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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
Working in naval intelligence seems a perfect fit for Jasmine DePompeo's first assignment when she graduates later this month from the Naval Academy. For years, she's seen things on the lacrosse field that others don't pick up on. The playmaker for the No. 11 Midshipmen, DePompeo excels at setting up her teammates from behind the crease. As the attacker watches a play develop, her mind flips through a handful of options as she looks for an opening to whip a quick pass through. If it's there, she'll find it. DePompeo set a Patriot League single-season record with 65 assists this spring.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
Brian Roberts' continuing injury saga will take on another chapter today when the Orioles second baseman visits a hamstring specialist in Dallas to determine why he is not responding as quickly as he had hoped after rupturing a tendon behind his right knee April 4. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Roberts has spoken on the phone with Dr. Daniel Cooper - who operated in November to remove scar tissue from the hamstring of Tampa Bay...
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
Betty Jane Bivins Chase, a retired Baltimore public schools personnel worker, died of respiratory failure April 16 at the Levindale Geriatric Rehabilitation Center. The Randallstown resident was 75. Born Betty Jane Bivins in Baltimore, she was the daughter of James and Margaret Thomas Bivins. Raised in Lothian in Anne Arundel County, she was a 1956 graduate of Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis. She was a member of the Starlighters Drama Club and the Future Teachers of America.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
For most of the 2013 campaign, Maryland has relied on sophomore Charlie Raffa to take the vast majority of the faceoffs. And despite the team's recent struggles in that department, not much is expected to change as the No. 4 Terps (9-2) prepare to meet Virginia (6-7) in Friday's semifinal of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The team has not won more than 50 percent of its draws in five of its last six contests, and Raffa has taken 109 of the 115 faceoffs over that span, winning 54 of them.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton will be a game-time decision for No. 12 Johns Hopkins' showdown with No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday. Poppleton, who has won 70.9 percent (100 of 141) of his draws this season, left Saturday's 15-8 victory over No. 13 Virginia with an unspecified injury shortly after winning four of six  faceoffs and scoring once. Poppleton did not return, and coach Dave Pietramala said a decision on Poppleton won't be made until Saturday. “He's good,” Pietramala said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
After eight contests in which Towson couldn't find a primary faceoff specialist, the team may have found a long-term solution in a freshman who uses a long pole. Long-stick midfielder Patrick Conroy has assumed the role in the Tigers' last two games. He won 7-of-13 draws (53.8 percent) in the team's 12-9 victory over UMBC a week ago and then 8-of-15 faceoffs (53.3 percent) in a 7-6 overtime decision against Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware Friday night. Coach Shawn Nadelen said Conroy was part of the faceoff unit during fall workouts, but was forced to sit out the first six games of the season while recovering from an unspecified illness.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The cause of Nick Markakis' neck soreness is more severe than originally thought, but the Orioles hope that some rest will allow the team's starting right fielder to return to spring training games in the next week or two. A MRI on Monday revealed a small disk herniation - or slight tear - in the C4-C5 section (neck area) of Markakis' spine, manager Buck Showalter said. With this kind of minor tear, players are usually sidelined between seven to 14 days before they can resume baseball activities, Showalter said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
As the primary faceoff specialist for top-ranked Maryland, Charlie Raffa has the green light from the coaching staff to take a shot if the opportunity presents itself. But it comes with a caveat. “They tell me that if I have it, I can just go,” he said. “If not, just don't do anything stupid.” Raffa has been anything but that in 2013. The sophomore has won 64.3 percent (54 of 84) of his draws, including going 15 of 18 in the Terps' 13-7 victory over Stony Brook Sunday.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
Junior attackman Thomas DeNapoli's fourth goal of the game with 64 seconds left in overtime propelled Towson to a 9-8 decision over Mercer last Sunday - an outcome that netted the team its first win of the season. But the Tigers (1-3) didn't get much aid from their faceoff specialists. Freshmen Conor Pequigney and Zack Gregory and junior Austin Lyons combined to win just 8-of-20 draws. Pequigney's 1-of-3 outing was especially surprising considering his 10-of-23 effort in a 14-9 loss to then-No.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
When Salisbury takes the field Wednesday against Washington & Lee since losing a 31-game winning streak in a 13-12 setback to Lynchburg last Saturday, coach Jim Berkman will pay a good deal of attention to the middle. Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor, who anchors the defense, and senior Tyler Granelli, who headlines the faceoff unit, slogged through surprisingly poor showings in the loss to the Hornets -- a result that will surely drop the Sea Gulls from the top spot in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association preseason poll.
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