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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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UMBC faces test at first place Vermont Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Face First-Place Vermont in Burlington on Saturday Afternoon

SET THE SCENE: Coming off an emotional victory over Albany on Feb. 12, UMBC (9-16, 5-7 AE) enters the teeth of the home stretch of the regular season, as they face the top two teams in the conference on the road. For starters, the Retrievers face first-place Vermont (16-9, 10-1) at Patrick Gym on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.  Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via Catamount TV at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/university-of-vermont/.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a nine-game losing streak to Albany with a last-second 71-69 over the Great Danes. SR G Quentin Jones’ improbable tip-in with 2.4 seconds remaining broke the seventh tie of the game and gave the Retrievers their most victories since the 2008-09 campaign. Jones and FR G Rodney Elliottshared team honors with 16 points apiece. Elliott has vaulted up to second place in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 contests. They routed UMass Lowell, 83-58, on Wednesday evening behind 18 points from SO F Ethan O’Day (8/10 fg). SR G Sandro Carissimo leads a very balanced Catamount attack at 12.7 points per game and shoots over 45 percent from behind the arc. SR F Brian Voelkel leads America East in rebounds (8.2) and assists (5.9) per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays three of its last four games on the road. They will venture up to Stony Brook for a Feb. 19 date with the Seawolves.

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UMBC looks to continue solid home campaign Saturday against Vermont

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (5-12, 1-3 America East) will try to shake off a dreadful performance at UNH on Wednesday, as the Retrievers shot only 27.5 percent from the floor and committed 19 turnovers in a 56-42 loss to the Wildcats. They face a red-hot Vermont (9-8, 3-0 AE) squad that has won five straight, including an 83-46 rout at Maine on Thursday. Streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv. The America East digital network is now available on most mobile devices.

The Retrievers have been a completely different team at home and on the road this season. At home, UMBC is 5-1, have averaged 77.2 points per game and are outrebounding their foes by 7.2 caroms per game. On the road (0-11), the Retrievers average 63.3 points per game and are at -5.2 on the glass. FR G Rodney Elliott is still on a record-scoring pace for first-year Retrievers, averaging 14.1 points per game.

Vermont, the pre-season America East favorite, routed Maine, 83-46 in Bangor on Thursday evening. The Catamounts hit nearly 58 percent from the floor and outscored Maine in the paint, 38-14. SR F Clancy Rugg leads UVM with 14.4 points per game, while SR G Sandro Carissimo follows at 13.5 ppg. Rugg is hitting 56.5% from the floor, and Carissimo is at 46 percent from behind the arc.

The Retrievers have a quick turnaround, as they face 2013 regular season champion Stony Brook on Monday, Jan. 20 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

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UMBC crushes Vermont for first America East win

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC exploded for a season-high 19 goals and defeated the visiting Vermont Catamounts, 19-6, in an America East Conference match-up at UMBC Stadium.

The Retrievers improved to 1-1 in league play and 4-6 overall, while Vermont slipped to 3-8, 0-2.

Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) 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.

Jones became the 30th player in school history to record 100 points with 86 goals and 18 assists for 104 points.

The 19 goals scored by UMBC is the most since a 20-11 victory over Vermont in the 2007 season and the 13-goal differential is the most since an 18-5 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in 2001.

Vermont junior attackman Graham Horvath led the visitors with a pair of goals.

After a quiet first five minutes, UMBC erupted for three goals in a two-minute span. Jones scored the Retrievers’ first man-down goal of the year, picking up a loose ball and the midline and beating the Catamount defense down the field to score unassisted at the 5:45 mark. Nearly a minute later, senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) whipped a shot past Vermont starting keeper  Justin Rosenberg from eight yards out after receiving a feed from freshman middie Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School). Freshman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) capped the sequence by finishing senior midfielder Scott Hopmann’s (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) feed.

UMBC increase the lead to 6-0 after 15 minutes as Gregoire completed a hat trick of his own in the first quarter and junior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) added  a goal.

Vermont opened the second quarter with its first score of the game, as Horvath scored 59 seconds into the stanza. But UMBC went on another 6-0 surge to take an insurmountable 12-1 advantage at the break. Jones scored four of those six goals, including the half’s final score with four seconds remaining.

The Retrievers added five goals in the third quarter and led, 17-4, after 45 minutes, before substituting liberally in the final stanza.

