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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Auto Club 400 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Orlando), Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Biloxi, MS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour Founders Cup (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Phoenix live on Golf Channel); MLS: DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 4:30pm from Toronto live on MLS Direct Kick)

10. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds); Muppets Most Wanted“, “Divergent” and “50 to 1” out in theaters (Friday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Frozen” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve been known to support the very important work they do at BBBBQ. In large part because they have mother effing pickle kabobs available there.

Also, this. (Language NSFW)

9. The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Marsha Ambrosius (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Matt Schofield (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Mike Doughty (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Asking Alexandria (Wednesday 6:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Switchfoot (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Drive-By Truckers (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Schneider (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Shamrock Fest feat. Dropkick Murphys/Carbon Leaf (Saturday 3pm RFK Stadium); Eddie Money (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Foster The People “Supermodel” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Neighbourhood does all those songs you like.

I enjoy the work of Matt Schofield.

Forrester used to use a Mike Doughty song on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” all the time. For good reason.

I could listen to Bob Schneider sing this song ALL NIGHT.

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UMBC tries to snap funk Tuesday night at Towson

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers and Towson Tigers will meet for the 45th time on Tuesday, March 18 at TU’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill have all the play-by-play action beginning at 6:55 p.m. and video streaming is available via the Towson Sports Network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium on Saturday. UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. The loss was UMBC’s first when scoring 15 or more goals since an 18-15 setback at Towson on Feb. 28, 1998. The Retrievers scored 30 goals in their 1-1 week and have averaged 12.4 goals per game in their last five outings. Gregoire has scored all 18 of his season’s goals in the last five games and SO M Jack Gannon has produced seven goals and eight assists in his last four contests.

TIGER UPDATE: In their last outing, nine different Tigers scored at least one goal in Towson’s (5-2) 14-9 victory over Navy last Tuesday evening at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers held a 9-1 lead at the half after holding the Mids scoreless in the second quarter. Towson has won four consecutive games since a 1-2 start to the season. SR A Thomas DeNapoli leads the squad with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. Junior netminder Tyler White has stopped exactly half of the shots directed at him in seven starts and has a9.66 goals against average.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING/SERIES RECORD: Visiting Towson used a late 5-0 run to overcome a UMBC lead and defeated the Retrievers, 12-9, in blustery conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 19, 2013. UMBC was led by freshman midfielder Pat Young, who scored three goals and added an assist and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe, who controlled 15 of 25 draws, but a pair of Tigers stood out in their victory. DeNapoli scored seven goals and added three assists in the game, while senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made 15 saves on the evening. The Retrievers never trailed in the game until 1:29 remained in the third quarter.

The two beltway rivals have faced-off 44 times, in each year except for 1986, since 1970. Towson leads the all-time series, 29-15, and has won two straight after the Retrievers took four of five in the series. Nine of the last 11 meetings have been decided by three goals or less.  

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC finishes its three-game road swing and plays its final non-conference game of the season when the Retrievers visit Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 22 at noon.

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Towson looks to continue hot streak Tuesday against UMBC

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Looking for its fifth-straight win, Towson Lacrosse hosts UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

Updating the Tigers
Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal as Towson stretched its win streak to four games with a 14-9 decision over Navy on March 11. Junior Greg Cuccinello led the way with a hat trick while senior Thomas DeNapoli had four points (2g, 2a). Towson took a 9-1 lead at the break before Navy came out recharged and ready to fight back. The Tigers assisted the Mids’ comeback bid by committing five of their six penalties in the second half.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC’s last-second comeback effort at High Point fell short, 17-15, Saturday. The Retrievers are now 3-3 on the year. UMBC trailed 10-7 at the half but managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter. However, HPU scored two goals in 14 seconds to salt away the win. The Retrievers are led by senior attackman Matt Gregoire‘s 18 goals. Sophomore middie Pat Young is the other UMBC player in double figures for goals (11). Freshman goalie Connor Gordon has played the majority of time in net for the Retrievers and has a 10.68 goals-against average (GAA) and a .542 save percentage.

Towson/UMBC Series History
The cross-town series is one of Towson’s longest, beginning in 1970 with a 10-7 Tiger victory. The Tigers have a winning record no matter where the games have been played; they are 12-7 when playing at Towson. The Tigers were dominant in the series from the mid-’80s to the late ‘90s, winning 12 straight. Towson has won the last two meetings but by narrow margins. The Tigers claimed a 12-11 win on April 4, 2012 and a 12-9 victory on March 19, 2013.

Last Time Out Versus UMBC – March 19, 2013 (Towson 12, UMBC 9)
Behind Thomas DeNapoli’s seven goals and 10 points, the Towson men’s lacrosse team defeated UMBC, 12-9, at UMBC Stadium. The game was close at the start. UMBC scored first and stayed a goal ahead until the Retrievers took a 5-3 lead at 10:55 in the second quarter. But that advantage didn’t last long as DeNapoli scored his first man-up goal of the year just under four minutes later. He tied the game at eight apiece at 2:37 with his sixth goal of the game. That score keyed a five-goal run for the Tigers that sealed the win. Towson limited UMBC to two goals in the second half.

Next Up:
Towson kicks off Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play and ends its five-game homestand with rival Delaware on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at The U.

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UMBC ends up on wrong side of shootout decision at High Point

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

High Point, N.C.- UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium.

UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. High Point (6-2) won its sixth consecutive game and all of victories have come by three goals or less.

The Retrievers trailed, 10-7, at the half and managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter.  With the Panthers leading, 14-11, sophomore Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) scored his eighth goal of the year at the 11:35 mark of the fourth quarter and 51 seconds later, fed Gregoire for another UMBC tally to cut the deficit to 14-13.

