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UMBC lacrosse stadium gets new turf surface

Posted on 24 July 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.

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UMBC welcomes Albany Saturday for Senior Day showdown

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

he UMBC men’s lacrosse team has a big day in-store on Saturday, April 19. Five seniors – Will Fejes, Ryan Johnston, Zach Linkous, Phil Poe and Matt Reeping – will be honored before the America East contest. In addition, the opponent on Saturdayis the Albany Great Danes, the defending America East champions and the highest-scoring team in the nation to date. The two programs have put on some epic battles in their high-energy series, especially at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv and Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SO M Pat Young scored four of his career-high five goals in the fourth quarter as the host Retrievers staved off a Hartford rally and defeated the Hawks, 16-11, in an America East Conference contest in summer-like conditions at UMBC Stadium on April 12. UMBC improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference. – SO M Jack Gannon and FR A Max Maxwell also set personal bests in the contest. Gannon led all scorers with six points, scoring twice and adding four assists, while Maxwell set a season-high with four helpers.  Young was named America East Conference Co-Player of the Week for his efforts versus Hartford.

SR A Matt Gregoire, who leads the team with 33 goals and 36 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last nine games. Entering the week, he is tied for sixth nationally with 3.0 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked fifth in the nation with 12.27 saves per game. The AE Rookie of the Week on March 31 owns a save percentage of 55.1 percent, which is 14th-best in the country.  SR M Phil Poe collected seven ground balls versus Binghamton and is now in fifth place in school history with 289 ground balls. Poe has now attempted more than 1,000 career draws, winning 54.5 percent (school-record 581) of 1,066 attempted.

UMBC is 41-14 (.745) in 11 years of America East competition and 24-4 (.857) at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.


GREAT DANE UPDATE: Trailing 2-0, Albany scored eight-straight goals and allowed a season-low seven goals for opponent to down Stony Brook, 17-7, and improved to 3-0 in league play and locked up an America East Championship bid. Attackmen Lyle and Miles Thompson rank first and second nationally in points per game, averaging 6.6 and 6.1 respectively.  Lyle leads the country in assists while Miles is tops in goals. Albany leads the nation scoring, averaging 15.1 goals per game.


LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  The teams met twice in 2013, with Albany winning at John Fallon Field, 16-10, on April 19, and the Great Danes capturing the AE title with a 19-10 victory at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.

UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-7, but Albany has won the last three contests.

UMBC has won seven of ten meetings at home. The last contest at UMBC Stadium resulted in a thrilling 17-16 overtime victory for the Retrievers.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC concludes the regular season when they travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

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

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

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

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

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

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

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

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

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

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UMBC continues America East play Saturday against Hartford

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC and Hartford meet in a critical America East Conference match-up at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 12. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Both squads are coming off setbacks in the five-game  America East schedule and will be battling to maintain contact with the top of the league. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv with Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex on April 6. UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, FR A Max Maxwell led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while SO M Pat Young and SR A Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals. Gregoire, who leads the team with 31 goals and 34 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last eight games. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.20 saves per game. The AE Rookie of the Week on March 31 owns a save percentage of 55.2 percent, which is 17th-best in the country.

