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Hopkins Seeded 3rd, Maryland Unseeded in NCAA Lacrosse Tournament

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Hopkins Seeded 3rd, Maryland Unseeded in NCAA Lacrosse Tournament

Posted on 09 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official releases courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Hopkins Draws Third Seed, Hofstra in First Round of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament

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BALTIMORE, MD — Johns Hopkins earned the number three seed in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament and will host Hofstra in the first round on Saturday, May 14 at noon it was announced by the NCAA Selection Committee on Sunday night. Johns Hopkins (12-2) and Hofstra (13-2) both earned at-large bids to the 16-team tournament and will be meeting in the NCAAs for the fifth time. The game will be televised live from Homewood Field on ESPN2.

The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Hofstra first round game will play the winner of the Denver-Villanova game at 2:30 pm on Saturday May 21 as part of a quarterfinal doubleheader at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. Denver, which earned the number six seed, will host Villanova in the first round on Sunday, May 15 at 5:15 pm.

Surprisingly, this is just the third time Johns Hopkins has been seeded third in the tournament. Johns Hopkins was most recently seeded third in 2007 and the Blue Jays parlayed that into the program’s ninth NCAA championship.

This will be the 24th time Johns Hopkins and Hofstra have played in a series that dates to an 18-10 Johns Hopkins win in 1974. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 18-5, although the teams have split the last six meetings with the home team holding serve in each of those six.

Johns Hopkins boasts a 65-30 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament with nine NCAA titles to its credit. The Blue Jays’ 65 wins and 18 championship-game appearances are both national records. In addition, JHU’s current streak of 40 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament in men’s lacrosse is the longest of any team in any Division I men’s team sport. The next longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament is nine (Maryland).

Johns Hopkins, which tied a school record with 12 regular season victories this year, features one of the youngest teams in the nation as the Blue Jays count eight freshmen and sophomores among their starting 10. Six of JHU’s top eight scorers are freshmen or sophomores and seven of the eight are due to return next season.

The Blue Jay offense is led on attack by seniors Chris Boland and Kyle Wharton and sophomore Zach Palmer. Boland leads the team in goals (30) and ranks second in points (43), while Wharton counts 28 goals and seven assists to his credit. Palmer leads the team in assists (23) and points (44) and is bidding to become just the third Johns Hopkins player since 2000 to register 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season.

Defensively the Blue Jays are led by sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett, who ranks among the national leaders with a 6.70 goals against average and a .586 save percentage. He is 15-6 in 21 career starts and is joined defensively by sophomores Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner and freshman Jack Reilly, who have teamed to start all 14 games on close defense. The Blue Jays have held all 14 of their opponents to 11 goals or less and only three teams managed more than nine goals against Johns Hopkins this season.

Hofstra, which is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, features a balanced, explosive offense and one of the stingiest defenses in the nation. The high-scoring trio of Jay Card (28g, 15a), Jamie Lincoln (29g, 10a) and Stephen Bentz (23g, 14a) paces an offense that averages 10.3 goals per game, while junior goalie Andrew Gvozden is among the top five in the nation in both goals against average (5.70) and save percentage (.621).

The Pride earned their at-large bid on the strength of a 13-2 record that saw them lose only a pair of games to Delaware by a goal. The second of those two came in last week’s CAA Semifinals by a 10-9 score. Prior to that Hofstra had reeled off eight straight wins since losing to the Blue Hens, 7-6, on March 19.

Johns Hopkins and Hofstra had four common opponents this season in Princeton, Towson, Delaware and Manhattan. Johns Hopkins was 3-1 in its four games against those teams, while Hofstra was 3-2.

Playing at home has been good for Johns Hopkins in its NCAA Tournament history. The Blue Jays are 42-4 all-time at Homewood Field in NCAA Tournament games, including a perfect 9-0 under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Tickets for the game will go on sale in the Newton White Athletic Center on the Johns Hopkins campus on Monday, May 9 at 9 am. Fans can also order tickets over the phone by calling 410/516-7490. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students at one of the participating schools (with ID), children 12 and under and senior citizens. Children two and under are free. Tickets will also go on sale on Saturday at 10:30 am at all ticket booths at Homewood Field. All tickets are general admission – there is no reserved seating at Homewood Field for the NCAA Tournament.

Terps Draw No. 8 Seed UNC In NCAA Tournament

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the ninth-straight year the University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team will compete in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship tournament. The Terps, which received an at-large bid, will play at No. 8-seed North Carolina in the first round at Fetzer Field, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

This marks the second time that Maryland has been unseeded since 1997 and just the fifth time overall since the tournament began in 1972. The Terps were previously unseeded in 1993 and 1994. In those first two unseeded-years Maryland lost its first round game to the No. 8-seeded team, which were Army and Duke, respectively. The Terrapins were much more successful in 1997, advancing to the NCAA championship game. Maryland defeated No. 7-seed Georgetown in the first round before knocking off No. 2 Virginia in the quarters. In the 1997 Final Four Maryland upset No. 3 Syracuse, but couldn’t topple No. 1-seed Princeton in the finals. The last time the Terps were unseeded was 2009 and that year Maryland was the lone unseeded team to win a first round game, knocking off previously unbeaten Notre Dame, 7-3. The Terps lost to eventual national champion Syracuse in the quarterfinals.

The Terrapins are 39-10 all-time against the Tar Heels, but have faced them only once in the NCAA tournament. That meeting came 25 years ago in 1986 and Carolina, the No. 5 seed, upset No. 4 seed Maryland, 12-10, in Byrd Stadium.

Maryland and North Carolina have already met twice in 2011. The Tar Heels took the first meeting, defeating the Terps, 11-6, on March 26 in College Park. Maryland evened the season series with Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC tournament, rallying from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 7-6 win on April 22 in Durham, N.C.

The Terps, 10-4 on the season, were awarded one of 10 at-large bids to the tournament. North Carolina, 10-5 on the year, also made it into the field as an at-large selection. The Tar Heels are making their 26th NCAA appearance, while Maryland is making its 34th appearance in the tournament.

Carolina has won four NCAA titles, while the Terps have won two. This is the first time since 1999 (Syracuse vs. Princeton) that two former national championship teams are meeting in the first round.

The winner of the North Carolina/Maryland game will meet the winner of the Syracuse/Siena first round game in the quarterfinals on Sunday, May 22, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Tournament Breakdown:
No. 1 Syracuse (Big East) vs. Siena (MAAC AQ) – May 15, 7:30 p.m.
No. 8 North Carolina (ACC) vs. Maryland (ACC)- May 15, 1 p.m.

