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Michelle Kurowski Records First Career Double-Double, but Women’s Basketball Falls to Binghamton, 70-50

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Michelle Kurowski is definitely something special. She’s only a freshman and already one of the best players on the team. She’s currently the second leading scorer (13.7ppg), most of all freshman in the American East, with 19 games scoring in double-figures while grabbing 4.7rpg. She definitely had one of her best games of her young career with he first career double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds) but it just wasn’t enough for the win.

Carlee Cassidy was the only other retriever in double-figures as she also scored 15 in a surprise off the bench performance. Chrissy Robinson and Katie Brooks both started in place of Carlee Cassidy and Meghan Colabella, but only combined for five points. While Brooks has been a solid option all year she’s shown flashes of brilliance but has been fairly in consistent this season, then again, she is only a freshman and it is to be expected.

Outside of Kurowski and Cassidy’s 30 points, six retrievers combined for 20 points (that’s just 3.3 points per player).

This has been the story all year on the road. But as I’ve preached all year long, it’s to be expected with such a young team. Just wait until next year when everybody has another off season to work on the first time used offense. Anytime you have a young team road games are going to be a struggle regardless of talent. While I don’t think the women’s team is as bad as their record, they do have things to work on, but have plenty of time to do so.


Written by Corey Johns

February 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Offense Blows Up in Fourth Quarter For Men’s Lacrosse as the Beat No. 17 Colgate, 13-9

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UMBC was playing far from their best lacrosse in the first three quarters against Colgate. Even though the score was tied at seven at the start of the final period Colgate was making the retrievers work hard. Good defense kept UMBC in the game for a chance to have a 6-2 rout in the fourth quarter for the win as Jeremy Blevins recorded 13 saves in the game and the defense caused bad shots and offensive miscues for the raiders.

“Really it was just a team effort. We just dug down and Jeremy Blevins making huge saves makes it a lot easier,” said Brian Schneider.

Brandon Corp of the raiders was the key to shutting down Colgate’s offense. He was named a pre-season all-American as well as a player on the Tewaarrton (top men lacrosse player in the country) watch list. Coming into the game Corp scored 10 goals with four assists and did not slow down against UMBC as he recorded three goals with three assists. But once the defense shut him down in the fourth quarter Colgate managed just two goals and turned the ball over five times.

Until UMBC shut down Corp in the fourth neither team enjoyed more than a one goal lead, but with 8:12 left Jamie Kimbles scored in the midst of a four goal run to give a two goal lead, forcing Colgate to double every retriever with the ball, and use the goalie out of the crease to help, leaving the net open often. Kyle Wimer capitalized on one of those opportunities with the goal keeper away from the goal with a 35-yard blast at a wide open net.

“In practice we talked about if the goalie is out we just look up and I looked up at the goal and it just so happened that it was open so I took the shot,” he said.

Scoring was even throughout, seven retrievers scored a goal, lead by Alex Hopmann and Chris Jones each recording hat tricks. But once again the man on the offense was Wimer who scored two goals with three assists for a team high five points.

Last season Wimer and Hopmann combined for 32 goals but in just three games they have already recorded over half that total, with now 17, as they are the teams leading goal scorers. But overall the offense is much more even. Eleven retrievers have scored a goal so far with five players scoring five of more in just the first three games.

“We lost a great player in Terry Kimener and it’s not about one guy filling his void, it’s about the whole offense filling his void and I think that’s the best part about our team right now; we’re all contributing at an even level,” Hopmann said.

That depth of the retrievers has really been the key in the last two games where UMBC got off to bad starts. By having such quality depth the starters can stay fresh and when the team needs them in the fourth quarter, like against Colgate, they have an advantage over often tired opponents.

But those bad starts is starting to worry Coach Don Zimmerman, “We didn’t really come together and play our game until the fourth period and then we played really well, and sooner or later that is going to come back and bite you in the rear end.”

In this last game against Colgate and their game against Rutgers UMBC has struggled early, which can be attributed partly to face-offs. It’s been four quarters that UMBC has struggles in and the face-off unit has gone just 8-22 (36.2%). But once again, the defense has kept the team in the game on both occasions.

“You want to start out on offense obviously but starting out on defense you have to shut the door and try and limit their opportunities the best you can,” Schneider said.

UMBC has found ways to overcome their slow starts and have reached a 3-0 record on the season, making them the only undefeated Division I lacrosse team in the state of Maryland, and with that they will most likely move up in the coaches pole from their now No. 9 ranking.

“No matter what the circumstances are, if we are down by nine or up by 10 we want to keep fighting and keep playing and finish strong, and that’s what we did,” said Hopmann. “That’s the most important part, finishing strong because then you have that positive going into the next game.”

