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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Tennis-The Dream Cup Barbados (Friday & Saturday 6pm from Bridgetown, Barbados live on ESPN3.com); Running: Baltimore City Turkey Trot 5K (Thursday 8:30am Druid Hill Park)

10. The Bridge (Wednesday 9pm Rams Head Live); Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale (Wednesday 8pm 8×10 Club); Charm City Devils/The Brian Jack Memorial Concert (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Herman’s Hermits (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Alice Smith (Friday 7:30pm Howard Theatre), Kelly Rowland (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Rob Zombie (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Friday -Sunday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); MGMT (Tuesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Brian Setzer Orchestra (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Michael McDonald (Saturday 8pm Strathmore); Foxes (Saturday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Billie Joe & Norah “Foreverly” and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Baltimore is better when The Bridge is together.

I saw CCD do a tribute to Brian Jack at the Recher Theatre a year or so ago. Baltimore rock and roll isn’t as great without him.

I’m going to try to get to the Sunday Preservation Hall show. I could listen to them play Christmas tunes all month.

You know what? Same thing with Michael McDonald. Judge away.

9. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday 9am from New York live on NBC); Bobcat Goldthwait (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Donnell Rawlings (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Despicable Me 2“, “Red 2” and “Jobs” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Frozen” and “Homefront” out in theaters (Friday)

I’d be more excited about flicks coming out, but none of them are ‘The Wolf of Wall Street”. There isn’t a movie I want to see more than “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

Other than maybe this.

Also because Kate Bosworth is in “Homefront”, this photo of Kate Bosworth’s legs is relevant.

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UMBC looks for 3-1 start Wednesday against Loyola

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC continues its non-conference slate vs. local foes when the Retrievers host Loyola at the RAC Arena on Nov. 20. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen on www.umbcretrievers.tv and MASN-TV in the mid-Atlantic region.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers wiped out a school-record 23-point deficit and rallied to defeat visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 90-84, in overtime at the RAC Arena on Sunday. UMBC (2-2) played in overtime for the third consecutive contest, also a school first. America East Rookie of the Week Rodney Elliott scored a team season-best 26 points, including 24 after hallfime, leading five players in double figures.

GREYHOUND UPDATE: Loyola is off to a 3-0 start, winning all three contests by seven points or less. The Greyhounds opened the season with a 79-74 victory at America East rival Binghamton, edged Cornell, 93-89, in overtime and won its home opener, 59-52, over Fairfield on Nov. 16. Senior guard Dylan Cormier is averaging a colossal 28.3 points per game, hitting 28 free throws in the first three outings. He is also the Hounds’ leading rebounder at 7.3 per game, including 15 off the offensive glass. Loyola has converted 68 free throws compared to 33 by its foes.

WHO’S UP NEXT: The Retrievers continue its tour through the local scene, as the Retrievers play the first of a home-and-home series at Navy on Saturday, Nov. 23 (7:00 p.m.).

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Loyola visits UMBC for crosstown showdown Wednesday

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at UMBC Retrievers

Wednesday, November 20, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.  |  MASN

Catonsville, Md.  |  RAC Arena

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

The Greyhounds make the cross-town trek to Catonsville for a 7:30 p.m. game at UMBC on Wednesday, November 20.

Wednesday’s game will be the second-straight for Loyola that will be aired on MASN.

Loyola’s three wins in as many games marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the year with a 3-0 record.

Dylon Cormier has led Loyola in scoring in each of its games this season, finishing with 20 or more points in all three contests.

With his next two points, Cormier will become the 16th play in Loyola history to score 1,300 or more in a career.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola jumped out to a 13-3 lead and eventually led by 12 in the first half, but Fairfield held the Greyhounds without a field goal for more than 11 minutes of the second half, and the Stags took a 1-point lead on three occasions.

The Greyhounds, however, did not allow their deficit to grow to more than a single digit, and Dylon Cormier put Loyola in front with a layup at 6:48.

