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Mt. St. Mary’s draws First Four matchup with Albany in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 16, 2014)—The Northeast Conference Champion Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball team was announced as a No. 16 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament and will face another 16 seed, Albany, in the First Round on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:40 p.m. The Mount’s First Round game versus the America East Champion will be held in Dayton, Ohio.

Playing in the South Region, a win in the First Round would propel the Mount into a Second Round matchup with No. 1 overall seed Florida on Thursday, March 20, in Orlando, Fla.

This is the Mount’s fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, joining the teams from 1995, 1999 and 2008.  The Mountaineers have been a No. 16 seed in each of their four appearances.  In 1995, the Mount lost to top-seeded Kentucky in the First Round, and in 1999, the Mount fell to top-seeded Michigan State in the First Round.  In 2008, the Mount defeated Coppin State in the Opening Round game before falling to No. 1 seed North Carolina in the First Round.

Mount St. Mary’s earned its spot in the NCAA Tournament by defeating Robert Morris, 88-71, in the Northeast Conference Championship game on Tuesday, March 11.  The Mountaineers (16-16) were the fourth seed in the NEC Tournament, and rallied to defeat St. Francis Brooklyn in the quarterfinal round before besting second-seeded Wagner on the road in the semifinals.

Tickets will be available through the Mount St. Mary’s Ticket Office beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 17.  The ticket office phone number is 301-447-5700 and tickets are $60.00.

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Morgan faces NC Central Saturday night with MEAC Title, Tournament berth at stake

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Game #31 - MEAC Tournament Finals
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Opponent: No. 1 North Carolina Central Eagles (27-5)
Site: The Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Game Time: 6 p.m.
Television: ESPNU
Record:  MSU 15-15 (11-5 MEAC)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (143-115 – 8th yr)
Series History: NCCU leads series, 44-40
Last Meeting: NCCU 53, MSU 52 on Jan. 27, 2014 in Durham, N.C.

BALTIMORE, Md. – Scoring its fourth win in five games, No. 3 seed Morgan State (15-15) advanced to the championship of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament for the sixth time in eight seasons after taking down No. 7 seed Coppin State, 79-64, last night. The win marked the third time this season the Bears have downed the crosstown rival Eagles. The Bears tip-off against No. 1 seed North Carolina Central (27-5) at 6 p.m. and will be attempting clinch its fourth MEAC Championship title and clinch its third trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Bears have had unprecedented success in the MEAC Tournament under head coach Todd Bozeman. The Bears have participated in six of the last eight MEAC Tournament championships, captured back-to-back MEAC Titles, and made appearances in the NIT and two NCAA Tournaments.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS 
Live stats of all games will be available on the conference’s official website, www.MEAChoops .com. The preliminary games will also be streamed live on MEACsports.com.

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER 
MSU men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, or any of the other MSU athletics programs on Twitter through the handle @MorganStBears.

MEAC TOURNAMENT FACTS
• Morgan State has won three MEAC Tournaments (1977, 2009 & 2010) and will be making its sixth championship appearance under Coach Bozeman.

• Morgan State has advanced to the MEAC Semifinals seven times in the last eight seasons.

• Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to 17 of the school’s 32 MEAC Tournament wins.

• Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman was the 2009 and 2010 Outstanding Coach of the MEAC Tournament.

• Morgan State has had four MVP’s of the MEAC Tournament: Marvin ‘The Human Eraser” Webster (1975); Eric “The Pencil” Evans (1977); Reggie Holmes (2009); and Kevin Thompson (2010).

• Legendary Morgan State center Marvin Webster averaged 21.3 rebounds per game during the 1975 MEAC Tournament.

