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UMBC’s Billy Heavner Earns NCAA Elite 89 Award

Posted on 11 December 2014 by WNST Staff

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BALTIMORE—UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Heavner, majoring in financial economics, currently carries a 4.00 GPA. He was presented with the award during the College Cup Men’s Soccer Team Tribute on Thursday evening in Cary, N.C.

The starting Retriever netminder also received the America East inaugural Elite 18 award, which closely replicates the NCAA honor. Heavner has posted a record of 11-1-3 in the goal in 2014 and is ranked third in save percentage (84.7) and fourth in goals against average (0.50) in the latest NCAA statistics. He and the Retriever defense have not allowed a goal in 400 minutes of NCAA Tournament competition.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-89.

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UMBC soccer to face Virginia in NCAA semifinal

Posted on 07 December 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The UMBC men’s soccer team will face the 16th-seeded Virginia Cavaliers in the first semifinal match of the NCAA College Cup on Friday, Dec. 12. The contest will take place at WakeMed Soccer Stadium in Cary, North Carolina at 5:00 p.m. and we be televised by ESPNU.

The unseeded Retrievers (14-5-5) have arrived at the national semifinals by advancing four times on the road. UMBC advanced past Wake Forest on Nov. 20 (0-0, 3-2 penalties), No. 4 Maryland on Nov. 23 (1-0), No. 13 Louisville on Nov. 30 (1-0) and No. 12 Creighton on Dec. 5 (0-0, penalties).

UMBC enters the College Cup unbeaten in its last ten contests (8-0-2) and has not allowed a goal in 400 minutes of tournament play.

The Retrievers have competed in four of the last five NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships and five in school history. After dropping a 4-3 overtime decision at No. 1 Duke in 1999, UMBC is unbeaten in its last nine contests, winning three, advancing three times and failing to advance after a draw in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Virginia (12-6-3) advanced through its second straight road match in the NCAA tournament – a first in program history – with a 5-4 decision in penalties after a 1-1 draw at No. 8 Georgetown on Dec. 6. After opening the tournament with a 3-1 home victory over UNC-Wilmington on Nov. 23, the Cavaliers knocked out top-seeded Notre Dame last Sunday on the road with a 1-0 win.

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UMBC men’s soccer advances to 2014 College Cup

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UMBC men’s soccer advances to 2014 College Cup

Posted on 06 December 2014 by WNST Staff

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Omaha, Neb. – The UMBC men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA College Cup, as the Retrievers advanced past No. 12 Creighton, 4-3 in penalty kicks, after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.

UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.) saved the first penalty kick and after senior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) converted, the Retrievers never trailed in the shoot-out. With the shoot-out tied at 3-3, senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) beat CU netminder Connor Sparrow to the keeper’s right, setting off a wild celebration by the unseeded Retrievers.

UMBC (14-5-5) will play the winner of the match between Virginia and Georgetown on Friday, Dec. 12 in Cary, N.C.

The Bluejays had a slight edge in possession time in the first half, but the Retrievers had the best attempt, as senior back Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md.) hit a rocket from 23 yards just a yard or so over the crossbar in the 25th minute. Creighton sent a through ball into dangerous territory with a minute remaining in the half, but Heavner came out aggressively and snuffed out the chance.

UMBC took better control of the match in the second half. Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) had the best chance, with a good strike from 20 yards, but CU netminder Connor Sparrow made with good save in the 79′.

The Retrievers kept the pressure on in the first overtime period. UMBC got an early corner and senior back Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore ,Md./McDonogh) soared for the corner ,but Sparrow snared it. Later in the period, junior Joseph Pratt (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) tried to run onto a cross from senior Michael DiCesare (Westerville, Md./St. Frances) at the four yard line, just was shielded off the ball.

The Bluejays rallied in the second extra frame and had an excellent chance late, but chipped a shot from eight yards out over the net.

