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Seven Mustangs Named All-CAC

Posted on 02 May 2012 by WNST Staff

YORK, Pa. – After posting a 14-4 record, finishing second in the CAC and earning a No. 4 national ranking, the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team had seven players named to the All-CAC team on Tuesday, including three named to the first team. All seven players earned their first career all-conference selections.

In their five seasons in the CAC, the Mustangs had a total of 39 All-CAC selections while boasting two CAC Rookie of the Year honorees
and the 2011 CAC Player of the Year.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) were each named to the first team.

Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph), juniors Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and sophomore Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys’ Latin) were all selected to the second team.

Banick leads the team in goals, assists and points in his first season, having totaled 29 goals, 24 assists and 53 points in 18 games while making 17 starts. He ranks sixth in the CAC in goals and points.

Holechek is the team’s leader with 70 ground balls and 48 caused turnovers, a mark that ranks second for a single-season in school
history. He currently ranks second in the CAC in caused turnovers and was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week on March 26.

Bolland has started all 18 of the team’s games in goal and leads the CAC in minutes played with 1,005. He is second with a 6.51 goals
against average and 14 victories while ranking fourth with a 55.1 saves percentage.

Lea is second on the team with a career-high 22 goals, despite missing eight games due to injury. He is also fourth on the team with 26
points and was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week on April 9.

Bratton has played in all 18 of the team’s games while starting in 17 and ranking second on the team and fifth in the CAC with 28 caused
turnovers. He has also totaled 43 ground balls.

Fendlay is fourth member of the Mustangs’ starting defense to earn All-CAC honors. He joins Holechek and Bolland as the only three
players to start all 18 games this season and ranks third on the team with 24 caused turnovers and second with 59 ground balls.

Rubenstein, the 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year, has totaled 14 caused turnovers and 38 ground balls this season. He has also totaled one
goal and one assist and long-stick midfielder.

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Posted on 01 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

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Navy Puts Win Streak On Line Friday Night Against Lehigh

Posted on 30 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Riding its longest winning streak since 2009, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 3-1 Patriot League) will play host to seventh-ranked Lehigh (9-1, 2-0 Patriot League) Friday evening in a nationally-televised broadcast … face off is set for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
• Navy is coming off a huge upset victory over 12th-ranked Colgate last Saturday after sophomore attackman Sam Jones slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory … while the Mids ran their winning streak to four in a row, they snapped the Raiders’ streak at five straight.
• Lehigh, meanwhile, scored its program-record eighth-straight victory when it dealt Holy Cross a 12-3 loss last Saturday in Bethlehem … junior attackman David DiMaria paced the Mountain Hawks with a seven-point effort that featured a career-high four goals.
• Friday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and former Syracuse All-American defenseman Steve Panarelli (analyst) calling he action.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (51-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 5-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Lehigh has scored 10 or more goals in five of its 10 games, winning all five.
9    Senior attackman Taylor Reynolds owns nine-career multi-point contests, including each of the last six games.
8    Tucker Hull in one of only three players in program history to post three eight-point games in a season – 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross … he joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) … no Navy player has ever recorded four eight-point games in a season.
7    Sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has produced nine points on seven goals and two assists over his career … the seven goals are tied as the most by a defenseman in school history, along with Bucky Morris (2001-04) and Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined … Lehigh has scored seven or more goals in just three (2004, ‘09, ‘11) of the previous 30 games.
5    Looking to add to its four-game winning streak, the last time Navy was able to put together five-consecutive wins was in 2008 when the Mids captured wins over Mount St. Mary’s, Lafayette, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Bucknell and Colgate from Feb. 29 to March 23.
4    Attackman Sam Jones led Navy with four goals and an assist in last year’s Lehigh contest.
3    At least one Navy players has scored a hat trick in seven of the eight games this season … Towson is the lone game in which a player did not reach three goals.
2    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.13 … his is also ranked 15th in goals per game (2.63) and fourth in assists per game (2.50).
1    Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids’ 68 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy had lost five-straight one-goal games prior to last week’s 12-11 victory over No. 12 Colgate.

More on the Mountain Hawks
• Off to its best start in program history, fifth-year head coach Kevin Cassese has led Lehigh to a 9-1 record including a 2-0 mark in Patriot League action this spring … the nine wins are the most by any Div. I team this season, however just a handful of teams have played 10 games to date.
• The Mountain Hawks’ lone setback of the season was a 17-7 loss to Villanova in the second week of the season … Villanova, ranked 12th in the country this week, is coming off a huge win over Syracuse last weekend … since that loss on Feb. 18, Lehigh has won eight in a row, including wins over nationally-ranked programs Penn (10-4), North Carolina (9-8), Yale (11-7) and Penn State (9-5).
• Lehigh owns a balanced offensive arsenal that including five players with 10 or more goals and seven players with double-digit points … anchoring the offense, however, is junior attackman David DiMaria who leads the team in points (33), goals (16) and assists (17) … none of DiMaria’s goals have been scored when a man up.
• Junior attackman Dante Fantoni has been nicked up this season … despite missing three games, he is the team’s second-leading scorer with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists.
• Junior Ryan Snyder has had a fine season at the faceoff “x” where he has won 54.3 percent (82-151) of his draws … additionally he leads the team with 62 ground balls.
• Collectively, Lehigh’s defense is ranked No. 1 in the country, surrendering just 5.6 goals per game.
• Freshman goalkeeper Matthew Poillon has made a case to be named this year’s Patriot League Rookie of the Year … he owns a stingy 5.57 goals-against average, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation, and has turned away 62.6 percent of the shots he has faced, which is No. 2 in the country.
• Junior defensive midfielder Noah Molnar and junior defenseman Mike Noone are atop the league’s leader board in caused turnovers with Molnar pacing the team with 14 and Noone has contributed 13.
• Lehigh is one of the second-ranked extra-man unit in the country, scoring goals on 20 of its 31 attempts for a 64.5 scoring percentage … attackmen Adam Johnston and Kyle Stiefel have been the go-to guys for Cassese this season … the two have combined for 12 of the 20 extra-man strikes with Johnston leading the way with seven.
• The Mountain Hawks have limited their turnovers this season … they are ranked No. 4 nationally, turning the ball over 13.0 times per outing.

