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Maryland visits Syracuse Saturday for first time since 1983

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The No. 5 Maryland (2-0) men’s lacrosse team hits the road for the first time in 2014 when it heads north to play at new ACC foe No. 2 Syracuse (2-0). The Terps and the Orange are slated for a 1 p.m. start at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Feb. 22.

• The game will be televised regionally on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the Syracuse and Albany areas. The game will also be streamed on Syracuse Orange All-Access, which is available on cuse.com. A 24-hour pass to Syracuse Orange All-Access is available for $6.95.

• This marks just the second time in the Terps’ history that they will play in the Carrier Dome and it will be the first regular season game. The only other meeting between Maryland and Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, which opened in 1980, was in the semifinals of the 1983 NCAA tournament.

• Maryland is coming off of a dominating 14-3 victory over instate foe UMBC on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Freshman Matt Rambo continued his impressive start with three goals vs. the Retrievers and leads the team with seven goals on the season. Rambo is tied for the points lead with nine with senior Mike Chanenchuk, who has five goals and a team-best four assists. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 20-of-32 (.625) faceoffs this season with a team-best 13 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has nine groundballs and six caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (52 straight) and boasts a 3.60 goals-against average this season with a .714 save percentage.

• Syracuse is coming off an impressive offensive showdown in its 17-16 overtime win vs. Albany on Sunday, Feb. 16. The Orange boasts a plethora of offensive weapons, beginning with sophomore attackman Dylan Donahue (11-3=14), junior attackman Kevin Rice (1-10=11) and junior midfielder/attackman Randy Staats (6-4=10), who was the two-time NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year at Onondaga Community College. Dom Lamolinara, who was a freshman at Maryland in 2011 before transferring to Syracuse for the 2012 season, has started the first two games in net for the Orange, but was replaced at the start of the second half in both games by junior Bobby Wardwell. Lamolinara has a 13.00 goals-against average this season, compared to Wardwell’s 9.96. Wardwell also has the edge in save percentage with .591 compared to Lamolinar’s .519.

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 103 of the 112 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .920 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 121-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .823 winning percentage.
8 … The Terps’ first midfield is averaging just over eight points per game so far in 2014.
7 … Seven of the 15 meetings between the Terps and the Orange have come in NCAA tournament play.
6 … Maryland allowed three goals or less in back-to-back games for just the sixth time since 1971 in the first two games of 2014.
5 … Niko Amato is the only current Terp to play vs. Syracuse in 2011 and allowed just five goals to the Orange in 63:28.
4 … Both Maryland and Syracuse are in the top four Division I programs in all-time victories.
3 … Ryan Young led the Terps with three assists in the 2011 NCAA quarterfinal game vs. the Orange.
2 … Jim Wilkerson had two goals for the Terps in the 1983 NCAA semifinal game at Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
1 … This will be the first regular season game between Maryland and Syracuse since 1983.

COACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 57-34 career record for a 62.6 winning percentage. Tillman is 37-15 (.712) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• John Desko is in his 16th season as a head coach, all of them coming at the helm of the Syracuse Orange. During his 16 years as a head coach he has compiled a 189-45 (.808) career record. Desko has been a part of the Orange program for the past 37 years. He was a player from 1976-79 and was assistant coach 19 years (1980-98).

• This will be the second meeting between Tillman and Desko as head coaches. The only prior meeting was the 2011 NCAA quarterfinal game that Maryland won over No. 1-seed Syracuse, 6-5 in overtime.


SERIES HISTORY VS. SYRACUSE

• Maryland holds an 9-6 advantage in its all-time series vs. Syracuse, dating back to 1927. In NCAA Tournament play, Syracuse leads the series 4-3.

• The two teams played four times in an 11-year span from 1927 to 1937 with Maryland taking three straight after Syracuse won the first-ever meeting.

• The two storied programs did not play again until 1954 when the Terps took a 16-9 decision in College Park. The Orange travelled south again in 1956 and the result was the same – a lopsided Maryland victory (24-4).

• Maryland and Syracuse played only once in the 1960′s. That was in 1960 and again it was a Terrapin win by a 22-7 margin.

• The 1979 season was the first time the Terps and Orange battled in the NCAA Tournament. Playing in Byrd Stadium, the No. 2-seeded Terrapins were able to get past the No. 7-seeded Orangemen, 16-13.

