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Maryland rolls past Michigan to remain undefeated

Posted on 18 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Junior Jay Carlson netted a hat trick in the first half and had four goals in total to lead the No. 1 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over Michigan on Tuesday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.

The Terrapins improve to 7-0 overall on the season with the win, while the Wolverines fall below .500 at 4-5.

Michigan took the early lead on a goal by Thomas Paras at the 12:42 mark, but Maryland tied the game four minutes later when junior Brian Cole found sophomore Henry West in the right slot and West was able to step into a big shot from the outside.

The Terrapins took the lead with 1:52 left in the first when junior Jay Carlson added another highlight reel goal to his resume as he took a feed from Cole and one-timed a back-handed shovel shot past Michigan goalie Robbie Zonino.

Maryland opened the second quarter scoring with an unassisted goal by freshman Connor Cannizzaro as he got a step on his defender and buried a runner down the left alley with 12:39 left on the clock.

Senior Mike Chanenchuk made it a three-goal lead with his 20th goal of the season on a runner down the right alley at the 4:56 mark of the second. Carlson then scored his second of the day, finishing a pass from senior Rustin Bryantwith 2:38 to go to make it a 5-1 game.

The Terrapins’ five-goal run came to an end with 46 seconds left in the second quarter when David McCormack found Ian King open on the crease and King finished to trim the Wolverines’ deficit back to three at 5-2.

Carlson finished his hat trick with just three seconds left in the first half to give Maryland a 6-2 lead heading into the break. The play started with a shot from freshman Matt Rambo that was saved by Zonino. The ball bounced away from the Michigan goalie and West came up with a tough groundball amidst some Wolverine defenders. West then quickly found Carlson across the crease with a nifty pass and Carlson finished into a wide open net.

Cannizzaro opened the scoring in the third with his second unassisted tally of the game at the 12:14 mark, but Michigan answered back with an unassisted goal by Mikie Schlosser with 11:39 left in the third.

Chanenchuk scored his second of the game to up Maryland’s lead back to five, connecting on a low shot from the left wing after receiving a cross-field pass from freshman Colin Heacock at the 10:26 mark.

Schlosser scored his second for the Wolverines to make it an 8-4 game with 9:23 left in the third, but Maryland answered with goals by Carlson, his fourth of the game coming off an inside feed by Chanenchuk, and Rambo to increase the Terrapin lead to 10-4 at the 6:47 mark.

Rambo then opened the fourth quarter by finishing his natural hat trick at the 11:07 mark of the fourth. He took a feed from sophomore Bradlee Lord and came around the goal and scored on Zonino to up the Terrapin lead to 12-4.

Rambo then tacked on his fourth of the day, splitting a Michigan double-team on the right side and ripping a shot into the upper left corner with 8:20 to play in the game.

Michigan ended Maryland’s second 5-0 run of the game with an unassisted goal by King at the 6:28 mark.

Senior goalie Niko Amato made seven saves for the Terps, who were led defensively by senior Michael Ehrhardt, who caused three turnovers and picked up two groundballs.

Sophomore faceoff man Jon Garino won 11-of-19 draws on the day and finished with a team-high five groundballs.

Maryland returns to conference play on Saturday, March 22 when it heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on No. 6 North Carolina. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Kenan Stadium and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 13-5 win Maryland is now 1-0 all-time vs. Michigan.
• With four points on two goals and two assists, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 34 multi-point, 26 multi-goal and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• With four points on four goals, junior Jay Carlson now has seven hat tricks, 17 multi-point and 13 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, junior Bryan Cole registered the third multi-point and first multi-assist game of his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, sophomore Henry West now has two multi-point games for his career.
• With four points on four goals, freshman Matt Rambo now has three hat tricks, six multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, freshman Connor Cannizzaro now has (two hat tricks), five multi-point and four multi-goal games for his career.

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Maryland makes first ever visit to future Big Ten foe Michigan Tuesday

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 1 Maryland (6-0) men’s lacrosse team makes its first-ever appearance in The Big House when the Terps travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on Michigan on Tuesday, March 18 at 4 p.m.

• The game is scheduled to be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network as part of Big Ten Student U Productions. Premium content on the Big Ten Digital Network is available for a monthly subscription of $14.95. Click here for more information.

