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Ravens announce free practice downtown on Saturday, Aug. 6

Posted on 28 July 2011 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Ravens will conduct a free practice for fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the session beginning at 10 a.m.

Also free of charge, parking lots for the event open at 8 a.m., and fans may park in Lots A, B, C and G. Cold tailgating will be permitted in all lots.

Admittance to the stadium for the general public will be through Gates A and D, which open at 9 a.m. No ticket is necessary to attend the event.

One year ago, when the Ravens had a franchise-record 112,051 fans attend training camp practices, 17,851 people filled M&T Bank Stadium for a practice. The largest crowd ever for a stadium practice marked 36,016 fans during the 1998 training camp, when Ravens fans entered the then-new stadium for the first time.

“We love the energy Ravens fans bring to a practice,” head coach John Harbaugh stated. “We look forward to being in front of them on that Saturday.”

This year’s stadium practice, connected by Verizon Wireless, will feature the following interactive fan events and performers:

·       Local celebrity emcees in the stands and on-field, providing full reports of activities and player/coach insight
·       Interactive games, including inflatables and a Ravens Rookies Kids area
·       Face painters, caricatures and a photo booth in the family fun area
·       Autograph signings from Baltimore Football Alumni
·       Autograph signings and meet-and-greets with the 2011 Ravens Cheerleaders
·       The Ravens’ official mascot, Poe
·       Baltimore’s Marching Ravens Pep Band
·       Unique memorabilia at the Ravens Rummage Sale
·       Ravens Team Store
·       Lower level concession stands
·       Two inside ticket windows will be open near section 142 for regular season and preseason single-game sales

Visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com for more information.

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As the NFL lockout ends, the time to say goodbye to some GREAT Ravens likely approaches ….

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As the NFL lockout ends, the time to say goodbye to some GREAT Ravens likely approaches ….

Posted on 25 July 2011 by Rex Snider

As we’ve now endured more than 130 days immersed within football’s version of HELL, it appears the brink of a new season awaits us.  Vote on this, vote on that ….

Training camps are supposedly opening next Saturday morning.  That’s the latest information from a twisted saga that has taken many, many turns.

Free agency is predicted to be a frenzied period of mass signings and cuts, along with very little time for dragging out negotiations.  In other words, we won’t be tortured with weeks of whether Brett Favre is coming back or not.

The biggest free agency prizes will likely have new homes and helmets by the time I return from vacation, two weeks from today.  And, Owings Mills will most certainly be a destination for a number of known NFL talents, as well.

Did I mention vacation?

That’s correct …. as the Ravens report to Westminster-East at the franchise’s headquarters, and as the world of the NFL is turned upside down with mass rumors, tweets, speculations and ultimate transactions, I will be enjoying all the news from the comforts of a beach chair in the surf, at Dewey Beach.

Perfect timing, huh?

We’re still days away from any official windows of negotiation – we’re not 100% certain of rules and policies regarding such overtures – and names of possible casualties and additions for the 2011 edition of the Baltimore Ravens are abounding.

Who do you believe?  What do you believe?  Should you even believe this lockout is really coming to an end?

The lockout is ending.  The owners and players have long concluded this marriage won’t suffer a separation that costs either side any money.  Thus, you can bet we’re on the brink of actually seeing, hearing and talking about football and its daily drama …..

And, as we’re on the verge of a new season, the speculation has already begun.  We know the Ravens will make some painful cuts of veteran talents, while also conceding to allow some of the team’s free agents to walk away.  But, they’re likely to make some very exciting additions, as well. 

We kinda know most of the team’s needs – but, we don’t really know what Ozzie Newsome and company are thinking …. OR how they’ll go about building their vision of the best team for the upcoming season.

But, we’ve heard the rumors.

Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie, Eric DeCosta, John Harbaugh and others whom are tasked with collaborating to the choices of parting with members of “the family” are undoubtedly conflicted over a number of such decisions.  They’re human and while the heart doesn’t likely figure into the ultimate decision, its certainly impacted – especially when they leave Winning Drive and explore their conscience. 

But, it’s the business of the National Football League.

I’ll leave you with a pictorial collection of the rumored potential exits that could transpire over the next couple weeks.  Some are predictably apparent and others are a reach.  From a personal perspective, I can imagine this process is among the toughest and most agonizing for any executives.

I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to weigh in with thoughts and opinions …..

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Before we cry for Westminster and crush NFL, let us not forget what Orioles have done to Baltimore’s business community

Posted on 28 June 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

So, here’s where we call a spade a spade and separate the “righteous” from the wretched in the media. With all of the drama unfolding this week between the fans and the NFL teams in every city as the witching hour looms and there’s no labor deal and only haphazard snippets of alternating optimism and doom and gloom, I’ve remained pretty unfazed.

Let’s also call a spade a spade here and say that very few businesses in Baltimore would be greater impacted by a lost NFL season than the one I own at WNST.net. If the Ravens don’t play in 2011 the impact on my life and the lives of my employees will be devastating. It would be a virtual tsunami to my company and many others who are directly related to the NFL and fall sports in America.

So, I’m not some loud-mouthed outsider or a disgruntled fan simply throwing out an opinion, here. I’m the “affected” in this dispute between rich players and wealthy owners. And that’s before I start to discuss that I’m also a customer who buys PSL’s, all kinds of NFL purple swag and spends gobs of my hard-earned money chasing the Ravens around the country. Sports is oxygen to me — personally and  professionally — has been since I was born, really. My entire body clock and the calendar of my life revolve around sports.

The last three weeks have been very difficult on the Ravens. Unlike the baseball team, the people in Owings Mills actually care what the fans think. And they actually walk amongst the great unwashed and pump gas at the gas station and buy groceries in the supermarket and go out on the town for dinner. They hear the public sentiment above and beyond what you write on Facebook and Twitter.

The Ravens front office staff – many who’ve either had their pay cut or the threat of a pay cut over the past six months due to the labor unrest — are far more jumpy and reactionary to any news out of this maelstrom of a lockout that is now filtering down to the reality of lost money and opportunities across the board.

We’re all waiting this week for some good news but last week’s news really hit home for the tens of thousands of Baltimore football fans who make the trip up 795 and 140 a “summer rite of passage.”

The loss of training camp in Westminster is a tragedy – no doubt about it. The lost wages, income, fun, vibe, etc. is palpable. We fans feel like we’re being “punished” by the parents not being able to get along. And we watch lawyers file suits and we watch suits file press releases and we see media people reporting and Tweeting whatever birdseed the attorneys and the league honchos feel will help their cause.

It’s been a strange week. We’ve seen the Ravens fill their stadium to the brim with U2 fans and earn the city a local financial windfall in Baltimore deemed “a great Saturday night” on a Wednesday. It was Christmas in June for downtown commerce. And on Friday night, the Orioles managed a “sellout” for an inter-league game with the Reds that was won in the final stroke – a walk-off home run by Derrek Lee that set off fireworks over Camden Yards for another last-place and seemingly hopeless cause. The Orioles even had nice crowds on Saturday and Sunday and I even saw a George Foster throwback jersey at the Inner Harbor. I went through the harbor last night for a jog and saw a dozen St. Louis Cardinals caps and shirts — but sadly not one piece of Orioles swag.

I can’t help but see the city unusually filled to the brim because I live here and I love Baltimore and when it’s filled and happy, I’m filled and happy.

The Westminster situation is awful – a few weeks of commerce gone.

But before you criticize what’s clearly begging to be criticized, stop and think about what’s happened to downtown Baltimore over the last 14 years as Peter Angelos has systematically destroyed the franchise and urinated upon its history and intrinsic value to the community.