• The last time Maryland and Syracuse played in the regular season was 1983. Syracuse took the season opener over the Terrapins, 16-13. The two programs also met in the NCAA Tournament that season and the Orangemen defeated Maryland again, 12-5, in the semifinals at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse would go on to win the National Championship with a 17-16 win over Johns Hopkins.

• Six years later the setting was nearly the same and so was the result. Maryland hosted Syracuse at Byrd Stadium in the 1989 semifinals and again it was the Orangemen taking an 18-8 victory. SU would go on to win the title with a championship-game victory over Hopkins.

• The two teams met again in the 1995 tournament, but this time it was in the NCAA finals at Byrd Stadium. Syracuse won its fourth-straight over the Terps, 13-9, claiming its sixth national championship. Matt Hahn had four goals and an assist for Maryland in the loss.

• The two teams met in the semifinals of the 1997 tournament. The unseeded Terps snapped the four-game losing skid to the Orangemen, toppling third-seeded Syracuse 18-17. Matt Hahn had three goals, including the game-winner, and an assist for the Terps, while Casey Powell and Rob Kavovit each had four goals for SU.

• The two stories programs met was the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA tournament. The No. 2-seeded Orange topped the unseeded Terps, 11-6, in Hempstead, N.Y., behind four points by Kenny Nims. Grant Catalino led the Terps with three points on two goals and an assist, while Ryan Young had three assists.

• The last time these two programs met saw the Terps pull off a stunning 6-5 overtime win over No. 1 seed Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on May 22, 2011 in Foxborough, Mass. Senior Grant Catalino scored the game-winning goal with 0:32 left in the first overtime from the right wing off of a feed by senior Ryan Young, who led all scoreres with three points on three assists. Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato was solid in cage for the Terps, holding the high-scoring Orange to just five goals with nine saves.

GET TO 10 AND WIN

• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 103 of the 112 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .920 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

HOLDING OPPONENTS TO SINGLE-DIGITS

• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.0 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 121-26 in games, for a .823 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 196 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.0 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps historically and this season as well. Maryland is 2-0 on the year and shot 30% or better in its two victories.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 64-4 (.941) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 15 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS

• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (2 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15


TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 749-253-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


THE 700 CLUB

• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy, Army and Cornell as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS

• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (11): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (16-5), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


A FAMILY AFFAIR

• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS

• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS

• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT

• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014′s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA

• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


2014 TEAM CAPTAINS

• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchuk and Michael Ehrhardt.


BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015

• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Angelo Santana vs. Hank Lundy (Friday 10:45pm from Cleveland live on Showtime); Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship (Wednesday 12pm Thursday & Friday 2pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on CBS), Honda LPGA Thailand (Thursday & Friday 9am Saturday 2pm Sunday 1:30pm from Chonburi, Thailand on Golf Channel); Tennis: ATP Tour Delray Beach Open (Tuesday-Thursday 12:30pm Friday 6:30pm Saturday 8:30pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Sunday 4pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2); MISL: Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 6:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Rochester Lancers (Sunday 3pm from Rochester, NY live on YouTube)

10. Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Charm City); Christian Finnegan (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Sebastian Maniscalco (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); 3 Days to Kill” and “Pompeii” out in theaters (Friday)

Christian Finnegan is GREAT. You may remember him as Chad from “The Mad Real World” on Chappelle’s Show…

He’s skinny now. He’s still funny.

9. Kings of Leon/Gary Clark Jr. (Friday 8pm Verizon Center), Justin Timberlake (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); Lady Antebellum (Friday 7pm Patriot Center); The Bridge (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Joe Nichols (Friday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Young The Giant (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Black Joe Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love & Special Sauce (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Weir & Ratdog (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Josh Turner (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center); Tim Reynolds and TR3 (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Every time you forget how freaking great KOL are they do something to quickly remind you.

You could never forget how freaking great GCJ is. NEVER.

I dare you to name five things better than Justin Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl.

Cris Jacobs is a great Baltimorean.

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Maryland announces Syracuse game sold out

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TERPS ANNOUNCE GENERAL PUBLIC SELL OUT AGAINST SYRACUSE

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland announced today that their men’s basketball game against Syracuse onMonday, February 24 has sold out to the general public.  Maryland student tickets will be available on Saturday, February 8through umterps.com.

