Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Audio
Posted on 19 February 2014 by WNST Staff
Naval Academy Announces 2014 Football Schedule
Season Tickets On Sale Now
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team, coming off a 2013 campaign that saw the Midsfinish with a 9-4 record, win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualify for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, win a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeat Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year, will face a challenging 2014 schedule that features five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and three neutral site games in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Additionally, this year marks Navy’s final year as an independent as the Mids will join the American Athletic Conference in 2015.
The Mids will play seven teams that were bowl eligible in 2013, including two of college football’s most storied programs, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
“This exceptional schedule is terrific for our fans to attend up to eight games within a 25 minute drive of Annapolis,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “The base season ticket package covers our traditional home games in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, while the additional match-ups in NFL venues allow for optional purchasing opportunities for fans to be there for all the action, all fall long. Navy football is Navy family and this is a great schedule for all to see the Midshipmen in some of the finest venues in the nation right in our backyard.”
“This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalo. “With seven teams on our schedule that were bowl eligible a year ago, our team will have to work extremely hard this off-season to accomplish all of our goals next year. It’s also exciting to have eight games locally (five in Annapolis, two in Baltimore, one in Landover) as it will give the thousands of Navy fans in the area, and even those who are looking for a college team to root for and have never seen us play, an opportunity to come out and support this incredible group of young men.”
Navy will open up the 2014 campaign with a bang as it plays host to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 12 noon. Ohio State is coming off a 12-2 season and is 24-2 over the last two years under Urban Meyer. This will be the second time in six years that Navy has opened up against Ohio State. In 2009, Navy went into Columbus and nearly pulled off the upset before losing 31-27 on an intercepted two-point conversion that was returned for two points in the final minute.
The following week (Sept. 6), Navy will travel to future American Athletic Conference foe Temple (2-10 in 2013), as the two teams will tangle at Lincoln Financial Field. The Mids are 10-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial (9-0 vs. Army, 1-0 vs. Temple).
The Mids will be back on the road the following week (Sept. 13) as they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on the Bobcats of Texas State (6-6 in 2013). It will be Navy’s first trip to San Marcos.
The Mids will play their first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20 when Navy plays host to one of the Big Ten’s newest members, Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 a year ago and played in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame.
Navy will be looking for payback the following week as it plays host to Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Hilltoppers are coming off an 8-4 campaign, including a 19-7 victory over Navy in a game that starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds was knocked out of in the second quarter with a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Navy travels to Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 4 to take on Air Force in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy. Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-10, in Annapolis and will look to beat Air Force for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Air Force finished 2-10 a year ago.
Navy returns home to face VMI on Oct. 11 and then, after a week off, will welcome San Jose State on Oct. 25 in a rematch of one of the best games in all of college football a year ago. The Spartans, who finished 6-6 on the year including an upset of undefeated Fresno State in the season finale, lost to Navy a year ago, 58-52, in triple overtime as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for an NCAA-record (for a quarterback) seven rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run.
The following week the Mids will take the short trip down Route 50 to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9-4) at FedExField in Washington, DC. Last year, Notre Dame outlasted Navy, 38-34, in a game that featured an incredible nine lead changes. This will be the first meeting between Navy and Notre Dame at FedExField since 1998.
After another off-week, the Mids return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to face a Georgia Southern team (Nov. 15) that will be in its first full year as a Football Bowl Subdivision team. Last year, as a transitional FBS squad, the Eagles went 7-4 including a 26-20 upset victory over Florida in The Swamp.
After a third off-week in six weeks, the Mids will return to the gridiron on Friday, Nov. 28to take on South Alabama (6-6) in Mobile, Ala. It will be Navy’s first trip to Mobile to play the Jaguars.
Navy will have a fourth off-week after the South Alabama game before playing Service Academy rival Army at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Navy will be going for a record 13th win in a row against its biggest rival. It will be the first Army-Navy game in Baltimore since 2007 when the Mids beat the Black Knights, 38-3. Army head coach Jeff Monken was an assistant at Navy for that game.
CBS Sports has the rights to all of Navy’s home football games and either CBS Sports or CBS Sports Network will televise all five games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as well as the neutral site games against Ohio State and Notre Dame. CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA.
Season tickets go on sale today at navysports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY.
With six wins in 2014, the Mids will appear in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. A date has not been set for the bowl game.
2014 Navy Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location
August 30 vs. Ohio State Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 6 at Temple Philadelphia, Pa.
Sept. 13 at Texas State San Marcos, Texas
Sept. 20 Rutgers Annapolis, Md.
Sept. 27 Western Kentucky Annapolis, Md.
Oct. 4 at Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 11 VMI Annapolis, Md.
Oct. 25 San Jose State (HC) Annapolis, Md.
Nov. 1 vs. Notre Dame Landover, Md.
