Archive for April 2009
Blevins Names Player of the Year, Zimmerman Coach of the Year, Men’s Lacrosse Tackles 12 Post season Awards
Usually when you think of a player of the year you think of offensive players and who scored the most, but senior goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins’ 133 saves and 56.1 save% impressed some coaches as he was named the America East Player of the Year as the second straight Retriever to get the award and fourth in five years.
As usual UMBC dominated the post season awards. Blevins was joined on the first team all-conference by four other retrievers. Midfielders Peet Poillon (25 goals, 19 assists) and Kyle Wimer (21 goals, 15 assists) joined him along with defender Kevin Goedeke and short stick midfielder Jordan Pierce.
Poillon and Wimer teamed up for 2/3 of the best midfield in the conference. They were one and two on the team in points and fourth and eight in the conference in points per game, respectively. Goedeke is a good story though. He started every game last season but lost the starting job at the beginning of the year and did not start the first four games of the season. After battling back and showing a great effort in practice, Goedeke earned his starting spot back and locked down on the teams best offensive player each game. Jordan Pierce has been commented all year by Zimmerman and earned a lot of playing time for his scrappiness. He recorded six goals with three assists with 14 ground balls and solid defense off the bench and on the face-off unit.
While Poillon and Wimer were named to the first team all-conference, the final part of the midfield, Alex Hopmann, was named to the all-America East second team. He lead the team with 31 goals and was third on the team in points with 35. Ryan Smith and Matt Latham were on the first and second team all-conference last season, respectively, and were both named to the second team this year. Latham was fourth on the team in both goals (22) and points (27) with 28 ground balls. Smith struggled early after coming back from an ACL tear but still manged 18 goals, and seven assists after starting every game this season. The fourth member on the second team was Matt Kresse. Like Goedeke, Kresse did not start every game this year, but he lost his job mid way through the season but battled back to retake it and locked down on attacks.
Rob Grimm was honored to the All-Rookie team after playing ever game and recording eight goals with 15 assists.
The final award went to coach Don Zimmerman. He repeated as coach of the year after winning the conference again and won his third award in four years. UMBC won the regular season conference championship all three times.
There is little denying the women’s lacrosse team had a successful season despite missing the conference tournament. There nine wins was a five game improvement from a season ago and the most since 2006 when the wont the regular season conference championship. There success was heavily recognized by the coaches as the end of the season awards were announced.
After leading the conference in save percentage and ranking third in number of saves of eligible players, Kate Quick was honored at the lone retriever on the first team all-America East.
She was not alone on the all-conference teams though. After a leading the team with 40 goals with 10 assists for 50 points, midfielder Kara Dorr was named to the second team. she was joined by sophomore midfielder Ashley Stodter who scored 25 goals with three assists. Junior defender Sarah Willis was also honored after leading the team with 32 ground balls with 16 caused turnovers and lock down defense.
The only unanimous selection for UMBC was freshman Emily Coady on the all-rookie team after starting all but two games at attack with 22 goals and 13 assists.
Dorr, Quick, and Ashley Lancer were also honored for their academic achievements as well. Dorr was one of two unanimous selections after accumulating a 3.72 GPA in political science over her four years. Lancer, who is also in her senior year, has accumulated a 3.60 GPA as a double major in Psychology and Pre-nursing. Quick accumulated a 3.35 GPA in psychology in three years at UMBC.
It was déjà vu all over again for the men’s lacrosse team. Last year in the semi-final game of the conference tournament against Binghamton, Ryan Smith made an overtime shot to send UMBC to the conference finals. This year’s ending was no different. Smith made a shot 55-seconds into the second overtime against Binghamton to advance UMBC into the conference finals by a score of 9-8.
“We just set up a play and we executed it and it turned out well for us,” Smith said. “We set up a pick from behind the net and nobody expected us to pass the ball and I got it and came around and took the shot.”
Every time Binghamton travels south to Baltimore they always give UMBC a run for their money. It is the third straight year UMBC has played an over time game with Binghamton, two of them being double overtime games.
“They are very well coached. They are scrappy and they play to the personality of their coach,” coach Don Zimmerman said praising Ed Stephenson of Binghamton. “No matter what happens in the regular season, when there is a matchup between UMBC and Binghamton in the tournament, you know it’s going to be a tough ball game.”
UMBC looked to have the game in the bag with an early 6-2 lead, but the game took a 180 after UMBC’s sixth goal as Binghamton went on a 6-2 run to end regulation. The key moment for Binghamton was with 2:31 left in the fourth quarter when Jeremy Blevins saved a Steve Carlson shot. However, he lost possession and when he attempted to get the ball back on the side of the net Andy Cook got the ball and dove to score in an open net with a backhanded shot to tie the game at seven.
