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Maryland tries to clinch ACC regular season title Saturday at Notre Dame

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 7 Maryland (9-2) men’s lacrosse team looks to win the ACC regular season title on Saturday, April 19 when it plays at No. 8 Notre Dame (6-4) at Arlotta Stadium. Faceoff between the Terps and the Fighting Irish is scheduled for noon.

• The Maryland-ND game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and streamed on the WatchESPN app. Eamon McAnaney will handle the play-by-play call, while Paul Carcaterra will provide the expert analysis.

• Maryland will look to rebound from its second loss of the season, an 11-6 defeat at Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Senior Rustin Bryant and juniors Joe LoCascio and Henry West each had two goals vs. the Blue Jays, while senior Mike Chanenchuk had three assists. Chanenchuk continues to lead the team this season with 40 points on 25 goals and 15 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 26 points on 21 goals and five assists. Junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has won 112-of-175 (.640) faceoffs this season with a team-best 74 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 39 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 22 caused turnovers to go along with two goals and an assist. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (61 straight) and boasts a 7.32 goals-against average (5th in the NCAA) with a .575 save percentage (7th in the NCAA) this season.

• Notre Dame is 6-4 on the season following its 15-5 home win over Robert Morris last Saturday. Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanaugh leads the Irish offense with 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists. Freshman Shane Doss has started the last seven games in net for ND and has an 8.53 goals-against average and is saving 47.9 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Senior faceoff specialist Liam O’Connor ranks third in the NCAA in faceoff win percentage with .644 on 139-of-216. He is also ninth in the nation in groundballs per game with 8.60 (86 total).

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 109 of the 118 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 127-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .830 winning percentage.
8 … Eight different Maryland players have 20 or more groundballs so far this season.
7 … Midfielder Mike Chanenchuk ranks fourth on the team with seven caused turnovers this season.
6 … Six Maryland freshmen have combined to score 45 goals this season.
5 … Niko Amato ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 7.32 goals-against average.
4 … Maryland has won four of the five all-time meetings between the Terps and the Irish.
3 … The Terps are one of just three teams allowing 7.0 goals per game or fewer this season.
2 … Maryland and Notre Dame have only met twice in the regular season.
1 … This will be the first regular season meeting between the Terps and the Irish since 2004.

COACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 64-36 career record for a 64.0 winning percentage. Tillman is 44-17 (.721) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Kevin Coorigan is in his 28th season as a head coach, with all but one of them at the helm of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. During his 28 years as a head coach he has compiled a 257-134 (.657) career record. At Notre Dame his record is 247-118 (.677).


SERIES HISTORY VS. NOTRE DAME

• Maryland and Notre Dame have only played five times. The Terps won the first four games against the Irish, which started a varsity men’s lacrosse program in 1981, but ND won the last meeting in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA tournament.

• Senior Brian Phipps was sensational in cage for the Terps, stopping 13 Notre Dame shots, but the Fighting Irish scored four times in the first quarter and then held on for a 7-5 win over No. 3 seed Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on May 22, 2010 in Princeton, N.J. ND’s Sean Rogers led all scorers with three goals, while junior Travis Reed led the Terrapins with a goal and an assist.

• These two teams met in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2009 in South Bend, Ind., but it was the visiting, unseeded Terps that pulled off the 7-3 upset over the Fighting Irish. Dan Groot scored two goals, while Will Yeatman, who returned to the Notre Dame campus for the first time since transferring to Maryland prior to the 2009 season, and Ryan Young each had two assists. Brian Phipps was solid in cage for the Terps, stopping nine Irish shots.

• The teams played a one-for-one series in 2003 and 2004. Before that the team’s played their first-ever game in 1995 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

• It took two overtimes to decide the 2004 meeting between the Terps and the Irish, but in the end it was Maryland leaving Bryd Stadium with the 9-8 victory. Brendan Healy was the hero for the Terrapins, scoring the game-winner just nine seconds into the second overtime. Those heroics wouldn’t have been possible without some from J.R. Bordley, who’s goal with 19 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 8-8. Joe Walters led all scorers in the game with three goals, while goalie Tim McGinnis was sensation in cage for the Terps, stopping 16 Notre Dame shots.

