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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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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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UMBC can’t hold halftime lead, falls at Binghamton

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Vestal, N.Y. – 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.

UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Binghamton improved to 4-6, 2-0.

Binghamton outshot UMBC, 38-27, and UMBC fell to 0-5 when being oushot in 2014.

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored a pair of goals.

Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Retrievers reeled off four consecutive goals and led, 4-2, on a score by Maxwell with 11:00 to play in the second quarter. The Bearcats tied the game on back-to-back scores, but Gregoire gave the visitors the lead back, converted a high feed from Maxwell inside with 3:29 remaining in the stanza.

With 1:45 to play in the half, Young found the net on a dodge and shot from 10 yards out to give UMBC a 6-4 advantage, which they took to the break.

But Binghamton came out in the second half and jumped on the Retrievers, racking up four straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the third. Sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) tried to breath life back into the visitors, finishing on a man-down fast break situation with 4:31 to play in the quarter.

UMBC won the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over and BU’s Michael Antonozzi closed the quarter with a goal at the 13:03 mark of the period to give the hosts a 9-7 lead after 45 minutes.

A key sequence early in the fourth quarter stung the Retrievers, as Binghamton netminder Max Schefler made back-to-back, one-on-one  saves on Gregoire in a five-second span.  After BU’s Tucker Nelson gave the Bearcats the first three-goal of the day at 10-7 with 10:58 remaining, the Bearcats took over the momentum and controlled the final stages  of the game.

Schefler, who made just two saves and allowed six first half goals, stopped 11 shots (13 saves) and permitted just one second half UMBC goal. UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) allowed more goals (13) than recorded saves (11) for only the second time in 2014.

UMBC won the battle of face-offs, 14-10, but committed more turnovers (15) than the Bearcats (12).

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, April 12, when they host Hartford at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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UMBC continues America East play Sunday at Binghamton

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

An early battle of America East unbeaten will take place in Vestal, N.Y. on Sunday, April 6, as the UMBC Retrievers (5-4, 1-0 America East) face the Binghamton Bearcats (3-6, 1-0 AE) at the Bearcats’ Sports Complex. The opening face-off is set for 2:00 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.americaeast.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Sophomore midfielder Pat Young 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 on March 28. Young and SR A Matt Gregoire led a balanced attack in goal-scoring with three apiece. Gregoire, who leads the team with 29 goals and 32 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last eight games. Entering the week, he is fifth nationally with 3.22 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.33 saves per game. The reigning AE Rookie of the Week owns a save percentage of 56.3 percent, which is 14th-best in the country. The win over Stony Brook moved UMBC’s overtime record in America East play to 4-1 in regular season competition.

BEARCAT UPDATE:  Binghamton gave No. 8 Syracuse all they could handle on Wednesday night, losing a tight 10-8 non-conference contest in front of 1,847 fans at the Carrier Dome. JR A Tucker Nelson led the way for Binghamton with a four-point effort against the Orange with a one-goal, three-assist night. BU edged Hartford, 11-10, in their America East opener from Al-Marzook Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats fought back from a four-goal deficit in the first half and their defense withstood a late Hartford rally in the final minute. SR A Matt Springer registered his fourth hat trick of the season with a four-goal effort. Nelson leads BU in points with 10 goals and a team-best 19 assists, while SR A Matt Springer has tallied a team-best 25 goals. Seven of the Bearcats’ nine games have been decided by two goals or less and BU is 3-4 in those contests.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  Young scored his fourth goal with 1:18 remaining and the host Retrievers outlasted Binghamton, 10-9, to clinch a berth in the America East Tournament for the tenth consecutive year on April 27, 2013. Young, who led the Retrievers with four scores, scored his third game-winning goal of the season.
Binghamton won the first meeting in New York in 2004 and the most recent one in Vestal in 2012, but UMBC won the 11 contests in between and last year’s game to increase the series lead to 12-2.  Five of the 14 decisions in the series have been determined by a single goal and UMBC has won a pair of overtime decisions versus the Bearcats.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for back-to-back America East contests, starting with a Saturday, April 12 contest versus Hartford. The opening face-off is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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UMBC welcomes Binghamton to RAC Arena for Senior Night Saturday

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC (9-18, 5-9 America East) plays its final home game of the 2013-14 season when the Retrievers host Binghamton (6-20, 3-10) at the RAC Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22. UMBC will honor its three seniors (Quentin Jones, Chase Plummer, Brett Roseboro) playing their final home games and another (Jamar Wertz), who was unable to compete this year due to injury. Tip-off time is set for 7:10 p.m. with pregame ceremonies beginning at 6:55 p.m.  Gary Stein and Tory Green have all the play-by-play action, video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off a tough stretch, playing back-to-back road games at Vermont and Stony Brook and dropping decisions to the league leaders. The Retrievers are 4-3 at home this season versus America East competition and are one-half game ahead of New Hampshire in the race for the fifth seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. Roseboro is coming off his best career outing, as the senior delivered 20 points and added nine rebounds in the 72-53 setback at SBU on Wednesday.

BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton had a two-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, as the Bearcats dropped a tough 57-48 decision to Albany at the BU Events Center. SO G Jordan Reed has been hot of late, as he led BU with 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds versus Albany. Reed averages 14.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the young Bearcat squad.
WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC has its bye in the league’s final week and will finish the regular season on Sunday, March 2, when they compete at Hartford.

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UMBC hits road Wednesday night for date at Binghamton

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers (6-14, 2-5) head back to the place where their last road victory occured almost exactly one year ago when they face the Binghamton Bearcats  (4-16, 1-6) at the BU Events Center on Wed., Jan. 29. Despite some near misses, UMBC is 0-11 on the road this season and have dropped 15 straight since the 61-58 victory in Vestal on Jan. 30, 2013. The action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Paul Mittermeier has the call, live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  For the first time in 2013-14, UMBC led at halftime and prevailed after 40 minutes, as they snapped a three-game slide with a 60-58 victory over Hartford on Saturday. UH did rally from a 13-point deficit at the break to tie the game at 58, but freshman guard Bryan Harris (15 pts.) hit two free throws with 2:14 remaining for the last points of the contest. Classmate Rodney Elliott shared scoring honors with Harris and leads UMBC with 13.9 points per game.

BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton has dropped five straight, including a 72-39 setback at Vermont on Sunday. Binghamton trailed, 38-13, at the half, as they converted only 5-of-21 from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Four different Bearcat freshmen have earned America East Rookie-of-the-Week honors this season. The young squad is led by SO G Jordan Reed, who averages 14.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC buses home after the game, spends Thursday in Baltimore, before flying to Bangor on Friday to face Maine on Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.).

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Cormier, Jones lead way as Loyola wins G.G. Smith’s debut

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Cormier, Jones’ Career-Highs Give G.G. Smith First Win

VESTAL, N.Y. – Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) and Jarred Jones (John Carroll) scored 31 and 22 points, respectively, and Loyola University Maryland held off host Binghamton University, 79-74 for the first head coaching win of G.G. Smith’s career on Friday night.

A Cormier free throw with under two minutes to play gave Loyola (1-0 overall) the lead for good, and two late blocks by Jones on Bearcats layups helped seal the win.

Cormier scored 21 of his points in the second half, while Jones distributed his 22 evenly between stanzas.

Jones also had a game-high four blocked shots and team-best seven rebounds for the Greyhounds.

“Dylon and Jarred really carried us for stretches tonight, and Jarred’s two blocks were very big for us because they came at times that Binghamton had what seemed to be good looks,” said Smith, who was promoted on April 12 after six years as an assistant for the Greyhounds. “We have some things to work on, certainly, but it’s always good to get the first one.”

Binghamton led by as many as six in the second half when Yousef Yacob hit a three with 11:45 to play, but Cormier scored the next four points, and Jones tied the game less than two minutes later.

Three-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Binghamton’s Marlon Beck and Yacob gave the Bearcats a 70-65 advantage with 5:05 left, but after a Jones free throw, Cormier knocked down a baseline three at 4:19 to make it a one-point game.

Cormier made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line on Loyola’s next possession to tie the game at 70-70. Loyola would not trail after that point.

A Cormier layup would give the Greyhounds a 72-70 advantage with 3:07 on the clock, but Robert Mansell responded with a layup on the other end, tying the game for Binghamton.

Loyola could not convert offensively on its ensuing possession, and a long rebound led to a fast-break opportunity for the Bearcats. Jones, however, sprinted back and swatted a Yacob layup off the glass, denying Binghamton the lead.

The Bearcats did, however, get the offensive rebound, but Eric Laster came up with a steal for Loyola, leading to a Cormier breakaway. He was fouled hard, though, by Mansell and made 1-of-2 at the line, putting Loyola up by one, 73-72.