• Maryland is coming off of a 12-10 home win over Villanova on Friday night at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Freshmen Connor Cannizzaro (3), Matt Rambo (2) and Colin Heacock (1) combined to score six of Maryland’s 12 goals, while senior Mike Chanenchuk led the Terps with four points on three goals and an assist vs. the Wildcats. Chanenchuk leads the team this season with 25 points on 19 goals and six assists. He is followed closely by Rambo, who has 17 points on 12 goals and four assists. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 67-of-112 (.598) faceoffs this season with a team-best 47 groundballs and four goals. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 25 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 14 caused turnovers. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (56 straight) and boasts a 6.71 goals-against average this season with a .608 save percentage.

• Michigan evened its record at 4-4 with an 11-10 overtime victory at Bellarmine in its ECAC opener this past Saturday in Louisville. It was the Wolverines’ third overtime game this season. Freshman attackman Ian King leads the Michigan offense with 18 points on 17 goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Jackson also has double-digit goals with 12 to go along the three assists for 15 points. Senior midfielder Thomas Paras is the team’s leader in assists with eight and also has 15 points. Freshman Robbie Zoninio has started all eight games in net for the Wolverines and has an 11.98 goals-against average and is saving 44.6 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Sophomore faceoff specialist Brad Lott has taken 138 of Michigan’s 215 faceoffs this year, winning 85 draws (61.6) with 52 groundballs to his credit.


10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 107 of the 116 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 … This season is just the eighth time since 1982 that the Terps have scored at least 10 goals in each of its first six games.
7 … Seven Terps have at least 10 groundballs this season, including three of its top four scorers.
6 … Six different Terps have scored at least one extra-man goal this season.
5 … The Terps are averaging just over five goals per game this season in the second quarter.
4 … Maryland has only lost four times to first-time opponents in its 89-season history.
3 … This will be just the third time in the last six seasons that Maryland has traveled west to play (2009 NCAA’s at Notre Dame, 2010 season opener at Bellarmine).
2 … Maryland junior Michael Bender has played two games vs. the Wolverines when he was at Bellarmine.
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 61-34 career record for a 64.2 winning percentage. Tillman is 41-15 (.732) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• John Pauls is the only head coach in the short three-year history of the Michigan men’s lacrosse program and has a 6-30 (.200) overall record with the Wolverines.


• This will be the first-ever meeting between the Terps and the Wolverines.


• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 89 seasons. The 2014 season adds Michigan to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


• 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 31 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 21-10 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 107 of the 116 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 199 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.4 percent of the time.


• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 65-4 (.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 6-0 on the year and shot 30% or better in three 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%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%

• 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.


• Six games into the 2014 season and so far and three Terps have notched at least one point in every game.

• Senior Mike Chanenchuk has scored at least one point in each of the six games so far in 2014 and has a 29-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 36 of 38 games.

• Junior Jay Carlson and freshman Matt Rambo have also registered at least one point in every game this season. Junior Joe LoCascio had his five-game point scoring streak end in the Villanova game.


• 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. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14.

• 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 (2 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14


• 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 753-253-4 (.748), 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 53-19 in the 2010’s for a .736 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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Hopkins stays unbeaten with win over Michigan

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and had 11 different players score as the Blue Jays eased past visiting Michigan, 14-5, at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 3-0 on the year, while the Wolverines slip to 2-2.

The win was the 150th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and it came in his 200th game as the head coach at Homewood. He is now 150-50 as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and 173-67 overall.

Hopkins sprinted out to a 6-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes as five different players found the back of the net. Junior Michael Pellegrino’s transition goal opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game and JHU added five more goals on 13 first-quarter shots to push out to the early six-goal lead.

Junior Wells Stanwick assisted on Pellegrino’s goal, added a strike of his own four minutes later and got the helper on Brandon Benn’s second goal of the quarter in the final minute to fuel the early run, which also included unassisted goals from midfielders Bronson Kelly and John Crawley.

Doug Bryant broke a game-opening Wolverine scoring drought that reached more than 21 minutes when he fired home an unassisted goal at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter, but a three-goal Blue Jay run that took less than two minutes midway through the period effectively put the game away. A pair of Holden Cattoni goals, including one while the Blue Jays were on the extra-man, and a strike from senior midfielder Rob Guida accounted for JHU’s second-quarter scoring and gave JHU the eight-goal halftime lead.

Michigan eventually outshot the Blue Jays 41-36, but the Blue Jay defense did a great job of pushing the Wolverines to their off-hand and tough angles. Senior goalie Eric Schneider posted eight of his career-high 20 saves in the first half as the Blue Jays built their lead. Schneider’s 20 saves are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Pierce Bassett had 20 in a win against then eighth-ranked Loyola on May 8, 2010.