Nov. 15 Georgia Southern Annapolis, Md.
Nov. 28 at South Alabama Mobile, Ala.
Dec. 13 vs. Army Baltimore, Md.
Posted on 05 April 2013 by Luke Jones
Ravens running back Ray Rice is offering his support to embattled Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti in wake of the firing of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice earlier this week.
Many have called for the removal of top university administrators for failing to remove Rice despite video evidence of the coach’s behavior during practice, which included pushing players, throwing basketballs at them, and berating them with gay slurs. More than 50 Rutgers faculty members reportedly signed a letter asking for the termination of Pernetti and an explanation from president Robert Barchi on why he didn’t fire Rice when learning of the video displaying his conduct.
However, the Pro Bowl running back along with other former Rutgers standouts are showing their support for Pernetti. Rice has cited in interviews that the athletic director even encouraged him to graduate at the school’s recent pro day for NFL prospects.
“Big 10 doesn’t happen without Mr. Pernetti,” Rice wrote on his official Twitter account. “He has done a GREAT job for RU, our future is bright with him leading us.”
Rice also endorsed a tweet posted by former Rutgers and NFL offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara calling for football alumni to stand up for Pernetti.
Many of Pernetti’s supporters acknowledge he made a mistake in handling the former basketball coach’s employment but do not think it should result in his termination, citing his excellent body of work at the university.
Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE- UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen made 12 of his 13 saves in the final 45 minutes and the host Retrievers utilized a 5-1 third quarter surge to knock off Rutgers, 11-7, at UMBC Stadium.
UMBC evened its early season record at 1-1, while Rutgers fell to 2-2.
Eight different Retrievers scored goals and the hosts were led by senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River), who scored his first three goals of the season. Linemates Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) also had strong effots for the Retrievers. Lustgarten led UMBC with four points, scoring once and adding three assists, while Jones scored twice and added a helper.
Rutgers junior attackman Scott Klimchak led all players with five goals.
UMBC defeated Rutgers by the identical 11-7 score in Piscataway, N.J. last season. Cohen also shined in that game, making 14 saves and scoring a goal late in the contest.
The Scarlet Knights jumped on top, 2-0, less than five minutes into the contest, but UMBC closed the quarter with goals by junior midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys’ Latin) and Gregoire. Jones gave UMBC its first lead of the day midway through the second quarter, but Klimchak evened the score with 4:09 remaining in the half and the teams went to the locker room knotted at 3-3.
But UMBC came out with a determined third quarter effort. Despite losing all six face-offs in the quarter, the Retrievers scored on five of 12 shots. Sophomore midfielder Derek Bertolini(Madison, Conn./Choate) gave the hosts the lead for good with an unassisted goal from deep on the right wing just 1:44 into the stanza.
After an exchange of goals, the Retrievers scored three times in the final 2:38 of the quarter to take command. Jones converted a Lustgarten feed on a man-up situation, rifling a shot past RU netminder Kris Alleyne from eight yards out.
The Retrievers’ next two goals were tough chances as Gregoire managed to dump in a Lustgarten feed from just outside the crease after initially bobbling the pass from Lustgarten with 77 seconds to play in the third. Then , freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) took a pass from Jones and converted an acrobatic shot while driving to the goal with 0.7 to play in the stanza.
UMBC led, 8-4, after three quarters and extended the run to 6-1 as Lustgarten scored on a fast-break 54 seconds into the fourth. But RU kept coming, as Klimchak scored twice and freshman midfielder Jacob Coretti cut the deficit to 9-7 with 5:21 remaining.
Rutgers won the ensuing draw, but Cohen made a save and triggered a fast break. Jones’ shot from the left side was saved by Alleyne, but Gregoire knocked in the rebound to restore a three-goal lead with 4:08 remaining.
UMBC held the ball for the majority of the final four minutes and freshman attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) beat a double-team and added the 11th goal with 1:49 to play.
Rutgers outshot UMBC, 40-35 and outdrew the hosts, 13-8.
Lustgarten now has multiple assists in his last 11 outings, one shy of Steve Marohl’s 1992 school record of 12.
UMBC faces defending national champion Loyola at the Ridley Athletic Complex on Tuesday evening.
Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff
The UMBC men’s lacrosse team opens the home portion of its 2013 schedule on Sat., Feb. 23 when they host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The opening face-off its set to take place at 1:05 p.m. on the turf at UMBC Stadium. UMBC dropped its opener, 12-9, at Robert Morris on Feb. 16, while Rutgers has won two of three contests in the early part of the season. UMBC holds a narrow 8-7 series lead and the teams have split the last eight meetings since 2001. The game will be streamed at www.umbcretrievers.tv.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
- SR A Scott Jones scored four goals, but visiting UMBC dropped its season opener, 12-9, at Robert Morris (1-1) at Joe Walton Stadium.
