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Towson drops heartbreaker to Marist in OT

Posted on 09 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Despite a career-high five goals from junior co-captain Thomas DeNapoli, Towson men’s lacrosse (2-4) fell, 10-9 in overtime, to Marist (4-0) when the Red Foxes’Jack Doherty scored with one second left in overtime Friday night at Unitas Stadium.

DeNapoli finished the night with his fourth-straight hat trick. Classmate and co-captain Rob Zoppo tied his career high with a pair of goals, while junior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Greg Cuccinello each had one tally apiece. Doherty led Marist with four goals, and Drew Nesmithadded three scores in the win.

“Obviously any overtime game you lose is frustrating,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “I’m very, very upset…I feel really bad for the guys. I thought we played pretty hard but got careless in the second half, especially offensively. The third quarter really allowed them to get some momentum and really get back into it.”

Marist got on the board quickly with a Nesmith goal just 30 seconds into the first quarter. However, Zoppo and DeNapoli teamed up to give Towson the lead, 2-1, by the 11-minute mark in the first. The Red Foxes bounced back with two of their own tallies before the Tigers ran out to a 5-3 advantage at the start of the second quarter with goals from DeNapoli, Zoppo and Hodgson.

Towson remained in front, never by more than two goals, until Nesmith scored on an extra-man opportunity when the Tigers were called for slashing. The Red Foxes were 1-for-3 in EMO chances on Friday. Starting with Nesmith’s man-up goal, the Red Foxes scored five of the next seven goals for the win. DeNapoli tallied the Tigers’ two goals in the third quarter, scoring just 11 seconds apart to put Towson back in front, 9-8, with 6:33 left in regulation.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a season-high 15 stops for Towson. Marist’s Dave Scarcelloposted a 12-save game.

Towson returns to action on Tuesday, March 12 at Navy at 7 p.m.

NOTES: DeNapoli’s five goals were the most by a Towson player at home since Blake Best and Tim Strattoneach tallied five goals in an 18-12 win over Penn on April 26, 2008 … they  were the most goals by a Tiger regardless of location since Will Harrington posted five goals at Stony Brook on March 6, 2010.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Marist 10, Towson 9 (ot)
Marist (4-0)        3-3-3-0-1/10
Towson (2-4)     4-3-2-0-0/9

GOALS: TOW – Thomas DeNapoli 5; Rob Zoppo 2; Andrew Hodgson 1; Greg Cuccinello 1; MAR – Jack Doherty 4; Drew Neswmith 3; Joseph Radin 1; Mike Begley 1; Patrick Eaker 1. ASSISTS: TOW – Hodgson 2; Cuccinello 1; Neil Hutchinson 1; MAR – Nesmith 2; Aedan Herman 1; Jim Marks 1; Radin 1; Connor Rice 1. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (15, 63:59, 5 goals allowed); MAR -Scarcello (12, 63:59, 9 goals allowed). SHOTS: TOW – 39; MAR – 40. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 35; MAR – 35. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 10-23; MAR – 13-23. CLEARS: TOW – 18-20; MAR – 19-23. EMO: TOW – 0-3; MAR – 1-3. ATTENDANCE: 679.

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Towson looks for third straight win Friday against Marist

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson exploded for 13 goals at Mount St. Mary’s last Saturday to win back-to-back games for the first time since the middle of last season. Marist has opened 2013 by winning their first three games. Today’s game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Towson exploded for 13 goals against Mount St. Mary’s on March 2 in Emmitsburg, Md. Towson put together two scoring runs of five and six goals for the win. The six-goal run began late in the third quarter and continued to the end of the game. The Tigers are looking to win three in a row for the first time since March 24 to April 4, 2012. Junior Thomas DeNapoli leads Towson with 13-3-16, while sophomore Cory Dobyns is the other Tiger with double-digit goals (10). Senior Andrew Wascavage has a goals-against average of 9.51 and a save percentage of .525.

Scouting the Red Foxes
Marist is a perfect 3-0 on the year, with wins against Stony Brook in the season opener (13-9), Sacred Heart (15-12) and Lafayette (8-5). The Red Foxes are led by Connor Rice’s 11 points (5-6-11) and Jack Doherty’s seven goals. Dave Scarcello backstops Marist and has an 8.67 goals-against-average and a .527 save percentage.

Towson-Marist Series History
This is the first meeting.

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Towson tops Mercer in OT for first win of season

Posted on 24 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Towson, Md. – Junior Thomas DeNapoli scored the game winner with 1:04 left in overtime to lead Towson men’s lacrosse (1-3) to a 9-8 win over Mercer (1-2) on Sunday at Unitas Stadium.

“I’m proud of our guys for finding a way to win today,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “Getting win No. 1 in the books was important, and I hope this game moves us in the right direction for the rest of the season.”

Mercer went on a fivegoal run over the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to take an 8-5 lead with 9:22 left in the game. Towson regrouped and scored the final four goals of the game (including DeNapoli’s game winner) for the win. During that four-goal run, DeNapoli scored three times.

Chris Baxa led the Bears with four goals, and Zack Ward had two. Four Bears tallied an assist apiece.

