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UMBC ends up on wrong side of shootout decision at High Point

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

High Point, N.C.- UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium.

UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. High Point (6-2) won its sixth consecutive game and all of victories have come by three goals or less.

The Retrievers trailed, 10-7, at the half and managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter.  With the Panthers leading, 14-11, sophomore Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) scored his eighth goal of the year at the 11:35 mark of the fourth quarter and 51 seconds later, fed Gregoire for another UMBC tally to cut the deficit to 14-13.

The teams exchanged goals, with senior defender Matt Reeping (Frederick, Md./St. John’s Prep) again bringing the visitors to within 15-14 as he scored his first career goal with 5:02 remaining. UMBC won the ensuing draw and put two shots on goal in short order, but Panther netminder Austin Geisler made a pair of saves to deny the Retrievers the tying score.

High Point’s Matt Thistle scored two goals in a 14-second span to restore the hosts’ lead to 17-14 with 2:30 remaining.  UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) would counter with an extra-man goal with 43 seconds remaining, but UMBC could not capture the final draw of the contest and suffered the narrow defeat.

Young added three goals and two assists for UMBC, while Gannon tallied a goal and added a team season-high four helpers.

Michael Leclair led all scorers with four goals and three assists, while Thistle contributed three goals and three helpers for High Point.

UMBC took leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in the first quarter as Lewnes and Gregoire scored twice in the opening period. But HPU scored five times in a span of 4:08 to take a 7-4 lead at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter. The Panthers led by as many as four goals at 9-5, but goals by Lewnes and Young in the final 1:17 of the stanza shaved the deficit to 9-7. But High Point took momentum into the break as face-off specialist Jamie Piluso won a man-down draw and scored with 11 seconds to play in the half to give the hosts a 10-7 halftime edge.

High Point outshot UMBC, 39-32, and won the battles of ground balls, 42-36, and face-offs, 20-14.  Both Geisler and UMBC freshman netminder Connor Gordon(Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) came up with 12 saves for their respective teams.  Nine of Geisler’s stops came in the second half.

UMBC returns to Baltimore and continues its stretch of five games in 15 days with a Tuesday evening contest at Towson.

Notes:  Gregoire also recorded five goals versus Richmond on March 1 and leads the team with 18 through six games this season… He now has 10 career games with three or more goals scored… Gordon made double-digit saves for the sixth straight game, but finished under 50 percent in save percentage for the first time in his brief career… Gannon, who tallied a single assist as a freshman, now has eight goals and a team-high 10 assists in 2014… In addition to Reeping’s first career goal, JR D Ian Gray (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) also notched the first of his career.

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UMBC makes first trip out of state Saturday at High Point

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays its first road game in one month and travels out of the state of Maryland for the first time in the 2014 season when the Retrievers make their first-ever visit to High Point University to take on a 5-2 Panther squad at Vert Stadium on Saturday, March 15. The Retrievers are 3-2, after completing a four-game homestand with a 15-6 victory over Mercer on Tuesday, March 11, while High Point has won five straight, including a narrow 9-8 win over VMI on March 8. Video streaming is available via the Big South Network and live stats will be provided via High Point’s website.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening. Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon. Attackman Matt Gregoire was the lone UMBC player to tally three goals and the senior continues to lead the squad with 13 scores in five games. UMBC won its third game in the last four outings and improved to 3-2 on the season. UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon made 10 saves and allowed six goals in 54:14 of work. Gordon, who entered play sixth in the nation with 13.5 saves per game, has 10 or more saves in all five outings in 2014. Senior midfielder Zach Linkous, junior midfielder Ty Kashur and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

Gannon now has six goals and four assists in his last three games. Searfoss played in just his second game of the season and scored his first three collegiate points versus the Bears.  The 15 goals scored by UMBC was a season high. Gregoire now has nine career hat tricks, including three in his last four games.

PANTHER UPDATE: High Point is riding a five-game winning streak after losing their first two games of the season. They are also in the midst of a five-game homestead, and have not lost at home this season. For the second time this season the Panthers swept the Atlantic Sun weekly awards last week. Graduate student Stevie Kirkup was named the Atlantic Sun Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt-junior Austin Geisler was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Kirkup, a transfer attackman from UNC, scored five goals on seven shots in a 9-8 win over VMI last Saturday. Geisler had nine saves in the same game, and an even more impressive 17 saves against Michigan in a 9-7 victory. High Point’s last six games have all been decided by three goals or less and the Panthers have won their five contests by a total of eight goals. Sophomore attackmen Matt Thistle and Dan Lomas lead HPU in scoring with 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists), and a team-best 17 goals on the season, respectively.

