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Maryland pulls out of Jimmy V Classic game against Villanova-will play event in 2016

Posted on 03 June 2014 by WNST Staff

The Illinois men’s basketball team will play Villanova in the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The teams will square off in the first game of a doubleheader at 7 p.m. ET from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. ESPN will televise both games, which also includes Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m. Illinois replaces Maryland – which due to scheduling issues – will now play in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.

The Fighting Illini returns all five starters and a total of nine letterwinners from last year’s club that won 20 games and advanced to the NIT Second Round. The Fighting Illini also posted a 7-11 record in a deep Big Ten Conference. Highlighting the returnees are seniors Ravyonte Rice, Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu.

“Illinois is a great addition to the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic doubleheader,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN senior director, programming and acquisitions. “Their matchup against Villanova, followed by Indiana facing Louisville, gives the event two competitive games that will to drive tremendous awareness to The V Foundation and the mission to beat cancer.  We are also glad to have Maryland in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.”

The Illinois-Villanova series dates back to 1938 with the two teams meeting six total times each winning three games. Villanova has captured the last two meetings, most recently a 66-63 victory in the 1988 NCAA Championship quarterfinal round. Villanova will play in its third Jimmy V Classic, losing the previous two games: 67-58 to Texas in 2008 and 81-71 to Missouri in 2011. Illinois faced Providence in the 2003 Jimmy V Classic, falling 70-51.

The early-season event will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2013.

Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this fall.  Ticket prices range from $15-$275 and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

About The V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

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Hopkins continues rolling with win over Villanova

Posted on 23 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team outscored Villanova 5-0 over the final 22 minutes to break away from the visiting Wildcats as the Blue Jays picked up a 13-7 victory at Homewood Field Wednesday night. The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-3 on the year. Villanova slips to 5-8 with its second straight loss.

The Blue Jays led 7-5 at the half, but the Wildcats got a Devin McNamara goal just 77 seconds into the second half to make it a one-goal game. After Ryan Brown extended the lead back to two with an goal in transition four minutes later, the ‘Cats answered with a Jack Curran rip from the wing just inside the near post to make it 8-7 with 7:15 remaining in the third quarter.

The one-goal lead ballooned to four by the end of the third quarter as Brown, Wells Stanwick and Brandon Benn all scored unassisted goals in the final 6:31 of the period to stake the Blue Jays to an 11-7 lead. The goals by Brown and Stanwick came less than two minutes apart, while Benn’s goal beat the buzzer at the end of the quarter after he got top-side on his defender 10 yards from the goal and to the right of goalie Dan Willis. Benn picked the far post with his buzzer-beater.

Any hopes for a Villanova comeback were dashed by the middle of the final period as the Blue Jays methodically worked the clock to their advantage while getting four saves from goalie Eric Schneider in the period to extend Villanova’s game-ending scoreless drought to 22:15, the third longest scoring drought for a Johns Hopkins opponent this season.

Goals by Connor Reed midway through the period and Holden Cattoni in the final minute closed out the scoring for Johns Hopkins, which handed Dave Pietramala a victory in his 250th game as a collegiate head coach.

While the Blue Jays ended strong it was Villanova that was quick out of the gate as the ‘Cats jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the first eight minutes. Back-to-back goals by Johnny Gallaway in the first 2:24 prompted a quick Blue Jay timeout before Benn finally broke through for Hopkins with his first goal of the game at the 7:49 mark.

Benn’s strike was answered 49 seconds later by an extra-man goal from Kevin O’Neil, but the first of Cattoni’s three goals on the night late in the quarter jumped started a 6-0 Blue Jay run that took less than nine minutes.

Cattoni’s goal was followed 50 seconds later by the first of Rob Guida’s two goals to draw the Blue Jays even at the end of the first quarter.

The next four goals in the six goal run – strikes by Cattoni and Guida and two extra-man goals by Stanwick – came by the 8:23 mark of the second quarter and gave the Blue Jays a 7-3 lead and seemingly all the momentum.

But Villanova, which had played nine games decided by two goals or less entering the game against the Blue Jays, sliced the four-goal deficit in half before intermission as Matt McIver and Austin Frederick scored back-to-back goals in a span of 75 seconds midway through the second quarter. That set the stage for the McNamara and Curran tallies in the third quarter that were wrapped around the first of Brown’s two goals to make it 8-7. From there, the Blue Jays slowly pulled away to secure their seventh straight win in the series with the Wildcats.

The Blue Jays’ starting attack and first midfield accounted for all 13 Johns Hopkins goals and two of the team’s four assists in the game. Stanwick (3g, 1a) and Cattoni (3g) registered hat tricks, while Brown, Benn and Guida all scored twice.

Schneider continued his recent surge in goal as he posted 11 saves on the night, while sophomore Craig Madarasz won 7-of-9 faceoffs and grabbed five ground balls for the Blue Jays, who held statistical advantages in shots (40-31), ground balls (35-29) and faceoffs (13-10).

Gallaway was the only multi-goal scorer for Villanova, while McNamara added one goal and three assists for a team-high four points. Willis posted 12 saves in goal for the Wildcats, who also got a solid effort on faceoffs from Thomas Croonquist, especially in the first half. Croonquist finished 9-for-22, but was 7-for-14 in the first half before Madarasz came on to spark the Blue Jays at the X.

Notes: The win was the 157th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins … he is just one win shy of tying Bob Scott’s record for wins by a men’s lacrosse coach at Homewood • The 22:15 scoring drought for Villanova marks the 13th time this season JHU has held the opposition scoreless for a stretch of 15 minutes or longer • Brandon Benn tied Mike Morrill for 12th place on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with his two tallies tonight (102) • With one assist tonight,Wells Stanwick is now tied with Del Dressel for 12th on JHU’s career assist list (75).

Villanova (5-8) 3-2-2-0/7
#7 Johns Hopkins (10-3) 3-4-4-2/13

GoalsV: Gallaway-2, McNamara, Curran, O’Neill, Frederick, McIver. J: Stanwick-3, Cattoni-3, Benn-2, Brown-2, Guida-2, Reed. AssistsV: McNamara-3, Curran, Gartner, O’Neil. J: Stanwick, Brown, Crawley, Pellegrino. SavesV: Willis-12, Carlson-0. J: Schneider-11. Shots: V-31. J-40. EMOV: 1-for-5. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 928.


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Hopkins looks for fifth straight win Wednesday against Villanova

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television: ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (9-3) welcomes Villanova (5-7) to Homewood Field for the Blue Jays’ regular season home finale. This is the first game in a two-game series the Blue Jays will have with the Wildcats as JHU will visit Villanova next season. Faceoff is set for 7 pm with a live national television audience on ESPNU.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to four games as the Blue Jays topped Navy, 6-5, in Annapolis last Friday night.
Villanova fell in overtime for the second time in three games as the Wildcats dropped an 11-10 decision at St. John’s on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Villanova are meeting for the seventh time in a series that dates to a 17-9 Johns Hopkins victory in 1997. The Blue Jays have won each of the previous six meetings with four of the six taking place at Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins won the last meeting, 10-7, in 2002 at Villanova Stadium and the last two meetings were the closest as JHU pulled out an 11-7 win in 2001 and then the three-goal victory a year later. Prior to those two meetings, each of the previous four games in the series were decided by at least eight goals.
Johns Hopkins and Villanova were tied together closely at the formation of the series as the Wildcats were coached by Randy Marks, whose oldest son, David, played for him for two years before transferring to Johns Hopkins to play his final two seasons.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Villanova with an all-time record of 942-306-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked seventh in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Villanova is not ranked this week in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 156th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 6-5 victory at Navy and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 179: In addition to his 156-53 (.746) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also posted a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 179-70 (.719). Pietramala’s 179 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

Career Game Number 250: This week’s game against Villanova willl be the 250th for Dave Pietramala as a head coach at the collegiate level.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni (M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine – Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova – have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Villanova averaging 12.08 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but two games this season. Entering the game against Wildcats, JHU ranks 12th in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (7.83) and 10th in points per game (19.9).

