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Towson Lax Opens Season Saturday at Jacksonville on WNST

Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2012 Towson University Men’s Lacrosse

Game Notes: Game #1 at Jacksonville

Feb. 11, 2012 | 1 p.m. | Jacksonville, Fla.

TOWSON OPENS SHAWN NADELEN ERA AT JACKSONVILLE SATURDAY

Tigers and Dolphins Meet for First Time Ever in Men’s Lacrosse

Opening Face-Off
Opening their 54th season of college lacrosse, the Tigers will travel to Jacksonville University on Saturday afternoon to face the Dolphins in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Opening face-off from D.B. Milne Field is set for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TowsonTigers.com and joined in progress on WNST-AM 1570 after the Tiger men’s basketball game against James Madison concludes.

Nadelen to Make Debut as Tigers’ Head Coach
After spending seven years as an assistant coach, including the last two seasons as the associate head coach, Coach Shawn Nadelen will make his head coaching debut when the Tigers travel to Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. A 2001 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Nadelen was named as the seventh head coach in the 54-year history of Towson men’s lacrosse on May 31. He replaces Tony Seaman, who posted a 99-93 record in 13 years with the Tigers.

A Quick Look Back at Last Year
The Tigers posted a 3-10 record last year and missed the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for just the second time since joining the league in 2002. Five of the Tigers’ losses were by a one-goal margin and two of the Tigers’ three wins occurred at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Junior attackman Matt Hughes was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 18 goals and 6 assists while defenseman Marc Ingerman was a second-team All-CAA selection. 

Scouting the Dolphins
Entering their third season as a Division I program, the Dolphins posted a 5-10 record last year, including a 3-3 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Led by TJ Kenary, the Dolphins advanced to the MAAC semi-finals for the first time in program history before losing to Siena. Kenary scored 21 goals with 7 assists while goalkeeper Peter DeLuca posted an 11.60 goals against average while stopping 50.8 per cent of the shots he faced. Coach Guy Van Arsdale is in his first season at Jacksonville.

Nice to Meet You
The Tigers and the Dolphins will be facing each other for the first time in men’s lacrosse when the two teams meet on Saturday afternoon. Jacksonville is one of two teams that the Tigers will be playing against for the first time; Towson will host Mercer on Mar. 21 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

For Openers
The Tigers will be playing in the 54th season opener when they visit the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon. However, the Tigers will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak in season openers after losing a 10-6 decision against Johns Hopkins last year at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers enter the 2012 season with a 23-30 all-time record in season openers.   

For Openers, Part II
Towson first-year Coach Shawn Nadelen is looking to become the fifth coach in the program’s history to open his head coaching tenure with a victory. Of the previous six coaches at Towson, only Bob Melville and Ross Sachs have lost their first game as the Tigers’ coach.    

Nadelen Among Nation’s Youngest Division I Head Coaches
Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen begins his head coaching tenure as one of the youngest head coaches in Division I men’s lacrosse. Nadelen, who will turn 33 on Apr. 16, is one of 12 coaches who are under the age of 40 years old. Marist College Coach Keegan Wilkinson is the youngest head coach in the nation at 27 years old while Robert Morris first-year Coach Andrew McMinn is 29 years old.    

Boys of Winter
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Dolphins will mark the earliest start to a season in the 54-year history of the Towson men’s lacrosse program. The previous record for the earliest start in school history occurred last year when the Tigers hosted Johns Hopkins on Feb. 19. It is also the earliest start in the brief history of the Dolphins’ program.   North Caro

Heading Down South
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Dolphins will mark the furthest south that Towson has ever traveled for a men’s lacrosse game. Prior to Saturday, the Tigers’ southern-most travel was to North Carolina for games against Duke, N.C. State and North Carolina. The Tigers will fly a total of 735 miles to Jacksonville for the game on Saturday.      

A Friend Turned Foe
When the Tigers open the season on Saturday afternoon, they will be playing against a former Tiger midfielder as Brock Armour, ‘10 is a member of the Jacksonville coaching staff. A four-year letter winner for the Tigers from 2007-10, Armour played in 52 career games and scored 15 goals with 19 assists. As a senior, he played in all 15 games and tallied four goals with 10 assists. Armour, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is in his first season as a member of the Dolphins’ coaching staff.   

Pack Your Bags
The Tigers will open the season by playing their first three games away from Johnny Unitas® Stadium. It is the first time since the 1994 season that the Tigers have played three straight true road games to open the season (Towson played three games away from home in 2005, but one of them was a neutral site game against Air Force that was played at the University of Denver). In 1994, the Tigers opened the season with three straight road wins at Villanova, Maryland and Penn State.

Close Calls
Of the Tigers’ 13 games last season, 10 of them were decided by four goals or less. In addition, the Tigers played in six one-goal games and lost five of those six contests. Since the start of the 2010 season, the Tigers have played in 22 games that have been decided by four goals or less, including 11 one-goal games.

A Little Something Extra
Senior midfielder Michael Brashears ranked second on the Tigers last year with three extra-man goals, including a pair of extra-man goals against Drexel on Apr. 23 at Vidas Field. In fact, all seven of Brashears’ career goals have been scored in extra-man situations. He scored four extra-man goals as a sophomore, including a pair of extra-man goals against Drexel.

Hughes is Huge for Tigers Away from Home
Junior attackman Matt Hughes enjoyed playing away from Unitas Stadium last year, scoring 11 of his team-high 18 goals in the Tigers’ six road games. He posted a pair of three-goal efforts against Mount St. Mary’s on Mar. 5 and at Navy on Mar. 15. Hughes also had two goals with an assist at Delaware on Mar. 26 before a two-goal performance against Penn State on Apr. 16. It was a large contrast to Hughes’ freshman season when he tallied 11 of his 13 goals at home.

Iacona, Kenyon Named as Tigers’ Team Captains
Senior midfielder Carl Iacona and senior defenseman John Kenyon were named as the Tigers’ 2012 team captains prior to the team’s scrimmage against Albany on Feb. 4 by a vote of the team. Iacona is a two-year letter winner who has played in all 28 games for the Tigers since transferring from St. John’s University after his freshman season. He has scored 14 goals with seven assists in the last two years. Meanwhile, Kenyon is a three-year letter winner who ranked second on the team with 38 ground balls last year. He has played in 42 career games and has 50 ground balls.

Up Next for the Tigers
The Tigers will continue their season-opening three-game road trip next Friday when they travel to second-ranked Johns Hopkins for a 5 p.m. match-up against the Blue Jays. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.com in addition to airing on WNST-AM 1570. It will mark the 40th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series that Johns Hopkins leads by a 36-3 margin. The Blue Jays earned a 10-6 victory last year at Unitas Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

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New Towson lax coach Shawn Nadelen: “I always feel like that I’m going to finish on top”

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New Towson lax coach Shawn Nadelen: “I always feel like that I’m going to finish on top”

Posted on 01 June 2011 by Ryan Chell

Towson University- like several other schools in the area-has had to go to work recently in replacing several institutions in their coaching staff, and over the last several months Towson reached out to Pittsburgh and Pat Skerry to replace longtime coach Pat Kennedy.

And when tasked with the same issue when it came to replacing the men’s lacrosse coach as Tony Seaman-who has been a lacrosse coach for 30 years-announced his resignation on May9th after finishing his thirteenth season at Towson with a 3-10, the coaching search for Seaman was a little bit closer to home.

The search committee led by athletic director Mike Waddell took three weeks to filter through the candidates, but in the end the best man for the job was right on their own doorstep, as the school announced that Shawn Nadelen-an assistant for Seaman over the last seven seasons-would move into Seaman’s office and take the job in a larger capacity for the Tigers.

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He was introduced on Tuesday-where he also joined “The Morning Reaction” with Drew Forrester, who broke the story of Seaman’s departure back on May 9th.

The first thing that Nadelen told Forrester? That he expected to get the job from day one of the search.

“I always feel like that I’m going to finish on top,” Nadelen told Forrester. “It’s just the mentality that I have.”

“Going through the interview process, I felt like I delivered myself and my vision for the program well put myself in the best position-I thought-to have a good shot at this.”

A 2001 graduate of Hopkins-where he was a four year starter on defense and named an All-American- he got to learn under the best in Dave Pietramala.

“Coach Pietramala challenged us in practice every day,” Nadelen said later Tuesday in his introductory press conference. “He was completely prepared for practices and games and his intensity was contagious. To this day, I’m proud to have him as a mentor and friend.”

Nadelen said that his former mentor in Seaman has also made the transition seamless and that having Tony’s backing has been the best thing to happen for him and the program so far.

“Coach Seaman’s word is as good as gold,” Nadelen said. “To have his backing, it just allows me to have such great support, and it gives me the confidence knowing that he understands what it takes to be successful in college coaching.”

And with that, he has been sure to hold any criticism of his former boss when it comes to fixing the problems with the Tigers lacrosse team, which finished 3-10 and 1-5 in the CAA in 2010-2011.

“It’s not that we did things improperly or poorly under Coach Seaman at all-it’s just that I may do things a little bit differently and agreed with a lot of things we did in the past, but we might tweak things here and there as well.”

When asked about his game plan for next season after only being in the position for a matter of hours, Nadelen said that at first glance the Tigers need to have better balance on both sides of the ball.

“I think that’s extremely important,” Nadelen said. “I’m a believer that a great face-off guy and a great goalie can make any team look great. You see teams out there that have had great guys in those roles and they have been able to be very successful.”