HAWK UPDATE:  SR Conner Yatauro and RS JR Adam Yee each netted hat tricks on Sunday afternoon, but Hartford came up short against No. 16 UAlbany, dropping a 15-11 decision at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. Hartford won the ground ball battle, 38-33, and forced 18 UAlbany turnovers, but dropped its fourth straight contest. The Hawks then defeated visting Dartmouth, 12-7, on April 8. FR A Jaedon Henderson scored five goals and SR G Frank Piechota made a career-high 18 saves. JR A Kevin O’Shea has recorded 27 goals and 39 points through the team’s first 12 games. Shea averages 11.1 shots per game.  Yee has won 150 of 269 draws attempted, a 55.8 percent success mark.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the series, 7-5, and snapped a four-game slide to the Hawks with a 16-12 victory at UMBC Stadium in 2012. The teams met twice in 2013, with Hartford triumphing, 15-14, in overtime at Al-Marzook Field in the regular season, but UMBC rallying for a 15-13 victory in the America East semifinals at Stony Brook. The Retrievers are 4-1 versus the Hawks at UMBC Stadium.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the  home schedule and honors its seniors next Saturday, April 19 with a 3:30 p.m.contest versus defending America East champion Albany.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew (Saturday 10pm from Atlantic City live on HBO); MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Saturday 4pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Auto Racing: NASCAR STP 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC), LPGA Tour Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Damon Wayans (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday Greektown); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Wednesday-Sunday Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Delivery Man” out on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Bad Words“, “Noah” and “Sabotage” out in theaters (Friday)

I assume Damon Wayans will call me while he’s in town. After all, I am close personal friends with the family.

Also…language terribly NSFW (unless you work somewhere selling penny stocks), but this is by far and away the Magnum Opus of Wolf of Wall Street…

9. Mobb Deep (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Los Lonely Boys (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); The Ataris (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Pentatonix (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Experience Hendrix feat. Buddy Guy/Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Bootsy Collins (Sunday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going to start a MS MR cover band called MR MS. I’m clever.

Smallpools is the band that did the best song in 2013 no one gave enough credit to.

I am a supporter of the Rev.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Jimi Hendrix. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t suck.

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Gannon, Gregoire help UMBC race past Mercer

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium.

Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North). Attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was the lone UMBC player to tally three goals and the senior continues to lead the squad with 13 scores in five games.

UMBC won its third game in the last four outings and improved to 3-2 on the season, while Mercer slipped to 2-3.

With the host Retrievers holding a narrow 4-2 halftime edge, Gannon scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in a span of 2:30 in the first five minutes of the third quarter. UMBC would add five more goals in the period – all by different scorers – and held Mercer scoreless for over 27 minutes until they stopped the surge on a goal 35 seconds in the fourth quarter.

UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 10 saves and allowed six goals in 54:14 of work. Gordon, who entered play sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game, has 10 or more saves in all five outings in 2014. Mercer sophomore netminder Mike Nugent amassed 14 saves against a season-high total of shots by the Retrievers.

Mercer attackmen James Tautkus and Zack Ward led the visitors with three goals each.

Gregoire got the scoring underway for UMBC with an unassisted score just 1:41 into the contest. The Retrievers led, 3-1, after 15 minutes, but the pace slowed in the second quarter as the teams went scoreless for the final 10:45 of the stanza.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss(Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

UMBC entered the game averaging 15 turnovers per contest, but suffered only eight give-aways in the game, with just four occurring in the first 45 minutes. The Retrievers cleared successfully 15-of-16 times in the contest.

UMBC hits the road for three consecutive games, beginning with a March 15 contest at High Point.

Notes: UMBC went 3-1 on the homestand…. Gannon now has six goals and four assists in his last three games… Searfoss played in just his second game of the season and scored his first three collegiate points versus the Bears… The 15 goals scored by UMBC was a season high… Gregoire now has nine career hat tricks, including three in his last four games.

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UMBC hopes to bounce back Tuesday against Mercer

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Mercer on Tuesday Evening

SET THE SCENE: UMBC plays its first of two evening, mid-week games of the 2014 season on Tuesday, March 11, when they host the Mercer Bears at UMBC Stadium. Both teams are 2-2 on the season and both have defeated one common opponent, Richmond. The two squads have never met on the lacrosse field, as Mercer is competing in its fourth NCAA Division I campaign. Kevin O’Neill has all the play-by-play action beginning at 7:25 p.m. and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Fueled by sophomore midfielder Pat Young, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team rallied from six goals down to pull within one twice, but could not get over the top, falling to No. 3 Johns Hopkins, 15-8, Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium. Young scored four goals and added an assist in the contest and red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon made 16 saves, but JHU outscored UMBC, 6-0, in the final 15 minutes to pull away.  Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game and is 11th in save percentage at 58.7%. R A Matt Gregoire continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring with 10 goals and 11 total points. Young, who scored four goals and added an assist versus Hopkins, is now just behind with seven goals and three helpers. SO M Jack Gannon, who scored a career-best four points (2g, 2a) versus Hopkins, and Young are the only Retrievers with points in all four games to date.

