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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: U.S. Open Cup-DC United @ Real Salt Lake (Tuesday 9pm from Sandy, UT live on GolTV), MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Friday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); College Soccer: Tulsa @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Ludwig Field), Boston College @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm Ludwig Field); Delaware @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Visalia, CA live on SpikeTV); Fall Ball Lacrosse: Play for Parkinson’s feat. Towson, Loyola, Air Force, Georgetown (Saturday 10am Episcopal School Alexandria); Navy @ UMBC (Saturday 12pm UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez/Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin (Saturday 9:45pm from Orlando/Moscow live/on HBO)

10. Flaming Lips/Tame Impala (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Raheem DeVaughn (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Take 6 (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Bodeans (Thursday & Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Phil Vassar (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Portugal. The Man (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), All Time Low (Monday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Big Boi (Wednesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Boyce Avenue (Friday 6:30pm 9:30 Club), The Naked and Famous (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Colin Hay (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Grouplove (Tuesday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Daryl Hall & John Oates (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre), Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); Two Door Cinema Club (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), The Weeknd (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience Part 2 of 2”, Lorde “Pure Heroin” and Rush “Vapor Trails” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be in Fed Hill Saturday night for Sister Sparrow. Jay-Z used to be the best thing to come from Brooklyn.

Support our friends from All Time Low. They represent Charm City in a tremendous way.

I’d drive down to DC to see The Naked and Famous. They’re fun.

There’s no such thing as too much Justin Timberlake.

9. Amy Schumer (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Aries Spears (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Richard Lewis (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Fells Point Fun Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); DogFest (Saturday 10am Baltimore Humane Society); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); “This Is The End” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Gravity“, “Runner Runner” and “A.C.O.D.” out in theaters (Friday)

Amy Schumer is a Towson alum. She’s the third best (1-My fiancee, 2-Rob Ambrose). Questionable for work.

“This Is The End” was the funniest movie of the summer. In fairness, it wasn’t a very funny summer.

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Towson football gets two more TV games on Comcast SportsNet

Posted on 22 July 2013 by WNST Staff



RICHMOND, Va. – The Towson University football team will make two additional appearances on television this season when it was announced that a slate of 13 games are set to air on the NBC Sports Regional Networks, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England.

The Tigers’ home game against New Hampshire on October 5 at 12 noon will be shown on the NBC Sports Regional Networks while Towson’s October 26 game at Richmond will also be televised.

Last week, it was announced that the October 12 matchup between Towson and Villanova would be aired on the NBC Sports Network while the November 23 contest between Towson and James Madison will also be televised.

The 2013 CAA Football television schedule was further enhanced on Monday when it was announced that an exciting slate of 13 games are set to air this season on NBC Sports Regional Networks, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England.

The NBC Sports Regional Network’s schedule kicks off on September 14 when league newcomer Albany welcomes Rhode Island to the Capital Region at 7 p.m. for its first-ever game at the new Bob Ford Field.

The NBC Sports Regional Networks will serve up a doubleheader the following two Saturdays. On September 21, Stony Brook makes its first televised appearance under the league banner when it visits Villanova for a rematch of last year’s FCS championship first round game at 3 p.m. and URI travels to take on William and Mary under the lights at 7 p.m. Fans will see Maine swing southward to face Richmond at 4 p.m. on September 28 before a pair of perennial powerhouses, James Madison and Delaware, meet in Newark to square off in the primetime slot.

On October 5, New Hampshire visits Towson at Noon before Delaware and Albany both make their second regionally televised appearance the following week when they meet for a matinee at Delaware Stadium.

A pair of potent offenses will be on display in Durham on Oct. 19, as UNH looks to continue its winning ways at Cowell Stadium when it hosts Villanova at Noon. Another matinee follows a week later when Towson travels to Richmond.

November opens with Homecoming in Harrisonburg on November 2, as JMU welcomes Villanova to campus for a2:30 p.m. kick. William and Mary makes its way to Newark for a 3 p.m. matchup with Delaware on November 9before viewers are taken back to Bridgeforth Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. showdown between the Dukes and Stony Brook on November 16.


The CAA Football regular season comes to a close with Rivalry Week on Nov. 23. That contest is set for selection 12-14 days prior to gameday.

In addition to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England, other NBC Sports Regional Networks will televise select match-ups from the package. Complete schedules will be announced at a later date.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consist of 13 regional networks that deliver more than 2,400 live sporting events annually, along with breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming, to more than 50 million homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, NECN, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY.

