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June 29, 2011

Review & preview: Salisbury

Here is the seventh and final installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Friday, we take a visit with Salisbury.

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The good: For much of the 2011 campaign, the Sea Gulls (21-1 overall and 7-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) had done a pretty good job of refraining from talking about last year’s 9-6 loss to Tufts in the NCAA tournament final. But after beating Roanoke in the semifinals and guaranteeing a rematch with the Jumbos, the players openly relished another shot at Tufts and exacted a measure of revenge with a 19-7 thrashing. “The year before, I think in everybody’s minds and the players especially, we didn’t give our best effort that day,” coach Jim Berkman said. “We didn’t mentally or physically play up to our capabilities. It’s one thing to get beat when you don’t play well, and obviously, Tufts did some things to not allow us to play well on that day, but the performance that we exhibited there in 2010 was nothing remotely like we had played down the stretch. Scoring six goals which is kind of unheard of from us, but again, credit has to be given to Tufts. By the same token, we had some kids that hadn’t been there before, and when the lights were on, they didn’t play very well. In 2011, some of those same guys played unbelievable because it was their second time there and they were a little more comfortable.” … Several players had career years, including sophomore Ryan Clarke, who joined junior Sam Bradman and senior Shawn Zordani on the first midfield. Clarke registered 10 goals and 12 assists and meshed well with Bradman (55, 23) and Zordani (31, 29), who got more touches than Clarke. “To see Ryan Clarke go from the second midfield to the first midfield down the stretch and get big goals, he just really, really blossomed,” Berkman said. “And it’s scary to see how good he could really become if he works on his shooting.” … After graduating faceoff specialist Ryan Finch (211-of-349 for .605 and 146 ground balls), Salisbury didn’t miss a beat with the insertion of Tyler Granelli. The sophomore went 220-of-337 for .653 and collected 110 ground balls despite not playing much in 2009 as a freshman at Cortland and sitting out 2010 after undergoing knee surgery in the preseason. “After each game, he just got better and better,” Berkman said. “… For him to play that well and continue to improve during the course of the season and really grab that role, I had no idea how good he was going to be. EspeciaIly with him coming off of knee surgery the year before, and he virtually had no college experience because he really didn’t play at Cortland.”

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June 28, 2011

Review & preview: Stevenson

Here is the sixth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Tuesday, we take a visit with Stevenson. (Coach Paul Cantebene did not return requests for an interview.)

REVIEW

The good: The Mustangs extended their streak of 17-win campaigns to three with 18 victories in 21 contests this past spring. The team stayed within the top five of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll for much of the season, losing once only to eventual national champion Salisbury, 2010 NCAA titlist Tufts, and Roanoke, and advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. … Stevenson had nine players earn All-American honors. The individual accolades were headlined by seniors Jimmy Dailey and Evan Douglass. Dailey, a Westminster native and Winters Mill graduate, was named Outstanding Player of the Year after leading Division III in points (118) and assists (58), which are school records. He also wrapped his career as the program’s leader in points (329) and assists (163). Douglass was selected as the nation’s Outstanding Defensive Player after leading Division III in caused turnovers (59) and setting a school record for caused turnovers in a career (136). … Another school mark was surpassed when senior Neal Barthelme scored 73 goals, obliterating the previous program mark of 59 goals by Richie Ford in 2008. Barthelme, a Towson native and Dulaney graduate, finished with 94 points, which was one point shy of Steve Kazimer’s school record of 95 points established last year.

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June 22, 2011

Review & preview: Goucher

Here is the fifth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Wednesday, we take a visit with Goucher.

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The good: The Gophers won’t be confused with in-state peers Salisbury and Stevenson, but the offense made some progress. Statistically, the unit averaged 10.7 goals this past spring after averaging 10.3 goals last season. Seven different players recorded at least 11 points, and five of those players scored at least 10 goals each. “We definitely made some improvement on the offensive end, and I think that had to do with the experience on that end because we returned so many offensive players,” coach Kyle Hannan said. “We have two attackmen that have started since their freshman year. That certainly helped and then with Matt Lynch in the midfield, I think that’s where we had the most game experience and continuity on the offensive end.” … The question mark heading into the season involved determining the successor to goalkeeper Chris Stricklin. That question was resolutely answered by the emergence of sophomore Conor Mishaw, who registered a 7.22 goals-against average and a .610 save percentage. Both of those figures tied him for 24th in the country in both goals-against average and save percentage. “He kind of played the way we knew he was capable of playing,” Hannan said. “He’s a very talented player, and he’s going to make a lot more saves for Goucher lacrosse over the next couple of years.” … Another individual highlight came from junior attackman Rory Averett, who scored 53 goals last spring and has deposited 138 in his career. He surpassed Phil Anthony for the school record for goals in a season (50 in 2002) and Anthony for gals in a career (132 from 1999 to 2002). Averett has consistently downplayed his achievements, but Hannan openly praised his attackman. “He really stepped up and did great things this year,” Hannan said.

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June 21, 2011

Review & preview: Washington

Here is the fourth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Tuesday, we take a visit with Washington.

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The good: The Shoremen made slight progress from 2010, going 5-9 from 4-10, averaging 7.9 goals from 7.8, and surrendering 10.0 goals per game from 10.4. Coach Jeff Shirk, who completed his inaugural season at Washington, said he was more impressed with the team’s demeanor and work ethic. “I got a good feeling after the season because I liked the way the guys played,” Shirk said. “They played hard, they were physical, they gave us a chance to be in almost every game that we played. I think we had some hiccups along the way, some youthful growing pains, and I think that accounted for our four one-goal losses and a two-goal loss. I think if we move forward and continue to play hard and work hard but with a little more experience and better decision-making, I’m excited about the strides that we made this year.” … The offense continued to evolve despite the loss of starting senior midfielder Doug Herdegen, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in a 9-8 loss to Ursinus on April 6. Seven different players registered at least 14 points each, and five different players scored at least 10 goals each. “I think that just shows that we spread things out,” Shirk said. “… One guy would step up and then the next day, another guy would step up. Some guys, especially our freshmen, had ups and downs, where for some games, they showed up, and for other games, they just weren’t there. I think that’s going to bode well for the future, too, because we don’t rest everything on one guy’s shoulders. It’s everybody playing their part.” … The offense got more opportunities courtesy of an improved effort in clears. Washington successfully cleared 81.4 percent of the time, which is 7.2 percent better than last year’s showing. “We really focused hard on the clearing game because one of the things we stressed was not giving second-chance opportunities,” Shirk said. “So it might have just been a thing to the guys where it was new to them last year. With more practice this year, they understood it a little bit better. Maybe we explained it in a couple different ways where it clicked with them. But the guys definitely did a good job in the clearing game.”

