Men’s Soccer still thriving in conference

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Men’s Soccer still thriving in conference

By Dan Levin

Senior Staff Writer

In an up and down season for the UMBC men’s soccer team, the Retrievers remain in first place in the America East Conference and with a lot of promise for the remainder of the season.

UMBC looked every part of their top 20 national ranking to start the season, beating three of their first four opponents by a score of 10-2 with a tie against the University of Maryland in the middle.

But then a west coast trip threw UMBC into a mid-season lull as they dropped four of their next five games, including a tie with Loyola at home.

The good news for UMBC  – none of that matters.

Sure the national ranking was nice, but now the Retrievers are in the middle of America East Conference play and with four conference games to go, sit in first place at 2-0-1. Two of those four games are at home too.

“Every game in the America East is a big game,” senior midfielder Stephen Ho said after UMBC’s Homecoming win over the University of Hartford.

It has been over two years since UMBC lost a conference game, when they fell at Albany 2-1 on October 10, 2012. This past Saturday the Retrievers made their first trip to Albany since that loss and recorded a tie with the Great Danes on a late score from senior forward Kay Banjo.

UMBC is 12-0-3 in conference games since that loss to Albany in 2012 and are looking for their third straight conference title. A tall task for a program that lost 20 goals from the previous season to graduation.

Banjo has filled that goal-scoring role nicely in his first season for UMBC. He leads the team with six goals and four assists.

But for UMBC to win a third consecutive title, defense will have to be the deciding factor. The Retrievers feature a back line of four seniors in Oumar Ballo, Marquez Fernandez, Jordan Becker and Spencer Williams.

That combination has a lot of experience with one another and has played well all season.

Behind them, UMBC has featured two different goalkeepers following the departure of senior Phil Saunders. Redshirt freshman Phil Breno got most of the playing time in the non-conference schedule. But lately sophomore Billy Heavner has gotten the starting nod from Coach Pete Caringi Jr.

Since inserting Heavner into the starting lineup, the Retrievers are 3-0-1, allowing just three goals in four games.

UMBC has one final non-conference game against the Naval Academy this week before finishing out the season in conference play.

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Volleyball Splits Weekend Matches

By Nick Bucher

Contributing Writer

With the UMBC women’s volleyball conference season now in full swing, it is time to look to the future of this season and how it will affect the prospects of the Retrievers advancing to the postseason. Specifically, whether or not the Retrievers will even be able to compete in the 2014-2015 America East Volleyball Championship. The Retrievers split their two weekend games, losing to Binghamton University but defeating the University of Albany. The top four teams in the conference qualify for the semi-finals, and from there the two winners compete for the championship.

The Retrievers are currently out of the playoff picture, as they are the fifth in the conference. The top four seeds in order are, the University of New Hampshire, the University at Albany, Binghamton University, and Stony Brook University. The Retrievers are presently 3-3 in America East play, which is the same record as Stony Brook, the current four seed. Stony Brook however, holds the spot based upon tiebreakers, as they are 12-10 overall, while UMBC is 9-10.

A year ago the Retrievers finished second in the conference with a record in the America East play of 9-5, and defeated Albany in the semi-finals before ultimately falling to New Hampshire in the finals.

The Retrievers have plenty of time to make a playoff push, and that starts this weekend as they head to New Hampshire to play the Wildcats, one of the teams they are chasing. Winning that match will keep the Retrievers in control of their own destiny, but should they lose, it will be an uphill climb the rest of the way.


Hannah Schmidt: Athlete of the Week

By Ryan B. Harrison

Sports Editor

   Senior outside hitter Hannah Schmidt became just the eighth player in UMBC history to record 1000 kills in their career when the Retrievers took on Binghamton University in Vestal, NY over the weekend. Schmidt recorded six kills in UMBC’s 3-0 loss to the Bearcats, and 11 against the University at Albany in a 3-2 win.

Schmidt currently sits second on the team in number of kills this season with 167, and is averaging 2.39 kills per set. She trails only junior middle blocker Sherelle Walker, who leads the team with 198.

With the split over the weekend, the Retrievers are tied for the last America East Conference tournament spot with Stony Brook University. Both teams are 3-3 in conference with the second half of conference play still to go.

The Seawolves won the first meeting, 3-1, but the teams will meet again at the Retriever Activities Center on Oct. 31. UMBC travels to New Hampshire University this Friday, before heading to the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Sunday.

Omar, Cologer pace Retrievers at Princeton

By Kristina Soetje

Contributing Writer

Cross Country teams compete in last invitational before America East Championships.

This past weekend the men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the Princeton Invitational, an annual event that invited more than 50 schools up and down the east coast to participate. The men’s team ran a distance of 8k, while the women ran a distance of 6k.

UMBC’s men’s team finished the Invitational in fifth place overall. Junior Hassan Oman crossed the finish line at 24:06, placing 4th. This beats Omar’s previous Princeton Invitational time of 24:21 that put him in 16th place and allowed him to beat the UMBC record time for the 8k run. Junior Austin Hayslett, the third UMBC runner to cross the line last year, was the second UMBC runner to cross the line this year and placed 28th at 24:47. Following behind him by one second in 29th place was senior Eric Schuler, who crossed the line at 24:48. Sophomore Jon Luckin then crossed the finish line in 58th place with a time of 25:11, and senior Noah Hutton finished in 83rd place with his time of 25:27.

Meanwhile, the women’s team placed 11th overall. The first Retriever to cross the finish line at 22:03 was sophomore Sophia Cologer, who placed 12th. Last year, the first Retriever to cross the finish line at the Princeton Invitational was senior Cody Mezebish, who placed 43rd with her time of 22:40. Junior Katie Govatos was the next to finish the race with a time of 22:33, placing 41st.

