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UMBC G Elliott named America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The 2013-14 America East Fans’ Choice Players of the Year were unveiled on Tuesday after over 3,000 fans placed their vote on the conference’s Facebook page.

UMBC’s Rodney Elliott and Hartford’s Alyssa Englert earned Fans’ Choice Player of the Year awards, with Elliott taking the men’s award and Englert earning the women’s trophy

One of the top freshmen in the America East this season, Elliott earned 478 of the 1,535 (31%) of the total votes that were cast by fans “Liking” or “Sharing” the rookies photo on the conference Facebook page. He edged out Vermont’s Brian Voelkel, who had 332 total votes. Elliott leads all freshmen and ranks fourth in the conference, averaging 14.9 points per game. He is a five-time Rookie of the Week selection and averages a team-best 3.5 assists per game.

Englert, a senior guard, received 542 of the 2,047 total votes to edge out UMBC’s Sara Tarbert by just over 100 votes. The senior has started in 24 games for the Hawks and ranks eighth in the conference during league play with 3.4 assists per game. She has also been a star off the court and was the first America East student-athlete named to the WBCA Allstate Good Works team, a distinction awarded to only five Division I basketball players in the country.

Nine nominees (one from each school) were named to each ballot on Feb. 26. Over 3,500 fans voted for the awards on the league’s Facebook page through 3 p.m. on March 4. 

All-Time Fans’ Choice Player of the Year Winners
Men

2013-14 – Rodney Elliott, UMBC
2012-13 – Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
2011-12 – Brian Dougher, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Evan Fjeld, Vermont
2009-10 – Marqus Blakely, Vermont
2008-09 – D.J. Rivera, Binghamton
2007-08 – Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 – Mike Trimboli, Vermont

Women
2013-14 – Alyssa Englert, Hartford
2012-13 – Amber Bepko, Hartford
2011-12 – Dani Klupenger, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Kerry Cashman, Boston U.
2009-10 – May Kotsopoulos, Vermont
2008-09 – Christine Kinneary, Boston U.
2007-08 – Danielle Hood, Hartford
2006-07 – Katie Meinhardt, Boston U.

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UMBC concludes regular season Sunday at Hartford

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (9-19, 5-10 America East) plays its final game of the 2013-14 regular season when the Retrievers travel to West Hartford, Conn. to take on Hartford (15-15, 9-6) at the Chase Family Arena on Sunday, March 2.

A win would guarantee the Retrievers the fifth seed in next weekend’s America East Tournament, its highest seed since the championship season of 2007-08. UMBC could finish fifth, sixth or seventh with a setback. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m. Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action on Q1370 AM (www.q1370.com) and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played its seventh league game which was decided by six points or less versus Binghamton on Feb. 22 and dropped a 72-70 decision to the Bearcats. The Retrievers, now 3-4 in those close contests, rallied from an 18-point second half deficit and took a brief late lead, but two missed free throws and a pair of offline last-second attempts sent the squad to its third straight loss. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.7 ppg) became the third UMBC DI freshman to surpass the 400-point plateau as he led UMBC with 19 points.

HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (15-15, 9-6 AE) has won five of its last six games and is tied with Albany for third place in the conference. The Hawks had a great battle with Binghamton at Chase Family Arena on Thursday and ended up prevailing, 89-83, in overtime. Five Hawks scored in double figures, led by JR F Mark Nwakamma’s double-double of 19 points and 12 caroms. Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg) and is shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Classmate G Wes Cole leads America East with 75 treys and is shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will compete in its 11th America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany, beginning with a quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 8.

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UMBC plays host to winless Richmond Saturday

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (1-1) men’s lacrosse team continues its early season four-game homestand on Saturday, March 1 when the Retrievers host the Richmond Spiders (0-3) at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 1:05 p.m. Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action, video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC evened its record at 1-1 with a 10-8 victory over Monmouth on Saturday, Feb .22 at UMBC Stadium. Retriever attackmen accounted for seven of the ten goals, including four by senior Matt Gregoire and three by freshman Max Maxwell. Maxwell earned America East Rookie of the Week honors, as he tallied all three goals in the final 30 minutes of play. SR face-off specialist Phil Poe won 17 of 22 draws and red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon was solid between the pipes, making 12 saves and allowing seven of eight Hawk scores.

SO A Nate Lewnes has been named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Watch List. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top college male and female lacrosse player in the United States. Lewnes, an America East All-Rookie Team member in 2013, recorded a pair of assists in last week’s victory over Monmouth.
SPIDER UPDATE: Richmond, a first-year varsity program, has been very competitive through its first three games. The Spiders hosted No. 7 Virginia in their home opener  before 4,249 fans at Robins Stadium and dropped a heartbreaking 13-12 decision on Feb .8. UR has since lost to Hartford (19-11) and at Mercer (11-7). FR A Mitchell Goldberg leads the Spiders with eight goals and 11 points through three games, while SO A Brad Burnam has three goals and a team-best six assists.
WHO’S UP NEXT: For just the third time in 12 meetings, UMBC will welcome Johns Hopkins to UMBC Stadium on Saturday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.