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June 20, 2011

Review & preview: St. Mary's

Here is the third installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. Monday’s visit takes us to St. Mary’s.

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The good: Record-wise, the Seahawks took a few steps back, falling to 6-9 overall and 4-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference after going 10-6 and 5-2, respectively, in 2010. But coach Chris Hasbrouck said the players are in place to continue the program’s evolution. “Even though the record didn’t maybe show it, I think we can see that we’re continuing to build the program and hopefully moving toward what might be a top-15, top-10 type of team,” he said. “It’s a work in progress, and I think we’re recruiting the right guys and they’re doing the right things to get there. … We can accept the 6-9 record as long as that is part of moving forward and becoming the team we want to be.” … For the third consecutive year, St. Mary’s advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. The Seahawks avenged a 7-4 regular-season loss to conference foe York on March 30 with a 14-9 victory in the tournament’s first round before losing to Stevenson, 16-7, on April 20. The advancement was an encouraging sign for Hasbrouck. “I’m not a moral victory guy, but to make the semifinals was good for these guys,” he said. “Now we need to move forward and get to the championship game.” … After limping out to a 2-7 start, the team went 4-2 after April 2. The rough start bothered Hasbrouck, but he also expressed satisfaction with the squad’s perseverance when the players could have folded. “I think our overall growth was solid, and I think we played our best lacrosse at the end of the year,” he said. “Everything was clicking a little bit better.”

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June 17, 2011

Review & preview: Hood

Here is the second installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Friday, we take a visit with Hood. (Blazers coach Jeremy Mattoon did not return requests for an interview.)

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The good: A year removed from setting 17 new school records, the team continued to break new ground. Hood registered the program’s first victory in the Capital Athletic Conference with an 8-7 overtime win against Wesley on March 26, snapping a string of 31 consecutive losses to conference foes. The squad also qualified for the CAC tournament for the first time and set a single-season mark in victories with eight, which was two more than the previous best of six, which was registered last season. … The defense surrendered 10.5 goals per game, which is still too much for any coach’s liking. But there were some bright spots, including schools records in fewest goals allowed in a season (178) and save percentage (.551). … The Blazers got some unlikely contributions from freshmen. Midfielder Ricky Orndorff led all first-year players in points (12) and assists (7), midfielder Randolph Clark ranked first in goals (6), ground balls (89), faceoff wins (136), faceoff attempts (273) and faceoff percentage (.498), and defenseman Mark Filuta collected 31 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. Their continued development could be key to helping the program move forward.

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June 16, 2011

Review & preview: McDaniel

Here is the first installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and offer a glimpse into the future. The series will unfold with teams appearing according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Thursday begins with a visit with McDaniel.

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The good: A tough 2011 campaign yielded few bright spots, but the Green Terror (6-8 overall and 3-5 in the Centennial Conference) may have found its goalkeeper of the future in freshman Christian Dallmus. After beginning the season with juniors Ty Wittelsberger and Brad Motley through the first four contests of the season, the team made the switch to Dallmus, who finished with a 6.46 goals-against average and a .572 save percentage. “I think he has the potential to be excellent for us, and I think things came together defensively for us when he was in there,” coach Matt Hatton said. “I thought he did a really good job being a freshman with several seniors and upperclassmen in front of him.” … McDaniel graduates just eight seniors and returns all 10 starters, including a pair of fifth-year players in midfielder Nicholas DiBernardo (16 goals and 6 assists) and defenseman Nelson Hannahs (24 ground balls and 6 caused turnovers). “I certainly think bringing back guys who have played three or four years is a bonus,” Hatton said. “But it’s tough to really tell what that means until we get out there in February and March. We’ve got a lot of things that are going to transpire between now and then.” … Despite a down year, the Green Terror finished one game out of the top four places in the Centennial Conference tournament, which the team had qualified before in each of the previous two seasons. Hatton is optimistic that the players will use this experience as a foundation to build on. “If we can figure out a couple positions, I think we might find ourselves back in the hunt, and that’s where we would like to be,” he said. “We’ve got a great group coming back. Certainly, there’s some potential there, but it’s just a matter of if we come together.”

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June 15, 2011

Review & preview: Maryland

Here is the seventh and final installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Thursday will begin a series checking in on the Division III schools in the state. Wednesday’s visit takes us to Maryland.