In the end, Nadelen said that he’s willing to do anything in order to win, and for a struggling Towson lacrosse program, that attitude is probably the right one for now.

“Anything that allows us to be the most successful in any game, I’m going to really do the best to put us in that situation.”

WNST thanks new Tigers lax coach Shawn Nadelen for joining “The Morning Reaction”! We look forward to covering him next spring! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!

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Towson Gives Nod to Nadelen as Next Lacrosse Coach

Posted on 29 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of Towson’s Sports Information Department…

SHAWN NADELEN NAMED AS TOWSON HEAD MEN’S LACROSSE COACH

A Champion at All Levels as a Player and Coach, Nadelen Set to be Seventh Bench Boss in Program’s History

TOWSON, Md. – A highly-decorated and respected collegiate and professional player and current Associate Head Coach at Towson University, Shawn Nadelen has been tabbed to take over the Tiger men’s lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and Interim President Marcia G. Welsh announced Sunday.

“Shawn’s championship experience at the collegiate, professional and international levels as both a player and a coach make him the ideal leader for Towson Lacrosse,” Waddell says. “When you look in his eyes, there is the intensity of a CHAMPION and a resolve which will bring the most out of our student-athletes on and off the field. He is the perfect choice to continue the coaching legacies of Carl Runk and Tony Seaman.

“While at Towson, Shawn has solidified himself as part of the collegiate lacrosse landscape here in Baltimore and across the county as this sport continues to expand from coast to coast,” Waddell added. “As someone who is still active as an athlete, Shawn has great name recognition with the lacrosse community. We look forward to keeping him and his wife, Mary, a professor at Towson, here as key members of our Tiger family.”

Nadelen just completed his seventh season at Towson and his second at the team’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Since Nadelen arrived at Towson in 2004, he has sparked a defensive resurgence in which the Tigers have allowed an average of nine or fewer goals four times and finished among the nation’s top 20 defenses twice, including this year when the Tigers allowed 8.23 goals per game.

During his first year at Towson, the Tigers ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.88 goals per game. It was the Tigers’ best goals against average since the 1974 season when the Tigers won the Division II national championship with a 7.3 goals against average.

In 2006, the Tigers ranked third in the CAA with an 8.42 goals against average while holding opponents to under 10 goals nine times. In 2008, the Tigers were fourth in the CAA with an 8.48 average.

Towson has recruited and developed many talented players during Nadelen’s tenure, including 17 first-team and 17 second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association performers. In addition, eight freshmen have been selected to the CAA All-Rookie squad.

Prior to joining the Towson staff, Nadelen spent three years as an assistant coach for Coach Bill Tierney at Princeton and was a member of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams. Princeton won the NCAA Division I title in 2002 and reached the semi-finals in 2004. 

A four-year starter and a captain for the Blue Jays as a senior, Nadelen moved from the midfield position to close defense as a junior. He led the Blue Jays to the NCAA semi-finals twice during his playing career and was named an all-American in 2001.

In addition to coaching, Nadelen has continued his playing career at the indoor and outdoor professional level. A three-time Major League Lacrosse champion with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Nadelen is currently in his 11th season with the franchise. He is the only player to have all played in all 11 years of the team’s existence.

Nadelen also completed his 10th season as a player in the National Lacrosse League. He has played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Wings after stints with the New Jersey Storm and Minnesota Swarm.

One of his greatest highlights as a player came in the Summer of 2010 when he recovered from a serious knee injury to help Team USA win the gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in England. 

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Nadelen is married to the former Mary Ciolek, who is a certified athletic trainer and a member of Towson’s kinesiology faculty. The couple resides in the Baltimore area.

“Our search committee did an outstanding job of reviewing many qualified candidates while providing great insight into what Towson Lacrosse has been and what we hope to be in the future,” Waddell says. “I want to thank these folks and the many generous coaches around the country on the high school, college and professional levels for their counsel during this process.”

The members of the search committee included:

Greg LaCour (Committee Co-Chair): Director of Development, Major Gifts at Towson and former men’s lacrosse student-athlete
Mike Harris (Committee Co-Chair): Senior Associate Director of Athletics, External Relations and men’s lacrosse oversight
Carl Runk: Retired Head Men’s Lacrosse and Football Coach, Towson University
Sonia LaMonica: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Towson University
Heather Crowe: Kinesiology Professor at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Steve Heaney: Lecturer in English at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Norm Engelke: Cornell alumnus and two-time United States National Team World Games player
Bob Shriver: Washington College alumnus and head boys’ lacrosse coach at Boys’ Latin School
Tim Barger: Towson University alumnus and former men’s lacrosse and soccer student-athlete

“Towson University is committed to the sport of lacrosse and with the tandem of Shawn Nadelen and Sonia LaMonica leading our teams, I feel as if we have two of the finest coaches in the nation leading our Tigers on and off the field,” Waddell said.

Shawn Nadelen Coaching Timeline

Year  School  Position  Record  Highlights 

2001  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  14‐1  NCAA Champions; Ivy League Champions 

2002  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  10‐5  Ivy League Champions; NCAA Semi‐finalists 

2003  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  11‐4  Ivy League Champions; NCAA Quarter‐finalists 

2004  Towson University  Assistant Coach  11‐5  CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament 

2005  Towson University  Assistant Coach  11‐5  CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament 

2006  Towson University  Assistant Coach  8‐6 

2007  Towson University  Assistant Coach  9‐7  Tigers earn NCAA Tournament at‐large berth  

2008  Towson University  Assistant Coach  5‐9 

2009  Towson University  Assistant Coach  7‐10  CAA runners‐up 

2010  Towson University  Associate Head Coach  7‐8  CAA runners‐up; CAA regular season champions 

2011  Towson University  Associate Head Coach  3‐10

What They’re Saying About Shawn Nadelen

Former Towson Men’s Lacrosse Coach Tony Seaman

“I am very proud that Shawn has been named as the head coach at Towson. I think they hired the right person for the job and I know Shawn will do a great job as the next head coach of Towson Lacrosse.”

Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Coach Dave Pietramala

“When I think of Shawn, I think of the word class. From the time I met him during his senior year in high school to his senior year  at Johns Hopkins when he played for me, he has been a first class individual. He has continued to do things the right way as a coach and really cares about the kids and wants to be successful. Towson made a great choice in hiring not only a good coach, but an even better person.”

United States National Team and Bryant University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Pressler

“I am very ecstatic for Shawn. In all of my time as a coach at the collegiate and international levels, I have never come across someone who is more of a competitor and is more selfless than Shawn. He is a tremendous individual who has a lot of character. What he did in five months to come back from his knee injury and play at the level he did in the World Championships last year is one of the most remarkable and incredible things I have ever seen as a coach. To see Shawn named as the head coach at Towson is very exciting for not only Shawn, but for Towson as well because they got a great young coach and an outstanding young man that the players will look up to. Congratulations to Towson on an outstanding hire.”

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Things You Need To Do To Consider Yourself a “Baltimore Sports Expert”

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7: Things You Need To Do To Consider Yourself a “Baltimore Sports Expert”

Posted on 25 May 2011 by Glenn Clark

In honor of the fact that the “reporter” from the FM sports station in town had trouble finding Towson University yesterday, we thought we’d put together a bucket list for our Tuesday Top 7, which came on a Wednesday this week.

Today’s Tuesday Top 7 topic was “The Top 7 Things You Need To Do To Consider Yourself a Baltimore Sports Expert.” As always, I hope it’s self explanatory.

Glenn Clark’s list…

7. Attend relevant high school football, basketball and lacrosse games

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6. Get genuinely pissed off while watching an Orioles game at Camden Yards

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5. Listened to Colts stories from Art Donovan (or someone for whom the Colts meant equally as much)

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4. Bring your own beer to a duckpin bowling alley

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3. Attend a nighttime Johns Hopkins-Maryland game at Homewood Field

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2. Travel on the road WITH Ravens fans

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1. Morgan State-Coppin State basketball

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Drew Forrester’s list…

7. Get to know Pete Caringi, Jim Margraff, Tony Seaman, Mike Gottlieb, Randy Monroe, Phil Stern, other Charm City college coaches

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6. Watch old guys play bocce in Little Italy

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5. Emerse yourself in Baltimore Catholic League basketball

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4. Know and be able to talk to former Baltimore Colts

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3. Spend a day at Pimlico and appreciate what horse racing means to Maryland

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2. Take in golf/tennis at Clifton Park

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1. Have a 20 minute chat with Art Modell

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If you missed the explanation the list on “The Morning Reaction” Wednesday on AM1570 WNST, hit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Towson lacrosse: Seaman’s departure was expected, but still sad

Posted on 09 May 2011 by Drew Forrester

After 13 seasons at Towson University, Tony Seaman was dismissed as the head lacrosse coach on Monday.

The press release called it a resignation and Seaman himself even authored a romantic quote about “new challenges” and stuff like that, but anyone who knows Tony Seaman knows he didn’t quit.  He never would have done that.

That he was fired on Monday isn’t really a shock to anyone.  The Tigers were 3-10 this past season and haven’t won the CAA title over four straight seasons.  Seaman’s contractual status made it easy for Athletic Director Mike Waddell to pull the plug. Lots of folks around town were under the impression the former coach signed a 3-year contract extension last spring under then-AD Mike Hermann, but it turns out Seaman merely inked three, one-year deals as part of that extension.  It’s much easier to part company with someone when you merely don’t exercise year two rather than firing someone after year one and owing them two more years of money.

