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Men’s Soccer Drops Championship to Stony Brook, 2-0

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It was a game that nobody expected to happen. UMBC was picked to finish last in the eight team while Stony Brook was picked second. They are the two youngest teams in the conference with a combined 21 freshman, 13 of which started the game.

During the season UMBC got the best of Stony Brook with a 2-0 victory, but after that Stony Brook went 5-0-1 to get to the conference finals, while UMBC struggled but played very well in the tournament to get there.

While UMBC outplayed Stony Brook in the first half, they missed on some great chances, including a penalty kick from Levi Houapeu that was saved by the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, Anthony Rogic.

At a dead locked 0-0 at the intermission, UMBC took a big hit in the 66th minute when Dave Vaeth received his second yellow card of the game, putting UMBC down a man for the remained of the game.

A minute later Stony Brook capitalized when Raphael Abreau scored after a misplayed ball by UMBC goalie Phil Saunders. Then in the 77th minute Freshman of the Year Leonardo Fernandes scored an insurance goal off a free kick to put Stony Brook up 2-0.

UMBC could not get anything going after that point and fell to the Seawolves.

While UMBC does end their season on a down note, next season they should be right back in the mix as they can potentially return every player on the roster, while adding four more players who were red shirted this season.


Written by Corey Johns

November 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Stony Brook Preview (America East Conference Finals)

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Men’s Cross Country Finishes Eighth Overall in America East Conference Championships

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Once again it was Andrew Madison who was the first Retriever to cross the finish line in a meet. In the 8K he finished 25th overall in 26:43.80.

He was followed by Chris Bowie, who finished 33rd overall in 27:00.80, Michael Christmas placed 42nd in 27:13.20., Roy Jones took 59th in 27:55.80 and Josh Day rounded out the scoring with a 62nd place finish in 28:11.90.

Overall the team scored 196 points for an eighth place finish with a total time of 2:17:05.50.

Written by Corey Johns

November 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

Men’s Lacrosse Repeats as Conference Champions, Return to NCAA Tournament for Fourth Straight Year

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The men’s lacrosse team took away all doubts about whether they could make the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid with a dominating win over Stony Brook in the America East Conference championship game, 11-7.

The score was not indicative of how much better UMBC played that the Seawolves. UMBC at one point lead the game 9-2 before Stony Brook ended the game outscoring UMBC 5-2 to close the margin, but it was not enough as UMBC was handed the championship trophy for the second straight season sending them to their fourth straight NCAA tournament.

“I don’t think I’ve seen a team as focused as we were tonight,” said Coach Don Zimmerman. “Right from the start with the opening face-off [we were focused]. We were dominate on ground balls and the entire team pitched in and that’s what it’s all about.”

UMBC was shaky going into the finals as they barely eked by three win Binghamton in the semi-finals. As was the story last year, UMBC was taken to overtime by the bearcats and were being outplayed until Ryan Smith scored the game winner. He scored from the same spot right in front of the goal in both games to send UMBC to the conference finals.

“We just set up a play and we executed it and it turned out well for us,” Smith said. “We set up a pick from behind the net and nobody expected us to pass the ball and I got it and came around and took the shot.”

Stony Brook however was coming off a dominating victory over Albany for the second time in as many games and were scoring goals at will. They got the quick lead on UMBC just two minutes in as Kevin Crowley scored his first of four goals, but UMBC responded right away as Kyle Wimer found Mike Camardo off a face-off for the rare long stick goal.

“One of their guys slide up the field and Wimer has great vision and saw me up the field and hi me on the inside for the shot,” Camardo said.

Camardo had a great two games, great enough to be named the most outstanding player of the America East Conference tournament. He scrapped on face-off’s, played great defense causing four turnovers, and scored a goal in each game.

A few minutes after Camardo tied the game, Tom Compitello got the lead back for Stony Brook but that was the last time they would see it as UMBC went on an eight goal run, holding Stony Brook scoreless for 36 minutes.

Matt Latham lead the team with five goals in the two games, including a hat-trick in the finals while Ryan Smith played his first full championship game also recorded three goals. Last year Smith went down in the opening minutes with a torn ACL and missed the rest of the season.

“I was just excited to make it through 1:17,” he said. “A couple guys were like it’s the anniversary and it made me think about it but the knee is strong and feels good.”

