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UMBC SPORTS BLOG HAS MOVED!!!!

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UMBC sports blog has moved locations. I recently bought my domain name and switched hosts. In doing so a lot more can be done and the site can be much better.

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Written by Corey Johns

December 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm

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Stand Up, Cheer, Be a Real Student/Fan Section

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Even thought I was sitting at the press table watching the game and taking notes on Tuesday I couldn’t help but notice the student section two feet away from me during the game. For the entire first half the crowd was silent and sitting. The real student section was in the upper level of the arena. They were standing. They were yelling. They were being real fans.

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Written by Corey Johns

November 26, 2009 at 12:26 am

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Helping out a Friend

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As you all know this is a sport blog. I cover UMBC sports, and occasionally have a little bit of fun and branch out, but still stick with sports. But a good friend of the website who is a key part of operation upgrade has asked for some help and I’m going to help out.

He is currently in a contest in which he’s worked very hard to win. He had to parody the classic I’m on a boat video and it’s a great video. The more views the video gets the more likely it is that he wins…so click the link…watch the video…and spread the word. This is hilarious.

Written by Corey Johns

November 17, 2009 at 12:27 am

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Homecoming Schedule

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As everybody should know this week is homecoming for UMBC and even though we don’t have a football team to anchor it there is no reason not the be excited- in fact we have the highest scoring soccer team in the nation to root for.

I want to settle something first.  There really isn’t much need for a football team at UMBC.  Everybody in the athletic department will admit that they want a football team but there is such a ceiling in football, only five teams a year actually have a chance to compete for the national championship, so why wait our time on a football team that would more than likely be Division-III for a while and never have a chance to win a championship.

Also, if UMBC gets a football team they would have to cut every single men’s sport other than basketball to make room for it with Title IX.  Thus only giving UMBC two men’s sports, neither of which have a chance to win a national championship, and getting rid of the two teams that do have a change: Men’s soccer and Men’s Lacrosse.

Anyway back to the point.  Here is the Homecoming schedule (Sports only):

Thursday, Oct. 15-
Women’s Soccer vs. Albany- 3:30 pm

Friday, Oct. 16-
Ice Hockey vs. Rowan- 6:30 pm
Midnight Madness- 10:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 17-
5k Dawg Chase- 9:00 am
Wrestling Club Team Squareoff- 10:00 am
Men’s Volleyball Club team vs. Alumni- 11:00 am
Alumni Tailgate Lunch- 11:30 am
Free Gym- 12:00 pm
Alumni Baseball Game- 12:30 pm
Men’s Soccer vs. Longwood- 1:00 pm
Alumni Softball Game- 2:30 pm
Men’s Rugby vs. Towson- 3:30 pm

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October 13, 2009 at 11:03 pm

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WOMEN’S SOCCER GETS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON WITH 4-1 VICTORY OVER DELAWARE STATE!!!

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Ok granted it was a MEAC school, outside of men’s basketball the MEAC is not a good sports conference, and even then that’s not saying much. But the fact that the women’s soccer team finally had a good game, and dominating one at that, is always good to see. Mo Van Vlerah had an easy day and while she gave up one goal she only made one saves, meaning the defense stepped it up big time to shut down and opposing offense.

While Rachel McKee shot the life out of the ball with six shots and five on goal, she did not get one into the net, but four other retrievers did.

After being down 1-0 at half time, in the 54th minute junior midfielder Elyse Bilardo (first of career) blasted a shot from 25 yards out into the top left of the goal. Just a minute later Aly Garzek (first of career) receiver a cross from Danielle Kell and got another goal for the Retrievers from six yards out.

Elyse Bilardo kicked off the four goal effort with the first goal of her career

Elyse Bilardo kicked off the four goal effort with the first goal of her career

With the game winding down UMBC added some insurance goals when Megan McDonald (first of career) knocked a ball off the keeper from 35 yards right of the center for the goal in the 79th minute, and finally in the 88th minute Kell got her goal off a rebound right in front of the goal.

Lets hope that lack of scoring in all of the previous meaningless games (except Maine) stays behind and this final non-conference game gives the girls confidence that they can score…lets hope.

Written by Corey Johns

October 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Readers Note

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If anybody has wondered why no cross country results have been posted on the blog it is because UMES has still not posted any results on their website for any other teams. Until their athletics site is updated I cannot post any results but as soon as they are I will update you.

Written by Corey Johns

September 20, 2009 at 12:10 am

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Defense Steps Up Big in 1-0 Win Over Towson

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The sign of a good team is one that wins when they are not at their best. To say UMBC was at their best today would be a false statement. The majority of the team was suffering from the flu and it showed on the field. Towson won the possession battle but UMBC showed why they are undefeated. The Tigers are a very good CAA team. Any time you can go into Lehigh and come out with a 2-0 win it means you are a good team. But UMBC showed they were the better team. Every single one of them left it all on the field and even though the offense was not their like it has been in the past it was the defense that came up big and won the game for UMBC.

While Andrew Bulls extended his scoring streak to six games with a converted free kick in the 39th minute, that was all UMBc managed to net. Everybody knew that the offense was going to slow down. Consistently scoring three goals a game at the college level is incredibly hard to do, for UMBC to score 19 goals in five games was simply unbelievable. With the offense scoring so much it did not make the defensive situation look bad, but it was not great in the first five games. But this time they were. Liam Paddock was nearly pulled from the starting lineup because of his sickness but he got the start and played every minute of the game and did not miss a beat. Chris Williams and Vince Savarese were their usual selves and Jason McCarron is showing improvement every time he steps onto the field.  They held Towson to just five shots on goal and all of them were saved by freshman goal keeper Phil Saunders.

Chris Williams led the defense in a dominating performance against Towson

Chris Williams led the defense in a dominating performance against Towson

For the defense to step up the way they did against a good Towson team under the situations they were in showed they can get the job done and it showed UMBC really is a legitimate team and well deserving of that perfect 6-0 record.

Written by Corey Johns

September 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm