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Maryland opens road trip Monday at #20 Virginia

Posted on 09 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland begins a critical road swing against two nationally ranked teams this week as it takes on Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. for the final time time in ACC play Monday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst), Jeannine Edwards (Sideline)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Siriux/XM 85

Storylines

• The matchup marks the 179th all-time meeting between the conference rivals, with Maryland holding the edge by a hefty margin, 106-72, in a series that dates back to 1923-24. The Cavaliers have had the Terps’ number as of late, however, winning five in-a-row for the first time in the series since 1992-94.

• The Terrapins have won three of their last four contests, including a 12-point victory over Florida State Saturday night in College Park, Md. Maryland has shot better than 50 percent in all three of its victories during that span.

• Sophomore Seth Allen had a career day against Florida State, posting a career-high 32 points on 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Allen matched his previous career-high of 21 points in the first half alone. He is averaging 12.3 points since returning from injury 12 games ago.

• Junior Dez Wells is averaging a team-best 17.0 points in seven road games this season on 51 percent shooting. He is averaging 18.4 points (63 percent FG) over his last five games, and has reached double-figures in 19 of his last 20 games.

• In the last meeting between the Maryland and Virginia on March 10, 2013, Nick Faust scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and Dez Wells had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Virginia went on to win in overtime, 61-57.

Maryland Rolls Past Florida State
Seth Allen scored 21 of his career-high 32 points in the decisive first half, and Maryland beat Florida State 83-71 Saturday to climb over .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Playing in his 12th game of the season after being sidelined with a fractured left foot, Allen went 11 for 15 from the floor and 7 for 10 beyond the arc in topping his previous career best of 21 points. The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard also had four rebounds and two assists.
Dez Wells scored 15 and Jake Layman added 12 for Maryland (14-10, 6-5), which avenged a 24-point defeat at Florida State last month. The victory enabled the Terrapins to gain sole possession of seventh place in the ACC, one game ahead of the skidding Seminoles (14-9, 5-6).
Maryland led by 17 at halftime and coasted to the finish.

Scouting Virginia
Virginia is one of the hottest teams in the country, having won seven consecutive games and 10 of its last 11. The lone hiccup in the span came in a four-point loss at Duke. The Cavaliers are 11-2 (5-0 ACC) at home this season, with losses coming against VCU and Wisconsin.
Virginia currently ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 56.0 points per game. The Cavaliers have held every opponent under 70 points during the seven-game win streak, including a 64-45 dismantling of Georgia Tech Saturday night.
Freshman London Perrantes has provided strong guard play for Virginia, ranking 10th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.36).
Malcolm Brogdon leads the Cavs with 12.1 points per game, and is averaging 16.2 points over his last six games. He is also averaging 5.8 rebounds.

Wells Continues Scoring Streak
Junior Dez Wells capped his fifth straight game with at least 15 points in a 15-point performance against Florida State Saturday night. He shot 4-of-7 at the Comcast Center, while also knocking down six free throws.
Wells has been on a torrid scoring pace since scoring 19 points against then-No. 20 Pittsburgh on Jan. 25, averaging 18.3 points on 63 percent shooting over the last five games.
The Raleigh, N.C. native’s best performance of the span came on Jan. 29 against Miami, when he scored all 21 of his points in the second half. Sidelined in the first half without taking a shot due to foul trouble, Wells went 7-for-7 from the field (6-for-6 FT’s) in the second half and knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining.

Statistically Speaking

  • Sophomore Seth Allen notched career-highs in points (32), 3-pointers made (7) and field goals made (11) with a sensational performance against Florida State.
  • Junior Dez Wells leads the Terps with 17.0 points/g on 51 percent shooting in away contests, including a 33-point display at Boston College on Dec. 8.
  • The Terrapins rank second in the conference and 42nd nationally in total rebounds with 872 on the season, despite not having a single player averaging more than 7.0 per game.
  • The Terps are 11-1 when leading at the half, and also 10-1 when holding opponents under 70 points. (see pg. 30 for all trends)

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Maryland/Virginia tip time Monday pushed back

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The start time of the Maryland men’s basketball game vs. Virginia on Monday, Feb. 10 has been moved to 9 p.m. from its original tip-off time of 7 p.m. The game will now be broadcast on ESPNU.

