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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

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April 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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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.

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April 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm

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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.

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March 16, 2009 at 12:12 am

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Jay Greene, Carlee Cassidy, Darryl Proctor

Clockwise: Jay Greene, Carlee Cassidy, 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.

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February 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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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.

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January 19, 2009 at 7:00 am

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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.

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January 12, 2009 at 12:03 am

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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.

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