Throughout the 2013 season, every game televised regionally on NBC Sports Regional Networks will also be simulcast digitally to out-of-market areas for free on CAA.TV. A select number of these specific games may also be featured in high definition and available live for free on the CAA iPad app. Digital broadcasts will be blacked out in areas where the telecast is available via fans’ cable provider. A free login will be required to view the games both via CAA.TV on a computer or using the CAA’s iPad app. More information on the CAA.TV login requirement will be available closer to the season and promoted via CAA Football’s online presence.

CAA Football is on Twitter @CAAFootball and uses the official hashtag #CAAFB. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and blogging on our official Every Day Is Saturday blog at caafootball.wordpress.com. All CAA Football video productions can be found on our YouTube Channel.

A complete list of CAA Football games on NBC Sports Regional Networks is listed below. (All time listed ET. Schedule subject to change.)


Date Teams Time Network
Saturday, Sept. 14 Rhode Island at Albany 7 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Sept. 21 Stony Brook at Villanova 3 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Sept. 21 Rhode Island at William & Mary 7 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Sept. 28 Maine at Richmond 4 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Sept. 28 James Madison at Delaware 7 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Oct. 5 New Hampshire at Towson Noon NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Oct. 12 Albany at Delaware Noon NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Oct. 19 Villanova at New Hampshire Noon NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Oct. 26 Towson at Richmond Noon NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Nov. 2 Villanova at James Madison 2:30 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Nov. 9 William and Mary at Delaware 3 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Nov. 16 Stony Brook at James Madison 3:30 p.m. NBC Sports Regional Networks
Saturday, Nov. 23 TBD – Rivalry Week Game Noon NBC Sports Regional Networks

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UMBC hopes to bounce back Wednesday at New Hampshire

Posted on 12 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC starts a two-game America East road swing on Wed., Feb. 9 when they visit New Hampshire at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tip-off time between the Retrievers and Wildcats is 7:00 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-7, 6-18) could not recover from another poor start and fell to Vermont, 67-55, at the RAC Arena on Sat., Feb. 9. In the three-game homestand, UMBC trailed by 9, 15 and 9 points at the midpoint of the fi rst half. They rallied to defeat Maine, 68-67, in the opener, but lost to Albany and Vermont. SR G Brian Neller has hit 22 treys in his last five games, while SO G Joey Getz scored in double figures in two of the three games at the RAC Arena. SR G Ryan Cook (14.7 ppg) leads UMBC in scoring, but is now at a season-low in scoring average.

WILDCAT UPDATE: New Hampshire (2-8, 6-16) had the bye this weekend, after falling, 63-48 at Vermont on Feb. 6. The Wildcats are 0-5 at home in league play in 2013. SR F Ferg Myrick, who leads the Wildcats with 13.8 ppg, scored just two points at Vermont a week ago. Myrick leads UNH with 34 three-point field goals.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC has the weekend off before traveling to Long Island to take on Stony Brook at Pritchard Gym on Tues., Feb. 19.

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UMBC looks for first conference win Wednesday against UNH

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team plays at home for the first time since Dec. 12 and opens the home portion of its America East Conference schedule on Wed., Jan. 9 when they host the New Hampshire Wildcats. The road time has won five of the last six meetings between UMBC and UNH. The opening tap is slated for 7:05 p.m. Streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Host Maine shot a blistering 58.5 percent from the floor and withstood a late Retriever rally to win their fourth straight, defeating visiting UMBC, 81-66, at Alfond Arena on Jan. 5. JR F Chase Plummer scored 14 points off the bench to lead UMBC (0-2, 2-13), which is in the midst of an eight-game slide. SR G Ryan Cook leads UMBC with 16.2 ppg and has scored in double figures in ten straight games.