The game time has been moved back due to anticipated traffic and impacts of United States President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Monticello that day. Monticello is the historic estate of Thomas Jefferson.

Fans attending the game should be prepared for potential traffic delays in the Charlottesville area between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Gates at John Paul Jones Arena will open at 7:30 p.m.

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Loyola’s furious rally not enough as Virginia wins opener in OT

Posted on 06 February 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Loyola University Maryland trailed seventh-ranked University of Virginia by eight goals at the start of the final quarter, but the Greyhounds reeled off nine straight to take a lead with 17.1 seconds to go on a Tyler Albrecht goal.

Virginia won the ensuing faceoff, and officials ruled that a Ryan Tucker shot cleared the goal line with one-tenth of a second left on the clock, and the game headed to overtime.

The Cavaliers (1-0) ended the game 1:44 into overtime on a James Pannell goal, giving Virginia a 14-13 victory in the season-opener for both teams.

In the game, Virginia had an 8-0 run during the second and third quarters, and the Greyhounds then used a 9-0 run to close the game and take a late lead.

Loyola (0-1) took a 2-0 lead on goals by Tyler Albrecht and Nikko Pontrello in the first 3:43, but the Cavaliers tallied three in a row to lead by one when Rob Emery scored on an extra-man opportunity with 7:52 to go in the first quarter.

Romar Dennis dodged from midfield and fired a goal that tied the score for Loyola at 3-3, but Pannell scored his second of the game, this time on man-up, and Virginia led, 4-3.

Brian Sherlock evened the score with a 59.1 seconds left in the first, executing a give-and-go for his first goal as a Greyhound.

Virginia broke the 4-4 deadlock with an extra-man goal by Pannell 1:06 into the second quarter, but neither the Greyhounds, nor Cavaliers scored again under less than five minutes were left before halftime.

The Cavaliers scored the final three goals of the half, the last coming on a Mark Cockerton shot with a defender draped on him, 1.7 seconds before the break. That score gave the Cavaliers an 8-4 advantage at halftime.

Cockerton scored another unassisted goal to keep the run going 2:06 into the third quarter, a frame that would end with the Greyhounds on the minus side of an 12-4 score.

Loyola did not take long in the fourth quarter to score, however, as Brian Schultz ripped a shot from the right side off a Justin Ward assist on an extra-man opportunity just 23 ticks into the stanza.

The Greyhounds got the ball back quickly, and Kyle Duffy scored 23 seconds later, and Matt Sawyer scored off a Pontrello assist at 13:11, pulling Loyola within five, 12-7.

Schultz followed with a nifty goal in transition off a Sherlock feed at 12:39, and Ward scored Loyola’s fifth in less than four minutes, rolling off a Cavaliers defender on the left side, scoring into the top right corner at 11:26. His goal cut Virginia’s lead to 12-9.

Pontrello then was on the receiving end of a Ward pass, and he scored at 8:42, and Sawyer had a highlight-reel goal with a slick move off a defender to make it 12-11 Virginia with 6:50 left in regulation.

Dennis then tallied his second goal as a collegian, ripping a high-to-high shot from 10 yards out, tying the score at 12-12 with 2:30 left in the fourth.

Loyola continued to hold possession, getting the ball back after Dennis’ goal, and Loyola wound the clock down to under 20 seconds when Albrecht went low-to-low, pushing the Greyhounds in front, 13-12, with 17.1 seconds left.

Virginia won the faceoff, however, and Cockerton worked the ball on the low right side. He got the ball to Pannell who found Tucker at the top of the zone. Tucker released a hard shot that went into the net. After a long discussion, the officials determined it went in with one-tenth of a second on the clock, tying the game and forcing overtime.

The Cavaliers won the faceoff to start the extra frame, and after three shots went off cage, Pannell tallied the winner 1:44 into the period.

Pannell finished with four goals and an assist, leading all scorers.

Five Greyhounds – Albrecht, Dennis, Pontrello, Sawyer and Schultz – all scored two goals a piece. For each, other than Pontrello, it was the first multi-goal game of their career. Sherlock and Ward both had one goal and two assists in the game, while Pontrello and Sawyer had assists.

