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UMBC opens America East play Sunday at UMass Lowell

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (4-9) opens its 11th season of America East play on the road as the Retrievers take on league newcomer UMass Lowell at the Costello Athletic Center on Sunday, Jan. 5. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. The Riverhawks (1-11, 0-1) made their league debut on Dec. 18 when they fell to visiting Vermont, 62-48. There is no local radio for this game, but live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.


RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a four-game slide andimproved to 4-1 at home on the campaign with a 63-48 victory over Navy on Dec. 30. The Retrievers hit 6-of-11 shots behind the arc in the second half and outscored the Mids, 43-27, over the final 20 minutes to secure the victory. Freshman guards Rodney Elliott (21 pts.) and Bryan Harris (14 pts.) scored 27 of the team’s second half points. The 48 points allowed was a fewest by a UMBC team since giving up 40 points at Boston University in February of 2008.


RIVERHAWK UPDATE: UMass Lowell has been away from competition since a 95-77 loss at home to Duquesne on Dec.21. The Dukes shot 62.3 percent from the field and buried 13 treys in that contest. Five UML players hit double figures, led by SO G D.J. Mlachnik, who score 14 points. SR G Akeem Williams, a Northeast-10 First Team selection last season, leads the squad with 13.9 points per game, followed by JR G Chad Holley (12.4 ppg) and Mlachnik (10.2 ppg).


WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC heads right back out on the road on Tuesday, headed to Albany for a Wednesday evening match-up with the Great Danes.

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UMBC guard Elliott named America East Rookie of the Week

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – For the second time in his young career, UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Week. The most recent honor is for games ending Dec. 15, 2013.

UMBC competed just once last week, but Elliott scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game in the Retrievers’ 91-71 setback at Coppin State on Dec. 11. He scored 16 points in 21 minutes of action and tied his season-high with six assists. The freshman point guard hit 6-of-7 free throws and 2-of-4 shots from behind the arc.

Elliott leads the Retrievers in five categories, including scoring average (14.1 ppg) and assists (3.6) per game.  He is currently ninth in America East in scoring, third in assists, and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).

Elliott has scored more points (155) through 11 games than any freshman in the UMBC’s Division I (1986-87) era.  He earned his first award of the season for contests ending Nov. 17 after averaging 17.7 points per game in a three-game span.

Elliott and his teammates are in the exam period this week and do not return to action until Sat., Dec. 21when they visit George Washington.

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UMBC coach Thomas inks two year extension

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Aki Thomas has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 academic year, Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today.

Thomas enters his second year as head coach of the program, earning the title on the eve of the 2013 America East Tournament. He served as acting head coach since Oct. 10, 2012 after five previous seasons as a Retrievers’ assistant coach.

“I really like what I see from Aki in all areas of our men’s basketball program,” Hall said.

“It is clear he is intelligent, hard-working, focused, a good communicator and an individual with high integrity. The young men within the program are really responding to his guidance and that of his staff.”

Despite the loss of three post players due to injury a year ago, the first-year mentor and his staff led UMBC to more victories (8) than since the 2008-09 campaign. The cohesive Retrievers knocked off third-seeded Hartford in the quarterfinals of the league championships, and led Vermont for much of the first 32 minutes of play before bowing in the semis.

Even with the loss of the primary interior presence of their defense, the Retrievers allowed five fewer points per game (71.5) in 2012-13 than they did in the previous season.

The 34-year old Thomas was the 11th-youngest NCAA Division I head coach in the nation in 2012-13.

“I would like to thank Tim Hall for his commitment not only to myself and our staff, but to our entire basketball family as we continue to grow and rebuild the program,” said Thomas. “I am privileged to be coaching a special group of young men whose goal is to give the UMBC community something for which it can be proud.”

Thomas and his staff have bolstered hopes for the future by bringing in a strong, locally-based recruiting class for the 2013-14 campaign.

“This extension will give Aki and me a better opportunity to forge a stronger working relationship,” Hall said. “Additionally, it will allow us to build the necessary infrastructure that is so important to have in order to successfully compete within the mid-major level.”

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UMBC in second place for America East Commissioner’s Cup

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – Coming off its best fall season in its NCAA Division I school history, UMBC Athletics stands in second place, just one point behind New Hampshire, in the race for the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. America East Commissioner’s Cup.

