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Men’s Lacrosse Releases Incoming Class of 19

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Release From UMBC Athletics:

UMBC head men’s lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman and his staff are pleased to welcome 19 newcomers to the Retrievers’ program for the fall of 2009. The largest incoming class in UMBC’s Division I history includes 18 freshmen and one transfer and is comprised of a dozen attackmen/midfielders, six defensemen/long-stick midfielders and one goalkeeper.

“We are excited to have this group of newcomers join the UMBC community,” Coach Zimmerman said. “In addition to providing the program with additional depth, these players have exhibited the strong character and work ethic we believe is the trademark of Retriever lacrosse.”

The Retrievers will compete in a pair of fall tournaments in October. On Saturday, Oct. 10, UMBC will take part in the Third Annual Nick Colleluori Classic in Folsom, Pa, facing Hofstra at 3:00 p.m. and Villanova at 5:00 p.m. Each year the HEADstrong Foundation hosts this lacrosse tournament with all proceeds going towards blood cancer research.

The following Saturday, Oct. 17, Coach Zimmerman’s team will compete in the 12th Annual Lacrosse for Leukemia Fall Invitational Tournament at Cedar Lane Park in Bel Air, Md. The Retrievers face St. John’s (12:50 p.m.) and Air Force (2:30 p.m.) . Sponsored by Price Modern, Lacrosse for Leukemia showcases top NCAA lacrosse teams while raising funds to further The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

A Glance at the Newcomers

David Brown (M/A, 5-8, 165 lbs., Coopersburg, PA/The Hill School) Brown was named to the Mid-Atlantic Prep League First-Team in his senior year. The four-year varsity starter scored was a career-best 17 goals in the 2008 season.

Adam Cohen (G, 5-7, 170 lbs., Arnold, Md./The Severn School) Cohen was ranked as of the top 15 incoming goalkeepers in Inside lacrosse. A 2009 Ensign C. Markland Kelly award finalist posted a sizzling 68% save percentage in his senior campaign for the Admirals and earned Second-Team All-County honors. Cohen also competed in the 2008 Under Armour game for underclassmen.

Nick Doub (M, 5-10, 170 lbs., Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) Doub scored 20 goals and added 40 assists and earned Capital Gazette First-Team All-County honors in 2009. He was the Saints’ team captain and named their “Unsung Hero” last spring. Doub was recently listed amongst Inside Lacrosse’s top incoming 40 attackmen.

Matt Gregoire (A, 6-2, 180 lbs., Crofton, Md./South River) Gregoire led the Seahawks to a 4A/3A state championship in 2009, scoring five goals in the title game. He was selected to the First-Team All-County in both his junior and senior seasons and was a Washington Post Second-Team All-Metro honoree  after amassing 46 goals and 16 assists last spring. Gregoire was recently listed amongst Inside Lacrosse’s top incoming 40 attackmen.

Jamie Grimm (LSM, 5-9,200 lbs., Black River, N.Y./Carthage Central) Grimm was named to the Frontier All- League team in all four years of varsity lacrosse for the Comets. Also a two-year letterwinner and Scholar-Athlete in football, he helped lead the team to the state championship game in his junior campaign. Jamie is the younger brother of 2009 America East All-Rookie team member and Retriever attackman Rob Grimm.

Riley Hansen (D, 6-1, 185 lbs., Annapolis, Md./The Salisbury School) As a senior, Hansen received the Salisbury School’s Corkery Medal, which goes to a senior that participates in three sports (lacrosse, cross country, and basketball). He has competed in the Maryland Freestate Top 44 game and the Under Armour game for underclassmen. His older brother, Pat, lettered in lacrosse at Ohio State  and Stevenson.

Scott Hopmann (M, 5-11, 165 lbs.,Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) Hopmann scored 20 goals and added 16 assists for the fifth-ranked (Inside Lacrosse) Saints in 2009. His best effort was a four-goal, five-point effort against St. Paul’s.  His older brother, Alex, graduated from UMBC in 2009 and earned All-America honors as a senior midfielder.

Joseph Impallaria (M, 5-8 175 lbs., Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall College) Impallaria won the Calvert Hall Ground Ball Award in 2007, 2008, and 2009, recording 305 ground balls in that span. He won 471 face-offs and maintained a 73% face-off winning percentage from 2007-09. His father, Joseph J. Impallaria, Jr., played lacrosse at the former Western Maryland College (McDaniel College) from 1979-82 and has served three tours of duty in Iraq.

Scott Jones (A, 6-4, 225 lbs., Port Moody, B.C./Terry Fox) Jones was selected as a 2009 Junior A British Columbia First-Team All-Star. He scored 44 goals and added 46 assists in 21 games for the Port Coquitlam Saints last season. Jones’ older brother, Jeff Ratcliffe, lettered in lacrosse from 1997-2000 at UMBC and is currently tenth on the all-time list with 104 goals scored.