 

This marks Maryland’s first general public sellout this year.  Tickets are available for the remaining four home games: Florida State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and the Terps’ regular season ACC finale against Virginia.

 

To purchase tickets, call 1-800-462-TERP or go online to umterps.com

 

2013-14 Remaining Home Schedule

Sat., Feb. 8                          vs. Florida State                3 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 18                    vs. Wake Forest                 7 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 24                    vs. Syracuse                        7 p.m. (Sold Out to the General Public)

Tues, Mar. 4                       vs. Virginia Tech                 8 p.m.

Sun. Mar, 9                         vs. Virginia                           Noon

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Blast return to road Friday against Silver Knights

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

Blast Travel to Syracuse:  Friday, January 31st

Just the Facts:

Friday, January 31st

Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights

OnCenter War Memorial Arena, 7:30pm EST.

 

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE!

https://www.youtube.com/user/SilverKnightsSoccer

 

By the Numbers:

Baltimore Blast: 10-3 after win against Rochester

Syracuse Silver Knights: 9-5 after win against Pennsylvania

Tony Donatelli leads the Blast players with 29 points making him tied for 9th in the league. Mike Lookingland (28) is tied for 11th in the league while Max Ferdinand (27), Aduato Neto (25), Marco Mangione (22), and Lucas Roque (21) also sit among league leaders.

 

1/25 Lancers Game Recap:

The Baltimore Blast defeated the Rochester Lancers last weekend by a score of 17-2. The Blast were led by MISL Player of the Week William Vanzela who had 12 saves and only allowed one goal on Saturday night. Also receiving team of the week honors Aduato Neto scored two goals against the Lancers including a three-pointer.

 

Defense Wins Games:

Mike Lookingland and Pat Healey have been able to help the Blast defense shut down opponents all season. Lookingland is second in the league with 25 blocks and Healey is close behind in fifth with 22. The Blast lead in league in points against with only 59 on the season. Behind the defense Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela is 7-3 on the year. He is first in the league in points against average (4.84) and first in the league in save percentage (.844).

 

 

The Competition:

The Baltimore Blast take on Syracuse for the third time this season with the series at 1-1. The Knights are led by Kenardo Forbes who has 51 points this season including a goal in the previous matchup against the Blast. The Knight’s goalie Brian O’Quinn looks to get his 9th win of the season and comes into the matchup with a .784 save percentage. The Knights are coached by Tommy Tanner.

 

Upcoming Games: 

Thursday, February 6th at St. Louis Ambush 8:35p.m.

Sunday, February 9th at Missouri Comets 4:10 p.m

Friday, February 21st vs. Pennsylvania Roar 7:05 p.m.

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Blast bounce back, top Silver Knights in rematch

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE WINS IN REMATCH AGAINST SYRACUSE

After Syracuse broke Baltimore’s 7-game winning streak last Sunday, the Blast came out on top tonight with a victory. The Blast defeated the Silver Knights 10-5 and improved their record to 9-3 on the season.

The game opened with a skillful display of possession and control by both teams. Baltimore’s captain, Mike Lookingland, found the first and only points of the quarter at the 6:45 minute marker, off an assist by Lucas Roque. The quarter ended with the Blast ahead of the Silver Knights 2-0.

Syracuse had come out in the second quarter with guns blazing, applying more pressure on the Blast and speeding up the play of the game. At 4:49 into the quarter, Machal Millwood tied the game after a loose ball in front of the cage. The Blast turned the momentum around at 9:23 into the quarter, as Lucio Gonzaga netted a ball assisted by Adauto Neto, lifting them ahead 4-2. With 18 seconds left in play, Syracuse demonstrated why they are number one in MISL in power plays, as Kenardo Forbes ripped a three point shot to find the back of the net with Deroux out on penalty for Baltimore. However, the Blast’s Tony Donatelli returned the favor with one second left in the half, scoring a dramatic goal assisted by Mike Lookingland and recovering their lead, which stood 6-5 at the end of the second quarter.

Both teams headed into the second half with noticeable energy. Adauto Neto of the Baltimore Blast scored the first and only points of the third quarter from a corner kick by Patrick Healey2:43 in. Both Syracuse’s and Baltimore’s defenses played the rest of the quarter without any penetrating shots from the opposing team, keeping the score at 8-5, Baltimore ahead

Baltimore successfully contained the Syracuse Silver Knights in the final quarter by maintaining their defense and keeping possession; the Blast found another goal at 10:26 in by Adriano Dos Santos, fed off a pass by Patrick Healey, marking his second assist of the game. At the ending blow of the whistle, the Blast chalked up another win with a final score of 10-5.

