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UMBC Opens Lax Season Saturday Against Robert Morris

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team opens its 45th season of intercollegiate lacrosse on Saturday, Feb. 18 when the Retrievers host Robert Morris University. This will be the first meeting between UMBC and RMU on the lacrosse field. The opening face-off takes place at 1:00 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed with several cameras and audio on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

In 2012, head coach Don Zimmerman enters his 19th season at UMBC. Amongst active Division I coaches, he is ninth in total victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (.615). Ed Stephenson, who spent six years (1995-2000) at UMBC, returns as associate head coach and joins former Retriever Andy Gallagher and Rocco Vicchio on the sidelines.

Twenty-five players and eight starters return from last year’s squad. The Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 AEC) had a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the eighth consecutive year.

SR A Rob Grimm JR A Scott Jones and JR D Ethan Murphy have been named captains for the 2012 Retrievers. Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 89 points (43-46-89). He needs 11 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.

UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 333-275 (.548). They are 217-210 (.508) in their 31st year at the Division I level. The Retrievers are 34-12 (.739) at home in the last six seasons.

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS

For the first time in school history, the Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse program had former Colonials selected in a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft as Trevor Moore and Patrick Smith were both chosen in the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft held in December. Moore, who led the nation in goals per game in 2011, was picked in the 10th round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, while Smith was taken in the 12th round by the Ohio Machine.

Senior Kiel Matisz and junior Jake Hayes both tallied hat tricks to help first-year mentor Andrew McMinn earn a win in his collegiate head-coaching debut as the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team held off a late Bellarmine charge to claim a 9-8 victory in each squad’s 2012 regular-season opener last Saturday afternoon.

Robert Morris earned its first postseason berth in school history in 2011 and also became the first Division I program since 1997 to lead the nation in scoring offense in back-to-back seasons. The Colonials’ victory over Bucknell was also its first over a nationally-ranked opponent in school history.

Senior midfielder Kyle Buchanan is the Colonials’ leading returning scorer- he had 20 goals and 16 assists in 2012.

TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years.  Zimmerman enters the 2012 season 9th in victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (61.5%) amongst active Division I coaches. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 208-130 in his 26th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories. He  coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2012.

Zimmerman’s Records

Career Record:            208-129 (.617) (26th season)

at UMBC:                    135-114 (.542) (19th season)

TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage), junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased with the selection of Rob, Scott and Ethan as this year’s captains,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “They are outstanding individuals in their own right, and this trio will now have the opportunity to work together as leaders, representing the 2012 Retrievers on and off the playing field.”

CONGRATS: Four returning players received their first conference accolades. Junior attackman Scott Jones and junior defender Sam McKelvey earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore Zach Linkous was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team and sophomore Neill Lewnes earned a spot on the conference’s All-Academic squad.

Sixty Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is now 33-9 in eight years of America East competition and 18-3 at UMBC Stadium.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 23-12 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09  until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season. In one-goal decisions, UMBC has now won four  in a row (dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009)  and 15 of its last 19.

UMBC is now 15-5 in Don Zimmerman’s 17 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-7 in extra time.

HOME, SWEET HOME: After 14 consecutive winning seasons at UMBC Stadium, the Retrievers were 1-6 at home in 2010. However, UMBC bounced back to go 4-1 last year and is 34-12 (.739) at home since 2006. The Retrievers have currently won four in a row at UMBC Stadium.

FOR OPENERS: Prior to the loss to the Blue Hens last sesaon, UMBC had won its last seven home openers since an 11-4 loss to Navy in 2002. After the setback to Rutgers last week, Coach Zimmerman is now 11-7 in UMBC home openers.

THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBC’s 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the school’s history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.

Programs With Most Victories, 2006-09

1. Virginia 58

2. Duke 56

3. Cornell 50

4. Syracuse 47

5. UMBC 45

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 333-275 (.548). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 217-210 (.508) in their 31st year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UMBC has been nationally ranked in man-up percentage in four of the past six years. In 2009, the Retrievers led the country in man-up situations and set a school record by converting on 51.7% (30 of 57) of its opportunities.

Year    Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank

2009    .517                  1st

2007    .464                  5th

2006    .417                  7th

2005    .444                  2nd

2004    .379                  10th

Junior attackman Rob Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 89 points (43-46-89). He needs 11 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.  Grimm has points in 36 of 41 games played in his career.

