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UMBC crushed by Albany in America East title game

Posted on 03 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- A torrid Albany team broke up a tight game with an eight-goal third quarter and defended  their America East title, defeating UMBC, 20-11 in the league’s championship game.

UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored three goals and became the Retrievers’ single season record-holder in goals with 47.

Classmate Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won 20 of 30 face-offs and broke his own single-season record with 229 draws captured in 2014.

Gregoire, Poe and sophomore defender Zach Esser (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) were named to the All-Championship team.

UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) led the Retrievers with three goals and one assist.

The Retrievers would get on the board first, as Young scored from a sharp right angle just 57 seconds into the contest. But Albany would outscore the Retrievers, 5-1, over the remainder of the stanza and took a 5-2 advantage after 15 minutes.

UMBC made its best run of the first half, as Young and Gregoire strung together goals to bring the Retrievers to within 5-4 at the6:55 mark of the second quarter. But UA again controlled the final stages of the stanza and built the lead to 8-4, scoring a disputed goal on a missed off-sides call as the clock hit 0:00.

Poe controlled 9 of 13 first half draws, but Albany got key second chances by winning ground balls and led in that category, 20-15, at the break. Great Dane netminder Blaze Riorden, who recorded 20 saves in the first meeting between the two squads, made five first half saves, including a pair of high stick stops on high quality UMBC chances.

Albany’s Miles Thompson, the championship’s Most Outstanding Player, opened the second half with his 70th goal of the season 1:24 into the frame, but junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and Young struck for  the Retrievers and the deficit was 9-6 with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter .

But the Danes had their best face-off quarter of the game, splitting 12 draws with UMBC and took full advantage, scoring five unanswered goals in a  span of 3:04 to take command.

Albany (11-5) led, 16-7, after 45 minutes and went on to win their sixth overall America East title.

The Retrievers committed 15 turnovers in the first three quarters and were outshot, 48-34.

UMBC (8-7) finished the campaign with its most victories since a 12-win campaign in 2009, the last year the Retrievers captured the title.
Notes: Gregoire broke the goal-scoring record of Jason Smith, who scored 47 goals in 1992… He finished his career with 96 goals (tied for 12th on UMBC all-time list) (and 113 points (tied for 22nd) Poe now has three of the top four single-season face off marks in school history and pushed his UMBC Division I record for ground balls in a season to 140… Senior face-off specialist Joe Impallaria (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall), who, like Gregoire, returned for a fifth year, scored his first career goal in the third quarter… UMBC is now 3-3 in America East title games.

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UMBC tries to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

For the second consecutive year, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (8-6) will take on top-seeded Albany (10-5) for the America East Conference men’s lacrosse championship when the two rivals take the field at Stony Brook University’s La Valle Stadium on Saturday, May 3. The Retrievers advanced with a 16-10 semifinal win over No. 2 Binghamton in Thursday’s opener, while Albany needed overtime to subdue host No. 4 Stony Brook, 17-16, in the nightcap. The opening face-off is set for 10:00 a.m., with ESPNU providing live coverage. Mark Dixon and Paul Carcaterra handle the play-by-play and color responsibilities. Live stats are available via America East’s Championship Central.


RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe set an America East Tournament record by winning 24 (of 30) face-offs and attackmen Matt Gregoire and Max Maxwell combined for 13 points as the third-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 2 Binghamton, 16-10, in the league semifinals.

Gregoire, a senior, scored four goals and added three assists, while Maxwell, a freshman, recorded  season-highs with four goals and six total points.

Poe set a pair of school records in the previous contest versus Vermont. UMBC’s all-time lead in face-offs won, controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

UMBC qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns. The Retrievers will compete for their sixth title, with wins in 2006, 2008, 2009 and runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2013. Four of UMBC’s five championship games have been against Albany, with UMBC winning match-ups in 2006 and 2008 and dropping decisions in 2007 and 2013. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook for the 2009 title.

Gregoire leads the team with 45 goals and 54 points. Entering the week, he was second nationally with 3.15 goals per game (behind UA’s Miles Thompson) and the 45 goals is the third-most scored in a single season in school history. Jason Smith holds the school record with 47 goals scored in 1992.

Gregoire and Poe are two of just seven seniors on the 2014 Retriever roster. UMBC started two freshmen and four sophomores throughout the campaign.

Four other Retrievers have 33 or more points. Maxwell (15-24-39) leads the team in assists, while soph. midfielders Jack Gannon (18-23-41) and Pat Young (30-9-39) and SO A Nate Lewnes (30-7-37) round out an efficicent offensive unit.