Cormier, finished with 20 points, while R.J. Williams added eight, and Jarred Jones and Tyler Hubbard each scored seven off the Loyola bench.

Fairfield controlled a 48-23 advantage on the boards, but Loyola had just seven turnovers to the Stags’ 20.

 

Turn On The Television

Wednesday game is the second of four-straight, and nine overall, Loyola men’s basketball games that will be televised. MASN will air the broadcast in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, and Troy Green will handle color analysis duties. Knapp’s voice will become familiar to Loyola fans, as he will call Patriot League contests on CBS Sports Network later this season.

 

No Rebounds, No Problem?

It’s not what a coach wants, but Loyola won Saturday night’s game against Fairfield with just 23 rebounds. Last year’s single-game low in the rebounding column came in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Championship Game when Loyola had 24 in a win, and the last time it posted 23 or fewer was in December 2011 during a loss at St. Bonaventure.

The last time Loyola won a game with 23 rebounds or fewer was on February 7, 2011, when the Greyhounds won at Siena, 76-69. In that game, however, five Loyola players scored in double figures, and the Greyhounds shot 52 percent from the field.

 

Cormier Keeps Scoring

Dylon Cormier posted his third-straight game with 20 or more points to open the 2012-2013 season, finishing with an even 20 against Fairfield. He was 6-of-12 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line in the game. He also led Loyola with five rebounds.

Cormier had scored 20 in back-to-back games four times previously in his career, two in each of the last two seasons. Prior to Erik Etherly scoring 26, 23 and 30 in Loyola’s last three regular-season games of 2012-2013, the last Loyola player to accomplish the feat was Jamal Barney who scored 21, 40, 21 and 22 in four consecutive games from January 11-18, 2009.

 

Low FG Percentage In A Win

Loyola shot just 34.1 percent from the field on Saturday 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.

 

Little Bit Of Everything

Loyola point guard R.J. Williams had his most productive game of the young 2013-2014 season against Fairfield, leading Loyola with four assists and three steals in 32 minutes of action. He took just two shots, but he went 6-of-6 from the free throw line to finish with eight points.

Williams has maintained a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio this year with 12 assists in the first three games.

 

Making It A Tradition

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the four-plus minutes of Saturday’s games, but then a Loyola-Fairfield broke out.

The 59-52 final score was indicative of recent games played between the former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents. No team has scored more than 70 points in a game between the two since Fairfield edged the Greyhounds, 73-69, on January 28, 2010, a span of nine meetings.

In fact, it has been since a March 3, 2007, contest that both teams scored 70 or more (Loyola won, 76-72), a span of 16 games.

 

Series History Versus UMBC

Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 47th time in series history on Wednesday. Winners of the last six meetings, Loyola holds a 28-18 advantage in the all-time series.

Loyola won the first game of the series in 1971, a 78-48 decision that was during the Greyhounds’ run to the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship. Loyola won the first 10 meetings between the teams before the Retrievers’ first victory in February 1977.

The Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 86-70, on November 14, 2012, in Reitz Arena. Erik Etherly scored a game-high 22 points, while Tyler Hubbard and Dylon Cormier both scored 17.

Hubbard hit 6-of-7 shots, 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc, to set his career-high in points. Fourteen of his points game in the first half, as Loyola led 45-30 at the break. Franz Rassman came off the bench in the game to score eight points and lead Loyola with nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Loyola went on the road to UMBC in 2011 and came away with a 73-63 victory, the 100th of Head Coach Jimmy Patsos’ career.

 

Quick Start

Loyola’s 3-0 record through the first week of the year marks the first time since 2005-2006 that the Greyhounds have opened the season with a pair of wins.

It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds started 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.

G. G. Smith is the first Loyola head coach to start his tenure on the Greyhounds’ bench with three-straight wins since Walter Comerford did so in 1928-1929 when Loyola opened 6-0.

 

Bench Contributions

Loyola’s bench players averaged 31 points in the first two games, led by the 17.5 points per game average of Jarred Jones in those contests. The Greyhounds non-starters scored 32 in the opener against Binghamton and then had 30 versus Cornell.

