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Loyola Hoops Opens MAAC Play Thursday Night Against Marist

Posted on 01 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Opponent Marist Red Foxes
Date Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
TV
Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Marist leads, 27-22
Last Meeting Loyola 75, Marist 69 – January 22, 2011 at Marist

MAAC Play Commences

Loyola University Maryland opens its 23rd season of competition in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Thursday when it hosts the Marist College Red Foxes at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds will look to reverse a historical trend in the game, as they are just 3-19 all-time in their first MAAC games.

Through Five

With a 77-74 victory on Sunday over Florida Gulf Coast, Loyola improved to 4-1 in 2011-2012, its best start through five games since the 2005-2006 season when the Greyhounds won their first five in Head Coach Jimmy Patsos’ second year with the program. The Greyhounds’ fifth victory of the year that season was also the last win in a MAAC opener, a 90-85 overtime triumph at Fairfield.

Series History

Thursday will mark the 50th time that Marist and Loyola have met on the basketball hardwood. The Red Foxes hold a 27-22 advantage in the previous 49 meetings, but Loyola has won the last six in the series and seven of the last eight.

Last season, the Greyhounds swept the season series, winning 83-67 in Reitz Arena and 75-69 in Poughkeepsie.

Robert Olson averaged 19.0 points in the two wins last season, scoring 21 at Marist after tallying 17 at home. At the McCann Center on Marist’s campus, Olson scored all 19 of his second-half points in the game’s final 8:22.

Shane Walker averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds against the Red Foxes last season, leading all players with 19 points at home.

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All non-televised home contests, will be broadcast free of charge on Hounds Unleashed, the broadcast arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com. The games will be available on computers and most smart phone devices.

Last Time Out

Anthony Winbush made two free throws with 11.1 seconds left to give Loyola a 77-74 lead over Florida Gulf Coast, and Robert Olson blocked an Eagles’ 3-point attempt on the ensuing possession to seal the Greyhounds fourth-straight win.

Loyola went on a 22-5 run that covered almost seven minutes of first half action to lead by as many as 16 and ultimately 13 at halftime. Florida Gulf Coast, however, trimmed Loyola’s advantage to four less than six minutes into the second half.

Loyola then led by 11, 60-49, after two Shane Walker free throws with 6:32 remaining before the Eagles cut it to three with a 3-pointer with 44 ticks left. Dylon Cormier and Olson each made 1-of-2 from the line, sandwiched around an unforced Eagles turnover, but Chase Fieler got an offensive rebound and converted it for two with 20 seconds left.

R.J. Williams hit 1-of-2 free throws a second later, and Bernard Thompson knocked down a three to make it a one-point game, setting up Winbush’s free throws.

Erik Etherly made 7-of-10 field goals and led the Greyhounds with 15 points, while Cormier had 14 and Olson 13.

First Time For Everything

Sunday’s victory over Florida Gulf Coast was the first time in 2011-2012 that the Greyhounds have been outrebounded in a game. The Eagles controlled a slight 36-33 advantage on the boards. Florida Gulf Coast’s 17 offensive board were also the most by a Loyola opponent this season. The Eagles were, however, able to score on less than half of their offensive rebounds, converting them into just 16 second-chance points.

Olson Big On Both Ends Of The Court

Loyola trailed Florida Gulf Coast, 16-15, with 8:08 to play in the first half before Robert Olson tied the score with a free throw 18 ticks later. He then hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for the Greyhounds, going on a personal 7-0 run that put Loyola in front for good.

Olson later hit a three at the 4:38 mark as part of a 22-5 Greyhounds run, tallying all 10 of his first-half points in the span of 3:12.

Olson did not make a field goal in the second half, but he knocked down a pair of free throws with 83 seconds on the clock to put the Greyhounds up seven, and he made 1-of-2 from the stripe with 27 seconds left to make it a five-point game.

The junior guard also came up big on the defensive end, making two stops for the Greyhounds in the last minute and a half. He caused a Bernard Thompson turnover and logged a steal at 1:23, setting up the first of his two free throws, and he then blocked a Christophe Varidel 3-pointer with six seconds left, sealing the victory.

Triple Digit Blocks

Shane Walker’s block of a Kevin Cantinol layup 1:25 into the second half against Florida Gulf Coast was the 100th rejection of his Loyola career. He is now one of three Greyhounds all-time to log 100 or more blocked shots, joining Brian Carroll (217, 1997-2001) George Sereikas (117, 1989-1993).

Three In A Week

Loyola won three games last week, defeating Coppin State on Monday, UMBC Thursday and New Hampshire Sunday. It marked the first time since the 2008-2009 season that the team has won three games in a calendar week. The Greyhounds last accomplished the feat with wins over NJIT, Manhattan and Marist, starting Wednesday, January 14, 2009, and culminating Sunday, January 18. Those three victories were the first half of a six-game Loyola winning streak.

Consistency Is The Key

Three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ five games this season.

The last time three Loyola players scored 10 or more over a five-game stretch was the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell, Jason Rowe and Roderick Platt accomplished the task in six-consecutive games from January 25-February 15, 1998. Loyola was 5-1 in those games.

The Greyhounds have not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola also was 3-1 during that stretch.

Attacking The Offensive Glass

Against Florida Gulf Coast, Loyola had 15 offensive rebounds and scored 17 second-chance points. This season, Loyola has 80 offensive rebounds, led by Justin Drummond’s 16, and in five games the Greyhounds are pulling down boards on the offensive end after exactly 50-percent of their missed shots.

Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 102 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981

Two Of A Kind

Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.

Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.

Defensively Different

Loyola came back from a four-point halftime deficit to outscore New Hampshire by 10 in the second half last Sunday thanks to increased defensive pressure along the perimeter.

The Greyhounds did not allow a Wildcat player to score more than five points in the second half, and Loyola also limited New Hampshire’s scoring chances by outrebounding the Wildcats 21-14 after the break.

Rebounding Advantage

It’s only been five games, but Loyola is +39 in the rebounding column this year, averaging 7.8 more than its opponents per game.

The Greyhounds have outrebounded two teams by 13 or more, pulling down 22 more than Coppin State and 13 more than New Hampshire.

Two Over Twenty

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both hit, or exceeded, the 20-point plateau at UMBC with Etherly scoring 27 and Cormier chipping in 20.

It marked the first time since January 3, 2009, a stretch of 80 games, that a pair of Greyhounds scored 20 in the same game. On that date, Jamal Barney poured in 41 at Canisius, while Brett Harvey had 22.

Must Be The Mask

Just over a week after breaking his nose in practice, Erik Etherly scored a career-high 27 points at UMBC. The junior forward made 9-of-15 shots from the field and converted on 9-of-14 free throws while wearing a mask to protect his injured nose.

Etherly was injured in practice on Tuesday, November 8, and although he did not practice from that point until prior to the season-opener on November 11, he scored 11 points and had nine rebounds at Wake Forest.

He then returned to the starting lineup on Monday against Coppin State and scored 15 points while pulling down 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double.

Thursday night at UMBC, Etherly had a game-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a row.

With 11 at New Hampshire and a team-best 15 against Florida Gulf Coast, Etherly has now scored in double-figures for 16-straight games, dating back to January 30, 2011. Prior to scoring 10 that night against Iona, Etherly was averaging 8.8 points in his first season with the Greyhounds, but he lifted his average to 10.8 by the end of the year.

In Loyola’s last 14 games, 11 to close 2010-2011 and three this year, Etherly is averaging 14.9 points per game, tops on the team.

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.

Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.

Getting To The Line

As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.

Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.

Cormier At His Best Against City Competition

Dylon Cormier matched his career-high with 20 points on Monday night in the win over Coppin State, and he matched that total, also finished with that same total on Thursday against UMBC.

The pair of 20-point performances match his freshman-year high of 20, also against UMBC, in the second game of his collegiate career.

Through three games this season, Cormier is averaging 17.3 points after leading the Greyhounds with 13 in the opener against Wake Forest. He is shooting 51.6-percent (16-of-31) from the field, third on the team.

Who To Guard?

Loyola’s offensive balance has carried over from last year in the first five games of the 2011-2012 season. A year ago, seven players averaged 8.1 points or better per game in 2010-2011. Additionally nine players dropped 10 or more points in a game, and six of those tallied 20 or more.