New Hampshire sits atop the conference with 149 points, followed by UMBC at 148. Stony Brook (108) and Albany (107) are also separated by one point in third and fourth place respectively. Hartford (5th, 87, Binghamton (T6th, 68), Vermont (T6, 68), Maine (8th, 53) and league newcomer UMass Lowell (30) round out the fall standings.

The Retrievers and Wildcats each won three of the six fall championships conducted by the conference. UMBC captured the regular season and tournament titles in men’s and women’s soccer (co-regular season champion) and edged host Binghamton for the men’s cross country title.

The UMBC volleyball team finished in second place and was the conference runner-up, dropping a hard-fought, 3-2 title match at UNH. The women’s cross country team finished a best-ever fifth amongst all nine programs competing for that title.

UNH won championships in women’s cross country, field hockey and volleyball.

All five UMBC programs matched or set new best finishes in their 11th conference campaign.

UMBC matched its best-ever finish by placing third in the race for the Commissioner’s Cup in 2012-13.

The Retrievers’ 19-sport program also finished third in 2007-08 and 2010-11 and has finished in the top four of the league in six of the last eight seasons.

The Commissioner’s Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and championship competition in the conference’s 19 sports.

The scoring system for the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup is as follows: In sports where regular-season round robin competition is conducted, the first-place institution in the final standings receives four points times the total number of teams involved in conference play. The second-place institution receives four less points; third place receives eight less points, and so on. Additionally, the America East (tournament) champion receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place receives four less points and so on down to the last-place institution which receives two points.

In sports where regular-season round robin competition is not conducted (cross country, tennis, track & field, swimming & diving), the first-place institution at the America East championship receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place gets four less points and so on down to the last place team which receives two points.

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UMBC G Elliott picks up weekly America East honor

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Binghamton’s Reed, UNH’s Pelcher, UMBC’s Elliott Earn America East Men’s Basketball Weekly Accolades

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A trio of players who led their teams to wins last week with big-time performances are America East’s men’s basketball weekly award winners for the second week of the season.

Co-Player of the Week
Jordan Reed, So., Guard, Binghamton

  • Averaged 19.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in two games last week.
  • Had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a comeback win over Cornell Wednesday.
  • Scored 15 of those points in the second half to help Binghamton complete a 19-point comeback.
  • Recorded his second straight double-double (13 points, 14 rebounds) in loss to Navy Saturday.

Co-Player of the Week
Chris Pelcher, Sr., Forward, New Hampshire

  • Averaged 17.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks while shooting 60 percent from the field in a pair of games last week.
  • His 14-point, 16-rebound, four-block performance led UNH to a win at Atlantic 10 member Duquesne on Wednesday.
  • He then contributed 20 points, 15 boards and three blocks in a loss to NJIT Sunday.

Rookie of the Week
Rodney Elliott, Fr., Guard, UMBC

  • Stuffed the stat sheet last week, averaging 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals in three games last week.
  • Scored 24 of his 26 points after halftime to lead UMBC back from 23 down in a win over Mount St. Mary’s Sunday.

Around the League

  • America East teams have 14 wins on the season with six of those coming against Atlantic 10, CAA and MAAC programs.
  • Stony Brook is 3-1 with wins over Marist, Haverford and reigning CAA regular-season champion Northeastern.
  • New Hampshire won at Atlantic 10-member Duquesne, 84-81, Wednesday.
  • Binghamton and UMBC each had amazing comeback wins last week.
  • The Bearcats came back from 19 down in the second half, scoring on 19-straight possessions at one points, to beat Cornell, 89-79, Wednesday.
  • The Retrievers were down 23 to Mount St. Mary’s in the second half Sunday but stormed back for a 90-84 overtime win.
  • Hartford will play in ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon at Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday at 7 p.m. in front of a national television audience on ESPN2.

2013-14 Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards
Nov. 11 – Player of the Week: Anthony Jackson, Stony Brook
Rookie of the Week: Nick Madray, Binghamton
Nov. 18 – Player of the Week: Jordan Reed, Binghamton/Chris Pelcher, UNH
Player of the Week: Rodney Elliott, UMBC

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UMBC soccer claims third America East title in four years

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- Tournament Most Outstanding Player, UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals, leading the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Retrievers to a 4-0 victory over Hartford in the America East Championship game.

The Retrievers, who lead the nation in winning percentage, (16-1-2) earn America East’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years.  This season marks the first time that UMBC captured the league’s regular season and championship title.

UMBC will learn of its seeding in the NCAA Tournament during the NCAA Men’s Soccer Selection Show on Monday at noon.

