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Rivalry Saturday Lacrosse: Hopkins Stuns Maryland, Stevenson Tops Salisbury

Posted on 16 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Saturday’s games, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Just in Time – Wharton’s Game-Winner Lifts Hopkins Past Maryland, 12-11

COLLEGE PARK, MD – When a series is being renewed for the 107th time, it’s not easy to play a game that ranks among the all-time best. While no one has seen all 107 meetings, it’s probably say to say that third-ranked Johns Hopkins’ 12-11 overtime win at fourth-ranked Maryland deserves such consideration, even if time is the only true judge of such things.

Time. For a time it looked like the senior-laden Terps would run away from the young Blue Jays. For a time it then seemed the Blue Jays had so much momentum that an overtime game-winner from senior Kyle Wharton wouldn’t be necessary. When they stopped keeping time, 16 seconds remained in the first overtime and Wharton’s goal had extended JHU’s winning streak to four – three of which have come by a goal.

The Blue Jays trailed 7-2 at the half and 8-3 after Grant Catalino answered Chris Boland’s strike early in the third quarter. With momentum on the Terps’ side, the Blue Jays rallied for a win that, for a time, didn’t seem possible.

Freshman Eric Ruhl jumped started a stunning 8-1 run with his seventh goal of the season midway through the third quarter. Maryland still had a four-goal lead at 8-4 when the third-quarter clock ticked under the three-minute mark, but freshman Phil Castronova found Boland alone on the doorstep with 2:55 remaining to make it 8-5 and Boland intercepted a clearing pass on the crease and scored again with nine seconds left in the third period to make it 8-6 entering the fourth quarter.

Wharton netted the first of his two goals after he blew home an eight-yarder after a perfect skip pass from sophomore John Greeley just 74 seconds into the fourth quarter and Boland scored two minutes later on a high-to-high shot from just above the goal line after coming from behind the cage to tie the game a 8-8.
It didn’t take much time – 56 seconds to be exact – for the Terps to regain the lead as Jake Bernhartdt scored from seven yards out, but Hopkins, which managed just three shots in the first quarter, struck for three goals in less than three minutes midway through the period to take an 11-9 lead.

Sophomore Zach Palmer’s highlight reel behind the back shot from the slot snuck inside the crossbar with 8:35 remaining and junior Marshall Burkhart too a nifty pass from Ruhl cutting across the front of the goal and beat Maryland’s Niko Amato from six yards out to give JHU a 10-9 lead 41 seconds after Palmer’s goal. When Boland capped his five-goal performance just over two minutes later, it appeared extra time wouldn’t be needed.

Maryland, to its credit, dug deep and scored twice in a 62-second span to knot the game at 11-11. Senior Ryan Young used a pick to the side of the goal to get free and scored hits 14th goal of the season and Joe Cummings added the equalized with 2:40 remaining in regulation.

Neither team scored down the stretch – JHU failed on a extra-man chance and Maryland turned the ball over with 12 seconds remaining – so the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse headed to extra time for the fifth time in the last 14 meetings.

By all accounts, Maryland had the game won – twice – in overtime. Cummings rang one off the inside of the pipe just over a minute into the extra session and Bernhardt was stoned from in tight by Pierce Bassett 20 seconds later.

The Blue Jays earned another extra man chance when Maryland was flagged for a slash, but the Blue Jays managed just one shot by Wharton and that was blocked. An errant pass late in the extra-man possession was tracked down by Greeley up near midfield and the Blue Jays worked the ball to Wharton, who sidestepped a defender, stepped inside and ripped a shot past Amato to give the Blue Jays their 13th win in the last 17 meetings with Maryland.

For all their late-game heroics, the Blue Jays were a step slow and out-of-sorts for the first 30 minutes, which ended with Maryland holding a five-goal lead. The Terps jumped out a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed that margin to 7-2 at the half as they scored on seven of their 15 first-half shots.

Back-to-back goals in an eight-second span early in the first quarter staked Maryland to a quick 2-0 lead. Cummings netted the first of his three goals before intermission off a nice feed to the slot from Young and Landon Carr scored eight seconds later off an assist from senior Brian Farrell after the Blue Jays lost the faceoff after Cummings’ goal on a violation.

The Blue Jays finally broke through with 5:12 remaining in the first quarter when Ruhl scored his sixth goal of the season, but the Terps held the Blue Jays scoreless for the remainder of the period and extended the lead to 3-1 with just 11 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Drew Snider dodged from behind the goal and beat Bassett up high.

After Cummings and Palmer exchanged goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter, the Terps scored three straight, including two in a nine-second span, to push out to the 7-2 lead at halftime.

Jake Bernhardt worked inside from the top of the box and beat Bassett from seven yards out, while his younger brother, Jesse, fired home a bouncer off the ensuing faceoff to make it 6-2. Cummings completed his first-half hat trick with 4:15 remaining in the first half to account for the 7-2 halftime score. The five-goal lead still held after Boland and Catalino traded goals in the first 3:01 of the second half, but as it turned out, the Blue Jays had more than enough time to make their comeback.

Hopkins earned a in after trailing by five goals for the first time since March 18, 2005, when they erased a 7-1 deficit at Syracuse and won, coincidentally, 12-11.

Boland’s five goals led the Blue Jays, while Wharton (2g, 2a), Palmer (2g, 1a) and Ruhl (2g, 1a) were also key contributors to an offense that scored nine goals in the second half and overtime. Bassett registered eight saves, including the key stop on Jake Bernhardt in overtime that eventually led to Wharton’s game-winner.

Cummings paced the Terps with four goals and Jake Bernhardt added a pair for Maryland, which also got one goal and two assists from Young and 12 saves from Amato in the loss.

Where does this win rank among JHU’s 68 victories against Maryland? What does a come-from-behind win like this – on the road against a top-five team – do for a young team like the Blue Jays? Only time will tell.

#3 Johns Hopkins (9-2) 1-1-4-5-1/12
#4 Maryland (8-3) 3-4-1-3-0/11

GoalsJ: Boland-5, Wharton-2, Palmer-2, Ruhl-2, Burkhart. M: Cummings-4, Ja. Bernhardt-2, Young, Catalino, Je. Bernhardt, Carr, Snider. AssistsJ: Ranagan-2, Wharton-2, Castronova, Greeley, Palmer, Ruhl. M: Young, Blye, Farrell, Schmidt. SavesJ: Bassett-8. M: Amato-12. Shots: J-35. M-28. EMOJ: 0-for-3 M: 0-for-1. Attendance: 8,072.

No. 3 Stevenson Wins at No. 2 Salisbury, Earns CAC Championship Top Seed

SALISBURY, Md. – Led by a season-high five points and four goals from senior Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East), the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team earned the top-seed in next week’s CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the No. 3 Mustangs posted a 16-12 victory over No. 2 Salisbury Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The win marked the second undefeated conference regular season in the last three seasons for Stevenson (15-1, 8-0 CAC) who extended its CAC regular season road winning streak to 14 games.

The Mustangs also improved to 3-3 at Sea Gull Stadium and 4-3 against the Sea Gulls since 2009.

With Stevenson’s win over second-ranked Salisbury and Endicott’s 9-8 victory over No. 1 Tufts on Saturday, the Mustangs have a good chance of being ranked at No. 1 in Monday’s USILA Division III Poll, reclaiming the nation’s top spot for the third-straight season.

Stevenson scored the game’s first five goals, two of which came from senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill), as the team built a 5-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Through 16 games this season, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents 71-19 in the opening quarter.

With three goals, Dailey now has 98 points this season, setting a new school record and surpassing the old mark of 96 set by current assistant coach and two-time USILA Attackman of the Year Steve Kazimer.

Stevenson extended its lead to as many as six with 6:36 remaining in the second quarter on Moffitt’s second goal of the game before Salisbury closed the half with three consecutive goals to pull within three at the half, 8-5.

After the Sea Gulls scored the first goal of the second half to cut the deficit to two, the Mustangs scored six of the next eight to push their lead back to six at 14-8 after the third quarter. Stevenson outscored Salisbury 11-4 over the first and third quarters.

