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Brown’s big day not enough as Syracuse hands Hopkins first loss

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – In a game that saw the 10th-ranked Syracuse and second-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse teams combine for five three-goal runs, it was the Orange that scored two of the final three goals of the game to slip past the Blue Jays, 12-10, at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. Syracuse, which led by four on two different occasions, improves to 4-2 with its second straight win, while the Blue Jays had a season-opening five-game winning streak snapped and slip to 5-1.

Syracuse led 3-1 and 7-3 in the first half and carried a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays needed just six seconds of the final period to score as sophomore Ryan Brown’s sixth goal of the day came after Drew Kennedy won the faceoff cleanly and found Brandon Benn, who skipped a pass to Brown on the back side and Brown shoveled one past Dominic Lamolinara to make it 10-7.

It took Brown and the Blue Jays less than two more minutes to complete their second three-goal run of the game as Brown fired one into an open net from midfield and then scored his eighth of the game off a nifty pass from sophomoreConnor Reed to make it 10-9.

The Orange, as they did throughout the game, answered as Nick Weston fired a 10-yarder past Johns Hopkins goalieEric Schneider after Billy Ward’s skip pass from the opposite goal line eluded the Blue Jay defense. Weston’s goal came with the stall warning on.

When the Blue Jays got a goal from sophomore Holden Cattoni just 48 seconds later, and with junior Drew Kennedy dominating the game on faceoffs, the Blue Jays appeared to have the momentum with just over nine minutes remaining.

Two key turnovers for Johns Hopkins, one in the offensive zone with just over five minutes to play and another on a failed clear after a Schneider save with just more than three minutes on the clock, proved crucial and the Orange eventually got the insurance goal when Dylan Donahue isolated behind the goal and got just far enough above the goal line before firing one to the top shelf to account for the final scoring.

Syracuse threatened to put the game away early as Brown’s first of the game less than two minutes in was answered by Kevin Rice, Scott Loy and Donahue to give SU a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Brown and freshman Nick Fields sandwiched goals around a Ward strike in the first five minute of the second quarter before Loy, Dylan Maltz and Henry Schoonmaker struck for unassisted goals in the final 7:05 of the second quarter to give the Orange a 7-3 halftime lead.

After winning 8-of-11 first-half faceoffs, Kennedy went to work early in the third quarter to fuel a three-goal run that pulled the Blue Jays within 7-6 less than six minutes into the second half. All three goals were scored by Brown, including an extra-man tally off an assist from John Crawleythat made it a one-goal game with 9:13 left in the period.

The one-goal deficit was four just over five minutes later as Ward jump-started SU’s third three-goal run of the game as he had time and room to unload off an assist from Loy and he fed Donahue in the slot for another goal two minutes later to make it 9-6. When defenseman Matt Harris scored on a fastbreak off a quick outlet from Lamolinara a short time later, it appeared the Orange were safe with the 10-6 lead entering the final period.

Brown’s three-goal flurry to open the fourth quarter gave the Blue Jays a chance late, but they never pulled even after falling behind 2-1 early and Weston and Donahue’s strikes in the final 10:26 proved to be the difference.

Brown’s eight goals are one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record of nine. William Logan holds the record with a nine-goal effort in a 13-1 win against Virginia on April 2, 1927. Stanwick added two assists and Kennedy finished 21-of-25 on faceoffs with a career-high 15 ground balls; Kennedy’s 21 faceoff wins are also a career high.

A balanced Syracuse attack was paced by Donahue, who totaled three goals and one assist. Loy and Ward both scored twice and eight different players found the back of the net for SU, which also got 11 saves from Lamolinara and committed just seven turnovers in the game.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 22 when the Blue Jays travel to Charlottesville to take on Virginia.

Notes: Ryan Brown has 16 goals and 20 points in his last three games • JHU was 2-for-2 on extra-man chances and is now 7-of-14 on the year • The Blue Jays’ nation-best six-game winning streak came to a halt with today’s loss.