SERIES RECORD/LAST YEAR’S MEETING: In the first meeting between the two schools, Nate Lewnes tallied a team season-best six points and sophomore netminder Wes DiRito collected 15 saves in his first home start as the host Retrievers defeated High Point, 16-11, at UMBC Stadium on March 16, 2013. UMBC’s special teams were outstanding as the Retrievers scored on all four of its extra-man chances, while denying High Point on all six of the Panthers’ opportunities. UMBC led, 11-9, after 45 minutes, but scored twice in the first 3:24 of the fourth quarter and added two more in a 34-second span in the middle of the stanza to take control.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they play five times in 15 days. As spring break begins for the university, the Retrievers return to the field on Tuesday evening, March 18 when they visit cross-town rival Towson. Game time at Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

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DeNapoli scores four goals to lead Towson past High Point

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Senior Thomas DeNapoli had a five-point game (4g, 1a) and freshman Joe Seider added four points (3g, 1a) to lead Towson men’s lacrosse to an 11-8 season-opening win over High Point at Unitas Stadium Saturday morning.

The Tigers finished the first quarter tied, 3-3, with High Point and went into the half trailing, 5-4. But Towson exploded to outscore the Panthers 5-0 in the third quarter and withstand a late three-goal rally from HPU. DeNapoli’s four goals paced the Tigers. Christian Beith and Dan Lomas each had two goals for the Panthers. Tiger goalie Tyler White made four saves in his collegiate debut while Austin Geisler stopped 12 shots for High Point.

“I thought this first game would be an adjustment, with so many guys in different roles,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Our guys continue to get comfortable with each other. It’s why I wanted to play Syracuse in the preseason, to give our guys the chance to come out and execute. I’m excited they came out onto the field [today] and attacked and played with a lot of poise, for the most part.”

DeNapoli recorded his 11th career hat trick at 7:18 when he scored back-to-back tallies – the first was an extra-man goal and the eventual game-winner. DeNapoli was the last Tiger to have a four-goal game when he led Towson in a 9-8 overtime win over Mercer on Feb. 24, 2013.

Seider made his 19th birthday memorable with his first career hat trick. He scored two straight goals at 6:14 and 2:09 in the third quarter before scoring falling down from close range at 9:30 in the fourth.

“I didn’t really focus on my birthday; it was the first game of my college career,” said Seider. “I was just focused on scoring goals and helping my team win as much as I can.”

The game was uneven to start, with both teams running the field and committing turnovers. Spencer Wichert got High Point on the board first, at 8:57 in the first quarter. The Tigers and Panthers matched goals for the rest of the frame. Senior Max Siskind had his first multi-goal game of his career when he opened the second and third quarters with tallies. The goal at 9:22 in the third came on an extra-man opportunity off a pass from DeNapoli.

DeNapoli and Seider each scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter as part of that 5-0 run. Beith scored his first of the season for HPU to start the fourth quarter, but it was too late to mount a comeback.

Towson outshot High Point 41-26 and picked up 25 ground balls to HPU’s 14. The Tigers also won 11 of 20 face-offs.

Next up, Towson faces Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. on Homewood Field. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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Towson welcomes High Point for lacrosse opener Saturday

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson Lacrosse hosts High Point (0-1) in the Tigers’ season opener on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in Unitas Stadium.

The teams have played just one other time – Feb. 8, 2013 when the Panthers defeated the Tigers, 9-7, for HPU’s first collegiate lacrosse win. Junior Cory Dobyns scored four EMO goals for Towson in the loss.

Towson comes into Saturday’s contest as the defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champions after they defeated No. 9 Penn State in the CAA finals, 11-10. Senior Thomas DeNapoli, an honorable mention USILA All-America selection, returns to lead the Tigers on attack. He had 41 goals and 19 assists for 60 points in 2013. Sophomore Tyler White is projected to take over in goal for the graduated USILA All-American Andrew Wascavage.

High Point comes into the game off a 10-3 loss at Delaware on Feb. 1. Michael LeClairDan Lomas and Brad James each scored a goal for the Panthers. Austin Geisler made 13 saves in the effort, earning Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week honors.

TOWSON TIGERS
Record 0-0
Ranking RV (USILA), RV (Warrior-Inside Lacrosse)
Last Game May 12 – at No. 3 Ohio State (L, 16-6)
Head Coach Shawn Nadelen (Johns Hopkins, 2001)
HIGH POINT PANTHERS
Record 0-1
Ranking N/A
Last Game Feb. 1 – at Delaware (L, 10-3)
Head Coach Jon Torpey (Ohio State, ’00)

 

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Morgan looks for win number three Wednesday against High Point

Posted on 17 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
Opponent: High Point (3-5, 0-0 Big South)
Site: Hill Field House, Baltimore, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
LIVE Internet Stream: www.morganstatebears.com
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (130-107 – 8th yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com / www.HighPointPanthers.com

