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Navy Announces 2012 Football Schedule

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Navy Announces 2012 Football Schedule

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Five home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, a trip to Dublin, Ireland to face Notre Dame, road games at Penn State and Air Force and the annual Army-Navy game presented by USAA in Philadelphia highlight the 2012 Navy football schedule released today.

CBS Sports Network will televise all five games in Annapolis, while CBS Sports will televise the Notre Dame and Army games.

Navy will kick-off the 2012 season on Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland against Notre Dame.  The game will be played at Aviva Stadium, located in the heart of Dublin, and marks the first time the stadium has hosted an American football game.

It will also be the first time in program history that Navy has opened up against Notre Dame and the second time the two teams have met in Dublin.  Navy played the Irish at Croke Park in 1996.

After a week off, the Mids will travel to Happy Valley on Sept. 15 to take on Bill O’Brien’s Penn State Nittany Lions.  It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1974 when Navy shocked Penn State in State College, 7-6.

VMI comes to town on Sept. 22 for the home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It will be the ninth meeting between the two schools and the first since 2003 when Navy defeated the Keydets, 37-10, in the season opener.

The Mids will have revenge on their minds when San Jose State comes calling on Sept. 29. Last fall, the Spartans eliminated the Midshipmen from bowl contention with a 27-24 victory in San Jose.

Navy will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy on Oct. 6.  The Falcons won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy last year thanks to a 35-34 overtime victory over Navy in Annapolis.

The Mids will travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. the following week, as Navy will play at Central Michigan on Oct. 13.  It will be the first time Navy has played at Central Michigan and the first time Navy has played in the state of Michigan since 2006 when the Mids beat Eastern Michigan at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Indiana Hoosiers come to Annapolis the following week (Oct. 20) for Homecoming.  It will be just the third time in school history that the two teams have met and it will be Indiana’s first trip to Annapolis.  The Hoosiers will be the first Big 10 team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since Northwestern beat Navy in 2002.

East Carolina will play host to Navy on Oct. 27 in Greenville.  The Pirates knocked off Navy last year in a thriller, 38-35.

Navy and Florida Atlantic will meet on the gridiron for the first time the following week as new head coach Carl Pelini brings his Owls North to Annapolis on Nov. 3.

Navy will make its first trip to Troy, Ala. on Nov. 10 when the Mids take on the Troy Trojans. Navy defeated Troy last year, 42-14.

The home finale takes place on Nov. 17, when Dennis Franchione and the Texas State Bobcats come to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Senior Day.

The 2012 Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA will take place at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 8.  Navy leads the all-time series, 56-49-7, and has won a series-record 10-consecutive games against the Black Knights.

Season tickets, both renewals and new purchases, will go on sale Feb. 1 and are $180.  Those who purchase season tickets will also have an option at that time to buy single-game tickets, as well as tickets for the Navy-Notre Dame game in Dublin.

2012 Navy Football Schedule
Sept. 1              vs. Notre Dame (Dublin, Ireland)
Sept. 15            at Penn State
Sept. 22            VMI
Sept. 29            San Jose State
Oct. 6               at Air Force
Oct. 13             at Central Michigan
Oct. 20             Indiana (Homecoming)
Oct. 27             at East Carolina
Nov. 3              Florida Atlantic
Nov. 10            at Troy
Nov. 17            Texas State
Dec. 8              vs. Army (Philadelphia)

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DeChellis Sails From Penn State, Anchors With Navy

Posted on 23 May 2011 by WNST Staff

The United States Naval Academy pulled off one of the most impressive hires of the year Monday, announcing Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis as their replacement for Billy Lange-who had recently departed to join Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova.

Here is the official release, courtesy of the Navy Sports Information Department…

Ed DeChellis Named Head Basketball Coach At The Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Monday that Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis is leaving his post at Happy Valley to become the 19th head basketball coach at the Naval Academy.

“To have one of the most highly respected coaches and educators in the sport join our Navy family is a great day for the program and the Academy,” said Gladchuk.  “Ed’s maturity, integrity, character and accomplishments at Penn State have made him one of the most respected role models in the coaching ranks.  His career is all about building programs with educational priorities in place, including graduating every senior that has ever played for him, and in the end achieving team goals that resonate with competing for championships.  Ed will make a positive and impactful impression on Navy Basketball in short order.”