• The 2003 meeting saw Maryland post a 10-4 win at Moose Krause Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. on May 3. A stifling defense shutdown the Irish’s top two scorers as the then-No. 4 Terps gave coach Dave Cottle his 200th career coaching victory. The Terps’ All-American defense of Michael Howley, Chris Passavia and Lee Zink, along with goalie Danny McCormick, held Patrick Walsh and Dan Berger pointless. Zink had a huge game with nine groundballs and seven caused turnovers. On offense, Justin Smith, Ryan Moran, Joe Walters and Brian Hunt each had two goals.

• Maryland eliminated Notre Dame from the 1995 NCAA Tournament with a 19-11 win at Byrd Stadium on May 20, 1995. The Terps advanced to the national championship game for the first of three times in a four-year span that season. In that game, Maryland built a 10-2 lead with 5:59 left in the third quarter before the Irish mounted a furious comeback to cut the score to 11-10 Maryland with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter. But Maryland held on behind the Nation’s Outstanding Goalie of the Year Brian Dougherty, who made 16 saves. Ten different Terps scored goals including two each by Pat McGuire, Peter Hilgartner and Kip Fulks. Rob Chomo had four assists and a goal in the win.


ACC TOURNAMENT FIELD SET

• Maryland and Notre Dame will be familiar with each other when the next two weeks are done. After playing this weekend at Arlotta Stadium in an ACC regular season game, the Terps and the Irish will meet in the semifinals of the ACC tournament six days hence in Chester, Pa., at PPL Park. The only thing to be determined is which team will wear which color jersey. Click here to buy tickets.

• Here are the two scenarios for the final ACC Championship seeding depending on the outcome of Saturday’s Maryland – Notre Dame game:

If Maryland wins:
1. Maryland
2. Duke
3. Syracuse
4. Notre Dame

If Notre Dame wins:
1. Duke
2. Notre Dame
3. Maryland
4. Syracuse


TERPS ON ESPNU

• Maryland has had 50 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 27-23 (.540) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at North Carolina, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins, at Notre Dame and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2014.


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 109 of the 118 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 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 92.4 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 127-26 in games, for a .830 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 203 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.4 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 67-4 (.944) 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%).

• Maryland is 9-2 on the year and shot 30% or better in five of its nine victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%
W- at Michigan: 13 goals, 42 shots = 31.0%
L- at North Carolina: 8 goals, 30 shots = 26.7%
W- Virginia: 9 goals, 33 shots = 27.3%
W- Robert Morris: 19 goals, 36 shots = 52.8%
L- at Johns Hopkins: 6 goals, 31 shots = 19.4%

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 16 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 16 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in five of them.


STREAKING TERPS

• Eleven games into the 2014 season and only one Terp has notched at least one point in every game.

• Senior Mike Chanenchuk has scored at least one point in each of the 11 games so far in 2014 and has a 34-game point scoring streak dating back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 40 of 42 games. Freshman Colin Heacock has the next longest current streak for the Terps at seven dating back to the Duke game on March 1, 2014.

• Chanenchuk’s point-scoring streak is the second longest since the 2004 season. The only other point-scoring streak longer belongs to Joe Walters, who had at least one point in 45 straight from Feb. 2004 to April 2006. Here’s a look at the Terps’ 20+ game point-scoring streaks since 2004.

45 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/30/06)
34 – Mike Chanenchuk (4/14/12 – present)
29 – Xander Ritz (2/26/05 – 4/30/06)
26 – Bill McGlone (2/28/04 – 4/23/05)
22 – Grant Catalino (3/3/08 – 3/28/09
20 – Max Ritz (5/6/06 – 5/13/07)
20 – Joe Cummings (5/28/11 – 5/28/12)

• In conjunction with his point-scoring streak, Chanenchuk also had an impressive 23-game goal-scoring streak going, but that came to an end in the 11-6 loss at Johns Hopkins when he regiatered three assists, but didn’t score a goal. Prior to the Hopkins game, the last time Chanenchuk did not score a goal for the Terps was in the 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8, 2013.


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. Rambo netted his third hat trick of the season with four goals in the Terps’ 13-5 win at Michigan (March 18) and then added his fourth with three goals in the 19-6 win over Robert Morris (April 2).

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14.

• 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 (4 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15; 4-0=4 at Michigan, Mar. 18; 3-0 vs. Robert Morris, April 2
Connor Cannizzaro (2 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14


50 PERCENT OR MORE

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.

• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:

Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)

• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):

Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)


UNIFORM AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $25K FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

• During the March 30 game vs. Virginia, Maryland honored military men and women injured in the line of duty with a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms that were auctioned off at umterps.com. The auction raised more than $25,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directrly to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Maryland men’s lacrosse program and the Maryland athletics department thank everyone for their generous support.

VOTE EHRHARDT FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD

• Maryland senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt is one of 10 lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were selected as finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men’s lacrosse.

• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

• Fans can vote once per day per device – computers, tablets, smart phone – so be sure to VOTE EHRHARDT every day!

TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 756-255-4 (.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 and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• 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 56-21 in the 2010′s for a .727 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.

SEASON HONORS

Inside Lacrosse
Face-Off Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Michael Ehrhardt (1st)
Niko Amato (2nd)
Goran Murray (2nd)
Mike Chanenchuk (3rd)

National Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 3)

The ACC
Preseason All-ACC
Niko Amato
Michael Ehrhardt
Goran Murray

Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 4)

Defensive Player of the Week
Niko Amato (Feb. 25)
Niko Amato (Mar. 4)
Niko Amato (Apr. 1)

University of Maryland
Terp of the Week
Charlie Raffa (Feb. 28)


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 (8): 2014 (11-2), 2013 (16-4), 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.


FIRST-TIME OPPONENTS

• Maryland has played 80 different opponents in its 89 seasons, including the first-ever meeting between the Terps and Michigan and then vs. Robert Morris earlier this season. In the Terps’ 80 first-time meetings Maryland is 76-4 (.950) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


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 21-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 Chanenchukand 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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Driesell, Weller, Kolzig to receive Hall of Fame honors

Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland basketball coaches Lefty Driesell and Chris Weller, in addition to the “Voice of the Terrapins” Johnny Holliday, have been named as part of a seven-member class in the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

The honorees be honored during pregame festivities prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 27 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will enshrine the following inductees:

o   Charles “Lefty” Driesell – Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland

o   Johnny Holliday – Sports Broadcaster, Voice of Maryland football & basketball and Nats Xtra television host on MASN

o   Olaf “Olie” Kolzig – Former Goalie, Washington Capitals

o   George Solomon – Former Sports Editor, The Washington Post

o   Theodore N. Lerner – Managing Principal Owner, Washington Nationals

o   Michael Weiss – Olympic and Professional Figure Skater

o   Chris Weller – Former Women’s Head Basketball Coach, University of Maryland

These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital. They will join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities already in the Hall of Fame, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten, Bob Wolff and many others.

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.

“As a native Washingtonian, and a huge sports fan, it is a thrill to induct this new class of honorees into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame,” said Charlie Brotman, co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and Founder/CEO of Brotman-Winter-Fried (a division of Sage Communications). “We now have more than 100 members in this exclusive club, all of whom have helped further the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community.”

Driesell won 348 games in 17 seasons (1969-86) as head coach of the Maryland men’s basketball team, building the Terrapins into a perennial ACC contender. He developed such players as Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King and Buck Williams.

Under the guidance of Driesell, Maryland won the National Invitational Tournament in 1972 and the ACC Tournament Championship in 1984.

In 27 seasons (1975-2002) as head coach of the women’s basketball team, Weller guided her alma mater to a national title game and three Final Four appearances. Her Maryland teams enjoyed national rankings in 18 seasons and she engineered an unprecedented eight ACC titles.

Weller coached four All-Americans (Vicky Bullett, Jasmina Perazic, Debbie Lytle, Deanna Tate) and amassed 499 wins at the helm.

Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1979 and has called some of the most memorable moments in Maryland sports history. He called four ACC football title and seven bowl wins, in addition to men’s basketball’s 2002 national championship seasons and the 2004 ACC Tournament title.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 6am Saturday 7:30am Sunday 9am from Monte-Carlo live on Tennis Channel)

10. PEEPShow (Tuesday-Monday Carroll Arts Center); Spring Football Festival (Saturday 12pm McHenry Row); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday Baltimore Museum of Industry); Baltimore Green Week (Saturday-Monday throughout Charm City); “Transcendence” out in theaters (Friday); Philomena“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “The Nut Job” and “Ride Along” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s your annual reminder that there’s only one thing that matters on Easter (despite the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Staburst Jelly Beans are the vastly superior Easter candies)…

Yes, it’s Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and it’s more important than anything else.