“We’re a very confident group… we’re looking forward to seeing who we are going to play on Monday,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “All along, our goal has been to win the America East and go as far as we can go. Last year, we were excited about playing in the NCAA Tournament, now we want to go farther.”

Hartford started the game brightly, and nearly too an early lead when midfielder Aleko Petridis hit the post in the 9th minute from the top of the box. But that seemed to awaken UMBC and the Retrievers would score just 51 seconds later.

Junior back Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) drove down the left side and crossed a ball into the box. It deflected off a Hartford defender and Caringi headed the redirect past UH goalkeeper David McKinnon from seven yards away.

Caringi would have two more chances in the first half, but missed one wide and McKinnon came up with a stop on the other attempt.

UMBC led, 1-0, at the half, but junior back Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored just3:59 into the second half to double the Retriever advantage.  Junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) struck a corner kick toward the near post. Caringi got onto it and flicked it towards the far right post, where Ballo headed it home from close range.

Caringi tallied his second goal of the game and league-leading 12th of the season in the 57th minute to put the contest out of reach.  Sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) bent in a corner from the right side, and the ball skidded off the turf and to a waiting Caringi, who headed it beyond McKinnon and inside the far left post.

Junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) finalized the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 86th minute. Junior midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) was taken down in the box and the Retriever captain drilled home the ensuing penalty kick.

Caringi, Ballo, and senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) and senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) were named to the All-Championship team.

UMBC outshot Hartford, 19-7, and Saunders made two saves to record his 24th career shutout. Saunders has not allowed a goal in his last four America East Tournament games.

Notes: UMBC becomes the first repeat America East champion since 1997 and is just second program in conference history to win 3 titles in 4 years…The Retrievers are the first No. 1 seed to win tournament since 2008…  Caringi’s five points and two goals tied a single game tournament record… Caringi, who scored eight goals in his first four games in 2013, seven-game goal-scoring drought with the two-goal effort and now has nine career multiple-goal efforts… UMBC’s 16 victories stands alone as the second-most in school history… The 1999 team won a school-record 19 games.

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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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UMBC Women’s Soccer clinches first ever NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 10 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Brown Punches Ticket to NCAA’s for UMBC Women’s Soccer; Retrievers Earn First-Ever Tournament Title
Cinderella story continues at the big dance for UMBC women’s soccer

BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s soccer continued the unimaginable, garnering its first-ever conference tournament title, as red-shirt junior Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) registered her sixth game-winning goal of the season to give No. 1 UMBC the 2-1 victory against No. 2 Stony Brook in the America East Championship game on Saturday evening at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers become the first team in America East history to complete the worst-to-first turnaround and earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

The Retrievers (13-5-2) will learn of their opponent for the opening round of the tournament during the selection show on Monday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.

The Retrievers, who combined for one win over the previous two seasons, continued to add to its most successful season in program history, having earned a share of its first-ever regular-season title and posting a program record in wins with 13. UMBC’s turnaround currently ranks second in Division I in winning percentage differential.

Stony Brook (11-6-2) had the first opportunity of the contest 17 minutes into the contest, as freshman defender Christina Fluman launched a shot just from inside the box, but UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) came up big, knocking down the shot. The rebound from junior forward Shannon Grogan was sent wide ride to keep the game scoreless.

The Retrievers responded with their first chance of the afternoon as UMBC’s leading scorer Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) sent a shot in from the right wing that was wide and just out of reach for freshman midfielder Meg Kowalski (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) to rebound in with a header.

Stony Brook was able to strike first, as freshman forward Maxie New crossed the ball over the head of a UMBC defender to setup a screened shot for senior forward Larissa Nysch to blast inside the far right post, just out of reach of a diving Kadet.

The Retrievers responded with just their seventh first half goal of the season for the equalizer in the 42nd minute. A header from Brown bounced off the post and sophomore back Nikki Boretti (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) gathered the ball and sent in her second goal of the season past the America East Goalkeeper of the Year Ashley Castanio, to tie the contest at one.

The Retrievers’ backline stayed strong throughout the second half, allowing Brown, the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, to deflect a ball over the head of Castanio after the ball was batted around in front of the net in the 59th minute.

The Seawolves continued to look for their chance at an equalizer, as Nysch, an All-Tournament honoree, sent a centering pass to junior forward Megan Rea in the 80th minute, but Rea sailed her shot high of the net to keep the Retrievers out in front. SBU would record just one more shot in the contest, a kick wide by sophomore midfielder Tessa Devereaux.