Think about the 65 nights a year downtown is virtually empty – with less than 10,000 people coming to most Orioles games. Ask the downtown bar owners and hotels and industry about the damage that’s been done here – damage that seems like it’ll never end.

When will the “traditional” (re: bought off) media examine that and write columns and tear-jerkers about what damage the Orioles have done to Baltimore?

I see it in my web traffic every June when the Orioles assume their rightful position in the cellar of the American League East and people stop calling, reading, caring. I feel it in the interest of the Orioles and baseball in general as I walk the streets from Bel Air to Severna Park, from Columbia to Towson.

So before you righteously throw Steve Bisciotti, the Ravens and the NFL under the bus for this filthy, wretched deed – and feel free to do so because what’s happened in 2011 to the NFL is awful – just remember to cry a little for the black and orange and the pain and agony of the last 5,000 days (yes, we looked it up) of empty city streets in Baltimore while Angelos sits in his ivory tower counting the hundreds of millions of dollars of profit he’s made while owning the Orioles and destroying them all at the same time.

Sure, we can pity Westminster this August.

But we must also pray for downtown Baltimore over the next decade.

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Westminster, Maryland …. a true victim of NFL selfishness

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Westminster, Maryland …. a true victim of NFL selfishness

Posted on 24 June 2011 by Rex Snider

In the wake of the Ravens announcement regarding the cancellation of training camp at McDaniel College, I have been carrying out an impassioned plea for the business community in the Westminster surroundings.

I have no direct stake in the race; no business interests or immediate family residing in the Carroll County area.

But, I do have a heart and sense of fellowship …..

At the core of this frustrating situation, from my perspective, is the reality of witnessing the very first casuaties of the National Football League’s battle among its division of owners and players.

I suppose that’s a given of “war” huh? The innocent always seem to get caught up in the crossfire – or they pay for simply being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

I could probably spew a couple dozen analogies and clever quotes aimed at sensationalizing the plight of the Westminster business community as we’re now a couple days removed from the training camp cancellation.

But, I’ll just be blunt …..

The NFL owes Westminster.

Will Roger Goodell, along with 32 ownership groups and thousands of players see it at that way? Of course, NOT. After all, the self-serving audacity and nearsightedness of both factions have caused such a resulting problem.

Amid reports of renewed optimism and the possible immediacy of a resolution to the lockout, it appears owners and players might be championing a “deal struck” within the next week or so …..
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They’ll be certain to iron out differences regarding shared revenue, free agency, length of seasons and wage caps for rookies. But, will either side pull their head from the sand (or somewhere darker) to notice the carnage and financial loss suffered by a specific community supporting the NFL product?

Once again, no.

They’re too busy looking out for themselves.

As I said on Wednesday, this is not specifically the fault of the Baltimore Ravens organization. From the outside peripheree, we have monitored Steve Bisciotti living up to his word on how his organization would handle the crisis.

There has been no mudslinging, nor hardline public stances by ANYONE in Owings Mills. And, most Ravens players have been rather muzzled on issues, as well.

The Ravens have delivered championship-caliber football to Baltimore and its loyal surrounding of purple lovin’ communities. And, more importantly, the Ravens organization has been top notch stewards of good public relations.

The problems and associated fallout from Carroll County’s economic loss is at the hands of a bigger behemoth than the Ravens. That’s just the direct truth.

Make no mistake about it, the NFL owes Westminster’s business community some gesture or commitment of amending the upcoming loss of business.

The very businesses on and around that Route 140 corridor are symbolic and very authentic victims of the NFL’s stubborn manipulations.

As they come to an agreement, will either side step up and say, “before we nail this down, what are we going to do in helping the communities directly affected by this lockout?”

Yeah, right …. you’ll have a better chance seeing Joe Flacco, Lamar Woodley and Dhani Jones vacationing together at Disney World.

I don’t have the answers on how to help Westminster. But, I do know the NFL has an obligation to do it. Then again, they’ve probably missed living up to a number of such obligations over the last few months.

Once again, its not the direct fault, nor the direct responsibility of the Ravens to aid Caroll County’s businesses. But, saying “we’ll see ya in 2012″ is not a remedy, either.

I know fans haven’t reacted much, at all. That’s typical fandom, though. Wait ’til the end of July rolls around and thousands settle for a day or two of reassembled training camp observations at M&T Bank Stadium.

Kids will get over it. Adults will get over it. But, will all the businesses that depend on a stream of revenue flowing into the Westminster business community survive it? Maybe …. maybe not.

My hearty congratulations to every member of the National Football League, in anticipation of your upcoming labor deal. It’s certainly about time. Meanwhile, it’s a shame you had to sacrifice some “small guys” in the process.

But, that’s business in America, huh?

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With 2011 Ravens training camp in Westminster history, community finally feels cruel reality of lockout

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With 2011 Ravens training camp in Westminster history, community finally feels cruel reality of lockout

Posted on 22 June 2011 by Luke Jones

On a night in which Baltimore was abuzz with the legendary rock band U2 playing a monumental show at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens fans took a hit unlike any they’ve felt in the 16-year history of the franchise.

With Wednesday’s announcement of the Ravens moving their 2011 training camp from McDaniel College in inviting Westminster to the inaccessible confines of their training facility in Owings Mills, the NFL lockout just became very real for fans and a local community itching for the annual return of football in late July.

The annual day trips to a Wednesday morning practice — accompanied with a stop at Baugher’s for breakfast or dessert or Harry’s Main Street Grille for lunch — will be wiped out, even as the owners and players appear to be moving closer to an agreement to end the more than three-month-long work stoppage. The economic impact on the Westminster community will be substantial as an estimated 112,000 fans flocked to the Carroll County town in late summer of 2010.

“We’re disappointed we won’t be back at McDaniel and in Westminster this summer. We delayed the decision as long as we could,” said Ravens vice president of operations Bob Eller in a press release. “There are logistics that needed to be addressed now, including McDaniel’s schedule, the [Best Western] hotel, the fields and other Ravens football functions. Right now, we don’t know dates for camp, and we’ve been forced to make other plans.”

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Those plans mean a training camp held in the Ravens’ extravagant year-round facility in Owings Mills. The team’s lease agreement with Baltimore County does not allow fans to attend practices at the complex, with parking restraints and travel infrastructure unsuitable for training camp crowds, according to team president Dick Cass.

The Ravens hope to hold “one or more” camp practices at M&T Bank Stadium for fans to attend free of charge. And Cass revealed the team has already held discussions with McDaniel College to return to Westminster in 2012 and beyond, a key revelation considering the Ravens’ contract with McDaniel expired last year.

Fans can only hope this is a one-year aberration and the Ravens make good on their stated intention to return to Westminster next summer. However, it’s no secret that many NFL teams have moved training camps to their year-round facilities in recent years, citing reduced costs and fewer distractions in preparation for the regular season.

But the lost goodwill in those cities has to be substantial compared to the priceless memories created when thousands of purple-clad fans flock to Westminster every August.

“We hope to have a full NFL season in 2011, but the current timing compelled us to make this decision,” Cass said. “We waited as long as we could, but we’re beyond the dates when we could efficiently prepare for the move to McDaniel for a normal training camp start. We do fully anticipate, however, to be back at McDaniel next summer.”

Given the organization’s upstanding reputation for always doing the right thing for the greater Baltimore community, the Ravens more than deserve the benefit of the doubt, but you never really know when dealing with uncharted territories. A smooth training camp in Owings Mills followed by a successful — even championship? — season might entice the organization to reconsider its position.