- FR M Pat Young added two goals, JR M Zach Linkous posted one goal and one helper and SR A Joe Lustgarten added a pair of assists in the opener for the Retrievers.
- SR M Neill Lewnes and SO LSM Seth Mackin led all players with seven and six ground balls respectively.
- Jones posted his 14th career hat trick in the game and has 65 career goals.
- Jones, Lewnes and Ethan Murphy were named captains for the 2012-13 academic year. Jones and Murphy will serve as team captains for the second consecutive year.
- UMBC is now 26-17 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season.
- Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stands eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
- Despite a late surge, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to Air Force, 11-9, at the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex, Saturday. The Scarlet Knights were led by FR A Scott Bieda and FR M Jacob Coretti, who both netted two goals.
- JR A Nick DePaolera posted another five-point game, tallying a career-high five assists after opening the season with five goals against Manhattan (Feb. 10). DePaolera was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performance through the first two games, the conference announced Monday.
- Rutgers defeated Wagner, 20-10, at RU Turf Field on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights (2-1) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and wouldn’t look back.
- Rutgers opened the 2012 campaign with a 15-6 win over Manhattan on Sun. , Feb. 10. The Scarlet Knights improved to 11-0 all-time against the Jaspers.
- UMBC defeated Rutgers, 11-7, in last year’s meeting in New Jersey. The Retrievers took an 8-7 series lead over the Scarlet Knights and avenged a 12-5 loss to RU at UMBC Stadium a year ago.
Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stands eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 213-138 in his 27th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2011.
213-139 (.605) (27th season)
at UMBC: 140-124 (.530) (20th season)
BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is 36-11 in nine years of America East competition and 20-4 at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.
In 2012, the Retrievers (3-2 AEC) posted a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the ninth consecutive year.
WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-17 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.
In 2012, UMBC was 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.
UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.
HOME, SWEET HOME: UMBC is 37-16 (.698) at home since 2006.
DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 46th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 338-284 (.543). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 221-217 (.505) in their 32nd year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.
Assists per game 13th 7.15
Man-Up Offense 14th 41.9%
FOR (HOME) OPENERS: UMBC is looking to snap a three-game slide in home openers. The last home-opening win occurred vs. Rutgers in 2009.
TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected seniors Scott Jones(Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox), Neill Lewnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) , and Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2012-13 academic year. Jones and Murphy will serve as team captains for the second consecutive year.
2012 AMERICA EAST ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior attackman Scott Jones and sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe earned America East Conference First Team honors in a vote of the league’s six head coaches. Two Retrievers- senior defender Aaron Verardi and junior midfielder Scott Hopmann- earned Second Team honors, while freshman A/M Derek Bertolini was selected to the All-Rookie team. Junior defender Ethan Murphy was also honored by earning a selection to the league’s All -Academic squad.
Sixty-six Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.
Player of the Week for games ending Feb. 26, 2012. Cohen scored UMBC’s final goal of the day with 1:39 remaining at Rutgers and it is believed to be the first goal scored by a Retriever goalkeeper in 32 years of NCAA Division I competition.
SR A Scott Jones had hat tricks or better in four of his last six outings of the 2012 season, scoring a total of 18 goals in that span. He had scored in 14 consecutive games (35g-10a-45pts, 3.21 ppg) until being held off the board at Vermont on April 7. Jones had multiple points in 12 of those contests and finished the 2012 season 8th in the nation with 2.77 goals per contest.
With his four-goal effort in the opener at Robert Morris, he now also has 14 career games with three or more goals and is tied for 10th- most amongst current Division I players.
HELPING HANDS: In 2012, SR A Joe Lustgarten led America East and finished 4th nationally with 2.23 assists per game. He became the 21st player in school history to post 25 assists in a season (29)-the last player to tally 25 or more was Drew Westervelt, who recorded 36 in 2007. Lustgarten has multiple assists in his last ten outings (2 at Robert Morris), which is the longest streak in a single season since Steve Marohl, the NCAA record-setter with 77 assists, had multiple helpers in 12 straight in the 1992 campaign.
CROW ABOUT POE: JR face-off specialist Phil Poe attempted all but six draws through 11 games in 2012 and his 320 attempted were 7th in the nation. His 174 face-off victories are the second-most in school history, behind only Russ LeClair’s 210 wins in 1984.
Poe was named America East Conference Player of the Week for games ending April 21. Poe tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Moreover, his 15 ground balls recorded are the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997 The 22 face-off wins tied for the sixth-most in a Division I single game in 2012.
Poe’s 87 ground balls on the 2012 season is the most for a Retriever since Nick Brownlee had 108 in 1997. Poe won 14 or more draws in nine of the 13 contests in 2012. He finished 11th in the country with 6.31 ground balls per game.
