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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF At: LACROSSE | April 2, 1996
Mount Hebron showed yesterday why it is considered to be by far the best team in Howard County this season.The Vikings, last season's state Class 3A finalist, gave Mount Saint Joe (2-4) a clinic on faceoffs and badly outhustled the Gaels on ground balls to score a 13-8 victory in the rain at Mount Hebron.The win was particularly sweet because the Vikings (2-0) had lost to St. Joe by a goal last season -- one of only two loses.The advantage on faceoffs was lopsided in Mount Hebron's favor, 19-6.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took a big swing in the third inning of Monday night's series opener against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards and crumpled to the ground. Machado appeared to be in great pain as he held his right knee, and he had to be helped off the field by Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles announced later in the game that Machado had suffered a right knee sprain and would be re-evaluated Tuesday. It was a scary moment that could have huge implications for Machado and the Orioles.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1996
They're the scrappers. The players who do a lot of the hard work before the goals are scored. The ones who track back defensively as fast as they push up on attack.They're also the guys who would have preferred to play in the early-season cold and rain.Duties include winning draws, scooping up ground balls, riding relentlessly on defense and whatever else it takes to get their team a win.Westminster coach Jim Peters talked about the days when midfielders played all 60 minutes of a game. Those days are gone now with teams using three and sometimes four midfield lines, but there are still some midfielders who come close to qualifying.
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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 Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2005
Most lacrosse coaches can't stress enough the importance of winning ground balls. And Jim Beardmore, coach of defending Class 4A-3A state champion Severna Park, is one of those coaches. His team's success helps him get the point across. "Ground balls were very important to our success last year," said Beardmore, who led the Falcons to an overall 15-4 record and No. 11 ranking in 2004. "Ben Hunt was like a machine on ground balls for us. He really worked hard to get them, and while he wanted to score or assist, getting ground balls was every bit as important to him."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2000
Scoring goals is a necessity in boys lacrosse, but ground balls were the difference for Gilman. In a matchup between the area's two best lacrosse programs, the top-ranked and visiting Greyhounds slipped past No. 2 Boys' Latin, 14-12, yesterday. Although Lakers senior attack Brian Nee led all scorers with seven goals and senior attack Dan LaMonica contributed a goal and four assists, Gilman improved to 2-0 in the MIAA A Conference and 3-0 overall by dominating ground balls (51-37) and faceoffs (20-10)
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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 JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | March 3, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- On Day One of the Javy Lopez experiment at first base, the displaced catcher was flawless. Lopez turned in three good plays in the Orioles' 6-4 loss to the Florida Marlins in their exhibition opener at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, making two good pickups of ground balls in the third inning and throwing a runner out at home in the fourth. "I was still a little intimidated and nervous, but once I made the first play, I kind of calmed down a little bit," said Lopez, who has looked shaky at the position at times throughout training.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player to get you better acquainted with his or her team. Today's guest is Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell, a South River graduate aiming to help the No. 2 Orange win its first national championship in her senior year. Glanell, an former All-Metro defender for the Seahawks' 2010 Class 4A-3A state championship team, has been to the NCAA final four twice with the Orange. She leads Syracuse in ground balls (30)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
With 29 goals in 14 career starts - including a pair of behind-the-back tallies and one over-the-shoulder flip - Maryland's Jay Carlson has developed a reputation as a goal scorer. But the junior attackman has developed an aspect of his game that few have noticed this season. Carlson ranks second in ground balls among the No. 1 Terps (4-0) who are not junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa. His 14 ground balls are second only to senior long-stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt's 15, and as coach John Tillman pointed out, Ehrhardt plays the wing on faceoffs.
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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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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 Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun and By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
If this was a statement game, then No. 1 Loyola Maryland left a great impression on No. 6 Johns Hopkins and the rest of the college lacrosse world. The Greyhounds trailed early, rallied in the middle and then put away the Blue Jays down the stretch in a 13-10 win before an announced sellout crowd of 6,000 at Ridley Athletic Complex. Although they had won 14 straight after a 14-13 season-opening overtime loss to Virginia, few knew whether the Greyhounds deserved their No. 1 ranking because they had not played a Top 10 team since beating then-No.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player to get you better acquainted with his or her team. Today's guest is Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell, a South River graduate aiming to help the No. 2 Orange win its first national championship in her senior year. Glanell, an former All-Metro defender for the Seahawks' 2010 Class 4A-3A state championship team, has been to the NCAA final four twice with the Orange. She leads Syracuse in ground balls (30)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Maryland has won all seven meetings in this series. The Terps have been especially overpowering at home, outscoring Villanova by an average of nine goals in four contests in College Park. The Wildcats (1-3) have dropped their last two games, but they have lost all three contests by a combined four goals. The offense has a definitive Baltimore flavor with senior attackman Kevin O'Neil (Boys' Latin) leading the team in goals (seven) and points (10). Freshman midfielder Austin Frederick (McDonogh)
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From Sun staff reports | March 10, 2014
Attackman Bubba Johnson put the visiting Mountaineers on the board first, but the Jaspers (1-5) scored four straight goals in the second quarter and held on to defeat Mount St. Mary's (0-6), 8-7. Attackman Patrick Hodapp, who led all players with four goals, had a hat trick during Manhattan's run.The Mountaineers held the Jaspers scoreless for the final 20:53 and closed their deficit to one but could not complete the comeback. It was the Mount's closest defeat this season. St. Mary's 18, Muhlenberg 6 : Senior midfielder Ben Love (McDonogh)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
With 29 goals in 14 career starts - including a pair of behind-the-back tallies and one over-the-shoulder flip - Maryland's Jay Carlson has developed a reputation as a goal scorer. But the junior attackman has developed an aspect of his game that few have noticed this season. Carlson ranks second in ground balls among the No. 1 Terps (4-0) who are not junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa. His 14 ground balls are second only to senior long-stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt's 15, and as coach John Tillman pointed out, Ehrhardt plays the wing on faceoffs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Minutes after Manny Machado began taking ground balls at third base Sunday morning in isolation on the artificial turf field of the Ed Smith Stadium complex, Orioles manager Buck Showalter's golf cart zoomed across the outfield and positioned itself right behind Machado in left field. “Are you nervous?” Showalter yelled out to Machado, a question he often asked his sudden superstar before games during his first full major league season last year. Between ground balls, Machado turned around and gave his manager a familiar answer.
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