UMBC is ranked 11th in the nation with 12.0 goals scored per game. The Retrievers averaged 13.2 goals per game in America East play and 15.8 in their last four contests. UMBC is also 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 32.1 percent.

Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon was ranked sixth in the nation with 12.23 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.

Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 21st season at UMBC and his 28th as a collegiate head coach. Amongst Division I head coaches, the Retriever mentor stood eighth with 220 victories and is 16th in winning percentage at .601 before the season started. The Retriever mentor has made 13 NCAA Tournament apperances in his tenures at Johns Hopkins (`1984-90) and UMBC (1994-present). His 1984, 1985 and 1987 Hopkins teams earned national titles and he coached the Retrievers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.


GREAT DANE UPDATE: Forcing overtime on a goal in the final seconds of regulation and winning the game in the extra session, top-seeded Albany knocked off fourth-seeded Stony Brook, 17-16 in overtime at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium. America East Player of the Year Lyle Thompson scored from in front with just five seconds left to force overtime and Doug Eich’s strike from seven yards out in the extra session sent Albany to the title game for the 11th time since 2003.

Miles Thompson (67g, 32a) tied a single-game tournament record with seven goals and also added a pair of assists. Lyle Thompson (42 g, 63 a) scored five times and added three helpers.


THE SERIES/THIS YEAR’S RESULT:  UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-8, but the Great Danes have taken the last four meetings.

The teams will meet for the eighth time (in UMBC’s 11 league seasons) in the America East Tournament. Albany holds a 5-2 advantage in those games, but the teams have split title games at two apiece. UA has won three straight tournament games in the seriees.

The Retrievers lost a 18-14 shootout to the Albany Great Danes before 1,449 fans on April 19 at UMBC Stadium. Poe won 23 (of 35) face-offs in the contest and Nate Lewnes led the attack with five goals.

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UMBC punches ticket for America East title game with win over Binghamton

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) set an America East Tournament record by winning 24 (of 30) face-offs and attackmen Matt Gregoire (Crofton ,Md./South River) and Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) combined for 13 points as the third-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 2 Binghamton, 16-10, in the league semifinals.

UMBC (8-6) advances to its second consecutive title game and will face top-seeded Albany, a 17-16 overtime winner over Stony Brook in the nightcap. The game will be played at 10:00 a.m. at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium and air on ESPNU.

Gregoire, a senior, scored four goals and added three assists, while Maxwell, a freshman, recorded  season-highs with four goals and six total points.

UMBC never trailed, but Binghamton shaved an 8-4 halftime deficit to 10-9 on a Mitchell Rick goal just 2:58 into the fourth quarter. But Poe, who won eight of nine fourth quarter draws, kept getting the ball back for the Retrievers. Gregoire, who was held off the board in the second and third quarters, finished a Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) pass inside at the 4:17 mark to start a 4-0 Retriever run..

On UMBC’s next possession, Gregoire made a great catch inside of a Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and beat BU netminder Max Schefler to push the lead to 12-9 with 9:55 remaining.

Sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) scored a pair of goals in a 38-second span late in the quarter to help seal the victory.

“”It was a good tough win for us today and I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said head coach Don Zimmerman. “Getting out to a big lead certainly helped us, but give Binghamton credit, they are tough, well-coached and scrappy. In the fourth quarter, we needed to show more poise, and I am proud of…how we responded.in a clutch situation.”

The Retrievers started brightly, opening up a 4-0 just 6:15 into the proceedings. Gregoire opened the scoring, taking advantage of a mismatch to dodge and score unassisted just 1:52 into the contest. Maxwell then scored his first of the game, converting an inside feed from Gregoire at the 3:01 mark. Binghamton was whistled for a foul after the play and Maxwell made the Bearcats pay, setting up Nate Lewnes on the doorstep to put UMBC ahead, 3-0, just 3:39 into the contest.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored UMBC’s fourth goal at the 6:15 mark before Binghamton Michael Antinozzi scored on his side’s first shot of the game 61 seconds later.

Gregoire and Maxwell ended the first 15 minutes with goals to give the Retrievers a 6-1 lead.

But Binghamton would outscore UMBC, 3-2, in the second quarter to cut their deficit to 8-4 at halftime.

Poe won 12 of 14 first half draws and collected eight ground balls as UMBC dominated time of possession in the first 30 minutes.

But the Bearcats outscored UMBC, 4-2, in the third quarter to close the gap to 10-8 after 45 minutes.

Young also tallied three goals for UMBC and Lewnes added two goals and one assist.

Antinozzi led the Bearcats with four goals.

UMBC outshot BU, 50-20, amassing its most shots in a game this season. The Retrievers also dominated the ground ball statistics, 41-13, including 16 ground balls for Poe.