#10 Syracuse (4-2) 3-4-3-2/12
#2 Johns Hopkins (5-1) 1-2-3-4/10

Goals: S: Donahue-3, Ward-2, Loy-2, Rice, Schoonmaker, Dy. Maltz, Weston, Harris. J: Brown-8, Cattoni, Fields. AssistsS: De. Maltz-2, Ward-2, Donahue, Lamolinara.J: Stanwick-2, Benn, Crawley, Guida, Reed. SavesS: Lamolinara-11. J: Schneider-7. Shots: S-34, J-30. EMOS: 0-for-1. J: 2-for-2. Attendance: 4,337.

 

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Hopkins tries to stay perfect Saturday with rivalry battle against Syracuse

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-0) returns home and welcomes Syracuse (3-2) to Homewood Field for a nationally-televised game against the Orange.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-0 on the year with a 15-8 victory at UMBC last Saturday.
Syracuse moved its record to 3-2 on the year with a 14-8 victory against St. John’s. The win over the Red Storm snapped a two-game losing streak for the Orange.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Syracuse are meeting for the 52nd time in a series that dates to a meeting in 1921 that ended in a 4-4 tie. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 27-23-1, although Syracuse has won six of the last seven meetings.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 938-303-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked second in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and third in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Syracuse enters this week’s game at Johns Hopkins ranked 10th in the coaches poll and 10th in the media poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s 15-8 victory at UMBC and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-50 (.752) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-67 (.723). Pietramala’s 175 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

About 5-0: Johns Hopkins is 5-0 for the second time in three years and the fourth time under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays previously started 5-0 under Pietramala in 2004, 2005 and 2012. The 2004 team dropped its sixth game (9-8 in overtime at Virginia), while the 2005 and 2012 teams both won their sixth games. The 2005 team went on to finish 16-0, while the 2012 team eventually moved to 8-0 before suffering its first loss.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Bronson Kelly(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse averaging 13.8 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored 14 or more goals in each of their last four games. JHU ranks eighth in the nation in scoring offense and has scored 14 or more goals in four straight games for the first time since 2003, when the Blue Jays scored 14+ in seven straight games late in the season. Ironically, a key member of that 2003 offense was current offensive coordinator Bobby Benson, who led the team in goals with 41 that season.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives before the Blue Jays take the field at the start of the game and at halftime. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 21-10 scoring advantage in the first quarter and a 22-11 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the second and fourth quarters, JHU is a combined +7 in scoring margin (25-18).

Schneider, Defense Growing: While the offense has grabbed a majority of the headlines this season, the Blue Jay defense has been consistent thus far as well. Johns Hopkins is currently tied for eighth in the nation in scoring defense and has held all five of its opponents to nine goals or less. Eric Schneider continues to impress in goal as he sports a 7.33 goals against average and a .622 save percentage.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least four goals and nine points in all five games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 72-of-111 (.649) through five games and also has a team-high 49 ground balls thus far. He ranks fourth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and tied for first in ground balls per game (9.8) after winning 18-of-26 faceoffs with 12 ground balls in last week’s win against UMBC.
Kennedy won 18-of-22 (.818) faceoffs in the season opener against Ohio State and came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: Johns Hopkins improved to 20-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala with the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State. The Blue Jays have now won four of their last five overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked second in this week’s USILA Preseason Coaches Poll. 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.

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Blast win in Game 3 to advance to MISL Championship Series

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

After Falling to Syracuse in Game 2, Baltimore Came Back to Win in Game 3

The Baltimore Blast faced the Syracuse Silver Knights tonight for the sixth time this season. After a tough 9-6 loss in game 2, the Blast came back in full force and ended the night with a 4-3 win in game 3. Baltimore advanced to the Championship series for the second consecutive year.