In the Greyhounds’ January 30 victory over Iona, six players scored in double-figures, and the team’s top two scorers at the time did not even dress for the contest. It was the first time that a Loyola team had six players score in double figures since December 6, 1991, when the Greyhounds matched the feat in a 98-84 overtime home victory against Mount St. Mary’s.

This season, the Greyhounds have seen at least four players score in double-figures in all five games.

Bush Is Back

Anthony Winbush returned to the court in the season-opener at Wake Forest after missing most of the 2010-2011 season with a medical redshirt. After tearing his right ACL midway through his sophomore season in 2009-2010, Winbush came back to play in eight games last season before suffering another knee injury.

Winbush received a medical hardship waiver and retained a year of eligibility – he is currently a fourth-year junior athletically – and his return to the lineup has buoyed the Greyhounds on both ends of the court.

One of the team’s top defenders, Winbush led the team in plus-minus statistics by a wide margin against Coppin State. During the 20-minutes, 47-seconds he was on the court against the Eagles, Loyola outscored Coppin State, 55-28 (+27). Then, on Thursday night against UMBC, he had a plus-minus of +11 (57-46) in 26 minutes of action.

Olson Provides Late-Game Punch

Robert Olson knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions with 5:18 and 4:51 to go in the second half against Coppin State, extending Loyola’s lead to 11. He also made 3-of-4 free throws in the last 90 seconds against Florida Gulf Coast, had a steal and blocked a shot with six ticks on the clock.

Last season, Olson made it somewhat of a habit to hit bit shots late in games. In an overtime win against Iona, Olson drained a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 7.2 seconds remaining and force overtime. He then made a driving layup with 41.4 left in extra time to give Loyola the lead for good.

Earlier in the year, he scored 19 points in the final 8:22 of the Greyhounds’ win over Marist, and he scored nine points in 83 ticks of the clock at Morgan State to give Loyola the lead for the remainder of the game.

Fresh Faces

The Greyhounds welcome three new players to the roster for 2011-2012: sophomore transfer Jordan Latham and freshmen Tyler Hubbard and R.J. Williams.

Latham joins the Greyhounds after spending his first collegiate season at Xavier where he saw action in 16 games for the Musketeers.

Hubbard led the Washington, D.C., metro area in 3-pointers made as a senior at Montrose Christian High School last year with 80, and he averaged 12.7 points per game. A team captain for Coach Stu Vetter last season, Hubbard helped the Mustangs finish No. 2 in the Powerade Fab 50 National Basketball Rankings after they won the ESPNRise National High School Invitational.

Williams is another close-to-home product for Loyola, joining Latham and Dylon Cormier as players on the roster who hail from Baltimore City. Williams led St. Frances Academy to the Championship Game of the MIAA and Baltimore Catholic League playoffs, earning Baltimore Catholic League Co-Player of the Year honors. Williams closed his high school career with 1,021 points and 814 assists and earned a spot on last year’s Baltimore Sun All-Metro First Team.

Latham made his first collegiate start against Wake Forest and saw 11 minutes of action. Williams came off the bench and scored three points while grabbing three rebounds in 16 minutes.

Latham Granted NCAA Waiver For Immediate Eligibility

Sophomore transfer Jordan Latham was granted an NCAA waiver and will be immediately eligible to play for the Greyhounds in 2011-2012 rather than having to sit out the typical year-in-residency.

Latham returned to his home city when joining the Greyhounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played high school basketball a mere 2.5 miles from Loyola’s campus at the storied Baltimore City College, a high school that has produced two sitting U.S. Congressmen (Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.) and a U.S. Senator (Ben Cardin D-Md.).

Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

Preseason Prognostications

Coaches in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference picked Loyola to finish third in the league race this season as the Greyhounds garnered 76 points in the preseason poll. Iona received eight of 10 first-place votes, and 97 overall, to take top honors, while Fairfield nabbed the other two first-place nods and 92 points for second. Loyola was slotted just ahead of Rider (71), while the Broncs had considerable separation over fifth-place Saint Peter’s (52), last year’s MAAC champion.

A pair of Loyola post players, senior Shane Walker and junior Erik Etherly, were recognized on the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team by the conference’s coaches. Walker led Loyola with 11.1 points per game a year ago, while Etherly topped the side with 7.6 rebounds.

What’s Next?

Loyola heads on the road for the first of six-straight games away from Reitz Arena that will keep them out of Baltimore until January 2. First up is a MAAC test at the Times-Union Center in Albany, N.Y., against Siena on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Morgan State Looking For First Win Friday at Las Vegas Invitational

Posted on 25 November 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 5
Friday, November 25 – 2 p.m. (PT)
Morgan State (0-4, 0-0 MEAC) vs. Cal Poly (2-2, 0-0 Best West)
Las Vegas, Nev. – Orleans Arena

BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 102-69/6th
Career Record: 137-131  

2011 MSU SCHEDULE & RESULTS

OFFICIAL CAL POLY WEBSITE

GAME TIME
• Morgan State Morgan State will face Big West Conference member Cal Poly in Las Vegas, Nevada at Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. (PT). Live stats will be available at GoPoly.com. This will be MSU’s first-ever meeting with the Mustangs and the game is part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. A victory pits the Bears against either Tennessee State (1-3) or Mississippi Valley State (0-3) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26; a loss sends the Bears to an 11:30 a.m. matchup against either program.

BEAR BITS
• MSU is off to an 0-4 start with a road loss at #14/15 Xavier (63-74), a home loss against Murray State (69-80) and a recent loss at UNLV (55-92) and USC (62-65). The Bears will continue its stretch of four games in six days when they face the Cal Poly Mustangs on Friday night.

• Ameer Ali led the Bears with a career-high 17 points, Kevin Thompson had 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a 65-62 loss against USC at the Galen Center.

• The Bears held a 27-21 advantage on the boards against USC and led 36-28 at halftime.

• Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gives him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.

• The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.

• The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.

• Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.

• MSU senior Kevin Thompson returns to lead the Bears this season…the 6-foot-9 forward was the 2010 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the 2011 All-District 1st Team … Thompson averaged 13.1 points per game, 9.1 rebounds and has recorded 13 double-doubles (pts & rebs) last season.

• MSU recorded several non-conference victories last year including wins over Loyola Marymount University (81-79), Maryland Baltimore County (75-62), Western Illinois (72-53), Robert Morris (67-66).

• Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.

• Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 34 straight games.

THE SERIES VS. THE MUSTANGS
• Morgan State and Cal Poly will meet for the first time on Friday.

NOTE ON THE MUSTANGS
• A victory this week will provide Cal Poly its 200th triumph at the Division I level. Cal Poly’s first win as a Division I program was a 62-59 edging of Menlo College on Jan. 11, 1995.

• Forced to sit out the 2009-10 season after transferring from Hagerstown College (Md.) and the 2010-11 season after suffering an ACL injury, senior guard Amaurys Fermin finally made his Cal Poly debut with a game-high 17-point performance during the program’s 79-52 victory against San Jose State (Nov. 12). Fermin, who started at the point and played 27 minutes, also kicked down a game-high three assists.

• Cal Poly’s 27-point margin of victory against San Jose State (Nov. 12) was the program’s largest disparity under third-year head coach Joe Callero and largest since hammering North Florida on Nov. 21, 2008, 76-42.

•  A year after finishing third among all Division I programs in opponent three-point percentage (28.7), sixth in opponent points per game (58.9) and 25th in opponent field goal percentage (40.0), the Mustangs opened the 2011-12 campaign by limiting San Jose State to a 21.4 percent mark from beyond the arc, 52 points and a 28.6 percent figure from the floor.

• Junior guard Dylan Royer leads the team in 3-pointers by shooting. 50 percent from behind the arc.

• Senior forward Davis Hanson had 17 points, 8 rebounds and an assist against UNLV. Hanson finished eight in the Big West conference last year with 455 total points and 15.2 a game. Hanson need just 104 points to become the 17thplayer in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

BEARS TO COMPETE IN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL

•  The 11th annual Las Vegas Invitational, which is scheduled for November 25th and 26th at the Orleans Arena.