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SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
N.C. Central, 27-5 overall, finished 15-1 in the MEAC and earned the number one seed. The Eagles, who rank No. 18 in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, advanced to the championship as a result of rolling No. 8 seed Howard, 92-46, in the quarterfinals round of the MEAC, followed by a 68-45 blowout against No. 4 seed Norfolk State Friday night in the semifinals. N.C. Central is on a 19-game winning streak and will attempt to make it 20 when they enter tonight’s matchup with No. 3 seed Morgan State. The Eagles are vying for its first MEAC Tournament Championship and its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

WE MEET AGAIN
The Morgan State Bears will square off against the Eagles for the 87th meeting between the two. N.C. Central holds a 46-40 advantage, and has gone 2-1 against the Bears since rejoining the MEAC.

THE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Senior guard Jeremy Ingram, an All-MEAC First Team selection, has fueled N.C. Central by averaging  at 20.3 ppg this season, while junior Jordan Parks has added 10.3 ppg and standout senior point guard Emanuel Chapman has contributed 6.8 ppg, 6.5 apg and 2.1 spg. The Eagles are led on the glass by redshirt-junior Jay Copeland (5.9 rpg). Senior Justin Black enters tonight’s contest averaging 19.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.8 apg while senior Ian Chiles is averaging 15.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 3.1 bpg, and senior Anthony Hubbard has added 10.8 ppg and 6.9 rpg.

THE ONLY MEETING THIS SEASON WAS AT N.C. CENTRAL, JAN. 27, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – Jeremy Ingram posted a game-high 20 points, Maramu Jawara added 13 for N. C. Central. It all added up to the Eagles erasing a 13-point deficit to hold on and beat Morgan State 53-52 at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. Justin Black finished with 17 points for the Bears who came up short down the stretch for the second game in a row, having lost to N.C. A&T 68-67 in overtime.

The Bears tied the game at 52-52 when Donte Pretlow hit a jumper with 33 seconds to go. The Eagles came out of the timeout and worked the clock down before taking a shot that missed badly as the horn sounded. But the game was not over.

Morgan’s Shaquille Duncan was called for a foul against Karamo Jawara on a loose ball rebound. The officials adjusted the clock to display 1 second remaining in the game. Jawara stepped up and hit the first free throw, and missed the second on purpose. The Bears had .4 seconds left on the clock, but Thair Heath‘s inbounds pass sailed past Chiles as time expired.

NEXT UP: If Morgan State wins, they will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. It would mark the Bears third appearance in the “Big Dance” in the last eight seasons.

BLACK A MEMBER OF THE 1,000 POINTS CLUB 
Senior guard Justin Black eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career as a result of his 24-point outing against Cal State Northridge (12/27) … Black recently moved in front of Jason McCoy (1,292 pts – 1987-91) as the school’s No. 13 leading scorer and following his career-high 29 points outing against No. 6 seed Florida A&M he currently has 1,350 career points.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB MR. CHILES
Senior center Ian Chiles scored 18 points in the semifinals and moved up to No. 21 on Morgan State’s all-time scoring list with 1,028 career points. He is only 8 points shy of becoming the school’s No. 20 leading scorer held currently by James Turk (1,035 pts / 1961-63).

VETERANS HUNGRY FOR THE ‘SHIP 
Seniors Justin Black and Ian Chiles have advanced to the third MEAC Championship game of their career. The standout duo were members of the Bears squad that was defeated by Hampton (60-55) in 2011 MEAC championship game, and they fell short again when North Carolina A&T (57-54) captured the title in 2013.

WELCOME TO MY BLOCK PARTY
Ian Chiles has been making the most of his 7-foot-2 frame. The senior recorded a career-high 9 blocked shots against Norfolk State on Feb. 8. He completed the regular season ranked No. 3 in the MEAC (3.0 bpg). He posted six blocks in the MEAC semifinals and currently has 92 blocks for the season, and 191 for his career.

THE ALMOST-TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Despite the loss against Norfolk State (Feb. 8), Ian Chiles had a strong effort and came close to finishing with the oh so rare — triple-double. “Big Slew” completed the night with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and notched a career-high nine blocked shots … one rejection short a triple-double.