GAME 2

The first quarter in game 2 was a low scoring start to the game. Lucas Roque got the Blast on the board first with a goal at 8:58 on the clock off an assist from JT Noone. Nate Bordeau scored for the Silver Knights at 4:44 in the quarter off an assist from Kenardo Forbes to tie the game.

The Blast were able to record 6 shots in the second quarter to Syracuse’s one, but no goals were scored for either side. The Blast went into the half tied 2-2.

The second half picked up the pace with both teams coming out playing physically. At the 8:52 mark in the quarter Slavisa Ubiparapovic scored on a power play of an assist from Kenardo Forbes giving the Knights a 4-2 lead.

The Silver Knights scored at 8:21 in the fourth quarter as Antiono Manfut scored a 3 point goal off an assist from Neto. Tony Donatelli answered for the Blast with a goal at 5:57 in the quarter off an assist from Mike Lookingland. Kenardo Forbes answered with a goal for the Knights assisted by Slavisa Ubiparapovic. With 1:56 left in the quarter, Pat Healey assisted Tony Donatelli for his second goal of the night, pulling the Blast within 3. At the final buzzer, the Blast had been defeated 9-6 in game 2 and then had to prepare for game 3, which started 15 minutes later.

Offensively, Tony Donatelli led the way scoring 2 goals. Defensively goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 6 saves in the loss. The Blast captain set the tone in game 3 with an early goal and Marco Mangione was able to seal the victory with a goal.

 

Scoring Summary Game 2:

1          2          3          4          F

Blast                2          0          0          4          6

Knights           2          0          2          5          9

 

GAME 3

After dropping game 2 of the MISL semifinal series the Blast were forced into a 15- minute mini game against the Syracuse Silver Knights with the winner advancing to the MISL championship series.

Mike Lookingland gave the Blast an early lead off a penalty kick with 13:06 on the clock. With 5:07 on the clock Adriano Dos Santos assisted Marco Mangione who headed the ball in for a spectacular goal. With 2:00 left in the game Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored a 3-point goal for the Silver Knights. At the final buzzer the Blast had won 4-3 earning a spot in the MISL Championship Series.

Offensively, Tony Donatelli led the way scoring 2 goals in game 2 both off Mike Lookingland assists. Defensively goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 6 saves in the loss. The Blast captain set the tone in game 3 with an early goal and Marco Mangione was able to seal the victory with a goal.

Baltimore will travel to Missouri on Friday to take on the Comets in game one of the MISL Championship Series at 8:30pm EST. before hosting game two at the Baltimore Arena Sunday at 5:05pm.

 

Scoring Summary Game 3:

1            F

Baltimore    4      4

Syracuse    3      3

 

Upcoming Games:

MISL Championship Series:

3/14 @ Missouri, 8:30p.m.

3/16 vs. Missouri, 5:05p.m. 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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Blast try to punch ticket to Championship Game Tuesday against Syracuse

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

MISL Playoffs Game 2:  Tuesday, March 11th   

Just the Facts:

Tuesday, March 11th

Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights

Baltimore Arena, 7:35pm EST.

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/Baltimoreblast

Game 1 Recap vs. Silver Knights:

The Baltimore Blast traveled to Syracuse this past Friday night to play the Silver Knights for their Game 1 in the playoffs and won, 20-7. The victory put the Blast up 1-0 in the post season. Offensively, Aduato Neto and Mike Lookingland led the Blast with a combination of 11 points. Neto posted two 2-point goals and 2 assists and Lookinland had one 3-point goal and two assists. Lucas Roque also recorded 2 goals while Marco Mangione, Max Ferdinand, Stephen DeRoux, and Tony Donatelli contributed one goal each. Defensively Pat Healey led Baltimore with 2 blocks and goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 14 saves in the victory.

