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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

PRESS RELEASE

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 lacrosse stadium gets new turf surface

Posted on 24 July 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.

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Former UMBC star Mundorf leads USA to blowout win over Japan at Worlds

Posted on 13 July 2014 by WNST Staff

In the Blue Division opener on Sunday, the United States scored five times in the opening 10 minutes and the first 12 goals of the game to improve to 3-0 with a 21-3 victory over Japan (0-3). Chris Eck (13-of-15) and Greg Gurenlian (10-of-11) were dominant on faceoffs to allow the U.S. to maintain possession and Ned Crotty (4g, 1a), Rob Pannell (1g, 5a) and Brendan Mundorf (3g, 2a) paced a balanced attack that had 10 goal scorers. Jesse Schwartzman made four saves and allowed just one goal before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury. Drew Adams came on and made six saves while allowing two goals. Wataru Tsugu, Yuji Tadahira and Ryu Matsushita scored for Japan.

(Recap courtesy of Federation of International Lacrosse)

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Former Hopkins, UMBC, Maryland stars make US lacrosse roster for Worlds

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — At the conclusion of a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned 11 months, US Lacrosse has named the U.S. Men’s National Team final 23-man roster for the FIL World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, July 10-19 in Commerce City, Colo.

The team was selected from a 31-player roster that attended training camp last week in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and competed in Thursday’s MLL All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.

Four players return from the gold medal-winning 2010 FIL World Championship squad that defeated Canada 12-10 in Manchester, England, to earn the United States’ ninth world title. Returners include attackmen Ned Crotty and Brendan Mundorf (All-World) as well as midfielders Paul Rabil (MVP and All-World) and Max Seibald (All-World).

Team USA will next head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a final training camp July 6-9 before beginning its world title defense in Denver on July 10.

“These men were selected from a group of 52 that participated in Orlando and 31 that participated this past week, so we feel this is a very solid team that will represent our country well in Denver,” said Team USA head coach Richie Meade. “Several of the men who have been part of this process distinguished themselves, but weren’t chosen for this team. We’re very humbled to represent our country and endeavor to do so to the best of our collective ability.”

The 23-man roster by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack
Ned Crotty, New York Lizards, Duke*
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Garrett Thul, Florida Launch/Philadelphia Wings, Army

Midfield
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kyle Harrison, Ohio Machine, Johns Hopkins^
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*

Defense
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Tucker Durkin, Florida Launch, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Kyle Hartzell, New York Lizards, Salisbury
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Goalie
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins

Faceoff
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State

* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member

Two alternates were selected to travel with the team to Colorado Springs and Denver, and will be added to the active roster only in the instance of injury. Per FIL policy, no changes to the active roster may be made after Wednesday, July 9.

Alternates
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia

For more information on the U.S. men’s national team, visit uslacrosse.org/usmen. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAMLAX.

The World Champion U.S. Men’s National Teams train and play using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), STX (equipment) and Cascade (helmets). Nationwide and Marriott International are official sponsors of Team USA.

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UMBC announces 2014 soccer schedule

Posted on 17 June 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The UMBC men’s soccer program will compete against five teams that reached the 2013 NCAA Championships during their 2014 campaign, head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. announced today.

The two-time defending America East Conference champions will also face eight squads that finished amongst in the top 50 in winning percentage in 2013. The Retrievers led the nation in winning percentage last season with a 16-1-3 (.875) mark.

UMBC opens the campaign by hosting the Doubletree BWI Classic on August 29 and 31 at Retriever Soccer Park (RSP). The Retrievers compete against two former Northeast Conference rivals during the weekend, facing Long Island University to open the season at 7:00p.m .on the 29th and welcoming Sacred Heart for a Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.

The biggest challenge occurs in the following weekend as the Retrievers travel to 2013 national finalist Maryland on Friday, Sept. 5. The 7:30 p.m. contest at Ludwig Field in College Park is part of UMBC and Navy’s Hampton Inn BWI Classic. The Retrievers face first-time foe Appalachian State at RSP on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with the Midshipmen hosting the Mountaineers on Sept. 5 and the Terrapins on Monday, Sept. 8.

UMBC will fly across the country to take on host UNLV and another first-time opponent, Cal State-Fullerton, in the UNLV Nike Invitational on Sept. 12 and 14 in Las Vegas.  The Retrievers return to Baltimore and will host Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 20, before road tests at 2013 NCAA Tournament squads George Mason (Sept. 24) and Delaware (Sept. 30).

At the midpoint of its America East slate, UMBC will face another NCAA Tournament side when they travel to Annapolis to battle Navy on Oct. 21.

“It’s a very challenging non-conference schedule,” said Caringi. “We want to play as many teams that went to the tournament as possible.  There are some strong mid-week games against nationally-ranked teams that we are going to have to be at our best.”

The Retrievers open defense of their 2013 America East regular season title when they welcome UMass-Lowell to Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 4. UMBC opens the league slate with three consecutive home matches, including the Homecoming contest versus Hartford (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 11.

UMBC will celebrate the careers of a program-record 11 seniors in the final regular season home contest versus Vermont onSaturday, Nov. 1.

The regular season concludes at Stony Brook on Wednesday, Nov. 5, prior to the six-team America East Championship, which commences on Saturday, Nov. 8.

“Each year, the conference has gotten stronger and stronger,” Caringi said. “We have had a great run in the last couple of years, but there is not one easy game. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but are very aware of how strong the league is in general.”

 

Notes

UMBC will face five squads (Maryland, William & Mary, George Mason, Delaware, Navy) which earned trips to the 2013 NCAA Tournament… The Retrievers will take on Appalachian State and Cal State-Fullerton in first meetings in 2014…UMBC has not played NEC members Long Island and Sacred Heart since the Retrievers departed that conference in 2002… They will face both in the Doubletree BWI Classic to open the 2014 campaign.