Loyola’s comeback was spurred by solid play at the faceoff `X’ by Graham Savio. In his first collegiate game, Savio won 11-of-18 restarts.

Virginia did, however, pick up 35 ground balls to the Greyhounds’ 32. Pontrello led the way with a career-high five, while Savio and Duffy each had four.

The Greyhounds, who were playing the earliest game in the history of the program, take more than a week off before facing No. 9 Penn State University on Saturday, February 15, in State College, Pa.

 

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Loyola opens lacrosse season Thursday at Virginia

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Virginia Cavaliers

Thursday, February 6, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland opens its 75th season of men’s lacrosse action on Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m. when the Greyhounds face the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

February 6 is the earliest that the Greyhounds have ever played a regular-season game, eclipsing a Valentine’s Day neutral site affair in Atlanta against Notre Dame in 2009.

The game is the third NCAA Division I contest of the season following Furman-Lehigh and Delaware-High Point.

Loyola returns five starters (attackers Nikko Pontrello and Justin Ward, defenders Joe Fletcher and Pat Frazier and goalkeeper Jack Runkel), as well as two of the top four players on the rope unit (short-stick midfielders Pat Laconi and Kyle Duffy) from last year’s team that finished with an 11-5 record.

This year’s three co-captains were all named to the Preseason All-American teams: Fletcher (1st), Ward (2nd), Laconi (HM).

Loyola, which is in its first year as a member of the Patriot League, was picked to win the conference. Fletcher and Ward were named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Last Time Out

The Greyhounds finished their 2013 season on May 12 with a 12-11 double overtime loss to eventual NCAA Champion Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Loyola was making its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and ended with an 11-5 record.

Seven Loyola players earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America honors following the 2013 season, led by Joe Fletcher who was the Greyhounds’ first 1st Team honoree since Gavin Prout in 2001. Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named to the 2nd Team, while defender Reid Acton, midfielder Davis Butts, short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins and attackers Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward received honorable mention.

Ward led the Greyhounds in points (62) and assists (35) a year ago, while Sawyer topped the team in goals (36).

Ratliff was the team’s leader in ground balls (77) and caused turnovers (29), and he also scored 14 goals and had four assists from his long-stick position.

Jack Runkel was in his second year as a starter in goal, finishing with an 8.75 goals against average.

 

Follow The Action

Fans can follow the play-by-play action of the game on Virginia’s live (subscription-based) webstream of the game. Links can be found on LoyolaGreyhounds.com

 

In The Polls

Loyola opened the 2014 season ranked 12th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings.

Virginia is ranked in the top-10 of both polls, checking in at seventh in the coaches’ version and eighth in the media’s.

 

New Year, New League

Loyola officially became a member of the 10-school Patriot League on July 1, 2013, less than a year after announcing it would join the conference in August 2012. The Greyhounds joined the League along with Boston University, increasing the full-time membership to 10.

The Greyhounds will compete in men’s lacrosse with Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy. American University is also a full member of the League, but the school does not sponsor men’s lacrosse.

With the addition of Loyola and Boston U., the Patriot League restructured its men’s lacrosse championships. The top two seeds based on the regular-season standings will receive byes to the semifinals with the top seed hosting the championships. A quarterfinal round featuring games between the No. 3 and 6 seeds and No. 4 and 5 seeds, was added to the mix.

 

On The Tube

Loyola men’s lacrosse will make a minimum of three appearances on national television this year as part of the Patriot League’s agreement with CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds will host Duke University on Sunday, March 9, in a match-up of the last two NCAA Champions, and CBS will then feature the Greyhounds’ Thursday, April 17, game against Bucknell University, the top two teams in the Preseason Patriot League poll. The network will also feature two long-time rivals when Loyola hosts Johns Hopkins University, on Saturday, May 3.

Both semifinal games in the Patriot League Championships will be broadcast on Friday, April 25, and the Patriot League Championship Game will also air live on Sunday, April 27.

 

Preseason Prognostications

As a first-year member of the Patriot League, Loyola was picked to win the conference title in a poll of the League’s coaches and sports information contacts. The Greyhounds drew 13 of the possible 16 first-place votes (schools are not allowed to vote for themselves) and edged Bucknell for first.