Alex Hopmann has a knack for making a splash in big games. He recorded two goals and three assists for five points in the game, mirroring him performance in last season’s championship game. Hopmann has scored at least two goals in each championship game he has played in over his four year career and has accumulated 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in the conference championship games.

With th win UMBC has officially punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season and will find out who they play tomorrow night after the selection show

Written by Corey Johns

May 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Stony Brook Preview (America East Conference Championship Game)

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Probable Starters

UMBC (11-3, 4-1):

    A- Ryan Smith (18 goals, 7 assists, 16 ground balls)
    A- Chris Jones (18 goals, 7 assists, 21 ground balls)
    A- Matt Latham (22 goals, 5 assists, 28 ground balls)
    M- Alex Hopmann (31 goals, 4 assists, 18 ground balls)
    M- Peet Poillon (25 goals, 19 assists, 17 ground balls)
    M- Kyle Wimer (21 goals, 6 assists, 36 ground balls)
    D- Steve Settembrino (15 ground balls, 7 caused turnovers)
    D- Matt Kresse (10 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
    D- Kevin Goedeke (11 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
    GK- Jeremy Blevins (133 saves, 56.1%)
    FO- Justin Radebaugh (101- of- 205, 49.3%, 50 ground balls)

Key Reserves:

    A- Rob Grimm (9 goals, 16 assists, 16 ground balls)
    A- Bobby Stockton (4 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls)
    A- Eric Gurnsey (4 goals, 0 assists, 3 ground balls)
    M- Jamie Kimbles (5 goals, 3 assists, 16 ground balls)
    M- Rich May (2 goals, 3 assists, 2 ground balls)
    M- Maxx Davis (1 goal, 1 assists, 4 ground balls)
    SSM- Jordan Pierce (3 goals, 3 assists, 14 ground balls)
    SSM- Mike Bryan (17 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)
    LSM- Mike Camardo (46 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers)

Stony Brook (9-5, 4-1):

    A- Jordan McBride (42 goals, 8 assists, 22 ground balls)
    A- Kyle Belton (18 goals, 4 assists, 11 ground balls)
    A- Tom Campitello (12 goals, 24 assists, 22 ground balls)
    M- Timmy Trenkle (16 goals, 5 assists, 18 ground balls)
    M- Kevin Crowley (24 goals, 23 assists, 56 ground balls)
    M- Robbie Campbell (19 goals, 11 assists, 9 ground balls)
    D- Chris Gignilliat (16 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers)
    D- Steven Waldeck (5 goals, 5 assists, 91 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers)
    D- Nick Maturro (18 ground balls, 6 caused turnovers)
    GK- Rob Camposa (8 ground balls, 1 caused tunrover)
    FO-Adam Rand (211-of-328, 64.3%, 64 ground balls)

Key Reserves:

    A- Chris Scott (7 goals, 5 assists, 6 ground balls)
    M- Jack Hewitt (5 goals, 3 assists, 8 ground balls)
    M- Jared LeVerne (4 goals, 1 assists, 33 ground balls)
    M- Vonzel LeGall (1 goal, 1 assists, 10 ground balls)
    LSM- Taylor Eason (16 ground balls, 6 caused turnovers)
    D- Michael Sopko (18 ground balls, 6 caused turnovers)
    D- Greg Miceli (16 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers)

This is a must win game for both teams. Stony Brook has no chance to make the NCAA tournament without winning the conference and UMBC has a very little chance of making it in without it. This is a very interesting game and scary game for UMBC. They haven’t been playing their best lacrosse lately as the lost to Hartford a few weeks back and probably should have lost to Binghamton in the Semi-finals. Stony Brook however has been playing solid lacrosse, and the one thing about Stony Brook is they can score. UMBC and Stony Brook are one and two in just about every stat catagory in the conference. But the one thing UMBC really excels at is Man-up scoring. UMBC has scored 25 times in man up attempts while Stony Brook has only scored seven times. Stony Brook also turns the ball over the most in the conference. The saving grace for UMBC is their defense and goal keeper, all-everything Jeremy Blevins. Without Blevins the team could have been in big trouble this year. But with him UMBC leads the conference is shutouts, goals against, and save percentage.