“I made the first save and brought the stick up to throw it. I don’t know if I hit the ball, or the goal, or the ball fell out of my sick, or I got a check. I don’t know what happened but it just came out of my stick so I went down to get it and I thought I got pushed from behind, but he was able to get the ball and scored,” Blevins said.
Alex Hopmann made an effort to get the game winner with a goal 31 seconds later but with less than a minute left Cook struck again for his third goal to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Midway through the first overtime Blevins made the save of his career as a wide open Jake Boyce took a point blank shot high at the goal that looked for sure to be the game winner, but Blevins made the miraculous save to extend the game.
“He really didn’t have much angle so I just held my ground and waited for him to shoot it,” Blevins said. “I expected him to go high because I usually wait for the first fake but he never faked and just kept the stick high so I stayed high.”
While UMBC has made a living this year off an explosive midfield, only Hopmann had a goal while Kyle Wimer and Peet Poillon were kept quite, raising concern for Zimmerman to get them back playing as the “50-midfield.”
“When you add the number nine for Alex Hopmann, 20 for Kyle Wimer and 21 for Peet Poillon it adds us to 50 and that’s the ’50-midfield,’ and they didn’t play like the 50-midfield,’ they played like number nine, number 20, and number 21, so we have to get back to playing ’50-midfield,’” Zimmerman said.
With the midfield shut down the attacks took control of the game. Chris Jones tied his career high in goals with three in the first half while Matt Latham scored two, Rob Grimm recorded one, and Smith recorded the most important goal- the game winner.
For the fourth straight season UMBC will be going to the conference championship as they host the second seeded Stony Brook on Saturday at 7:30pm in a game they must win if they want to get into the NCAA tournament for a fourth straight season.
UMBC (10-3, 4-1):
A- Ryan Smith (17 goals, 6 assists, 15 ground balls)
A- Chris Jones (15 goals, 7 assists, 19 ground balls)
A- Matt Latham (20 goals, 5 assists, 27 ground balls)
M- Alex Hopmann (30 goals, 4 assists, 16 ground balls)
M- Peet Poillon (25 goals, 17 assists, 13 ground balls)
M- Kyle Wimer (21 goals, 15 assists, 35 ground balls)
D- Matt Kresse (8 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers)
D- Kevin Goedeke (11 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
D- Steve Settembrino (14 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
GK- Jeremy Blevins (124 saves, 56.4%)
FO- Justin Redebaugh (87-of-183, 47.5%)
A- Rob Grimm (8 goals, 16 assists, 14 ground balls)
A- Bobby Stockton (4 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls)
M- Jordan Pierce (3 goals, 3 assists, 13 ground balls)
M- Jamie Kimbles (5 goals, 3 assists, 3 ground balls)
LSM- Michael Camardo (40 ground balls, 26 caused turnovers)
SSM- Mike Bryan (16 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
Binghamton (3-11, 2-3)
A- Andy Cook (16 goals, 10 assists, 16 ground balls)
A- Jake Boyce (13 goals, 5 assists, 8 ground balls)
A- Chris Mulheron (4 goals, 11 assists, 3 ground balls)
M- Kevin Joy (5 goals, 4 assists, 8 ground balls)
M- Steven Carlson (17 goals, 2 assists, 7 ground balls)
M- Duncan Streeten (9 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls)
D- Griffin McLoughlin (18 ground balls, 6 caused turnovers)
D- Chris Winter (48 ground balls, 27 caused turnovers)
D- Derrick Danieu (21 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers)
GK- Larry Kline (144, 48.9%)
FO- J.P. Wioncek (120-of-263, 45.6%)
A- Frank Donlon (9 goals, 1 assist, 22 ground balls)
A-Jonny Baron (7 goals, 0 assists, 10 ground balls)
LSM- Ben Waldron (41 ground balls, 9 caused turnovers)
The semi-finals. UMBC has to win the conference tournament to get in the NCAA tournament. With Albany’s loss to Stony Brook, UMBC’s strength of schedule went way down and with their lost to Hartford they have a bad loss on there record. UMBC is very capable of beating Binghamton. They did last year as Binghamton is usually the fourth team in the tournament with a bad record. As long as they don’t get off to a slow start like they did last year they should be fine.
Due to rain early today the field was left flooded and there was no make up date. The game gives UMBC a little more rest before taking on Hartford which they need to sweep to get in the tournament safety.
While none of the games count towards anything, the Men’s Soccer season looks to be improving after a last place finish in the America East Conference having finished their spring schedule with a 5-1-2 record.
