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UMBC G Elliott named finalist for National Freshman of the Year award

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BOSTON, MA – UMBC guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named a finalist for the 2014 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year award, as announced by CollegeInsider.com on March 31.

The finalists include Deandre Bembry (St. Joseph’s), Myles Davis (Xavier), James Daniel (Howard), Rodney Elliott (UMBC), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Shannon Evans (Buffalo), Kahlil Felder (Oakland), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Khallid Hart  (Marist), Vincent Hunter (UTEP), Rysheed Jordan (St. John’s), Tim Kempton (Lehigh), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Jabari Parker (Duke), London Perrantes (Virginia), Cameron Payne (Murray State), Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Jonathan Starks (Tulane), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Paul Watson (Fresno), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Marquis Wright (Siena).

Elliott became UMBC’s first men’s basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons. The son of former Maryland Terrapin standout Rodney Elliott, Sr. earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He finished the year as the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 15.0 points per game, which was the fifth-best overall figure in the conference. In addition, Elliott was fourth in America East in assists (3.6), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), and eighth in steals (1.3).

The 6’0” point guard became UMBC’s second NCAA Division I player and America East’s lone competitor this season to record 400 points (451), 100 rebounds (118) and 100 assists (108) in a season. The first-year player’s 451 points scored in the most by a freshman in UMBC’s 27 years of NCAA Division I competition.

Elliott was just selected as the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, UMBC’s first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.

The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana “Mr. Basketball” played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.

After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

The winner of the 2014 Macy award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

CollegeInsider.com has been covering online sports almost as long as online sports coverage has existed.  CI migrated from a print format to the web in 1996 and the following year the first Coaches Columns appeared on the site.  These columns gave fans the opportunity to hear from a host of Division I coaches in a more relaxed, free form environment and were an immediate hit. Over the years, CI has consistently provided some of the most compelling print material on the Web, helping to bring fans of college hoops closer to the game they love.  The site has continued to evolve, providing even greater access to the game across a host of platforms.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Shell Houston Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Humble, TX), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Auto Racing: NASCAR Duck Commander 500 (Sunday 3pm from Fort Worth, TX live on FOX)

10. Mike Birbiglia (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Judah Friedlander (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Tuesday-Friday Baltimore Arena); Captain America: The Winter Soldier” out in theaters (Friday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Judah Friedlander has GREAT hats.

Also, this was a wonderful part of Anchorman 2.

9. Crowded Streets: Dave Matthews Band Tribute (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Scott Stapp (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Lone Bellow (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage Thursday 8pm Capitol Theatre); Childish Gambino (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Hold Steady (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Los Lonely Boys (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Dream Theater (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theater); Rocket From The Crypt (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Nickel Creek “A Dotted Line” and Chevelle “La Gargola” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I will be at The Lone Bellow Thursday night in York. Zach Williams from TLB will be on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. These are exciting times.

You know what, here’s more of The Lone Bellow. They’re THAT good. They do a John Prine song in this one.

More Lone Bellow? MORE LONE BELLOW.

Oh and also Nickel Creek. Because…also…Nickel Creek.

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UMBC GK Gordon picks up weekly America East honor

Posted on 31 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy)  has been named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for games ending March 29, the league office announced today.

Gordon fell one save shy of his season high, making 15 stops against Stony Brook as the Retrievers prevailed, 12-11, in overtime.

The Retriever netminder made a one-on-one save with his team two men down midway through overtime, setting up Pat Young’s (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) game-winning goal with 9.6 seconds to play in extra time.  He has recorded more saves than goals allowed in eight of his nine starts for UMBC (5-4, 1-0 America East) this season.

Gordon is averaging 12.33 saves per game, good for sixth place in the nation through games of March 30. His save percentage is an outstanding 56.3 percent, which is 14th-best in the country.

Notes: Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River), who recorded his sixth game this season with three or more goals versus Stony Brook, fifth in the nation with 3.22 goals per game (29)… Gregoire has posted three or more goals in a dozen games in his career.

Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) collected a team-best nine ground balls versus Stony Brook and is now tied for ninth place in school history with 275 ground balls… Former UMBC All-American Mark Gold collected 275 ground balls from 1981-84… Poe has now attempted more than 1,000 career draws, winning 54.5 percent (school-record 553) of 1,016 attempted.

UMBC is now 17-7 under Don Zimmerman in overtime games and the Retriever mentor is 19-9 in his 28 seasons as a head coach… The Retrievers’ last overtime game was the 2013 conference opener when they fell,15-14, at Hartford… Young also scored the game-winning goal against the Seawolves as a freshman in 2013, netting a shot with 2:39 to play in the fourth quarter to break a 12-all tie and propel UMBC to a 13-12 victory… UMBC is now 8-3 in America East openers.

The Retrievers’ unusual opening schedule in America East play had them opening at home on a Friday evening versus Stony Brook, then next competing on Sunday, April 6 at Binghamton… The Bearcats (3-5, 1-0) opened AE play with an 11-10 win at Hartford on March 29 and they will travel to No. 8 Syracuse for a Wednesday evening contest at the Carrier Dome.

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Young scores winner for UMBC in OT over Stony Brook

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) scored with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the Retrievers edged Stony Brook, 12-11, in the America East opening game for both squads.

Young and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) led a balanced attack in goal-scoring with three apiece.

Stony Brook sophomore attackman Brody Eastwood led all scorers with five goals.

The Retrievers improved to 5-4 overall, while Stony Brook slipped to 4-6.

UMBC trailed, 4-0, after one quarter, but it was the Seawolves that had to rally late to send the game to extra time. They scored the final three goals of regulation, including the game-tying goal on Eastwood’s second of back-to-back scores with1:10 remaining in regulation. After Stony Brook controlled the ensuing draw, UMBC created a turnover, but Gregoire’s effort with 17 seconds remaining missed the cage.

Young had a chance to win the game early in overtime, but his shot from close range was deflected away by Stony Brook freshman netminder Hayden Johnston.  The Seawolves took control of the ball and drew a pair of technical fouls against the hosts and went two-men-up with 2:14 to play. SBU junior attackman Mike Rooney got inside, but his high shot was stuffed by UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) and the Retrievers killed off the Seawolf opportunity.

Johnston would make two saves against UMBC sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) in the final minute, but the ball found its way back to Young in the center of the field. He made a dodge to the right and beat the Stony Brook keeper with a low shot.

Young also scored the game-winning goal against the Seawolves as a freshman in 2013, netting a shot with 2:39 to play in the fourth quarter to break a 12-all tie and propel UMBC to a 13-12 victory.

Both goalkeepers were outstanding in the well-played contest. Gordon fell one shy of his season high, making 15 saves, while Johnston stopped 12 Retriever attempts.

Stony Brook built a 5-1 lead after Eastwood’s first goal of the night at the 7:35 mark of the second quarter. But the Retrievers would hold the conference rivals scoreless for 18:34 and went on a 6-0 run to take a 7-5 advantage on freshman Max Maxwell’s (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) second third-quarter goal at the 9:45 mark of the stanza.

The visitors, who led 5-4 at the half, rallied and tied the game at 8-8 on back-to-back scores by Eastwood in a 39-second span late in the third quarter.

But UMBC grabbed the momentum heading to the fourth quarter, as Gregoire slipped in a tough angle shot with two seconds to play in the period.

UMBC extended the lead to 11-8 on goals by Young and Gannon in the first 5:58 of the fourth quarter before Stony Brook rallied.

Maxwell  (2g, 1a) and Gannon (1g, 2a) both scored three points for UMBC and sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) scored a pair of goals.

Rooney had a goal and three helpers for SBU.

UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 41-35, but the Seawolves rallied to win the battle of face-offs, 15-12.

