosse field but the first time in nearly a decade. Loyola last played Delaware on February 22, 2003, a 9-6 victory by the Greyhounds on their former home pitch, Curley Field.

Loyola leads the all-time series between the teams, 21-6-1. The Blue Hens won six of the first 10 meetings between the teams, but the Greyhounds have won each of the last 18 games.

In The Polls

Loyola is receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls. Delaware, meanwhile, checks in at No. 19 in the USILA preseason rankings and is also receiving votes in the media version.

Greyhounds Picked Second In ECAC

The Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the ECAC Lacrosse Leagues by the head coaches of their peer schools. Loyola received 54 points in the poll, trailing only Denver University which had 61.

Preseason Honors For Pair

Junior attack Mike Sawyer and junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff were both named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team by the conference’s coaches. Sawyer led the Greyhounds in points and goals last season, while Ratliff topped the squad in caused turnovers.

Sawyer was also named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention last month.

Scorers Back

Mike Sawyer returns in 2012 as the team’s leading scorer after finishing last year with 31 goals and five assists for 36 points. He took 124 shots during the 2011 season, 59 more than anyone else on the team.

The Greyhounds also welcome back one of their top scorers from two seasons ago. Eric Lusby, who will play as a graduate student this year, returns to the lineup after missing all but two games last year following a knee injury in the 2010 NCAA Championships. Lusby scored 20 goals and assisted on five from the Greyhounds’ midfield in 2010.

Two other players who scored 10 or more goals a year ago are back in 2012 for the Greyhounds Patrick Fanshaw returns after tallying 12 goals, six of the extra-man variety, last season, and Davis Butts is also back after tallying 10 goals and five assists.

Transfer Talent

Loyola’s midfield will be bolstered by the addition of two transfer student-athletes that have joined the program. Juniors Chris Layne and Sean O’Sullivan will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending previous seasons at North Carolina and Army, respectively.

Layne, who is the younger brother of former Loyola All-American Steve Layne, scored five goals as a sophomore on the Tar Heels’ second midfield after playing in 15 games  as a short-stick midfielder during his first season in Chapel Hill.

O’Sullivan played two seasons at West Point, scoring 16 goals as a midfielder in 2010.  He earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors following his sophomore season, as well.

Experienced Defense

The Greyhounds return two starters on close defense, their top two long-stick midfielders and top three short-stick defensive middies in 2012, forming a cohesive group on the defensive end of the field.

Senior co-captain Dylan Grimm is joined on defense by another returning starter, junior Reid Acton. Grimm finished his first year as a starter, 2011, with 22 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, while Acton tallied 19 and 15, also in his first season as a starter.

The duo is joined by sophomore Joe Fletcher who played in 13 games and started one as a freshman. Fletcher saw considerable time as an extra-man and fourth defender for the Greyhounds a year ago.

Scott Ratliff and Kevin Moriarity created a formidable long-stick midfield duo last year, combining for 50 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. Ratliff also added three goals and three assists on the offensive end of the field.

Josh Hawkins, Pat Laconi and Kyle Duffy return as short-stick middies for the Greyhounds  after each saw action in all 13 games last year.

New Look In Goal

Loyola will feature a new starter in goal this season after 2011 graduate Jake Hagelin started 53 of the Greyhounds’ last 55 games since taking over between the pipes at the start his freshman season in 2008.

A pair of goalkeepers are likely to see the field for the Greyhounds to start the season, as they have split time throughout practice and scrimmages. Junior Michael Bonitatibus and sophomore Jack Runkel both made their collegiate debuts last year against Duke and will anchor Loyola’s defense from inside the crease.

Record At Ridley

Loyola will open its third season at Ridley Athletic Complex when it plays Delaware where the Greyhounds have experienced considerable success on Awalt Field.

Loyola is 8-3 in 11 home games at Ridley after going 4-1 last season at home.

Second Half Scoring

Loyola outscored its opponents 69-52 after halftime last season (including two overtime goals) despite being outscored 54-39 in the first halves of games.

The Greyhounds scored 34 third-quarter goals to their opponents’ 27. In 2010, they outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.