The first quarter was a low-scoring affair, ending tied 1-1. Mercer took a 2-1 lead on a Baxa goal right off the first face-off of the second quarter. But senior Matt Hughes combined with sophomore Justin Mabus at 7:24 for a goal that keyed a 3-0 run to put Towson up 4-2 at the start of the third quarter.

Mercer would not go away, however. After sophomore Greg Cuccinello gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead at 5:50 in the third, the Bears scored the next five goals. In the middle of that run, Mercer took its first lead of the game on a Ward tally at 12:07 in the fourth. DeNapoli stemmed the tide with his second of a career-high-tying four goals at 9:10.

DeNapoli’s goal was the first of three Tiger goals in the span of 40 seconds. Towson won the ensuing face-off and sophomore Cory Dobyns connected with classmate Ben McCarty score just 14 seconds later to inch the Tigers within one, 8-7, at 8:56 in the final quarter of regulation. DeNapoli knotted the score at 8-8 26 seconds later.

The teams were in a stalemate for the rest of the quarter. Despite a late Towson penalty that gave the Bears a man advantage with four seconds left in regulation, neither team was able to score until DeNapoli found the back of the cage for the game winner.

Towson out-shot Mercer 35-31, but the Bears won the ground ball and face-off battles 34-33 and 12-8,respectively. Senior Andrew Wascavage made seven saves for Towson, while Mike Nugent stopped 11 shots for Mercer.

Towson has a week off before returning to action on Saturday, March 2 when the Tigers travel to Mount St. Mary’s at 7 p.m.

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Sawyer scores four to help Loyola past Towson

Posted on 20 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Sawyer Scores Four In Chilly Men’s Lacrosse Win Over Towson

TOWSON, Md. – Mike Sawyer scored four goals and seven Loyola University Maryland players tallied two or more points as the Greyhounds defeated host Towson, 14-9, on a Wednesday night when the wind chill hovered below 15 degrees.

Justin Ward had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, while Kevin Ryan (two goals, one assist) and Chris Layne (one goal, two assists) each had three. Sean O’Sullivan (two goals), Brian Schultz and Nikko Pontrello (one goal, one assist each) tallied two points apiece.

Loyola (2-0 overall) built a 4-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game as four players scored goals.

“Anytime Loyola and Towosn play, you are going to have a physical game, and that is exactly what it was,” Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “I was pleased with our energy tonight, and I thought that we came out with intensity.”

Sawyer opened the scoring by taking a Ward pass from behind and depositing a goal from just outside the crease on the right side, 2:59 into the game. Davis Butts used an 11-yard sidearm shot off a Layne assist just over 2:30 later to tack on the second goal, and O’Sullivan finished a Pontrello feed from 10 yards out at 6:42.

On the Greyhounds’ first extra-man opportunity of the night, Ryan picked up a loose ball in front of the cage and scored at 5:03 to put the Greyhounds ahead, 4-0.

After a Thomas DeNapoli goal with 1:09 left in the first quarter, Loyola tallied the first two of the second period. Sawyer redodged and got past his defender to score at 13:32, and Ryan recorded the first two-goal game of his career with another extra-man tally on a cut down the middle, this off a Schultz assist, at 9:39.

Towson (0-3), however, scored the next three goals, and Greg Cuccinello’s goal with 6:41 to play before halftime closed the Tigers’ deficit to 6-4.

The Greyhounds responded with a pair of goals, the first coming from Sawyer off a Ward assist. Sawyer shot from an extremely tight angle on the left side after Ward shot a pass from behind. O’Sullivan then notched his second of the game with 1:14 to go before halftime to push Loyola’s lead to 8-4 at the break.

Loyola scored the first two of the second half as Patrick Fanshaw dodged from right-to-left from the top middle and scored at 12:13, and Sawyer ducked out from in front of the crease, caught a Ryan pass and scored with 8:47 on the clock. His fourth of the game gave the Greyhounds a six-goal lead, 10-4.

Towson rallied again as Cuccinello and Andrew Hodgson wrapped a pair of goals around a Pontrello score, and then Hodgson and DeNapoli scored to open the fourth quarter.

DeNapoli’s shot from nine yards out on the left side with 9:40 remaining in regulation closed the gap to 11-8.

Loyola earned an extra-man opportunity, however, on a Towson illegal body check, and Ward fed a cross-crease pass to Schultz on the right doorstep, and Schultz’s goal pushed the lead back to four.

Towson again closed it to three on DeNapoli’s fourth of the game at 4:22, but two Loyola goals with an empty net, one by Ward on a man-up and the other by Layne, provided the final five-goal difference.

After winning just 7-of-21 faceoffs in the season opener at the University of Delaware, Blake Burkhart made his season debut at the ‘X’ and won 17-of-28. He also led all players with eight ground balls.

Scott Ratliff and Joe Fletcher each had four ground balls, and all but one Loyola starter had at least one off the ground. Loyola picked up a total of 39 to Towson’s 24.

Jack Runkel made 10 saves in goal for Loyola.

The Greyhounds play their home opener on Saturday, February 23, at 1:30 p.m. against the University of Maryland in a rematch of the 2012 NCAA Championship Game that Loyola won, 9-3. The game will be broadcast live nationally on NBC Sports Network.