In the shootout, Creighton’s Fabian Herbers shot first and Heavner dove to his right to make the save. After Kansaye converted, CU’s Eric Dejulio hit the left post, but Caltabiano’s shot to the right corner was saved by Sparrow. The Bluejays would convert on each of their final three shots, but were matched by Becker, junior Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland) and finally Banjo, who beat Sparrow to the keeper’s right side.

Notes: UMBC is now unbeaten in its last ten games (8-0-2)… The Retrievers are the first unseeded team to make the College Cup since UMass made it in 2007… UMBC has gone 788 minutes and seven games (Princeton, 2010) without allowing a road goal in NCAA Tournament play… UMBC becomes the first America East team to make the College Cup.

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UMBC to face Wake Forest in first round of NCAA soccer tourney

Posted on 17 November 2014 by WNST Staff

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INDIANAPOLIS – The America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team will take on Wake Forest University in the first round of the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The Retrievers and Demon Deacons will kick-off at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.

The Retrievers earned their fifth bid to the Division I championships by virtue of a 2-1 victory over the University of Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC has earned bids to the tournament in three consecutive years and four of the last five campaigns.

The Retrievers’ first appearance in the tournament occurred in 1999.

UMBC finished the season on a six-game winning streak and currently stand at 12-5-3.

The winner of the UMBC-Wake Forest match will play at No. 4 seeded Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 23 in College Park, Md.

Wake Forest stands at 10-7-1 overall and did not advance in the first round of the ACC Tournament, as they drew at Clemson, 1-1, and the Tigers prevailed, 3-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC has not played Wake Forest since 1989, a game the Deacons captured, 5-0, in the only meeting between the two schools. The two sides have not played any common opponents in 2014.

The Retrievers have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in its previous three appearances and were eliminated in penalty kicks each time. UMBC defeated Princeton, 2-1, in 2010, before failing to advance in a scoreless draw at William & Mary. In 2012, the Retrievers got past Old Dominion in penalty kicks, but could not advance past North Carolina in the same scenario. Last season, 16th-seeded UMBC received a first-round bye and played UConn to a 2-2 double overtime draw, but failed to advance.

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Terps cruise over Bowie State in final tune-up before season opener

Posted on 08 November 2014 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Jake Layman scored a game-high 18 points and added seven rebounds as Maryland defeated Bowie State 89-47 in its final exhibition contest Saturday at XFINITY Center.

The Terps shot 58 percent from the field and limited Bowie State to a 22 percent clip. Maryland posted a stout 45-29 advantage on the boards.

Freshman Dion Wiley scored 13 points and senior Dez Wells added 11, including a tomahawk dunk with 10:16 remaining to give Maryland a commanding 69-32 lead. Senior Jon Graham, who earned a starting nod, was two-points shy of a double-double, recording eight points to go along with a team-best 11 rebounds.

The Terps led from start-to-finish with the signature moment of the first half coming on a Wells’ cross-court pass to a streaking Layman for a transition dunk to give Maryland a 30-7 lead with 8:07 to play in the period.

“I enjoyed the game and I thought our kids played well,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Jake got us going early by making some shots and rebounding the ball and I thought Jon got us going defensively. He was terrific defensively. We played a lot of minutes, shared those minutes and played a lot of guys. Dez played well in those limited minutes, but we played the game without Dez really being a part of the rotation. It was a good sign. I thought we were much better today than we were last week on both ends of the court.”

Maryland returns to action for its first regular-season contest Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it welcomes Wagner to the XFINITY Center.

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Terps announce game times for 2014-15 basketball schedule

Posted on 18 September 2014 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon has announced date and times for the 2014-15 men’s basketball coach, including at least 15 games on the ESPN family of networks and CBS. In addition, up to 19 games will also be available on the Big Ten Network and BTN Plus.

The Terrapins’ schedule features 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, with a possible 11th depending on the outcome of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Maryland is also scheduled to host perennial powers Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia at the XFINITY Center.