 

Regular Season Wrap Up:

The Blast finished the regular season in first place with a 17-3 record. Baltimore scored 309 points this season while only allowing 101 points against them. Offensively, the Blast finished 3rd in the league in total points. The following are the offensive leaders for Baltimore this season:

 

Total Points                            Goals                                        Assists

Mike Lookingland (56)         Tony Donatelli   (19)               Mike Lookingland (18)

Tony Donatelli (48)               Mike Lookingland (17)           Lucas Roque (12)

Max Ferdinand (43)              Max Ferdinand (17)                Pat Healey (10)

 

Defensively, the Blast had a record setting season allowing only 101 points. William Vanzela led the league with a 5.57 points against average. Mike Lookingland (33) and Pat Healey (31) were 1st and 2nd in the league in blocks. J.T. Noone was third on the team in blocks with 15. The Blast also finished 1st in the league in power play defense with 80%.

 

The Competition:

The Syracuse Silver Knights reached the playoffs for the first time as they complete their 3rd season in the MISL. Syracuse finished 12-8 in the regular season as they scored 278 points and allowed 223 points. They also finished first in the league in power play offense with at 46% success rate. Offensively, Kenardo Forbes led the team with 67 points while Machel Millwood had 58.  The defense was led by Nelson Santana; he recorded 42 points and 29 Blocks. The Silver Knight’s goalie, Brian O’Quinn enters the matchup with a .775 save percentage. Syracuse is coached by Tommy Tanner and Joe Papaleo.

 

After falling to the Blast in Game 1 on Friday Night, the Silver Knights have one more chance to make it to the Championships. If Syracuse beats Baltimore in Game 2, both teams play a 15 minute tie breaker (game 3) immediately after the end of game 2. If the Blast defeat the Knights, they will host the Championship game at home on Sunday, March 16th at 5:05pm.

 

Wave Series: After falling to the Comets 20-6 on Sunday, The Wave (#2) will play the Comets (#3) again tonight at the U.S Cellular arena.  If the Wave beat the Comets, both teams will play a 15 minute tie breaker at the end of Game two, whoever wins the tie breaker (Game 3) will advance to the Championship game.

 

Championship Game (If Blast defeat Syracuse on Tuesday March 11th):

Sunday, March 16th vs. TBD  at 5:05pm, Baltimore Arena

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Blast top Syracuse to claim leg one of playoff series

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE WINS FIRST PLAYOFF GAME

Blast Defeat Syracuse 20-7

The Baltimore Blast traveled to Syracuse tonight to play the Silver Knights for their Game 1 in the playoffs and won, 20-7. The victory tonight put the Blast up 1-0 in the post season and they look to have the same success when they play the Silver Knights again at home on Tuesday, March 11th.

The first quarter was high scoring and a great start to tonight’s match. Aduato Neto got the Blast on the board first 3 minutes into the game. Marco Mangione scored again for Baltimore 2:09 left in the quarter off an assist from Aduato Neto. The Silver Knights took advantage of a power play when Machel Millwood scored shortly after Mangione. Less than a minute later, Lucas Roque scored a goal with 1:23 left on the clock off an assist from Tony Donatelli.

Max Ferdinand scored first in the second quarter at the 12:48 mark. Ferdinand helped the Blast to their second goal of the quarter when he assisted Lucas Roque with 2:18 left in the quarter. With 42 seconds left in the quarter Syracuse’s Machel Millwood scored his second goal of the game. The Blast went into the half leading 10-4.

The second half picked up for the Blast when Neto assisted Stephen DeRoux for the teams sixth goal of the night.  Less than 3 minutes later Aduato Neto scored his second goal of the night off an assist from goalkeeper, William Vanzela. Syracuse’s Nelson Santana recorded a 3-point goal with two minutes left in the quarter.

The Blast held on to their lead into the 4th quarter and remained in control. Max Ferdinand assisted his second goal of the night to Mike Lookingland’s 3-point goal.  Less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Tony Donatelli also scored an unassisted 3-point goal into the open net. At the final buzzer, the Blast had won 20-7.