It’s good to have that positive going into the next game for UMBC, especially when their next game is against now No. 3 Johns Hopkins, who is coming off a 14-8 loss against Princeton. UMBC has never beaten Hopkins but have the advantage of playing them at UMBC stadium.

“They’re a good ball club,” Zimmerman said. “We’ve never beaten then and we’re playing them at home and only have two days to prepare which is probably a blessing so the coaches can’t get too wrapped up in strategy and just have our guys be ready to come back in two days and just have themselves physically and mentally prepared to go out and play their game.”

Written by Corey Johns

February 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Women’s Basketball vs. Binghamton Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (14-13, 6-8):
F- Meghan Colabella (7.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4spg)
F- Erin Brown (9.8ppg, 5.7rpg, .475FG%)
G- Carlee Cassidy (21.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5spg)
G- Michele Brokans (1.4ppg, 3.8apg, 3.5rpg)

Key Reserves:
G- Katie Brooks (8.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg)
C- Tope Obajolu (3.9ppg, 3.4rpg, .362FG%)

Binghamton (11-15, 6-7):
F- Viivee-Cai Rebane (8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6spg)
F- Laura Franceski (8.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.2bpg)
G- Andrea Holmes (10.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.8apg)
G- Erica Carter- (10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, .350FG%)
G- Muffy Sadler (6.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg)

Key Reserves:
G- Darryll Peterson (6.2ppg, 5.0rpg, .396FG%)
G- Jackie Ward (5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg)

Sadly, I think UMBC has to worry about this game. They have struggled on the road terribly all year and Binghamton isn’t a horrible team. UMBC won last time the two team mett, but that was in the RAC. Erin Brown, Carlee Cassidy, and Michelle Kurowski dominated in that game but right now Cassidy is in a slump and has been shut down two of her last three games. The freshman: Brown, Kurowski, and Katie Brooks, have been the only consistent threats the past few games. If UMBC wants to win, they have to be consistent and not play like the young team they have been playing like on the road.

Written by Corey Johns

February 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Colgate Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (2-0):
A- Ryan Smith (2 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls)
A- Chris Jones (2 goals, 0 assists, 4 ground balls)
A- Matt Latham (4 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls)
M- Kyle Wimer (8 goals, 1 assist, 8 ground balls)
M- Peet Poillon (5 goals, 5 assists, 2 ground balls)
M- Alex Hopmann (4 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball)
D- Steve Settembrino (2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers)
D- Matt Kresse (1 ground ball, 0 caused turnovers)
D- Brian Schneider (2 ground balls, 0 caused turnovers)
GK- Jeremy Blevins (25 saves, 61.0%)
FO- Justin Radebaugh (7-10, 41.2%)

Key Reserves
M- Rob Grimm (1 goal, 4 assists, 3 ground balls)
M- Jamie Kimbles (2 goals, 0 assists, 0 ground balls)
M- Maxx Davis (1 goal, 0 assists, 1 ground ball)
M- Mike Camardo (0 goals, 0 assists, 6 ground balls)
D- Kevin Goedeke (1 ground ball, 0 caused turnovers)

Colgate (1-2)
A- Zack Craumer (1 goal, 0 assists, 3 ground balls)
A- Brandon Corp (10 goals, 4 assists, 8 ground balls)
A- Kevin Colleluori (9 goals, 3 assists, 12 ground balls)
M- Will Planer (0 goals, 0 assists, 12 ground balls)
M- Greg Perkins (0 goals, 0 assists, 7 ground balls)
M- Jim Carroll (0 goals, 0 assists, 14 ground balls)
D- Andrew Watkins (4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover)
D- Michael Crown (11 ground balls, 1 caused turnover)
D- Colin McDonald (4 ground balls, 0 caused turnovers)
GK- Tim Harrington (37 saves, 54.4%)
FO- Jim Carroll (29-39, 42.6%)

Key Reserves:
M- Nick Monastero (7 goals, 2 assists, 2 goals)
M- Chris Zielinski (2 goals, 3 assists, 2 ground balls)
M- Rob Basco (2 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls)
M- Ian Murphy (1 goal, 3 assists, 2 ground balls)

Colgate is a VERY good 1-2 team. Their two losses were to North Carolina and Duke with their win against tournament team Canisius. As good as UMBC is Brandon Corp of the Red Raiders very well may be the best player on the field. He’s just a dominate scorer and has a great feel for the game. And as you can see, Colgate has a very good trio of scorers on their team. Corp, Kevin Colleluori, and Nick Monastero are going to keep the defense and Jeremy Blevins working the entire game, and any miscue UMBC will pay. While UMBC doesn’t have as many prolific scorers as Colgate, they have more scorers. At this point Kyle Wimer is the only consistent scoring threat but anybody on the attack and midfield can add goals to the total. The most intriguing part of the game for UMBC will be face-offs. Once again they are playing a team that isn’t great at face-offs either, but it still doesn’t mean the job isn’t going to be battled over. Right now it looks to be out of J.D. Harkey and Justin Radebaugh. Personally I would push Radebaugh if I were Don Zimmerman just because he’s going to be around a lot longer and has a higher ceiling and more time to get better.

