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Maryland soccer gets fifth overall seed in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  The University of Maryland picked up the fifth overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, announced Monday afternoon.

The back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference champions dropped Virginia 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the Maryland SoccerPlex to win its third tournament crown in only four seasons. Maryland (13-3-5) has won seven straight matches and has only one loss since Sept. 13.

The Terps played a total of 10 teams in this year’s field, including Clemson and Virginia which they took on twice. Additionally, Maryland played tournament contenders Penn State and St. John’s in a pair of preseason exhibitions.

Maryland will face the winner of the Penn/Providence first round match on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

Tourney Terp Notes:

  • Maryland has seven College Cup appearances in the last 15 years, tied for 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 are seeking to advance to the third round for a nation-best 12th straight season in 2013.

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UMBC soccer gets first round bye in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS – The America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team received a first round bye and will take on the winner of UConn vs. Quinnipiac in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup, the NCAA announced on Monday afternoon.

The Second Round of the College Cup is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24.  Kick-off time has not been set.

UMBC (16-1-2, 5-0-2 AE) won the America East regular season championship and then took the tournament title and automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Hartford on Saturday evening.  Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored two goals and added an assist in the game to be name the 2013 Most Outstanding Player Award.

Caringi has netted 12 goals this season, leading the America East and ranking tenth in the nation.  He was one of three Retrievers to earn a major conference award this season, garnering the conference’s Striker of the Year award while classmate Kadeem Dares (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) earned Midfielder of the Year and junior Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) was tabbed as the Defender of the Year.  Head coachPete Caringi, Jr. and his named was named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year.

Last season, UMBC won the conference championship before advancing past Old Dominion on penalty kicks but falling to North Carolina on spot kicks.

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UMBC soccer claims third America East title in four years

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- Tournament Most Outstanding Player, UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals, leading the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Retrievers to a 4-0 victory over Hartford in the America East Championship game.

The Retrievers, who lead the nation in winning percentage, (16-1-2) earn America East’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years.  This season marks the first time that UMBC captured the league’s regular season and championship title.

UMBC will learn of its seeding in the NCAA Tournament during the NCAA Men’s Soccer Selection Show on Monday at noon.

“We’re a very confident group… we’re looking forward to seeing who we are going to play on Monday,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “All along, our goal has been to win the America East and go as far as we can go. Last year, we were excited about playing in the NCAA Tournament, now we want to go farther.”

Hartford started the game brightly, and nearly too an early lead when midfielder Aleko Petridis hit the post in the 9th minute from the top of the box. But that seemed to awaken UMBC and the Retrievers would score just 51 seconds later.

Junior back Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) drove down the left side and crossed a ball into the box. It deflected off a Hartford defender and Caringi headed the redirect past UH goalkeeper David McKinnon from seven yards away.

Caringi would have two more chances in the first half, but missed one wide and McKinnon came up with a stop on the other attempt.

UMBC led, 1-0, at the half, but junior back Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored just3:59 into the second half to double the Retriever advantage.  Junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) struck a corner kick toward the near post. Caringi got onto it and flicked it towards the far right post, where Ballo headed it home from close range.

Caringi tallied his second goal of the game and league-leading 12th of the season in the 57th minute to put the contest out of reach.  Sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) bent in a corner from the right side, and the ball skidded off the turf and to a waiting Caringi, who headed it beyond McKinnon and inside the far left post.

Junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) finalized the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 86th minute. Junior midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) was taken down in the box and the Retriever captain drilled home the ensuing penalty kick.

Caringi, Ballo, and senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) and senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) were named to the All-Championship team.

UMBC outshot Hartford, 19-7, and Saunders made two saves to record his 24th career shutout. Saunders has not allowed a goal in his last four America East Tournament games.

Notes: UMBC becomes the first repeat America East champion since 1997 and is just second program in conference history to win 3 titles in 4 years…The Retrievers are the first No. 1 seed to win tournament since 2008…  Caringi’s five points and two goals tied a single game tournament record… Caringi, who scored eight goals in his first four games in 2013, seven-game goal-scoring drought with the two-goal effort and now has nine career multiple-goal efforts… UMBC’s 16 victories stands alone as the second-most in school history… The 1999 team won a school-record 19 games.

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UMBC Women’s Soccer clinches first ever NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 10 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Brown Punches Ticket to NCAA’s for UMBC Women’s Soccer; Retrievers Earn First-Ever Tournament Title
Cinderella story continues at the big dance for UMBC women’s soccer

BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s soccer continued the unimaginable, garnering its first-ever conference tournament title, as red-shirt junior Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) registered her sixth game-winning goal of the season to give No. 1 UMBC the 2-1 victory against No. 2 Stony Brook in the America East Championship game on Saturday evening at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers become the first team in America East history to complete the worst-to-first turnaround and earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

The Retrievers (13-5-2) will learn of their opponent for the opening round of the tournament during the selection show on Monday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.

