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Report: Four-star area QB commits to Maryland

Posted on 25 April 2013 by WNST Staff

InsideMDSports.com reported Thursday that four-star St. John’s (DC) quarterback Will Ulmer had committed to coach Randy Edsall and the University of Maryland.

According to the report, Ulmer had received scholarship offers from “nearly every school in the ACC along with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska” and more. Ulmer will join the Terrapins after their move to the Big Ten.

Last season, injuries forced the Terps to turn to LB Shawn Petty as their starting quarterback for the final four games of the season. In 2014, they should be stacked at the position. C.J. Brown was granted a waiver (medical hardship) to receive a sixth year of eligibility in 2014. New Mexico transfer Ricardo Young will be a senior; Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Dustin Dailey will all be juniors.

DL Andre Monroe is a St. John’s player currently on the roster. OL Pete White came from St. John’s as well but left the football team earlier in the year for personal reasons. Ulmer joins McDonough OL Jared Cohen as players committed to come to College Park in 2014.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm Verizon Center); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC on FUEL TV 3-”Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (Tuesday 8pm from Patriot Center live on FUEL TV); Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final-Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier (Saturday 10pm from San Jose live on Showtime); Bellator Fighting Championships 69 (Friday 8pm from Lake Charles, LA live on MTV2); Golf: PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Irving, TX), LPGA Tour Sybase Match Play Championship (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday 3pm Sunday 4pm from Gladstone, NJ live on Golf Channel); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Hamilton Nationals (Friday 11am from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada live on ESPN3.com); Tennis: ATP Tour & WTA Tour Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Tuesday-Saturday 6am Sunday 7:30am from Rome live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Lacrosse: NCAA Tournament-Loyola @ Maryland (Saturday 12pm Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex)

10. Infieldfest feat. Maroon 5, Wiz Khalifa, Little Big Town, The Darkness (Saturday 11am Pimlico Race Course); New Edition (Sunday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Black Keys/Arctic Monkeys (Friday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Lucinda Williams/Drive-By Truckers (Saturday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Lady Antebellum/Darius Rucker (Sunday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Styx/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Buckcherry/Foxy Shazam (Thursday 7:30pm Power Plant Live), Mr. Greengenes (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); 2 Skinnee J’s/All Mighty Senators (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage, Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), SOJA (Friday 7pm Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Fishbone (Thursday 7pm State Theatre); Less Than Jake/Ballyhoo! (Friday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival feat. Jonny Lang, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Saturday & Sunday Sandy Point State Park); Justin Jones & The Driving Rain (Monday 7pm Ottobar); Night of 1000 Dylans (Friday 7:30pm Creative Alliance); Tenacious D “Rize of the Fenix” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Totally underrated Black Keys tune? “I Got Mine.” See you at MPP Friday night…

If Maroon 5 promised to not play a song they’ve released in the last 10 years I’d be excited to see them Saturday. But if they did nothing but tunes from “Songs About Jane” I would be in…

If you haven’t seen Darius Rucker play country music, you’re going to have to trust me. He kicks a little ass…

I’m hoping Justin Jones will stop by the studio Monday. He’s quite talented…

9. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); John Henton (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bobby Slayton (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “The Dictator” (Wednesday), “Battleship” and “Crooked Arrows” (Friday) open in theaters; “The Grey” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Preakness Crab Derby (Thursday 12pm Lexington Market); Preakness Frog Hop (Wednesday 12pm Patterson Park)

Crab races? Okay I guess. MUCH more kickass? PIG races.

And as far as the frog hop goes, I think you already know which frog I’ll be pulling for…

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Hopkins Takes Top Spot In Both Lacrosse Polls

Posted on 26 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped to the top spot in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll today. The Blue Jays moved up from the number two spot in both polls after Saturday’s 11-10 win at top-ranked Virginia. Hopkins improved to 8-0 for the first time since 2005 with the win the win over the Cavaliers.

The Blue Jays grabbed 10-of-11 first-place votes in the USILA Coaches Poll and totaled 210 points to earn the number one spot. UMass (7-0) checks in at number two with 199 points, while Virginia (8-1/195 points), Loyola (8-0/189) and Cornell (6-1/187) round out the top five. Loyola grabbed the lone first-place vote that didn’t go to Johns Hopkins.

This the 390th weekly poll released by the USILA since the poll was first issued in 1973. This week’s number-one ranking marks the 104th time since the poll’s inception that the Blue Jays have earned the top spot. Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top five 293 times and the top 10 in 367 of the 390 polls.

The Johns Hopkins office Athletic Communications uses the USILA Poll to reflect Johns Hopkins’ official national ranking.

Hopkins earned a unanimous number-one ranking in the Nike/Media Poll. The Blue Jays grabbed all 18 first-place votes and totaled 360 points to secure the top spot. Virginia (339 points), UMass (311), Cornell (310) and Loyola (292) round out the top five.