The Blue Jays nearly matched their three-goal second-quarter run with a three-goal flurry in the third quarter that took just under three minutes and included Guida’s second and goals by sophomore Ryan Brown and freshman Cody Radziewicz. Guida’s goal with just over 10 minutes remaining gave the Blue Jays a 12-1 lead.

Michigan won the statistical battle over the final 20 minutes of the game and outscored the Blue Jays 4-2 over that span to account for the 14-5 final score. David McCormack, David Joseph and Kyle Jackson scored unassisted goals during that time for the Wolverines and Peter Kraus assisted on a Riley Kennedy goal for the Wolverines, who fired off 27 of their 41 shots in the second half.

Benn, Guida and Cattoni all scored twice for the Blue Jays, who also got the one goal and three assists from Stanwick.

The Blue Jay defense held Michigan’s starting attack and first midfield to a combined two goals and no assists on 18 shots. Sophomore Brad Lott had a great day on faceoffs for the Wolverines as he was 14-of-23 and added nine ground balls.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is 3-0 for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the last seven years • JHU improved to 20-3 all-time in the month of February • Benn’s two goals extended his goal-scoring streak to 19 games.

Michigan (2-2) 0-1-2-2/5
Johns Hopkins (3-0) 6-3-4-1/14

GoalsM: McCormack, Jackson, Bryant, Joseph, Kenedy. J: Guida-2, Benn-2, Cattoni-2, Stanwick, Crawley, Pellegrino, Schuler, Brown, Madarsz, Radziewicz, Kelly, B. AssistsM: Kraus. J: Stanwick-3, Benn, Brown, Guida, Reed, Schneider.SavesM: Zonino-7. J: Schneider-20, Ryan-1. Shots: M-41, J-36. EMOM: 1-for-1. J: 1-for-1. Attendance: 1,603.


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Hopkins/Michigan lacrosse game moved to Homewood Field

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced a change in the Blue Jays’ 2014 schedule today.  The Johns Hopkins-Michigan game, originally scheduled for February 22, 2014 at Michigan, will now be played at Homewood Field (noon).  Television plans for the game have not been announced at this point.

The game cannot be played at Michigan Stadium as originally agreed upon and a decision to move the game to Homewood Field was made by Pietramala and Michigan head coach John Paul.

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Steady Loyola cruises to win at Michigan

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Steady Performance For Men’s Lacrosse In Win At Michigan


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Loyola University Maryland’s defense forced 18 University of Michigan turnovers, causing 11, and yielded just three goals on 26 shots, as the Greyhounds defeated the host Wolverines, 10-3, on Saturday afternoon in ECAC Lacrosse League action at Michigan Stadium.

Loyola’s attack of Zach Herreweyers, Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward combined for eight of the goals. Herreweyers and Sawyer each had hat tricks, and Ward scored a pair for the Greyhounds who never trailed in the game.

On the defensive end, Jack Runkel and Jimmy Joe Granito split halves in goal, combining for seven saves; Runkel stopped four and allowed one goal in the first half, and Granito tallied three.

The close defense of Joe Fletcher (three), Pat Frazier and T.J. Harris (two each) had a combined seven caused turnovers, and short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins recorded two. Fletcher also had four ground balls, while Harris and Hawkins finished with three ach.

Loyola (7-2 overall, 3-0 ECAC) won 11-of-17 faceoffs with Blake Burkhart winning 9-of-15 and Brendan Donovan successful on both of his attempts. Scott Ratliff led all players with eight ground balls in the game, as Loyola had a 31-17 advantage off the ground.

Sawyer put the Greyhounds on the board after the teams played to a scoreless tie for the first 9:35 of the game. Davis Butts dodged to the middle and found Sawyer for a low-to-low shot from six yards out on the left side.

Hawkins then dug out the ground ball on the ensuing faceoff, got free down the middle and shot a hard overhand rip from nine yards to make it 2-0 Greyhounds.

Will Meter got a goal back for Michigan, getting topside from X on the left side for a fadeaway shot at 4:58, but Phil Dobson dodged from the right side and stepped to the middle for a goal at 3:33.

Ward scored unassisted 3:34 into the second quarter when he rolled topside on the left and got to the front of the crease. Minutes later, Nikko Pontrello fed a cross-field pass to Sawyer who dodged his defender for a six-yard shot at 9:01 to put the Greyhounds up 5-1 going into halftime.

Michigan (0-9, 0-3) pulled back within three 1:09 into the second half when Thomas Parras came off a check and send a strong sidearm shot into the goal to cut Loyola’s lead to 5-2.

