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Trips to Alabama, Georgetown, UMBC headline Towson non-conference schedule

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ANNOUNCES 2014-15 MEN’S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Tigers open season at Alabama on November 14; travel to Georgetown and Temple while hosting LaSalle

TOWSON, Md. – Road contests at Alabama, Georgetown and Temple and a home game against 2013 NCAA “Sweet 16” participant LaSalle highlight the 2014-15 Towson University men’s basketball non-conference schedule, which was released by Tiger head coach Pat Skerry on Monday.

Coming off a season in which the Tigers won a Division I school record 25 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), Skerry and the Tigers will look to build off that recent success by taking on a challenging non-conference schedule.

“We’re excited to play a strong non-conference schedule, which we always do,” said Skerry. “It’ll test us early and prepare us for the rigors of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.”

After graduating four senior starters, including two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, the Tigers will have a new look heading into the 2014-15 season. Fans will have a chance to get an early preview of the team when Towson hosts an exhibition game against Slippery Rock inside SECU Arena on November 7. The exhibition contest will be part of a doubleheader with the Tiger women’s team.

The Tigers then go on the road for the first five games of the regular season. Towson opens its 2014-15 campaign by taking on Southeastern Conference (SEC) foe Alabama in Tuscaloosa on November 14. That game will be part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

After battling the Tide, the Tigers will visit local rival Morgan State on November 17. Towson then finishes off play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Monmouth University from November 21-23. The four-team field also includes Central Connecticut State, Bethune-Cookman and host Monmouth.

The Tigers play their first regular season game inside SECU Arena, where they went 15-1 a year ago, onNovember 26 against Division III foe, Goucher College.
Towson will take on a pair of teams from Baltimore next, traveling to UMBC on November 29 and hosting Coppin State on December 3.

On December 7, the Tigers will make their second trip in three years to the Verizon Center to take on Georgetown. The game will be part of the BB&T Classic, which will be a doubleheader broadcast on Fox Sports 1. The opening game of the BB&T Classic pits George Washington against Charlotte.

Towson will then collide with a pair of teams from Philadelphia. On December 10, the Tigers will travel to Temple and on December 20, they’ll host LaSalle.

Before Christmas break, Towson will make the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy on December 22. The Tigers wrap up non-conference play at home on December 29 hosting Fairleigh Dickinson.

All game dates are subject to change. Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com as game times, ticket information, the CAA schedule and TV broadcast schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

2014-15 Towson Men’s Basketball Schedule
November 7                        Slippery Rock (exhibition doubleheader with women’s basketball team)
November 14                      at Alabama (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 17                       at Morgan State
November 21                       vs. Central Connecticut State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 22                      vs. Bethune-Cookman (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 23                      at Monmouth (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 26                      Goucher College
November 29                      at UMBC
December 3                        Coppin State
December 7                        at Georgetown (BB&T Classic)
December 10                      at Temple
December 20                      LaSalle
December 22                      at Navy
December 29                      Fairleigh Dickinson

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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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UMBC tries to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

For the second consecutive year, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (8-6) will take on top-seeded Albany (10-5) for the America East Conference men’s lacrosse championship when the two rivals take the field at Stony Brook University’s La Valle Stadium on Saturday, May 3. The Retrievers advanced with a 16-10 semifinal win over No. 2 Binghamton in Thursday’s opener, while Albany needed overtime to subdue host No. 4 Stony Brook, 17-16, in the nightcap. The opening face-off is set for 10:00 a.m., with ESPNU providing live coverage. Mark Dixon and Paul Carcaterra handle the play-by-play and color responsibilities. Live stats are available via America East’s Championship Central.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe set an America East Tournament record by winning 24 (of 30) face-offs and attackmen Matt Gregoire and Max Maxwell combined for 13 points as the third-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 2 Binghamton, 16-10, in the league semifinals.

Gregoire, a senior, scored four goals and added three assists, while Maxwell, a freshman, recorded  season-highs with four goals and six total points.

Poe set a pair of school records in the previous contest versus Vermont. UMBC’s all-time lead in face-offs won, controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

UMBC qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns. The Retrievers will compete for their sixth title, with wins in 2006, 2008, 2009 and runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2013. Four of UMBC’s five championship games have been against Albany, with UMBC winning match-ups in 2006 and 2008 and dropping decisions in 2007 and 2013. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook for the 2009 title.

Gregoire leads the team with 45 goals and 54 points. Entering the week, he was second nationally with 3.15 goals per game (behind UA’s Miles Thompson) and the 45 goals is the third-most scored in a single season in school history. Jason Smith holds the school record with 47 goals scored in 1992.

Gregoire and Poe are two of just seven seniors on the 2014 Retriever roster. UMBC started two freshmen and four sophomores throughout the campaign.

Four other Retrievers have 33 or more points. Maxwell (15-24-39) leads the team in assists, while soph. midfielders Jack Gannon (18-23-41) and Pat Young (30-9-39) and SO A Nate Lewnes (30-7-37) round out an efficicent offensive unit.

UMBC is ranked 11th in the nation with 12.0 goals scored per game. The Retrievers averaged 13.2 goals per game in America East play and 15.8 in their last four contests. UMBC is also 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 32.1 percent.

Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon was ranked sixth in the nation with 12.23 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.

Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 21st season at UMBC and his 28th as a collegiate head coach. Amongst Division I head coaches, the Retriever mentor stood eighth with 220 victories and is 16th in winning percentage at .601 before the season started. The Retriever mentor has made 13 NCAA Tournament apperances in his tenures at Johns Hopkins (`1984-90) and UMBC (1994-present). His 1984, 1985 and 1987 Hopkins teams earned national titles and he coached the Retrievers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.

 

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Forcing overtime on a goal in the final seconds of regulation and winning the game in the extra session, top-seeded Albany knocked off fourth-seeded Stony Brook, 17-16 in overtime at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium. America East Player of the Year Lyle Thompson scored from in front with just five seconds left to force overtime and Doug Eich’s strike from seven yards out in the extra session sent Albany to the title game for the 11th time since 2003.

Miles Thompson (67g, 32a) tied a single-game tournament record with seven goals and also added a pair of assists. Lyle Thompson (42 g, 63 a) scored five times and added three helpers.

 

THE SERIES/THIS YEAR’S RESULT:  UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-8, but the Great Danes have taken the last four meetings.

The teams will meet for the eighth time (in UMBC’s 11 league seasons) in the America East Tournament. Albany holds a 5-2 advantage in those games, but the teams have split title games at two apiece. UA has won three straight tournament games in the seriees.

The Retrievers lost a 18-14 shootout to the Albany Great Danes before 1,449 fans on April 19 at UMBC Stadium. Poe won 23 (of 35) face-offs in the contest and Nate Lewnes led the attack with five goals.

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