•  The Invitational will feature preseason top-ranked North Carolina, UNLV, South Carolina and the University of Southern California, plus Morgan State, Cal-Poly, Mississippi Valley and Tennessee State.

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Morgan Hoops Continues West Coast Swing Tonight at USC

Posted on 22 November 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 4
Tuesday, November 22 – 7 p.m. (PT)
Morgan State (0-3, 0-0 MEAC) vs. USC (1-2, 0-0 Pac 12)
Los Angeles, Calif. – Galen Center
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 102-68/6th
Career Record: 137-30
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State will face USC in Los Angeles, California at the Galen Center on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. (PT)  The game will be televised live by FoxSports Net and will be broadcast by ESPN Radio 710 (KSPN-AM). There will also be a Gametracker at USCTrojans.com. This will be MSU’s first-ever meeting with the Trojans and will mark USC’s final home game as part of the Las Vegas Invitational.
BEAR BITS
• MSU is off to an 0-3 start with a road loss at #14/15 Xavier (63-74), a home loss against Murray State (69-80) and a recent loss at UNLV (92-55). The Bears will continue its stretch of four games in six days when they face the USC Trojans on Tuesday night.
• Ian Chiles led the Bears with a career-high 16 points (8-13), Shaquille Duncan had 11 points and  Kevin Thompson chipped in 9 points in a 92-55 loss against UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Senior forward Kevin Thompson needs just six more rebounds to reach 1,000 in his career.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 conference record.
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
MSU senior Kevin Thompson returns to lead the Bears this season…the 6-foot-9 forward was the 2010 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the 2011 All-District 1st Team … Thompson averaged 13.1 points per game, 9.1 rebounds and has recorded 13 double-doubles (pts & rebs) last season.
MSU recorded several non-conference victories last year including wins over Loyola Marymount University (81-79), Maryland Baltimore County (75-62), Western Illinois (72-53), Robert Morris (67-66).
Morgan State has lost four straight dating back to their loss against Hampton in the MEAC Championship game on March 12,2011.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 34 straight games.
THE SERIES VS. THE TROJANS
• Morgan State and USC will meet for the first time on Tuesday.
NOTE ON THE TROJANS
• David Hanson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining to lift Cal Poly to a 42-36 victory over Southern California on Saturday, snapping the Mustangs’ nine-game losing skid against Pac-12 schools. Aaron Fuller had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans (1-3), who lost their third in a row. All four of their games have been decided by seven points or less.

• USC will be playing its fifth game of seven within 16 days to start the season. Six of the seven games are potentially versus teams that finished .500 or better in the 2010-11 season.
• Five of the eight Trojans to have played significant minutes this season have already had a 10-point scoring game. Four different players have had at least 6 rebounds.
•  USC’s 2011-12 schedule features 22 of 31 games against teams which finished the 2010-11 season with a record of .500 or better. Among the nonconference highlights are games against perennial national powers Kansas, UNLV, New Mexico, Minnesota, Nebraska and a potential match-up vs. preseason No. 1 North Carolina.
BEARS TO COMPETE IN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
           
•  The 11th annual Las Vegas Invitational, which is scheduled for November 25th and 26th at the Orleans Arena.
•  The Invitational will feature preseason top-ranked North Carolina, UNLV, South Carolina and the University of Southern California, plus Morgan State, Cal-Poly, Mississippi Valley and Tennessee State.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-UFC 139: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Dan Henderson (Saturday 9pm from San Jose, CA live on Pay-Per-View), Strikeforce Antwain Britt vs. Lumumba Sayers (Friday 11pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime), Bellator Fighting Championships 58 (Saturday 7pm from Hollywood, FL live on MTV2); Soccer: Team USA @ Slovenia (Tuesday 12pm from Ljubljana, Slovenia live on ESPN2/ESPN3.com); MLS Cup: Houston Dynamo @ Los Angeles Galaxy (Sunday 9pm from Carson, CA live on ESPN); College Soccer: NCAA Tournament-Xavier/West Virginia @ Maryland (Sunday 5pm Ludwig Field); High School Soccer: MPSSAA Boys & Girls Finals (Thursday-Saturday UMBC Stadium); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Peter Manfredo (Saturday 10:30pm from Houston live on HBO); Women’s College Basketball: Towson @ Maryland (Wednesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ UMBC (Saturday 7pm RAC Arena); High School Football: MPSSAA Regional Finals-4A North Catonsville @ Poly (Friday 7pm), 3A North Aberdeen @ North Harford (Friday 7pm), 2A North Chesapeake-Baltimore County @ Edmondson (Saturday 4pm Poly HS), 1A South Surrattsville @ Dunbar (Saturday 1pm Poly HS), 1A North New Town @ Overlea (Friday 7pm CCBC-Essex), 1A East Cambridge @ Perryville (Friday 7pm); College Field Hockey: Final Four-Maryland vs. Old Dominion (Friday 4:30pm from Louisville, KY live on NCAA.com), NCAA Championship Game (Sunday 12pm from Louisville, KY live on NCAA.com); Canadian Football League Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals-Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Sunday 1pm from Winnipeg live on ESPN3.com), Western Conference Finals-Edmonton Eskimos @ BC Lions (Sunday 4:30pm from Vancouver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Hank3 (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Airborne Toxic Event (Thursday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Brett Dennen (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Robert Randolph and the Family Band (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live), Five Finger Death Punch (Monday 6:30pm Rams Head Live); Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Bob Schneider (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head On Stage); Owl City (Wednesday 5:30pm 9:30 Club), Mike Doughty and His Band Fantastic (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Kooks (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ray Davies (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Kid Rock (Wednesday 8:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), LMFAO (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Warren Haynes (Saturday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Straight No Chaser (Saturday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Drake “Take Care” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I start with Brett Dennen, whose tune “Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog)” I play regularly on “The Reality Check”-a fine radio program that airs Monday-Friday 2-6pm on AM1570 WNST.net. You should really be listening…

Then there’s Robert Randolph. Holy hell I have no idea how many times I could possibly post this video. It’s just…it’s just…it’s just amazing.

Bob Schneider’s “Honeypot” is one of the most underrated songs of 2011…

Does the Chris Robinson Brotherhood play Black Crowes songs? I’ll bring my lighter…

9. Cirque du Soleil Quidam (Thursday-Sunday Verizon Center); Russell Brand (Thursday 8pm Patriot Center); Tony Rock (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Bob Marley (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tide” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday)

Instead of Russell Brand doing stand-up in Fairfax, is there any chance we could get a concert featuring Aldous Snow and Infant Sorrow???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t6beljyjyA

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Towson Hoops Recruiting Class Receives High Praise

Posted on 09 November 2011 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class Ranked Sixth Among Non-BCS School’s

CBS Sports Ranks Tigers Amongst the Nation’s Top Recruiting Classes

TOWSON, Md. – Just hours after signing four highly-touted recruits to its 2012-13 recruiting class, first-year head coach Pat Skerry and the Towson men’s basketball program began receiving national recognition. The incoming Tiger recruiting class is ranked as the best in the Colonial Athletic Association and sixth among all non-BCS schools, according to CBS Sports.

Power forward Barrington Alston, combo guard Jerome Hairston, point guard Frank Mason and forward Timajh Parker-Rivera each inked national letters of intent Wednesday to attend Towson University and compete for the Tigers.

The complete Top 10 list is below.

Top Non-BCS 2012-13 Recruiting Classes:

1. Memphis
2. Houston
3. Xavier
4. UNLV
5. UTEP
6. Towson
7. Harvard
8. Dayton
9. Butler
10. Marshall

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Turgeon Formally Announces Maryland Staff

Posted on 20 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the Terps’ Sports Information Department…

TURGEON ANNOUNCES COACHING STAFF

Spinelli, Hill join Ranson as assistant coaches

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday that Scott Spinelli, Dalonte Hill and Bino Ranson will be the assistant coaches on his new Terrapin staff. In addition, Dustin Clark has been hired as the director of basketball operations.

“I feel good about the talent of the assistant coaches we have assembled,” said Turgeon. “They all have their own unique abilities as coaches that, as a group, will make us complete. They all have been successful recruiting this part of the country and will be a big part of the resurgence of Maryland Basketball.”