USILA Coaches Poll
• March 26, 2012 •
Rk. Team – Points
1. Johns Hopkins (10) – 218
2. UMass – 199
3. Virginia – 195
4. Loyola (1) – 189
5. Cornell – 187
6. Notre Dame – 165
7. Lehigh – 144
8. Duke – 137
9. Maryland – 125
10. Denver – 112
11. North Carolina – 111
12. Villanova – 106
13. Princeton – 95
14. Syracuse – 74
15. Fairfield – 62
16. Bucknell – 53
17. Colgate – 51
18. Penn State – 33
19. Georgetown – 12
20. Hofstra- 8

Others Receiving Votes: Bryant, Drexel, Yale, Navy, Harvard, Robert Morris, UMBC, TowsonNike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll
• March 26, 2012 •
Rk. Team – Points
1. Johns Hopkins (18) – 360
2. Virginia – 339
3. UMass – 311
4. Cornell – 310
5. Loyola – 292
6. Notre Dame – 277
7. Lehigh – 223
8. Duke – 221
9. Maryland – 197
10. Denver – 194
11. Princeton – 190
12. North Carolina – 178
13. Villanova – 158
14. Syracuse – 146
15. Fairfield – 81
16. Bucknell – 79
17. Colgate – 65
18. Penn State – 60
19. Navy – 30
20. Georgetown – 20

Others Receiving Votes: Harvard, Hofstra, Bryant, Yale, Drexel, Robert Morris, St. John’s, Ohio State

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Your Monday Reality Check-My Favorite Game Ever Happened Ten Years Ago

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Your Monday Reality Check-My Favorite Game Ever Happened Ten Years Ago

Posted on 26 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

You’re going to have to indulge me on this one. I have no one to yell at and no incredible statement to make about a current sporting event.

Instead, if this column was called “Your Saturday Reality Check”, I would have gotten this perfectly to the date.

Ten years ago-Sunday, March 24, 2002-the University of Maryland met the University of Connecticut in the East Region Final (or the Elite 8 if you well) of the NCAA Tournament. The game was at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University.

For full disclosure, I wasn’t there. It was my freshman year at the University of Maryland, but I didn’t make the trip. I didn’t make the trip to the Georgia Dome for the Final Four either, which is one of the greatest regrets of my still very young life. I actually think our own Luke Jones was at the game, but I’m just rambling now.

You certainly remember the shots that defined the game. The Terrapins trailed the Huskies 77-74 with just under four minutes to play as Caron Butler simply wouldn’t let UConn go away quietly. Juan Dixon calmly sank a three pointer from near the top of the key to even the game back up. Then in the final minute, a previously scoreless Steve Blake altered a play call in the huddle and used a ball fake to create an open three for himself to put the Terps up 86-80, effectively the final nail in the coffin of a 90-82 victory.

What I remember was how the game felt like the most intense college basketball game I had ever witnessed. While Gary Williams likely ruined an expensive suit due to sweat that afternoon, Glenn Clark also ruined a number of t-shirts and a pair of pajama pants. This was a game where neither team ever appeared to have the upper hand. Lonny Baxter was absolutely dominant in the paint against future NBA standout Emeka Okafor, but Butler’s 32 points kept the Huskies at Maryland’s heels all afternoon.

We’re planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the University of Maryland’s only basketball championship throughout the week on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net. I’ve admitted regularly that I openly wept at Cole Field House that early April night (the anniversary of the championship is this Sunday for those scoring at home) in College Park. I had two goals for my life from about the time I was eight years old. One was to become a professional broadcaster, the other was to attend the University of Maryland.

Being a “Terp” was in my blood. My grandmother (a journalism teacher in Baltimore County and later professor at Morgan State University) is a University of Maryland alum. While I was too young for the Bob Wade era of Maryland basketball to mean much to me, the early years of the Gary Williams era (which were not always pretty) shaped who I wanted to be when I stepped on a basketball court at Chapel Hill Elementary School or Perry Hall Middle School. I pretended to be Evers Burns. I pretended to be Kevin McLinton. I ABSOLUTELY pretended to be Walt “The Wizard” Williams, Joe Smith, Keith Booth and Sarunas Jasikevicius.

I really had no idea I’d ever witness my heroes playing in a Final Four or for a national championship. I had felt the 1999 team (lead by Steve Francis) had a legitimate chance, but Erick Barkley and St. John’s extinguished those hopes in the Sweet 16. Just weeks before Maryland’s initial Final Four run in 2001 there were calls for the head of Gary Williams after an embarrassing streak of five losses in six games (including a “rock bottom” defeat at the hands of Florida State on Valentine’s Day).

But there was something about the 2001-2002 Terps that made you believe the entire time that team was capable of finally breaking through. The heartbreak of blowing a big loss to Duke in the Final Four the year earlier seemed to fuel them to an ACC regular season championship and back to that afternoon at the Carrier Dome. The confidence of an incredible group of upperclassmen was never lacking at any point during the season.

Maryland’s run to the National Championship was unprecedented. After an opening round win over Siena, the Terps faced a modern day “Murderer’s Row” of basketball programs as they ran through Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn and then Kansas and Indiana. Maryland faced the highest seed they could possibly face in every round as a 1 seed (16, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1) as well. Yet somehow they never really seemed to be in danger of losing.

In the Final Four a huge second half lead was cut into by the Jayhawks, but it never appeared particularly nerve-racking. The Hoosiers briefly held a second half lead in the National Championship game, but a quick baseline jumper from Dixon turned the game back toward the favor of Maryland.

The only game that involved great drama was the UConn game. It was the type of drama that sees eight ties and seven lead changes in the final 13 minutes. It was the type of drama that almost could never be fairly described in words. (ESPN’s Dick Vitale described it as a “Maalox Masher” immediately after the game. He’s certainly a wordsmith if nothing else.)

It was the type of drama that made you think “whoever wins this game is winning a national championship” in the second half. At least it made me feel that way…and I was right.

