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Warning: this is a playoff scenerio and will be hard to follow
The women’s lacrosse team is having a better than expected year right now. they are in second place but are going to be fighting for a play-off spot. They are 3-2 right now and have to face the currently 4-0 in conference Boston Terriers who are also ranked No. 12 in the nation. If UMBC wins, no problem they are in the playoffs with four conference wins. Actually if 0-4 Binghamton somehow upsets Boston U and Vermont and New Hampshire each take a loss UMBC very well would host the tournament with a win. But Boston U needs one win in two games to host the tournament and will likely do so. If UMBC loses to Boston U the playoff scenerio is a lot darker for UMBC. They have the tie breaker of Albany, but New Hampshire and Vermont hold the head-to-head tie breaker over UMBC with wins. Vermont and New Hampshire are both 2-2 and need just three wins to bump UMBC. They play each other next week so the winner will basically clinch a spot. This is where it gets interesting. If UMBC loses to Boston U they will be 3-3. If Albany gets upset by Stony Brook they are 3-3. If Vermont beats UNH and then loses to Stony Brook they would be 3-3, also making Stony Brook 3-3. Now if New Hampshire comes back with a win over Binghamton after losing to Vermont they would be 3-3. That means five teams are in a tie for the final three spots and with all the tie breakers going different ways it would go to goal differential which would only be known the final week. If Albany beats Stony Brook though they are 4-2. That means UMBC is out regardless of who wins the Vermont and New Hampshire game because both teams have a tie breaker over UMBC. Basically four wins guarantees a spot while 3 wins puts you in a big tie for the final spots.
I told you it would be hard to follow
The men’s lacrosse team is really looking like they can be a contender yes, a national championship. By reading what I write you can’t get a sense of just how good the team is. You actually have to see them. If UMBC doesn’t win the division by some fluke they will definitely be an at large team. Right now sitting and 8-2 and the two losses being two two very good teams, they are looking good for a post season run. The team holds three of the best midfielders in the nation by far. But with the attacks coming around that offense that is already top ten looks like it is going to be even harder to stop. The defense has really come around as well. Teams were scoring ine goals a game and that number has been dropped to four in the last two games. Justin Radebaugh has also done much better one face-offs with the teams first two over .500 games facing off.
It was really sad to see Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor go out the way they did. Each had five turnovers in a sloppy championship game with no standing ovation, no curtain call, just quietly walking off the court in Binghamton with time winding down knowing their careers were done. UMBC was one of the best teams in the country once against in assists-to-turnover ration this year and they had a very uncharacteristic 17 turnovers (ten from them). I wish UMBC would have won that game not just because I’m a fan of the team but because Greene and Proctor really deserved it. They played in a tournament last year which they will remember forever but that was not how anybody should go out. I don’t even want to think about next year without them because I know there is no way UMBc could possibly replace them, which is something I don’t want to imagine, a team without Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor.
Retriever fans, you should all remember this year in basketball, even if have forgettable moments. You’re all watching three of the greatest basketball players of all time at UMBC. While Carlee Cassidy will be back next year, soak in the final games of Jay Greene’s and Darryl Proctors careers. Without a doubt all three are going to be in the UMBC hall of fame.
Jay Greene has just blessed UMBC fans with four great seasons. He’s only averaging 9.7ppg in his career but has could be the leading scorer on any night. She just decided to manage the game run the court raising his assists total. Greene has joined the 1,000 point club this season and has built on the on the assist record since the second game of the season. Not to mention, he’s number two all time in steals and the most player retriever every with the all-time minutes record.
Then there is Darryl Proctor. He’s been dropping jaws of UMBC fans to the past two years and was the glue-man in last years conference championship and has been far and away the best player on the team this year. He’s only played for UMBC for two seasons but has already made it into the 1,000 point club and is just five points shy of the points record for any player to finish his career with UMBC. This year he’s definitely a strong player of the year candidate averaging 20.0ppg (second in conference), 8.6rpg (third in conference) and is the only player in the America East oto score in double-figures every game this season. He’s also just dominated the record for most consecutive games scoring in double-figures (which is still an active streak) with 33 straight, trouncing the old record of 16 straight.
Finally, on the women’s side, it’s Carlee Cassidy who has another season to lead UMBC to another championship. It took her three years to join the 1,000 point club and is on pace to be the second leading scorer in UMBC history as she was the scoring champion last year. On such a young team here leadership has meant so much, she’s grooming Michele Kurowski and working with her, and Katie Brooks, when ever she can. Like Proctor, she has scored in double-figures in every game this year and has done so for her last 31 games (she missed the last two games of the regular season last year in that span).
So feel lucky UMBC fans that you get to watch these three play at the same time. You’ll all see Cassidy again next year but enjoy watching Proctor and Greene while you can.
I don’t want this to turn unto a men’s basketball blog even though thats my strength. I’m going to leave that to the rally monkey blog. So I’m purposly not going to rant about men’s basketball even though I really want to.