Loyola and Bucknell were followed (in order) by Lehigh, Army, Colgate, Navy, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Boston U.

Joe Fletcher was named the Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, and he earned a spot with teammate Justin Ward on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Three Selected By Major League Lacrosse Teams

Three Loyola seniors were amongst the first 23 players selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft last month with defender Joe Fletcher becoming the highest Greyhounds player ever drafted when he was taken third overall by the New York Lizards.

Fletcher’s fellow senior co-captains, short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi (9th overall) and  attacker Justin Ward (23rd), were both selected by the Charlotte Hounds. Laconi and Ward will join three of their ex-teammates – attackers Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer and short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins – who were key members of the Hounds team that advanced to the MLL Championship Game in 2013.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the long current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall. He will find out on Wednesday, February 5, if he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

Fletcher trained with Team USA throughout the fall, playing in two training weekends, the Play For Parkinson’s event in October and the Champion Challenge last month. He was one of 10 defenders on the training roster.

 

Three Garner Preseason All-America Nods

In addition to being the three Greyhounds selected by Major League Lacrosse teams in the Collegiate Entry Draft, senior co-captains Joe Fletcher, Pat Laconi and Justin Ward were named Preseason All-Americans by Face-Off Yearbook, an Inside Lacrosse publication.

Fletcher was picked to repeat as a First Team All-American, while Ward drew a Second Team nod and Laconi was tabbed as an Honorable Mention All-American.

 

Quarterbacking The Offense

Justin Ward returns for his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds and will once again serve as Loyola’s quarterback from ‘X’.

Last season, Ward earned USILA All-America Honorable Mention after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

Ward enters his senior season 22nd in school Division I history with 106 career points, five shy of tying Gavin Prout for 21st. He is seventh in career assists with 67, three away from creating a three-way tie for sixth with Kevin Beach and Tim O’Shea.

 

Running The Rope Unit

Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi is back for his fourth year as a “starter” on the Greyhounds rope unit. Laconi has been one of the Greyhounds’ top two defensive midfielders since his freshman year between the lines.

Laconi has been lauded by Loyola and opposing coaches as one of the best one-on-one short-stick in the nation, finished last year second on the Greyhounds in caused turnovers with 20. He also picked up 24 ground balls and showed his offensive ability in transition, logging 10 points on four goals and six assists.

Over his four years as a Greyhound, Laconi has caused 41 turnovers and picked up 58 ground balls.

 

Fletch Lives

Senior defender Joe Fletcher has been one of the top close defenders in the game since his first year as a starter in 2012, his sophomore year. That year, he earned All-Tournament honors after Loyola won the NCAA Championship, and he continued his outstanding play as a junior.

Last year, Fletcher caused 17 turnovers and picked up 64 ground balls for the Greyhounds, a season after finishing with 26 and 41. He has played in all 48 games of his collegiate career.

Fletcher was the third overall selection of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft by the New York Lizards, and he was one of 52 players competing with the United States Men’s Lacrosse National Team for a spot on this summer’s World Cup roster.

In addition to his exploits on the field, Fletcher was an ECAC All-Academic Team honoree, and he was picked as one of 14 students campus-wide to be named to the school’s Green & Grey Society, a group of student leaders that serve as liaisons to Loyola’s president, board of trustees and administration.

 

Between The Pipes

Senior goalkeeper Jack Runkel will lead the Greyhounds defense from between the pipes for his third season as a starter. Over his two seasons as a starter – Runkel stepped into the starting 10 three games into the 2012 season – he has played to a 7.98 goals against average and .546 save percentage.

In last year’s NCAA First Round against eventual champion Duke, Runkel made a career-high 22 saves, many at point-blank range in one-on-one opportunities by the Blue Devils. He was a member of the 2012 NCAA All-Tournament Team, as well.

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds will continue to play highly ranked teams to start the season, as their next game comes on Saturday, February 15, in State College, Pa., against current No. 9/7 Penn State University.

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Navy hosts Virginia for lacrosse scrimmage Saturday

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  The Navy men’s lacrosse team will face Virginia on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in what will be its final scrimmage before officially kicking off the 2014 campaign next Saturday at home against VMI at 12:00 pm.  There will be no admission charge, however, there is a $5 charge to park in the stadium lot.

