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UMBC ends up on wrong side of shootout decision at High Point

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

High Point, N.C.- UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium.

UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. High Point (6-2) won its sixth consecutive game and all of victories have come by three goals or less.

The Retrievers trailed, 10-7, at the half and managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter.  With the Panthers leading, 14-11, sophomore Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) scored his eighth goal of the year at the 11:35 mark of the fourth quarter and 51 seconds later, fed Gregoire for another UMBC tally to cut the deficit to 14-13.

The teams exchanged goals, with senior defender Matt Reeping (Frederick, Md./St. John’s Prep) again bringing the visitors to within 15-14 as he scored his first career goal with 5:02 remaining. UMBC won the ensuing draw and put two shots on goal in short order, but Panther netminder Austin Geisler made a pair of saves to deny the Retrievers the tying score.

High Point’s Matt Thistle scored two goals in a 14-second span to restore the hosts’ lead to 17-14 with 2:30 remaining.  UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) would counter with an extra-man goal with 43 seconds remaining, but UMBC could not capture the final draw of the contest and suffered the narrow defeat.

Young added three goals and two assists for UMBC, while Gannon tallied a goal and added a team season-high four helpers.

Michael Leclair led all scorers with four goals and three assists, while Thistle contributed three goals and three helpers for High Point.

UMBC took leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in the first quarter as Lewnes and Gregoire scored twice in the opening period. But HPU scored five times in a span of 4:08 to take a 7-4 lead at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter. The Panthers led by as many as four goals at 9-5, but goals by Lewnes and Young in the final 1:17 of the stanza shaved the deficit to 9-7. But High Point took momentum into the break as face-off specialist Jamie Piluso won a man-down draw and scored with 11 seconds to play in the half to give the hosts a 10-7 halftime edge.

High Point outshot UMBC, 39-32, and won the battles of ground balls, 42-36, and face-offs, 20-14.  Both Geisler and UMBC freshman netminder Connor Gordon(Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) came up with 12 saves for their respective teams.  Nine of Geisler’s stops came in the second half.

UMBC returns to Baltimore and continues its stretch of five games in 15 days with a Tuesday evening contest at Towson.

Notes:  Gregoire also recorded five goals versus Richmond on March 1 and leads the team with 18 through six games this season… He now has 10 career games with three or more goals scored… Gordon made double-digit saves for the sixth straight game, but finished under 50 percent in save percentage for the first time in his brief career… Gannon, who tallied a single assist as a freshman, now has eight goals and a team-high 10 assists in 2014… In addition to Reeping’s first career goal, JR D Ian Gray (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) also notched the first of his career.

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UMBC makes first trip out of state Saturday at High Point

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays its first road game in one month and travels out of the state of Maryland for the first time in the 2014 season when the Retrievers make their first-ever visit to High Point University to take on a 5-2 Panther squad at Vert Stadium on Saturday, March 15. The Retrievers are 3-2, after completing a four-game homestand with a 15-6 victory over Mercer on Tuesday, March 11, while High Point has won five straight, including a narrow 9-8 win over VMI on March 8. Video streaming is available via the Big South Network and live stats will be provided via High Point’s website.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening. Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon. Attackman Matt Gregoire was the lone UMBC player to tally three goals and the senior continues to lead the squad with 13 scores in five games. UMBC won its third game in the last four outings and improved to 3-2 on the season. UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon made 10 saves and allowed six goals in 54:14 of work. Gordon, who entered play sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game, has 10 or more saves in all five outings in 2014. Senior midfielder Zach Linkous, junior midfielder Ty Kashur and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

Gannon now has six goals and four assists in his last three games. Searfoss played in just his second game of the season and scored his first three collegiate points versus the Bears.  The 15 goals scored by UMBC was a season high. Gregoire now has nine career hat tricks, including three in his last four games.

PANTHER UPDATE: High Point is riding a five-game winning streak after losing their first two games of the season. They are also in the midst of a five-game homestead, and have not lost at home this season. For the second time this season the Panthers swept the Atlantic Sun weekly awards last week. Graduate student Stevie Kirkup was named the Atlantic Sun Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt-junior Austin Geisler was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Kirkup, a transfer attackman from UNC, scored five goals on seven shots in a 9-8 win over VMI last Saturday. Geisler had nine saves in the same game, and an even more impressive 17 saves against Michigan in a 9-7 victory. High Point’s last six games have all been decided by three goals or less and the Panthers have won their five contests by a total of eight goals. Sophomore attackmen Matt Thistle and Dan Lomas lead HPU in scoring with 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists), and a team-best 17 goals on the season, respectively.