But time will only tell what the future holds for Wesminster and the Ravens’ summer plans beyond this season.

Even if a collective bargaining agreement is reached and the preseason and regular season go off without a hitch, the first real damage has been done to the fans in this fight between billionaires and millionaires.

Westminster’s local economy will suffer.

Families with financial constraints that make purchasing pricey game tickets nearly impossible will miss chances to see their favorite team in person.

And countless kids will lose opportunities to brush elbows with the likes of Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, and the rest of their football heroes.

To this point, fans could afford to feel indifferent to the labor situation without any consequence.

The NFL draft went off without a hitch, even with the gray labor cloud hanging over the New York spectacle and the boos raining down on commissioner Roger Goodell.

Fans aren’t able to watch off-season training programs or organized team activities such as rookie or veteran minicamps that were wiped out by the work stoppage.

But a lost summer in Westminster is terribly disappointing for anyone who’s made the trip to McDaniel to see the Ravens up close and personal.

The Ravens had to make the difficult call to pull the plug on Westminster with a labor agreement still far from a sure thing despite the recent progress. I won’t beat the organization up too much given the collective role that all 32 owners and thousands of players have played in this mess.

As is typically the case in matters such as this, the fans took the major blow on Wednesday.

And it’s a damn shame.

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With lockout becoming very real, people are hurting

Posted on 22 June 2011 by Peter Dilutis

I woke up this morning to news that the Ravens may not be able to have training camp in Westminster this season. Later, the Ravens would confirm that training camp would indeed be taking place at their Owings Mills facility.

There will be no training camp held at McDaniel College.

Why not?

Because of the lockout.

No, but really why not?

Money.

Both sides of these lengthy negotiations want more money. They want more for themselves.

There really isn’t anything wrong with that. Even though the majority of NFL players are millionaires that will never need to earn another penny in their lives, there are some that do make somewhat of a modest living.

While the owners have even more money than the multi-million dollar players, they are businessmen at heart, and they are going to want what is best for themselves and best for their teams, which we cannot forget are also their companies.

I get all that. I really do. I’m not so much up in arms about the fact that both sides want something in this deal. I’m not even that upset that some talks and negotiations did in fact need to take place.

But at this point, it’s very, very upsetting to me that a deal has not been reached, and it’s starting to turn me off to these owners, players, and the NFL in general.

Just get a deal done. Screw all these lawyers, forget all the politics, and just negotiate man to man.

It’s one thing to skip a few OTA’s and mini-camps. Not having football in May and June is not going to be that huge of an issue.

But no training camp in Westminster for the Ravens? I realize I’m going from the NFL to strictly the Ravens here, but come on. Now the lockout is getting to be very real.

Westminster is going to hurt, and they’re going to hurt bad. Those 30 days between July and August are the Super Bowl for Carroll County. Restaurants, bars, gas stations, sub shops…all of these places count on the business that they bring in during Ravens training camp just as malls and QVC count on the business that they get during the month of December.

Heck, we’re hurting! We can only say the same thing about the Orioles so many times before we simply run out of things to say…or at least interesting things to say.

Baltimore is a football town. It’s Ravenstown. People in this city bleed purple. Period.

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Can We All Agree That We Just Don’t Give A Crap About Anything Vinny Cerrato Says?

Posted on 01 June 2011 by Glenn Clark

This one will earn me a dirty look or two in the future.

Then again, it might also earn me a place in the heart of Washington Redskins fans who have been pissed off ever since I (rightly) stated that John Riggins shouldn’t be filming commercials at M&T Bank Stadium.

(Of course, these are the same fans that tell me they simply don’t care about the Baltimore Ravens but then lustily booed Head Coach John Harbaugh when he was shown on screen at Verizon Center before a Washington Capitals playoff game. Losers. But this isn’t about them. I’ll move on.)

No, this is about another brilliant move by CBS Radio Baltimore at 105.7 The Fan. And before you say “Glenn, why would you bother to write about what they’re doing on another radio station?”, let me point out that this is about much more than that.

Frankly, I’ve never actually heard former Skins executive Vinny Cerrato on the air at 105.7. I am aware that he is currently co-hosting a nightly football show on the station, but like EVERY OTHER SPORTS FAN IN CHARM CITY, if I’m in the car at night in Baltimore I’m either listening to the Orioles game or my Ipod. WBAL and Steve Jobs can thank me for the respective plugs later.

A minor controversy was started in Charm City when Cerrato told Baltimore Sun writer Ken Murray the following about the fact that Ravens 1st round pick CB Jimmy Smith did not attend last week’s voluntary player workouts at Towson University.

“That’s a red flag. He should have been here.”

As I said all week on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, the criticism was absolutely baseless. The workouts were offense intensive, with QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice and WR’s Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin using the time to get to know their new teammates and introducing them to the team’s offensive playbook. There were no Offensive Linemen in attendance and the defensive players in attendance were mostly locally-based, including Maryland native CB’s Domonique Foxworth and Josh Wilson.

Jimmy Smith is based out of California, making it at least slightly inconvenient to get to Baltimore. Rookie DE Pernell McPhee (the team’s 5th round pick out of Mississippi State) told the National Football Post he was not even invited to the workouts at Unitas Stadium. While Smith has not been made available for comment about the faux controversy, none of his teammates seemed to be upset about the fact that he wasn’t present.

In fact, fellow rookie Torrey Smith (the former Maryland WR who is also represented by Drew Rosenhaus) took to Twitter after getting word of Cerrato’s comments to say the following…

“folks need to leave Jimmy alone for not coming to workouts this week..It was mainly offensive players…he didn’t miss a thing”

Agreed.

I said two more things last week about this stupid fake controversy. One is that if there was a player who MAY have deserved criticism, it was FB Le’Ron McClain. Should this dispute between the National Football League and NFLPA result in the 2011 season being played under 2010 rules, McClain would not reach free agency and would be back in Baltimore. Given that he’s spent a lot of time in Charm City this offseason, it puzzled me that he wasn’t able to attend.

The other point I offered about the situation was that by exonerating Jimmy Smith for not being in attendance at Towson, I wasn’t trying to suggest that he might not be a bad guy. He certainly has a bad track record, and hasn’t gone out of his way publicly to rebuild his image in Baltimore since his initial press conference. In fact, I think Harbaugh made the most telling statement when he told Drew Forrester in a recent interview on AM1570 WNST, “It’s worth the risk. A lot of people had him off the board and I understand why. He’s gonna have to make wise choices.”

Jimmy Smith MIGHT be a bad guy. But he’s certainly not a bad guy because he didn’t attend the workouts last week. That really couldn’t have been more irrelevant.

This really isn’t about Jimmy Smith either though.

This is about Cerrato-who pointlessly generated traction with his meaningless comments. Comments that some of us in attendance last Tuesday at Unitas Stadium told him were baseless. Comments that Ravens LB Jameel McClain dismissed when Cerrato asked him about Smith’s absence that day.

And comments that absolutely no one in Baltimore should care about…at all. Ever.

Cerrato’s presence in Baltimore is ridiculous to begin with. As they’ve so often done before, CBS Radio has shown how little they understand about this sports market. Cerrato has absolutely no background in Baltimore and is best known for the decade plus he spent working for Dan Snyder in DC, an organization fans in Baltimore have absolutely no respect for.

What’s worse is the utter lack of success Cerrato had during his time with the Skins. The organization reached the playoffs just three times during his tenure, winning the NFC East only one-his first year (1999). They never finished with more than ten wins and were the subject of significant criticism for their failure to draft and develop talented players (three times the team had no first round pick, other picks included QB Patrick Ramsey and WR Rod Gardner) and their insistence on signing overpaid and/or aging veterans (Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders and a $100 million deal for Albert Haynesworth come to mind).

Cerrato was especially disliked by Washington fans because of the perception that his employment was based on a willingness to simply play the part for Snyder as the team failed miserably on and off the field. This was well documented in a 2005 column by the Washington Post’s Mike Wise, where Cerrato acknowledged the frustration of the fanbase. ”People say I do nothing, that I only keep my job because I’m the owner’s friend” he told the columnist. “I do have a national championship ring and a Super Bowl ring, you know.”

Cerrato was accurate, as Wise pointed out at the time. He was the recruiting coordinator on Lou Holtz’s 1988 Championship staff at Notre Dame, and he was the Director of College Scouting for the San Francisco 49ers when they won Super Bowl XXIX.

That was 1994. His resume since that time is particularly unimpressive.

It’s all the more reason why Cerrato’s hiring by the folks at CBS here in Baltimore is questionable at best. Baltimore sports fans have absolutely no connection to Cerrato whatsoever, and his resume doesn’t demand for fans to respect his opinions about their beloved franchise.

Perhaps none of us should have been surprised when Sun columnist Kevin Van Valkenburg said the following about Cerrato Monday night via Twitter…

“On radio, Vinny Cerrato keeps calling Haloti Ngata: “Nuh-gah-ta.” Hard to believe the Skins weren’t better with this details man in charge.”

Lord.

It isn’t Vinny Cerrato’s fault that the folks at CBS don’t understand why he shouldn’t be on the air in Baltimore. Their Vice President of Programming (Dave LaBrozzi) is one of the biggest Pittsburgh Steelers fans I have ever met in my life. He couldn’t know what Baltimore Ravens fans want to hear because he’s…well…the exact opposite of a Baltimore Ravens fan.

An admitted Washington Redskins fan called Drew and I last week and made a very legitimate point. Should Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome retire this offseason and choose to do local market radio in Washington, it wouldn’t be hard for Redskins fans to accept him. He had a Hall of Fame career as a Tight End for the Cleveland Browns and has had arguably another Hall of Fame career as an executive.

Cerrato was a forgettable QB/WR for Iowa State and a miserable executive for a team most folks in Baltimore have a particular disdain for.

There’s no acceptable reason for anyone in this town to care about anything Cerrato thinks or says.

I’m sorry Vinny. You seemed like a nice guy when we met. I bet you’d be really good working for ESPN’s Scouts Inc. or the Sporting News War Room or an outlet like that.

But for the role of a sports talk show host who is expected to give “expert” opinions about the Baltimore Ravens is concerned, you’re simply misplaced. As your fellow CBS employee Ian Eagle would say, “It’s not a low blow. It’s just a fact.”

I know some folks who I’ll eventually have to see in Owings Mills (or Westminster or wherever something football-related happens next) won’t like this. I’m sorry. A lot of you who understand this market know I’m right. Some of you have already told me that.

And someone will probably call me hypocritical for writing 1400+ words about a subject I’m suggesting no one should care about. Perhaps they’re right. I’ll promise to never spend another sentence writing about the subject again. Probably.

But otherwise I’ll assume we’re in agreement. Moving forward, no one cares about anything Cerrato says.

Right?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Saturday Lax Wrap: Hopkins Pounds Navy, Stevenson Falls to Salisbury in CAC Title Game

Posted on 24 April 2011 by WNST Staff

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

Wharton, Palmer, Boland Power 2nd-Ranked Hopkins Past Navy, 14-5

BALTIMORE, MD – A year ago, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 first quarter lead against Navy, only to watch the Midshipmen storm back for a 9-8 overtime victory that snapped JHU’s 36-game winning streak in the series. On Saturday night at Homewood Field, the Blue Jays again jumped to a 5-0 lead, but instead of wilting, they pushed the lead to 10-0 at the half and cruised to a 14-5 victory before a crowd of 4,682. The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-2 on the year, while the Midshipmen dropped their fifth straight and finish the season at 4-9.

The Blue Jays needed just 45 seconds to open the scoring as senior Chris Boland capped JHU’s first possession with an unassisted goal to give JHU a quick 1-0 lead. It look far less time than that – six seconds to be exact – for the Blue Jays to push the lead to 2-0 as graduate student Ben Smith worked his way to the high slot off the ensuing faceoff and scored off a nifty feed inside from senior Matt Dolente.

Boland and fellow starting attackmen Zach Palmer and Kyle Wharton combined for seven goals and seven assists in the win and at least one of the three had a hand in six of JHU’s next eight goals as the Blue Jays stormed to the 10-0 lead.

Palmer’s extra-man goal just under six minutes into the game pushed the lead to 3-0 and he added the first of his career-high five assists three minutes later when he got the helper on an extra-man goal by sophomore John Greeley. Sophomore John Ranagan and Boland added unassisted goals in a 93-second span late in the quarter to make it 6-0 at the end of the first period.
Any hopes for a Navy comeback were gone in the second quarter as Wharton bookended a four-goal period for the Blue Jays. He got the first of his four goals on the night just over three minutes into the period off a feed from freshman Eric Ruhl and then capped the first half with an extra-man goal that was assisted by Palmer. In between, freshmen midfielders Ruhl and Rob Guida scored for the Blue Jays. Palmer assisted on Ruhl’s goal as he drew the defense in tight with a dodge from behind before finding Ruhl alone 10 yards out with time and room, while Guida scooped up a loose ball on the crease and beat Navy goalie RJ Wickham from in close for his ninth goal of the year.

The Midshipmen finally broke through with 11:37 remaining in the third quarter when freshman Sam Jones scored on a dodge from behind the goal, but Hopkins answered with three goals in a span of just 96 seconds midway through the period to take its largest lead at 13-1. Greeley netted his second man-up goal of the night to jump-start the three-goal run, which included back-to-back goals by Wharton – with the first assisted by Boland and the second by Palmer.

Navy, as expected, never quit and scored the next four goals to make it 13-5. The first three of those goals – an extra-man strike by Harrison Chaires late in the third quarter and tallies by Nikk Davis and Taylor Reynolds early in the fourth – came in a span of just under four minutes, while Sean Dinn’s first goal of the season with 3:22 remaining in the game made it 13-5. Greg Edmonds’ first career goal in the final minute of the game closed the scoring for the Blue Jays and accounted for the 14-5 final score.

Palmer’s six points (1g, 5a) paced the Blue Jays, while Wharton (4g) and Boland (2g, 2a) added four points apiece for JHU, which held advantages in shots (41-32) and ground balls (35-30). Dolente won 13-of-19 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high seven ground balls for Johns Hopkins, which also converted on 4-of-7 extra-man chances.

Jones and Dinn paced Navy with one goal and one assist and Wickham posted seven saves in goal for Navy, but an 0-for-10 showing on faceoffs in the first half contributed to a 27-7 advantage in shots for JHU before intermission and helped lead to the 10-0 halftime score that was just too much for the Midshipmen to overcome.

Navy (4-9) 0-0-2-3/5
#2 Johns Hopkins (10-2) 6-4-3-1/14

GoalsN: Jones, Dinn, Chaires, Davis, Reynolds. J: Wharton-4, Boland-2, Greeley-2, Palmer, Ruhl, Ranagan, Guida, Edmonds, Smith. AssistsN: Dinn, Jones, Warner. J: Palmer-5, Boland-2, Dolente, Ruhl. SavesN: Wickham-7. J: Bassett-8, Burke-0. Shots: N-32. J-41. EMON: 1-for-3. J: 4-for-7. Attendance: 4,682.