The Midshipmen, who have been picked to finish sixth in the Patriot League this spring, return six of their 10 starters from a year ago, including 2014 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Third-Team All-American Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) at long stick midfielder.  A two-time recipient of the Robert T. Bianchi Award, presented to Navy’s Most Valuable Player, he finished his junior season as Navy’s leader in ground balls with 68 and was second in caused turnovers.  He was ranked 12th nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.00) and 32nd in ground balls per game (5.23).  As a team, the Mids were No. 2 in the country in caused turnovers, averaging 10.0 takeaways per contest.

Senior close defenseman Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) will join Kiernan in anchoring a defense that will be the most inexperienced in recent memory.

Also returning is the senior attack tandem of Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Jones(Annapolis, Md.). who became just the fourth set of classmates in program history to reach 100 points, joining Brendan Schneck (121) and Mike Hannan (101) from the Class of ‘78, Mike Herger (197) and Brian Keith (134) from the Class of 1990 and Ian Dingman (188) and Billy Looney (103) from the Class of 2007.  Hull and Jones are the 30th and 31st players, respectively, to reach 100 points in program history.  Hull enters his final year tied for 23rd in career scoring with 106 points, while Jones is in 26th with 102 points.

As a reminder to fans, all 13 of Navy’s regular-season men’s lacrosse games will be carried live via the radio on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller calling the action.  Navy’s home game against Johns Hopkins (April 18), along with its road contest against Army (April 12) will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.  In addition to the television coverage, Navy will provide a free HD video stream of its six remaining home games which will be available on NavySports.com and PatriotLeague.TV(.)

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Delaware State @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana (Saturday 8pm from San Antonio live on Showtime); High School Football: Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game (Saturday 1pm Archbishop Spalding)

10. John Mayer (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Arena); Robin Thicke/Fall Out Boy/Paramore/Miley Cyrus (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Jimmy Eat World/Diamond Youth (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), All That Remains/Asking Alexandria (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lupe Fiasco (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Twenty-One Pilots/The 1975/MS MR/NONONO (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Mint Condition (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rick Springfield (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Wilson Phillips (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bereilles/Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Steve Winwood/Cris Jacobs (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Gary Allan (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ginuwine (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ja Rule (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); The Hives (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ms. Lauryn Hill (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); Mannheim Steamroller (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Straight No Chaser (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Backstreet Boys (Friday 6:30pm SECU Arena); Childish Gambino “Because the Internet” and Neil Young “Live at The Cellar Down” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

My most embarrassing admission of 2013? I saw John Mayer the first time he ever played the Arena. My second most embarrassing admission? I kinda enjoy the song he did with his girlfriend.

I had a friend who used to have a Jimmy Eat World beanie. I tried to steal it from him 100 times.

This song will end up in my Top 10 of 2013.

It is NEVER embarrassing to be caught singing along to this.

9. Andrew Dice Clay (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Gilbert Gottfried (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House);  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks” out in theaters (Friday); “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast & Furious 6″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

And instead I’ll encourage you to watch Kay & Peele attempt to break the record for impressions in one minute.

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

Posted on 14 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

True story. Tom Hanks only took the starring role in “Captain Phillips” because he was turned down for a similar role in a movie musical version of the 15-7-0. We parted amicably after negotiations, so truthfully I have not cared for some of the things he’s chosen to say in the media during the blitz for the film. I’ll take the high road…as always.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Tom Brady’s final drive was so good Sunday it might actually HAVE involved unicorns and show ponies.

Yes, Tom Brady threw an amazing game winning touchdown…but…ummm…

Let’s check in with Rob Ryan for his thoughts.

Remember that time Brady played John Harbaugh to Julian Edelman’s James Ihedigbo?

Just a guess, but I’d imagine this didn’t happen after THIS play…

2. So long, Virginia. Will be awfully nice to not have to pretend to have any idea what a Wahoo is in the future.

We won’t miss you.

Boston College toyed with Clemson for awhile elsewhere in the SEC, I assume for this reason.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, Syracuse should probably get their medical experts on this.

