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Towson RB West honored by CAA for record 10th time

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 7, 2013) – CAA Football’s Player of the Week honorees for the sixth week of the 2013 season are featured below. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the week as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrance West, Jr., RB, Towson
West earns his 10th CAA Football weekly honor – the most in league history – after leading unbeaten Towson past nationally-ranked New Hampshire on Saturday. CAA Football’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, the junior finished the game with a season-high 238 yards on 28 carries and a three-touchdown effort highlighted by a 50-yard run. What’s more, West is now second in the program annals after surpassing the 3,000-yard mark (3,226) and his 59 career scores rank fifth all-time in CAA Football.

Defensive Player of the Week: Telvion Clark, Sr., LB, Towson
Clark paced Towson with a team-high 11 tackles, including six solo and a sack for a loss of nine yards, as the top-three Tigers turned in another solid defensive showing against UNH. The senior would also force a pair of fumbles, both of which led to touchdowns, for a Towson squad that leads the league with a +5 turnover margin and limited the Wildcats to just eight points over the final three quarters on Saturday.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Conner Arnone, Soph., P/PK, James Madison
Arnone had a stellar all-around day in the Dukes’ win over UAlbany, finishing with a 49.5-yard punt average on four punts that included a career-long 65-yarder. The sophomore also averaged 60.8 yards on eight kickoffs that featured three touchbacks in a special teams effort that forced the Great Danes to on average begin drives from their 27-yard line.

Rookie of the Week: Gage Steele, R-Fr., LB, James Madison
Steele broke open for a career day against the Great Danes, turning in an 18-tackle effort that leads the league through the opening six weeks of the season. The rookie racked up 13 solo stops and one sack in JMU’s dominant win, with four of his tackles ending Dane drives. Steele’s showing highlighted a defensive unit that held UAlbany to just 81 rushing yards and five of 19 third-down conversions on Saturday.

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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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Towson’s West, Joseph honored by CAA

Posted on 16 September 2013 by WNST Staff


West Named As CAA Offensive Player of the Week for Fifth Time In Career

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a strong candidate for the Walter Payton Award, and junior kickoff return specialist Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) earned weekly honors from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) after the No. 4 Tigers’ 49-7 win over Delaware State, it has been announced by CAA officials.

West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career. Joseph was named as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career.

In the undefeated Tigers’ victory over Delaware State, West ran for 82 yards on 16 carries and tied a school record by scoring five touchdowns.

West, who has scored nine touchdowns in three games this season, matched the Towson single-game record set by former All-American Tony Vinson, ’94 against Morgan State in 1993. His five touchdowns also set a Johnny Unitas® Stadium record.

The ninth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, West is averaging 121.3 yards per game this season. With nine touchdowns in three games, he is tied for the FCS national scoring lead with Zack Zenner of South Dakota State.

In the win over Delaware State, West gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he scored on a one-yard run. Early in the second quarter, he scored on a three-yard run, the 50th touchdown of his career. Midway through the second quarter, West’s one-yard touchdown run upped the Tigers’ lead to 21-0. With 3:15 remaining in the first half, his two-yard touchdown run gave Towson a 28-0 advantage.

With 12:30 remaining in the third quarter, West’s 17-yard touchdown run increased the Towson lead to 49-0 and enabled him to tie the Towson single game record.

In 24 games, West is the third-leading rusher in school history with 2,699 yards. He has now scored 53 career touchdowns, a school record.

Joseph earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award after he returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown. It marked the third time in his career he had a kickoff return for a touchdown, breaking the school record he shared with Maurice Sydnor, ’95 and David Meggett, ’98. Joseph had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against New Hampshire in 2011 and scored on a 95-yard kickoff return against St. Francis (Pa.) last season.

Joseph also caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Delaware State. In his career, Joseph has now returned 55 kickoffs for 1,562 yards for a 28.4 average.

The unbeaten Tigers return to action on Saturday when they visit North Carolina Central at 2:00 p.m..

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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Week

Posted on 02 September 2013 by WNST Staff


Tiger Running Back Led Towson To Win Over Connecticut

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending August 31, it has been announced by CAA officials.

West earned the honor for the fourth time in his career after rushing for 156 yards on a career high 36 carries and scored two touchdowns in the 33-18 win over Connecticut. The Tigers’ win over Connecticut marked their first-ever victory over an NCAA FBS program.

With 5:14 remaining in regulation, West scored on a six-yard touchdown run on fourth down to give the Tigers a 26-10 lead. After UConn cut its deficit to 26-18 with a 68-yard touchdown drive, West scored the game-clinching touchdown when he scored on a five-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 16 seconds left.

For West, it was the 12th 100-yard rushing game of his career. It was also the 17th time in his 22-game career that he has scored more than one touchdown.

The fifth-leading rusher in school history, West has run for 2,496 yards on 424 carries in his career. He has also scored 46 career touchdowns, one shy of the Towson career record set by Jason Corle, ’99.

“Terrance has become an even better football player,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “He has become a student of the game and he has become a very good teammate.”

Named as the 2012 and 2013 CAA Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, West was also named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week twice as a freshman in 2011. He also earned the award in the final week of the 2012 season when he ran for 236 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 64-35 win over New Hampshire.

The Tigers will be on the road again this week when they travel to Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 7 for a non-conference game against the Crusaders at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers’ home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 against Delaware State at 7:30 p.m.

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Loyola’s Acton honored by ECAC

Posted on 01 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Acton Earns ECAC Weekly Defensive Honor


CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland senior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Greyhounds’ defense hold Ohio State University just four goals and 23 shots in a 9-4 conference win on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.

Acton, who shared this week’s award with the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Kyle O’Brien, took on primary marking responsibilities for the Buckeyes’ Logan Schuss, Ohio State’s leading scorer with 20 goals entering Saturday’s contest.

The Loyola co-captain held Schuss without a goal during the time that he was covering him; the reigning ECAC Offensive Player of the Year’s only goal came 55 seconds into the contest when he pushed up to the midfield and scored against a Loyola defensive midfielder.

Acton held Schuss to only five shots, just two that were on goal. Additionally, Acton was part of a Loyola defense that had a 29-20 advantage in credited ground balls, and he helped force 16 Ohio State turnovers, three by Schuss.

Over the past two games, Acton and the Greyhounds have allowed just seven total goals by opponents.

The award is the third of Acton’s career after he earned Defensive Player of the Week honors three times last season. It is also the fifth-straight week a Loyola player has won the award this season.

Loyola (8-2 overall, 4-0 ECAC) returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for its next game, a 2:30 p.m. contest against Fairfield University.

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Loyola’s Ward, Fletcher honored by ECAC

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Ward, Fletcher Earn ECAC Weekly Honors


CENTERVILLE, Mass. – A pair of Loyola University Maryland juniors – attacker Justin Ward (co-offensive) and defender Joe Fletcher (defensive) – earned weekly honors from the ECAC Lacrosse League on Monday following the Greyhounds’ 13-7 victory over the United States Air Force Academy in the Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic on Saturday.

Ward, who was named the Mile High Classic game Most Valuable Player, tallied his second game with seven or more points this season, scoring two goals and matching his career-high with five assists, contributing to more than half of the Greyhounds’ goals. Three of his five assists were to players within two yards of the crease, giving his teammates one-on-one opportunities with the goalkeeper. He scored the Greyhounds’ third goal of the game, wrapping up a 3-0 run that put Loyola on top, 3-1, with 3:47 to play in the first quarter.

Ward also had two assists during a 4-0 third-quarter run that pushed Loyola’s lead to six. He also caused a turnover and picked up two ground balls. Ward continues to lead the team in scoring this season with 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points in seven games.

Fletcher had an outstanding performance on close defense when he took the assignment of covering Air Force’s offensive quarterback, Preseason All-American Keith Dryer, and he held the attacker without a point. Dryer had four goals and a team-leading 10 assists entering the game.

Fletcher, a Preseason First Team All-American had three ground balls and a caused turnover in the game, and he did the little things that did not show up in the box score. He twice outraced Air Force players after a Falcons’ shot that went out of bounds, garnering possession for the Greyhounds.