ANOTHER ALMOST-TRIPLE-DOUBLE
In the MEAC semifinals win against No. 7 seed Coppin State, Anthony Hubbard nearly finished with a triple double. The senior small forward seemed to be everywhere on the floor. He finished with 12 points to go along with nine rebounds and dished out a career-high nine assists in 31 minutes of work.

POSTSEASON HONOR ROLL
Two Bears landed postseason honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2013-14. Seniors Justin Black and Ian Chiles were named to the All-MEAC first-team. With Black and Chiles receiving first team accolades, Morgan State has now registered at least one member on the All-MEAC first team in six of the last eight years under head coach Todd Bozeman.  In fact, this marks the third time under Bozeman that the Bears have had two players as first team selections.  The duo has also been named to the NABC First Team All-District team and College Hoops Daily All-MEAC First Team.

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SLAM’s Klein thinks Wichita State has legit chance at title run

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

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Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re into Week 9 and Drew Forrester is once again responsible for this week’s Sweet 16 list, which is a bit more defined than some of the lists we’ve tried in recent weeks. We’re on the cusp of March Madness here in Charm City. Two local college hoops teams (Towson and Morgan State) have legitimate chances to make the NCAA Tournament-one Tournament bid will be determined here in Baltimore in eight days when the CAA Tournament Championship is decided at Baltimore Arena.

We’ve discussed the Terps once already here in the Sweet 16, and considering their effort against Clemson Sunday it’s probably not worth discussing them again in the future. Instead, let’s focus in on the five most direct area teams.

This week’s topic is “The Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore College Basketball Players”. There is an important distinction to be made here. The list is NOT for the greatest college hoops players to have been born in Baltimore, but instead for the greatest players to have played in Baltimore-at either Towson, UMBC, Morgan State, Coppin State or Loyola. (I’ll allow Drew’s discretion if he thinks players from lower level schools like Johns Hopkins or Stevenson should be considered as well.)

If the player also just so happens to have been from Baltimore originally (like former Morgan State star Reggie Holmes or former Towson standout Kurk Lee), so be it. Both are going to be in the argument to be near the top of this list. As is former UMBC standout Jay Greene, who lead the school to their only ever NCAA Tournament appearance. “The Human Eraser” Marvin Webster is probably the most accomplished NBA player to have played at a Baltimore school-he has to be considered near the top of the list. Tracy Bergan helped the Loyola Greyhounds make their first ever trip to “The Big Dance”, he would have to be considered. Perhaps even likely two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will be near the top as he tries to lead Towson back to the postseason in the waning stages of his college career.

The fun part about this list for me is that I legitimately don’t know who will end up being number one-which hasn’t always been the case early on this year. I can make an argument for a few of those guys. It will also be interesting to see how Drew measures the stats a player compiled versus the accomplishments or winning games/conference titles/reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Who do you think deserves to be on the list? Who should be at the top?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Drew via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Who was the greatest player you ever saw at a Baltimore-area college? I’ll save you the trouble in trying to do shtick and let you know I don’t think Tamir Goodman is going to end up making the list.

But who else?

-G

 

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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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Maryland soccer downs Virginia, advances to NCAA title game

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

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

The Terrapins (17-3-5) 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.

After an even start, Mullins opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a beautiful 20-yard chip. Mikias Eticha served a ball over the top that Mullins latched onto and flicked above an onrushing Calle Brown for his 17th goal of the season.

The Terps stayed stout defensively for the remainder of the half. Outside backs Mikey Ambrose and Jeremy Raley combined with centerbacks Suli Dainkeh and Chris Odai-Atsem to control the threat of Darius Madison and Jordan Allen.

Mullins had a chance to double the lead early in the second half.  Schillo Tshuma put the senior in with a pretty pass, but the New Orleans native sent his left-footed attempt high.

Just seconds later, Steffen combined with the post to keep the Terps ahead.  Allen ripped a shot from inside the box that the freshman keeper was able to parry onto the post.

The Cavaliers took control of the match after the Allen attempt. The ever-active Madison blasted the ball against the post from a tight angle with 25 minutes to go.

