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UMBC’s Ballo signs deal to join Houston Dynamo of MLS

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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UMBC soccer continues to bring in honors

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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UMBC’s Billy Heavner Earns NCAA Elite 89 Award

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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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

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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UMBC’s Elliott to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

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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UMBC men’s soccer advances to NCAA quarterfinals with win over Louisville

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

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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UMBC soccer wins third straight America East title

Posted on 16 November 2014 by WNST Staff


BALTIMORE – UMBC red-shirt freshman midfielder Gregg Hauck’s (Linthicum, Md./North County) goal with 14:22 remaining propelled the Retrievers to a 2-1 victory over visiting Hartford in the America East Conference Championship contest. The Retrievers became the second league squad to win three consecutive championships and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons.

“I’m really proud of this group, it’s a lot of seniors that wanted to go out on a great note,” said head coach Pete Caringi. “It’s a testament to soccer here in this town that ten players from the state of Maryland start and we had a great run.”

Hauck was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He scored his first collegiate goal to tie the score versus Vermont in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Second-seeded Hartford (11-6-2) had the better of the play in the first half and were rewarded when forward Jeff Tryon knocked in a rebound of an Udi Cohen shot which hit the crossbar in the 38th minute.

But top-seeded UMBC (12-5-3), which extended its season-long winning streak to six, roared out of the locker room and halftime and put intense pressure on the Hawks. Senior midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) hit the crossbar in the 50th minute and senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) sent the rebound wide.

Finally, UMBC broke through in the 62nd minute, as senior back Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) glanced a Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) cross off his body from eight yards out.

The Retrievers continued to buzz and took full advantage when Hartford’s Rohan Roye received his second yellow card of the match and was ejected in the 72nd minute.

On the ensuing free kick, senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano’s shot (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) struck the far left post.

But just three minutes later, Hauck retrieved a loose ball 25 yards from the goal, beat one defender and had space to get off a quality shot. His effort from 18 yards out tucked neatly into the right corner of the goal, setting off a wild celebration on the very chilly evening.

“Gregg came on late in the season, he didn’t play much and he didn’t start [prior to that],and the last four or five games, he has been fantastic and in this tournament, he has been phenomenal,” Caringi said. “ I am just really happy for him, it shows that hard work pays off”

The only other America East squad to win three consecutive titles is Boston University. The Terriers captured five in a row from 1993-97. UMBC also joined the former league member as teams that won the regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back campaigns. Boston U. achieved that feat in 1993-94.

UMBC outshot Hartford, 18-8, including 13-2 in the second half.

The NCAA selection show will be held on Monday at 1:00 p.m. and air exclusively on www.ncaa.com.

Notes: UMBC has reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the past five seasons… With four tournament tiles (in 12 years), UMBC trails only Boston University, with seven total championships… UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 25 games against America East foes… The goal scored by Hartford is the first allowed by the Retrievers in the four championship game victories… The Retrievers improved to 3-3-2 when allowing the game’s first goal in 2014… UMBC is now 9-0-4 in the month of November over the past three seasons.

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

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

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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