Written by Corey Johns

February 27, 2009 at 11:34 am

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Proctor’s double-double not enough as Binghamton wins crown

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The officiating was absolutely terrible in this game, enough so that even the Binghamton radio commentators had to question it. Every time Binghamton had the ball it seemed like they were fouled while UMBC never was. UMBC was in serious danger of having to forfeit the game with Gilliam in serious trouble the entire game, and being down a man.

But UMBC could have done much more to win the game and not put themselves in a position for the refs to decide the game. First, shooting 28.6% in a half almost guarantees a loss for anybody. They only shot 35.5% the entire game while Binghamton shot nearly 8% higher. Five Bearcats scored in double figures while only Darryl Proctor (18 points 14 rebounds) and Jay Greene (10 points) did for UMBC. Good news for Proctor is he is now the leading scorer in the conference, though he has a game left and Rivera is done.

Ok now retriever fans, if you haven’t been to a game yet this year (first off shame on you), make Sunday be the game, and get their early. It’s senior day and two of the best retrievers ever (Greene and Proctor) as well as Uwem Eshietedoho (who was out all year with an injury) will be honored before the game. The game also determines if UMBC plays Stony Brook or Boston U in the first game of the conference tournament. Battling Albany for the 5th seed a win gives them Stony Brook and a loss give them Boston U, so we really need a win here.

Written by Corey Johns

February 26, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Women’s Lacrosse Loses to Local Rival Loyola, 21-6

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Ouch! If this is the game to show how good we are the team has to worry. I’m just hoping that they had a bad day or Loyola had a great day, either way UMBC lost 21-6 which says a lot. First to scoring- Amanda Pappas lead the team with two goals while four other retrievers added one goal, but 12 greyhounds scored with five scoring multiple goals. It just wasn’t a good game for the defense. Katie Quick had 8 saves but the defense allowed Loyola to shoot at will as she allowed 14 goals. Her performance is going to look bad because the goals allowed but she didn’t play the entire game and was on pace for a very respectable 12 saves. This one goes on the field players. They just didn’t hold together and let Loyola have the ball so much it made it impossible for Quick to do well in goal.

The Greyhounds got out to a 7-0 lead and had a 9-0 run in the middle of the second half and anytime that happens your chances of winning are < 1%. Maybe they can show something against Towson, because they really need to.

Written by Corey Johns

February 26, 2009 at 9:33 am

Women’s Basketball Drops Another Road Conference Game, Lose To Albany, 92-80

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This is actually pretty disappointing. I was sure that UMBC was cound to put together a little end of the season streak. They went 2-1 in their last three with the loss being to a great Hartford team. Going into Albany, who only had three wins, I though we could get another road win but you have to give Albany all the credit in the world. You don’t lose much when you score 80 points especially when you shoot over 45%. but Albany shot great all night. They carried a ten point lead into half time after shooting 62.5% in the first half and even though they shot far from as good as they shot in the first half they still shot 52.4%, 58.5% for the game. There just isn’t too much a team can do to stop that, especially when one player on the opposing team, in this game Britney McGee, shoots 7-8 from behind the arc.

Albany did a good job shutting down Carlee Cassidy, which is probably what caused the loss. She only scored 4 points and forced the scoring on mainly the three freshman, Erin Brown, Michelle Kurowski, and Katie Brooks. They all had good nights (Kurowski- 25 points, Brooks- 15 points, Brown- 9 points 6 rebounds) Meghan Colabella also had a very good game with 6 points and sic rebounds. She is probably the most underrated player on the team. She’s not going to lead the team in scoring but she’s so balanced and is a rebounding machine which makes her great. She very well may be the overall best player on the team (mostly because other than scoring Cassidy isn’t too much of a threat as you can see by the four point, two assist, 0 rebound night in against the Great Danes.

But like I said, no matter how many retrievers had good games like those four did (and Chrissy Robinson who had eight points and four rebounds, and Michele Brokans with six points, seven assists, and five rebounds) you can’t beat a team that shoots that well in a game, sometimes you can play great defense but they just get shots to fall.

Written by Corey Johns

February 26, 2009 at 9:24 am