“We are excited to begin our inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference,” Turgeon said. “The Big Ten has been one of the best conferences over the past few years. We have a tremendous Big Ten schedule and a great home schedule for our fans. In addition, we’re looking to hosting one of our longtime rivals Virginia in non-conference play.”

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2014-15 Maryland Men’s Basketball Schedule

Sat., Nov. 1          2 p.m.                    San Francisco State (Exhib.)                                        BTN Plus

Sat., Nov. 8         Noon                     Bowie State (Exhib.)                                                         BTN Plus

Fri., Nov. 14         7:30 p.m.             Wagner                                                                                ESPN3

Mon., Nov. 17      7:30 p.m.              Central Connecticut State                                             ESPN3

Thu., Nov. 20     7:30 p.m.                Fordham                                                                              BTN Plus

Mon., Nov. 24       7 p.m.                     vs. Arizona State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)               ESPNU

Tue., Nov. 25        TBD                        vs. Iowa State/Alabama (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)   ESPNU/2

Fri., Nov. 28         7 p.m.                    Monmouth                                                                          BTN

Sun., Nov. 30     6 p.m.                    VMI                                                                                         ESPN3

Wed., Dec. 3       9:15 p.m.              Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)                               ESPN2

Sat., Dec. 6          2 p.m.                     Winthrop                                                                             ESPN3

Wed., Dec. 10      7 p.m.                    NC Central                                                                           BTN

Sat., Dec. 13       11 a.m.                    USC Upstate                                                                       BTN

Sun., Dec. 21        2 p.m.                   at Oklahoma State                                                                ESPN2

Sat., Dec. 27       5 p.m.                   Oakland                                                                                 BTN

Tue., Dec. 30       5 p.m.                   at Michigan State                                                                  ESPN2

Sat., Jan. 3           Noon                     Minnesota                                                                           BTN

Wed., Jan. 7        9 p.m.                      at Illinois                                                                                BTN

Sat., Jan. 10        2:30 p.m.                 at Purdue                                                                              BTN

Wed., Jan. 14     7 p.m.                    Rutgers                                                                                BTN

Sat.,  Jan. 17       4 p.m.                     Michigan State                                                                   CBS

Thu., Jan. 22        9 p.m.                     at Indiana                                                                              ESPNU

Sun., Jan. 25       7:30 p.m.              Northwestern                                                                     BTN

Thu., Jan. 29        7 p.m.                   at Ohio State                                                                           ESPN

Wed., Feb. 4       8:30 p.m.              Penn State                                                                           BTN

Sun., Feb. 8          3:15 p.m.               at Iowa                                                                                   BTN

Wed., Feb. 11      9 p.m.                    Indiana                                                                                 BTN

Sat., Feb. 14        8:30 p.m.                at Penn State                                                                        BTN

Thu., Feb. 19      7 p.m.                     Nebraska                                                                             BTN

Tue., Feb. 24      7 p.m.                     Wisconsin                                                                           ESPN

Sat., Feb. 28       TBD                       Michigan                                                                                ESPN/2

Tue., Mar. 3        7 p.m.                       at Rutgers                                                                             BTN

Sun., Mar. 8       1 /4:30 /7:30 p.m.   at Nebraska                                                                           CBS or BTN

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Magical season ends for Maryland with loss to Virginia

Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland baseball team’s magical postseason run came to a close Monday evening as it fell to Virginia, 11-2, in game three of its NCAA Super Regional series at Davenport Field.

The 2014 campaign featured a number of marquee moments for the Terrapin baseball program, including a trip to the ACC Tournament title game for the first time since 1976, a regional title in South Carolina, a first-ever trip to a NCAA Super Regional and a single-season program record 40 victories.

“We’re obviously not really pleased with the outcome, but I really can’t sit here and lament a whole lot about what these guys have accomplished this season and certainly in the last 40 percent of the season,” said head coach John Szefc. “I really haven’t been around a better group of young guys in a long time, probably not since my days at Marist.

