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Amato, Chanenchuk lead Maryland past Yale

Posted on 20 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior goalie Niko Amato recorded a career high 24 saves and juniorMike Chanenchuk scored the game-winner with 13 seconds left in the game to give the No. 4 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team an 8-7 victory over No. 18 Yale Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,052.

Amato’s 24 saves were the most by a Maryland goalie since Harry Alford had 25 stops vs. Georgetown in the season opener on February 26, 2005. Senior Owen Blye and Chanenchuk led the Maryland scoring with three goals apiece.

Maryland improves to 9-2 on the season, while Yale, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped, falls to 8-4 with the loss.

Chanenchuk started off the scoring at 9:58 in the first quarter, scoring an unassisted goal from the left wing off of a roll back to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.

Yale answered back at 8:06 when John-William McGovern scored to tie things up at one.

Maryland closed out the scoring in the first quarter when senior Kevin Cooper found a cutting Blye on the crease for the one-time finish to give the Terps a 2-1 advantage.

Maryland opened the second quarter on extra-man after Yale was penalized for an illegal stick. Blye found the net twice during the ensuing extra-man opportunity to extend the lead to 4-1. Blye’s first goal came at 14:18 off of a feed from Chanenchuk. He answered just five seconds later after sophomore Charlie Raffa won the faceoff. Senior Jesse Bernhardtpushed the tempo and found Blye in transition.

Yale’s Colin Flaherty cut the lead to 4-2 at 12:28 with an unassisted goal, but Maryland sophomore Joe Locasio made it a three-goal game with 6:40 to play in the half on an unassisted goal off a dodge down the right alley.

Yale finished out the scoring in the first half at 5:56 when Conrad Oberbeck scored to cut the lead to 5-3 heading into the break.

The Bulldogs opened the second with two straight goals to tie things up at five. The first came at 14:44 when Brandon Mangan scored a man-up goal. Just over a minute later Ryan McCarthy scored his fourth goal of the year to knot things.

Maryland responded at the 12:27 mark of the third when Chanenchuk finished a shot down low off of a feed by Blye to retake the lead, 6-5.

Yale tied the game at 6-6 with 9:46 to play in the third on a goal by Flaherty.

The Bulldogs appeared to have taken its first lead of the game at the 4:15 mark, but McGovern’s goal was taken off the board due to an apparent crease violation on a Yale player away from the shot.

The Bulldogs did get their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter when Mangan scoring his second goal of the game, but that would be the last goal the Bulldogs would be able to get past Amato.

Maryland answered with two goals of its own over the final 4:36, while holding Yale scoreless for the final 12:06.

The tying goal came when Cooper found sophomore Jay Carlson on the left wing and Carlson finished past Yale goalie Eric Natale with 4:36 remaining in the game.

Yale had the ball for nearly three minutes at the end of the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal. Amato made his 23rd save of the game to give the Terps the ball with 51 seconds remaining.

A holding penalty on Yale’s Kirby Zdrill with 25 seconds left in the game gave the Terps a golden opportunity and Maryland didn’t let it go to waste. The game-winning goal came on the extra-man chance when Blye moved the ball to senior Billy Gribbon on the right wing and he found Chanenchuk on the right alley for the goal.

The game wasn’t finished yet though. Yale’s Dylan Levings, who won 11-of-17 faceoffs for the game, won the ensuing faceoff, but Amato made his biggest save of the game with just three seconds remaining, denying Yale’s Harry Kucharczyk with a kick save to preserve the victory.

Maryland’s man-down defense was exemplary in the win, limiting Yale to just one goal on seven extra-man opportunities and that goal was on a 6-on-4 chance to start the second quarter.

Jesse Bernhardt led the Terps with four groundballs and also had one caused turnover to go along with his assist.

