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Former UMBC soccer star Caringi says pro contract

Posted on 26 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Oklahoma City, Ok. – UMBC’s Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) signed a professional soccer contract with Oklahoma City Energy FC, general manager Jason Hawkins announced today.

“We’re very happy to have Pete on board,” said Energy FC Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen. “We’re looking forward to working with him. He’s a well-schooled, intelligent soccer player who will play a big part on our offense. We can’t wait to see his game develop.”

In December, Caringi became the first Retriever student-athlete to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors in program history.

The 2012 and 2013 America East Striker of the Year, Caringi scored 27 goals over his last two seasons. The local product was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 America East Championships and finished his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time).

“It is a great day for UMBC soccer,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “We are excited for Pete and look forward to watching him play at the next level. “

OKC Energy FC is one of the newest members of the USL Professional Division. USL PRO will feature 14 teams for the 2014 season with the addition of Oklahoma City and Sacramento. In 2013, USL PRO and Major League Soccer began a partnership to enhance the development of professional players in North America, strengthen the competition in both leagues and establish a solid foundation for future collaboration.

OKC Energy is one of two affiliates of Sporting Kansas City. The team’s inaugural 28-game slate begins on the road against LA Blues on April 5 and the team’s home opener is April 26 against defending USL PRO champion Orlando City SC, also a Sporting KC affiliate.

In a related professional signing, former UMBC standout Milo Kapor (‘12) signs a professional contract with Cadiz CF in the Spanish Segunda B (3rd Division).

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Gregoire scores six goals as UMBC beats Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Emmitsburg, Md. – Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) recorded career highs in goals (6) and points (8) and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a career-best five goals as UMBC defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 17-7, at Waldron Family Stadium.

The Retrievers completed the non-conference slate at 4-4, while Mount St. Mary’s fell to 0-8.

“We came ready to play,” said head coach Don Zimmerman. “We were disappointed in the back-to-back losses and determined to come up here and play well.”

Gregoire had a hand in all five UMBC first quarter goals as the Retrievers raced out to a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes. He converted a pair of feeds from Maxwell in the first 4:05 of the stanza to stake the Retrievers to a quick 2-0 lead.  After the Mount got a goal back ,the senior tri-captain took advantage of a Mountaineer turnover and scored on an unsettled situation to give UMBC  a 3-1 advantage at the 8:35 mark. Then, playing the point on the man-up, he fed sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and Maxwell for inside tallies in the late stages of the quarter to propel the Retrievers to a 5-1 advantage.

Lewnes stretched the lead to 6-1 early in the second quarter, but Mount responded with back-to-back scores to come within 7-3 at the 5:19 mark. But Gregoire got one back at the 8:32 mark and the Retrievers scored twice in the final 26 seconds of the stanza to take a 9-3 lead into the break.

The Mount opened the third quarter with a goal just 1:58 into the period, but Lewnes started a 7-0 response with back-to-back scores which gave the visitors an insurmountable 16-4 lead early in the fourth quarter.

“Nate (Lewnes) played injured and we didn’t know if he was going to play,” said Coach Zimmerman. “He plays, he’s a tough kid and he has his best day shooting the ball. Matt (Gregoire) has been a great leader for us since he’s been at UMBC. He finishes opportunities.”

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) also posted a season-best, scoring twice and adding three assists for five points. Gannon added a pair of scores and an assist, while senior midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) added a goal and two helpers .

All of UMBC’s players in uniform competed in the contest.

UMBC outshot MSM, 47-25 and controlled 18 of 27 draws. Red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made six saves, allowing four goals in the first 46:48 of the game.  Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won 14 of the 19 draws he attempted and collected a season-best 12 ground balls.

The 17 goals and 12 assists recorded by UMBC were season-highs and the most goals since a 17-16 win over Albany on April 21, 2012.

UMBC opens America East Conference play versus Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Notes: Gregoire now has 26 goals through eight games in 2014… He recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013… UMBC remained undefeated in 21 all-time meetings versus Mount St. Mary’s… The win snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Retrievers, dating back to the 2013 season.

