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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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Towson musters almost no offense in loss to Penn State

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Freshman Mike Lynch scored the Tigers’ (8-4, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) only goal as No. 19 Towson fell, 8-1, to Penn State (5-6, 1-2 CAA) Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium.

Turnovers plagued the Tigers in the first half, as Towson had only two possessions that did not end in a turnover. The Nittany Lions’ wings controlled the ground balls off the face-offs, and PSU was able to extend its possessions through careful passing and judicious shot selection.

Lynch’s goal at 54.7 seconds left saved the Tigers from their first shutout since March 26, 1970. Mike Sutton(2g) and TJ Sanders (2g) led PSU in scoring.

“Congratulations to Penn State,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “They came out and played a terrific game. They brought their best to the field, and we didn’t.”

Penn State held a 5-0 lead at the half after Sutton tallied a pair of goals – the only two goals scored in the second quarter. Sutton’s second goal was extra-man, snapping the Tigers’ 169:16 streak of holding opponents scoreless on man-up chances.

Towson struggled in the second half against Penn State’s press, committing eight total turnovers in the final two quarters. Penn State committed just eight turnovers for the game. Both Towson’s Tyler White and PSU’s Austin Kaut finished the game with 11 saves each.

Towson returns to action on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. when the Tigers host Drexel. Towson’s senior class will be honored before the game in a brief ceremony. Fans are encouraged to wear black to “black out” Unitas Stadium.

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Towson welcomes Penn State for key CAA tilt Saturday night

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers come into this 2013 CAA title game rematch off a thrilling 6-5 win over then-No. 11 UMass on Saturday, April 5. Penn State is coming off a heart-breaking 13-12 triple-overtime loss at Drexel the same day.

Updating the Tigers
Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White backstopped the Tigers to a tight win at UMass. The Tigers led most of the way but went cold offensively, going scoreless the final 19:59 of the game. The Tigers held UMass to 0-4 on EMO and continue to excell in clearing the ball (.903) and taking care of it (11.73 turnovers per game).

Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State slipped to 4-5 overall after Drexel snatched a triple OT win after scoring the game-winner with 46 seconds left in the third extra frame. Goalkeeper Austin Kaut made 17 saves and freshman Mike Sutton scored a career-best five goals in the loss. For his efforts, Sutton earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades. The Nittany Lions are ninth in the nation in face-off percentage (.615) and 20th in caused turnovers per game (7.90).

Towson-PSU Series History
The series with Penn State is a relatively recent one, beginning in 1981 with a 14-6 PSU win in Towson. After another victory for the Nittany Lions in 1982, the Tigers reeled off 11 wins in 12 games in the series. Lately it has been more evenly matched; though the last four games have been played in Happy Valley, PSU holds only a narrow 4-3 lead in the last seven contests.

Last Time Out vs. Penn State
May 3, 2013 (Towson 11, No. 9 PSU 10)
The Tigers claimed the 2013 CAA championship – their first since 2005 – with the 11-10 win over Penn State at the PSU Lacrosse Field. The Nittany Lions out-scored Towson 4-3 in the fourth quarter to try to rally from an 8-6 deficit. The game was tightly contested until late in the second quarter and into the third when the Tigers broke it open with a five-goal run. Greg Cuccinello’s second hat trick of the season led the Tigers. He also had one assist. Thomas DeNapoli added two goals and two assists, while Matt Hughes scored his fourth and fifth goals in four games. TJ Sanders’s three goals led the Nittany Lions. Jack Forster and Shane Sturgis each posted two goals. Goalie Austin Kaut made six saves.

Next Up
Towson plays its final regular season CAA home game, hosting Drexel at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. It will be Senior Night for Towson and fans are encouraged to wear black to “black out” the stadium.

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G Marshall transferring from Towson

Posted on 09 April 2014 by WNST Staff

MARQUIS MARSHALL TRANSFERRING FROM TOWSON
Freshman averaged 1.4 points in 25 games during 2013-14 season

TOWSON, Md. – Towson men’s basketball head coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday that freshman guard Marquis Marshall is leaving the Tigers’ program.

“Marquis informed me today that he is leaving the Towson basketball program and will be looking for another school to continue his college career,” Skerry said. “Marquis is a hardworking kid that played an important role on us winning 25 games this year. We wish him the best of luck moving forward.”

After redshirting the 2012-13 season, the 6-5 Marshall averaged 1.4 points in 25 games this past year. The freshman scored a season-high nine points on 3-for-4 shooting with a pair of triples in a win over Coppin State on January 4.