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Towson looks for first win Wednesday night against defending champs Loyola

Posted on 20 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson hosts its second-straight nationally ranked opponent in No. 2 Loyola Wednesday evening. The Tigers are 0-2 after a 12-6 loss to Johns Hopkins at home on Saturday. The defending national champion Greyhounds narrowly defeated Delaware, 9-8, in Newark. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and the game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Towson is now 0-2 on the year after falling, 12-6, to No. 4 Johns Hopkins Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium. Sophomores Cory Dobyns and Greg Cuccinello each scored two goals for the Tigers. Senior Andrew Wascavage made a game-high 13 saves. It was JHU’s 18th-straight win over Towson.

Scouting the Greyhounds
The defending national champion No. 2 Loyola Greyhounds are 1-0 after picking up a last-second 9-8 win at Delaware on Saturday. Chris Layne scored the game winner with 4.4 seconds left. Justin Ward had three goals and two assists for a game-high five points.Jack Runkel made 11 saves in net for Loyola.

Towson-Loyola Series History
This long-time local rivalry is tied 27-27, though Loyola has won the last five match ups. That is the Greyhounds’ longest win streak in the rivalry. Towson won 11 straight games from 1969 to 1979. Twenty-two of the games have been decided by three goals or less, including six of the last eight meetings.

Towson vs. Loyola Facts and Figures

All-Time Series Record Tied 27-27
at Towson Tied 9-9
at Loyola Loyola leads 11-10
at Neutral Sites Towson leads 1-0
at Unknown Sites Tied 7-7
First Meeting 1959 – Loyola 8, Towson 6
Last Meeting 2/25/12 – Loyola 13, Towson 6
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Loyola takes short trip to Towson for lax battle Wednesday

Posted on 19 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Towson Tigers
Date Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas Stadium
TV | Radio Towson Webstreaming
Series Record Series tied, 27-27
Last Meeting Loyola 13, Towson 6 – February 25, 2012, in Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland plays its second game of the season and its second of five in a 15-day stretch to open the season.

The Greyhounds make the short trip to Towson University on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, for a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Tigers at Johnny Unitas Stadium.


Series History

The Loyola-Towson rivalry is the most played series in the history of men’s lacrosse at both schools. Wednesday’s game will be the 55th all-time meeting between the teams, dating back to 1959, the first year of intercollegiate lacrosse at Towson.

Of Loyola’s opponents, only Towson (54), Johns Hopkins (50) and Penn State (50) have played the Greyhounds 50 or more times. Georgetown is Loyola next most-played opponent after that trio. The Hoyas will meet the Greyhounds for the 36th time next month.

Loyola evened the all-time series record at 27-27 with a 13-6 victory on February 25, 2012. The Greyhounds have won the last five meetings between the teams dating back to 2008.

In last year’s game, Mike Sawyer and Sean O’Sullivan both scored four goals, and Justin Ward passed out a career-best five assists as the Greyhounds defeated Towson, 13-6. Loyola led 6-1 midway through the second quarter and extended its advantage to 11-2 in the third.


In The Polls

Loyola opened the 2013 season ranked No. 1 in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media polls, but after last weekend’s narrow victory at Delaware, the Greyhounds fell to No. 2 in the coaches’ version. They remain in the top spot in the media poll.

It was the first time in the polls’ existences that the Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 in the preseason.


Last Time Out

Chris Layne took the ball after a timeout, went to midfield and dodged down the middle, scoring with 4.4 seconds left to lift Loyola to a 9-8 win at Delaware on Saturday in the Greyhounds’ season-opener.

A Mike Sawyer goal with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter gave the Greyhounds a 7-4 advantage, but the Blue Hens tied the game at 7-7 with three goals in the first 4:32 of the fourth quarter.

Sean O’Sullivan took a Sawyer pass and scored from the left side at 8:20, and the Greyhounds nearly held off a late Delaware charge. The Blue Hens, however, scored on an extra-man opportunity with 26 seconds left to tie the game at 8-8.

Justin Ward led all players with three goals and five points, while Layne had two goals and an assist.

Defensively, Jack Runkel made 10 of his 11 saves in the second half, and Reid Acton caused a game-high five turnovers. Scott Ratliff picked up six ground balls for the Greyhounds.


Last-Second Layne

Chris Layne was one of two players to score more than one goal on Saturday against Delaware, and he was one of four Greyhounds to score two or more points.

Layne tallied the first and last goals of the game for the Greyhounds, the initial coming at 12:17 in the first quarter, and the second with 4.4 seconds left in the fourth. He also assisted on a Scott Ratliff transition goal just over five minutes into the third quarter.

It was his fourth career multi-goal game as a collegian with two coming last year (against Air Force and versus Fairfield in the ECAC Championship Game). He also had a two-goal outing as a sophomore in 2010 at North Carolina against Delaware.


Ward With Three And Two

Justin Ward, who finished third on the team in points as a sophomore in 2012, paced the Greyhounds’ offense with three goals and two assists for a career-high tying five points at Delaware. He matched the five points he scored last season against Towson, all coming on assists.