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UMBC AD Hall to Chair NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics

Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall has been elected as the chairman of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics for the fall of 2014, the committee announced last month at their meetings in Orlando, Fla.

Hall, who has served on the 15-member, multi-divisional committee since 2011, replaces current CWA chair Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano of the University of Hawaii. He had previously chaired the CWA/MOIC (Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee) Disability Subcommittee from 2012-14.

The mission of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics is to provide leadership and assistance to the association in its efforts to provide equitable opportunities, fair treatment and respect for all women in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Toward these ends, the committee shall seek to expand and promote opportunities for female student-athletes, administrators and coaches. The committee shall promote governance, administration and conduct of intercollegiate athletics at the institutional, conference and national levels that are inclusive, fair and accessible to women. The committee shall develop programs and resources, which can be of practical use to the association in its effort to achieve these ends.

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UMBC’s Gregoire finishes tied for second in country in goal scoring

Posted on 28 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC All-American attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) finished tied for second in the nation in goal scoring, according to the final 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Division I statistics, which  were released on May 27.

Gregoire, who set a UMBC single-season record with 48 goals (15 games), scored 3.20 goals per game, tied with Duke’s Jordan Wolf for the second spot. Albany senior attackman Miles Thompson led the nation with 4.56 goals per contest.

Senior Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) capped his career in fine fashion, placing sixth in the country in ground balls per outing (9.33) and 11th in face-off winning percentage at 59.9 percent.

Red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) placed 12th in the country in saves per game with 11.13.

The Retrievers posted their second-best scoring average since 1998, averaging 12.2 goals per game, the ninth-best figure in Division I. The 2009 squad was a tick ahead at 12.3 goals per contest.

UMBC also placed ninth in face-off winning percentage (58.2%) and ground balls per game (33.1), tenth in shooting percentage (31.7%), 14th in assists per game (6.7) and 19th in man-up offense (41.0%).

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UMBC attackman Gregoire named USILA All-American

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Perry, N.Y. – UMBC attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was selected as a 2014 United States Lacrosse Association All-American, as the teams were announced today.

The attackman earned honorable mention honors after setting a UMBC single-season goals record with 48 scored in his senior campaign. He broke the mark of 47, recorded by attackman Jason Smith in 1992.

Gregoire earned America East First Team honors on the attack, alongside USILA First Team All-Americans Lyle and Miles Thompson of America East foe Albany.

Through games ending May 18, Gregoire stands third in the nation with 3.20 goals scored per game and 18th in the country with 3.80 points per contest.

The fifth-year senior, who earned his first undergraduate degree in political science in 2013, finished his career with 96 goals, which is tied for 12th place on UMBC’s all-time list.  He became the 31st Retriever to reach the 100-point plateau and amassed a total of 113 points – tied for 22nd on the school’s list.

Notes: Gregoire became UMBC’s 31st All-American at the NCAA Division I level and the 13th Retriever attackman to earn the honor… The two-year team captain is the first Retriever to earn the citation since Kyle Wimer was honored in 2010.

Pronunciation Note: Gregoire is pronounced greg-WAHR

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UMBC crushed by Albany in America East title game

Posted on 03 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- A torrid Albany team broke up a tight game with an eight-goal third quarter and defended  their America East title, defeating UMBC, 20-11 in the league’s championship game.

UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored three goals and became the Retrievers’ single season record-holder in goals with 47.

Classmate Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won 20 of 30 face-offs and broke his own single-season record with 229 draws captured in 2014.

Gregoire, Poe and sophomore defender Zach Esser (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) were named to the All-Championship team.

UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) led the Retrievers with three goals and one assist.

The Retrievers would get on the board first, as Young scored from a sharp right angle just 57 seconds into the contest. But Albany would outscore the Retrievers, 5-1, over the remainder of the stanza and took a 5-2 advantage after 15 minutes.

UMBC made its best run of the first half, as Young and Gregoire strung together goals to bring the Retrievers to within 5-4 at the6:55 mark of the second quarter. But UA again controlled the final stages of the stanza and built the lead to 8-4, scoring a disputed goal on a missed off-sides call as the clock hit 0:00.

Poe controlled 9 of 13 first half draws, but Albany got key second chances by winning ground balls and led in that category, 20-15, at the break. Great Dane netminder Blaze Riorden, who recorded 20 saves in the first meeting between the two squads, made five first half saves, including a pair of high stick stops on high quality UMBC chances.

Albany’s Miles Thompson, the championship’s Most Outstanding Player, opened the second half with his 70th goal of the season 1:24 into the frame, but junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and Young struck for  the Retrievers and the deficit was 9-6 with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter .

But the Danes had their best face-off quarter of the game, splitting 12 draws with UMBC and took full advantage, scoring five unanswered goals in a  span of 3:04 to take command.

Albany (11-5) led, 16-7, after 45 minutes and went on to win their sixth overall America East title.

The Retrievers committed 15 turnovers in the first three quarters and were outshot, 48-34.

UMBC (8-7) finished the campaign with its most victories since a 12-win campaign in 2009, the last year the Retrievers captured the title.
Notes: Gregoire broke the goal-scoring record of Jason Smith, who scored 47 goals in 1992… He finished his career with 96 goals (tied for 12th on UMBC all-time list) (and 113 points (tied for 22nd) Poe now has three of the top four single-season face off marks in school history and pushed his UMBC Division I record for ground balls in a season to 140… Senior face-off specialist Joe Impallaria (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall), who, like Gregoire, returned for a fifth year, scored his first career goal in the third quarter… UMBC is now 3-3 in America East title games.

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