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Hopkins routs Mt. St. Mary’s to improve to 8-3 on season

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

EMMITSBURG, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team had 11 different players score goals and 13 players had at least one point as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, at Waldron Family Stadium Monday afternoon. Johns Hopkins moves to 8-3 on the year with its third straight win, while the Mountaineers slip to 0-14.

Playing less than 48 hours after an emotional 11-6 win over rival Maryland, the Blue Jays led just 2-0 at the end of the first quarter as the Mount stayed in a tightly packed zone defense. Back-to-back goals in the first three minutes of the second quarter doubled the lead as junior Wells Stanwick found seniors Brandon Benn and Kevin Interlicchio alone on the crease in a 48-second span to push the lead to 4-0.

Johns Hopkins controlled a majority of the possession in the first half by winning 8-of-10 faceoffs and slowly began to find seams in the Mount zone. Benn added his second of the first half on a quick-stick from the doorstep less than four minutes after Interlicchio’s goal and freshman John Crawley had a hand in two straight late in the period, scoring an unassisted goal on a wing dodge and then getting the helper on Benn’s third with 1:02 left. A transition goal by freshmanNick Fields off the ensuing faceoff accounted for an 8-0 Blue Jay lead at the half.

The lead swelled to 12-0 by late in the third quarter as freshman Cody Radziewicz, junior Brady Faby, Interlicchio andHolden Cattoni all scored in a span of less than eight minutes to build the 12-goal lead.

The Mountaineers finally broke through in the final seconds of the third quarter as Bubba Johnson beat Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider with a low shot off an assist from Kyle McDonough and the Mount made it two straight at the 10:29 mark of the fourth quarter when Clayton Wainer scored from the wing.

Both teams substituted liberally in the fourth quarter with Johns Hopkins freshman attackman Jack Grass doing most of the damage with three goals and one assist in the final nine minutes of the game. Sophomore Liam Giblin and senior Greg Edmonds also scored in the final quarter for the Blue Jays, who played a total of 45 players in the game.

Johns Hopkins held decided advantages in shots (57-14), ground balls (47-19) and faceoffs (18-5) and matched a season high with 12 caused turnovers. Mount St. Mary’s goalie Chris Klaiber played well in goal for the Mount as his 19 saves were just one shy of his career high.

Stanwick paced the Blue Jays with a career-high-tying six assists, while Benn and Grass both added hat tricks. Four Blue Jay goalies combined for six saves with Schneider playing 45 minutes and stopping three shots.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, April 18 when the Blue Jays hit the road again at Navy. Faceoff is set for 7 pm.

Notes: Johns Hopkins has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games • Stanwick’s six assists give him 36 on the year, the ninth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had 40 in 2000 • JHU is now 65-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland.

#6 Johns Hopkins (8-3) 2-6-4-5/17
Mount St. Mary’s (0-14) 0-0-1-1/2

GoalsJ: Grass-3, Benn-3, Cattoni-2, Interlicchio-2, Crawley, Guida, Giblin, Radziewicz, Faby, Fields, Edmonds. M: Johnson, Wainer. AssistsJ: Stanwick-6, Crawley-2, Dismuke, Grass, Guida. M: McDonough. SavesJ: Schneider-3, Ryan-2, Feit-1, Fitts-0. M: Klaiber-19. Shots: J-57, M-14. EMOJ: 3-for-4. M: 0-for-1. Attendance: 468.

 

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Hopkins makes quick turnaround to visit Mt. St. Mary’s Monday

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins makes a quick turnaround from its game against Maryland on Saturday as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4 pm. The Johns Hopkins-Mount St. Mary’s game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, but snow forced the game to be postponed.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its second straight win with an 11-6 win over rival Maryland before a crowd of 9.553 at Homewood Field on Saturday. Mount St. Mary’s gave 17th-ranked Bryant all it could handle before falling 9-7 on the road on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the sixth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 2006. The Blue Jays have won each of the five previous meetings, including a 15-3 victory in 2007 in JHU’s only other trip to Mount St. Mary’s.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 940-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins was ranked ninth in last week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Mount St. Mary’s was not ranked in either poll. Rankings for April 14 were not available in time to be included in this edition of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse notes, but JHU’s official ranking at the time of the game will be what the Blue Jays check in at in the USILA Poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 154th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 11-6 victory against Maryland and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 177: In addition to his 154-53 (.744) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 177-70 (.717). Pietramala’s 177 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s averaging 12.2 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Maryland, JHU ranked 11th in the nation in scoring offense, second in assists per game and eighth in points per game. Updated NCAA statistics are published on Mondays and were not available at press time.