Series History
• Friday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 31st game in a series that began in 1910 … the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-2 series advantage.
• The Mids won the first three contests before suffering their first loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913 … Navy had won 25 in a row against the Mountain Hawks until last year’s stunner in Bethlehem when Lehigh dealt the Mids a 14-10 loss in Bethlehem.
• Friday’s game marks the first time Navy and Lehigh have met in Annapolis since 2008 … the two played one  another three-straight years in Bethlehem … four of the last five games, in fact, have been contested in Bethlehem.
• Navy owns a 21-1 series advantage in games played in Annapolis … the Mids’ lone loss at home was the 1913 game.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 10 contests … Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other four games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.

2011 Navy-Lehigh Recap
• Lehigh outscored Navy 8-2 over the final 24 minutes and went on to defeat the Midshipmen, 14-10, at Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa. in what was both teams’ league opener.
• Navy, which trailed 6-5 at the half, took an 8-6 lead early in the third quarter on a goal by senior midfielder Andy Warner (13:40) and two straight by freshman attackman Sam Jones (9:41 and 9:04). The second goal by Jones was his fourth of the night.
• Lehigh stopped Navy’s run with 7:47 left in the third on a goal by Jonathan Stumpf and then tied the game at eight when Stumpf assisted on a Dante Fantoni goal. Lehigh would take the lead for good with 1:06 left in the third when Fantoni scored his second goal of the night and then Ryan Snyder won the faceoff and went right down the field and fired a shot by goalkeeper RJ Wickham to give Lehigh a 10-8 lead heading into the fourth.
• The Mountain Hawks would make it six-consecutive goals on back-to-back tallies by David DiMaria and Adam Johnston to make it 12-8 and the Mids would never pull closer than three goals the rest of the way.
• Navy outshot Lehigh, 35-32, but the Mountain Hawks dominated the faceoff (18-9) and the ground ball (32-24) statistics. Navy was just 1-5 (.200) on extra-man opportunities.
• Jones led the Mids with four goals, while Warner had two. Jay Mann, Brian Striffler, Nikk Davis and Michael Jones, who saw his first action in a Navy uniform, scored one goal apiece. Tucker Hull, Sam Jones and Warner each added an assist. Meanwhile, Wickham produced 11 saves between the pipes for the Mids.

Program Ties
• First-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell has a handful of connections with the Lehigh coaching staff.
• Sowell served as an assistant coach for the goal-medal winning Team USA squad at the 2010 World Championships in England … a team in which Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese was a member.
• All three of Lehigh’s assistant coaches graduated from Stony Brook with Sowell having coached 2007 grad Brendan Callahan and 2011 grad Tom Compitello … Callahan, an All-East goalkeeper, served as team captain in 2007, Sowell’s first season as head coach at Stony Brook … Compitello was an All-American as a junior, producing 37 goals and 35 assists to help lead the Seawolves to the NCAA Quarterfinals … Errol Wilson graduated in 2006 from Stony Brook.

Mids Join the Rankings
• Coming off a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate this past Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team has entered the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time since March 8, 2010 … the 5-3 Midshipmen have won four-straight games to position themselves as the No. 19 team in the country according to the weekly media poll.
• While Navy has received votes from the media over the last two seasons, the last top-20 ranking the Mids received was No. 13 in week four of the 2010 campaign.
• Navy, who finished the 2010 season with a 7-8 record and the program’s first losing season since 2003, fell out of the rankings on March 15 following a 15-8 loss to Lafayette … the Mids would later avenge that loss against the Leopards in the Patriot League Tournament, but fell short of claiming the title with an 11-8 loss to top-seeded Army.
• Six of Navy’s 12 opponents are ranked among the nation’s top 20 in this week’s installation of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, including top-ranked Johns Hopkins … additionally, four of the seven Patriot League teams stand among the top 20, led by Lehigh at No. 7, followed by Bucknell (16), Colgate (17) and Navy (19).

Jones Chosen as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
• For the second time this season, Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, picking up this week’s citation after scoring the game-winning goal on Saturday against 12th-ranked Colgate.
• In addition to Jones, Lehigh’s Mike Noone (defense) and Matt Poillon (Goalkeeper) along with Bucknell’s David Dickson (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.
• Jones paced the Mids with a three-goal, two assist performance against Colgate, but it was his goal with 3.4 seconds left in the game that led to Navy’s first victory over a ranked team since snapping its 36-game losing streak to Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010.
• Jones, who is Navy’s second-leading scorer with 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists, came into the game having scored just two points in games played away from Annapolis this season.  Meanwhile, Colgate was the lone team to hold Jones without a point a year ago.

Navy-Colgate Rewind
• Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate last Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y.
• The win gave the Mids their first four-game winning streak since 2009 when Navy claimed victories over Mount St. Mary’s, Lafayette, Lehigh and Holy Cross.
• Navy snapped a four-game losing streak when the opponent has picked up more ground balls … Colgate owned a slight 29-24 advantage.
• The win marked the program’s first one-goal victory since Navy earned a memorable 9-8 overtime win against Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010 in Annapolis.  The Mids lost all four one-goal games a year ago and dropped a disappointing 9-8 decision to North Carolina earlier this season after the Tar Heels scored the game’s final four goals.
• The win was also Navy’s first win over a ranked team since that same victory over Hopkins … the Mids had lost five in a row against ranked programs.
• Just eight of the 23 goals were assisted in the contest, four by each team.
• The game was played without a single penalty by either team … the last time Navy was not penalized was the Feb. 12, 2011 game against VMI … the last time a Navy opponent was not flagged was the May 9, 2009 NCAA Tournament game against Duke.
• Senior faceoff specialist Logan West struggled at the “x”, but scored his first-two collegiate goals.
• Sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt saw his five-game point-scoring streak snapped against Colgate after being held without a shot.