“I’m thrilled and honored to be the next head basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy,” said DeChellis.  “My wife and girls are excited to be a part of the Navy family and this is the perfect opportunity for me because I believe in the core values of the Academy. We fell in love with Annapolis and the Academy when we came and visited and we look forward to being part of a place so steeped in tradition. I look forward to the challenge of not only winning the Patriot League Championship and taking Navy back to the NCAA Tournament, but also helping young men become future leaders of this great nation of ours.  I look forward to meeting the players and talking to the recruits and starting the process of getting Navy Basketball back on the national stage.”

DeChellis, who is 52, led Penn State to a 19-15 record and a fourth place finish (9-9) in the Big Ten in 2010-11, including the Nittany Lions first appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game and the school’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2001.

The Nittany Lions were led by senior guard Talor Battle, who finished second in the Big Ten in scoring (20.2 ppg) and became the first player in school history to be named team MVP all four years.   Battle finished his career as Penn State’s all-time leading scorer with 2,213 points, surpassing Jesse Arnelle’s 56-year old Penn State record of 2,138, and finished 10th all-time in Big Ten history.

DeChellis was the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year, just the second Penn State basketball coach to ever earn coach-of-the-year honors, as he guided a Nittany Lion team that started three sophomores to a school-record 27 wins and the program’s first-ever national tournament title in winning the 2009 NIT. Along the way Penn State tied a program record for regular season wins (21), posted its second-most Big Ten Conference wins (10) and second-best finish (4th) ever, recorded just the 10th 20-win season in program history, knocked off four Top 25 teams (including a road win at eventual NCAA runner-up Michigan State), set a record for home wins (17) and posted the program’s most road wins (6) in the Big Ten era.

Penn State’s remarkable run was led by Battle, who was a first-team All-Big Ten, NABC and USBWA all-region selection and NIT MVP Jamelle Cornley, who finished his career ranked fourth all-time in scoring and rebounding at Penn State. Neither player was a highly sought blue-chip recruit, but found remarkable success and achievement under the tutelage of DeChellis and his staff.

His coaching performance in 2007-08 had many of his Big Ten colleagues and members of the media pointing to him as the conference’s coach-of-the-year. Primed for a run to the post-season in his fifth year at the helm, DeChellis saw his leading scorer, rebounder and preseason All-Big Ten first-team pick Geary Claxton go down with a torn ACL 16 games into the season. Second leading scorer and rebounder Jamelle Cornley also suffered a knee injury that limited him for much of the season and caused him to miss six games, including the last three. All DeChellis did was lead a team that started four freshmen and five newcomers to its most Big Ten wins and best Big Ten finish since 2001. Along the way his young Lions knocked off No. 7 Michigan State and No. 17 Indiana while winning five straight home games to end the campaign.

The Nittany Lions reached the NIT in 2006, DeChellis’ third year at the helm. Despite playing the youngest (12 underclassmen and one senior) and smallest line-up (just one player over 6-6 playing more than four minutes per game in league play) in the Big Ten, DeChellis led Penn State to its most overall wins (15), most non-conference wins (eight), most Big Ten wins (six), first Big Ten Tournament win and first post-season appearance (NIT) in five seasons.

DeChellis’ recruiting and coaching helped Penn State claim its first ever Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year (Jamelle Cornley, 2006) and three straight members of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Marlon Smith, 2004; Geary Claxton, 2005; Jamelle Cornley, 2006). The Lions had none before his arrival.  He also set about changing and revitalizing the program’s culture – stressing family, a team-first attitude and a commitment to excellence without shortcuts that his players embraced and took ownership of.

DeChellis wrapped up the year by being named the 2006 National Coaches Vs. Cancer Man-of-the-Year for his contributions in raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. DeChellis was presented the award by ESPN’s Jay Bilas before a large gathering of his peers at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in western Pennsylvania.

Penn State was coming off two consecutive seven-win seasons when DeChellis was named the 11th head coach in program history in April of 2003. Energizing the fans and players immediately, he helped guide Penn State to nine wins in his first season, better than each of the prior two seasons, with fewer players on scholarship than the previous year.

DeChellis began his coaching career in Happy Valley, serving as a graduate assistant coach under Dick Harter and Bruce Parkhill. In 1984, he moved on to Salem College in Salem, West Virginia, where he had a two-year stint as an assistant coach. While at Salem, DeChellis also served as the school’s Director of Intramurals. Showcasing the overall commitment to the growth of the young people he comes into contact with, DeChellis increased the Salem program from a four-sport entity into a broad-based program offering 40 activities to over 800 students — all in just two years, and all while serving as an assistant basketball coach.