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Towson Hopes to Stun Hopkins Friday on WNST

Posted on 17 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Hoping to win back-to-back games to open the season for the first time since 2007, the Tigers will continue their three-game road trip on Friday evening when they make the short trip down Charles Street to face No. 2 Johns Hopkins at historic Homewood Field at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte on the call. In addition, the game will air live on ESPNU and available online at ESPN3.com.

Updating the Tigers
Now 1-0 on the season, the Tigers used a strong second half performance to win their season opener with a 12-10 road victory over Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who won their season opener for the first time since 2007, scored seven goals after the intermission to overcome a two-goal deficit and present Coach Shawn Nadelen with his first victory as the Tigers’ coach. Senior attackman Sean Maguire led the Tigers with three goals and an assist; all three of his goals came in the second half.

Scouting the Blue Jays
Ranked No. 2 in the preseason USILA Division I Coaches’ Poll, the Blue Jays will be opening their 125th season of college lacrosse when they host the Tigers on Friday night. The Blue Jays, who finished last year with a 13-3 record and a number three national ranking, reached the NCAA quarter-finals before losing to Denver by a 14-9 margin. Senior attackman Chris Boland, who earned honorable mention USILA All-America honors last year, returns as the Blue Jays’ leading scorer after a 54-point season in 2011. Coach Dave Pietramala, who was named as an assistant coach for the United States National Team last week, begins his 12th season at the helm. He has posted a 126-41 record at Johns Hopkins, including two NCAA championships.

On Second Thought
When the Tigers face No. 2 Johns Hopkins on Friday night, it will mark the highest-ranked opponent for the Tigers since Mar. 21, 2010 when Towson hosted top-ranked Virginia at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The game will mark the 14th time since 1980 that the Tigers have faced the nation’s second-ranked team; the Tigers are 0-13 all-time in those contests. 

Lights, Camera, Action
Friday night’s game between Towson and No. 2 Johns Hopkins will mark the Tigers’ only scheduled television appearance during the regular season. Since the start of the 1999 season, the Tigers have been featured on television 45 times, including 19 times since 2007. Mike Corey will handle the play-by-play duties while Quint Kessenich will serve as the color analyst. John Kettering is the producer for Friday night’s game.

Towson-Johns Hopkins Series History
The Tigers and the Blue Jays will be meeting for the 40th time in a series which Johns Hopkins has dominated. The Blue Jays, who have won 16 straight games in the series, hold a 36-3 advantage over the Tigers. The Tigers’ last win in the series came on Apr. 17, 1996, a 13-12 victory over the Blue Jays at Homewood Field. Two of the Tigers’ three wins in the series have come on the road and the Tigers have not beaten the Blue Jays at Unitas Stadium since May 6, 1989, a span of 12 home games.

Last Year’s Towson-Johns Hopkins Meeting
Led by three goals from attackman Kyle Wharton, No. 11 Johns Hopkins used a five-goal run in the third quarter to break a 4-4 tie and earn a 10-6 victory over the Tigers in the season opener for both teams at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Wharton, who tallied the 10th “hat trick” of his career, scored twice in a five-minute span as the Blue Jays sprinted out to a 9-4 lead they never relinquished. Attackman Zach Palmer scored two goals with three assists for the Blue Jays while midfielder Pat Britton scored twice to lead the Tigers in a losing effort.

Too Close for Comfort
Of the 39 previous meetings between the Tigers and the Blue Jays, 14 of them have been decided by two goals or less, including eight one-goal affairs. There have also been three overtime games, including a double overtime outing three years ago at Unitas Stadium. In addition, all three of the Tigers’ wins in the series have been by a one-goal margin. The Tigers posted a 9-8 double overtime victory in 1989 at Minnegan Stadium before earning a 14-13 verdict three years later at Homewood Field. In 1996, the Tigers won by a 13-12 count at Homewood Field.

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Pietramala Added to Team USA Lacrosse Staff

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Feb. 10, 2012 – US Lacrosse has named Kevin Cassese, Dave Pietramala and Jeff Tambroni assistant coaches for the 2014 U.S. men’s national team.

Cassese, Pietramala and Tambroni join the coaching staff led by head coach Richie Meade that will lead the U.S. men’s national team at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse and set for July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo. The U.S. men’s national team is seeking its 10th world championship after reclaiming the gold medal at the 2010 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England.

