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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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UMBC punches ticket for America East title game with win over Binghamton

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) set an America East Tournament record by winning 24 (of 30) face-offs and attackmen Matt Gregoire (Crofton ,Md./South River) and Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) combined for 13 points as the third-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 2 Binghamton, 16-10, in the league semifinals.

UMBC (8-6) advances to its second consecutive title game and will face top-seeded Albany, a 17-16 overtime winner over Stony Brook in the nightcap. The game will be played at 10:00 a.m. at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium and air on ESPNU.

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

UMBC never trailed, but Binghamton shaved an 8-4 halftime deficit to 10-9 on a Mitchell Rick goal just 2:58 into the fourth quarter. But Poe, who won eight of nine fourth quarter draws, kept getting the ball back for the Retrievers. Gregoire, who was held off the board in the second and third quarters, finished a Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) pass inside at the 4:17 mark to start a 4-0 Retriever run..

On UMBC’s next possession, Gregoire made a great catch inside of a Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and beat BU netminder Max Schefler to push the lead to 12-9 with 9:55 remaining.

Sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) scored a pair of goals in a 38-second span late in the quarter to help seal the victory.

“”It was a good tough win for us today and I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said head coach Don Zimmerman. “Getting out to a big lead certainly helped us, but give Binghamton credit, they are tough, well-coached and scrappy. In the fourth quarter, we needed to show more poise, and I am proud of…how we responded.in a clutch situation.”

The Retrievers started brightly, opening up a 4-0 just 6:15 into the proceedings. Gregoire opened the scoring, taking advantage of a mismatch to dodge and score unassisted just 1:52 into the contest. Maxwell then scored his first of the game, converting an inside feed from Gregoire at the 3:01 mark. Binghamton was whistled for a foul after the play and Maxwell made the Bearcats pay, setting up Nate Lewnes on the doorstep to put UMBC ahead, 3-0, just 3:39 into the contest.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored UMBC’s fourth goal at the 6:15 mark before Binghamton Michael Antinozzi scored on his side’s first shot of the game 61 seconds later.

Gregoire and Maxwell ended the first 15 minutes with goals to give the Retrievers a 6-1 lead.

But Binghamton would outscore UMBC, 3-2, in the second quarter to cut their deficit to 8-4 at halftime.

Poe won 12 of 14 first half draws and collected eight ground balls as UMBC dominated time of possession in the first 30 minutes.

But the Bearcats outscored UMBC, 4-2, in the third quarter to close the gap to 10-8 after 45 minutes.

Young also tallied three goals for UMBC and Lewnes added two goals and one assist.

Antinozzi led the Bearcats with four goals.

UMBC outshot BU, 50-20, amassing its most shots in a game this season. The Retrievers also dominated the ground ball statistics, 41-13, including 16 ground balls for Poe.

“The best defense is offense and when Phil Poe is wins 24 face-offs, that’s playing great defense for us,: Zimmerman said. “Matt Gregoire would not be denied today and stepped up and scored some huge goals for us.”

Schefler made 12 saves in the Bearcat cage, while UMBC red-shirt freshman Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) had a season low four stops for the victors.

Notes: Gregoire has 45 goals on the season, the second-most for any UMBC Division I men’s lacrosse player… Jason Smith holds the record with 47 scores in 1992… Poe now has 339 ground balls for his career and is now in second place in that category… He also has 209 face-off wins, nine shy of his own school record, set a year ago… Gordon has set a UMBC freshman record for saves with 163… UMBC is now 5-0 versus  Binghamton in America East Tournament games

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Nine UMBC lacrosse players honored by America East

Posted on 30 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y. – UMBC senior Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and sophomores Zach Esser (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) and Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) earned America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse First Team honors, the league announced at its pre-championship awards banquet this evening.

Six other Retrievers were honored for their performances on the field and in the classroom in voting done by the league’s head coaches. Senior Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha)  and sophomores Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and Steve Winsor (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) earned AE Second Team honors.  Freshmen starters Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) and Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) were named to the All-Rookie Team and senior Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) was selected to the league’s All-Academic Team.

The nine conference honorees for UMBC represents the most for the program since 12 Retrievers were cited in 2009.

The all-conference selections are the first for Gregoire and Esser. Gregoire, an attackman and team captain, is currently second in the nation with 3.15 goals scored per game. His 41 goals scored is currently tied for the fifth-most in school history and his eight-point effort (5g, 3a) at Vermont on April 26 moved him past the 100-point plateau (89-13-102) for his career.