Ward’s three goals were also a career-high. He scored 12 goals last season and assisted on a team-best 31 for 43 points.

With his two assists on Saturday, Ward moved into 25th place in Loyola’s Division I history with 34 career assists. He passed Gavin Prout who had 33 from 2000-2001.


Acton Active On Defense

Reid Acton tied his career-high on Saturday with five caused turnovers to lead all players. He also picked up five ground balls, one shy of Scott Ratliff’s team-best six. He was part of a unit that held Delaware’s starting attack to just three goals in the game.

Acton also caused five turnovers last season against Ohio State.


Loyola Debuts

Four players – Joe Baker, Jason Crane, Justin Verratti and Harry Kutner – made their Loyola debuts on Saturday at Delaware with Baker, Crane and Verratti’s debuts also marking their first collegiate experience. Kutner played four years and graduated from St. John’s prior to coming to Loyola for his final year of eligibility (he received a medical hardship waiver after an injury in 2011).

In addition to those four, two players, T.J. Harris and Nikko Pontrello, made their starting lineup debuts on Saturday on close defense and attack, respectively.


Between The Pipes

Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel made 10 of his 11 saves during the second half against Delaware, marking the eight time in his career that he has posted 10 or more saves in goal. The last time came when Runkel set a career-high in the NCAA Semifinals with 15 saves against Notre Dame, setting a career-high. He narrowly eclipsed his previous best of 14 set on April 28 against Johns Hopkins. Runkel followed his performance in the Semifinal with a six-save, three-goals allowed performance in the title game against Maryland. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for his efforts.

Runkel played to a 5.22 goals against average and .700 saves percentage in four NCAA Tournament games.


A Lot Of Everything

The adage that a player does a little bit of everything does not necessarily apply to long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff. The Loyola senior does a lot, as he led the team last year  in ground balls (88) and caused turnovers (37), was fifth in goals (12) and seventh in assists (7). His 37 caused turnovers were second-most in Loyola history – behind P.T. Ricci’s 51 in 2009 – since the stats became official that year.

A Tewaaraton Award semifinalist, Ratliff was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Championships after scoring three goals, one a game-winner, and recording two assists and 16 ground balls.

He had two goals, including the winner just eight seconds into overtime, and an assist versus Denver while picking up a career-high nine ground balls.

Ratliff, who was also an USILA All-America Third Team member, an All-ECAC First Team honoree and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year.

He tallied a goal and six ground balls in the 2013 season-opener against Delaware, bringing his career scoring totals to 17 goals and 10 assists. He is currently second among active long-poles in scoring behind Bryant’s Mason Poli who has 32 goals and 10 assists.

With his game-opening goal against Canisius in the NCAA First Round, he set the Loyola single-season record for long-pole scoring, surpassing the record of 16 points set by current assistant coach Matt Dwan his senior season in 1995 when he tallied 11 goals and five assists and earned All-America honors.


Helmet Stickers

Loyola players are wearing three stickers on their helmets this season to remember those who have passed away. The stickers are in memory of Adam Pomper, a member of the 2012 team who passed away on June 12, 2012, Mandy O’Sullivan, mother of current players Sean and Ryan O’Sullivan who died in March 2012 from pancreatic cancer, and the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December 2012 where Loyola put on a youth lacrosse clinic in January.


National Team Exhibition

The Greyhounds took part in the 8th-annual Champion Challenge, an event hosted by USLacrosse, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at DisneyWorld on January 27. The Greyhounds faced the U.S. Men’s National Team in a nationally televised exhibition game.

Loyola fell, 17-13, to the reigning FIL World Champions despite being within a goal midway through the fourth quarter, 13-12.

Justin Ward posted a team-high four points with a goal and three assists, while four Greyhounds – seniors Davis Butts, Phil Dobson and Mike Sawyer and sophomore Nikko Pontrello – scored two goals each. Graduate student Harry Kutner handed out three assists, while senior Sean O’Sullivan scored once and had two assists. Junior Brian Schultz had a goal and an assist, while senior Josh Hawkins and junior Kevin Ryan both had single goals. Senior Chris Layne also tallied an assist.


Welcome To The Staff

Two new faces join Head Coach Charley Toomey and Assistant Coaches Matt Dwan and Steve Vaikness on the Greyhounds’ coaching staff for 2013. David Metzbower, a 1986 Delaware graduate and former Blue Hens assistant coach, came on board in November as the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator, replacing Dan Chemotti who left to become the head coach at the University of Richmond. Loyola alum Steve Layne ’10 was brought on in September as the program’s Director of Lacrosse Operations.


Television Dates Announced

In addition to Loyola’s exhibition game against the U.S. National Team, three Greyhound games will be broadcast this season.

The Greyhounds home opener against Maryland on Saturday, February 23, will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, the first non-event based men’s lacrosse game the network will air.

The game against Air Force in the Inside Lacrosse/Whitman’s Sampler Mile-HIgh Classic on Saturday, March 16, will air on ESPN3, and the Greyhounds’ Saturday, April 27, game at Johns Hopkins will air on ESPNU.


Well-Represented In MLL Draft

Five members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team were selected in the top 26 of the January 11 Major League Lacrosse draft. The Greyhounds tied Virginia for the most draft picks in the selection process.