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through 10 games, 78 of JHU’s 122 goals have been assisted, or 63.9%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on two of its four extra-man opportunities last week against Maryland and is now 18-of-33 (.545) for the year. The Blue Jays ranked third in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Maryland game. Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (5), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score all 18 EMO goals for JHU this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranked third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering the game against Maryland. Despite a rare off day against the Terps (JHU was 6-of-21), the Blue Jays have still won 150-of-248 (.605) as a team on the year.

For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 143-of-228 (.627) through 10 games and also has a team-high 100 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage and ground balls per game (10.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 10 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 13 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 10 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal.

More Holding Them Down: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 10 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. The Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging), and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held eight of its 10 opponents to nine goals or less.

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UMBC plays final non-conference game Saturday at Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday, March 22 when they visit Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. The opening face-off is set for noon. Live video streaming is available on Northeast Conference Front Row.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: For the second time in four days, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-4) dropped a two-goal decision on the road, falling, 10-8, to Towson at chilly Unitas Stadium on Tuesday, March 18.  SO M Jack Gannon led the visitors with three goals and SR A Matt Gregoire added his 19th and 20th goals of the season. The three-goal effort was the first of Gannon’s career. Gregoire has scored all 20 of his season’s goals in the last six games, while Gannon has produced 10 goals and eight assists in his last five contests. Entering the week, Gregoire was second in America East and ninth nationally with 3.00 goals per game.
MOUNTAINEER UPDATE:  The Mount St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse team (0-7) outscored No. 20 Drexel by a 6-4 margin over the final three quarters of last Saturday’s tilt at Waldron Family Stadium, but could not overcome a fast start by the Dragons in a 9-6 home loss. Bubba Johnson scored his first career hat trick to go with the first two collegiate goals for freshman Mikey Ripa for the Mount. In net for the Mountaineers, Chris Klaiber turned away 13 shots, including five in the opening quarter, when Drexel took a 5-0 lead. Against common opponents, Mount has dropped decisions at Maryland (16-3) and Towson (9-1). Johnson leads MSM with six goals and eight points on the season.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:
  UMBC senior close defender Ethan Murphy snapped an 8-8 tie with his first goal of the season with 6:48 remaining as the host Retrievers prevailed, 10-8, over Mount St. Mary’s at UMBC Stadium on March 23, 2013. The game-winning goal capped an outstanding day for Murphy, who led an excellent defensive effort by the Retrievers with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Pat Young and Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals.
The Retrievers improved to 20-0 in all-time meetings vs. Mount St. Mary’s. Prior to last year’s contest, the two teams had not met since 2003. The last meeting in Emmitsburg occured in 2002 and resulted in a 7-5 UMBC victory.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Friday evening, March 28, when they host Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m.

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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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Hopkins makes quick turnaround to visit Mt. St. Mary’s Tuesday

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins makes a quick turnaround from its game at Princeton on Saturday as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4 pm.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it four straight in the win column to open the season as the Blue Jays topped Princeton, 15-9, on the road last Saturday. Mount St. Mary’s slipped to 0-5 on the year with a 9-1 loss at Towson on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the sixth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 2006. The Blue Jays have won each of the five previous meetings, including a 15-3 victory in 2007 in JHU’s only other trip to Mount St. Mary’s.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game at Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 937-303-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked third in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fourth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Mount St. Mary’s is not ranked in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 151st victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s 15-9 victory at Princeton and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

About 4-0: Johns Hopkins is 4-0 for the second time in three years and the fourth time under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays previously started 4-0 under Pietramala in 2004, 2005 and 2012.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Bronson Kelly(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten balanced production from each of their four classes through four games. Each class has registered at least nine points thus far, with the sophomore (32 points) and junior (26 points) classes leading the way. All four classes have produced at least nine goals through four games.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives at halftime that is sparking the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins was tied with Ohio State at the half (2-2) and led Towson by one (6-5), but the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 6-3 in the third quarter and took that up a notch against the Tigers by outscoring TU 7-1 to put the game away. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 20-9 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the first, second and four quarters, JHU is a combined +11 in scoring margin (33-22).

Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 54-of-85 (.635) through four games and also has a team-high 37 ground balls thus far. He ranks ninth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and sixth in ground balls per game (9.25).
Despite missing most of the preseason, Kennedy suited up and fueled Johns Hopkins’ win against Ohio State with a dominating performance as he was 18-of-22 (.818) and grabbed 13 ground balls in the victory. The 18 faceoff wins and 13 GBs are career highs. In addition, Kennedy’s 18 faceoff wins are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Mike Poppleton won 20 (of 26) against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
He came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers.

Crawley Quick Out of the Gate: Freshman John Crawley scored a key goal in the season opener against Ohio State before exploding for four goals on five shots against Towson. He added one goal against Michigan and is now tied for third on the team – and ranks first among midfielders – with six goals on the year. Crawley is the first Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil scored four times in a 12-11 come-from-behind win at Syracuse on March 18, 2005.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: Johns Hopkins improved to 20-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala with the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State. The Blue Jays have now won four of their last five overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record is to 62-8 (.886) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the recent 15-8 victory against Towson.
Including the game against the Tigers, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked third in this week’s USILA Preseason Coaches Poll. 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 413 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 411 of those 413 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 384 of the 413 and the top five in 301 of those 413. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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Towson defense posts record effort in win over Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson men’s lacrosse set a program record for fewest goals allowed in a Division I game with the Tigers’ 9-1 defeat of Mount St. Mary’s at Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Towson had a shut-out until 7:45 in the fourth quarter. The last time the Tigers gave up a single goal in a game was May 19, 1974 in a 22-1 victory over the University of Baltimore.

Freshman Joe Seider and senior Max Siskind led Towson with two goals apiece. Senior Thomas DeNapoli led all players with three points while junior JoJo Ostrander scored his first career goal.

“I’m excited for the guys; I thought we came out from the start and played with good energy and focus,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We were more dialed in on execution and controlling [possession] from the onset than we were against Georgetown.

“Obviously, Mount St. Mary’s is dealing with a lot of injuries right now, but they came out and competed and made us earn opportunities on their defensive end. I thought our defense played pretty well today. [Towson's defense] limited [Mount St. Mary's] opportunities. I thought for the most part it was a pretty impressive 60 minutes for our guys.”

Ostrander, a long-stick defenseman, opened the scoring, when he picked up a ground ball off a Mount turnover, ran down the field and scored. From there, Towson was off to the races. Siskind and DeNapoli teamed up twice in the first half, and the Tigers held a 6-0 lead at halftime. DeNapoli tallied the game’s only goal in the third quarter before Seider and classmate Tyler Konen book-ended the Mount’s goal. Mountaineer Robert Jones posted his fourth of the season off an assist from Mike Pascali.

Both goalies tallied double-figure saves. Chris Klaiber had 18 for The Mount while sophomore Tyler Whitestopped 10 shots for the Tigers. Towson out-shot MSM 40-21, won 25 of 39 ground balls and won the face-off battled 9-5.

Next Friday, Towson travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face the Red Foxes of Marist at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Mount St. Mary’s 1, Towson 9
Mount St. Mary’s (0-5) 0-0-0-1/1
Towson (3-2)     4-2-1-2/9

GOALS: TOW – Siskind 2, Seider 2, DeNapoli, McCarty, Drenner, Konen, Ostrander; MSM – Jones. ASSISTS:TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello 2, Grimaldi 2; MSM– Pascali. SAVES: TOW – T White (10, 60:00, 1 GA); MSM – C Klaiber (18, 60:00, 9 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 40; MSM – 21. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 25; MSM – 14. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 9-14; MSM – 5-14. EMO: TOW – 1-3; MSM – 0-3. CAUSED TURNOVERS: TOW – 11; MSM – 2. ATT: 743

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Towson welcomes Mt. St. Mary’s to Unitas Stadium Saturday

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they host Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Unitas Stadium.