So i’m going to rant about Track and field. I did a little in my post but I’m very excited about this team. Dave Bobb is doing a very good job recruiting, obviously. That year the story was UMBC wasn’t goign to get above fifth place in the conference championship because we have a very small team and vacant events. Though thats probably still true but we also have a very young team. in this past meet four underclassmen won and Imani Colbert looks like she can be one of the greats having set a record in three staright meets. But pole vaulters? men’s weight throw? even more sprinters to fill all teh events? I have seen any of this last year and now we have it. Maybe they are determined to get a new track facility to have home meets so they are loading up the team, but what ever he’s doing it’s working, and Dave Bobb is doing a great job running the show.
Could Darryl Proctor be the first UMBC basketball player to be drafted to the NBA? Probably not but there is no denying that he’s a special player and I’d like to guarantee that he’ll be a star over seas if and when he does go over. The Men’s basketball team isn’t playing very well right now but Proctor is doing everything he can to help the team win. In the past three games (in which UMBC has gone 1-2) he has scored an astonishing 81 points (27ppg) while grabbing 25 rebounds in that time (8.3rpg). He’s raised his season averages to 19.6ppg, and 8.9rpg. This while shooting nearly 50% of his shots. But Darryl is desperate for some help. Jay Greene hasn’t been shooting as well but he’s doing his job. Teams shouldn’t rely on point guards to score more than 10 points a game, they have to managing the game and find the open man, which he is doing a great job of. As Randy Monroe has said many times this season, Justin Fry, Matt Spadafora, and Richard Flemming have to step it up if they want to win and Chauncey Gilliam is not scoring as much as the team needs but as a freshman he’s far exceeded expectations.
I rant about Men’s basketball a lot so tonight is the women’s team’s turn. Going into conference play I’m very excited about the women’s basketball team. They slid recently but still go into conference play with an 8-5 record. But what excites me is the weapons. We have one of the best managing point guard (meaning the best assists-to-turnover ratio, probably the best scorer in the conference, a freshman that will be the best scorer in the conference, and two forwards that can not only score when needed but they can get up and rebound the ball. Carlee Cassidy has scored 30 points three times already and is averaging 23 ppg and has yet to score under double digits. Simply having that is good, but to follow her up with Michelle Kurowski averagin 15.9 ppg is just great. Not to mention Katie brooks off the bench who showed how good of a scorer she could be earlier in the season. Phil Stern’s new offense is really working. He saw that every team in the conference runs a slow style offense that scored 60 points a night so if he can use a run and gun and score 80 points a night, simple math gives UMBC the win. But the team is deep, athletic, and just straight up good. I see good things coimg from this team this year.
Chauncey Gilliam is a star in the making for the men’s basketball team. He was a huge reason for that upset over Nebraska with 21 points and 8 rebounds. But the guy is just a freshman. To do that is simply amazing when you’re a freshman in the America East going up against a big 12 team. That performance may have just put Gilliam in the starting lineup replacing Richard Flemming. All season Flemming has struggled with fouls and he has struggled all around his last two games. the move would make the most since, at least just to try and get a spark from Flemming. there is no denying he’s talented but you have to put your five best guys on the floor every night and right now Gilliam is one of the best. Gilliam would likely play shooting guard moving Darryl Proctor back to the power forward where he played last year and was a first team all-conference selection. It would also move Matt Spadafora back to shooting guard where he played last year at a higher level than he has been this season.
It wasn’t a good week for UMBC with three loses and no wins, but I will say that the depth on the men’s basketball team isn’t as bad as I thought early on. We were running just six guys and I was afraid that if we ever got in a situation where we had to play an unproven guy, we would be done, but everybody played against American. I was most worried about the forwards because forwards tire faster and we only were playing three. Well Jake Wasco played very good for a freshman making just his second appearance for more than a minute of game time. He played 17 minutes, got up and down the floor well, moved his feet, and played solid defense. We all know what we have in Chauncey Gilliam, but he’s getting better and better. But Bakari Smith was the man that I wanted to see. He did not score or do anything special in his four minutes of game time, but he played hard and played good defense. Finally, Brett Burrier only played a minute, but that kid is athletic, and not bad for a walk-on. I’m not sure why Monroe started to use they, because it wasn’t at a point where he saw a loss yet when he started using them. I guess having three players leave the team because they aren’t playing to cut your bench to four kind of scared him, but either way, I was happy with what I saw.
We have a big problem next saturday with the men’s basketball game. As you probably know it’s televised but it’s going to overlap with the Ravens game and since the ravens lost to Pittsburgh it’s almost a must win. The game time is just about locked in since it’s televised but I think MASN should be nice and let us move the game up an hour so we can get more peple to go to a televised game. I can just imagine now how empty that arena will be and thats not going to look good for UMBC. It’s a really big game seeing that American is probably going to repeat as Patriot League champs and it should be a good one. We’ll see what the TV viewership is but I don’t think it’s right for MASN to tell us that if we want any televised games that one must be televised at 7:00 on the night of the Ravens game. Obviously we’re not going to say we don’t want it but I’m sure there are some problems about it in the athletic department. Oh well, it doesn’t look like their is much you can do to move the game but I think you fans should go. If it was a Ravens home game I could see it being different but it’s not, nobody is going to go watch it live, and it’s only the first quarter you’d be missing. Besides these are college kids playing the games of their lives while football players are paid to play. I’ll be there.