The Retrievers, who combined for one win over the previous two seasons, continued to add to its most successful season in program history, having earned a share of its first-ever regular-season title and posting a program record in wins with 13. UMBC’s turnaround currently ranks second in Division I in winning percentage differential.

Stony Brook (11-6-2) had the first opportunity of the contest 17 minutes into the contest, as freshman defender Christina Fluman launched a shot just from inside the box, but UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) came up big, knocking down the shot. The rebound from junior forward Shannon Grogan was sent wide ride to keep the game scoreless.

The Retrievers responded with their first chance of the afternoon as UMBC’s leading scorer Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) sent a shot in from the right wing that was wide and just out of reach for freshman midfielder Meg Kowalski (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) to rebound in with a header.

Stony Brook was able to strike first, as freshman forward Maxie New crossed the ball over the head of a UMBC defender to setup a screened shot for senior forward Larissa Nysch to blast inside the far right post, just out of reach of a diving Kadet.

The Retrievers responded with just their seventh first half goal of the season for the equalizer in the 42nd minute. A header from Brown bounced off the post and sophomore back Nikki Boretti (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) gathered the ball and sent in her second goal of the season past the America East Goalkeeper of the Year Ashley Castanio, to tie the contest at one.

The Retrievers’ backline stayed strong throughout the second half, allowing Brown, the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, to deflect a ball over the head of Castanio after the ball was batted around in front of the net in the 59th minute.

The Seawolves continued to look for their chance at an equalizer, as Nysch, an All-Tournament honoree, sent a centering pass to junior forward Megan Rea in the 80th minute, but Rea sailed her shot high of the net to keep the Retrievers out in front. SBU would record just one more shot in the contest, a kick wide by sophomore midfielder Tessa Devereaux.

Kadet, a member of the All-Tournament Team, matched a season-high with seven saves, while Castanio totaled five stops on the night.

2013 All-Tournament Team
Jessy Brown, UMBC – Most Outstanding Player
Nikki Boretti, UMBC
Alexa Quaranta, UMBC
Lauren Kadet, UMBC
Larissa Nysch, Stony Brook
Ashley Castanio, Stony Brook
Ahriel Fernandez, Stony Brook
Nikki McFarland, Vermont
Connie Gormley, Binghamton
Maggie Malone, Maine
Lisa Bijman, Maine
Stephanie Santos, Hartford
Raelynn Mikell, Hartford

Game Notes
-UMBC has won 10 straight games on its home field and is 10-2-0 at home on the season.
-Alexa Quaranta moved into a tie for third place with a total of 60 shots on the season.
-The Retrievers move to 1-4 in conference tournament title games.
-Prior to the season, UMBC had never won an America East postseason contest, they now move to 2-2 all-time.
-UMBC trails the all-time series 5-9-1, but are 2-0 against the Seawolves in 2013.
-Eight of 15 games between the Retrievers and Seawolves have been decided by one goal or less. UMBC is 4-3-1 against SBU in one-goal games all-time. The Retrievers are 10-4 this season in one goal games.

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Maryland, Hopkins to join new Big Ten lacrosse league

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Maryland, Hopkins to join new Big Ten lacrosse league

Posted on 03 June 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on Monday that the Big Ten has secured six men’s and six women’s lacrosse teams.

Earlier today, Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, which also field women’s programs and will be joined on the women’s side by Northwestern. Big Ten rules allow for a conference championship when six institutions sponsor a program in any given sport.

“The Big Ten is an outstanding conference and we’re thrilled that it will be able to be the conference home for two of our most successful programs in men’s and women’s lacrosse,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Lacrosse is important to our university and to our state and the addition of Johns Hopkins as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse shows that it is important to the Big Ten now and in the future.”

The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship this season, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.

“This is an exciting development for the sport of lacrosse,” said Maryland men’s head coach John Tillman. “We’re looking forward to competing as a Big Ten program against Penn State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan and Johns Hopkins and embrace the challenges that lie ahead in the future.”

Big Ten women’s lacrosse will feature teams that have won 23 national championships and 19 of the 32 NCAA championships, including eight of the last nine. Maryland has won 11 national championships, with 10 NCAA crowns, including seven straight from 1995 to 2001 and most recently in 2010. Northwestern has claimed seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989. The Terrapins, Wildcats and Nittany Lions earned berths in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship this season. Penn State advanced to the quarterfinals, Northwestern reached the national semifinals and Maryland was edged in triple overtime in the national championship game.