Opening Face-Off: The Tigers are in the midst of a stretch in which five of six games are played at home. Unitas Stadium has been kind to the Tigers; both of Towson’s wins have come at home. Mount St. Mary’s is 0-4 after a tough early schedule featuring two top 10 teams.

Updating the Tigers: Towson got back on track with an 8-7 win over Georgetown on Feb. 22. The Tigers got two goals apiece from Thomas DeNapoli and Greg Cuccinello. DeNapoli had a six-point day after posting a career-best four assists.

Scouting the Mount: Mount St. Mary’s has been outscored 55-18 so far this season but have played #6 Maryland, Georgetown, Delaware and #4 Virginia. The Mount have surrendered no fewer than 10 goals in those outings. Six different players each have two goals on the year for MSM. Goalkeeper Chris Klaiber has started all four games and has a goals-against average (GAA) of 14.26 and a save percentage of .522. Nick Haley takes the face-offs, going 35-83 (.422) and has 13 ground balls.

The Series: The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Mount, 8-1. Mount St. Mary’s’ only win came in 1975 when Towson forfeited six games due to an ineligible player. Towson is 3-1 at home and 4-0 on the road. The teams played one game at an unknown site; the Tigers won that contest. Towson is on a seven-game win streak coming into Saturday’s game.

Last Time Out vs. MSM – March 2, 2013 (Towson 13, MSM 5): Behind hat tricks from Thomas DeNapoli andAndrew Hodgson, Towson men’s lacrosse recorded a 13-5 win over Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium. The Tigers scored six straight goals in the third and fourth quarters and kept the Mount off the board in the fourth to secure the win. DeNapoli posted a four-point night, adding an assist to his three goals. Towson’sAndrew Wascavage made 12 saves on the evening, many of them point-blank.

Next Up: Towson travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face Marist on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

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Loyola continues long in-state rivalry Saturday at Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers

Saturday, December 7, 2013  |  2:00 p.m.

Emmitsburg, Md.  |  Reitz Arena  |  MASN  |  SNY

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola will make the trip to Western Maryland to face Mount St. Mary’s for the 169th time in series history on Saturday, December 7, at 2 o’clock.

The Greyhounds bounced back from their first two losses of the season with a win over Catholic University on Wednesday night.

Loyola shot a season-high 53 percent from the field against the Cardinals, including a blistering 66 percent in the second half.

The Greyhounds had a season-high 54 points in the paint, easily outdistancing their previous high of 38 versus UMBC.

Wednesday night’s 12-point margin of victory was Loyola’s largest of the season.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola scored 12 of the first 16 points in the second half to break a 39-39 tie, and the Greyhounds went on to an 87-75 victory over visiting Catholic on Wednesday night.

Five players scored in double figures versus the Cardinals, led by Dylon Cormier’s 23.

Franz Rassman made 7-of-9 shots for a career-high 14 points, while Jarred Jones added 13, Tyler Hubbard had 11, and Jordan Latham scored 10.

The Greyhounds committed just six turnovers in the game, as season-low, and they also controlled a slight, 35-33, advantage on the boards.

Cormier blocked a career-high three shots in the win.

 

 

Turn On The Television

Saturday’s game will air live on MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, as part of Loyola’s ongoing relationship with the channel. SNY will show the contest live, as well, in the New York market.

Jason Knapp, who will also be the play-by-play voice of the Patriot League on CBS Sports Network later this year, will call the action, and Craig Esherick will provide color analysis.

 

Series History Versus Mount St. Mary’s

Loyola and Mount St. Mary’s will meet for the 169th time when the teams take the floor on Saturday afternoon in Emmitsburg.

In addition to being the oldest series in state history – it predates Loyola-Maryland by two seasons – it is also the most-played. The 166 meetings exceed the 152 between Johns Hopkins and McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland), a series that started in 1930.

The rivalry dates to January 20, 1910, the second season of basketball at Loyola. The Greyhounds won the initial meeting between the teams, 35-24, but The Mount holds a 96-72 advantage all-time.

Loyola was won the last two meetings, including a 79-57 decision on December 15, 2012, in Baltimore. Robert Olson scored nine of his 22 points during a 22-2 run midway through the first half, and Julius Brooks added 12 points for the Greyhounds.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 25.1 points per game through seven. As of games of Thursday, December 5, Cormier is fourth in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (30.0), Oregon State University’s Roberto Nelson (25.4) and Evansville University’s D.J. Balentine (25.3).