SERIES RECORD/LAST YEAR’S MEETING: In the first meeting between the two schools, Nate Lewnes tallied a team season-best six points and sophomore netminder Wes DiRito collected 15 saves in his first home start as the host Retrievers defeated High Point, 16-11, at UMBC Stadium on March 16, 2013. UMBC’s special teams were outstanding as the Retrievers scored on all four of its extra-man chances, while denying High Point on all six of the Panthers’ opportunities. UMBC led, 11-9, after 45 minutes, but scored twice in the first 3:24 of the fourth quarter and added two more in a 34-second span in the middle of the stanza to take control.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they play five times in 15 days. As spring break begins for the university, the Retrievers return to the field on Tuesday evening, March 18 when they visit cross-town rival Towson. Game time at Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Gannon, Gregoire help UMBC race past Mercer

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium.

Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North). Attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was the lone UMBC player to tally three goals and the senior continues to lead the squad with 13 scores in five games.

UMBC won its third game in the last four outings and improved to 3-2 on the season, while Mercer slipped to 2-3.

With the host Retrievers holding a narrow 4-2 halftime edge, Gannon scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in a span of 2:30 in the first five minutes of the third quarter. UMBC would add five more goals in the period – all by different scorers – and held Mercer scoreless for over 27 minutes until they stopped the surge on a goal 35 seconds in the fourth quarter.

UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 10 saves and allowed six goals in 54:14 of work. Gordon, who entered play sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game, has 10 or more saves in all five outings in 2014. Mercer sophomore netminder Mike Nugent amassed 14 saves against a season-high total of shots by the Retrievers.

Mercer attackmen James Tautkus and Zack Ward led the visitors with three goals each.

Gregoire got the scoring underway for UMBC with an unassisted score just 1:41 into the contest. The Retrievers led, 3-1, after 15 minutes, but the pace slowed in the second quarter as the teams went scoreless for the final 10:45 of the stanza.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss(Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

UMBC entered the game averaging 15 turnovers per contest, but suffered only eight give-aways in the game, with just four occurring in the first 45 minutes. The Retrievers cleared successfully 15-of-16 times in the contest.

UMBC hits the road for three consecutive games, beginning with a March 15 contest at High Point.

Notes: UMBC went 3-1 on the homestand…. Gannon now has six goals and four assists in his last three games… Searfoss played in just his second game of the season and scored his first three collegiate points versus the Bears… The 15 goals scored by UMBC was a season high… Gregoire now has nine career hat tricks, including three in his last four games.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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UMBC hopes to bounce back Tuesday against Mercer

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Mercer on Tuesday Evening

SET THE SCENE: UMBC plays its first of two evening, mid-week games of the 2014 season on Tuesday, March 11, when they host the Mercer Bears at UMBC Stadium. Both teams are 2-2 on the season and both have defeated one common opponent, Richmond. The two squads have never met on the lacrosse field, as Mercer is competing in its fourth NCAA Division I campaign. Kevin O’Neill has all the play-by-play action beginning at 7:25 p.m. and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Fueled by sophomore midfielder Pat Young, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team rallied from six goals down to pull within one twice, but could not get over the top, falling to No. 3 Johns Hopkins, 15-8, Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium. Young scored four goals and added an assist in the contest and red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon made 16 saves, but JHU outscored UMBC, 6-0, in the final 15 minutes to pull away.  Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game and is 11th in save percentage at 58.7%. R A Matt Gregoire continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring with 10 goals and 11 total points. Young, who scored four goals and added an assist versus Hopkins, is now just behind with seven goals and three helpers. SO M Jack Gannon, who scored a career-best four points (2g, 2a) versus Hopkins, and Young are the only Retrievers with points in all four games to date.