While the Greyhounds’ reserves scored only 20 points against Fairfield, Loyola did receive seven each from Jones and Tyler Hubbard. Jones played just nine minutes due to foul trouble, but he was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the game.

The players coming off the bench have done their scoring in an efficient manner, shooting .491 from the field, and they are playing just 34 percent of the available minutes in the games.

 

Cormier Earns League Acclaim

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.

Through two games this year, Cormier is averaging 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.

He set and reset his career-high in scoring last weekend, tallying 31 in the season-opening win over the Bearcats before going for 34 less than 48 hours later against Cornell.

Against the Big Red, Cormier had a career-high 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, and he had three steals in both outings.

 

Down The Stretch

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 38 points, more than half of the Greyhounds’ 73 during that time period.

In the final 10 minutes of each game, Loyola has outscored opponents, 73-54, more than the 16-point combined differential in the three wins.

 

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.

 

Latham Big In OT

Jordan Latham played all five minutes of the Greyhounds’ overtime period at Cornell, and the senior forward came up with four big points, all off offensive rebounds.

After Cornell scored the first points of the extra period, Latham pulled down a rebound off a Jarred Jones miss and laid it in to tie the score at 81-81, and then with the Greyhounds trailing again by a pair, he tipped in a rebound from five feet out to knot the score at 85-85 with 2:07 to play. Loyola would take the lead for good 23 seconds later.

Latham finished the game with 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds. He also blocked two shots, giving him 59 for his Loyola career to move into a tie with Anthony Smith (1995-1997) for ninth all-time at the school.

 

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 two games.

Loyola’s 79 and 93 point outputs in just two contests would both rank in the top five of single-game scoring totals from the 2012-2013 season when the team averaged 66.9 points per game.

Conversely, it has led the Greyhounds to allowing more points, 74 and 89, considerably higher than last year’s 63.5 points per game.

 

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.

 

Quality Minutes From Gorski

True freshman Nick Gorski picked some nice spots to contribute in the opening games, particularly in his 13 minutes off the bench at Cornell. The Richmond, Va., product scored seven points and had four rebounds against the Big Red.

In the second half, Gorski knocked down a three from the top of the perimeter at 11:59, pushing Loyola back in front for the first time since the first 30 seconds of the half. He then used a strong post move and scored in the paint almost two minutes later to tie the score at 66-66.

 

Laster In Double Figures

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster saw his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first two 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.

In two games, Laster has shot 5-of-11 from the field an 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Last season, he was just 10-of-31 (.323) overall and 1-of-7 (.143) from behind the arc.

 

Dog Debuts

Three players made their Greyhound debuts at Binghamton with two of them seeing their first collegiate action. Nick Gorski and Damion Rashford both played their first college basketball game, while Denzel Brito saw his first action for Loyola Maryland.

Brito transferred prior to the 2012-2013 season from Loyola University Chicago where he started 21 games, and appeared in 54, over two seasons for the Ramblers. He played 25 minutes in his Greyhounds debut after more than 20 months without playing a collegiate game.

 

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.

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Five players earned their Loyola degrees and left the program after exhausting their eligibility last season: forwards Erik Etherly and Julius Brooks, swingman Anthony Winbush and guards Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch.

Etherly returned from an early-season shoulder injury to average 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while earning All-MAAC First Team and NABC All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row. He finished with 1,245 points and 669 rebounds in three seasons at Loyola.

Olson was the team’s third-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game, and he also averaged 4.2 rebounds as a guard. A 2012 All-MAAC Third Team member, Olson graduated with 1,264 career points and the second-most 3-pointers made in a career (211).

Winbush was the quintessential multi-role player for the Greyhounds; he saw action at every position but center last season offensively, and he frequently defended the opponents’ best player, regardless of position. He led the team in overall rebounds (197), was second in overall assists (76) and averaged 7.0 points per game.