Again, Binghamton had a layup attempt on its next possession, this time by Beck, but Jones’ weak-side block preserved the lead again for Loyola.

This time, Denzel Brito came down with the rebound for Loyola, and after the Greyhounds worked 30 seconds off the game clock, Jones hit a running jumper to make it a 75-72 Loyola lead.

Nick Madray, who had 22 in his collegiate debut for Binghamton, made a pair of free throws to cut it back to one with 59.4 seconds left, but Cormier was fouled on his way to the basket with 31 ticks on the clock, and the senior guard capitalized with both from the stripe.

Binghamton called a timeout with 28 seconds left, but after a shot-fake, Mansell’s three went long, and Brito grabbed his sixth rebound of the game, was fouled and made two sealing free throws.

Cormier and Brio each came up with six rebounds, as the Greyhounds outrebounded Binghamton, 37-32. Fifteen of Loyola’s boards came on the offensive glass.

Binghamton took a quick lead, scoring the game’s first seven points, and the Bearcats stretched it to nine, 17-8, on two Jordan Reed free throws 6:26 into the first half.

Loyola, however, scored the next seven points to cut it to a pair on Nick Gorski’s first collegiate points, and while Binghamton pushed it back to five on a traditional 3-point play by Mandray, Loyola tied it at 24-24 with 6:55 on the clock.

A 7-0 run in the next 90 seconds, capped by a Cormier basket, pushed the Greyhounds up 31-26, a lead that would be trimmed to one, 37-36, at halftime.

Reed, a Preseason All-America East First Team player, led the Bearcats with 23 points and nine rebounds.

The Greyhounds continue their season-opening road trip on Sunday, November 10, in Ithaca, N.Y., where they will face Cornell University at 4 p.m.

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Loyola opens hoops season Friday night at Binghamton

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Binghamton Bearcats

Friday, November 8, 2013  |  8:00 p.m.

Vestal, N.Y.  |  Events Center

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will open its 103rd season of intercollegiate basketball when it takes the floor against Binghamton University.

Last year, the teams played each other in their season-opener, as well, with Loyola prevailing, 71-45, on November 9, in Reitz Arena.

Friday’s game is the second of a two-game series between the teams.

The game will mark the official start to the head coaching career of G.G. Smith who became the 20th head coach in program history on April 12, 2013. Smith spent the last six years as an assistant to Jimmy Patsos at Loyola.

The Greyhounds return eight players from a team that went 23-12 last year.
Last Time Out

The Greyhounds wrapped-up the 2012-2013 season on March 26, 2013, in Greenville, N.C., at East Carolina University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals. The Pirates outlasted the Greyhounds, 70-58, and went on to win the CIT title.

Robert Olson hit a jumper with 12:26 left in the game to put Loyola in front, 45-44, but it would be the Greyhounds’ last point for 5:47, and East Carolina would turn a one-point deficit into a eight-point lead.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 12 points in the game, while seniors Olson and Anthony Winbush closed their careers with 11 and 10, respectively.
Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.


Meet The Staff

Joining G.G. Smith on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan Ficke and director of operations Kevin Farrell.

Booth spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola after serving as an assistant to Gary Williams for seven years at the University of Maryland. An All-American and four-time All-ACC player at Maryland, Booth won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls.

Loeffler brings considerable Patriot League experience with four seasons, and two League Championship Game appearances (2010 and 2011), at Lafayette College. He was also the head coach at NCAA Division III school Stevens Institute of Technology from guided the Ducks to a 46-13 record in two seasons and an NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2007.

Ficke is a graduate and four-year lettermen of Loyola where he also earned his master’s degree. The last three seasons, Ficke has been a member of the staff at Wake Forest University where he was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Scouting and Recruiting.

Farrell returns for his second season as the Greyhounds’ director of operations and sixth overall with the program. He was a four-year manager for the team as an undergraduate at Loyola.


Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

Cormier led the team with 16.4 points and 1.8 steals per game, while Etherly averaged 15.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game.

Ethelry was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District I Second Team for the second year in a row, the first time a Loyola player has been selected to the group on more than one occasion.


Back In The Fold

Eight players return to the Greyhounds’ program this year from last year’s team that went 23-12: senior guard Dylon Cormier, senior forwards Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke, junior guard R.J. Williams, sophomore forward Franz Rassman and sophomore guards Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones and Eric Laster.

Cormier was the team’s top scorer a year ago, posting 558 points in 34 games for an average of 16.4 per contest. He was also the top rebounding guard in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, pulling down an average of 4.6 per game, a total of 155.