One-Goal Wonders
• Navy has played 70 one-goal games (of 235) since the start of the 1996 season, winning just 29 (41.4) of those contests.
• Among those 70 games, 25 of them have gone into extra minutes with Navy winning 11 (44.0).
• Over the last five seasons, 24 of the Mids’ 64 contests have been decided by one goal and Navy has produced wins in just 10 of the 24.
• The Mids had lost five-consecutive one-goal decisions dating back to 2010 before Sam Jones’ goal with 3.4 seconds left lifted Navy over 12th-ranked Colgate on March 24.
• Navy is now 1-1 this season in one-goal decisions, giving up a four-goal advantage over No. 4 North Carolina (2-25) to lose, 9-8.
• Outside of this year, which is yet to be completed, Navy has played at least three one-goal games every year since 1996 … in 2007, Navy played a program-record seven one-goal games, including five that were decided in overtime.
• Last spring, the Mids were 0-4 in one-goal decisions, dropping a 9-8 decision at Loyola (2-19), a 12-11 double-overtime loss at Bucknell (3-7), a 5-4 heart breaker to Colgate and a 9-8 decision at Georgetown … three of the four one-goal losses were on the road.

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Navy Tries To Extend Win Streak Saturday At Colgate

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Riding a three-game winning streak, the Navy men’s lacrosse team travels to Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday to play 12th-ranked Colgate … meeting for the 15th time in series history, the Mids and Raiders will face off at 2:00 pm at Andy Kerr Stadium.
• Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday’s 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest … sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists … meanwhile, senior keeper RJ Wickham produced a season-high 16 saves to keep the Crusaders at bay while eclipsing the 400-career save milestone.
• Meanwhile, Colgate ran its winning streak to five in a row with a 12-6 victory over then 13th-ranked Fairfield last Saturday … junior attackman Peter Baum anchored the attack with six points on four goals and two assists, while attackmen Ryan Walsh and Brendon McCann along with middie Jeff Ledwick all contributed a pair of goals.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (50-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 4-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Colgate has scored 10 or more goals in seven of its eight games, winning all seven.
9    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded nine hat tricks in his 20-game Navy career, including five this season … Hull has also produced eight points in a game three times this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Holy Cross last Saturday.
8    Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves … he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.
7    The Mids’ four wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven or fewer goals.
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
5    Riding a five-game point-scoring streak, senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds has already topped his point total from a year ago (12) with his nine goals and six assists (15).
4    Just four players (Nikk Davis, Tucker Hull, Taylor Reynolds and Jordan Seivold) on the current roster have scored goals against Colgate, all of which have turned in just one goal.
3    Over the last three games, sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has scored five goals and added an assist  … in the Mids’ win over Holy Cross, he scored a career-high tying two goals and dealt out his first-career assist.
2    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.71 … his is also ranked 11th in goals per game (2.86) and second in assists per game (2.86).
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 67 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games … each of the last four Navy-Colgate games has been decided by one goal with each team winning two of the four.

More on the Raiders
• In his first season as head coach, former Army assistant Mike Murphy has the 12th-ranked Colgate Raiders sitting atop the Patriot League with a 1-0 record … meanwhile the Raiders, who boast a 7-1 record, are off to the program’s best start since the 1993 team opened its season with an 8-1 mark.
• Colgate, whose only blemish on the year was  9-6 hiccup to Dartmouth, has won five in a row over the likes of Robert Morris (24-14), Hobart (18-8), Holy Cross (13-9), Binghamton (17-8) and Fairfield (12-6).
• Junior attackman Peter Baum has been sensational for the Raiders … as the nation’s No. 1 scorer, he has registered 46 points (5.75) on 33 goals and 13 assists.
• Freshman attackman Ryan Walsh has made a strong case for Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors, producing 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists and is the team’s second-leading scorer.
• Junior Robert Grabher has won 96 of his 175 faceoffs (54.9) and is ranked 24th nationally … additionally, he is No. 5 in ground balls, averaging 6.88 per contest.
• Senior Jared Madison has anchored the defense from the cage where he owns an 8.60 goals-against average and a 51.1 save percentage.
• Meanwhile senior Kevin Gordon and sophomore Bobby Lawrence are pacing the team with 14 takeaways apiece … Lawrence is also second on the team in ground balls with 25.

Series History
• Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 10-4, including wins in two of the last three contests.
• Just three (2006, `08, `10) of the 14 contests have been played in Hamilton, N.Y. with Navy claiming wins in two of the three.
• The two teams have met 12 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004 … during that span, Navy has produced an 8-4 record and outscored Colgate, 129-89.
• Each of the last four contests between the two programs has been decided by one goal, including the last trip to Hamilton in which the Mids were forced to come from behind to win eventually win in overtime, 10-9.
• Navy and Colgate have twice faced one another in the Patriot League Tournament and have been met with split results … in 2007, the Mids claimed a 15-9 win over the Raiders in the championship game, before dropping the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate.

