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Twelve Ravens thoughts in middle of “dead” season

Posted on 29 June 2019 by Luke Jones

With the Ravens and the rest of the NFL in the midst of their “dead” season, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:

1. The unknown is what makes 2019 so intriguing with training camp weeks away. The many veteran departures do leave Baltimore with a lower floor, but the emphasis on youth potentially creates a higher ceiling. There’s no sense in being too sentimental after one playoff victory in the last six seasons.

2. With more analyst hires and a priority on pass coverage over pressure, the Ravens continue embracing analytics, which makes their run-first offense even more fascinating with “smart” football all about the pass today. It may not prove revolutionary or even successful, but I respect trying to find a hidden edge.

3. Even during this time away from the team facility, players put in a tremendous amount of work just to maintain their strength and fitness. That’s why I don’t envy Michael Pierce these next several weeks, but any “catching up” he does will be critical for his free-agent value come March.

4. I’m reminded of Steve Bisciotti’s candid comments this spring that he had “no idea” what to expect from Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin, who both missed extensive spring reps. I can’t buy the passing game being good enough without meaningful contributions from at least one rookie.

5. We’ve discussed the left guard position extensively and will continue to during training camp, but Ben Powers seizing the job instead of there being a battle of attrition would do wonders for the long-term upside of the offensive line. You can’t expect that from a fourth-round rookie, however.

6. I’ve mentioned this before, but always take note of contract status, financial guarantees, and draft standing when sizing up the 53-man roster. Even if the performance isn’t completely equal, teams often prefer someone with more years remaining on his rookie deal — and upside — than a guy soon hitting the market.

7. It was good to see former Ravens scout Chad Alexander receive the opportunity to become Joe Douglas’ director of player personnel in New York. With former Ravens executive Phil Savage also on staff, the Jets could have a good thing if — and it’s a colossal if — ownership doesn’t ruin it.

8. I expect comparisons to continue, but it’d be refreshing to see both Lamar Jackson and Joe Flacco succeed in their respective situations to put the debate to rest. It’s fine to root for the latter, but not as ammunition against a 22-year-old in his first full year as a starter.

9. I’m already dreading subjective pass interference reviews bringing any flow of an enjoyable game to a halt. I’d like egregious calls to be corrected as much as anyone, but I can’t help but feel watching the same replay over and over and over is quietly becoming our new favorite pastime.

10. Just 12 players on the current roster were born in the 1980s and the last two first-round picks — Jackson and Brown — weren’t yet born when the Ravens played their first game at old Memorial Stadium. Either the Ravens are really young or I’m just getting old.

11. John Harbaugh is entering his 12th season, which will tie the combined tenures of Brian Billick and the late Ted Marchibroda. Not too bad for a special teams coach known as the older brother of former Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh when he was hired.

12. The decision to stop holding training camp in Westminster was unpopular, but the Ravens deserve credit for going to great lengths to accommodate up to nearly 2,000 fans per practice at their Owings Mills facility while other teams continue scaling back access to practices and charging money.

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Chapter 2: High Standards, Low Profile of Steve Bisciotti

Posted on 13 January 2018 by Nestor Aparicio

 

“Steve (Bisciotti) is straightforward and that makes it easy. He’s not a prima donna. He’s direct. He’s upfront. If there’s something he doesn’t like, he tells you. If he feels strongly about something, he tells you. There’s no secret agenda. There’s nothing you have to discover. Steve is a great believer in direct communication and he runs the business that way.”

— Baltimore Ravens President Dick Cass (March 2013)

 

IN MANY CITIES IN AMERICA the owners of sports franchises can still somehow stay or hide in the shadow of their local investment and create nary a stir when they enter a room. Being anonymous has its privileges and benefits, a thought Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti would certainly echo. But in Baltimore, where the owners of the local professional teams have been true newsmakers and iconoclasts for the better part of a half a century, owning the NFL franchise that a community treats like family or a personal treasure can be like carrying the collective weight of the civic mood on your shoulders.

Bisciotti did his best to remain a private citizen after taking over the Ravens from Arthur B. Modell in early 2004, but you can’t be invested in the most significant sports soap opera in the community and stand at the top of the pyramid making the most important decisions for the fan base without becoming a public figure of the highest order.