9. Pat Green (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Alter Bridge (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Keller Williams (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); French Montana (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Saturday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cloud Nothings (Wednesday 8pm Black Cat), Andrew WK (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Stephen Marley (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Local H (Saturday 6:30pm DC9); NEEDTOBREATHE “Rivers In The Wasteland”, Nas “Illmatic XX” and Sevendust “Time Travelers & Bonfires” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

I’m not particularly witty this evening. I’m just going to say “Charm City Devils” and we can move forward.

And here’s a tune from the new NEEDTOBREATHE record. Let’s all move forward from here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1oH9q4vgc

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Loyola remains #1, Maryland falls in weekly lacrosse rankings

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The greatest rivalry in the history of college lacrosse lead to a major shift in the sport’s weekly polls Monday.

Johns Hopkins raced past previous #3 ranked Maryland Saturday, posting an 11-6 victory over the Terps at Homewood Field. Hopkins moved up in the rankings thanks to the win while the Terrapins slid in both polls. Loyola remained #1 in both polls after crushing Boston University 15-6 Saturday for their 11th straight win and the Patriot League regular season title. Towson fell out of the polls after dropping an 8-1 decision to Penn State Saturday night.

Here are the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com), staring with the Inside Lacrosse media poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (15) 11-1 414 1
2 Duke (6) 11-2 405 2
3 Denver 10-2 367 5
4 Syracuse 8-3 357 7
5 Johns Hopkins 7-3 318 8
6 North Carolina 9-3 313 4
7 Maryland 9-2 312 3
8 Notre Dame 6-4 268 9
9 Penn 6-3 240 11
10 Virginia 8-5 215 10
11 Hofstra 9-3 205 14
12 Cornell 9-3 199 6
13 Yale 7-3 196 13
14 Princeton 7-4 129 17
15 Bryant 10-3 114 15
16 Army 8-3 91 18
17 Fairfield 9-3 76 12
18 Drexel 8-4 50 NR
19 Lehigh 10-4 42 T19
20 Massachusetts 7-4 27 16

Dropped out: No. T19 Towson.

And here is the new USILA Coaches’ poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (11) 11-1 258 1
2 Duke (2) 11-2 248 2
3 Denver 10-2 224 5
4 Syracuse 8-3 221 7
5 Maryland 9-2 199 3
6 Johns Hopkins 7-3 196 9
7 North Carolina 9-3 193 4
8 Notre Dame 6-4 168 10
9 Virginia 8-5 155 8
10 Penn 6-3 135 T11
11 Yale 7-3 114 13
T12 Hofstra 9-3 107 16
T12 Cornell 9-3 107 6
14 Princeton 7-4 86 15
15 Fairfield 9-3 46 T11
16 Army 8-3 45 NR
17 Lehigh 10-4 42 20
T18 Drexel 8-4 40 NR
T18 Bryant 10-3 40 T17
20 Harvard 7-5 30 T17

Dropped out: No. 14 Massachusetts, No. 19 Towson.

Also receiving votes: Massachusetts, Albany, Air Force, Towson, Villanova, Penn State.

And with Selection Sunday now just weeks away, here is a look at the official NCAA lacrosse RPI rankings.