The Greyhounds used some swift passing, however, to push its lead quickly back to four. Ratliff picked up a ground ball and cleared the ball for the Greyhounds. He found himself in trouble and got a pass to Ward who was then doubled near midfield. Ward flipped a long lob pass back to Ratliff who found Herreweyers alone on the right side of the crease for his first goal of the game at 12:39 in the third quarter.

Loyola took possession back on the next faceoff, and 38 seconds after his first goal of the game, Herreweyers scored again, this time rolling from X and sticking a fadeaway shot from the right side into the next.

The Greyhounds pushed their advantage to 8-2 minutes later when, with a 30-second warning in place, Kevin Ryan dodged from behind the cage and sent a pass to Sawyer who buried a sidearm shot from 13 yards out at 8:06.

Just over a minute later, Loyola caused a turnover on a Michigan clear, and Ward came into the box, beat a defender and scored after a shot fake from inside three yards.

Before the end of the third quarter, Peter Kraus scored for Michigan to bring the score to 9-3, but Loyola shut the Wolverines out in the final quarter, and Herreweyers scored, again with a 30-second warning on, off a Pontrello assist from behind.

The Greyhounds take a week off before returning to ECAC action on Saturday, March 30, at The Ohio State University.

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Loyola faces ECAC test Saturday at Michigan

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Michigan Wolverines
Date Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time 3:00 p.m.
Location Ann Arbor, Mich. | Michigan Stadium
TV | Radio Michigan Webstreaming
Series Record Loyola leads, 1-0
Last Meeting Loyola 15, Michigan 8 – March 7, 2012, in Ann Arbor

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the second year in a row to take on the University of Michigan on Saturday, March 23, in the fourth game of a five-game road trip.

The Greyhounds and Wolverines will faceoff in Michigan Stadium in an ECAC Lacrosse League contest at 3 o’clock.


Series History

Loyola and Michigan will meet for the second time in series history when the teams take the field on Saturday. Last year, the Wolverines’ first as a varsity program, Loyola visited Ann Arbor, Mich., for a non-conference game on March 7, 2012.

This year’s contest will be the first meeting between the programs as members of the ECAC Lacrosse League.

In last year’s game, Michigan scored the first goal of the game, but Loyola reeled off eight unanswered and eventually was up 8-2 at halftime.

Eight players scored at least one goal, and 10 players had at least a point in the game. Mike Sawyer scored five goals and had an assist for the Greyhounds, and Chris Layne tallied three assists. The game marked the first start of Jack Runkel’s career in goal.


In The Polls

Loyola moved up to No. 6 in the USILA Coaches and ninth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media polls.


Last Time Out

Loyola caused 17 Georgetown turnovers, and six of the Greyhounds’ goals came via transition opportunities or unsettled situations in a 13-8 non-conference win on Wednesday night against the Hoyas.

Georgetown took a 1-0 lead 1:53 into the game, but three minutes later, Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel made a save and started a clear that led to a Scott Ratliff transition goal to tie the game at 1-1.

Ratliff’s goal at 10:07 started an 8-0 Loyola run that would stretch into the third quarter and would feature seven different goal scorers.

The Hoyas committed 20 turnovers in the game, and Loyola was credited with causing 17. Short-stick midfielders Josh Hawkins and Pat Laconi and defender Joe Fletcher were each credited with two caused turnovers, and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff and defender Reid Acton each registered two.

On the offensive end, Justin Ward led Loyola with five points, scoring once and dishing out five assists. Zach Herreweyers recorded four goals, a career-high, and Harry Kutner scored twice for the Greyhounds. Nikko Pontrello had a three-point game with a goal and two assists.


Causing TOs

Loyola was credited Wednesday with a season-high 17 turnovers in its win at Georgetown. The Hoyas committed 20 miscues in all during the game.

The 17 caused were the most this season by Loyola and the most by a Greyhounds’ team since they posted 19 in back-to-back games against St. John’s and Massachusetts in March 2009.

Entering the game against Georgetown, Loyola was ranked 10th in the nation with a 9.43 caused turnovers per game average, and its previous 2013 season high was 16 against UMBC. Last year, the Greyhounds finished the year ranked sixth in the statistical category with 9.05 per game.

Five players finished the game against Georgetown with two or more caused turnovers. Defender Joe Fletcher and short-stick midfielders Josh Hawkins and Pat Laconi each had three, while defender Reid Acton and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff had two apiece.


Defensive Midfield Production

Loyola’s defensive midfield had a productive game against Georgetown, finishing the outing with three goals, two assists, 11 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.