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through 12 games, 94 of JHU’s 145 goals have been assisted, or 64.8%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on a pair of extra-man opportunities against Navy and is now 23-of-43 (.535) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Navy game. Brandon Benn (7 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (6), Ryan Brown (5) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score 21 of JHU’s 23 EMO goals this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 10th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game against Villanova. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 172-of-285 (.604) as a team.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 154-of-246 (.626) through 12 games and also has a team-high 109 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (8th) and ground balls per game (8th / 9.1).

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 12 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 17 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 12 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 12 opponents under its season scoring average thus far. Recently, the Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging) and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held nine of its 12 opponents to nine goals or less.

A Final Holding: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow a first-quarter goal against Albany, Maryland or Mount St. Mary’s and surrendered just one at Navy. The Blue Jays led Albany, 5-0, Maryland, 1-0, and Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter. Dating back to the March 29 game against North Carolina, the Blue Jays have allowed just two goals in the last 70:25 of the first quarter.

Second Quarter Defense Nearly the Same: While the Blue Jays have allowed just one first quarter goal in the last four games, they’ve been nearly as effective in the second quarter over the same period of time. In wins against Albany, Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s and Navy, the Blue Jays have allowed a total of just four goals in the second quarter. The Great Danes and Terps both managed a second-quarter goal against the Blue Jays after being held scorelessin the first. Mount St. Mary’s was held off the board in the second quarter, while Navy did score twice in the second frame against the Blue Jays.

Schneider Rolling: A key part of the recent surge by the Blue Jay defense has been the play of senior goalie Eric Schneider, who has gotten hot as the weather has gotten better. In the last three games against Maryland, Mount St.Mary’s and Navy, Schneider has played 165 of the team’s 180 minutes and bosts a 4.36 GAA and a .727 save percentage over that time. With his recent performances, which include a 17-save performance at Navy, Schneider now has a 7.85 GAA and .569 save percentage on the year. He ranked eighth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage.

Welcome to the Club: Senior Brandon Benn became the 17th player in school history to reach the 100-goal mark with his four-goal effort at Navy. Benn is now tied for 15th with Dave Huntley (1976-79) and Brian Wood (1984-87) on JHU’s career goal-scoring list.

Another Welcome: Brandon Benn’s four goals against Navy pushed his season totals to 31 goals and five assists for 36 points. This marks the third consecutive season he has scored 30+ goals, making him the first Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan (1992-95) to score 30 or more goals in three straight seasons. Riordan scored more than 30 goals in each of his four seasons and remains the only player in school history to turn that trick.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: With the 11-10 loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked seventh in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 420 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 418 of those 420 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 391 of the 420 and the top five in 302 of those 420. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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Maryland to play Villanova in 2014 Jimmy V Classic

Posted on 03 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Four historic college basketball programs — Indiana, Louisville, Maryland and Villanova – will participate in the 20th annual Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 9. ESPN will televise both games from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, beginning with Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m. ET followed by Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.

The early-season event will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2013.

Each game will include a defending conference champion that participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and lost to an eventual Final Four team: Defending BIG EAST regular-season champion Villanova, a two-seed in the NCAA Championship, lost to Connecticut while American regular-season co-champion and conference champion, Louisville, lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.

Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m.: Villanova has defeated Maryland in four of the five all-time meetings. Maryland, making its Big Ten Conference debut next season, will make its first appearance in the Jimmy V Classic. Villanova will play in its third Jimmy V Classic, losing the previous two games: 67-58 to Texas in 2008 and 81-71 to Missouri in 2011.

Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.: Indiana holds a 10-6 record over Louisville, but lost the last meeting between the teams in 2003. Indiana has won its previous two Jimmy V Classic games, defeating North Carolina 82-73 in 1999 and Pittsburgh 64-54 in 2009. Louisville, making its Atlantic Coast Conference debut next season, will play in its second Jimmy V Classic after losing to Arizona 72-65 in 2006.

Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this fall.  Ticket prices range from $15-$275 and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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Chanenchuk, Cannizzaro help Terps top Villanova, stay perfect

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Hat tricks by senior Mike Chanenchuk and freshman Connor Cannizzaro led the No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-10 win over the Villanova Wildcats Friday evening in front of 2,045 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Maryland (6-0, 2-0 ACC) opened the game on a seven-goal run in the first quarter, and was able to hold on to the lead despite a late Wildcats (1-4) comeback.

Junior Charlie Raffa took the opening faceoff straight to the goal and scored unassisted just seven seconds into the game to start things off for the Terps.

With 13:06 remaining in the first quarter freshman Matt Rambo scored his first of two goals to extend the lead to 2-0. Rambo dodged from the back of the cage to the right side and finished his shot into the top left corner.

Senior Jay Carlson increased the lead to 3-0 with 10:05 left in the quarter. Chanenchuk earned the assist when he found Carlson on left goal line extended for the close finish.

Cannizzaro scored his first goal of the game at 7:45 of the first to give Maryland a 4-0 lead. The freshman dodged down the right wing and after a quick re-dodge before scoring in tight.

Sophomore Henry West scored his lone goal of the game with 5:23 remaining in the quarter to improve the lead to 5-0. Junior Bryan Cole found West in the middle who quickly finished off the goal from just in front of the crease.

Maryland added to their lead just over a minute later with Chanenchuk’s first goal of the day. After a save by senior goalie Niko Amato, freshman John Belz took the outlet pass and pushed the ball in transition. He found Chanenchuk open on the left wing and Chanenchuk buried a quick rip.

Rambo finished off the scoring in the first quarter with 1:27 left, again wrapping around the right side of the cage.

Villanova scored their first goal of the game with 14:33 remaining in the second to cut the lead to 7-1.

The Terps answered back with two of their own though. Cannizzaro finished off a dodge down the right alley with a shot to the left corner.

Chanenchuk followed suite with his second goal of the day. Junior Casey Ikeda started the play by picking off an errant Villanova pass and pushing the ball up the field. He then fed Chanenchuk to earn his first career assist.

The Wildcats scored the next three goals, all unassisted, to cut the Maryland lead to 9-4 with 12:07 remaining in the third quarter.

Maryland answered back with its own two-goal run to push the lead back to 11-4. First freshman Colin Heacockdodged from the right alley and finished a big shot to the top left corner. Cannizzaro added the second, his third of the day, on Maryland’s only extra-man opportunity with 5:47 left in the third quarter. Cannizzaro finished a quick one-timer off of an assist from senior Rustin Bryant.

Villanova added two more goals to cut the lead to 11-6 entering the final quarter.

Chanenchuk scored Maryland’s final goal of the day with 13:58 remaining in the fourth quarter. The senior dodged down the right wing to give the Terps a 12-6 lead.

The Wildcats scored the final four goals of the game to cut the lead to 12-10 but were held scoreless for the final 5:02 for Maryland to hold on to the win.

An offside call on the Terps with 1:13 to play gave the Wildcats a chance to trim the Maryland lead back to one, but the Terrapins killed off the penalty and with the game winding down senior Michael Ehrhardt caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball to seal the win.

Raffa went 12-of-20 facing off on the day and scooped up 10 ground balls in the process. Senior Brian Cooper led the defense with four caused turnovers and three groundballs, while Ehrhardt finished with seven groundballs and two caused turnovers. The Terps beat Villanova in the ground ball battled collecting 49 ground balls to the Wildcats’ 27.