The Blast displayed another skillful match of soccer against Syracuse and demonstrated their ability to adapt against a challenging team. J.T. Noone led the defense with 3 blocks against the Silver Knights, as William Vanzela played another excellent game in net with 11 shots saved. Offensively, Lookingland, Gonzaga, Donatelli, Neto and Dos Santos each put two points on the board.

Tomorrow night at the Baltimore Arena, the Blast take on the Rochester Lancers for the third time this season. The Blast are 2-0 against the team. Rochester is led offensively by Gary Boughton with 29 points and Doug Miller who is the reigning MISL Most Valuable Player. The Lancers are coached by Josh Rife.

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Terps OC Locksley takes responsibility for struggles against Syracuse

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On how offensive lineman Moise Larose fared in his first start:

“For a freshman, I thought he did okay. Obviously, we had some penalties there, from a referee standpoint he had a couple of calls of not having enough men on the line of scrimmage. For a guy that was thrown out to wolves in his first start, I thought he didn’t do too badly. With any freshmen you hope to see them improve every day and we feel like that’s what we’re getting from all of our freshmen including Moise.”

 

On quarterback C.J. Brown:

“C.J. is a competitor, we all are. From an offensive standpoint, we didn’t do a great job and it starts with me as the offensive coordinator and as well as the quarterback coach. We turned the ball over as a position, the two interceptions, and the fumble on the ground. You’re not going to beat anyone if you turn the ball over like we did last week. I have to do a better job of making sure we get that done. I expect him to bounce back, there’s no quitting with C.J. He is the guy that still has the ability, I thought he looked as healthy as he has been, and with the time off we have been able to knock some of the rust off and I’m expecting him to a big week this week. He’s had a pretty good week at practice thus far and we need to finish it off.”

 

On playing Virginia Tech in Blacksburg:

“Obviously the atmosphere, I’ve never been, this is one of the few ACC venues that I haven’t coached in. I have seen a ton of games that they have played, with them being a Thursday night team a lot, at the other places I have been I’ve had a chance to see the environment and what a great venue for our guys. In terms of them as a defense, they can get at you with just a four-man front. They’re going to load the box and make you throw the football or make you find ways to run against loaded boxes. We have to do a good job and I have to do a good job of having a scheme that is going to give us a chance to move the ball, sustain drives, and most importantly score points. We feel pretty good thus far we still have two days of our workweek and then Friday we’ll execute some things at walkthrough. But they are by far one of the top defenses we’ll face this year.”

 

Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart 

On evaluating linebacker Shawn Petty’s first start:

“He’s learning. It’s a work in progress trying to put everything together. The game is fast and he is a true redshirt freshman because he played quarterback last year, and he is on the team as a linebacker but didn’t get reps at linebacker, it is like he was redshirted.”

 

On potentially having linebacker Cole Farrand back on Saturday:

“His leadership is one of the things we really missed. Having him back will really help, as far as his leadership and direction and making the calls on the field. We are anticipating him coming back, but right now we are going forward with the guys who are healthy. Any time you have all your starters in, you are going to fit the run the best. When you don’t, there is going to be some second-guessing. That’s just how it is, whether it is blocking for the offense or tackling for the defense.”

 

On defensive back William Likely:

“I mentioned last week that I thought the break helped him a little bit, and it has tremendously. He is an avid studier of a film, and he comes in and looks at the sheets and knows what he is supposed to do. He does a good job, and I am happy for him that he had a chance to make a play on the ball and that’s a sign of many things to come.”

 

On Virginia Tech:

“Last time I was down there was 2001, and we beat them. That was the last time I have been down there, but I am sure it is going to be exciting. They are playing well, they are a physical team, and they can both run and throw the ball. They have young offensive linemen that are doing an excellent job. Offensively, they have a good quarterback. Logan [Thomas] is a big kid, and there are a lot of quarterback runs that he is pretty good in, and he can toss the ball. He can hang in there because he is so big, and he can wait for guys to clear so he can throw the ball.”

 

– Maryland –

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The 15-7-0 is sick of all these NFL bullies. You know, like the Jaguars. Big bullies.