BEAR UPDATE: Mercer is 2-2 on the season and has not played a game versus NCAA Division I competition since an 11-7 victory in an Atlantic Sun match against Richmond on Feb. 22. The Bears opened the season with a 17-6 victory over Boston U., and then dropped road contests at Michigan (20-7) and Detroit (11-10).  Mercer scored five fourth quarter goals to book a historic 11-7 win over Richmond in the first official Atlantic Sun Conference lacrosse game in Macon, Ga. Eight different Mercer players found the net in the win, led by senior attackman Zack Ward‘s three goal effort. Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Nugent faced 24 shots on goal and made 17 saves in the win to improve to 2-2 on the season. Ward has scored 13 goals and has 17 total points to lead Mercer in both categories. Sophomore attackman Chris Baxa has scored nine goals in support of Ward.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they play five times in 15 days. They head to North Carolina on Friday for a Saturday contest at High Point. The opening face-off is set for noon.

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Hopkins uses early, late runs to push past UMBC

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – In a game of runs, the third-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team outscored host UMBC 6-0 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and pick up a 15-8 victory Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays led big early, watched as the Retrievers got back into it with a strong second quarter and then pulled away to improve to 5-0 on the year. UMBC slips to 2-2 and had a two-game winning streak snapped.

The win is the 175th in the coaching career of Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala, who is now 152-50 at Johns Hopkins and 175-67 overall.

Nursing a 9-8 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays needed just six minutes to extend the lead to four as Rob Guida, Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick all scored in a span of just 2:26 to make it 12-8. Guida blew home a 14-yarder off an assist from Connor Reed before Benn took a nifty feed from Stanwick on the doorstep and scored from in close. When the Retrievers went offsides less than a minute later, Benn found Stanwick behind the defense on a quick restart and Stanwick beat a defenseless Connor Gordon to polish off the three-goal flurry.

The 12-8 lead held for nearly four minutes before another three-goal run for Johns Hopkins put the game away. Sophomore Holdden Cattoni dodged from behind the goal to ignite the spree, which also included goals from Stanwick and Benn and required just 39 seconds to complete. Cattoni got the assist on Benn’s goal, which came on the extra-man and closed the scoring with 5:01 to play.

A fourth-quarter surge didn’t look like it would be needed early on as the Blue Jays scored three goals before the game was six minutes old as sophomore Ryan Brown wrapped goals around a Benb strike before UMBC got one back on a goal from Ty Kashur midway through the quarter.

The 3-1 lead held for more than three minutes before Reed ignited a 4-0 Hopkins run that took less than three minutes and extended the lead to 7-1. Stanwick, Benn and Brown all added goals during the spree and Cattoni assisted on two of those to give the Blue Jays the six-goal lead.

The Retrievers got back in the game on the strength of Pat Young’s shooting and Gordon’s play in the goal. Young scored three straight UMBC goals between the end of the first quarter and the middle of the second to make it 7-4 before Matt Gregoire and Young added tallies in the final 3:32 of the period to make it 7-6 at the half.

While Young’s first-half heroics were the headline, Gordon’s play at the other end was just as spectacular. He made seven second-quarter saves as the Blue Jays went cold after Brown’s goal with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.

After going scoreless in the second quarter, the Blue Jays needed just nine seconds to open the scoring in the third quarter as Benn was on the backend of a fastbreak off the faceoff that junior Drew Kennedy jump-started with a clean win.

The lead was 9-6 just 72 seconds later when Guida fired one home off an assist from Cattoni, but back-to-back goals from UMBC’s Jack Gannon made it 9-8 at the end of the third quarter. Gannon’s goals came nearly nine minutes apart, but Gordon posted two saves after Guida’s goal to keep the Blue Jays off the board for the rest of the third quarter.

Senior goalie Eric Schneider made two big saves in the final minutes of the third quarter for the Blue Jays, who held the 9-8 lead until Guida’s goal just over three minutes into the fourth quarter ignited the game-ending six-goal run for Johns Hopkins. The run was fueled by Kennedy, who won 5-of-6 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and finished 18-of-26 with 12 ground balls on the day.

Benn matched his career high with five goals and added an assist for a personal-best six points, while Stanwick (3g, 3a) and Brown (3g, 1a) rounded out an effort that saw JHU’s starting attack combine for 11 goals and five assists.