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has six 20+ point games in seven contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

In the game at West Virginia, Cormier moved into 12th place all-time at Loyola in points, passing Joel Hittelman (1951-54). Cormier has 1,389 points six games into his senior year; next up on the chart is Bob Connor (1,431 points, 1967-71). With 11 more points, he will be come the 12th player in school history to score 1,400 or more in a career.

 

20-Plus, Five In A Row

Prior to Cormier, Gerald Brown was the most recent Greyhound to score 20 or more in five or more games. He did so in six outings, from December 30-January 15, 2006-2007.

Brown finished that season, his junior campaign, averaging 22.7 points per game.

 

Turnover Trend Turnaround

Loyola committed more turnovers than West Virginia by a slim margin, 11-9, but it was the reversal of a trend from the last four games.

In the four games prior to that against the Mountaineers, the Greyhounds had committed an average of 5.5 fewer turnovers than their opponents. The only other game this season that Loyola had more turnovers than its opponent came in the season-opener at Binghamton University when Loyola had 17 to the Bearcats’ 15.

Loyola righted its trend on Wednesday night against Catholic, committing a season-low six miscues to the Cardinals’ eight.

Through seven games, Loyola is averaging just 10.4 turnovers per game, 3.2 fewer than its opponents’ 13.6.

 

Positive Post Play

Loyola’s starting post players – Franz Rassman and Jordan Latham – both scored in double figures in the same game for the first time this season when they combined for 24 pointsWednesday night against Catholic.

Rassman made 7-of-9 shots from the field to set a career-high with 14 points, and Latham connected on 5-of-9 versus the Cardinals for 10 points.

Throw in Jarred Jones’ 13 points off the bench, also on 5-of-9 from the field, and Nick Gorski’s three, and the Loyola post players had 40 points.

 

On Target

The Greyhounds shot 53 percent from the field on Wednesday night, a season-high. Even better was their shooting performance in the second half when they made 20-of-30 shots (66.7 percent).

All eight Loyola players who attempted a shot in the second half made at least 50 percent of their attempts, led by Franz Rassman’s 5-of-5.

 

Five With 10 Or More

Five Loyola players finished the game with 10 or more points, led by Dylon Cormier’s game-high 23. Frans Rassman had 14, Jarred Jones, 13, Tyler Hubbard, 11, and Jordan Latham, 10.

It was the first time since February 2, 2013, that five or more players reached double digits in the points column. That night, six Greyhounds scored 11 or more in a double-overtime win at Niagara University.

Only once this season had four Loyola players scored 10 or more. That occurred in November 10’s overtime victory at Cornell University.

 

Slowing Leading Scorers

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season. In his next game, December 2 against No. 15 Florida, Napier hit the game-winner as time expired to finish with 26 points.

Loyola also did a solid job defensively on West Virginia’s leading scorers, guard duo Eron Harris and Juwan Staten. Harris finished with 14 after entering with a 21.1 points per game average; Staten scored four, despite averaging 18.1 prior to the contest. Combined the duo shot 6-of-23 from the field.

 

Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 9.1 points in Loyola’s first six contests, and he is shooting 42.6 percent overall from the field, 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.

On Wednesday night against Catholic, Laster scored just seven, but he posted career-highs with seven rebounds and five assists.

 

New Addition To The Family

Less than 24 hours after Loyola’s come-from-behind victory at UMBC, the Greyhounds had a new addition to their family. Head Coach G.G. Smith’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son, Ross Patrick Smith, on Thursday, November 21.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Laster From Deep

Eric Laster’s 3-point shooting made the Greyhounds’ comeback attempt a reality last week at UMBC. The sophomore guard hit four threes in a 41-second span with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

His first three came on a pull-up in transition at the 1:23 mark, and the second was off an R.J. Williams assist at 1:14. Laster knocked down his third from the top left side with 47 ticks left on the clock, and he took a Dylon Cormier pass five seconds later – after Cormier stole the ball in the backcourt – to knock down his final shot that pulled Loyola within a point, 76-75.

Laster finished the game with five threes – he hit one in the first half – a career-high. Entering the game, Laster had hit just six 3-pointers, five this season and one limited action last year.

