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Blast players, coach Kelly named finalists for MISL Awards

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2013-14 MISL Awards Finalists Announced

The Blast: Mike Lookingland, William Vanzela, and Danny Kelly

Baltimore, MD. – The Major Indoor Soccer League announced the finalists for its 2013-14 awards honoring the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year from the 2013-14 season.

The winners will be announced at the MISL Championship Series media luncheon/awards ceremony prior to Game 1 of the 2013-14 MISL Championship Series. The 2013-14 All-MISL First and Second teams and the MISL All-Rookie Team will be announced on Tuesday.

The Baltimore Blast has 3 player/coach nominations for 4 MISL Award categories. Captain and 2012-13 MISL Defender of the Year, Mike Lookingland is nominated for the Most Valuable Player and Defender of the Year award. Lookingland ended the regular season leading his team in points (56), assists (18), while also leading the league in blocks (33). Goalkeeper and the 2013-14 MISL Points Against Average winner, William Vanzela, is in the running for Goalkeeper of the Year. Vanzela recorded a 5.57 points against average and with the help of his stellar defense, only let in 101 points this season. Head Coach Danny Kelly and the 2012-13 Coach of the Year, has been nominated again for the Coach of the Year Award. Kelly has coached his team to a 17-3 regular season record.


2013-14 MISL Award Finalists

Most Valuable Player

Kenardo Forbes, Syracuse Silver Knights

Leo Gibson, Missouri Comets

Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast


Rookie of the Year

Judson McKinney, Milwaukee Wave

Odaine Sinclair, St. Louis Ambush

Max Touloute, Missouri Comets


Defender of the Year

Brian Harris, Missouri Comets

Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast

Nelson Santana, Syracuse Silver Knights


  Coach of the Year

Vlatko Andonovski, Missouri Comets

Danny Kelly, Baltimore Blast

Tommy Tanner, Syracuse Silver Knights


Goalkeeper of the Year

Marcel Feenstra, Milwaukee Wave

William Vanzela, Baltimore Blast

Danny Waltman, Missouri Comets

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UMBC G Elliott named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Albany, N.Y.- UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) was named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Year, in a unanimous vote by the league’s head coaches.

Elliott, UMBC’s first men’s basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons, was also selected to the America East Third Team and to the All-Rookie squad.

The Baltimore native earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He is the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 14.9 points per game, the fourth-best overall figure in the conference, and is second in scoring average in league games at 15.4 points per contest.

In addition, Elliott is fourth in America East in assists (3.5), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), eighth in steals (1.3) and tenth in field goal percentage (45.3%).

The Baltimore native is the program’s first Rookie-of-the-Year in any league since Kennedy Okafor earned Big South Conference honors in his freshman season of 1997-98.

He became UMBC’s second NCAA Division I player (and first freshman) to record 400 points (433), 100 rebounds (115) and 100 assists (102) in a season.  His current total of 433 points is third amongst all freshmen in school history, just one point behind Rich Giddens’ 434 (1997-98) and 17 behind Peter Mulligan, who amassed 450 points in the 2000-01 campaign.

Elliott has already set a UMBC freshman record for free throws made in a season (120), and has the fourth-most assists of any Retriever first-year player.

Eliott was just selected as the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, UMBC’s first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.

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Towson RB West named CAA Offensive Player of the Year

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Terrance West Named As Offensive Player of the Year; Darius Victor Honored As CAA Rookie of Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and is one of 14 Tigers named to the All-CAA teams that were announced by CAA officials on Tuesday.

In addition, freshman running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) was named as the CAA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Tigers, who are seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs and earned a first round bye, led all CAA schools with 14 selections on the three All-CAA teams. Towson placed eight players on the All-CAA first team, including three players who were repeat selections.

West was named to the All-CAA first team for the third consecutive year. Senior tackles Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) were named first team All-CAA for the second year in a row. Pike was also an All-CAA third team honoree as a sophomore.

The Tigers, who led all CAA schools with eight first-team selections, placed two players on the All-CAA second team and had four players named third team.

William & Mary was second among CAA schools with 11 overall selections, including six first team picks. CAA champion Maine, Richmond and Villanova each had 10 honorees. Maine also had six players named first team All-CAA.

Delaware had nine players honored while New Hampshire placed eight on the All-CAA teams. James Madison had seven players honored and Rhode Island had six.

“Our guys play extremely hard for each other and it is massively gratifying to see their consistent play garner so much respect,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men celebrated for their achievements certainly signify the strength of our efforts and the strength of our program moving forward.”

Sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), junior defensive end Ryan Delaire(Windsor H.S./Bloomfield, Conn.), senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), sophomore safety Christian Carpenter (Aberdeen H.S./Aberdeen, Md.) and senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Glen Allen, Va.) rounded out the Tigers’ contingent of first team selections.

Love was a second team All-CAA selection last season.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) was named second team All-CAA for the second year in a row while junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S. /Raleigh, N.C.) also earned second team honors. Smith was a third team honoree last season.

Senior wide receiver Leon Kinnard (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) junior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.), senior center Doug Shaw (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and junior kick returner Derrick Joseph (McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.) were named to the third team.