Kadet, a member of the All-Tournament Team, matched a season-high with seven saves, while Castanio totaled five stops on the night.

2013 All-Tournament Team
Jessy Brown, UMBC – Most Outstanding Player
Nikki Boretti, UMBC
Alexa Quaranta, UMBC
Lauren Kadet, UMBC
Larissa Nysch, Stony Brook
Ashley Castanio, Stony Brook
Ahriel Fernandez, Stony Brook
Nikki McFarland, Vermont
Connie Gormley, Binghamton
Maggie Malone, Maine
Lisa Bijman, Maine
Stephanie Santos, Hartford
Raelynn Mikell, Hartford

Game Notes
-UMBC has won 10 straight games on its home field and is 10-2-0 at home on the season.
-Alexa Quaranta moved into a tie for third place with a total of 60 shots on the season.
-The Retrievers move to 1-4 in conference tournament title games.
-Prior to the season, UMBC had never won an America East postseason contest, they now move to 2-2 all-time.
-UMBC trails the all-time series 5-9-1, but are 2-0 against the Seawolves in 2013.
-Eight of 15 games between the Retrievers and Seawolves have been decided by one goal or less. UMBC is 4-3-1 against SBU in one-goal games all-time. The Retrievers are 10-4 this season in one goal games.

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UMBC tabbed to finish sixth in preseason America East hoops poll

Posted on 16 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite by Coaches


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Returning all five starters from a team that won 21 games a year ago, University of Vermont is America East’s preseason favorite in men’s basketball for the 2013-14 season as the league’s preseason poll was unveiled Wednesday afternoon. The poll results were determined via a vote by the conference’s nine head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own team.

Vermont garnered six of a possible eight first-place votes and 64 points to be tabbed the preseason favorite for the second-straight season. Stony Brook University, last year’s regular-season champion, followed in second place, receiving the other three first-place tallies and 58 points. Reigning league champion University at Albany was third with 49 points, followed closely by University of Hartford in fourth with 44 points. University of New Hampshire was fifth with 31 points, followed by UMBC in sixth with 28 points. Binghamton University (24 points), University of Maine (20 points) and UMass Lowell (8) rounded out the nine-team poll.

The 2013-14 season begins on November 8 with full-scale America East play starting on January 4. Conference positioning will prove key for the America East Championship, which the top two seeds have won in 29 of the last 31 years. The tournament, which is combined men and women for the fifth-straight year, will head to SEFCU Arena for quarterfinal and semifinal round action March 8-9 while the title game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on March 15. The winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, in which America East teams have won seven games all-time.

Vermont (21-12 in 2012-13), one of five America East teams to appear in the postseason (CBI) last year, returns nine contributors and all five starters from a program that reached the America East title game for the eighth time in 11 seasons in 2012-13. The Catamounts were led by their defense a year ago, holding foes to just 59.2 points per game, which ranked 28th nationally. Senior forward Brian Voelkel was a major reason for that as the preseason all-conference selection earned first-team All-America East and All-Defensive honors after ranking second in rebounds (8.6 rpg) and assists (4.9 apg). Offensively, the Catamounts will rely on senior Clancy Rugg (11.7 ppg in 12-13), a second-team all-leaguer last year, and senior Luke Apfeld (10.7 ppg). UVM opens play vs. St. Joseph’s on Nov. 9.

Stony Brook (25-8) captured its third America East regular-season crown in four years last season and seeks its first-ever league title and NCAA berth this season. The Seawolves bring back eight letterwinners, including four starters, from a squad that beat UMass in the first round of the NIT last year. Leading the way are preseason all-conference selections Jameel Warney, the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, and senior Dave Coley, a third-team All-Conference choice last year. Stony Brook will look to continue its dominance on the defensive end of the floor this season after ranking sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.378) and 13th in scoring defense (57.5 papg) last year. The Seawolves begin play at home against Marist on Nov. 8

Albany (24-11) finished fifth in the America East standings last year but ran off three-straight wins in March to become the lowest-seeded team to ever win the league title, its third since 2006. The Great Danes return eight letterwinners and three starters from that team, including junior Sam Rowley, who averaged 9.0 points and 6.5 boards per game and upped those averages to 11.1 and 7.6, respectively, in conference play. Also back is sophomore Peter Hooley, an America East All-Rookie choice last year. The longest tenured head coach in the league, Will Brown, begins his 13th season at Albany, which opens its season at Siena onNov. 8.