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 25.1 times per game this season while converting 17.0 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 67.6 percent from the charity stripe, making 119-of-176.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation).

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 65 free throws through five games, making 41 (68.3 percent). He is averaging 9.3 free-throw attempts per game this season, 11th-most in the nation through December 5.

The Greyhounds are guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season and at least one in the Patriot League Championships); at this pace, Cormier would take 279 free throws this year. The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 536 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 377 made are also seventh on the Loyola career charts.

Last year, he was 172-of-232 (74.1 percent) from the line, taking an average of 6.8 free throws per game.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the four games.

The Greyhounds’ 74.3 points per game  in their first seven, more than seven points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 77.9, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots against Catholic brought his Loyola career total to 66, good for seventh place all-time at Loyola in the category With nine more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
12th 1,389 points
Next Bob Connor, 1,431
Field Goals Made
17th 461 field goals made
Next B.J. Pendleton, 490
3-Pointers Made
16th 90 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 377 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
T-21st 180 assists
Next Milt Williams, 190
Steals
6th 151 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola will take 12 days off for fall semester final exams before taking the floor next on Thursday, December 19. The Greyhounds will host Stony Brook University at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

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Loyola continues road swing at West Virginia Monday night

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at West Virginia Mountaineers

 

Monday, December 2, 2013  |  7:00 p.m.  |  MASN | ROOT Pittsb.

Morgantown, W.Va.  |  WVU Coliseum

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola wraps up its three-game road trip with a 7 p.m. game on Monday, December 2 at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Loyola wrapped up the month of November with a 4-1 record, marking the third time in as many years that the Greyhounds have lost just a single game during the season’s first month.

At 4-1, the Greyhounds are tied for the second-best start in school Division I history (since 1981-1982), matching the start of the 1985-1986, 1993-1994, , 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 teams. Those squads are behind the 2005-2006 team that won its first five.

Dylon Cormier has five 20-point games in as many contests, and three 30-plus efforts.
Last Time Out

The Greyhounds lost their first game of the season, falling on the road to then-No. 13 University of Connecticut, 76-66, on Tuesday, November 26.

Loyola cut the Huskies’ eight-point halftime lead to three on a trio of occasions in the first four minutes of the second half.

Dylon Cormier scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and was one of three Greyhounds to score in double figures. Eric Laster added 12, 10 in the first half, and R.J. Williams tallied 10 to go with six assists and a game-best four steals.

Loyola outrebounded Connecticut, 40-39, and the Greyhounds had 29 offensive boards.

 

 

Turn On The Television

Monday’s game is the third of three-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. ROOT Sports Pittsburgh will originate the game, and it will air live on MASN, the MId-Atlantic Sports Network in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic areas. Rob King will call the play-by-play, while Warren Baker will handle color analysis duties. Robby Incmilkoski will provide reports from the sideline.

 

Series History Versus West Virginia

Loyola and West Virginia will meet for the second time in series history on Tuesday.

In the first meeting, on November 15, 2009, in Morgantown, the teams were tied, 31-31, at halftime before the Mountaineers scored the first 11 points of the second half.

Loyola shot 52 percent from the field in the game, but then-No. 8 West Virginia made nine 3-pointers and had a 27-12 advantage going to the line, and the Mountaineers won, 83-60.

De’Shaun Butler led all scorers with 26 points.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 28.4 points per game through five. As of games of Friday, November 29, Cormier is second in the nation in scoring, trailing only Niagara University’s Antoine Mason (31.2). Mason’s Purple Eagles, however, are 1-5 through six games, while Loyola is 4-1 behind Cormier.

Cormier has scored 20 or more points in all five of the Greyhounds’ games, and he already has three 30-plus point efforts.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) has started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

 

 

20-Plus, Five In A Row

Prior to Cormier, Gerald Brown was the most recent Greyhound to score 20 or more in five or more games. He did so in six outings, from December 30-January 15, 2006-2007.

Brown finished that season, his junior campaign, averaging 22.7 points per game.

 

Slowing A Leading Scorer

Led by Dylon Cormier, who drew primary guarding responsibility, Loyola held Connecticut standout Shabazz Napier to just four points.