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Record 22 teams watch RB West at Towson Pro Day

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Scouts from 22 National Football League teams came to campus on Monday to attend the Tigers’ annual Pro Day.

On Monday afternoon, the scouts tested, timed and measured a talented group of Tiger seniors with aspirations to play pro football.

While Terrance West was the main focus of attention, offensive linemen Eric Pike, Doug Shaw and Randall Harris had a chance to impress the scouts. In addition, linebackers Telvion Clark and Monte Gaddis were targets of attention by the NFL scouts. Quarterback Peter Athens, defensive back Ryan Mays, cornerback Jordan Love and running back Sterlin Phifer also participated.

The afternoon began with all the Tigers being measured. From there, it was on to the weight room for further tests. After that, everyone tolerated a rain storm to watch the Tigers on the field at Unitas Stadium.

A large contingent of media members was also present.

“To get this many NFL scouts to come to campus is such a positive thing,” said Coach Rob Ambrose. ”We are excited that they came to campus to get to know our young men.”

Monday’s gathering was clearly the highest number of scouts to attend the Tigers’ Pro Day.

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Loyola remains #1, Towson enters both new major lacrosse polls

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The #1 ranked Loyola Greyhounds survived a major Patriot League scare Saturday, topping Navy 7-6 in 2OT and holding on to their spot atop the rankings. Elsewhere in local lacrosse action this weekend, Johns Hopkins shook off a three game losing streak by beating Albany 13-8 Friday night at Homewood Field and Towson scored their biggest win of the season by going on the road and outlasting previous #11 UMass 6-5.

Maryland was idle this weekend after throttling Robert Morris 19-6 Wednesday night. This has set the stage for a major top ten showdown between the Terps and Blue Jays this coming Saturday afternoon.

Here is a look at both of the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com). We’ll start with the new Inside Lacrosse media poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (16) 10-1 432 1
2 Duke (2) 10-2 414 3
3 Maryland (4) 9-1 401 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 375 5
5 Denver 9-2 347 6
6 Cornell 9-1 337 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 308 7
8 Johns Hopkins 6-3 273 10
9 Notre Dame 4-4 252 8
10 Virginia 8-4 244 9
11 Penn 5-3 215 13
12 Fairfield 9-2 195 15
13 Yale 6-3 184 14
14 Hofstra 7-3 131 T16
15 Bryant 9-3 111 11
16 Massachusetts 7-3 97 12
17 Princeton 5-4 69 19
18 Army 7-3 54 20
T19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
T19 Lehigh 9-3 42 NR

And now the new weekly USILA coaches’ poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (12) 10-1 278 1
2 Duke (1) 10-2 258 3
3 Maryland (1) 9-1 250 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 243 5
5 Denver 9-2 223 6
6 Cornell 9-1 209 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 184 T8
8 Virginia 8-4 168 T8
9 Johns Hopkins 6-3 166 10
10 Notre Dame 4-4 163 7
T11 Fairfield 9-2 119 13
T11 Penn 5-3 119 15
13 Yale 6-3 112 14
14 Massachusetts 7-3 73 11
15 Princeton 5-4 72 17
16 Hofstra 7-3 48 20
T17 Harvard 6-4 46 NR
T17 Bryant 9-3 46 12
19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
20 Lehigh 9-3 32 NR

 

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Towson GK White picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Co-Player of the Week honors after backstopping Towson to a 6-5 conference win over No. 11 UMass on Saturday.

It is his first career league honor.

The sophomore goalkeeper made 16 saves, including nine in the second half (six in the fourth quarter). White helped Towson’s defense hold UMass scoreless on four extra-man opportunities. He faced 14 shots in the fourth quarter alone, equaling UMass’ entire first-half output.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 12 when they host Penn State at Unitas Stadium. First face-off is set for 7 p.m.

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Towson F Benimon named Mid-Major first team All-American

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED MID-MAJOR FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet also on first team

TOWSON, Md. – Mid-Major Madness has named Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon a Mid-Major First Team All-American, it was announced on Monday. Benimon is joined on the first team by Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet, Canisius’ Billy Baron and UCSB’s Alan Williams.

Benimon adds this honor to an already impressive list of accolades received during his senior season. In addition to being named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year for the second straight season, the forward was named Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four this past weekend.