Kinnard and Wilkins are first-time honorees while Shaw was a second team selection last year. Joseph earned third team All-CAA honors for the second time. He was a second team All-CAA selection as a freshman.

One of the leading candidates for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top player in FCS football, West leads NCAA FCS with 1,865 rushing yards in 12 games, an average of 155.4 yards per game. While averaging 6.2 yards per carry, he has rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games.  He has also topped the 200-yard mark three times. He is already the leading career rusher in Towson history with 4,205 yards.

A four-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, West leads the nation (all divisions) with 31 touchdowns scored. In his career, he has scored 75 touchdowns – just 14 shy of the NCAA FCS record held by former NFL All-Pro Brian Westbrook of Villanova.

The second Tiger to be named as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Victor ran for 410 yards in 10 games as West’s backup. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. He was named as the CAA Rookie of the Week in September.

Pike and Harris are the All-CAA first team tackles for the second year in a row. A two-year co-captain, Pike set a school record on Saturday when he became the first Towson football player to appear in 46 games. A four-year starter, he has started every game of his college career. Harris is a two-year starter at right tackle. Led by Pike and Harris, the Tiger offense set school records with 446 points scored and 5,519 yards of total offense.

A two-year starter at fullback, Holder caught 11 passes for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2013. He also provides the Tigers with a strong blocker in the backfield.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts, Delaire started 11 of 12 games this season. He ranked sixth on the team with 51 tackles while leading the Tigers with 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage. Delaire is second in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage and ranks third in the CAA in sacks.

A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Clark leads the Tigers with 107 tackles, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Honored as the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond, Clark is fifth in the CAA in tackles. He also leads the CAA with five forced fumbles and is tied for the CAA lead with three fumble recoveries.

A first-year starter for the Tigers, Carpenter started 10 games at safety and made quite an impact. He made 65 tackles, fourth on the team and broke up four passes. He also intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles. In the Tigers’ win at Richmond, he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

Despite missing the first two games of the season, Love was seventh on the team with 43 tackles. A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love also broke up nine passes, second on the team and fifth in the CAA.

A repeat selection on the All-CAA second team, Gaddis was one of the Tiger captains this season. He was second on the team and 19th in the CAA with 86 tackles. He had two interceptions and five tackles for lost yardage.

The CAA Defensive Player of the Week last week, Smith made 85 tackles, third on the team. He ranked fourth among CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up 10 passes, third in the CAA. A member of the All-CAA third team last year, Smith also intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles.

Kinnard was named as a third team All-CAA selection for the first time. Before suffering a season-ending injury, he caught 43 passes for 664 yards and a touchdown. While averaging 60.4 receiving yards per game, he ranked ninth in the CAA. The versatile Kinnard also lined up at quarterback for the Tigers and returned punts and kickoffs.

Wilkins is also a first-time All-CAA selection. Like Kinnard, his season ended early due to an injury. In nine games, he caught 40 passes for 691 yards and four touchdowns. He led the CAA by averaging 17.3 yards per reception and ranked fifth with 76.8 receiving yards per game.

A second team All-CAA selection as a junior, Shaw earned third team honors this season. A starter in 40 of the last 41 games, he has been a fixture and a leader on the offensive line for four years.

Joseph earned All-CAA notice for the third time in his career. As a junior, he averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and returned two kickoffs for touchdown. The Tigers’ career leader in kickoff returns, he has now returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, a school record.

The Tigers, who are 10-2, are seeded seventh in the FCS playoffs. After a first-round bye, the Tigers will host the winner of the Fordham-Sacred Heart game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who have a 26-9 record over the last three seasons, will be making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in three years. Over the last three years, the Tigers are 19-5 in CAA games. After winning the 2011 CAA championship, the Tigers shared the CAA title last year. They tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire in 2013.

When Towson earned its first NCAA FCS playoff bid in 2011, Towson became the first NCAA school to earn playoff bids at three different levels. Towson went to the Division III playoffs in 1976. The Tigers competed for the Division II championship in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

2013 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)

Coach of the Year:                               Jack Cosgrove, Maine, 21 seasons

Offensive Player of the Year:              Terrance West, Towson, Jr., Running Back

Defensive Player of the Year:             Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., Linebacker

Special Teams Player of the Year:       Tre McBride, William & Mary, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner

Offensive Rookie of the Year:             Darius Victor, Towson, Fr., Running Back

Defensive Rookie of the Year:            Christophe Mulumba, Maine, R-Fr., Linebacker