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UMBC G Elliott nominated for America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC women’s basketball freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and men’s basketball freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) were nominated for the 2013-14 America East Basketball Fans’ Choice Players of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

A winner will be named for both men’s and women’s basketball. Voting for the 2014 America East Basketball Fans’ Choice Players of the Year will go until Tuesday, March 4 at 3 p.m. and can be done on the America East Facebook Page. The winner will be announced that afternoon via release at AmericaEast.com.

Tarbert has paced the Retrievers’ offense on the season, averaging a team-best 13.7 points per game, while also adding 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The rookie has led UMBC in scoring in 16 of its 27 games, including 21 double-digit scoring games. Tarbert leads all AEC freshmen in scoring and rebounding, ranking in the top-six in the league in both categories, while also tying for third in the conference in double-doubles on the season with five.

Tarbert, who is the fifth-highest UMBC scoring freshman in program history (369), has pulled in a program-record and league-best five America East Rookie of the Week honors. The freshman is currently in the midst of an 11-game double-digit scoring streak.

Rodney Elliott’s five America East Rookie-of-the-Week honors to date have surpassed former record-holder Chauncey Gilliam, who earned the weekly award four times in the 2008-09 campaign. The Baltimore native is now sixth in the conference in scoring at 14.7 points per game and is now averaging 15.1 points per game (third) in America East contests. The point guard is fourth in the league in assists per game (3.6), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), and tenth in field goal percentage (44.7%) and steals per game (1.2).

Elliott just became UMBC’s second Division I player ever to record 400 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. He has scored 412 points, which is third all-time amongst all UMBC freshmen in single-season scoring with at least a pair of games left on the schedule.

He will likely by the first freshman to lead UMBC in scoring since Rich Giddens, who averaged 15.5 points per game (434 total points) in 1997-98.

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UMBC freshman Maxwell picks up weekly America East lacrosse honor

Posted on 24 February 2014 by WNST Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Two players that led their teams to wins have earned America East Men’s Lacrosse weekly awards for the second week of the season:

Player of the Week
Brody Eastwood, So., Attacker, Stony Brook

  • Tallied nine goals in two games last week.
  • Scored a season-high six goals in Stony Brook’s win over Lafayette Tuesday.
  • Scored three times at No. 2 Duke Sunday.

Rookie of the Week
Max Maxwell, Fr., Attacker, UMBC

  • Scored three times, including the game winner and all in the second half, in UMBC’s win over Monmouth Saturday.
  • Tallied the three scores on just four shots.
  • Goals were the first of his career.

Around the League

  • Stony Brook picked up its first win of the year Tuesday, downing Lafayette, 18-10.
  • Brody Eastwood scored six times to lead SBU.
  • UMBC improved to 1-1 with a 10-8 win over Monmouth Saturday.
  • Matt Gregoire had four goals to pace the Retrievers.
  • Albany fell to #18 in the USILA Coaches Poll and 17th in the Warrior Media Poll after a one-goal loss to Drexel.

2014 Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
Feb. 17 – Player of the Week: Kevin O’Shea, Hartford
Rookie of the Week: Kyle Rowe, Stony Brook
Feb. 24 – Player of the Week: Brody Eastwood, Stony Brook
Rookie of the Week: Max Maxwell, UMBC

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UMBC welcomes Binghamton to RAC Arena for Senior Night Saturday

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC (9-18, 5-9 America East) plays its final home game of the 2013-14 season when the Retrievers host Binghamton (6-20, 3-10) at the RAC Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22. UMBC will honor its three seniors (Quentin Jones, Chase Plummer, Brett Roseboro) playing their final home games and another (Jamar Wertz), who was unable to compete this year due to injury. Tip-off time is set for 7:10 p.m. with pregame ceremonies beginning at 6:55 p.m.  Gary Stein and Tory Green have all the play-by-play action, video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off a tough stretch, playing back-to-back road games at Vermont and Stony Brook and dropping decisions to the league leaders. The Retrievers are 4-3 at home this season versus America East competition and are one-half game ahead of New Hampshire in the race for the fifth seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. Roseboro is coming off his best career outing, as the senior delivered 20 points and added nine rebounds in the 72-53 setback at SBU on Wednesday.

BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton had a two-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, as the Bearcats dropped a tough 57-48 decision to Albany at the BU Events Center. SO G Jordan Reed has been hot of late, as he led BU with 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds versus Albany. Reed averages 14.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the young Bearcat squad.
WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC has its bye in the league’s final week and will finish the regular season on Sunday, March 2, when they compete at Hartford.