Offensively, Aduato Neto led the Blast with 2 goals and 2 assists. Defensively Pat Healey led Baltimore with 2 blocks and goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 14 saves in the victory.

Baltimore will matchup against Syracuse at the Baltimore Arena this Tuesday as they look to wrap up the series at 7:35pm.

 

Scoring Summary:

1 2 3 4 F

Blast 6   4 4 5 20

Knights 2 2 3 0 7

 

Upcoming Games:

MISL Playoffs

Game Two: Syracuse at Baltimore Tuesday, March 11th 7:35 p.m.

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Blast begin postseason push Friday at Syracuse

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

MISL Playoffs Game 1:  Friday, March 7th   

Just the Facts:

Friday, March 7th

Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights

Oncenter War Memorial Arena, 7:30pm EST.

 

SEASON AND ALL TIME STATISTICS: Blast vs. Silver Knights

2013-14: 3-1

All Time: 11-3

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/SilverKnightsSoccer

 

The Baltimore Blast enter the playoff as the number one seed and are matched against the number four seed, Syracuse Silver Knights. The play-off which begins Friday in Syracuse is a best two out of three series. game 2 is in Baltimore on Tuesday March 11th at 7:35pm. If each team wins a game, game 3 will be played immediately after game 2 on Tuesday. The length of game 3 is 15 minutes. The Blast have played the Silver Knights 4 times this year and have a 3-1 record in these games.

 

Regular Season Wrap Up:

The Blast finished the regular season in first place with a 17-3 record. Baltimore scored 309 points this season while only allowing 101 points against them. Offensively, the Blast finished 3rd in the league in total points. The following are the offensive leaders for Baltimore this season:

 

Total Points                            Goals                                        Assists

Mike Lookingland (56)         Tony Donatelli   (19)               Mike Lookingland (18)

Tony Donatelli (48)               Mike Lookingland (17)           Lucas Roque (12)

Max Ferdinand (43)              Max Ferdinand (17)                Pat Healey (10)

 

Defensively, the Blast had a record setting season allowing only 101 points. William Vanzela led the league with a 5.57 points against average. Mike Lookingland (33) and Pat Healey (31) were 1st and 2nd in the league in blocks. J.T. Noone was third on the team in blocks with 15. The Blast also finished 1st in the league in power play defense with 80%.

 

The Competition:

The Syracuse Silver Knights reached the playoffs for the first time as they complete their 3rd season in the MISL. Syracuse finished 12-8 in the regular season as they scored 278 points and allowed 223 points. They also finished first in the league in power play offense with at 46% success rate. Offensively, Kenardo Forbes led the team with 67 points while Machel Millwood had 58.  The defense was led by Nelson Santana; he recorded 42 points and 29 Blocks. The Silver Knight’s goalie, Brian O’Quinn enters the matchup with a .775 save percentage. Syracuse is coached by Tommy Tanner and Joe Papaleo.

 

Wave Series:

The Milwaukee Wave will face the Missouri Comets in Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals after dropping the season finale to the Comets 9-4 last Sunday. Milwaukee (16-4) is the No. 2 seed and Missouri (14-6) is the No. 3 seed. The first leg of the two-game series is at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at the Indpendence Events Center in Missouri. Milwaukee hosts Game 2 at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10. If the teams split, they’ll play a 15-minute “mini-game” to break the tie.

Upcoming Playoff Games: 

Game 2: Tuesday, March 11th vs. Syracuse Silver Knights @ 7:35pm (Baltimore Arena)

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Syracuse brings back to back losses into Monday night visit to Maryland

Posted on 23 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-12, 7-7 ACC) vs. Syracuse (25-2, 12-2 ACC)

Maryland takes on its sixth nationally ranked opponent of the season and third in four games Monday as it welcomes Syracuse to Comcast Center for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN. It is the first and final regular season meeting between the teams as Atlantic Coast Conference foes.