Hartford (17-14) is coming off one of its best seasons in its history, finishing one win shy of its Division high-water mark. Junior Mark Nwakamma, a first-team All-America East selection and preseason all-leaguer this year, will lead a team that lost just one contributor from a year ago and returns all five starters. Along with Nwakamma (14.7 ppg), junior Yolonzo Moore (9.2 ppg, 2.6 apg), will be key for the Hawks, who open with Quinnipiac in the Connecticut 6 Classic on Nov. 9.

New Hampshire (9-20) is looking to improve on an eighth-place finish from 2012-13. Six newcomers will join nine returnees, led by senior Patrick Konan, who ranked in league’s top 15 in both scoring (12th – 11.8 ppg) and rebounding (15th – 5.4 rpg) last year. Senior Chris Pelcher (9.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) teams with Konan to help form one of the better front courts in the conference. Bill Herrion’s squad starts its season at home against Suffolk on Nov. 9.

UMBC (8-23) begins its first full season under Aki Thomas, who served the majority of the 2012-13 season as the acting head coach. Senior Chase Plummer, the league’s active-leading scoring with 1,013 points, leads seven returning letterwinners and three starters after averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds a year ago, good for 11th and seventh in America East, respectively. The Retrievers kick off their 2013-14 season at Arizona State on Nov. 8.

Binghamton (3-27) is poised to improve this season under second-year head coach Tommy Dempsey. Preseason all-conference choice Jordan Reed will lead the Bearcats after pacing the league in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and ranking second in scoring (16.6 ppg) last year. Among the eight returning letterwinners is junior Robert Mansell, the team’s leading scorer from 2011-12, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Binghamton opens with Loyola on Nov. 8

Maine (11-19) lost a pair of All-America East performers off last year’s team but returns five letterwinners to go with seven newcomers this season. Junior Xavier Pollard  (9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.3 apg) is the top returnee for Ted Woodward’s Black Bears, who start their season at their new facility, the Cross Insurance Center, vs. Fisher on Nov. 10.

UMass Lowell (15-13 Division II) is entering its first season as a Division I program under first-year head coach and former Northeastern and Boston College assistant Pat Duquette. Nine letterwinners return for the River Hawks, who usher in a new era at Michigan on Nov. 8.

2013-14 Preseason Poll
Rank    Team (1st-place votes)        Points
1.          Vermont (6)                                      64
2.          Stony Brook (3)                                 58
3.          Albany                                              49
4.          Hartford                                           44
5.          New Hampshire                                  31
6.          UMBC                                               28
7.          Binghamton                                       24
8.          Maine                                               20
9.          UMass Lowell                                8

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Jones, Garner named UMBC hoops captains

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  (Oct. 7, 2013)

UMBC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Aki Thomas has tabbed senior Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and sophomore Malik Garner (Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy) as Retriever co-captains for the 2013-14 season.

Jones will be earning his third letter after transferring to UMBC from Wallace (Ala.) State. The 6’0”, 185-lb. guard walked onto the program in the fall of 2011 and competed in 24 games, earning 11 starts, in his first season. In 2012-13, Jones suffered an ankle injury while competing versus Eastern (Pa.) University on Nov. 12 and did not dress for the next eight contests.

Jones earned his first start of the season on Jan. 9 and started the final 16 games of the campaign. The point guard committed zero turnovers or just one miscue in seven of the final 11 games of the regular season. He ranked tenth in America East Conference games in assists per outing (2.7).

Through 43 career contests for the Retrievers, Jones averages 3.4 points and 1.9 assists per outing. He earned a scholarship for his senior season at UMBC.

“Q is very mature beyond his years and is consistent on and off of the court,” said Thomas. “ He is a true leader by example and a good teammate.  As a coach, it is a luxury to have a player with these qualities at the point guard position.”

Garner competed in all 31 contests and was honored as the team’s Unsung Hero after his freshman campaign in 2012-13. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes played per contest. The versatile 6’6”, 220-lb. competed at both the wing and post positions during his initial season.

Garner excelled in the America East Tournament, amassing 52 minutes of playing time and hauling down a team-best seven rebounds in the 69-62 quarterfinal upset of Hartford.

“Malik’s attention to detail, commitment, and character are his best attributes.  He works extremely hard in the classroom and on the court, making him a perfect fit for this role on our team,” said Thomas.

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