Amato tallied seven saves on the day and added two ground balls while leading Maryland to a perfect 13 for 13 in clear attempts.

Maryland returns to action Tuesday March 18 when they travel to Michigan for 4 p.m. tilt at Michigan Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 12-10 win Maryland is now 8-0 all-time vs. Villanova.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 14 hat tricks, 33 multi-point and 25 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, freshman Matt Rambo now has five multi-point and four multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals, freshman Connor Cannizzaro now has two hat tricks, four multi-point and three multi-goal games for his career.

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Maryland looks to stay unbeaten Friday against Villanova

Posted on 13 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The No. 1 Maryland (5-0) men’s lacrosse team returns to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for a Friday night showdown with Villanova (1-3). The Terps and the Wildcats are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on March 14.

• Maryland is coming off of an 11-8 road win at Stony Brook last Saturday. Senior Mike Chanenchuk led the Terps with four goals vs. the Seawolves in his Long Island homecoming. Chanenchuk leads the team this season with 21 points on 16 goals and five assists. He is followed closely by Philly-area native Matt Rambo, who has 15 points on 11 goals and four assists. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 55-of-92 (.598) faceoffs this season with a team-best 37 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 18 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 12 caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (55 straight) and boasts a 5.60 goals-against average this season with a .650 save percentage.

• Villanova comes into Friday night’s game with a 1-3 record after 12-11 loss at the hands of crosstown rival Penn last Saturday. Senior attackman Kevin O’Neill leads the Villanova offense with 10 points on seven goals and three assists. Sophomore attackman Johnny Galloway is next with eight points on six goals and two assists, while freshman midfielder Austin Frederick is the team’s leader in assists with four to go along with four goals. The Wildcat defense boasts the returning 2013 Big East Defensive Player of the Year in John LoCascio, who leads Villanova with 28 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers. Freshman Dan Willis has played every minute in net for the Wildcats and has a 9.38 goals-against average and is saving 51.2 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Senior faceoff specialist Thomas Croonquist was a first team All-Big East selection last season and is a preseason honorable mention All-American this year after winning 199-of-356 (.559) faceoffs in 2013. So far this season, Croonquist has won 45-of-84 (.536) draws with 22 groundballs to his credit.


• Fans will be able to watch the Maryland-Villanova game live on TerpsTV, which is a subscription service that offers exclusive video and audio content. Steve Stofberg (Maryland ’94), the vioce of Terrapin lacrosse, will handle the play-by-play, while 2004 All-American Tim McGinnis provides the analysis.

• The game vs. the Wildcats will be the third of five Maryland men’s lacrosse games that will be streamed on TerpsTV in 2014. Maryland’s upcoming games vs. Robert Morris (Apr. 2) and Navy (May 3) will also be streamed live.


10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 106 of the 115 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .922 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 124-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .827 winning percentage.
8 … The 2014 team is just the eighth Maryland team since 1971 to win its first five games while holding each opponent to single-digits.
7 … Seven current Terps are from the Greater Philadelphia area and three more are from the surrounding areas.
6 … Maryland scored six of its 10 goals vs. the Wildcats last season in the second half.
5 … Jay Carlson scored five goals in last season’s 10-7 win over Villanova.
4 … Maryland is 5-0 for the fourth time since 2004.
3 … This season is just the third time since 2000 that the Terps have scored double-digits in each of its first five games.
2 … The Terps have played Villanova twice with John Tillman as the head coach and have won both.
1 … Maryland is ranked the No. 1 team in the country for the 11th time since 1978.


• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 60-34 career record for a 63.8 winning percentage. Tillman is 40-15 (.727) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Michael Corrado is in his seventh season season as a head coach, all at Villanova, and is 59-49 (.546).

• Tillman is 2-0 in his only two games vs. Villanova.