Spinelli will join Turgeon for the sixth straight season, having worked with him during each of Turgeon’s four years at Texas A&M and for one season at Wichita State. He was the Aggies’ associate head coach and helped direct the program to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Hill, a native of Washington, D.C., will join the Terrapins’ staff after six seasons at Kansas State. Long noted for his recruiting ties to the D.C. area, Hill helped a resurgence in the Wildcat basketball program that had Kansas State hit the 20-win plateau for a school-record five straight years.

Ranson will be retained as an assistant after he spent last season on the staff of retired coach Gary Williams. A native of Baltimore, Ranson has strong recruiting ties in that area and aided in the recent recruitment and retention of shooting guard Nick Faust.

Clark has been an athletics assistant for three years and, last year, moved into the role as team administrator on Turgeon’s staff with the Aggies. A graduate of Texas A&M, he has played an important role in recruiting and in the recent success of the Aggies’ basketball program.

Bios on the new staff members follow:

SCOTT SPINELLI

Hometown: Leominster, Mass.

Education: Boston University ‘89

Following five seasons on various staffs for head coach Mark Turgeon, Scott Spinelli comes to College Park to be part of the coaching staff at the University of Maryland.

“Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connection up and down the east coast,” said Turgeon. “He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind.”

Spinelli sent four seasons with Turgeon as the associate head coach at Texas A&M, and was in the same position with Turgeon at Wichita State in 2006-07.

Prior to that, he was an assistant at Nebraska for three seasons, when he helped land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes. He was the Cornhuskers’ associate head coach in 2005-06. All-Big 12 center Aleks Maric was among the players he signed at Nebraska.

From 2001-03, Spinelli was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Loyola-Chicago. He helped the Ramblers to 32 wins over two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) — the program’s most in a two-year span since the mid-1980s — including a berth in the championship game of the 2002 Horizon League Tournament.

Spinelli recruited and developed Paul McMillan, a junior-college transfer who won the Horizon League’s Newcomer of the Year Award in 2003. His first recruiting class for the Ramblers also included Terrance Whiters, who was ranked among the top 70 overall prospects in the country and among the top 20 point guards by ESPN.com.

Spinelli has been recognized by several media outlets as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches. Before joining the Ramblers, Spinelli spent one year as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, evaluating players in the Big East and Atlantic 10 conferences, along with high school players from the Northeast.

Spinelli served as an assistant coach for Cincinnati of the International Basketball League (IBL) in 1999-2000, helping the Stuff to an Eastern Conference regular-season championship.

Prior to his work in the IBL, Spinelli spent two years as associate head coach (1997-99) at American University in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for two nationally-recognized recruiting classes. Spinelli’s first collegiate coaching stop came at Wyoming in 1996-97.

He began his coaching career on the prep level in 1990 at the Milford Academy, where he spent three seasons as head coach. In 1993, Spinelli started the basketball program at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., where he produced several Division I players. The school remains one of the top prep school programs in the Northeast.

The Leominster, Mass., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1989. As a student-athlete, Spinelli initially walked on with the Terriers before earning a scholarship as a point guard under Mike Jarvis, who went on to a successful stint as head coach at St. John’s.

Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Gianna, Gabriel and Joseph.

SPINELLI CAREER

2007-11 – Associate Head Coach, Texas A&M
2006-07 – Associate Head Coach, Wichita State
2005-06 – Associate Head Coach, Nebraska
2003-05 – Assistant Coach, Nebraska
2001-03 – Assistant Coach, Loyola-Chicago
2000-01 – Scout, Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 – Assistant Coach, Cincinnati Stuff
1997-99 – Associate Head Coach, American University
1996-97 – Assistant Coach, Wyoming
1993-96 – Head Coach, Winchendon (Mass.) School
1990-93 – Head Coach, Milford (N.Y.) Academy

DALONTE HILL

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Education: Charlotte ‘01

Noted as one of the top coaches and recruiters nationally, Dalonte Hill is coming home to the Washington, D.C., area to join the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon.

“It was great to be able to bring Dalonte home,” said Turgeon. “He is a terrific recruiter and will be a great addition to our staff. His relationships on the east coast will be huge for the growth of our program.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Hill was hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State by former head coach Bob Huggins in April 2006 after three seasons at Charlotte.  He was elevated to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator just over a year later upon the promotion of Frank Martin to head coach.

Hill played a significant role in helping to revitalize the K-State program, which has tallied five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.  With his help, the Wildcats have posted 118 wins the past five seasons, including 50 in Big 12 play, and have advanced to the postseason in an unprecedented five straight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The 118 wins are the most in school history in a five-year span, shattering the previous mark of 107 wins set from 1957-62, while the 50 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 56 from 1971-76.  K-State is one of four Big 12 schools (along with Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M) in that span to total five 20-win seasons, while the Wildcats and Jayhawks are the only teams to finish in the top-4 in the Big 12 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of the past five seasons.

Hill has also played a major role in helping Kansas State land some of the country’s best recruiting classes, including the nation’s top-rated class by Scout.com and Rivals.com in 2006, which included No. 1 recruit Michael Beasley and No. 6 recruit Bill Walker.  In 2008, he helped the Wildcats pull down their second top-20 class in the past three seasons, including their fourth McDonald’s All-American (and second in last four seasons) in Wally Judge.  The four-man class was rated 17th by Scout/ESPN.com and 18th by Rivals.com.

Hill spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz.  He helped guide his alma mater to a 61-30 (.760) overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances from 2003-06, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005).  He also helped the 49ers to a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular-season title as well as runner-up finishes in C-USA in 2004-05 and the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06.

During his tenure at Charlotte, Hill helped coach two All-Americans, one C-USA Player of the Year and seven all-conference players. Two 49ers earned All-America distinction as Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers were named to SI.com’s third team and honorable mention lists in 2005.  Withers was also named to Basketball Times’ All-America third team in 2004.  A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Basden was selected as the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the national Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

Prior to joining the college ranks, Hill served two years as the head coach of the AAU’s DC Assault.

A three-year letterman at Charlotte from 1997-2000, Hill played on three postseason squads for the 49ers under head coaches Melvin Watkins and Bobby Lutz.  As a true freshman in 1997-98, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games with one start for the 49ers in helping the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 record.  As a sophomore, the 49ers captured the 1999 Conference USA Tournament title and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 23-11 record.  During the 1999-2000 season, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23 games with 11 starts in helping Charlotte earn a Postseason NIT bid with a 17-16 record.

Hill transferred to Bowie State for his senior season where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 19-9 record.  He returned to Charlotte following the season to complete his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2001.

Hill and his wife, Tish, have three daughters: Danae, Dakotah and Daeja.

HILL CAREER

2007-11 – Associate Head Coach, Kansas State
2006-07 – Assistant Coach, Kansas State
2003-06 – Assistant Coach, Charlotte
2001-03 – Head Coach D.C. Assault (AAU)

ORLANDO “BINO” RANSON

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Education: Southern New Hampshire ‘99

Orlando “Bino” Ranson was hired as an assistant coach at Maryland in the summer of 2010, and the halls of Comcast Center immediately lit up with energy. He has been retained on the staff by new head coach Mark Turgeon.

“Bino is a young man I have known for a long time, and I have watched him grow as a coach,” said Turgeon. “He is a grinder when it comes to recruiting and he has many connections all over the east coast.”

Ranson has strong ties to the Baltimore-Washington area, having coached for two seasons at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He came to Maryland after one season as an assistant at Xavier, during which the Musketeers went 26-9 and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In his lone season on the staff of Maryland head coach Gary Williams in 2010-11, the Terrapins went 19-14.

Ranson said he’s followed the Maryland program for a long time and is familiar with its national reputation and rich history. He spent two years as an administrative assistant at Loyola University on the staff of long-time Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos.

Prior to Xavier, Ranson was an assistant coach at James Madison for one season, helping the Dukes to a 21-15 mark, the most wins by JMU in a season since 1992-93. The Dukes advanced in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 2003 and their berth in the College Insiders.com Tournament marked their first postseason appearance since 1994.

Ranson also worked for Matt Brady at Marist University for three seasons. The Red Foxes were 62-33 in those three seasons and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season in 2007. That season, Marist won at Oklahoma State in the Postseason NIT.