The weekly awards are the third and fourth of the season for Loyola players and the first of both Ward and Fletcher’s careers. Goalkeeper Jack Runkel and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned Defensive Player of the Week honors each of the two preceding weeks.

Ward, Fletcher and the Greyhounds return to the field on Wednesday, March 20, for their final midweek game of the 2013 regular-season when they play at Georgetown University in a 7 p.m. contest.

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Loyola’s Ratliff honored by ECAC

Posted on 11 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Ratliff Picks Up ECAC Weekly Honor


CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday marking the second week in a row a Greyhounds’ player has claimed the honor.


Ratliff was the leader of the Greyhounds’ defensive and possession teams on Friday night against Duke. He scored Loyola’s first goal of the game in the first quarter after causing a turnover, picking up the ground ball and clearing it himself into the offensive end before firing a shot for a goal.


Ratliff finished the game with a game-high seven ground balls, helping Loyola to a 35-25 advantage in the category, and he also led all players with four caused turnovers.


Last week, Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. This week’s award is the fifth of Ratliff’s career. He won a Defensive Player of the Week award in each of the last two seasons and two Specialist of the Week honors last year.

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UMBC GK Cohen honored by America East

Posted on 25 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass.- UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) was named America East Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending Feb. 24, 2012.

Cohen led the Retrievers in the squad’s 11-7 victory over Rutgers at UMBC Stadium on Feb. 23. Over the final three quarters, the Retriever netminder made 12 of his 13 saves and allowed only five goals over the same span of time.

The 13 stops were one shy of his career high of 14 made at Rutgers in 11-7 victory in 2012. He also received America East Conference Player of the Week honors after his performance in that contest a season ago.

UMBC (1-1) faces defending national champions and current No. 4 Loyola (2-1) at Ridley Athletic Complex on Tues., Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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Loyola G Cormier honored by MAAC

Posted on 18 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Cormier Named MAAC Player Of The Week


EDISON, N.J. – Loyola University Maryland junior guard Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons High School) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Greyhounds to a pair of league victories last week.


Cormier led Loyola in scoring and steals last week, averaging 20.5 and 4.0, respectively, as the Greyhounds defeated Canisius College, 68-64, at home on Thursday and Siena College, 80-57, on Saturday in Albany, N.Y. He shot 92.9-percent from the free-throw line in the games, making all but one of his 14 attempts.


Against the Golden Griffins in a game between two teams tied for second place, at the time, Cormier scored 17 points, dished out three assists and had three steals.


He followed that performance with a 24-point outburst on Saturday night at Siena, making 9-of-10 at the line against the Saints. His 24 points led all scorers, and he recorded a game-best five steals.


This season, Cormier is fourth in the MAAC and tops on the team with a 17.0-points per game average. He also leads the league in steals (54) and steals per game (2.0).


The 19-9 Greyhounds step out of conference play for their next game, a Saturday night contest at Tennessee State University in Nashville as part of the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster event.

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Benimon tabbed CAA Player of the Week again

Posted on 07 January 2013 by WNST Staff


Junior Forward Averaged 18.5 Points & 12.0 Rebounds in Towson’s Wins at UNCW & Drexel

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University junior Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It marks the fourth time this season that the forward has won the weekly award.

Benimon averaged 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 blocks per game as Towson posted road wins against UNC Wilmington and Drexel last week.

The junior forward had a team-high 19 points, eight rebounds, a career-high tying five assists and a career-best five blocks as the Tigers handed UNCW its first home loss of the year, 69-64. He followed with a game-high 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in a 69-66 victory at Drexel that snapped the Dragons’ 17-game CAA winning streak.

Benimon ranks fifth nationally in both rebounds per game (11.7) and double-doubles (9). He’s also Top 5 in the CAA in scoring (16.5 ppg), blocks (2.0 bpg) and field goal percentage (52.7).

Towson will seeks its fourth straight win and a 3-0 start in CAA play on Wednesday as the Tigers host William & Mary at 7 p.m.

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