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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
Maryland defenseman Chad Rafferty has transferred to Loyola Maryland, a Greyhounds athletic department spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The Greyhounds also confirmed that midfielder Danny Simonetti has transferred from Ohio State. The Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) alumnus attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in 2013. He was Inside Lacrosse's No. 45 Young Gun Senior in 2011. Rafferty, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound long-pole, did not play as a freshman this past spring. He joins a defense that graduated two-time first-team All-American Joe Fletcher, goalkeeper Jack Runkel and a pair of short-stick defensive midfielder starters in Pat Laconi and Kyle Duffy.
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Sports Digest | October 13, 2014
Terps hand No. 3 Penn State first loss of 2014 The Maryland men's soccer team (5-5-2, 2-1-1 Big Ten Conference) scored a season-high four goals Sunday in a 4-0 shutout of visiting No. 3 Penn State(10-1-1, 4-1-0). Terps junior midfielder Mael Corboz had the first two goals, and senior forward Alex Shinsky and junior midfielder Tsubasa Endoh each added one to give the Nittany Lions their first loss this year. Penn State's Andrew Wolverton had surrendered two goals total this season until the Terps scored four on him, the most Maryland has had in a game since last October.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Top-ranked Loyola Maryland's 13-5 thumping of Patriot League foe Bucknell on Thursday night had a deeper meaning considering who was among the announced 1,303 at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. Kids and parents from Newtown Youth Lacrosse were in attendance as part of a relationship started by sophomore long-stick midfielder Jason Crane (Chesapeake-AA) after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The Greyhounds have traveled to Connecticut to participate in clinics and have hosted the youth league in Baltimore.
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Sports Digest | September 27, 2014
Et cetera Ben's Cat seeks third Laurel Dash victory Ben's Cat will run today in the $100,000 Laurel Dash with a chance to move ahead of Hall of Famer Safely Kept in earnings among Maryland-breds. The Dash is one of six stakes races on the 12-race card. The card will feature five open stakes races on the turf and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or sired runners. All the races drew double-digit fields. The Laurel Dash drew 11 entries, including one on the also-eligible list.
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Sports Digest | September 3, 2014
Colleges Nichols earns first win as Loyola Maryland soccer coach Former McDonogh coach Steve Nichols earned his first career college win Tuesday night, as Loyola Maryland (1-1) outlasted a two-hour weather delay to earn a 1-0 victory over Howard (0-3) in its home opener Tuesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Senior Connor Thompson scored in the 22nd minute, and sophomore transfer Matt Sanchez (McDonogh) recorded his first shutout as a Greyhound. More men's soccer: Maryland senior midfielder Mikias Eticha was named Big Ten Player of the Week after he scored the game winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win over Coastal Carolina.
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Sports Digest | February 25, 2014
Loyola Maryland swept the Patriot League weekly awards, as Nikko Pontrello was named Offensive Player of the Week, Joe Fletcher the Defensive Player of the Week, Jack Runkel the Goalkeeper of the Week and Brian Sherlock the Rookie of the Week. The honors come after two victories in which the Greyhounds outscored Towson and Holy Cross by a combined 36-8. Pontrello matched his previous best of four goals on Wednesday in a 20-4 defeat of Towson, then eclipsed that mark with a six-goal effort Saturday in the Greyhounds' first-ever Patriot League game, a 16-4 win over Holy Cross.
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Sports Digest | April 24, 2014
Loyola Maryland senior defenseman Joe Fletcher was named Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. He was also named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team along with Greyhounds seniors Kyle Duffy and Justin Ward (Old Mill). Fletcher had a 3.812 GPA entering his senior season, and his on-field performance has been just as strong. He leads all close defensemen nationally in ground balls (61) and ground balls per game (4.69), and his matchups have combined to score just 11 goals in 13 games this year.
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Sports Digest | April 29, 2014
Three Loyola Maryland men's players won end-of-season Patriot League awards Monday, with senior attackman Justin Ward (Old Mill) receiving Offensive Player of the Year honors, senior defender Joe Fletcher being named Defensive Player of the Year and senior Jack Runkel winning Goalkeeper of the Year. Ward has 16 goals and 48 assists this season, ranking second in the nation in assists per game. Fletcher spent much of his time paired with the opposing team's top attackman and succeeded much of the time, including holding Duke star Jordan Wolf to one goal March 9. Runkel ranks second in the nation in save percentage (63.1)
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Sports Digest | May 12, 2014
Visiting Loyola Maryland fell in the second round of the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament on Sunday, 8-3, after seventh-seeded Boston College strung together runs and stifled the Greyhounds' offense. Attacker Katie Rich scored the Eagles' first goal 52 seconds into the game, and Loyola (15-6) midfielder Sydney Thomas evened the score soon after. But then the Boston College trio of attacker Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) and midfielders Sarah Mannelly and Mikaela Rix combined for four goals over 15 minutes.