“The best defense is offense and when Phil Poe is wins 24 face-offs, that’s playing great defense for us,: Zimmerman said. “Matt Gregoire would not be denied today and stepped up and scored some huge goals for us.”

Schefler made 12 saves in the Bearcat cage, while UMBC red-shirt freshman Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) had a season low four stops for the victors.

Notes: Gregoire has 45 goals on the season, the second-most for any UMBC Division I men’s lacrosse player… Jason Smith holds the record with 47 scores in 1992… Poe now has 339 ground balls for his career and is now in second place in that category… He also has 209 face-off wins, nine shy of his own school record, set a year ago… Gordon has set a UMBC freshman record for saves with 163… UMBC is now 5-0 versus  Binghamton in America East Tournament games

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UMBC meets Binghamton in America East semifinals Thursday

Posted on 30 April 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (7-6, 3-2 AE) has qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns and the third-seeded Retrievers will meet second-seeded Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) in the 2014 America East Championships on Thursday, May 1. The tournament will take place at Stony Brook University’s La Valle Stadium and the Retrievers and Bearcats face-off in the opening game of the doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. Live video streaming is available on the America East Digital Network (www.americaeast.tv) and live stats will be available via America East Championship Central.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, in the second quarter and three Retrievers etched themselves in the record books as UMBC defeated the Catamounts, 17-14, at Virtue Field in the regular season finale for both squads.
SR face-off specialist Phil Poe set a pair of school records in the contest. UMBC’s all-time lead in face-offs won, controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.
SO A Nate Lewnes (7g, 1a) and SR A Matt Gregoire (5g, 3a) shared game-high scoring honors with eight points apiece.
The Retrievers have won three AE titles (2006, 2008, 2009) and got back to the title game for the first time since 2009 last season. As the No. 3 seed in 2013, UMBC defeated Hartford, 15-13, in the semifinals before falling to Albany, 19-10.
Gregoire leads the team with 41 goals and 47 points. Entering the week, he is second nationally with 3.15 goals per game (behind UA’s Miles Thompson) and the 41 goals is tied for the fifth-most scored in a single season in school history.
Gregoire and Poe are two of just seven seniors on the 2014 Retriever roster. UMBC started two freshmen and four sophomores throughout the campaign.
Four other Retrievers have 33 or more points. SO M Jack Gannon (18-22-40) and FR A Max Maxwell (11-22-33) share the team lead in assists, while SO M Pat Young (27-9-36) and SO A Nate Lewnes (28-8-34) round out an efficicent offensive unit.
Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.23 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.
UMBC is ranked 11th in the nation with 12.0 goals scored per game. The Retrievers averaged 13.2 goals per game in America East play and 15.7 in their last three contests. UMBC is also 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 32.1 percent.
BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton fell on the road at Albany (9-5, 5-0 AE) 21-7 from John Fallon Field on Saturday night. The Bearcats received three goals from senior Michael Antinozzi in a losing effort.
Antinozzi, who has 19 goals on the season, recorded a point in his 45th straight game. Fellow senior Matt Springer added a pair of goals for BU and broke the single season goals record at the school with 37. JR A Tucker Nelson, who did not play at Albany, leads BU with 42 points (14 g, team-high 28 assists).

ALL-TIME SERIES/2014 RESULT:  UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-3, but the Bearcats have taken two of the last three meetings.

The teams have met four times in the America East Tournament, but not since 2009. UMBC has won all four tournament contests (all semi-final contests), but all were decided by four goals or less and the last two (2008, 2009) were one-goal decisions.
UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex on April 6. FR A Max Maxwell led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while SO M Pat Young and SR A Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals.
NOTES: Top-seeded and defending league champion Albany takes on host and fourth-seed Stony Brook in the second semi-final, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The title game will be played at La Valle Stadium at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 and will be televised live by ESPNU.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97’s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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UMBC opens America East Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The fifth-seeded UMBC men’s basketball team opens competition in its 11th America East Men’s Basketball Championship when the Retrievers face No. 4 seed and host Albany on Saturday, March 8 at UA’s SEFCU Arena. The contest is the second quarterfinal game of four on the day, as top-seeded Vermont kicks off the afternoon by taking on No. 8 New Hampshire at noon. The No. 5 seed is UMBC’s highest since the 2007-08 team earned the No. 1 seed and went on to take the title. The two squads split a pair of thrilling contests this season, with Albany winning, 73-72, in double overtime at SEFCU on Jan. 8 and the Retrievers getting a last-second tip-in from Quentin Jones and triumphing, 71-69 at the RAC Arena on Feb. 12. Paul Mittermeier and Dan Levin have all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via ESPN3.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC achieved its most victories (9) since the 2008-09 season, but its last victory came versus Albany on Feb. 12 and the Retrievers enter the tournament tying a season-high with four consecutive setbacks. Three of those losses occurred on the road, including a 67-56 loss at Hartford on March 2. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.9 ppg), selected as the AE Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, scored 21 points versus the Hawks, posting 20 or more for the seventh time in his initial campaign. The Retrievers have enjoyed great tournament success at SEFCU Arena, posting a 3-1 record in the 2009 and 2013 championships.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany could have clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a win at Stony Brook on March 2, but dropped a hard-fought 73-68 decision. The setback snapped a three-game win streak for the Danes, which started after their loss at UMBC. SO G Peter Hooley, who scored 21 second-half points in the Danes’ setback to the Retrievers, leads the squad with 14.8 points per game and is the league’s most-proficient free throw shooter (132/150, 88.0 percent). Three other Danes average in double figures, including JR F Sam Rowley (11.3), who leads the team with 6.8 caroms per game. UA is 9-3 on its home floor and 7-1 versus America East foes in 2013-14.