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The good: The Terps achieved all sorts of objectives this past spring: first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament crown since 2005, first Final Four appearance since 2006 and first trip to the NCAA tournament final since 1998. The accomplishments would seem to validate the previous administration’s decision to hire coach John Tillman, but that’s not the approach he took. “I just felt like we had one shot at this with this group,” he said. “These seniors had had their hearts broken a number of times, and all the coaches really wanted to do was put forth all of our time and energy to put the kids in the very best position we could to have them be very proud of what they accomplished. Although we didn’t win the championship game, to extend it as far as we could extend it and maximize our time together was, to me, really important. We just enjoyed being around each other so much.” … The team excelled despite a plethora of obstacles that threatened to tear apart the inner fabric. The departure of head coach Dave Cottle and defensive coordinator Dave Slafkosky, the death of Maria Young, the mother of senior attackman Ryan Young, and injuries to senior attackman Grant Catalino, junior midfielder Joe Cummings and senior short-stick defensive midfielder Dan Burns loomed as potential emotional hazards, but Maryland dodged those pitfalls and continued on. “It was pretty inspiring to be able to do what we did with some of the things that we had going against us,” Tillman said. “… We just always kept plugging along regardless of what the setbacks were. When things got the hardest for us or when the challenges got their biggest, the guys responded pretty well.” … Questions in the preseason about the lack of experience in the net and on faceoffs were answered resoundingly by the emergence of redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato and sophomore Curtis Holmes, respectively. Amato finished the season fourth in Division I with a 6.78 goals-against average and eighth with a .583 save percentage, while Holmes ranked seventh with a .626 faceoff percentage. “I think everybody pointed to those two areas as points of weakness,” Tillman said. “We really never felt that way – partially because we knew we had good, raw material there. We also had very strong competition in both of those areas, and that was really helpful. … I think having those guys have to compete and prove themselves and having that mindset got them ready for the challenging schedule that we play.”

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June 14, 2011

Review & preview: Johns Hopkins

Here is the sixth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Tuesday’s visit takes us to Johns Hopkins.

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The good: After the compiling the program’s first losing record since 1971, the Blue Jays bounced back in convincing fashion, going 13-3 and earning the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Coach Dave Pietramala, the subject of intense scrutiny during the offseason, said the seeds of reversal were planted in the fall. “Coming out of the fall, we felt like we had a good nucleus, we felt like we were getting good leadership, and it was just a matter of putting people in the right places,” Pietramala said. “So we weren’t surprised that we had a good year. We believed that the things we set forth to be better at, we were obviously much better at.” … One of the facets that Pietramala stressed was improving the team’s athleticism with regards to ground balls and faceoffs. After collecting 404 ground balls to opponents’ 448 last season, Johns Hopkins turned that around, scooping up 518 ground balls to opponents’ 433. And after winning only 47 percent (162-of-345) of their face-offs in 2010, the team won 64.9 percent (227-of-350) of draws this past spring. Those numbers resulted from the team being faster overall. “I think we did accomplish that,” Pietramala said. “We were better off the wings, we were better defensively, and we were better off the ground. All of that isn’t due to us just being bad ground ball players. Part of it is athleticism. So I think our athleticism helped us there.” … The Blue Jays returned to their traditional strength – defense. That unit surrendered 7.3 goals per game (sixth-lowest average in Division I) after allowing 9.6 goals last season. “This group was far more committed to the defensive end of the field,” Pietramala said. “They were far more committed to preparation, to film, to doing the little things, and that’s a credit to that young group. So were we surprised? We were hopeful that we would get back to playing the way we were capable.”

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June 13, 2011

Review & preview: Mount St. Mary's

Here’s the fifth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Monday’s visit takes us to Mount St. Mary’s.

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The good: The Mountaineers’ 0-2 start mirrored a similar beginning last year, and as in 2010, coach Tom Gravante benched some starters and made changes in practice regimen in an effort to shake the team out of its doldrums. Mount St. Mary’s responded by winning nine of the remaining 13 contests on the schedule. “They grew from that, which I was very happy about,” Gravante said. “And we saw a different team against Loyola [in a 14-10 loss]. I think if our guys had played that game versus Towson [in an 11-3 loss], we might’ve played a better game and possibly beaten Towson that day. But they showed tremendous perseverance and showed an ability to get better every day.” … After capturing the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament last season, the Mountaineers moved to the Northeast Conference, where an automatic qualifier won’t be in place until 2013. Despite that knowledge, the team went 5-1 in the league, grabbed the top seed in the conference tournament, and posted identical 14-9 scores to claim the crown. “They knew that part [about the absence of an automatic qualifier] going into the season, and they set the bar high with trying to beat some out-of-conference teams to maybe get that at-large bid,” Gravante said. “But it was still the goal to win the inaugural NEC – whether we were going to get into the NCAA tournament or not. I don’t think they were upset about that. They accomplished the goal they set out to do.” … An offense that exploded for 10.59 goals per game last spring got even better this season, improving its average to 12.07. A unit that finished as the seventh-most proIific offense in Division I returns all six starters. “These guys kept trucking through and persevering,” Gravante said. “It was great to see that and have that. We’re going to have some seniors in the lineup next year, but we’re still not going to be a dominated by seniors.”

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June 9, 2011

Review & preview: Loyola

Here’s the fourth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Thursday’s visit takes us to Loyola.

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The good: After bidding farewell to Collin Finnerty and Cooper MacDonnell and losing Eric Lusby to a season-ending knee injury, the Greyhounds needed to replenish the attack. In stepped sophomore Mike Sawyer, who recorded 31 goals and 5 assists. “We needed him to,” coach Charley Toomey said of Sawyer, the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009 who returned after withdrawing from school last year. “With injuries and graduation, we lost 90 goals. So we knew we needed to have a presence on that right-hand side. I think going into the year, we might’ve hoped that Michael could play some attack and maybe some midfield, but we just needed him down low. He did surprise the coaches with the velocity at which he could shoot the ball.” … A defense that graduated defensemen Steve Layne and Kyle Cottrell didn’t miss much of a beat after inserting junior Dylan Grimm and sophomore Reid Acton into starting roles. This year’s unit surrendered 8.1 goals per game after allowing a 7.9 average last season. “We certainly had [senior] Jake Hagelin back in the cage but with Kyle Cottrell and Steve Layne gone, we had put up good numbers on the board,” Toomey said. “We were real happy with our defensive production in being able to hold teams to the number we’re always shooting for. That was something that we felt very, very good about. With the core of the group coming back, we’re excited about the possibilities of next year.” … Towards the latter half of the season, sophomore midfielder Davis Butts began to assert himself as an initiator. His numbers (10 goals and 5 assists) were modest, but he consistently drew opponents’ long-stick midfielder. “I thought Davis Butts really grew up as the season went on,” Toomey said. “Every team’s got a guy like [Johns Hopkins sophomore John] Ranagan, a guy that you really depend on to start the offense. He became that guy in the midfield for us. He really put it on his shoulders to take that next step, and we saw him grow up as the year went on. So we’re excited now. He did that as a sophomore, so we’ve got him for two more years. That’s something that we’re really happy about.”