To this day, this is still my absolute favorite game I’ve ever watched. More so than the Tennessee Titans/Baltimore Ravens AFC Divisional Playoff in 2001, more so than the Mike Mussina/Randy Johnson showdown at Camden Yards in Game 4 of the 1997 ALDS, even more so than the Andre Agassi/James Blake thriller at the 2005 U.S. Open. If your heart can take it, it’s worth reliving below.

I’m not sure mine can, but I’m still grateful for these memories some ten years later.

Carry on.

-G

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Top 10 Showdown Saturday As Hopkins Hosts Syracuse

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-0) welcomes sixth-ranked Syracuse (3-1) to Homewood Field for the 50th all-time meeting between the two most storied programs in college lacrosse history.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 with a 12-5 victory over UMBC in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic last Saturday. Syracuse (3-1) won its BIG EAST opener, 9-8, at St. John’s last Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Syracuse are meeting for the 50th time in a series that dates to a 4-4 tie in 1921. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 26-22-1, although Syracuse has won five straight against JHU, including last season’s 5-4 double-overtime victory at the Carrier Dome.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 918-294-15 (.754). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 155-58 (.728), including a 132-41 (.763) record at Johns Hopkins. He ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

About the 6-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 6-0 for the first time since 2005 and just the second time under head coach Dave Pietramala (2004). Prior to opening at 6-0 in 2005, JHU hadn’t opened a season with six straight wins since 1995. Since 1977 the Blue Jays have opened a season with six straight wins eight times (including this season). JHU has won the national championship four times in those seven years, made two other trips to the title game and advanced to the NCAA semifinals the other year.

Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 918 all-time wins.

That’s 624 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 918-294-15 (.754) … that’s 624 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 125 straight seasons, they would still be four games over .500.

Streaking – Part 1: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 14-1 in its last 15 games, 19-3 since the start of the 2011 season and 21-5 in its last 26 games.

Streaking – Part 2: Johns Hopkins is 107-29 (.787) in its last 136 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 124-37 (.770) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.

Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins ran its home winning streak to 10 games with the 11-0 win over Manhattan on March 6. The streak is the second-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who picked up his 75th career victory at Homewood Field with the win earlier this season against Delaware and sports a gaudy 77-12 (.865) record in home games during his career at JHU.
JHU won a school and national-record 37 straight home games from 2001-06 under Pietramala’s guidance and the current 10-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven wins or more since he arrived.

More Home Cookin’: In addition boasting the second-longest home winning streak of the Dave Pietramala era, Johns Hopkins’ current 10-game winning streak at Homewood Field is also the third longest active home winning streak in the nation. Only Virginia, which has currently won 14 straight at Klockner Stadium, has a longer current streak in the home whites than Johns Hopkins.

Thirteen Straight: Johns Hopkins ran its regular season winning streak to 13 games with the 12-5 win over UMBC. This is the longest regular season winning streak for JHU since a 19-game run that bridged the 2004 and 2006 seasons. Hopkins’ last loss during the regular season … a 5-4 double-overtime setback at Syracuse last season.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011 and has already turned the trick twice this season. JHU has scored on its first show of the game twice and its second shot of the game three times already this season. Ironically, the only game JHU failed to score on one if its first two shots was against Manhattan. In that game, JHU didn’t score until its fourth shot, but then scored on five of its next seven shots.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins has employed virtually the same first and second midfield units throughout the first six games and those units have proven to be virtually identical in terms of production. JHU’s first unit of Rob Guida (6), John Ranagan (5) and John Greeley (4) has combined for 15 goals, while the second unit of Lee Coppersmith (8), Mark Goodrich (5) and Greg Edmonds (1) has 14 goals to its credit.

Attack Oriented: Despite being forced to start five different players in three different combinations, the starting attack units the Blue Jays have trotted out have been effective and efficient. The unit has combined for 32 goals and 23 assists (9.17 points per game) through six games.

On the Flip Side: While the Blue Jay attack is averaging better than nine points per game collectively, the Blue Jay defense has not been nearly as giving. In fact, the starting attack units Johns Hopkins has faced this season have totaled just 13 goals and 11 assists – or one less point than junior Zach Palmer has accumulated himself.

Jumping Right In: Junior John Kaestner had played in 12 career games and hadn’t so much as taken a shot before getting the starting nod at Princeton with freshman Wells Stanwick out. No worries, all Kaestner did is stick the first two goals of his career during a 4-1 fourth-quarter run that fueled JHU’s 10-8 win. He came back with one goal and one assist in the win vs. Manhattan and duplicated that effort in the win over UMBC. Most impressively, he has scored on four of his six shots this season.

Bassett Now 19-3 in Last 22 Starts: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 22nd career victory in goal with the 12-5 win vs. UMBC as he posted nine saves and allowed a goal to improve to 22-7 in his 29 career starts. He is 19-3 in his last 22 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
Through six games Bassett currently ranks second in the nation in goals against average (5.23) and fifth in save percentage (.615).
Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. His fifth-place finish in GAA is the highest by a JHU goalie since Jesse Schwartzman led the nation in 2005 (6.68), while he is just the third Blue Jay to finish in the top 10 in save percentage since the NCAA began tracking men’s lacrosse statistics in 2000. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Poppleton, Kennedy Fuel Success at the X: Freshman Drew Kennedy did a solid job on faceoffs in the season-opener vs. Towson as he won 9-of-14 in the absence of junior Mike Poppleton. Poppleton returned against Delaware and has been solid in five games since. After winning 10-of-16 vs. Delaware, he won 15-of-18 against Siena, 11-of-21 at Princeton, 10-of-12 vs. Manhattan and 11-of-21 vs. UMBC. He is now 57-of-88 (.648) on the year and ranks seventh in the nation in faceoff winning percentage. As a team, JHU is 67-of-115 (.583) on faceoffs this season and ranks 11th in the nation in FO winning percentage.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 388 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 386 of those 388 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 365 of the 388 and the top five in 291 of those 388.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including wins this season vs. Towson and UMBC, JHU is 55-4 (.932) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 23 of 24 quarters this season and two or more in 20 of the 24 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 36.8 shots per game. That number compares favorably to JHU’s averages in 2005 (38.1) and 2007 (36.3) – the most recent years in which Johns Hopkins won the national championship.
• Johns Hopkins ranks 22nd in the nation in scoring offense (10.33), 26th in extra-man offense (.389) and sixth in scoring margin (+5.33).