Casey Lasda (A/M, 5-9 165 lbs., Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) Lasda was selected to the OHSL Section 3 First-Team All-League in 2008 and again in 2009. He earned Honorable Mention All-CNY honors in 2008 and 2009 and played on the Central team in the 2008 Empire State Games. Lasda was recently listed amongst Inside Lacrosse’s top incoming 40 attackmen.

Neill Lewnes (M, 5-7, 160 lbs, Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) Lewnes scored 11 goals, added 14 assists, corralled a team-best 108 ground balls and won 63 percent of his draws for St. Mary’s.  He was selected to the First-Team All-County and All-MIAA team in 2009. Lewnes was the team’s Most Valuable Player and its team captain and the All-County tailback, who rushed for over 1,200 yards,  also captained the Saints’ football team in 2008.

Joe Lustgarten (A, 5-10, 150 lbs, Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River)  In prep career, Lustgarten scored 105 goals and added 149 assists, including a senior campaign which featured 33 goals and had 43 helpers. He earned All-America honors from the state of New York (Suffolk County) in 2009. Lustgarten was three- time All Suffolk County Selection and a three-time All-Division selection. As a sophomore, he scored a career-best 38 goals and 100 points and led the Wildcats to a state championship.

Sam McKelvey (D, 6-0, 175 lbs., Davidsonville, Md./South River) McKelvey was the winner of the prestigious 4A/3A C. Markland Kelly Award after a brilliant senior campaign. The close defender was selected First-Team All-Metro (Washington Post) and First-Team All-County and Second-Team All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun.  He also earned First-Team Mid-Atlantic/South honors by U.S. Lacrosse and earned a 4A/3A state title with the Seahawks last spring.

Ethan Murphy (D, 6-0, 180 lbs., West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) During his prep career, Murphy had 514 groundballs, 27 goals, and 13 assists. He earned All-America honors as a senior for the New York-Buffalo region. Murphy was named West Seneca’s Male Athlete of the Year, by the West Seneca Bee and was a two-time First-Team All-Western New York honoree.

Joey Placek (M/A, 5-10, 170 lbs., Laurel, Md./Atholton) Placek was named the Raiders’ Most Valuable Player as a senior. He earned All-County honors in both 2007 and 2009 and served as the team captain last spring. Placek scored a career-high eight goals and added four assists in an overtime win over rival Hammond in his sophomore campaign.

Tony Spada (M, 5-11, 165 lbs, Kingston, N.Y./Saugerties) Spada is a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American from the New York-Mid-Hudson region. He was the first junior in New York state Section 9 history to be named an All-American. Spada was a three-time Section 9 First-Team midfielder and was the 2009 Times Herald Record Lacrosse Player-of-the-Year. His Saugerties teams have won six consecutive Section 9 championships.

David Stock (Jr., D, 6-0, 175 lbs., Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township/CCBC –Essex) At CCBC-Essex, Stock was named First-Team All-American by the NJCAA. He also earned Region XX Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2009. Stock was named to First-Team All-Region and to the First-Team All-Maryland JUCO squad.  He was selected First-Team All-League, and was an All-District defenseman while at Manheim Township.

Lucas Wood (D, 6-2, 185 lbs., Columbus, Ohio/Worthington-Kilbourne)  Wood was a three-time First Team All-Region selection and was named to First-Team All-OCC. He also earned First-Team All-Midwest and Second-Team All-Ohio honors in 2009. He helped the Wolves win a state championship as a last spring. Wood also captured the school’s Gold Key Award winner, which is given to a student for having a 3.5 grade-point average through the senior year.

Jake Zimmerman (5-11, 170 lbs., Baltimore, Md./Boys’ Latin)  Zimmerman received the Jack Williams Cup for Sportsmanship in his senior year with the Lakers. The son of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman, Jake also earned the captain’s award for varsity lacrosse. He also lettered in football for Boys’ Latin and earned academic honor roll recognition during the 2008-09 academic year.

Volleyball Downs Towson in Four Set Match

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Alyssa Lang recorded 22 Kills with 13 digs against Towson

Alyssa Lang recorded 22 Kills with 13 digs against Towson

In the volleyball team’s final non-conference game before America East play the team hit a few milestones.  Alyssa Lang had a UMBC season high 22 Kills and Kira Giles’ 42 assists put her over 3,000 for her career, making her just the fourth Retriever to do so.  Also on the offensive end Naomi Bush was second on the team with 13.  With Ali Loynachan and Ashley Oscars both out of the game with injury it is certainly nice to see those two step it up more every week.

UMBC won the game in four sets (25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 35-21) to improve to 8-7, their second winning record of the season, the first being the season openning win.