Josh Hawkins and Mike Sawyer were both taken in the first round, going fifth and eighth overall to the Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds, respectively.

Scott Ratliff was the first pick of the second round, going ninth to the Boston Cannons, and Davis Butts was taken early in the third round, 19th overall to the Denver Outlaws.

Joining Hawkins in Hamilton will be Reid Acton, the team’s fourth round pick, 26th overall.

Sawyer will be joined in Charlotte by former teammate Eric Lusby who was the top waiver pick after the NCAA season ended in early June. After missing the majority of the MLL season with an injury, the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player made his MLL debut on July 28 at Long Island and scored a goal. He then tallied three goals  in an August 11 win over Rochester.


Newtown Youth Clinic

Fourteen members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team took time from their holiday vacation to travel to Newtown, Conn., for a clinic with the Newtown Lacrosse Association.

Led by freshman Jason Crane, the Greyhounds worked with more than 100 elementary and junior-high school-age players, many of whom attended Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shooting that killed 26 took place in December.


First NCAA Championship

Loyola won its first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and the school’s first NCAA Division I title in any sport, on May 28, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. The Greyhounds defeated Maryland, 9-3 in the title game, capping a season in which the Greyhounds tied an NCAA record with 18 victories.


Returning From 2012

Head Coach Charley Toomey returns eight starters and 34 letterwinners from the 2012 Loyola team that won the NCAA Championship.

Back among the starters are attackmen Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward, first-line midfielders Davis Butts, Chris Layne and Sean O’Sullivan, defenders Reid Acton and Joe Fletcher and goalkeeper Jack Runkel.

The Greyhounds also return their top long-stick midfielder, Scott Ratliff, and their top three short-stick midfielders, Kyle Duffy, Josh Hawkins and Pat Laconi. A pair of second-line midfielders, Phil Dobson and Nikko Pontrello, also return.


Preseason Accolades

Six Loyola players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America teams: defender Joe Fletcher and short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins (first team); attackman Mike Sawyer and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (second); midfielder Davis Butts (third); and, defender Reid Acton (honorable mention).

All six earned All-America honors last season with Sawyer earned Second Team honors and Ratliff was named to the Third Team. Acton, Butts, Fletcher and Acton earned Honorable Mention along with graduate student Eric Lusby.

In his first year as a starter, Fletcher was named to the NCAA and ECAC Championships All-Tournament Teams and earned a reputation as one of the top defenders in the nation. In 19 games as a sophomore, Fletcher caused 26 turnovers, second most on the team, and had 41 ground balls.

Hawkins has continued to be one of the top defensive midfielders in the nation and garnered considerable respect nationally for his play during the NCAA Championships. He earned NCAA All-Tournament honors and helped the Greyhounds limit Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals on Championships weekend. In addition to his six goals and two assists in 15 games last year, Hawkins was second on the team with 63 ground balls.

Sawyer was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player last season when he scored 52 goals and assisted on 10 more and was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. During the regular-season, he led the ECAC in goals and goals per game while earning All-ECAC First Team honors. He became the second player to score 50 or more goals in a season and was joined by a third on last year’s team.

Ratliff continued to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. He finished with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995. In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defenisve player of the year honors.

Butts was a first-line midfielder for the Greyhounds for the second year in a row. He excelled as a dodger and finisher and ranked fourth on the team in points (35) and third in goals scored (21). A versatile player, Butts also saw plenty of action on the wings of faceoffs and in the defensive midfield where he picked up 40 ground balls.

Acton will enter 2013 having started on the Greyhounds’ defense each of the last three years. He finished the 2012 season with 44 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, while helping Loyola record a 7.21 goals allowed per game average, the fifth-best mark in Division I. The Greyhounds set a pair of defensive records during Championship Weekend, holding Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals in the two games and allowing the Terrapins just three in the title match.


Seven Earn All-America Honors in 2012

Attacker Mike Sawyer was named to the USILA All-America Second Team, and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned Third Team honors earlier this week from the coaches’ association.

Five other Greyhounds – attacker Eric Lusby, midfielders Davis Butts and Josh Hawkins and defenders Reid Acton and Joe Fletcher – received honorable mention.

The seven honorees are the most for Loyola since seven received plaudits following the 1999 season. Sawyer and Ratliff are also the first Loyola players to receive All-America nods other than honorable mention since Gavin Prout was a first teamer in 2001.


School Record In Wins

Loyola’s victory over Maryland in the NCAA Championship Game was its 18th of the season, setting a school record for victories in a year. The Greyhounds eclipsed the previous best of 13 that the 1998 squad achieved with a 13-2 record.

The 18 wins also tied an NCAA Division I record for victories in a season.

It was Loyola’s 15th season all-time with 10 or more wins with 12 coming since the Greyhounds joined Division I in 1982.


Toomey Receives Morris Touchstone Award

Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career, and in December, he received the coaches association’s Morris Touchstone Award as the national coach of the year.

The Greyhounds became the second team in USILA Coaches Poll history to start a season unranked and ascend to the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The only other team was Duke in 2007 – a year after the Blue Devils had their season suspended in March – which accomplished the feat after being unranked in the first poll, moving to second in the next version and first in the third. Duke was knocked from its perch as No. 1 that season when it lost to the Greyhounds at the First Four in San Diego.