No. 4 Notre Dame (Big East) vs. Penn (Ivy) – May 14, 2:30 p.m.
No. 5 Duke (ACC) vs. Delaware (CAA AQ) – May 14, 5 p.m.

No. 3 Johns Hopkins (Independent) vs. Hofstra (CAA) – May 14, Noon
No. 6 Denver (ECAC AQ) vs. Villanova (Big East) – May 15, 5:15 p.m.

No. 2 Cornell (Ivy AQ) vs. Hartford (America East AQ) – May 14, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Virginia (ACC) vs. Bucknell (Patriot AQ) – May 15, 3 p.m.

Tournament Teams By Conference:
ACC (4): Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia
Big East (3): Syracuse, Notre Dame, Villanova
CAA (2): Delaware (AQ), Hofstra
Ivy (2): Cornell (AQ), Penn
ECAC (1): Denver (AQ)
Independent (1): Johns Hopkins
America East (1): Hartford (AQ)
MAAC (1): Siena (AQ)
Patriot League (1): Bucknell (AQ)

Stevenson Earns Bye in NCAA Championship, Hosts Cabrini-Widener in Second Round

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Stevenson men’s lacrosse team will be making its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the No. 3-ranked Mustangs received a first round bye and will host the winner of Cabrini and Widener at Caves Athletics Complex in the second round on Saturday, May 14.

Stevenson (17-2) was one of three teams to receive a first round bye in the South Region along with No. 1 Salisbury and No. 5 Dickinson. The Sea Gulls will host the winner between Springfield and No. 17 Endicott while the Red Devils welcome the winner of Adrian and No. 15 Wittenberg.

A total of 26 teams were selected for this year’s national championship with No. 2 RIT, No. 4 SUNY Cortland and No. 7 and defending national championship Tufts receiving first round byes in the North Region.

Six of Stevenson’s 2011 opponents advanced to the tournament, including Salisbury, Cortland, Tufts, No. 8 Roanoke, No. 16 Denison and Scranton. The Mustangs posted a 5-2 record against the opponents, going 1-1 versus the Sea Gulls with their only other loss coming against Tufts.

Stevenson is 5-11 all-time versus former CSAC rival Cabrini and 2-0 against Widener. Two of the Mustangs’ five victories against Cabrini have come in the last two seasons in NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

More information on Saturday’s second round contest at Caves Athletics Complex, including game time and ticket information, will be made available on GoMustangSports.com as soon as it becomes available.

The quarterfinals will be on Wednesday, May 18 with the semifinals on Sunday, May 22. The Division III national championship game will be played on Sunday, May 29 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

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Saturday Lax Wrap: Hopkins Pounds Navy, Stevenson Falls to Salisbury in CAC Title Game

Posted on 24 April 2011 by WNST Staff

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

Wharton, Palmer, Boland Power 2nd-Ranked Hopkins Past Navy, 14-5

BALTIMORE, MD – A year ago, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 first quarter lead against Navy, only to watch the Midshipmen storm back for a 9-8 overtime victory that snapped JHU’s 36-game winning streak in the series. On Saturday night at Homewood Field, the Blue Jays again jumped to a 5-0 lead, but instead of wilting, they pushed the lead to 10-0 at the half and cruised to a 14-5 victory before a crowd of 4,682. The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-2 on the year, while the Midshipmen dropped their fifth straight and finish the season at 4-9.

The Blue Jays needed just 45 seconds to open the scoring as senior Chris Boland capped JHU’s first possession with an unassisted goal to give JHU a quick 1-0 lead. It look far less time than that – six seconds to be exact – for the Blue Jays to push the lead to 2-0 as graduate student Ben Smith worked his way to the high slot off the ensuing faceoff and scored off a nifty feed inside from senior Matt Dolente.

Boland and fellow starting attackmen Zach Palmer and Kyle Wharton combined for seven goals and seven assists in the win and at least one of the three had a hand in six of JHU’s next eight goals as the Blue Jays stormed to the 10-0 lead.

Palmer’s extra-man goal just under six minutes into the game pushed the lead to 3-0 and he added the first of his career-high five assists three minutes later when he got the helper on an extra-man goal by sophomore John Greeley. Sophomore John Ranagan and Boland added unassisted goals in a 93-second span late in the quarter to make it 6-0 at the end of the first period.
Any hopes for a Navy comeback were gone in the second quarter as Wharton bookended a four-goal period for the Blue Jays. He got the first of his four goals on the night just over three minutes into the period off a feed from freshman Eric Ruhl and then capped the first half with an extra-man goal that was assisted by Palmer. In between, freshmen midfielders Ruhl and Rob Guida scored for the Blue Jays. Palmer assisted on Ruhl’s goal as he drew the defense in tight with a dodge from behind before finding Ruhl alone 10 yards out with time and room, while Guida scooped up a loose ball on the crease and beat Navy goalie RJ Wickham from in close for his ninth goal of the year.

The Midshipmen finally broke through with 11:37 remaining in the third quarter when freshman Sam Jones scored on a dodge from behind the goal, but Hopkins answered with three goals in a span of just 96 seconds midway through the period to take its largest lead at 13-1. Greeley netted his second man-up goal of the night to jump-start the three-goal run, which included back-to-back goals by Wharton – with the first assisted by Boland and the second by Palmer.

Navy, as expected, never quit and scored the next four goals to make it 13-5. The first three of those goals – an extra-man strike by Harrison Chaires late in the third quarter and tallies by Nikk Davis and Taylor Reynolds early in the fourth – came in a span of just under four minutes, while Sean Dinn’s first goal of the season with 3:22 remaining in the game made it 13-5. Greg Edmonds’ first career goal in the final minute of the game closed the scoring for the Blue Jays and accounted for the 14-5 final score.

Palmer’s six points (1g, 5a) paced the Blue Jays, while Wharton (4g) and Boland (2g, 2a) added four points apiece for JHU, which held advantages in shots (41-32) and ground balls (35-30). Dolente won 13-of-19 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high seven ground balls for Johns Hopkins, which also converted on 4-of-7 extra-man chances.

Jones and Dinn paced Navy with one goal and one assist and Wickham posted seven saves in goal for Navy, but an 0-for-10 showing on faceoffs in the first half contributed to a 27-7 advantage in shots for JHU before intermission and helped lead to the 10-0 halftime score that was just too much for the Midshipmen to overcome.