Grimm’s Five-Point Games

March 31, 2009            2g, 3a vs. Towson

Feb. 19, 2011              1g, 4a at Presbyterian

March 5, 2011              3g, 2a at North Carolina

April 6, 2011                3g, 2a vs. Towson

May 3, 2012                 4g, 1a at Hartford

HAT TRICKS: Sophomore Scott Jones posted his second career three-goal game by tallying UMBC’s first three of the contest at Maryland. He recorded four goals in the opener at Presbyterian, added five at Albany on April 16 and recorded his fourth of the campaign vs. Vermont. UMBC’s had 11 hat tricks in 2011 –  others have come from Dave Brown (4g at Presbyterian, 3g vs. Binghamton) Rob Grimm (UNC, Hartford), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian), Joe Lustgarten (Hartford)  and Jamie Kimbles (Albany).

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Dave Brown posted a six-point game (1 goal, 5 assists) at Albany on April 16. The five assists in a game was tied for sixth in the nation last season and was UMBC’s top-assist game since Drew Westervelt had six vs. Vermont on April 21, 2007.

TOUGH STANZA: In its seven losses in 2011, UMBC was outscored, 30-9, in the second quarter. UMBC had scored 13 goals in the second quarter in its first eight games before exploding for six in a 6:50 span of the second stanza vs. Binghamton on April 9.

TOUGHER STANZA: UMBC was outscored, 39-17, in the third quarter last season, including 17-6 in five America East games, plus the semifinal contest at Hartford.

GOOD STANZA: In UMBC’s six wins, UMBC has outscored its foes, 19-9, in the fourth quarter. For the season, UMBC has won the fourth period, 36-24, and are a +6 (14-8) in 2011 league play.

REMEMBER THIS ONE?: The Retrievers trailed Quinnpiac, 5-4, after three quarters before rallying to win, 9-7. UMBC’s last win when trailing after three quarters occurred in the 2008 America East title game vs. Albany when the Retrievers were behind 12-9 after 45 minutes.

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Bassett, Ranagan, Grimm, Sawyer Amongst Locals on Tewaaraton Watch List

Posted on 16 February 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the college lacrosse season is just getting under way across the country, The Tewaaraton Award is pleased to announce the 2012 Men’s and Women’s Watch Lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award.

This year’s list has 64 schools represented, which is a record high. “We are particularly excited with the number of schools represented in this year’s Watch List, which is a strong indication of the growth of the sport and the excitement that the Award creates throughout the lacrosse world” said Jeff Harvey, Chairman of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed each year by the Tewaaraton Award. “Our selection committees have a passion for this Award and these Watch List players should know that this is a distinction that only the best coaches could provide,” said Sarah Aschenbach, Executive Director of the Tewaaraton Award.

The Selection Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. In late April, both lists will be narrowed to 25 and these men and women will earn the distinction of Tewaaarton Nominees. In mid-May, the 5 Finalists in each category will be announced. These finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place on May 31st, at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

For information on the Award and to purchase tickets to the event, go to www.tewaaraton.com.

About The Tewaaraton Award

The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 with the inaugural presentation taking place at The University Club of Washington DC in June of 2001. The Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora. To honor the heritage of the sport, the Award presents two annual scholarships to students of American Indian decent. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the nation’s top male and female collegiate lacrosse players and is endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse.

About The University Club of the City of Washington, DC

Established in 1904 during the tenure of William Howard Taft, the Club’s first President and later the President of the United States, the membership is a diverse mix of professional, business and government leaders. The Club’s mission is to provide members and their families: congenial social gatherings, good fellowship, excellent dining, guest rooms, athletics, a rich variety of cultural, international and educational programs activities, and other services to enhance health, wellness, intellectual growth and fitness within the Club’s superbly maintained and expanded historic Clubhouse.

Men’s 2012 Watch List

Sean Aaron, Goalie – Union College
Brent Adams, Midfield – Fairfield University
Andrew Barton, Midfield – Providence College
Pierce Bassett, Goalie – Johns Hopkins University
Peter Baum, Midfield – Colgate University
Carter Bender, Attack – University of Hartford
Anthony Biscardi, Midfield – University of Massachusetts
Ian Braddish, Midfield – Hofstra University
Sam Bradman, Midfield – Salisbury University
Colin Briggs, Midfield – University of Virginia
Fergus Campbell, Goalie – Dartmouth College
Charlie Cipriano, Goalie – Fairfield University
Travis Comeau, Attack – Georgetown University
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Cunningham, Attack – Villanova University
Bobby Dattilo, Midfield/Face Off – Hobart College
Nikk Davis, Midfield – United States Naval Academy
Tim Desko, Attack – Syracuse University
Daniel DiMaria, Defense/LSM – Harvard University
Billy Eisenreich, Attack – Bucknell University
Dante Fantoni, Attack – Lehigh University
Kyle Feeney, Goalie – Bucknell University
Tyler Fiorito, Goalie – Princeton University
Nick Galasso, Attack – University of North Carolina
Matt Gibson, Attack – Yale University
Rob Grimm, Attack – University of Maryland Baltimore County
Tim Henderson, Defense – United States Military Academy
Curtis Holmes, Midfield – University of Maryland
Shayne Jackson, Attack – Limestone College
Sam Jones, Attack – United States Naval Academy
Grant Kaleikau, Attack – University of Delaware
Austin Kaut, Goalie – Penn State University
Jeff Keating, Attack – Roanoke College
Micah Keller, Attack – Hampden-Sydney College
John Kemp, Goalie – University of Notre Dame
Roy Lang, Midfield – Cornell University
Chris LaPierre, Midfield – University of Virginia
Joe Lisicky, Defense – Lynchburg College
Jeffrey Lowman, Goalie – St. John’s University
Matt Mackrides, Attack – Penn State University
Greg Mahony, Midfield – Yale University
Mark Manos, Goalie – Drexel University
JoJo Marasco, Midfield/Attack – Syracuse University
Kiel Matisz, Midfield – Robert Morris University
Mark Matthews, Attack – University of Denver
Joel Matthews, Attack – University of Detroit Mercy
Jack McBride, Attack/Midfield – University of North Carolina
Kevin McCormick, Midfield – Tufts University
Brian Megill, Defense – Syracuse University
Bryan Neufeld, Attack – Siena College
Chris Nourse, Defense – Georgetown University
Robert Pannell, Attack – Cornell University
Mason Poli, Defense – Bryant University
John Ranagan, Midfield – Johns Hopkins University
Joe Resetarits, Attack – University at Albany
Connor Rice, Attack – Marist College
Jack Rice, Attack – Villanova University
Stephen Robarge, Midfield/Face Off – Virginia Military Institute
Dan Savage, Midfield – University of Pennsylvania
Michael Sawyer, Attack – Loyola University
Rob Schlesinger, Midfield – Brown University
Tom Schreiber, Midfield – Princeton University
Logan Schuss, Attack – Ohio State University
Steve Serling, Midfield – Hofstra University
Ryan Snyder, Face Off – Lehigh University
Steele Stanwick, Attack – University of Virginia
Garrett Thul, Attack – United States Military Academy
Jeff Tundo, Attack – Stony Brook University
Justin Turri, Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Vaughan, Midfield – Harvard University
Joe Vitale, Midfield – Adelphi University
Ben Waldron, Long Stick Midfield – Binghamton University
Chad Wiedmaier, Defense – Princeton University

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UMBC Tries to Reverse Recent History Wednesday at Binghamton

Posted on 15 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The BU Events Center has been a house of horrors for UMBC, as the Retrievers have just one victory in nine previous contests vs. the Bearcats. Both teams are hungry for a victory- UMBC has dropped seven straight since a win over Binghamton on Jan. 19, while BU is desperately searching for its first triumph over the season. The contest tips at 7:00 p.m.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC has been a much tougher out in February, with down-to-wire setbacks in the last four contests. The Retrievers offense had been much improved, averaging 72.5 points per game and shooting 45.1 percent from the floor in February before being held to 60 points vs. UNH. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (15.0 ppg, 5th in America East) is had been on a tear, averaging 19.7 points per game in his last six contests.

BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton played to the final seconds at Hartford before falling short 62-60 in the team’s lone game last week. Freshman forward Ben Dickinson scored a game-high 18 points and added team-highs of six reobunds and four assists. In conference play, Dickinson is averaging 13.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Robert Mansell leads the team with a 15.6 scoring average against America East opponents.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC heads back to the Empire State this weekend, as they face Canisius in the Sears BracketBuster series. Tip-off time for the first meeting between UMBC and Canisius is 2:00 p.m.

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UMBC Hosts New Hampshire in Sunday Matinee

Posted on 12 February 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC goes for a series sweep and give themselves a potential tie-breaker edge over New Hampshire when the Retrievers and Wildcats meet in a Sunday matinee (1:00 p.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 12. For the second consecutive game, the Retrievers will be without head coach Randy Monroe, who suffered a death in the family and remains in Aiken, S.C. Assistant Coach Aki Thomas will serve as acting head coach.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC has been a much tougher out in February, with down-to-wire setbacks in the last three contests. The Retrievers offense has been much improved, averaging 72.5 points per game and shooting 45.1 percent from the floor in the last four. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (15.2 ppg, 5th in America East) is had been on a tear, averaging 21.4 points per game in his last five contests.

WILDCAT UPDATE:  New Hampshire just completed a three-game home stand and won two of three, including a 69-64 upset win over Albany on Thursday. Senior guard Alvin Abreu scored 21 points and surpassed the 1,500-point mark in his career. He averaged 20.0 points per game in the three home games and leads the squad at 13.9 points per game. New Hampshire has struggled away from home this year, winning just 2 of 10 contests.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC travels to Binghamton for a Wednesday, Feb. 15 clash with the Bearcats.

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UMBC Hosts Maine on Hall of Fame Day Saturday

Posted on 03 February 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays its lone Saturday home date of the conference season when the Retrievers host the Maine Black Bears at the RAC Arena on Feb. 4. The game is the nightcap of a Retriever-Black Bear doubleheader as UMBC celebrates its Hall of Fame Day. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m.  All UMBC home basketball games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: After an eight-day layoff frrom games, UMBC (2-7, 3-18) got the offense going at Albany, but could not get enough stops vs. the high-powered Great Danes and fell, 87-76. Junior guard Ryan Cook scored a team season-best 28 points. UMBC played without leading scorer Chase Plummer (14.0 ppg), who suffered a concussion earlier in the week and did not make the trip.

BEAR UPDATE:  The Black Bears (4-5, 10-10) dropped five straight games after defeatnig UMBC on Jan. 7, but have come back to post victories in their last two outings. Freshman guard Justin Edwards scored 18 points as Maine held off Binghamton, 67-59, in Orono on Jan. 28. Senior guard Gerald McLemore, who scored 29 points in the win over UMBC, leads the team at 17.9 ponits per game. Maine has played UMBC after a bye in both meetings this year.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC starts a busy week by hosting Hartford on Tuesday, then travels to Stony Brook for a Thursday contest before returning home to entertain UNH on Sunday.

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UMBC Plays 1200th Game In School History Tuesday at Boston U

Posted on 24 January 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC and Boston University complete the first half of the conference schedule when they take the court at Case Gymansium on Tues., Jan. 24. Tonight’s game is the 1200th in UMBC’s 45 years of intercollegiate basketball. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers are taking the court for the fourth time in the last seven days when they face Boston U. After their best defensive effort in league play (a 64-58 win over Binghamton), the Retrievers turned in their poorest  effort three days later in a 90-62 setback to Vermont. Chase Plummer, who scored 20 points and added nine rebounds vs. the Catamounts, continues to lead UMBC in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg).

TERRIER UPDATE:  Boston U. has won six consecutive games, including Sunday’s 65-46 victory at Hartford. In the six-game winning streak, the Terriers are only allowing 54.2 points per contest. Senior wing Darryl Partin is second in America East and 16th nationally in scoring, averaging 20.0 ppg. Sophomore point guard D.J. Irving checks in at 12.6 points per outing and is averaging  5.4 assists per contest.  