Here’s where UMBC may be in trouble. Besides the fact that they have been playing bad lacrosse and Stony Brook has been playing great lacrosse, UMBC is last in the conference and second to last in the nation in face-off percentage and Stony Brook is top in the conference in that category. It could get dicey for UMBC, mostly because of Stony Brooks’ ability to score. UMBC was once thought to be the deepest team in the conference but right now that depth is playing but hasn’t had much impact scoring wise. Rob Grimm leads the bench in points but after him Jamie Kimbles has produced just five goals in 14 games.

The questions is can UMBC overcome their poor lacrosse and will those guys who have the big game experience step it up and get UMBC into the NCAA tournament, or will Stony Brooks’ high powered offense be too much for the retrievers and cause UMBC to miss their first tournament in four years?

Written by Corey Johns

May 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Smith’s Double Overtime Goal Lifts UMBC Past Binghamton, 9-8, Advance to Conference Championship

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It was déjà vu all over again for the men’s lacrosse team. Last year in the semi-final game of the conference tournament against Binghamton, Ryan Smith made an overtime shot to send UMBC to the conference finals. This year’s ending was no different. Smith made a shot 55-seconds into the second overtime against Binghamton to advance UMBC into the conference finals by a score of 9-8.

“We just set up a play and we executed it and it turned out well for us,” Smith said. “We set up a pick from behind the net and nobody expected us to pass the ball and I got it and came around and took the shot.”

Every time Binghamton travels south to Baltimore they always give UMBC a run for their money. It is the third straight year UMBC has played an over time game with Binghamton, two of them being double overtime games.

“They are very well coached. They are scrappy and they play to the personality of their coach,” coach Don Zimmerman said praising Ed Stephenson of Binghamton. “No matter what happens in the regular season, when there is a matchup between UMBC and Binghamton in the tournament, you know it’s going to be a tough ball game.”

UMBC looked to have the game in the bag with an early 6-2 lead, but the game took a 180 after UMBC’s sixth goal as Binghamton went on a 6-2 run to end regulation. The key moment for Binghamton was with 2:31 left in the fourth quarter when Jeremy Blevins saved a Steve Carlson shot. However, he lost possession and when he attempted to get the ball back on the side of the net Andy Cook got the ball and dove to score in an open net with a backhanded shot to tie the game at seven.

“I made the first save and brought the stick up to throw it. I don’t know if I hit the ball, or the goal, or the ball fell out of my sick, or I got a check. I don’t know what happened but it just came out of my stick so I went down to get it and I thought I got pushed from behind, but he was able to get the ball and scored,” Blevins said.

Alex Hopmann made an effort to get the game winner with a goal 31 seconds later but with less than a minute left Cook struck again for his third goal to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Midway through the first overtime Blevins made the save of his career as a wide open Jake Boyce took a point blank shot high at the goal that looked for sure to be the game winner, but Blevins made the miraculous save to extend the game.

“He really didn’t have much angle so I just held my ground and waited for him to shoot it,” Blevins said. “I expected him to go high because I usually wait for the first fake but he never faked and just kept the stick high so I stayed high.”

While UMBC has made a living this year off an explosive midfield, only Hopmann had a goal while Kyle Wimer and Peet Poillon were kept quite, raising concern for Zimmerman to get them back playing as the “50-midfield.”

“When you add the number nine for Alex Hopmann, 20 for Kyle Wimer and 21 for Peet Poillon it adds us to 50 and that’s the ’50-midfield,’ and they didn’t play like the 50-midfield,’ they played like number nine, number 20, and number 21, so we have to get back to playing ’50-midfield,’” Zimmerman said.

With the midfield shut down the attacks took control of the game. Chris Jones tied his career high in goals with three in the first half while Matt Latham scored two, Rob Grimm recorded one, and Smith recorded the most important goal- the game winner.

For the fourth straight season UMBC will be going to the conference championship as they host the second seeded Stony Brook on Saturday at 7:30pm in a game they must win if they want to get into the NCAA tournament for a fourth straight season.

Pre-Game- America East Championship

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I’m not keeping live updates because the game is on ESPN2 and you should all be watching it but right now the place is packed with Binghamton fans as expected. UMBC has a presence here but nothing in comparison. it’s a white out here in Vestal New York with the Binghamton fans trying to get in the heads of Darryl Proctor and Jay Greene. Too bad they don’t realize those to feed off negative cheering and since they’ve been out they haven’t missed a practice shot.

As for UMBC fans, they are really getting on Tiki Mayben for his unibrow, raising letter signs spelling out unibrow and even having a Bert from Bert and Earny with a number 32 Binghamton jersey