Navy (4-9) 0-0-2-3/5
#2 Johns Hopkins (10-2) 6-4-3-1/14

GoalsN: Jones, Dinn, Chaires, Davis, Reynolds. J: Wharton-4, Boland-2, Greeley-2, Palmer, Ruhl, Ranagan, Guida, Edmonds, Smith. AssistsN: Dinn, Jones, Warner. J: Palmer-5, Boland-2, Dolente, Ruhl. SavesN: Wickham-7. J: Bassett-8, Burke-0. Shots: N-32. J-41. EMON: 1-for-3. J: 4-for-7. Attendance: 4,682.

Loyola Clinches ECAC Bid With Senior Day Win Over Hobart

BALTIMORE – Four Loyola University Maryland players scored two goals each, and the No. 20/19 Greyhounds clinched a bid to the first-ever ECAC Lacrosse League Championships with an 11-8 victory over visiting Hobart on Senior Day at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday.

Hobart’s Mike White tied the game at 8-8 with just eight second to go in the third quarter, and it looked like the teams would head to the final period deadlocked, but John Schiavone won the ensuing face-off to himself, ran into the box and dished a pass to Mike Sawyer who was camped seven yards from the goal on the left side.

Saywer ripped a shot into the upper right corner for his second of the game to put Loyola (8-3 overall, 4-2 ECAC) in front for good with four ticks left in the third quarter.

The victory was the Greyhounds’ fifth in a row and clinched the No. 2 seed for the ECAC Championships that will be held May 5-7 in Denver, Colo. Loyola will play the No. 3 seed Fairfield in the semifinals. The Stags clinched their spot in the Championships with a victory Saturday at Ohio State.

Loyola added two fourth-quarter goals by Scott Ratliff and Chris Basler, and the Greyhounds held the Statesmen (5-8, 2-3) scoreless on eight shots in the period, to provide the final margin.

“I thought that we came out and moved the ball very well today,” Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “Coach (Dan) Chemotti made that a point of emphasis this week, and we did a good job of making sure that we made the extra pass.”

Sawyer, Matt Langan, Stephen Murray and Patrick Fanshaw each scored twice, and Fanshaw led the Greyhounds with three points, notching an assist on Murray’s extra-man goal.

Hobart scored first when Cam Stone recorded the first of his game-high three goals on a man-up tally 2:18 into play, but the Greyhounds reeled off three consecutive by Langan, Sawyer and Murray to lead 3-1 with 5:10 to play in the first.

The Statesmen tied it at 3-3, however, as Alex Love scored late in the first, and Chris Pedersen found the net 1:16 into the second quarter.

The score remained tied for more nearly eight minutes until Langan came from behind the cage and around a Sawyer screen to beat Hobart goalie Jon Lawless stick-side high with 6:00 on the clock.

Loyola struck next on the EMO as Chris Basler slipped a pass to Fanshaw, and the sophomore scored his first of the contest.

Murray used a face dodge at the top of the box to get space down the left alley and score with 2:27 to go in the half.

Greyhounds’ goalie Jake Hagelin made a clean save of a Hobart shot and sent an outlet pass over the top to Ratliff who flipped it to Fanshaw, and he scored in transition with 1:19 to go, giving Loyola a 7-3 advantage.

Hobart would close the gap to three when Stone scored just nine seconds later, and the team went to the locker room at halftime with the Greyhounds on top, 7-4.

Stone’s goal ignited a 4-0 Hobart rally that was capped by Sam Miller’s lone goal of the afternoon at 4:36 in the third quarter, tying the game at 7-7. Miller entered the game with a team-high 25 goals.

Davis Butts put Loyola back in front by a goal, 8-7, scoring with a low shot after a dodge from the left side.

White tied things again for the Statesmen with eight seconds to go in the third, but the draw would be short-lived before Sawyer’s go-ahead goal.

Hagelin made seven saves for the Greyhounds who outshot the Statesmen, 41-30. Lawless made his first start of the season and finished with 14 saves.

The Greyhounds have one final regular-season game left on the schedule before heading to Denver for the league championships. Loyola will travel a short distance down Charles Street to play at Johns Hopkins next Saturday at 2 p.m.

No. 3 Salisbury Rallies For 16-14 Win Over No. 1 Stevenson in CAC Title Game

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 1-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team scored eight first quarter goals and led by four at halftime, but No. 3 Salisbury held the nation’s second-ranked scoring offense to just three goals over the final 35:18 in capturing their 16th win and 16th CAC championship with a 16-14 win Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

The loss snapped a 15-game home winning streak for the Mustangs (16-2) who were 9-0 at home this season entering today’s game. Stevenson is 30-4 at home since 2009 with three of its four losses coming to the Sea Gulls.

Meanwhile, Salisbury (16-1) has won 14-straight on the road, including eight this season, and is 4-1 all-time at Caves Athletics Complex, winning CAC titles on the Mustangs’ home field in 2009 and 2011.

The visiting team has now won six of the last eight meetings in the series which began in 2007. The Sea Gulls lead the overall series 7-4, but each team has won four times in eight meetings since 2009.

Trailing 11-7, Salisbury began its comeback with 7:08 remaining in the second quarter when they inserted reserve goalie Tim Swinburn in for 2010 USILA Second Team All-American Johnny Rodriguez. From that point, the Sea Gulls outscored the Mustangs 9-3 over the final 35-plus minutes while Swinburn made a career-high 12 saves, including 10 in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter as Stevenson outshot Salisbury, 16-3.

Swinburn’s previous career-high in saves was six.

Led by Swinburn, Salisbury went on an 8-0 run during a span of 22:08 over the second and third quarters, holding the Mustangs scoreless for the entire third quarter, the first time in 72 quarters this season Stevenson has been held without a goal.

Tony Mendes scored four of his five goals in the second half for the Sea Gulls, who outshot the Mustangs 20-9 in the third quarter, while Matt Connone had two goals and two assists.

The final 35 minutes were a complete change from the first 25 where Stevenson built a 10-5 advantage and led 8-3 after the first quarter. Prior to allowing eight first-quarter goals Saturday, Salisbury had outscored its opponents 64-16 in the opening period.

Senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) finished with six goals and seven points for Stevenson, his fifth game with at least seven points this season. With six goals, Barthelme set a new single-season school record and now has 65, surpassing the previous mark of 59 set by senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) in 2008.

In just two seasons with the team, Barthelme has totaled 99 goals and ranks fifth on the school’s career list.

Senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) who has scored a school record 107 points this season, added six more on Saturday as he finished with two goals and four assists. He now has 51 assists this season, just four shy of the school record set by Eric Schmith in 1998.

Senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) scored two goals and won 20-of-32 face-offs, including the 600th of his career. He also scooped up 11 ground balls and now has 320 for his career, 25 shy of Matt Smoot’s school record.