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UMBC plays final non-conference game Saturday at Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday, March 22 when they visit Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. The opening face-off is set for noon. Live video streaming is available on Northeast Conference Front Row.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: For the second time in four days, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-4) dropped a two-goal decision on the road, falling, 10-8, to Towson at chilly Unitas Stadium on Tuesday, March 18.  SO M Jack Gannon led the visitors with three goals and SR A Matt Gregoire added his 19th and 20th goals of the season. The three-goal effort was the first of Gannon’s career. Gregoire has scored all 20 of his season’s goals in the last six games, while Gannon has produced 10 goals and eight assists in his last five contests. Entering the week, Gregoire was second in America East and ninth nationally with 3.00 goals per game.
MOUNTAINEER UPDATE:  The Mount St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse team (0-7) outscored No. 20 Drexel by a 6-4 margin over the final three quarters of last Saturday’s tilt at Waldron Family Stadium, but could not overcome a fast start by the Dragons in a 9-6 home loss. Bubba Johnson scored his first career hat trick to go with the first two collegiate goals for freshman Mikey Ripa for the Mount. In net for the Mountaineers, Chris Klaiber turned away 13 shots, including five in the opening quarter, when Drexel took a 5-0 lead. Against common opponents, Mount has dropped decisions at Maryland (16-3) and Towson (9-1). Johnson leads MSM with six goals and eight points on the season.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:
  UMBC senior close defender Ethan Murphy snapped an 8-8 tie with his first goal of the season with 6:48 remaining as the host Retrievers prevailed, 10-8, over Mount St. Mary’s at UMBC Stadium on March 23, 2013. The game-winning goal capped an outstanding day for Murphy, who led an excellent defensive effort by the Retrievers with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Pat Young and Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals.
The Retrievers improved to 20-0 in all-time meetings vs. Mount St. Mary’s. Prior to last year’s contest, the two teams had not met since 2003. The last meeting in Emmitsburg occured in 2002 and resulted in a 7-5 UMBC victory.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Friday evening, March 28, when they host Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m.

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Towson continues hot streak with win over UMBC

Posted on 18 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Senior Devin Grimaldi scored the go-ahead goal with 5:39 remaining and started a three-goal run as the Tigers (6-2) won their fifth game in a row, a 10-8 non-conference victory over rival UMBC (3-4) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

With the win, Towson is off to its best eight-game record since 2001. In 2001, the Tigers also started the season with a 6-2 record en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament semi-finals and 14-4 mark.

Grimaldi’s goal gave Towson a lead it would never relinquish in a game that was tied seven times.

With 4:31 left, senior Max Siskind gave Towson a 9-7 advantage when he scored an extra-man goal. Just 1:02 later, freshman Mike Lynch extended the lead to 10-7 when he scored the first goal of his college career.

With 38 seconds remaining, senior Zach Linkous cut the deficit to 10-8 when he scored an extra-man goal for the Retrievers.

“It’s exciting to earn tonight’s victory,” said Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen. “UMBC is a dangerous team and we responded with a great effort. With our offense, if we hold teams to under 10 goals, we have a great chance of winning.”

UMBC scored the final two goals of the first half to take a 6-5 lead at intermission. Sophomore Pat Young scored with 46 seconds remaining in the half to give the Retrievers their halftime lead.

In the second half, the Tiger defense shut down UMBC and held the Retrievers scoreless until 8:47 remained in the game. By that time, Towson had taken a 7-6 lead before Jack Gannon’s goal tied the game for the seventh and final time.

With 4:24 remaining in the third quarter, Siskind scored off a pass from Greg Cucinello to tie the game at 7-7. With 1:14 left in the period, senior Thomas DeNapoli’s second goal of the game put Towson ahead, 7-6.

UMBC outshot Towson by a 23-18 margin in the first half. However, the Tigers outshot the Retrievers by a 19-11 margin after intermission.

Freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon made 14 saves for the Retrievers while sophomore Tyler White had 12 saves for Towson.

“Tyler was terrific,” said Nadelen. “He did a great job keeping us in the game until we could get a lead.”

The Tigers return to action on Saturday evening when they host Delaware in their first Colonial Athletic Association game of the season. The Tigers won the CAA championship last season.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Auto Club 400 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Orlando), Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Biloxi, MS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour Founders Cup (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Phoenix live on Golf Channel); MLS: DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 4:30pm from Toronto live on MLS Direct Kick)

10. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds); Muppets Most Wanted“, “Divergent” and “50 to 1” out in theaters (Friday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Frozen” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve been known to support the very important work they do at BBBBQ. In large part because they have mother effing pickle kabobs available there.

Also, this. (Language NSFW)

9. The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Marsha Ambrosius (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Matt Schofield (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Mike Doughty (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Asking Alexandria (Wednesday 6:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Switchfoot (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Drive-By Truckers (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Schneider (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Shamrock Fest feat. Dropkick Murphys/Carbon Leaf (Saturday 3pm RFK Stadium); Eddie Money (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Foster The People “Supermodel” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Neighbourhood does all those songs you like.

I enjoy the work of Matt Schofield.

Forrester used to use a Mike Doughty song on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” all the time. For good reason.

I could listen to Bob Schneider sing this song ALL NIGHT.

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UMBC tries to snap funk Tuesday night at Towson

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers and Towson Tigers will meet for the 45th time on Tuesday, March 18 at TU’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill have all the play-by-play action beginning at 6:55 p.m. and video streaming is available via the Towson Sports Network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium on Saturday. UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. The loss was UMBC’s first when scoring 15 or more goals since an 18-15 setback at Towson on Feb. 28, 1998. The Retrievers scored 30 goals in their 1-1 week and have averaged 12.4 goals per game in their last five outings. Gregoire has scored all 18 of his season’s goals in the last five games and SO M Jack Gannon has produced seven goals and eight assists in his last four contests.