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest concerning the JHU defense:
• Hopkins held Towson to just 18 shots and Manhattan to just 14. Hopkins is surrending an average of just 23.8 shots per game.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its six opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 19:30.

• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 10 of 24 quarters this season (41.7%).
• The Blue Jays rank second in the nation in scoring defense (5.00), ninth in man-down defense (.765) and sixth in scoring margin (+5.33) this season.

Now That’s a Drought: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow an even-strength goal for an amazing stretch of 116:37 from late in the win at Princeton through early in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s win over UMBC. The Retrievers did score a pair of extra-man goals in the first half, but the first six-on-six goal they scored came 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.

About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with the 11-0 victory over Manhattan. Prior the that, the Blue Jays had last posted a shutout on March 26, 1988, when they knocked off Princeton, 9-0. The shutout vs. Manhattan was the 61st in school history with 57 of those 61 shutouts coming prior to 1950.

Taking Out the Finalists: Johns Hopkins defeated eventual national champion Virginia and eventual national runner-up Maryland during the 2011 regular season.

We’re Honored: Johns Hopkins produced six USILA All-Americans last season, four of which return in 2012. Headlining the group is returning First Team All-American John Ranagan (M), while classmates Tucker Durkin (defense) and Pierce Bassett (G) grabbed second team honors. Senior Chris Boland (A) rounds out JHU’s four returning All-Americans as he grabbed honorable mention honors in 2011.
The four returning All-Americans are the most for JHU since 2008 and the selection of Ranagan, Durkin and Bassett marked the first time Johns Hopkins had three sophomores earn All-America honors since 1989, when Matt Panetta (A/1st Team), Brian Voelker (M/3rd) and Bill Dwan (D/HM) were selected.

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Towson Hopes to Bounce Back Saturday at Stony Brook

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
After splitting a pair of home games, the Towson men’s lacrosse team returns to the road this weekend to take on Stony Brook. The non-conference matchup is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Coming off a 10-6 loss to Navy on Tuesday, Towson will return to the road for the first time in three weeks. Senior attackman Sean Maguire, who is riding an eight-game point streak, leads the Tigers with 11 points on a team-high nine goals to go along with a pair of assists. Senior Carl Iacona is coming off his first multi-goal game of the season and classmate Matt Lamon has four points in his last two outings.

Scouting the Seawolves
Stony Brook enters Saturday with a 1-4 record, but the Seawolves lone win came against nationally-ranked Delaware. After dropping its first three games to open up the 2012 season, Stony Brook topped the Blue Hens on the road, 7-6, on March 10. In their last outing on Tuesday, the Seawolves fell, 11-9, at home to St. John’s. Senior Russ Bonanno leads the team with 13 points on eight goals and five assists. Junior goalkeeper Sean Brady has played all but 30 minutes in the cage for the Seawolves and boasts a 10.44 goals-against-average with 39 saves.

Last Year’s Towson-Stony Brook Meeting
Towson attackman Matt Hughes scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers earned a 9-8 non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Led by Hughes, who posted his third “hat trick” in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.

Towson-Stony Brook Series History
The Tigers and Seawolves will be meeting for just the third time in the series history on Saturday. In 2010, Stony Brook picked up a 14-11 home win and Towson responded last year with a narrow 9-8 victory on its home turf.

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Loyola, Georgetown Square Off In ECAC Battle Saturday

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Data
• Loyola University Maryland remains home to battle its second ECAC opponent, as Air Force visits Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, March 17 at noon.
• The Greyhounds are off to their first 5-0 start since 2002 when the squad won its first seven games.

Team Connections
• Air Force’s assistant coach Bill Wilson is a 1994 graduate of Loyola.
• Wilson was a four-year letterwinner and four-year starter at defense for the Greyhounds.
• Loyola qualified for the NCAA Tournament each season, while advancing to the quarterfinals three times.

Series History
• The Greyhounds hold a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series with Air Force, but lost, 8-6, in March of last year at Falcon Stadium in Colorado. Since the Falcons joined the ECAC, Loyola is 2-1.
• In last year’s game, Loyola outshot the Falcons, 32-23 and 19-8 in the second half. Brian Wilson made 10 saves in goal for the Falcons.
• The Greyhounds also had an 11-18 advantage at the face-off `X’, as J.P. Dalton won a career-high 10-of-16 restarts. Scott Ratliff led Loyola with five ground balls.

In The Polls
• Loyola moved up to No. 5 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and sixth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings after its 13-8 victory over No. 11/9 Duke. The Greyhounds are one of three ECAC teams in the polls, joining Denver (9/9) and Fairfield (13/13). Air Force and Ohio State are also receiving votes in both polls.