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June 8, 2011

Review & preview: UMBC

Here’s the third installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Wednesday’s visit takes us to UMBC.

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The good: The first half of the Retrievers’ season was mired in disappointment as they opened the campaign with a 1-4 record, including a four-game losing skid. A 16-5 setback to Stony Brook in the America East opener for both teams made things worse, but a 10-9 win against Towson kicked off a four-game winning streak and a berth in the America East tournament. “That game up in Stony Brook couldn’t have gone much worse, and this team showed a lot of guts and character by coming back three days later and beating Towson, a team that had beaten Stony Brook,” coach Don Zimmerman said. “I think that was the turning point of our season. But there’s still plenty to work on, and I think the key is, in my interview exits with the team, everyone seemed positive, encouraged, hungry and determined to keep it going in that direction.” … One bright spot was the play of sophomore Scott Jones, especially after he was moved from midfield to attack. Since moving to attack in a 15-6 setback to Maryland on March 18, Jones recorded 15 of 23 goals and six of 10 assists at that position. “Scott Jones, putting him back on attack and letting him play mainly off-ball attack inside, I thought Scott really blossomed and had a breakout year considering that he didn’t do much his freshmen year,” Zimmerman said. “I’m anticipating him coming back as a junior and really building on the progress that he made.” … After going with sophomore Adam Cohen as the primary goalkeeper in eight of 13 games last season, UMBC turned starting duties over to junior Brian McCullough, who posted a 10.29 goals-against average and a .473 save percentage in 11 starts. “Coming into the season, we had two goalkeepers in Brian and Adam Cohen,” Zimmerman said. “Both had their opportunities, and they knew they were going to be competing for that starting slot. Both worked very hard, but I just felt like Brian played well enough to start. He started off well, he broke his thumb and had to miss a few games, but he came back and played injured and gave us, I thought, a nice, consistent performance throughout the year. So we were pleased with that because that was obviously an issue in 2010.”

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June 7, 2011

Review & preview: Towson

Here’s the second installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Tuesday’s visit takes us to Towson.

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The good: The Tigers’ 3-10 record overshadowed the play of the defense, which finished the season allowing an average of 8.2 goals, which ranks 15th in Division I. that unit’s leader was senior defenseman Marc Ingerman, who was the only player on the team to be named to the Colonial Athletic Association second team. “He’s a kid who we could put on their best player and know that the kid wasn’t going to have an awesome day, that Marc was going to do the job that he needed to do,” former coach Tony Seaman said. “He’s also a tough kid, and I thought he played well all year long.” … Another defensive standout was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Peter Mezzanotte, who broke Ted Turnblacer’s previous school record of 92 caused turnovers with 95 of his own. Mezzanotte also displayed some prowess on offense, adding four goals and 14 assists. “I was really impressed throughout the year by Peter Mezzanotte and what he was able to accomplish,” Seaman said. “He set the career record for caused turnovers. He’s only a short-stick middie, and he’s got more caused turnovers than any defenseman who has ever played here. That’s an amazing stat. … He was terrific all year long.” … Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes emerged as the team’s most potent playmaker, leading Towson in points (24) and goals (18). There’s room for Hughes to continue his development, according to Seaman. “He’s got things to work on,” Seaman said of Hughes. “He finished well for us, but he needs to finish better around the cage, and he needs to develop more as a dodger and feeder. I think that’s going to be a big emphasis for him over the next year.”

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June 6, 2011

Review & preview: Navy

The end of last season kicked off a new series that checked in with the seven Division I programs in the state to evaluate the past and give a glimpse into the future. The series resumes with teams appearing according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. So Monday begins with a visit with Navy. (Former coach Richie Meade did not return requests for an interview.)

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The good: One of the biggest questions the Midshipmen (4-9 overall and 2-4 in the Patriot League) had to answer in the preseason was replenishing an attack that graduated Brendan Connors and Tim Paul and lost junior Ryan O’Leary (9 goals, 8 assists in 2010) to a season-ending knee injury. That dilemma was quickly answered by the introduction of freshmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones. Hull and Jones led the team in points (38) and goals (23), and Hull was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. … Faceoffs were an issue last season with Navy winning just 45 percent of draws. That percentage was marginally better this spring (46.9 percent on 137-of-292), but junior Logan West was much improved. After going 64-of-130 for 49.2 percent last year, West won 110-of-211 for 52.1 percent this season. … Jay Mann’s numbers weren’t eye-opening (11 goals and 2 assists), but he proved to be the playmaker from the midfield who could alleviate some of the pressure on Hull and Jones. The sophomore should anchor a midfield that graduates Andy Warner.

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July 2, 2010

Review & preview: Three teams flying under the radar for 2011

The past four days have featured a premature attempt at the 2011 preseason poll. Friday’s entry includes three teams that did not finish above .500 and missed the tournament this past season. But what they do have is intrigue in either the form of returning players, a new head coach or a campaign that just fell short of the tournament. In alphabetical order, the teams flying under the radar are:

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July 1, 2010

Review & preview: Premature 2011 poll part 4

Here is the fourth installment of an attempt at a preseason and premature poll for next season.

The top 20 was broken up into four installments with Thursday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 5 to 1. Monday featured Nos. 20 to 16, Tuesday Nos. 15 to 11 and Wednesday Nos. 10 to 6. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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June 30, 2010

Review & preview: Premature 2011 poll part 3

Here is the third installment of an attempt at a preseason and premature poll for next season.