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins during the 2013-14 season, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Benimon led Towson in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg). His rebounding average ranked second in the NCAA and his 21 double-doubles were third best in the country. Benimon’s 404 rebounds are a new school record and only trails Navy’s David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

The Mid-Major All-America Second Team is made up of Massachusetts’s Chaz Williams, BYU’s Tyler Haws, North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun, Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes and Buffalo’s Javon McCrea.

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White dominant for Towson in upset win at UMass

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Amherst, Mass. - Sophomore Tyler White made 16 saves, saving the best one for 10 seconds left in the game, as Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA) defeated No. 11 UMass (7-4, 1-1 CAA), 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

“It was the game we expected,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We knew it would be tough, and both goalies played very well. Any time you play UMass, it’s a street fight. Tyler White came up huge for us. It’s a great win for us.”

The Tigers scored their last goal at 9:01 in the third quarter and withstood a furious UMass charge for the victory. It was Towson’s 30th program victory over a ranked team on the road and first since the 2013 CAA champioship.

UMass’s Grant Whiteway opened the scoring at 11:36, but the Minutemen weren’t in the lead for long before DeNapoli and Justin Mabus teamed up for DeNapoli’s 16th goal of the season at 8:57 first quarter. Cuccinello put the Tigers ahead, 3-1, at the end of the first quarter when he scored back-to-back goals 39 seconds apart.

Mariano notched his 23rd of the year at 12:35 in the second quarter, unassisted, to make it 3-2 in favor of Towson. Sophomore Ben McCarty contributed a goal at 10:40, but Mariano answered just under two minutes later. Neither team was able to do much offensively until Seider scored unassisted with a shot low to the right at 6:26 in the second.

The Tigers struggled with turnovers late in the first half, and White made five stand-up saves for Towson on quality Minutemen shots.

Ryan Izzo cut the Tigers’ lead to 5-4 when he cut right down the middle and scored unassisted with 48 seconds left in the half.

Seider started the scoring in the second half at 9:01 when he worked in alone to the right side of the net and stuffed it in to give the Tigers another two-goal lead, 6-4. Towson ended the third quarter ahead, 6-5, after Jeff George sent a scorcher past White.

The fourth quarter started with a long UMass possession in which the Minutemen took six shots. Towson then went cold on offense, hitting the pipe twice and forcing Minutemen keeper Zach Oliveri into multiple tough saves.

Towson went a man down for two minutes and killed both penalties but could not sustain an offensive possession. Mariano took UMass’s last shot with 10 seconds left, which White stopped dead. The Tigers ran out the last few seconds for the win.

The Tigers kick off a three-game homestand to end the regular season with Penn State on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Towson 6, No. 11 UMass 5
Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA)    3-2-1-0/6
UMass (8-2, 2-0 CAA)     1-3-1-0/5

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 2, Seider 2, DeNapoli, McCarty; UMASS – Mariano 2, Whiteway, Izzo, George.ASSISTS: TOW – Mabus; UMASS – Consoletti, Mooney, George. SAVES: TOW – White (16, 60:00, 5 GA); Oliveri (13, 60:00, 6 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 35; UMASS – 33. GROUNDBALLS: TOW – 22; UMASS – 24. FACE-OFFS:TOW – 5-12; UMASS – 7-12. EMO: TOW – 0-4; UMASS – 0-4. ATT: 786.

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Benimon named MVP of College All-Star Game event at Final Four

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED MVP OF REESE’S COLLEGE ALL-STAR GAME AT FINAL FOUR
Tiger forward posts 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead East to an 87-75 victory


DALLAS, Texas. 
– Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon posted 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds en route to being named Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Reese’s College All-Star Game, which was played at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Friday night.

Benimon led the East to an 87-75 victory over the West team. Benimon shot 7-for-8 from the floor and added two assists and a block to his stat line in 19 minutes of action.

“I really enjoyed the experience of being out at the Final Four and participating in a game with some of the top seniors in the country,” said Benimon. “In the first half I was focused on getting my teammates involved and then my shot really started to fall in the second half. It was a blast being back out on the court and to be playing with and against so many talent players from so many great programs.”

Will Sheehey of Indiana added 13 points and Karvel Anderson of Robert Morris had 12 for the East team, which led by more than 20 in the second half before coasting down the stretch.

Davion Berry of Weber State had 15 points to lead the West.

The game was played on the same floor inside AT&T Stadium where Kentucky will play Wisconsin and Florida will face Connecticut in the national semifinals on Saturday night.

The Reese’s College All-Star Game consisted of 20 of the top senior college basketball players in the country who have exhausted their eligibility. It is one of the most significant events held as part of the Final Four weekend.

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