WILDCAT UPDATE:  New Hampshire (0-2, 4-10) has lost five consecutive games since a 64-58 win over Yale on Dec. 8. Most recently, UNH fell, 65-49, to league favorite Stony Brook on Jan. 5. SR F Ferg Myrick  leads four Wildcats in double figures with 15.4 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in three of UNH’s last six outings. JR C Chris Pelcher (10.6 ppg, team-high 7.3 rpg) is one of the league’s top rebounders and is shooting 53 percent from the floor.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers head back out on the road to face a red-hot Vermont squad on Sat., Jan. 12.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-MISL Baltimore Blast @ Chicago Soul (Friday 8:30pm from Hoffman Estates, IL live on MISLtv.com), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Saturday 7:30pm from Milwaukee live on MISLtv.com); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-John Molina vs. Dannie Williams (Friday 9pm from Santa Fe live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: Miami @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack 20th Anniversary Show (Friday 8:30pm Rams Head Live), Bloc Party (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Kris Allen (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Yellowcard (Friday 5pm 9:30 Club); David Murray Big Band & Macy Gray (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club (Saturday 7:30pm Creative Alliance); Dropkick Murphys “Signed and Sealed in Blood” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know someone who is camping out for his spot to check out the JCS anniversary show…

I was never a huge Yellowcard fan, but I know they’re about to hit the road with our boys from All Time Low, so I’m back on the bandwagon. Plus this song always kinda kicked ass…

Say what you want about Macy Gray being a weirdo. Don’t say she isn’t a talented chick.

You may remember Dropkick Murphys as the band that put a Christmas tune on their album that was coming out in January. BRILLIANCE.

9. Jim Gaffigan (Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); George Lopez (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Christian Finnegan (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Dredd“, “Frankenweenie” & “Archer Season 3” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Zero Dark Thirty“, “Gangster Squad” & “Promised Land” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Want to move into “best friend” territory with me? Get me Archer Season 3. NOW.

On the list of spots participating in BCWRW? Costas Inn. Oysters Rockefeller for all!!!

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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Week

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Sophomore Running Back Led Towson To 64-35 Victory Over No. 7 New Hampshire

– Sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 17, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The second-leading rusher in the CAA, West led the Tigers to a 64-35 victory over No. 7 New Hampshire in their regular season finale, a win that earned Towson a share of the CAA championship.

In the regular season finale, West ran for a seasonal high 236 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to their fourth straight win. In the first quarter, he scored on a four-yard TD run to give Towson a 7-6 lead. Later in the first period, he had a 64-yard run that set up Towson’s second touchdown of the game.

In the first quarter at UNH, he had three carries for 76 yards. At halftime, he had 94 yards on six carries.

Led by West, the Tigers broke the game open in the second half. The Tigers owned a 30-28 lead at intermission before scoring four touchdowns in a row. In the second half, West ran for 142 yards on 13 carries. With 8:23 remaining in the game, he scored on a five-yard run to give Towson a 50-28 lead.

West, who had the second-highest single game total of his career in the win over UNH, finished the regular season with 1,046 yards on 195 carries, second in the CAA. He also scored 15 touchdowns in 10 games to lead the CAA for the second year in a row.

In 21 career games, West has rushed for 2,340 yards on 389 carries. The fifth-leading rusher in school history, he is averaging 6.0 yards per carry in his career. The winner of the 2011 Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football, West has scored 44 touchdowns in 21 career contests. He needs only three more touchdowns to tie the school record set by Jason Corle, ’01.

For West, this marks the third time in his career that he has been selected as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week.

Towson, which won the CAA championship for the second year in a row, finished the regular season with a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the CAA. Over the last two years, Towson is 16-7 with a 13-3 record in CAA play.

After closing out the season with four straight wins, the Tigers were hoping for an NCAA FCS playoff berth. However, Towson did not receive an at-large berth to the playoffs.
– TowsonTigers.com –

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Title hopes at stake as Towson visits New Hampshire Saturday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

DURHAM, N.H. – Riding a three-game winning streak, the Tigers will be seeking to stake their claim to a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship when they visit Cowell Stadium to face CAA co-leader New Hampshire …A Tiger win over UNH would throw the entire CAA into a mad scramble because it would create the possibility of a six-way tie for first place in the CAA … Wins by Towson over UNH, James Madison over Old Dominion, Richmond over William & Mary and Villanova over Delaware would leave Towson, UNH, JMU, Richmond and Villanova all tied for first place at 6-2 and would force the utilization of a tie-breaker scenario.

For Towson to have its best shot at its second straight CAA championship, the Tigers would like a three-way tie with New Hampshire and Villanova because Towson would hold the tie-breaker over both teams.

The Tigers, who are the defending CAA champions, have won 12 of their last 15 CAA games … Towson was 7-1 in 2011 and has a 5-2 record this year … From 2007 to 2010, the Tigers were 3-29 in CAA games.