2011 Navy-Colgate Recap
• Navy scored the game’s first-two goals, but scoreless lulls of 21 and 31 minutes in the first and second halves, respectively, allowed Colgate to score a 5-4 win over the Mids and snap Navy’s three-game winning streak.  Colgate, the only Patriot League foe who has beaten the Mids on their home field since Navy joined the league in 2004, has now won two in a row against the Mids at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals within a minute of one another by senior midfielder Kevin Doyle (8:09), followed by a speed dodge goal by Nikk Davis (7:15).
• While the Mids looked to have the game well in hand, they were dealt a blow when senior midfielder Andy Warner got tangled up with a Colgate player and Warner suffered a blow to the head.  For precautionary reasons, Warner was held out of competition for roughly 15 minutes of game play.  Although Warner did return to the game midway through the second quarter, Navy’s offense never seemed to get the swagger back in its step.
• In fact, Colgate rattled off three-straight goals to take a 3-2 advantage with 5:15 to play in the opening half.  Rookie midfielder Jimmy Ryan kicked off the run with a left alley dodge past Navy defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold, sending his shot from 10 yards out past Navy keeper RJ Wickham with 47 seconds left in the first quarter.  Faceoff specialist Jim Carroll won the faceoff to open the second frame and found the nation’s sixth-ranked goal scorer Peter Baum for the equalizer at 14:54.  The Raiders took the lead with 5:15 remaining in the second when Warner’s errant pass was picked up by Colgate defenseman Greg Perkins and off to the races they went.  The Navy turnover led to one of three transition goals by Colgate, this one by long pole Dave Tucciarone.
• The Mids finally got themselves back on the scoreboard when Warner found freshman attackman Tucker Hull for a five-yard shot just to the right of the goal at the 1:12 mark.  The assist by Warner extended his point scoring streak to 21-straight games dating back to last year’s Lehigh contest.
• Navy’s efforts were short-lived, however, as Carroll won the ensuing faceoff for the Raiders and got the ball to senior middie Rob Bosco.  Filling the middle, Bosco passed the ball off to Baum on the left wing, who fired off a shot that appeared to hit defenseman Michael Hirsch before taking a hop and finding its way into the goal with 1:01 left to take a 3-2 advantage going into halftime.
• The third quarter featured several shots that would never find the back of the net until the 4:30 mark when the Raiders perfectly executed their transition game that resulted in a Ben McCabe goal from roughly seven yards out and extended their lead to 5-3.
• After barraging Colgate keeper Jared Madison with 11 shots over the final 2:19 of the game, the Mids finally were able to get within one.  But the eight-yard unassisted goal by junior attackman Taylor Reynolds came too late for the Mids, as he scored with just two ticks left.

Navy-Holy Cross Rewind
• Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday’s 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest
• The win gave the Mids their first three-game winning streak since last year when the Mids won three in a row over this same three-game stretch against Lafayette, Towson and Holy Cross.
• Navy is now 4-0 this season when holding its opponent to seven or fewer goals.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists … it also marked his fifth hat trick of the year and ninth of his career.
• Navy’s first two goals of the game were scored by long stick defensive midfielders … sophomore Pat Kiernan punched in the game’s first goal and went on to finish the game with two goals and an assist … meanwhile, in just his second-career appearance, sophomore Ben Sampson notched his first-collegiate goal in the opening period.
• Six players extended scoring streaks - Taylor Reynolds with five-straight games with a goal, Hull with seven-straight games with a point, Erik Hoffstadt with fiver-straight games with a point and Pat Kiernan with thtree-straight games with a goal.
• Junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs saw his five-game goal-scoring streak snapped against Holy Cross after being held scoreless on two shots.
• Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves … he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.

An Old Fashioned Duel Between 1 and 2
• Not only do the nation’s top two point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week’s NCAA statistics report, Colgate junior Peter Baum and Navy sophomore Tucker Hull are set to square off Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y..
• Baum, who owns the nation’s seventh-leading scoring streak at 35-consecutive games, is leading the country with his 5.75 points per game, while Hull stands No. 2, averaging 5.71 points per contest.
• Baum is also the nation’s top goal producer (4.13), while Hull is 11th, scoring 2.86 goals per game.
• Hull has registered hat tricks in five of the seven games this season.
• Hull, who possesses a more balanced game, is ranked No. 2 in assists per game, dealing out 2.86 per contest.

Kiernan Among Navy’s Top Scoring Defensemen
• Navy sophomore long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan has produced eight-career points, including seven this season.
• He is ranked third all-time for career points scored by a  Navy defensemen, while his seven goals are tied as the most.
• Among the NCAA’s top active defensemen, he is just outside of the top five … there are only five defensemen in the entire nation who have scored 10 or more career points.
• For a single season, Kiernan’s seven points are tied as the most by a Navy player alongside Zack Schroeder who  produced seven points on three goals and four assists in 2009.
• Meanwhile he has turned in more goals this season (6) than any Navy defenseman in program history.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy is 51-14 (78.1) against conference members, which includes an 11-2 mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 40-12 in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (3)    2008, `10, `11
Bucknell (4)    2005, `09, `11, `12
Colgate (3)    2006, `09, `11
Lafayette (1)    2010
Lehigh (1)    2011
… and dropped the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.
• Ten of the 14 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 27-4 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 21-4 during the regular season.
• The Mids have produced undefeated marks in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in `07.
• Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in five (2004-05-06-07-08) of the seven years it has been a member of the league.
• Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league’s tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).
• 31 different Mids have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.

Hull Hauls in the Points
• Seven games into the season, Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has already eclipsed his team-high 38 points from a year ago.
• Hull is the first 40-point scorer for the Mids since Nick Mirabito turned in 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists in 2008.
• He is just 12 points shy of joining Navy’s single-season top 20 points list … 20th-place Mike Hannan produced 52 points during the 1978 season … Mike Buzzell holds the scoring record with 85 points in 1979.
• Meanwhile, Hull is just 22 points shy of joining Navy’s list of elite 100-point scorers … there are just 29 current members of the group with the last player joining the list just a year ago, as Andy Warner graduated with 101-career points.