Loyola Clinches ECAC Bid With Senior Day Win Over Hobart

BALTIMORE – Four Loyola University Maryland players scored two goals each, and the No. 20/19 Greyhounds clinched a bid to the first-ever ECAC Lacrosse League Championships with an 11-8 victory over visiting Hobart on Senior Day at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday.

Hobart’s Mike White tied the game at 8-8 with just eight second to go in the third quarter, and it looked like the teams would head to the final period deadlocked, but John Schiavone won the ensuing face-off to himself, ran into the box and dished a pass to Mike Sawyer who was camped seven yards from the goal on the left side.

Saywer ripped a shot into the upper right corner for his second of the game to put Loyola (8-3 overall, 4-2 ECAC) in front for good with four ticks left in the third quarter.

The victory was the Greyhounds’ fifth in a row and clinched the No. 2 seed for the ECAC Championships that will be held May 5-7 in Denver, Colo. Loyola will play the No. 3 seed Fairfield in the semifinals. The Stags clinched their spot in the Championships with a victory Saturday at Ohio State.

Loyola added two fourth-quarter goals by Scott Ratliff and Chris Basler, and the Greyhounds held the Statesmen (5-8, 2-3) scoreless on eight shots in the period, to provide the final margin.

“I thought that we came out and moved the ball very well today,” Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “Coach (Dan) Chemotti made that a point of emphasis this week, and we did a good job of making sure that we made the extra pass.”

Sawyer, Matt Langan, Stephen Murray and Patrick Fanshaw each scored twice, and Fanshaw led the Greyhounds with three points, notching an assist on Murray’s extra-man goal.

Hobart scored first when Cam Stone recorded the first of his game-high three goals on a man-up tally 2:18 into play, but the Greyhounds reeled off three consecutive by Langan, Sawyer and Murray to lead 3-1 with 5:10 to play in the first.

The Statesmen tied it at 3-3, however, as Alex Love scored late in the first, and Chris Pedersen found the net 1:16 into the second quarter.

The score remained tied for more nearly eight minutes until Langan came from behind the cage and around a Sawyer screen to beat Hobart goalie Jon Lawless stick-side high with 6:00 on the clock.

Loyola struck next on the EMO as Chris Basler slipped a pass to Fanshaw, and the sophomore scored his first of the contest.

Murray used a face dodge at the top of the box to get space down the left alley and score with 2:27 to go in the half.

Greyhounds’ goalie Jake Hagelin made a clean save of a Hobart shot and sent an outlet pass over the top to Ratliff who flipped it to Fanshaw, and he scored in transition with 1:19 to go, giving Loyola a 7-3 advantage.

Hobart would close the gap to three when Stone scored just nine seconds later, and the team went to the locker room at halftime with the Greyhounds on top, 7-4.

Stone’s goal ignited a 4-0 Hobart rally that was capped by Sam Miller’s lone goal of the afternoon at 4:36 in the third quarter, tying the game at 7-7. Miller entered the game with a team-high 25 goals.

Davis Butts put Loyola back in front by a goal, 8-7, scoring with a low shot after a dodge from the left side.

White tied things again for the Statesmen with eight seconds to go in the third, but the draw would be short-lived before Sawyer’s go-ahead goal.

Hagelin made seven saves for the Greyhounds who outshot the Statesmen, 41-30. Lawless made his first start of the season and finished with 14 saves.

The Greyhounds have one final regular-season game left on the schedule before heading to Denver for the league championships. Loyola will travel a short distance down Charles Street to play at Johns Hopkins next Saturday at 2 p.m.

No. 3 Salisbury Rallies For 16-14 Win Over No. 1 Stevenson in CAC Title Game

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 1-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team scored eight first quarter goals and led by four at halftime, but No. 3 Salisbury held the nation’s second-ranked scoring offense to just three goals over the final 35:18 in capturing their 16th win and 16th CAC championship with a 16-14 win Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

The loss snapped a 15-game home winning streak for the Mustangs (16-2) who were 9-0 at home this season entering today’s game. Stevenson is 30-4 at home since 2009 with three of its four losses coming to the Sea Gulls.

Meanwhile, Salisbury (16-1) has won 14-straight on the road, including eight this season, and is 4-1 all-time at Caves Athletics Complex, winning CAC titles on the Mustangs’ home field in 2009 and 2011.

The visiting team has now won six of the last eight meetings in the series which began in 2007. The Sea Gulls lead the overall series 7-4, but each team has won four times in eight meetings since 2009.

Trailing 11-7, Salisbury began its comeback with 7:08 remaining in the second quarter when they inserted reserve goalie Tim Swinburn in for 2010 USILA Second Team All-American Johnny Rodriguez. From that point, the Sea Gulls outscored the Mustangs 9-3 over the final 35-plus minutes while Swinburn made a career-high 12 saves, including 10 in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter as Stevenson outshot Salisbury, 16-3.

Swinburn’s previous career-high in saves was six.

Led by Swinburn, Salisbury went on an 8-0 run during a span of 22:08 over the second and third quarters, holding the Mustangs scoreless for the entire third quarter, the first time in 72 quarters this season Stevenson has been held without a goal.

Tony Mendes scored four of his five goals in the second half for the Sea Gulls, who outshot the Mustangs 20-9 in the third quarter, while Matt Connone had two goals and two assists.

The final 35 minutes were a complete change from the first 25 where Stevenson built a 10-5 advantage and led 8-3 after the first quarter. Prior to allowing eight first-quarter goals Saturday, Salisbury had outscored its opponents 64-16 in the opening period.

Senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) finished with six goals and seven points for Stevenson, his fifth game with at least seven points this season. With six goals, Barthelme set a new single-season school record and now has 65, surpassing the previous mark of 59 set by senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) in 2008.

In just two seasons with the team, Barthelme has totaled 99 goals and ranks fifth on the school’s career list.

Senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) who has scored a school record 107 points this season, added six more on Saturday as he finished with two goals and four assists. He now has 51 assists this season, just four shy of the school record set by Eric Schmith in 1998.

Senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) scored two goals and won 20-of-32 face-offs, including the 600th of his career. He also scooped up 11 ground balls and now has 320 for his career, 25 shy of Matt Smoot’s school record.

Ford had one goal and three assists for the Mustangs who were just 2-for-13 with the man-advantage as they could not capitalize on Salisbury’s nearly 10 minutes of penalty time.

Junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made 14 saves, three shy of his career-high.

Stevenson concludes the regular season next Saturday, April 30 at No. 15 Denison. Game time is at 1:00 p.m.

Scott Jones Nets Game-Winner With 41 Seconds Left; UMBC Clinches Playoff Berth in 9-8 Triumph Over Vermont

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored three goals, added two assists and recorded the game-winning goal with 41 seconds remaining as the host Retrievers nipped Vermont, 9-8, in a critical America East Conference game.

The Retrievers won for the fourth straight time and improved to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in league play. UMBC clinched a spot in the four-team America East Tournament for the eighth time in eight conference campaigns.

Vermont dropped its third straight and fell to 6-8, 1-3.

Jones was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, while Vermont junior attackman Geoff Worley tallied three goals and added a helper and was the Catamount’s Player of the Game.

Vermont tied the game at 8-all on a goal by sophomore attackman Thomas Galvin with 9:09 remaining and the Catamounts had two man-up opportunities down the stretch to take the lead. But Galvin committed a turnover on the second penalty and UMBC gained possession and called time out with 54 seconds remaining.