UMBC amassed a season high with 45 shots and outshot the Catamounts, 45-27. Retriever sophomore goalkeeper Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) recorded the win, making six saves, while allowing four goals in 45 minutes. Rosenberg took the loss for Vermont, recording six saves and allowing 12 scores.

Gregoire finished with four goals, while Young contributed a pair of goals and a season-high three assists. Senior midfielder Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) posted a goal and three helpers.

UMBC is now 4-1 at home in 2013 and 21-4 at home in America East regular season play.

The Retrievers travel to New York to face Stony Brook in a league game on Sat., April 13.

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UMBC looks for first league win Saturday against Vermont

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

A pair of America East lacrosse squads hungry for a victory face off at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 6, when the UMBC Retrievers (3-6, 0-1) host the Vermont Catamounts (3-7, 1-0) in league play. Both teams dropped their league openers, as UMBC lost a heartbreaking 15-14 overtime decision at Hartford, while Stony Brook won, 19-10, in Burlington. The game will be broadcast on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

 

UMBC battled back from a deficit for most of the afternoon and led Hartford, 14-11 with less than six minutes remaining, but the Hawks tied the game with 11 seconds left and won less than a minute into overtime. Freshman midfielder Pat Young led the visitors with a season-best four goals and five points. Senior attackmen Scott Jones and Matt Gregoire added three goals apiece.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT. Stony Brook defeated Vermont, 19-10, in the America East men’s lacrosse opener for both teams on March 30 at Virtue Field.  The Catamounts were led by senior attackman Drew Philie and junior linemate Graham Horvath, who collected three goals apiece. Freshman netminder Justin Rosenberg took the loss for Vermont despite making 12 saves on the day. Philie continues to climb up the ranks in several categories of the Vermont men’s lacrosse all-time records. He now ranks fifth in all-time goals (112) at Vermont, seventh in points (160), and 10th in assists (48). The captain needs just two goals to move up to fourth place on the all-time goals list.

 

ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC has won all nine previous meetings with Vermont, but the last three meetings have been decided by a total of five goals.

 

THE LAST TIME WE MET: Scott Hopmann led visiting UMBC with three goals and eight other Retrievers hit the nets as UMBC never trailed in an 11-8 America East Conference victory at Vermont in 2012.

 

UP NEXT: UMBC will play its second of three America East road contests when the Retrievers travel to Stony Brook for a Saturday, April 13 contest.

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UMBC opens America East Tournament Saturday against Vermont

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC will compete in its tenth America East Conference Tournament and opens play on Sat., March 9 as the sixth-seeded Retrievers take on the third-seeded Hartford Hawks at SEFCU Arena. Tip-off time will be 30 minutes after the noon tilt between No. 2 Vermont and No. 7 UNH. The game can be seen on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (5-11, 7-22) concluded the regular season with a 59-49 victory over Binghamton, securing the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The win snapped a six-game slide for the Retrievers. A pair of seniors led the way on “Senior Day” as guards Ryan Cook (team-high 15.0 ppg) and Brian Neller (AEC leader in 3-point fg) combined for 41 of UMBC’s 59 points.

HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (10-6, 17-12) closed the season with three consecutive victories and secured the No. 3 seed by virtue of a 61-58 victory at Vermont on the final day of the regular season. SO F Nate SIkma hit the game-winning trey in the final seconds in the victory. Hartford swept Boston U. and had victories over Vermont and Stony Brook in 2013. SO F Mark Nwakamma leads the Hawks at 14.7 points per game.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC would meet the winner of the game between No. 2 Vermont v. No. 7 New  Hampshire in the first (5:00 p.m.) semifinal contest on Sunday, March 10.

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UMBC visits defending America East champs Vermont Saturday

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

No America East team has given the UMBC Retrievers more headaches than the Vermont Catamounts. The Retrievers have dropped nine straight to Vermont and trail the all-time series, 18-4. But UMBC (1-2, 3-13) is coming in off of a 68-57 win over New Hampshire on Jan. 9, while Vermont (2-1, 9-6) is looking to rebound from a 63-53 setback at Boston U. on Jan. 8. The opening tap is slated for 3:00 p.m.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Ryan Cook led all scorers with 21 points and a retooled lineup propelled the Retrievers to a 68-57 victory over New Hampshire in an America East Conference match-up at the RAC Arena. SR F Adrian Satchell (5/5 fg, 11 pts.) and JR G Quentin Jones (4a) got starting nods and sparked the effort. Cook scored 20 or more points for the sixth time this season and leads UMBC with 16.5 ppg.