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UMBC faces test at first place Vermont Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Face First-Place Vermont in Burlington on Saturday Afternoon

SET THE SCENE: Coming off an emotional victory over Albany on Feb. 12, UMBC (9-16, 5-7 AE) enters the teeth of the home stretch of the regular season, as they face the top two teams in the conference on the road. For starters, the Retrievers face first-place Vermont (16-9, 10-1) at Patrick Gym on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.  Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via Catamount TV at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/university-of-vermont/.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a nine-game losing streak to Albany with a last-second 71-69 over the Great Danes. SR G Quentin Jones’ improbable tip-in with 2.4 seconds remaining broke the seventh tie of the game and gave the Retrievers their most victories since the 2008-09 campaign. Jones and FR G Rodney Elliottshared team honors with 16 points apiece. Elliott has vaulted up to second place in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 contests. They routed UMass Lowell, 83-58, on Wednesday evening behind 18 points from SO F Ethan O’Day (8/10 fg). SR G Sandro Carissimo leads a very balanced Catamount attack at 12.7 points per game and shoots over 45 percent from behind the arc. SR F Brian Voelkel leads America East in rebounds (8.2) and assists (5.9) per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays three of its last four games on the road. They will venture up to Stony Brook for a Feb. 19 date with the Seawolves.

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UMBC G Elliott picks up America East rookie honors for record fifth time

Posted on 10 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – For the a school record-setting fifth time, UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named America East Conference Rookie of the Week, the league office announced today.

Elliott surpassed Chauncey Gilliam, who earned four league first-year accolades in 2009-10.

The first-year Retriever tied his season high with 26 points vs. UMass Lowell on Saturday. He also led the Retrievers with 21 points in the 68-57 victory over UNH three days earlier. Elliott is averaging 22.7 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games. He converted 15-of-17 free throw attempts in the two contests this week.

The 6’0, 180-lb. point guard has vaulted up to third in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game and is now averaging 15.7 points per game (2nd) and 4.5 rebounds per game (17th) in America East contests. He is fourth in AE in assists per game (3.6), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) eighth in field goal percentage (45.1%) and ninth in steals per game (1.3).

The Baltimore native is composing one of the top freshman seasons in school history. He needs just three rebounds to become the fourth UMBC Division I player to amass at least 300 points and 100 rebounds in his freshman campaign. He is 14 assists and three rebounds shy of becoming the first Retriever to record 300 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in his initial season.

Elliott’s 359 points is ninth amongst all UMBC freshmen in single-season scoring with at least six games left on the schedule.

UMBC completes a three-game homestand by facing defending league champion Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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UMBC continues America East play Saturday against UMass Lowell

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team (8-15, 4-6 AE) will try to avenge another early-season road setback and extend their home winning streak to three when they welcome America East newcomer UMass Lowell (7-15, 5-5) to the RAC Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.  Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have all the play-by-play action, live streaming is available on the America East digital network (www.umbcretrievers.tv). Streaming is available via most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC matched its win total from a year ago and erased the memory of an ugly loss in Durham last month with a 68-57 victory over UNH on Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena.  For the sixth time in 2013-14, the Retrievers come back from a halftime deficit to rally for a win, as they outscored UNH, 44-28, in the final 20 minutes. FR G Rodney Elliott again led the way, scoring 21 points, while SR G Quentin Jones stayed hot from the floor, adding 16 points. Elliott is up to fifth in America East with a team-best 14.5 points per outing.

RIVER HAWK UPDATE:  A red-hot shooting Albany team snapped UML’s two-game winning streak with a 73-56 triumph at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday. Albany hit 17-of-23 first half shots and led by 24 points at the half. Red-shirt senior forward Antonio Bivins led UML with 17 points and reached the 1,000-point plateau in his career. Bivins, who debuted this season with 14 points versus UMBC on Jan. 5, leads the River Hawks with 14.8 points per game and 5.7 caroms per outing. Senior guard Akeem Williams adds 14.3 points per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the homestand by facing Albany on “RAC in Black” Night on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3.

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UMBC lacrosse picked to finish third in America East

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Announces Broadcast Schedule; Retrievers Tabbed Third in Preseason Poll

All UMBC home lacrosse games will be streamed live on www.umbcretrievers.tv, a part of the America East Digital Network. UMBCRetrievers.tv, now a FREE service, provides a high-definition production, with multiple cameras, a scoreboard clock and graphics, and the full audio play-by-play.

Live stats will also be available for all Retriever home lacrosse games and links for road contests (audio, video, live stats) will be posted to www.umbcretrievers.com.

Fans can also follow all the action from their mobile devices via the new UMBC Front Row app. The app can be downloaded for free on the App Store for Apple devices and the Google Play Store for Android devices.

UMBC was picked to finish third out of six teams in the annual America East Coaches’ preseason Poll, as announced by the league office on in Cambridge, Mass. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

In ten years of America East competition, the Retrievers have never finished lower than tied-for-second place in the regular season standings.
Albany was picked to repeat as champions, garnering five of the six first place votes and 25 votes overall. The other team receiving a first-place vote was Stony Brook, who totaled 21 votes and is projected to finish second.
The Retrievers received 16 votes for a third-place projection, followed by Binghamton and Hartford with 12 and 11 respectively. Vermont rounded out the projections with five votes.

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