Esser started all 13 games at close defense in 2014 and is tied for the team lead with 14 caused turnvoers.  He is also third on the squad with 29 ground balls.

Young is a repeat First Team selection, after earning that honor to go along with his 2013 Rookie of the Year award.  The sophomore midfielder has 27 goals and 36 points to date and has scored 59 goals in less than two full collegiate seasons. Young becomes the seventh player in school history to earn multiple AE First Team recognition.

Poe earns his third conference honor, after receiving First Team accolades in 2012 and 2013. The face-off specialist owns UMBC’s single-game, single-season and career marks for draws won and is fifth amongst all active players in career face-offs won (632). He set the 2014 NCAA single-game mark and broke his own school record by controlling 28 draws at Vermont on April 26. He also garnered a school-record 20 ground balls in the game, tying a Division I mark for the season and vaulting into third place on UMBC’s all-time list with 323.

Also a team captain, Poe is the fifth Retriever to earn placement on three all-league teams, joining attackman Brendan Mundorf (2004-06), attackman Drew Westervelt (2005-07), midfielder Terry Kimener (2006-08), and attackman Scott Jones (2011-13) to achieve the distinction.

Gannon, a sophomore midfielder, recorded a single assist in 2013, but has posted a 40-point season (18-22-40) in 2014. He is tied for 24th in the nation with 1.69 assists per game and has multiple points in 12 of 13 contests.

Winsor has seen action in all 13 games this season as a short-stick defensive midfielder. The sophomore has recorded three goals, 13 ground balls and is a valuable asset in clearing opportunities.

Gordon and Maxwell have both started all 13 games in their initial seasons of intercollegiate competition. Gordon, who suffered a torn ACL in the fall of 2012 and red-shirted last year, made 15 or more saves in three contests in 2014 and is currently sixth nationally with 12.2 saves per game. His 159 saves is two shy of the UMBC freshman record, held by Bob Bailey (1989).

Maxwell is tied with Gannon for the team lead in assists (22) and his 14 helpers (2.8 per game) in America East play is second in the conference. The attackman has the second-most assists of any freshman in school history, trailing only Chris Turner, who dished out 29 in 1996.

This season marks the fourth time that the Retrievers have placed two student-athletes on the AE All-Rookie team. Pat Young and sophomore Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) earned honors in 2013.

Johnston, a senior who elevated his game in conference play, maintains a 3.32 grade-point average in the major of business technology administration. The attackman/midfielder has five goals and three assists to date. He tied a UMBC school record by scoring three man-up goals in a game versus Hartford on April 12.

The third-seeded Retrievers (7-6, 3-2 AE) take on second-seeded Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) in the first semifinal match-up of the America East Tournament. The contest is set for Thursday, May 1st at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium with the opening draw scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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UMBC meets Binghamton in America East semifinals Thursday

Posted on 30 April 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (7-6, 3-2 AE) has qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns and the third-seeded Retrievers will meet second-seeded Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) in the 2014 America East Championships on Thursday, May 1. The tournament will take place at Stony Brook University’s La Valle Stadium and the Retrievers and Bearcats face-off in the opening game of the doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. Live video streaming is available on the America East Digital Network (www.americaeast.tv) and live stats will be available via America East Championship Central.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, in the second quarter and three Retrievers etched themselves in the record books as UMBC defeated the Catamounts, 17-14, at Virtue Field in the regular season finale for both squads.
SR face-off specialist Phil Poe set a pair of school records in the contest. 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.
SO A Nate Lewnes (7g, 1a) and SR A Matt Gregoire (5g, 3a) shared game-high scoring honors with eight points apiece.
The Retrievers have won three AE titles (2006, 2008, 2009) and got back to the title game for the first time since 2009 last season. As the No. 3 seed in 2013, UMBC defeated Hartford, 15-13, in the semifinals before falling to Albany, 19-10.
Gregoire leads the team with 41 goals and 47 points. Entering the week, he is second nationally with 3.15 goals per game (behind UA’s Miles Thompson) and the 41 goals is tied for the fifth-most scored in a single season in school history.
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. SO M Jack Gannon (18-22-40) and FR A Max Maxwell (11-22-33) share the team lead in assists, while SO M Pat Young (27-9-36) and SO A Nate Lewnes (28-8-34) round out an efficicent offensive unit.
Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.23 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.
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 15.7 in their last three contests. UMBC is also 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 32.1 percent.
BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton fell on the road at Albany (9-5, 5-0 AE) 21-7 from John Fallon Field on Saturday night. The Bearcats received three goals from senior Michael Antinozzi in a losing effort.
Antinozzi, who has 19 goals on the season, recorded a point in his 45th straight game. Fellow senior Matt Springer added a pair of goals for BU and broke the single season goals record at the school with 37. JR A Tucker Nelson, who did not play at Albany, leads BU with 42 points (14 g, team-high 28 assists).