RANK SCHOOL CONFERENCE RECORD ROAD NEUTRAL HOME NON-DI
1 Syracuse Atlantic Coast 8-3 2-2 1-0 5-1 0-0
2 Duke Atlantic Coast 11-2 3-2 0-0 8-0 0-0
3 Penn Ivy 6-3 2-2 0-0 4-1 0-0
4 Johns Hopkins Division I Independents 7-3 2-1 0-0 5-2 0-0
5 Denver Big East 10-2 3-2 1-0 6-0 0-0
6 Maryland Atlantic Coast 9-2 3-2 0-0 6-0 0-0
7 Loyola Maryland Patriot 11-1 6-1 0-0 5-0 0-0
8 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 9-3 3-2 0-0 6-1 0-0
9 Cornell Ivy 9-3 5-1 0-0 4-2 0-0
10 Hofstra Colonial 9-3 1-2 0-0 8-1 0-0
11 Yale Ivy 7-3 4-2 0-0 3-1 0-0
12 Virginia Atlantic Coast 8-5 3-4 0-0 5-1 0-0
13 Notre Dame Atlantic Coast 6-4 4-1 0-1 2-2 0-0
14 Princeton Ivy 7-4 2-2 0-0 5-2 0-0
15 Drexel Colonial 8-4 4-2 0-0 4-2 0-0
16 Fairfield ECAC 9-3 4-2 0-0 5-1 0-0
17 Massachusetts Colonial 7-4 3-2 1-0 3-2 0-0
18 Towson Colonial 8-4 2-3 0-0 6-1 0-0
19 Albany (NY) America East 6-5 3-2 0-0 3-3 0-0
20 Villanova Big East 5-6 3-3 0-0 2-3 0-0
21 Penn St. Colonial 5-6 3-2 0-0 2-4 0-0
22 Harvard Ivy 7-5 2-5 0-0 5-0 0-0
23 Colgate Patriot 8-4 3-2 0-0 5-2 0-0
24 Air Force ECAC 8-3 2-1 1-1 5-1 0-0
25 Bryant Northeast 10-3 5-2 1-0 4-1 0-0
26 Lehigh Patriot 10-4 3-3 1-0 6-1 0-0
27 St. John’s (NY) Big East 6-6 2-4 0-1 4-1 0-0
28 Ohio St. ECAC 5-6 1-3 0-1 4-2 0-0
29 Brown Ivy 6-5 2-3 1-0 3-2 0-0
30 Siena Metro Atlantic 7-4 4-3 0-0 3-1 0-0
31 Binghamton America East 5-6 4-1 0-0 1-5 0-0
32 Army Patriot 8-3 3-1 1-0 4-2 0-0
33 Bellarmine ECAC 6-4 3-2 0-0 3-2 0-0
34 Saint Joseph’s Northeast 9-3 5-2 0-0 4-1 0-0
35 Bucknell Patriot 7-6 1-5 0-0 6-1 0-0
36 Michigan ECAC 4-9 3-5 0-0 1-4 0-0
37 High Point Atlantic Sun 8-4 3-3 0-0 5-1 0-0
38 Delaware Colonial 6-7 2-3 0-0 4-4 0-0
39 Canisius Metro Atlantic 6-5 3-3 1-0 2-2 0-0
40 UMBC America East 6-5 1-4 0-0 5-1 0-0
41 Marquette Big East 5-8 4-5 0-0 1-3 0-0
42 Rutgers Big East 7-6 3-4 0-0 4-2 0-0
43 Stony Brook America East 5-8 0-4 0-0 5-4 0-0
44 Georgetown Big East 4-8 1-4 0-1 3-3 0-0
45 Marist Metro Atlantic 3-8 1-4 0-1 2-3 0-0
46 Robert Morris Northeast 5-7 3-5 0-0 2-2 0-0
47 Jacksonville Atlantic Sun 3-7 0-4 0-0 3-3 0-0
48 Hobart Northeast 4-7 3-3 0-1 1-3 0-0
49 Navy Patriot 4-7 1-4 0-0 3-3 0-0
50 Hartford America East 5-8 3-3 0-0 2-5 0-0
51 Holy Cross Patriot 3-10 2-6 0-0 1-4 0-0
52 Detroit Metro Atlantic 5-6 3-1 0-0 2-5 0-0
53 Quinnipiac Metro Atlantic 5-5 4-3 0-0 1-2 0-0
54 Dartmouth Ivy 1-8 0-6 1-0 0-2 0-0
55 Mercer Atlantic Sun 6-5 3-5 0-0 3-0 0-0
56 Providence Big East 3-10 3-5 0-0 0-5 0-0
57 Furman Atlantic Sun 1-10 1-3 0-1 0-6 0-0
58 Richmond Atlantic Sun 3-9 1-4 0-1 2-4 0-0
59 Sacred Heart Northeast 4-7 3-2 0-1 1-4 0-0
60 Manhattan Metro Atlantic 4-9 2-6 0-0 2-3 0-0
61 Boston U. Patriot 1-11 1-4 0-0 0-7 0-0
62 Mt. St. Mary’s Northeast 0-13 0-8 0-0 0-5 0-0
63 Vermont America East 5-6 3-4 0-0 2-2 0-0
64 Lafayette Patriot 2-10 1-6 0-0 1-4 0-0
65 VMI Atlantic Sun 1-11 0-6 0-0 1-5 0-0
66 Monmouth Metro Atlantic 0-11 0-7 0-0 0-4 0-0
67 Wagner Northeast 2-8 1-1 0-0 1-7 0-0

 

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Former Terp Thomas selected fourth in WNBA Draft

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

UNCASVILLE, Conn.  – Alyssa Thomas was drafted 4th overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Thomas was then traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.