Fans are encouraged to wear GOLD!

Watch: ESPN – Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst), Jeannine Edwards (Sideline)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius/XM 91

Storylines

• The Terps are 5-2 all-time against the Orange in a series that dates back to 1972, when Tom McMillen scored 25 points and added 16 rebounds in an NIT victory at Madison Square Garden. This is the first non-tournament meeting between the teams, who have met twice in NCAA Tournament play.

• Maryland has fared well against AP top-5 teams in College Park, winning 34 of 85 meetings (40 percent). The Terrapins earned a pair of top-5 victories last season, defeating No. 2 Duke on two separate occasions — the last coming in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, 83-74, on March 15, 2013.

• Junior Nick Faust gave the Terrapins a much-needed spark against Wake Forest last Tuesday, scoring a career-high 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. On a night when Maryland struggled from the field, Faust sparked the team off the bench en route to a double-digit victory.

• Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell turned in his second consecutive 12-point scoring performance last Tuesday against Wake Forest, providing strong interior play for Maryland. Mitchell ranks sixth in the ACC in offensive rebounds (2.81/g) and sixth in rebounds among underclassmen (6.5/g).

• Maryland guard Nick Faust and preseason ACC Player of the Year, C.J. Fair, are childhood friends from Baltimore, Md.

Terps Power Past Wake Forest
Nick Faust scored a career-high 20 points, and Maryland defeated Wake Forest 71-60 Tuesday night to kick off a two-game homestand.
Faust, a junior guard, went 7 for 11 from the floor and sank four 3-pointers. Charles Mitchell contributed 12 points and Jake Layman added 11 for the Terrapins (15-12, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Maryland has eight straight wins over Wake Forest, the longest run in a series that began in 1953 and will end after this season.
Travis McKie scored 16 for the Demon Deacons (14-12, 4-9) and Devin Thomas had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Wake Forest went 3 for 15 from 3-point range and 9 for 20 at the free throw line.

Scouting Syracuse
Syracuse (25-2, 12-2 ACC) has hit a bump in the road since opening the season 25-0 and climbing to the number one spot in the associated press national rankings. After a pair of close calls against Pittsburgh and NC State, the Orange finally dropped their first ACC game when they were knocked off by Boston College on Feb. 19. Syracuse then lost to Duke Saturday night, 66-60.
Featuring its patented 2-3 zone defense, Syracuse has caused trouble for opposing offenses all season. The Orange are fourth in the nation in forced turnovers (9.2/g) and 19th nationally in steals (8.3/g).
Freshman phenom Tyler Ennis leads the ACC in assists (5.7/g) and ranks sixth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.64). Preseason ACC Player of the Year C.J. Fair — a childhood friend of Nick Faust – is seventh in the conference with 16.5 points per game.

Too Faust, Too Furious
On a night when Dez Wells and Seth Allen combined for 4-of-18 shooting from the field, junior Nick Faust gave the Terrapins a much-needed lift off the bench in the win against Wake Forest last Tuesday.
Faust eclipsed the 20-point barrier for the first time in his career, pouring in 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the effort. The Baltimore, Md. native did it all for the Terps, knocking down four 3-pointers, grabbing five rebounds and also dishing four assists.
Maryland improved to 9-4 on the season when Faust scores at least 10 points in a game. The sixth man averages 11.1 points per game (45 percent shooting) in Terrapin victories, in contrast to 8.8 points (35 percent shooting) in losses.

A Series History: Syracuse
Tonight’s contest marks the only non-tournament meeting in the short seven-game history between Maryland and Syracuse. The teams have met four times in postseason play — twice in the NCAA Tournament (1973, 2004) and twice in the NIT (1972, 2008).
Maryland holds a 5-2 advantage in the series, although its last win came in 1980. This will mark the seventh time in eight meetings that one of either Maryland or Syracuse appears in the national rankings.
The last meeting came on March 20, 2008, when the Orange came away with an 88-72 victory on 23 points from Jonny Flynn. James Gist had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
In the last NCAA Tournament meeting, Syracuse knocked off the No. 19 Terrapins in the second round on March 20, 2004 after nearly squandering a 16-point second half lead. See pg. 4 for a complete history.