ALL-TIME SERIES/2014 RESULT:  UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-3, but the Bearcats have taken two of the last three meetings.

The teams have met four times in the America East Tournament, but not since 2009. UMBC has won all four tournament contests (all semi-final contests), but all were decided by four goals or less and the last two (2008, 2009) were one-goal decisions.
UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex on April 6. FR A Max Maxwell led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while SO M Pat Young and SR A Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals.
NOTES: Top-seeded and defending league champion Albany takes on host and fourth-seed Stony Brook in the second semi-final, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The title game will be played at La Valle Stadium at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 and will be televised live by ESPNU.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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UMBC specialist Poe picks up weekly America East honor

Posted on 28 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) was named America East Conference co-Player of the Week, the league office announced today.

Poe shares the award by Albany attackman Lyle Thompson.

Poe set a pair of school records in UMBC’s 17-14 regular season finale victory at Vermont. UMBC’s all-time leader in face-offs won controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. The all-time NCAA Division I record for face-offs won in a game is 30, which is shared by three players.

He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

Poe won 9-of-11 draws in the second quarter as UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, to take control of the game.

Poe now has a career-best 112 ground balls on the campaign, the most-ever by a UMBC Division I player and tied for the fourth-most in school history. His 28 face-off wins are three more than two other players who shared the NCAA single-game mark in 2014 entering play last week. The 20 ground balls recorded by Poe ties Bryant’s Kevin Massa, who has done it on two occasions in 2014.

Amongst all active players, Poe is fifth in face-offs won (632) and face-offs taken (1,135) and 11th in ground balls (5.98) per game. In 2014, he is ranked ninth nationally with 8.62 ground balls per contest.

The two-time America East First Team face-off specialist earned an earlier Player of the week honor on April 23, 2012.

UMBC (7-6, 3-2 AE) is the No. 3 seed for the upcoming America East Tournament and will take on second-seeded Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) in the first semifinal contest at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium.

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UMBC re-writes record books in win over Vermont

Posted on 27 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Burlington, Vt. – UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, in the second quarter and three Retrievers etched themselves in the record books as UMBC defeated the Catamounts, 17-14, at Virtue Field in the regular season finale for both squads.

 

The Retrievers complete the regular season at 7-6 overall and 3-2 in America East play. UMBC will be the No. 3 seed for the America East Tournament, which begins on Thursday, May 1st at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.

 

Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) set a pair of school records in the contest. 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.

 

Sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) and senior linemate Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) shared game-high scoring honors with eight points apiece. Lewnes scored seven goals and added an assists – the performance was UMBC’s first seven-goal effort since Brendan Mundorf tallied seven times versus Stony Brook on April 29, 2006.

 

Gregoire scored five goals and added three helpers. He became the fifth UMBC Division I player to score 40 or more goals (41) in a season and also became the 31st player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau (89-13-102).

 

The Retrievers trailed, 5-1, after 15 minutes, but it took just 5:40 of the second stanza for UMBC to grab the lead for good. Poe won 9 of 11 draws in the quarter and Lewnes, Gregoire and sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.)) School) each scored twice in a 6-0 surge that put the Retrievers ahead, 7-5, with 7:56 to play in the stanza. Senior midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) ended the run with an extra-man score with 2:25 to play until halftime.

 

On three occasions in the quarter, UMBC scored a pair of goals with less than one minute elapsing from the game clock.

 

Vermont would battle back in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors, 3-1, to come within 12-8 after 45 minutes.

 

UMBC appeared to put the game away when they scored three times in a 53-second span early to take a seven-goal advantage. Lewnes tallied an unassisted goal 1:07 into the frame, then fed Gregoire for his final goal of the day 51 seconds later. Vermont drew a flag for a late hit after that goal, and Lewnes scored two seconds later on the re-start.