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Stevenson Crushed Widener To Remain Unbeaten

Posted on 07 March 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A total of 10 different players scored for the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team, led by four points from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) as the No. 4 ranked Mustangs remained unbeaten in four games this season with an 11-3 victory over future MAC rival Widener Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (4-0) won its 14th-straight regular-season home game dating back to the 2010 season while tying a season-high with 11 goals.

The Mustangs totaled a season-high 51 shots, outshooting the Pride 51-21 while winning 13-of-17 faceoffs, led by senior Doug Reidt (Towson, Md./Hereford) who was 10-for-12. He also had a career-high eight ground balls.

Defensively, Stevenson forced 24 turnovers while holding Widener to just three goals. Through four games, the Mustangs have allowed just 18 goals for an average of only 4.5 per game. The defense has not allowed more than six goals in a game this season and is currently ranked 16th in Division III in scoring defense.

Banick finished with three assists to increase his team-lead to nine. He also leads the team in points this season with 14.

Freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) posted the first multi-point game of his career with two goals and one assist while senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored his first points since he netted a goal in a 10-6 win over Salisbury
on Apr. 24, 2010. He finished with one goal and one assist.

After a goal by Michael Bassani gave the Pride (0-4) a 1-0 lead with three seconds left in the first quarter, Stevenson scored the next 11 to take an 11-1 lead with 10:00 remaining in the fourth.

Widener was whistled for nine penalties totaling 8:30 leading to two extra-man goals for the Mustangs. Bassani had two goals to lead the Pride while Bobby Schluter made 17 saves.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had 10 saves for Stevenson while sophomore and 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys’ Latin) had three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Stevenson faces the second of six top-20 opponents on its 2012 schedule Saturday when it travels to No. 9 Lynchburg. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs are 1-0 against ranked teams this season following an 11-5 victory over No. 17 Haverford on February 18.

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Coppin’s Gallo, Cephas Honored By MEAC

Posted on 05 March 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State senior Tony Gallo has been selected to the Mid-Eastern Athletic All-Conference First Team and freshman Taariq Cephas was named to the All-Rookie Team the league announced on Sunday as selected by the conference head coaches and sports information directors.

Gallo was joined on the first team by Player of the Year Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State, Darrion Pellum of Hampton, Jay Threatt of Delaware State and Dominique Sutton of North Carolina Central.

Gallo was the Eagles most consistent player during the season and led the team averaging 17.0 points per game and 78 three-point baskets. He also averaged 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

He reached double figures in scoring in 24 games this season and topped 20 points in 13 different games.

Cephas earned All-Rookie honors after averaging 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He also shot 39.7 percent from the three-point line and averaged 2.4 assists per game.

Coppin State will open MEAC Tournament play on Tuesday (March 6) against Florida A&M at 9 p.m. in the Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He was joined on the All-Rookie Team by Rookie of the Year Tahj Tate of Delaware State, Tyshawn Bell of Delaware State, Prince Okoroh of Howard and Ishaq Pitt of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The all-conference second team was comprised of Ray Willis of North Carolina Central, Tate of Delaware State and Marques Oliver, Chris McEachin of Norfolk State and Deric Rudolph and Rashad Hassan of Savannah State.

O’Quinn was also named the Defensive Player of the Year and Horace Broadnax of Savannah State was named the Coach of the Year.

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Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas Named ACC Player of the Year

Posted on 01 March 2012 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland women’s basketball sophomore Alyssa Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford Thursday. The conference’s top individual honor is voted on by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.

Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., is just the second sophomore ever to be honored with the league’s top honor in its 29-year history. Duke’s Alana Beard won in 2002 as a sophomore. Beard and Thomas were both named ACC Rookie of the Year in their respective freshman seasons.

She is the fourth Terrapin to win the honor and the third in the last five years. Vicky Bullett won in 1989, Crystal Langhorne was honored in 2008 and Kristi Toliver won in 2009.

“First, I have to thank my teammates and our coaches. They push me every single day and we play hard for each other,” Thomas said. “This is such an honor because there’s so many great players in our league.”

Thomas, the ACC’s leading scorer, is averaging 17.0 points per game and 17.7 points per conference game. Her 8.5 rebounds per ACC game are fifth-best in the league. She was named ACC Player of the Week Monday and recorded a total of four weekly honors this season – more than any other player in the league.

“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa and we’re really appreciative that the voters recognized the incredible season she’s had for Maryland,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We also know that there were other worthy candidates. I think Alyssa’s had more legendary-type moments in one season than most have in a lifetime. Her will to win is unsurpassed and I don’t think anyone plays harder for her team. She’s easy to coach and she responds to being challenged. Of course, this could not have happened without her tremendous teammates and the staff.”

“We feel like we’ve helped her improve, but really, what you see from Alyssa all started back home in Harrisburg, where she was raised by an incredible family and community. As a person and a player, she’s one of the people you want to wear your uniform and to represent your school. We’re incredibly proud and happy for her and our program.”

Thomas proved to be a game-changer for the Terrapins. In their third ACC contest of the season, Thomas scored 18 second half points, including the winning jumper with 17.0 seconds left, to help Maryland come back from a 20-point deficit to top Georgia Tech. Two days later, she made a reverse layup at the buzzer to force overtime at North Carolina. The Terps would go on to win 76-72.

In the Terrapins’ 63-61 win over No. 5 Duke on Feb. 19, Thomas pulled in 12 rebounds but made one of the best defensive plays of the season on the last play. With four seconds left in the game and the Terps with a two-point lead, Thomas helped get a stop in the paint to force the ball outside. As the Blue Devils swung it around the arc to Haley Peters on the opposite side of the court from Thomas, she sprinted to Peters and blocked the potential game-winning shot as the buzzer expired, sealing the win for the Terrapins. It would be Duke’s lone loss in ACC play.