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Blast win tight affair over Silver Knights on Hall of Fame night

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Blast Push Past Silver Knights

The Syracuse Silver Knights visited Baltimore, Saturday February 22nd, for the final regular season home game in front of 8,385 fans. The Blast improved their record to 15-3 with a 10-9 win over the Silver Knights.

The Blast got on the board early in the game with a goal from Lucio Gonzaga, assisted by Mike Lookingland. One minute later Tony Donatelli scored to give the Blast a 4-0 lead.  The Silver Knights’, Nelson Santana, scored a three-point goal 12:56 into the first quarter, with a pass from Corey Elenio. With the quarter winding down, J.T. Noone finds Max Ferdinand for a late goal.  At the end of the first quarter, the Blast led the Knights 6-2.

Mike Lookingland assisted Tony Donatelli for a power play goal 2:44 into the second quarter. Nate Bourdeau got the Silver Knights on the board again from an assist by Bo Jelovac. At half time, the Blast were ahead 8-5.

Syracuse Silver Knight, Antonio Manfut found Bo Jelovac for a late goal. Seconds later Lucio Gonzaga found the back of the net after a pass from Mike Lookingland. At the end of the quarter the Blast led the Knights 10-7.

The Knights add the only score in the fourth quarter with a goal from Neto, assisted by Corey Elenio.  At the final whistle the Blast improved their record to 15-3 and beat the Knights 10-9.

The Blast were led by Tony Donatelli and Lucio Gonzaga with 2 goals each in tonight’s win against the Knights. Mike Lookingland contributed 3 assists to the Blast victory.  William Vanzela protected the net with 10 saves, while the Baltimore defense held the Knights to only 9 points.

The Baltimore Blast are traveling to Rochester to play the Lancers tomorrow for their third game this weekend. The Blast are looking to improve their record to 3-0 against the Lancers. With only two games remaining before the playoffs, the Blast carry a seven game winning streak into Rochester.

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Maryland surges past Syracuse in Top 10 lacrosse showdown

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Maryland surges past Syracuse in Top 10 lacrosse showdown

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A 10-goal scoring burst in the second quarter spurred the University of Maryland (#5 media/#7 coaches) men’s lacrosse team to a 16-8 victory over (#2/#1) Syracuse in front of 5,283 at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon.

Maryland (3-0) was led by junior attackman Jay Carlson and freshman midfielder Connor Cannizzaro, who each had four points on three goals and an assist. Syracuse (2-1) got four points on three goals and an assist from Henry Schoonmaker.

The Orange got off to a quick start with Kevin Rice and Donahue scored unassisted goals in the first six minutes of the game to give Syracuse the early 2-0 lead.

Maryland got on the board with 7:59 left in the first when a quick restart off of a missed shot gave freshman attackman Matt Rambo rifled a shot from the right wing off of a feed from junior midfielder Bryan Cole.

A sideline violation on the Terps gave Syracuse the first extra-man opportunity of the game and Schoonmaker converted off of a feed by Donahue to extend the Orange lead back to two with 4:53 left in the first.

Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk made it a one-goal game again when he dodged the Orange long pole multiple times before getting off a low shot that trickled through Syracuse goalie Don Lamolinara to make it a 3-2 game at the 3:47 mark.

The second quarter started off with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on junior faceoff man Charlie Raffa, but the Maryland man-down unit held strong with senior goalie Niko Amato making a big save on a shot by Schoonmaker near the end of the penalty.