In 1986, DeChellis returned to Penn State and began a very successful 10-year run as an assistant coach for nine years under Bruce Parkhill, a mentor to whom he credits his development as a coach, and one season under Jerry Dunn. During his time as a Nittany Lion assistant, Penn State made the transition to the Big Ten Conference and had some outstanding post-season success. DeChellis helped guide Penn State to four straight post-season appearances from 1989 through 1992.  During that four-year span of 20+ win seasons, Penn State posted an impressive 87-40 record.

The 1988-89 squad went 20-12, advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament finals and then on to the National Invitation Tournament.

The next season, Penn State set a school record for wins in a season posting a 25-9 record. The Nittany Lions advanced to the 1990 NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden, earning third place.

Building on two straight NIT appearances and a record-setting season, DeChellis helped the 1990-91 Penn State team to earn the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1965. Penn State went 21-11 and won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title. That win propelled Penn State into the NCAA Tournament and a first round upset of 16th-ranked UCLA. Penn State barely missed out on a trip to the Sweet 16 when it dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Eastern Michigan in the second round.

The 1991-92 season was a transitional year for Penn State as its affiliation with the Atlantic 10 ended and the Nittany Lions spent a year as an independent with Big Ten play just a year away. The Nittany Lions went 21-8 and earned another trip to the NIT.

Entrance into the Big Ten was a learning experience for the entire Nittany Lion athletic program, but improvement and growth occurred quickly for the basketball program. After a slow start in its initial year, Penn State improved in each year of conference play.

Penn State went 2-16 the first year in the loop, tripled that win total in year two going 6-12, and improved yet again with a 9-9 showing in 1994-95. That team went 21-11 overall and earned another trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals and took home another third place finish.

The following year, utilizing many players that DeChellis helped recruit, Penn State had its most successful Big Ten season to date and earned a second trip to the NCAA Tournament for DeChellis.

With Parkhill resigning prior to the start of the 1995-96 season, Dunn, an assistant on the Penn State staff with DeChellis, took over the helm of the Lions and along with DeChellis helped guide Penn State to a 21-7 record, a best-ever 12-6 mark and second place finish in Big Ten play, a top 10 national ranking, and another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

DeChellis returned to Penn State as the head coach after a very successful seven-year run as the head coach at East Tennessee State University. At ETSU he turned a last place Buccaneer team into a three-time conference division winner, a conference tournament champion and took ETSU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade.

Taking over a program that went 7-20 the year before his arrival, DeChellis amassed a 105-93 record in his seven years as head coach from 1996-97 to 2002-03. Showcasing the ability to build a program from the foundation up, DeChellis had his most successful seasons in his last three years. During that span, his ETSU teams went 56-31 and won three straight Southern Conference North Division titles.

DeChellis, who has a career record of 222-232 at two programs he had to completely rebuild and who has seen every senior that has played for him over his 15 years as a head coach graduate, is a 1982 graduate of Penn State.  He and his wife Kim have three daughters:  Casey, Erin, and Lauren.

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Rivalry Saturday Lacrosse: Hopkins Stuns Maryland, Stevenson Tops Salisbury

Posted on 16 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Saturday’s games, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Just in Time – Wharton’s Game-Winner Lifts Hopkins Past Maryland, 12-11

COLLEGE PARK, MD – When a series is being renewed for the 107th time, it’s not easy to play a game that ranks among the all-time best. While no one has seen all 107 meetings, it’s probably say to say that third-ranked Johns Hopkins’ 12-11 overtime win at fourth-ranked Maryland deserves such consideration, even if time is the only true judge of such things.

Time. For a time it looked like the senior-laden Terps would run away from the young Blue Jays. For a time it then seemed the Blue Jays had so much momentum that an overtime game-winner from senior Kyle Wharton wouldn’t be necessary. When they stopped keeping time, 16 seconds remained in the first overtime and Wharton’s goal had extended JHU’s winning streak to four – three of which have come by a goal.

The Blue Jays trailed 7-2 at the half and 8-3 after Grant Catalino answered Chris Boland’s strike early in the third quarter. With momentum on the Terps’ side, the Blue Jays rallied for a win that, for a time, didn’t seem possible.