The teams exchanged goals, with senior defender Matt Reeping (Frederick, Md./St. John’s Prep) again bringing the visitors to within 15-14 as he scored his first career goal with 5:02 remaining. UMBC won the ensuing draw and put two shots on goal in short order, but Panther netminder Austin Geisler made a pair of saves to deny the Retrievers the tying score.

High Point’s Matt Thistle scored two goals in a 14-second span to restore the hosts’ lead to 17-14 with 2:30 remaining.  UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) would counter with an extra-man goal with 43 seconds remaining, but UMBC could not capture the final draw of the contest and suffered the narrow defeat.

Young added three goals and two assists for UMBC, while Gannon tallied a goal and added a team season-high four helpers.

Michael Leclair led all scorers with four goals and three assists, while Thistle contributed three goals and three helpers for High Point.

UMBC took leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in the first quarter as Lewnes and Gregoire scored twice in the opening period. But HPU scored five times in a span of 4:08 to take a 7-4 lead at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter. The Panthers led by as many as four goals at 9-5, but goals by Lewnes and Young in the final 1:17 of the stanza shaved the deficit to 9-7. But High Point took momentum into the break as face-off specialist Jamie Piluso won a man-down draw and scored with 11 seconds to play in the half to give the hosts a 10-7 halftime edge.

High Point outshot UMBC, 39-32, and won the battles of ground balls, 42-36, and face-offs, 20-14.  Both Geisler and UMBC freshman netminder Connor Gordon(Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) came up with 12 saves for their respective teams.  Nine of Geisler’s stops came in the second half.

UMBC returns to Baltimore and continues its stretch of five games in 15 days with a Tuesday evening contest at Towson.

Notes:  Gregoire also recorded five goals versus Richmond on March 1 and leads the team with 18 through six games this season… He now has 10 career games with three or more goals scored… Gordon made double-digit saves for the sixth straight game, but finished under 50 percent in save percentage for the first time in his brief career… Gannon, who tallied a single assist as a freshman, now has eight goals and a team-high 10 assists in 2014… In addition to Reeping’s first career goal, JR D Ian Gray (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) also notched the first of his career.

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UMBC makes first trip out of state Saturday at High Point

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays its first road game in one month and travels out of the state of Maryland for the first time in the 2014 season when the Retrievers make their first-ever visit to High Point University to take on a 5-2 Panther squad at Vert Stadium on Saturday, March 15. The Retrievers are 3-2, after completing a four-game homestand with a 15-6 victory over Mercer on Tuesday, March 11, while High Point has won five straight, including a narrow 9-8 win over VMI on March 8. Video streaming is available via the Big South Network and live stats will be provided via High Point’s website.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening. Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon. Attackman Matt Gregoire 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. UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon 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. Senior midfielder Zach Linkous, junior midfielder Ty Kashur and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

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.

PANTHER UPDATE: High Point is riding a five-game winning streak after losing their first two games of the season. They are also in the midst of a five-game homestead, and have not lost at home this season. For the second time this season the Panthers swept the Atlantic Sun weekly awards last week. Graduate student Stevie Kirkup was named the Atlantic Sun Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt-junior Austin Geisler was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Kirkup, a transfer attackman from UNC, scored five goals on seven shots in a 9-8 win over VMI last Saturday. Geisler had nine saves in the same game, and an even more impressive 17 saves against Michigan in a 9-7 victory. High Point’s last six games have all been decided by three goals or less and the Panthers have won their five contests by a total of eight goals. Sophomore attackmen Matt Thistle and Dan Lomas lead HPU in scoring with 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists), and a team-best 17 goals on the season, respectively.

SERIES RECORD/LAST YEAR’S MEETING: In the first meeting between the two schools, Nate Lewnes tallied a team season-best six points and sophomore netminder Wes DiRito collected 15 saves in his first home start as the host Retrievers defeated High Point, 16-11, at UMBC Stadium on March 16, 2013. UMBC’s special teams were outstanding as the Retrievers scored on all four of its extra-man chances, while denying High Point on all six of the Panthers’ opportunities. UMBC led, 11-9, after 45 minutes, but scored twice in the first 3:24 of the fourth quarter and added two more in a 34-second span in the middle of the stanza to take control.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they play five times in 15 days. As spring break begins for the university, the Retrievers return to the field on Tuesday evening, March 18 when they visit cross-town rival Towson. Game time at Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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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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UMBC G Elliott named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Albany, N.Y.- UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) was named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Year, in a unanimous vote by the league’s head coaches.

Elliott, UMBC’s first men’s basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons, was also selected to the America East Third Team and to the All-Rookie squad.

The Baltimore native earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He is the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 14.9 points per game, the fourth-best overall figure in the conference, and is second in scoring average in league games at 15.4 points per contest.

In addition, Elliott is fourth in America East in assists (3.5), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), eighth in steals (1.3) and tenth in field goal percentage (45.3%).

The Baltimore native is the program’s first Rookie-of-the-Year in any league since Kennedy Okafor earned Big South Conference honors in his freshman season of 1997-98.

He became UMBC’s second NCAA Division I player (and first freshman) to record 400 points (433), 100 rebounds (115) and 100 assists (102) in a season.  His current total of 433 points is third amongst all freshmen in school history, just one point behind Rich Giddens’ 434 (1997-98) and 17 behind Peter Mulligan, who amassed 450 points in the 2000-01 campaign.

Elliott has already set a UMBC freshman record for free throws made in a season (120), and has the fourth-most assists of any Retriever first-year player.

Eliott was just selected as the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, UMBC’s first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.

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