3. I don’t know if I feel “good” for Penn State, but watching that game Saturday night made me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

I made a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend to see the Coyotes ground the Flyers and was treated surprisingly well. I imagine Michigan fans probably got the same in their visit to the Keystone State?

In the loss, credit Dennis Norfleet for…survival?

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Tevin Coleman is why Indiana can’t have nice things.

4. The Cincinnati Bengals are in first place by themselves. Reports say Satan got the better end of the deal.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gio Bernard.

5. Joseph Fauria > Christian Fauria > overpaying for EA Sports’ most recent underwhelming effort.

But we’re probably getting dangerously close to Fauria jumping the shark…

Remember when Brandon Weeden suddenly remembered he was Brandon Weeden?

I know the Browns lost the game, but is there really any loser when you attend a game and get to witness this?

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Ross has big day for Terps in win

Posted on 13 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Virginia

Maryland 27, Virginia 26

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC with a 27-26 victory over Virginia. The Cavaliers dropped to 2-4 and 0-2 in the conference. Maryland is now 44-32-2 all-time against Virginia and 21-13-2 at home. It is the Terps first home victory over the Cavaliers since 2005.

 

One Man Drive: The Terps went ahead 7-6 on one-yard plunge into the end zone by running back Brandon Ross at the end of the first quarter capping a four-play, 74-yard drive with Ross accounting for all of it. Two plays prior to the touchdown, Ross took a screen pass from quarterback Caleb Rowe and raced 77 yards to the Virginia two-yard line. It was the longest non-scoring reception since Scott Milanovich hit Jermaine Lewis for 78 yards at North Carolina on Sept. 11, 1993, and Maryland’s longest reception of the season. The touchdown was Ross’ third of the season and fourth of his career.

 

All-Purpose Running Back: Of Maryland’s 468 yards of total offense, Brandon Ross accounted for career-best 169. The sophomore running back finished with 88 yards on the ground and a personal-best 81 yards receiving. Following a one-yard score in the first quarter, Ross picked up his second touchdown of game on a toss sweep to the left from seven yards out midway through the second quarter marking the first time in his career he has scored two or more rushing touchdowns in a game. Ross is also the first Maryland running back to score two or more rushing touchdowns this season.

 

Rowe Under Center: Making his first start of the season, quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for a career-high 332 yards and completed 18-of-34 passes and one touchdown. With the Terps’ trailing 26-20 in the fourth quarter, Rowe moved Maryland down the field on a six-play, 69-yard drive and found tight end Dave Stinebaugh in the end zone for a 12-yard score putting Maryland up for good. In the first quarter, Rowe hooked up with a Brandon Ross on a season-long 77-yard screen pass late in the first quarter to set up Maryland’s first touchdown. Rowe’s previous career best was 240 passing yards at Boston College on Oct. 27, 2012.

 

Top Targets: Wide receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both finished just shy of 100 yards receiving. Long led all targets with 98 yards on four catches, while Diggs totaled 96 yards on six catches. Diggs has gone over 90 yards receiving in four of the Terps’ six games this season, while Long has gone over 90 yards receiving in three of six games.

 

Offensive Notes: Tight end Dave Stinebaugh’s lone reception of 12 yards resulted in the go-ahead touchdown with 5:14 remaining in the game … running back Albert Reid rushed for 41 yards on three carries including a career-long 38 yard run … place kicker Brad Craddock connected on both of his field goal attempts (36 yards, 32 yards) and is 12-of-14 on the season.

 

Defensive Notes: Linebacker L.A. Goree totaled a career and team-high 15 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … Goree’s previous high was 14 coming at North Carolina last season (11/24/12) … after recording a personal-best 10 tackles last week at Florida State, defensive back Anthony Nixon topped it with 12 tackles, nine solo, and a tackle for loss … defensive back Isaac Goins finished with a personal-best nine tackles and had one pass breakup … of the Terps’ eight tackles for loss, linebacker Marcus Whitfield led the way with 1.5 … defensive back A.J. Hendy totaled a career-high two pass breakups.