Brooks provided toughness, rebounding and inside scoring for the Greyhounds, playing in 34 games and starting 10. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and nearly a blocked shot a game as a senior.

Wandrusch was a four-year walk-on to the program who was a solid addition to the Greyhounds’ scout team.

 

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.

 

Turn The TV On

In a continuing agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), five Loyola men’s basketball games will be broadcast by the regional sports network this season. Additionally, those games will be carried by various other RSNs nationwide.

The Greyhounds’ November 16 home-opener against Fairfield University was broadcast, as was the November 20 game at UMBC and the December 7 affair at Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will also broadcast the Greyhounds’ February 15 game against Boston University. MASN will also pick up the ROOT Sports Pittsburgh feed of Loyola’s game at West Virginia University onDecember 2.

Two Loyola games will air nationally on CBS Sports Network as part of the Patriot League’s television package. The Greyhounds will be featured on back-to-back Monday nights in January, starting with a January 13 game in Reitz Arena against Lafayette, followed by the January 20 contest at Boston University.

Another pair of games will also be televised, with SNY originating the November 26 game at the University of Connecticut and ESPN3 carrying the December 30 contest at the University of Miami.

 

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
16th 1,298 points
Next Morris Cannon 1,310
Field Goals Made
20th 427 field goals made
Next Robert Olson, 429
3-Pointers Made
16th 86 3-Pt. Made
Next Teron Owens, 92
Free Throws Made
9th 361 free throws made
Next Gerald Brown, 365
Assists
23rd 174 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
Steals
6th 146 steals
Next Mike Powell, 154

 

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 stay on the road for its next two games, the first of which will come in Hartford, Conn., on Tuesday, November 26, at 7 o’clock, where the Greyhounds will face the University of Connecticut.

After that game, Loyola will break for Thanksgiving before taking on West Virginia University on Monday, December 2, at 7 o’clock in Morgantown.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 19 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios (Saturday 9pm from Macau, China live on HBO PPV); Golf: ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf (Wednesday & Thursday 9pm Friday & Saturday 8pm from Melbourne, AUS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour CME Group Titleholders (Thursday-Sunday 1:30pm from Naples, FL live on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: George Washington @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Towson (Saturday 8pm SECU Arena), Drexel @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on SpikeTV)

10. Kanye West (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), P!nk (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Keith Urban (Saturday 7pm Patriot Center); India.Arie (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Gin Blossoms (Tuesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), Blues Traveler (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Slayer (Tuesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Mazzy Star (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Smash Mouth (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), ?uestlove (Friday 11pm Howard Theatre), Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Sleigh Bells (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Stephen Kellogg (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), M. Doughty (Friday 7pm 9:30 Club), Twenty One Pilots (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Amos Lee (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Elvis Costello (Friday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); Chris Cornell (Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Bela Fleck (Saturday 7pm & 9pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 7pm Carroll County Arts Center); Daughtry “Baptized”, Jake Bugg “Shangri La” and A Perfect Circle “Three Sixty” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

It’s apparently 90′s week in Annapolis. That’s not a problem.

Seriously. Not a problem ONE BIT.

I had no idea Mazzy Star was still a thing. I’m STOKED.

If you haven’t taken any of my 100 previous suggestions to go see Sister Sparrow, take this one. PLEASE.

9. D.L. Hughley (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Delivery Man” out in theaters (Friday); We’re The Millers“, “Planes“, “The World’s End” and “2 Guns” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Elf The Musical (Friday-Sunday Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); “Dazzle Dash Weekend” (Saturday & Sunday Symphony Woods); WNST Canned Good Drive (Thursday 7pm Buffalo Wild Wings White Marsh)

We NEED your cans. No excuses.