And that’s what Mike Waddell did on Monday.  He got out of the deal.

I went to Twitter on Monday and produced a tweet that announced Seaman’s departure and labeled it “a travesty”.  That got a few bozos up in arms at one of the local lacrosse web sites and earned me a handful of irate emails from people who wanted to tell me how much Seaman “sucks” and how he “ruined” the program at Towson.

The world is filled with reactionaries, a point I once again learned on Monday dealing with folks who wanted to lash out at me because I defended Tony Seaman.

Tony’s departure WAS a travesty, but not necessarily in the way some people might think.

The strange-twist of the Seaman era coming to an end isn’t as much about his dismissal, but more so the fact that Towson finally has an Athletic Director that might be on the verge of starting to build a new foundation of success at Towson University.

In other words:  I think Tony Seaman could have succeeded working under Mike Waddell and his administration.

Seaman, you’ll recall (unless you’d conveniently like to forget it) labored under the budget-restrictive Wayne Edwards-era and then plodded along – with nearly every other sports team – through five years of nice-guy Mike Hermann running the department at Towson.

Mike Waddell, it turns out, was a very good hire by Towson last September.  He’s put together an extremely competent staff in his 8 months on the job and for the first time in a long, long time, there’s actually a small sliver of light at the end of the Towson tunnel.

The travesty is that Seaman now won’t get to prosper from Towson’s bright decision to hire Waddell.  It should be noted – and therefore, I’m mentioning it here – that Seaman has been extended an offer by Waddell to stay on board in a yet-to-be announced position within the athletic department.  That’s a smart move, a generous one, and, frankly, an indication that Towson understands the real value of Tony Seaman, one of the best people you’ll ever meet in sports or anywhere else for that matter.

But the point about Seaman and his lacrosse program NOT getting to prosper from the vision and the work ethic of Mike Waddell shouldn’t go unnoticed here.

Isn’t that why colleges make changes in their athletic department in the first place?  They bring in new people to help their coaches and teams achieve success.  A new AD isn’t brought in to just fire all the coaches whose teams are struggling or underachieving.  Any goof can just show up and start handing out pink slips.  A new AD is supposed to bring new ideas, new concepts and a new way of thinking – and succeeding.

Ironically, I think Mike Waddell has done just that in his short time at Towson.  He’s implemented a lot of new ideas and new concepts…and a favorable future is no longer a pipe dream at TU.  It’s not going to happen overnight and there will be more losing before the winning starts in the main revenue sports, but Towson won’t be the CAA doormat in two or three years.

And that’s why Seaman’s departure was hard to digest when I heard the news on Monday.

Waddell didn’t have to fire Tony Seaman.

He could have drawn a line in the sand and said, “You know what, I can help Tony win lacrosse games if I – on behalf of the department – give him the help he needs to make his team the best it can be.”

He COULD have done that.

But he didn’t.

Waddell took the 3-10 season of 2010-2011 and a bunch of local losses to schools like Loyola and Hopkins and Maryland and wove it all into a blanket of distrust that Seaman was not, in fact, capable of turning his program around in a short amount of time.

When push came to shove, rather than see if Tony Seaman would benefit under his leadership, Mike Waddell listened to the masses who wanted Tony out.

And that’s a shame, really, because I think Waddell is good and I know Seaman is good.  And I also think they would have been really good for one another, Waddell being the young visionary who understands that the lacrosse team at Towson has the best chance for national prominence given the relative competitive nature of big-time lacrosse and Seaman being the older, wiser sportsman who has his finger on the Baltimore lacrosse community and knows what it takes to build a program and recruit against the powerhouses like Virginia, Duke, North Carolina and Johns Hopkins who raid the neighborhoods of Ruxton and Roland Park and Lutherville and take the area’s best players every year.

I’m not sure why Mike Waddell didn’t give Mike Waddell a chance to make an impact with Tony Seaman and his lacrosse program.  I think it would have been a good marriage.

Some of the so-called experts in town who just look at wins and losses and don’t know anything about the real inner workings of college athletics crowed about  how overdue Seaman’s departure was when the news broke on Monday.

What’s overdue, frankly, is Towson making a commitment to their athletic department.

For more than a decade prior to Waddell’s arrival, Towson talked-the-talk about sports, but they never really walked-the -walk. Under Waddell, they’re walking-the-walk.

It’s a shame Tony Seaman didn’t get to make that walk with Mike Waddell.

I think Seaman would have liked working for Mike Waddell.

And Waddell, had he given Seaman the chance to at least work with him for a full year, would have enjoyed having Tony Seaman on his team.

I would have bet the house on both of those statements.

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Lacrosse Coach Tony Seaman Out At Towson

Posted on 09 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release of the story, which was first reported by WNST.net’s Drew Forrester (via Twitter). The release is courtesy of the Tigers’ Sports Information Department.

Coaching Legend Tony Seaman Resigns

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s lacrosse coach and Baltimore Lacrosse Hall of Famer Tony Seaman announced his resignation today after completing his 13th season at Towson and 30th overall.

“Change is always difficult, but exciting,” said Seaman. “Old doors close and new ones open and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

The 2011 season marked the end of Seaman’s third decade as a head coach. Coming into this season, his 260 wins and .625 winning percentage ranked seventh and 12th respectively among active NCAA coaches.

“Tony is a coach with Hall of Fame credentials and a love and passion for the sport of lacrosse,” said Towson Director of Athletics Mike Waddell. “He has given everything he has into this program over the last 13 years and has made a difference in the lives of the kids he has coached. We wish Tony and his wife Guri all the best moving forward and it is our most sincere hope that they will stay active with the Towson program that has such a special place in their heart.”

Seaman has guided his teams into the NCAA Division I Tournament 19 times. He is one of only two coaches to have been honored as the National Coach of the Year at two different schools, earning the award in 1983 and 1984 while at the University of Pennsylvania and during the 2001 season when he led the Tigers to the NCAA Division I Semifinals.

He is the only coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to guide three different schools (Penn, Johns Hopkins, Towson) to the NCAA Tournament. In 13 years at Towson, the Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament five times (2001, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘07).

During his stint at Towson, Seaman compiled record of 99-93, which included four conference championships – the last of which came in 2005 when the Tigers won their third straight Colonial Athletic Association championship.

As the head men’s lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins University, Seaman coached the United States National Team in the 1994 ILF World Championships in Manchester, England. He led the United States to a perfect record and the title after beating Australia, 21-7, in the championship game.

A confidential national search for the next head coach of Towson lacrosse will begin immediately. Associate Head Coach Shawn Nadelen will oversee the team operations during the transition.

Seaman and Towson are working to develop a position within the Department of Athletics where he will continue to be involved as a mentor to the coaches and work with the Tiger Club and its fund raising efforts.

“With his vast wealth of knowledge as a coach, Tony will be a great asset to our administrative staff,” said Waddell. “Tony has endeared himself to the Baltimore community and he will use his ties to improve the lives of every student-athlete, present, past and in the future.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 April 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Avnet LPGA Classic (Thursday & Friday 12:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm. All golf from Mobile, AL live on Golf Channel); Soccer: U.S. Open Cup-New England Revolution @ DC United (Tuesday 7:30pm RFK Stadium), MLS-DC United @ Houston Dynamo (Friday 8:30pm from Houston live on Fox Soccer Channel)

10. Rise Against/Bad Religion (Wednesday 6pm Rams Head Live, Tuesday 6:30pm 9:30 Club), Guster (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Jackie Greene (Sunday 6:30pm Rams Head Live, Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Stone Temple Pilots (Tuesday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Wiz Khalifa (Thursday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Alkaline Trio (Sunday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Saliva (Friday 7pm Bourbon Street); Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Wednesday 8pm Ottobar); Rockapella (Sunday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); 30 Seconds to Mars (Wednesday 7pm Patriot Center); Dan Band (Friday 7pm 9:30 Club); Peter Bjorn and John (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Brand New (Tuesday 6:30pm Sonar); Neil Young (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Hippodrome); UMBC Quadmania feat. Snoop Dogg (Friday 8pm RAC Arena); Sweetlife Festival feat. The Strokes, Girl Talk, Ra Ra Riot, Lupe Fiasco, Cold War Kids (Sunday 12pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Tony Rock (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Brian Regan (Sunday 7pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); David Crosby & Graham Nash (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); “A Toast to William Donald Schaefer” (Tuesday 5pm Phillips Harborplace)

So you mean to tell me both Pier Six AND Merriweather are opening this week? TREMENDOUS news! Perhaps there WILL be a Summer this year after all!

And STP is opening Pier Six? I think I’ll stop by after the Schaefer toast!

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Wiz Khalifa is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. If you enjoy “Black & Yellow” you’re a bad person. If you enjoy other Wiz Khalifa tunes…well…this could go either way.

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Funny story about The Strokes. Their drummer was dating Drew Barrymore when they played HFStival back in 2006. I was wandering around backstage and nearly tackled her because she was roughly 3 feet tall.

Wait…did I say “funny”? I meant “here’s something I can say about the Strokes before posting their video. It’s non-sensical.”

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When I went to UMBC, Busta Rhymes played Quadmania. This year they’ve got Snoop Dogg. Meanwhile…Towson got Reel Big Fish and Far East Movement for their concert. Advantage…once again…UMBC.

