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Volleyball Downs Hartford in Three Sets

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Freshman hitter Naomi Bush looks to be following in the footsteps of the great freshman in the years at UMBC before her as she is having a great season. Today against Hartford she his .643 with nine kills and no errors in a three set sweep, 25-20, 25-11, 25-16.

Alyssa Lang was second on the team with seven kills and Ashley Oscars has six, which is what is to be expected from those two night in and night out anymore, but Iman Kennedy stepped up for another big game with five kills while hitting .400.

Allie Spaay has come on strong lately and recorded 21 assists with six digs while Kira Giles had nine kills and five digs.

Sarah Joy had a tremendous game with five blocks.

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Written by Corey Johns

October 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Binghamton Preview

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UMBC (12-4-0, 3-3-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 38 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (14 goals, 11 assists, 28 SOG)

M- Sean Rothe (1 goal, 1 assists, 4 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 4 assists, 1 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assists, 4 SOG)
B- Jason McCarron (11 Starts)
B- Chris Williams (12 Starts)
B- Liam Paddock (15 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (16 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (58 Saves, 16 Goal Allowed, .784 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 2 assists, 7 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
B- Joe Green (9 games played)

Binghamton (8-7-1, 3-3-0):
F- Jake Keegan (5 goals, 3 assists, 39 Shots)
F- Adam Whitehead (1 goal, 0 assists, 11 Shots)
F- Scott Zobre (2 goals, 0 assists, 27 Shots)
M- Chris Terry (0 goals, 0 assists, 1 Shot)
M- C.J. Scirto (0 goals, 0 assists, 0 Shots)
M- Kyle Kurcharski (2 goals, 6 assists, 15 Shots)
B- Kyle Manscuk (2 goals, 0 assists, 7 Shots)
B- Liam Carson (16 Starts)
B- Matt Robertson (10 Starts)
B- Austin Hughes (4 Starts)
GK- Jason Stenta (73 Saves, 17 Goals Allowed, .811 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Andy Tiedt (2 goals, 0 assists, 27 Shots)
M- Greg Mathers (1 goal, 0 assists, 13 Shots)
M- Tyler Bailey (1 goal, 0 assists, 8 Shots)
M- Yusuf Yusuf (1 goal, 0 assists, 6 Shots)
M- Josh Sailar (1 goal 0 assists, 6 Shots)
B- Joel Collins (11 games played)

The season finale, a win and UMBC earns the three seed in the America East Tournament and will host Boston University, a loss and they hit the road as the five seed and go to Stony Brook. It is a very difficult situation to be in. No matter what the standings are nobody wants to play Boston U in the first round, except maybe Binghamton (who would play them in Binghamton is they beat UMBC) because the Terriers never play well there. UMBC is almost better off with a loss. They would play Stony Brook (who they beat 2-0) and then most likely travel to New Hampshire to play a team that is undefeated in conference play but is not as good as the record. But under no circumstances do teams throw games. They want that win, they want to go into the tournament on a high mark, they want to play a home game, and most of all, they want to beat Binghamton who has been one of the top teams in America East soccer for a long time.

Sabrina Hoeks Out for the Year With Torn ACL

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Sabrina Hoeks (8)

About one year ago Volleyball’s Sabrina Hoeks suffered a left ACL tear and was forced to miss the end of the season, yesterday she suffered the same fate in practice but this time it was her right ACL. It is a very unfortunate situation for her because she worked so hard to get back, and she came back strong, but it happened again. I don’t know if it is good or bad that is was the other ACL because assumably if it was her left one again her career would be over, but because it is her right her could still play, but now she has two bad knees. It’s a tough situation but she’s been through this before and knows how to come back strong.

Written by Corey Johns

October 30, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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Men’s Soccer Falls to Hartford, 3-0

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Hartford, Ct.–Needing to win both of their remaining games to clinch a first round bye in the America East Conference Tournament, the UMBC soccer team did not come out and play a good game of soccer. On a rainy and windy senior day against the Hartford Hawks, UMBC was out played in every facet of the game and are out of contention for the second seed in the six team tournament.

Hartford got things going early with a goal in the 15th minute when Patrick Boucher took a very sharp shot that his the far right post and bounced in past Saunders.

Twenty-five minutes later the Hawks struck again when Vernon Perinchief blasted in a shot from outside the box off a corner kick.

After being down 2-0 at the half UMBC Pete Caringi made a lineup change to the lineup, switching from the 3-4-3 in hopes to get more offense, but it did not help. UMBC managed just three shots in the game (none on goal) and gave up a third goal in the 72nd minute when Ivan Guarin took a quick shot on a free kick to put Hartford up 3-0 with very little time left.