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Sports Digest | February 6, 2014
Loyola's Fletcher makes men's US Lacrosse team After a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned seven months, US Lacrosse named Loyola Maryland defenseman Joe Fletcher as part of the U.S. men's national team's 30-man roster for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, held July 10-19 in Denver. Fletcher, the lone collegian on the team, joins a roster featuring a number of local players, including attackmen Marcus Holman (Gilman) and Steele Stanwick (Loyola High)
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
In the sports world, the fall is generally associated with the NFL's regular season and baseball's postseason. Autumn is also an exciting time in college lacrosse, because that's when programs can shake off the cobwebs from an offseason that began in May and start to assess players, coaches and strategies. Here are a few things to keep in mind as fall ball gets underway: Fall ball is evaluation time for coaches. With a freshman class usually working out the kinks of college living, teams value the fall session as an opportunity to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their first-year players.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Loyola Maryland announced Thursday morning that it received a $3.2 million gift from an anonymous donor for the construction of a new tennis facility at Ridley Athletic Complex in honor of the university's longtime tennis coach. The center -- which will be named after Rick McClure, who has coached the men's and women's teams since 1979 and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame -- will feature eight lighted courts, a locker room, seating for fans, and a parking lot. The complex will give the institution the opportunity to play host to Patriot League championships and other tournaments.
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Sports Digest | September 24, 2014
Maryland basketball Breakfast in Baltimore with Turgeon, Frese, Anderson The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation will host "Maryland's B1G Basketball Breakfast in Baltimore" with coaches Mark Turgeon and Brenda Frese and athletic director Kevin Anderson in celebration of the school's inaugural season in the Big Ten. The event will take place Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. at Westminster Hall and will include breakfast and a panel discussion with...
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Sports Digest | September 23, 2014
More colleges Mount hires Browning as men's lacrosse assistant Mount St. Mary's hired Ryan Browning as a men's college lacrosse assistant coach on Monday. Browning, who attended Calvert Hall, comes to the Mount from Wagner, where he worked with the defense and served as recruiting coordinator. Browning started his coaching career as an assistant at Washington College in 2009. As a Salisbury player, he competed as a defenseman on Division III national championship teams in 2007 and 2008.
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Sports Digest | September 22, 2014
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said Sunday that the team's medical staff believes he tore his left Achilles tendon early in the second quarter of the team's 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The 11th-year veteran suffered the injury on a play that occurred away from the ball. He said he believed his foot was stepped on as he ran. Immediately after the play, Hall lay, writhing in pain, near the right side of the field, the opposite side of the field from where Eagles running back Darren Sproles had been tackled.
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Sports Digest | September 21, 2014
Ironman triathlon Bach, Capone win inaugural Md. event Matthew Bach of Summit, N.J., and Lauren Capone of Santa Barbara, Calif., won the inaugural Ironman Maryland Triathlon on Saturday in Cambridge. Bach, competing in the men's 25-29 age group, crossed the finish line in 8 hours, 51 minutes, 19 seconds, and Capone, in the women's 25-29 group, finished in 9:26:02. More than 1,400 athletes representing 17 countries and 48 states started the race, which consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Competitors ranged in age from 18 to 77. The event was one of more than 30 global events in the Ironman series.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
The Loyola Maryland lacrosse program has filled its vacant offensive coordinator position by hiring Maryland assistant Ryan Moran. The Terps averaged double digits in goals in each of Moran's six seasons on staff, including 11.4 goals per game en route to the No. 18 national ranking in Division I this past spring. Maryland advanced to three Final Fours in the past four seasons and went to the NCAA final in 2011 and 2012. After the 2012 season, Moran was promoted to offensive coordinator and associate head coach under John Tillman.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
These teams have met just once before, with Albany routing Loyola Maryland, 19-10, in the first round of the 2007 NCAA tournament. The Greyhounds are 9-0 at home this season and 4-3 at home in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Albany (11-5) went 4-5 through the nonconference portion of its schedule, but righted the ship by buzzing through the America East and claiming the league tournament for the second straight year. The Great Danes are 1-4 against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
This week, Varsity Letters will take an in-depth look at the boys and girls soccer outlooks in various counties and leagues in the Baltimore area. On Thursday, the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland and Maryland interscholastic Athletic Association A Conferences will be featured. Here's a closer look at the MIAA A Conference: Coming off an unbeaten season and another league crown, No. 1 McDonogh is the clear front-runner in the league. But the No. 1 Eagles have plenty of company.
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Sports Digest | September 3, 2014
Colleges Nichols earns first win as Loyola Maryland soccer coach Former McDonogh coach Steve Nichols earned his first career college win Tuesday night, as Loyola Maryland (1-1) outlasted a two-hour weather delay to earn a 1-0 victory over Howard (0-3) in its home opener Tuesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Senior Connor Thompson scored in the 22nd minute, and sophomore transfer Matt Sanchez (McDonogh) recorded his first shutout as a Greyhound. More men's soccer: Maryland senior midfielder Mikias Eticha was named Big Ten Player of the Week after he scored the game winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win over Coastal Carolina.
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