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Neil Young’s coming to town. We all have one uncle who is FREAKING OUT in anticipation…

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9. Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday throughout downtown Towson); Citypaper Brewfest (Saturday 1pm Broadway Square Fells Point)

Another sign that Summer could actually happen this year? Two AMAZING events that happen to fall on the same weekend that I have to spend sitting behind a desk in Owings Mills! (Hey…at least I get Sunday.)

If you’re not familiar, Towson looks lovely as Spring finally turns to Summer. You know what I mean, right? “Lovely”?

Really? I have to spell this out for you?

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Yeah…it still doesn’t do it justice.

8. NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals-Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls (Game 5 Tuesday 8pm from Chicago live on TNT, Game 6 if necessary Thursday from Indianapolis TBD, Game 7 if necessary Saturday TBD from Chicago live on TNT), Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic (Game 5 Tuesday 7:30pm from Orlando live on NBATV, Game 6 if necessary Thursday TBD from Atlanta, Game 7 if necessary Saturday TBD from Orlando live on TNT), Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat (Game 5 Wednesday 7pm from Miami live on TNT, Game 6 if necessary Friday TBD from Philly, Game 7 if necessary Sunday TBD from Miami); Western Conference Quarterfinals-New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Game 5 Tuesday 10:30pm from LA live on TNT, Game 6 Thursday TBD from New Orleans live on TNT, Game 7 if necessary Saturday TBD from LA live on TNT), Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs (Game 5 Wednesday TBD from San Antonio, Game 6 if necessary Friday TBD from Memphis, Game 7 if necessary Sunday TBD from San Antonio), Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 5 Wednesday TBD from Oklahoma City, Game 6 if necessary Friday TBD from Denver, Game 7 if necessary Sunday TBD from Oklahoma City), Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trailblazers (Game 6 Thursday TBD from Portland, Game 7 if necessary Saturday TBD from Dallas live on TNT)

What I like? The Washington Wizards never sniffed the playoffs. What I like more? Steve Blake is over his bout with the chicken pox. What I like even more than that? JUEVOS!!!

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7. Auto Racing: NASCAR Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 (Saturday 7:30pm from Richmond live on FOX); Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 (Sunday 12pm from Sao Paulo, Brazil live on VERSUS)

This week’s NASCAR race is called the “Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.”

Rex Snider…please defend this somehow.

I’m sorry I can’t make the trip to Richmond by the way…I would have looked forward to doing what other NASCAR fans do…

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6. NHL Playoffs: Washington Capitals vs. TBA (2nd round playoffs Friday-Monday from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/VERSUS/NBC)

Everyone keeps asking…who would you want to see the Caps play in the next round?

I keep responding…”Are the 1980′s Edmonton Oilers an option?”

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5. Pro Wrestling: WWE Extreme Rules (Sunday 8pm from Tampa Bay live on Pay-Per-View)

They’re calling this event “Extreme Rules.” They might as well call it “we used to do awesome things…now we just do a lot of John Cena.”

This event used to be called “ECW One Night Stand.” It used to be really good…

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4. College Lacrosse: Loyola @ Johns Hopkins (Saturday 2pm from Homewood Field live on ABC2/ESPN3.com); St. Joseph’s @ Towson (Saturday 7:30pm Unitas Stadium)

I have an AWFUL feeling that Saturday night’s game could be Tony Seaman’s last as Tigers head coach. If it is…the whole Towson community owes Coach a MAJOR debt of gratitude.

As far as JHU-Loyola goes, I get the feeling there will be more than one “Lax bro” in attendance…

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3. College Football: Maryland Red/White Spring Game (Saturday 3:30pm Byrd Stadium); Towson University Tiger Bowl (Saturday 1pm Unitas Stadium)

Torrey Smith might be gone, but there will be a receiver on the field for the Terps Saturday that might be even more familiar to you…

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2. Mixed Martial Arts: Shogun Fights IV (Saturday 6:30pm 1st Mariner Arena); UFC 129: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields (Saturday 9pm from Toronto live on Pay-Per-View)

I don’t think I need to explain again to you how much I think you should attend Shogun Fights Saturday night. John Rallo does a HELL of a job putting the event on. It’s outstanding. There will be a number of Ravens in attendance…DT’s Kelly Gregg and Arthur Jones have even worked out with Rallo at Ground Control.

(You can hear Gregg, Rallo and Thyrl Nelson talk about that on last week’s episode of “The MMA Report” on AM1570 WNST in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net!)

Speaking of Ravens, did you miss Tom Zbikowski’s knockout of Blake Werner Saturday night? Here it is…

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Tom was introduced as an “All-Pro.” He now has the responsibility to live up to that this season.

1. NFL Draft (Thursday 8pm Friday 6pm Saturday 12pm from New York live on NFL Network & ESPN)

Jimmy Smith? Jon Baldwin? Mike Pouncey? Derrek Sherrod? Cameron Heyward? Muhammad Wilkerson? Torrey Smith? Nate Solder? JJ Watt?

There are going to be a bunch of new players headed to Charm City this weekend, but I feel like the only way I could be satisfied is if I heard one particular name called Thursday night…Masha Novoselova. (Thanks Guyism!)

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I definitely feel like I could root for her.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Saturday Lax: Loyola, UMBC, Stevenson Win While Towson Drops Heartbreaker

Posted on 09 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Saturday’s games, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Comer’s OT Goal Gives Loyola Win Over Stags

BALTIMORE – Senior D.J. Comer scored his second goal of the game 49 seconds into overtime to give the #20 Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds a 7-6 victory over visting Fairfield in an ECAC conference game at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds (6-3 overall, 3-2 ECAC) started off quick with goals by Davis Butts and Mike Sawyer to take a 2-0 lead with 12:35 remaining in the first quarter. Fairfield (5-5 overall, 2-2 ECAC) would get one back with a goal by John Snellman 12 seconds before the end of the quarter.

The two teams traded goals in the second and third quarters as Matt Langan scored twice and Comer scored his first of the game to give the Greyhounds a 5-4 lead into the fourth quarter.

Fairfield’s Sam Snow scored just 32 seconds into the fourth period to tie the game, and Max Trunz tallied an extra-man goal with 4:39 remaining to give the Stags their first lead at 6-5. However, Loyola’s Chris Palmer evened the score at 2:50, setting up Comer’s game-winner.

Mike Sawyer finished with a game-high three points on a goal and two assists and Chris Palmer also enjoyed a multi-point effort with a goal and an assist. Jake Hagelin had 10 saves in goal for the Greyhounds.

Loyola outshot Fairfield 38-24 and forced the Stags to commit 16 turnovers to only 11 for the Greyhounds.

Retrievers Use Six-Goal Second Quarter Surge to Best Binghamton, 8-6

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) scored three goals and added an assist as the host Retrievers edged Binghamton, 8-6, in an America East Conference contest.

The Retrievers won back-to-back games for the first time this season and improved to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Bearcats fell to 5-6, 1-1.

Brown was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, while Bearcat freshman attackman Brandon Planck, who scored a pair of goals, earned the honor for his team.

UMBC used a 6-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the contest. Trailing 2-1 after Binghamton midfielder David Raleigh scored 1:28 into the second quarter, Brown tied the game on an unassisted tally 2:46 into the stanza. Sophomore midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) gave the Retrievers the lead for good, converting a Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) feed on the right wing just 39 seconds after Brown had tied the game.

Brown completed his hat trick with back-to-back scores 57 seconds apart at the 9:38 and 8:41 marks of the stanza. Then, sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) got into the act, converting a Brown pass at the 6:22 mark and completing the surge with an unassisted tally with 5:34 to play in the first half.

UMBC had scored only 13 second quarter goals through the first eight games, before exploding for the six-spot in the contest.

Binghamton scored the final two goals of the half and trailed, 7-4, at the break.

The Bearcats slowed UMBC down with a zone defense in the second half and scored the lone goal of the third quarter when Planck tallied midway through the period.

UMBC broke a scoring drought of 25:33 when freshman midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) fired in a shot from the left wing after receiving a pass from behind the net by senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) at the 11:01 mark of the final stanza.

Raleigh scored his second goal of the game with 4:08 remaining, but UMBC netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) saved a Tyler Perrelle shot with 1:13 to play and the Retrievers posted their 11th consecutive win over the Bearcats. 

Jones and Linkous each scored two goals for UMBC, while Raleigh added a pair for the visitors.

Binghamton outshot UMBC, 33-26, as McCullough and Bearcat freshman goalkeeper Kraig Heston each were credited with six saves.

The six goals allowed by UMBC are the fewest permitted this season and the least since a 6-5 victory over Rutgers in the second game of the 2010 campaign.

The Retrievers travel to Albany to face the Great Danes in a league showdown on April 16.

UMass Stuns Towson In Overtime, 9-8
TOWSON, Md. – In a season filled with heart-breaking losses and disappointing endings, the Tigers added another chapter to their story on Saturday against 16th-ranked Massachusetts.

Sophomore attackman Kyle Smith scored an unassisted goal with 2:05 remaining in overtime as UMass (7-3, 2-1) stunned the Tigers (2-8, 0-3) with a 9-8 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers in Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Minutemen overcame an 8-6 deficit in the final 2:40 of regulation to pull out an unlikely win.