Short-sticks Josh Hawkins, who was playing his first game of the 2013 season, and Pat Laconi each scored a goal and assisted on another, while causing three turnovers each. Hawkins had four ground balls and Laconi picked up one. Freshman short-stick Tyler Albrecht also had a ground ball in the game.

Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff had Loyola’s first goal of the game, caused two turnovers and picked up four ground balls. Fellow long-stick Thomas Robinson had a ground ball after causing a turnover.

This season, Laconi is seventh on the team with eight points, and Ratliff is tied for eighth with seven. Laconi has four goals and four assists, while Ratliff has scored six times and assisted on one goal. Hawkins’ two points were his first of the year.


Another Multi-Point Venture For Ward

Justin Ward finished the Georgetown game with five points, scoring once and assisting on four other Loyola goals against the Hoyas. He has now tallied at least two points in all eight games this season, and he has three or more in seven of eight.

In the Georgetown game, he became the 10th player in the program’s Division I history (since 1982) to log 50 or more assists in his career. With 52 career assists, Ward now stands 10th in school Division I history, three shy of Stephen Brundage’s 55 in ninth place.

Ward put up his second game with seven or more points last Saturday against Air Force, logging seven with two goals and five assists in the win over the Falcons.

His five assists tied his career-high, set twice in 2012 against Towson and Fairfield.

On February 26, against UMBC, as the junior finished with seven goals and three assists for 10 points. His goal and point outputs were career-highs. He became the first player to score at least seven goals in a game since Gavin Prout tallied eight in a 19-11 win at Hobart on April 28, 2001.

Ward’s 10-point effort was the first 10-point game for a Greyhound since Tim Goettelmann tallied the same amount in a 19-9 win on March 25, 2000, against Fairfield. In that game, Goettelmann scored four goals and had six assists. Later that season, he would score seven goals on May 16 in the NCAA First Round against Notre Dame.

Through eight games this year, Ward leads the team with 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points.


Fletcher Turns Up ‘D’

Joe Fletcher earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after picking up three ground balls and causing a turnover against Air Force. More impressive was the defense Fletcher played on Air Force’s offensive quarterback, preseason All-American Keith Dryer.

Dryer entered the game with four goals and a team-leading 10 assists, but Fletcher held him without a point.

Fletcher turned in another standout game Wednesday at Georgetown, posting a team-high six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

This season, Fletcher, who was a Preseason All-America First Team honoree, has 33 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.


Offensive Addition

Freshman Zach Herreweyers made his first career start on Saturday against Air Force on attack for the Greyhounds, and he made his debut to the opening 10 an impressive one.

Herreweyers scored his first collegiate goal with 12.3 seconds left in the first quarter, and he finished with a hat trick, tallying goals for Loyola in the third and fourth quarters, as well. He also picked up three ground balls.

He followed that game with a four-goal outing Wednesday at Georgetown.

The freshman from London, Ontario, made his collegiate debut against Duke on March 8.

Herreweyers became the first Loyola freshman to score three times in a game since current senior Patrick Fanshaw scored five goals and assisted on another on March 20, 2010, also against Air Force.


Ward, Fletcher Garner League Honors

Justin Ward and Joe Fletcher earned ECAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, on Monday after standout performances against Air Force (more later).

It marked the third week in a row that a Loyola defensive player has won the weekly league award after goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned the honor on March 4 and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff brought it home on March 11. Ward’s award was the first for a Loyola offensive player this season.

The weekly honors were the first of both Ward and Fletcher’s careers.


Pontrello Puts Up Six Again

Nikko Pontrello posted his second six-point game this season last Saturday against Air Force, scoring a career-high four goals to go with two assists. He scored in the first quarter, tallied a pair during Loyola’s 4-0 third-quarter run and added his fourth in the final frame.

Earlier this year against UMBC, Pontrello posted three goals and three assists for six points against the Retrievers.

After scoring four goals and assisting on six in 17 games last season, Pontrello has already tallied 10 goals and 10 assists in seven games this year.


Ratliff Keeps Up Production

Scott Ratliff has continued his high production on defense, transition and offense that helped him earn USILA All-America Third Team and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago when he led the team last year in ground balls (88) and caused turnovers (37), was fifth in goals (12) and seventh in assists (7). His 37 caused turnovers were second-most in Loyola history – behind P.T. Ricci’s 51 in 2009 – since the stats became official that year.

He had one of his stat-sheet filling games against Air Force, scoring a goal and assisting on another while picking up five ground balls and causing three turnovers, and he turned in another with a goal, four ground balls and two caused turnovers while going 4-of-4 on faceoffs against Georgetown.