WHO’S UP NEXT: Should the Retrievers advance, they would face the winner of the No. 1 Vermont vs. No. 8 UNH contests in the first semifinal on Sunday, March 9 at 5:02 p.m.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech/Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa (Saturday 3pm from London live on UFC Fight Pass); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Thursday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel)

10. Jim Breuer (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Amy Schumer (Thursday 8pm Stephens Hall Towson University); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park); 300: Rise of an Empire“, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out in theaters (Friday); 12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Matthew McConaughey won an Academy Award. Which means we can’t be far from Jim Breuer getting his.

Also Amy Schumer returns to her alma mater. She’s a really polite gal-you should introduce her to your mom.

9. Juicy J (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Stir Fried feat. John Popper/Cara Kelly & The Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Stephen Kellogg (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Schoolboy Q (Friday 8pm & 11pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); Bob Mould (Wednesday 7:30pm 9:30 Club); Bear Hands (Tuesday 8:30pm DC9); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Tuesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Lorde (Friday 8pm Echostage), David Guetta (Saturday & Sunday 9pm Echostage); Moody Blues (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Pharrell Williams “G I R L”, Drive-By Truckers “English Oceans” and Rick Ross “Mastermind” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Have you thought about the fact that John Popper has been in your life for two decades now?

Yes, I still smile when I hear a Vertical Horizon tune. So sue me.

I’ve been playing the Bear Hands tune a lot as a rejoiner on the show recently. You know it from the times you’ve emailed to say “what’s the name of that song?”

J. Roddy is amazing. You should probably already know that.

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UMBC soccer headed back to America East title game

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE– UMBC senior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) scored with4:48 remaining in the second overtime period and the top-seeded Retrievers nipped Albany, 2-1, in the America East Conference semifinals.

The Retrievers, ranked No. 6 nationally, advance to their third title game in the last four years. UMBC (15-1-2) will host third-seeded Hartford (14-3-3), which advanced in penalty kicks past host New Hampshire.

Fifth-seeded Albany, which had routed No. 4 Vermont, 5-1, in the quarterfinals, finished the season at 6-11-4.

The Great Danes did not go quietly, as UMBC was 21 seconds away from winning a 1-0 decision. But Great Dane defender Dominic McGarr redirected a pass from Luke Palmateer from five yards out in a scramble in front of the Retriever goal.

But the Retrievers had all four shots in overtime and got the game-winner on a great effort by the America East Midfielder of the Year. He was fouled in the box, but UMBC was awarded an indirect kick about 13 yards from the goal.  Junior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) struck a shot, but the ball hit an Albany defender and rebounded out to Dacres. His first attempt was also blocked, but came back to him, and his follow-up from seven yards out on the left side went under the roof of the goal.

UMBC sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) scored the game’s first goal with exactly 31 minutes remaining.

UMBC outshot Albany, 22-7 and both netminders, Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall), and Michael Pizzuti of Albany, were credited with three saves.

The Retrievers had a streak of 501 scoreless minutes snapped in the final moments of regulation.

UMBC defeated Hartford, 2-1, in West Hartford on October 5.

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America East to shift basketball tournament to campus sites

Posted on 03 October 2013 by WNST Staff

America East Men’s Basketball Championship To Move to Campus Sites Starting in 2015


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The excitement of March Madness will be coming to multiple America East campuses starting in 2015 as the conference announced a revamp of its men’s basketball championship format on Thursday. For the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the entire tournament will take place on campus sites with the higher-seeded school hosting each game throughout the championship.