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State (2-7, 1-0 MEAC) continues the 2013-14 campaign at home in a non-conference matchup against the High Point Panthers on Wednesday, December 18th at Hill Field House. The Bears will enter the contest attempting to build upon its 87-58 conference win last week against Howard. Wednesday night’s contest will mark the second basketball meeting between the teams. The Bears recorded a 75-68 win at the Millis Center on Feb. 23, 2013  in the first meeting.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
The Panthers welcomed back eight veterans, including five starters, from a squad that posted a 17-14 overall record and went 12-4 in the Big South. John Brown leads the Panthers by averaging 19.4 ppg and is shooting 58 percent (59-101) from the field.  Brown also leads the Panthers on the boards and in blocks — the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 8.8 rebounds per contest and  has recorded 13 blocked shots thru the first eight games. Scott Cherry (North Carolina ’93) enters his fifth season as High Point’s head men’s basketball coach where Allan Chaney is the only other Panther who’s scoring in double-figures (15.4 ppg) and he’s also averaging 8.6 rpg. he currently holds a 60-69 record. High Point led by as many as 12 points in the first half but James Madison came out with a dominating effort in the second half to get an 84-69 win over HPU on Saturday night at the Millis Center. Redshirt-freshman John Brown led the Panthers with 17 points and four steals. James Madison’s Charles Cooke led all scorers with 25 points and Andrey Semenov scored 16 points. The Dukes went 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) from the floor in the second half, including 6-for-10 (60.0 percent) from beyond the arc. They outrebounded HPU, 19-11, on the defensive glass in the second half.

LAST TIME OUT VS. HIGH POINT
Feb. 23, 2013 –Justin Black scored 20 points and Blake Bozeman had 13 to lead the Bears to a 75-68 victory over High Point before a packed house at the Millis Center. With the win the Bears improved to 4-1 in ESPN Bracketbuster games since 2009, and snapped the Panthers 7-game winning streak. High Point’s John Brown scored a pair of baskets to lead the Panthers on an 8-0 run and its largest lead of the night at 57-43 with 9:30 remaining. However, the Bears responded with a surge of its own. Black scored on a layup to give the Bears its first field goal in almost four minutes, it was a basket that ended up sparking an electric 25-7 run. Bozeman caught fire hitting three 3-pointers during the stretch and the Bears took its first lead of the night (65-64) when Ian Chiles dropped in a lefty hook with 2:35 to go. Morgan State scored 46 points in the second half and completed the night by outscoring High Point 32-11. John Brown led all scorers with 24 points on 10 of 18 shooting for the Panthers.

BEARS GO 1-2 AT PARADISE JAM
Morgan State particiapted in the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Bears fell to La Salle in the first round of the by a 78-59 margin (11/22), followed by a 75-66 loss against Vanderbilt (11/23). MSU wrapped up the tournament by posting a 74-67 victory against Marist (11/25) to finish in 7th place.

MORGAN STATE TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.

BLACK, CHILES AND HUBBARD EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior Justin Black was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Redshirt-senior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team and Anthony Hubbard to the Third Team.

BOZEMAN LOOKS FOR ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON
For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.

BLACK MOVING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Justin Black has 959 points for his career and needs just 41 to join the 1,000 points club.

TOUGH IN THE PAINT
Ian Chiles and Cedric Blossom are both shooting better than .500 from the field this year. Thru the first nine games Chiles is shooting 54.7 pct., while front court teammate Blossom is shooting .543 from the floor.

CHILES STANDS TALL 
Redshirt senior Ian Chiles returns as one of the tallest centers in the state of Maryland. The 7-foot-2 senior averaged 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.7 bpg last season. The New Jersey native was also one of the most efficient low-post players in the league by shooting 53.5 percent from the field. “Big Slew” used the offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and is expected to be among the most dominant post players in the league. “Slew” is currently averaging 13.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg.

UP NEXT
After High Point, the Bears will begin a 3-game west coast swing to face California-Northridge (Dec. 27), Oregon (Dec. 29) and California-Irvine (Jan. 2).

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Lewnes leads way as UMBC downs High Point

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC freshman attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) tallied a team season-best six points and sophomore netminder Wes DiRito  (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) collected 15 saves in his first home start as the host Retrievers defeated High Point, 16-11, at UMBC Stadium.

UMBC improved to 2-4 on the season, including 2-0 at home, while High Point, in its first year of NCAA Division I varsity competition, fell to 2-6.

UMBC’s special teams were outstanding as the Retrievers scored on all four of its extra-man chances, while denying High Point on all six of the Panthers’ opportunities.