The Sea Gulls (14-1, 7-1 CAC) opened the fourth quarter with three-straight goals to pull back within three, but that would be as close as they would get in suffering their first loss of the season and first at home since a 10-6 defeat to Stevenson in the CAC championship game on Apr. 24, 2010.

Senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) finished with four points, including three goals and now has 55 for the season, four shy of the school record set by senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) who had 59 in 2008.

Barthelme was one of nine different goal scorers for the Mustangs, including Ford who had a goal and two assists and senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) who also won 18-of-29 face-offs and totaled 11 ground balls with the 300th of his career. Witte now has 301 ground balls, 44 shy of Matt Smoot’s school record.

In his first career appearance versus Salisbury, junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled eight saves, including four in the fourth quarter while improving his record to 17-1 as a starter.

Saturday’s game featured 98 combined shots and 27 penalties for a total of 20:30.

Shawn Zordani and Sam Bradman each finished with four points for the Sea Gulls while Tony Mendes had three goals. Johnny Rodriquez made 15
saves.

Stevenson will host the winner of Sunday’s CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship first round between Mary Washington and Hood next Wednesday at Caves Athletics Complex beginning at 4:00 p.m.

UMBC Scores Final Four Goals; Upends Host Albany, 13-9, in Key America East Contest

Albany, N.Y.-UMBC sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) scored a career-high five goals and midfielders Jamie Kimbles (Centreville,Md./Queen Anne’s) and Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) amassed six points each, as the Retrievers outlasted Albany, 13-9, in miserable weather conditions at John Fallon Field.

The Retrievers won their third straight game and improved to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in America East play. Albany lost for the third consecutive time and fell to 4-8, 0-3.

The game was played in a driving rainstorm with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour and temperatures in the mid-40’s.

There were seven ties and the lead exchanged hands three times in the contest. The Great Danes tied the game for the final time at 9-9 on a Ryan Feuerstein goal with 11:01 remaining.

But Jones went to work, scoring three straight goals to put UMBC ahead for good. He got the game-winner with 9:53 to play , putting in a rebound of a Zach Linkous’ (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) saved shot. He then converted a pair of passes, as Albany started the double UMBC ball carriers. With 4:12 to play, Brown dished out his fourth assist of the game and Jones converted from the right edge of the crease. At the 2:37 mark, it was sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) hitting Jones all alone on the doorstep for an empty net score.

Sophomore long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal on a man-up situation, as Brown fed him with 1:52 remaining. 

Jones posted the most goals for a Retriever since Matt Latham scored six vs. Albany on April 17, 2010.

Kimbles posted career highs in goals (4) and points (6), scoing the four goals on five shots. On the heels of a 3-goal, 1-assist effort vs. Binghamton, Brown scored a goal and added five assists against the Great Danes.

Albany freshman attackman Miles Thompson led the Great Danes with three goals and one assist.

UMBC led, 3-1, after one quarter, as Kimbles scored the first two goals and assisted on Jones’ first score of the night. Albany evened the score at 3-3, but sophomore Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) gave the visitors a 4-3 lead with a left-handed shot from eight yards away with 12.8 seconds to go in the half.

The teams split eight third-quarter goals, as Albany took its second lead of the night at 7-6 on a man-up goal by Thompson with 3:13 to play in the stanza. But Kimbles evened it up at the 1:34 mark and freshman midfielder Brian Patton (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) gave UMBC an 8-7 advantage with his first collegiate goal 28 seconds later to close the scoring in the period.

UMBC junior netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) was credited with nine saves and improved to 5-3 on the campaign. Albany outshot UMBC, 36-32, but UMBC edged the hosts, 30-29, in ground balls.

The Retrievers are now 9-4 vs. the Great Danes and 3-2 in Albany. They have won five of the last six in the series.

UMBC returns home to face Vermont on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Tigers Edged by Penn State, 7-6

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Despite two goals in the first half by sophomore attackman Matt Hughes, the Tigers (2-9, 0-4) were unable to earn their first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season and dropped a 7-6 CAA decision against Penn State (6-5, 3-1) on Saturday night at Jeffrey Field.

Sophomore midfielder Danny Henneghan scored the game-winning goal with 8:02 remaining in regulation as the Nittany Lions rallied from a two-goal half-time deficit to earn their second win in the last three games.

The win allowed the Nittany Lions to avenge last year’s 10-9 loss at Unitas Stadium while handing the Tigers their fifth straight loss.

Henneghan, who won 10 of 16 face-offs, gave Penn State a one-goal lead when he won a face-off and scored just eight seconds after the Tigers tied the game on a goal by sophomore midfielder Alec Jernstedt. From there, the Nittany Lion defense held the Tigers scoreless en route to the victory.

After the teams traded goals in the first quarter, the Tigers scored three times, including a pair of Hughes goals, to take a 4-1 lead with 2:48 left in the second quarter.

With 2:21 remaining, senior midfielder Colton Vosburgh scored an unassisted goal to narrow the deficit to 4-2 at the intermission.

Less than two minutes into the third quarter, the Tigers upped their lead to 5-2 when junior attackman Matt Lamon scored an unassisted marker past freshman goalkeeper Austin Kaut.

But, the Tigers were held scoreless for the next 19 minutes, 55 seconds as the Nittany Lions took a 6-5 advantage with four straight goals, including a pair of markers from junior attackman Matthew Mackrides.

Mackrides led the Nittany Lions with two goals and an assist while Kaut made 13 saves.

Hughes paced the Tigers with a two-goal effort while Lamon contributed a goal with an assist. Senior goalkeeper Travis Love tied a season high by making 13 saves as the Tigers were outshot by a 35-32 margin.

The Tigers, who have played in six one-goal games this season, will play their final road game of the season next Saturday when they travel to Drexel University for a CAA game at Vidas Field at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions will begin a two-game road trip next Saturday at Delaware at 7 p.m.

Army Uses 10-Goal Second Half to Defeat Mids

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Led by attackmen Jeremy Boltus and Garrett Thul who combined to score nine goals on the afternoon, Army outscored Navy 10-2 in the second half to earn a 14-9 victory over the Midshipmen in men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

In a tale of two halves, Navy dominated the opening 30 minutes of play over the Black Knights.  The Mids owned an 18-5 advantage in shots, a 15-9 lead in ground balls and held an 8-5 edge in faceoffs.

After the two teams traded off goals, Navy staged a 4-0 run over the course of eight minutes.  Senior midfielder Kevin Doyle (Towson, Md.) scored a pair of goals during the run, while freshman attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a goal and added an assist.  Assisting Hull on his goal was senior midfielder Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.), who became just the 29th player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone.  He finished the game with a pair of assists.

Navy owned its largest lead of four at the 2:33 mark in the second quarter after junior middie Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) used a role dodge to punch in his lone goal of the game and gave the Mids a 7-3 advantage.

Army countered just under a minute later when junior midfielder Devin Lynch scored the first of his two goals running in from the right wing and getting off his shot before falling into the crease.  It was a goal that would trigger a five-goal run by the Black Knights, despite a 15-minute halftime break after Lynch’s goal.

The Black Knights came out like gang busters in the second half, scoring four goals in the first six minutes of action, including two in the first 1:15.  Lynch picked up where he left off in the first half, blowing past Navy defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.) and scoring off a lefty shot on the run 1:06 into the game.  Nine seconds later, long pole Tim Henderson fed midfielder Matt Hurley for a 15-yard sidearm shot that squirmed its way past Navy keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.).  Henderson then scored the game-tying goal at the 11:30 mark off a high velocity shot that when top shelf.

Army took its first lead of the game at the 9:03 mark, when the fantastic attack duo of Boltus and Thul hooked up with Boltus finding Thul on the crease to take an 8-7 lead.  Remarkably at that point in the game, Army had scored its eight goals on just 11 shots.

The Mids scored the equalizer with 3:58 to play in the third quarter when Jay Mann’s (Cockeysville, Md.) pass ricocheted off defenseman Larry LoRusso who was standing on the crease and went into the goal.

Army, though, wasted little time in answering, as Thul found Boltus who cranked a 10-yard shot from up top at 3:04 to give the Black Knights the lead for good.

Navy managed just one more goal in the game, as Hull scored his third goal of the game off an assist from fellow freshman Harrison Chaires (Ellicott City, Md.) on extra-man with 7:08 remaining in the contest.