“To be a part of a conference from the ground up is exciting for our program and we are anxious to put our thumbprint on Big Ten lacrosse,” said Maryland women’s head coach Cathy Reese. “It is going to be a highly competitive league and with former Terps coaching at five of the six institutions, I believe there is a lot to be excited about as we make this transition in 2014-15 and begin a new chapter in the rich history of Maryland women’s lacrosse.”

With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014, the broad-based athletic programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will sponsor nearly 350 teams in 42 different sports with almost 9,500 student-athletes, more than any other conference. The Big Ten currently features 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women, but is set to add men’s ice hockey as the 26th conference sport in the fall. Men’s and women’s lacrosse will become the conference’s 27th and 28th official sports in 2014-15.

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Loss to Carolina leaves Towson baseball in elimination game Sunday

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Loss to Carolina leaves Towson baseball in elimination game Sunday

Posted on 02 June 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman righthander Trent Thornton came out of the bullpen to record his eighth save of the season as No. 1 North Carolina (54-8) held off a comeback by the Tigers (30-29) to remain undefeated in the NCAA Regionals with an 8-5 victory over Towson at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday night.

The Tar Heels, who have won seven games in a row, are now one victory away from winning the Chapel Hill Regional and advancing to the Super Regionals next weekend. Towson, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, will play Florida Atlantic in an elimination game at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

The winner of the Towson-Florida Atlantic game will face the Tar Heels at 6:00 p.m. in what could be the regional championship game.

Junior lefthander Kent Emanuel was virtually unhittable through the first five innings as the Tar Heels built a 5-0 lead. Through the first five innings, Emanuel faced the minimum 15 batters. He allowed a single to sophomore centerfielder Richie Blosser in the third inning and a single to third baseman Zach Fisher in the fourth inning. But, he immediately picked both runners off base.

“Give credit to Kent Emanuel,” said Towson Coach Mike Gottlieb. “He gave us absolutely nothing for five innings. He was throwing three pitches for strikes and he made us look bad a number of times. He did a great job mixing his pitches and got the big outs when he needed them.

“One of the biggest outs he got was in the sixth inning when we had two runners on base and two outs with Kurt Wertz at the plate. He struck him out on an off-speed pitch that froze Kurt. It was a big out at the time because a base hit by Wertz makes it a much closer game.”

Senior first baseman Cody Stubbs gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he blasted a solo home run over the rightfield fence. It was the only hit that junior righthander Brandon Gonnella allowed over the first three innings.

In the fourth inning, Gonnella ran into trouble. Freshman Landon Lassiter, the Tar Heels’ designated hitter, opened the inning by drawing a walk. After he reached second base on a wild pitch, Gonnella retired senior third baseman Colin Moran on a fly ball to rightfield. When freshman rightfielder Skye Bolt also drew a walk, North Carolina had two runners on base with one out.

Lassiter and Bolt moved into scoring position when Stubbs grounded out to second base. However, sophomore shortstop Michael Russell gave the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead when he drilled a two-run single into left field. After junior catcher Brian Holberton followed with a single, senior catcher Andrew Parker came up with another big play. While Gonnella was pitching to sophomore second baseman Mike Zolk, he picked Holberton off first base to end the rally.

In the fifth inning, the Tar Heels extended their lead to 4-0. Zolk led off the inning with a double to rightfield. After junior leftfielder Jordan Parks reached base on a bunt single, the Tar Heels had runners at the corners. Senior centerfielder Chaz Frank lifted a foul ball down the left field line where sophomore leftfielder Peter Bowles made a sliding catch. Zolk alertly tagged up on the play and scored just seconds ahead of Bowles’ throw to the plate. After Lassiter singled, Moran grounded into a double play to end the inning as the Tigers turned their 80th double play of the season.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Russell singled through the left side. When Holberton doubled down the right field line, Russell came around to score from first base. Zolk grounded out to first base.

Emanuel took a two-out shutout into the sixth inning. With one out, Blosser doubled to left centerfield. After junior shortstop Hunter Bennett struck out. Fisher drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Junior second baseman Pat Fitzgerald followed with a single to right field, driving in the first run of the game for the Tigers. But, Emanuel struck out junior designated hitter on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers staged another rally against Emanuel. Bowles led off the seventh with a double to left center field. After junior rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono struck out, sophomore first baseman Brendan Butler lined a single to centerfield, scoring Bowles to make it a 5-2 lead. But, Emanuel got out of the jam by getting Parker to ground into double play to end the uprising.