Thomas is the sixth Terrapin under head coach Brenda Frese to be a top ten draft pick.

Thomas was one of 12 of the nation’s top prospects to be invited to attend the WNBA Draft. The three-time ACC Player of the Year was named a WBCA All-American, a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American last week after leading the Terrapins (28-7) to their fourth Final Four.

“I’m just really excited and thrilled to be headed to Connecticut,” Thomas said. “I want to thank the Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan and staff. I wouldn’t be here without Coach Frese and the great staff at Maryland, my family and my coaches and friends in Harrisburg. This is a dream come true and no words describe what it felt like to have my name called.”

The Connecticut Sun went 10-24 in the 2013 season. For more on the Sun, click here.

Nine of Frese’s players at Maryland have been drafted by the WNBA and six have been first round picks. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver went second and third overall in 2009, while Crystal Langhorne went sixth and Laura Harper was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft. Most recently, Tianna Hawkins was selected sixth overall by the Seattle Storm last year.

Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,235 career rebounds.

Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career.

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Maryland announces no immediate replacement for departing Spinelli

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Spinelli Accepts Coaching Position at Boston College

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced Scott Spinelli has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Boston College men’s basketball team.

“Scott and I have known each other for a long time and have worked together for the last eight years,” Turgeon said. “He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and has been a great member of my staff while at Wichita State, Texas A&M and Maryland. This is a great personal and professional opportunity for Scott and it’s a chance for his family to move back to the New England region. Scott’s been a great friend and I wish him, his wife Lynn, and his family the very best.”

“I want to thank Mark for the great opportunity,” Spinelli said. “I enjoyed working with him over the past eight years and I am proud of our accomplishments. I had a tremendous experience at Maryland and sincerely enjoyed working closely with the basketball staff, student-athletes and the athletics department. This was a very unique opportunity that was presented to my family and I, and we are eager to return home. On behalf of my entire family, I would like to thank the University of Maryland community and wish them the very best.”

Spinelli worked as an assistant under Turgeon at Wichita State (2006-07), Texas A&M (2007-11) and Maryland (2011-14).

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Former Terp Merriman suing Nike over “Lights Out” issue

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Nike LIGHTS OUT Football Jersey

San Diego, CA: Former San Diego Chargers player Shawne Merriman today took athletic equipment giant Nike to court in San Diego alleging unfair competition and trademark infringement of his LIGHTS OUT® brand which has been synonymous with Merriman his entire career.  The suit was filed by his company, Lights Out Holdings, LLC in California Federal Court and demands immediate injunctive relief to stop Nike’s actions, and millions of dollars of damages including “statutory damages of up to $2 million per content mark per type of goods or services sold, offered for sale or distribution . . .” as noted in the complaint.

“I earned my ‘Lights Out’ nickname in high school when I knocked out four opposing players in one football game,” said Merriman.  “I made things official by securing the federal rights to my LIGHTS OUT trademark and have been using it ever since.  I am suing Nike as a last resort, not only to protect my brand, but to protect other athletes who are trying to develop a brand after their professional career, like myself.

The LIGHS OUT trademark registration covers a broad range of apparel: “clothing for men, women and children, mainly, bottoms, boxer shorts, caps, hats, headwear, nightwear, shirts, shorts, sleepwear, sweatshirts, tank tops, tops, t-shirts, underwear.”  Because Merriman’s company has had rights in the LIGHTS OUT mark for so long, the trademark has been deemed incontestable by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

In late 2006 or 2007, according to the lawsuit, Nike entered into negotiations with Merriman for a LIGHTS OUT line of apparel.  Negotiations between Merriman and Nike were unsuccessful but, according to the complaint, “after these discussions Nike decided to use the LIGHTS OUT clothing brand anyway.

The suit demands a preliminary and permanent injunction from trademark infringement and related unfair business practices by Nike in addition to a damages amount to be determined at trial, disgorgement of Nike’s profits and treble damages for willful infringement.

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And for Easter week, the #WNSTSweet16 should be a nice “treat”

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And for Easter week, the #WNSTSweet16 should be a nice “treat”

Posted on 13 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

This is the part of our weekly #WNSTSweet16 introduction where I remind you that we’re celebrating our 16th anniversary here at WNST. I feel like you should probably have caught on to how we do these things by now.