If you are a sports fan from Baltimore, Maryland, you have endured your fair share of abuse. In the 1970’s, the Baltimore Bullets were dragged down I-95 to the Washington suburbs by owner Abe Pollin, professional hockey went into hibernation with the Clippers and there were strong whispers of the Orioles going to D.C. to replace the departed Washington Senators. It got no better in the 1980’s. There was always the ominous and omnipresent shadow of Robert Irsay, the man who acquired the Baltimore Colts from Carroll Rosenbloom in a swap for the Los Angeles Rams in 1972 and later moved them to Indianapolis in a convoy of Mayflower moving trucks in the middle of a snowy, teary night for the Charm City on March 28, 1984 after a decade of tyranny and threats to the community of the inevitable move.

Since the turn of the century, both the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles fan bases’ have been tormented and tortured by disastrous moves on the field and big moves downward in the standings since the involvement of Daniel Snyder and Peter G. Angelos have fallen upon the I-95 corridor. These two have shined a bright light on what can go wrong when poor decisions are consistently being made from the top of the organization and how quickly decades of support for enduring brands can erode and deteriorate when fans and customers smell the stench of poor ownership.

The reality in the 21st century is that with the scarcity of teams available and the cost of buying a sports franchise for hundreds of millions of dollars, no one wants to pony up the kind of money to be an owner without having a strong desire to be heavily involved in strategy and a strong desire to win – whether it’s on the field or at the cash register. Many of these thrill seekers have lacked proper training, background and the feel for sports ownership especially with such a public light illuminating every decision that is made in real time on the internet. What sounds like fun in the beginning becomes an albatross and a public nuisance once it becomes apparent how specialized each league, sport and business is from an ownership standpoint.

It was no secret that Art Modell was struggling financially in Cleveland and those ghosts of burgeoning debt followed him east to Baltimore in 1996. By 1999, the NFL and his debtors with the banks demanded that he find a partner to buy the team and help him find the exit door with the class and dignity that his departure from Cleveland clearly lacked.

The same man who found Modell in Cleveland and brokered the deal for the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore in the Fall of 1995 was the same man who found a buyer four years later: local attorney and sports franchise expert John Moag. After Modell made the move to Baltimore, Moag became a trusted confidant and had all of the institutional knowledge that would be necessary to assist in finding a new owner for the Baltimore Ravens.

Moag knew Bisciotti and was privy to most of Modell’s financial struggles. The rest is history.

By any account, Steve Bisciotti is a sports nut. He’s long been a fiercely loyal University of Maryland supporter, close confidant of legendary Terps basketball head coach Gary Williams and a Ravens and Orioles season ticket holder at the time. At worst, he would’ve been a very educated sports radio talk show caller before he got involved in the purchase the Baltimore Ravens in 1999.

Bisciotti, born April 10, 1960 in Philadelphia, came to the Severna Park area of Anne Arundel County in 1961 when Bernard and Patricia Bisciotti moved from Philadelphia for Bernard’s new sales executive job. He was 8 years old when the Colts lost Super Bowl III to Joe Namath and the New York Jets. He was a huge Paul Blair fan during the heyday of the Earl Weaver-led Orioles in his adolescence. He journeyed with his friends up Richie Highway to Memorial Stadium in the 1970’s and loved the Bert Jones-era of the “Shake and Bake” Colts.

Bisciotti’s father died of leukemia when he was in elementary school leaving his sports-crazed widowed mother, who raised him by preaching faith, hard work, determination and manners. Nicknamed “Shots” by his college pals at Salisbury State, where he earned a Liberal Arts degree, Bisciotti became obsessed with making enough money by the age of 35 so that his wife and kids wouldn’t have to work if his father’s fate befell him. He had the early jobs of a kid who worked hard and learned the world: pumping gas, mowing lawns, and building piers in Anne Arundel County, where he graduated from Severna Park High School. He founded a staffing firm called Aerotek in his basement with $3,500 of seed money at age 23 during the Colts final season in Baltimore. He now owns a massive stake in Allegis

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Ravens looking to invite more fans to training camp

Posted on 23 March 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens haven’t held training camp at McDaniel College in five years, but the organization wants to bring the old Westminster feel to their Owings Mills facility in the coming summers.