The Retrievers next play at Binghamton on Sunday, April 6.
Notes: UMBC is now 17-7 under Coach Don Zimmerman in overtime games and the Retriever mentor is 19-9 in his 28 seasons as a head coach… The Retrievers’ last overtime game was the 2013 conference opener when they fell ,15-14, at Hartford… Gregoire posted his sixth game of the season with three or more goals and now has 12 for his career… Young now has six career three-goal games… Stony Brook entered the game ranked third in the nation in extra-man offense and UMBC blanked the Seawolves on four opportunities… UMBC improved to 13-7 in the all-time series with the Seawolves and snapped a two-game home losing streak to SBU… UMBC is now 8-3 in America East openers.

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UMBC opens America East play Friday against Stony Brook

Posted on 27 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Friday, March 28, when the Retrievers host Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv and the game will be broadcast with Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire recorded career highs in goals (6) and points (8) and SO linemate Nate Lewnes added a career-best five goals as UMBC (4-4) defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 17-7, at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday.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. Gregoire, who leads the team with 26 goals and 29 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last seven games. He recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013. Entering the week, he was sixth nationally with 3.63 goals per game.

Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked ninth in the nation with 12.00 saves per game.

UMBC is 7-3 in ten previous America East Conference openers and has won its last two. The Retrievers’ all-time record in ten previous seasons of league play is 39-13 (.750) and UMBC is 22-4 (.846) at UMBC Stadium.

SEAWOLF UPDATE:  Stony Brook (4-5) held an 11-8 lead after three quarters, but St. John’s outscored the Seawolves, 5-0, in the final period to claim a 13-11 win Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Four Stony Brook players had two goals apiece, including SO M Chris Hughes, who added two assists. Stony Brook was 5 of 5 on extra-man chances, scoring five man-up goals for the first time since 2007 at Denver. SBU, which is ranked third nationally in man-up offense, has not won nor lost multiple games in a row in 2014.

SO A Brody Eastwood leads the Seawolves with 26 goals on the campaign. SO A Matt Schultz (14-18-32) and S M Chalen Rogers (12-20-32) are tied for the team lead with 32 points apiece. Three netminders have earned decisions for SBU this season. FR Hayden Johnstone got the start vs. St. John’s and made 10 saves.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  Pat Young broke a 12-all tie by scoring with 2:39 remaining and visiting UMBC won a critical America East Conference contest, 13-12, at defending champion Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium on April 13, 2013.  The game featured ten ties before Young took a feed from senior A/M Joe Lustgarten and buried a shot from nine yards out.

Nate Lewnes led a balanced UMBC attack with two goals and two assists. Young and Gregoire each scored two goals apiece for the visitors. Phil Poe won 18 of 29 draws, and the visitors outshot the hosts, 47-23.

UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-7, and snapped a three-game slide to SBU with the 2013 victory. The Seawolves have won the last two meetings at UMBC Stadium and are 4-5 in nine previous Baltimore contests.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC plays its first league road game of the campaign when they travel to Binghamton for a contest with the Bearcats on Sunday, April 6. The opening draw  is set for 2:00 p.m.

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew (Saturday 10pm from Atlantic City live on HBO); MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Saturday 4pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Auto Racing: NASCAR STP 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC), LPGA Tour Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Damon Wayans (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday Greektown); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Wednesday-Sunday Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Delivery Man” out on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Bad Words“, “Noah” and “Sabotage” out in theaters (Friday)

I assume Damon Wayans will call me while he’s in town. After all, I am close personal friends with the family.

Also…language terribly NSFW (unless you work somewhere selling penny stocks), but this is by far and away the Magnum Opus of Wolf of Wall Street…

9. Mobb Deep (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Los Lonely Boys (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); The Ataris (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Pentatonix (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Experience Hendrix feat. Buddy Guy/Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Bootsy Collins (Sunday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going to start a MS MR cover band called MR MS. I’m clever.

Smallpools is the band that did the best song in 2013 no one gave enough credit to.

I am a supporter of the Rev.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Jimi Hendrix. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t suck.

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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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