Freshman Eric Ruhl jumped started a stunning 8-1 run with his seventh goal of the season midway through the third quarter. Maryland still had a four-goal lead at 8-4 when the third-quarter clock ticked under the three-minute mark, but freshman Phil Castronova found Boland alone on the doorstep with 2:55 remaining to make it 8-5 and Boland intercepted a clearing pass on the crease and scored again with nine seconds left in the third period to make it 8-6 entering the fourth quarter.

Wharton netted the first of his two goals after he blew home an eight-yarder after a perfect skip pass from sophomore John Greeley just 74 seconds into the fourth quarter and Boland scored two minutes later on a high-to-high shot from just above the goal line after coming from behind the cage to tie the game a 8-8.
It didn’t take much time – 56 seconds to be exact – for the Terps to regain the lead as Jake Bernhartdt scored from seven yards out, but Hopkins, which managed just three shots in the first quarter, struck for three goals in less than three minutes midway through the period to take an 11-9 lead.

Sophomore Zach Palmer’s highlight reel behind the back shot from the slot snuck inside the crossbar with 8:35 remaining and junior Marshall Burkhart too a nifty pass from Ruhl cutting across the front of the goal and beat Maryland’s Niko Amato from six yards out to give JHU a 10-9 lead 41 seconds after Palmer’s goal. When Boland capped his five-goal performance just over two minutes later, it appeared extra time wouldn’t be needed.

Maryland, to its credit, dug deep and scored twice in a 62-second span to knot the game at 11-11. Senior Ryan Young used a pick to the side of the goal to get free and scored hits 14th goal of the season and Joe Cummings added the equalized with 2:40 remaining in regulation.

Neither team scored down the stretch – JHU failed on a extra-man chance and Maryland turned the ball over with 12 seconds remaining – so the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse headed to extra time for the fifth time in the last 14 meetings.

By all accounts, Maryland had the game won – twice – in overtime. Cummings rang one off the inside of the pipe just over a minute into the extra session and Bernhardt was stoned from in tight by Pierce Bassett 20 seconds later.

The Blue Jays earned another extra man chance when Maryland was flagged for a slash, but the Blue Jays managed just one shot by Wharton and that was blocked. An errant pass late in the extra-man possession was tracked down by Greeley up near midfield and the Blue Jays worked the ball to Wharton, who sidestepped a defender, stepped inside and ripped a shot past Amato to give the Blue Jays their 13th win in the last 17 meetings with Maryland.

For all their late-game heroics, the Blue Jays were a step slow and out-of-sorts for the first 30 minutes, which ended with Maryland holding a five-goal lead. The Terps jumped out a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed that margin to 7-2 at the half as they scored on seven of their 15 first-half shots.

Back-to-back goals in an eight-second span early in the first quarter staked Maryland to a quick 2-0 lead. Cummings netted the first of his three goals before intermission off a nice feed to the slot from Young and Landon Carr scored eight seconds later off an assist from senior Brian Farrell after the Blue Jays lost the faceoff after Cummings’ goal on a violation.

The Blue Jays finally broke through with 5:12 remaining in the first quarter when Ruhl scored his sixth goal of the season, but the Terps held the Blue Jays scoreless for the remainder of the period and extended the lead to 3-1 with just 11 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Drew Snider dodged from behind the goal and beat Bassett up high.

After Cummings and Palmer exchanged goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter, the Terps scored three straight, including two in a nine-second span, to push out to the 7-2 lead at halftime.

Jake Bernhardt worked inside from the top of the box and beat Bassett from seven yards out, while his younger brother, Jesse, fired home a bouncer off the ensuing faceoff to make it 6-2. Cummings completed his first-half hat trick with 4:15 remaining in the first half to account for the 7-2 halftime score. The five-goal lead still held after Boland and Catalino traded goals in the first 3:01 of the second half, but as it turned out, the Blue Jays had more than enough time to make their comeback.

Hopkins earned a in after trailing by five goals for the first time since March 18, 2005, when they erased a 7-1 deficit at Syracuse and won, coincidentally, 12-11.

Boland’s five goals led the Blue Jays, while Wharton (2g, 2a), Palmer (2g, 1a) and Ruhl (2g, 1a) were also key contributors to an offense that scored nine goals in the second half and overtime. Bassett registered eight saves, including the key stop on Jake Bernhardt in overtime that eventually led to Wharton’s game-winner.

Cummings paced the Terps with four goals and Jake Bernhardt added a pair for Maryland, which also got one goal and two assists from Young and 12 saves from Amato in the loss.