The top 20 will be broken up into four installments with Wednesday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 10 to 6. Monday featured Nos. 20 to 16, and Tuesday Nos. 15 to 11. Thursday will highlight teams ranked Nos. 5 to 1. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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June 29, 2010

Review & preview: Premature 2011 poll part 2

Here is the second installment of an attempt at a preseason and premature poll for next season.

The top 20 will be broken up into four installments with Tuesday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 15 to 11. Monday featured Nos. 20 to 16. Wednesday will highlight teams ranked Nos. 10 to 6 and Thursday Nos. 5 to 1. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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June 28, 2010

Review & preview: Premature 2011 poll part 1

By now, you’ve probably already scoured through several polls for 2011. So what’s another one, right? Here is another attempt at a preseason and premature poll for next season.

The top 20 will be broken up into four installments with Monday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 20 to 16. Tuesday will feature Nos. 15 to 11, Wednesday Nos. 10 to 6 and Thursday Nos. 5 to 1. Friday will include three schools not mentioned in the poll that could make some waves.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2010 will not return next year. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

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June 24, 2010

Review & preview: Salisbury

Here is the seventh and final installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Thursday, we take a visit with Salisbury.

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June 23, 2010

Review & preview: Stevenson

Here is the sixth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Wednesday, we take a visit with Stevenson.

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June 22, 2010

Review & preview: Goucher

Here is the fifth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Tuesday, we take a visit with Goucher.

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June 21, 2010

Review & preview: St. Mary's

Here is the fourth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Monday, we take a visit with St. Mary’s. (Coach Chris Hasbrouck did not return a few requests for comment.)

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June 18, 2010

Review & preview: Washington

Here is the third installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Friday, we take a visit with Washington. (Former coach J.B. Clarke did not return a request for comment.)

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June 17, 2010

Review & preview: McDaniel

Here is the second installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Thursday, we take a visit with McDaniel.

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June 16, 2010

Review & preview: Hood

Here is the first installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to evaluate the past and give a glimpse into the future. The series will unfold with teams appearing according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Wednesday begins with a visit with Hood.

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June 15, 2010

Review & preview: Maryland

Here is the seventh and final installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Wednesday will begin a series checking in on the Division III schools in the state. But on Tuesday, we take a visit with Maryland.

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June 14, 2010

Review & preview: Mount St. Mary's

Here is the sixth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Monday, we take a visit with Mount St. Mary’s.

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June 11, 2010

Review & preview: Loyola

Here is the fifth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. The series will resume on Monday, but for Friday, we take a visit with Loyola.

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June 10, 2010

Review & preview: Johns Hopkins

Here is the fourth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Thursday, we take a visit with Johns Hopkins.

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June 9, 2010

Review & preview: Towson

Here’s the third installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Wednesday, we take a visit with Towson.

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June 8, 2010

Review & preview: UMBC

Here is the second installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Tuesday, we take a visit with UMBC.

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June 7, 2010

Review & preview: Navy

The end of last season kicked off a new series that checked in with the seven Division I programs in the state to evaluate the past and give a glimpse into the future. The series resumes with teams appearing according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. So Monday begins with a visit with Navy.

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February 20, 2010

Washington preview

After taking a look at the Division I schools in Maryland, let’s take a spin with the Division III teams. Today’s entry is the seventh and last of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division III programs in this state according to alphabetical order. Today’s subject is Washington.

Overview: After opening the 2009 campaign with eight victories in the first nine games, the Shoremen limped to the finish line, winning just once in the last seven contests. Back-to-back, one-goal losses to Salisbury in the annual War on the Shore and Gettysbury in the Centennial Conference Tournament semifinals were especially grating because Washington were so close to winning with eight or nine freshman playing pivotal roles. "My team's not happy with the way last year ended," coach J.B. Clarke said. "... It's a lot easier to motivate these guys because I don't have to."

Reason for optimism: Graduating four-starter Jimmy Kielek (23 goals and a team-high 28 assists last season) from the attack will hurt, but senior and Broadneck graduate Brendan O'Leary (21, 10) and junior and Boys' Latin product Josh Perlow (team-high 25 goals and five assists) are back. Clarke is especially high on freshman Matt Lewis (Glenelg Country), who is expected to join O'Leary and Perlow as starters. "Big, strong, athletic, tough, almost like a hockey player-type of attackman," Clarke said. "He's drastically different from Jimmy in that he's more of a bull-dodger type, while Jimmy was more of a perimeter player. I'm really excited about Matt Lewis." 

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February 19, 2010

Stevenson preview

After taking a look at the Division I schools in Maryland, let’s take a spin with the Division III teams. Today’s entry is the sixth of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division III programs in this state according to alphabetical order. Tomorrow’s subject will be Washington, but today is Stevenson’s turn.

Overview: The 2009 season was a banner year for the Mustangs, who collected a school-record 17 wins, ended Salisbury's 105-game winning streak against Capital Athletic Conference opponents, and fell just one victory short of reaching the NCAA Tournament championship game. The cupboard is full, which is why many lacrosse observers are penciling in Stevenson for the finale. Coach Paul Cantabene isn't quite as willing to go that far, but he is hopeful that the team will make the strides it needs to make to improve on last year's finish.

Reason for optimism: Much of the talk about the Mustangs begins with their vaunted attack unit, which returns all three starters who led the team in scoring last year. Senior Steve Kazimer, who registered 33 goals and 36 assists, is the preseason Player of the Year. Junior and Winters Mill graduate Jimmy Dailey led the offense in assists (37) and added 29 goals, while senior Richie Ford (Towson) scored a team-high 42 goals and chipped in 13 assists. "It’s a huge luxury having them all come back together," Cantabene said. "Those guys know the system, they know the offense, and they know what to do. They’ve been under the pressure and been in tight games. They know what I want, and they know how to react. So that makes it a whole lot easier.

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February 18, 2010

St. Mary's preview

After taking a look at the Division I schools in Maryland, let’s take a spin with the Division III teams. Today’s entry is the fifth of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division III programs in this state according to alphabetical order. Tomorrow’s subject will be Stevenson, but today is St. Mary’s turn.