Towson is also seeking its second straight appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs … Last year, the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid as conference champion … Towson earned a first-round bye and dropped a 40-38 heartbreaker to Lehigh in the second round of the playoffs before a sellout crowd at Unitas Stadium.

Towson and New Hampshire are meeting for the ninth time in a series that began in 1980 … UNH has a 7-1 series lead and didn’t lose a game to the Tigers until last year.

The two teams first met in 1980 when Towson was a Division II program … UNH won that contest, 10-6 despite a 51-yard field goal by future NFL All-Pro punter Sean Landeta … In 1981, Towson and New Hampshire met in Durham and the Wildcats pulled out a 31-29 victory … The teams did not meet again until 2004 when they were conference rivals … In seven games as conference rivals, UNH has averaged 43.3 points per game … In conference games, their average margin of victory has been 29.3 points … UNH has a 4-0 record at home against Towson.

On its way to its first CAA championship last season, the Tigers finally beat UNH for the first time ever, handing the Wildcats a 56-42 loss at Unitas Stadium … The two teams combined for 98 points and 1,128 total yards.

The Tigers, who are seeking their first-ever win at Cowell Stadium, have been a very good road team the last two seasons … In fact, Towson has won six of its last seven CAA road games … In 2011, Towson earned CAA road wins at No. 17 Old Dominion (39-35), No. 14 William & Mary (38-27), No. 7 Maine (40-30) and Rhode Island (28-17) … Towson has a 2-1 CAA road record this year … On Oct. 6, the Tigers lost at No. 5 James Madison (13-10) … But, Towson bounced back with a 49-35 win at No. 19 Villanova and a 34-27 overtime victory at No. 23 Delaware one week later.

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Towson S Dangerfield suspended for finale at UNH

Posted on 15 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Tiger Safety To Miss Tigers’ Game At New Hampshire

RICHMOND, Va. – Senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) of the Towson University football team has been suspended for one game by the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) as a result of two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the Tigers’ 41-10 win over the University of Rhode Island last week.

A three-year starter at safety for the Tigers, Dangerfield will not play in Towson’s regular season finale at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. The Tigers, now 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the CAA, can earn a share of the CAA championship with a win over UNH.

CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager and CAA Football Coordinator of Officials Jim Maconaghy reviewed the video of the two plays, along with the National Coordinator of Football Officials and his advisory panel. The NCAA panel concluded that  Dangerfield’s actions in the Rhode Island game warranted a one-game suspension and the CAA agreed.

Commissioner Yeager said, “Upon extensive video review of several plays by the conference office and the NCAA Football officiating panel, Towson senior defensive back Jordan Dangerfield has been suspended for one game by the CAA following unsportsmanlike play in the Tigers’ game against Rhode Island on Nov. 10. Dangerfield will not play in Towson’s upcoming contest at New Hampshire on Nov. 17.”

“It is unfortunate for our team that we will have to play such an important and historic game without our All-American safety Jordan Dangerfield,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “With that being said, I have great confidence that our team will rise to the challenge once again as they have continued to support each other through adversity all season long.”

A pre-season All-American selection, Dangerfield has made 69 tackles this season, second on the team. He is ranked 16th in the CAA in tackles and has broken up six passes, a mark that leads the team. A two-year co-captain, Dangerfield has made 258 tackles in his career, 11th on Towson’s all-time list.

The Tigers, who have won three games in a row, will face New Hampshire at Cowell Stadium on Saturday at 12 noon. The game will be broadcast back to the Baltimore area on Comcast Sports.
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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack (Saturday 3pm from Nottingham, ENG live on Pay-Per-View); NBA: Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats (Tuesday 7pm from Charlotte live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks (Wednesday 8:30pm from Dallas live on Comcast SportsNet), Utah Jazz @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Indiana Pacers @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Gymnastics: Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center)

10. Rick Ross (Saturday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); The Who (Tuesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Civil Twilight (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Yellowcard (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Chrisette Michele (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Kreayshawn (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Rome (Wednesday 7pm Recher Theatre), Smile Empty Soul (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Joe Budden (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Marc Cohn (Thursday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Yeasayer (Wednesday & Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love and Special Sauce (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Dan Deacon (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Dangermuffin (Tuesday 8pm Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge); Heart (Tuesday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Ray LaMontagne (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Aretha Franklin (Saturday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Chris Isaak (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts); Ballyhoo (Friday 8pm Looney’s College Park); Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Green Day “Dos” and Soundgarden “King Animal” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I STILL haven’t stopped hearing from everyone who went to the last Civil Twilight show at RHL…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis provide some real, thought-provoking hip-hop. Genuine…

Dangermuffin-good name, better band.