Considered an outstanding recruiter, he helped bring in excellent classes at James Madison, Marist and Xavier. Ranson helped land Jay Gavin at Marist, who went on to become the MAAC Rookie of the Year.

Ranson coached at St. Frances Academy for two seasons before joining the Loyola staff. He handled St. Frances’ junior-varsity program, directing the 2003-04 team to a 24-5 record, titles in the MIAA and the Baltimore Catholic League. He also founded Team Baltimore, one of the top AAU programs in the Northeast.

Among the players Ranson worked with at the AAU level are Sean Mosley and Juan Dixon of Maryland, Ricky Harris of Massachusetts, Jermaine Dixon of Pittsburgh and Donte Greene of Syracuse.

A 1999 graduate of Southern New Hampshire with a B.S. in sports management, Ranson completed his collegiate career as one of the top players in the history of the school. He ranked seventh in career scoring (1,899 points), fifth in assists (598) and fourth in 3-point field goals (226) after lettering for four seasons. He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in January 2007.

Ranson and his wife, Shannon, have two sons: Orlando and Bradshaw.

RANSON CAREER

2010-11 – Assistant Coach, Maryland
2009-10 – Assistant Coach, Xavier
2008-09 – Assistant Coach, James Madison
2004-05 to 2006-07 – Assistant Coach, Marist
2003-04 & 2004-05 – Administrative Assistant, Loyola, Md.
2001-02 to 2002-03 – Coach, St. Francis Academy

DUSTIN CLARK

Hometown: Waxahachie, Texas

Education: Texas A&M ‘07

Dustin Clark comes to the Maryland men’s basketball program as the director of basketball operations on the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon. In that role, Clark will be in charge of the administrative duties in the men’s basketball office, including scheduling, operations and travel.

“Dustin is one of the bright young coaches in this business,” said Turgeon. “He has tremendous passion for his job and will build great relationships with our current players. His understanding and experience of how I want the office and program to run is big in our transition.”

Clark spent five seasons with the Texas A&M basketball program. After serving as an athletics assistant for three years, he was the team administrator in the 2010-11 season. During his five seasons, the Aggies won 124 games, produced three NBA draft picks and had Turgeon earn back-to-back Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.

His duties included on-campus recruiting, coordination of recruiting correspondence, academic quality control and student-athlete affairs. Clark was the director of the Mark Turgeon Basketball Camp, as well as a coordinator for the Texas A&M Elite and Junior Elite camps. He has played a key role in helping the Aggies land multiple nationally ranked recruiting classes.

In 2008, the Aggies won the Preseason NIT and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the closing seconds to top-seeded UCLA. A&M closed the next regular season on a six-game winning streak and again reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2010, Texas A&M reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite playing the second-toughest schedule in the nation. A year ago, the Aggies exploded to a 16-1 start, the best at the school in 91 years and earned its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.

A native of Waxahachie, Texas, Clark received his degree from Texas A&M in 2007. Clark graduated from Avalon High School, where he was a four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball.

CLARK CAREER

2010-11 – Team Administrator, Texas A&M
2007-10 – Athletic Assistant, Texas A&M
2006-07 – Student Assistant, Texas A&M

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Stevenson Falls Short in Late Night Lax Action Wednesday

Posted on 24 March 2011 by WNST Staff

A wild night at Unitas Stadium in Towson, here’s the official recap courtesy of the Stevenson information department…

Barthelme Scores Four, No. 2 Stevenson Falls to No. 1 Tufts at Towson, 14-13

TOWSON, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) scored a season-high five points, but a late rally by the No. 2-ranked Mustangs that cut their deficit to one with just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter came up just short as No. 1 Tufts held on for a 14-13 victory Wednesday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Stevenson (8-1) suffered its first regular season loss since Apr. 3, 2010, snapping a 13-game winning streak, and its first in four games at Towson.

The Mustangs cut the lead to one on two separate occassions in the final eight minutes, with Barthelme’s fourth goal cutting the lead to 13-12 with 8:34 remaining and an assist by Barthelme to freshman Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) pulling them to 14-13 with 2:34 left.

Following Reid’s second goal of the game and 16th of the season, senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) won his 19th face-off of the night, give Stevenson a chance to tie the game for the first time since it was 6-6 with 1:28 to play in the second quarter.

However, all three of the Mustangs’ shots in the final two minutes were turned away, including two that were saved by Steven Foglietta, before the Jumbos were able to clear the ball with 1:14 remaining and ride out the rest of the clock after two Stevenson penalties in the final 55 seconds.

Foglietta finished with 24 saves as the Mustangs out-shot the defending national champions, 76-35, including 41-13 in the second half.

Stevenson was able to force 23 turnovers, including seven in the fourth quarter and four from senior Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter), but could not overcome key turnovers and the play of Foglietta.

Trailing 6-5 late in the second quarter, Tufts (4-0) used a 5-0 run to erase a 6-5 deficit and take a 10-6 lead that it would not relinquish. Three of the goals during the run came in the final 1:28 of the first half and four came from Sean Kirwan and D.J. Kessler.

Wednesday’s game was the third No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up for Stevenson in the last two seasons with the Mustangs being the No. 2-ranked team twice. The team is 0-3 in those contests.

Senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) finished with four points on one goal and three assists and now has 263 for his career, moving past Eric Schmith as the school’s all-time scoring leader.

Kevin McCormick had six points on three goals and three assists while Kirwan had four goals and Hessler added three goals and one assist.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday with a non-conference contest versus Scranton at Caves Athletics Complex. The game will be broadcast live on ABC 2 in Baltimore and online at ESPN3.com. Game time is at noon.

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Wednesday Lacrosse Action: Loyola Falls to Denver, Stevenson Tops Roanoke

Posted on 16 March 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps, courtesy of the Loyola and Stevenson Sports Information Departments…

#19 Denver Uses 6-0 Run In Win Over #17 Loyola

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland’s Patrick Fanshaw scored an extra-man goal 47 seconds in the second half to tie the game at 6-6, but No. 19 Denver University scored six unanswered goals and the Pioneers defeated the 17th-ranked Greyhounds, 12-8, on Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex in ECAC Lacrosse League action.

Denver (4-2 overall, 1-0 ECAC) was whistled for an unnecessary roughness penalty nine seconds in to the second half, as Brendan DeBlois checked Loyola face-off specialist John Schiavone in front of the crease, and the Greyhounds went on the extra-man.

Chris Basler found Fanshaw camped in front of the goal, and the sophomore scored to even the game at 6-6.

Neither the Greyhounds (3-2, 1-1), nor Denver scored for nearly eight minutes, however, until Alex Demopoulos tallied a goal for the Pioneers with 6:30 left in the third quarter.

Just six seconds later Mark Matthews scored in an unsettled situation, and the Pioneers were on the run.

Mike Sawyer led all players with four goals for the Greyhounds. He now has scored 14 in his last three games. Josh Hawkins had a career-high nine ground balls.

No. 2 Stevenson Runs Away From No. 9 Roanoke on the Road, 16-6

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Led by six points from senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) and four each from seniors Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) and Sean Calabrese (Rockville/DeMatha), the No. 2-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team outscored No. 9 Roanoke 12-3 over the final three quarters en route to a 16-6 victory Wednesday at Kerr Stadium.

The win was the third in the last two seasons for the Mustangs (7-0) against the Maroons and the first in two all-time meetings on the road in Salem, Virginia. The only other meeting between the two in Salem came back in 2001 with Roanoke prevailing, 10-7.

With two goals and four assists, Dailey now has 256 points for his career, just three shy of the school record set by Eric Schmith who had 122 goals and 137 assists from 1996-99.

Roanoke (4-2) jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the game’s first four minutes on goals by Trey Kelley and Reid Mayberry and led 3-2 on a goal by Mike Hayden with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter.

Dailey scored at 2:26 to tie the game at 3-3 before assisting sophomore Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) with only three seconds left to give Stevenson a 4-3 lead after one. The goals were the first two in a streak of eight consecutive as the Mustangs built a 10-3 lead midway through the third quarter.

Dailey had a goal and two assists during the run while Reid scored twice and Calabrese added a goal and an assist. Calabrese’s four points were one shy of his career-high.