Overview: The Seahawks finished with the same 5-2 record in the Capital Athletic Conference as Salisbury, but they compiled a 3-5 record outside the league. Long considered the Sea Gulls' biggest obstacle in the conference, St. Mary's has been leapfrogged by Stevenson, which has grabbed the local and national headlines. Coach Chris Hasbrouck is eager to get the program back into contention and a player in determining the NCAA Tournament field.

Reason for optimism: The Sea Gulls graduated just five players from last year's squad and only two of those players were starters. That means that a large majority of the players have had game experience, and Hasbrouck is hopeful that the players can convert that experience into more plays and potential wins. "We've been young for a while, and those kids are a year older," he said. "It's a great group. Seven of our top 10 scorers are back. So we hope we'll be able to lean on that earlier in the year."

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February 17, 2010

Salisbury preview

After taking a look at the Division I schools in Maryland, let’s take a spin with the Division III teams. Today’s entry is the fourth of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division III programs in this state according to alphabetical order. Tomorrow’s subject will be St. Mary's, but today is Salisbury’s turn.

Overview: By many accounts, a 16-4 record, a 15th consecutive Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament would be deemed a success. But for the Sea Gulls, last season was equal parts sweet and equal parts sour. The four losses were the most incurred since 2002 when that team went 13-5, and Salisbury's 12-8 loss to Stevenson on April 4 ended the program's 105-game winning streak against CAC opponents. But as pointed out by the school's sports information office, the Sea Gulls bounced back from the 13-5 record with a 20-1 campaign and the first of three straight national titles. "It's a good omen if you repeat it," coach Jim Berkman said.

Reason for optimism: Traditionally known for boasting explosive offenses, Salisbury returns its entire starting attack of seniors Mike Winter (48 goals and six assists) and Jake DeLillo (35, 17) and sophomore Matt Cannone (53, 14). That trio accounted for 173 points, which was 34.3 percent of the team's points. "They're all two steps better than they were last year," Berkman said. "Jake and Matt are much better dodgers and their off-hands are a lot better. Mike's a great leader on the inside to really keep people where they need to be. And then we added a great fourth piece of the puzzle in the Colorado Player of the Year in Eric Law, who is in the mix. So we feel that we have four very talented attackmen who can score and move the ball." 

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February 16, 2010

McDaniel preview

After taking a look at the Division I schools in Maryland, let’s take a spin with the Division III teams. Today’s entry is the third of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division III programs in this state according to alphabetical order. Tomorrow’s subject will be Salisbury, but today is McDaniel’s turn.

Overview: In three years under coach Matt Hatton's tenure, the Green Terror has compiled a 23-22 record with one appearance in the Centennial Conference Tournament. Qualifying for that tournament is the objective this year and beyond. The graduation of seven starters would seem to post a huge roadblock, but Hatton is confident and hopeful that the team has enough firepower to fill the void left behind.

Reason for optimism: It never hurts when last year's leading scorer returns as a preseason All-American candidate as senior attackman and McDonogh graduate Gibbs Preston (team highs with 34 goals and 32 assists) is doing. Preston will be flanked by sophomore and Boys' Latin graduate D.J. Rickels (23, 6). The third spot was occupied by junior Deane Mellor (11, 7), but he underwent surgery on his ankle during the offseason and hasn't practiced in the fall or winter. Sophomore J.S. Duke and freshman Zach Woods (Boys' Latin) are in line for the third starter's position. "The attack is probably our strength on offense," Hatton said. "We're going to have to have those guys step up." 

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February 15, 2010

Hood preview

After taking a look at the Division I schools in Maryland, let’s take a spin with the Division III teams. Today’s entry is the second of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division III programs in this state according to alphabetical order. Tomorrow’s subject will be McDaniel, but today is Hood’s turn.

Overview: Last season included a watershed moment for the Blazers, who snapped a 47-game losing streak with a 12-7 win against Gwynedd-Mercy on Feb. 24. Although the team proceeded to end the campaign with a nine-game skid, the goal is to use that victory as a springboard towards bigger and better things. "We want to keep the program going," coach Curt Foxx said. "It was good to get that monkey off our back, and as a team, the guys have come along. … That’s the biggest thing, getting the guys to believe in themselves. Once you get them to believe in themselves, you can do anything."

Reason for optimism: Hood did not graduate a single starter, returning all 10 for this season. Junior attackman Kris Miner, who led the team in goals (19) and assists (8), is back, as is sophomore midfielder Troy Hubbard, who registered 19 goals and five assists. All three starting defensemen – senior Jeff Tarleton, junior James Larrimore and sophomore Jon Butterfield – are a year older and well-versed in the schemes. "That’s great, but we also have a lot of competition," Foxx said. "We brought in a strong freshman class, and it’s competitive at every position."

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February 14, 2010

Goucher preview

After taking a look at the Division I schools in Maryland, let's take a spin with the Division III teams. Today’s entry is the first of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division III programs in this state according to alphabetical order. Tomorrow's subject will be Hood, but today is Goucher's turn.

Overview: The Gophers have won at least 10 games in each of the last two seasons, reaching the Landmark Conference tournament both times. But each time, the team has fallen short of coming away with its first conference title. The Gophers fell to Drew, 8-5, in the conference tournament final in 2008 and got upset by Scranton, 10-9, in a tournament semifinal last season. "Our goal is to win the Landmark championship," coach Kyle Hannan said. "We've been in a position to win that tournament, and we haven't done it. We need to be one goal better than we have been in the last two years." Capturing the tournament championship this spring would yield even greater benefits: this is the first year the winner of the conference tournament earns an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament.

Reason for optimism: Despite graduating a pair of starters in Alex Walters (53 groundballs) and Andy Nielsen (45 groundballs), the defense could be the foundation for this team. Junior Justin Dunn (39 groundballs) is back, and senior David Jadin is a solid long-stick midfielder. Senior Ben Veldman and freshmen R.J. Lucas and Paul Taylor each have a shot at starting. "That's a pretty good group of long-stick defenders," Hannan said. "I think our defense is playing extremely well, which is nice because that can help you early in the season." 