With their lead trimmed to 5-2, the Tar Heels added two more runs in the eighth inning. Stubbs led off with a single, his second base hit of the game. Russell came through another clutch hit and doubled down the leftfield line, driving in Stubbs to give North Carolina a 6-2 advantage. Russell reached third base when Holberton grounded out to second base for the first out of the inning. With Russell on third base, the Tigers pulled their infield in to try and prevent another run from scoring. However, when Zolk hit a high chopper to Bennett at shortstop, Russell was able to score while Bennett threw Zolk out at first base.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Tigers continued to show the resilience they displayed all season. With one out, Bennett doubled to rightfield. After Fisher drew a walk, Fitzgerald was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Wertz. On a 2-0 pitch from Emanuel, Wertz singled to rightfield, driving in two runs to pull Towson to within 7-4. A sacrifice fly by Bowles enabled Fitzgerald to score and cut the lead to 7-5. When Fratantuono singled to centerfield, the Tigers had the tying runs on base.

At that point, Coach Mike Fox went to the bullpen and brought in his ace closer, Thornton. He pitched out of the jam by retiring Butler on a fly ball to centerfield.

In the ninth inning, the Tar Heels added a run off relief pitcher Nick Cioffi. With one out, Lassiter singled to rightfield. A single by Moran enabled Lassiter to reach third base. When Bolt hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, Lassiter scored to give the Tar Heels an 8-5 lead. Cioffi finally retired the side by getting Russell on a fly ball to centerfield.

In the bottom of the ninth, Thornton retired the Tigers in order to prevent any comeback.

“Obviously, for us, it was a case of too little, too late,” added Gottlieb. “This is not a game we should have won – but it is a game we could have won. If we could have gotten one or two hits in the right spot, we might still be playing.”

Emanuel, now 11-3 on the season, earned the win for the Tar Heels. He pitched 7.2 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits. He walked two and had eight strikeouts. Thornton picked up the final four outs of the game to record his eighth save.

UNC outhit the Tigers by a 13-10 margin. Russell led the Tar Heels with three hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Lassiter had a pair of hits and scored two runs while Stubbs went two-for-four with a home run and two runs scored. Holbertson also had two hits and drove in a run.

Gonnella suffered his fifth loss of the season for the Tigers. He pitched 7.2 innings and allowed seven runs on 11 hits with three walks and one strikeout. Two of his walks were very costly as they led to a pair of Carolina runs in the fourth inning when the Tar Heels took a 3-0 lead.

Blosser led the Tigers with three hits and scored a run. He is batting .714 in the Tigers’ two NCAA Tournament games. He was the only Tiger with more than one hit. Fisher had a single and drew the only two walks that Emanuel allowed.

TIGER TALES: Wertz’s two-run single lifted his seasonal RBI total to 65, the top mark on the team … When Fitzgerald singled in the sixth, it marked the 29th consecutive that he reached base … Fitzgerald, who now has a .990 fielding percentage, played a solid defensive game with two putouts and five assists … He also started the double play in the fifth inning … Since the Tigers played the game on June 1, it was the first Towson University intercollegiate athletic event ever played in the month of June.

With the win, North Carolina beat Towson for the 13th game in a row … The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 26-2.

Sophomore righthander Paul Beers will try to keep the Tigers’ season alive on Sunday afternoon when the Tigers face Florida Atlantic at 1:00 p.m. … Florida Atlantic beat Canisius on Saturday afternoon to remain alive in the NCAA regional.

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Top ranked Carolina next for Towson in NCAA Baseball Tournament

Posted on 01 June 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Riding a five-game winning streak, the Tigers face their toughest challenge of the season when the Colonial Athletic Association champions play the top-ranked team in the nation, North Carolina, in the second round of the NCAA Regionals at Boshamer Park on Saturday evening at 6:05 p.m.

The Towson-UNC game can be seen on ESPN3 http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/950913/ncaa-baseball-regionals-presented-capital-one-site-1-game-4 and will also be broadcast on www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas, Damon Lewis and Dan O’Connell calling the action.

The Tar Heels, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last week, are seeking their 12th NCAA regional title this week. North Carolina has made five appearances in the College World Series since 2006. Veteran Coach Mike Fox led North Carolina to second place in the College World Series in 2006 and 2007 as well as a third place showing in 2009.

The Tar Heels seem to have a complete team. The Tar Heels lead NCAA Division I in scoring, averaging 8.2 runs per game. At the same time, UNC’s pitching staff has a 2.52 E.R.A., a mark that ranks the Tar Heels fourth in the nation.

Senior first baseman Cody Stubbs and junior third baseman Colin Moran are the Tar Heels’ top offensive players and they are both All-Americans. Stubbs was the MVP of the ACC Tournament last week and is batting .362 with 22 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 72 runs batted in. Moran is hitting .357 with 13 homers and a school record 84 RBI’s.