A week later, she scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half to lead Maryland to a 65-50 win at North Carolina State in the regular season finale. In one 10-minute span in the second half, she rattled off 16 straight points for the Terrapins and finished with a career-high 17 blocks and four rebounds.

Thomas has scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games this season with eight double-doubles. The Terrapins won four straight to end the regular season. In that four-game span, Thomas averaged 17.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and four assists per game.

“What Alyssa has done this year against some stiff competition is nothing short of remarkable and has been so much fun to watch,” Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “Alyssa represents all that we are here at Maryland with her incredible work ethic, love for her team and leadership on and off the court. Congratulations to her and her teammates, Coach Frese and the rest of the program for their part in this special award.”

Four members of the fifth-ranked Terrapins squad were named to the All-ACC Teams announced Monday. Thomas earned first team honors, while Tianna Hawkins made the second team. Lynetta Kizer and Laurin Mincy each earned honorable mention honors and Kizer was enamed the ACC’s Sixth Player of the Year. Brene Moseley was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team Tuesday and Alicia DeVaughn was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team Wednesday.

The Terrapins (25-4, 11-4 ACC) will open play in the 35th Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday evening at approximately 8 p.m. as the No. 3 seed. They will play either sixth-seeded Virginia or 11th-seeded Boston College, depending on Thursday’s result.

All eight games on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN), which includes Comcast SportsNet +, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida and the New England Sports Network. Friday’s contest can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet +. The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3 and Maryland’s games will also be shown online on the Terps’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarylandWomensBasketballFans.

For more information, visit the official site of the 2012 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay. Fans can also follow the upcoming Tournament games on Twitter at @ACCwbb.

Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches’ poll and No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press rankings.

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Four Maryland Women Tabbed All-ACC

Posted on 28 February 2012 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four members of the Maryland women’s basketball team were named to the 2011-12 Women’s Basketball All-ACC teams, as announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

The accolades are voted on by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.  Alyssa Thomas earned First Team honors, Tianna Hawkins was named to the Second Team, while Lynetta Kizer and Laurin Mincy earned Honorable Mention Honors.

Kizer also earned the fifth annual ACC Sixth Player of the Year honor. The ACC Sixth Player of the Year accolade is nominated and selected by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches among players that started fewer than 33% of their team’s games.

Thomas, the ACC’s leading scorer, averaged 17.0 points per game and 17.7 points per conference game. Her 8.5 rebounds per ACC game are fifth-best in the league. She earned her fourth ACC Player of the Week honor Monday for a total of four weekly honors this season – more than any other player in the league.

Thomas, who was named ACC Rookie of the Year last season, has scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games this season with eight double-doubles. The Terrapins won four straight to end the regular season. In that four-game span, Thomas averaged 17.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and four assists per game.

Hawkins, a junior forward, leads the nation with her field goal percentage of 64.4 and is the league’s best offensive rebounder with 4.7 per contest. She is No. 9 in the ACC in scoring with 14.0 points per league game and second in overall rebounding with 9.5 a contest.

Mincy proved to be one of the league’s best shooters with her three-point field goal percentage of .390, which was good for No. 2 in the conference. She finished 11th in the league in scoring with 13.4 points per game and seventh with her free throw percentage of 82 percent. Mincy was easily one of the ACC’s most improved players, after she averaged 4.9 points per game as a freshman, to 13.4 points per contest this year as a sophomore.

Kizer ranks 21st in the league with 11.6 points on 46.4% shooting this season after only starting one of the Terrapins’ 26 games. She added 5.8 rebounds per game, fourth-most on the Maryland roster.

A senior from Woodbridge, Va., Kizer posted three double-doubles and had eight consecutive games with double-figure points during conference play. She recorded 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, including the 900th of her career, against No. 6 Miami in mid-February.

The Terrapins (25-4, 11-4 ACC) will open play in the 35th Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday evening at approximately 8 p.m. as the No. 3 seed. They will play either sixth-seeded Virginia or 11th-seeded Boston College, depending on Thursday’s result.

All eight games on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN-Comcast SportsNet/Comcast SportsNet PLUS in Baltimore). The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3.

For more information, visit the official site of the 2012 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay. Fans can also follow the upcoming Tournament games on Twitter at @ACCwbb.

Maryland is ranked No. 6 in both the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches’ polls.

All-ACC First Team
Chelsea Gray, Duke
Shenise Johnson, Miami
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland
Elizabeth Williams, Duke
Riquna Williams, Miami

All-ACC Second Team
Sasha Goodlett, Georgia Tech
Tianna Hawkins, Maryland
Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech
Ariana Moorer, Virginia
Chay Shegog, North Carolina

All-ACC Third Team
Cierra Bravard, Florida State
Bonae Holston, NC State
Natasha Howard, Florida State
Haley Peters, Duke
Stefanie Yderstrom, Miami

All-ACC Honorable Mention (More than 15 points)
Laura Broomfield, North Carolina; Lakevia Boykin, Wake Forest; Ataira Franklin, Virginia; Marissa Kastanek, NC State; Lynetta Kizer, Maryland; Laurin Mincy, Maryland

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Navy Lacrosse Begins Rick Sowell Era Saturday Against VMI

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2012 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 1 Navy (0-0, 0-0 PL) vs. VMI (0-0)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television None
Video Streaming Navy All-Access
Radio None
Game Notes Navy | VMI
Live Stats GameTracker at www.NavySports.com