Ford had one goal and three assists for the Mustangs who were just 2-for-13 with the man-advantage as they could not capitalize on Salisbury’s nearly 10 minutes of penalty time.

Junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made 14 saves, three shy of his career-high.

Stevenson concludes the regular season next Saturday, April 30 at No. 15 Denison. Game time is at 1:00 p.m.

Scott Jones Nets Game-Winner With 41 Seconds Left; UMBC Clinches Playoff Berth in 9-8 Triumph Over Vermont

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored three goals, added two assists and recorded the game-winning goal with 41 seconds remaining as the host Retrievers nipped Vermont, 9-8, in a critical America East Conference game.

The Retrievers won for the fourth straight time and improved to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in league play. UMBC clinched a spot in the four-team America East Tournament for the eighth time in eight conference campaigns.

Vermont dropped its third straight and fell to 6-8, 1-3.

Jones was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, while Vermont junior attackman Geoff Worley tallied three goals and added a helper and was the Catamount’s Player of the Game.

Vermont tied the game at 8-all on a goal by sophomore attackman Thomas Galvin with 9:09 remaining and the Catamounts had two man-up opportunities down the stretch to take the lead. But Galvin committed a turnover on the second penalty and UMBC gained possession and called time out with 54 seconds remaining.

Retriever sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) operated behind the cage and fed a cutting Jones, who buried his three-yard shot past Vermont netminder David Barton and inside the far left post.

Vermont had one last opportunity, but Garrett Virtue’s left-handed shot from 12 yards away missed wide right with two seconds remaining.

Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) and junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) each added two goals and one assist for the hosts. Freshman midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys’ Latin) scored his first two collegiate goals, both in the first quarter.

Galvin recorded two goals and an assist for the Catamounts, while Vermont’s leading scorer, sophomore attackman Drew Philie, added a goal and two helpers.

Vermont took a 4-3 lead after 15 minutes, but UMBC outscored the visitors, 4-1, in the second stanza. Jones fed Grimm on a fast break for the game-tying goal with 8:49 remaining in the period, and Grimm returned the favor to Jones just 35 seconds later.

Worley scored a man-up goal with 5:00 left in the period to tie the score, but Kimbles equalized that with an extra-man goal with 1:21 to play. After a Retriever time-out and restart, Grimm went right to the cage and made it 7-5 21 seconds later.

UMBC took that lead into halftime and went ahead, 8-5 on Jones goal with 7:25 to play in the third period. But UMBC would go scoreless for the next 21:49, while the Catamounts eventually tied the score.

Retriever sophomore Joseph Impallaria (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall) came off the bench and won 12 of 17 draws as UMBC outdrew Vermont, 13-8.

The Catamounts outshot UMBC, 38-25, and UMBC junior netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) made 11 saves. Barton had eight stops for Vermont. 

Jones reached the 20-goal plateau and now leads the team with 28 points.

UMBC is 4-0 in games decided by three goals or less this season and 23-11 in those situations since 2007. They have won their last six games decided by a single goal, dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009. The Retrievers have never lost to Vermont (8-0), but three of the last four games have been decided by one or two goals.

The Retrievers conclude the regular season at Hartford on April 30.

Tigers Fall at Drexel, 13-9

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior attackman Scott Perri scored five goals and added two assists to lead Drexel University (7-6, 3-3) to its second win in the last three games, a 13-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers (2-10, 0-5) at the Dragons’ Vidas Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.Perri scored three of his five goals in the second half as Drexel broke open a close game by scoring six goals in the third quarter en route to the victory.

After Perri gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the first quarter, the Tigers took a 2-1 lead on back-to-back goals by senior midfielder Pat Britton.

But, Drexel responded by scoring three straight goals to start the second quarter for a 4-2 advantage with 5:37 remaining.

Junior attackman Matt Lamon and junior midfielder Michael Brashears tied the game at 4-4 by scoring a pair of goals in a 59-second span before sophomore attackman Brendan Glynn regained the Dragons’ advantage by scoring with 1:19 remaining in the first half.

Led by a goal and an assist from sophomore attackman Robert Church, the Dragons opened the second half by scoring five straight goals to take a commanding 10-4 lead with 8:43 left in the period. With 8:06 left, sophomore attackman Dan Kramer ended the Dragons’ run by scoring off an assist from freshman midfielder Andrew Hodgson, trimming the deficit to 10-5.

After the teams traded goals twice, Brashears scored his second goal of the game on an extra-man tally off an assist from senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte with 2:16 remaining, but the Dragons answered just 16 seconds later when junior midfielder Chris Farquhar scored for a 13-8 Drexel lead.

Senior attackman Tim Flynn ended the scoring with 1:08 remaining when he scored the first goal of his college career off a feed from junior attackman Stephen Norris.

While Perri led the Dragons with his seven-point performance, Glynn added three goals for the Dragons. Junior goalkeeper Mark Manos made 16 saves, including 10 in the first half, as Towson outshot Drexel by a 43-36 margin.

Britton and Brashears each scored twice to lead the Tigers in a losing effort while Hodgson had three assists.

The Tigers will finish the season next Saturday night when they host Saint Joseph’s in a CAA game at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Opening face-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 April 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Arena Football-AFL Tampa Bay Storm @ Philadelphia Soul (Friday 8pm from Philly live on NFL Network); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Ivan Popoca vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (Friday 9pm from Temecula, CA live on ESPN2), Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz/Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey (Saturday 9:45pm from Mashantucket, CT & Manchester, ENG live on HBO), Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Orlando Salido (Saturday 10:30pm from Bayamon, Puerto Rico); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 41 (Saturday 9pm from Yuma, AZ live on MTV2); Soccer: MLS-DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 7pm from Toronto live on Fox Soccer Channel)

10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Friday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); Sick Puppies/Framing Hanley/Adelita’s Way (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Three Days Grace/My Darkest Days (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live/Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dirty Heads (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Seether/Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Several Species: The Pink Floyd Experience (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); All Mighty Senators (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair feat. Chiddy Bang (Friday-Sunday JHU); Cake (Thursday-Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Aimee Mann (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); KT Tunstall (Wednesday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue), Chris Cornell (Sunday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Patrice O’Neal (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Foo Fighters “Wasting Light” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You’re thinking to yourself…”TSO? Christmas is 8 and a half months away!” Well…try this one on for size…

[youtube]http://youtu.be/Rkzs1h1vu0E[/youtube]

Framing Hanley made a major mistake. Art Alexakis from Everclear once told me bands should “NEVER release a cover as their first single.” That being said, Framing Hanley’s take on Lil’ Wayne is pretty good…

[youtube]http://youtu.be/vbUR0SRceD0[/youtube]

If you weren’t a Soundgarden/Temple of the Dog/Audioslave fan; you may not realize how amazing a Chris Cornell solo show has the possibility of being…

[youtube]http://youtu.be/5Pt03oU6RHI[/youtube]

The Foo Fighters are amazing. Every time they put something new out you say to yourself “Wow…that might be the best thing they’ve done.” Yet they’re no one’s favorite band. It’s wild…

[youtube]http://youtu.be/kbpqZT_56Ns[/youtube]

9. Roller Derby: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

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Now you’re thinking to yourself “Okay Glenn, how did you go from an entry about the CCRG to a picture of Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page kissing???”