“If we prevent the goal at the end of the first half and we score off that first possession of the second, it’s all of a sudden an 8-3 game and we have things well in hand,” said Navy head coach Richie Meade. “I’m proud of our guys. They did everything that we anticipated we needed to do, but Army overcame it.  This is difficult!”

“We had some great opportunities that just didn’t work out.  Whether we hit the post, hit Palesky or he made a stop, we just couldn’t put the ball away when we needed to.  I give Army a lot of credit for turning the tables on us when it looked like we had control of the game.”

Navy led Army in almost every statistical category – 40-21 in shots, 37-22 in ground balls, 15-12 in faceoffs – except one that played out to be the most stunning, saves.  Army’s Tom Palesky finished the contest with 11 saves, posting nine of them in the second half of play.  Meanwhile, Wickham, a 2010 Honorable Mention All-American, managed just one save in the game for the Mids and was yanked after the third quarter.  He was replaced by senior Mike Haas (Blue Bell, Pa.), who had seen action in just three career games coming into his final contest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Haas gave up four goals and made no saves.

“I’m not prone to changing goalkeepers,” added Meade.  “But after the third quarter, we felt like we had to do something.  RJ had a tough day.”

“Losing to Army in our stadium is emotional,” said senior defenseman Michael Hirsch (Schwenksville, Pa.).  “It’s frustrating.  But we are all brothers at the end of the day.  I went up to Jeremy Boltus after the game to congratulate him and we both said how much we respected the heck out of the other.”

The Mids will play their season finale next Saturday when they make the short trip to Baltimore to battle nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins.  Game time is set for 8:00 pm at Homewood Field in a nationally-televised contest broadcast on ESPNU.

Loyola-Georgetown Postponed Until Sunday, 3 p.m.

Loyola University Maryland’s men’s lacrosse game at Georgetown has been postponed until Sunday, April 17, due to the forecast of sever weather in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday. The Greyhounds and Hoyas will face-off on Multi-Sport Field at 3 o’clock. (The game will be heard on AM1570 WNST.)

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UMBC Tops Towson, Stevenson Routs Frostburg in Wednesday Lacrosse Action

Posted on 06 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Wednesday’s games, courtesy of the UMBC and Frostburg State Sports Information Departments…

Grimm, Poe Lead UMBC Past Towson, 10-9

BALTIMORE – Junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) tied a career high with five points on three goals and two assists as the host Retrievers never trailed and held off Towson, 10-9, in the 42ndmeeting between the beltway rivals.

UMBC has now won four out of the last five meetings between the two squads.

Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) and freshman attackman Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) each scored a pair of goals for UMBC. Grimm was selected as UMBC’s America East Player of the Game.

Towson was led by a pair of attackman – junior Sean McGuire and senior Tim Stratton – who each contributed two goals and an assist.

The Retrievers improved to 3-0 when they win the face-off battle, as they outdrew Towson, 13-9. Freshman midfielder Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./De Matha) captured 13 of his 21 attempts, collected eight ground balls and scored his first collegiate goal. 

The Retrievers pounced early, scoring three goals in the first 5:56. Grimm opened the scoring just 1:25 into the game with an unassisted tally and Poe added a score six seconds later after winning the draw cleanly.

UMBC led, 4-1, after one quarter and built the lead to a game-high four goals at 6-2 on a Grimm man-up goal with 4:17 to play in the half. But McGuire countered 42 seconds later to bring the Tigers within 6-3 at intermission.

Towson extended that rally to a 4-0 run and tied the contest at 6-6 with 7:44 to play in the third quarter.

But a Kimbles man-up goal with 5:36 to play in the stanza triggered a 4-1 Retriever surge. UMBC led, 8-7 after three quarters and built the lead to 10-7 on scores by Johnston and Grimm, the latter with 7:41 to play.

UMBC seemed to have the game in hand, possessing the ball with a three-goal lead and the ball after a save by junior goalkeeper Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) with 64 seconds remaining. But McCullough slipped behind the goal and the Tigers’ McGuire converted the ensuing turnover into their eighth goal with 1:02 to play.

Poe won the ensuing draw for UMBC, but the Retriever defense committed another give-away in its own end and Towson’s Pat Britton trimmed the advantage to 10-9 with 31 seconds left.

Towson captured the game’s last draw and had three shots in the final 12 seconds, but all three missed the mark, including a sprawling attempt by McGuire from close range in the final seconds.

McCullough made 11 saves for UMBC as Towson outshot the hosts, 31-22. Towson starting netminder Travis Love allowed UMBC’s first three goals and did not make a stop in the first 7:40 of play, and reliever Andrew Wascavage made four saves while allowing seven goals in 52:20.

Grimm posted his fourth five-point career game. Ironically, his first occurred in his freshman campaign against the same Towson team when he scored two goals and added three helpers. He has two other five-point games this season, posting those efforts at Presbyterian and North Carolina.

UMBC is now 21-11 in games decided by three goals or less since 2007 and has won 14 of its last 18  one-goal decisions.

The Retrievers return to America East action on Saturday, April 9 when they host Binghamton. Opening face-off time is set for noon.

Frostburg Falls Victim to No. 1 Ranked Stevenson

FROSTBURG, Md. – Jimmy Dailey scored four-straight goals in the second quarter and No. 1 ranked Stevenson University captured a 17-4 win over host Frostburg State University in CAC action, Wednesday.

The Bobcats (5-8, 0-5) fought hard in the first quarter and held the high-powered Mustang attack to just five goals. FSU freshman keeper Tyler Haines (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) chipped in with seven saves and sophomore Lucas Flaig (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) scored off a pass from freshman Ryan Serio (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) with just 53 seconds left as the Bobcats trailed 5-1 after the first.

Dailey then took over in the second quarter with four goals as Stevenson (12-1, 5-0) opened up the score to 9-1 at halftime.

The Mustangs continued the run into the third quarter as they found the net four-consecutive times for a 13-1 lead with 4:34 to play.

Serio ended the run when he scored off a junior Dan Dowd (Friendship, Md./Southern) assist and FSU cut into the Stevenson lead, 13-2. However, Stevenson ended the third quarter with back-to-back goals for a 15-2 edge.

The teams traded goals in the final stanza. Freshman Mark Petrasek (Crofton, Md./Arundel) scored off an assist from Serio to open the fourth and freshman Phil Hess (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) later found Serio for his second goal of the contest with 6:50 showing.

Stevenson proved why its the fourth highest scoring team in the country attempting 66 shots to FSU’s 17. The Mustangs also scooped up 56 ground balls, caused 13 turnovers and won 18-of-25 faceoffs. Dailey finished with six goals and two assists while Tyler Reid added two goals and one assist.

Serio led the Bobcats with two goals and two assists and now has a goal in five-straight games. Haines made a season-high 22 saves to keep the Stevenson offense from racking up 20 or more goals for the fourth-straight game.

The Bobcats cap the home portion of their schedule this Saturday at 1:00 pm when they host No. 2 ranked Salisbury.

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Local Lacrosse Weekend 4 Wrap: Maryland tops Towson, Hopkins routs UMBC

Posted on 12 March 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of this weekend’s local college lacrosse action, as provided by the respective schools’ Sports Information offices.

Seven Terps Score In 8-4 Win At Towson

TOWSON, Md. – Seven different Terps scored to lead the No. 8 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a hard-fought, 8-4, victory at Towson Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium.

Maryland (4-1) claimed the advantage right off of the opening face-off. An illegal body check penalty on Peter Mezzanotte gave the Terps an extra-man opportunity and, while Maryland failed to convert on the EMO, the Terps made the Tigers pay, scoing a goal just seven seconds after the penalty expired. Senior Travis Reed fed senior Grant Catalino on the right wing and Catalino beat Tiger goalie Travis Love near side to give the Terps a 1-0 lead at the 13:40 mark.

After Towson (1-3) tied the game at 1-1 with just under seven minutes left in the first, Maryland regained the lead on a nice two-man play by sophomore John Haus and Reed. Haus dodged his defender down the right side of the restraining box. Reed slipped inside the play and Haus fed Reed just outside the crease where he finished the play with a one-timer.