To celebrate our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader, we’re discussing various “water cooler” topics from the WNST era every week and defining them via a list. We’re calling it the #WNSTSweet16. It’s been a lot of fun. You should probably call your family and friends and let them know they’ll want to be a part of this thing.

We’ve already hit 14 topics this year as part of our #WNSTSweet16 celebration. Did you miss any of them? (Shame on you if you did.) Here’s a quick recap.

(The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

The Nasty One himself, Nestor Aparicio is in charge of the Sweet 16 again this week.

As you may be aware, I’m a fan of a nice Easter treat. I prefer Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs to Cadbury Creme Eggs and I DEFINITELY prefer Starburst Jelly Beans to Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (and if you disagree I hope you’ll do the right thing and just leave the country); but I at least respect all treats equally.

As Baltimore sports fans, we’ve been “treated” to some awesome things in our lives. Some of them have been individual games-games we’ll remember forever and we can recall details about no matter how far away we’ve gotten from them.

This week’s list is meant for those games. These are the games that made us sit on the edge of our seat, the games that made us sweat as if we were actually playing in them. The official topic is “Sweet 16 Games we’ve been treated to”.

While it seems like the 1958 NFL Championship Game will be hard to beat on this list, I wonder if the factor of time will play a role here. While the game has come to be known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, much of the aura surrounding it is based on the significance of the game and less about the game itself-although we certainly know the game was quite good.

But what are the greatest games in Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles history? Until 2012 I think I would have declared the win over the Tennessee Titans in the 2000 NFL Playoffs (January 2001) the best game-but how can you argue against the Mile High Miracle and 2OT thrilling nature of the Wild Card win over the Broncos?

I’m hard pressed to tell you what the greatest game in Orioles history might be. We all remember great hits, great moments and great plays-but what was the most dramatic game? If this were my list, I’d be needing a ton of help.

To me the greatest Maryland basketball game I’ve ever seen was the thrilling Elite 8 contest against UConn in Syracuse back in 2002. I’ve shared my feelings about the game more than a few times, including a love letter I wrote on the 10th anniversary of the game a few years back.

And perhaps the most difficult part for Nestor will be remembering that the area team didn’t have to win the game in question. This list isn’t supposed to be for the greatest wins in local sports history, it’s meant to be about the greatest games. It can be any combination.

What needs to be on the list? This is where you come in.

Nestor wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via nasty@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Nasty will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours”.

What games still give you chills when you think about them today? Let your voice be heard!

-G

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Reports: Maryland assistant Spinelli departs for Boston College

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

A week of rumors have apparently come to fruition this weekend, as CBS Sports reports that University of Maryland basketball assistant coach Scott Spinelli has accepted an offer to join new coach Jim Christian’s staff at Boston College.

The move was expected throughout the week.

Spinelli has been part of Turgeon’s staff in all three years since his arrival in College Park-the Massachusetts native had previously worked under Turgeon at Texas A&M and Wichita State.

The Washington Post reported Spinelli received a “pretty solid raise” to join the Eagles’ staff. Additionally, Spinelli and Christian are both former Boston University basketball players and the former Maryland assistant has heavily recruited the New England area, including bringing Wrentham native Jake Layman to College Park.

This is the second assistant coach Turgeon has lost in the past year, Dalonte Hill resigned from the school following a third DUI arrest last fall. Only Bino Ranson remains from the original staff Maryland’s top man put together-Ranson was a holdover from Gary Williams’ last staff.

Dustin Clark was promoted from Director of Basketball Operations to an assistant coach after Hill’s resignation. Maryland great Juan Dixon was added to the staff as an assistant to Turgeon as well.

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Hopkins dominates Maryland in newest chapter of historic series

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Hopkins dominates Maryland in newest chapter of historic series

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team used a 4-0 run that bridged the second and third quarters to turn a 2-1 lead into a 6-1 advantage and the Blue Jays never let third-ranked Maryland get closer than three in the final 25 minutes as JHU scored an 11-6 victory before a Homecoming crowd of 9,553 at Homewood Field on Saturday. In winning the 111th meeting between the two teams, Johns Hopkins improves to 7-3 on the year, while Maryland had a two-game winning streak snapped and slips to 9-2.