“As we continue to build this program, this group will really be one that is looked back on as a cornerstone of that process. I think every Maryland baseball team will look back at this one and try to aim to get where this team ended up and slightly further. This will be a hard group of guys to duplicate. We’re lucky enough to have a lot of guys coming back, but the guys we lose will be very difficult to replace. Although the result isn’t exactly heartwarming, I really have no regrets or negative things to say whatsoever.”

Junior Charlie White and senior Blake Schmit led the Terrapins with two hits each, as Cavalier starter Josh Sborz kept the Terrapin offense at bay striking out nine batters in seven shutout innings.

Maryland (40-23) threatened in the top of the first inning with a pair of walks by White and Brandon Lowe, but Sborz got out of the jam and forced an inning-ending double play to keep the Terps from taking an early lead.

Virginia (49-14) touched up Maryland starter Bobby Ruse early, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-0 lead. Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with an RBI single to center, before Kenny Towns crushed a triple to left field that scored a pair of runners from first and second.

The Cavaliers doubled their lead two innings later, sparked by a pair of singles from Daniel Pinero and Joe McCarthy. After Fisher walked to load the bases, Towns continued his torrid hitting night with a two-RBI single to left field. Branden Downes laced an RBI single up the middle to cap the inning giving UVA a 6-0 advantage.

LaMonte Wade and Jose Cuas managed to jumpstart the Terrapin offense with a pair of singles in the eighth, and Schmit followed by ripping a double down the left field line to bring Maryland within four runs at 6-2.

Virginia closer Nick Howard entered for Austin Young and shut the door ending any thought of a Maryland comeback. In the bottom of the inning, the Cavs scored five insurance runs to increase their lead to 11-2 and secure the victory.

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Maryland, Virginia being super regional Saturday with CWS berth at stake

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 NCAA Super Regionals – Charlottesville Super Regional

Sat., June 7-Mon., June 9

Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Stadium: Davenport Field
Television: ESPN2
Radio: SiriusXM 91
Internet: ESPN3
Live Stats: umterps.com
Twitter: @UMTerpsbaseball

Charlottesville Super Regional Schedule

Saturday, June 7
Game 1: Noon (ESPN2)

Sunday, June 8
Game 2: Noon (ESPN2)

Monday, June 9
Game 3: 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)*

*If necessary; time and network subject to change

MARYLAND MEETS VIRGINIA IN FIRST EVER SUPER REGIONAL APPEARANCE

After sweeping the Columbia Regional, Maryland travels to Charlottesville to take on national seed (#3) Virginia at Davenport Field. The best-of-three series gets underway at noon Saturday with game two scheduled for noon Sunday. If necessary, game three will be played Monday at 4 p.m. All three games are being carried live on ESPN2.

TERRAPIN TAILS

-With three wins in the Columbia Regional, Maryland improved to 4-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Its 3-0 mark in Columbia captured Maryland’s first regional title in school history.

-Maryland’s 4-3 win over South Carolina Saturday ended a 28-game home postseason winning streak and handed the Gamecocks their first ever postseason loss at Carolina Stadium. USC entered the weekend 16-0 at Carolina Stadium in postseason action.

-The Terps had five players named to the Columbia All-Regional Team led by centerfielder Charlie White, who was named the regional’s most outstanding player. White was joined by Jose Cuas (third base), Kevin Martir (catcher),Mike Shawaryn (pitcher) and LaMonte Wade (first base).

-Charlie White hit .545 (6-for-11) in the regional with a double, four runs scored and two RBI including a single to center to score the Terps’ first run in their ninth-inning comeback against Old Dominion.

-Right hander Mike Shawaryn earned his ACC-leading 11th victory of the season Saturday against the Gamecocks. Shawaryn’s win total is tied for 12th nationally and is a Maryland single-season record. Shawaryn, along with second base Brandon Lowe, earned Collegiate Baseball newspaper Freshman All-American honors Wednesday.

