Monday, February 27, 2017

Cleveland State Lacrosse Gets Underway

CSU's Nick Wendel moves past Duke's Sean Cerrone (Photo / Andy Mead/YCJ/Iconsportwire)

Cleveland 
- Cleveland State is underway as an NCAA Division I men's lacrosse program. The team, under head coach Dylan Sheridan, is 2-4. They've won two games against DIII opponents (as part of their first-year transition) and dropped games to Michigan, Duke, Denver, and Air Force. They play Canisius (1-2) this Saturday at home.

The Vikings, who formerly were a high-level MCLA team,  are independent in 2017 and play 15 games.

The last Division I program to begin play was Virginia's Hampton University. The Pirates launched from the NCLL and played a five-game transitional schedule in year one. This year they bumped up to eight. They are led my former Morgan State alum,  Lloyd Carter.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lacrosse: Johns Hopkins Defeats Loyola in Overtime Thriller

Johns Hopkins topped Loyola in men's lacrosse on Saturday (Photo / T. Flynn/Instagram)

Baltimore
- Johns Hopkins' midfielder Joel Tinney buried the game-winner with time running out in the first overtime to defeat Loyola, 14-13, at Homewood Field. Tinney took a pass from Blue Jay Pat Fraser just inside the midfield stripe and sprinted cross-field, faking a ball flip back to Fraser before continuing to the right of the goal, squaring up on the run, and firing a left-handed shot from roughly 10 yards out to seal the victory.

With the goal, Hopkins moves to 3-0 on the season. All three of its victories are against Maryland foes (Navy, UMBC, Loyola). The Greyhounds drop to 0-2, with both losses coming in overtime. Despite yielding the game-winner, goalie Jacob Stover played well, making 14 stops for the Greyhounds. Hopkins' attackman Shack Stanwick led all Blue Jay scorers with four goals and one assist.

Loyola hosts Lafayette (0-2) this Saturday, while Hopkins travels to Chapel Hill to take on the defending national champion Tar Heels (3-0) in a battle of unbeatens.

Friday, February 17, 2017

UNO Privateers Baseball Opens Season Today


UNO celebrates a hit during last season's MLB Urban Invitational (Photo / MLB/UNO)

The University of New Orleans Privateers' baseball team competes in the mid-major Southland Conference. After a dismal 2015, last year the team rebounded to win more games than they have in a decade. The program is poised to take another step forward this spring as the Privateers' schedule includes perennial powers Texas and LSU.

Today they open their season in the MLB Urban Invitational. I recently spoke with the team's head coach, Blake Dean, and assistant coach, Brett Stewart, about their upcoming season.

Note: On February 21, the Privateers stunned the college baseball world by knocking off #2 LSU, 11-8, in New Orleans.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Books: Signing (2/18) at Barnes & Noble Before JHU vs. Loyola Lacrosse Game


The Loyola Greyhounds battle Johns Hopkins this Saturday (Photo / Tom Flynn)
Baltimore - For those in to see the Hopkins vs. Loyola game this Saturday (2/18), I'll be at Barnes & Noble signing copies of Men's Lacrosse in Maryland from 10-2 pm. Please stop by and say hello. 

The annual game between the two Baltimore rivals was played for years on the first weekend of May. When Hopkins joined the BIG-10 in 2015, the game took a one-year hiatus. In 2016, the game returned but in a new February time slot. The Greyhounds won, 9-8, and have captured the last three contests between the two.

The Blue Jays are out of the gate at 2-0 in 2017 with wins over Navy and UMBC, while Loyola lost their opener to Virginia and are 0-1. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lacrosse: Hopkins Defeats Navy in Season Opener

Johns Hopkins celebrated 15 goals in their opener against Navy (Photo / JHU Athletics)
Baltimore - Johns Hopkins took an early but important step in their annual bid for an NCAA berth when they defeated the 10th-ranked Navy Midshipmen, 15-8, on Tuesday night at Homewood Field. The game was the season opener for both squads.

Unseasonably warm weather in the low 60s greeted the teams and Navy responded in spring form with three scores to open the game. Colin Flounlacker, Ray Wardell, and Greyson Torain all scored for the Mids before Blue Jay attackman Wilkins Dismuke registered the first Hopkins goal of the season and the first of his three on the evening early in the second.

Hopkins midfielder Joel Tinney led all scorers with five points on two assists and three goals, including one following a "hidden-ball trick" that will be a fitting addition to Homewood's lacrosse lore.

Navy freshman Ryan Kern began his career as the Mids' goalkeeper with a dozen saves, while junior attackman Jack Ray started what is expected to be a prolific junior campaign with three points.

Both Hopkins and Navy continue their season with in-state games this weekend. The #8 Blue Jays host UMBC on Saturday, while Navy returns home to face #2 Maryland in Annapolis.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Books: Free Copy of Men's Lacrosse in Maryland


(Photo Courtesy / The History Press/Tom Flynn)

Baltimore 
- To celebrate the 2017 season getting underway, I wanted to run a small contest to add subscribers and give away a copy of Men's Lacrosse in Maryland. The book came out at this time last year, and sales to date have been strong.

If you enjoy men's lacrosse and you'd like a shot at a free copy of the book, enter your email in the sidebar at right for a free e-subscription to Fieldhouse Journal. Every 20th entrant will win. Good luck & thank you! - TF

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