Finding The Back Of The Net
• Loyola has posted 10 or more goals through the first five games to open the season, marking the first time since 2000 that the team has scored 10-plus goals in its first five games.
• The Greyhounds tallied 10 or more goals for seven-straight games to open 2000, going 7-0 in those contests. In addition, Loyola lost to Syracuse, 16-9, in its eighth game that season, marking the only time in the 14 games that the Greyhounds didn’t reach 10 goals.
• Through the first five games this year, the Greyhounds rank fifth in NCAA Division I in goals per game (13.00) as of the March 13 rankings.

Toomey Wins 50th
• Head coach Charley Toomey recorded his 50th-career win on Wednesday, March 7, as the Greyhounds defeated Michigan, 15-8.
• Toomey, who is in his seventh season, has led Loyola to eight-plus wins in each of the last three seasons and has had the Greyhounds finish .500 or better in all seven seasons since coming to Baltimore.

Faster Start
• After totaling just two first quarter goals in their first three games, the Greyhounds scored five times in the first quarter at Michigan and three times vs. Duke.
• Justin Ward, Sean O’Sullivan and Davis Butts each scored once while Mike Sawyer tallied twice at Michigan.
• Sawyer, O’Sullivan and Phil Dobson scored for Loyola in the first quarter against Duke.

Sawyer, Runkel Earns ECAC Honor
• Mike Sawyer and Jack Runkel were honored as ECAC Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week following a win at Michigan and vs. Duke win.
• Sawyer scored 11 goals and had 14 points, setting career highs in both categories. He scored five goals and had six points in Michigan’s first-ever home game, before breaking those personal records with six goals and eight points in a win over Duke. He also picked up a career-high six ground balls, finishing the week with nine ground balls.
• Runkel made the first two starts of his collegiate career, posting an 8.00 goals-against average and .515 save percentage to help the Greyhounds in two wins. Playing less than three minutes between the pipes as a freshman last season, he started the Michigan game and held the Wolverines to eight goals, while making five saves. He then made a career-high 12 saves against a Duke team that has played in the last five Final Fours.

Big Runs
• Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its first five games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time.
• Loyola scored five-straight in the second quarter against Delaware to take a 5-3 lead and never trailed again in the game.
• The Greyhounds turned a 6-2 advantage against Towson into an 11-2 lead with a run of five-straight that stretched from the second quarter to the third quarter.
• Loyola rattled off four-straight against Bellarmine in the fourth quarter, turning a 7-6 advantage into an 11-6 lead with less than six minutes to go.
• The Greyhounds scored eight-straight against Michigan between the first and second quarters to claim an 8-1 lead.
• Loyola used four three-goal runs against Duke, including one three-goal streak that put Loyola up 4-1 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Greyhounds never trailed after that initial three-goal run and extended their lead to 13-5 after its fourth three-goal spurt of the game.

Getting Defensive
• Loyola has held opponents to eight or fewer goals in each of the first five games.
• It is the first time since 2005 that the Greyhounds have held opponents to eight or fewer goals in five-consecutive games. The last time in happened, Loyola lost to Duke, 6-5, on March 12, 2005, beat Wagner, 13-7, on March 15, St. John’s, 6-3, on March 19, Massachusetts, 6-5, on March 26, and Rutgers, 10-5, on April 2.

Sawyer Shows Same Form
• Mike Sawyer picked up where he left off a year ago, leading the team with 18 goals and 23 points through the first five games. Sawyer led Loyola last season with 31 goals and 36 assists.
• Sawyer tied a then-career-high with five goals in the team’s, 15-8, win at Michigan, before scoring a new personal-best six goals against Duke. It was his 13th and 14th career multi-goal game and the 16th and 17th multi-point effort of his tenure at Loyola.
• He is currently ranked third nationally with 3.6 goals per game and fourth with 4.80 points per game.
• Before the season, Sawyer was named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team and was named to the Face-Off
Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention.

Hasn’t Lost A Step
• Eric Lusby returned to game action in the season-opener after missing all but two games of the 2011 season. Now a graduate student, Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game against Cornell. He attempted to come back last year, but he saw limited action against Navy and Towson and was shut down to rehab the injury for the remainder of the season.
• Lusby burst back onto the scene against Delaware, scoring the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity, and the 2010 All-ECAC First Team member tallied three more in the second half.
• Lusby reset his career-high at Bellarmine, tallying five goals in the victory to go with one assist, and added two more at Michigan.
• Through Loyola’s first five games, Lusby is second on the team with 15 goals and ranks 12th nationally with 4.20 points per game.

Making Adjustments
• The Greyhounds continued a trend from the last two years in the opener against Delaware, making adjustments at halftime to outscore their opponents in the third quarter and second half. The Greyhounds outscored the Blue Hens 5-1 in the third quarter and 8-4 after the break.
• Loyola has outscored its opponents 20-8 in the second quarter and 22-9 in the third quarter this year.
• The Greyhounds outscored their opponents 69-52 after halftime last season (including two overtime goals) despite being outscored 54-39 in the first half of games.

Dominant At The ‘X’
• J.P. Dalton was 15-of-23 for the second-straight game in Loyola’s win against Michigan.
Dalton raised his season percentage to 64.0-percent, which ranks 10th nationally.
• It is the third-straight game that the Greyhounds have dominated the face-off ‘X’, as the team won 15-of-23 restarts against Bellarmine and 14-of-21 against Towson.
The Greyhounds are seventh in the nation in face-off win percentage at 59.7-percent.