If I’m telling the truth, I swoon a bit every time I hear this Ray LaMontagne tune…

9. Tom Green (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Craig Ferguson (Friday 7pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Anthony Bourdain (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); “Lincoln” out in theaters (Friday); “Brave” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’m not going to lie…I used to be SO in on Tom Green. For example, this was a GREAT bit…

I’d like to see Lincoln. I’d like to see THIS even more…

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UMBC wins America East in PK’s, advances to NCAA Soccer Tournament

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- For the second time in three years, the UMBC men’s soccer team has won the America East title and will represent the conference in the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup. The second-seeded Retrievers and fifth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats played to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but UMBC advanced to the championships by prevailing, 4-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC (11-4-5) junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) was named the championship’s  Most Outstanding Player. Saunders made five saves, including a point-blank stop in the second overtime period, and stopped a pair of UNH (7-7-6) attempts in the penalty kick shootout. He also blanked Stony Brook, 1-0, in the semifinals.

The Retrievers will compete in their third Division I NCAA Championship, with previous appearances in 1999 and 2010. The team will learn its first-round opponent on Monday afternoon when the brackets are announced.

“The last two days, we told them we would find a way to win knowing they (UNH) was a great defensive team and if it comes down to penalty kicks, whatever it takes, we are going to do it, and that’s exactly what we did,” head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said.

The partisan UMBC crowd of 1,016 was shocked early on as the America East Striker of the Year, junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) went down and had to be helped off the field in the fourth minute of play. Caringi, who led America East with 14 goals on the season, did not return to the lineup.

However, the Retrievers did control much of the play in the first 45 minutes. The best scoring chance came in the 13thminute, when junior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) tested UNH sophomore netminder Travis Worra with a 19-yard shot toward the far post, but Worra made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Saunders, who was not tested in the first half, made a pair of saves on UNH midfielder Robert Palumbo in the 50thminute, stopping an initial drive from 16 yards out and then rejected a rebound opportunity from seven yards away.

UMBC countered with good chances in the 68thand 70th minutes, but freshman midfielder Michael Burgos (Huntingtown, Md./The Calverton School) was wide with a header, and sophomore midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) missed on the short side after a cross from Dacres.

The game headed to overtime, and although UMBC outshot UNH, 6-2, over that 20-minute span, the Wildcats had two outstanding opportunities. In the 95’, reserve midfielder David Schlatter hit the underside of the crossbar as he found himself unguarded on the right side from 12 yards out.

With less than four minutes to play in the second extra period, Schlatter got inside of the Retriever defense and drilled a seven-yard shot, but Saunders aggressively challenged and turned the attempt away.

Just as it did in 2010, the game went to penalty kicks and the results were similar. UMBC senior Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) converted, as did UNH senior back Jordan Thomas, and Retriever sophomore midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) gave UMBC a 2-1 advantage. UNH freshman Lukas Goerigk tried to beat Saunders to the goalie’s right, but the Retreiver netminder made the save on the hard shot along the turf.

UMBC senior fullback Liam Paddock (Worcesteshire, England/Chase Technology) and Palumbo matched scores, and the Retrievers led, 3-2, after three rounds. Dacres drilled his attempt into the upper left corner, but Saunders ended the proceedings by stopping Ryan McNabb’s effort with a similar diving save to his right.

The Retrievers won the 2010 shootout, 5-4 and went on to defeat No. 10 Princeton, 2-1, in the first round, before falling in penalty kicks at William & Mary.

“Tonight in general says a lot about UMBC Soccer- the crowd, the atmosphere, the enthusiasm for our program.,” Caringi said. “This is a culmination of a lot of work. This is a win for UMBC in general. I am really proud of the school and how everyone responded.”

In addition to Saunders, Dacres, Paddock and senior midfielder Dave Vaeth (Dundalk, Md./Patapsco) earned All-Tournament Team honors.

UMBC outshot UNH, 21-10, overall and earned 11 corners to five for the Wildcats. Worra collected seven saves in the contest.

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