Team president Dick Cass told reporters at the league meetings in Phoenix that the Ravens are exploring ways to accommodate more fans to attend training camp practices. The possibilities include buying land adjacent to the team’s training facility for additional parking.

After the Ravens accommodated a maximum of 500 fans at certain practices last summer, Cass told the team’s official website that they hope to bring 1,000 fans per day to camp workouts this summer and 3,000 spectators to individual practices by 2016, which would be more in line with the types of crowds they once saw in Westminster. The organization also plans to bring in more entertainment for fans at the training facility.

The Ravens held training camp in Westminster from 1996 through 2010, but the 2011 camp was moved to the training facility in Owings Mills due to the uncertainty that accompanied the offseason lockout. Baltimore officially decided a year later to keep summer workouts at their multimillion-dollar facility moving forward to better prepare for the regular season, but the move eliminated arguably the most intimate setting for fans to watch players and interact with them.

Cass said the Ravens will once again hold a training camp practice at M&T Bank Stadium this summer, which is currently slated for Aug. 3. It remains unclear whether they will hold another practice at the Naval Academy in Annapolis this summer.

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Westminster’s Wilson named Ravens high school coach of week

Posted on 10 September 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

Brad Wilson, varsity head football coach of the Westminster Owls, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in the award’s 18th year of existence, Wilson is the first recipient of the honor in 2014.

Last Friday (9/5), Westminster (1-0) earned a thrilling 21-19 victory over the defending Maryland Class 3A State Champion Middletown Knights. Behind a stalwart defensive effort, the Owls’ winning score came on a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior Chad Patterson with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Defensive lineman Matt Nichols secured a fumble shortly thereafter to secure Westminster’s exciting win.

The Owls’ victory snapped Middletown’s 36-game winning streak, which was the state’s longest active streak, dating back to Oct. 4, 2011.

“As we graduated quite a few offensive players after last season, we knew our defense was going to be the strength of our team early this season,” Wilson explained. “The defense, along with our special teams, were fantastic Friday night. We knew if we hung around in the game and were able to make a few big plays at the end, we’d have a good chance at winning this football game, and that’s exactly what we did.”

The Owls travel to Linganore (Frederick, Md.) this Friday (9/12) and look to avenge last year’s 41-20 defeat to Lancers.

Each week during the season, the Ravens honor a high school coach who has made a significant impact on his student-athletes. Each winner will be in attendance at the Ravens-Jaguars home game on Dec. 14 for an opportunity to be named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year. In addition, each coach receives a donation to the school’s football program and an award from head coach John Harbaugh.

In addition to the Ravens Coach of the Week, the Baltimore Ravens and The Baltimore Sun will recognize one local high school football game each week as their “Ravens RISE High School Game of the Week.” A preview of the game will be featured in the paper and online each Friday, with a photo gallery from the game posted following the matchup. (The Baltimore Sun will host a poll for fans and schools to vote for their favorite game.) The chosen matchup will also receive a visit to the game from the Ravens Cheerleaders and team mascot, Poe, and both participating schools will be awarded a donation to their respective athletic programs.

This week, the Old Mill (Millersville, Md.) Patriots travel to the Arundel (Gambrills, Md.) Wildcats for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday (9/12). The visiting Patriots look for their first Anne Arundel County win in 2014 following a 25-22 loss to Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.), while the Wildcats hope to continue their winning ways after a 46-0 victory over the Severna Park Falcons.

These initiatives are just a piece of the Ravens’ new football outreach program, Ravens RISE. With programs for all football players in Maryland, from youth to high school, Ravens RISE provides an opportunity to “Play Like A Raven” all year long through clinics, tournaments, grants, ticket donations, and exclusive opportunities to play at M&T Bank Stadium and interact with Ravens players and coaches. To learn more about Ravens RISE, go to www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RISE.

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Stevenson tops Denison, third date with Salisbury in NCAA semis looms

Posted on 16 May 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) totaled six points with five goals and one assist, breaking the school’s NCAA Tournament record for goals as the No. 5 Mustangs advanced to semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 14-7 victory over No. 8 Denison Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

With the win, Stevenson (18-4) improved to 13-1 at home this season and advanced to its third national semfinal in four NCAA Tournament appearances. The team is also one win shy of the school record for wins in a season set in 2010.

