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Posted on 26 February 2015 by WNST Staff
HOUSTON – UMBC All-American soccer standout Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./CCBC-
Essex/Archbishop Curley) has been signed by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.
The Dynamo selected Ballo in the second round with the 30th overall selection of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Ballo helped lead UMBC to the NCAA Tournament College Cup (Final Four) in 2014 for the first time in program history. A two-time NSCAA-All American, Ballo was named America East Conference Defender of the Year in 2014.
We are pleased to announce the signings of our draft picks Rob Lovejoy, Taylor Hunter and Oumar Ballo,” Dynamo VP/general manager Matt Jordan said. “All three players are young and eager to grow within our system. We look forward to them joining our club as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
Ballo has appeared in two games this preseason.
The Dynamo open their tenth season on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium against Columbus Crew SC.
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Posted on 18 December 2014 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – UMBC senior back Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) was selected to the 2014 NSCAA Second Team Scholar All-American squad for his dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.
Fernandez, who will be receiving his degree in sociology at UMBC’s Commencement on Dec. 18, carried grade-point average of 3.68 through the spring semester of 2014.
He started a school-record (tied w/others) 25 games in 2014 and keyed the Retrievers’ NCAA Championship record-setting defense, which did not allow a goal in four consecutive road contests. Fernandez scored four goals and added two assists during his 41-game, two-year tenure with the Retrievers.
UMBC was also well-represented as the ECAC released its men’s soccer awards on Dec. 16. Senior back Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while head coach Pete Caringi was tabbed as the ECAC Coach of the Year.
Ballo and senior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) earned All-ECAC First Team honors, while senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) was tabbed to the second team.
The Retrievers ended the year ranked No. 4 in both the NSCAA poll and the Top Drawer Soccer poll, the highest a UMBC-sponsored intercollegiate team has been nationally ranked.
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Posted on 11 December 2014 by WNST Staff
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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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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Posted on 06 December 2014 by WNST Staff
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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Posted on 04 December 2014 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, it was announced today by head coach Aki Thomas.
In addition, freshman forward Lamell Washington (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) will also miss the 2014-15 season after undergoing surgery last month on his knee.
Both players will apply for medical hardship waivers to retain three and four years of athletic eligibility respectively.
Elliott, the 2013-14 America East Rookie of the Year, suffered the shoulder injury in the opening contest of the season at Akron and has not appeared in any games since Nov. 14. The Baltimore native averaged 15.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a freshman and also led the team in assists (108). His total of 451 points in 2013-14 set a new school record.
“Losing a player like Rodney clearly impacts what we do on both ends of the floor,” said head coach Aki Thomas. “But I am very confident in the guys we have and their abilities to step up for this team.”
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Posted on 01 December 2014 by WNST Staff
Louisville, KY – UMBC continued to be road warriors in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament, as the Retrievers knocked off No. 12 Louisville, 1-0, to advance to the regional finals before a crowd of 2,723 at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
UMBC, now 14-5-4 on the season, advances to play Creighton, a 2-1 victor over Xavier in the national quarterfinals. The Blue Jays will host the Retrievers on Friday, Dec. 5, at 8:00 p.m. (EST).
UMBC, which is unbeaten in its last nine contests (8-0-1) has not allowed a goal versus Wake Forest, Maryland and Louisville in 290 minutes of action in the tournament. The Retrievers have not conceded a score on the road in NCAA Tournament play in six consecutive games (678 minutes).
“This is a group of players that have won national [youth or club] championships, and, for the last three years, have been very successful [here]”, said head coach Pete Caringi. “These guys are used to winning. I am not surprised. We are very confident team and don’t feel like we’re done.”
UMBC started brightly and nearly shocked the partisan UL crowd in the 13th minute, when Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland) broke in on goal after receiving a long pass, but the play was ruled offsides. But the Retrievers would strike first in the 23rd minute, as senior Kay Banjo received the ball in the center of the field, drove in and attempted a shot from just outside the box. The ball struck a Cardinal defender, positioned just inside the box and the Retrievers were awarded the penalty kick.
Senior midfielder and team captain Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) took the attempt the netted his fifth goal of the season, beating UL netminder Joachim Ball with a shot to the upper left hand corner. Kansaye improved to a perfect 3-for-3 on penalties during the run of play on the season.
UMBC red-shirt freshman midfielder Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) had a good attempt in the 37th minute, but his header off a Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland) serve went just wide of the right post.
The Retrievers went to halftime with a 1-0, but the hosts really turned up the heat in the second half. However, UMBC red-shirt sophomore netminder Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) was equal to the task.
Louisville’s Will Vitalis and Ricardo Velazco each had good opportunities, but both missed wide of the far right in the 72nd and 74th minutes. Heavner’s best effort occurred in the 80th minute, when he swatted away a header from in close and his defense managed to clear the rebound.
The Cardinals’ last, best chance occurred in the 82 nd minute, when Tim Kubel, missed wide left from 11 yards out.
Louisville finished the season at 11-8-3.
Heavner was credited with four saves, as UL outshot UMBC, 13-8, including 9-4 in the final 45 minutes. He improved to 11-1-2 on the season and posted his seventh shutout and third in three tournament games.
“Baltimore is behind us and the state is behind us,” said Caringi, when asked about UMBC’s road efforts. “We feed off of that. We have a great fan base and we know they are behind us.”
Notes: The 2007 men’s lacrosse team is the only other squad to participate in a national quarterfinal contest… UMBC has never faced Creighton before in men’s soccer… The Retrievers are now 11-0-5 in the month of November over the past three seasons.
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Posted on 17 November 2014 by WNST Staff
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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