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February 29, 2008

A different kind of Orange?

Perhaps it's true that Baltimore bleeds orange, but I'm pretty sure that a good number of local lacrosse fans did not have this in mind.


The Native American statue is called "The Creator's Game" and stands outside of the National Lacrosse Museum and Hall of Fame at the US Lacrosse national headquarters in Baltimore.

The prank was pulled sometime early Friday morning and coincides with the No. 11 Syracuse men's lacrosse team playing in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow.

Incidentally, the statue is about 100 yards from Homewood Field, the home of No. 1 and defending national champion Johns Hopkins.

Photo credit: US Lacrosse
Posted by Edward Lee at 5:29 PM | | Comments (0)

February 27, 2008

Dave Cottle keeps 'em guessing

Maryland coach Dave Cottle was doubly impressed with what he saw from his goalkeeping tandem of redshirt junior Jason Carter and sophomore Brian Phipps against then-No. 7 Georgetown last Saturday. Cottle, who spoke before the No. 5 Terps’ 17-7 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, said he was comfortable with splitting time between Carter and Phipps.

"We felt in the preseason that two of the top five players on our team were our goalies," Cottle said. "We have two guys that are that good. It’s not fair to either one of them not to play. So we went back and forth. As a coach, I’ve never done that, but we just decided that each brings something different to the table, something that our team really likes and needs. Just because we haven’t done it before doesn’t mean that we can’t do it now."

Carter, who missed the entire 2007 season with a broken collarbone, earned the start against the Hoyas, turning away seven shots and surrendering four goals. Phipps, who started all 16 games last season, registered three saves and allowed just two goals.

Maryland (2-0) travels to No. 2 Duke this Saturday, and Cottle declined to declare a starter against the Blue Devils.

"We’ve got to give you guys something to talk about," he said. "So we’re going to leave that up in the air a little bit."

Posted by Edward Lee at 11:43 PM | | Comments (0)

February 24, 2008

Loyola-Towson tidbits

Here are few leftovers from No. 16 Loyola's 13-8 victory over No. 13 Towson yesterday:

1. The Greyhounds' Cooper MacDonnell hadn't practiced until Wednesday after suffering a separated right shoulder in Loyola's 7-6 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame, but that didn't stop the sophomore attackman from scoring a game-high four goals against the Tigers. "I rehabbed it all week," he said. "Worked hard and it didn’t bother me as much." Was MacDonnell prepared to sit out Saturday's game to rest his shoulder? "I did consider taking time off because it is a serious injury, but a cross-town rival, it doesn’t get much bigger than this," he said. "I wanted to be there for the game."

2. One of the few bright spots for Towson was the play of junior midfielder Bill McCutcheon, a transfer from Johns Hopkins who recorded his first career hat trick. At 6 feet 4 and 235 pounds, McCutcheon used his strength and surprisingly shifty moves to maneuver into scoring position. And when the Loyola defense paid too much attention to him, McCutcheon found his teammates, chipping in two assists. "It felt great," he said of his performance. "I’m happy to be out there. I’ve got a role to play on this team, and this is what it is right now. I’m going to continue to do my best and work as hard as I can."

3. Tigers coach Tony Seaman isn’t sure which goalie to start against No. 20 Denver on Sunday. Senior Billy Sadtler made three saves in his first career start, but gave up eight goals. Senior Matt Antol turned away five shots while surrendering five goals. "We need to look that over and talk about it and see what’s up there," Seaman said. "I’m not sure yet. I’ve got too many other things running through my mind, to tell you the truth. But I don’t think either goalie lost the game for us."

Posted by Edward Lee at 3:26 PM | | Comments (1)

February 20, 2008

UMBC may lose backup goalie

Annapolis native and senior goalkeeper David Coker may miss the season with a lower back injury, according to UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. But according to Zimmerman, lacrosse is secondary for Coker, who has not played since last fall.

"More importantly, he needs to regain his quality of life and that comes first and foremost," Zimmerman said after a question-and-answer session at ESPNZone in Baltimore earlier today. "I don't think he would redshirt. I think that this is it for him."

Coker, 24, is one of just four seniors on the Retrievers roster. Last season, he recorded his first career win in the team's 11-10 overtime defeat of Binghamton.

Posted by Edward Lee at 3:33 PM | | Comments (0)

February 19, 2008

Lacrosse event at ESPN Zone

ESPNU lacrosse commentator Scott Garceau will host a question-and-answer session with the top area coaches for fans over lunch on Wednesday at the ESPN Zone on Pratt Street in Baltimore.

Dave Pietramala, coach of the 2007 national champion Blue Jays, plus Towson coach Tony Seaman, Loyola coach Charley Toomey and UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, now in his 13th year with the Retrievers, will answer questions from fans to preview the 2008 season.

The Baltimore area’s top Division I programs, all of which competed in the 2007 NCAA tournament, will also provide fans a chance to win ticket packages for the upcoming season.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m.

Posted by Ken Murray at 10:08 AM | | Comments (0)
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