In the 76th minute, Mullins found his second. Tsubasa Endoh received the ball on the right flank and lofted a pinpoint to Mullins who took the ball between two defenders on the first bounce and volleyed into the right corner.

The goal was Mullins’ nation-leading 18th of the season and tied him for second on the Maryland all-time goals list with

The Virginia pressure finally sliced the Maryland lead in half in the 77th minute. Dan Metzger’s challenge gave the Cavs a penalty that Todd Wharton calmly stroked past Mullins.

The Terps’ defense kept the Cavilers at bay for the remainder of the match, with Steffen providing the highlight. The Pennsylvania native stretched far to his right to make an amazing one-handed save on a Brian James shot in the 88th minute.

Maryland’s appearance in the title game marks its first since 2008. The Terrapins – who are seeking their fourth national championship – are now 32-1-5 in matches Mullins scores a goal. Maryland will face third seed Notre Dame at 3 p.m. on ESPNU Sunday.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Delaware State @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana (Saturday 8pm from San Antonio live on Showtime); High School Football: Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game (Saturday 1pm Archbishop Spalding)

10. John Mayer (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Arena); Robin Thicke/Fall Out Boy/Paramore/Miley Cyrus (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Jimmy Eat World/Diamond Youth (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), All That Remains/Asking Alexandria (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lupe Fiasco (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Twenty-One Pilots/The 1975/MS MR/NONONO (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Mint Condition (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rick Springfield (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Wilson Phillips (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bereilles/Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Steve Winwood/Cris Jacobs (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Gary Allan (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ginuwine (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ja Rule (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); The Hives (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ms. Lauryn Hill (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); Mannheim Steamroller (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Straight No Chaser (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Backstreet Boys (Friday 6:30pm SECU Arena); Childish Gambino “Because the Internet” and Neil Young “Live at The Cellar Down” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

My most embarrassing admission of 2013? I saw John Mayer the first time he ever played the Arena. My second most embarrassing admission? I kinda enjoy the song he did with his girlfriend.

I had a friend who used to have a Jimmy Eat World beanie. I tried to steal it from him 100 times.

This song will end up in my Top 10 of 2013.

It is NEVER embarrassing to be caught singing along to this.

9. Andrew Dice Clay (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Gilbert Gottfried (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House);  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks” out in theaters (Friday); “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast & Furious 6″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

And instead I’ll encourage you to watch Kay & Peele attempt to break the record for impressions in one minute.

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Maryland tops Cal in NCAA soccer quarterfinals

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BERKELEY, Calif. - 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 (16-3-5) 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.

Shinsky put the Terps on the board in the 33rd minute with a header to the near post from close range.  Mikey Ambrose’s free kick sailed across the box and found Shinsky for the Maryland lead. It was the first career goal for Shinsky – a native of York, Pa., which is about an hour and half from next week’s College Cup.

Stefano Bonomo provided Cal (14-5-2) with the equalizer five minutes into the second half. After a point blank save from Zack Steffen, Bonomo followed with a tap-in from a yard out for a 1-1 match in the 50th minute.

The Maryland defense was spectacular when it needed to be, clearing multiple strikes off the goal line and limiting a dangerous Golden Bear attack for the remainder of the second stanza.

Sauers put the Terps on the top with his third goal of the postseason when he caught Cal keeper Alex Mangels on a long strike to his right for the winner with 85:41 to play.

“I want to congratulate Kevin Grimes, his players and Cal men’s soccer. I think they are a complete class act. This was the second of two memorable games this year,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Obviously we are ecstatic we found a way to get a result here and we get to continue to play next week in Philly.

“Our goal in the beginning of the year was to return to the College Cup. After being a team that started out learning a lot about ourselves and dropping a few games early, we showed our resiliency, our character, and our championship fiber and have become a very complete team.”