NOTING: FR M Pat Young scored the first two goals of his career, tallying twice in the first quarter at Robert Morris… SO LSM Seth Mackin garnered a career-best six ground balls… Twenty-seven Retrievers saw action in the opener vs. the Colonials.
A LOOK AT THE KNIGHTS: Despite a late surge, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell to Air Force, 11-9, at the RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex, Saturday. The Scarlet Knights were led by FR A Scott Bieda and FR M Jacob Coretti, who both netted two goals. JR A Nick DePaolera posted another five-point game, tallying a career-high five assists after opening the season with five goals against Manhattan (Feb. 10). DePaolera was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performance through the first two games, the conference announced Monday. Rutgers defeated Wagner, 20-10, at RU Turf Field on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights (2-1) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and wouldn’t look back. Rutgers opened the 2012 campaign with a 15-6 win over Manhattan on Sun., Feb. 10. The Scarlet Knights improved to 11-0 all-time against the Jaspers.
UMBC VS. RU: The Retrievers took an 8-7 series lead last year, when they defeated the Knights, 11-7, in Piscataway. JR M Zach Linkous scored a career-high five goals in the contest and SR G Adam Cohen added a goal, in addition to a 14-save effort. UMBC never trailed in the contest, taking control in the second quarter and building a 8-2 advantage early in the third quarter. SR M Dave Brown added two goals and two assists for the victors.Rutgers won the last meeting at UMBC, earning a 12-5 victory at UMBC Stadium in 2011.
Posted on 16 February 2013 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: NBA-Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Houston Rockets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors (Monday 7pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer: MISL Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena), Team USA U-20 vs. Costa Rica (Friday 6:30pm from Puebla, Mexico live on Fox Soccer Channel); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt (Friday 5pm DC Armory); ShoBox: Art Hovhannisyan vs. Alejandro Perez (Friday 11pm from Cabazon, CA live on Showtime), Cornelius Bundrage vs. Ishe Smith (Saturday 9pm from Detroit live on Showtime); Vyacheslav Glazkov vs. Malik Scott (Saturday 10:30pm from Huntington, NY live on NBC Sports Network); Women’s College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 3pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Saturday 1pm & 4pm Sunday 4pm live on Tennis Channel)
10. Shinedown/P.O.D./Three Days Grace (Tuesday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Dirty Heads/Shiny Toy Guns (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Wale (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Live); Imagine Dragons (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Matchbox Twenty (Monday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)
Shinedown is that band you’ve always liked but never fully admitted to it…
I could listen to Wale’s first full record on repeat for like a week straight.
Imagine Dragons not only does one of your favorite songs but also MY favorite song from Madden 13…
I will sign up for ANY amount of more Robert Randolph.
9. Joel McHale (Sunday 7:30pm Towson Center); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); “Argo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Snitch” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Winter Wine Celebration (Friday-Monday); “The Gathering” (Saturday 3pm The Castle at Keswick Hampden)
I saw Joel McHale after Preakness a few years ago. He was LEGITIMATELY funny. Also there’s this.
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Posted on 17 November 2012 by Glenn Clark
Drew Forrester is right.
(You better make sure you pocket that one away for the future there, Forrester.)
He wrote Saturday morning here at WNST.net that if the University of Maryland were to jump ship from the ACC to the Big Ten (or B1G if you will), the move would be made entirely based on money.
He’s right about that. Of course, as it always is with Drew-he’s not right about everything.
Drew also said such a move would “stink…plain and simple.”
I’m not buying that whatsoever. I know he isn’t either.
Maryland to the Big Ten rumors have been reheated in recent days, and it appears as though this time there’s the actual bite that has been missing during previous rounds of rumors. In fact, a detailed ESPN.com report said Saturday school President Wallace Loh and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson were directly involved in negotiations.
The single biggest reason why a move like this WOULDN’T happen would be the $50 million exit fee the ACC is charging for a member institution to leave, but there’s monetary incentive for the B1G to be willing to help there.
Should the B1G be able to lure Maryland (and Rutgers as reports have indicated the league would also like to add), they would immediately open up three top 30 markets for likely pickup of the Big Ten Network (New York, Washington and Baltimore). Adding these three markets would prove quite lucrative for a league who created the first ever 24-7 sports television network.
That fact has been deemed understandable by most fans, but what some have struggled to understand is why Maryland would want to give up money-making basketball games against the likes of Duke and North Carolina.
Perhaps Saturday’s football game should teach you a lesson.
To understand why the move would make sense for Maryland, you must first be willing to accept a simple fact. No matter how important basketball is to your program, football is the money maker at (damn near) every major Division 1 university.
Let that sink in.
Maryland needs football revenue. It’s why they’re rotating through many different Under Armour uniforms right now. They’re hoping that with actual healthy players in the near future, they might be able to win games under Randy Edsall. If they do, that will go a long way to helping the program make money. In the meantime, their most lucrative opponents at Byrd Stadium include the likes of Virginia Tech and Florida State.