Leading by seven with 11:16 to play in the fourth quarter, Ford scored three-straight goals in a span of 2:22 to push the lead to 10 before assisting on Dailey’s final tally with 4:03 remaining to provide the final margin.

Ford finished with three goals and one assist and now has 253 career points, three behind Dailey and six behind Schmith. He also increased his school record for goals to 173, 43 ahead of Dailey.

Reid, seniors Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) and freshman Tony Rossi (Towson/Calvert Hall) each scored twice for the Mustangs.

Junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made a career-high 17 saves to lead the defense with senior Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) totaling five caused turnovers and four ground balls. Senior Kyle Menendez (Cockeysville/St. Paul’s) had three caused turnovers.

Trey Keeley had two goals to lead the Maroons who had an eight-game home win streak snapped with their worst home loss since 2004. Noah Gibby had two assists and Mike Hardon and Charles Pease combined for 17 saves.

Stevenson will face its third consecutive top-10 opponent on Saturday when it welcomes No. 4 SUNY Cortland to Caves Athletics Complex beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Mustangs won the only previous meeting between the two teams back on Feb. 24, 2007 at Caves Athletics Complex, 10-9. The win over the third-ranked Red Dragons marked the first against a ranked opponent in school history.

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Loyola, Hopkins, Maryland, Stevenson Victorious in Week 2 of College Lacrosse Season

Posted on 27 February 2011 by WNST Staff

Saturday’s college lacrosse action was highlighted by a Loyola win over Towson in a low-scoring affair, a historic beatdown of Georgetown handed down by Maryland and different results for Johns Hopkins and UMBC in their respective home openers. Here’s a rundown of Saturday’s local college lacrosse action, with results taken from official press releases…

Langan Scores Game-Winner Versus Towson In Defensive Affair

TOWSON, Md. – Matt Langan curled around the crease and scored his second goal of the game with 3:41 left in regulation, as Loyola University Maryland defeated host Towson University, 3-2, in non-conference action at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Goalkeeper Jake Hagelin and the 15th-ranked Greyhounds’ defense held Towson to just 21 shots and eight on goal. Hagelin made six saves and tied for team-high honors with five ground balls.

Towson (0-2 overall) took a 2-1 lead with 10:06 left in the third quarter when Alec Jernstedt, a long-stick midfielder, scored in transition off a Peter Mezzanotte pass.

The Tigers continued to hold Loyola (2-0) without a goal for the next 19:23 until Davis Butts rushed toward the face of the goal and shot a pass to Mike Sawyer who was stationed 12 yards outside at the top of the left alley.

Sawyer ripped a shot past Towson goalkeeper Travis Love to tie the score at 2-2 with 5:43 remaining in regulation.

Loyola won the ensuing faceoff, as Scott Ratliff reached to pick up a ground ball that faceoff specialist John Schiavone pushed toward the Greyhounds’ defensive end.

Towson, however, regained possession when Stephen Murray’s shot went just outside the near pipe, and Love picked up the ground ball.

The Greyhounds forced a turnover on the Tigers’ clearing attempt. Mike Sawyer came from behind to strip Mezzanotte of possession, and the ball rolled out of bounds in Loyola’s favor.

After a media timeout, Love made a save on a Sawyer shot with 3:51 to go, but 10 seconds later, Langan wrapped around the backside of the crease and delivered a low shot from right to left into the bottom corner of the goal.

“We were in an inverted offensive set there, and Chris Basler had a short-stick defender on him,” Langan said. “He kind of got away from him, and I was able to sneak in past them. I dropped my hands and got my stick around the near side.”

Schiavone scored another win on the ensuing faceoff, pushing the ball to Josh Hawkins, and Loyola ran nearly 90 seconds off the clock before calling a timeout with 2:14 to play. Head Coach Charley Toomey called another timeout for the Greyhounds with 1:31 to go, but Towson, using a seven-man ride, forced a turnover with 1:11 left on the clock.

“I looked at (Hagelin) and the defense (during the second timeout), and I said, `one more stop, and we go home (with a win),’” Toomey said. “It is good to know that we can score in 6-on-6 (offense), and that if it is a slow game, we can gut it out with our athleticism.”

Loyola forced the Tigers to use almost 30 seconds of clock to clear the ball to their offensive zone, and Ratliff then caused a Carl Iacona turnover.

The Greyhounds, however, were unable to clear the ball, and Towson had possession after a timeout with 10 ticks remaining. Matt Hughes attempted a shot from the top with four seconds left, but it was blocked away by a Loyola defender, and the Greyhounds came away with the victory.

Loyola won the battle of the ground balls, picking up 27 to the Tigers’ 17, and Schiavone won 6-of-9 restarts. Hagelin and Hawkins led Loyola with four ground balls each, while Ratliff had four and Sawyer picked up three.

The teams played to a scoreless draw after the first quarter despite 14 combined shots. It remained that way in the second period, although Loyola appeared to have broken through. Pat Byrnes bounced a shot past Love, but he was called for being in the crease with 9:50 to go before halftime. Towson, however, had committed a pushing penalty, and the Greyhounds went on extra-man for the second time in the half.

The game was the lowest scoring contest for the Greyhounds since they defeated Ohio State by the same score on March 23, 1962.

Loyola is back in action at Ridley Athletic Complex next Saturday when it hosts Bellarmine University at 1 o’clock in ECAC Lacrosse League action.

Blue Jays Move to 3-0 with 16-6 Win Against Siena

BALTIMORE, MD – Ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins got three goals and two assists from both senior attackman Chris Boland and sophomore midfielder John Greeley and nine different players scored for the Blue Jays in a 16-6 win over Siena at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. JHU improves to 3-0 with the win, while the Saints slip to 1-2.

JHU got off to another quick start as the Blue Jays scored on their first shot of the game for the third time in as many games this season. Freshman Rob Guida needed just 36 seconds to stake the Blue Jays to an early 1-0 lead as he made a nice cut down the ally and scored from in tight off nifty feed from Boland. Siena tied the game 30 seconds later when Colin Clive scored an extra-man goal off a feed from Chris Roth, but the Blue Jays scored the next four goals and the Saints were never closer than three the rest of the way.

Boland notched a natural hat trick as he scored the final three goals of the first quarter for the Blue Jays, including back-to-back markers in a 61-second span late in the quarter to make it 4-1 at the end of the first period.

Guida’s linemates, John Ranagan and Greeley, got into the scoring act in the second quarter as they wrapped goals around a Bryan Neufeld tally for Siena in the back half of the quarter and sophomore Zach Palmer made it 7-2 at the half with some nifty work in traffic late in the period.

Any hopes for a Siena comeback were dashed in the first seven minutes of the third quarter as the Blue Jays scored five times and allowed just a Neufeld goal during that spree to push the lead out to 12-4.

Sophomore Chase Winter opened the run with his first career goal just 2:21 into the period, while Greeley scored twice and Matt Dolente and Eric Ruhl also scored before the quarter was seven minutes old. Neufeld’s goal, like his first of the game, came in an unsettled situation after a Blue Jay turnover.

Hopkins outscored the Saints 4-3 over the final 23:30 of the game to account for the 16 goals for JHU, while Dan Lawson, Danny Martinsen and Bryan Renneisen all scored during that time for the Saints.

Greeley’s three goals and five points are both career highs, while Boland’s three goals and five points are both season highs. The Blue Jays got five goals and five assists from the starting attack unit of Boland, Palmer and senior Kyle Wharton and seven goals and two assists from the first midfield of Greeley, Ranagan and Guida.

Neufeld extended his nation-leading scoring streak to 38 games with the two goals and one assists, while Martinsen matched his Neufeld’s point total with the one goal and two assists.

Pierce Bassett made 12 saves in goal for Johns Hopkins, which held advantages in shots (48-24), ground balls (37-19) and faceoffs (16-8). The Blue Jay defense held Siena scoreless for a stretch of 22:52 after Clive’s goal – that’s the fifth time in three games JHU has held the opposition scoreless for stretch of 14 minutes or longer.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 5 when the Blue Jays welcome Princeton to Homewood Field.

Notes: 12 of JHU’s 16 goals were scored by freshmen and sophomores • One game after scoring eight goals in the third quarter against Delaware, JHU scored six in the third period of today’s win against Siena • JHU has outscored its three opponents 18-4 in the third quarter this season • JHU has held its last five regular season opponents to six goals or less.