Cattoni’s four assists and five points are both career highs; his four assists today are one more than he had in his career entering the game. He teamed with Guida and Reed to give the Blue Jays’ first midfield a combined four goals and five assists.

Young’s four goals tied his career high and came in a span of less than 15 minutes of game time. Gannon added two goals and two assists, but no other Retriever managed a multi-point game. Gordon finished with 16 saves, several of which were of the spectacular variety.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays welcome 11th-ranked Syracuse to Homewood Field.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is now 12-0 all-time against UMBC and 63-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland • Benn’s five goals extend his goal-scoring streak to 21 games • The Blue Jay defense held UMBC scoreless for the final 18:45; this is the sixth time this season Johns Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 15 minutes or longer.

#3 Johns Hopkins (5-0) 7-0-2-6/15
UMBC (2-2) 2-4-2-0/8

GoalsJ: Benn-5, Stanwick-3, Brown-3, Guida-2, Cattoni, Reed. U: Young-4, Gannon-2, Gregoire, Kashur. AssistsJ: Cattoni-4, Stanwick-3, Benn, Brown, Malm, Reed. U: Gannon-2, Maxwell, Young. SavesJ: Schneider-8. U: Gordon-16.Shots: J-45, U-28. EMO: J: 2-for-3. U: 0-for-1. Attendance: 1,910.

 

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UMBC G Elliott named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Albany, N.Y.- UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) was named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Year, in a unanimous vote by the league’s head coaches.

Elliott, UMBC’s first men’s basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons, was also selected to the America East Third Team and to the All-Rookie squad.

The Baltimore native earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He is the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 14.9 points per game, the fourth-best overall figure in the conference, and is second in scoring average in league games at 15.4 points per contest.

In addition, Elliott is fourth in America East in assists (3.5), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), eighth in steals (1.3) and tenth in field goal percentage (45.3%).

The Baltimore native is the program’s first Rookie-of-the-Year in any league since Kennedy Okafor earned Big South Conference honors in his freshman season of 1997-98.

He became UMBC’s second NCAA Division I player (and first freshman) to record 400 points (433), 100 rebounds (115) and 100 assists (102) in a season.  His current total of 433 points is third amongst all freshmen in school history, just one point behind Rich Giddens’ 434 (1997-98) and 17 behind Peter Mulligan, who amassed 450 points in the 2000-01 campaign.

Elliott has already set a UMBC freshman record for free throws made in a season (120), and has the fourth-most assists of any Retriever first-year player.

Eliott was just selected as the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, UMBC’s first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.

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Hopkins tries to stay unbeaten Saturday with short trip to UMBC

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins hits the road for the second straight week as the Blue Jays made the short trip around the beltway to UMBC. Faceoff is set for 1 pm at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, March 8.

Mount St. Mary’s Game Rescheduled: The Johns Hopkins-Mount St. Mary’s game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 in Emmitsburg, was postponed due to unplayable field conditions after a winter storm blew through Maryland on Monday. The game against the Mountaineers has been rescheduled for Monday, April 14 at 4 pm (at Mount St. Mary’s).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it four straight in the win column to open the season as the Blue Jays topped Princeton, 15-9, on the road last Saturday. UMBC picked up its second consecutive victory as the Retrievers topped Richmond, 14-5, at home last Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and UMBC are meeting for the 12th time in a series that dates to a 15-4 Johns Hopkins victory on March 12, 1983. Johns Hopkins has won all 11 previous meetings, including a 14-11 victory in 2009 in its last trip to UMBC Stadium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least four goals and nine points in all four games this season, with nine goals against both Towson and Princeton and 16 points against Towson and 14 against Princeton.

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

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

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

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

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

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked third in this week’s USILA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