The win over Canisius in the First Round was the 60th victory of his coaching career, becoming the fourth coach in Loyola history to win 60 or more – Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001), Charles Wenzel (62-104, 1954-1970), Jay Connor (61-46, 1975-1982).  Toomey’s .626 winning percentage trails only Cottle’s .721 at Loyola.


Big Runs

Last season, runs of three-plus goals were critical in the Greyhounds success, as they had runs of 3-0 or better in all 19 games. In all, Loyola scored three or more in a row on 37 occasions last year.

The Greyhounds opened the 2013 season in similar fashion as they scored three-straight in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead against Delaware after trailing, 2-1.


On The Flip Side

Conversely, the Greyhounds allowed a run of three or more goals just 12 times last year, with the last coming when Canisius scored three in the second quarter. Only Denver (seven in ECAC Semifinal), Johns Hopkins (five), Fairfield (five), Air Force (four) have scored more than three in a row this year.

In the 2013 season-opener, Delaware had one 3-0 run that the Blue Hens used to tie the game at 7-7 in the fourth quarter.


Second-Half Success

The Greyhounds outscored opponents 66-22 in the third quarters of games, and 123-63 overall in the second half (including overtime), last season.

The second-half scoring continues a trend from 2011 when Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56.

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Hopkins continues dominance of Towson with blowout win

Posted on 16 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, MD – Visiting Johns Hopkins got eight goals and four assists from its starting attack unit and held host Towson scoreless for nearly 27 minutes midway through the game as the fourth-ranked Blue Jay lacrosse team posted a 12-6 victory over the Tigers Saturday night at Unitas Stadium. The win is the 18th straight for the Blue Jays against the Tigers and improves Hopkins’ record to 2-0 on the year. Towson slips to 0-2 with the loss.

The Blue Jays scored the final two goals of the first half to give themselves a 6-3 halftime lead and then added the first four of the second half to push out to what proved to be an insurmountable 10-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.

All three of the Blue Jays’ goals in the third quarter came in the first five minutes of the period as Hopkins seized control of what had been a tight game. An unassisted goal by Brandon Benn less than three minutes into the second half was followed less than a minute later by an extra-man goal from freshman Ryan Brown. When junior midfielder Rex Sanders ripped a shot home less than 90 seconds later after a beautiful split dodge at the top of the box, the Blue Jays had doubled their three-goal halftime lead.

Benn capped a four-goal night with an extra-man goal of his own just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it 10-3, but Towson goal back-to-back goals from Greg Cuccinello and Robby Zoppo in a 36-second span to slice the deficit to 10-5.

The Tigers would get no closer than five the rest of the way as Phil Castronova and Zach Palmer sandwiched goals around an extra-man goal by Cory Dobyns in the final seven minutes to account for the 12-6 final.

The third quarter surge matched a game-opening spree by the Blue Jays as sophomore Wells Stanwick helped stake JHU to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter as he had a hand in all three JHU strikes in the opening 15 minutes. He needed less than a minute to open the scoring as senior John Ranagan found him cutting across the crease and he went behind the back to give JHU a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game.

The 1-0 lead held for more than eight minutes before Stanwick came from behind the goal and beat Towson goalie Andrew Wascavage from in tight to make it 2-0 and then completed his three-point first quarter with a nifty pass to the crease that Benn one-timed home to give the Blue Jays the three-goal lead.

The Tigers grabbed some momentum and trimmed the deficit to 4-3 with a 3-1 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter. An extra-man goal from Dobyns put the Tigers on the board with 13:19 remaining in the period, but senior Palmer answered with JHU’s first man down goal since 2008 less than a minute later to push the lead back to three.

Two-thirds of that three-goal lead were gone less than three minutes later as Cuccinello and Thomas DiNapoli scored unassisted goals from virtually the same spot on the field just to JHU goalie Pierce Bassett’s right to make it 4-3 with more than nine minutes remaining in the opening half.

The Blue Jays pushed the lead back to three by halftime as Stanwick fed Benn for his second of the game and junior Rob Guida blew a laser past Wascavage with the Blue Jays man-up to make it 6-3 at the half.

The lead went from three to six less than five minutes into the second half as JHU used a 6-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to put the game away. The Tigers were held scoreless from the 9:32 mark of the second quarter until Cuccinello’s goal early in the fourth.

Stanwick’s four points (2g, 2a) are a career-high, while Benn’s four goals were one shy of his career high and mark his sixth career hat trick. Palmer rounded out JHU’s trio of starting attackmen with four points on two goals and two assists.

Senior Mike Poppleton was again strong on faceoffs as he won 12-of-17 and grabbed six ground balls, while Bassett posted 12 saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who held advantages in shots (40-38) and ground balls (32-24).

Dobyns and Cuccinello led Towson with two goals apiece and Wascavage posted 13 saves in goal, but the Tigers solved Bassett only three times in even strength situations and the mid-game drought was more than they could overcome.