2013 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
QB Marcus Wasilewski Maine Senior
RB Omar Osbourne UAlbany Junior
RB Dae’Quan Scott James Madison Senior
RB Terrance West (1) # Towson Junior
FB/HB Emmanuel Holder Towson Sophomore
WR Ben Edwards Richmond Senior
WR R.J. Harris New Hampshire Junior
WR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
TE Justin Perillo Maine Senior
OL Matt Crisafi William & Mary Senior
OL Jeff Gakos Maine Senior
OL Austin Gund Richmond Junior
OL Randall Harris (1) Towson Senior
OL Eric Pike (1) % Towson Senior
PK Sean Decloux Maine Sophomore
KR Mackenzie Elliott Rhode Island Senior
PR Rob Jones Delaware Senior
Position Player School Class
DL Rakim Cox Villanova Senior
DL Ryan Delaire Towson Junior
DL Zach Kerr Delaware Senior
DL Mike Reilly William & Mary Junior
DL Jordan Stanton James Madison Senior
LB Telvion Clark Towson Senior
LB Airek Green William & Mary Junior
LB Christophe Mulumba Maine Freshman
LB Luke Rhodes William & Mary Sophomore
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison Senior
CB Kendall James Maine Senior
CB Jordan Love (2) Towson Senior
S Christian Carpenter Towson Sophomore
S Jerome Couplin III William & Mary Senior
P Nick Ferrara Stony Brook Senior
2013 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
QB John Robertson Villanova Sophomore
RB Andrew Pierce Delaware Senior
RB Nico Steriti New Hampshire Junior
FB/HB Seth Fisher Richmond Sophomore
WR Stephen Barnette Richmond Junior
WR Malcolm Eugene Stony Brook Senior
WR Michael Johnson Delaware Junior
TE Nick Boyle Delaware Junior
OL Ricky Archer New Hampshire Senior
OL Josh Bucci Villanova Senior
OL Joe Hook Maine Senior
OL Bobby Kennedy Delaware Senior
OL Josh Wells James Madison Senior
PK Brandon Jordi Richmond Sophomore
KR Tre McBride William & Mary Junior
PR Robbie Jackson Rhode Island Junior
Position Player School Class
DL Michael Cole Maine Senior
DL Evan Kelly Richmond Sophomore
DL Antoine Lewis Villanova Senior
DL Josh Moody Rhode Island Senior
DL Tyler Snow James Madison Senior
LB Andrew Bose Rhode Island Junior
LB Pat Callaway Delaware Junior
LB Don Cherry Villanova Sophomore
LB Jawara Dudley Stony Brook Senior
LB Monte Gaddis (2)

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UMBC’s Pat Young named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted on 01 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School (Va.)) has been named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Rookie-of-the-Year, in voting done by the league’s six head coaches.

Moreover, Young was the lone freshman to be named to the America East Conference First Team.  He was joined on the first team by Retriever junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha).

Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) earned his third league citation as he was tabbed to the America East Second Team.

Freshman attackman/midfielder Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) joined Young on the league’s All-Rookie Team.

Senior defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) and senior midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) each earned their second selections to the conference’s All-Academic Team.

Young, a three-time America East Rookie-of-the-Week, currently leads UMBC with 34 points. His 28 goals is tied for the third-most ever by a UMBC Division I player. Young provided three game-winning goals on the season, including scores in the final three minutes of one-goal victories over league foes Stony Brook and Binghamton.

Young becomes just the second Retriever to earn top honors for a league rookie. GoalkeeperJeremy Blevins was the other, earning the citation in 2006. However, Young becomes the first UMBC player to earn First Team All-Conference honors in his freshman campaign.

Poe earns his second consecutive First Team citation. He leads the conference in face-off percentage at 58.4 and is ranked 11th in the nation in that category. Poe has already eclipsed last year’s total of face-off wins with 181 and now possesses the second and third most wins in a single season in school history. He is also nine ground balls shy of becoming the 12thplayer in school history to amass 200.

Earlier this season, Jones became the 30th player in school history to amass 100 career points and is currently tied with former teammate Rob Grimm for 25th place on the UMBC all-time list with 109 points (89-20-109). The team captain has netted 27 goals in 2013, including a career-high six scores in an early April victory over Vermont.

Nate Lewnes earned AEC Rookie of the Week honors in late March, after a season-best six-point effort (2g, 4a) in a victory over High Point. He has scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in his initial collegiate season.

Older brother Neill earned All-Academic honors back in 2011, but missed most of the 2012 campaign after tearing his ACL in the conference opener vs. Hartford.  He has returned in 2013 to play a key role as a defensive midfielder for the Retrievers. A team captain, Lewnes is maintaining a 3.35 grade-point average in financial economics.

Murphy is a repeat selection to the team after earning his first honor in 2012. The political science major has seen action at both close defense and long-stick midfield in 2013 and is second on the squad in ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (16). Also a team captain, Murphy possesses a grade-point average of 3.78.

Seventy-two Retrievers have earned America East honors in UMBC’s ten league campaigns.

The third-seeded Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 America East) face No. 2 Hartford (7-6, 3-2) in the first America East semifinal match-up on Thursday, May 2. The opening face-off is set for 4:30 p.m. at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.