Extra-Man Success
• Loyola’s man up unit currently leads the nation with a 73.3-percent success rate (11-for-15).
• The Greyhounds were successful on all four of its extra-man opportunities against the Wolverines, scoring two man-up goals in the third quarter.
• The Greyhounds were 3-for-3 on man-up opportunities vs. Delaware in the season opener and  2-for-3 EMOs in the wins over Towson and Duke.
• Eric Lusby leads the team with four man-up goals, while Davis Butts, Mike Sawyer and Sean O’Sullivan have each scored two EMO goals for the Greyhounds. Two of Lusby’s game against Duke, while O’Sullivan scored both of his vs. Towson and Butts tacked notched both of his man-up goals at Michigan.
• Loyola’s extra-man unit was seventh nationally with a .420 (21-of-50) conversion percentage in 2011.

Comeback Kids
• Loyola has come-from-behind to win two of their first five games; vs. Delaware and at Bellarmine.
• Loyola trailed 3-0 after the first quarter against Delaware, but then outscored the Blue Hens 10-2 in the second and third quarter to go on to a 13-8 win.
• Against Bellarmine, the Greyhounds went into halftime trailing 4-2, but scored five times in the third quarter to take a 7-6 lead and went on to the, 11-8, win.

Four By Two
• Mike Sawyer and Sean O’Sullivan both scored four goals in the Greyhounds’ win over Towson on Feb. 25, becoming the first pair of Loyola players to record four or more goals in the same game since Patrick Fanshaw and Matt Langan scored five and four, respectively, on March 20, 2010, in a 17-3 win over Air Force.
• O’Sullivan matched his career-high, set as a sophomore in 2010 at the U.S. Military Academy against Rutgers, and Sawyer was one off tying his career-best. O’Sullivan needed just four shots to score his four goals, two of which came on extra-man opportunities.

Ward Dishes Five
• Justin Ward played the role of feeder in Loyola’s 13-6 win over Towson, finishing the game with five assists. Just one week before that, the sophomore recorded his first collegiate assist against Delaware. Ward became the first Loyola player to record five or more assists since Shane Koppens had six in a March 10, 2009, win over Bryant.
• Ward is currently ranked tied for 21st nationally with 1.80 assists per game.

Ratliff Earns ECAC Honor
• Scott Ratliff was honored as the ECAC Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career following the Delaware win after picking up a career-high seven ground balls against Delaware.
Ratliff keyed Loyola’s possession and defensive efforts in the final three quarters when he helped J.P. Dalton win 14-of-21 face-offs.
• Ratliff also had two caused turnovers, and the long-stick midfielder scored the fifth goal of his collegiate career in the third quarter when Michael Bonitatibus made a clean save and sent a pass to Ratliff who executed a one-man clear and scored in transition.

Bonitatibus;Runkel Win First Starts
• Junior Michael Bonitatibus and sophomore Jack Runkel each made their first collegiate starts this season in goal for the Greyhounds, and each picked-up wins.
• Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in goal for the Greyhounds against Delaware after having played less than two minutes prior to this season. He made seven saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just eight goals. He also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
• Bonitatibus became the first Loyola goalkeeper to win his starting debut in nearly 11 years. The last was Mark Bloomquist who also defeated Delaware, 8-7, on February 24, 2001.
• Runkel, who appeared in one game as a freshman, played the second half at Bellarmine, making three saves and allowing just four goals to get the win. He then made his first start against Michigan, making five saves and allowing just eight goals to get the victory.

Season-Opener Success
• Loyola won its season opener for the third-straight year, defeating Delaware, 13-8, Saturday, Feb. 18 at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds trailed, 3-0, after the first quarter, but they scored five in a row to go up 5-4 at halftime.

Greyhounds Picked Second In ECAC
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the ECAC Lacrosse Leagues by the head coaches of their peer schools. Loyola received 54 points in the poll, trailing only Denver, which had 61.

Record At Ridley
• After going 4-1 at Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds opened their third year at the stadium with a 13-8 win over then-No. 19 Delaware and a 13-6 victory against Towson. A 13-8 win vs. Duke improved the Greyhounds to 11-3 all-time at Ridley.

Ranked Opposition At Ridley
• The Greyhounds are 3-2 against ranked opponents at Ridley Athletic Complex, including 2-0 in 2012.
• Loyola downed No. 11/9 Duke, 13-8, on Saturday, March 10 and No. 19 Delware, 13-8, in the 2012 opener.
• The biggest win for the program at Ridley was an 11-6 win vs. No. 9 Georgetown in 2010.

What’s Next
• Loyola will host Georgetown on Wednesday, March 21 at the Ridley Athletic Complex at 7 p.m.

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Patsos Joins CBS Sports Network As Studio Analyst

Posted on 16 March 2012 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK – The media exposure and attention for the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball program continues even after the Greyhounds’ NCAA Tournament Second Round loss to Ohio State on Thursday night.

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos will join the CBS Sports Network studio crew on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon to break down and analyze NCAA Tournament games from the network’s studios in New York City.

Former Purdue Head Coach and current St. John’s Special Assistant Gene Keady and former Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent will join Patsos in the studio.

The trio will work with hosts Adam Zucker and James Bates, as well as CBS Sports Network’s Wally Szczerbiak, Steve Lappas and Alaa Abdelnaby, insider Jon Rothstein and CBSSports.com writer Gary Parrish.