#4 Johns Hopkins (2-0) 3-3-3-3/12
Towson (0-2) 0-3-0-3/6

Goals: J:Benn-4, Stanwick-2, Palmer-2, Sanders, Brown, Castronova, Guida. T: Cuccinello, Dobyns, Zoppo, DeNapoli. AssistsJ: Palmer, Ranagan, Stanwick, Guida. T: Mabus-2, Hodgson, Zoppo. SavesJ: Bassett-12. T: Wascavage-13. Shots: J-40. T-38. EMO: J: 3-for-4. T: 3-for-5. Attendance: 1,687.


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Hopkins tries to extend win streak against Towson Saturday

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins makes its shortest road trip of the season as the Blue Jays travel five miles north to Towson to take on the Tigers at Unitas Stadium.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up a 15-6 win over Siena in its season opener last Friday (Feb. 8). On the same day, the Tigers suffered a 9-7 season-opening loss at High Point.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Towson are meeting for the 41st time in a series that dates to a 15-8 Johns Hopkins win on March 27, 1976. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 37-3 and have won 17 consecutive games against hte Tigers.

Check the Calendar: This year’s season opener against Siena was the earliest game played in the history of the Blue Jay lacrosse program. In fact, this week’s game against the Tigers will be the second-earliest game in school history as prior to this season the earliest game in school history was played on February 17, 2012, when the Blue Jays knocked off Towson, 12-6.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 17 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 14-3 in those 17 games. The Blue Jays have currently won 10 straight games played in the month of February.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins improved to 11-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers with last week’s 15-6 win over Siena.

More Openers: Johns Hopkins is 7-5 in its first road game of a season under head coach Dave Pietramala. JHU has won its last two road openers.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Towson with an all-time record of 925-298-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Program Ties: Towson University head coach Shawn Nadelen played at Johns Hopkins from 1998-2001 and was a senior captain on Dave Pietramala’s first team at JHU. Johns Hopkins assistant coach Dave Allan, who is in his second stint on Pietramala’s staff, spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Towson, where he worked with Nadelen, who was an assistant at Towson at the time.

Teacher vs. Pupil: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has coached numerous games against coaches he worked under (Tony Seaman, Dave Cottle), played with at JHU (Seth Tierney, Brian Voelker, Scott Marr) and played under (Don Zimmerman, Bill Tierney), but Shawn Nadelen is the only one of his former Johns Hopkins players that he has ever coached against. The two met for the first time last season when JHU topped the Tigers, 12-6.

That’s 100 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 162nd career win with last week’s win over Siena and improved his record to 162-62 with the victory. Included in that mark is a 139-45 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

It’s Been a While, Part I: Johns Hopkins punched up 15 goals in the win against Siena last week. That’s the most goals JHU has scored in a season opener since 1995, when the Blue Jays topped defending national champion Princeton, 15-14.

It’s Been a While, Part II: Johns Hopkins’ 15 goals came on 58 shots in last week’s win over Siena. The 58 shots mark the first time JHU has taken 50 or more shots since May 14, 2005, when the Blue Jays took 52 shots in a 22-6 win over Marist in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the 58 shots are the most by a Johns Hopkins team since March 9, 2004, when JHU took 61 in a 17-6 win over Albany.

Reviewing the New Rules: There are some new rules in place in college lacrosse this season, most notably the addition of a shot clock in a stall situation and a time-serving penalty on the third faceoff violation in one half against one team. In JHU’s win over Siena, neither team was called for stalling and neither team committed three FO violations in one half. Both teams were called for three FO violations in the game, but not in one half.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Did You Know That …
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 367 saves and sports a 26-7 record in his last 33 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 16 of 17 games since the start of the 2012 season and has eight multi-goal games to his credit during that time?

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in last week’s win over Siena. Prior to last week’s game, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 21-5 in its last 26 games and 26-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are tied for fourth in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and rank fifth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media 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 year’s Preseason USILA Poll, there have been 397 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 395 of those 397 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 374 of the 397 and the top five in 296 of those 397. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. He ran his career totals to 59 goals and 56 assists for 115 points with his effort a year ago.
Palmer is the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

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Towson looks for first win over Hopkins since 1996 Saturday

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers face the No. 4 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium. Towson is 0-1 after a 9-7 loss at High Point on February 8. Johns Hopkins is 1-0 after a 15-6 home win over Siena last Saturday. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and the game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
The Tigers traveled to High Point and dropped a 9-7 decision in their season opener Friday, Feb. 8 at Vert Stadium. Sophomore Cory Dobyns scored his first four goals as a Tiger, including two man-up tallies. Towson also got goals from Thomas DeNapoli, Andrew Hodgson, and Matt Hughes.

Scouting the Blue Jays

Johns Hopkins opened 2013 with a 15-6 win over Siena on Friday, Feb. 8 at home. Eight different Blue Jays scored for JHU, including Brandon Benn and John Ranagan, who each posted hat tricks. Ranagan added an assist for four points. The Jays outshot the Saints 58-26 and outdueled them on ground balls 39-17. Johns Hopkins scored five goals in the first quarter and four in both the third and fourth quarters for the win.