WIlliams returns for his third season as the Greyhounds’ starter at point guard. Last year he posted a 2:1 assist:turnovber ratio, averaging 4.0 assists in 17 games played. He averaged 31.7 minutes per game and shot 86.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Latham started 16 games a season ago and shot 48.6 percent from the field. He scored a season-high 17 points at eventual Sweet 16 team Florida Gulf Coast University and was also the team’s top shot-blocker, averaging 1.16 per game.

Jones, Laster and Rassman all earned valuable experience during their first seasons at Loyola, and Hubbard was a stretch-the-defense shooter in his first season on the court after redshirting in 2011-2012. Jones started nine games and averaged 11.0 minutes per game. He shot 56.6 percent from the field, had 17 blocks and the same number of steals. Rassman made six starts during his first campaign; he had eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks in his third collegiate game (UMBC) and then scored 13 in his first start (vs. Saint Peter’s). Hubbard had three double-figure scoring games, knocking down 17 on 4-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 overall against UMBC.


New Dogs

Seven players will make their Loyola debuts this season with the roster featuring two juniors who transferred from other schools, three redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen.

Denzel Brito will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending 2010-2012 at a different Jesuit school with a similar name: Loyola University Chicago. As a sophomore in 2011-2012, Brito started 21 games for the Ramblers and led the team in assists with 3.5 per game, while averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. In their last four games, he averaged 11.0 points.

Stefano Mancini joined the team before the fall semester. The former Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Maine spent the 2011-2012 season at the University of Maine.

Forward Josh Forney and guards Damion Rashford and Sean Tuohy Jr. all redshirted last season for the Greyhounds and will see their first collegiate action this season.

True freshmen Nick Gorski and Jevon Patton were the first signees by the new coaching staff at Loyola and joined the program this fall. Both Gorski and Patton led their respective high school programs to state titles in 2012-2013, Gorski at Benedictine Prep in Richmond, Va., and Patton at Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C.


Gone, But Not Forgotten

Five players earned their Loyola degrees and left the program after exhausting their eligibility last season: forwards Erik Etherly and Julius Brooks, swingman Anthony Winbush and guards Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch.

Etherly returned from an early-season shoulder injury to average 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while earning All-MAAC First Team and NABC All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row. He finished with 1,245 points and 669 rebounds in three seasons at Loyola.

Olson was the team’s third-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game, and he also averaged 4.2 rebounds as a guard. A 2012 All-MAAC Third Team member, Olson graduated with 1,264 career points and the second-most 3-pointers made in a career (211).

Winbush was the quintessential multi-role player for the Greyhounds; he saw action at every position but center last season offensively, and he frequently defended the opponents’ best player, regardless of position. He led the team in overall rebounds (197), was second in overall assists (76) and averaged 7.0 points per game.

Brooks provided toughness, rebounding and inside scoring for the Greyhounds, playing in 34 games and starting 10. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and nearly a blocked shot a game as a senior.

Wandrusch was a four-year walk-on to the program who was a solid addition to the Greyhounds’ scout team.


New Year, New Coach, New League

Many things associated with the Loyola men’s basketball program have changed, such as first-year head coach G.G. Smith moving up after spending six years as an assistant on the Greyhounds’ bench.

Loyola will also be a member of the Patriot League for the first time in 2013-2014. The school announced in August 2012 that it would make the move to the conference, and the move became official on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds will compete against American University, fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.


Preseason Patriot League Picks

Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team, an honor shared by Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers, Holy Cross’ Dave Dudzinski, Boston University’s D.J. Irving (player of the year) and Lehigh’s Mackey McKnight.

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.


Series History Versus Binghamton

Loyola and Binghamton will play for the second time in series history on Friday night, the first coming when the teams squared off last year in the season-opener in Baltimore.

The Greyhounds won that decision, 71-45.

Binghamton scored the game’s first two points, but Loyola held the Bearcats scoreless for 10-minutes, 30-seconds as part of a 19-0 run that helped the Greyhounds build a 17-point advantage. They would hold that same margin at the half, 39-22. Binghamton cut it to 14, 41-27, with 17:25 to play, but an Erik Etherly dunk spurred a 22-5 run that covered nearly nine minutes and put Loyola ahead, 61-32, with 8:58 left in the game.

Dylon Cormier led all scorers with 21 points, one of four Loyola players to reach double figures. Erik Etherly, Tyler Hubbard and Robert Olson all scored 11. Julius Brooks finished with eight points and a game-best seven rebounds.