Where does this win rank among JHU’s 68 victories against Maryland? What does a come-from-behind win like this – on the road against a top-five team – do for a young team like the Blue Jays? Only time will tell.

#3 Johns Hopkins (9-2) 1-1-4-5-1/12
#4 Maryland (8-3) 3-4-1-3-0/11

GoalsJ: Boland-5, Wharton-2, Palmer-2, Ruhl-2, Burkhart. M: Cummings-4, Ja. Bernhardt-2, Young, Catalino, Je. Bernhardt, Carr, Snider. AssistsJ: Ranagan-2, Wharton-2, Castronova, Greeley, Palmer, Ruhl. M: Young, Blye, Farrell, Schmidt. SavesJ: Bassett-8. M: Amato-12. Shots: J-35. M-28. EMOJ: 0-for-3 M: 0-for-1. Attendance: 8,072.

No. 3 Stevenson Wins at No. 2 Salisbury, Earns CAC Championship Top Seed

SALISBURY, Md. – Led by a season-high five points and four goals from senior Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East), the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team earned the top-seed in next week’s CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the No. 3 Mustangs posted a 16-12 victory over No. 2 Salisbury Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The win marked the second undefeated conference regular season in the last three seasons for Stevenson (15-1, 8-0 CAC) who extended its CAC regular season road winning streak to 14 games.

The Mustangs also improved to 3-3 at Sea Gull Stadium and 4-3 against the Sea Gulls since 2009.

With Stevenson’s win over second-ranked Salisbury and Endicott’s 9-8 victory over No. 1 Tufts on Saturday, the Mustangs have a good chance of being ranked at No. 1 in Monday’s USILA Division III Poll, reclaiming the nation’s top spot for the third-straight season.

Stevenson scored the game’s first five goals, two of which came from senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill), as the team built a 5-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Through 16 games this season, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents 71-19 in the opening quarter.

With three goals, Dailey now has 98 points this season, setting a new school record and surpassing the old mark of 96 set by current assistant coach and two-time USILA Attackman of the Year Steve Kazimer.

Stevenson extended its lead to as many as six with 6:36 remaining in the second quarter on Moffitt’s second goal of the game before Salisbury closed the half with three consecutive goals to pull within three at the half, 8-5.

After the Sea Gulls scored the first goal of the second half to cut the deficit to two, the Mustangs scored six of the next eight to push their lead back to six at 14-8 after the third quarter. Stevenson outscored Salisbury 11-4 over the first and third quarters.

The Sea Gulls (14-1, 7-1 CAC) opened the fourth quarter with three-straight goals to pull back within three, but that would be as close as they would get in suffering their first loss of the season and first at home since a 10-6 defeat to Stevenson in the CAC championship game on Apr. 24, 2010.

Senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) finished with four points, including three goals and now has 55 for the season, four shy of the school record set by senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) who had 59 in 2008.

Barthelme was one of nine different goal scorers for the Mustangs, including Ford who had a goal and two assists and senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) who also won 18-of-29 face-offs and totaled 11 ground balls with the 300th of his career. Witte now has 301 ground balls, 44 shy of Matt Smoot’s school record.

In his first career appearance versus Salisbury, junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled eight saves, including four in the fourth quarter while improving his record to 17-1 as a starter.

Saturday’s game featured 98 combined shots and 27 penalties for a total of 20:30.

Shawn Zordani and Sam Bradman each finished with four points for the Sea Gulls while Tony Mendes had three goals. Johnny Rodriquez made 15
saves.

Stevenson will host the winner of Sunday’s CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship first round between Mary Washington and Hood next Wednesday at Caves Athletics Complex beginning at 4:00 p.m.

UMBC Scores Final Four Goals; Upends Host Albany, 13-9, in Key America East Contest

Albany, N.Y.-UMBC sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) scored a career-high five goals and midfielders Jamie Kimbles (Centreville,Md./Queen Anne’s) and Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) amassed six points each, as the Retrievers outlasted Albany, 13-9, in miserable weather conditions at John Fallon Field.

The Retrievers won their third straight game and improved to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in America East play. Albany lost for the third consecutive time and fell to 4-8, 0-3.

The game was played in a driving rainstorm with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour and temperatures in the mid-40’s.

There were seven ties and the lead exchanged hands three times in the contest. The Great Danes tied the game for the final time at 9-9 on a Ryan Feuerstein goal with 11:01 remaining.