Junior lefthander Kent Emanuel is expected to pitch for the Tar Heels. He has a 10-3 record with a 2.11 E.R.A. In 110.2 innings of work, he has 22 walks an 79 strikeouts. Emanuel has pitched five complete games, including two shutouts. He was named as the ACC Pitcher of the Year.

The Tar Heels, who are now 53-8 on the season, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Regional with a 6-3 victory over Canisius on Friday evening. North Carolina has won six games in a row.

When the Tigers face North Carolina on Saturday night, they will be playing against the number one-ranked team in the nation for the first time ever.

Towson is coming off a 7-2 victory over No. 23 Florida Atlantic in the first round of the NCAA regional on Friday afternoon. The Tigers are now 3-4 against nationally-ranked teams this season. Towson dropped three games to No. 30 Pittsburgh and a 7-1 decision to No. 5 Virginia. The Tigers won two of three games from North Carolina Wilmington inlate April when the Seahawks were ranked 21st in the nation.

Junior righthander Brandon Gonnella is expected to pitch for the Tigers on Saturday evening. The Tigers’ regular centerfielder, Gonnella has a 4-4 record and a 5.22 E.R.A. with two saves. In 69 innings of work, he has issued only 23 walks and has 56 strikeouts. Gonnella did not play in the NCAA opener on Friday.

After their 11-hit performance against FAU, the Tigers are batting .387 with 54 runs scored in five post-season games.

Junior rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono is swinging a hot bat in the post-season. He has a .556 batting average and a .682 on-base percentage. In the last five games, Fratantuono has scored seven runs and has eight runs batted in.

One of the heroes of the Tigers’ win over Florida Atlantic, senior catcher Andrew Parker is batting .471 in the post-season with three homers and nine RBI’s. Against Florida Atlantic, he blasted a monstrous three-run homer in the sixth inning.

The Tigers will be playing North Carolina for the 28th time. Towson has a 2-25 record against the Tar Heels, positing wins over UNC in 2000 and 2001. The teams played an annual two-game series in Chapel Hill from 1997 to 2007 as part of Towson’s spring trip. North Carolina has won the last 12 meetings.

The winner of the Towson-North Carolina game advances to Game 6 of the regionals on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The loser of the Towson-UNC game plays the winner of the Florida Atlantic-Canisius which is being played at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Towson tops Florida Atlantic in NCAA Baseball Tournament opener

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Towson tops Florida Atlantic in NCAA Baseball Tournament opener

Posted on 31 May 2013 by WNST Staff

VOLPE, PARKER LEAD TIGERS PAST FLORIDA ATLANTIC IN NCAA’S

Third-Seeded Tigers Snap FAU’s 11-Game Winning Streak

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior righthander Mike Volpe earned his tenth victory of the season and senior catcher Andrew Parker blasted a monstrous three-run homer as Towson University (30-28) continued its magical post-season with a 7-2 victory over No. 23 Florida Atlantic (39-21) in the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament at Boshamer Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Volpe, who pitched the Tigers into the NCAA Tournament last Saturday with a 5-2 win over William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game, pitched seven very strong innings as the Tigers ended Florida Atlantic’s 11-game winning streak.

Volpe, who has a 3-0 record in the post-season, scattered four hits and allowed one unearned run with two walks and four strikeouts as he improved his record to 10-3 on the season. After issuing a leadoff walk to senior centerfielder Nathan Pittman in the eighth inning, he turned the game over to the bullpen. Junior righthander Nik Nowottnick finished the game with a flourish, striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Parker, who went one-for-four in the game, helped the Tigers offensively and defensively. He highlighted the Tigers’ five-run sixth inning with a three-run homer to left. He also threw out a runner trying to steal and ended a Florida Atlantic rally by picking off Mark Nelson with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

“It is so great to be back in this environment,” said Towson Coach Mike Gottlieb, who guided the Tigers to their first regional appearance since 1991. “It is quite rewarding and I am so thrilled that these guys have the opportunity to experience this.”

The win over Florida Atlantic marked the first time in three NCAA regional tournaments that the Tigers won their opening game. Towson will play their second NCAA regional contest on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of the first round game between host North Carolina and fourth-seeded Canisius.

“When you can get a pitching performance like we received from Mike (Volpe), you have a great chance to win,” added Gottlieb. “Obviously, the sixth inning was the turning point in the game. Up until that point, we had been struggling with the bats. But, we turned it around in the sixth inning and gave ourselves a nice lead.”