Exhibition Recap

Loyola hosted NCAA Division II Shippensburg University on Halloween Night and defeated the Raiders, 92-59.

The Greyhounds led by eight at halftime, but they extended that advantage to 20 just over six minutes into the second half and went up by as many as 39.

Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Laster added 13. R.J. Williams scored nine points and had four steals, while Jordan Latham blocked four shots and scored six points.


Turn The TV On

In a continuing agreement with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), five Loyola men’s basketball games will be broadcast by the regional sports network this season. Additionally, those games will be carried by various other RSNs nationwide.

The Greyhounds’ November 16 home-opener against former MAAC foe Fairfield University will be broadcast, as will the November 20 game at UMBC and the December 7 affair at Mount St. Mary’s. MASN will also broadcast the Greyhounds’ February 15 game against Boston University. MASN will also pick up the ROOT Sports Pittsburgh feed of Loyola’s game at West Virginia University on December 2.

Two Loyola games will air nationally on CBS Sports Network as part of the Patriot League’s television package. The Greyhounds will be featured on back-to-back Monday nights in January, starting with a January 13 game in Reitz Arena against Lafayette, followed by the January 20 contest at Boston University.

Another pair of games will also be televised, with SNY originating the November 26 game at the University of Connecticut and ESPN3 carrying the December 30 contest at the University of Miami.


Introducing The Patriot League Network

The remainder of Loyola’s home games, and all non-televised conference road games will be streamed live on the new Patriot League Network.

Launched in August 2013, the network features live and on-demand content from all 10 Patriot League schools on a free, HD platform.

No log-in or subscription is needed, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at www.patriotleague.tv.


Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.


Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

22nd 1,213 points
Next Marquis Sullivan, 1,242
Field Goals Made
25th 402 field goals made
Next Jack Vogt, 410
3-Pointers Made
17th 76 3-Pt. Made
Next Anthony Walker, 81
Free Throws Made
10th-Tie 333 free throws made
Next Erik Etherly, 340
23rd 172 assists
Next Mark Rhode, 179
7th 139 steals
Next Tom Gormley, 140


Latham On Blocks List

Jordan Latham enters the 2013-2014 season with 56 blocked shots in his two seasons at Loyola. He is 11th all-time in that statistical category, two shy of tying Mike Wagner (1987-91) for 10th and three away from Anthony Smith (1995-97) in ninth.

Latham blocked a team-high 37 shots last year.


Etherly Signs Pro Contract

Erik Etherly, a 2013 graduate of Loyola, signed a professional contract to play in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Kazrin/Galil Elyon.

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team forward, Etherly will play in the top basketball league in Israel. Last year, the team won the Balkan International Basketball League, and it captured its first Israeli Championship in 2009-2010.

Through three games (as of Nov. 5), Etherly is the team’s leading scorer (22.7 points per game) for the 2-1 side. He tallied 32 points and nine rebounds in a win over Hapoel Migdal Haemek.


High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.


Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

In recent years, Loyola men’s basketball has put a strong emphasis on local recruiting, and it shows on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Four more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5 miles; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6; Franz Rassman, Gonzaga College H.S., 37.2.


Up Next

Loyola will continue its road trip to open the season an hour up New York Route 79. The Greyhounds will face Cornell University at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11.

The Greyhounds open the home portion of their 2013-2014 schedule on Saturday, November 16, with an 8 o’clock game against a familiar foe. Loyola hosts former MAAC opponent and fellow Jesuit school Fairfield in a game that will be televised on MASN.

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UMBC tops Binghamton to reach America East Tournament

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young scored his fourth goal with 1:18 remaining and the host Retrievers outlasted Binghamton, 10-9, to clinch a berth in the America East Tournament for the tenth consecutive year.

UMBC (6-7, 3-2 America East) has participated in the four-team championship in all ten of its league campaigns. The Bearcats were eliminated from tournament play and finish the season at 5-9, 1-4.

The 2013 America East Championship will open at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y., with the semifinal contests taking place on Thursday, May 2 and the title game occurring on May 4.

Young, who led the Retrievers with four scores, scored his third game-winning goal of the season. He also recorded the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in a 13-12 win at Stony Brook on April 13.

“It was a typical America East game-for our conference to have five teams still in the hunt on the last week of the regular season is pretty special,“ said head coach Don Zimmerman. “It’s Senior Day, it’s emotional. It’s always a little bit of a struggle on Senior Day, but I am very proud of the team, the way they hung in there, came back from several deficits and came back in the end.”