Written by Corey Johns

September 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Women’s Soccer Struggles in Second Half, Fall to Penn, 3-0

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It was a tale of two halves for the women’s soccer team.  They played very well in the first half of the game against Pennsylvania, going into the break tied at 0-0, but in the second half the team broke down and barely had the ball.  Pennsylvania ripped off three goals in the second half and out shot UMBC 28-4 in the game.  This loss does not go to the defense or Mo Van Vlerah, who has six saves on the day, but the offense.  The team constantly made bad passes and gave the ball up way too much but also, they could not capitalize on opportunities.  It has been the same story all season for women’s soccer, but what is there to write about a team that has one offensive goal in nine games and that has given up 28 goals?

Mo Van Vlerah has been great all season but has not had much help in front of her this season.

Mo Van Vlerah has been great all season but has not had much help in front of her this season.

Written by Corey Johns

September 29, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Saunders Garners Second Consecutive Rookie of the Week Award

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It has been 435 minute since Phil Saunders has last given up a goal and with his two shutouts last week over Loyola and La Salle, UMBC’s two toughest opponents this year, he has been honored with the rookie of the week award for the second time in as many weeks.

Against Loyola Saundrs recorded six saves in the 1-0 win and then he recorded five in the team’s 3-0 victory over La Salle in their first road game of the season.

Saunders leads the America East Conference with a .340 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.  He is also tied to league lead with five shutouts.

Written by Corey Johns

September 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Women’s Soccer No Match For Maine, Lose 7-0

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Man I really don’t want to report this game but I have to.  You read the score right, the women’s soccer team lost 7-0 in their conference opener to Maine.

I’m sticking with what I say.  Mo Van Vlerah does everything she can to win game.  She had seven saves in the game but the defense has shown nothing this season and is allowing way to many shots trough and a goalie can only do so much.

And the offense, only three shots on goal, Maine had 14.  The women’s soccer team may be a lost cause in this rebuilding season.  They did lose a lot of talent in the off season as several player transferred but I couldn’t imagine that they would have this much trouble on both the offense and defense.

Written by Corey Johns

September 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Men’s Soccer’s 3-0 Win Over La Salle Continues Perfect 9-0-0 Start

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In their first road game of the season UMBC showed that they do not need the comfort of home field advantage to win. After arriving late to La Salle after being stuck in traffic, the UMBC soccer team had just the minimum 30 minutes to warm up for a game against one of the top Colonial Athletic Association teams. La Salle went into the game with an average 3-3-1 record, but played seven top ranked teams. They lost three road games to Bucknell, Drexel, and Aldephia but topped Robert Morris, Pittsburgh, and Navy by a margin of 10-0. With the resume La Salle brought into the game, they may have been the toughest test for the Retrievers this season, but UMBC showed they are a very tough team as well as they downed the Explorers, 3-0.

It took UMBC just 21 minutes to get a ball past La Salle’s Kyle Quigley and the goal was scored by none other than the nation’s leading scorer, Andrew Bulls. Not only did Bulls score one goal against the Explorers, but just seven minutes later he knocked a second ball into the goal for his 12th goal of the season. He is the nations leading scorer and has scored in eight of the nine games UMBC has played this season.

Andrew Bulls leads the nation in points with 33 from 12 goals and seven assists.

Andrew Bulls leads the nation in points with 33 from 12 goals and seven assists.

With just under 90 seconds left in the game freshman Matt Knight recorded his third of of the season when he knocked in a shot from 35 yards out into an open net.

UMBC is currently the highest scoring team in the nation with 27.

As good as the offense was in the game, once again the hero was Phil Saunders. La Salle kept the ball in UMBC territory for the first 20 minutes of the second half and recorded five of their 10 shots, but Saunders was once again up for the occasion. He recorded six saves in the game and recorded his fourth straight shutout, and fifth of the season.

Phil Saunders recorded six saves against La Salle.

Phil Saunders recorded six saves against La Salle.

With the win the Retrievers are guaranteed to have a winning season. They have nine wins and just eight games left. But more importantly the team has a nine game win streak, and four game shutout streak, headed into conference play, when the games really matter. The win also marked the teams first road win in their last 11 games, which extends back to 2007.

Written by Corey Johns

September 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Breaking News Out of Binghamton: Bearcats Cut Five

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I usually only report on UMBC but this is definitely worth a post because of what it means to the conference. Last season the Bearcats won the AEC tournament and this year they were expected to do the same as only one key player graduated but Kevin Broadus released six players in the past few days:

D.J. Rivera (20.0ppg)
Malik Alvin (11.7ppg)
Emanuel Mayben (11.5ppg)
David Fine (0.9ppg)
Corey Chandler (DNP)
Paul Crosby (DNP)

With recent reports that Emanuel Mayben was arrested for possessing and dealing drugs Broadus cleaned the team of all “bad apples”.

“They are not toeing the line,” said SID John Hartwick. “Their attitude and behavior…is not what we expect from out student-athletes.”

Binghamton’s leading returning scorer is Chretien Lukusa (4.4ppg).

Written by Corey Johns

September 26, 2009 at 7:13 am