Posted on 11 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

Unlike Richie Incognito, the 15-7-0 actually turned down Jay Glazer’s request for a Sunday morning interview. Also unlike Richie Incognito, the 15-7-0 only uses the term “expletive” once or twice per sentence. Personal rule. Except when I’m at church. Obviously.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Someone tell Rod Marinelli to get the champagne ready-there’s just one more domino to fall to keep the streak alive!

The Jaguars won a football game. Sure it was against Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it still counts!

Delanie Walker with the response of the day.

Via Terry McCormick of Titans Insider:

“It’s disgusting. I’m disappointed. I’m embarrassed. A team that’s 0-8 comes in here and beats us? Beats us on our home field, that’s 0-8, the Jaguars? Come on. Talking about first place? Talking about first place? We just got whooped by the Jaguars. We ain’t talking first place no more. It’s out the window. We’ve got to come back and play the Colts. I don’t know how everybody’s gonna handle it. I mean, we lost to the Jaguars.”

Truth.

2. Keenan Reynolds ran many yards beyond the line of scrimmage Saturday. As a Baltimore Ravens fan, I was admittedly unaware this was allowed within the rules of football.

Navy beat Hawai’i. You know what that means.

Also, the most adorable picture you’ll see all weekend.

3. While I’ve always been in favor of college football going to the “division four” concept, I’m pretty sure it will be tough for Alabama to sell tickets when they’re the only team playing in it.

But honestly, Nick Saban has one like half a billion football games. THIS was the one that made him want to jump into his quarterback’s arms?

Tigers really opened up the playbook to try to top the Tide…

I can’t explain why-but this right here seems like the absolute perfect reaction to this game.

OH SNAP, VERNE LUNDQUIST!

And elsewhere in the SEC, you guys remember the Manziel guy that one the Heisman Trophy that one time? The guy who plays at Texas A&M reminds me of him.

And finally elsewhere in the SEC (at least for now), Dorial Green-Beckham did what now?

4. So apparently the deal is that you actually CAN survive losing your head coach…but only if you have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time on your roster.

Of course, Peyton Manning’s ankle was banged up during the course of the game-which apparently means some ref somewhere didn’t get the memo.

This lady is currently thinking to herself “there are like five people that come to games out here and I have to sit behind this one?”

5. This Riley Cooper guy is a nice little player. Any back story on this guy? He’s just kinda popped up out of nowhere these last couple of weeks. I bet he’s a really great dude.

This DeSean Jackson TD is obviously the responsibility of Aaron Rodgers not being in the game.

Elsewhere, LeSean McCoy is KILLING IT.

Clay Matthews played with a thing on his hand that is so ridiculous it would probably be disallowed even in the WWE.

Vinny Curry is lovable.

Also, Philly’s play call sheets are cooler than yours.

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Likely gets first career pick in Maryland loss

Posted on 10 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Syracuse

Syracuse 20, Maryland 3

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Kicking It Off: Maryland suffered its fourth loss of the season dropping 20-3 contest to Syracuse. The Terps fall to 5-4 and 1-4 in the ACC, while Syracuse improves to 5-4 and 3-2 in the conference. It is the Orange’s fifth straight win in the series and improves its all-time record against the Terps to 19-14-2.

Career First: Freshman defensive back William Likely came up with his first career interception in the second quarter. Likely jumped in front of the pass to make a diving catch. It was the second turnover generated by the Terrapin defense on the day.

Monroe with the Strip: Defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded his second forced fumble of the season in the second quarter with linebacker Alex Twine hopping on the loose ball. Monroe’s two forced fumbles ties him with linebacker Marcus Whitfield for the team high.

Leading the Way: Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo finished with a career-high 109 yards receiving to lead all receivers on six receptions. Etta-Tawo averaged 17.5 yards per catch had a career-long reception 26 yards midway through the fourth quarter. He is the fourth Terrapin receiver to go over 100 yards this season and the second in as many games.Levern Jacobs had 158 yards receiving against Clemson two weekends ago.

Offensive Notes: Wide receiver Levern Jacobs had six catches for 25 yards … Nigel King tied a career-high with five catches for 65 yards … quarterback C.J. Brown passed for 211 yards completing 21-of-40 passes … running backBrandon Ross led the Terps with 54 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Defensive Notes: The Terrapin defense held Syracuse to just six points following four Maryland turnovers … defensive back Sean Davis led the team with 11 tackles, eight solo, and had one pass breakup … linebacker Abner Loganrecorded his second straight double-digit tackle performance with 10 … Andre Monroe, Matt Robinson, Alex Twineand Marcus Whitfield all had one TFL.