• Maryland is 7-0 in the all-time series with Villanova. This will be just the third meeting between the Terps and the Wildcats since 1998. Maryland and Villanova played each season from 1994-98.

• Last season, sophomore Jay Carlson scored a career-best five goals in the Terrapins’ 10-7 over the Wildcats at Villanova Stadium on March 16, 2013. Junior goalie Niko Amato made 11 saves in his return to his hometown.

• In 2012, Owen Blye set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists to lead the Terps to an 11-5 win over his hometown team. Maryland opened up a 7-0 lead and cruised to the victory. Niko Amato, another Philadelphia-area product, had 12 saves and six groundballs.

• The 1998 meeting was the season-opener and the Terps came away with a 18-5 victory. Four Maryland players finished with three points apiece, led by Kevin Pasqualina’s first career hat trick. Kevin Healy played the first 47 minutes in cage for the Terps and finished with six saves.


• The Terps took over the top spot in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches’ Poll on March 3 after two impressive wins over then-No. 2 Syracuse and then-No. 1 Duke in sucsessive weeks. This is the 11th time Maryland has earned the No. 1 ranking since 1986.

• Overall, Maryland has played 30 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 20-10 in those games.

• This last time the Terps were the No. 1 team in the rankings was in the 2013 season. After taking over the top spot following its 12-10 win at then-No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23, the Terps played six games as the nation’s outright top team and was 4-2, defeating Duke, 16-7, in Durham on March 2, topping Stony Brook, 13-7, at home on March 10, going on the road to beat Villanova, 10-7, on March 16 and dropping a 10-8 decision to North Carolina on March 23. After regaining the No. 1 ranking on April 1, the Terps defeated Navy, 11-8, in Annapolis on April 5, but then dropped a 7-4 decision at home to Johns Hopkins on April. 13.

• Prior to the 2013 season, the last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.

• The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.


• 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 106 of the 115 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .922 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.


• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.2 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 124-26 in games, for a .827 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 198 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.8 percent of the time.


• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 64-4 (.941) 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%).

• Maryland is 5-0 on the year and shot 30% or better in two of its five victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 15 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


• Five games into the 2014 season and so far and four Terps have nothced at least one point in every game.

• Senior Mike Chanenchuk has scored at least one point in each of the four games so far in 2014 and has a 28-game point scoring streak dating back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 35 of 37 games.

• Juniors Jay Carlson and Joe LoCascio and freshman Matt Rambo have also registered at least one point in every game this season.


• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008.

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (2 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15
Connor Cannizzaro (1 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22


• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.

• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:

Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)

• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):

Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)


• The Terps boast an all-time record of 752-253-4 (.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 88 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 and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• 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 52-19 in the 2010’s for a .732 winning percentage.


• 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, Army and Cornell 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.


• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

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

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, 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: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) 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.)


• 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 (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 21-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 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.


• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014’s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchukand Michael Ehrhardt.


• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.







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Towson looks to stay undefeated Sunday at Villanova

Posted on 16 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers take on Wildcats at 5:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its third game in six days as the undefeated Tigers travel to BIG EAST foe Villanova on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

The game can be seen live nationally on Fox Sports 1 with Mike Corey and Stu Jackson on the call.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (3-0) has won its first three games to start a season for the first time since 1972. The Tigers are coming off a 75-69 win over Temple on Thursday.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon guided Towson past the Owls with a career-high 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Senior Marcus Damas, who is the only Tiger to score in double figures in each game this season, posted 16 points and 10 rebounds against Temple for his first double-double since Nov. 26, 2011.

Villanova (2-0) is coming off a convincing 90-59 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday. Junior JayVaughn Pinkston leads the Wildcats in scoring at 21.5 points per game. Senior James Bell is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Wildcats are shooting 51.3 percent from the field this season while holding their opponents to just 34.3 percent.

Villanova has won all four meetings between the squads, but the teams have not played since 2008.