Junior Nicole Dawson, senior Julie Gessler, and junior Angelina Oputa finished the race soon after, respectively. Dawson placed 78th with a time of 23:01, Gessler came in 92nd place in 23:10, and Oputa crossed the finish line at 23:48 with a 142nd place finish.

Following the Princeton Invitational for UMBC is the America East Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1. The men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Orono, Maine, where they will run at the University of Maine, hoping to improve on their previous 5th place ranking from last year.

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Women’s soccer takes two over weekend

By Nathan Grube

Staff Writer

The UMBC women’s soccer team came up with two huge wins this weekend over University of Hartford and University of Massachusetts-Lowell to move back into a strong position for a the number one seed in the America East conference.

Going into their matchup with UMass Lowell, the Retrievers were tied for third in the conference with one win, one loss and two ties. After their two wins, they are now half a game out of first place with a tie breaking win over Hartford. The Retrievers tied for first place last year in the regular season, and received the number one seed due to a tiebreaker.

Against UMass Lowell, neither team was able to score in the first half, but UMBC came out strong in the second half scoring three goals and only allowing one. The Riverhawks were the first team to score, putting one in at 51’. The Retrievers responded strongly with three goals in fifteen minutes to take a three to one lead and eventually win the game.

Junior Amira Walcott had the first of the three with her first goal of the season, then senior Jessy Brown picked up her sixth goal of the season, tying her with senior forward Lilly Rydon for most goals on the team this season. Senior Paige Preston finished off the scoring with her second goal of the season. Junior goalkeeper Jen Nance had another solid performance in the game with five saves of the Riverhawk’s six shots on goal.

The match against Hartford proved to be more nail biting, with both teams putting forth a strong defensive effort. The Retrievers were outshot eight to four in the first, but came out strong in the second half and outshot the Hawks nine to three. Despite the attack from the Hawks in the first half, Nance was able to record three of her five saves and keep the ball out of the net.

At 71’, UMBC was able to get in their first and only goal of the game when freshman Virginia Moyer recorded her first career goal. Moyer has not started a game this season, yet she was able to record one of the biggest goals of the season for UMBC against the first place Hartford Hawks.

With only two games left before the conference tournament starts, the Retrievers have set themselves up for another exciting end to the season. They are just one win behind the Hawks with one road game and one home game left.

Their next challenge will be the University at Albany. UMBC will travel to New York, Thursday Oct. 23 to take on the Great Danes, who are currently tied with the Retrievers for second place. The winner will not only set themselves up for a chance to win the conference, but they could clinch a place in the top two.

Fantasy Football Recap: Week 6

Compiled by the Retriever Weekly News Staff

What did we learn this week? Under-achieve to over-achieve, and Peyton Manning is not real.

Breaking Newbs vs. Mcpoyal’s Revenge

Yo, is there another Manning out there yet, specifically with the Peyton’s blood? Get him in the league now. Don’t care what age. 15, five, fetus, Mel Kiper should throw him in the top of the mock draft ASAP. There has not been a more consistent family of athletes since the Manning clan. Archie- consistently the best father figure ever, Eli: consistently the most inconsistent player ever, and Peyton: the most dominant fantasy player since draft day. In reaction to Peyton’s 21.48-point performance, Breaking Newbs owner responded “eh…” What a luxury to have. T.Y. Hilton socred 28.30 points. He plays for the colts, so just another reminder of Peyton Manning in some form or fashion. The elder Manning has haunted this league so far and has lead the Newbs to an 6-0 undefeated record. The final score was 125.08-81.96 in favor of Breaking Newbs. With three straight losses Mcpoyle’s Revenge is falling faster than a bungee jumper who forgot to clip in.

UMBC’s BCS Hopes vs. Ibrahim Moizoos

UMBC’s BCS Hopes team performance earned a D+ and won with 72. 84 points against Ibrahim Moizoos who earned a F putting up 57.9 points. Proving that as long as you hang around failures below average will always be good enough. The company you keep people the company you keep. Andre Johnson led UMBC’s BCS hopes with 13.90 points and Seattle Seahawks Kicker Steven Haushka scored 12 points, a nice contribution for a kicker. Moizoos left Colin Kapernick on the bench and that single substitution would have given Moizoos the win considering he scored 29.42 points, but Gilmore Girls came back to Netflix this week so time to make the substitution obviously was sparse.  Final score :72.84 – 57.90 in favor of UMBC’s BCS Hopes.

The Tech Department vs. Tech Section Flexion

The score of this game: 128.8-120.54 in favor of The Tech Department. These teams must have missed the memo. This is not the league for success. This is the league were under achieving is still good enough for victory. This is the league slackers, bums, and the dim-witted come to feel superior. And these two teams have ruined it! When Andrew Luck scores 25.6 points and Arian Foster scores 26.10 points for Tech Section Flexion and that’s still not good enough because Tom Brady had 30.74 points and Matt Forte had 27.7 points its unfortunate. Because on 90% of the other teams the kicker scored the most points, and now things have started to get awkward around the league. Being good when everyone else is bad is just rude.

Subs Squad vs. Nathan’s Crazy Team

AHH, thanks to Subs Squad win over Nathan’s Crazy Team 66.72-54.7 all is right in the world again. The fact that Subs Squad wins with 66 points is awesome. The fact that Subs Squad won in general is awesome, because the team had yet to do so. What better way to pick up a win in this league then with less than 70 points and having only three of the nine starters exceed projected points.  Underwhelming performances for the win! Literally.