But Jones went to work, scoring three straight goals to put UMBC ahead for good. He got the game-winner with 9:53 to play , putting in a rebound of a Zach Linkous’ (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) saved shot. He then converted a pair of passes, as Albany started the double UMBC ball carriers. With 4:12 to play, Brown dished out his fourth assist of the game and Jones converted from the right edge of the crease. At the 2:37 mark, it was sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) hitting Jones all alone on the doorstep for an empty net score.

Sophomore long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal on a man-up situation, as Brown fed him with 1:52 remaining. 

Jones posted the most goals for a Retriever since Matt Latham scored six vs. Albany on April 17, 2010.

Kimbles posted career highs in goals (4) and points (6), scoing the four goals on five shots. On the heels of a 3-goal, 1-assist effort vs. Binghamton, Brown scored a goal and added five assists against the Great Danes.

Albany freshman attackman Miles Thompson led the Great Danes with three goals and one assist.

UMBC led, 3-1, after one quarter, as Kimbles scored the first two goals and assisted on Jones’ first score of the night. Albany evened the score at 3-3, but sophomore Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) gave the visitors a 4-3 lead with a left-handed shot from eight yards away with 12.8 seconds to go in the half.

The teams split eight third-quarter goals, as Albany took its second lead of the night at 7-6 on a man-up goal by Thompson with 3:13 to play in the stanza. But Kimbles evened it up at the 1:34 mark and freshman midfielder Brian Patton (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) gave UMBC an 8-7 advantage with his first collegiate goal 28 seconds later to close the scoring in the period.

UMBC junior netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) was credited with nine saves and improved to 5-3 on the campaign. Albany outshot UMBC, 36-32, but UMBC edged the hosts, 30-29, in ground balls.

The Retrievers are now 9-4 vs. the Great Danes and 3-2 in Albany. They have won five of the last six in the series.

UMBC returns home to face Vermont on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Tigers Edged by Penn State, 7-6

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Despite two goals in the first half by sophomore attackman Matt Hughes, the Tigers (2-9, 0-4) were unable to earn their first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season and dropped a 7-6 CAA decision against Penn State (6-5, 3-1) on Saturday night at Jeffrey Field.

Sophomore midfielder Danny Henneghan scored the game-winning goal with 8:02 remaining in regulation as the Nittany Lions rallied from a two-goal half-time deficit to earn their second win in the last three games.

The win allowed the Nittany Lions to avenge last year’s 10-9 loss at Unitas Stadium while handing the Tigers their fifth straight loss.

Henneghan, who won 10 of 16 face-offs, gave Penn State a one-goal lead when he won a face-off and scored just eight seconds after the Tigers tied the game on a goal by sophomore midfielder Alec Jernstedt. From there, the Nittany Lion defense held the Tigers scoreless en route to the victory.

After the teams traded goals in the first quarter, the Tigers scored three times, including a pair of Hughes goals, to take a 4-1 lead with 2:48 left in the second quarter.

With 2:21 remaining, senior midfielder Colton Vosburgh scored an unassisted goal to narrow the deficit to 4-2 at the intermission.

Less than two minutes into the third quarter, the Tigers upped their lead to 5-2 when junior attackman Matt Lamon scored an unassisted marker past freshman goalkeeper Austin Kaut.

But, the Tigers were held scoreless for the next 19 minutes, 55 seconds as the Nittany Lions took a 6-5 advantage with four straight goals, including a pair of markers from junior attackman Matthew Mackrides.

Mackrides led the Nittany Lions with two goals and an assist while Kaut made 13 saves.

Hughes paced the Tigers with a two-goal effort while Lamon contributed a goal with an assist. Senior goalkeeper Travis Love tied a season high by making 13 saves as the Tigers were outshot by a 35-32 margin.

The Tigers, who have played in six one-goal games this season, will play their final road game of the season next Saturday when they travel to Drexel University for a CAA game at Vidas Field at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions will begin a two-game road trip next Saturday at Delaware at 7 p.m.

Army Uses 10-Goal Second Half to Defeat Mids

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Led by attackmen Jeremy Boltus and Garrett Thul who combined to score nine goals on the afternoon, Army outscored Navy 10-2 in the second half to earn a 14-9 victory over the Midshipmen in men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

In a tale of two halves, Navy dominated the opening 30 minutes of play over the Black Knights.  The Mids owned an 18-5 advantage in shots, a 15-9 lead in ground balls and held an 8-5 edge in faceoffs.