BEAR UPDATE: Mercer is 2-2 on the season and has not played a game versus NCAA Division I competition since an 11-7 victory in an Atlantic Sun match against Richmond on Feb. 22. The Bears opened the season with a 17-6 victory over Boston U., and then dropped road contests at Michigan (20-7) and Detroit (11-10).  Mercer scored five fourth quarter goals to book a historic 11-7 win over Richmond in the first official Atlantic Sun Conference lacrosse game in Macon, Ga. Eight different Mercer players found the net in the win, led by senior attackman Zack Ward‘s three goal effort. Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Nugent faced 24 shots on goal and made 17 saves in the win to improve to 2-2 on the season. Ward has scored 13 goals and has 17 total points to lead Mercer in both categories. Sophomore attackman Chris Baxa has scored nine goals in support of Ward.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they play five times in 15 days. They head to North Carolina on Friday for a Saturday contest at High Point. The opening face-off is set for noon.

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Hopkins uses early, late runs to push past UMBC

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – In a game of runs, the third-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team outscored host UMBC 6-0 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and pick up a 15-8 victory Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays led big early, watched as the Retrievers got back into it with a strong second quarter and then pulled away to improve to 5-0 on the year. UMBC slips to 2-2 and had a two-game winning streak snapped.

The win is the 175th in the coaching career of Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala, who is now 152-50 at Johns Hopkins and 175-67 overall.

Nursing a 9-8 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays needed just six minutes to extend the lead to four as Rob Guida, Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick all scored in a span of just 2:26 to make it 12-8. Guida blew home a 14-yarder off an assist from Connor Reed before Benn took a nifty feed from Stanwick on the doorstep and scored from in close. When the Retrievers went offsides less than a minute later, Benn found Stanwick behind the defense on a quick restart and Stanwick beat a defenseless Connor Gordon to polish off the three-goal flurry.

The 12-8 lead held for nearly four minutes before another three-goal run for Johns Hopkins put the game away. Sophomore Holdden Cattoni dodged from behind the goal to ignite the spree, which also included goals from Stanwick and Benn and required just 39 seconds to complete. Cattoni got the assist on Benn’s goal, which came on the extra-man and closed the scoring with 5:01 to play.

A fourth-quarter surge didn’t look like it would be needed early on as the Blue Jays scored three goals before the game was six minutes old as sophomore Ryan Brown wrapped goals around a Benb strike before UMBC got one back on a goal from Ty Kashur midway through the quarter.

The 3-1 lead held for more than three minutes before Reed ignited a 4-0 Hopkins run that took less than three minutes and extended the lead to 7-1. Stanwick, Benn and Brown all added goals during the spree and Cattoni assisted on two of those to give the Blue Jays the six-goal lead.

The Retrievers got back in the game on the strength of Pat Young’s shooting and Gordon’s play in the goal. Young scored three straight UMBC goals between the end of the first quarter and the middle of the second to make it 7-4 before Matt Gregoire and Young added tallies in the final 3:32 of the period to make it 7-6 at the half.

While Young’s first-half heroics were the headline, Gordon’s play at the other end was just as spectacular. He made seven second-quarter saves as the Blue Jays went cold after Brown’s goal with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.

After going scoreless in the second quarter, the Blue Jays needed just nine seconds to open the scoring in the third quarter as Benn was on the backend of a fastbreak off the faceoff that junior Drew Kennedy jump-started with a clean win.