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February 11, 2010

Johns Hopkins preview

Today’s entry is the last of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state according to their order of finish from last season. The Sun’s lacrosse preview is slated to be published on Friday, Feb. 12. Today is Johns Hopkins’ turn.

Overview: The Blue Jays went 10-5 last season and reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the 19th consecutive time. But the superlatives masked some troubling trends, including the team going on a six-game, season-ending winning streak to earn the No. 8 seed and unusually spotty play by the usually stout defense. Johns Hopkins has the talent, recruits and coaches to resolve any issues, but will that be enough in a crowded field of legitimate contenders?

Reason for optimism: One of the bright spots last spring was the emergence of a potent attack. Powered by seniors Chris Boland (28 goals and 18 assists and a Boys’ Latin graduate) and Steven Boyle (21, 17) and junior Kyle Wharton (34, 11), the attack carried the team through some rough moments. Coach Dave Pietramala is leaning on the unit to do the same this season. "It’s a very experienced group," he said. "We feel like that’s a group that’s going to have to lead us on the offensive end. … It’s uncommon to us. Certainly, having these guys last year, you’ve got to hope you can lean on that group."

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February 10, 2010

Maryland preview

Today's entry is the sixth of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state according to their order of finish from last season. Tune in Thursday for a preview of Johns Hopkins, and The Sun’s lacrosse preview is slated to be published on Friday, Feb. 12. Today is Maryland’s turn.

Overview: The Terps entered the 2009 season with lofty expectations and the addition of former Notre Dame attackman Will Yeatman only heightened the fervor. Maryland captured the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown, but lost to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament and fell to eventual national champion Syracuse the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, expectations are slightly lower, which might suit the young Terps just fine.

Reason for optimism: A solid defense that returns two starters in junior Max and Brett Schmidt (not related) and senior goalie Brian Phipps, a Severn graduate, gets a huge shot in the arm from junior long-stick midfielder Brian Farrell (Boys’ Latin), who played just three games last season before suffering rib and lung injuries. Farrell is a physical, quick defender who is a catalyst in the transition game. "I think his return is a boost to the defense, but more importantly, it’s a boost to the offense," coach Dave Cottle said. "I think he’s going to score double-digit goals this year. … He helps us in transition, he’s very poised with the ball, and he’s a great passer. I think he’ll help us tremendously."

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February 9, 2010

Navy preview

Today's entry is the fifth of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state according to their order of finish from last season. Tune in Wednesday for a preview of Maryland, and The Sun’s lacrosse preview is slated to be published on Friday, Feb. 12. Today is Navy’s turn.

Overview: By most accounts, the Midshipmen had a pretty successful 2009, capturing their fifth Patriot League championship in six years and advancing to their sixth NCAA Tournament. But Navy lost twice to Patriot League rivals for the first time in school history and suffered a 14-5 loss to Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. "We did not come back in August feeling great about everything that happened last year," coach Richie Meade said. "So we have a lot to prove. That’s kind of the way we’ve approached the season."

Reason for optimism: A program with a rich tradition in organizing suffocating defenses, the Midshipmen return their entire first attack and midfield lines from last season. Attackmen Tim Paul (18 goals, 14 assists), Brendan Connors (21, 10) and Andy Warner (13, 14) finished 1-2-3 in points, and midfielders Patrick Moran (20, 3) Joe Lennon (14, 9) and the trio of Nikk Davis (3, 5), Brian Striffler (7, 4) and Basil Daratsos (4, 3) are another year wiser. "We have some experience offensively, which I think is really going to help us," Meade said. "We’ve got some size in the midfield and some experience at attack. It should lead to some continuity and some success."

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February 8, 2010

Loyola preview

Today’s entry is the fourth of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state according to their order of finish from last season. Tune in Tuesday for a preview of Navy, and The Sun’s lacrosse preview is slated to be published on Friday, Feb. 12. Today is Loyola’s turn.

Overview: The Greyhounds missed out on a third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid by the thinnest of margins, and the objective this fall and spring has been to take their future from the hands of the selection committee and into their own. To that end, Loyola is taking aim at winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference regular-season title, which would secure the team the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament and home-field advantage in next year’s season-ending ECAC Tournament.

Reason for optimism: Despite graduating two defensive starters and perhaps one of the best long-stick midfielders in recent memory (more on P.T. Ricci later), the defense is still solid. Senior Steve Layne registered 48 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers last season, junior Steve Dircks was poised to start last spring until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, and senior Kyle Cottrell got some valuable experience last year. Junior Nick Disimile, sophomore Dylan Grimm and freshman Reid Acton will also contribute. "We’re going to be as good as our defense is," coach Charley Toomey said. "… We feel like we’ve got the strength of our team down low with our poles. They’re going to be able to match up pretty doggone well with attackmen from around the country."

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February 7, 2010

UMBC preview

Today's entry is the third of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state. While the previous two previews of Mount St. Mary's and Towson were based on order of finish last season, we've had to change it up due to difficulties getting in touch with other coaches. So tune in Monday for a preview of a team to be determined, and The Sun's lacrosse preview is slated to be published on Friday, Feb. 12. Today is UMBC's turn.

Overview: The Retrievers advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament and captured their third America East title in the last four years. Despite deficiencies at the face-off position, UMBC rode the talent of its first midfield line and nearly upended North Carolina in the first round. The team has re-loaded, but conference rivals Stony Brook and Albany have also improved and are poised to end the Retrievers’ dominance.

Reason for optimism: After leaning on the midfield to power the offense, it’s the attack unit that brings the most promise this season. Seniors Matt Latham, a Liberty graduate, registered 27 goals and five assists, and senior Chris Jones posted 21 goals and 10 assists as a starter. Junior Rob Grimm chipped in with 10 goals and 17 assists, and coach Don Zimmerman is encouraged by the progress of freshmen Scott Jones and Matt Gregoire (South River). "We’ve got good numbers," Zimmerman said. "We feel it’s a combination of guys with experience and younger guys who can come in, step in, learn and not be thrown into the fire."