-Terrapin ace Jake Stinnett struck out seven Old Dominion batters Friday to increase his season total to 130. Stinnett passed Steve Schmoll (124 Ks, 2003) for first on Maryland’s single-season strikeout list. Stinnett leads the ACC in strikeouts and ranks third nationally.

-Catcher Kevin Martir was a large part of Maryland’s surge in May. The catcher led the team in hitting (.400), slugging (.620) and on-base percentage (.492). He had 10 RBI in 15 games to along with two doubles and three home runs. Martir is currently riding a career-long 13-game hitting streak.

-Closer Kevin Mooney earned his 12th save of the season in Saturday’s win over USC. Mooney is one save shy of Brett Cecil’s single-season record of 13 (2006). He is two saves shy of Cecil’s career record of 23.

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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

Posted on 02 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Top-seeded South Carolina saw its season come to an end with a 10-1 loss to second-seeded Maryland on Sunday night in the NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium.

With the win, the Terrapins (39-21) claimed the Columbia Regional title and advanced to the program’s first Super Regional. The Gamecocks finish the season with a 44-18 record. It’s the first time since 2009 South Carolina hasn’t advanced to a Super Regional and the first time since 1976 it has lost a regional at home.

South Carolina managed nine hits on the night, including two apiece from first baseman Kyle Martin and center fielder Tanner English.

Maryland tallied 13 hits, with center fielder Charlie White going 3-for-4 to lead the way. Jose Cuas, Blake Schmit and Anthony Papio added two hits each.

Terrapin reliever Tayler Stiles (5-2) earned the win after working two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one. Reliever Bobby Ruse picked up his first save of the season by working the final 3 1/3 innings and giving up just a hit with three strikeouts.

Gamecocks starting pitcher Joel Seddon (3-2) took the loss as he surrendered five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings on the mound, the longest outing of his career. He matched his career-high in strikeouts with six.

The Gamecocks found success at the plate in the bottom of the first. Marcus Mooney led off with a single up the middle. Three batters later, Martin ripped a two-out double to left center, and Mooney beat the throw home to give South Carolina a 1-0 lead.

However, Maryland took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. White singled to lead off the inning, and LaMonte Wade drew a walk before both runners advanced to second and third with no outs on a wild pitch by Seddon. Shortstop Blake Schmit delivered a two-out single to left field, driving home both White and Wade to give the Terrapins a 2-1 advantage.

The Terrapins added a run in the fifth, as Papio singled and later scored when Wade reached on a fielder’s choice, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead.

Maryland went on to add seven more runs over the final four innings to earn its trip to the Super Regional.

ALL-REGIONAL TEAM
C – Kevin Martir, Maryland
1B – LaMonte Wade, Jr., Maryland & Kyle Martin, South Carolina
2B - DC Arendas, South Carolina
3B – Jose Cuas, Maryland
SS – Tyler Urps, Old Dominion
OF – Charlie White, Maryland
OF – Matt Nadolski, Campbell
OF - Tanner English, South Carolina
DH/U - Max Schrock, South Carolina

P - Wil Crowe, South Carolina
P – Mike Shawaryn, Maryland

Columbia Regional MOP: Charlie White, Maryland

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charlie White had two hits and scored twice as Maryland ended South Carolina’s 28-game NCAA tournament home winning streak and took control of the Columbia regional with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

The Gamecocks (43-17) hadn’t lost an NCAA game at home since 2002 and the Terps (38-21) didn’t appear to be likely candidates to stop them in their first NCAA appearance since 1971. But Maryland led 4-0 in the second inning and held on to remain perfect in NCAA play. The Terps need only to win Sunday night to reach the super regionals.

The Gamecocks must defeat Campbell (41-20) on Sunday, then top Maryland twice to move on.

LaMonte Wade had two hits and an RBI for the Terrapins. Brandon Lowe drove in a run and saw two more score on his grounder in the three-run second on third baseman Joey Pankake’s throwing error.

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