Napier, who was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team and was the reigning AAC Player of the Week, was 2-of-7 from the floor, and 0-of-1 from 3-point range in 33 minutes of action.

The 2012 All-Big East First Team honoree and member of this year’s John Wooden Award watch list entered the Loyola game averaging 16.8 points per game this season.

 

Improved Rebounding Performance

After being outrebounded by 25 and 19 in its two previous games – Fairfield and at UMBC – Loyola outrebounded then-No. 13 Connecticut, 40-39, last Tuesday in Hartford.

The Greyhounds had combined for just 54 rebounds in their previous two games, logging a season-low 23 against Fairfield and 31 versus the Retrievers. The 39 rebounds collected by UConn were the second fewest a Loyola opponent finished with this season (32 at Binghamton).

 

Need Better Second Chance Conversion

Part of Loyola’s outrebounding of Connecticut was the fact that the Greyhounds grabbed 20 offensive boards to the Huskies’ 10.

Loyola, however, converted the 20 offensive rebounds into just 16 second-chance points.

 

Strong Start

Eric Laster scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half against Connecticut to lead all scorers at the break.

Laster made 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc before halftime and also hit all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

Through the end of November, Laster is second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, making 64.7 percent of his attempts (11-of-17).

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, he has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first five games on the wing. He tied for the team lead in minutes played (34) at Cornell, and he scored in double figures (10) for the first time as a collegian.

Laster has averaged 9.8 points in Loyola’s first five contests, and he is shooting 45.7 percent overall from the field. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent from the field.

 

New Addition To The Family

Less than 24 hours after Loyola’s come-from-behind victory at UMBC, the Greyhounds had a new addition to their family. Head Coach G.G. Smith’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child and first son, Ross Patrick Smith, on Thursday, November 21.

 

From Way Back

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Recent Comebacks

In each of the last two seasons, Loyola’s largest deficits overcome in wins were those of 15 points. Last year, Loyola trailed Boston University by 15 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament only to rally for a victory.

During the 2011-2012 season, the Greyhounds were down by 15 at Fairfield but came back to win.

Both times, the Greyhounds’ largest deficit came with more than 15 minutes left in the game.

 

Laster From Deep

Eric Laster’s 3-point shooting made the Greyhounds’ comeback attempt a reality last week at UMBC. The sophomore guard hit four threes in a 41-second span with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

His first three came on a pull-up in transition at the 1:23 mark, and the second was off an R.J. Williams assist at 1:14. Laster knocked down his third from the top left side with 47 ticks left on the clock, and he took a Dylon Cormier pass five seconds later – after Cormier stole the ball in the backcourt – to knock down his final shot that pulled Loyola within a point, 76-75.

Laster finished the game with five threes – he hit one in the first half – a career-high. Entering the game, Laster had hit just six 3-pointers, five this season and one limited action last year.

 

Making A Point

R.J. Williams has continued his solid play at point guard for the Greyhounds, scoring 10 points in each of the last two games.

The junior also had six assists and a game-high four assists versus Connecticut.

 

At The Line

Loyola has gone to the free-throw line an average of 29.0 times per game this season while converting 20.4 per game. Overall, the Greyhounds are shooting 70.3 percent from the charity stripe, making 102-of-145.

Last season, Loyola went to the line 716 times, an average of 22.4 per game (tied for 46th in the nation). The Greyhounds thus far have raised their free-throw percentage by three percent from 68.3 last year.

 

Cormier Near The Top

Dylon Cormier has shot 58 free throws through four games, making 40 (69.0 percent). He is averaging 11.6 free-throw attempts per game this season, fourth-most in the nation through November 29. The Greyhounds are guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season and at least one in the Patriot League Championships); at this pace, Cormier 348 free throws.

The single-season record for free throws attempted at Loyola is 255, set in 1997-1998 by Mike Powell.

Cormier has attempted 527 free throws in his career thus far, seventh most in school history. His 373 made are also seventh on the Loyola career charts.

Last year, he was 172-of-232 (74.1 percent) from the line, taking an average of 6.8 free throws per game.

 

Down The Stretch

In its first five games, Loyola has trailed at the 10-minute mark in regulation during three of its four wins and four games overall, but the Greyhounds have excelled down the stretch.