The lead was 9-6 just 72 seconds later when Guida fired one home off an assist from Cattoni, but back-to-back goals from UMBC’s Jack Gannon made it 9-8 at the end of the third quarter. Gannon’s goals came nearly nine minutes apart, but Gordon posted two saves after Guida’s goal to keep the Blue Jays off the board for the rest of the third quarter.

Senior goalie Eric Schneider made two big saves in the final minutes of the third quarter for the Blue Jays, who held the 9-8 lead until Guida’s goal just over three minutes into the fourth quarter ignited the game-ending six-goal run for Johns Hopkins. The run was fueled by Kennedy, who won 5-of-6 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and finished 18-of-26 with 12 ground balls on the day.

Benn matched his career high with five goals and added an assist for a personal-best six points, while Stanwick (3g, 3a) and Brown (3g, 1a) rounded out an effort that saw JHU’s starting attack combine for 11 goals and five assists.

Cattoni’s four assists and five points are both career highs; his four assists today are one more than he had in his career entering the game. He teamed with Guida and Reed to give the Blue Jays’ first midfield a combined four goals and five assists.

Young’s four goals tied his career high and came in a span of less than 15 minutes of game time. Gannon added two goals and two assists, but no other Retriever managed a multi-point game. Gordon finished with 16 saves, several of which were of the spectacular variety.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays welcome 11th-ranked Syracuse to Homewood Field.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is now 12-0 all-time against UMBC and 63-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland • Benn’s five goals extend his goal-scoring streak to 21 games • The Blue Jay defense held UMBC scoreless for the final 18:45; this is the sixth time this season Johns Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 15 minutes or longer.

#3 Johns Hopkins (5-0) 7-0-2-6/15
UMBC (2-2) 2-4-2-0/8

GoalsJ: Benn-5, Stanwick-3, Brown-3, Guida-2, Cattoni, Reed. U: Young-4, Gannon-2, Gregoire, Kashur. AssistsJ: Cattoni-4, Stanwick-3, Benn, Brown, Malm, Reed. U: Gannon-2, Maxwell, Young. SavesJ: Schneider-8. U: Gordon-16.Shots: J-45, U-28. EMO: J: 2-for-3. U: 0-for-1. Attendance: 1,910.

 

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Hopkins tries to stay unbeaten Saturday with short trip to UMBC

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins hits the road for the second straight week as the Blue Jays made the short trip around the beltway to UMBC. Faceoff is set for 1 pm at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, March 8.

Mount St. Mary’s Game Rescheduled: The Johns Hopkins-Mount St. Mary’s game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 in Emmitsburg, was postponed due to unplayable field conditions after a winter storm blew through Maryland on Monday. The game against the Mountaineers has been rescheduled for Monday, April 14 at 4 pm (at Mount St. Mary’s).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it four straight in the win column to open the season as the Blue Jays topped Princeton, 15-9, on the road last Saturday. UMBC picked up its second consecutive victory as the Retrievers topped Richmond, 14-5, at home last Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and UMBC are meeting for the 12th time in a series that dates to a 15-4 Johns Hopkins victory on March 12, 1983. Johns Hopkins has won all 11 previous meetings, including a 14-11 victory in 2009 in its last trip to UMBC Stadium.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game at UMBC with an all-time record of 937-303-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked third in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fourth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. UMBC is not ranked in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 151st victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s 15-9 victory at Princeton and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

About 4-0: Johns Hopkins is 4-0 for the second time in three years and the fourth time under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays previously started 4-0 under Pietramala in 2004, 2005 and 2012.

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

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

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

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

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives at halftime that is sparking the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins was tied with Ohio State at the half (2-2) and led Towson by one (6-5), but the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 6-3 in the third quarter and took that up a notch against the Tigers by outscoring TU 7-1 to put the game away. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 20-9 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the first, second and four quarters, JHU is a combined +11 in scoring margin (33-22).

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least four goals and nine points in all four games this season, with nine goals against both Towson and Princeton and 16 points against Towson and 14 against Princeton.

Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 54-of-85 (.635) through four games and also has a team-high 37 ground balls thus far. He ranks ninth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and sixth in ground balls per game (9.25).
Despite missing most of the preseason, Kennedy suited up and fueled Johns Hopkins’ win against Ohio State with a dominating performance as he was 18-of-22 (.818) and grabbed 13 ground balls in the victory. The 18 faceoff wins and 13 GBs are career highs. In addition, Kennedy’s 18 faceoff wins are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Mike Poppleton won 20 (of 26) against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
He came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers.

Crawley Quick Out of the Gate: Freshman John Crawley scored a key goal in the season opener against Ohio State before exploding for four goals on five shots against Towson. He added one goal against Michigan and is now tied for third on the team – and ranks first among midfielders – with six goals on the year. Crawley is the first Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil scored four times in a 12-11 come-from-behind win at Syracuse on March 18, 2005.

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

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

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record is to 62-8 (.886) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the recent 15-8 victory against Towson.
Including the game against the Tigers, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked third in this week’s USILA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 413 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 411 of those 413 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 384 of the 413 and the top five in 301 of those 413. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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UMBC looks for upset Saturday against Johns Hopkins

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

For just the third time in twelve match-ups, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team will host Johns Hopkins University at UMBC Stadium when the two squads face off on Saturday, March 8 at 1:05 p.m. The Retrievers (2-1) have won two straight games in their current four-game homestand, while Hopkins has moved up to No. 3 in the USILA rankings with a 4-0 start. Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill have all the play-by-play action beginning at 12:55 p.m., video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire led a balanced attack with a career-high five goals and the Retriever defense held Richmond to a season-low five scores in a 14-5 victory in chilly conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 1. Gregoire has now scored nine goals in his last two games. UMBC held Richmond to five goals, the fewest allowed since the 2010 squad defeated Rutgers, 6-5, on Feb. 27, 2010. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon came up with double-digit saves for the second consecutive game, posting a 11 stops.  He allowed four of the five UR goals and now has a 62.3 percent save mark, which is tenth-best in the nation. UMBC is eighth in the nation this week in face-off winning percentage (62.5%) and SR face-off specialist Phil Poe is 11th at 62.7%.

BLUE JAY UPDATE: Johns Hopkins (4-0) has moved up to No. 3 in the latest USILA poll, after last Saturday’s convincing 15-9 victory at Princeton. The Jays outscored PU, 8-2, in the second and fourth quarters. SO A Ryan Brown led Hopkins with five goals and three assists versus the Tigers. Hopkins also has victories over Ohio State (10-9, 3ot), Towson (15-8) and Michigan (14-5) in 2014. Brown leads the squad with 12 goals and has 19 total points. JR A Wells Stanwick is the team leader with 21 points (6 goals, 15 assists). He is ranked second in the nation in assists per game, behind Albany’s Lyle Thompson. SR G Eric Schneider has a 7.16 goals against average and a 64.6 save percentage in four starting assignments.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING/SERIES UPDATE: Wes DiRito made nine saves in his first career start, but No. 6 Johns Hopkins ran out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and held off UMBC, 13-7, at Homewood Field on March 8, 2013. Scott Jones and Pat Young each scored two goals to lead the Retrievers. UMBC outshot Hopkins 35-33 and won the ground ball battle, 34-28.

UMBC is winless vs. Johns Hopkins in 11 previous meetings- the Blue Jays are one of just two programs that the Retrievers have faced and do not own a win against. Robert Morris (0-2) is the other program on that short list. Only two of the previous 11 meetings have taken place at UMBC.  The last meeting at UMBC Stadium was in 2009, when the Blue Jays prevailed, 14-11.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will play its first mid-week game and complete the four-game homestand on Tuesday, March 11, when they meet Mercer for the first-time on the lacrosse field. Face-off time is 7:35 p.m.

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