The game was tied on eight occasions, as the Retrievers trailed by one goal six times and 8-6 late in the third quarter. The Bearcats took the lone two-goal advantage of the game on a goal by attackman Matt Springer with 18 seconds to play in the third stanza. But UMBC snatched momentum back as senior attackman/midfielder Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) netted a desperation shot with less than one second remaining in the stanza.

Young knotted the game at 8-all 2:42 into the final quarter, beating BU netminder Max Schefler low from 11 yards away. UMBC would then take its first lead of the game, as senior middie Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./The Hill School) found Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) inside and the senior attackman converted from close range with 8:55 remaining.

Binghamton’s Emmett O’Hara brought his side back to even, tallying with 3:29 remaining and the Bearcats won the ensuing draw. But BU hit the side-netting on a shot with 1:52 to play and the Retrievers cleared and called a time-out. Junior midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys’ Latin) drove down the right alley and dumped a pass back to Young, who stepped into a 10-yard shot and it ticked the stick of Schefler before hitting the back of the net.

UMBC won the next face-off and never allowed the Bearcats to possess the ball in the final minute of play.

The Retrievers, now 39-13 in ten years of America East Conference play, have never lost back-to-back conference contests. UMBC improved to 22-4 at UMBC Stadium vs. AEC foes during the regular year and to 8-0 vs. Binghamton on the friendly turf in Baltimore.

Young and Springer each scored four times for their respective teams. Lustgarten added two goals and an assist for UMBC, while Gregoire recorded a pair of goals and now has 15 in league play in 2013.

Both goalkeepers excelled in the contest. UMBC sophomore Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) turned away 12 Binghamton shots, while Schefler also recorded 12 saves. The Retrievers outshot the Bearcats, 35-27.

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UMBC fights for postseason berth on Senior Day Saturday

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team is one of five America East Conference squads battling for a playoff berth as the regular season comes to a conclusion on Saturday, April 27. Tenth-ranked Albany (10-3, 4-0) has sewn up the top seed, but everything else is up for grabs as the Retrievers (5-7, 2-2) host Binghamton (5-8, 1-3) at 3:40 p.m. UMBC’s 14 seniors will be honored in pregame ceremonies and coverage is available on Q1370 and via www.umbcretrievers.tv. 

With a win, the Retrievers would clinch a spot in the four-team playoff for the tenth time in ten league seasons. UMBC could be seeded No. 2, 3 or 4. The combination of a Retriever loss and Stony Brook victory vs. Albany would eliminate UMBC from the postseason. Hartford plays at Vermont in the other league contest.

The Retrievers will honor their 14 seniors in ceremonies prior to today’s contest. They are Dave Brown, Adam Cohen, Nick Doub, Matt Gregoire, Scott Hopmann, Joe Impallaria, Scott Jones, Neill Lewnes, Joe Lustgarten, Sam McKelvey, Ethan Murphy, Tony Spada, Lucas Wood, and Jake Zimmerman.

Gregoire scored a career-best five points, but the Retrievers fell, 16-10, to tenth-ranked Albany at John Fallon Field on April 19. Gregoire tallied four goals and added an assist, recording the third four-goal game of his career and giving him 10 goals in three games vs. Albany. He also leads UMBC and is tied for fourth in the conference with 15 points in four league contests.

Jones leads the club in scoring with 27 goals and 32 total points. Jones became the 30th Retriever to hit the 100-point plateau and now has 108 points (88-20-108) total points for his career. 

UMBC is 4-1 at home this year and 21-4 at home in 10 years of America East Conference competition.

Binghamton (5-8, 1-3 AE) came up just short on April 20, dropping an 8-7 America East conference game to visiting Vermont (4-9, 1-3 AE) at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Catamounts used a 4-2 first quarter and never trailed as they secured their first conference win of the season. Bearcat junior Brandon Planck netted three goals for the Bearcats who fell to 1-3 in conference play.  Planck netted his fifth career hat trick in the loss. JR M Michael Antinozzi scored two goals and added an assist, increasing his career point tally to 89.  JR A Matt Springer he tied the single season goals record of 32 set just last season by teammate Michael Antinozzi.

Binghamton has had six games decided by two goals or less and are 3-3 in those six contests. They are 2-4 on the road this season.  The Bearcats can earn a spot in the playoffs with a win today and a Hartford win over Vermont.

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