The Greyhounds have outscored their opponents 27.4-19.6 (137-98) in the final 10 minutes of games (final 10 minutes of regulation or final five of regulation and five overtime minutes). During that span, Loyola is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds’ defense has held opponents to 35.7 percent from the field and just 29.2 percent from behind the arc. Loyola has forced 23 opponent turnovers, 15 by way of Greyhounds steals.

As good as Dylon Cormier has been this season, he has been at his best during the waning minutes of games. In the final 10 minutes of Loyola’s first three contests, Cormier has scored 55 points, just 43 points less than Loyola’s opponents have scored in that stretch.

 

The Difference A Year Makes

When talking about his coaching philosophies, first-year head coach G.G. Smith has said that he would like the team to play a bit faster on the offensive end than in past years, and that was shown in the four games.

The Greyhounds’ 77.2 points per game  in their first five is almost 10 points higher than last year’s average of 66.9.

Conversely, it has led Loyola to allowing more points, 74.8, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

Swatting Shots

Jordan Latham’s two blocked shots at UMBC  brought his Loyola career total to 62, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time at the school. He is now tied with former teammate Julius Brooks (2009-2013). With 13 more swats, Latham will match Omari Israel for sixth place with 75.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field against Fairfield, but the Greyhounds squeezed out the win, 59-52, thanks to a 24-of-34 night from the free-throw line.

The game was reminiscent in many ways of the another recent game against Fairfield. The last time Loyola won a game when shooting 34.1 percent or lower was when it went 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent) to beat Stags, 48-44, on March 5, 2012, in the MAAC Championship Game. The win advanced Loyola to its first NCAA Tournament in 18 seasons.

 

Cormier Earns League Honors

Dylon Cormier had a career-high setting opening weekend in the Greyhounds’ victories over Binghamton University and Cornell University, and he was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.

He earned the honor again on Monday, November 25, after his 34-point effort in the come-from-behind win at UMBC.

 

Cormier’s 30+ Point Games

Dylon Cormier is the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He is the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Jones Breaks Out

Jarred Jones had a career night in the season-opener against Binghamton, recording personal bests in points (22), rebounds (7), field goals made (8), field goal attempts (11) and blocked shots (4).

The sophomore carries Loyola’s offense in the first half when it was otherwise stagnant, scoring nine points in just over five minutes. During that span, Loyola scored just two other points, but a Jones layup at 11:12 closed the Binghamton lead to four.

Jones tied for game-high, and led Loyola, with six offensive rebounds. His boards led to 10 Greyhounds points.

While his offensive production was critical, his four blocked shots were just as important. Jones swatted two Binghamton layups with weak-side help in the final 2:10 of regulation. The first block came in transition, and the second was on a drive from the left side. Both shots would have given Binghamton the lead if not for the blocks.

He followed that game with a 13-point, 7-rebound effort against Cornell.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

 

New Year, New Coach, New League

In addition to sporting a new coach, Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
13th 1,355 points
Next Joel Hittelman 1,360
Field Goals Made
18th 448 field goals made
Next Erik Etherly, 450
3-Pointers Made
16th 86 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92 
Free Throws Made
7th 373 free throws made
Next Mike Krawcyzk, 394
Assists
23rd 176 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 149 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the first time during the month of December for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday night against Catholic University of American. The game will air live on the Patriot League Network.

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Maryland CB Hendy earns national defensive award

Posted on 22 September 2013 by WNST Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of Maryland junior defensive back A.J. Hendy has been named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week as announced by The Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.

On Saturday against West Virginia, Hendy recovered two fumbles and returned an interception 26 yards for Maryland’s second touchdown of the game as the Terps defeated the Mountaineers, 37-0. The interception is Hendy’s second of his career. Both of his interceptions have been returned for touchdowns. Against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011, Hendy intercepted his first career pass and returned it 32 yards for a score.

Hendy and the Maryland defense forced six West Virginia turnovers on Sunday and held the Mountaineers to 175 yards of total offense. It is the first shutout for the Terps since blanking Wake Forest on Oct. 18, 2008 (26-0), and its first shutout of West Virginia since defeating the Mountaineers 33-0 on Sept. 18, 1999.

Hendy is the first Maryland player to win Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors.

Maryland travels to Tallahassee to face No. 8 Florida State on Oct. 5 in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

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