Siena (1-2) 1-1-2-2/6
#9 Johns Hopkins (3-0) 4-3-6-3/16

Goals: S: Neufeld-2, Martinsen, Clive, Lawson, Renneisen. J: Greeley-3, Boland-3, Ranagan-2, Guida-2, Palmer-2, Winter, Dolente, Ruhl, Sanders. Assists: S: Martinsen-2, DeBellis, Neufeld, Roth J: Wharton-3, Boland-2, Greeley-2, Rodgers. Saves: S: Morr-6, Kelly-7, Sharp-1. J: Bassett-12, Burke-0, Schneider-1. Shots: S-22. J-48. EMO: S: 1-for-4. J: 2-for-6. Attendance: 1,460.

Beltway Blowout: Terps Throttle Hoyas

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Grant Catalino scored five goals and added an assist to lead the No. 3 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 20-8 victory over No. 14 Georgetown in the annual “Battle of the Beltway” Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The Terps (2-0) held a 6-4 lead at halftime, but outscored Georgetown (1-1) 7-3 in the third quarter to blow the game open.

Junior Drew Snider, who finished the game with his first career hat trick, got things rolling for Maryland less than three minutes into the third with his second goal of the game. Senior Ryan Young, who ended up with two goals and three assists, slipped a nice pass to Snider in the crease and Snider finished with a quick shot inside the far post to give Maryland a 7-4 lead.

The Terps appeared to go up 8-4 less than a minute after Snider’s goal, but an unassisted goal by Catalino was taken off the board due to a Maryland penalty. The Hoyas wasted no time capitalizing on the extra-man opportunity as Max Seligmann scored his second of the game to make it a two-goal game again.

Maryland responded off the ensuing face-off with Catalino’s second goal of the game to take it back to a three-goal Terrapin lead at 8-5 at the 10:18 mark. The frenetic play continued with the Hoyas striking back less than two minutes later on a goal by Brian Casey.

But that was as close as the Hoyas would get for the rest of the game.

The Terps scored four goals in three minutes to extend their lead to six goals at 12-6 with 7:07 left in the third.

Sophomore Curtis Holmes was the catalyst for Maryland all day and he cleanly won the face-off after Casey’s goal and pushed the ball up the field and found Catalino waiting on the left wing. Catalino then ripped a shot past Hoya goalie Jack Davis to make it a 9-6 game.

A Joe Cummings goal off an assist from Young at 8:38 pushed the Maryland lead to 10-6.

Catalino scored again from the left wing at 7:17, ripping another shot inside the far upper corner to give the Terps a five-goal lead. Sophomore John Haus picked up his first of two assists on the score.

The 4-0 run was fittingly capped off by Holmes, who won another face-off. He quickly advanced the ball and found senior Brian Farrell barreling down the right side of the field. Farrell took the pass and laced a shot past Davis to make it 12-6 Maryland.

A David Shriver goal stopped the bleeding for the Hoyas at the 6:16 mark of the third, but the Terps put the game completely out of reach by scoring the next eight to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time since 2005.

Great ball movement by the entire offense ended up with Cummings finishing off an easy shot on the Hoya crease with 5:02 left in the third to begin the scoring deluge.

Sophomore Owen Blye, who finished with a career-high four points, opened the scoring in the fourth with an easy wrap-around goal from behind the right side of the cage at the 14:07 mark.

Haus picked up his first goal of the season with 13:25 left in the fourth, finishing a great athletic play. Haus beat his defender with a great dodge from the left side of the goal and got off a diving shot near the crease just before the slide came.

Catalino’s fifth of the game made it 16-7 and also gave sophomore Kevin Cooper his second assist of the day.

Two goals by Young were sandwiched around Snider’s third of the game to make it 19-7 with 5:52 remaining.

Maryland’s 20th and final goal was the first collegiate goal by freshman Brendan Saylor. The native of Fairport, N.Y., received a great skip pass from redshirt junior Bob Kercher, who picked up his first career assist on the play, and finished from the left alley, beating Hoya back-up goalie CT Fisher.

Georgetown’s C-Jay Engelke scored his first career goal to close things out with 1:04 remaining.

As explosive as the Maryland offense was, the key to the victory was the play of Holmes at the face-off X. The native of Marriottsville, Md., won 20 of 31 face-offs and had a game-high eight groundballs. His 20 face-off wins marks the first time a Terp has won 20 or more draws since 1991 when Andy Claxton had 27 wins vs. Towson. Holmes was also a factor offensively, scoring his first career goal (which tied the game at 3-3 midway through the second quarter) and added his first two career assists.

The Terrapin defense turned in another terrific performance vs. the Hoyas, which scored 15 goals in its season debut win at Jacksonville. Redshirt freshman Niko Amato finished the game with eight saves, while allowing just seven goals, in 54:08 of work.

Another big factor in the game was groundballs and the Terps came up big there too, winning the groundball battle 49-30. Senior Brett Schmidt had five groundballs to go along with three caused turnovers, while Farrell, Jake Bernhardt, Ryder Bohlander, Scott LaRue and Michael Shakespeare each chipped in with three GBs. Sophomore Jesse Bernhardt tied with Schmidt with a team-high three caused turnovers.

Maryland hits the road for the first time in 2011 when it heads to Durham, N.C., for an ACC showdown on Saturday, March 5. The Terps and the Blue Devils are set for a 3 p.m. start at Koskinen Stadium. The game is slated to be shown live on ESPN3.com.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 20-8 win Maryland is now 9-2 all-time vs. Georgetown.
• The last time the Terps scored 20 or more goals in a game was May 7, 2005 in a 21-6 win over Penn.
• With six points on five goals and an assist, senior Grant Catalino now has 11 hat tricks, 39 multi-point and 31 multi-goal for his career.
• Catalino’s five goals give him 95 for his career and moves him into 13th place on Maryland’s all-time goal-scoring list. He passed Bob Boniello (1977-80) and Andrew Whipple (1995-98), who each had 93 during their Terrapin careers.
• Catalino’s six points also moved him into a tie with Scott Hochstadt (1996-99) and John Lamon (1976-79) for 18th place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• With five points on two goals and three assist, senior Ryan Young now had 38 multi-point, 18 multi-goal and 22 multi-assist games for his career.
• Young’s five points move him into a tie with Alan Lowe (1965-67) for 26th place on the Terps’ all-time points list.
• With two points of two goals, junior Joe Cummings now has 14 multi-point and eight multi-goal games for his career.
• Senior long pole Brian Farrell had a goal and an assist to record his fifth career multi-point game.
• Junior Drew Snider tallied his first career hat trick and now has five multi-point and four multi-goal games for his career.
• Sophomore Owen Blye set a career high with four points on a career-best two goals and two assists for his second career multi-point and multi-assist game.
• Sophomore John Haus had two assist, marking his second career game with multiple assists. Haus leads the team with six assists after totaling just two during his entire freshman season.
• Sophomore Curtis Holmes won 20 of 31 face-offs to set career highs in both face-offs won and taken. Holmes is the first Terp to have 20 or more face-off wins in a game since Andy Claxton had 27 vs. Towson on March 18, 1991.
• The Terps held Georgetown scoreless for 20:12 from 6:16 of the third quarter to 1:04 of the fourth, marking the second time this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20 or more minutes.
• Maryland finished with 35 points on 20 goals and 15 assists, marking the second time this season that the Terps have hit the 30-point mark. Maryland finished with 30 points on 16 goals and 14 assists in its season-opening win over Detroit Mercy.

Rutgers Downs UMBC, 12-5

BALTIMORE—Visiting Rutgers outscored five consecutive first half goals and the Scarlet Knights improved to 3-0 by defeating UMBC (1-1), 12-5, in the home opener for the Retrievers.

Junior attackman Kevin Hover led the RU attack with three goals, while junior midfielder Will Mangan added two goals and one assist.

Five different players scored for the Retrievers, but UMBC managed to put only nine of 26 shots on goal.

UMBC junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) equalized Rutgers’ Michael Diehl’s opening goal to knot the game at 1-1 at the 3:51 mark of the first quarter. But Hover scored with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter and gave the visitors the lead for good.