The Tigers’ first NCAA regional game in 22 years started off as a pitcher’s duel between Volpe and righthander Jeremy Strawn. Strawn shut out the Tigers on two hits through the first three innings before the Owls threatened in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Pittman drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to start the rally. Junior leftfielderGeoff Jiminez reached base on an infield single to shortstop to give the Owls two runners on base with one out. After a prolonged at-bat, Nelson was retired on a fly ball to right as Pittman advanced to third base. With Jiminez on first base and Pittman on third, the Owls tried a trick play by having Jiminez break for second base. However, Volpe wasn’t fooled and allowed Jiminez to steal second base while Pittman remained on third. Then, Volpe won a six-pitch battle with junior designated hitter Tyler Rocklein by getting him to fly out to rightfield where junior Dominic Fratantuono made the catch.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Tigers scored the first run of the game, thanks to junior designated hitter Kurt Wertz. Wertz led off the inning with a single to centerfield on a 3-2 pitch. Wertz stole second base while Strawn was striking out sophomore leftfielder Peter Bowles. With a runner on second base and one out, Fratantuono reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Wertz advanced to third base when sophomore first baseman Brendan Butler flew out to centerfield. With Wertz on third and Fratantuono on first base, the Tigers tried a delayed double steal. Junior catcher Levi Meyer threw down to second base but sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales cut off the throw and was ready to throw the ball home. But, Wertz had already scored to give Towson a 1-0 lead. Strawn pitched out of the jam by striking out Parker.

Once the Tigers gave Volpe a lead, he got tougher. He retired the Owls in order in the fourth and fifth innings as the Tigers took their 1-0 lead into the top of the sixth inning.

Junior second baseman Pat Fitzgerald led off the sixth inning with a single to centerfield, extending his on-base streak to 28 games in a row. When Wertz lined a double to right centerfield, Fitzgerald reached third base to give the Tigers runners on second and third with no outs. Bowles followed with a single to right centerfield, Fitzgerald scored while Wertz held up at third base.

Fratantuono upped the Tigers’ lead to 3-0 when he doubled to left centerfield as Wertz scored his second run of the game. After the double by Fratantuono, Strawn was relieved by junior righthander Kevin Alexander.

Alexander got Butler to hit a weak ground ball to first base where Nelson threw home to retire Bowles, trying to score from third base.

On a 2-2 pitch, Parker launched a long home run well over the left field fence, his 11th homer of the season and the 23rd of his college career. His three-run homer broke the game open and gave Towson a 6-0 lead.

Staked to a 6-0 lead, Volpe retired the Owls in the sixth inning without incident. In the seventh inning, he allowed a one-out single to Meyer, Florida Atlantic’s first hit since the third inning. But Volpe retired the next two hitters to preserve the shutout.

With one out in the eighth inning, Butler gave the Tigers a 7-0 advantage with a solo home run to left centerfield. It was his fifth homer of the season,

In the bottom of the eighth, the Owls came to life. After Volpe walked Pittman to lead off the inning, he was relieved by junior lefthander Kyle Paul. Paul got Jiminez to hit a ground ball to shortstop. In his haste to turn a double play, junior shortstop Hunter Bennett committed a rare error as Florida Atlantic had two runners on base with no outs. When Nelson was hit by a pitch, Florida Atlantic had the bases loaded with no outs.

While Paul was pitching to Rocklein, Parker made one of the biggest plays of the game. With Butler playing behind Nelson, the runner at first base, Parker threw down to first base when Butler snuck in behind the runner and he picked him off for the first out of the inning.

The pickoff play proved to be even more important when Rocklein singled to left field, scoring Pittman with the Owls’ first run of the game. Freshman second baseman Brendon Sanger followed by hitting a ground ball between first and second base. Fitzgerald ranged to his right and threw to Bennett at second base for the force play while Jiminez scored an unearned run. Senior rightfielder Corey Keller came through with a double down the left field line as Sanger reached third base.

After the double by Keller, Nowottnick came out of the bullpen to relieve Paul. He pitched out of the jam by getting Meyer to ground out to shortstop.

In the bottom of the ninth, Nowottnick nailed down the 7-2 win by striking out the side.

“Getting the big lead in the sixth inning helped me a lot,” said Volpe. “I concentrated on keeping the ball down and I was able to throw my curve ball for strikes. I knew it was a big game but I just tried to treat it like any other game and not get too excited. When we got the lead, I just tried to pitch to contact and get through the innings.”

Volpe, who became only the third pitcher in Towson baseball history, to win at least 10 games in a season, pitched seven innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits. He walked two batters and had four strikeouts. Volpe allowed only one hit after the third inning and retired 14 of the last 17 batters he faced.