Who’s Up Next:  The Retrievers have eight days off before taking on Albany in Albany, N.Y. on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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UMBC Hosts Vermont In Sunday Matinee

Posted on 22 January 2012 by WNST Staff

No team in America East has given UMBC more headaches than Vermont.  Take out the three wins recorded in the 2008 title season and UMBC has just one additional win in 17 attempts. Both teams are coming off league victories on Thursday- UMBC snapped a four-game drought with a win over Binghamton, while Vermont won for the fifth time in six AEC outings in a nailbiter over Albany. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. All home UMBC basketball games are streamed live on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Perhaps UMBC (2-4, 3-15) learned the value of the 3-point field goal in the 64-58 victory over Binghamton. In four previous losses, the Retrievers allowed 33 trifectas, but they held Binghamton to 1 in just 5 attempts on Thursday. Guards Ryan Cook and Brian Neller scored 20 and 16 respectively and combined to tally the final 13 Retriever points of the game. Chase Plummer continues to lead UMBC in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).

CATAMOUNT UPDATE:  In a game which featured 12 second half lead changes, Vermont outlasted rival Albany, 73-69 at Patrick Gymansium on Thursday. The Catamounts hit 9-of-18 from behind the arc, including a Matt Glass trey with 31 seconds left, which sealed the victory. Vermont is getting balanced scoring and is led by the freshman McGlynn at 11.4 points per game.  He hs been outstanding beyond the arc (37-of 89, 41.6%) and from the charity stripe (57-of-64, 89.1%).

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers complete the first half of league play at Boston U. on Wed., Jan. 25.

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UMBC Looks To Bounce Back at Hartford Tuesday Night

Posted on 17 January 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC will try to shake  off a forgettable performance six days ago against Stony Brook and pull off their fourth consecutive win vs. Hartford at Chase Family Arena when they battle the resurgent Hawks on Tues., Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (1-3, 2-14) had no answers for Stony Brook at the RAC Arena on Jan. 11, as the Seawolves shot nearly 59 percent from the floor in a 89-49 victory. It was the third consecutive loss for UMBC and the third straight game in which they allowed 89 points. Junior guards Ryan Cook (14 pts.) and Brian Neller combined for 27 of UMBC’s 49 points as the hosts did not reach the 33 percent shooting mark.

HAWK UPDATE:  Hartford (2-2, 2-14) started the season at 0-13, but has won two of its last three contests in league play.  UH used a second-half surge to defeat winless Binghamton, 69-57, on Sunday at the BU Events Center. Senior guard Andres Torres has led the charge, leading UH in all four America East games, averaging 16.5 points in that span. He had a season-high 27 in the 56-49 win over UNH. Hartford attempts 24.8 3-point field goals per game.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC has a quick turnaround, as they return to the RAC Arena to face Binghamton on Thursday, Jan. 19.

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UMBC Hosts Stony Brook Wednesday With WNST, Cary Williams in Attendance

Posted on 11 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook has swept the last three season series vs. UMBC and the red-hot Seawolves invade the RAC Arena on Wed., Jan. 11 to battle the Retrievers. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m.  All home games are streamed at www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: For the third consecutive game, UMBC (1-2, 2-13) will run into a team on a hot streak as the Retrievers suffered back-to-back losses to Albany and Maine in a three-day stretch last week. UMBC allowed 89 points in each setback. The Retrievers are averaging 72.7 points per game through three league games, paced by Chase Plummer, who averaged 21.7 points per game through the first three AEC contests. 

SEAWOLF UPDATE:  Stony Brook (3-0, 8-6) has won five consecutive games and are a perfect 7-0 at Pritchard Gymnasium in 2011-12. They snapped a five-game road losing streak with a 60-54 win at BInghamton on Jan. 5, then defeated Albany, 81-68 at Pritchard on Jan. 8. Senior guard Bryan Dougher scored 19 points in that intra-state victory and leads a balanced Seawolves’ attack with 13.6 points per game.  Eight different Seawolves have earned or shared game-high scoring honors this season. 

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC has its first bye of the season this week and will travel to Hartford for a Tuesday evening match-up with the Hawks.

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UMBC Visits Rider Thursday Night

Posted on 22 December 2011 by WNST Staff

UMBC faces its first nationally-ranked opponent in over a year when the Retrievers meet Indiana for the first time at famed Assembly Hall on Thursday, Dec. 22. UMBC’s took on 2011 national champion Connecticut on Dec. 3, 2010, falling, 94-61, to the Huskies.  Tip-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with Steve Andress and Perry Clark on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC staged a furious rally, coming back from 14 points down and seven minutes to play and took visiting Rider to overtime on Dec. 17, but the Broncs prevailed, 73-66 in extra time. In a pair of home losses last week, UMBC amassed 51 offensive rebounds, but shot less than 32 percent from the floor in both setbacks. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (14.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg) has recorded three consecutive double-doubles and was named America East Conference Player of the Week.