His career totals now stand at 22 goals and 11 assists, and his 32 career points are second-most among active long-poles to Bryant’s Mason Poli. Last year, he set the school’s single-season long-pole scoring record with 12 goals and seven assists, eclipsing the previous high of 16 points on 11 goals and five assists set in 1995 by current Loyola assistant coach Matt Dwan.


Eighth To 100

With his goal at 9:25 in the third quarter against UMBC, Mike Sawyer became the eighth player in Loyola men’s lacrosse history to score 100 in his career, the seventh in the program’s Division I history.

Sawyer joined a list that includes Gary Hanley (151), Pat Lamon (133), Gewas Schindler (120), Tim O’Shea (115), Kevin Beach (114), John Carroll (112) and Chris Colbeck (108).


Layne Keeps Tallying Points

Chris Layne had his fourth multi-point game in as many contests this season, recording two goals and an assist for the Greyhounds against UMBC after tallying the same amount three days prior against Maryland.

Through eight games this year, Layne has scored 10 goals and has six assists.

Last season, he had a total of five multi-point games while finishing with 11 goals and 14 assists. With his two goals against Delaware, Maryland and UMBC, Layne has more than doubled his multi-goal games during his time at Loyola to five. He also had one as a sophomore in 2010 for North Carolina.


Two At The ‘X’

Loyola has had two primary faceoff men in their six games this season. Brendan Donovan started the season at Delaware, and he then took all but two of the 33 restarts against UMBC. He won 19-of-31 against the Retrievers where his 19 wins were the most by a Loyola player since Dan Kallaugher went 27-of-33 in the NCAA First Round at Albany on May 13, 2007. He also went 7-of-14 versus Bellarmine

Blake Burkhart took the majority of the restarts, winning a career-high 17-of-28, at Towson, and 14-of-25 against Maryland. Burkhart then took all 21 face-offs at Duke, winning 12, and he made good on 14-of-22 against Air Force.


Helmet Stickers

Loyola players are wearing three stickers on their helmets this season to remember those who have passed away. The stickers are in memory of Adam Pomper, a member of the 2012 team who passed away on June 12, 2012, Mandy O’Sullivan, mother of current players Sean and Ryan O’Sullivan who died in March 2012 from pancreatic cancer, and the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December 2012 where Loyola put on a youth lacrosse clinic in January.


Well-Represented In MLL Draft

Five members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team were selected in the top 26 of the January 11 Major League Lacrosse draft. The Greyhounds tied Virginia for the most draft picks in the selection process.

Josh Hawkins and Mike Sawyer were both taken in the first round, going fifth and eighth overall to the Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds, respectively.

Scott Ratliff was the first pick of the second round, going ninth to the Boston Cannons, and Davis Butts was taken early in the third round, 19th overall to the Denver Outlaws. Joining Hawkins in Hamilton will be Reid Acton, the team’s fourth round pick, 26th overall.

Sawyer will be joined in Charlotte by former teammate Eric Lusby who was the top waiver pick after the NCAA season ended in early June. After missing the majority of the MLL season with an injury, the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player made his MLL debut on July 28 at Long Island and scored a goal. He then tallied three goals  in an August 11 win over Rochester.


Newtown Youth Clinic

Fourteen members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team took time from their holiday vacation to travel to Newtown, Conn., for a clinic with the Newtown Lacrosse Association. Led by freshman Jason Crane, the Greyhounds worked with more than 100 elementary and junior-high school-age players, many of whom attended Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shooting that killed 26 took place in December.


Preseason Accolades

Six Loyola players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America teams: defender Joe Fletcher and short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins (first team); attackman Mike Sawyer and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (second); midfielder Davis Butts (third); and, defender Reid Acton (honorable mention).

All six earned All-America honors last season with Sawyer earned Second Team honors and Ratliff was named to the Third Team. Acton, Butts, Fletcher and Acton earned Honorable Mention along with graduate student Eric Lusby.

In his first year as a starter, Fletcher was named to the NCAA and ECAC Championships All-Tournament Teams and earned a reputation as one of the top defenders in the nation. In 19 games as a sophomore, Fletcher caused 26 turnovers, second most on the team, and had 41 ground balls.

Hawkins has continued to be one of the top defensive midfielders in the nation and garnered considerable respect nationally for his play during the NCAA Championships. He earned NCAA All-Tournament honors and helped the Greyhounds limit Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals on Championships weekend. In addition to his six goals and two assists in 15 games last year, Hawkins was second on the team with 63 ground balls.