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EA Sports simulates Ravens as repeat AFC North winners, Upshaw Rookie of the Year

Posted on 27 August 2012 by WNST Staff

New England Patriots and Chicago Bears Capture Regular Season Crown in

Madden NFL 13 Simulation Powered by EA SPORTS Arena

Quarterbacks Reign as Tom Brady Wins MVP and Andrew Luck Named Offensive Rookie of the Year

August 27, 2012 –The Chicago Bears and New England Patriots won their respective divisions and took home the overall number one seeds in the playoffs according to the Madden NFL 13 Season Simulation, powered by EA SPORTS Arena. The Patriots followed up last year’s Super Bowl appearance with a dominant season, securing a 12-4 record on the arm of NFL MVP Tom Brady. Brady delighted fantasy football owners everywhere by tossing a record-tying 50 touchdown passes against only 8 interceptions.

The Bears matched the Patriots’ record, also going 12-4 to win a tightly contested NFC North. Chicago needed every win they could muster, as the Green Bay Packers also ended the season at 12-4, but with the Bears holding an edge in the tiebreakers the Packers were relegated to the 5th seed in the playoffs.

The two surprise playoff teams in the AFC were the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) and Buffalo Bills (10-6), both ending long playoff droughts. The Chiefs were a particular shock, winning the AFC West with a record of 11-5 and earning Romeo Crennel Coach of the Year Honors.

The NFC experienced near total upheaval, with new champions in three of four divisions. The Atlanta Falcons (11-5) and Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) joined the Bears as new divisional winners, while only the San Francisco 49ers (11-5) were able to repeat amidst weak competition in the NFC West. In bombshell news, last year’s Super Bowl champion New York Giants didn’t even reach the postseason, finishing a disappointing 8-8.

Though the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts (4-12) had a tough season, fans were able to take solace in the fact that rookie quarterback and number one overall draft pick Andrew Luck took home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Luck managed to outduel fellow highly-touted rookie Robert Griffin III, finishing the season with 4,170 yards, 32 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. On the defensive side of things, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw was able to step into an already intimidating unit and cause enough havoc to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Other award winners include Detroit Lions wide receiver and Madden NFL 13 cover athlete Calvin Johnson, Jr. as Offensive Player of the Year (97 receptions for 1,572 yards and 16 touchdowns), and DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys as Defensive Player of the Year (18 sacks).

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NFL 2012 Season Awards (as simulated by Madden NFL 13):

• NFL MVP – Tom Brady, New England Patriots

• Offensive Player of the Year – Calvin Johnson, Jr., Detroit Lions

• Defensive Player of the Year – DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

• Offensive Rookie of the Year – Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

• Defensive Rookie of the Year – Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens

• Coach of the Year – Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chief

Top Ten Offensive Performers

Player Team Yards TDs INTs
Drew Brees NO




Tom Brady NE




Mathew Stafford DET




Aaron Rodgers GB




Eli Manning NYG




Peyton Manning DEN




Matt Ryan ATL




Philip Rivers SD




Jay Cutler CHI




Andrew Luck IND




Running Back
Player Team Yards TDs
Darren McFadden OAK



Arian Foster HOU



Ray Rice BAL



LeSean McCoy PHI



Marshawn Lynch SEA



Chris Johnson TEN



Matt Forte CHI



Adrian Peterson MIN



Maurice Jones-Drew JAX



Fred Jackson BUF



Wide Receiver
Player Team Rec Yards TDs
Calvin Johnson, Jr. DET




Wes Welker NE




Julio Jones ATL




Jimmy Graham NO




Larry Fitzgerald ARI




AJ Green CIN




Rob Gronkowski NE




Brandon Marshall CHI




Roddy White ATL




Eric Decker DEN




Top Defensive Performers

Player Team Sacks
Jared Allen



DeMarcus Ware



Jason Pierre-Paul



Aldon Smith



Jason Babin



Chris Long



Clay Mathews



Von Miller



Tamba Hali



Brian Orakpo



Player Team INTs
Charles Woodson



Eric Weddle



Corey Webster



Kyle Arrington



Darrelle Revis



Brandon Browner



Courtland Finnegan



Ed Reed



Brandon Flowers



Nnamdi Asomugha




2012 NFL Playoff Seeding

                        AFC                            NFC
  1. New England Patriots (12-4)
1. Chicago Bears (12-4)
  1. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
2. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)

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Bovada gives Rice 25/1 odds to win NFL MVP

Posted on 14 August 2012 by WNST Staff

courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).


2012 NFL MVP – Odds to Win  

Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB                         11/2

Tom Brady (NE) QB                               13/2

Drew Brees (NO) QB                              9/1

Michael Vick (PHI) QB                           10/1

Peyton Maninng (IND) QB                       10/1

Matthew Stafford (DET) QB                     12/1

Arian Foster (HOU) RB                           15/1

Calvin Johnson (DET) WR                       15/1

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB                   18/1

Eli Manning (NYG) QB                           18/1

Cam Newton (CAR) QB                          22/1

Matt Ryan (ATL) QB                               22/1

Tony Romo (DAL) QB                             22/1

Alex Smith (SF) QB                               25/1

Chris Johnson (TEN) RB                         25/1

LeSean McCoy (PHI) RB                        25/1

Ray Rice (BAL) RB                                25/1

Jay Cutler (CHI) QB                                30/1

Jimmy Graham (NO) TE                         35/1

Matt Forte (CHI) RB                               40/1

Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE                        40/1