“We’re really pleased about the quality and number of coaches who were interested in the positions and especially about the three guys we selected to help coach the team,” said Meade, who was named head coach in December 2011. “It’s a very solid group. Each of the coaches is experienced, tough-minded and brings something special to the group.”

Kevin Cassese is beginning his fifth season as Lehigh’s head men’s lacrosse coach, where, in 2011, he led the Mountain Hawks to their first Patriot League Tournament appearance since 2006. Prior to Lehigh, Cassese served as assistant coach at his alma mater Duke from 2005-07, helping lead the Blue Devils to the 2007 national championship game. As a player at Duke from 2000-03, Cassese was a three-time All-American, two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist and received the Lt. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation’s top midfielder in 2002.

A three-time U.S. men’s national team midfielder (2002, 2006, 2010), Cassese was part of two gold medal winning U.S. teams at the FIL World Championships (2002, 2010). Cassese has also helped coach the U.S. men’s training team at US Lacrosse’s Stars & Stripes and Champion Challenge events from 2010-12.

“Coach Cassese has been involved in the international game for more than 12 years,” Meade added. “He’s an expert at international lacrosse and the face-off game, and his familiarity with the current player mindset will help him relate really well.”

Dave Pietramala is entering his 12th season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. He guided the Blue Jays to the 2005 and 2007 NCAA championships and sports a record of 126-41 at Johns Hopkins and an overall collegiate coaching record of 149-58. Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of his 11 seasons with two national championships, two national runner-up finishes (2003, 2008) and six total trips to the final four. The only person in the history of men’s college lacrosse to win an NCAA Division I lacrosse championship as a player and a head coach, Pietramala was a three-time first team All-American at Johns Hopkins during his playing career from 1986-89. He helped the Blue Jays to the 1987 NCAA championship and later starred for the U.S. men’s national team in 1990 and 1994. Pietramala was inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003.

“We were looking for one guy on each side of the ball and one guy who would be good in the specialty area,” Meade noted. “Coach Pietramala is a great coach across the board, but especially at the defensive end of the field. He has a level of comfort with the international game and will get the most out of the players at the defensive end.”

Jeff Tambroni is entering his second year as head coach at Penn State University. Prior to his arrival in State College, he spent 10 seasons as head coach at Cornell University (2001-2010), where his teams won eight Ivy League championships (2003-2010) and made three final four appearances (2007, 2009, 2010). In 2009, Tambroni was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coach of the Year after leading Cornell to the national championship game. His overall collegiate coaching record is 116-47, having amassed 109 wins while at Cornell. A 1992 graduate of Hobart University, Tambroni helped lead the Statesmen to back-to-back NCAA Division III championships (1990-91) before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 1993.

“Coach Tambroni is one of the most outstanding coaches in the game,” Meade said. “He’s great with offensive players and will be very good at developing schemes to highlight the great talent we have here in the U.S.”

“I want to thank Coach Meade and the committee for their time and effort in screening a deep and talented pool of applicants,” said Bill Tierney, chair of US Lacrosse’s Coaches Selection Committee and former U.S. men’s team head coach. “My experience as a head coach of the 1998 team afforded me the opportunity to work with a great group of coaches and this was our goal for Coach Meade. Clearly, this is one of the most impressive U.S. staffs ever to be assembled. We are all looking forward to great things from them and the team in Denver in 2014.”

Warrior is the official equipment and apparel sponsor of the U.S. men’s national teams. Marriott and Nationwide are official sponsors of the National Teams Program.

About US Lacrosse US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org

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Morgan State Hosts Liberty in BracketBuster