 

But Vermont went on a 6-1 run and came within 16-14 on Graham Horvath’s team-best fourth score of the game with 1:03 to play. But Poe won the ensuing draw and Lewnes broke through a double-team and scored his seventh and the game’s final goal into an empty net with 37 seconds to play.

 

UMBC freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) added a goal and a team-best three assists in the game and Young scored a pair of goals.

 

Vermont outshot UMBC, 44-39, as UMBC red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) made 12 stops and allowed 13 of the Catamount’s 14 goals. Vermont starter Nate Billings took the loss, making three saves and allowing 11 goals in 23:42 of action.

 

Notes: UMBC is now 11-0 all-time versus Vermont… The Retrievers have finished above the .500 mark in conference play in all eleven America East campaigns… Gregoire’s 41 goals are the most in a season for UMBC since Cayle Ratcliffe netted 42 in 2007… Poe now has a career-best 112 ground balls on the campaign, the most-ever by a UMBC Division I player and tied for the fourth-most in school history… His 28 face-off wins is three more than two other players who shared the NCAA single-game mark in 2014 entering play this week… The 20 ground balls recorded ties Bryant’s Kevin Massa, who has done it on two occasions in 2014.

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UMBC wraps regular season Saturday at Vermont

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team concludes the regular season as the Retrievers travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Vermont Catamounts in an America East match-up at Virtue Field. The Retrievers (6-6, 2-2 AE) have wrapped up the No. 3 seed in next week’s America East Tournament, reaching their 11th consecutive tournament in 11 years of competition. The Catamounts (5-7. 0-4 AE), who started the campaign at 5-3, have dropped four straight and have been eliminated from the post-season. The opening face-off is set for 1:30 p.m.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC clinched a spot in the America East Tournament for the 11th time in eleven league seasons and will be the No. 3 seed in the league semifinals on Thurs., May 1.  The Retrievers will meet the loser of the contest between Binghamton and Albany at SBU’s LaValle Stadium.
The UMBC men’s lacrosse team gave defending America East champion quite a battle, but the Retrievers lost a 18-14 shootout to the Albany Great Danes before 1,449 fans on “Senior Day” at UMBC Stadium. SR Phil Poe tied his own school record, by winning 23 (of 35) face-offs in the contest. Poe also collected 15 ground balls and raised his career total to 303, third-most in school history. SO A Nate Lewnes tied his career-best with five goals in the contest.
SR A Matt Gregoire leads the team with 36 goals and 39 points. Against the Mount, he recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013. Entering the week, he is fifth nationally with 3.0 goals per game and the 36 goals is tied for the 11th-most in UMBC school history. SO M Jack Gannon has produced 16 goals and 20 assists in his last ten contests and is second on the squad with 38 (17-21-38) points. He is 21st in the nation with 1.75 assists per outing.
Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.17 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.
Amongst all NCAA current active leaders, Poe is fifth in face-offs won (604) and attempted (1,101), eighth in ground balls (303) and 12th in ground balls per game (5.72).
UMBC is 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 30.5 percent.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont was 5-3 heading into league play, but have dropped all four AE games to date and will miss the 2014 tournament.  On Saturday, UVM trailed just, 5-4, late in the second quarter, but a 5-0 UH run propelled the host Hawks to an 11-7 victory. Freshman midfielder Ian Mackay and junior middie Andrew Buckanavage scored three goals each versus Hartford. Mackey leads the squad with 27 goals and 13 assists. SO A Patrick Clark has 10 goals and a team-high helpers.
LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-0, winning all five contests both in Baltimore and Burlington. Three consecutive contests in the series (2010-2012) were decided by three goals or less, including an 8-7 Retriever overtime win at Vermont in 2010.
UMBC exploded for a season-high 19 goals and defeated Vermont, 19-6, last April at UMBC Stadium.Scott Jones and Phil Poe produced sterling effort for the hosts. Jones scored a career-high six goals and surpassed the 100-point plateau in his tenure, while Poe recorded a school record 23 face-off wins in the resounding victory.

WHO’S UP NEXT: The third-seeded Retrievers will meet the loser of Saturday’s contest between Binghamton and Albany at SBU’s LaValle Stadium in the America East Tournament semifinals on Thursday, May 1. The game time is to be announced.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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