HOOSIER UPDATE:  No. 17/18 Indiana (11-0) has been dominant, opening with a 96-66 win over America East member Stony Brook and, most recently, pounding Howard, 107-50 on Dec. 19. In between, they have wins over N.C. State , Notre Dame and No. 1 Kentucky (73-72). Five Hoosiers average in double figures, led by 6’11” freshman post Cody Zeller at 15.3 ppg.  He is shooting 65.6% (61-of-93) from the floor, while junior guard Jordan Hulls (11.7 ppg) is hitting 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC completes the 2011 portion of the schedule at Niagara University on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

UMBC vs. the big ten: The Retrievers are 1-11 against the current membership of the Big Ten, with the lone win occurring at new member Nebraska in December of 2008.

The 66-64 win over the Cornhuskers on Dec.23, 2008 snapped the nation’s eighth-longest non-conference winning streak at the time.  It still stands as UMBC’s top victory from an RPI perspective, as NU was ranked No. 53 at the time.

UMBC’s most recent contest vs. a Big Ten foe occurred in the 2009-10 season, when they fell at Penn State, 58-42.

* Sophomore Quentin Jones is expected to start his eighth consecutive game at Indiana. The local product (Mount St. Joseph) and junior college transfer (Wallace State-Ala.) is a walk-on to the program and started the season at No. 4 on the depth chart at point guard. But with injuries to freshmen  Jarrel Lane (has not played in eight games to date) and Joey Getz (injured in game No. 3 vs. Loyola) and the departure of De La Rosa, Jones continues to quarterback the team and has produced 4.6 points per game.

* UMBC dropped its third consecutive season opener in the 59-45 loss to Penn on Nov. 11, 2011.

* UMBC did not hit a 3-point field goal vs. Penn, going without a trey for the ninth time in school history. The last time UMBC did not convert from behind the arc was Dec. 30, 2008 at Saint Louis.

* UMBC’s win at Towson on Dec. 10 snapped a 13-game slide dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.  The last victory was a 84-79  decision at Maine on Feb. 6, 2011.  The Retrievers are looking to break a seven-game home losing streak which extends back to a Feb. 3, 2011 victory over visiting Binghamton.

* UMBC has outrebounded eight of its first ten opponents. The Retrievers have collected 156 offensive rebounds through ten games, posting double figures in each.  However, UMBC has only 114 second-chance points off of the extra 156 possessions. UMBC’s +3.9 rebound margin is 31st in the nation entering the week and the 40.4 rebuonds per game is tied with Florida and UCSB for 21st place.

*  The young lineup is taking its toll on UMBC, as the Retrievers committed a season-high 21 turnovers vs. Loyola, exceeding the 20-turnover margin for the third consecutive game. They have 20 or more miscues in four of ten games to date, but did post a season-low eight vs. Morgan State Dec. 14.

*  The Retriever increased their scoring output in each of the first four games, going from 45 to 59 to 63 to 79, but have not reached the 70-point plateau since the 84-79 setback at VMI.

*  UMBC’s 53.8 percent marksmanship from the floor at VMI was its best since hitting 32 of 58 (55.2%) at New Hampshire on Feb. 24, 2010.

*  UMBC was tied with both VMI and Central Connecticut State with 10:00 on the second-half clock, but failed to produce a victory in either contest.

* The combined record of UMBC’s first seven opponents through Dec. 6 was 33-23 (.589).

* The win over Towson snapped a four-game slide to the Tigers in the 53rd meeting between the schools… It also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive losses to Baltimore-area Division I schools dating back to a Nov. 29, 2007 victory over Morgan State.

* UMBC snared a season high 11 steals vs. Morgan State on Dec. 14. It is the most steals in a game for a Retriever team since capturing 13 vs. Goucher on Dec. 8, 2007.

* The 53 rebounds recorded by the Retrievers vs. Rider was the most by a UMBC team since they corralled 55 vs. Monmouth on Jan. 26, 2002.

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