The win also sets up a third meeting between the Mustangs and rival Salisbury for the third time this season. Sunday’s game will mark the ninth meeting between the schools in the last three seasons and the third in last four in the NCAA Tournament.

For Reid, he now has 19 goals in five games in the NCAA Tournament, breaking the school record held by Richie Ford who had 15 in eight games.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and held an 8-3 advantage at the half. In 22 games this season, Stevenson has outscored its opponents 131-57 in the first half, including 80-27 in the second quarter.

Reid scored four of his five goals in the first half, including three in-a-row to end the second quarter.

Denison (15-2), who suffered both of its losses this season at Mustang Stadium, pulled within four on Alex Hardt’s 37th goal of the season with 10:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. Both teams would exchange goals over the next two minutes before the Mustangs finished the game by netting the final three to send the team to its third semifinals.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte) finished with four goals while senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) had two goals and one assist and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had one goal and two assists.

Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) also scored two goals.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled 11 saves to lead the defense while junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and junior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) each had three caused turnovers.

Hardt finished with three goals to lead the Big Red while Cory Couture had two goals and one assist. Nick Petracca was credited with 15 saves.

Sunday’s semifinal game time between Stevenson and Salisbury will be announced on Thursday.

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Stevenson blasts Birmingham-Southern in NCAA Tournament opener

Posted on 09 May 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) tied a career-high with five goals while
adding one assist for six points, one shy of his career-high, as the fourth-ranked Mustangs began their fourth NCAA Division III Men’s
Lacrosse Championship with a 13-2 win over Birmingham-Southern in the first round Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (16-4) won their sixth NCAA tournament game with all six victories coming at home where they have posted a 6-1 record.

After Erik Klein scored his team-leading 62nd goal of the season with 12:33 left in the first quarter to give the Panthers an early 1-0
lead, the Mustangs scored the next 10-straight, including four from Reid, as they built a 10-1 advantage with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

Two of Reid’s goals came with on the man-up where Stevenson was 4-for-10 for the game. Three of the Mustangs’ final four goals came
with a man-advantage. After going 0-for-3 on the extra-man in the first quarter, Stevenson scored on four of its final seven extra-man
opportunities.

The Mustangs also did well at the face-off dot, winning 13-of-18 with freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) winning 10-of-13. He also had seven ground balls.

Freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) also had a career-high, totaling three points with two goals and one assist.  Sophomore J.P. Coombe (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) also had two goals while sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) and senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) each had one goal and one assist.

Meanwhile, the Stevenson defense was led by 10 saves from senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) while juniors Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) each had three caused turnovers.

Jacob McPherson finished with one goal and one assist for Birmingham-Southern who was making its first-ever appearance in the
NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship in just its fourth season as a program. Andrew Huffman was credited with 15 saves.

The Mustangs host Gettysburg in the second round on Saturday. Game time will be announced on Thursday. The Bullets lead the overall
series with Stevenson 2-1 with the last meeting coming in the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship
with Gettysburg prevailing on the road, 12-7.

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Ravens announce plans for open training camp practices

Posted on 04 May 2012 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 training camp, connected by Verizon, will feature individual practices to be held at M&T Bank Stadium, the U.S. Naval Academy and Stevenson University. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Additionally, by entering a lottery on www.baltimoreravens.com, fans in limited numbers will have an opportunity to attend training camp at the team’s Owings Mills facility. The Ravens can safely host 200 people on the fields of their practice complex, and fans who are randomly chosen through the drawing will be invited to view approximately 14 of the team’s training camp sessions.

Further details regarding the lottery, its entry process and the Owings Mills practices will be announced on the team’s website in mid-June.

“It’s important for us to connect with as many of our fans as we can during training camp,” Ravens president Dick Cass said. “We know we can’t duplicate the fan experiences we had at McDaniel College, but these opportunities will give many people an opportunity to get up close and personal outside of our home games.”

M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to host a training camp practice on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Ravens are then slated to practice at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 12. The team will round out its off-site training camp sessions at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Venues will feature interactive fan events, including player autograph signings for children, fun-filled activities designed specifically for youth and cheerleader/mascot meet-and-greets. Times and specifics for each practice will be announced this summer.