Andre Johnson (HOU) WR                      50/1

Andrew Luck (IND) QB                           50/1

Andy Dalton (CIN) QB                            50/1

Jared Allen (MIN) DE                              50/1

Robert Griffin III (WSH) QB                      50/1

Wes Welker (NE) WR                            50/1

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR                       75/1

Tim Tebow (NYJ) QB                              100/1


2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win 

Andrew Luck (IND) QB                           5/2

Robert Griffin III (WSH) QB                      9/2

Trent Richardson (CLE) RB                     11/2

Brandon Weeden (CLE) QB                    15/2

Justin Blackmon (JAC) WR                     15/2

Ryan Tannehill (MIA) QB                        10/1

Michael Floyd (ARI) WR                         12/1

Doug Martin (TB) RB                              15/1

Alshon Jeffery (CHI) WR                         20/1

David Wilson (NYG) RB                          25/1

LaMichael James (SF) RB                      25/1

Rueben Randle (NYG) WR                      25/1

Ryan Broyles (DET) WR                         25/1

Coby Fleener (IND) TE                            30/1

Kendall Wright (TEN) WR                       30/1

Stephen Hill (NYJ) WR                           30/1

A.J. Jenkins (SF) WR                             35/1


2012 NFL 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win

Luke Kuechly (CAR) LB                          4/1

Morris Claiborne (DAL) DB                      6/1

Chandler Jones (NE) DE                         9/1

Melvin Ingram (SD) DE                           10/1

Mark Barron (TB) DB                              10/1

Fletcher Cox (PHI) DT                            10/1

Courtney Upshaw (BAL) LB                    12/1

Dont’a Hightower (NE) LB                       12/1

Dre Kirkpatrick (CIN) DB                         12/1

Harrison Smith (MIN) DB                        12/1

Mychal Kendricks (PHI) LB                     14/1


2012 NFL Regular Season – Who will lead the league in Passing Yards?       

Drew Brees (NO) QB                              9/2

Tom Brady (NE) QB                               5/1

Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB                         11/2

Matthew Stafford (DET) QB                     13/2

Philip Rivers (SD) QB                             10/1

Peyton Maninng (IND) QB                       10/1

Eli Manning (NYG) QB                           12/1

Tony Romo (DAL) QB                             18/1

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB                   18/1

Jay Cutler (CHI) QB                                20/1

Matt Ryan (ATL) QB                               20/1

Matt Schaub (HOU) QB                          20/1

Carson Palmer (CIN) QB                         25/1

Cam Newton (CAR) QB                          25/1

Andrew Luck (IND) QB                           30/1

Michael Vick (PHI) QB                           30/1

Joe Flacco (BAL) QB                             40/1

Andy Dalton (CIN) QB                            40/1

Robert Griffin III (WAS) QB                      50/1

Josh Freeman (TB) QB                           50/1

Sam Bradford (STL) QB                          66/1

Matt Cassel (KC) QB                             66/1


2012 NFL Regular Season – Who will lead the league in Rushing Yards?      

Arian Foster (HOU) RB                           9/2

Ray Rice (BAL) RB                                13/2

Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) RB                15/2

Chris Johnson (TEN) RB                         15/2

LeSean McCoy (PHI) RB                        12/1

Jamaal Charles (KC) RB                         12/1

Darren McFadden (OAK) RB                   14/1

Matt Forte (CHI) RB                               15/1

Marshawn Lynch (BUF) RB                     15/1

Adrian Peterson (MIN) RB                       18/1

Ryan Mathews (SD) RB                          18/1

Michael Turner (ATL) RB                         18/1

DeMarco Murray (DAL) RB                     18/1

Frank Gore (SF) RB                               20/1

Trent Richardson (CLE) RB                     20/1

Steven Jackson (STL) RB                       20/1

Shonn Greene (NYJ) RB                         25/1

Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) RB                   30/1

Fred Jackson (BUF) RB                          35/1

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (CIN) RB               50/1


2012 NFL Regular Season – Who will lead the league in Receiving Yards?   

Calvin Johnson (DET) WR                       7/2

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR                       15/2

Andre Johnson (HOU) WR                      10/1

Julio Jones (WR) ATL                             12/1

Victor Cruz (NYG) WR                           12/1

Hakeem Nicks (NYG) WR                      14/1

A.J. Green (CIN) WR                              15/1

Roddy White (ATL) WR                          15/1

Brandon Marshall (CHI) WR                    15/1

Jimmy Graham (NO) TE                         16/1

Mike Wallace (PIT) WR                          16/1

Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE                        18/1

Wes Welker (NE) WR                            18/1

Greg Jennings (GB) WR                         20/1

Steve Smith (CAR) WR                          20/1

Jordy Nelson (GB) WR                           22/1

Vincent Jackson (TB) WR                       25/1

Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR                28/1

Eric Decker (DEN) WR                           28/1
Miles Austin (DAL) WR                          30/1

Marques Colston (NO) WR                     30/1

Dez Bryant (DAL) WR                            30/1

DeSean Jackson (PHI) WR                     35/1

Randy Moss (SF) WR                            100/1

Terrell Owens (SEA) WR                        100/1

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Towson hoops adds another transfer

Posted on 16 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson University head coach Pat Skerry added another transfer to his program Saturday.