Reed extended the lead to 3-1, finishing a transition opportunity with a great low-to-low shot from the right wing. Sophomore Landon Carr earned his first career assist by getting the ball to Reed with a great 30-yard skip pass.

The Tigers closed the gap to a goal right before the end of the first on a Carl Iacona goal with just two seconds left on the clock.

Maryland looked to be in a bit of trouble early in the second when junior Joe Cummings was sent off on a tripping penalty. But senior defender Ryder Bohlander picked up two tough groundballs to give the Terps possession and another transition opportunity. Senior long pole Brian Farrell converted that into another Maryland goal, off an assist from senior Scott LaRue, to make it a 4-2 Maryland lead with 8:59 left in the second.

Cummings extended the lead to 5-2 less than a minute later on the game’s first unassisted goal, which proved to be the game-winner. He took the ball at the top of the restraining box and used a quick dodge and re-dodge to get by Towson defender Michael Landy. Cummings’ shot got by Love, hit the inside of the right post and bounced over the goal line into the left side of the net for the score.

Haus and Reed reversed roles from the Terps’ second goal of the game to make it a 6-2 Maryland lead. This time it was Reed finding Haus with a nice pass as Haus quickly cut to the front of the crease. Haus then finished with a one-timer.

Towson scored the only two goals of the third quarter to trim the Maryland lead to 6-4 going into the fourth quarter.

But, arguably, the biggest play of the day for the Terps came as the clock wound down in the third. Britton’s shot for the Tigers went wide, but Matt Hughes was there to pick up the groundball. Maryland goalie Niko Amato moved on Britton’s shot and was out of position when Hughes got the ball quickly out of his stick. That’s when Farrell made an outstanding play by leaving his man and jumping in front of the Terrapin goal, blocking Hughes’ shot. Instead of Towson closing to within a goal going into the final period, the Terps maintained their two-goal lead.

Neither team could get any offense going in the fourth until the Terps’ transition game kicked in with less than four minutes left. A Tiger man-up opportunity was thwarted by a groundball by Amato. He then made a long outlet pass to LaRue at the midfield stripe. LaRue looked up an found senior Ryan Young on the left side of the crease and Young ripped a low shot to push the Terrapin lead to 7-4.

Sophomore Curtis Holmes, who won 9 of 16 face-offs on the day, won the ensuing draw, which virtually forced the Tigers to come out of their zone defense, double-team the ball and try to force a turnover. But it didn’t quite work out that way. Junior Drew Snider scored an empty-net goal with 1:33 left to seal the victory for the Terps.

Towson out-shot the Terps 38-21 for the game, but the Tigers only put 13 of those shots on cage thanks to a relentless defensive effort, which was backed-up by eight saves from Amato.

Maryland won the groundball battle, 31-21, with Holmes leading the way with five. Bohlander and senior Brett Schmidt had four groundballs apiece.

The Terps return to action on Friday with a primetime game vs. another in-state rival, UMBC, at 8 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. That game is set to be broadcast locally on WMAR in Baltimore and world-wide on ESPN3.com.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 8-4 win Maryland is now 28-5 all-time vs. Towson.
• The victory also makes the Terps a perfect 14-0 all-time in games played at Towson.
• Senior Grant Catalino’s goal was the 97th of his career, which moved him past Ron Martinello (96, 1997-81) for sole-possession of 12th place on the school’s all-time goals list.
• Catalino’s one point gives him 158 for his career, moving him past Mark Douglas (157, 1988-91) for sole-possession of 16th place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Senior Ryan Young’s one point on one goal gives him 129 for his career, moving him past C. Rennie Smith (128, 1952-55) for sole-possession of 25th place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, senior Travis Reed now has 32 multi-point, 21 multi-goal and 12 multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on one goal and one assists, sophomore John Haus now has seven multi-point games for his career.
• With two assists, senior Scott LaRue recorded his first career multi-point game.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Ryan Young now had 39 multi-point and 19 multi-goal games for his career.
• The Terps held Towson scoreless in the second and fourth quarters, marking the third and fourth times this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.

Johns Hopkins Races Past UMBC, 16-5, in Face-Off Classic

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins got a goal from senior Kyle Wharton just five seconds into the game and the Blue Jays never looked back in a 16-5 victory over UMBC in the third game of the fifth annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays improved to 5-1 on the year, 3-2 all-time in Face-Off Classic and 9-0 all-time against UMBC. The Retrievers, who were playing their first-ever game at M&T Bank Stadium, slip to 1-3 on the year.

Hopkins led 5-1 early in the second quarter after the second of Chris Boland’s five goals, but UMBC trimmed the deficit to 6-3 as Rob Grimm and Dave Brown sandwiched goals around a Zach Palmer tally for Johns Hopkins midway through the quarter. Brown’s goal, an unassisted strike with 8:28 remaining in the first half, would be the last for the Retrievers for more than 20 minutes and Hopkins put the game away with a 7-0 run during that time that turned the 6-3 lead into a 13-3 advantage late in the third quarter.

Senior Mark Goodrich opened the spree with an unassisted goal less than 90 seconds after Brown scored and sophomore John Ranagan and Wharton scored back-to-back goals in a span of just 11 seconds late in the period to make it 9-3 at the half.

The Retrievers held the Blue Jays scoreless for nearly six minutes at the start of the third quarter, but Boland’s third goal of the game with 9:02 remaining opened the floodgates as Palmer scored 54 seconds later off a nifty feed from Ranagan and Boland added his fourth of the day – this one off an assist from Palmer – to make it 12-3. An unassisted goal by junior Marshall Burkhart with 2:29 remaining capped the 7-0 run, which was finally halted by Joe Lustgarten’s transition goal with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter.

Hopkins fired home the first three goals of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to a game-high 12 at 16-4 with more than six minutes remaining before Brown closed the scoring with an extra-man goal with just under three minutes to play.
Wharton’s game-opening goal came after the first of senior Matt Dolente’s career-high 15 faceoff wins on the day for the Blue Jays, who held decisive advantages in shots (44-30), ground balls (39-24) and faceoffs (20-5). It was 3-0 after freshman Rob Guida and Boland added first-quarter strikes, but a Scott Hopmann goal with 1:10 left trimmed the deficit to 3-1.

Ranagan and Boland scored back-to-back goals to account for the 5-1 lead early in the second quarter, only to have the Retrievers make it a three-goal game with the Grimm and Brown goals midway through the period. That set the stage for the game-turning 7-0 run, which include goals by six different players for the Blue Jays.

Boland led Johns Hopkins with five goals and the one assist, while Ranagan added a career-high five points on two goal and three assists. Dolente won 15-of-20 faceoffs and grabbed 11 ground balls, while Wharton (2g) and Palmer (2g, 1a) also had multi-point games for the Blue Jays. Sophomore Pierce Bassett posted eight saves and allowed just four goals in just under 54 minutes before giving way to junior Steven Burke.

Brown led UMBC with two goals and Lustgarten added one goal and one assist, while Adam Cohen posted 11 saves in goal for UMBC.

#11 Johns Hopkins (5-1) 4-5-4-3/16
UMBC (1-3) 1-2-1-1/5

GoalsJ: Boland-5, Ranagan-2, Palmer-2, Wharton-2, Coppersmith, Guida, Goodrich, Interlicchio, Burkhart. U: Brown-2, Lustgarten, Hopmann, Grimm. AssistsJ: Ranagan-3, Boland, Greeley, Maydick, Palmer. U: Jones, Kimbles, Lustgarten. SavesJ: Bassett-8, Burke-1, Schneider-0. U: Cohen-11. Shots: J-44. U-30. EMOJ: 0-for-3 U: 1-for-3. Attendance: 17,057.

Sawyer Scores Five, But #15 Duke Tops #10 Loyola

DURHAM, N.C. – Loyola University Maryland’s Mike Sawyer scored five goals for the second game in a row, but Duke University scored the game’s first nine goals and despite a late run by the 10th ranked Greyhounds, the 15th-ranked Blue Devils defeated the visiting Greyhounds, 14-9, on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium.

The loss was Loyola’s first of the season following three victories to open the season.

Duke (3-2 overall) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in just over 20 minutes, as Jordan Wolf scored three times in the first quarter, and David Lawson tallied a goal in transition with 9:48 to go in the second quarter.