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Maryland hopes to bounce back Saturday against Virginia

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team returns to College Park for its ACC home opener on Saturday as the Terps play host to Virginia for 78th time in school history, the most among any opponent all-time. Kickoff is set for 3:32 p.m. from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terps suffered their first loss of the season in Tallahassee on Saturday falling 63-0 to the sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Despite the loss, Maryland’s four wins through five games marks the team’s best start since 2010 when the Terps also opened the season 4-1. That year, Maryland finished 9-4 and earned a spot in the Military Bowl.

LIVE Coverage on the ESPNU & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m.. Anish Shroff (pbp) and Kelly Stouffer (color) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 135 and XM Radio Channel 191, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• On Saturday, quarterback Caleb Rowe filled in admirably after starter C.J. Brown departed in the second quarter with a concussion. Rowe completed nine of his 17 pass attempts for 119 yards. The sophomore averaged 17.0 yards per completion and found wide receiver Nigel King for his long completion of the afternoon, a 26 yarder. Prior to his injury, Brown completed 6-of-14 passes for 82 yards including a 39-yard completion to wide receiver Deon Long. Brown, Rowe and the Maryland offense continued a season trend of attacking defenses downfield. Maryland’s average completion went for 13.4 yards and on the season the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, the 12th-highest total nationally.

• Long was the Terps’ top target against the Seminoles. The junior-college transfer hauled in three passes for a team-high 77 yards and was targeted multiple times down the field. Long was among eight different Terrapin receivers to catch a pass on Saturday. King and running back Brandon Ross each caught three passes for 46 and 17 yards, respectively. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is averaging 21.2 yards per catch this season, caught two passes for 24 yards. Amongst receivers with 20 or more receptions, Diggs’ yards per catch average ranks fourth nationally and is on pace to set a sophomore season record (19.17 ypc) for Maryland and currently ranks as the second-highest single-season average all-time.

• Through the first four games of the season defensively, the Terps averaged 4.25 sacks per game and led the nation with 17 total sacks. On Saturday, the Terps added to that total as defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded one sack against the Seminoles raising his season total to 3.5. Maryland now has three players with 3.0 sacks or more on the season. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield leads the group with 5.5 sacks. After Monroe’s 3.5, fellow linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0. In addition to his sack of Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston, Monroe was a consistent presence in the Seminoles’ backfield totaling a game-high three tackles for loss, increasing his season total to six. The Terps still rank as one of the nation’s top 25 defenses. Maryland is surrendering 333.8 yards per game, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 22nd nationally.

• Defensive backs Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon were the team’s top tacklers on Saturday. Davis finished with a career-best 12, nine of which were solo, while Nixon had a career-high 10 tackles. Linebacker Matt Robinson had seven solo tackles and one pass breakup. Robinson and linebacker L.A. Goree lead the Terps with 31 tackles on the season. Robinson has a team-best 21 solo tackles.

• Folliowing in the footsteps of Diggs from last season, defensive back William Likely has proven to be a dynamic threat on kickoffs for the Terps. Likely fielded four kicks for 73 yards on Saturday with the Seminoles choosing to kick away from the freshman on several occasions. Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return, which ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally. Likely’s average is threatening the Maryland record books. His 28.6 average currently ranks second for a single season all-time and would break Diggs’s freshman record of 28.52 yards per return.


Quick Hitters

• Despite being held scoreless at Florida State on Saturday, the Terps’ offense is still on pace to rank as one of the best in school history. The unit has totaled 2,228 yards of total offense through five games and scored 159 points. Since the 2000 season, no Maryland team has totaled more offensive yards through five contests and its point total is tied for the second most during that span. The 2001 Terrapins scored 173 points in five games and the 2010 team scored 159 as well.

• With a sack against Florida State, defensive lineman Andre Monroe increased his season total to 3.5 and raised Maryland’s total to 18. Maryland is tied for third in the ACC in sacks, fourth nationally, and is the only team in the ACC and one of three teams in the country with three players with three or more sacks (Louisville, USC). Linebacker Marcus Whitfield is third in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally with 5.5, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has 3.0.

• In addition to its ability to get after the quarterback, Maryland’s defense has totaled 39 tackles for loss averaging 7.8 per game, which is tied for fourth in the ACC and tied for 13th nationally. The Terps recorded four TFL for 17 yards on Saturday led by Monroe’s three for 15 yards. Whitfield leads the team with 6.5. E.J. Henderson holds the school record with 28 during the 2001 season.