 

CATAMOUNT UPDATE:  Defending America East champion Vermont opened the league season at 2-0 before suffering a 63-53 setback at Boston University on Jan. 8. JR G Sandro Carissimo led UVM with 17 points, but the Catamounts only shot 27.3 percent (15-of-55) from the floor at Case Gym.  SR F Luke Apfeld leads a balanced Vermont offense with 10.3 ppg and Carissimo is nearly in double figures at 9.8 ppg.

 

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC returns home to face the first-place Hartford Hawks on Wed., Jan. 16.  Tip-off time at the RAC Arena is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Towson continues road trip Wednesday at Vermont

Posted on 04 December 2012 by WNST Staff

TIGERS CONTINUE ROAD SWING AT VERMONT WEDNESDAY

Towson Men’s Basketball Plays Eighth Straight Game Away From Home Against Vermont, a 2012 NCAA Tournament Team

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Towson University men’s basketball team will play its eighth straight game away from home on Wednesday evening as the Tigers travel to 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Vermont.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network with Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis calling the action.

The Tigers (3-4) have dropped consecutive games for the first time this season after falling at UMBC, 66-62, on Saturday.

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon posted his third double-double in five games against the Retrievers with 13 points and a career-high tying 16 rebounds.

Benimon ranks second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in rebounds per game (9.9) and he’s Top 30 in the nation in both rebounding and double-doubles.

Vermont (4-2) saw its three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday as the Catamounts fell, 76-66, at Rhode Island. Junior guard Sandro Carissimo leads the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game.

Vermont is the defending America East Champions as the Catamounts advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Once there, they defeated Lamar in the first round before falling to the University of North Carolina in the second round.

Towson fell at home to Vermont last season, 65-49. The Catamounts lead the all-time series 9-8.

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UMBC picked to finish 8th in America East, Plummer All-Conference

Posted on 23 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite; Preseason All-League Team Announced

ALBANY, N.Y. — The 2012-13 America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and All-Conference teams were announced on Tuesday, October 23, at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., at the conference’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Day. University of Vermont was chosen at the preseason favorite, while four juniors highlighted the preseason all-conference team.

 

Defending Champion Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite

ALBANY, N.Y. — Coming off a season in which it won its fifth America East men’s basketball since 2003, University of Vermont is the coaches’ preseason choice to top the standings again in 2012-13. The selections were announced today as part of America East’s Basketball Media Day held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, the site of the 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.

The Catamounts received five of eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 60 points, followed by last year’s runner-up and regular-season champion Stony Brook University, which received the other four first-place votes and 58 points. Boston University came in third with 49 points, followed by Albany in fourth with 38 points and University of Maine in fifth with 35 points. University of New Hampshire (34 points) was next followed by University of Hartford (26), UMBC (15) and Binghamton University (9).

The 2012-13 season begins on November 9 with America East play starting on January 2. Conference positioning will prove key for the America East Championship, which the top two seeds have won in 29 of the last 30 years. The tournament, which is combined men and women for the fourth straight year, will head to SEFCU Arena for quarterfinal and semifinal round action March 8-10 while the title game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on March 16. The winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, where Vermont picked up the conference’s seventh win all time in 2012.

Vermont (24-12 overall, 13-3 AE in 2011-12) will have six players, including three starters, back from its 2012 America East championship-winning squad. The Catamounts, who recorded their ninth 20-win season in their last 11 in 2011-12, beat Stony Brook on the road to claim the conference crown and went on to defeat Lamar in the first round of the NCAA tournament for their second-ever NCAA win. UVM ranked among the top defensive teams in the league last year, finishing second and 31st nationally in scoring defense (60.9 ppg) and first in field goal percentage defense (.406). Junior Brian Voelkel, the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship, led that charge, earning All-Defensive and third-team All-America East honors last year after pacing the league in rebounding (8.6 rpg), ranking second in assists (5.1 apg) and finishing third in steals (1.7 spg). Second-year head coach John Becker and his team open their title defense at Siena on Nov. 9.