 

– Maryland –

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Terps try again to get bowl eligible Saturday against Syracuse

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Following its second and final open date of the season, the Maryland football team welcomes Syracuse to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for a 3:33 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. It is Maryland’s first meeting against Syracuse as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps and Orange have met a total of 34 times, but have not played each other since 1994, a 21-16 Syracuse victory at the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won four straight in the series. The Terps last win at home against the Orange came on Oct. 8, 1983, by the score of 34-13.

LIVE Coverage on Comcast SportsNet & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. Wes Durham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 82 and XM Radio Channel 196, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

Military Appreciation Day

The Terps matchup with Syracuse on Saturday will serve as Maryland’s Military Appreciation Game. All military personnel that present their military ID at the gate can purchase tickets for $10.

In addition, several in-game ceremonies are scheduled to recognize members of the military.


First-and-10

• Last time out, the Terps fell to eighth-ranked Clemson 40-27. Maryland got within three points of the Tigers at 16-13 early in the third quarter before Clemson scored 17 straight points to pull away. Starting in place of the injured C.J. Brown, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for 287 yards and a career-best three touchdown passes. Rowe’s first scoring pass of the game went for 71 yards to wide receiver Levern Jacobs. The 71-yard catch-and-run is Maryland’s longest scoring play of the season and is the Terps’ longest touchdown reception since Sept. 18, 2010, when Jamarr Robinson hooked up with Torrey Smith at West Virginia for an 80-yard score. In addition, it is the second time in as many games Rowe completed a touchdown pass to Jacobs for over 50 yards. A week before at Wake Forest (10/19), Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard touchdown.

• Jacobs’ touchdown propelled the wideout to a career day and continued a big-play trend for the Terrapin offense. The sophomore from Temple Hills, Md., had a career-high eight receptions for a personal-best 158 yards, which is the second-best yardage total for a Terrapin receiver this season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had 179 yards receiving against Old Dominion (9/7). Jacobs’ 19.8 yards per reception average led the team as the Terps’ averaged 14.4 yards per completion for the game. The Terps are averaging 14.9 yards per completion for the season, a mark which ranks fourth in the ACC and 10th nationally. For the year, the Terps are averaging 281.4 yards passing per game, which ranks fourth in the conference.

• .After not generating a turnover in the previous three games, Maryland turned Clemson over three times (two fumble recoveries, one interception) to increase its season total to 16, which is tied for the fourth highest total in the league, and the unit’s seven fumble recoveries is tied for the third highest total in the ACC. Linebacker Matt Robinson forced one fumble and recovered another. Defensive back Isaac Goins picked off his second pass of the season and in four conference games has three pass breakups and an interception to average 1.00 pass defensed per game, which ranks 10th in the ACC.

• .After totaling 17 sacks in the season’s first four games, the Terps were held to just two in their previous three games before getting back on track against the Tigers. Maryland tallied four sacks including career-firsts for linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield added one sack to increase his team-high total to 7.5. His season total is tied for ninth nationally. In addition, Maryland tied a season high with nine tackles for loss against the Tigers with Ngakoue recording a team-high three. The Terps are averaging 7.9 per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally.

• .Linebacker Cole Farrand turned in one of the best defensive performances in Maryland history against Clemson. Farrand finished with a career-high 23 tackles, which is an ACC single-game high this season and the second most in a single game nationally. The last Maryland player to top Farrand’s 23 was Scott Rosen on Oct. 27, 1990. Rosen finished with 30 tackles at North Carolina.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards out against the Tigers. Craddock is now 15-for-18 this season and 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. Craddock is averaging 1.88 field goals per game, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally. The sophomore was named as one of the 20 Lou Groza Award semifinalists this week.


Quick Hitters From Clemson

• Linebacker Cole Farrand recorded a career-best 23 tackles. It is the most tackles recorded by a Maryland player since Scott Rosen had 30 tackles at North Carolina on Oct. 27, 1990.

• Farrand’s 23 tackles are the highest single-game total in the ACC this season and the second highest single-game total nationally (FBS and FCS). Since the 2008 season, Farrand’s total is tied for the fifth most in a single game nationally (FBS).