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UMBC hosts Mt. St. Mary’s for Sunday matinee

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC and Mount St. Mary’s will meet for the 48th time when the in-state rivals compete on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the RAC Arena. The two teams met in Emmitsburg last season for the the first time since the 2002-03 campaign. The Mount captured that contest, 58-55 on Dec. 29. The game can be seen on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC lost a tough 63-61 overtime decision at American at Bender Arena on Thursday evening.The Eagles (1-1) hit fi eld goals with less than two seconds to play in regulation and in overtime to tie and take the lead for good. Senior forward Chase Plummer led the squad with 12 points and posted his 11th career double-double with 12 rebounds. The Retrievers had an eight-point lead with less than four minutes to play, but were done in by poor free throw shooting for the third consecutive game.

MOUNTAINEER UPDATE: The Mount has had a daunting early season schedule, dropping road contests at West Virginia, 77-62, at Villanova, 90-59, and at Brigham Young, 108- 76. G Rashad Whack scored a team-high 19 points against the Cougars at the Marriott Center on Friday Night. The Cougars took a 20-point lead at the half to earn the victory. SR G Julian Norfl eet averaged 17.0 points per game in the Mount’s first two outings.

WHO’S UP NEXT: The Retrievers remain at home and will welcome Loyola to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The game will be televised regionally by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

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Cook, Neller, Jones amongst UMBC award winners

Posted on 09 May 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – More than 400 student-athletes, faculty, staff and family members were in attendance on Monday, May 6 at the RAC Arena as UMBC honored its student-athletes for another successful year both on the playing surface and in the classroom. Junior Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) joined second-year honorees, sophomore Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) and junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College), as the Retrievers’ Most Outstanding Athletes for the 2012-13 academic year, an honor that was renamed the Dr. Charles R. Brown Outstanding Athlete Award to recognize the Athletic Director, who will retire in June, for his 24 years of dedication to the department and school.

Men’s Lacrosse four-year letterwinner Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, Brit. Columbia/Terry Fox) earned Outstanding Senior Male Athlete recognition, while track & field’s Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) and women’s lacrosse’s Jamie Fahey(Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) shared the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award.

Women’s Basketball’s Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) and men’s soccer’s Liam Paddock(Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College) received the prestigious Matt Skalsky Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the department’s top academic honorees.

Caringi III authored a breakthrough season for the men’s soccer program, and was the offensive force that propelled the team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, earning several post-season honors. He was cited as the America East Striker of the Year, the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and he was selected to National College Soccer Coaches’ Association All-Northeast Region Second Team.

An America East First Team selection and the league’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, he scored 14 goals and recorded 32 points to place 13th and 15th respectively in the country. The local Calvert Hall product also tied a school single-game record by scoring four goals in a resounding victory over league foe Hartford.

Jackson pushed past her record-setting freshman campaign and continued to make history both inside and outside, as she garnered her second consecutive Athlete of the Year recognition. Already the school-record holder in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash events indoors from last year, Jackson ran past both marks during the 2012-13 indoor track season, including a personal-best time of 7.34 in the 60-meter event to become just the fourth UMBC track athlete ever to advance to the NCAA Championships. In Fayetteville, Arkansas, she placed 13th and earned a spot on the All-America Second Team.

Outside, the sophomore has continued her bristling pace, winning the 100m and 200m dash events in record-breaking time at the America East Outdoor Championships. Her victory in the 100-meter race broke an eight-year old conference record, while her win the 200-meter snapped her own conference and school-record times. For her efforts, she was named the Most Outstanding Female Track Performer.

A year after breaking onto the scene at UMBC with three individual gold medals at the 2012 America East Championships,Hussein, also a back-to-back honoree of Most Outstanding Athlete recognition, pushed even further this season, leading the Retrievers to just their second-ever undefeated dual meet season. In Orono, Maine, he once again won three individual events and was named the Most Outstanding Male Swimmer for the second-straight year, as he helped guide the Retrievers back to the top of the conference with a meet-record 1,075 total points at the America East Championships in Maine.

Following the America East meet, the junior claimed Top Male Swimmer accolades at the ECAC Championships and became just the third Retriever in program history, and first male swimmer, to make the cut for the NCAA Championships. In Indianapolis, against a national field, he set personal-records in the 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard backstroke, breaking his own school record with each swim.