Stony Brook (22-10, 14-2) is coming off its best season in its Division I history and brings back eight letterwinners from a team that won the America East regular-season crown, reached the league title game for the second-straight year and made its second NIT appearance in three years last season. The Seawolves had success because of their lock down defense last year, ranking among the best defensive teams in the country as they were fourth in rebound margin (plus-8.3) and 13th in points allowed (59.1 ppg). Senior forward Tommy Brenton (7.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.4 apg), the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is the conference’s lone returning first-team all-conference performer and will again lead the defensive effort. Junior Dave Coley, Stony Brook’s top returning scorer, will be looked at to carry the offensive load after averaging 10.0 points per game as a sophomore. Reigning Coach of the Year Steve Pikiell leads SBU against Marist in its opener on Nov. 9.

Boston U. (16-16, 12-4) welcomes back six letterwinners and three starters from a team that won 12 America East games and finished third in the regular-season standings, the 10th time in the last 11 it has finished third or higher. Junior D.J. Irving (11.4 ppg, 5.4 apg) is the team’s top returnee after earning second-team All-America East honors last season. Boston U., which allowed under 64 points per game (63.6 ppg) for the second straight season last year, will need to replace reigning America East Player of the Year Darryl Partin, who accounted for 31 percent of the team’s scoring output last year. Joe Jones, who will begin his second season as the Terriers’ head coach, welcomes five newcomers to this year’s team, including guard Maurice Watson, a Parade All-American last season as well as an ESPN Top-100 recruit.

Albany (19-15, 9-7) returns eight letterwinners and three starters from a team that won 19 games last year, its most since the 2006-07 season. Senior Mike Black (13.4 ppg, 4.3 apg in 2011-12), the conference’s active leading scorer (1,024 points) and assist man (299 assists), will be the catalyst for the Great Danes after earning second-team all-conference honors last year. Albany will need to replace the scoring output of all-league performers Gerardo Suero (21.5 ppg) and Logan Aronhalt (13.8 ppg), who accounted for 45 percent of its points in 2011-12. Senior Jayson Guerrier will assume a more active role in the team’s plans this year after posting a league-best .423 three-point shooting percentage last year. Will Brown, the longest tenured head coach in America East, begins his 12th season at Albany against Duquesne on Nov. 9.

Maine (12-17, 6-10) welcomes back six lettermen and three starters from its 2011-12 squad and is the league’s only team to bring back an all-conference, all-rookie and all-defensive selection. The Black Bears, which ranked second in America East averaging 68.6 points per game last year, will lean on junior Alasdair Fraser, a preseason all-conference selection, who ranked 12th in scoring (12.9 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg) last year en route to earning third-team All-America East honors. Sophomore Justin Edwards, an All-Rookie selection, and senior Mike Allison, will also be keys for Ted Woodward’s team, which begins play at Dartmouth on Nov. 9.

New Hampshire (13-16, 7-9) will have nine letterwinners and three starters back from its 2011-12 squad, which tied for fifth in the conference standings, the program’s best finish since 2009. The Wildcats ranked in the 80th percentile nationally in scoring defense last season, holding foes to just 62.8 points per game. Senior Chandler Rhoads, the team’s top returning scorer (11.2 ppg in 2011-12), earned America East All-Defensive honors for the second straight year for Bill Herrion’s squad, which opens up its season Nov. 10 against Suffolk.

Hartford (9-22, 7-9) has seven letterwinners, including three starters, back from a team that was the youngest in the league last year as freshmen accounted for 60.4 percent of the team’s scoring output. Mark Nwakamma (9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, .552 FG%) and Nate Sikma (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg) return as sophomores after becoming the first Hartford tandem to each earn America East All-Rookie honors in the same year last season. John Gallagher, who begins his third season as Hartford’s head coach, leads his squad against Quinnipiac in its 2012-13 opener Nov. 9.

UMBC (4-26, 3-13) brings back more letterwinners (11) and scoring output (82.8 percent) from last year than any other America East squad. Junior Chase Plummer, one of four returning UMBC starters, is the league’s top returning scorer (15.4 ppg in 2011-12) and fourth-leading rebounder (7.9 rpg). A second-team All-America East standout last year, Plummer was the lone player to rank in the league’s top five in both scoring (4th) and rebounding (5th) in 2011-12. Aki Thomas takes over as acting head coach and will make his debut when UMBC meets Penn in its opener Nov. 9.