Retriever sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) operated behind the cage and fed a cutting Jones, who buried his three-yard shot past Vermont netminder David Barton and inside the far left post.

Vermont had one last opportunity, but Garrett Virtue’s left-handed shot from 12 yards away missed wide right with two seconds remaining.

Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) and junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) each added two goals and one assist for the hosts. Freshman midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys’ Latin) scored his first two collegiate goals, both in the first quarter.

Galvin recorded two goals and an assist for the Catamounts, while Vermont’s leading scorer, sophomore attackman Drew Philie, added a goal and two helpers.

Vermont took a 4-3 lead after 15 minutes, but UMBC outscored the visitors, 4-1, in the second stanza. Jones fed Grimm on a fast break for the game-tying goal with 8:49 remaining in the period, and Grimm returned the favor to Jones just 35 seconds later.

Worley scored a man-up goal with 5:00 left in the period to tie the score, but Kimbles equalized that with an extra-man goal with 1:21 to play. After a Retriever time-out and restart, Grimm went right to the cage and made it 7-5 21 seconds later.

UMBC took that lead into halftime and went ahead, 8-5 on Jones goal with 7:25 to play in the third period. But UMBC would go scoreless for the next 21:49, while the Catamounts eventually tied the score.

Retriever sophomore Joseph Impallaria (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall) came off the bench and won 12 of 17 draws as UMBC outdrew Vermont, 13-8.

The Catamounts outshot UMBC, 38-25, and UMBC junior netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) made 11 saves. Barton had eight stops for Vermont. 

Jones reached the 20-goal plateau and now leads the team with 28 points.

UMBC is 4-0 in games decided by three goals or less this season and 23-11 in those situations since 2007. They have won their last six games decided by a single goal, dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009. The Retrievers have never lost to Vermont (8-0), but three of the last four games have been decided by one or two goals.

The Retrievers conclude the regular season at Hartford on April 30.

Tigers Fall at Drexel, 13-9

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior attackman Scott Perri scored five goals and added two assists to lead Drexel University (7-6, 3-3) to its second win in the last three games, a 13-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers (2-10, 0-5) at the Dragons’ Vidas Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.Perri scored three of his five goals in the second half as Drexel broke open a close game by scoring six goals in the third quarter en route to the victory.

After Perri gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the first quarter, the Tigers took a 2-1 lead on back-to-back goals by senior midfielder Pat Britton.

But, Drexel responded by scoring three straight goals to start the second quarter for a 4-2 advantage with 5:37 remaining.

Junior attackman Matt Lamon and junior midfielder Michael Brashears tied the game at 4-4 by scoring a pair of goals in a 59-second span before sophomore attackman Brendan Glynn regained the Dragons’ advantage by scoring with 1:19 remaining in the first half.

Led by a goal and an assist from sophomore attackman Robert Church, the Dragons opened the second half by scoring five straight goals to take a commanding 10-4 lead with 8:43 left in the period. With 8:06 left, sophomore attackman Dan Kramer ended the Dragons’ run by scoring off an assist from freshman midfielder Andrew Hodgson, trimming the deficit to 10-5.

After the teams traded goals twice, Brashears scored his second goal of the game on an extra-man tally off an assist from senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte with 2:16 remaining, but the Dragons answered just 16 seconds later when junior midfielder Chris Farquhar scored for a 13-8 Drexel lead.

Senior attackman Tim Flynn ended the scoring with 1:08 remaining when he scored the first goal of his college career off a feed from junior attackman Stephen Norris.

While Perri led the Dragons with his seven-point performance, Glynn added three goals for the Dragons. Junior goalkeeper Mark Manos made 16 saves, including 10 in the first half, as Towson outshot Drexel by a 43-36 margin.

Britton and Brashears each scored twice to lead the Tigers in a losing effort while Hodgson had three assists.

The Tigers will finish the season next Saturday night when they host Saint Joseph’s in a CAA game at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Opening face-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Rivalry Saturday Lacrosse: Hopkins Stuns Maryland, Stevenson Tops Salisbury

Posted on 16 April 2011 by WNST Staff

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

Just in Time – Wharton’s Game-Winner Lifts Hopkins Past Maryland, 12-11

COLLEGE PARK, MD – When a series is being renewed for the 107th time, it’s not easy to play a game that ranks among the all-time best. While no one has seen all 107 meetings, it’s probably say to say that third-ranked Johns Hopkins’ 12-11 overtime win at fourth-ranked Maryland deserves such consideration, even if time is the only true judge of such things.

Time. For a time it looked like the senior-laden Terps would run away from the young Blue Jays. For a time it then seemed the Blue Jays had so much momentum that an overtime game-winner from senior Kyle Wharton wouldn’t be necessary. When they stopped keeping time, 16 seconds remained in the first overtime and Wharton’s goal had extended JHU’s winning streak to four – three of which have come by a goal.

The Blue Jays trailed 7-2 at the half and 8-3 after Grant Catalino answered Chris Boland’s strike early in the third quarter. With momentum on the Terps’ side, the Blue Jays rallied for a win that, for a time, didn’t seem possible.

Freshman Eric Ruhl jumped started a stunning 8-1 run with his seventh goal of the season midway through the third quarter. Maryland still had a four-goal lead at 8-4 when the third-quarter clock ticked under the three-minute mark, but freshman Phil Castronova found Boland alone on the doorstep with 2:55 remaining to make it 8-5 and Boland intercepted a clearing pass on the crease and scored again with nine seconds left in the third period to make it 8-6 entering the fourth quarter.

Wharton netted the first of his two goals after he blew home an eight-yarder after a perfect skip pass from sophomore John Greeley just 74 seconds into the fourth quarter and Boland scored two minutes later on a high-to-high shot from just above the goal line after coming from behind the cage to tie the game a 8-8.
It didn’t take much time – 56 seconds to be exact – for the Terps to regain the lead as Jake Bernhartdt scored from seven yards out, but Hopkins, which managed just three shots in the first quarter, struck for three goals in less than three minutes midway through the period to take an 11-9 lead.

Sophomore Zach Palmer’s highlight reel behind the back shot from the slot snuck inside the crossbar with 8:35 remaining and junior Marshall Burkhart too a nifty pass from Ruhl cutting across the front of the goal and beat Maryland’s Niko Amato from six yards out to give JHU a 10-9 lead 41 seconds after Palmer’s goal. When Boland capped his five-goal performance just over two minutes later, it appeared extra time wouldn’t be needed.

Maryland, to its credit, dug deep and scored twice in a 62-second span to knot the game at 11-11. Senior Ryan Young used a pick to the side of the goal to get free and scored hits 14th goal of the season and Joe Cummings added the equalized with 2:40 remaining in regulation.

Neither team scored down the stretch – JHU failed on a extra-man chance and Maryland turned the ball over with 12 seconds remaining – so the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse headed to extra time for the fifth time in the last 14 meetings.

By all accounts, Maryland had the game won – twice – in overtime. Cummings rang one off the inside of the pipe just over a minute into the extra session and Bernhardt was stoned from in tight by Pierce Bassett 20 seconds later.

The Blue Jays earned another extra man chance when Maryland was flagged for a slash, but the Blue Jays managed just one shot by Wharton and that was blocked. An errant pass late in the extra-man possession was tracked down by Greeley up near midfield and the Blue Jays worked the ball to Wharton, who sidestepped a defender, stepped inside and ripped a shot past Amato to give the Blue Jays their 13th win in the last 17 meetings with Maryland.