The CAA champion Tigers outhit the Sun Belt Conference champion Owls by an 11-6 margin as all nine Tigers in the starting lineup had at least one base hit. Sophomore centerfielder Richie Blosser and Wertz each had two hits. Wertz was two-for-five with two runs scored while Parker had three RBI’s.

With the win, the Tigers reached the 30-win level for the seventh time in school history. The Tigers have now won five games in a row and seven of their last eight games.

TIGER TALES:  The Tigers faced Florida Atlantic with regular centerfielder Brandon Gonnella … Gonnella was sidelined with an injury but Coach Gottlieb hopes he will be available for the Tigers’ game against either North Carolina or Canisius … When Volpe was charged with an unearned run in the eighth inning against Florida Atlantic, it was the first run he allowed in 11 innings … While improving his record to 10-3, Volpe became the first Tiger pitcher to throw more than 100 innings in a season … He has started a school record 16 games and has thrown a school record 102.2 innings this season.

With the victory, the Tigers improved to 3-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games … By beating 23rd-ranked Owls, Towson is now 3-5 against nationally-ranked teams this season … Towson went 0-3 against No. 30 Pittsburgh before dropping a 7-1 decision to No. 5 Virginia … The Tigers won two of three games against No. 21 North Carolina Wilmington before beating the No. 23 Owls.

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Towson to open NCAA Baseball Tournament against FAU Friday

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Towson to open NCAA Baseball Tournament against FAU Friday

Posted on 27 May 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson University baseball team, which swept through the CAA Tournament in four straight games, will open play in the NCAA Tournament at the Chapel Hill Regional this weekend.

Now 29-28 on the season, the Tigers are seeded third in the regional that will be hosted by North Carolina, the number one-ranked team in the nation. The Tar Heels, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, have a 52-8 record and are the top seed. Joining Towson and UNC in the tournament field are Florida Atlantic (39-20) and Canisius (42-15).

Towson and Florida Atlantic will open regional play with a game on Friday at 12 noon at Boshamer Stadium. At 6:00 p.m.,

North Carolina faces Canisius.

Florida Atlantic earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning its first Sun Belt Conference championship.

Towson and Florida Atlantic have never played a college baseball game. The Tigers have played Canisius twice and both games. In 2004, Towson swept a doubleheader from Canisius at Schuerholz Park by scores of 11-5 and 7-0. The Tigers have played 27 games against North Carolina through the years. The Tar Heels have a 25-2 all-time record against Towson. The teams last played in 2007. On March 21, 2000, the Tigers edged the Tar Heels, 9-8. One year to the day, on March 21, 2001, Towson beat North Carolina, 4-0.

Towson was one of three CAA teams to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament. William & Mary (37-22), the CAA runner-up, is the number three seed at the Raleigh regional while North Carolina Wilmington (37-21), the 2012 CAA champion and the top seed for the CAA Tournament, is the number two seed at the Charlottesville regional.

During the 2013, the Tigers had a combined record of 7-2 against William & Mary and UNCW. The Tigers beat the Tribe two out of three times in the regular season and handed William & Mary two losses in the CAA Tournament. Towson won two of three regular season games against UNCW and then beat the Seahawks, 13-11, in the CAA Tournament.

This is the third NCAA Tournament appearance for Coach Mike Gottlieb and the Tigers. In 1988 and 1991, Towson went to the NCAA regional tournaments. In 1988, Towson lost to Miami of Fla. and South Carolina with a win over Virginia Commonwealth. In 1991, the Tigers played in a regional at Maine and lost to Mississippi State and Maine while beating Princeton.

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Stevenson battles RIT Sunday for DIII lacrosse crown

Posted on 25 May 2013 by WNST Staff

ROCHESTER, NY – For the first time in the 46-year history of RIT men’s lacrosse, the Tigers will play for a NCAA Division III National Championship. RIT will face Stevenson University on Sunday, May 26 at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship. It is the first trip to the NCAA Championship game for both squads.

RIT advanced to the championship with a thrilling 10-9 overtime win over top-seeded and previously undefeated SUNY Cortland in the semifinals Sunday. Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) and Taylor Wisman(Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) worked the Hidden ball trick play to perfection, with Warren scoring the game-winner into an open net with 1:55 to play in overtime to send the Tigers to their first championship game. Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin)Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) and Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) each had two goals for the Tigers, while Wisman dished out three assists. Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) was dominant once again at the face-off “X”, winning 15 of 21 draws, grabbing eight ground balls and scoring a goal. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) picked up his 19th win of the season, making 10 saves.

RIT opened the tournament with a 22-13 win over Cabrini in the second round, then ousted Tufts 14-5 in the quarterfinals, before Sunday’s dramatic win in the semifinals. RIT has outscored its opponents 46-27 in three NCAA Tournament games this season.