Jones has been the men’s lacrosse team’s offensive leader for the past three seasons. He has earned three all-conference honors, including first team recognition in 2012, when he finished eighth in the nation in goals scored per game. Earlier this season, he became the 30th player in school history to record 100 points and currently stands 20th with 117 career points. Jones has served as team captain of the Retrievers for the past two season and earned all-tournament honors at the 2013 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

Deller has won the shot put all eight times at the America East Championships, earning a gold medal in the event indoors and outdoors, all four years of her career. In addition, she has won the weight throw at the indoor meet to be named the Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete each of the last two years. Last year, she added the discus championship to her career haul and this season at the conference championships at Binghamton, she repeated in the discus to bring her career haul to 12 America East titles.

Fahey received conference honors all four season with the Retrievers, including three straight selections to the America East All-Conference First Team. Additionally, she has earned national recognition on the IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team, as well as garnering a spot on the womenslacrosse.com All-Rookie Squad. The four-year letterwinner eclipsed the century mark for draw controls with 115 and ground balls with 105 for her career this season, in addition to recording her first career point with an assist in a 15-12 victory against American.

Harris emerged as one of the elite point guards in the America East in her senior season, setting a new school record with 109 steals on the season, ranking fifth all-time in takeaways in a campaign for the America East, and ended the year ranked third in the country in steals per game. An America East All-Conference Second Team selection, and a member of the America East All-Defensive team, the senior guard tripled her scoring production from a year ago, averaging 12.4 points per game and adding 3.8 helpers. The America East Honor Roll member earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in media and communications studies in May 2012 and has posted a 4.0 GPA since starting her master’s program in early childhood education.

Paddock became just the second UMBC student-athlete ever to receive a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which he is using to pursue a master’s degree in the management of aging studies. He earned his undergraduate degree with a 3.92 GPA, completing a double-major in psychology and sociology and was the 2012 ECAC Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A team captain at UMBC, Paddock was named 2012 America East Defender of the Year and was a repeat selection to the America East All-Conference First Team. The two-time America East Scholar Athlete in the sport of men’s soccer, he started all 72 games that he dressed for in his four-year tenure in Baltimore.

The Leon Upshur Memorial Award, establish in 1994 to honor a student volunteer that contributes to the mission of the athletic department in capacities other than participation, was given to fourth-year student trainer Mariah Cheaves.

Juniors Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) of track & field and Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) of women’s swimming & diving wrapped up the major award winners as the recipients of the Retriever Club Scholarship Award, which will be used for their senior seasons of competition.

Below is the list of UMBC’s most valuable athletes, most improved athletes and unsung heroes for each sport, chose by that’ team’s coaches, as well as the winners of the third annual Gritty Awards:

2012-13 UMBC Award Winners

Men’s Soccer
Most Improved Athlete: Jordan Becker (Pocomoke City, Md./Pocomoke)
Most Valuable Athlete: Pete Carinigi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall)
Most Valuable Athlete: Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall)

Women’s Soccer
Unsung Hero: Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East)
Most Improved Athlete: Stephanie Smith (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding)
Most Valuable Athlete: Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas)

Volleyball
Unsung Hero: Robbin Lee (Olney, Md./Sherwood)
Most Improved Athlete: Mallory McIntyre (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/St. Mary’s Academy)
Most Improved Athlete: Krystal Mlemchukwu (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech)

Men’s Cross Country
Unsung Hero: Tommy Eldridge (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River)
Most Improved Athlete: Jake Albino (Hampton, N.Y./Minisink Valley)
Most Valuable Athlete: Brandan McGee (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood)

Women’s Cross Country
Unsung Hero: Nicole Dawson (Jessup, Md./Hammond)
Most Improved Athlete: Julie Gessler (Ellicott City, Md./Institute of Notre Dame)
Most Valuable Athlete: Cody Mezebish (Westminster, Md./South Carroll)