“This is a disappointing loss for us,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “I thought we played better than UMass did today, but give them credit for taking advantage of a couple of breakdowns on our part in the final two minutes of regulation and in the overtime. For some reason, that’s been the life of this team for the entire year.”

With 2:40 left in regulation, sophomore attackman Will Manny scored on a fast break off a pass from junior midfielder Anthony Biscardi to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Senior goalkeeper Travis Love made a save off a shot by Biscardi with 1:32 left in regulation and the Tigers tried to run out the clock. However, senior attackman Tim Stratton turned the ball over with nine seconds remaining when he failed to get the ball back inside the box within ten seconds.

Senior midfielder Ryan Hantverk took the ball and sprinted up the field to the left of the Tiger goal. With one second left, he snuck a shot behind Love to tie the game at 8-8.

Although the Tigers controlled the faceoff in overtime, they were unable to get a shot and turned the ball over. With 2:10 left in overtime, Hantverk’s shot hit the post. Smith picked up the loose ball in front of the goal and scored the game-winner, his 14th goal of the season.

For most of the fourth quarter, it appeared that the Tigers were going to pull out a come-from-behind win. UMass owned a 5-3 lead late in the third quarter before the Tigers rallied by scoring four consecutive goals. With 5:24 left in the third quarter,  Stratton’s second goal of the game cut the deficit to 5-4.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers tied the game at 5-5 when junior attackman Stephen Norris scored an extra-man goal off a pass from senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte with 14:47 left in the fourth quarter.

Senior midfielder Pat Britton gave Towson its first lead of the game when he scored off a pass from Stratton with 12:28 left in regulation.

The Tigers maintained their 6-5 lead until 6:47 remained in the fourth quarter when Britton scored on a long shot out front to up the lead to 7-5.

With 5:01 left in regulation, Manny’s third goal of the game, an extra man goal off a pass from Biscardi, pulled UMass to within 7-6.

Less than a minute later, Britton gave Towson an 8-6 advantage when he scored his third goal off the game off a pass from Andrew Hodgson.

The Minutemen grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the opening four minutes of the game. Manny gave the Minutemen a 1-0 advantage when he scored an unassisted goal just 1:25 into the game. On the play, Manny forced a turnover, grabbed a ground ball and ran around the goal before he scored.

With 11:24 left in the first quarter, junior attackman Art Kell scored an unassisted goal to give UMass a 2-0 advantage.

An extra man goal by Hodgson off a pass from Mezzanotte cut the Tigers’ deficit to 2-1 early in the second quarter. With 9:19 left in the half, Stratton’s unassisted goal tied the game at 2-2.

With 3:32 remaining in the half, sophomore defenseman Ryan Hollenbaugh scored the first goal of his career on a fast break to give UMass a 3-2 advantage.

Only 28 seconds into the second half, junior midfielder Greg Rushing scored an unassisted goal to increase the UMass lead to 4-2.

After sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scored off a pass from Stratton to cut the deficit to 4-3, Manny scored an extra man goal to give UMass a 5-3 advantage.

With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 1-4 in one-goal games this season.

Manny led UMass with four goals while Kell added a goal and an assist. Biscardi led the Minutemen with two assists.

Britton, who recorded the second “hat trick” of his career, led the Tigers with three goals while Stratton had a season-high four points by two goals and two assists.

Love made a season-high 13 saves for the Tigers while junior goalkeeper Tim McCormack made ten saves for UMass.

Both teams had 32 shots in the game while Towson owned a 38-27 advantage on ground balls. The Tigers had 15 turnovers, including two turnovers that led to the final two UMass goals. The Minutemen had 11 turnovers.

The Tigers return to action next Saturday at Penn State at 7:00 p.m. for a Colonial Athletic Association game. Meanwhile, the Minutemen will host Drexel next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Garber Field.

Post-Game Notes:
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The Tigers and the Minutemen met for the fourth time in the all-time series … The series is now tied at 2-2 as UMass earned its first-ever win at Towson.
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The Tigers played their fifth one-goal game, including their fourth one-goal affair in the last five games … The Tigers have a 1-4 record in one-goal games this year … The Tigers have now played in 14 one-goal games over the last three years.
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Meanwhile, the Minutemen played in their third one-goal game of the season … It was their first one-goal victory of the year after losing to Albany (9-8) and Penn State (8-7).
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The Tigers played a ranked opponent for the sixth time this year … The Tigers have played a nationally-ranked opponent in all six of their home games this season and have a 1-5 record in those games.
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The Tigers played their first overtime game of the season … It is the Tigers’ first overtime game since April 22, 2009 when Towson dropped an 11-10 decision against Johns Hopkins in double overtime … The Tigers are now 8-10 in overtime games.
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Britton had his first “hat trick” since April 11, 2009 when he scored three goals against Hofstra.
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The Tigers have now lost four games in a row, marking their longest losing streak since a four-game skid during the 2008 season.
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Stratton posted the 32nd multi-point game of his college career … In addition, he had his 14th career multi-goal effort.
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With his four-point game against the Minutemen, Stratton now has 99 points in his college career … With his next point, he will become the 31st player in school history to record 100 career points.
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Mezzanotte tallied the third multi-assist game of his college career … In addition, he now has four career multi-point games … Mezzanotte has tallied seven points in the last three games, scoring two goals with five assists.
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Hodgson earned his sixth multi-point game of the season after scoring a goal with an assist on Saturday afternoon.
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Manny extended his point-scoring streak to 24 straight games after his four-goal performance against Towson on Saturday afternoon … It was his eighth career “hat trick” and his third career four-goal game … He had four goals against Hartford and Saint Joseph’s.
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With a goal and an assist on Saturday, Kell recorded the 17th multi-point game of his college career.
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Biscardi matched his career high with two assists against Towson on Saturday … It was the ninth multi-assist game of his career.
- Hantverk has a 10-game point-scoring streak after tallying a goal against Towson … He has scored 14 goals with five assists during the streak

Seahawks Stymied by No. 3 Stevenson
ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – Despite a career-high 20 saves by junior goalie Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s), the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team dropped a 17-4 decision to Capital Athletic Conference nemesis, No. 3 Stevenson University, Saturday afternoon as the loss dampened the mood of Senior Day.

Junior attackman J.P. Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) notched his second consecutive multiple-goal game as Lennon paced the Seahawks (3-8, 2-4 CAC) in the loss with a hat trick while senior midfielder Will Bell (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) scored the team’s fourth goal.

Stevenson (13-1, 6-0 CAC) struck first as senior midfielder Neal Barthleme (Towson, Md./Dulaney) completed a pass from senior attackman Jimmy Dailey (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) for a man-up goal at 11:52 following a two-minute illegal body check to the head penalty on senior LSM Michael Ott (Arnold, Md./Broadneck).  Lennon evened up the game with his first tally of the day at 9:44 off an assist by senior attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) before Dailey scored twice to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Mustangs then proceeded to score the next five goals, including the first two of the period by Dailey.  Lennon broke up the Stevenson scoring with an unassisted goal at 2:19.  Stevenson then tallied two in a 28-second span as Barthleme and senior midfielder Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) each found the back of the net for a 10-2 Mustang halftime lead.

Dailey picked up his fifth of the day to start the third stanza before Lennon netted his third of the day at 10:58 off an assist by senior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn).  Stevenson then strung together six straight goals – two to end the third and four to start off the fourth period. Barthleme scored three straight in a span of 3:34 before Bell fired in his shot as time expired.

Along with his 20 stops, Wheeler led the Seahawks with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

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Maryland Rout of Virginia Highlights Saturday Lacrosse Action

Posted on 02 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of this weekend’s lacrosse action-courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

#10 Terps Topple #4 Virginia, 12-7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Ryan Young led the No. 10 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team with six points on two goals and four assists, while junior Joe Cummings and sophomore John Haus each scored four goals, in the Terps’ 12-7 victory over No. 4 Virginia in front of 10,545 at Scott Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-1 ACC) drew first blood less than four minutes into the first quarter with some help from a fortunate bounce. Steele Stanwick wrapped around the left side of the Maryland goal and threw a wild shot over his shoulder. Terp redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato got his stick on it, but the ball trickled into the net for a 1-0 Wahoo lead.

The Terps (7-2, 1-2 ACC) tied the game at the 5:30 mark when sophomore John Haus finished a nice feed to the crease by Young. Young dodged Virginia defender Scott McWilliams behind the cage and junior Drew Snider set a great pick to give Young the extra step he needed to get off a pinpoint pass to Haus for the one-timer.

Young then gave Maryland its first lead of the game on a terrific individual effort. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt pushed the ball in transition, but Wahoo goalie Adam Ghitelman made the save. The rebound went to the Cavaliers’ Matt Lovejoy, who tried to get the ball to Ghitelman behind the net for the clear. But, Young picked off the pass and scored easily into the open net with 2:16 to go in the first.

But Virginia came out shooting at the start of the second and got unassisted goals from Colin Briggs and John Haldy less than a minute apart to take a 3-2 lead with 13:16 to go in second.

The Terps looked to be in a bit of a jam at the 11:26 mark when they were assessed two non-releasable unnecessary roughness penalties. But Maryland’s man-down unit proved up to the challenge and killed off the penalties.

