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By Edward Lee | April 18, 2012
After hovering over the 50 percent mark on faceoffs for much of the season, Mount St. Mary's has fared worse against Northeast Conference opponents. The team won just 10-of-24 draws against Quinnipiac, 11-of-30 against No. 20 Bryant and 13-of-33 against Robert Morris. The Mountaineers collected six more groundballs than the Bobcats did, but they finished with a -23 margin against the Bears and a -12 differential against the Colonials. In Saturday's 17-14 loss to Robert Morris, coach Tom Gravante resorted to unusual measures by moving starting attackmen like Andrew Scalley and Brett Schmidt and starting midfielder Bryant Schmidt to the wings on faceoffs.
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From Sun staff reports | September 11, 2014
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rules changes in men's lacrosse Wednesday regarding stalling rules and faceoff tactics. Starting in 2015, a visible clock can be used to time the 30-second stalling segment in facilities capable of displaying the clocks. Division I men's lacrosse programs will be required to have the clocks displayed by 2016, and Division II and Division III will be required to have visible clocks by 2017. The panel also supported the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee recommendation that two clocks be used, one at each end of the field.
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By Edward Lee | May 10, 2012
For the second time in the last three contests, Maryland gave freshman Charlie Raffa more faceoffs than junior Curtis Holmes. In the team's 12-8 victory over Mount St. Mary's on April 25, Raffa took 10 faceoffs, winning six. Holmes won 4-of-10. The disparity was much wider in the Terps' 13-11 loss to Colgate last Saturday when Raffa went 12-of-24 and Holmes was 0-of-3. As the team prepares to meet No. 7 seed Lehigh and junior Ryan Snyder (132-of-259 for 51.0 percent) in Sunday night's first-round NCAA tournament game, Maryland coach John Tillman confirmed that he intended to go with the player having the most success on faceoffs.
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By Jon Fogg and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
The No. 1 topic in men's college lacrosse this offseason is whether the NCAA will trade its "timer on" rule for a true shot clock. Three men with local ties -- North Carolina coach  Joe Breschi (Loyola High), Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw (Severna Park) and Mount St. Mary's associate athletic director Mike Hardisky  (Towson State) -- will be part of the nine-member NCAA rules committee that will decide whether to make that change, along with several other possible tweaks.
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By Edward Lee | May 11, 2012
Stevenson has thrown as many as six guys out for faceoffs, but three - senior Doug Reidt, junior Sam Ramatowski and freshman Sam Wyatt - have taken at least 96 draws each. Reidt owns the best percentage this season at 53.6 percent and has taken the most faceoffs (181). Ramatowski ranks second in attempted draws (110) and has won 51.8 percent. Wyatt has been the team's first option in the Greyhounds' last two contests, winning a combined 59.1 percent (13-of-22) in victories against Ohio Wesleyan and Birmingham-Southern.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
All season, Syracuse has dealt with a decided disadvantage at faceoffs. So why should Monday's NCAA tournament final against seventh-seeded Duke at Lincoln Financial Field here be any different? The top-seeded Orange (16-3) will attempt to capture the program's NCAA-leading 11th national championship despite the presence of Blue Devils junior Brendan Fowler, who has won 64.1 percent (319 of 498) of his draws this season and passed Bryant sophomore Kevin Massa for the most faceoff wins in a single season with his 16 of 31 performance in the team's 16-14 win against Cornell in Saturday's semifinal.
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By Edward Lee | May 17, 2012
With his eye-opening 22-of-30 performance in Denver's 16-14 upset of No. 8 seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Saturday, Pioneers junior Chase Carraro ranks fifth in Division I with a 62.9 faceoff percentage. But as important as faceoffs are to determining possession, it's what Denver does after the faceoffs that has caught the attention of No. 1 seed Loyola, which will face the Pioneers in a quarterfinal contest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis this Saturday.
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By Edward Lee | February 27, 2012
Last season, Justin Radebaugh won 42 of 71 faceoffs for Salisbury after transferring from UMBC. But the Lutherville native and Boys' Latin graduate has not made an appearance in each of the team's first two games this year due to post-concussion symptoms. That means more reps for junior Tyler Granelli, who has taken 70 of the Sea Gulls' 85 faceoffs this season and won 44. “It's pretty much a one-man show because Justin has a concussion,” coach Jim Berkman said last week.