Towson-Johns Hopkins Series History
The Tigers and Blue Jays first met in 1976, with JHU taking a 15-8 win home to Charles Street. Since then, the Jays have taken a commanding 37-3 lead in the all-time series. Towson’s last victory came in 1996, a 13-12 decision at Homewood Field. Hopkins has won the last 17 straight. 

Towson vs. Johns Hopkins Facts and Figures

All-Time Series Record Johns Hopkins leads, 37-3
at Towson Johns Hopkins leads, 19-1
at Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins leads, 18-2
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites N/A
First Meeting 3/27/76 – Johns Hopkins 15, Towson 8
Last Meeting 2/17/12 – Johns Hopkins 12, Towson 6
Streak Johns Hopkins +17







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Towson announces 2013 football schedule

Posted on 22 December 2012 by WNST Staff


Tigers To Face 12-Game Schedule For Only The Fourth Time In School History

TOWSON, Md. – After winning back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will play a very strong 12-game schedule next season.

This marks only the fourth time in program history that the Tigers have been able to schedule 12 regular season games. The NCAA permits schools to schedule a 12th regular season game where there is a 14th Saturday between the first permissible playing date and the final permissible playing date. Towson also played 12 games in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

Due to the extra Saturday, the Tigers will play four non-conference games in addition to their eight-game CAA schedule. Towson will play five home games at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium and seven contests on the road,

For the fifth time in the last six seasons, Towson will face an NCAA FBS opponent in its season opener. On Thursday, August 29, the Tigers will open the season against the University of Connecticut in a game that will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

UConn will be the seventh NCAA FBS opponent that Towson has played since 2008. The Tigers have also played Navy (2008), Northwestern (2009), Indiana (2010), Maryland (2011), Kent State (2012) and Louisiana State (2012). In 2012, the Tigers played Kent State and LSU, two NCAA FBS opponents who finished the regular season ranked in the Top 25.

After the season opener, the Tigers will visit former Patriot League rival Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Towson, which averaged nearly 8,700 fans per home game in 2012, opens its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 14 by hosting Delaware State University. A week later, on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Tigers travel to Durham, N.C. to face North Carolina Central.

On Sept. 28, the Tigers travel to Stony Brook, a newcomer to the CAA, to face the Seawolves. Stony Brook is coming off a season in which the Seawolves earned an NCAA FCS at-large berth and posted a 10-3 record.

In October, Towson plays back-to-back home games against New Hampshire (Oct. 5) and Villanova (Oct. 12). Towson, UNH and Villanova are three of the four teams that shared the 2012 CAA championship.

On Oct. 19, the Tigers travel to Albany to face the Great Danes. Albany is another newcomer to the CAA.

Towson also travels to Richmond on Oct. 26 to face the Spiders, who also tied for the 2012 CAA title.

On Nov. 2, Towson returns to Unitas Stadium to host long-time rival Delaware. After a bye week, the Tigers visit William & Mary on Nov. 16 to face the Tribe. The Tigers close out the regular season on Nov. 23 with a home game against James Madison. It will be the 25th meeting between the schools.

The Tigers, who have posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000, expect to have eight returning starters on offense and seven returning starters on defense.

A trio of All-CAA first team selections, running back Terrance West (Northwest H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and tacklesEric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Largo, Md.), return to the lead the Tiger offense, along with offensive center Doug Shaw (Loyola H.S./Woodbine, Md.), a second team All-CAA honoree.

The Tiger defense will be led by linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio), a second team All-CAA selection. Cornerbacks Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and Tye Smith(Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) also return. Love was a second team All-CAA selection while Smith earned third team honors.

Deposits are now being accepted for the 2013 Tiger football season.  Tickets can be ordered online at www.TowsonTigers.com or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.

The Tigers, who have a combined 16-7 record the last two seasons, have won back-to-back CAA titles by winning 13 of 16 CAA games over the last two years. In 2011, Towson had a 7-1 CAA record to win the title outright. Last season, the Tigers won their final four games in a row to finish with a 6-2 CAA mark that earned them a share of the championship.


Thu.        Aug. 29       at Connecticut                      East Hartford, Conn.

Sat.          Sept.   7       at Holy Cross                        Worcester, Mass.


Sat.          Sept.  21     at North Carolina Central   Durham, N.C.

Sat.          Sept.  28     at Stony Brook *                   Stony Brook, N.Y.


SAT.       OCT.  12     VILLANOVA *                       JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM

Sat.          Oct.   19       at Albany *                             Albany, N.Y.

Sat.          Oct.  26        at Richmond *                       Richmond, Va.

SAT.       NOV.  2       DELAWARE *                      JOHNNY UNITAS® STADIUM              

Sat.          Nov.  16      at William & Mary *               Williamsburg, Va.


Sat.          Nov.  30      NCAA FCS Playoffs – 1st Round     TBD

Sat.          Dec.   7        NCAA FCS Playoffs – 2nd Round     TBD

Fri./Sat.   Dec.  13-14 NCAA FCS Playoffs – Quarterfinals      TBD

Fri./Sat.   Dec. 20-21  NCAA FCS Playoffs – Semifinals     TBD

Sat.          Jan.  4         NCAA FCS Championship Game

* Colonial Athletic Association games

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