CBSSports.com reported former University of Vermont guard Four McGlynn chose the Tigers over Duquesne, VCU, Central Connecticut, La Salle and Penn State.

McGlynn (6’2″, 180 pounds) was a major contributor in the Catamounts’ run to the America East Conference Championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, averaging 12 points per game. McGlynn’s contributions helped him to be named America East Rookie of the Year.

A native of York (PA), McGlynn was believed to be interested in playing closer to home. Vermont coach John Becker granted his release, but would not allow him to play for another AEC school or George Washington (GWU head coach Mike Lonergan had recruited him to Burlington before taking the Colonials’ job).

After a 1-31 campaign in Skerry’s first season, the Tigers will have two transfers available for 2012-2013. Former Georgetown F Jerelle Benimon and former South Florida guard Mike Burwell will each be eligible to play.

McGlynn will be eligible to practice this season but will not be eligible to play until the 2013-2014 season. He will have three years of eligibility left.

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Dangerfield, West honored amongst top Towson athletes of academic year

Posted on 19 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Junior Jordan Dangerfield of the Colonial Athletic Association champion football team and senior Kacy Catanzaro of the gymnastics team were named as Towson University’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year award winners, it was announced at the Golden Paws Event in the Towson Center on Saturday night.

In addition, Rob Ambrose, who led the Tiger football team to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs, was honored as the Coach of the Year. Ambrose was one of four Towson head coaches to be named as conferences coach of the year (Bruce Atkinson, Vicki Chliszczyk, Sonia LaMonica) this past season and he was recognized as the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year presented to the top coach in NCAA FCS football.

Dangerfield, a first team All-American, was one of the captains of the “Turnaround Tigers”. He led Towson with 93 tackles from the strong safety position and ranked second in the CAA among defensive backs in total tackles. Dangerfield also had two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries en route to being named first team All-CAA. He helped the Tigers finish the season as the ninth-ranked team in the nation.

Catanzaro was named as the 2012 ECAC Gymnast of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 20-5 record as a senior and a four-year mark of 75-16. She was honored as the NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the year and she was a five-time selection as ECAC Gymnast of the Week. Catanzaro qualified for the NCAA regionals and set an ECAC record with a 9.975 vault score at the ECAC Championship Meet to win the title. She was chosen first team All-ECAC on vault, bars, floor and all-around while leading the Tigers to a second-place finish.

Seniors Jocelyn Papciak of women’s soccer and Matt Lamon of men’s lacrosse were honored as the winners of the Tiger Club Scholar-Athletes of the Year Award.

The Female Unsung Hero Award was presented to Kelly Custer of the CAA Champion women’s lacrosse team while the Male Unsung Hero Award went to baseball’s Tyler Austin.

A first team All-CAA selection, Custer helped the Tigers post a 15-3 mark and take home the CAA Title. She tied for the team lead with 31 goals and dished out eight assists. Custer tallied four goals with three assists in the CAA Tournament en route to being named to the All-Tournament team.

A four-year letter-winner for the Tigers, Austin has appeared in a school record 81 games. He leads the CAA with his 12.38 strikeouts per nine innings. Tyler has already broken the Towson career record for strikeouts with 205 in his four years.

Senior women’s lacrosse goalie Mary Teeters was honored as the winner of the Female Senior Career Achievement Award. A four-year starter at goalkeeper for the Tigers, Teeters played in a school record 75 games. She led the Tigers to the 2012 CAA Championship and was named as the CAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer. A two-time All-CAA first team selection, Teeters ranks among Towson’s all-time leaders with 620 career saves. She was a nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the top lacrosse player in the country.

Senior Tyler Wharton of the football team was chosen as the winner of the Male Career Achievement Award. A three-year starter at fullback, Wharton was one of the key players for the 2012 CAA Champion Tiger football team. He was a key blocker for the Tigers’ run game which led the CAA with 230 rushing yards per game. Wharton was second on the team with five touchdowns in 2012 and he was a two-time All-CAA selection.

Freshman running back Terrance West and freshman shortstop Hailey Balk were named as the Male and Female Rookie of the Year Award winners.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS, West led the nation a set a school record with 29 touchdowns. West was named the CAA Rookie of the Year and First Team All-CAA. He rushed for 1,292 yards and was a key player in the Tigers’ dramatic improvement from 1-10 to 9-3 and a CAA Championship.

A starter in 46 of 52 games at shortstop, Balk led the Tigers in hitting a .358 clip which ranked her fifth in the CAA. As a freshman, she was third in the CAA with 54 hits, including an 18-game hitting streak. Balk had 16 multi-hit games, drove in 23 runs and scored 22.

The Tiger women’s swimming and diving team and the men’s soccer team were selected as the winners of the Wayne Edwards Team Academic Achievement Awards as the programs with the highest grade point averages.

Face-off specialist Ian Mills of the men’s lacrosse team and Catanzaro of the gymnastics team were selected as the Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year.