• Maryland held Clemson to three touchdowns on seven redzone opportunities including holding the Tigers to three field goals on four redzone trips in the first half. The Terps lead the ACC in holding opponents to field goals inside the redzone. Maryland has held opponents to 18 touchdowns on 30 opportunities in the redzone.

• The Terps have two of the top-10 quarterbacks in the ACC in terms of passing efficiency after Caleb Rowe made his second start of the season against the Tigers. C.J. Brown ranks fourth with an efficiency rating of 153.4 and Rowe is ninth with a rating of 120.3.

• Wide receiver Levern Jacobs had a career-high 158 yards receiving on a career-best eight receptions, which is the ninth highest single-game receiving total in the ACC this season. In addition, his receiving total is the 10th highest single-game receiving total since 2000 at Maryland. Over that span, Torrey Smith has the highest mark, 224 yards against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.

• With his 153 receiving yards, Jacobs became the third Terrapin receiver to go over 100 yards this season joiningStefon Diggs (179, Old Dominion; 110, Connecticut) and Deon Long (110, FIU).

• With 287 yards through the air, Maryland now has 2,251 passing yards and is averaging 281.4 yards per game. The Terps are on pace to average 3,376.8 passing yards this season, which would be the most since the 1993 season when Maryland passed for a school record 3,823 yards.

• Overall, the Terps are averaging 431.0 yards of total offense. That mark is the highest per game average since 2001 when the Terps averaged 439.7 yards per game.

• Three Terps set career highs against the Tigers. Running back Albert Reid finished with a career-high 70 yards rushing to lead the Terps on the ground. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo caught his first career touchdown pass andNigel King finished with career bests in receptions (5) and receiving yards (76).

• The Terps totaled four sacks against the Tigers increasing their season total to 23, a mark that is tied for fourth in the conference. It was Maryland’s fifth multi-sack game of the season and linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Shawn Petty record their first career sacks.

• Linebacker Marcus Whitfield picked up his 7.5 sack against Clemson. Whitfield is a 0.5 sack shy of tying for 15th all-time in a single season at Maryland. In addition, his 7.5 sacks is the most by a Terrapin since Shawne Merriman had 8.5 in 2004.

• Whitfield also finished with two tackles for loss increasing his team-high total to 11.5, the fifth-best total in the ACC. His 11.5 TFL has cost opponents 94 yards, which is tied with Mark Duda for the fourth most in a single season in school history. He is seven yards shy of tying Martin Van Horn for third.

• As a team, the Terps tied a season high with nine TFL against Clemson. Maryland is averaging 7.9 TFL per game, which ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally. The team’s average is the highest for a Terrapin defense since 2001. That season, the Terps averaged 9.2 per game.

• Place kicker Brad Craddock converted two field goals both from 41 yards and is now 15-for-18 this season and is 14-for-15 from under 50 yards. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist is averaging 1.88 field goals per game this season, which ranks second in the ACC and seventh nationally.

• Craddock ranks fourth all-time at Maryland currently with an 83.3 percent single-season field goal percentage and his 15 made field goals is tied for the 15th-highest total in a single season.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are offensive lineman Dylan O’Connor (offense), defensive back Elvis Dennah (defense), and linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back William Likely will carry the American flag, and running back Kenneth Goins, Jr., will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Syracuse game are offensive lineman Ryan Doyle (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense), and long snapper Greg Parcher (special teams).


Maryland-Syracuse Series History

• The Terps and Orange are set for their 35th all-time meeting, but first since 1994 and first as members of the ACC. Maryland trails the series 14-18-2 with the Orange winning the last four. (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994).

• The Terps are 5-9-1 all-time against the Orange at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium with their last home win coming in 1983 by a 34-14 score.

• Maryland’s last win in the series was in 1985 at the Pontiac Silverdome. The Terps won that matchup 35-18.

 

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Maryland expects to have Brown, Reid, Stinebaugh all back Saturday

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Syracuse

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil Upper Body Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs Leg Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
WR Deon Long Leg Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara Shoulder Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
LB Cole Farrand Head Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
LB L.A. Goree Back Questionable
K Adam Greene Quad Questionable
DB Anthony Nixon Toe Questionable
OL Andrew Zeller Knee Questionable
OL Silvano Altamirano Back Probable
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Probable

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