Lewnes scored two goals and added four assists to pace the attack for UMBC. Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) scored three goals for the Retrievers and added a pair of assists. Four Retrievers- freshman Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.), junior Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), senior Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and junior David Campbell (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park)- each scored two goals for UMBC.

High Point freshman attackmen Dan Lomas and Adam Seal each scored three goals.

The Retrievers had not scored the game’s first goal in 2013, but burst from the gates and took a 4-0 advantage by the 9:03 mark of the first quarter. Campbell opened the scoring on an unassisted goal 4:14 into the proceedings ,getting to the inside and beating HPU netminder Austin Geisler. Lewnes made it 2-0, converting a Zach Linkous feed at the 5:39 mark and Retriever junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won the ensuing draw and scored six seconds later to push the margin to 3-0. Young capped the run before Panther sophomore attackman Matt Thistle closed the scoring for the quarter with 1:35 remaining.

Thistle’s goal started a 5-2 response by High Point as the visitors cut the Retriever advantage to 6-5 on Lomas’ 20th goal of the season
at the 8:43 mark of the second stanza. But UMBC answered with a 3-0 surge in a span of 2:04 on goals by Campbell, Linkous and Gregoire to take a 9-5 advantage. Lomas scored the final goal of the half with 1:51 to play in the quarter and UMBC took  a9-6 advantage to the locker room .

The Panthers closed to within a pair of goals twice in the third quarter, outscoring the Retrievers, 3-2, in the stanza.

UMBC led, 11-9, after 45 minutes, but scored twice in the first 3:24 of the fourth quarter and added two more in a 34-second span in the
middle of the stanza to take control. Senior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) caught the High Point defense off-guard and came from behind the net to score a man-up goal 73 seconds into the quarter to give the Retrievers a 12-9 advantage and Jones finished a Young feed to push the advantage to 13-9. Gregoire, Linkous  and Young recorded the final three scores for the Retrievers as the team tallied a season-high in goals.

DiRito made 10 of his 15 saves in the second and fourth quarters. Geisler stopped 10 UMBC shots as the visitors outshot the hosts,
41-35.

Jones scored three or more goals in a game for the 15th time in his career.

UMBC continues its three-game homestand when the squad welcomes Towson to UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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UMBC returns home Saturday to face High Point

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC Men’s Lacrosse
Game 6: UMBC vs. High Point, Sat., March 16, 2013, 1:00 p.m.

UMBC returns home for the first time since Feb. 26 to begin a three-game homestand before America East play begins on March 30. The
Retrievers face High Point (2-5) University on Sat., March 16 in the first of three games in an eight-day span. Don Zimmerman fs squad will welcome local rivals Towson (March 19) and Mount St. Mary’s (March 23) before opening league play at Hartford on March 30. The contest vs. a young, talented Panther squad faces off at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed in high definition on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

UMBC is coming off a 13-7 setback at No. 6 Johns Hopkins on Friday evening at Homewood Field. The Retrievers fell behind 5-0 after one quarter before going toe-to-toe with the Blue Jays for the final 45 minutes. In an eleven-day span, UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26), No. 13 Fairfield, and No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.

Senior attackman Scott Jones leads UMBC with nine goals and ten points scored. Freshman Pat Young posted his second two-goal game vs. Johns Hopkins and has seven goals in 2013. Sophomore Wes DiRito made his first collegiate start against the Blue Jays and went the distance, making nine stops.

TOP DOG: Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stood eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches after the 2012 campaign. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 214-139 in his 27th year as a collegiate mentor. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2011.

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected seniors Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox), Neill Lewnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s), and Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains or the 2012-13 academic year. Jones and Murphy will serve as team captains for the second consecutive year.

In addition, senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) has been tabbed by the coaching staff as a 2013 team captain.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Freshman Dan Lomas scored six goals to lead the High Point University (2-5) men’s lacrosse team to 13-10 win over Michigan in their last action on Wednesday, March 6 at Vert Stadium. Sophomore Matt Thistle added three goals and three assists in the win. Lomas (19g, 2a) and Thistle (10g, 11a) are tied for the team lead with 21 points apiece. Goalkeeper Austin Geisler Tis ranked sixth in the nation with 14.14 saves per game and 13th with a save percentage of 58.2. The first-year program’s other win occurred vs. Towson at Vert Stadium, a 9-7 victory on Feb. 8. Three of their five losses have been by three goals or less to Delaware (12-10), St. Joseph’s (8-5) and Jacksonville (9-8).

ALL-TIME SERIES: This is the first meeting between UMBC and High Point.

NOTE: High Point associate head coach Pat Tracy was an assistant coach at UMBC for four seasons (2008-2011).

UP NEXT: UMBC has a quick turnaround and will play its final mid-week game of the season on Tues., March 19 when they welcome the Towson Tigers to UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:35 p.m.

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