Christian Walsh then made it 5-0 with an unassisted goal 3:50 before the half.

Loyola’s Pat Laconi appeared to cause a Duke turnover with less than 20 seconds to play, but Zach Howell came up with the ground ball, and he scored to put the Blue Devils up with 11 seconds to play left in the first half.

After the break, Justin Turri scored for Duke 2:10 into the third frame, and Howell then registered his second and third goals, the latter coming with 11:27 remaining in the quarter.

Mike Sawyer finally broke through for the Greyhounds, taking a Davis Butts pass and scoring 50 seconds after Howell’s tally.

A Duke penalty then led to Loyola’s second goal, as Matt Langan then fed Sawyer who scored an extra-man goal with 9:27 on the clock.

C.J. Costable snapped the Greyhounds’ brief run, winning the face-off and scoring six seconds following Sawyer’s goal.

Neither team scored for nearly seven minutes until Loyola had two shots miss with just under three seconds to go in the third. Butts had a shot saved by Dan Wigrizer, but Butts picked up the ground ball and fed Sawyer who recorded the hat trick with his third goal of the game.

Duke’s Robert Rotanz scored on extra-man, pushing the Blue Devils’ lead back to eight, 11-3, but Langan took a Chris Basler pass less than 50 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it 11-4.

Howell tallied his fourth of the night with 9:42 to play for Duke’s 12th goal.

Following that, however, Loyola reeled off four goals unanswered. Pat Byrnes scored with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter, and after John Schiavone won the ensuing faceoff, Sawyer tallied his fourth goal of the game 19 ticks later.

Duke had two penalties that gave Loyola an extra-man possession, and Patrick Fanshaw was on the receiving end of a Langan pass, and the sophomore attacker scored to make it 12-7 in Duke’s favor with 3:55 to play.

Schiavone then won the next face-off to himself, picked up the ground ball and raced down the middle of the field, scoring his first goal of the year to make it 12-8 with 3:49 left.

Duke snapped the rally, however, with an extra-man goal by Josh Offit with 2:20 to play. Wolf then scored his fourth for the Blue Devils with 51 ticks on the clock.

Sawyer registered his fifth for the second-straight game, scoring with 30 seconds left. He also scored five last Saturday against Bellarmine.

Loyola outshot the Blue Devils, 34-31, but Wigrizer made 13 saves for Duke. Jake Hagelin  tallied eight saves in goal for the Greyhounds.

Schiavone won 14-of-23 face-offs for the Loyola and led all players with nine ground balls. The game, however, was the first time this season that the Greyhounds have come out on the losing side of the ground ball battle. Duke picked up 39 to Loyola’s 27.

The Greyhounds return to Baltimore for the first-ever night men’s lacrosse game at Ridley Athletic Complex. They host ECAC foe Denver University on Wednesday at 7 o’clock.

Stevenson Remains Unbeaten With Second Top-10 Win, 16-8 Over No. 9 Lynchburg

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) posted his fifth consecutive game with at least five points as he totaled seven to lead the No. 2-ranked Mustangs to their second top-10 victory in six games this season, 16-8 over No. 9 Lynchburg Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

The Mustangs (6-0) extended their home winning streak to 10 games, scoring eight goals in each half en route to a convincing eight-goal victory.

Dailey totaled five goals and two assists while senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) finished with four points on two goals and two assists as both moved past former teammate and current assistant coach Steve Kazimer on the school’s all-time points list.

Dailey is now second with 250 and Ford is third with 249. Both trail current record holder Eric Schmith who had 259 points from 1996-99.

The Hornets (4-2) scored two of the game’s first three goals to take a 2-1 lead with 2:39 left in the first quarter before back-to-back goals by seniors Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) and Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) just nine seconds apart to end the quarter gave the Mustangs the lead for good.

Lynchburg’s two first quarter goals by Ben Sauer and Eddie Bilinkas were the first allowed by Stevenson in the opening quarter this season, snapping a streak of 80:42 without a goal. The Mustangs have now outscored their opponents 25-2 in the first quarter this season.

After scoring his first goal with just one second left in the first quarter, Witte added another tally just seven seconds into the second before Bilinkas scored his second to pull the Hornets back within one, 4-3 with 11:51 remaining.

From there, Dailey and Ford combined to score Stevenson’s next four goals and it built an 8-4 halftime lead.

Lynchburg scored the first two goals of the second half to pull within two, but four consecutive goals by the Mustangs, including two more from Dailey pushed the lead to 12-6 after three quarters.

The Hornets again responded with back-to-back goals to start the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to three with 6:50 left until the Mustangs scored four consecutive in a span of 3:07 to provide the final margin.

Eight different players had at least one goal for Stevenson, including freshman Chris Dashiell (Salisbury/Parkside) who netted the first of his carer to cap the scoring. Senior Jake Stocksdale (Westminster/Winters Mill) finished with three assists while Witte, Barthelme and freshman Tony Rossi (Towson/Calvert Hall) each had two goals.

Senior Kyle Menendez (Cockeysville/St. Paul’s) had four casued turnovers and two ground balls while senior Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) added two caused turnovers and three ground balls to lead a defense that limited the Hornets to just 18 shots and forced 23 turnovers.

Junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) needed to make just three saves to improve his record to 8-0 as a starter.

Derek Sweet led the Hornets with two goals and two assists while Andrew Wilfong had three assists. Franc Cook made 17 saves before being relieved by Roland St.Clair-Barrie.

Stevenson faces a tough road test against another top-10 team from the ODAC on Wednesday when it travels to No. 5 Roanoke. Game time is at 4:00 p.m.

Quick Start Propels Navy Lacrosse to 15-6 Win Over Lafayette

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-4, 1-2 Patriot League) jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Mids dealt Patriot League foe Lafayette (2-3, 0-1 Patriot League) a 15-6 loss Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

It was a pleasant return home for the Midshipmen, who, after opening their season on Feb. 12 at home, had played four-straight games on the road. Along the way, heartbreak had set in as Navy dropped a pair of one-goal decisions to nationally-ranked Loyola and Bucknell, while top-10 ranked North Carolina ousted the Mids by two.

That heartbreak, however, was erased Saturday when Navy put together its most complete game to date, playing to near perfection at every phase of the game.  One of the most troubling stats of the season for the Mids has been their lack of success at the faceoff “x” which snowballed into various other deficiencies. And while Navy’s faceoff corps would once again face a formidable foe in all-league performer Cesar Munoz, Navy junior Logan West (Berlin, Md.) was perhaps the biggest difference maker in the Mids’ win over the Leopards.

West, who began to turn his game around in the fourth quarter of last Monday’s Bucknell contest, dominated the “x” on Saturday, winning 16 of the 23 draws he took and in turn, put the ball in the offensive players’ hands.

“I think confidence is what I had been missing,” said West, who came into the game having won just 43.7 percent of his draws.  “In the opener I played pretty well, but then it started to go downhill for me in the second half of the Loyola game and I found myself in a slump.  I couldn’t seem to get into any rhythm.

“I think our wing play today was probably the best I’ve seen it all year.  I couldn’t have done it without them.”

There is certainly a correlation that can be made between faceoff possession and Navy goals.  The Mids won six draws in the opening quarter and scored seven goals, while in the third quarter Navy claimed seven faceoffs and in turn stuck five goals.

Navy opened the game on an 8-0 run, featuring a 7-0 advantage after the first quarter of play.  Junior Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.), who scored a pair of goals in the final 18 seconds of play to force overtime at Bucknell, punched in the game’s first goal less than two minutes into the contest.  The flood gates opened from there and continued into the second quarter where sophomore middie Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.) scored 52 seconds into the second frame with a 10-yarder from the right wing to cap the 8-0 run.

Lafayette finally got on the scoreboard with 11:42 to go in the second quarter when all-league attackman Tom Perini capitalized on an extra-man opportunity, sending a hard-driven shot past Navy keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) from 10 yards out.  Just 36 seconds later, Navy defenseman Peter Rogers (San Diego, Calif.) got caught up in the netting and Lafayette midfielder Will Heffernan capitalized by curling around and sticking his shot.

After nearly 10 minutes without a goal, Navy senior middie Andy Warner send his 12-yard shot top shelf to give the Mids a 9-2 advantage with 5:03 to go in the opening half.