Virginia, however, quickly built its lead to 4-2 when Rhamel Bratton hit a running left-hander from 10 yards outside the hash marks at the 9:31 mark,

Maryland got back on the board less than three minutes later thanks to its vaunted transition game. Jesse Bernhardt caused a turnover and pushed the ball into the Terps’ offensive zone. Bernhardt then flipped a back-handed pass to Blye on the right wing and Blye ripped an eight-yard shot to make it a 4-3 game.

Bratton scored again to make it a 5-3 game with 5:30 left, but a penalty on McWilliams gave the Terps their first extra-man advantage and Maryland didn’t let it go to waste. Blye quickly found Cummings on the crease and Cummings one-timed it into the Virginia net to cut the deficit back to a goal with 4:37 left in the second.

The Terps opened the third quarter with a nice pick-and-roll play with Haus and Young that resulted in Haus getting a feed from Young on the crease and Haus finished it inside the left pipe to tie the game at 5-5 at the 13:33 mark.

Maryland regained the lead for the first time in 17:25 on another brilliant feed from Young that was finished by Cummings. Young had the ball well behind the cage when he spotted Cummings cutting toward the goal. Young’s pass hit Cummings in stride and Cummings finished with a quick shot from seven yards out.

Cummings scored his third of the game at the 4:02 mark of the third to extend the Maryland lead to 7-5. Cummings dodged from behind the cage and ducked under his defender to create some space for himself in front of the net. He then used multiple ball-fakes to make Ghitelman commit before finishing with a quick shot.

Cummings completed the natural hat trick with just six seconds left in the third when he scored another unassisted goal to make it an 8-5 Maryland lead heading into the fourth.

Maryland’s offense continued to roll in the fourth with Haus finishing another score from just outside the crease. This time it was Blye picking up the assist to make it a 9-5 game.

Textbook transition offense extended the lead for the Terps at the 10:44 mark. Amato made another brilliant save and his outlet pass was just as nice, hitting Jesse Bernhardt in stride. Bernhardt then fed Blye on the right wing for a rip from six yards out.

Virginia finally broke up the Maryland scoring run on Chris Bocklett’s goal at the 10:09 mark.

But the Terps refused to let the Cavaliers gain any momentum. Young’s amazing day continued with a marvelous cross-field pass to Haus, who tiptoed the crease line and finished inside the far pipe to make it an 11-6 game.

Young put the finishing touches on the game for the Terps with his second goal of the game to give Maryland a 12-6 lead at the 2:58 mark.

Virginia tacked on a late extra-man goal by Bocklett to make it a 12-7 final.

Maryland’s defensive effort was spotlighted by 12 saves from Amato. Senior long pole Brian Farrell was solid with four groundballs, while the close defense unit of seniors Ryder Bohlander, Brett Schmidt and Max Schmidt held the Virginia attackmen Stanwick, Bocklett and Nick O’Reilly to just three goals, with two of those coming late in the fourth quarter.

Another major contributor for the Terps was sophomore face-off man Curtis Holmes, who won 14-of-22 face-offs and had a team-leading five groundballs.

Maryland returns to action on Friday night in Annapolis, Md., vs. Navy. The Terps and the Midshipmen are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With the 12-7 win Maryland is now 45-41 all-time vs. Virginia.
• The five-goal margin of victory is Maryland’s largest in Charlottesville since 1987 when the Terps won 12-5.
• With six points on two goals and four assists, senior Ryan Young now has 43 multi-point, 20 multi-goal and 25 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s six points ties his career high and gives him 142 for his career, moving him past him with Brendan Hanley (140, 1985-88) for 22nd place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• Young’s four assists gives him 84 for his career, moving him past John Lamon (83, 1976-79) for 12th place on the Terps’ all-time assists list. Young also passed Frank Urso (1973-76) and Jim Wilkerson (1980-83), who each had 81 during their Maryland careers.
• With four points on four goals, junior Joe Cummings now has five hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 12 multi-goal games for his career.
• The four goals tied Cummings’ career high.
• With a career-best four goals, sophomore John Haus now has three hat tricks, eight multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With five points on two goals and a career-best three assists, sophomore Owen Blye now has five multi-point, three multi-goal and four multi-assist games for his career.
• The Terps held the Cavaliers scoreless in the third quarter, marking the eighth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent without a goal for an entire quarter.
• The Terps held Virginia scoreless for 25:21, from 5:30 of the second to 10:09 of the fourth, marking the fifth time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.

Palmer Scores Five, Loyola Holds Off #17/19 Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Loyola University Maryland’s Chris Palmer scored a career-high five goals, and Josh Hawkins tallied a goal and two assists in transition, as the Greyhounds defeated No. 17/19 Ohio State University, 12-9, in ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Palmer, who is using his fifth-year of athletic eligibility as a Loyola graduate student after playing his first three seasons at Bucknell, scored three of his five goals after half time, helping the Greyhounds (5-3 overall, 2-2 ECAC) hold off the Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1).

Loyola led 9-4 with 5:17 to play in the third quarter after Patrick Fanshaw scored an extra-man goal, but Ohio State came racing back, scoring four in a row to pull within a pair, 9-7, less than 2:30 into the fourth quarter.

Palmer pushed the Greyhounds’ cushion back to three, 10-7, with 5:57 to play, but Nick Liddil and Tyler Frederick tallied consecutive Ohio State goals to make it 10-9 exactly two minutes later.

Loyola face-off man John Schiavone pushed the ensuing restart forward and picked up the ground ball himself, stepping into the offensive zone and dishing a pass to Mike Sawyer.

Sawyer, who was scoreless at the time, dodged a Buckeyes defender and scored with 3:41 left in regulation to give Loyola a 11-9 advantage.

Ohio State gained possession on the next face-off, but the teams traded turnovers, and the Buckeyes gained an extra-man opportunity on an offsides’ call against Loyola during a clearing situation with 1:33 on the fourth-quarter clock.

The Buckeyes worked the ball inside to Jeff Tundo, but Joe Fletcher checked the ball from Tundo’s stick, and Fletcher picked up the loose ball, and Loyola cleared it successfully to the offensive end.

Hawkins carried it into the zone and found Palmer who scored his fifth goal with 48 ticks left to secure the victory.

Palmer, who scored his first two goals in a Loyola uniform last Saturday in a win at Mount St. Mary’s, had not scored more than two goals in a game as a collegian. He is the second player this season to score five in a contest for Loyola. Mike Sawyer accomplished the feat against both Bellarmine and Duke.

Hawkins, a short-stick defensive midfielder, helped key Loyola’s transition game, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. He also picked up four ground balls, helping the Greyhounds control the possession battle.

Schiavone led all players with eight ground balls and won 17-of-24 face-offs for Loyola. In the last two seasons against Ohio State – both Loyola wins – Schiavone has picked up 17 ground balls and been successful on 33-of-47 face-offs (.702).

During the game, Schiavone crossed the 200-ground ball and 400-face-off win marks. He now has 207 and 406, respectively.

The Greyhounds’ defense did its part, as well, holding Ohio State’s two leading scorers, Tundo and Logan Schuss, to just one goal. Schuss entered Saturday’s game with 20 goals, and Tundo had 17.

Jake Hagelin was credited with five saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and he also caused two Buckeyes turnovers. Loyola held Ohio State to just 21 shots, matching its second lowest output of the year.

Loyola started quickly in the first quarter, jumping out to a 3-0 lead as Matt Langan, Palmer and Hawkins scored unassisted goals in the first 6:08 of action. After neither team scored in the final 8:51 of the first 15 minutes, Ohio State scored three-straight to start the second quarter.

Dan Wertz’s unassisted tally with 7:20 to play before halftime drew the teams even at 3-3. Palmer broke through for Loyola, scoring off a Langan assist, with 2:37 left before the break, and the Greyhounds took a 4-3 advantage into the locker room.

Schiavone flipped the opening face-off of the second half out where long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff picked it up, raced toward the goal and scored 13 second into the third stanza. It was Ratliff’s second goal in as many games. He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors last Monday after scoring a goal and assisting on two others while picking up six ground balls last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s. In addition to his second-half opening goal against Ohio State, he also had three ground balls.

Minutes later, Dylan Grimm picked up a ground ball after a Tundo turnover, and Loyola cleared it successfully to its offensive end. The Greyhounds ran nearly 90 seconds of offense before Langan fed a pass to Palmer who scored his third of the game.

The Buckeyes closed the game back to two, 6-4, on a Michael Italiano’s goal with 10:12 to play, but Langan scored back-to-back goals, leading up to Fanshaw’s tally that gave the Greyhounds a 9-4 advantage with 5:17 remaining.

Langan’s second goal in the stretch, as well as Fanshaw’s, came after Ohio State’s Mike Pires was whistled for an unreleasable illegal body check penalty, putting Loyola on extra-man for two minutes.

Langan finished the game with three goals and two assists for his second-straight five-point game.

The Greyhounds continue ECAC action next Saturday when they return to Ridley Athletic Complex for a 1 o’clock game against Fairfield.

#10 Hofstra Defeats Towson, 12-5

TOWSON, Md. – Senior attackman Jamie Lincoln matched his season high by scoring five goals, including three in the second half, as 10th-ranked Hofstra University (8-1, 2-1) used a strong second half effort to win its third game in a row, a 12-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers (2-6, 0-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Lincoln, who leads the Pride with 19 goals, recorded his second five-goal game of the season as the Pride outscored the Tigers by a 9-2 margin in the second half en route to the victory.