Last fall the men’s soccer team was riddled with injuries and full of inexperience but look much improved after playing a tough spring schedule. With the graduation of six players there were many question marks of who will fill those positions. While coach Pete Caringi is bringing in a very deep and talented team highlighted by three players from England, some players made great cases for the jobs next season.
Miguel Calderon did not see any time last year in goal as four year starter Steve King played in his final season, but he recorded four shutouts in the spring. Also, midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowski did see time last season with a few starts, but played every position in the spring. In the seventh game of the spring games Calderon was injured and Dzwonkowski even played in the goal, getting a shutout.
The spring season kicked off against professional Division II Maryland Crystal Palace. While this game was meant to be a tune up game for Crystal Palace who was going into their season, UMBC stunned the pro team with a 1-0 win. Midway through the first half last years leading scorer Andrew Bulls took a free kick for the goal and eventually the win.
UMBC was not done their. In their next game they played a 60 minute match against Navy in which once again Bulls scored and Calderon got the shutout for the 1-0 win. Their lone loss of the spring season came in their next game when they played Virginia Military Institution five minutes after the conclusion of the game against Navy. Despite suffering from fatigue, the retrievers only lost 1-0.
The team won their next five games to conclude spring games. They trounced Prince Georges Community college 6-0 before having their two ties to College of Southern Maryland and Christos Soccer Club, another professional team.
Aside from the Crystal Palace victory, their next win was their biggest. Sean Rothe scored a goal in the middle of the second half while Dzwonkowski recorded his shutout to beat George Mason 1-0. George Mason won both the CAA regular season and tournament championship and made it to the second round of the NCAA championship to Maryland.
The spring season concluded with the annual alumni game. On the opposing alumni team were four Baltimore Blast players: Guilian Celenza, P.J. Wakefield, Matt Watson, and Brian Moffa; Crystal Palace forward Kevin Gnatiko, and Real Maryland midfielder Dan Bulls for a total of six professionals including four MILS champions. But UMBc did not back down. The Alumni got an early 1-0 lead but UMBC battled back and scored four unanswered goals for the win as Bulls and Dzwonkowski scored two each.
Bulls lead the team with six goals in the spring campaign while Levi Houapeu, John Paul Waraksa, and Dzwonkoski added two each. Jamal Molin, and Rothe each scored one as UMBC outscored opponents 14-3.
Max Himmelstein is going to be a good player in his UMBC career. He went 4-5 with one run and one RBI against the Patriots but only Tom Meaney helped his effort with a multi-hit game. The problem was once again pitching. Travis Pearson got shelled in the third inning, giving up five run which was enough for the loss. But to put the blame on him would be wrong. The defense had three errors and none of those five runs were earned. The relievers did not help much either. Steve Miller gave up five runs in three innings himself while Brian Klukowicz gave up two runs in 1.1 innings. The only retriever pitcher to not allow a run was Josh Dick, who pitched a shut out 1.2 innings.
GAME 1: UMBC 10, Hartford 2
With the win UMBC got their first conference series win and is no longer in last place in the league. Kevin Clark pitched a great seven inning complete game allowing just two runs off three hits while striking out six Hawks.
In the third inning Max Himmelstein broke the pitchers dual with his first career grand slam. Two innings later UMBC extended their lead to 6-0 as Tom Meaney hit a two run home run to left field.
Hartford finally got on the board in the sixth inning with two run but UMBC UMBC got extra insurance as Wink Nolan hit a two RBI triple and Shawn Retz hit a two run homer run at the next UMBC at bat.
GAME 2: Hartford 7, UMBC 6
UMBC wishes they would have saved a few run for the second game but it was a valiant effort. David Davita had a rough start as he gave up three runs in the first inning buy Ryan Morse’s one run given up in the eight was the difference. Davita has not played healthy all season, and in what is not his red shirt sophomore year he has improved a lot. Once he is healthy in his fourth year in college he will be ready to make an impact and he and Drewyer as well as Ed Bach and Clark should make for a good rotation.
Brad Brainer lad the team with a 2-3, one run 1 RBI day while Meaney, Himmelstein, and Curtis Schickner also recorded two hits in the game.
Going 1-2 with top the top team in the conference isn’t bad. While they would have liked to get more one more win to move up in the rankings most teams did not beat Stony Brook and it is one win some teams did not have.
Stephanie Weigman pitched a six inning complete game allowing just one run off two hits while striking out five batters but the offense was not their and did not produce any runs. In Fact only the top four in the lineup recorded one hit each while everybody else was shut out.