And thanks to this picture posted by InsideMDSports.com Saturday, here’s what we’ve learned about the lucrative nature of a game against Florida State…
There is no guarantee that a late season game against an Ohio State or Penn State or Michigan or Wisconsin would be significantly better attended than Saturday’s game given the dreadful state of the Maryland program after losing FOUR quarterbacks. But if THIS is as good as the ACC has to offer in football, what really is there to lose by making the jump?
There absolutely WOULD be something lost in basketball with a move to the B1G. Games against Duke and North Carolina have been perhaps the most significant athletic events the school has hosted in the last decade. That said, the conference has been a watered down mess outside the two power programs, and replacing Duke and Carolina with games against Michigan State and Indiana annually (or biannually) doesn’t sound like a terrible consolation prize. Games against Ohio State Wisconsin could serve as replacements for what would have been gained from the pending additions of Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC.
But Maryland’s reason for interest in jumping ship to the Big Ten is still much more tied to football, and namely the Big Ten Network.
The thought process is quite simple. Every Big Ten football game played every year is on television.
I want you to think about that.
Every single game is on television…not ESPN3.com.
That value cannot be dismissed in making a determination for the University of Maryland. Even the early season games against the likes of James Madison or Florida International would actually air on TV in (presumably) almost every home in the area and in other Big Ten markets, which would now include the crucial recruiting areas of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Every single game would also be available for viewing parties of alumni groups in bars and restaurants in those same markets.
Does that make sense?
On top of that, every program aired 24 hours a day, seven days a week on BTN serves as very affordable advertising for the athletic department and university as a whole.
If Maryland makes the move to the B1G, it will ABSOLUTELY be all about money.
It will NOT however “stink”.
Everyone knows (including Drew) that the only thing that actually matters in college athletics is money.
That’s “plain and simple.”
Posted on 01 June 2012 by WNST Staff
BRUCE SHINGLER NAMED ASSISTANT MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH AT TOWSON UNIVERSITY
Shingler Joins Tiger Coaching Staff From Morgan State
TOWSON, Md. – Towson University men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry has announced the hiring of Bruce Shingler as an assistant coach for the Tigers. He replaces Kenny Johnson who was recently named assistant coach at Indiana University.
Shingler, who served as an AAU head coach of the DC Assault 17-and-Under team, spent last season as an assistant coach on the Morgan State University staff.
“I’ve gotten to know Bruce the last few years and we’re excited to get him here on our staff,” said Skerry. “He’s young, a great communicator and extremely energetic. He provides us with a really strong recruiting presence in the Maryland, DC and northern Virginia areas. We’re excited to have him on board.”
Prior to his year at Morgan State, Shingler was the head coach at Bladensburg (Md.) High School. While at Bladensburg, he led the Mustangs to an 18-5 record and a No. 12 ranking in the Washington Post final poll.
With DC Assault, Shingler coached several prominent players, including McDonald’s All-Americans Michael Beasley (Kansas State/Minnesota Timberwolves), Wally Judge (Rutgers), Quinn Cook (Duke) and approximately 40 other Division I players.
Prior to his years at the AAU and high school levels, Shingler spent a season as an administrative assistant at Kansas State University under Coach Frank Martin.
“Bruce is one of the bright young stars in this business,” said Martin. “He is a former high school teacher and coach who has a tremendous rapport with kids.”
Shingler was a four-year starter and Academic All-American point guard at St. Augustine’s College from 2001-to-2005. He averaged six points and more than seven assists per game. Shingler earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Communications in 2005.
Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff
|Opponent||NCAA Championship Game | Maryland Terrapins|
|Date||Monday, May 28, 2012|
|Location||Foxborough, Mass. | Gillette Stadium|
|TV | Radio||ESPN | ESPN3 | Sirius XM 91|
|Series Record||Maryland leads, 18-2|
|Last Meeting||Maryland 19, Loyola 8 – NCAA Semis – Piscataway, N.J.|
Loyola University Maryland will play for the NCAA Championship for the third time in the school’s 73 seasons of lacrosse history when it takes on the University of Maryland at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 28.
Despite just 30.67 miles (as the crow flies according to DaftLogic.com) separating the campuses, the game will be played 338 miles from Loyola’s campus at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
On The Tube, Web And Radio
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN with Eamon McAnaney and Quint Kessenich calling the action. Paul Carcaterra will be the sideline analyst.
The action can also be seen worldwide on ESPN3, the broadband arm of the ESPN, and on the WatchESPN app on mobile devices.
Westwood One Sports/Dial Global will provide the NCAA Radio Network broadcast of the Championships with Dave Ryan on the play-by-play and Steve Panarelli on analysis. It can be heard on Sirius/XM 91 worldwide. A complete list of stations can be found at dialglobalsports.com.