Game Preview
• Navy opens up its 105th season of men’s lacrosse on Saturday afternoon, when it plays host to VMI … action is set for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Saturday’s game will be streamed online via Navy All-Access with live stats available at www.NavySports.com … this week’s All-Access feed will be provided free of charge, however, the remainder of the season will be subscription based.
• The Navy-VMI tilt is one of nine games slated for Saturday in what marks the second weekend of action among the Div. I ranks … Delaware and Detroit officially kicked off the 2012 campaign last Saturday in Newark where the Fightin’ Blue Hens topped Detroit, 19-6.
• Navy is one of five Patriot League teams in action this weekend … Army played host to UMass on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm, while Delaware travels to Bucknell on Saturday at 1:00 pm, Bryant heads to Colgate on Saturday at 1:00 pm and Lehigh makes its way to Philly to play Saint Joseph’s on Saturday at 2:00 pm.
• Entering his 13th season as a collegiate head coach, Rick Sowell will officially open the chapter on his Navy coaching career on Saturday.  Sowell, who has been involved with rebuilding programs at Georgetown, Dartmouth, St. John’s and most recently Stony Brook, owns an 86-81 career record.
• Sowell compiled a 47-26 (.644) record in five seasons at Stony Brook and was named the America East Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons as he guided the Seawolves to back-to-back America East regular-season titles (2010-11).
• Navy returns eight starters off last year’s team, including its entire starting attack line.  Sophomores Tucker Hull and Sam Jones led the charge a year ago, mirroring one another’s stats.  Both players scored a team-high 38 points on a team-best 23 goals and 15 assists.  Hull was rewarded for his play by being named the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and has been named a 2012 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American.  Senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds rounds out the starting attack and is coming off a 10-goal, two-assist season.
• Meanwhile, senior Nikk Davis anchors a midfield line that will blend both youth and veteran players.  Davis is entering his fourth season as a starter and is coming off 14-goal, 4-assist season.  He will be joined by junior Bryce Dabbs and sophomore Pat Durkin.  While Dabbs has been in the program, he did not play as a plebe and was ineligible last spring.  Durkin played among the Mids’ second midfield line a year ago, but will be asked to step up his play this spring as a starter.
• Senior Logan West returns as the Mids’ faceoff specialist after finishing the 2011 season ranked 29th nationally with his 52.1 winning percentage (110-211). He enters the season ranked sixth on Navy’s all-time career faceoff wins list with 175.
• Look for juniors Jay Mann and Jordan Seivold to play both ways this spring.  Mann, who was a starter on the offensive midfield a year ago and scored 11 goals, will be used primarily as a defensive midfielder, while Seivold will be used heavily on the offensive side of the field, but played mostly defensive midfield his first two seasons at the Academy.  The athleticism the two present give the Mids a better opportunity in the transition game.
• Navy will rely heavily upon veteran close defenseman Matt Vernam and senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham to manage the defense.  Vernam has been a starter since his freshman year, while Wickham, who was a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee in 2010, is in his third season as a starter in goal.  Additionally, second-year standout Pat Kiernan will fill the long pole position and has quickly emerged as one of the Mids’ most potent defensive weapons.  He produced 11 takeaways a year ago and picked up 35 ground balls.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy owns an 88-15-1 all-time record in season openers, including wins in each of its last 10 dating back to a 16-2 win over Saint Joseph’s in 2002 … the Mids have won each of their last four openers against the Keydets.
9 – Senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham needs 17 saves to move into ninth on the Mids’ all-time saves list … he has turned away 338 shots over his career and trails 1990 graduate Louis Brown who amassed 355 saves.
8 – Navy has held VMI to eight or fewer goals in each of his previous four meetings.
7 – Senior faceoff specialist Logan West needs seven wins on Saturday to take sole possession of fifth on Navy’s all-time career faceoff wins list … he has won 175 over three seasons.
6 – Navy will play six games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2012 … the Mids own a 39-16 record (70.9) in games played on their home field since the start of the 2004 campaign, outscoring its foes, 587-392.
5 – Navy has lost just five games (46-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 campaign, including a pair last spring.
4 – Four of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (6), Maryland (7), Bucknell (12), while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
3 – With a 750-308-14 record, Navy is the third-winningest program in Div. I men’s lax behind Johns Hopkins (912-294-15) and Syracuse (821-312-16).
2 – The attack duo of Tucker Hull and Sam Jones paced the Mids a year ago with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists.
1 – Over the last four seasons, 22 (9-13) of the Mids’ 60 contests have been decided by one goal.

Navy vs. VMI – The Series
• Meeting in each of the last four years’ season openers, Navy holds a 4-0 series advantage against VMI.
• The Midshipmen have scored double digits against the Keydets in each of the four previous meetings, while holding VMI to single digits in all four contests.
• VMI has held an advantage in the faceoff column in each of the last three meetings, including a slight 14-12 edge a year ago.
• Last year, Navy’s rookie class accounted for eight goals, including four by attackman Sam Jones, en route to capturing a 14-8 victory over the Keydets.  After giving up six goal in the first half, Navy’s defense surrendered just two second-half goals to the Keydets.
• In 2010, Eleventh-ranked Navy jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as the Mids claimed a 16-5 win over VMI at Rip Miller Field in what was both teams’ season opener.  A strong offensive display that featured goals by 11 different Midshipmen, helped Navy weather a rare pair of three-minute stick penalties.
• The Midshipmen outscored VMI 8-0 in the second half, surviving a first-half scare to earn a 13-5 victory over the Keydets at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2009.  Deadlocked at five apiece at the half, Navy peppered VMI with 30 second-half shots while its stifling defense gave the Keydets just five looks at the goal over the final 30 minutes.
• In the inaugural meeting in 2008, the Mids’ balanced offensive attack featured eight different players scoring 10 goals en route to a 10-2 win.