The Scarlet Knights took advantage of back-to-back man-up situations to grow the lead to 4-1 midway through the second quarter. Mangan scored at the 9:32 mark, and Diehl posted his second goal of the game 70 seconds later.

Rutgers lead, 6-1, at halftime, but UMBC managed to exchange the first six goals of the half with the visitors and sophomore Scott Hopmann’s (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) tally at the 9:26 mark of the fourth quarter brought the Retrievers to within 9-4.

UMBC created a turnover while doubling the ball on Rutgers’ ensuing possession, but promptly committed a give-away of its own. The Knights would take advantage of the Retrievers’ gambling defensive strategy as they scored three times in a span of 1:38 to take command at 12-4 with 4:36 remaining.

Rutgers outshot UMBC, 30-26, and the Retrievers committed 24 turnovers. RU sophomore netminder Joseph Donnelly made four saves to record the win. UMBC junior Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) took the loss, allowing six goals and making two saves in the first half. Sophomore Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) allowed six second half goals and made four stops.

The Retrievers won the first five draws of the game, but Rutgers would capture 13 of the final 16 and dominated time of possession over the final 45 minutes.

In addition to Grimm and Hopmann, sophomore midfielder Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), freshman attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and sophomore midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./South River) tallied for UMBC.

Rutgers’ win even the series at 7-7.

UMBC travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, March 5.

Four Hat Tricks Highlights 19-5 Win Over Kean for No. 3 Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Four different players had at least three goals for the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team, including three from senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) who made his first appearance of the season, as the No. 3 Mustangs rolled to its third-straight win, 19-5 over Kean Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

Stevenson (3-0) scored the game’s first six goals, five of which involved senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) who totaled three goals and two assists, before the Cougars tallied three-straigth over the final five minutes of the first half to cut their deficit to three at the half, 6-3.

The Mustangs maintained their three-goal advantage after both teams exchanged man-up goals to start the second half, but they quickly put the game out of reach by scoring 11 consecutive to take an 18-4 advantage with just 3:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Ford totaled all four of his points on three goals and one assist during the run, including back-to-back tallies just 23 seconds apart to end the third quarter.

Dailey finished with nine points, one shy of his career-high, with four goals and five assists, two shy of his school record while senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) totaled a career-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) also scored three times for Stevenson.

A total of 13 players had at least one point for the Mustangs, including eight different goal scorers. Sophomore Mike Richardson (Arnold/St. Mary’s) and freshman C.J. Ugalde (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) each picked up their first career goals while sophomore Danny Schanne (Dayton/River Hill) totaled his first career points with two assists.

Junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had seven saves as he won his fifth-straight career start.

Tom Clifford led the Cougars (1-1) with three points on a goal and two assists while Nick Angrisani had two goals. Lane Zierten finished with 18 saves.

Stevenson returns to action next Wednesday, March 2 when it hosts a CAC contest with Hood beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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Not JUST a Cheap Shot-But a Low Blow AND a Fact

Posted on 09 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

I will be enjoying my first day off in some time today; as I will be headed up to HersheyPark with some family during the day, then on to see Dave Matthews Band with friends tonight. Some might say I don’t deserve it, but to you I say…yeah…yeah, you’re probably right.

If you missed out “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” segment yesterday, I responded to the fact that some in town (including 105.7 and the Baltimore Sun) were about 4 days late in getting to the “Ed Reed wants a new contract” story that we found out about during an interview with Ed last Friday with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. (Which you can of course hear in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net.)

As I pointed out yesterday, it really doesn’t bother me if others in town give us credit when we have something first-whether it’s an interview, story, or anything else. I understand the way things work in Baltimore. There are partnerships-The Orioles have partnered with the Sun, MASN, WJZ 13 and 105.7. The Ravens have partnered with the Sun, MASN, WBAL Radio/WBAL 11 and 98 Rock. Therefore, those folks need to give each other backrubs. That doesn’t bother me, it really doesn’t.

Instead, it reminded me that maybe some folks TRULY believed that by listening to other folks in town, they would be the first to get info or hear interviews. That’s simply not the case. If you want to hear from a sports newsmaker in Charm City, WNST IS the place to turn. Consider just these things from the Spring and Summer of 2010…

-WNST.net was the first media source to talk to new Ravens WR Anquan Boldin. We posted comments from Anquan via the website and Twitter (follow us @WNST) less than 15 minutes after the Ravens acquired him from the Arizona Cardinals; and before even BaltimoreRavens.com had posted comments from the receiver. Boldin appeared with us on WNST for a live interview after being introduced in Owings Mills.

-WNST was also the first media outlet to talk to DT Cory Redding after he was acquired by the Ravens. Redding, Shayne Graham, Ken Hamlin and now even Walt Harris (who appeared with Drew Forrester Friday morning on AM1570) have all since did their first Baltimore interviews with us on WNST. Dwan Edwards did his first interview after leaving Baltimore for the Buffalo Bills with us as well.

-While WBAL’s partnership with the Ravens allowed them to speak to certain members of the Ravens 2010 Draft class before anyone else; WNST was the first station in town to speak to ALL members of the Ravens draft class-Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta, David Reed, Arthur Jones and Ramon Harewood. We also spoke live on-air with the undrafted free agents who have the best shot at making the roster out of Training Camp-CB Prince Miller and FB Mike McLaughlin.

-Did I mention the Ed Reed thing?

-It isn’t just that we’re first with the Ravens though. Following Selection Sunday, WNST was the first to talk live with Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes and Todd Bozeman, as well as Maryland’s Eric Hayes and Gary Williams. In fact, all 4 made live radio appearances on WNST within 13 hours of the Selection Sunday announcement.

-Since then, WNST was the first place to hear from Hayes, Landon Milbourne and Greivis Vasquez as those Terps prepared for the NBA Draft.

-Before that, WNST was the first place to hear from football Terrapins like Nolan Carroll, Chris Turner, Terrell Skinner and Bruce Campbell as they prepared for the NFL Draft.

-Also, WNST has been the first station to talk to Debbie Yow after she departed College Park for NC State, as well as Maryland interim Athletic Director Randy Eaton. We were also the first station to talk to new Maryland lacrosse coach John Tillman, new Loyola AD Jim Paquette and Towson interim Athletic Director Ted Zaleski Jr. After breaking the news that Xavier assistant Bino Ranson would be leaving Cincinnati for Maryland, WNST was also the first media outlet in town to talk to him.

-There’s more than that. After winning the Kentucky Derby and while looking towards the Preakness, both Calvin Borel and Todd Pletcher did their first Baltimore interviews with WNST. After winning the Belmont Stakes, both winning jockey Mike Smith and first time Triple Crown race-winning trainer Bill Mott did their first Baltimore interviews with WNST.

There’s more, but we’ll leave it at that for now. None of these were locker room sessions, press conferences, or a case where one of our hosts stuck a mic in someone’s face and got a comment. These were all LIVE radio interviews, and they were the first interviews done in town by important newsmakers in Baltimore sports.

Clearly, the Baltimore Orioles are missing from the list. That being said, the Baltimore Orioles have been missing from the field for the better part of the season as well. I could point out that WNST was the first to talk to Frederick Keys pitcher Nathan Moreau after he threw a no-hitter, but I’m not sure that would matter much. The relationship between the O’s and WNST is well-documented, and I’m not interested in re-igniting that fire here.

The reason I wrote this isn’t to “trash” other media outlets in town. I think a lot of folks in town do a really good job. I would know, as I have checked out the archives of every outlet on a daily basis to make sure that I wasn’t lying about any interview I claimed WNST had “first.” In fact, I’d encourage you to check out our own Audio Vault at WNST.net, and then check out the archives of other outlets in town (105.7, 1370, 1090) to confirm for yourself. Of course, you’ll learn exactly what I wrote above.

The reason I wrote this is to remind you that the BEST place to go to hear from sports newsmakers in Baltimore is AM1570 WNST and WNST.net.

Some other outlets like to tell you that they’re the “Sports Leader.” I’ll just encourage you to check our work.

A lot of folks in town do a great job of talking to folks ABOUT the news. But there is one CLEAR choice when it comes to hearing from the folks who are MAKING news.

It’s all there.

-G

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