“This is an exciting and positive change for men’s basketball in our conference,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “This format will afford more of our campuses the chance to experience the thrill of postseason basketball, while also protecting our strongest teams and giving them the best opportunity to advance to the NCAA tournament with the highest seed possible.”

The format change, which was unanimously proposed by America East’s head coaches, was endorsed by the conference’s Athletic Directors and Presidents in June. A conference committee was then formed to examine parameters and logistics of the championship with the conference’s Athletic Directors’ Council finalizing those details this week.

“This was a collaborative effort among our coaches, athletic directors and presidents to evaluate various options with the goal of enhancing men’s basketball in our league and I commend them for their dialogue and diligence throughout this process,” said Huchthausen.

The quarterfinals will take place on four different campuses on the Wednesday following the final weekend of conference play, 11 days prior to Selection Sunday. Following the quarterfinal round, the bracket will be re-seeded and match up the highest remaining seeds against the lowest remaining seeds in the semifinals, which will occur four days after the quarterfinals on Sunday. A conference champion will be crowned six days later on Saturday in front of a national television audience on ESPN2.

“This is great for our league,” said Stony Brook men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell. “We have great home court venues and enthusiastic fan bases across the conference. To be rewarded for a great regular season and have an opportunity to play in front our fans and bring a piece of March Madness to multiple campuses is really exciting.”

“Moving to this high-seed format and re-seeding the bracket enables us to protect our best teams, the teams that have shown their mettle over the course of a 16-game schedule,” said University of Vermont Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics Robert Corran. “This will put the conference in a better position to send its best representative forward to the NCAA tournament and obtain its best possible seed. We felt that was very important for the health of men’s basketball in our conference both in the short and long term.”

The America East Men’s Basketball Championship has had a high-seed format 11 times previously, the last in 1995. The tournament was played on campus sites in each round from 1981-82, 1984-87 and 1991-95. For the past four years, and again in 2014, the early rounds of the championship have been combined with the women and held at a single site with the championship games at the highest remaining seed. The men’s championship was held on its own at a single site and the championship game at the highest remaining seed from 1996-2009. The entire championship was held at the Hartford Civic Center from 1988-90, while early rounds were played at campus sites with the semifinals and final at a single site in 1980 and 1983.

About America East: The America East Conference provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.

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Season ends for UMBC in America East title game

Posted on 04 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.—Top-seeded Albany used a 9-1 run in the second and third quarters to defeat UMBC, 19-10, in the America East Conference men’s lacrosse championship game.

UMBC, which entered the game 4-1 in its last five contests, finished the season at 7-8.

Senior attackmen Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) were selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Jones led the Retrievers with four goals vs. Albany and amassed seven goals in the two games.

There were four ties and lead changes in the first half until Albany closed the stanza on a 5-0 run. UMBC trailed, 3-2, after one quarter and 4-2 just 34 seconds into the second, but went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-4 lead with 9:18 to play in the frame.

Freshman midfielder Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) started the surge with an extra-man goal at the 12:41 mark, and Jones tied the score, converting a feed from senior middie Nick Doub (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) at the 10:04 mark. Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) got inside and beat UA keeper Blaze Riordan from a tough angle to put UMBC back out in front at 5-4 with 9:18 to play in the half.

After a time out, Albany tied the game 42 seconds later, starting the 5-0 surge. Albany outshot UMBC, 31-15 in the first 30 minutes, and despite nine saves by DiRito, the Danes led by four at the break.

UMBC came out quickly in the third quarter, winning the opening face-off after a loose ball battled and cashed in when freshman Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) scored with just 39 seconds elapsed. But the Danes went on a 4-0 run before Retriever senior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./The Hill School) stopped the surge and cut the deficit to 13-7 with 4:25 remaining.

But the Retrievers could get no close in the final 19 minutes of the game and fell to 3-2 in America East title games.

In his final game along with 13 other seniors, Brown scored a goal and added two assists. Lewnes scored twice, while Doub added a pair of helpers.

Tournament Most Valuable Player, Albany sophomore attackman Lyle Thompson, led all scorers with three goals and six assists.

Albany outshot UMBC, 49-36, and DiRito finished the game with 10 saves. Albany freshman netminder Blaze Riordan made nine saves for his side.

The Danes converted on 4-of-6 extra-man opportunities, while UMBC was 1-of-2.

“I would like to thank our seniors for the great job they have done over the past four years, especially this year,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “The guys are disappointed, but they should hold their heads up high. It’s a great group of guys, they work hard and they represent the school in a tremendous fashion.”

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