The Leopards put together a run to close out the half with Heffernan scoring his second of the day, beating Navy defenseman Michael Hirsch (Schwenksville, Pa.) on the crease, followed by an unassisted goal by Doug Prusoff who bullied his way past defensive middie Jordan Seivold (Minnetonka, Minn.) and somehow threaded his shot past Wickham.

Senior midfielder Franklin Floyd trimmed the Mids’ lead to four at 9-5 just minutes into the third period when he cleared the ball and waltzed into the box untouched.

The Mids would gain control, however, scoring back-to-back goals just 22 seconds apart, including a strike by senior pole Tom Mansfield (Port Washington, N.Y.), who, racing down the field in transition, scored his first-collegiate goal.

A roll dodge by Prusoff midway through the third period resulted in a Lafayette goal, but Navy’s defense would keep the Leopards off the scoreboard for the final 22 minutes of the game to preserve the win.

Navy, meanwhile, scored three more in the third and once in the fourth to produce the most goals in a game since defeating VMI last year, 16-5.  Freshman attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a pair of goals in the third quarter, including a man down goal with 5:32 to go.  Lafayette’s Perini took a shot following a Navy penalty which took out the legs of one of his own players.  Following a stoppage of play, the ball was awarded to Navy.  A heads-up play, team captain Marty Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.) sent a long pass to Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) who fed Hull on the doorstep.

It was the Mids’ first man-down goal since Joe Lennon pumped one in at Army on April 12, 2008.

Seven different players scored for Navy, including three – Hull, Warner and freshman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) – who recorded hat tricks.  All three players have produced a point in each of the six games this season, while Warner owns one of the nation’s longest point scoring streaks.  Ranked 20th, he has turned in either a goal or assist in 18-consecutive games dating back to last year’s Lehigh contest (March 2, 2010).

Jones, who has scored a goal in every game this season, paced the Mids with a career-high six points (3G, 3A).  He continues to move his way closer to Navy’s top-10 freshman points, goals and assists list.  He has amassed 25 points on 16 goals and nine assists.

Hull, meanwhile, moved into a tie for eighth on Navy’s all-time freshman assists list, turning in his 10th helper of the year.  He is tied with John Hawley (1985) and Jim Shulson (1975) and is three shy of tying seventh-place Mike Chanenchuk.

Defensively, it was Navy’s best effort to date, holding the Leopards to six goals.  It’s the fewest goals the Mids have given up since defeating Holy Cross, 12-3, on March 20, 2010.

“I think this week we focus on communication, getting fills and sliding at the right time,” said Hirsch, a three-year starter for the Mids.  “We were leaving RJ hung out to dry and we just couldn’t continue to let that happen.  Our team has been putting up goals and I think we are of the mindset that if we can hold our opponent to under 10 goals, we will win.”

The Midshipmen have a quick turnaround playing host to Towson Tuesday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Faceoff is set for 7:00 pm.

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 4:  Owner Steve Bisciotti of the Baltimore Ravens  and president Dick Cass watch warmups before play against the Miami Dolphins in an NFL Wildcard Playoff Game at Dolphins Stadium on January 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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EXCLUSIVE: It was Peter Angelos vs. Steve Bisciotti in latest skirmish over MASN & Ravens TV rights

Posted on 08 August 2010 by WNST Staff

In a city with two sports teams and a major regional sports TV network that’s owned by one of them, conflict is inevitable.

So, when the Ravens sat down at the negotiating table with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) last spring to hammer out the details of a new contract, the football team was prepared for a difficult negotation but maintained confidence a deal would get done for their pre-season games and weekly TV shows such as The John Harbaugh Show.

Instead, the Ravens abruptly lost their broadcast partner last week in an 11th-hour flip by MASN owner Peter Angelos, who also owns the rival sports franchise in Baltimore, the MLB Orioles.

The two parties, led by high ranking officials from the Ravens and MASN, reached a verbal agreement on a new four-year deal in April.  “It actually went more smoothly than we thought it might,” said a Ravens source.  “We went in asking that our old four-year deal just be renewed under the same terms and conditions and they (MASN) were agreeable.  The deal was beneficial for both of us.  MASN got winter programming exclusive to their network and we were able to bring the shows that comprised Rave TV to the Ravens fan base throughout the Mid Atlantic.”

There were a few new twists to the agreement, including more prominently placed signage for MASN at M&T Bank Stadium and the installation of permanent fiber-optic wiring in the press rooms at the stadium to give MASN the highest quality production capabilities.

“We put in an extensive amount of work and product in June and July,” said a Maryland Stadium Authority source, who was part of the team that supervised the installation. “And the Ravens paid for all of it.”

At stake now, are various forms of Ravens-exclusive programming that range from weekly shows to pre- and post-game specials for both home and away games.

“The deal is dead,” said a Ravens source. “Angelos killed it at the end of July when our staff was already on the street selling packages.”

A MASN source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the change in the agreement occurred earlier in the summer when Orioles majority owner and MASN managing partner Peter Angelos got involved.  When the two parties consummated their first deal in 2006, the elder Angelos wasn’t involved in the final stages of the negotiation. It was more John Angelos and other officials, who were just launching the money-making regional network after the birth of Washington Nationals spawned the deal.

An insider on that initial deal said: “It was a perfect marriage. The Ravens didn’t want to deal with Comcast Sportsnet, which was featuring Washington Redskins programming and treated Baltimore and the Ravens like a second-class citizen. MASN was just getting started and needed fall and winter programming and credibility and market awareness. They had a presence and partnership with the best brand in Baltimore. Everyone was happy!”

This time around, though, citing changes in the upper management structure of MASN, Peter Angelos stepped in after a verbal agreement was made in April and the deal was ready to be signed in late spring.

“Peter didn’t like the deal once he read through it all and saw the terms,” said a MASN source. “He contended that a network should NEVER pay a team a rights fee for programming if it’s not all entirely live. So we had to go back to the Ravens and tell them we weren’t going to pay them the same fee we had provided in the past. We knew it was about to get ugly.”

A source familiar with the negotiations said MASN went to the Ravens with an offer that included a “greatly reduced rights fee” and the freedom for MASN to re-run the exclusive Ravens programming with no additional compensation to the football organization.

At first, it didn’t get ugly because the Ravens weren’t totally sure what the new offer or new terms were going to be. But, eschewing the history of how the Orioles and MASN conduct business under Angelos, they remained patient, hopeful and confident that a deal was sensible and reachable.

“We couldn’t really figure out what they wanted,” says a Ravens source.  “They would always talk in generalities like, ‘We need to re-work some things’ and they’d never be real specific about what they wanted changed or what the offer was.”

“We called in early June to remind them that the deal needed to be signed and we were told then that some parts of it hadn’t yet been approved by Mr. Angelos and that they’d get back to us with some revisions.”

As has been customary and legendary from those in the MLB world who’ve dealt with Angelos, those revisions sat on Angelos’ desk for weeks and the “official answer” never came.

Just after the July 4th holiday, the Ravens again contacted MASN and asked for the signed deal so they could continue selling advertising and sponsorships for the various MASN-aired programming.

“We were getting nervous by then,” a Ravens staffer said.  “We pressed them a little bit for a signed contract, and that’s when we were told the original deal wasn’t going to be honored,” explained a Ravens source. “We were told at that point that Peter wasn’t happy about paying a rights fee and that he wanted to speak directly with owner Steve Bisciotti.”

The MASN source explained it like this: “Peter never wants to talk to a mid-level or high-level employee. It’s the top of the ladder or nothing.”

That apparently was Ravens president Dick Cass, who allegedly met with Angelos.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 4:  Owner Steve Bisciotti of the Baltimore Ravens  and president Dick Cass watch warmups before play against the Miami Dolphins in an NFL Wildcard Playoff Game at Dolphins Stadium on January 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

“One of Steve’s fundamental beliefs is that he employs good people who understand his business and that’s what he pays them for – to conduct business on his behalf,” said the Ravens staffer.  “When Steve got wind of the Angelos request, he said, ‘I don’t need to talk with him about this.  You people know much more about this than I do.  Get the deal done!’ ”

So that became an issue that no one at either MASN or the Ravens could fix.  One person – Angelos – who didn’t want to talk to anyone BUT the owner and another person – Bisciotti – who felt it wasn’t his position to interfere with his people’s work.