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Towson hoops gets 16 TV games for 2013-2014 season

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Tigers to be Featured on TV 16 Times During the 2013-14 Regular Season

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Towson University men’s basketball team, which has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorite, will play 16 televised games, including four nationally on the NBC Sports Network, during the 2013-14 season.

Towson’s home game against Temple on Thursday, Nov. 14 will be the first appearance for the Tigers on the NBC Sports Network. Towson’s road game at College of Charleston (Jan. 19) and home games against Drexel (Feb. 1) and Delaware (Feb. 17) will also air on the NBC Sports network.

The Tigers’ game at Villanova (Nov. 17) can be seen on Fox Sports 1, the contest at Kansas (Nov. 22) will be shown on ESPN3 and Towson’s return trip to Oregon State will be broadcast on the Pac 12 Network.

Additionally, the Tigers can be seen on Comcast SportsNet regional networks on nine different occasions. The Comcast SportsNets (CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Philadelphia, CSN New England), CSS and The Comcast Network, providing tremendous exposure in many of the nation’s largest media markets. Comcast SportsNet, SportsNet New York and CSS will once again televise the quarterfinals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

The NBC Sports Network, which is available in over 80 million homes, will also broadcast the semifinals and finals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.


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Towson drops to 7th in FCS media poll

Posted on 14 October 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers Drop Four Spots After Loss To Villanova

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  After suffering their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team fell from third to seventh in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who were ranked third in the nation the last three weeks, suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night when Colonial Athletic Association rival Villanova (4-2, 3-0) outlasted the Tigers, 45-35. The Wildcats, who are ranked 12th in the nation this week, built a 38-14 halftime lead before holding on to snap the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak.

Towson has been ranked among the top teams in NCAA FCS all season long. They started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut. Towson was ranked fourth for two weeks and was third for three weeks prior to the loss to Villanova.

This is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that the Tigers have ever received.

Towson is ranked seventh in the nation behind defending national champion North Dakota State (6-0), Eastern Illinois (5-1), Eastern Washington (4-2), Montana State (4-2) and Coastal Carolina (6-0).

When Villanova beat the Tigers, the Wildcats ended the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. Ironically, the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak started with a 49-35 win at Villanova last October.

North Dakota State owns a 14-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Villanova (4-2) is 12th while Maine (5-1) is 14th. James Madison (5-2) is ranked 20th while New Hampshire (2-3) is ranked 25th for the second straight week.

The Tigers will be trying to get back on the winning track this week when they travel to Albany for a 3:30 p.m.contest.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (161)                                  6-0                4,025                  1

2.      Sam Houston State                                         5-1                 3,807                   2

3.      Eastern Illinois                                               5-1                 3,612                    5

4.      Eastern Washington                                        4-2                3,449                   6

5.      Montana State                                                4-2                3,067                   8

6.      Coastal Carolina                                             6-0                3,005                  8

7.      Towson University                                          6-1                 2,851                   3

8.      Fordham                                                        7-0                2,705                  10

9.      McNeese State                                               5-1                 2,665                   9

10.     Montana                                                         5-1                 2,506                  11

11.      Northern Iowa                                                4-2                2,445                  4

12.     Villanova                                                       4-2                2,381                   15

13.     Wofford                                                          4-2                1,843                   12

14.     Maine                                                            5-1                 1,768                    14

15.     South Dakota State                                         4-3                1,647                    13

16.     Youngstown State                                           6-1                 1,516                          18

17.     Bethune-Cookman                                          5-1                 1,489                   16

18.     Lehigh                                                           5-1                 1,370                    17

19.     Northern Arizona                                            4-2                1,131                     19

20.    James Madison                                               5-2                830                    21

21.     Central Arkansas                                            3-3                710                     20

22.    Samford                                                         5-2                643                     NR

23.    Georgia Southern                                            4-2                567                     22

24.    Tennessee State                                             6-1                 558                    NR

25.    New Hampshire                                              2-3                320                    25 

Others receiving votes:  Southern Illinois, Charleston Southern, Delaware, William & Mary, Southeastern Louisiana, South Carolina State, Harvard, Cal Poly, Tennessee-Martin, Southern Utah, Jacksonville State, Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga, Jackson State, Stony Brook, Illinois State, Richmond, Alcorn State.