This is too easy.

Drew and Ellen kissed as part of the promotional tour for the film “Whip It”, which was…of course…about Roller Derby. Here’s another promo photo…

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That would be another point for me. I’m running away with this one.

8. Horse Racing: Arkansas Derby (Saturday 5pm from Hot Springs, AK live on HRTV), Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday 11am Pimlico)

I’m realizing more and more that my second annual pilgrimage to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby is…like…RIGHT around the corner.  It means I have to consider my wardrobe again.

Last year I went with THIS on Kentucky Oaks day…

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I’m the one on the left. I swear.

And then I wore THIS on Derby day…

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Look, I tend to dress like a bit of a homeless slob for most of the year…so…I like the idea of looking good just for these days. With that in mind, any suggestions?

7. Tennis: Monte Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 4:30am, Saturday 7am Sunday 8am from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France live on Tennis Channel)

Oh good. Clay courts. The place where the American men who aren’t good enough to win the rest of the year somehow actually get worse.

I don’t understand it either.

But since the event is on the clay, shouldn’t we just go ahead and give the title to this man?

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(Edit from GMC: If you knew that was Gustavo Kuerten, we should probably consider a life together.)

6. Golf: PGA Tour Valero Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from San Antonio), Champions Tour Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (Friday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday 4pm Sunday 1pm live on NBC)

Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am? TOTAL excuse for me to post a picture of a Bloomin’ Onion!!!

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Words really aren’t necessary after that, right?

5. Auto Racing: NASCAR Aaron’s 499 (Sunday 1pm from Talladega, AL live on FOX); IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Sunday 3:30pm from Long Beach, CA live on VERSUS)

Did someone say Talladega??? Ricky Bobby was on TNT the other night…

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Thank God for this movie. Could you imagine if I actually had to know who had won each NASCAR race during the course of the year?

I know they were in Texas last week-who won that one? Davey Allison? Was that the name of a real driver?

4. Pro Wrestling: TNA “Lockdown” (Sunday 8pm from Cincinnati live on Pay-Per-View)

Every match inside a steel cage? YES PLEASE!

In fact I’d be PARTICULARLY interested if Angelina Love was in one of those matches…

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3. NBA: Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers (Wednesday 8pm from Cleveland live on Comcast SportsNet); NBA Playoffs (Saturday-Monday live on ABC, ESPN and TNT)

And sadly, the season ends for the Washington Wizards. Of course, we’ll always have the memories…

Like…

Yep. It was a hell of a season.

2. NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals (Wednesday 7:30pm from Verizon Center live on VERSUS), New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals (Friday 7:30pm from Verizon Center live on VERSUS), Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers (Sunday 3pm from New York live on NBC)

Look, I appreciate the fact that the Caps are going to play a game at the Civic Center next year. Not because I like the Caps, but because I appreciate anything that brings money to the city. If I want folks to praise Shogun Fights, I have to be willing to praise the DC hockey team.

That being said, it’s going to be really awkward pulling for the Rangers over the next few weeks considering how much I dislike the Yankees.

But seriously, how can you root against these guys?

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1. College Lacrosse: Johns Hopkins @ Maryland (Saturday 8pm from Byrd Stadium live on ESPNU); Loyola @ Georgetown (Saturday 7pm from Kehoe Field live on AM1570 WNST); Towson @ Penn State (Saturday 7pm from University Park, PA live on ABC2 & ESPN3.com); Army @ Navy (Saturday 2pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports); Stevenson @ Salisbury (Saturday 12pm Sea Gull Stadium)

I (secretly) pull for the Blue Jays almost every week of the year.

Not this one.

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It’s the 107th matchup between the Terps and the Jays. I’m hoping for 107-0 in honor of that.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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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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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 October 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because I’m thinking about the Darius Rucker show at Pier Six Pavilion on October 22nd, and just happened to find this gem as I was doing so…

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As I already explained to Boomer Sooner, if Rucker does Purple Rain on the 22nd-I cannot be held responsible for my actions.

By the way, I’ve been posting a ton of stuff on Facebook this week (you can add me as a friend by searching “Glenn Clark” and adding the best looking guy you find). I’ve been adding a bunch of stuff to my iPod, so I’ve been sharing some of the things I find…like this surreal combo between Soulive and Robert Randolph…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Ravens believe Denver Broncos atop NFL in passing offense thanks in part to YAC, missed tackles

This probably isn’t the case with Demaryius Thomas; but it certainly is the case with Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal. If the Ravens are going to keep Kyle Orton and company in check Sunday, they’re going to have to make sure tackling part of the gameplan. Of course, I guess they should always make sure tackling part of the gameplan.

The fact is that there’s almost NO chance the Broncos will have success running the ball; but they might get time to throw it given the Ravens’ lack of pass rush. If Orton gets time, he’ll find his targets. The Ravens just need to make those targets don’t get out of their grasp and get downfield.

2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says DE Paul Kruger (knee) not expected to return until after bye week

I know I already made a suggestion yesterday, but I think it’s fair for me to make another. With the Ravens needing help at DE for a little while, I think it’s fair that they consider going with Helen Flanagan. (Thanks Guyism!)

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3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Kruger, Tavares Gooden, Jared Gaither, Donte’ Stallworth all OUT Sunday

And we knew all four guys would be out, so this comes as no surprise. As far as who else will be down Sunday-my guess would be Scott Kooistra, Edgar Jones, Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens.

As far as Gaither’s concerned, he told us yesterday he “can’t wait” to get back on the field this season and maintained that he didn’t need surgery. While I by no means believe Gaither is above criticism, I ABSOLUTELY think that the conspiracy theorists who believe Gaither is simply taking part in an elaborate holdout orchestrated by Drew Rosenhaus are absolutely goofy.

Faking a back injury doesn’t earn you any money…anywhere…ever.