“Hofstra certainly showed why they are one of the better teams in the country today, especially in the second half,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “We contributed to that by making some poor decisions in our transition game, which hurt us today.”

After junior attackman Matt Lamon gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead on an extra-man goal with 12:32 left in the first quarter, the Pride used a pair of Lincoln goals to take a 2-1 advantage with 2:41 left in the period.

But, the Tigers answered with back-to-back goals from Lamon and senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte to regain the one-goal cushion with 2:09 left in the first half. However, senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli tied the game just 10 seconds later when he scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper Travis Love.

Led by two goals from Lincoln, the Pride scored six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 9-3 lead while holding the Tigers scoreless for nearly 18 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Ian Braddish also contributed a goal with an assist during the run.

Just 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, junior attackman Sean Maguire ended the Tigers’ scoring drought when he scored his fourth goal of the season off a feed from Mezzanotte. But, the Pride put the game out of reach by scoring three goals over a nine-minute span, upping the Hofstra cushion to 12-4.

Senior midfielder Elliott Domanic scored his first goal of the season with 3:14 remaining to narrow the gap to 12-5, but the Tigers were unable to get any closer.

While Lincoln scored a game-high five goals, senior attackman Stephen Bentz added two goals and an assist for the Pride, which outshot Towson by a 37-30 margin.

Lamon scored two goals for the Tigers in a losing effort while Mezzanotte and Domanic each contributed a goal with an assist. Love made 11 saves for Towson, which has dropped four of its last five games.

The Tigers will travel to UMBC on Wednesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game against the Retrievers before resuming CAA play against Massachusetts on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pride will host Manhattan College on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Post-Game Notes:
- The Tigers and the Pride were meeting for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon … Hofstra has won the last four games against Towson and now leads the series by a 24-18 margin.
- The Tigers played a nationally-ranked opponent for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday … All five of those games have come at Towson … The Tigers are now 1-4 against ranked opponents this season.
- The Tigers were called for two penalties in the loss against Hofstra on Saturday, ending a streak of 122 minutes, 49 seconds without a penalty … Prior to Saturday, the Tigers had not been called for a penalty since the third quarter of their win over Stony Brook on March 19.
- Lincoln recorded his third “hat trick” of the season and had his second five-goal game of the year … He also had five goals against Harvard on March 5.
- Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes had his 10-game point-scoring streak snapped … The Tigers’ leading scorer with 12 goals and four assists this season, Hughes had also scored a goal in three straight games.
- Mezzanotte scored his first goal since May 1, 2010 when he tallied his lone goal of the season against Hofstra in a 12-10 loss at Shuart Stadium … Of Mezzanotte’s five career goals, two of them have been scored against the Pride.
- Mezzanotte also recorded the second multi-point game of his career … He had two assists in the Tigers’ win over Mount St. Mary’s on March 5.
- Domanic scored the second goal of his college career against the Pride on Saturday … It was his first goal since April 26, 2009 against Penn at Unitas Stadium.

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Saturday Lax Roundup: Towson Upsets Stony Brook, Hopkins drops Heartbreaker to Syracuse

Posted on 19 March 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Saturday’s lacrosse action, courtesy of the respective schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Hughes Leads Tigers Past #5 Stony Brook, 9-8

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers (2-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by earning a 9-8 non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University (3-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Led by Hughes, who posted his third “hat trick” in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.

“These kids did a great job today,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “Travis Love made some big saves for us when we needed them and Matt Hughes put the ball in the goal. I am very proud of this team and what they did today.”

After senior midfielder Timmy Trenkle gave the Seawolves a quick 1-0 lead just 62 seconds into the game, the Tigers answered by scoring back-to-back goals from Hughes and junior attackman Sean Maguire to take a 2-1 lead with 7:52 left in the first quarter.

Trenkle and senior midfielder Kevin Crowley regained the Seawolves’ advantage when they scored a pair of unassisted goals, giving Stony Brook a 3-2 lead with 2:20 remaining in the period.

But, the Tigers held Stony Brook scoreless for the next 17 minutes, 14 seconds while scoring six unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. The Tigers had six different players score a goal during the run, including senior attackman Tim Stratton, who scored his first goal of the season with 13:19 left in the second quarter.

Junior midfielder Robbie Campbell scored a pair of goals off feeds from Crowley in the final 13 seconds of the first half, narrowing the Seawolves’ deficit to 8-5 at the intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Tigers upped their lead to 9-5 when Hughes took a pass from freshman Andrew Hodgson and scored his third goal of the game with 9:50 left in regulation.

Over the final nine minutes, the Seawolves scored three times to trim the deficit to 9-8. With 8:27 left, senior attackman Jordan McBride scored off a feed from senior attackman Tom Compitello to close the gap to 9-6.

Just over three minutes later, Trenkle scored his third goal of the game off a feed from Campbell for a 9-7 margin.

With 12 seconds left, Crowley cut the deficit to 9-8 when he tallied his second goal of the game after getting a pass from McBride. The Seawolves won the ensuing face-off, but were unable to get a shot as the final horn sounded.

While Hughes led the Tigers with his three-goal effort, Maguire added a pair of goals with an assist for Towson, which outshot Stony Brook by a 29-27 margin.

Crowley scored two goals with three assists for the Seawolves while Trenkle added his second career “hat trick” with three goals. Senior midfielder Adam Rand won 13 of 21 face-offs for the Seawolves, who had won their last three games after a season-opening overtime loss against Virginia.

The Tigers, who played their third game in an eight-day span, will open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule next Saturday afternoon when they travel to the University of Delaware for a 1 p.m. game against the defending CAA champion Blue Hens. Meanwhile, the Seawolves open a three-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon against Cornell at 7 p.m.

“This has been a tough week for us,” Coach Seaman added. “We played Maryland last Saturday, faced Navy on Tuesday night and then, had to play a very good Stony Brook team today. There is nothing easy about it, but the reason we do it is to get us ready for our conference, which starts next week.”

Post-Game Notes:
- The Tigers and the Seawolves were meeting for the second time in an all-time series which is tied at 1-1 … Stony Brook defeated Towson by a 14-11 margin in last year’s meeting at LaValle Stadium.
- The Tigers defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the first time since last year’s CAA semi-final when they defeated 16th-ranked Massachusetts by a 13-6 margin … The Tigers had lost all three games this year against ranked foes prior to Saturday.
- The Tigers posted their first win over a top five opponent at home since April 4, 1992 when they defeated top-ranked Loyola at home by an 8-7 margin in overtime.
- Stratton scored his first goal since last year when he tallied a goal against Massachusetts in the CAA semi-finals at Unitas Stadium … It snapped a six-game scoreless streak.
- The Tigers held an opponent scoreless in the third quarter for the fourth time in six games this season … In the first six games, the Tigers have allowed just six third-quarter goals.
- With his three-goal effort, Hughes extended his point-scoring streak to nine straight games … During the streak, he has scored 15 goals with four assists.
- The Tigers held Stony Brook to a season-low eight goals on Saturday … The Seawolves were also limited to a season-low 27 shots against the Tigers.

Syracuse Slips Past Johns Hopkins in Double Overtime

SYRACUSE, NY – Syracuse senior Stephen Keogh scored his third goal of the game 15 seconds into the second overtime to lift the top-ranked Orange to a 5-4 victory over Johns Hopkins before a crowd of 8,241 at the Carrier Dome Saturday evening. Syracuse improves to 6-0, while the Blue Jays slip to 5-2.

After losing 10 of the first 13 faceoffs in the game, the Orange got the one that counted as senior Joel White came up with the loose ball on the faceoff in the second overtime and quickly worked the ball to Jeremy Thompson. Thompson carried into the zone and found Keogh to his left and he wasted no time blowing home the game-winner.

In a game much more exciting than the final score might indicate, the Blue Jays led 4-3 at the end of the third quarter after Zach Palmer’s second unassisted goal of the game with 3:07 remaining in the period gave JHU a one-goal lead. That lead held for nearly the entire fourth quarter on the strength on the spectacular play of sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett, who posted seven of his 16 saves in the fourth quarter.

Still, the Orange pressed and finally capitalized when Keogh polished off a patient possession with his second goal of the game with 1:40 remaining in regulation. The Blue Jays managed to force overtime after killing off a penalty in the last minute with Bassett stopping Tim Desko in the final seconds.

Both teams had chances to win in the first overtime as Hopkins fired four shots at senior John Galloway and Syracuse managed a pair on Bassett, but the first extra session settled nothing after a Kyle Wharton goal for Johns Hopkins was waived off with four seconds remaining for being in the crease. Keogh’s goal quickly ended the dramatics in the second overtime.
The Orange needed just 65 seconds to open the scoring as senior Josh Amidon took a nifty feed from sophomore JoJo Marasco and buried an eight-yard shot to give SU the early one-goal advantage. By the time Syracuse scored again, more than 27 minutes had elapsed and the Blue Jays had crafted a 3-1 lead.

Sophomore John Ranagan answered Amidon’s early strike when he scored on an ally dodge in an unsettled situation with just under five minutes remaining in the opening period, which ended with the score tied 1-1 and the young Blue Jays gaining momentum as the period wore on.

Ranagan and linemate John Greeley, playing in his hometown for the first time in his career, teamed up to give JHU a 2-1 lead less than a minute into the second period as Greeley worked in from the flank and flipped a pass to Ranagan, who never broke stride and beat Galloway from seven yards out.