Men’s Basketball
Unsung Hero: Malik Garner (Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy)
Most Improved Athlete: Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy)
Most Valuable Athlete: Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti/Chestnut Hill College)

Women’s Basketball
Unsung Hero: Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American)
Most Improved Athlete: Kim Browning (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover)
Most Valuable Athlete: Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American)

Men’s Swimming & Diving
Unsung Hero: Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford)
Unsung Hero: Pierre DeWaal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State)
Most Valuable Athlete: Mohammed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College)

Women’s Swimming & Diving
Most Improved Athlete: Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye)
Most Improved Athlete: Faye Hixenbaugh (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery)
Most Valuable Athlete: Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross)

Men’s Indoor Track & Field
Most Improved Athlete: Liam Stott (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill)
Most Valuable Athlete: Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU)
Most Valuable Athlete: Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley)

Women’s Indoor Track & Field
Most Improved Athlete: Mary Katherine Kulp (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal)
Most Valuable Athlete: Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown)
Most Valuable Athlete: Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen)

Men’s Lacrosse
Unsung Hero: Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River
Unsung Hero: Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East)
Unsung Hero: Jake Zimmerman (Towson, Md./Boys’ Latin)

Women’s Lacrosse
Unsung Hero: Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor)
Most Improved Athlete: Lexi Bristow (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck)
Most Valuable Athlete: Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven)

Men’s Tennis
Unsung Hero: Patrick Geoffrion-Amorim (Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada/American Heritage)
Most Improved Athlete: Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bullis School)
Most Valuable Athlete: Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md./National Connections Academy)

Women’s Tennis
Unsung Hero: Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md./Home School)
Most Improved Athlete: Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden/Sanda)
Most Valuable Athlete: Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet)

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
Most Valuable Athlete: Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU)
Most Valuable Athlete: Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany)
Most Valuable Athlete: Thor Serafenas (Olney, Md./Good Counsel/Clemson)

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
Most Valuable Athlete: Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet)
Most Valuable Athlete: Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen)
Most Valuable Athlete: Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown)

Baseball
Unsung Hero: Robert Hopp (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville)
Unsung Hero: Luke Seppi (Annapolis, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt)
Most Improved Athlete: Jon Cohn (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep)

Softball
Unsung Hero: Danielle O’Neill (Loathian, Md./Southern)
Most Valuable Athlete: Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast)
Most Valuable Athlete: Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby)

2012-13 Gritty Award Winners

Upset of the Year: Men’s Soccer victory over Old Dominion

Rookie of the Year: Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) – men’s lacrosse

Record-Breaking Performance: Mohammed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) – men’s swimming & diving

Comeback Athlete of the Year: Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) – women’s swimming & diving

Play of the Year: Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) – men’s basketball

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley/Florida) – women’s

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UMBC hosts Binghamton on Senior Day Sunday

Posted on 02 March 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC concludes its tenth season of America East Conference play on Sunday, March 3 when they host Binghamton at the RAC Arena. UMBC would wrap up the No. 6 seed in next weekend’s America East Conference Tournament with a victory over the Bearcats. UMBC Basketball will also celebrate its “Senior Day”, as the Retrievers honor Ryan Cook, Brian Neller and Adrian Satchell before the contest which tips off at 2:10 p.m. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have all the play-by-play action and streaming is available at www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-11, 6-22) has dropped six straight, including Thursday’s 68-56 setback at Hartford. For the second time in the last three road games, UMBC had a halftime lead, but could not protect it in the second half. The Retrievers held UH to 20 first half points, but the Hawks hit over 60 percent from the field and scored 48 in the final 20 minutes. Cook (14.6 ppg) went over the 400-point barrier for the season with a team-high 16 points for UMBC.

BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton (1-14, 3-25) has dropped nine straight, but gave Vermont a scare on Thursday, leading early in the second half before the Catamounts pulled away for a 78-61 victory. FR G Jordan Reed is one of the nation’s top newcomers- he leads America East in scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg). SR G Jimmy Gray has buried 62 treys on the campaign for the Bearcats.