• Maryland still ranks as one of the best teams in the country in third-down defense ranking 19th nationally holding opponents to a 34.7 percent success rate and has forced 28 three-and-outs. The Terps are averaging 5.6 three-and-outs per game, which is tied for 15th nationally and has forced the opposing offense off the field in three plays or less in 40.0 percent of its defensive possessions, which is tied for the 16th-highest percentage nationally.

• Quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe combined to complete 15 passes for an average of 13.4 yards per completion on Saturday. On the season, the Terps are averaging 14.98 yards per completion, which ranks fifth in the ACC and 12th nationally. Brown ranks fifth in the conference and ninth nationally averaging 15.63 yards per completion, which is on pace to set a school record.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been the Terps’ primary downfield threat. Diggs is tied with Pittsburgh’s Devin Street averaging a league-high 21.2 yards per catch and for his career is averaging 17.2 yards per reception, the second-highest average among active players in the ACC with a minimum of 30 receptions. In addition, his 21.2 yards per catch average is tied for the fourth highest nationally among receivers with 20 or more catches.

• With 236 yards of total offense against West Virginia (9/21), Brown passed Al Neville (2,734) for 22nd all-time for total offensive yards in a career in Maryland history. Brown currently has 2,839 yards of total offense in his career and trails Scott Zolak (2,875) by 36 yards for 21st all-time. Brown ranks third in the ACC with 282.2 yards of total offense per game.

• On Saturday, the Terrapin quarterbacks spread the ball to eight different receivers, the second-highest total of the season. Against FIU (8/31), nine different receivers caught a pass. The Terps are averaging seven different pass-catching targets per game with wide receiver Deon Long averaging a team-best 4.8 receptions per game.

• Through five games Maryland’s special teams have been solid, particularly on kickoffs. The Terps are averaging 24.31 yards per return, the second best average in the ACC and 27th nationally. On coverage, the Terps rank fourth in the ACC and 23rd nationally giving up 18.54 yards per return.

• Defensive back William Likely has been the team’s standout kick returner so far this season. After wide receiver Stefon Diggs set a school record for a freshman averaging 28.52 yards per return in 2012, the second-best single-season average in school history, Likely is averaging 28.6 yards per return. His average ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally.

• The Terps have made their mark in the first half so far this season. Maryland has outscored its first four opponents 114-44 in the opening two quarters. The Terps have been particularly strong in the second quarter outscoring five opponents, 70-24.

• Through five games, Maryland is one of the least penalized teams in the country. The Terps are averaging 3.60 penalties a game, a mark that is tied for eighth nationally. Its 18 total penalties have cost Maryland 158 yards, an average of 31.6 yards per game, an average that is the ninth lowest nationally.


Maryland Gameday Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are offensive lineman G.T. Harraka (offense), linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. (defense), and defensive back Michael Washington (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Running back Albert Reid will carry the American flag, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the Virginia game are offensive lineman Sal Conaboy (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Zach Dancel (special teams).


Maryland-Virginia Series History

• Saturday’s meeting between Maryland and Virginia is the 78th all-time meeting between the two schools, the most of any Terrapin opponent, with the first meeting coming in 1919. The Terps lead the all-time series 43-32-2, and are 20-13-2 at home against the Cavaliers.

• Maryland has won two of the last three meetings between the border rivals including last year’s matchup in Charlottesville, 27-20.

• The Cavs have won the past three meetings in College Park with the Terps last win coming in 2005, a 45-33 victory.

 

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Terps list QB Brown as doubtful for Virginia Saturday

Posted on 10 October 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Virginia

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB Milan Collins Ankle Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney Knee Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle Shoulder Out for the season
DL Mike Minter Knee Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker Knee Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Head Out
RB Tyler Cierski Calf Out
K Adam Greene Quad Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson Toe Out
OL Nick Klemm Foot Out
LB Matt Robinson Shoulder Out
QB C.J. Brown Head Doubtful
WR Daniel Adams Knee Probable
OL Silvano Altamirano Back Probable
LB Cole Farrand Hand Probable
WR Nigel King Back Probable
TE Dave Stinebaugh Knee Probable
DL Zeke Riser Foot Probable

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