Hopkins extended its lead to 3-1 – the first time this season Syracuse has been down by two goals – when Palmer dodged from behind and used his defender as a perfect screen to beat Galloway low to the far side.

Syracuse ended its scoring drought with just under two minutes remaining in the first half when Tom Palasek threaded a perfect pass to Keogh on the crease and Keogh did what he does best, one-time it home from the doorstep to make it 3-2 at the half.

The Orange drew even midway through the third quarter when Amidon struck off an assist from Palasek. The tie stood for just over four minutes before Palmer’s second goal gave JHU the 4-3 lead that held until the final two minutes of regulation.

Bassett finished with 16 saves, the second-highest total of his career, and Ranagan and Palmer led the way offensively with their two goals apiece. Senior Matt Dolente continued his strong play on faceoffs as he won 10-of-14 and grabbed six ground balls on the night.

#9 Johns Hopkins (5-2) 1-2-1-0-0-0/4
#1 Syracuse (6-0) 1-1-1-1-0-1/5

Goals: J: Ranagan-2, Palmer-2. S: Keogh-3, Amidon-2. Assists: J: Greeley. S: Palasek-2, Amidon, Marasco, Thompson. Saves: J: Bassett-16. S: Galloway-5. Shots: J-25. S-33. EMO: J: 0-for-3 S: 0-for-2. Attendance: 8,241.

Air Force Takes Early Lead, Holds Off Loyola

USAFA, Colo. – The U.S. Air Force Academy jumped out to a five-goal lead in the second quarter and held off the 17th-ranked Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team, 8-6, in an ECAC Lacrosse League game on Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium.

The Falcons (2-5 overall, 1-1 ECAC) scored the game’s first three goals and held Loyola (3-3, 1-1) off the scoreboard for over 13 minutes to start the contest.

Adam Paranka and Vinny Sandtorv scored at 10:11 and 8:47 in the first quarter to put Air Force ahead, and Mike Crampton logged a goal 3:36 before the end of the frame.

Josh Hawkins broke the Greyhounds’ scoring drought with his first goal of the season 1:53 before the end of the quarter.

Air Force picked up where it left off offensive, however, in the second quarter. Tommy McKee scored 1:21 into the frame, and Sandtorv tallied his second and third goals of the afternoon to push the Falcons’ advantage to five, 6-1.

Loyola cut its deficit to four, 6-2, with 19 ticks left on the first-half clock as Davis Butts scored off a Mike Sawyer assist.

The Greyhounds pulled within three as Matt Langan took a Justin Ward pass and scored 2:14 into the third quarter, but Crampton scored back-to-back goals for the Falcons, extending their lead back to five, 8-3, with just under nine minutes to go in the third quarter.

Chris Basler tallied a goal for Loyola with 4:14 to go in the third, making it a four-goal game.

Loyola made it a three-goal Air Force lead after a strange sequence led to a man-down goal. Goalkeeper Jake Hagelin cleared the ball from the defensive end by himself and scored his first career goal with 4:44 to play.

Air Force won the next faceoff but a Sandtorv shot went wide, and Loyola had a chance on offense. Stephen Murray scored for the Greyhounds, pulling them within two.The Greyhounds had an extra-man opportunity with less than 90 seconds remaining, but Air Force forced a turnover to secure the game.

Loyola outshot the Falcons, 32-23 and 19-8 in the second half. Brian Wilson made 10 saves in goal for the Falcons. The Greyhounds also had an 11-18 advantage at the face-off `X’, as J.P. Dalton won a career-high 10-of-16 restarts. Scott Ratliff led Loyola with five ground balls.

The Greyhounds step out of conference play next weekend when travel to Emmittsburg, Md., for a 1 o’clock game at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Rossi Scores Three Goals to Lead No. 2 Mustangs Past No. 4 Cortland, 10-8

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Tony Rossi (Towson/Calvert Hall) tied his career-high with three goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final 10 minutes to lead the No. 2-ranked Mustangs to a 10-8 victory over No. 4 SUNY Cortland on Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

Stevenson (8-0) improved its record to 17-1 at home the last two seasons and 5-0 this year. It was also the team’s fourth victory in as many as games against a top-10 team this season.

The game featured seven ties and four lead changes, the last coming on back-to-back goals by Rossi with 11:42 and 9:02 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs rallied from their fourth one-goal deficit.

After Mike Tota gave the Red Dragons (4-1) an 8-7 lead with 13:24 left, Rossi netted his second goal of the game at 11:42 to tie the game for the seventh and final time before picking up his first collegiate game-winning goal at 9:06.

On the ensuing face-off, senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) won his 12th draw of the game and picked up his fifth ground ball of the game en route to scoring his fifth goal of the season just seven seconds later to provide some insurance with 8:59 to play.

Stevenson’s three fourth quarter goals and six saves from junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) helped offset the team’s eight turnovers which kept Cortland within striking distance. With the win, he improved his record to 10-0 as a starter.

Prior to Saturday, the only other meeting between the two teams came back on Feb. 24, 2007 at Caves Athletics Complex with the Mustangs posted a 10-9 victory over the third-ranked Red Dragons in what was Stevenson’s first win over a ranked team in school history.

With two goals and one assist, senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) also totaled three points and now has 259 for his career, tying him with Eric Schmith for the school record. With two assists, senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) now has 255 career points, four behind Schmith and Dailey.

In addition, Dailey also picked up his 127th career assist, four behind current assistant coach Steve Kazimer for second on the school’s all-time list and 10 behind Schmith’s record of 137.

With two caused turnovers, senior Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) also reached a personal milestone, totaing the 100th of his career, becoming the first player in school history to reach triple digits.

Tota led the Red Dragons with three goals while Jay DiStefano had two goals and two assists. Mike Kaminski had 12 saves.

Stevenson faces his its fourth-straight top-10 opponent on Wednesday when it welcomes No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Tufts to Caves Athletics Complex beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Mids Win Third Straight, Cruise to 8-3 Win over Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-4, 2-2 Patriot League) used a crippling defense and took advantage of 10 Holy Cross penalties to post an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders (0-7, 0-2 Patriot League) Saturday afternoon at Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.  The Mids have now won three-consecutive games after dropping four in a row on the road.

“Holy Cross really slowed it down and their defense packed it in tight and played zone,” said Navy head Coach Richie Meade, who has never lost to Holy Cross in his 17 years at the Academy.  “It was a little sloppy out there early, but we settled in played our game.”

The story of the game came down to possession.  Not only did junior faceoff specialist Logan West (Berlin, Md.) control 11 of the 14 draws in the game, Navy also possessed the ball a great deal of the contest due to Holy Cross racking up nearly 10 minutes of penalty time.  Navy scored goals on five of its 10 extra-man opportunities, including the game’s first goal at the 2:23 mark in the opening period.  Freshmen attackmen Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Harrison Chaires (Ellicott City, Md.) worked together to put the Mids on the the scoreboard in what would be a lead they’d not relinquish.

Chaires punched in his second of three extra-man goals at 12:29 in the second quarter with Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.) finding him for a nifty shot.

Hull, who was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week earlier in the week, then put Navy up 4-0 with back-to-back goals, including his first man-up goal of the year at the 10:26 mark,

Navy’s defense smothered Holy Cross the entire first half and after nearly 35 minutes of scoreless play, the Crusaders got on the board thanks to an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Andrew Morici.

Navy, though, went on to score three unanswered goals in the span of two minutes. The run began when junior attackman Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) found senior middie Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) for the goal at the 8:03 mark.  It was one of only three even-strength goals by the Mids in the contest.  A minute later, at the 7:05 mark, Warner pumped in an unassisted extra-man goal.  Meanwhile, Chaires turned in his first-collegiate hat trick with his third man-up goal of the afternoon off an assist from Hull.

Chaires is the first Navy player to score three extra-man goals in a single game since All-American Adam Borcz talled three against Penn State on April 14, 2001.

The Mids were not done, however, extending their lead to 8-1 on a Brian Striffler (Virginia Beach, Va.)-to-Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) goal at the 4:30 mark.

Navy made a change between the pipes following Jones’ goal, giving senior Mike Haas (Blue Bell, Pa.) just his second-career appearance in goal.  Haas would give up a pair of goals in the final four-plus minutes, including a garbage goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game to senior attackman Colin Flood.

The three goals are the fewest the Mids’ defense have surrendered since last year’s Navy-Holy Cross tilt in which the Mids won, 12-3, in Annapolis.  Ironically, it’s also the last time Navy held an opponent scoreless for a half.  In last year’s game, Navy jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead before the crusaders scored in the 39th minute.

“I thought we really played great defense today,” added Meade.  “It was probably the best one-on-one defense we’ve played this season.  Jordan Seivold played probably his best and our two senior shorties Brian Striffler and Marty Gallagher were both enforcers out there.”

With his two-goal, one-assist effort against the Crusaders, Warner extended his point streak to 20-consecutive games which is tied as the 18th-longest streak in the country.  Meanwhile, he is just four points shy of becomming only the 29th player in program history to score 100 points in a career.  The last player to join the list was Nick Mirabito who amassed 158 points from 2005-08.

Meanwhile, West continues to roll at the “x.”  Over the last three games, he has won 46 of the 66 draws (.697) he has taken.  During the Mids’ four-game slied, he won 20 of the 53 faceoffs (.377) he took.

The Mids return to action next Saturday when they play host to Patriot League foe Colgate.  Action is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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