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By Edward Lee | May 16, 2012
The most prominent storyline of Wednesday night's NCAA tournament quarterfinal between visiting Cabrini and No. 1 seed Salisbury involves the Cavaliers' top-ranked defense against the Sea Gulls' top-ranked offense. Another thread figures to be the battle on faceoffs between Cabrini freshman Anthony DiNenno and Salisbury junior Tyler Granelli. DiNenno ranks first in Division I with a 69.6 percentage (211-of-303). Granelli isn't far behind, ranking third with a 68.4 percentage (210-of-307)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
No. 18 Towson has used as many as four different players in an effort to find some consistency on faceoffs, but that search appears to have narrowed to two specialists. Sophomore Conor Pequigney has taken most of the faceoffs for the Tigers (4-2), but he has won just 44.8 percent (30 of 67) and collected 17 ground balls. Freshman Alec Burckley has fared better, winning 57.5 percent (23 of 40) and scooping up 13 ground balls. Pequigney played well in Towson's 9-1 victory over Mount St. Mary's on March 1, winning 64.3 percent (9 of 14)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
As close to a standout as Hood has, James Weger forged one of the best performances among Commonwealth Conference men's lacrosse players this spring. The junior defenseman led the Blazers (4-12 overall and 1-7 in the league) in caused turnovers with 49 and ranked second in ground balls with 73, trailing only junior faceoff specialist Randolph Clark's 108 ground balls. Only Lebanon Valley senior defenseman Ryan Lanigan finished with more caused turnovers (56) and ground balls (101)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Denver coach Bill Tierney has a tongue-in-cheek answer when asked about the team's subpar showing on faceoffs with top-seeded Duke and senior extraordinaire Brendan Fowler awaiting on Saturday. “We're going to prepare the exact same way we prepared for Rutgers, North Carolina and Drexel,” Tierney said Tuesday morning during a conference call before the semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium. “We're going to assume that we're going to lose every faceoff and then go from there.” Clearly, that's not how Tierney truly feels about the fifth-seeded Pioneers' faceoff unit, which has won just 47.3 percent (194-of-410)
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Mike Preston | May 19, 2014
There will be countless predictions and analysis leading up to the Division I men's lacrosse Final Four this weekend, but the only way Duke won't win a second consecutive championship is if another team can match up with the Blue Devils in faceoffs. The Blue Devils simply have too much firepower to lose. Duke beat Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in a quarterfinal game Sunday, and the two Blue Devils goalies contributed just four total saves. That's amazing, especially in the postseason.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Maryland faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa's 14-for-20 performance against Bryant junior Kevin Massa in the seventh-seeded Terps' 16-8 rout at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra can't be overstated. Just ask Bulldogs coach Mike Pressler. “It's really the first time since Kevin Massa's arrival at Bryant that we've ever had that done to us,” Pressler said after the NCAA tournament quarterfinal. “That was really different territory. … Now we've got a feel on the other end for what that's like when we've done that to folks.” Massa, who entered the game as the Division I leader in faceoff percentage (.708)
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By Paul Tierney, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Through three games this season, the Chesapeake Bayhawks are tied for last in Major League Lacrosse in goals scored with 27 and rank second-to-last in goals allowed with 37. It should come as no surprise, then, that the two-time defending champions enter Saturday's matchup with the Florida Launch at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium hoping to scrape themselves off the bottom of the league standings. Goalie Kip Turner said the only thing holding Chesapeake back from fulfilling its potential is the players in its locker room.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Perusing the numbers, Maryland coach John Tillman acknowledged that junior Charlie Raffa is the underdog to Bryant junior Kevin Massa. And Raffa agreed with his coach - to a degree. “I suppose so, just because he is the No. 1 guy in the nation and I'm No. 2 statistically,” Raffa said on Tuesday. “So I guess that does make me an underdog. But it's nothing to get mad about or overthink. I just want to go out there and play my best, knowing that [wing players] Brian [Cooper] and Mike [Ehrhardt]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Johns Hopkins returned to the NCAA tournament after falling short of the postseason in 2013 for the first time in 42 years. But if the Blue Jays intend to make a deep run in the tournament, they have a couple of areas to address. One is the offense's woes in Saturday's 13-10 loss to Loyola Maryland. The unit was mired in scoring droughts of 16 minutes, 22 seconds spanning the first and second quarters and 17:31 stretching over the third and fourth periods as the Greyhounds mixed a zone defense with their traditional man-to-man schemes.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
Last year, Pat Conroy demonstrated his versatility for Towson, lining up as a long-stick midfielder and taking faceoffs. He did the same thing in the team's 8-7 decision over Georgetown on Saturday, winning 5-of-9 draws and picking up three ground balls. But Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen said he would prefer to have the sophomore concentrate on playing defense rather than taking faceoffs. “I'd rather have him stay in our defensive end of the field and not try to tax him too much as a faceoff guy,” Nadelen said Thursday.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
A Stevenson defense that has surrendered just 5.8 goals per game in its last nine contests has been led by the play of senior defenseman Kyle Holechek. The Loyola High graduate has recorded 43 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers over that same span. He leads the reigning national champion Mustangs (18-2) in caused turnovers with 43 and ranks second among teammates who are not faceoff specialists in ground balls with 64. “I think he's gotten better as the year has gone on,” coach Paul Cantabene said Friday morning.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Washington College's 13-6 rout of Eastern in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Wednesday unfolded despite the absence of faceoff specialist Michael Trapp, and it isn't clear whether his pulled hamstring will make the junior miss Saturday's second-round contest against Lynchburg. “He's day-to-day right now,” Shoremen coach Jeff Shirk said Friday morning. “He's getting better. We held him out of the first game, but he's been getting treatment every day. We're going to dress him on Saturday and see how it goes.” Trapp - who ranks seventh in Division III with a 69.3 faceoff percentage (226-of-326)
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