“It’s not like Peter suddenly started operating like this,” said the MASN source.  “When the time comes for the deal to get done or not, he wants to look the other guy right in the eye or at the very least speak directly with the person on the other end who is his equivalent.  This time around, it backfired on us.”

It backfired when the Ravens made a final inquiry in late July and were told that MASN’s position wasn’t changing.  A reduction in the rights fee was now the only valid offer and Angelos was adamant that Bisciotti get involved during the final days of negotiation.

Bisciotti eventually did call Angelos, but he did so to simply tell the MASN head honcho, “My people say this deal is no good for us, so we’re going to pass.”

In the aftermath, the MASN public relations people tried to soft-peddle the break-up in early August by claiming the split was amicable.  MASN spokesman Todd Webster included a “we wish the Ravens nothing but success” throwaway line when commenting to the local media, most of whom who are on the payroll or in the profit chain of MASN or Angelos himself.

(A request to speak on the record with members of the MASN executive staff about this exclusive story at WNST.net was refused.)

But WNST.net is reporting that the “split” was anything but amicable.

“We’re basically six weeks from the start of the season with a sales package on the street and a handshake for a deal from April and an existing relationship and they pulled the rug out from under us,” says the Ravens source . “There’s no way that’s going to be amicable.”

The MASN source interviewed for this exclusive piece says the Ravens knew in early June there was a potential roadblock with the deal.

“They knew as soon as Peter (Angelos) got involved there was potentially going to be trouble.  They knew the deal was shaky at that point.”

When given that response, a Ravens staffer pointed to to the recent work done at M&T Bank Stadium.  “If we really thought the deal was in trouble, we wouldn’t have spent all that money to get the stadium ready for MASN.”

A Maryland Stadium Authority source said MASN remains a valuable working partner but they acknowledge it’s not always a bed of roses working with them.  “They’ve been involved in some battles with Comcast and WBAL at the baseball stadium that got very ugly.  It almost always relates to money and it always involves Peter.  And it’s always a last minute kind of thing.  That’s their M.O.  They wait until the last minute to start trying to get things done.”

And that’s how the deal with the Ravens eventually ended.  “We just ran out of time,” says a Ravens staffer.  “We had their (MASN) signage up, so that had to come down, and our people are out now trying to re-sell it.  We have shows to produce with sponsors lined up and there’s nowhere to air them.  We’re scrambling now.”

The break-up with MASN and loss of key programming doesn’t just hurt the Ravens financially – “we were nearly sold out of inventory” the Ravens source said – but it puts a crimp on their regional branding and marketing efforts.

“We count on that programming to satisfy our fans’ needs in the outlying areas that are important to us like Frederick, Hagerstown, York, Harrisburg and Lancaster,” said a Ravens official.  “That’s one of the reasons we like MASN so much.  They truly are regional for us.  And that’s important.”

One local media expert says the break-up was not only initiated by MASN, but might have come more as a result of sagging sales efforts.

“The real truth of the whole relationship with the Ravens is that MASN’s heart was never in it.  They just wanted to take something away from Comcast,” said the media source.  “They probably lost a lot of money over the last few years with their Ravens programming and they’re getting paid the same amount by a few million subscribers whether the Ravens are on the network or whether they’re airing Hawaiian League Baseball.”

So why enter into a business agreement with the Ravens?  What’s in it for MASN?

“They (MASN) owned inventory in each of those Ravens programs, anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes depending on the show and its length,” the media source explained.  “And MASN needs to sell that commercial inventory to make up for the rights fee they hand over to the Ravens.   If they can’t sell it, the whole relationship becomes a loser for MASN, except they have relevant programming to plug in during the winter months.”

“All you have to do is follow the Orioles broadcasts on MASN and you can pretty much figure out they’re having a tough time selling commercials in the baseball games.  I guess you have to ask yourself, ‘If we can’t sell all the ad space in the live programming we air 162 times a year with a Major League Baseball team, what are the odds we can sell ad space in the football season with taped shows?’ And if they were forking over $100,000 or so to the Ravens for the rights fee, that’s a lot of advertising to sell just to make that up, let alone make a profit out of it.”

A Ravens source would not confirm the amount of money MASN provided to the football team, saying only, “It was a six figure deal with our benefit being that we owned most of the time to sell to our corporate partners.”

The local media expert figures that MASN spent the early part of the spring and summer trying to sell their portion of advertising.  And when they couldn’t, they decided to go back to the Ravens and change the deal.

“That happens a lot,” says the media source.  “You’re on the hook for a lot of money and you figure you’ll sell enough to offset it.  When you initially go out and try to sell it and you can’t, you get nervous and try to change the fee structure.”

The Ravens continue to work hard to try and have their programming in place by Labor Day.  WNST has been told that Comcast SportsNet is not an option for them.

One less-appealing option is WBAL TV’s digital channel, which would serve as an olive branch from the Ravens since they’d likely make no revenue from the arrangement with WBAL.

“We’d be doing that because we want to help our broadcast partner out,” said a Ravens staffer.  “We clearly wouldn’t be involved in the same kind of rights fee deal we had with MASN, but the programming would air and that’s what’s most important at this point.”

The other obvious answer would be to air the unique programming of Rave TV on the team website, which could drive more traffic to their online hub.

The fallout of Steve Bisciotti vs. Peter Angelos and Orioles vs. Ravens will continue to be monitored at WNST.net.

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Stevenson loses to Salisbury 14-13 in OT thriller

Posted on 24 May 2010 by WNST Staff

Mike Winter scored his game-high fourth goal of the
game just 1:59 into overtime to send Salisbury to its fourth national
championship game at M&T Bank Stadium as the Sea Gulls handed
Stevenson a 14-13 loss Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium in the semifinals of
the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

The loss snapped a 14-game road win streak for the Mustangs (19-2) and
was their first at Sea Gull Stadium since a 20-10 defeat on April 20,
2008.

While Stevenson finished one game short of its goal by making its
second-straight appearance in the national semifinals, it doesn’t
diminish its record-setting accomplishments over the last two seasons.

During that time, the Mustangs have gone 36-4, posting a school record
for wins in both seasons and finishing the year ranked No. 1 while
winning the school’s first CAC championship.

“I think we proved we’re not a fluke,” said head coach Paul Cantabene.
“It was a great year and we are going to build on it. We lost to one
team.”

“It is definitely developing into a good rivalry,” said Salisbury head
coach Jim Berkman. “There has been a lot of great games and a lot of
great crowds. A lot of college lacrosse players would love to play in
an atmosphere like this. The teams are really close.”

Sunday featured a 54-minute lightning delay with Salisbury leading 8-6
with 13:32 remaining in the third quarter. Following the delay, CAC
Payer of the Year Sam Bradman scored his first point with an
unassisted goal to push the lead three.

However, Stevenson responded with the first of two, three-goal rallies
to tie the game at 9-9 behind unassisted goals from senior Tyler
Maguire (Montauk, N.Y./East Hampton), senior Steve Kazimer (Syracuse,
N.Y./Henninger) and junior Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central
Dauphin East).

Matt Cannone scored back-to-back goals off assists from Mike Von
Kamecke before Bradman added his second unassisted tally to push the
lead back to three with 1:58 left in the third.

Cannone and Von Kamecke combined for 11 points with each contributing
three goals. Von Kamecke scored all three of his goals during
Salisbury’s 4-0 second quarter run that erased a two-goal deficit and
gave the team a 7-5 advantage.

Stevenson mounted its second, three-goal comeback on a man-up goal by
junior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) right before the end of the
third quarter. The Mustangs finished the game 3-of-9 on extra-man
opportunities.

Senior Geoff Hebert (Lutherville/Dulaney), who totaled 49 saves in
Stevenson’s first NCAA championship victories, made two big stops to
start the fourth quarter while goals by junior Richie Ford
(Baltimore/Towson) and sophomore Andrew McCrumb (Elkridge/Mount Saint
Joseph) tied the game at 12-12 with 12:32 to play.