WHO’S UP NEXT: A UMBC win would pit the Retrievers vs. either host Albany or Hartford in the America East Tournament on Sat., March 9. A loss and a UNH win over Maine would mean the Retrievers would face No. 2 Vermont.

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UMBC faces Boston U Saturday for final time as conference foes

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team will welcome Boston University to the RAC Arena for the final time with the Terriers as members of the America East Conference on Sat., Feb. 23. Tip-off time between the Retrievers and Terriers is 7:00 p.m.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-9, 6-20) suffered through its poorest contest of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday, when they fell, 83-39 at America East leader Stony Brook. SR G Ryan Cook (team-leading 14.7 ppg) was the lone Retriever in double figures with 15 points. UMBC led, 23-14 at the nine-minute mark of the first half, but managed only five field goals in the final 30 minutes of action.

TERRIER UPDATE:  Boston University is surging and bring a five-game winning streak into this evening’s game. The Terriers just knocked off Albany, 79-69, at home on Wednesday, hitting nearly 52 percent from the floor and committing only four turnovers vs. the Great Danes. JR G D.J. Irving leads the team with 14.4 points per game and JR F Dom Morris is contributing 11.8 ppg and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC completes the regular season next week, facing Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. on Feb.  28 and play the finale vs. Binghamton at home on Sun., March 3 at 2:00 p.m.

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UMBC welcomes Albany Wednesday for “RAC in Black” night

Posted on 06 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays two of the top three teams in America East this week, as they welcome Albany and then Vermont to the RAC Arena. The Retrievers meet the Great Danes on Wed., Feb. 6 with a tip time of 7:05 p.m. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier handle broadcast duties, all UMBC home basketball games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

UMBC will be clad in its traditional black road uniforms for the 7th annual “RAC in Black” promotion.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-5, 6-16) is riding its first two-game winning streak since 2010-11 with back-to-back nail-biting victories over Binghamton and Maine last week. SR G Brian Neller was named America East Player of the Week after scoring a season-high 18 points vs. the Bearcats and hitting the game-winning trey with 0.5 seconds remaining vs. the Black Bears. JR F Chase Plummer leads UMBC with 13.2 ppg in league play, while SR G Ryan Cook is the overall leader at 15.2 points per outing.

GREAT DANE UPDATE:  Albany (6-4, 17-7) just completed a four-game homestand and snapped a three-game slide with a 79-46 thrashing of Binghamton on Feb. 2. SR wing Jayson Guerrier led a resurgent UA attack with 18 points. Albany had averaged just 46.0 points per game in setbacks to Vermont and Stony Brook. SR G Mike Black leads Albany with 15.2 points per game. Albany is 8-2 on the road in 2012-13.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers complete the three-game homestand by entertaining Vermont in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Sat., Feb. 9. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m.

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Support UMBC hoops with us this Saturday afternoon…for just $3.00!!

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Support UMBC hoops with us this Saturday afternoon…for just $3.00!!

Posted on 06 February 2013 by Drew Forrester

It’s “WNST Day” this Saturday, February 9th, where we will gather to support UMBC basketball and continue to celebrate a great Ravens Super Bowl triumph.

At 1pm on Saturday, Phil Stern’s Lady Retrievers take on Vermont and then, at 3:30, it’s the Men’s team battling Vermont in a key America East contest.

Best of all?

Just print this blog and take it to the RAC box office and you’ll get in for just $3.00 (for BOTH games!).  Yes, that’s all you need to do.  Print the blog and get a $7.00 ticket discount just for being a friend of WNST and UMBC Athletics.

We – the folks from WNST – will be there in full force to cheer UMBC on to victory and support the Retrievers.  UMBC has been a longtime supporter of WNST and vice versa — so what better way to say “Thank You” than to head out to the RAC this Saturday and see some exciting college basketball!

Print this out — and take it to the RAC box office this Saturday for either the women’s game or the men’s game — or both! — and enjoy UMBC basketball at a discount price.

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