Sawyer was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player last season when he scored 52 goals and assisted on 10 more and was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. During the regular-season, he led the ECAC in goals and goals per game while earning All-ECAC First Team honors. He became the second player to score 50 or more goals in a season and was joined by a third on last year’s team.

Ratliff continued to be one of the top long-stick midfielders in the nation and set a Loyola scoring record for the position last year. He finished with 12 goals and seven assists, exceeding current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s previous record for a long-stick midfielder set in 1995. In addition to his scoring, he tallied 88 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Championships Most Valuable Player, NCAA All-Tournament Team and team co-defenisve player of the year honors.

Butts was a first-line midfielder for the Greyhounds for the second year in a row. He excelled as a dodger and finisher and ranked fourth on the team in points (35) and third in goals scored (21). A versatile player, Butts also saw plenty of action on the wings of faceoffs and in the defensive midfield where he picked up 40 ground balls.

Acton will enter 2013 having started on the Greyhounds’ defense each of the last three years. He finished the 2012 season with 44 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, while helping Loyola record a 7.21 goals allowed per game average, the fifth-best mark in Division I. The Greyhounds set a pair of defensive records during Championship Weekend, holding Notre Dame and Maryland to a combined eight goals in the two games and allowing the Terrapins just three in the title match.


Toomey Receives Morris Touchstone Award

Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career, and in December, he received the coaches association’s Morris Touchstone Award as the national coach of the year.

The Greyhounds became the second team in USILA Coaches Poll history to start a season unranked and ascend to the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The only other team was Duke in 2007 – a year after the Blue Devils had their season suspended in March – which accomplished the feat after being unranked in the first poll, moving to second in the next version and first in the third. Duke was knocked from its perch as No. 1 that season when it lost to the Greyhounds at the First Four in San Diego.

The win over Georgetown this was the 70th victory of his coaching career, becoming the second coach in Loyola history to win 70 or more, joining – Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001).


Big Runs

Last season, runs of three-plus goals were critical in the Greyhounds success, as they had runs of 3-0 or better in all 19 games. In all, Loyola scored three or more in a row on 37 occasions last year.

The Greyhounds have opened the 2013 season in similar fashion as they scored three-straight in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead against Delaware after trailing, 2-1. They then had two runs of 3-0 or better at Towson.

Against UMBC, Loyola had a 3-0 first-half run before putting together a 10-0 stretch in the third and fourth quarters. The Greyhounds then had a 4-0 run that spanned both halves to help beat Bellarmine, and they runs of 3-0 and 4-0 to beat Air Force.

In the Georgetown game, Loyola had its longest run of the year, scoring eight straight.


Second-Half Success

Last season, the Greyhounds outscored opponents 66-22 in the third quarters of games, and 123-63 overall in the second half (including overtime). The second-half scoring continued a trend from 2011 when Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56.

This year, Loyola is outscoring opponents 33-16 in the third quarter and 52-39 overall after halftime.

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Poppleton leads way for Hopkins in win over Michigan

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team got 11 goals and nine assists from its starting attack and first midfield and senior Mike Poppleton won 17-of-18 faceoffs to fuel a 17-8 win over visiting Michigan at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win improves Hopkins’ record to 3-0, while the Wolverines slip to 0-3. The meeting was the first between Johns Hopkins and Michigan in men’s lacrosse.

The Blue Jays took all the drama out of the game with an 8-0 run that turned an early 1-0 deficit into an 8-1 lead early in the second quarter. Michigan was never closer than six the rest of the way as Poppleton’s effort on faceoffs repeatedly gave the Blue Jays possession throughout the game.

Junior Brandon Benn fueled the 8-1 run as he scored all three of his goals on the day during the spree, which took less than 13 minutes. Six different players scored during the run for Johns Hopkins, which scored the final five goals of the run in a span of less than three minutes.

The Wolverines halted the Blue Jay rally early in the second half as Dan Kinek and David Joseph sandwiched goals around the second tally of the day by JHU’s Zach Palmer, but the Blue Jay defense held UM to just one goal over the next 23 minutes as senior goalie Pierce Bassett recorded eight of his 10 saves in the second and third quarters.

Five different players combined to score JHU’s six goals in the second half with senior attackman John Kaestner notching both of his goals on the day during the second half.

Poppleton, who won all 14 of his faceoffs in the first half, added 12 ground balls to his 17-of-18 showing at the X. The 17 faceoffs won are the second-highest total of his career.