The Mustangs advanced to their first-ever title game with a 12-6 win over Salisbury University in the semifinals on Sunday. Stevenson jumped out to a 5-1 first quarter lead and never looked back. Chris Dashiell and Tyler Reid each scored three goals for the Mustangs, while Dimitri Pecunes picked up the win in net, making 13 saves. Prior to Sunday, Stevenson was winless in three previous trips to the semifinals, including 0-2 versus Salisbury.

RIT comes into the title game riding a 13-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 201-97 in that stretch. The Tigers knocked off No. 5 Cabrini, No. 6 Tufts and No. 1 Cortland en route to the title game versus Stevenson who was ranked fourth in the final USILA Division III poll. Stevenson comes in with a 10-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 166-68 during that time.

RIT comes into Sunday ninth in Division III in scoring, averaging 14.68 goals per game. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 307-152 this season and are one goal shy of tying the record for most goals in a season, set in 2011. The Tigers have scored 10 or more goals in 18 of 21 games, and the man-up unit is tops in all of Division III, converting 42 of 74 (56.8%) chances on the season.

RIT features eight with 20 or more points, five with at least 55 or more points and two players with 70 or more points on the season. Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin), a USILA first team All-American, leads the team in scoring with 78 points on 51 goals and 27 assists. Krzyston, the 2013 Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year, has scored at least one point in 20 of 21 games this season, including two goals versus Cortland. Kiesa is second on the team in scoring with 71 points on 41 goals and 30 assists, while Aquin is third with 68 points on 58 goals and 10 assists. Aquin’s 58 goals is tied with Marc Heagney for fifth most in a season at RIT. Warren (36g, 22a), and Wisman (27g, 31a) are tied for fourth with 58 points apiece.

Defensively, RIT is 23rd in Division III, allowing 7.24 goals per game. Johnston, the 2013 Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and second team All-American, is 19-2 on the season. He is 16th in Divison III with a 6.78 goals against average, and fifth nationally with a .652 save percentage. Senior defenseman and first team All-American Elliott Cowburn(Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) leads the Tigers with 27 caused turnovers, while grabbing 68 ground balls, and freshman Matt Hossack (Port Perry, Ontario/Port Perry) has 17 caused turnovers and 47 ground balls.

Brooks-Lambert has been impressive at the face-off “X”, winning 64.1 percent of his face-offs to go along with 117 ground balls. In three NCAA Tournament games, Brooks-Lambert has won 45 of 68 (66.1%) face-offs and has 30 ground balls for the Tigers.

Stevenson comes into the championship game fifth in Division III in scoring, averaging 15.52 goals per game and has outscored its opponents 357-157 this season.  The Mustangs have scored 10 or more goals in 20 of 23 games this season, while the man-up unit has scored on 41 of 133 (30.8%) of their opportunities this season.

Stevenson features eight players with 40 or more points, and three players with 60 or more points, led by Dashiell who has 85 points on 32 goals and 53 assists. Tyler Reid is second in scoring with 66 points on 51 goals and 15 assists, while Mark Pannenton is third in scoring with 64 points on 57 goals and seven assists. Peter Green is fourth with 51 points (36g, 15a) and Pat Candon is fifth with 48 points (21g, 27a).

Defensively, Stevenson is 17th in Division III, allowing 6.83 goals per game and has held its opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 18 of 23 games. Pecunes, a freshman, has seen the majority of the minutes in net this season for the Mustangs, posting a 17-1 record with a 7.21 goals against average and .577 save percentage. Callum Robinson leads the team with 33 caused turnovers and has 70 ground balls. Sam Wyatt and Brent Hiken have taken the bulk of the face-offs. Hiken is fourth in Division III winning 71.7 percent of his draws, while Wyatt is seventh at 67.7 percent.

RIT is 14-14 all time in 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, including an 8-3 mark since 2010. Overall, RIT is 68-12 since the start of the 2010 season.

Sunday’s game will be a re-match of an overtime thriller back on February 27 that Stevenson won 11-10. Pannenton scored the game winner with 1:49 to play in the overtime. RIT trailed 11-9 with 2:48 to play in regulation, before consecutive goals from Kyle Sterzin (Fairport, NY/Fairport) and Wisman tied the game at 11-11. Aquin led RIT with four goals, while Sterzin had three points on two goals and an assist. Johnston took the loss, making 12 saves. Pannenton finished with four goals, including the game winner for Stevenson. Michael Crowe, Billy Burgoyne and Matt Tompkins each had two goals for the Mustangs, while Pecunes got the win in net, making 11 saves.

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