In addition, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and University President Dr. Maravene Loeschke presented Lonnie McNew with the prestigious Minnegan Award for dedication to Tiger athletics.

In addition, Ted Zaleski was honored with the Director’s Award while Jacki Molen was the winner of the Service to Tiger Athletics Award.

The final award of the evening was a tie for Team of the Year as the football team and women’s lacrosse team, who each won CAA Titles this past season, shared the honor.

Spiro Morekas, a 1983 Towson graduate who has served as the radio broadcaster for Tiger football, basketball and lacrosse games, served as the Master of Ceremonies.


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Faust, Mosley, Cummings honored at inaugural Terp Awards

Posted on 08 May 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Student-athletes, coaches and teams were honored Tuesday for prowess in academics, community service and athletics at the inaugural Terp Awards held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on campus.

The awards ceremony is an expanded version of the President’s Cup Brunch and includes a number of new awards honoring student-athletes and coaches. The ceremony was co-sponsored by the Terrapin Club and the `M’ Club.

Men’s lacrosse player Joe Cummings earned Male Athlete of the Year and Alyssa Thomas of women’s basketball was voted the Suzanne Tyler Female Athlete of the Year in balloting by the coaches.

Nick Faust of the men’s basketball team, women’s track and field freshman Thea LaFond and Brene Moseley of women’s basketball shared Rookie of the Year honors.

The 2011 Maryland field hockey team, which went from unseeded in the tournament to a NCAA national championship last fall was the first-ever Terrapin Cup Team of the Year.

Highlighting the academic awards were the presentation of the President’s Cup Team GPA Awards to men’s tennis and volleyball. University President Wallace Loh presented the awards.

Other awards given during the ceremony were:

Academic Achievement (awarded to junior or senior from each team with the highest cumulative GPA, minimum 3.0) – Owen Blye, men’s lacrosse; Lucile Cancre, women’s track & field; Kayla Clarke, women’s soccer; Jonathan Dillard, men’s basketball; Joshua Finkle, men’s track & field; Bennett Fulper, football; Jordan Hansbrough, women’s tennis; Brett Harman, baseball; Alexis Holmes, women’s golf; Danielle Jenkins, acrobatics & tumbling; Danielle Kauffman, field hockey; Taylor Kemp, men’s soccer; Nicole Maier, softball; Elizabethe Manzi, gymnastics; Chris Miller, men’s golf; David Nguyen, men’s tennis; Sean O’Leary, men’s cross country; Alex Pagnotta, wrestling; Kimberly Rodgers, women’s basketball; Anna Roth, women’s cross country; Katie Schwarzmann, women’s lacrosse; Rachel Stein, water polo; Sean Stewart, men’s swimming; Erin Stout, women’s swimming; Sharon Strizak, volleyball.

ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (male and female who exhibit the characteristics of the ultimate Terrapin, excelling the classroom, in the athletic arena and in community service) – Harriet Tibble, field hockey; Brett Harman, baseball.

`M’ Club Postgraduate Scholarship (male and female who excelled academically and athletically, will have earned a degree by May 2012 and are pursuing postgraduate study) – Allison Fried, women’s cross country; Kyle John, wrestling.


Geary F. Eppley Award (letterwinner with highest overall scholastic average) – Sean O’Leary, men’s cross country

Charles H. Beebe Jr. Award (senior letterwinner with highest career GPA) – Alexis Holmes, women’s golf

Talbot T. Speer Award (male athlete whose commitment and dedication serves as an inspiration) – Zack Ray, men’s track & field

Charles P. McCormick Award (Baltimore-area senior contributing the most to athletics) – Sean Mosley, men’s basketball

John W. Guckeyson Award (scholarship, leadership and superior athletic ability) – Kyle John, wrestling

Founders Award (outstanding athletic ability, academic excellence, character and citizenship) – Kimberly Rodgers, women’s basketball

James H. Kehoe Award (state of Maryland senior symbolizing commitment, dedication, spirit and the will to win) – Karri Ellen Johnson, women’s lacrosse

Silvester Watch (athlete who typifies best in college athletics) – Megan Frazer, field hockey

Maryland Watch (best male athlete of the year from the state of Maryland) – Josh Asper, wrestling

Lifetime Service Awards – Jack Flynn, J. Logan Schutz


Maryland Athletics Community Service Awards – Sade Ayinde, women’s soccer; Anjale Barrett, women’s basketball; Sander Beck, baseball; Jake Bernhardt, men’s lacrosse; Chris Brown, men’s track & field; DeAnna Brown, women’s track & field; Carly Hoshko, water polo; Kyle John, wrestling; Janessa Pope, field hockey; Owen Smith, wrestling; Martha VanLieshout, women’s swimming.

ACC Community Service Awards – Joe Cummings, men’s lacrosse; A.J. Francis, football; Brian Marcoux, wrestling; Briana Melander, gymnastics; Sean Mosley, men’s basketball; Becca Pang, gymnastics.

NCAA Champs / Life Skills Cup Team Winners – Gymnastics, Wrestling.