Loyola and Maryland will meet for the 21st time in series history – the Terrapins hold an 18-2 lead in the previous 20 games – and the second time in NCAA Championships play. (complete list of games on page six of notes)
The teams have not squared off since Maryland won a 19-8 decision on May 23, 1998, in the NCAA Semifinals at Rutgers University. Monday’s game will be just the third meeting of the teams since 1989 and the third since Loyola joined NCAA Division I in 1982.
Loyola won the initial meeting between the schools, 17-6, on April 6, 1940, but the Terrapins then won 17 in a row before the Greyhounds scored a 10-8 victory on March 19, 1989.
NCAA Championships History
Loyola is making its 20th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, 18th at the Division I level. The Greyhounds are 11-19 all-time in Championships play, 11-17 at the Division I level.
Monday’s game will be Loyola third appearance in an NCAA Championship Game and second at the Division I level.
Loyola, with current Head Coach Charley Toomey as the team co-captain and goalkeeper, last played in the title game on May 28, 1990, when Syracuse defeated the Greyhounds, 21-9.
The Greyhounds also took part in the NCAA Division II-III Championship Game on May 17, 1981, when it lost to Adelphi, 17-14.
As an institution, Loyola has won one national title, the 1976 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer crown.
Five, Twice In A Row
Eric Lusby scored five goals in the NCAA Semifinal against Notre Dame, duplicating a performance he had in the Quarterfinal round against Denver. Lusby is the first Loyola player to score five in consecutive games since Mike Sawyer did it against Bellarmine (March 5) and Duke (March 11) during the 2011 season.
Eric Lusby is thus far the leading scorer in this year’s NCAA Tournament, tallying 13 goals and five assists for 18 points. He is three goals shy of tying the tournament record of 16 set in 2006 by Matt Ward and matched in 2007 by Duke’s Zach Greer.
His 13 are tied for seventh all-time. Loyola’s Chris Colbeck scored 14 in the 1990 tournament and is tied for fourth with Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins, 2008) and Gary Gait (Syracuse, 1988). Gait is also third with 15 in 1990.
He has hat tricks in all three games Loyola has played after scoring three in the First Round against Canisius and five in both sequential games.
Runkel Stops 15
Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel set a career-high in the NCAA Semifinals with 15 saves against Notre Dame, setting a career-high. He narrowly eclipsed his previous best of 14 set on April 28 against Johns Hopkins.
The game was Runkel’s seventh this season with 10 or more saves in goal. The others came against Duke (12), at UMBC (13), at Fairfield (12), Johns Hopkins (14), at Denver in the ECAC Semifinals (10) and versus Denver in the Quarterfinals (11).
Runkel has played to a 5.97 goals against average and .622 saves percentage in three NCAA Tournament games.
Defense Limits Chances
Loyola’s defense held Notre Dame to just 28 shots, four below the Fighting Irish’s season average of 32.3 heading into the game, and the Greyhounds’ unit helped goalkeeper Jack Runkel make 15 saves by limiting inside chances.
As a unit, Loyola forced Notre Dame into 14 turnovers, although the team was credited with just seven caused turnovers.
Joe Fletcher caused three of the turnovers and picked up a career-high seven ground balls, while Reid Acton, Scott Ratliff, Josh Hawkins and Runkel each had a caused turnover.
Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer became the first duo in Loyola history with 50 goals each in the same season. Sawyer now stands with 51 goals, a Loyola single-season record, while Lusby has 50, tied with Tim Goettelmann for second in season history at the school.
They are two of three players in the NCAA this season to score 50 or more goals, joining Colgate’s Peter Baum (67). Last season, just one player (Robert Morris’ Trevor Moore, 50) had 50 or more.
The last time a pair of Division I teammates had 50 or more goals was 2010 when Duke’s Max Quinzani finished the year with 68, and Zach Howell tallied 51.
Lusby and Sawyer are also the only Loyola players to reach 60 points in the same season.
With his six-point effort on Saturday afternoon, Lusby set the school Division I record for points in a season with 67, eclipsing the 66 (29g, 37a) Brian Duffy had during the 1995 season.
Gary Hanley has the top three points marks in school history with 89 in 1981, 86 in 1980 and 83 in 1979 when Loyola played Division II lacrosse.
Seven Earn All-America Honors
Attacker Mike Sawyer was named to the USILA All-America Second Team, and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned Third Team honors earlier this week from the coaches’ association.
Five other Greyhounds – attacker Eric Lusby, midfielders Davis Butts and Josh Hawkins and defenders Reid Acton and Joe Fletcher – received honorable mention.
The seven honorees are the most for Loyola since seven received plaudits following the 1999 season. Sawyer and Ratliff are also the first Loyola players to receive All-America nods other than honorable mention since Gavin Prout was a first teamer in 2001.