Ravens 2012 Off-Site Training Camp Practices

Date Venue Location

Saturday, Aug. 4 M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, Md.

Sunday, Aug. 12 Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis, Md.

Sunday, Aug. 19* Stevenson University Mustang Stadium Owings Mills, Md.

(All three practices are free for fans; times to be announced this summer; dates subject to change)

* Ticketed event that will be free for fans; details to be announced later

Summer Football Clinics

Head coach John Harbaugh and members of his coaching staff will host the Ravens Football Clinic, presented by Under Armour, for Carroll County youth and high school players at McDaniel College on Saturday, June 16. Approximately 450 participants are expected to attend the camp that will feature on-field drills, seminars and competitions for youth ranging from 6-18.

“Our staff is looking forward to the clinic,” Harbaugh stated. “We’ll teach some football, stress some life lessons and have fun.”

Additionally, on July 6-7, McDaniel College will host the Joe Flacco Passing Academy with Tyrod Taylor, and coaches Cam Cameron and Jim Caldwell. The camp is designed for 100 invited high school players, all of whom will work with the Ravens’ quarterbacks and offensive coaches, in addition to several of the team’s wide receivers.

“We’re excited to build relationships with area high school kids and work to help them improve,” Flacco stated. “This gives us an opportunity to teach young players many of the things we go through each week during the season. We want this to be something they can take with them and utilize in the long haul. This extends beyond football, as we will focus on what it takes to be successful both on and off the field.”

Fans are welcome to watch the on-field activities at this camp. Times will be announced once they’re set.

McDaniel College’s Kenneth R. Gill Stadium

The Ravens have donated $100,000 to help complete the construction of McDaniel College’s new on-campus stadium. Named Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, the facility will be used by the Green Terror’s football, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field teams.

“Through the years, McDaniel College has been a terrific partner with us,” Cass said. “We’re happy we can help them with this important project.”

Construction began this past February, and the stadium is scheduled to open on Sept. 15, when McDaniel hosts Muhlenberg College in the football home opener. Funded solely by charitable gifts, the brick stadium’s facade will match the other buildings on campus and serve as the primary focal point along the college’s entranceway.

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Seven Mustangs Named All-CAC

Posted on 02 May 2012 by WNST Staff

YORK, Pa. – After posting a 14-4 record, finishing second in the CAC and earning a No. 4 national ranking, the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team had seven players named to the All-CAC team on Tuesday, including three named to the first team. All seven players earned their first career all-conference selections.

In their five seasons in the CAC, the Mustangs had a total of 39 All-CAC selections while boasting two CAC Rookie of the Year honorees
and the 2011 CAC Player of the Year.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) were each named to the first team.

Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph), juniors Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and sophomore Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys’ Latin) were all selected to the second team.

Banick leads the team in goals, assists and points in his first season, having totaled 29 goals, 24 assists and 53 points in 18 games while making 17 starts. He ranks sixth in the CAC in goals and points.

Holechek is the team’s leader with 70 ground balls and 48 caused turnovers, a mark that ranks second for a single-season in school
history. He currently ranks second in the CAC in caused turnovers and was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week on March 26.

Bolland has started all 18 of the team’s games in goal and leads the CAC in minutes played with 1,005. He is second with a 6.51 goals
against average and 14 victories while ranking fourth with a 55.1 saves percentage.

Lea is second on the team with a career-high 22 goals, despite missing eight games due to injury. He is also fourth on the team with 26
points and was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week on April 9.

Bratton has played in all 18 of the team’s games while starting in 17 and ranking second on the team and fifth in the CAC with 28 caused
turnovers. He has also totaled 43 ground balls.

Fendlay is fourth member of the Mustangs’ starting defense to earn All-CAC honors. He joins Holechek and Bolland as the only three
players to start all 18 games this season and ranks third on the team with 24 caused turnovers and second with 59 ground balls.

Rubenstein, the 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year, has totaled 14 caused turnovers and 38 ground balls this season. He has also totaled one
goal and one assist and long-stick midfielder.

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UMBC Rally Falls Short in Loss to Stony Brook

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE– UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) tied a career-high with five goals and led a furious comeback, but the host Retrievers fell to Stony Brook, 10-8, before 960 fans at UMBC Stadium.