The Orange did push its lead back to a pair when Randy Staats found Derek Maltz for a score with 12:37 left in the second to make it a 4-2 Syracuse lead.

But the game would take a turn there as the Terps would go on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game.

Starting the run was a typical goal for Carlson, as he dipped and ducked under a SU defender before tip-toeing the crease and finishing past Lamolinara with 10:27 to go in the second.

Sophomore Henry West tied the game at 4-4 for the Terps with an unassisted laser from the left wing at the 9:41 mark.

Cannizzaro, who grew up 16 miles from the Carrier Dome, scored the next two goals for the Terps to extend the lead to 6-4. After an unassisted goal by the freshman to make it a 6-4 lead, he then took a feed from Rambo and finished from the left side to up the lead to 7-4 with 8:23 left in the second.

Syracuse gave Maryland several extra-man opportunities on faceoff violations and the Terps used on of those to make it an 8-4 lead as Carlson scored his second of the game off of a feed by junior midfielder Joe LoCascio at the 8:08 mark.

Raffa scored two of the next three goals for Maryland, winning faceoffs clean and running in unchecked for inside goals. Sandwiched in between was Rambo’s second goal of the game, which combined to give Maryland a 10-4 lead.

Syracuse stopped the bleeding as Hakeem Lecky scored an unassisted goal at the 5:42 mark of the second, but Chanenchuk answered back with 2:32 left in the half on a runner down the right alley to push Maryland’s lead back to six at 11-5.

Syracuse had the ball and looked to cut the lead back to five, but junior defender Goran Murray caused a turnover by Rice and junior defender Casey Ikeda came out of a scrum with a tough groundball to give the Terps the ball back with 41 seconds left.

That effort led to the Terps’ 10th goal of the quarter as Cannizzaro made a great look across the crease to junior attackman Kevin Forster, who showed a lot of patience as he waited for an opening before finishing past Orange goalie Bobby Wardell with just nine seconds left on the clock.

Maryland opened up the third quarter with Carlson finishing his hat trick from in tight off of a feed from Forster to make it 13-5 Terps at the 12:53 mark.

Wardell made a stop on a Channenchuk shot on a Maryland EMO, but his clearing pass was knocked down by Cannizzaro right in front of the goal. Wardell was out of the crease and Cannizzaro had a clean look at the goal, but his shot bounced over the crossbar. Carlson collected a ball from the endline on the quick restart and fed Cannizzaro on the crease, who finished past a recovering Wardell to make it 14-5 at the 7:47 mark.

LoCascio made it a 16-5 lead for Maryland with a laser off a stepdown from the right alley off of a feed from Forster with 5:16 left in the third.

Schoonmaker stopped the Terps’ 6-0 run with his second of the day for the Orange at the 1:34 mark to make it a 16-6 game heading into the fourth quarter.

Staats scored the first goal of the fourth quarter for the Orange to trim the Maryland lead back to single digits with 6:16 left to play and Syracuse added its final tally with 0:02 on the clock.

Raffa was dominant at the faceoff X, winning 19-of-26 faceoffs with a game-high 11 groundballs.

Maryland’s defense was stout all afternoon and Amato backed it up with an 11-save performance.

Maryland stays in conference when it hosts 2013 NCAA champions Duke at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, March 1. Faceoff for the game between the Terps and Blue Devils is set for noon and the game will be streamed live on TerpsTV.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 16-8 win Maryland is now 10-6 all-time vs. Syracuse.
• With two points on two goals, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 30 multi-point and 22 multi-goal games for his career.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has six hat tricks, 15 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Joe LoCascio now six five multi-point games for his career.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, freshman Matt Rambo registered his third multi-point, and multi-goal game of his career.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, freshman Connor Cannizzaro registered his first hat trick, third multi-point and second multi-goal game of his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Kevin Forster now has two multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, junior Bryan Cole registered the first multi-point game of his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Charlie Raffa registered his first multi-goal and second multi-point game of his career.

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