2011 Navy-VMI Recap
• Navy attackman Sam Jones made his debut in front of his hometown crowd a memorable one, scoring a team-high four goals to lead Navy to a 14-8 victory over VMI in both teams’ opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Jones, however, wasn’t the only Navy rookie to have a successful collegiate opener.  Fellow starting attackman Tucker Hull scored one goal and dealt out assists on three others, while Ellicott City product Harrison Chaires turned in a goal and an assist and Austin Heneveld pumped an extra-man strike late in the third.  In sum, Navy’s rookie class accounted for 12 points with eight goals and four assists.
• The Mids also saw midfielder Nikk Davis score a pair of goals, while a relatively unknown Taylor Reynolds got the opportunity he’s long waited for at attack and capitalized.  Not only did Reynolds score his first-collegiate goal, he also produced his first-career hat trick in what was his first-career start.
• While Navy’s offense seemed to be a well-oiled machine, it seemed to take a quarter of play before the Mids were truly settled on both sides of the field.  In fact, after the first quarter of play, the game was locked up at 4-4 and two of Navy’s goals were scored on extra man.
• Navy, indeed, was the dominant team in the second stanza, outscoring the Keydets 6-2 to take a 10-6 at intermission.  It was during that quarter that Navy’s attack was nearly unstoppable, scoring all six goals.  Jones, in particular, was stellar, scoring three goals in the period, including a goal where he was falling down and was surrounded by three defensive players.
• The Mids cooled off in the second half, scoring just four goals, but the damage had been done.  Additionally, Navy’s defense held its ground and kept the Keydets off the scoreboard for roughly 15 minutes, giving up a goal at the 2:23 mark in the second and not again until 2:07 in the third.
• Defensively, Peter Rogers made his debut where he paced the Mids with four caused turnovers and grabbed three ground balls.  Pat Kiernan was also strong in his collegiate debut, pacing the Mids in ground balls with six and causing three turnovers.

Navy Vs. the MAAC
• The Mids are undefeated against the seven-member Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, producing a 6-0 record.
• Navy’s contest against VMI on Saturday marks the eighth-straight season the Mids have faced a team either currently in the MAAC or had previously been part of the MAAC at the time of the contest.
• In 2005, Navy faced Providence who is now a member of the newly-formed Big East, while in 2006 and `07 the Mids battled Saint Joseph’s who has moved to the Colonial Athletic Association.

For Openers
• Navy owns an 88-15-1 record in season openers, including wins in each of its last 10 dating back to a 16-2 win over Saint Joseph’s in 2002 … the Mids have outscored their foes 126-31 (12.6-3.1) during that stretch of 10 wins.
• For the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the last nine seasons, the Mids will open their season at home … the Mids played their 2004, `05 and `06 openers on the road.
• In 2007, Navy defeated Saint Joseph’s, 10-3, in Annapolis to kick off the season with an eight-game winning streak, while in `08, the Mids turned back VMI, 10-2, in what was the inaugural meeting between the two programs.  In 2009, Navy claimed a 13-5 win on Feb. 7 in what was then the earliest game played in Div. I history and in 2010, the Mids picked up a 16-5 win over VMI.  A year ago, the Mids used a six-goal second quarter to catapult ahead of the Keydets en route to a 14-8 victory.

The New Coaches on the Block
• Among the 61 Div. I men’s lacrosse teams that will take the field this season, 15 of them will have new head coaches.
• Of the 15 new coaches, five are coming from previous head coaching posts including Navy’s Rick Sowell who was the head coach at Stony Brook the previous five seasons.
• Three of the 15 new coaches are at schools who play in the Patriot League.  In addition to Sowell, former Army assistant coach Mike Murphy took over the coaching reigns from Jim Nagle at Colgate who ironically left to replace Sowell at Stony Brook.  After serving as the interim head coach for half of the 2011 campaign, Holy Cross kept Jim Morrisey on board as its permanent head coach, replacing Adam Pascal.

Debut
• Rick Sowell is the eighth different man to hold the title of head men’s lacrosse coach at Navy in its 105-year history.
• Five of the seven previous coaches won their debut game at the Academy, including each of the last five.
• The tandem of Frank Breyer and Bill Hudgins started the Navy lacrosse program in 1908 and lost to Johns Hopkins, 6-1, in the school’s first contest.

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Loyola Lacrosse Picked to Finish 2nd in ECAC

Posted on 07 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Sawyer, Ratliff Earn Preseason ECAC Honors; Loyola Tabbed 2nd

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior Mike Sawyer and Scott Ratliff were named to the 2012 Preseason All-ECAC Lacrosse League team on Tuesday, and the Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the league by a vote of the conference’s coaches.

Sawyer was one of three attack players named to the team, and Ratliff, a long-stick midfielder, earned a spot on the squad as a defender.

Loyola earned 54 points in the preseason poll to placesecond, seven points behind ECAC favorite Denver. Fairfield is tabbed thirdwith 46 points, one tally ahead of Ohio State in fourth. Air Force (29), Hobart (27) and Bellarmine (18) were selected fifth through seventh. Michigan, which will start play in the ECAC next year and whose record will not count in the standards, was picked eighth.

Sawyer led the Greyhounds with 31 goals last season and was also selected to Faceoff Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention last month. He earned All-ECAC First Team honors in 2011 after being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2009.

He also led Loyola attackers with 32 ground balls, and he paced the team with six extra-man goals. Sawyer, who hails from Waxhaw, N.C., posted eight multi-goal games as a sophomore in 2011, including five with three or more. He set a career-best with five goals against Bellarmine, a total he matched just six days later against Duke.

Ratliff established himself as one of the nation’s best long-stick middies last year and was elected a team co-captain prior to this season. He was a key part of a Loyola defense that held opponents to 8.15 goals per game last year and a low .255 extra-man opportunity conversion rate.

The native of Marietta, Ga., paced the team with 17 caused turnovers and was third on the team with 37 ground balls. Ratliff was also a key part of Loyola’s transition offense, totaling six points on three goals and three assists.

The Greyhounds opens their 2012 season on Saturday, February 18, with a 1 o’clock game against Delaware at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds play their first league contest of the year on Friday, March 2, in Louisville, Ky., against Bellarmine.

- loyolagreyhounds.com -

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