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Towson aims to stay perfect Saturday against Villanova

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Seeking their 11th consecutive victory, Coach Rob Ambrose and the undefeated Towson University football team (6-0, 2-0) will face one of its toughest challenges of the season when the Tigers host No. 15 Villanova University (3-2, 2-0) in an important Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Ranked third in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers will be celebrating Homecoming when they host the Wildcats.

The pre-season favorite to win the CAA championship, Villanova brings a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s night game. Last season, Towson and Villanova shared the CAA championship with New Hampshire and Richmond.

Saturday night’s game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network with Mike Corey and Anthony Herron calling the action.

The Towson-Villanova game will also feature the only two players ever to win the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS football, junior Terrance West of Towson and sophomore quarterback John Robertson of Villanova. West was the inaugural Jerry Rice Award winner in 2011 while Robertson earned the award last season.

The Tigers come into Saturday night’s game with one of the top offensive teams and one of the top defensive squads in NCAA FCS. Averaging 40.8 points per game, the Tigers are ranked eighth in NCAA FCS. At the same time, Towson is allowing 16.8 points per contest, sixth in the nation.

Coach Ambrose knows that the Tigers will have their will be facing a serious challenge on Saturday night.

He says, “Villanova is an incredibly talented team and is extremely well-coached. Villanova isn’t just a great team. Villanova is a great program. Their quarterback is one of the best players in the league if not the country. Villanova has the ability to withstand injuries without missing a beat because they have such tremendous depth.”

The Tiger offense is coming off a school-record performance against New Hampshire. In the win over UNH, Towson set a school record with 731 yards of total offense.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens enjoyed the best game of his career in the win over UNH. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns. In six games this season, Athens has completed 98 of 154 passes for 1,332 yards and eight touchdowns. He has only thrown four interceptions and he has only been sacked three times.

The second-leading rusher in Towson history, West is enjoying the best season of his career. In six games, he has rushed for 886 yards on 154 carries, an average of 5.8 yards per attempt. He ranks fourth in NCAA FCS in rushing yards and leads the nation with 15 touchdowns. The leading-rusher in the CAA, he has run for more than 100 yards in five of six games and he has been honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.

Named as the FCS National Co-Player of the Week by The Sports Network after his 238-yard game against New Hampshire, West is a leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award. He has been earned 10 weekly awards from the CAA in his career, a league record.

The Tiger defense, which is ranked 12th in the nation while allowing 301.8 total yards per game, has been led by senior linebacker Telvion Clark. Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week after the win over New Hampshire, Clark leads the Tigers with 55 tackles. He also ranks sixth in the CAA in tackles.

When the Tigers host Villanova, they will be trying to avoid the slow starts that have hurt them in the last two games. In their 35-21 win over Stony Brook, the Tigers rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit. They also trailed by 21-10 at the half. In their 44-28 win over New Hampshire, the Tigers spotted UNH a 20-3 first quarter lead before scoring 41 consecutive points.

Not surprisingly, the Tigers have been a second-half team all season. Towson has outscored its opponents by a 118-30 margin in the second half. In the third quarter, the Tigers own a 72-7 advantage. The only third-quarter touchdown that the Tigers have allowed came against Delaware State when Towson already had a 49-0 lead.

If the Tigers beat Villanova, they will tie the school record for consecutive wins, a mark set by the 1974 and 1975 Tigers.

After hosting Villanova on Saturday night, the Tigers will be back on the road next week when they travel to Albany.

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