TIGER UPDATE: In their last outing, nine different Tigers scored at least one goal in Towson’s (5-2) 14-9 victory over Navy last Tuesday evening at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers held a 9-1 lead at the half after holding the Mids scoreless in the second quarter. Towson has won four consecutive games since a 1-2 start to the season. SR A Thomas DeNapoli leads the squad with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. Junior netminder Tyler White has stopped exactly half of the shots directed at him in seven starts and has a9.66 goals against average.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING/SERIES RECORD: Visiting Towson used a late 5-0 run to overcome a UMBC lead and defeated the Retrievers, 12-9, in blustery conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 19, 2013. UMBC was led by freshman midfielder Pat Young, who scored three goals and added an assist and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe, who controlled 15 of 25 draws, but a pair of Tigers stood out in their victory. DeNapoli scored seven goals and added three assists in the game, while senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made 15 saves on the evening. The Retrievers never trailed in the game until 1:29 remained in the third quarter.

The two beltway rivals have faced-off 44 times, in each year except for 1986, since 1970. Towson leads the all-time series, 29-15, and has won two straight after the Retrievers took four of five in the series. Nine of the last 11 meetings have been decided by three goals or less.  

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC finishes its three-game road swing and plays its final non-conference game of the season when the Retrievers visit Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 22 at noon.

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Towson looks to continue hot streak Tuesday against UMBC

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Looking for its fifth-straight win, Towson Lacrosse hosts UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

Updating the Tigers
Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal as Towson stretched its win streak to four games with a 14-9 decision over Navy on March 11. Junior Greg Cuccinello led the way with a hat trick while senior Thomas DeNapoli had four points (2g, 2a). Towson took a 9-1 lead at the break before Navy came out recharged and ready to fight back. The Tigers assisted the Mids’ comeback bid by committing five of their six penalties in the second half.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC’s last-second comeback effort at High Point fell short, 17-15, Saturday. The Retrievers are now 3-3 on the year. UMBC trailed 10-7 at the half but managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter. However, HPU scored two goals in 14 seconds to salt away the win. The Retrievers are led by senior attackman Matt Gregoire‘s 18 goals. Sophomore middie Pat Young is the other UMBC player in double figures for goals (11). Freshman goalie Connor Gordon has played the majority of time in net for the Retrievers and has a 10.68 goals-against average (GAA) and a .542 save percentage.

Towson/UMBC Series History
The cross-town series is one of Towson’s longest, beginning in 1970 with a 10-7 Tiger victory. The Tigers have a winning record no matter where the games have been played; they are 12-7 when playing at Towson. The Tigers were dominant in the series from the mid-’80s to the late ‘90s, winning 12 straight. Towson has won the last two meetings but by narrow margins. The Tigers claimed a 12-11 win on April 4, 2012 and a 12-9 victory on March 19, 2013.

Last Time Out Versus UMBC – March 19, 2013 (Towson 12, UMBC 9)
Behind Thomas DeNapoli’s seven goals and 10 points, the Towson men’s lacrosse team defeated UMBC, 12-9, at UMBC Stadium. The game was close at the start. UMBC scored first and stayed a goal ahead until the Retrievers took a 5-3 lead at 10:55 in the second quarter. But that advantage didn’t last long as DeNapoli scored his first man-up goal of the year just under four minutes later. He tied the game at eight apiece at 2:37 with his sixth goal of the game. That score keyed a five-goal run for the Tigers that sealed the win. Towson limited UMBC to two goals in the second half.

Next Up:
Towson kicks off Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play and ends its five-game homestand with rival Delaware on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at The U.

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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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Gannon, Gregoire help UMBC race past Mercer

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC outscored visiting Mercer, 7-0, in the third quarter and the Retrievers went on to defeat the Bears, 15-6, at UMBC Stadium.

Five Retrievers posted three or more points – led by four points on two goals and two assists by sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North). Attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) 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, while Mercer slipped to 2-3.

With the host Retrievers holding a narrow 4-2 halftime edge, Gannon scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in a span of 2:30 in the first five minutes of the third quarter. UMBC would add five more goals in the period – all by different scorers – and held Mercer scoreless for over 27 minutes until they stopped the surge on a goal 35 seconds in the fourth quarter.

UMBC outshot Mercer, 16-1, in the third period, and 49-28 for the contest. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) 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. Mercer sophomore netminder Mike Nugent amassed 14 saves against a season-high total of shots by the Retrievers.

Mercer attackmen James Tautkus and Zack Ward led the visitors with three goals each.

Gregoire got the scoring underway for UMBC with an unassisted score just 1:41 into the contest. The Retrievers led, 3-1, after 15 minutes, but the pace slowed in the second quarter as the teams went scoreless for the final 10:45 of the stanza.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and freshman attackman Grant Searfoss(Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) all tallied two goals and an assist for the Retrievers.

UMBC entered the game averaging 15 turnovers per contest, but suffered only eight give-aways in the game, with just four occurring in the first 45 minutes. The Retrievers cleared successfully 15-of-16 times in the contest.

UMBC hits the road for three consecutive games, beginning with a March 15 contest at High Point.

Notes: UMBC went 3-1 on the homestand…. 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.

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