For all their late-game heroics, the Blue Jays were a step slow and out-of-sorts for the first 30 minutes, which ended with Maryland holding a five-goal lead. The Terps jumped out a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed that margin to 7-2 at the half as they scored on seven of their 15 first-half shots.

Back-to-back goals in an eight-second span early in the first quarter staked Maryland to a quick 2-0 lead. Cummings netted the first of his three goals before intermission off a nice feed to the slot from Young and Landon Carr scored eight seconds later off an assist from senior Brian Farrell after the Blue Jays lost the faceoff after Cummings’ goal on a violation.

The Blue Jays finally broke through with 5:12 remaining in the first quarter when Ruhl scored his sixth goal of the season, but the Terps held the Blue Jays scoreless for the remainder of the period and extended the lead to 3-1 with just 11 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Drew Snider dodged from behind the goal and beat Bassett up high.

After Cummings and Palmer exchanged goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter, the Terps scored three straight, including two in a nine-second span, to push out to the 7-2 lead at halftime.

Jake Bernhardt worked inside from the top of the box and beat Bassett from seven yards out, while his younger brother, Jesse, fired home a bouncer off the ensuing faceoff to make it 6-2. Cummings completed his first-half hat trick with 4:15 remaining in the first half to account for the 7-2 halftime score. The five-goal lead still held after Boland and Catalino traded goals in the first 3:01 of the second half, but as it turned out, the Blue Jays had more than enough time to make their comeback.

Hopkins earned a in after trailing by five goals for the first time since March 18, 2005, when they erased a 7-1 deficit at Syracuse and won, coincidentally, 12-11.

Boland’s five goals led the Blue Jays, while Wharton (2g, 2a), Palmer (2g, 1a) and Ruhl (2g, 1a) were also key contributors to an offense that scored nine goals in the second half and overtime. Bassett registered eight saves, including the key stop on Jake Bernhardt in overtime that eventually led to Wharton’s game-winner.

Cummings paced the Terps with four goals and Jake Bernhardt added a pair for Maryland, which also got one goal and two assists from Young and 12 saves from Amato in the loss.

Where does this win rank among JHU’s 68 victories against Maryland? What does a come-from-behind win like this – on the road against a top-five team – do for a young team like the Blue Jays? Only time will tell.

#3 Johns Hopkins (9-2) 1-1-4-5-1/12
#4 Maryland (8-3) 3-4-1-3-0/11

GoalsJ: Boland-5, Wharton-2, Palmer-2, Ruhl-2, Burkhart. M: Cummings-4, Ja. Bernhardt-2, Young, Catalino, Je. Bernhardt, Carr, Snider. AssistsJ: Ranagan-2, Wharton-2, Castronova, Greeley, Palmer, Ruhl. M: Young, Blye, Farrell, Schmidt. SavesJ: Bassett-8. M: Amato-12. Shots: J-35. M-28. EMOJ: 0-for-3 M: 0-for-1. Attendance: 8,072.

No. 3 Stevenson Wins at No. 2 Salisbury, Earns CAC Championship Top Seed

SALISBURY, Md. – Led by a season-high five points and four goals from senior Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East), the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team earned the top-seed in next week’s CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the No. 3 Mustangs posted a 16-12 victory over No. 2 Salisbury Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The win marked the second undefeated conference regular season in the last three seasons for Stevenson (15-1, 8-0 CAC) who extended its CAC regular season road winning streak to 14 games.

The Mustangs also improved to 3-3 at Sea Gull Stadium and 4-3 against the Sea Gulls since 2009.

With Stevenson’s win over second-ranked Salisbury and Endicott’s 9-8 victory over No. 1 Tufts on Saturday, the Mustangs have a good chance of being ranked at No. 1 in Monday’s USILA Division III Poll, reclaiming the nation’s top spot for the third-straight season.

Stevenson scored the game’s first five goals, two of which came from senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill), as the team built a 5-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Through 16 games this season, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents 71-19 in the opening quarter.

With three goals, Dailey now has 98 points this season, setting a new school record and surpassing the old mark of 96 set by current assistant coach and two-time USILA Attackman of the Year Steve Kazimer.

Stevenson extended its lead to as many as six with 6:36 remaining in the second quarter on Moffitt’s second goal of the game before Salisbury closed the half with three consecutive goals to pull within three at the half, 8-5.

After the Sea Gulls scored the first goal of the second half to cut the deficit to two, the Mustangs scored six of the next eight to push their lead back to six at 14-8 after the third quarter. Stevenson outscored Salisbury 11-4 over the first and third quarters.

The Sea Gulls (14-1, 7-1 CAC) opened the fourth quarter with three-straight goals to pull back within three, but that would be as close as they would get in suffering their first loss of the season and first at home since a 10-6 defeat to Stevenson in the CAC championship game on Apr. 24, 2010.

Senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) finished with four points, including three goals and now has 55 for the season, four shy of the school record set by senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) who had 59 in 2008.

Barthelme was one of nine different goal scorers for the Mustangs, including Ford who had a goal and two assists and senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) who also won 18-of-29 face-offs and totaled 11 ground balls with the 300th of his career. Witte now has 301 ground balls, 44 shy of Matt Smoot’s school record.

In his first career appearance versus Salisbury, junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled eight saves, including four in the fourth quarter while improving his record to 17-1 as a starter.

Saturday’s game featured 98 combined shots and 27 penalties for a total of 20:30.

Shawn Zordani and Sam Bradman each finished with four points for the Sea Gulls while Tony Mendes had three goals. Johnny Rodriquez made 15
saves.

Stevenson will host the winner of Sunday’s CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship first round between Mary Washington and Hood next Wednesday at Caves Athletics Complex beginning at 4:00 p.m.

UMBC Scores Final Four Goals; Upends Host Albany, 13-9, in Key America East Contest

Albany, N.Y.-UMBC sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) scored a career-high five goals and midfielders Jamie Kimbles (Centreville,Md./Queen Anne’s) and Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) amassed six points each, as the Retrievers outlasted Albany, 13-9, in miserable weather conditions at John Fallon Field.

The Retrievers won their third straight game and improved to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in America East play. Albany lost for the third consecutive time and fell to 4-8, 0-3.

The game was played in a driving rainstorm with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour and temperatures in the mid-40’s.

There were seven ties and the lead exchanged hands three times in the contest. The Great Danes tied the game for the final time at 9-9 on a Ryan Feuerstein goal with 11:01 remaining.

But Jones went to work, scoring three straight goals to put UMBC ahead for good. He got the game-winner with 9:53 to play , putting in a rebound of a Zach Linkous’ (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) saved shot. He then converted a pair of passes, as Albany started the double UMBC ball carriers. With 4:12 to play, Brown dished out his fourth assist of the game and Jones converted from the right edge of the crease. At the 2:37 mark, it was sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) hitting Jones all alone on the doorstep for an empty net score.

Sophomore long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal on a man-up situation, as Brown fed him with 1:52 remaining. 

Jones posted the most goals for a Retriever since Matt Latham scored six vs. Albany on April 17, 2010.

Kimbles posted career highs in goals (4) and points (6), scoing the four goals on five shots. On the heels of a 3-goal, 1-assist effort vs. Binghamton, Brown scored a goal and added five assists against the Great Danes.

Albany freshman attackman Miles Thompson led the Great Danes with three goals and one assist.