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February 6, 2010

Towson preview

Today's entry is the second of a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state according to their order of finish from last season. Tune in Sunday for a preview of Loyola, and The Sun's lacrosse preview is slated to be published on Friday, Feb. 12. Today is Towson's turn.

Overview: The Tigers fell to Villanova in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament final, missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. But Towson was coming off a 5-9 campaign in 2008, and the team mixed in a fair amount of freshman and sophomore talent with the experienced veterans. Things don’t get any easier with the addition of Massachusetts and Penn State to the conference, but the Tigers have the potential to make some waves.

Reason for optimism: Towson’s defense will likely pace the team until a still-developing offense finds its rhythm. Sophomore defenseman Marc Ingerman made the CAA All-Rookie squad last spring, and senior Joe Wascavage and sophomore Michael Landy figure to start at the other close defense positions. The goalie spot is hotly contested, but senior Rob Wheeler (8.97 goals-against average and a .557 save percentage) is expected to start for the second consecutive year. "It’s probably his job to lose," coach Tony Seaman said of Wheeler, a Friends graduate. "He’s got another year under him, and we expect him to play better."

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February 5, 2010

Mount St. Mary's preview

Today's entry kicks off a week-long series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state according to their order of finish from last season. Tune in Saturday for a preview of Towson, but today is Mount St. Mary's turn.

Overview: Two victories away from qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, the Mountaineers return eight starters from last year's squad, and five of those starters are underclassmen. Seventeen freshman gained significant experience last season, and the entire team is hungry to win a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and the league's automatic qualifier. 

Reason for optimism: Mount St. Mary's strength lies in its defense. Senior defenseman Matt Nealis, a first-team All-MAAC selection, teams up with fellow classmate Russell Moncure. Junior Andy Miller and sophomore Mark Burns are competing for the third starter's position and junior Justin Schmidt is slated to be the primary long-stick midfielder. And junior T.C. DiBartolo is one of the best goalies people outside of the MAAC have rarely seen. "Our core is our defense," coach Tom Gravante said. "We're expecting bigger things from them this year."

Reason for pessimism: Outside of sophomore attackman Christian Kellett and sophomore midfielder Cody Lehrer, no other offensive player reached double-digits in goals. Only twice did the Mountaineers score more than 10 goals in a game last season. The team will need more production from other sources to make an impact in the MAAC.

Keep an eye on: Gravante is high on a pair of twins in Brett and Bryant Schmidt, both of whom were recruited by Johns Hopkins, Navy and Towson, according to Gravante. Brett Schmidt is expected to join Kellett and Lehrer on the first attack line, while Bryant Schmidt is likely to start in the midfield. "These are two very good, talented, athletic young men," Gravante said. "They have really shaken up the team in terms of raising the bar. These two are very special."  

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June 12, 2009

Review & preview: Three teams under the radar

Last June, I published my version of the 2009 preseason poll and added another entry of three teams that I thought had potential. So in keeping with that tradition, here are three teams that did not finish above .500 and missed the tournament this past season. But what they do have is intrigue in either the form of returning players, a new head coach or a campaign that just fell short of the tournament. In alphabetical order, the teams flying under the radar are:

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June 11, 2009

Review & preview: Premature poll Part 4

Here is the final installment of a preseason and premature poll for the 2010 season, publishing the teams ranked from Nos. 5 to 1.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2009 will not be back next season. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here are the teams that I think will fall between Nos. 5 and 1.

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June 10, 2009

Review & preview: Premature 2010 poll Part 3

Here is the third installment of a preseason and premature poll for the 2010 season, publishing the teams ranked from Nos. 10 to 6. Thursday will be the last entry, featuring the teams ranked from Nos. 5 to 1.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2009 will not be back next season. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here are the teams that I think will fall between Nos. 10 and 6.

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June 9, 2009

Review & preview: Premature 2010 poll Part 2

Yesterday, I released the first installment of a preseason and premature poll for the 2010 season, publishing the teams ranked from Nos. 15 to 11. Wednesday will feature Nos. 10 to 6 and Thursday, Nos. 5 to 1.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2009 will not be back next season. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here are the teams that I think will fall between Nos. 15 and 11.

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June 8, 2009

Review & preview: Premature 2010 poll Part I

Here is one observer’s attempt to take a crack at a preseason and premature poll for the 2010 season. I will break up the top 20 into four installments with today’s entry looking at teams ranked from Nos. 20 to 16. Tuesday will feature Nos. 15 to 11, Wednesday Nos. 10 to 6 and Thursday Nos. 5 to 1.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2009 will not be back next season. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but let’s take a spin.

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June 4, 2009

Review & preview: Johns Hopkins

Here’s the final installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Next week, we’ll unveil our take on next season’s top-20 poll. Today, we take a spin with Johns Hopkins.

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June 3, 2009

Review & preview: Maryland

Here’s the penultimate installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Today, we take a visit with Maryland.

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June 2, 2009

Review & preview: Navy

Here’s the fifth installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Today, we take a spin with Navy.

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June 1, 2009

Review & preview: UMBC

Here’s the fourth installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Today, we take a visit with UMBC.

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May 28, 2009

Review & preview: Loyola

Here’s the third installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and a look into the future. Next Monday, we’ll take a look at the teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament. Today, we take a spin with Loyola.

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May 27, 2009

Review & preview: Towson

Here’s the second installment of a new series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Today, we take a look at Towson.

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May 26, 2009

Review & preview: Mount St. Mary's

In an effort to sum up the 2009 season and add a pinch of anticipation for the 2010 campaign, this space will periodically check in with the seven Division I programs in the state to provide a glimpse of the past and the future. Today, we kick off the series with Mount St. Mary’s.

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