Binghamton (2-29, 1-15) begins its first season under Tommy Dempsey and returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team. Dempsey comes to Binghamton after spending seven years as the head coach at Rider, where he went 119-105, made three postseason appearances and earned 2008 MAAC Coach of the Year honors. Senior Jimmy Gray will direct the Bearcats after averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds last year. Binghamton opens its season at Loyola on Nov. 9.

For more America East men’s basketball information, including the preseason all-conference team, composite and team-by-team schedules and more preseason coverage, visit www.AmericaEast.com.

2012-13 Preseason Poll
Rank    Team (1st-place votes)                   Pts.

1.         Vermont (5)                                          60
2.         Stony Brook (4)                    58
3.         Boston U.                                               49
4.         Albany                                     38
5.         Maine                                                      35
6          New Hampshire                                   34
7.         Hartford                                  26
8.         UMBC                                      15
9.         Binghamton                              9

 

Four Juniors Highlight America East Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Six returning All-America East selections from last season comprise the 2012-13 America East Preseason All-Conference Team as determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. The conference unveiled the six-man squad as part of America East Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 23, which was held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, the site of the 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.

Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton, a first-team All-America East standout last season, highlights the team as one of two unanimous selections. He is joined by three second-team all-conference honorees in Albany’s Mike Black, the other unanimous choice, Boston University’s D.J. Irving and UMBC’s Chase Plummer. Maine’s Alasdair Fraser and Vermont’s Brian Voelkel, both third-team recipients last year, round out the squad.

Brenton (Columbia, Md.), a 6-foot-5 senior forward, led Stony Brook to one of its best seasons in program history last year as the Seawolves captured the America East regular-season crown, reached the league title game for the second straight year and made its second NIT appearance in three years. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, Brenton helped Stony Brook rank 13th nationally allowing just 59.1 points per contest. He averaged 8.1 rebounds (3rd in AE), 3.4 assists (6th in AE) to go with 7.8 points per game. He earned Co-Player of the Week honors on Jan. 23.

Black (Chicago, Ill.) earned all-conference accolades for the second straight year in 2011-12 after ranking 10th among league leaders in scoring (13.4 ppg) and third in assists (4.3 apg) last year. The 6-foot senior guard, who has twice been named America East Player of the Week in his career, led a Great Dane attack that paced the league in several categories including points per game (72.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (.446). Black is the conference’s active leading scorer (1,024 points) and assist man (299 assists).

Irving (Philadelphia, Pa.), one of the conference’s top playmakers, led America East with 5.4 assists per game last season en route to earning second-team all-conference honors. An All-Rookie selection as a freshman, he also increased his own scoring output in 2011-12, averaging a career-best 11.4 points per game, which ranked 18th in the league, while shooting 43.1 percent from the field, which ranked second among guards. The 6-foot junior guard twice earned Player of the Week honors last year.

Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) broke out in 2011-12 to earn second-team all-conference accolades. The 6-foot-6 junior forward averaged 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season after contributing just 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. Plummer, the only player to rank in the conference’s Top-5 in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fifth), was even better in conference play as he went over 20 points five times in 16 games and was third averaging 16.7 points per contest.

Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) emerged as one of the best low-post presences in the conference last year as he ranked 12th in scoring (12.9 ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg), third in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) and third in field goal percentage (.543) en route to earning third-team All-America East honors. The 6-foot-7 forward, who helped Maine rank second in the league in scoring (68.6 ppg), registered an America East-best eight double-doubles last year and twice earned Player of the Week recognition.

Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y.) picked up where he left off during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010-11 as he led the conference in rebounding (8.6 rpg) for the second-straight year. The 6-foot-6 junior forward, who was an All-Defensive selection, also ranked second in assists (5.1 apg) and finished third in steals (1.7 spg). In addition to his stellar regular season, Voelkel averaged four points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in three America East Championship games to earn Most Outstanding Player honors and lead UVM to its fifth league crown.

For more America East men’s basketball information, including the preseason predictions, composite and team-by-team schedules and more preseason coverage, visit www.AmericaEast.com.

 

2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Team

*Mike Black, Sr., G, Albany

D.J. Irving, Jr., G, Boston University

Alasdair Fraser, Jr., F, Maine

Chase Plummer, Jr., F, UMBC

*Tommy Brenton, Sr., F, Stony Brook

Brian Voelkel, Jr., F, Vermont

 

*unanimous selection

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