UMBC led, 3-1, after one quarter, as Kimbles scored the first two goals and assisted on Jones’ first score of the night. Albany evened the score at 3-3, but sophomore Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) gave the visitors a 4-3 lead with a left-handed shot from eight yards away with 12.8 seconds to go in the half.

The teams split eight third-quarter goals, as Albany took its second lead of the night at 7-6 on a man-up goal by Thompson with 3:13 to play in the stanza. But Kimbles evened it up at the 1:34 mark and freshman midfielder Brian Patton (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) gave UMBC an 8-7 advantage with his first collegiate goal 28 seconds later to close the scoring in the period.

UMBC junior netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) was credited with nine saves and improved to 5-3 on the campaign. Albany outshot UMBC, 36-32, but UMBC edged the hosts, 30-29, in ground balls.

The Retrievers are now 9-4 vs. the Great Danes and 3-2 in Albany. They have won five of the last six in the series.

UMBC returns home to face Vermont on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Tigers Edged by Penn State, 7-6

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Despite two goals in the first half by sophomore attackman Matt Hughes, the Tigers (2-9, 0-4) were unable to earn their first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season and dropped a 7-6 CAA decision against Penn State (6-5, 3-1) on Saturday night at Jeffrey Field.

Sophomore midfielder Danny Henneghan scored the game-winning goal with 8:02 remaining in regulation as the Nittany Lions rallied from a two-goal half-time deficit to earn their second win in the last three games.

The win allowed the Nittany Lions to avenge last year’s 10-9 loss at Unitas Stadium while handing the Tigers their fifth straight loss.

Henneghan, who won 10 of 16 face-offs, gave Penn State a one-goal lead when he won a face-off and scored just eight seconds after the Tigers tied the game on a goal by sophomore midfielder Alec Jernstedt. From there, the Nittany Lion defense held the Tigers scoreless en route to the victory.

After the teams traded goals in the first quarter, the Tigers scored three times, including a pair of Hughes goals, to take a 4-1 lead with 2:48 left in the second quarter.

With 2:21 remaining, senior midfielder Colton Vosburgh scored an unassisted goal to narrow the deficit to 4-2 at the intermission.

Less than two minutes into the third quarter, the Tigers upped their lead to 5-2 when junior attackman Matt Lamon scored an unassisted marker past freshman goalkeeper Austin Kaut.

But, the Tigers were held scoreless for the next 19 minutes, 55 seconds as the Nittany Lions took a 6-5 advantage with four straight goals, including a pair of markers from junior attackman Matthew Mackrides.

Mackrides led the Nittany Lions with two goals and an assist while Kaut made 13 saves.

Hughes paced the Tigers with a two-goal effort while Lamon contributed a goal with an assist. Senior goalkeeper Travis Love tied a season high by making 13 saves as the Tigers were outshot by a 35-32 margin.

The Tigers, who have played in six one-goal games this season, will play their final road game of the season next Saturday when they travel to Drexel University for a CAA game at Vidas Field at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions will begin a two-game road trip next Saturday at Delaware at 7 p.m.

Army Uses 10-Goal Second Half to Defeat Mids

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Led by attackmen Jeremy Boltus and Garrett Thul who combined to score nine goals on the afternoon, Army outscored Navy 10-2 in the second half to earn a 14-9 victory over the Midshipmen in men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

In a tale of two halves, Navy dominated the opening 30 minutes of play over the Black Knights.  The Mids owned an 18-5 advantage in shots, a 15-9 lead in ground balls and held an 8-5 edge in faceoffs.

After the two teams traded off goals, Navy staged a 4-0 run over the course of eight minutes.  Senior midfielder Kevin Doyle (Towson, Md.) scored a pair of goals during the run, while freshman attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a goal and added an assist.  Assisting Hull on his goal was senior midfielder Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.), who became just the 29th player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone.  He finished the game with a pair of assists.

Navy owned its largest lead of four at the 2:33 mark in the second quarter after junior middie Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) used a role dodge to punch in his lone goal of the game and gave the Mids a 7-3 advantage.

Army countered just under a minute later when junior midfielder Devin Lynch scored the first of his two goals running in from the right wing and getting off his shot before falling into the crease.  It was a goal that would trigger a five-goal run by the Black Knights, despite a 15-minute halftime break after Lynch’s goal.

The Black Knights came out like gang busters in the second half, scoring four goals in the first six minutes of action, including two in the first 1:15.  Lynch picked up where he left off in the first half, blowing past Navy defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.) and scoring off a lefty shot on the run 1:06 into the game.  Nine seconds later, long pole Tim Henderson fed midfielder Matt Hurley for a 15-yard sidearm shot that squirmed its way past Navy keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.).  Henderson then scored the game-tying goal at the 11:30 mark off a high velocity shot that when top shelf.

Army took its first lead of the game at the 9:03 mark, when the fantastic attack duo of Boltus and Thul hooked up with Boltus finding Thul on the crease to take an 8-7 lead.  Remarkably at that point in the game, Army had scored its eight goals on just 11 shots.

The Mids scored the equalizer with 3:58 to play in the third quarter when Jay Mann’s (Cockeysville, Md.) pass ricocheted off defenseman Larry LoRusso who was standing on the crease and went into the goal.

Army, though, wasted little time in answering, as Thul found Boltus who cranked a 10-yard shot from up top at 3:04 to give the Black Knights the lead for good.

Navy managed just one more goal in the game, as Hull scored his third goal of the game off an assist from fellow freshman Harrison Chaires (Ellicott City, Md.) on extra-man with 7:08 remaining in the contest.

“If we prevent the goal at the end of the first half and we score off that first possession of the second, it’s all of a sudden an 8-3 game and we have things well in hand,” said Navy head coach Richie Meade. “I’m proud of our guys. They did everything that we anticipated we needed to do, but Army overcame it.  This is difficult!”

“We had some great opportunities that just didn’t work out.  Whether we hit the post, hit Palesky or he made a stop, we just couldn’t put the ball away when we needed to.  I give Army a lot of credit for turning the tables on us when it looked like we had control of the game.”

Navy led Army in almost every statistical category – 40-21 in shots, 37-22 in ground balls, 15-12 in faceoffs – except one that played out to be the most stunning, saves.  Army’s Tom Palesky finished the contest with 11 saves, posting nine of them in the second half of play.  Meanwhile, Wickham, a 2010 Honorable Mention All-American, managed just one save in the game for the Mids and was yanked after the third quarter.  He was replaced by senior Mike Haas (Blue Bell, Pa.), who had seen action in just three career games coming into his final contest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Haas gave up four goals and made no saves.

“I’m not prone to changing goalkeepers,” added Meade.  “But after the third quarter, we felt like we had to do something.  RJ had a tough day.”

“Losing to Army in our stadium is emotional,” said senior defenseman Michael Hirsch (Schwenksville, Pa.).  “It’s frustrating.  But we are all brothers at the end of the day.  I went up to Jeremy Boltus after the game to congratulate him and we both said how much we respected the heck out of the other.”

The Mids will play their season finale next Saturday when they make the short trip to Baltimore to battle nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins.  Game time is set for 8:00 pm at Homewood Field in a nationally-televised contest broadcast on ESPNU.

Loyola-Georgetown Postponed Until Sunday, 3 p.m.

Loyola University Maryland’s men’s lacrosse game at Georgetown has been postponed until Sunday, April 17, due to the forecast of sever weather in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday. The Greyhounds and Hoyas will face-off on Multi-Sport Field at 3 o’clock. (The game will be heard on AM1570 WNST.)

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

Posted on 09 April 2011 by WNST Staff

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

Comer’s OT Goal Gives Loyola Win Over Stags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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