Patsos will be in the studio starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

For a complete listing of channels CBS Sports Network is available on, visit www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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Navy Visits Patriot League Rival Lafayette Saturday

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Navy will look to snap its three-game losing skid on Saturday when the Midshipmen travel to Easton, Pa. to face Lafayette … meeting for the 14th time in series history, the Mids and Leopards will face off at 12:00 pm at Rappolt Field.
• The Mids enter Saturday’s contest having lost three in a row, including last week’s Patriot League opener against a Bucknell team who had lost three games by a combined four goals … while Navy doubled up the Bison in faceoff wins (19-8), the Mids had a difficult time holding onto the ball once they gained possession … meanwhile, the defense gave up a pair of four-goal runs to the Bison in the second and third quarters.
• Lafayette is coming off a tough 9-6 loss to Rutgers … the Leopards scored the first goal of the game, but gave up four-consecutive goals to the Scarlet Knights … while the Leopards would get to within two goals on four different occasions, they could never put together a run to even the score … Lafayette also scored just one extra-man goal on five Rutgers penalties.
• Saturday’s contest will NOT be broadcast over the radio due to the lack of press box facilities …  live stats, however, will be available at NavySports.com.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat … the Mids are 10-0 when scoring 10 or more goals against Lafayette.
9    Nine different players have provided points for the Mids this season, including Sam Jones and Tucker Hull who have recorded points in all four contests.
8    Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to eight-straight games after his two-goal effort against Lafayette last Saturday … he opened the season with  a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
7    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded seven hat tricks in his 17-game Navy career, including three this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
6    Starting attackman Sam Jones paced Navy in last year’s win over Lafayette with a six-point performance … he punched in three goals and dealt out three assists in his first-collegiate game against the Leopards.
5    Saturday’s contest marks just the fifth game played in Easton, Pa. in what will be the 14th meeting … eight of the remaining nine games have been played in Annapolis.
4    Only four of the 57 points scored by the Midshipmen this season have been by non-starters … Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, Pat Kiernan has a goal and Jay Mann has an assist.
3    Three of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (4) and Maryland (5) – while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
2    Navy has lost two-straight true road games (Jacksonville was played at a neutral site) … last season the Mids were 1-6 on the road.
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 64 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.

More on the Leopards
• Tenth-year Lafayette head coach Terry Mangan has led the Leopards to a 2-2 record this season, already matching last year’s win total … the Leopards have claimed wins over Providence (10-5) and Wagner (19-2), while dropping contests on teh road to Binghamton (10-8) and Rutgers (9-6).
• Rookie attackman Brian Bock leads the way as the team’s top point producer with three goals and nine assists … he is ranked 14th nationally in assists per game (2.25) … senior middie Doug Prusoff is the team’s leading goal scorer with eight, while senior attack and senior midfielder Greg Allis have pitched in seven goals … Allis s ranked 14th in the country in shot percentage, scoring seven goals off 14 shots (50.0).
• Junior Anthony Zawadzki has taken the bulk of the faceoffs this season, winning 21 of 46 (45.7), while rookie Jake O’Brien has won 10 of 23 (43.5).
• Three keepers have played for the Leopards – sophomore Andrijk Andrusko, sophomore Jake Hyatt and junior Ed Stubits.  Hyatt opened the year as the starter against Providence and played the first 30 minutes of the Binghamton game.  Andrusko, however, has been the starter in each of the last two contests.  Andrusko was Lafayette’s starter a year ago.
• Lafayette is the nation’s third-stingiest defense, giving up just 6.50 goals per game, while its offense is ranked 22nd, putting up 10.75 goals per contest … the Leopards have given up 10 goals just once this season and held two foes to five or fewer goals … Lafayette, however, is dreadful in the hustle stat – ground balls … picking up just 19 grounders per game, the Leopards are ranked 59th out of 61 teams.

Series History
• Saturday’s contest marks the 14th meeting between the two programs, and the 10th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  Navy leads, 12-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 10 of the 13 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 12 times.
• In the 13-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 168-57 … since joining the league in ‘04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 104-56.
• While this is Rick Sowell’s first contest against the Leopards since taking the Navy post last June, he enters Saturday’s game with a 3-1 record against Lafayette as head coach at previous schools — 2-0 at Stony Brook, 1-1 record at St. John’s.

2011 Navy-Lafayette Recap
• Navy jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Mids dealt Patriot League foe Lafayette a 15-6 loss at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy opened the game on an 8-0 run, featuring a 7-0 advantage after the first quarter of play.  Junior Nikk Davis, 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 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 from 10 yards out.  Just 36 seconds later, Navy defenseman Peter Rogers 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 on the crease, followed by an unassisted goal by Doug Prusoff who bullied his way past defensive middie Jordan Seivold 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, 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 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 sent a long pass to Taylor Reynolds 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  – who recorded hat tricks.
• Defensively, the Mids held the Leopards to six goals, the fewest a Navy team has given up since defeating Holy Cross, 12-3, on March 20, 2010.

On The Road Again
• Navy will play half of its 12-game slate away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, in 2012.  Five of the six are true road games, while the sixth is a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
• The Mids have lost two-straight road games dating back to last season.
• Last year, Navy produced a 1-6 record in games played away from Annapolis … its lone road victory was an 8-3 decision over Holy Cross on March 19.
• Four of Navy’s first five games of the 2011 campaign were played away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and unfortunately, the Mids were on the losing end of all four games, including a pair of one-goal decisions to Loyola and Bucknell.
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 21 of its 48 true road games (neutral sites not included).
• The last time the Mids only managed one road win was in 1999 … Navy defeated Penn in its road opener, but lost at Duke, Delaware, Hofstra and Johns Hopkins … in 1996, the Mids were winless on the road.