Maryland is the No. 1 seed for the ACC tournament and will play No. 4 seed Virginia on Friday, April 26 at North Carolina’s Keenan Stadium at 5 p.m. The second semifinal will feature No. 2 seed North Carolina taking on No. 3 seed Duke in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 8-7 win, Maryland is now 10-1 all-time vs. Yale.
• With four points on three goals and one assist, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has 25 multi-point and 18 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, senior Kevin Cooper now has 19 multi-point and 10 multi-assist games for his career.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Owen Blye now has 30 multi-point and 17 multi-goal games in his career.
• Blye’s four points gives him 104 for his career and moved him past Steve La Vaute (103, 1966-68) for 40th place on Maryland’s all-time points list.
• With 24 saves, junior Nike Amato recorded his sixth game this season and 20th of his career with at least 10 saves.
• Amato’s 24 saves gives him 441 for his career. He needs just 20 mores saves to move past Brian Phipps (460, 2007-10) for fourth place on Maryland’s all-time saves list.


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Maryland, Yale meet Saturday in Top 15 showdown

Posted on 19 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse team (8-2) hosts No. 15 Yale (7-3) in a game with significant national implications on Saturday, April 20 at noon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

• Maryland is coming off of a 7-4 home loss to No. 11 Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk led all scorers with three points on two goals and an assist. Junior goalie Niko Amato had 12 saves to help the Terps limit the Blue Jays to a season-low seven goals.

• For the season, senior attackman Kevin Cooper leads the Terps in points, goals and assists with 32, 17 and 15, respectively. Five other Terps have scored double-digit goals. Sophomore Jay Carlson is next with 16, with Chanenchuk in third place with 15 goals. Seniors Owen Blye, Jake Bernhardt and John Haus each have 14. Defensively, Amato has stopped 58.9 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 7.18 goals-against average, both of which leads the ACC. Sophomore faceoff man Charlie Raffa leads the team with 67 groundballs, while Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 16 caused turnovers.

• Yale has won five-straight, including an 11-10 overtime win over Stony Brook on Monday night. The Bulldogs are led offensively by junior attackman Brandon Mangan, who has 44 points on 25 goals and 19 assists. Sophomore attackman Conrad Oberback also has more than 20 goals with 23 on the season. Sophomore Eric Natale has started all 10 games in net for the Elis and has a 53.0 save-percentage and a 7.82 goals-against average.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 100 of the 109 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 117-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .818 winning percentage.
8 … Eight Terps have started all 10 games so far in 2013.
7 … Seven different Terps have scored an extra-man goal so far this season.
6 … Maryland is ranked among the top 10 in six team statistical categories.
5 … Niko Amato is ranked fifth in the NCAA with a 7.18 goals-against average.
4 … Four Terps – Kevin Cooper, Mike Chanenchuk, John Haus & Owen Blye – have eclipsed the 20-point mark this season.
3 … John Tillman is 2-1 in three games as a head coach vs. Yale.
2 … John Haus needs two points to become the first full-time midfielder to score 100 career points since Bill McGlone hit that milestone in 2006.
1 … Jake Bernhardt is the only Terrapin to score a goal vs. Yale with one goal in the 2009 meeting in New Haven, Conn.
Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 53-32 career record for a 62.4 winning percentage. Tillman is 33-13 (.717) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Yale’s Andy Shay is in his ninth season as a head coach and holds an all-time record of 73-61 (.545), all coming as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

• Tillman has a 2-1 career record against Yale, with all three decisions coming during his time at Harvard.

Series History vs. Yale
• Saturday’s game between the Terps and Bulldogs will be the 11th in a series that began in 1925. Maryland has won the last nine games in the series.

• The Terps reeled off a 5-0 run to open the fourth quarter to beak open a 5-5 tie at Yale that ended in a 10-6 Maryland victory on May 2, 2009. Travis Reed led the Terrapins with three points on two goals and an assist, while Joe Cummings, Dan Grrot and Ryan Young each chipped in with two points. Brian Phipps was sensational in cage for the Terps, stopping 11 Bulldog shots.