Sawyer Sets Goals Record
Mike Sawyer scored the first goal of Loyola’s NCAA Quarterfinal game against Denver and broke the school single-season record for goals in the process.
Sawyer now has 51 goals this season, breaking the previous best of 50 set by Tim Goettelmann in 2000. Goettelmann went on to become Major League Lacrosse’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Earlier this season, against Hobart, he became the first Loyola player to reach 40 goals in a season since Tim Goettelmann and Gavin Prout scored 50 and 41, respectively, in 2000. They are the only three Loyola players to top 40 this century.
In the ECAC Semifinal against Denver, Sawyer pushed his season point total to 50, a number that is now at 60, making him the first Greyhound to reach 50 in a season since Prout had 58 (37g, 21a) in 2001. It is the fourth time this century that a Loyola player has scored 50 or more points in a season. Goettelmann (65) and Prout (53) both reached the mark in 2000, and Prout did it again the following season. Sawyer’s teammate, Eric Lusby, has since joined him with more than 50 points (more later).
Loyola completed a three-game sweep of Denver with its 10-9 NCAA Quarterfinal victory last Saturday, marking the first time in school history the Greyhounds had ever played a team three times in a season.
It is the third time a team has beaten another three times in a season (thanks to Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times for the research). Loyola joins the 1992 Maryland (vs. Duke), 2007 Duke (vs. North Carolina) and 2009 Duke (vs. North Carolina) teams to have accomplished the feat.
Sawyer, Lusby Form Rare Tandem
Graduate student Eric Lusby and junior Mike Sawyer have formed the top attack tandem in the nation this season, combining for 101 goals in 18 games this season, an average of 5.61 per game.
Sawyer has scored 51 goals, and his 2.83 goals per game average is sixth-best in Division I. Lusby, meanwhile is right behind with 50 goals and a 2.78 goals per game mark, a number that is eighth in the country. Loyola is the only school to have two players in top 10 nationally.
The Greyhounds have not had two players score 40 or more goals in the same season since 2000 when Tim Goettelmann set the school single-season record with 50, and Gavin Prout tallied 41. As a side note, the Goettelmann-Prout duo has gone on to highly successful professional careers. Goettelman recently retired from Major League Lacrosse as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 268 goals in 11 seasons. Prout has been an MLL Champion and has scored 314 National Lacrosse League goals to go with 625 assists as a multiple-time all-star.
The duo is now the top goal-scoring tandem in Loyola single-season history, eclipsing the performance in 2000 by Goettelmann and Prout.
A Lot Of Everything
The adage that a player does a little bit of everything does not necessarily apply to long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff. The Loyola junior does a lot, as he leads the team in ground balls (83) and caused turnovers (35), is fifth in goals (12) and is seventh in assists (7). His 34 caused turnovers are second-most in Loyola history – behind P.T. Ricci’s 51 in 2009 – since the stats became official that year.
A Tewaaraton Award nominee earlier in the year, Ratliff was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Championships after scoring three goals, one a game-winner, and recording two assists and 16 ground balls.
He had two goals, including the winner just eight seconds into overtime, and an assist versus Denver while picking up a career-high nine ground balls.
Ratliff, who was also an All-ECAC First Team honoree and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, then scored twice in the first quarter against Canisius to go along with six ground balls and three faceoff wins in the game.
Scott Ratliff had his third multi-goal game of the season in the NCAA First Round against Canisius, and he then added a goal in the Quarterfinal against Denver, raising his season totals to 12 goals and seven assists.
With his game-opening goal against the Golden Griffins, he set the Loyola single-season record for long-pole scoring, surpassing the record of 16 points set by current assistant coach Matt Dwan his senior season in 1995 when he tallied 11 goals and five assists and earned All-America honors.
Ratliff is second nationally this season in goals and points by a long pole, and his seven assists are tops in the country. Bryant’s Mason Poli leads all long poles this year with 19 goals and 24 points.
Ward Dishes Out Assists
Justin Ward was credited an assist on an Eric Lusby goal against Notre Dame raising his season total to 31, and his 1.72 assists per game are 21st nationally. Those numbers are tops among the players on the four teams in the NCAA Semifinals.
Ward is the first Loyola player this century to reach 30 assists, and his total is the most since Brian Duffy had 34 in 1996.
Loyola entered the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed for the third time in school history. The Greyhounds were also the top seed in 1998 when they defeated Georgetown, 12-11, in the Quarterfinals to move on to the Final Four for the second time in school history. There, the Greyhounds lost, 19-8, to Maryland. They were then the No. 1 seed in 1999 when they fell in the Quarterfinals to Syracuse, 17-12.