As far as IR is concerned, the Ravens can’t just simply place Gaither on IR to “wash their hands” of the situation as some might suggest. They know that there isn’t a single player available who is NEARLY as good as Gaither. Not in the same galaxy. Therefore, they have to be willing to be just a bit more patient with their big man.

It’s definitely frustrating.

4. CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg says Ravens amongst Super Bowl contenders after win over Pittsburgh Steelers

I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I said the same thing on Facebook and Twitter (follow us @WNST) Sunday night; then had to fight with not just folks from the Steel City, but also folks that are Ravens fans!

Winning at Heinz Field clarified that the Ravens are legitimately amongst the best teams in the AFC. I’m not sure why anyone would want to argue with that, but for some reason, certain fans are. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

The team is a Super Bowl contender. It doesn’t mean they’re going to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Arlington, it doesn’t even mean they’re going to play in the game. But it does mean they have a real opportunity, which as of right now can’t be said of other teams-like the Miami Dolphins.

5. The AP’s David Ginsburg says DT Haloti Ngata ‘humble’ star

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-The Ravens are back on the practice field today at 1 Winning Drive; and we will of course be in Owings Mills to cover it. We are expected to hear from Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg and LB Terrell Suggs amongst others today. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST, checking us on Twitter and staying right here at WNST.net!

-Did you miss Lamar Divens with Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out. Some other things you can find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Sean Salisbury (“Sean Unfiltered”-Voice America Sports Radio)-who joined Drew Thursday morning to go around the NFL
  • John Plevyak (Stevenson University Soccer Coach)-who checked in with Drew Thursday to discuss the Mustangs’ big win Wednesday over Salisbury
  • Denison Cabral (Baltimore Blast legend)-who discussed the end of his tenure in Baltimore with Drew Thursday
  • Vic Carucci (NFL.com)-who joined Rex Snider Wednesday on “The Afternoon Drive” to discuss Joe Flacco and more
  • Barry Barnes (Fanhouse)-who went around the AFC North Wednesday with Rex
  • Charles Bankins (Terrapins ST/TE Coach)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Wednesday for the “Terrapins Coaches Report”
  • Anthony Castrovince (MLB.com)-who predicted Roy Halladay’s no-hitter (REALLY) with Thyrl Wednesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Joe Posnanski (Sports Illustrated)-who discussed all things MLB postseason with Thryl Wednesday
  • All sorts of Audio from 1 Winning Drive Wednesday-including John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Fabian Washington, Jared Gaither, Jarret Johnson, Lardarius Webb, Paul Kruger, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Tavares Gooden

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so your day is planned AGAIN. Could I do anything more for you???

6. Baltimore Business Journal’s Ryan Sharrow says Orioles ratings up 10% on MASN

Not in Glenn Clark’s house. But not because I don’t love the O’s…just because I’m too busy watching Billy The Exterminator…

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7. Washington Examiner’s Thom Loverro says Nationals slugger Adam Dunn could end up in Charm City

YES.PLEASE.

Seriously, how do we get him here? I mean, does he need my help in packing? I’m available-I just moved myself last week in a Tropical Storm. I’m ready to go.

My guess is that the Birds DON’T get Adam Dunn from the Nats. Mostly because it will require money. But if they come away with Diora Baird this offseason, I’ll consider it an upgrade. (Thanks FHM via Busted Coverage!)

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8. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Buck Showalter to make decision on Birds’ staff by Friday

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things…

-Ummm….

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland TE David Stinebaugh expected to miss 4-6 weeks with MCL injury

I feel like things are so thin at TE for Ralph Friedgen’s team at this point that I actually might be pressed into taking a handful of snaps against Clemson. I’m ready, for the record.

Also, this sorta dampens my plans to go check out my Perry Hall Gators against Woodlawn on Friday night. I mean, I’ll still go-but I just won’t be as thrilled talking PHHS football with our new greatest alum hurt.

But Go Gators anyway!

10. UMTerps.com says Maryland Madness to open Terps’ basketball season next Friday at Comcast Center

In honor of Lefty Driesell, they should leave it at midnight. Despite that, I’ll certainly be in College Park Friday night to celebrate Gary Williams’ newest team. But if somehow Hiromi Oshima were to be there next Friday, I think I’d be willing to forgive the fact that it isn’t at midnight. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I gave you Keenan Cahill doing Ke$ha yesterday. Apparently he does Usher and Katy Perry as well…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm Verizon Center); Boxing-Friday Night Fights: Eric Lucas vs. Libido Andrade (Friday 9pm from Quebec live on ESPN2); Arena Football: Tampa Bay Storm @ Orlando Predators (Friday 8pm from Orlando live on NFL Network)

10. Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Wailers (Saturday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion), Erykah Badu & N.E.R.D. (Sunday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion); Mr. Greengenes (Thursday 8pm Power Plant Live), Parachute (Saturday 8pm Power Plant Live); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Saturday 6:30 & 9:30pm Rams Head On Stage); Flyleaf (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine (Sunday 6:30pm 9:30 Club); Brew At The Zoo feat. Charm City Devils & Kelly Bell Band (Saturday & Sunday Maryland Zoo); Stone Temple Pilots “Stone Temple Pilots” available in stores (Tuesday)

Dude, Michael Franti is so good I’ll openly advertise for another radio station in Baltimore…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPBGZOWvMps[/youtube]

There is no excuse for any human being to admit they like a band like Parachute. So of course, I kinda like Parachute…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr3qfy78iG4[/youtube]

If you’re not familiar with Richard Cheese, he does lounge versions of popular songs. Or in other words-that nerd you knew from high school found a REALLY strange way to get laid after becoming an adult…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCv2cgIlnHA[/youtube]

And not only is Kelly Bell a former MCW Champion, he’s also a fine musician…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvM-9QyDZZo[/youtube]

9. Golf: PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Fort Worth, TX); Champions Tour Senior PGA Championship (Thursday & Friday 6pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Denver)

So apparently some 16 year old did really well in last weekend’s “Golf Tournament Open” Championship. I say “apparently” because there was no chance in hell I spent my weekend watching golf.

Of course, it certainly beats what I was doing when I was 16…

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8. Ravens Passing Camp (Monday-Thursday, 1 Winning Drive-availability Tuesday); NFL Owners Meetings (Tuesday & Wednesday Dallas)

Amongst the things that will be voted on at the Meetings include whether or not the new OT rules for the playoffs will be expanded into the regular season; and whether to hold the 2014 Super Bowl in New York or Florida.

Of course, if they do choose New York, we’ll probably be subjected to “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys about a trillion more times. Which is good, because a long time ago I used to think that was a really good song.