• Maryland took its 2008 “Senior Day” game with a 16-10 decision, but it was freshman Grant Catalino that stole the show with a career-best seven points on four goals and three assists.

• The Terps dominated on “Senior Day” with 2007 seniors Chris Feifs and Michael Phipps combined for seven of Maryland’s 12 goals in a 12-4 win over the Bulldogs. Jeremy Sieverts led all players with five points on three goals and a pair of assists.

• The series was dormant from 1959 until 1999 when the Terps traveled to New Haven and defeated the Bulldogs, 9-4 on May 1.

• In 2000, Yale returned the trip, coming to Byrd Stadium, where Maryland defeated the Bulldogs, 12-9.

• Maryland returned to New Haven in 2001 and handed the Bulldogs a 10-5 loss to continue its five-game win streak in the series.

• That streak improved to six for the Terps in 2002 with a 14-8 win on Senior Day at Byrd Stadium on April 26.

• Back in 1925, Yale defeated Maryland in the first game, 5-3. The Terps came back to win each of the next two meetings. Maryland shutout Yale, 12-0 in 1934 and won that battle played at Maryland, 16-4, 40 years ago.

Maryland vs. The Ivy League
• In games against teams from the Ivy League, Maryland holds a 110-16-1 advantage, a .870 win percentage.

Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 100 of the 109 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .917 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.7 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 117-26 in games, for a .818 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 190 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.3 percent of the time.

Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 8-2 on the year and has shot 30% or better in six of its eight victories and under that mark in each of its two defeats.W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%
W- at Duke: 16 goals, 29 shots = 55.2%
W- Stony Brook: 13 goals, 30 shots = 43.3%
W- at Villanova: 10 goals, 26 shots = 38.5%

L- North Carolina: 8 goals, 37 shots = 21.6%
W- at Virginia: 9 goals, 32 shots = 28.1%
W- at Navy: 11 goals, 40 shots = 27.5%
L-Johns Hopkins: 4 hoals, 36 shots = 11.1%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 61-4 (.938) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 14 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.

Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List. • The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Bernhardt Named Senior CLASS Finalist
· Maryland senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt was named one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting consists of one-third of the final total to determine the winner, so click on the graphic to vote for Jesse. Fans can vote once per day per device, so come back every day to cast your vote for Jesse.

The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 745-251-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010’s for a .735 winning percentage.

Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 46 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 26-20 (.565) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play four games (at Duke (W, 16-7), at Virginia (W, 9-7), vs. Johns Hopkins (L, 4-7) and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.

Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.

Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.

Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (7): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.

Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6. 

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).

• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.

• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.

• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.

• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken – Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.

• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.

2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.  

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Caps Win on Green OT Tally After Losing 4 Goal Lead

Posted on 13 April 2013 by Ed Frankovic

The most important thing happened for the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Mike Green lasered one in on the power play in overtime to give the Caps a 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay and now they lead the Southeast Division by four points over Winnipeg with just six games to go.

It was two much needed points but what looked to be a laugher in the second frame with Washington up 5-1, turned into a horror show as Tampa rallied to tie the game with three third period tallies. But Adam Oates’ team can breathe a big sigh of relief after this one thanks to Marcus Johansson drawing a key penatly in the extra session followed by Green’s game winner.

Speaking of Oates, he has a ton of video, good and bad, to show his club the next time they reconvene at Kettler IcePlex (either Sunday or Monday).

The good was the Caps offensive zone passing, which led to some very pretty goals over the first 26 minutes of this contest. Tampa isn’t exactly known for defense and goaltending but the Capitals were playing well and with confidence. Alexander Ovechkin pumped in his league leading 27th tally and also added an assist. Mathieu Perreault’s line scored twice on pretty passing plays in the middle frame with both Eric Fehr and Jason Chimera finishing via tap-ins. Even the fourth line got on the score sheet as Jay Beagle fed defensemen Jack Hillen for a goal while Aaron Volpatti did a super job of going to the net to create traffic. Troy Brouwer notched the first marker on the power play on a sweet feed from Mike Ribeiro.