The Seawolves won their 17th consecutive regular season contest and improved to 3-0 in the conference and 4-7 overall, while UMBC slipped to 2-1 in league play and 4-6 overall.

Jones was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, while Stony Brook senior midfielder Robbie Campbell earned the honor for his side. Campbell scored four goals and shared the spotlight with junior goalkeeper Sean Brady, who made 14 saves for the visitors.

The Retrievers trailed, 9-2, late in the third quarter, but exploded for five goals in the span of 3:11 to trim the deficit to 9-7 with 12:17 remaining. Jones started the surge by converting a Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) feed with 32 seconds left in the third quarter.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won all seven fourth quarter draws and UMBC capitalized early in the fourth. Sophomore midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster,Md./Boys’ Latin) scored 52 seconds into the period, and after an SBU violation on the ensuing draw, Poe fed sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River), who scored to cut the deficit to 9-5.

Gregoire picked off a Stony Brook clearing pass and fed Jones on the left doorstep for UMBC’s sixth goal at the 13:16 mark and Jones’ rocket from a sharp left angle on freshman Derek Bertolini’s (Madison, Conn.) pass brought the hosts to within 9-7 with 12:17 to play.

The Retrievers had two possessions to cut the lead to one, but committed turnovers in each case. The second miscue led to a Seawolf fast break and freshman attackman Mike Rooney scored to restore a three-goal visitor margin at 10-7 with 8:11 to play.

Jones scored his team-leading 27th goal on a cross-field feed from junior middie Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) to pull UMBC to within a pair with 2:23 to play. But Bertolini’s shot with 1:47 remaining was easily handled by Brady and the Retrievers never regained possession.

Lustgarten had a goal and two helpers for UMBC and now has 10 assists in his last four outings.

Poe won 15 of 22 face-offs and led all players with eight ground balls. But UMBC suffered 21 turnovers in the game, mostly in the offensive end, as they only failed to clear on one of 16 opportunities.

Rooney also scored four times for Stony Brook.

Stony Brook scored the game’s first three goals and UMBC did not get on the board until 2:54 remained in the first quarter, when Lustgarten scored an unassisted goal. The Seawolves led, 5-1 after 15 minutes and 6-2 at halftime.

Shots were even at 30 apiece and UMBC junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md../Severn) made 10 stops for the Retrievers.

The Retrievers have another opportunity to take on an undefeated America East squad when they face Albany at home next Saturday, April 21.

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Stevenson Stays Hot With Win Over St. Mary’s

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – In just his second game back from injury, Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) scored a career-high four goals while the defense held its opponent to five goals or less for eighth time this season in a 14-5 victory Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

The win was the fifth-straight for Stevenson (10-2, 5-0 CAC) who won its 17th consecutive CAC contest dating back to Apr. 7, 2010. It was also the seventh in as many games at home for the Mustangs this season and moved them into sole possession of first place in the CAC standings, one game ahead of rival Salisbury.

In two games since returning from a broken hand, Lea has totaled six goals and seven points versus Hood and St. Mary’s (Md.). He scored three of the Mustangs’ first seven goals, netting his third with 10:03 remaining in the second quarter to give Stevenson a 7-2 lead.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored the first of his two goals just eight seconds later as the Mustangs
led by six before taking an 8-3 advantage into halftime.

Stevenson held a 32-7 edge in shots at the half and a 53-22 margin for the game.

Senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) scored the first of back-to-back goals only 18 seconds into the third quarter with a man
advantage that jump started a second half in which Stevenson outscored the Seahawks 6-2, including 4-1 in the third quarter.

Sophomore and reigning CAC Player of the Week Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) picked up the second of his three assists on
the goal by Rossi as he now has a team-high 20 assists this season. During the team’s five-game win streak, Dashiell has totaled 22 points and 15 assists.

A total of 11 different players scored for the Mustangs, including freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) who netted his first career goal to start the second quarter.

Defensively, junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers while
juniors Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) each had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and freshman Kevin Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) each had four saves.

Stewart D’Ambrogi had a goal and an assist for the Seahawks (7-4, 4-1 CAC) while Patrick Mull finished with two assists. Stu Wheeler made 19 saves.

Stevenson hosts No. 8 Denison on Saturday at Mustang Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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