Palmer led a balanced scoring attack with two goals and three assists, while Benn (3g, 1a) and Kaestner (2g, 2a) added four-point efforts for the Blue Jays. In all, seven different players recorded multi-goal games for the Blue Jays and eight different players registered two points or more.

Kyle Jackson and Peter Kraus paced the Wolverines with two goals each and Joseph added one goal and one assist. Freshman goalie Gerald Logan posted 12 saves in goal for Michigan, but the Wolverines couldn’t overcome the decided possession advantage for the Blue Jays in their first trip to Homewood Field.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, March 1 when the Blue Jays welcome Princeton to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 5:00 pm.

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Hopkins goes for 3-0 start Saturday against Michigan

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Michigan to Homewood Field for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. This is the second of seven staight games away from home for UM, which won’t play at home again until March 23, when defending national champion Loyola visits Ann Arbor.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 on the year with a 12-6 win at Towson last Saturday night. Michigan slipped to 0-2 with a 12-6 loss at Bellarmine.

Series History: As noted above, this is the first-ever meeting between Johns Hopkins and Michigan in men’s lacrosse.

JHU, Michigan Among Top Five: Among NCAA Division I men’s team sports whose national champion is determined by a tournament, Johns Hopkins has the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship and Michigan has the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearancs (Active)
• By Division I Men’s Team Sports •
1. Johns Hopkins (Lacrosse) – 41 (1972)
2. Miami of Florida (Baseball) – 40 (1973)
3. Virginia (Soccer) – 32 (1981)
4. Kansas (Basketball) – 23 (1990)
5. Michigan (Hockey) – 22 (1991)

Johns Hopkins-Michigan Rank One-Two: Did you know that Johns Hopkins University performed $2.1 billion in medical, science, and engineering research in fiscal 2011, making it the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending for the 33rd year in a row?
This week’s opponent, The University of Michigan, ranked second in R&D spending in FY2011 at $1.27 billion (data for 2011 is the most recent available).

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 18 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 15-3 in those 18 games. The Blue Jays have currently won 11 straight games played in the month of February.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Michigan with an all-time record of 926-298-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That’s 101 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 163rd career win with last week’s win over Towson and improved his record to 163-62 with the victory. Included in that mark is a 140-45 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has been especially strong in the first and third quarter of its two games this season. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 8-1 in both of those quarters. By contrast, JHU has been outscored 6-4 in the second qurter and holds a 7-4 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balanced Offense For the Jays: The Johns Hopkins offense has been fairly balanced through two games as JHU counts eight players with two or more goals and 10 players with two points or more.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays have been attackmen Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick, who have combined for 11 goals and two assists.
Benn punched up his second straight hat trick with a four-goal effort at Towson, while Stanwick matched his career high for goals (2) and punched up a personal best four points in the win.

What Brown Can Do For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has scored an extra man goal in both games thus far and has an assist to his credit as well. He is tied for first on the team in extra-man goals and tied for fifth in points.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. It’s taken just two games for him to triple his previous career output as he scored twice in the season opening win against Siena and then added another goal in the win last week at Towson.
Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (3) and tied for fifth in points (3).

Poppleton Strong at the X: Senior Mike Poppleton enjoyed a solid season a year ago as JHU’s primary faceoff specialist as he won 167-of-271 (.616) and led the team with 78 ground balls.
Poppleton has picked up right where he left off a year ago as he has won 23-of-32 (.719) faceoffs and leads the team with 11 ground balls.

Bassett Solid Through Two: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of February in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him thus far as he currently boasts a .667 save percentage and a 6.22 goals against average.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin is currently tied for second on the team in ground balls (9) and leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Durkin counts almost half of JHU’s total caused turnovers (17) to his credit.

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold both Siena and Towson scoreless for long stretches. The Blue Jays held the Saints off the board for 14:43 at one point and 17:03 at another and then kept the Tigers scoreless for the first 16:40 of the game and 26:59 from the second to the fourth quarter.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Did You Know That
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 379 saves and sports a 27-7 record in his last 34 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 17 of 18 games since the start of the 2012 season and has 10 multi-goal games to his credit during that time?

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in the win over Siena and once against Towson. Prior to this, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season. The Blue Jays were back at it again in the win at Towson as Wells Stanwick scored on JHU’s second shot of the game.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 22-5 in its last 27 games and 27-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked fourth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and rank fourth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. 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 398 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 396 of those 398 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 375 of the 398 and the top five in 297 of those 398. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched a pair of assists in the win at Towson to run his career assist total to 60. He is currently tied for eighth among all active Division I players in career assists. Below is a look at the top 10 career active leaders in assists nationwide.

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