Most Inspiring Award (student-athlete whose commitment and dedication serves as an inspiration) – Kiani Profit, women’s track & field

Sportsmanship Awards – Ashley Cromartie, women’s cross country; Owen Smith, wrestling

Male Coach of the Year – Kerry McCoy, wrestling

Female Co-Coaches of the Year – Brenda Frese, women’s basketball; Missy Meharg, field hockey

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Four Tigers honored by CAA

Posted on 04 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Four Tigers Named 2012 All-CAA
Thomas DeNapoli & John Fennessy Earn Second Team All-CAA Selections

RICHMOND, Va. – Towson University sophomore’s Thomas DeNapoli and John Fennessy garnered second team All-CAA selections while freshmen Justin Mabus and Jojo Ostrander were named to the All-Rookie team as the league announced its men’s lacrosse post-season awards Friday afternoon.

The four underclassmen were all major contributors in leading the Tigers back into the CAA Tournament after a one year absence. Towson went 7-8 under first-year head coach Shawn Nadelen in 2012 after only winning three games in 2011. The Tigers lost just three games all year to teams not ranked in the Top 20 nationally and they won five straight games from March 17 to April 4, a stretch that included wins over Delaware, Hofstra and UMBC.

DeNapoli led the Tigers with 28 points this season. The sophomore tallied 15 goals and dished out a team-high 13 assists on the year. DeNapoli set a new career high with six points on three goals and three assists to lead the Tigers to a dramatic come-from-behind victory at No. 20 Hofstra on March 31. He had four points in the fourth quarter against the Pride, including a goal with two seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Fennessy was an anchor on the Towson defense throughout the season. The sophomore started 14 games and was second on the team with 14 caused turnovers. A 2011 CAA All-Rookie team selection, Fennessy caused a career-high three turnovers against both Navy on March 13 and No. 1 Massachusetts on May 2.

Mabus started 10 of the 13 games he played in during his first season in a Tiger uniform. The freshman was second on the team with 11 assists and he scored four goals to total 15 points. Mabus was selected as the CAA Rookie of the Week twice, on March 26 after dishing out three assists against Mercer and on April 2 after tallying the game-winning goal for the Tigers in double overtime at Hofstra.

Ostrander was a starter on defense for the Tigers in 14 of 15 games this season. The freshman was usually assigned to guard the opposing team’s top scorer. Ostrander ended the year with 18 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers.

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Will Manny, A, Jr., Massachusetts
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR:  Greg Cannella, Massachusetts

Name, SchoolPos.Yr.Hometown/Previous School
Matthew Mackrides, Penn State*ASr.Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep
Will Manny, Massachusetts#AJr.Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
Grant Kaleikau, Delaware#ASr.Germantown, Md./Bridgton Academy
Kyle Bergman, Drexel#MSr.Toronto, Ontario/St. Andrew’s
Anthony Biscardi, Massachusetts*MSr.Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh
Adrian Sorichetti, HofstraMJr.Whitby, Ontario/All Saints
Frank Tufano, Drexel*LSMSr.Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge
Anthony Toresco, MassachusettsFO Spec.Sr.Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central
Tom Celentani, Massachusetts#DSr.Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur
Ryan McGarvey, Penn StateDSr.Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Penn Charter
Dana Wilber, DrexelDSr.Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan
Austin Kaut, Penn State*GKSoph.Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco
Name, SchoolPos.Yr.Hometown/Previous School
Robert Church, DrexelAJr.Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best
Jack Forster, Penn StateASr.Jenkintown, Pa./LaSalle
Art Kell, MassachusettsASr.Westford, Mass./Bridgton Academy
John Austin, DelawareMSr.Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Thomas DeNapoli, TowsonMSoph.East Rockaway, N.Y./Lynbrook
Aaron Prosser, DrexelMJr.Portland, Ore./Lincoln
Ryan Hollenbaugh, Massachusetts #LSMJr.Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury
Dan Cooney, Delaware#FO Spec.Sr.Lewes, Del./Ridge (N.J.)
John Antoniades, Hofstra*FO Spec.Jr.Hauppauge, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
John Fennessy, TowsonDSoph.Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
Mark Mullen, HofstraDJr.Harleysville, Pa./Germantown Academy
Greg Rushing, MassachusettsDSr.Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge
Tim McCormack, MassachusettsGKSr.Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach

* — First Team All-CAA Selection in 2011
# — Second Team All-CAA Selection in 2011
Name, SchoolPos.Yr.Hometown/Previous School
Tyler Begley, HofstraAFr.East Islip, N.Y./East Islip
Ryan Belka, DrexelMFr.Crofton, Md./DeMatha
Jack Donnelly, Penn StateDFr.Toronto, Ontario/The Hill Academy
Ryan Izzo, MassachusettsMFr.Walpole, Mass./Walpole
Justin Mabus, TowsonMFr.Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
Michael Malave, HofstraMFr.Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Jojo Ostrander, TowsonDFr.Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale
Ryan Reilly, HofstraLSMFr.East Northport, N.Y./John Glenn
Michael Richards, Penn StateMFr.Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles
Brandon Worrall, DelawareLSMFr.Plainsboro, N.J./West Windsor North

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