Posted on 31 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Morgan State to host Liberty in Sears BracketBusters
BALTIMORE, Md. — With the 2012 Sears Bracketbusters officially announced on Monday evening, the Morgan State men’s basketball team will host the Liberty Flames of the Big South Conference on Feb. 18 at Hill Field House. Game time has yet to be determined.
This will be Morgan State’s fourth appearance competing in the series and they will be serving as host for the second time. Last season, MSU hosted VMI in the 2011 Sears BracketBusters, and came away with a 67-62 victory (Feb. 19, 2011).
The last meeting between the Bears and the Flames occurred nearly 30 years ago, as Liberty bested Morgan State, 68-51 on Jan. 22, 1983. As part of the agreement, Morgan State and Liberty will schedule a return meeting in November or December of the 2013-14 season. The rematch will take place in the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va.
All of the Big South’s men’s basketball programs are participating in the same year for the first time, and the conference has the second-most members competing of the 16 leagues involved this season.
Hampton and Delaware State are the only other two teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference participating in the 2012 Sears Bracketbusters, while 11 Big South members are among the overall field of 142 teams, the event’s largest pool ever.
The Bears hold a 2-1 as the only MEAC team to have participated in the  Bracketbusters. MSU defeated Towson, 80-64, in 2009, fell to Murray State, 75-66, in 2010 and beat VMI 66-62 in 2011.
The Big South is 8-16 all-time in the BracketBusters, including two wins in 2006, 2007 and 2010.  The conference also has been selected for national television appearances four times in the past five years:  2007 (ESPN2), 2008 (ESPN2), 2009 (ESPNU) and 2011 (ESPNU).

About Sears BracketBusters
The Sears BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of participating teams from these conferences in NCAA Championship play through the years, provides programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents roughly three weeks before Selection Sunday. Each conference selects its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event are determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. Sears 

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Maryland-Duke Postgame Notes

Posted on 26 January 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Postgame notes following Maryland’s 74-61 loss to Duke Wednesday at Comcast Center.

Tipping Off: Maryland lost its third straight to fall to 12-7 and 2-3 in the ACC, while Duke improved to 17-3 and 5-1 in the conference … Duke has won four straight and leads the all-time series 111-61 … the loss also snapped an eight-game home winning streak for the Terps.

`Gary Williams Court’ Dedicated: Former head coach Gary Williams was on hand prior to the game for the dedication of Gary Williams Court. Williams’ signature is now on the Comcast Center floor in front of the visiting bench, and across the court from the home bench. A few highlights from Williams’ 22-year career at Maryland:

  • Williams retired as the winningest coach in school history with a 461-252 record.
  • He took Maryland to two Final Fours, including the NCAA national championship in 2002.
  • Maryland made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet Sixteen seven times. The Terps made 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1994-2004.
  • Williams was national coach of the year in 2002, and ACC coach of the year in 2002 and 2010.
  • At the time he retired, Williams was fifth among active coaches at the times with a 668-330 (.637) overall record in 33 seasons.3PT FG% Defense: Duke came into the game ranked first in the ACC and seventh nationally in 3-point field goal percentage at .409. Maryland held the Blue Devils to 3-of-16 shooting (.188), a season low. Though Maryland’s two previous opponents shot better than 40 percent from 3PT, six of the seven before that had been held under 30 percent.

    Balanced Attack: Maryland had a balanced scoring attack in the first half, as eight of nine players who saw the floor scored. Sean Mosley and Ashton Pankey were the high scorers with six apiece. Alex Len was the lone Terp not to score in the half but had a bucket in the second half.

    Pankey Gets Start: Ashton Pankey drew his first start since the Radford game (12/23/11) and delivered a solid performance. The redshirt freshman had eight points on eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action. His five offensive rebounds were one shy of a season high.

    Stoglin Strong In Second Half: Despite scoring just four points in the first half, Terrell Stoglin tallied 12 in the second to finish with 16. Stoglin had multiple assists for the fourth straight game, finishing with three. He also had two rebounds and didn’t commit a turnover in 33 minutes.

    First-Half Notes: The teams were near even on the boards, with Maryland holding a slight edge, 18-17 … Duke held a 22-16 edge on points in the paint and a 12-8 edge in bench points … the Terps committed just four turnovers and Duke committed just three … Duke assisted on nine of its 14 field goals, while Maryland had four assists on 11 field goals.

    Second-Half Notes: Duke held a 19-13 edge on the boards and an 18-10 advantage in the paint … the Terps had 10 2nd-chance points to seven for the Blue Devils.

    Tidbits: Maryland used a starting lineup of Pe’Shon Howard, Terrell Stoglin, Sean Mosley, James Padgett and Ashton Pankey for the first time this season … the Terps had their first sellout of the season, with 17,950 in attendance … afterAlex Len’s jumper put Maryland ahead 45-42, Duke used an 11-2 run over 3:57 to take a lead it didn’t relinquish …Pe’Shon Howard had a season-high two 3-pointers … Maryland’s largest lead was 8 (1st half, 13:16), while Duke’s was 13 (2nd half, 00:34).

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