I personally think they should send the Super Bowl back to Arizona, but I have selfish reasons…

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Of course by “selfish” I meant “reasons any other warm-blooded man could certainly understand.”

7. NHL Playoffs-Stanley Cup Finals: Blackhawks/Flyers (Game 1 Saturday 8pm from Chicago live on NBC, Game 2 Monday 8pm from Chicago live on NBC)

I don’t give a crap about either of these teams, but just to piss off Drew Forrester and the rest of the effing Washington Capitals fans in Charm City, I’ll hope Philly wins.

Besides-does Patrick Kane look like a man you’d want to root for???

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6. NBA Playoffs-Western Conference Finals: Suns/Lakers (Game 4 Tuesday 9pm from Phoenix, Game 5 Thursday 9pm from Los Angeles, Game 6 if necessary Saturday 8:30pm from Phoenix, Game 7 if necessary Monday 9pm from Los Angeles. All games live on TNT); Eastern Conference Finals: Magic/Celtics (Game 5 Wednesday 8:30pm from Orlando, Game 6 if necessary Friday 8:30pm from Boston, Game 7 if necessary Sunday 8:30pm from Orlando. All games live on ESPN.)

Steve Nash > you.

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Of course, I heard a rumor he was just trying to be like the great Glenn Clark…

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5. Tennis: French Open/Roland Garros (Tuesday-Friday 5am live on Tennis Channel, 12pm live on ESPN2; Saturday & Sunday 5am live on Tennis Channel, 12pm live on NBC; Monday 5am live on Tennis Channel, 12pm live on ESPN2)

Is there anything funnier than the fact that Gaston Gaudio-the tennis player from Argentina who never made it to the 2nd week of an Australian Open, Wimbledon or U.S. Open was once a French Open Champion???

Okay, this might be funnier…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Er9vRsb38I[/youtube]

The word “penis” is always hilarious. More hilarious when I yelled in it 9th grade science class when Old Mr. Alban was too old to know what was going on, but hilarious in this reference as well.

4. Soccer: Team USA vs. Czech Republic (Tuesday 8pm from Hartford live on ESPN/Galavision), Team USA vs. Turkey (Saturday 2pm from Philadelphia live on ESPN2/Galavision); NASL: Austin Aztex @ Crystal Palace Baltimore (Saturday 7pm UMBC Stadium); AC Milan @ DC United (Wednesday 8pm RFK Stadium), Chivas USA @ DC United (Saturday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet & MLS Direct Kick)

The thing is, I enjoy Turkey as a concept, but certainly not as a country; and even less as an opponent for the Americans.

Then again, I’m more of a patriot than most. For example, when my neighbor’s kid asked me if I had any Justin Beiber in my iTunes, I instead put on some John Mellencamp and told him it was for his own good. And then I forced him to watch Darius Rucker cover “Family Tradition” by Hank Williams Jr….

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Is there anything more American in the entire world?

3. MMA-UFC 114: Rashad Evans vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View); Bellator Fighting Championships XX (Thursday 8pm from San Antonio live on Fox Sports Net); UFC Undisputed 2010 available in stores (Tuesday)

I think Chuck Liddell sees the main event of Saturday night’s PPV in his nightmares sometimes.

Also, I’m glad that the new UFC game is coming out. It will give me something else to play after I’ve wasted the last few days celebrating a certain anniversary Google made us all aware of…

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2. Auto Racing: IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 (Sunday 12pm from Indianapolis live on ABC), NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (Sunday 5:45pm from Charlotte live on FOX)

There is someone named “Ana Beatriz” in Sunday’s Indy 500. It is apparently NOT this Ana Beatriz…

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But it apparently IS this Ana Beatriz…

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…so all is not lost.

You see what I did there? I went a whole IRL post without mentioning Danica Patrick. Impressive work, I know.

1. College Lacrosse-Men’s NCAA Tournament Final Four: Virginia vs. Duke (Saturday 4pm or 6:30pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN2), Cornell vs. Notre Dame (Saturday 4pm or 6:30pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN2), Championship (Monday 3:30pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPN2); Men’s Division II National Championship: C.W. Post vs. LeMoyne (Sunday 3pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on CBS College Sports); Men’s Division III National Championship Game: Salisbury vs. Tufts (Sunday 12pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on CBS College Sports); Women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four: Maryland vs. Syracuse (Friday 5:30pm Unitas Stadium), North Carolina vs. Northwestern (Friday 8pm Unitas Stadium), Championship (Sunday 5:30pm from Unitas Stadium live on CBS College Sports)

At least the Terrapins women have kept up their end of the bargain, so I’ll be in Towson Friday night for sure.

As far as watching Duke or Virginia win a national championship on Memorial Day? I swear to God I’d rather spend my day watching this…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKQ5yRFkBnE[/youtube]

Of course, I’d rather get a root canal than watch THAT. But then again, I could probably use a root canal. Do I have Barack Obama dental care yet? Is anyone a dentist?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because my cousin Jeff is in town from Las Vegas, which meant yesterday was a perfect day to do this…

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I can still smell Old Bay on my fingertips. Of course, I guess I should have showered last night.

Oh, and the Phoenix Suns won! It was a LITTLE awkward that I was sitting on my couch and chanting “Beat LA!”, but it was a fun night all around.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP says Willingham’s walkoff homer lifted Nationals past Orioles

Not even phased.

Hell, “Knocked Up” was on E! yesterday afternoon, and I’m pretty sure I watched more of Katherine Heigl than I did Kevin Millwood yesterday.

(Edit from GMC: That might not be true, but if it is-can you blame me?)

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Millwood had one bad inning again-and this time he got it out of the way early. I will admit that I didn’t expect Julio Lugo to extend things into extra innings, but as Rob Dibble effectively explained-the Birds can partially thank Jim Riggleman for that-as he didn’t bring Justin Maxwell to play shallow RF against a hitter with about as much power as me.

I mostly didn’t care for Rob Dibble this weekend-and the forced MASN combo broadcast was just as dreadful as I always remember it being. By the way-Gary Thorne IS coming back, right? If he just quit and left us with Jim Hunter moving forward, I may never forgive him.

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

What’s remarkable is that it took until the 45th game of the season for the team’s cleanup hitter (Ty Wigginton) to actually move to the 4th spot in the lineup.

Meanwhile, Garrett Atkins made an appearance yesterday. I feel like Atkins might as well just walk to home plate with his middle finger directly in the air; and then personally direct it towards every Orioles fan in attendance at every game.

Miguel Tejada was 0-5 with 4 LOB. In baseball terms, we call that “Playing Like an Oriole.”

3. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester doesn’t think Dave Trembley will be fired today

Neither do I, for the record. I don’t think Terry Crowley will be fired either, but I think it’s more likely he falls on the sword than the manager does.

There is part of me that wonders whether or not it is okay for the team to basically pass along the message of “losing is okay” by NOT firing the manager; but I will also be the first to get in the “this isn’t the manager’s fault” line.

I don’t think Dave Trembley is a good manager, but I don’t think ANY manager could win with the woefully incomplete roster Andy MacPhail put together this season.

If you think Dave Trembley should be fired-I think that’s fine, but you have to be willing to accept the fact that the roster wasn’t built for winning the way some wanted us to believe it was before the season.

I’m really indifferent as to whether or not Trembley DOES get fired-as none of Rick Dempsey, Juan Samuel, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick or Brad Komminsk will make this team a winner; and I generally think coaching changes are best made in the offseason-when a full search of all candidates-including those currently employed by other MLB teams-can be considered. Of course, I would assume that none of them could do WORSE than Trembley, but isn’t that an example of “famous last words”?

As far as whether or not Dave Trembley WILL be fired? My gut remains “no.”

4. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Uehara ‘likely’ DL bound again

If you missed Rich’s chat with Drew Forrester this morning, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.

The question at this point regards what roster moves MIGHT be made before the Orioles open up their 3 game set with the Athletics tomorrow night at OPACY.

Should Uehara need to head to the DL (as it appears he will), presumably Alberto Castillo would be the most likely to get the call back up. With questions surrounding the health of Alfredo Simon after he was pulled in the 10th inning yesterday; the Birds may be forced to call up someone along the lines of Kam Mickolio to close.

The next question regards what to do about Garrett Atkins. The team appears to be just about done with him, but it is unlikely they’d want to start Scott Moore at 1B or DH. Michael Aubrey (who we thought would come up from Norfolk last week) could be the man to replace him, but this would involve MacPhail having to admit that the Atkins really WAS a mistake.

A bigger mistake? Sending Garrett Atkins to the plate against Oakland at any point this week.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Brandon Erbe, Matt Hobgood had rough day on farm for O’s Sunday

The O’s are off today, they return to action tomorrow night against the A’s. Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and David Hernandez are scheduled to go for the Birds against Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez.

Congratulations to our pal “The Professor”, Pete DiLutis. Don’t ever change Pete. He’s our “Apologist of the Morning” with an assist from Fangraphs, as chosen by “The Great Arbitrator” today on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. Pete “highly disagrees” with the idea that Koji Uehara is a bust; which is an interesting proclimation to make considering the overwhelming evidence otherwise.

Pete goes on to point out that according to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million last season. This of course goes to prove that Fangraphs is not a practical way to measure ANYTHING baseball-related. Not only was Koji not worth 7.3 million DOLLARS last season, he wasn’t worth 7.3 million PENNIES.

You have to PITCH to be worth something. This is why stats only tell half the story. According to Fangraphs, Uehara was worth $7.3 million because a pitcher who made twice as many starts with similar numbers would have been worth roughly $14 million.

The problem is-no team is interested in giving a pitcher ANY money for half a season’s worth of work.

Sometimes you have to actually use your EYES to figure out if a pitcher is valuable-not just what a math equation says.

6. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Flacco in ‘learning mode’ once more now with new receivers Boldin, Stallworth

Which is why the team has so many of these “Passing Camp” type events like the one they’re back at this morning out at 1 Winning Drive. This gives Flacco, Boldin, Stallworth, etc. the chance to run routes and learn about each other’s tendencies. They’re not the most crucial of the OTA events, but they’re certainly helpful for these situations in particular.

Plus, why WOULDN’T they want to be in Owings Mills this week? Where else would they be? On the beach with Nina Dobrev? (Thanks CelebSlam via Busted Coverage)…

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7. UMTerps.com says Dave Cottle stepped down as Maryland lacrosse coach

And as I wrote yesterday-while Cottle is by no means a bad coach, this was an inevitable and likely necessary split following the completely unacceptable performance Saturday in a loss to Notre Dame.

For me, all of the juice is gone from this weekend’s Final Four; which SUCKS considering it’s happening RIGHT HERE. Sure there’s excitement for the Virginia-Duke game, but…umm…I don’t like EITHER of those teams, nor would I be particularly comfortable with seeing either of them win. Cornell-Notre Dame is about as exciting to me as the D2 title game between C.W. Post and Le Moyne. And while I have plenty of friends who went to Salisbury…no thanks to their showdown with Tufts for the D3 crown.

Just a major letdown without Maryland.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Cottle believes he made Terps’ lacrosse program ‘better’ during tenure

That might be true. Of course, the program was in good shape under Dick Edell-he just failed to deliver the NCAA Championship that also eluded Cottle. I’m not sure how much Cottle actually improved the program, but he’s certainly leaving it in very good shape.

The atmosphere around the program now shifts to the coaching search for Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz. Plenty of names have been thrown about-ranging from UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, Loyola coach Charley Toomey, Albany coach Scott Marr, Bayhawks coach John Tucker, Bryant coach (and former Duke coach) Mike Pressler, and Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene. Speaking of which…

9. GoMustangSports.com says Stevenson fell to Salisbury in NCAA Tournament semifinals

Cantabene told Drew Forrester this morning that he’s “not thinking about” the Maryland job, but instead looking toward the 2011 season for the Mustangs; which will hopefully be one in which they finally get over the hump and reach the NCAA Championship Game.

The real shame about yesterday’s game is that the two best teams in the country played at Sea Gull Stadium instead of playing at M&T Bank Stadium. It isn’t an excuse for why the ‘Stangs lost, but they should have had the chance to play the game on a neutral field with a title on the line.

Salisbury was the only team to defeat Stevenson this season, unfortunately they did it twice-including once when it mattered most.

10. HopkinsSports.com says Blue Jays topped Kean to advance to D3 College World Series in Wisconsin

I’m not going to pretend to know anything at all about D3 College Baseball, and my knowledge of Wisconsin is pretty much limited to That 70′s Show…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpwOYiL_zRg[/youtube]

…but I’m happy for JHU. Mostly because I need something to be happy about right now.

11. MIAASports.net’s Joe DiBlasi says Larry Sheets’ Gilman club topped Calvert Hall to claim ‘A’ conference title

In a related story, Guyism had pictures of Esha Janssen…

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That’s not related? Sorry, I’m not any good at this, am I?

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s the Scott Hall mugshot…

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…I’d laugh, but I’m actually fairly sad.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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