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By Edward Lee | March 5, 2012
It's speculation to suggest that Navy might have avoided Saturday's 14-9 loss to Bucknell at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium if the offense had been more successful on extra-man opportunities. But with a 2-of-6 showing, the Midshipmen are just 3-of-17 on man-up chances. That's 17.6 percent for the season. Navy was 2-of-5 on extra-man opportunities in the fourth quarter, but coach Rick Sowell was left wondering what might have been if the offense had succeeded on a man-up chance with 4:32 left in the third quarter after the Bison had scored four straight goals.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Johns Hopkins has dominated this series, winning 59 of 87 meetings. But Navy has won the last two games in Annapolis. The No. 5 Blue Jays (8-3) have won three straight contests after dropping three in a row. Victories over No. 18 Albany on April 4 and No. 6 Maryland on Saturday may have been enough to cement the team's bid for an at-large spot in the NCAA tournament, but a loss Friday could undo those positive vibes. Junior faceoff specialist Drew Kennedy ranks ninth in Division I at 63.6 percent (152-of-239)
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By Tracy Elliott and Tracy Elliott,Special to The Sun | December 31, 1990
WICHITA, Kan. -- Close games have proved troublesome recently for the Baltimore Blast. The problems continued here Saturday night.After doing its best to take charge of a close game, Baltimore got burned twice in the late going, by former Blast player David Byrne and by its bench, as the Blast fell to Wichita, 5-4, in overtime.Chico Moreira's power-play goal with 4 minutes, 9 seconds gone in the extra period gave the Wings their fourth straight victory. It also put them in a second-place tie with the Blast in the Major Soccer League's Eastern Division, two games behind the Kansas City Comets.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Having surrendered 9.2 goals per game this spring, No. 9 Johns Hopkins ranks just outside of the top third in Division I in defense, and the team has aided that effort by staying out of the penalty box. Against the Blue Jays (6-3), opponents have had just 19 extra-man opportunities, which is the least allowed by any team in the country. At this rate, the team is poised to finish the season giving up just a shade under 30 extra-man chances, which would mark a program low since at least 2002.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2012
A series that had been relatively even has begun shifting to one side. No. 4 North Carolina (3-0) has won four of the past five meetings, including an 11-4 win on Feb. 25, 2010 that was Navy's worst loss to the Tar Heels since 1998. The Midshipmen (1-1) are looking to rebound from Sunday's 13-7 setback to Jacksonville. Here are a few factors that could influence the outcome at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday. 1) Taking advantage of extra-man advantages. Navy is averaged 10.5 goals per game thus far, but that number was inflated by the team's 14-goal outburst against VMI. The offense mustered just seven goals in a seven-goal loss to Jacksonville, and the unit's futility was aided by going 0-for-3 on man-up opportunities.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2013
After scoring just nine goals in a one-goal win against Delaware in last Saturday's season opener, top-ranked Loyola returned to last season's form - that same form that brought the university its first Division I national championship - in Wednesday night's 14-9 victory over host Towson. Four of those 14 goals came from the team's man-up unit, which was awarded five opportunities against the Tigers. It was a welcome departure from the 9-8 decision against the Blue Hens when the Greyhounds failed to score on two extra-man chances.
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By Edward Lee | March 20, 2012
These teams met last year in the regular season with Tufts outlasting a 1-hour, 45-minute lightning delay and Stevenson to emerge with a 14-13 win. The Jumbos fell hard in the Division III title game to Salisbury last May, but they are 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll. The No. 10 Mustangs are 5-2, but have dropped two of their last three contests to then-No. 9 Lynchburg and No. 3 Cortland. Here are a few factors that could play a role in the outcome at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills on Tuesday night.
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By Edward Lee | May 22, 2012
Salisbury's defensive display in Sunday's 7-2 victory over Stevenson in an NCAA tournament semifinal at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury helped that unit overtake Cabrini as the stingiest defense in Division III, surrendering just 4.8 goals per game thus far. One reason why opponents are having trouble scoring on the Sea Gulls is that their man-down defense is nearly as imposing. That unit ranks sixth in the nation after allowing opposing offenses to score on just 13.6 percent (19-of-140)
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By Edward Lee | March 13, 2012
Stevenson's 6-3 loss to then-No. 9 Lynchburg Saturday night shone a spotlight on an offense that is still looking for an identity and its footing. The Mustangs, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, didn't help themselves on extra-man opportunities. They went 0-of-5 on man-up chances, including wasting a 30-second span in the fourth quarter when the Hornets were down two players. Stevenson is just 5-of-35 (14.3 percent)
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By Edward Lee | April 21, 2012
Goucher is just 3-4 against Scranton, the only Landmark Conference opponent with a winning record against the Gophers. The Royals (8-4 overall and 2-2 in the league) are currently tied for fourth place and in danger of being unable to defend the tournament championship they won last year by stunning Goucher, 12-8. The Gophers (13-1, 4-0) are riding a program-high 10-game winning streak and are 6-0 at home this season. Here are a few factors that could play a role in the outcome at Gopher Stadium in Towson Saturday.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Navy is averaging 10.7 goals through the first three games, but the team has scored just 14 goals in back-to-back losses to Georgetown and Bucknell. Part of the problem is the lack of extra-man opportunities. The Midshipmen have been awarded just four man-up chances, which is the fewest among any Division I team that has played at least three contests in 2014. On the flip side, Navy has had to kill 11 man-down situations. The curiously low number of extra-man opportunities has coach Rick Sowell feeling, well, curious.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
A year ago, Salisbury opened the campaign with two losses in its first three games. The team has already guaranteed that won't happen this season after winning its first two contests, but one familiar refrain continues to dog the team in 2014. The Sea Gulls - ranked fifth in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll - have converted just 14.3 percent (2-of-14) of their extra-man opportunities thus far. That success rate is already lower than last year's 19.6 percentage (20-of-102)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
This season, UMBC has featured one of Division I's more opportunistic man-up offenses, converting 39.5 percent of its chances (15-of-38) which ranks 14th in the country. The program's strength will soon be tested this Saturday when America East rival Binghamton pays a visit to UMBC Stadium in Catonsville. The Bearcats (5-8 overall and 2-2 in the league) are tops in the nation in suffocating extra-man opportunities, surrendering just four goals on 28 man-up chances and turning away 85.7 percent of those opportunities.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2013
After scoring just nine goals in a one-goal win against Delaware in last Saturday's season opener, top-ranked Loyola returned to last season's form - that same form that brought the university its first Division I national championship - in Wednesday night's 14-9 victory over host Towson. Four of those 14 goals came from the team's man-up unit, which was awarded five opportunities against the Tigers. It was a welcome departure from the 9-8 decision against the Blue Hens when the Greyhounds failed to score on two extra-man chances.
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By Edward Lee | May 22, 2012
Salisbury's defensive display in Sunday's 7-2 victory over Stevenson in an NCAA tournament semifinal at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury helped that unit overtake Cabrini as the stingiest defense in Division III, surrendering just 4.8 goals per game thus far. One reason why opponents are having trouble scoring on the Sea Gulls is that their man-down defense is nearly as imposing. That unit ranks sixth in the nation after allowing opposing offenses to score on just 13.6 percent (19-of-140)
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