School Record In Wins
Loyola’s victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Semifinals was its 17th of the season, setting a school record for victories in a year. The Greyhounds eclipsed the previous best of 13 that the 1998 squad achieved with a 13-2 record.
This is Loyola’s 15th season all-time with 10 or more wins with 12 coming since the Greyhounds joined Division I in 1982.
The Hardware Department
In the span of seven days, three teams in Loyola’s Department of Athletics advanced to their respective NCAA Championships by winning titles in three different conferences.
The men’s golf team started the trend with its fifth-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown on April 29, and the men’s lacrosse team followed by taking the ECAC title on May 4. The women’s lacrosse team completed the trifecta on May 5 when it defeated then-No. 2 Syracuse to win its second-straight BIG EAST Championship. Also, in March, Loyola’s men’s basketball team won its first MAAC title in 18 years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994.
Sawyer Named One Of Five Tewaaraton Finalists
Mike Sawyer was named one of five Tewaaraton Award finalists on Thursday, joining Colgate A Peter Baum, Duke LSM C.J. Costabile, Massachusetts A Will Manny and Virginia A Steele Stanwick.
Sawyer is the first Loyola men’s player to be named a finalist, and he is also the first player from to hail the State of North Carolina to be so honored. He was one of three Greyhounds on the Tewaaraton Watch List where he was joined by Eric Lusby and Scott Ratliff, and Ratliff was a fellow semifinalist. The Award, which is given annually to the top player in college lacrosse, will be presented on May 31 at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Loyola’s first midfield line of Davis Butts (20g, 33p), Sean O’Sullivan (16, 27) and Chris Layne (11, 22) has combined for 47 goals and 35 assists this season, while the second midfield unit of Pat Byrnes (9, 7), J.P. Dalton (9, 4) and Phil Dobson (7, 2) has added 25 and 13. Additionally, Nikko Pontrello has started to mix in with the second midfield, allowing Loyola’s attackers the opportunity to invert, and he has four goals and six assists.
Twelve In A Row Ties Mark
Loyola’s 12-straight to start the season tied the school record for consecutive victories, matching the number put up by the 1998 (3/14-3/17) and 1999 (3/6-3/8).
It also matched the best start to a season, equaling the 1999 team that finished the regular-season unblemished at 12-0.
Toomey Tabbed ECAC Coach Of The Year
Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career. This season, Toomey has guided the Greyhounds to a 17-1 mark during the regular-season and the ECAC regular-season crown with a 6-0 mark in conference play. The NCAA Championship Game will be Toomey’s 100th as a head coach.
The Greyhounds became the second team in USILA Coaches Poll history to start a season unranked and ascend to the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The only other team was Duke in 2007 – a year after the Blue Devils had their season suspended in March – which accomplished the feat after being unranked in the first poll, moving to second in the next version and first in the third. Duke was knocked from its perch as No. 1 that season when it lost to the Greyhounds at the First Four in San Diego.
The win over Canisius in the First Round was the 60th victory of his coaching career, becoming the fourth coach in Loyola history to win 60 or more – Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001), Charles Wenzel (62-104, 1954-1970), Jay Connor (61-46, 1975-1982). Toomey’s .626 winning percentage trails only Cottle’s .721 at Loyola.
Five Loyola players earned All-ECAC Lacrosse League honors form the conference’s coaches. Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff, who was also named ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, earned a spot as a defender on the First Team, where he was joined by Mike Sawyer on attack and Davis Butts in the midfield.
Sawyer led the ECAC during the regular-season, and is now second nationally, in goals (51). Butts has scored 20 goals and assisted on 13 from the Greyhounds first midfield line while also regularly playing a role on the wings during face-offs with 39 ground balls.
Attack Eric Lusby and defender Joe Fletcher were tabbed to the All-ECAC Second Team. Lusby is second on the team and is third nationally with 50 goals, and he also has 17 assists this season. Fletcher came on as one of the top lock-down defenders around, earning Midseason All-American honors from Inside Lacrosse last month. He has 39 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers entering the NCAA title game.
Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its 18 games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 36 occasions this season.
Loyola scored the first four goals of the ECAC Semifinal game against Denver and then tallied three-straight after the Pioneers pulled within 4-2. The Greyhounds then reeled off five in a row during the third quarter to take a 13-6 lead.
The Greyhounds used two 3-0 runs against Notre Dame in the NCAA Semifinal to advance to the title game.
On The Flip Side
Conversely, the Greyhounds have allowed a run of three or more goals just 12 times this year, with the most recent coming when Canisius scored three in the second quarter. Only Denver (seven in ECAC Semifinal), Johns Hopkins (five), Fairfield (five), Air Force (four) have scored more than three in a row this year.
The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 65-22 in the third quarters of games and 119-63 overall this year in the second half (including overtime).
The second-half scoring continues a trend from the last two seasons. Last year, Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56 two years ago.