With the loss UMBC can still host a tournament game but will have to beat Binghamton on the road on Saturday.

Written by Corey Johns

October 29, 2009 at 3:03 am

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Cassidy Picked On First Team As Women’s Basketball Was Picked Sixth

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Coaches Poll
1. Vermont (5)
2. Hartford (4)
3. Binghamton
4. New Hampshire
5. Boston U
6. UMBC
7. Stony Brook
8. Maine
9. Albany

(# of first place votes)

There is no reason UMBC should be picked that low. They should be at worst fourth. They return 96% of their offense from last year while New Hampshire and Boston U lost significant amounts of talent. But when you finish fourth in the conference and return pretty much everything you should never move down in the next seasons preseason rankings. I’ll get up women’s rankings in a few days but that was strikingly odd.

First Team All-Conference
1. Courtnay Pilypaitis*
2. Erica Beverly*
3. Carlee Cassidy
4. May Kotsopoulos
5. Diana Delva

*unanimous selection

These selections are completely reasonable. Candice Williams could move into that five but my only question is: what does Cassidy has to do to get a unanimous first team selection. Granted it is preseason but still, she led the conference two straight years in scoring.

Written by Corey Johns

October 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Men’s Basketball Picked Sixth in Preseason Coaches Polls

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Coaches Polls:
1. Boston U (8)
2. Vermont (1)
3. Albany
4. Stony Brook
5. New Hampshire
6t. Hartford
6t. UMBC
8. Maine
9. Binghamton

(# of first place votes)

I these rankings are definitely what I expected. I disagreed with them but it’ was expected from the coaches. The only ranking that was a bit shocking was UMBC was tied with Hartford, but hey it’s the preseason and doesn’t matter right now.

First Team All-Conference Team

Marqus Blakely*
Corey Lowe*
John Holland*
Tim Ambrose
Muhammad El-Amin
Joe Zeglinski

* unanimous pick

This is very interesting. Obviously there was a tie and instead of re-voting like last year they just put six players on. In my opinion the tie was Zeglinski and El-Amin. While I agree with the top four on the list I was not completely shocked by El-Amin and Zeglinski on the list. I understand why Will Harris is out and that really speaks to the talent of El-Amin, who held together a very young team last year, and while Zeglinski was hurt last year he is extremely talented and is going to get his points in.

Written by Corey Johns

October 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Hartford Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (12-3-0, 3-2-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 38 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (14 goals, 11 assists, 28 SOG)

M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 4 assists, 1 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (15 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (15 Starts)
B- Liam Paddock (14 Starts)
B- Jason McCarron (10 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (52 Saves, 13 Goals Allowed, .800 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 2 assists, 7 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
B- Joe Green (9 games played)

Hartford (6-6-2, 3-1-1):
F- Carlos Villa (8 goals, 1 assist, 25 SOG)
F- Patrick Boucher (2 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
F- Howard Wong (0 goals, 1 assist, 5 SOG)
M- Jamie Thomas (0 goals, 0 assist, 5 SOG)
M- Ivan Guarin (3 goals, 2 assists, 18 SOG)
M- James Stamopoulos (0 goals, 4 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Sam Groves (0 goals, 0 assists, 4 SOG)
B- Bojan Delibasic (13 Starts)
B- Cedomir Tomcic (14 Starts)
B- Jorge Rodriguez (13 Starts)
GK- Nenad Cudic (45 saves, 15 goals allowed, .750 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Vernon Perinchief (2 goals, 0 assists, 5 SOG)
F- Andreas Blamo (0 goals, 0 assists, 8 SOG)
M- Kevin Hall (1 goal, 0 assists, 3 SOG)
M- Kevin Lewis (0 goals, 0 assists, 1 SOG)
B- Anthony Buehler (10 games played)

It’s no secret what Hartford does to win games. They use their midfield to set up Carlos Villa to score while on offense. By not using the midfielders to attack, they are rarely ever out of position on defense and they prevent the other team from getting into any rhythm at all. The game plan has been very successful for the Hawks in recent years as they have proven to be one of the top teams time and time again. It will be a very interesting game. UMBC is playing great soccer right now and have one of the most explosive offenses in the country with three scorers with the emergence of Dustin Dzwonkowski last week. The problem will be the defense. Villa is without a doubt on of the top players in the conference and is a threat to score every time he has the ball. With Chris Williams not even traveling with the team because of his leg injury the unit will once again be shuffled around. While they have played great team defense the last two games you always have to worry when going against an offense like Hartford’s. But if UMBC can continue their streak and get past Hartford they could be a win (or tie) away from the number two seed.