Not to be outdone, Hebert’s counterpart, Johnny Rodriguez, made two
point blank saves, including the second on Kazimer who scooped the
first rebound right on the crease, before Winter put the Sea Gulls
back in front, 13-12.

A caused turnover by senior Christian Clark (Arnold/Mount Saint
Joseph) and the corresponding ground ball by junior Evan Douglass
(Exeter, N.H./Exeter) led to a Stevenson timeout and a behind-the-back
goal from Ford to tie the game for the seventh time at 13-13 with just
1:51 left in regulation.

The Mustangs had a chance to win in regulation, but after working the
clock down to the waning seconds, a desperation shot by Kazimer went
wide with two seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime.

“We wanted to take the last shot,” said Kazimer. “I got the shot, I
just didn’t put it on the cage.”

Sunday marked the second time in school history that Stevenson had
played back-to-back overtime games with the previous coming in 2005.
That year, the team also won the first and lost the second.

Junior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul), who won 12 of the
game’s final 16 face-offs over the second half and overtime, gave the
Mustangs the first possession in overtime, but Moffitt was stripped by
Connor Burgasser.

Following a Salisbury timeout, Winter’s scored his team-leading fifth
game-winning goal of the season on a feed from Bradman with 2:01
remaining in overtime.

Kazimer finished with three points to set a new single-season school
record with 95 while Ford totaled three goals to finish with 58 this
season, one shy of his school record set in 2008.

Meanwhile, Witte set a new school record with 300 face-off wins this
season while totaling a record 168 ground balls, including 16 on
Sunday, one shy of the single-game record.

“We really respect their program,” said Cantabene. “They were the
better team today. We want to be where they are and we feel we are
real close. We were just one shot away today.”

“We will learn from this experience coming back and we will be better
next year.”

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ROUND THREE IS IN THE BOOKS AND THE WINNER IS…

Posted on 23 May 2010 by Bryan Powell

Not even a half hour lightning delay in the second half could take away from Salisbury and Stevenson playing in the NCAA D-3 Men’s Lacrosse semifinals. It was 8-6 Sea Gulls with 13:32 left in the 3rd quarter when the game was delayed. After the delay Salisbury expanded the lead to 12-9 with 1:50 left in the 3rd quarter. Stevenson came back to tie the game at 12 on a goal by Andrew McCrumb with 12:32 left in the game. Then with 7:41 left Mike Winter scored to give Salisbury a 13-12 lead. With 1:51 left Stevenson’s version of “Batman and Robin” hooked up as Steve Kazmir assisted Richie Ford who scored behind his back to tie it at 13.  Stevenson won the face-off and called a timeout. The had possession for the rest of the quarter but couldn’t score. They also won the face-off to start overtime. After another time-out Kyle Moffitt was stripped of the ball by Connor Burgasser. Salisbury successfully cleared and called a timeout themselves.  Mike Winter would score his fourth goal of the game at the 2:01 mark assisted by Sam Bradman to send the Sea Gulls to another title game.

Stevenson won the statistical battle. They outshot Salisbury 45-36, won 18 face-offs to Salisbury’s 12 and won ground balls 42-33. Johnny Rodriguez had 16 saves in the cage for the Sea Gulls

Next Sunday Salisbury will play Tufts University who beat defending champion Cortland State 10-9. Game time is noon at M&T Bank Stadium. They will be looking for their ninth national title. Their first one was in 1994.

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ROUND THREE IS SET FOR SUNDAY

Posted on 19 May 2010 by Bryan Powell

The Salisbury and Stevenson men’s lacrosse teams will play this Sunday in Salisbury for the right to play for a national championship.  Stevenson beat Roanoke 15-14 in overtime. Richie Ford got the game winning goal for the Mustangs who trailed 14-12 with 7 minutes left. The Mustangs were outshot by Roanoke 72-40 and lost the groundball battle 40.29 but Geoff Herbert had 27 saves in the goal for Stevenson.

In Salisbury the Sea Gulls also trailed 11-9 with 7 minutes left and scored the game tieing goal with 33 seconds left. In overtime, Ryan Finch won the face-off and scored the game winner 12 seconds into the OT period to give Salisbury a 12-11 win over Haverford College.  The Sea Gulls won 20 of 26 face-offs, outshot the Fords 37-35, and won the groundballs 36-26.

Salisbury and Stevenson have split their first two games. Salisbury won 16-10 during the regular season at Stevenson. The Mustangs were without their starting goalie Geoff Herbert for that game. The teams met again 3 weeks later in Salisbury with the Capital Athletic Conference tournament title on the line. The Mustangs snapped Salisbury’s 15 year run of titles with a 10-6 win.

This Sunday will be the rubber match. The time hasn’t been officially announced but it probably will be sometime in the afternoon. The winner of this game plays the Cortland State/ Tufts winner on May 30 at M&T Bank Stadium for the NCAA Division III national title.

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We could be a week away from round 2

Posted on 16 April 2010 by Bryan Powell

Since the Salisbury and Stevenson men’s lacrosse teams met on April 3rd not much has changed. Both teams won the rest of their conference games to lock up the number one and two seeds in the conference tournament.

The tournament starts on Sunday with #6 seed Wesley traveling to #3 St. Mary’s and #5 Mary Washington traveling to #4 seed York College. The winner of Wesley/St. Mary’s travels to #2 Stevenson next Wednesday at 4pm. The winner of Mary Washington/York heads to #1 seed Salisbury also on Wednesday.

Barring a major upset it should be #2 Stevenson @ #1 Salisbury next Saturday for the conference title. Salisbury has won every tournament since 1994 and the Mustangs want to end that streak and capture their first trophy and hopefully have a chance to host a possible third game in the NCAA tournament.

I will update the road to the rematch as the week progresses.

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DIVISION 3 IS ONCE AGAIN OWNED BY SALISBURY

Posted on 03 April 2010 by Bryan Powell

So far in the 2010 season the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team has beaten Cortland State and Gettysburg who were in the top three at gametime. Today they looked to add another team to that list, #1 Stevenson. They accomplished that mission by a score of 16-10. One of those wins was at a neutral site while the other two were road games.

This win gives the Sea Gulls the #1 ranking in next week’s poll and the inside track to the Capital Athletic Conference regular season title.  It also means that in three weeks when these two teams most likely meet again in the CAC tournament championship game it will be in Salisbury.

A crowd of 1,534 looked on as Salisbury outscored the Mustangs 8-2 in the second half  to get the win. Mike Winter had four goals while Matt Cannone and Mike Von Kamecke added three apiece for the winners. Jimmy Dailey scored three goals and added two assists while Ray Witte added two more goals from face-off fast breaks for Stevenson.

A key to the game was the Salisbury man down unit. They held Stevenson to 1-5 on extra man and that one was with under a minute to play and the backup goalie in the cage. Salisbury went 2-4 in their extra man opportunities

Some other stats from the game Stevenson outshot Salisbury 44-37 and won the groundball war 30-24. Salisbury was 22-23 in clears while Stevenson was 16-19. Johnny Rodriguez had 15 saves for Salisbury including a couple at close range or one on one.

Salisbury starts a three game homestand by hosting St Mary’s on Wednesday night at 7pm while Stevenson heads to Marymount for at 4pm game.

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SALISBURY AND STEVENSON CRUISE IN LAST TUNE UPS BEFORE SHOWDOWN

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Bryan Powell

The only thing that would take away from the big game on Saturday would be if one of the teams lost their last game before it happens. That did not happen.

We start in Fredrick where #1 Stevenson moved to 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference with a 20-4 win over Hood College. The Mustangs took at 12-1 halftime lead and cruised to victory. Trip Latta had four goals while Richie Ford had 3 goals and 3 assists for the winners. Stevenson outshot Hood 62-22, won the groundball war 49-22, and won 20 of 27 face-offs.

Meanwhile in Fredricksburg, VA #2 Salisbury moved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the CAC with a 15-7 win over Mary Washington.  Matt Cannone had 3 goals and 3 assists while Sam Bradman added three goals for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury outshot Mary Washington 44-18, won the groundball war 40-28 and won 17 of 25 face-offs.

Saturday at 2PM in front of a huge crowd these two teams will be playing for #1 in the country, the inside track to the CAC regular season title, and the right to host a possible rematch in the CAC tournament championship game on your field.

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