However, the bad is what the team seemed to be focusing on after the game and that could turn out to be a positive. Washington’s defensive zone was horrible over the last 30 minutes and it primarily had to do with players not moving their feet. When you stop skating suddenly the other team is quicker to the puck and massive open ice appears for the opponent. The high slot was vacated by Washington defenders nearly the entire third period while the wingers were caught down low too often. This made it easy for the Bolts to get point shots with traffic. It was a recipe for disaster and Braden Holtby fortunately made some big saves late otherwise the Caps would have lost. This wasn’t really about X’s and O’s in the final frame, it was all about effort and the lack of skating. That’s easily correctable.

Two points are two points though, and this victory gives the Caps seven wins in a row. They are a hot hockey club and hopefully they don’t lose any confidence from the blown lead and realize this was an effort problem, not a lack of skill or system problem.

If they focus on the effort issue and maintain their confidence level, they’ll be all right going forward.

Notes: Volpatti went down injured after blocking a third period shot and didn’t return…Martin Erat played his first game since being injured last Saturday in Florida. #10 had 15:11 of ice time…the Caps won the faceoff battle 39-29 but were outshot 40-38 and the shot attempts were 67-57 for Tampa….the Caps power play went 2 for 5 while the Bolts were 0 for 2 with the man advantage…Washington held Steven Stamkos without a goal, he trails Ovechkin by one in the goal scoring race…Martin St. Louis, a Cap killer, had two goals for Tampa…the Capitals next five games are against Canadian teams (home vs TOR on Tuesday, then at OTT on Thur, and at MTL on Sat, before coming home to face WPG and OTT the following week). The last game of the year is home against the Bruins on Saturday, April 27th. Only Winnipeg isn’t in playoff position right now but they are playing well so this final stretch is going to be tough for Washington…congratulations to former Capitals assistant Coach Keith Allain on winning the NCAA Hockey Championship as the head coach at Yale.


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Ravens hire Weil as Director of Football Analytics

Posted on 06 August 2012 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Ravens have hired Sandy Weil as their director of football analytics, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome officially announced Monday morning.

Weil will work with the Ravens’ player personnel department and coaching staff to produce and study in-depth data pertaining to game trends, statistical analysis, NFL scouting and player production.

Charged with examining some of the league’s prevailing schools of thought, Weil’s studies could cover everything from the value of going for a first down on fourth-and-short, to determining the traits that are key indicators of success for an NFL prospect.

“We’re always looking for confirmation on things we think we know and insights that could provide an edge for us in personnel and coaching,” Newsome stated. “This is where Sandy will help us.”

“Like developing your team, it’s a work in progress. As Sandy learns more about what we do, and we learn more about what he can do with all this information, his role and impact will increase. I’m excited to see where this leads and how it develops.”

Prior to joining the Ravens, Weil worked as an NBA statistical consultant and data structure designer. He consulted with the San Antonio Spurs, analyzing the STATS SportVU Player Tracking data and advised STATS on ideas to make SportVU information more useable at the team level.  Weil also presented several cutting-edge research papers at the M.I.T. Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, spanning a variety of sports-related topics.

Prior to his Baltimore arrival, Weil was a full-time senior energy analyst and product manager for Ascend Analytics in Boulder, Colo. At Ascend, he worked with clients and developers to support client needs with respect to the company’s simulation engine for valuing assets of utilities. Prior to that, he worked for the investment bank Bear Stearns on its derivatives trading desk.

Weil earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Yale University and a computational finance master’s from Carnegie Mellon. He and his wife, Anne, have three children: Charlie (9), Baillie (8) and Allie (7).

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