Maryland will battle a familiar foe when it faces Virginia in the semifinals of the College Cup Friday at PPL Park. The Terps topped the Cavaliers 1-0 in the ACC Championship game earlier this season.

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Maryland soccer advances to NCAA quarterfinals

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - 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 (15-3-5) controlled much of what became a very physical match with the Anteaters (15-5-3). 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.

Mullins had the best opportunity of the opening 25 minutes when his header flashed wide off a Mikey Ambrosecross. The senior was constant a threat to the Irvine backline.

That threat turned into a tally in the 33rd minute.  Tsubasa Endoh was able to brilliantly dribble past two Anteater defenders on the right wing before sending in a cross that Mullins poked past Irvine keeper Michael Breslin.

The goal was Mullins’ 16th of the season and put him into a tie with Abe Thompson and Casey Townsend for third on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 43.

Steffen made his presence felt late in the first half, palming a Cameron Iwasa strike over the bar.

The Terp attack stayed dangerous in the second half, putting together a number of solid attacking sequences, but was unable to find an insurance goal.

With the offense unable to seal the match, Steffen put together one of his best halves of the season to keep the Terps in front. The freshman sprawled to his right to stop an Enrique Cardenas shot that was headed to the top corner.

The Downingtown, Pa., native saved the Terps again in the 88th minute, getting in front of a point blank Irvine shot to hold the Maryland lead.

The Terrapin midfield was outstanding the entire night. Mikias Eticha, Dan Metzger and Endoh relentlessly pressured the Anteaters and linked up the Terp backline and forwards on numerous occasions.

“I thought we put out a great performance against an excellent Irvine team, especially in the first half,” head coachSasho Cirovski said. “I give Irvine a lot of credit for throwing some numbers forward and challenging us in the second half. I thought we stood strong. I think you’ve seen the resiliency of this team and the growth of it. I thought we were quite composed.”

Maryland will travel to No. 4 California for a rematch of an early-season meeting in which the Bears upended the Terps in overtime. Maryland will battle Cal for a shot at the College Cup next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. It is Maryland’s ninth quarterfinal appearance since 2002.

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Maryland soccer tops Providence, advances to Sweet 16

Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md - 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 Sunday night at Ludwig Field.

The Terrapins (14-3-5) advanced to their nation-leading 12th straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen in an exciting match with the Friars (12-6-4). The two teams combined for 27 shots. Michael Sauers and Jake Pace also scored for Maryland.

Sauers opened the scoring in the 19th minute, slaloming through a couple Friar defenders before slotting his shot past keeper Keasel Broome.

Phil Towler evened the match in the 69th minute. The junior used the outside of his left foot to flick a Fabio Machado delivery over keeper Zack Steffen. It was the Terrapins’ first goal allowed since the final game of the regular season at Virginia Tech, a stretch spanning over 350 minutes.

The Terps struck back just a minute later. Mullins sent a slick back heel to Tsubasa Endoh, who was fouled trying to receive the ball. Mullins finished the ensuing spot kick for his team high 15th goal of the season. The senior is a perfect 9-for-9 on penalty kicks this season. His 42 career goals are tied for fourth all-time in Terrapin annals.

Sauers had a chance to grab an insurance goal for the Terps with 14 minutes to go. The freshman latched onto a pass in the box after a scramble, but the Providence defense combined to save his close range effort off the line.

Pace put away the match for Maryland with four minutes to go. The redshirt senior capitalized on some confusion in the Friar backline and put the ball past Broome on a breakaway for his sixth goal of the season.

The Maryland defense was once again solid for all 90 minutes. The backline dealt with a late Providence indirect free kick and snuffed out attacks all night.

“I’m extremely proud of our team. We started the game very brightly and I thought carried a lot chances early on and were probably a little unfortunate to not get a second or third goal,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I give Providence a lot of credit for being resolute and finding the tying goal but our response couldn’t have been better. We raised it about three levels and created the penalty kick and stayed strong.”

The Terrapins will play in the NCAA third round next Sunday against UC Irvine. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

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