After the two teams traded off goals, Navy staged a 4-0 run over the course of eight minutes.  Senior midfielder Kevin Doyle (Towson, Md.) scored a pair of goals during the run, while freshman attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a goal and added an assist.  Assisting Hull on his goal was senior midfielder Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.), who became just the 29th player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone.  He finished the game with a pair of assists.

Navy owned its largest lead of four at the 2:33 mark in the second quarter after junior middie Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) used a role dodge to punch in his lone goal of the game and gave the Mids a 7-3 advantage.

Army countered just under a minute later when junior midfielder Devin Lynch scored the first of his two goals running in from the right wing and getting off his shot before falling into the crease.  It was a goal that would trigger a five-goal run by the Black Knights, despite a 15-minute halftime break after Lynch’s goal.

The Black Knights came out like gang busters in the second half, scoring four goals in the first six minutes of action, including two in the first 1:15.  Lynch picked up where he left off in the first half, blowing past Navy defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.) and scoring off a lefty shot on the run 1:06 into the game.  Nine seconds later, long pole Tim Henderson fed midfielder Matt Hurley for a 15-yard sidearm shot that squirmed its way past Navy keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.).  Henderson then scored the game-tying goal at the 11:30 mark off a high velocity shot that when top shelf.

Army took its first lead of the game at the 9:03 mark, when the fantastic attack duo of Boltus and Thul hooked up with Boltus finding Thul on the crease to take an 8-7 lead.  Remarkably at that point in the game, Army had scored its eight goals on just 11 shots.

The Mids scored the equalizer with 3:58 to play in the third quarter when Jay Mann’s (Cockeysville, Md.) pass ricocheted off defenseman Larry LoRusso who was standing on the crease and went into the goal.

Army, though, wasted little time in answering, as Thul found Boltus who cranked a 10-yard shot from up top at 3:04 to give the Black Knights the lead for good.

Navy managed just one more goal in the game, as Hull scored his third goal of the game off an assist from fellow freshman Harrison Chaires (Ellicott City, Md.) on extra-man with 7:08 remaining in the contest.

“If we prevent the goal at the end of the first half and we score off that first possession of the second, it’s all of a sudden an 8-3 game and we have things well in hand,” said Navy head coach Richie Meade. “I’m proud of our guys. They did everything that we anticipated we needed to do, but Army overcame it.  This is difficult!”

“We had some great opportunities that just didn’t work out.  Whether we hit the post, hit Palesky or he made a stop, we just couldn’t put the ball away when we needed to.  I give Army a lot of credit for turning the tables on us when it looked like we had control of the game.”

Navy led Army in almost every statistical category – 40-21 in shots, 37-22 in ground balls, 15-12 in faceoffs – except one that played out to be the most stunning, saves.  Army’s Tom Palesky finished the contest with 11 saves, posting nine of them in the second half of play.  Meanwhile, Wickham, a 2010 Honorable Mention All-American, managed just one save in the game for the Mids and was yanked after the third quarter.  He was replaced by senior Mike Haas (Blue Bell, Pa.), who had seen action in just three career games coming into his final contest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Haas gave up four goals and made no saves.

“I’m not prone to changing goalkeepers,” added Meade.  “But after the third quarter, we felt like we had to do something.  RJ had a tough day.”

“Losing to Army in our stadium is emotional,” said senior defenseman Michael Hirsch (Schwenksville, Pa.).  “It’s frustrating.  But we are all brothers at the end of the day.  I went up to Jeremy Boltus after the game to congratulate him and we both said how much we respected the heck out of the other.”

The Mids will play their season finale next Saturday when they make the short trip to Baltimore to battle nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins.  Game time is set for 8:00 pm at Homewood Field in a nationally-televised contest broadcast on ESPNU.

Loyola-Georgetown Postponed Until Sunday, 3 p.m.

Loyola University Maryland’s men’s lacrosse game at Georgetown has been postponed until Sunday, April 17, due to the forecast of sever weather in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday. The Greyhounds and Hoyas will face-off on Multi-Sport Field at 3 o’clock. (The game will be heard on AM1570 WNST.)

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Spring Football Crucial as Terps, Mountaineers and Nittany Lions reload

Posted on 02 March 2009 by Todd Helmick

Although the official college football season is still a full six months away, spring football is under way. The Miami Hurricanes are already in pads and schools in warmer climates are now following suit. This is the time of year when coaches push extra buttons to find those that can carry the load mentally and physically.