Johns Hopkins held Maryland off the board for more than 20 minutes to open the game, but a Joe LcCascio extra-man goal at the 9:48 mark of the second quarter sliced a 2-0 deficit in half. On the strength of a stingy defense and the play of goalie Eric Schneider, the Blue Jays would hold the Terps scoreless for more than 18 minutes after LoCascio’s goal and Hopkins used the four-goal spurt to take control.

An extra-man goal by senior Brandon Benn with 2:46 remaining in the first half was the first of three goals the Blue Jays would score in the final three minutes of the second quarter as the 2-1 lead swelled to 5-1 by halftime. Junior Wells Stanwick added an extra-man goal off a slick cross-crease pass from sophomore Holden Cattoni 50 seconds after Benn’s goal and Stanwick then snuck one just inside the near post from goal-line extended with eight seconds left in the opening half.

A transition goal by Benn just 2:32 into the third quarter pushed the lead to 6-1, a score that held until Rustin Bryant ended the scoring drought for the Terps with an extra-man goal of his own with just under six minutes remaining in the period.

Stanwick closed out the third-quarter scoring by completing his hat trick in the final 90 seconds of the period before Bryant added his second man-up goal of the game early in the fourth quarter to make it 7-3.

The Blue Jays’ largest lead of the game came midway though the final quarter when Cattoni and sophomore Ryan Browntallied unassisted goals in a span of just over two minutes. Cattoni surprised Maryland goalie Niko Amato with a 10-yard shot on a dodge from the top, while Brown beat Amato with a dodge from behind the goal to give the Blue Jays what appeared was a comfortable 9-3 lead with eight minutes to play.

The six-goal lead was sliced in half in less than three minutes as Henry West scored back-to-back goals in a span of just 45 seconds and LoCascio added another extra-man goal with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter to make things interesting.

Maryland, which got a 15-of-21 performance on faceoffs from junior Charlie Raffa, had possession with a chance to cut the deficit further, but Schneider made a pair of big saves, including one on LoCascio from in tight, to preserve the three-goal lead.

The Blue Jays milked the clock late and scored a pair of goals in the final 3:21 in timer-on situations as Brown capped a long possession with strike from in-tight on a slick feed to the crease from Stanwick and freshman John Crawley added his second goal of the game in the closing minute to account for the final scoring.

The 11 goals, which match the most allowed by the Terps this season, were spread among five Johns Hopkins goal-scorers with Stanwick leading the way with his three. Benn, Brown, Cattoni and Crawley all added two goals with Stanwick (3g, 1a) and Cattoni (2g, 2a) registering four-point games on the day.

Schneider and the Blue Jays defense were on-point, especially in six-on-six situations, as Maryland didn’t score an even-strength goal until the 53rd minute of the game and finished with just two in the game. The Terps did cash in on 4-of-6 extra-man chances, but a 12-save performance from Schneider and 12 caused turnovers by the Blue Jays were more than they could overcome.

LoCascio, West and Bryant all scored twice for the Terps, who also got three assists from senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, but Maryland’s starting attack managed just one assist and no goals on seven shots against JHU’s starting defense of senior Jack Reilly, Rob Enright and John Kelly. That trio combined for 10 ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Johns Hopkins has less than 48 hours until it returns to action as the Blue Jays travel to Mount St. Mary’s for a game against the Mountaineers on Monday, April 14 (4 pm). The game was originally scheduled for March 4, but was postponed due to snow.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is now 70-40-1 all-time against Maryland and has won 10 of the last 13 games against the Terps when entering the game ranked lower than UM• Today’s game was the final regular season game between the two teams with Johns Hopkins as an independent and Maryland as a member of the ACC … both teams will compete in the Big 10 next season • JHU was 2-for-4 on extra-man chances and is now 18-of-33 (.545) on the year • Stanwick’s hat trick today is the seventh of his career.

#3 Maryland (9-2) 0-1-1-4/6
#9 Johns Hopkins (7-3) 1-4-2-4/10

GoalsM: West-2, LoCascio-2, Bryant-2. J: Stanwick-3, Cattoni-2, Brown-2, Benn-2, Crawley-2. AssistsM: Chanenchuk-3, Cole, Rambo. J: Cattoni-2, Guida-2, Stanwick. SavesM: Amato-9. J: Schneider-12. Shots: M-31. J-32.EMOM: 4-for-6. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 9,553.

 

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