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event on Saturday, March 17, following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Fast Facts
• Navy’s starting lineup has accounted for 36 of the team’s 38 goals (94.7), 17 of the 19 assists (89.5) and 53 of the 57 points (93.0) this season … sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, second-year long pole Pat Kiernan has a goal and defensive midfielder Jay Mann has an assist to account for the remaining points.
• Sophomores Tucker Hull and Sam Jones have produced points in each of the Mids’ four games, while Jones in the only player to score a goal in all four.
• Dating back to 2009, at least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 26 of the last 39 games, including all four contests this season … Hull has managed to pitch hat tricks three times this season, recording a career-high six goals against VMI (2-11) in the opener and three against Jacksonville (2-19) and Bucknell (3-3) … he was held without a goal against North Carolina (2-25), but dealt out three assists.
• Six different players recorded hat tricks a year ago, but only Hull (4) and Jones (3) produced more than one.
• Senior keeper RJ Wickham moved into ninth place on the Mids’ all-time saves leader board following his 12-save performance against North Carolina two weeks ago … with 375 saves, he now trails 2004 Kelly Award winner and three-time All-American Matt Russell who amassed 380 saves from 2003-06.
• Senior draw specialist Logan West became only the fourth player in school history to reach the 200-win milestone when he went 15-for-24 against Jacksonville (2-19) … he stands fourth all-time on the career wins list and needs 38 wins to move into third.
• Senior close defenseman Matt Vernam has started 44-straight games for the Midshipmen … other players with lengthy starting streaks include senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (38) and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (34).
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 53-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including an 11-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 47-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 9-1 mark in 2009, a 10-1 record in ‘10, a 3-2 mark in ‘11 and a 1-0 record in ‘12.
• Navy has lost nine-straight games when scoring seven or fewer goals … in the Lafayette series, the Mids have never been held to seven or fewer goals
• All seven of Navy’s goal against Jacksonville (2-19) were unassisted … the last time Navy was held without an assist was on April 24, 1999, when Johns Hopkins defeated the Mids, 11-1 … Jamie O’Leary scored the unassisted goal for Navy in the third quarter.

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John Carroll, Gilman Claim MIAA Basketball Titles

Posted on 19 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Featuring a young back-court which gained experience and confidence throughout the 2011-12 basketball season, No. 6 John Carroll overcame a pair of regular season losses to No. 4 Mount St. Joseph, rising up to stop the Gaels, 44-41, in the MIAA A Conference Championship Game, Sunday at UMBC.

In winning its second MIAA A crown, John Carroll (26-6 overall), which defeated St. Frances Academy in last year’s title game, is the fourth consecutive team to go back-to-back, joining St. Frances (2008-09 and 2009-10), Towson Catholic (2006-07 and 2007-08) and St. Joe (2004-05 and 2005-06).

The Patriots nursed a narrow lead much of the game and closed out the win by sinking 8-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Patriot senior star Jared Jones scored a game-high 17 points, including 11 in the second half.

“From the beginning of the year, we decided we were going to win another championship.  Our back-court had disappeared to college and nobody thought we had a chance to make it,” said Jones.  “Last year was a little bit easier with two senior back courts.  I was in there and we were a dominant team.  This year was harder with young guards and less experience.  It was a great year.”

John Carroll led 22-16 at the half, but St. Joe (23-6) scored seven of the first nine points of the third quarter to pull within one.  Phil Lawrence capped the burst with a steal and a coast-to-coast drive for a rim rattling one-handed jam.  John Carroll responded with an 8-3 run to go back on top, but the Gaels got a basket from Kameron Williams and a long three, at the third quarter buzzer, from Charlie Jones to pull within one, 33-32, as the fourth quarter got underway.

Lawrence then scored in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter to put St. Joe in front, 34-33.  It was the Gaels’ first lead since early in the first quarter.  It was also their last.

Two free throws from Rodney Elliott pushed JC back in front, igniting a 7-0 run which gave the Patriots a 39-33 lead.  In that flurry, junior Mike Owona took an inside feed and rose for a monster two-handed jam.

Williams, St. Joe’s leading scorer, only had one field goal in the contest and finished with just five points.  He did keep the Gaels alive, however, with three free throws after getting fouled on a shot from beyond the arc.  That made it 39-36, but St. Joe could get not closer.

Kyle Doran and Booth each hit three three-pointers for St. Joe to finish with nine points each.  That matched Lawrence’s nine points as the three shared team-high scoring honors.  Mike Owona finished with eight for John Carroll and Justin Jenifer had seven for the Patriots.

John Carroll head coach Tony Martin indicated that his team was motivated by its earlier losses to St. Joe and they worked hard to change the result.

“I thought our kids came in very focused.  We had an outstanding practice yesterday, a really good film session, and our kids believe they should have won the last one,” said Martin.  “It’s a great rivalry these last couple of years.”

The rivalry may have at least one more renewal this season, as the Patriots and Gaels will enter next week’s (Feb. 24-25-26) Baltimore Catholic League Tournament at Stevenson University as the favorites to reach the finals.  Both squads also have the inside track to receive one of the two guaranteed bids the BCL will receive to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in March.

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