 

Locally speaking, here is a glimpse at what coaches will be looking for in College Park, Morgantown and Happy Valley. Also, a quick look at some of the impact recruits for next season is in order.

 

MARYLAND

The dilemma in College Park resides in the fact that only eight starters return from last season, an extremely low number by any standard. Back-up QB Josh Portis has decided to transfer. Ergo, two-year starter Chris Turner should not be looking over his shoulder, the first time this has occurred for a QB during spring practice in over six seasons. The ball carriers are all back including Da’Rel Scott, the ACC’s No. 2 rusher statistically. What has to be the biggest question mark for coaches this spring will be the line of scrimmage. The blockers and tacklers up front are all newcomers in regards to fulltime duty as guard Phil Costa is the only returning starter on either side of the ball. Alex Wujciak bolsters the LB unit but the front seven has to locate some other playmakers. This spring may be the most crucial in Coach Friedgen’s eight-year tenure from a reloading standpoint.

 

Impact Recruits

With the line of scrimmage being a huge position of need, DE DeOnte Arnett out of Forestville H.S. (MD) should help immediately. Any school would be hard-pressed to find a defensive end that is better against the run. OG Peter White from St. John’s H.S. was the No. 1 rated player at any position coming out of the Washington, DC area. The 6’5, 340 lb. blocker has a 3.0 GPA and fills a huge need in terms of a road-grader (opens holes). C.J. Brown (Cranberry Township, PA) fits the prototypical Friedgen role for a QB. While carrying a 3.9 GPA he led the WPIAL in passing yards his senior season. One of his biggest attributes is his mobility and quickness. Brown also doubles as a basketball star.

 

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

The eyes of the nation will be watching Morgantown this spring to see how WVU operates without the longtime services of QB Pat White. His incumbent is athletic senior Jarrett Brown. His feet are not as swift but his throwing arm likely offers more than his predecessor. He has spent time on the Mountaineers basketball squad and has found playing time while filling in for an injured White. How offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen decides to utilize Brown will go a long way in defining the WVU post-Rodriguez offensive identity. The chief replacement project is up front where the offensive line will adorn five new starters. The concerns on the defensive side appear to be much more settled than they were a year ago where coaches had to completely rebuild the secondary. With full-time contributors like All-Big East performer Scooter Berry at DE and LB J.T. Thomas back in the fold, the defense should be ahead of schedule this spring with eight starters returning. 

 

Impact Recruits

RB Tavon Austin from Dunbar H.S. (Baltimore) owns practically every high school rushing record in the state. Coaches have already labeled him as the most exciting player signed since Noel Devine, the guy he will compete for carries with this coming fall. Another “sure-fire” bet for immediate playing time is JUCO transfer Tevita Finaue at DE. The Hawaiian native starred at Phoenix College the past two years and was also recruited by USC. The future of the program appears promising with the signing of dual-threat QB Eugene Smith out of Miramar, FL. The Florida Class 6A Player of the Year finished his career as the third-best passer in Broward County history.

 

PENN STATE

Offensively, QB Daryll Clark and TB Evan Royster return to make the running game command respect. In fact Clark and Royster are sure to be included on many preseason Heisman watch lists. The senior laden offensive line responsible for making Penn State one of the best rushing attacks needs retooled. On top of that, the complete array of receivers moves on. Defensively, the pass rush took a major hit when both DEs Aaron Maybin and Maurice Evans declared early for the NFL Draft. The secondary also needs four new starters. All this does not necessarily mean a dreaded rebuilding season. Navorro Bowman continues the tradition of Linebacker U., while hopes are that last season’s potential Butkus Award winner Sean Lee can return from his (pre) season ending knee injury. Unfortunately but realistically, the expectations are probably somewhat higher than a year ago, despite the fact there will not be as many veterans on the upcoming team.

 

Impact Recruits

Big 6’7 Eric Shrive (Scranton, PA) will get an opportunity to find immediate playing time while trying to fill an offensive tackle spot. Shrive is a two-time First Team All-State selection. QB Kevin Newsome out of Hargrave Academy (VA) is the face of this recruiting class. With Daryll Clark being the only scholarship QB on the roster, the need to locate another was a monster priority and JoPa managed to steal this top rated hurler who originally committed to Michigan. PSU also snagged two of the top cornerbacks out of the state of Maryland in Darrell Givens (Lackey H.S.) and Derrick Thomas (Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.)

 

SPRING GAME DATES

West Virginia – April 18

Maryland – April 25

Penn State – April 25

 

 

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