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

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UMBC opens America East Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The fifth-seeded UMBC men’s basketball team opens competition in its 11th America East Men’s Basketball Championship when the Retrievers face No. 4 seed and host Albany on Saturday, March 8 at UA’s SEFCU Arena. The contest is the second quarterfinal game of four on the day, as top-seeded Vermont kicks off the afternoon by taking on No. 8 New Hampshire at noon. The No. 5 seed is UMBC’s highest since the 2007-08 team earned the No. 1 seed and went on to take the title. The two squads split a pair of thrilling contests this season, with Albany winning, 73-72, in double overtime at SEFCU on Jan. 8 and the Retrievers getting a last-second tip-in from Quentin Jones and triumphing, 71-69 at the RAC Arena on Feb. 12. Paul Mittermeier and Dan Levin have all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via ESPN3.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC achieved its most victories (9) since the 2008-09 season, but its last victory came versus Albany on Feb. 12 and the Retrievers enter the tournament tying a season-high with four consecutive setbacks. Three of those losses occurred on the road, including a 67-56 loss at Hartford on March 2. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.9 ppg), selected as the AE Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, scored 21 points versus the Hawks, posting 20 or more for the seventh time in his initial campaign. The Retrievers have enjoyed great tournament success at SEFCU Arena, posting a 3-1 record in the 2009 and 2013 championships.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany could have clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a win at Stony Brook on March 2, but dropped a hard-fought 73-68 decision. The setback snapped a three-game win streak for the Danes, which started after their loss at UMBC. SO G Peter Hooley, who scored 21 second-half points in the Danes’ setback to the Retrievers, leads the squad with 14.8 points per game and is the league’s most-proficient free throw shooter (132/150, 88.0 percent). Three other Danes average in double figures, including JR F Sam Rowley (11.3), who leads the team with 6.8 caroms per game. UA is 9-3 on its home floor and 7-1 versus America East foes in 2013-14.

WHO’S UP NEXT: Should the Retrievers advance, they would face the winner of the No. 1 Vermont vs. No. 8 UNH contests in the first semifinal on Sunday, March 9 at 5:02 p.m.

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UMBC looks for upset Saturday against Johns Hopkins

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

For just the third time in twelve match-ups, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team will host Johns Hopkins University at UMBC Stadium when the two squads face off on Saturday, March 8 at 1:05 p.m. The Retrievers (2-1) have won two straight games in their current four-game homestand, while Hopkins has moved up to No. 3 in the USILA rankings with a 4-0 start. Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill have all the play-by-play action beginning at 12:55 p.m., video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire led a balanced attack with a career-high five goals and the Retriever defense held Richmond to a season-low five scores in a 14-5 victory in chilly conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 1. Gregoire has now scored nine goals in his last two games. UMBC held Richmond to five goals, the fewest allowed since the 2010 squad defeated Rutgers, 6-5, on Feb. 27, 2010. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon came up with double-digit saves for the second consecutive game, posting a 11 stops.  He allowed four of the five UR goals and now has a 62.3 percent save mark, which is tenth-best in the nation. UMBC is eighth in the nation this week in face-off winning percentage (62.5%) and SR face-off specialist Phil Poe is 11th at 62.7%.

BLUE JAY UPDATE: Johns Hopkins (4-0) has moved up to No. 3 in the latest USILA poll, after last Saturday’s convincing 15-9 victory at Princeton. The Jays outscored PU, 8-2, in the second and fourth quarters. SO A Ryan Brown led Hopkins with five goals and three assists versus the Tigers. Hopkins also has victories over Ohio State (10-9, 3ot), Towson (15-8) and Michigan (14-5) in 2014. Brown leads the squad with 12 goals and has 19 total points. JR A Wells Stanwick is the team leader with 21 points (6 goals, 15 assists). He is ranked second in the nation in assists per game, behind Albany’s Lyle Thompson. SR G Eric Schneider has a 7.16 goals against average and a 64.6 save percentage in four starting assignments.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING/SERIES UPDATE: Wes DiRito made nine saves in his first career start, but No. 6 Johns Hopkins ran out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and held off UMBC, 13-7, at Homewood Field on March 8, 2013. Scott Jones and Pat Young each scored two goals to lead the Retrievers. UMBC outshot Hopkins 35-33 and won the ground ball battle, 34-28.

UMBC is winless vs. Johns Hopkins in 11 previous meetings- the Blue Jays are one of just two programs that the Retrievers have faced and do not own a win against. Robert Morris (0-2) is the other program on that short list. Only two of the previous 11 meetings have taken place at UMBC.  The last meeting at UMBC Stadium was in 2009, when the Blue Jays prevailed, 14-11.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will play its first mid-week game and complete the four-game homestand on Tuesday, March 11, when they meet Mercer for the first-time on the lacrosse field. Face-off time is 7:35 p.m.

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