UMBC Women's Ultimate Hosts Layout Clinic
On Sunday, March 25th, the women’s ultimate team helped to host a layout clinic with the club team, Backhanded Compliments, in our very own RAC. Players from neighboring schools, such as Goucher, Towson, John’s Hopkins, and even Georgetown University, made their way to UMBC's campus to participate. Even alumni players, including coaches and upper-level club team players graced us with their presence and showed off their skills.
Many who don’t play ultimate ask, what is a layout? In the game, a layout is when a person vertically dives to catch a disc before it hits the ground, or on defense, it is done to catch or block a disc from the opponent. This is an important part of higher-level ultimate, and it is extremely important to know how to layout correctly in order to avoid injury.
Coach and experienced player, Zara Cadoux, set up stations with different types of safety mats, to help players learn how to layout. The stations included core-strengthening exercises, a “face your fears” mat, throwing routines, and finally, a run-and-jump exercise. Girls had a field day with the stations and there were notable bids from some of our very own players.
It was a successful day for UMBC women’s ultimate, connecting the ultimate community and promoting the sport within our campus.
UMBC Wrestling Has Success In Dalton, Georgia
Dalton, Ga. -- UMBC's wrestling team had its best-ever finish at the NCWA National Duals on Saturday, placing third at the event with a 5-1 dual meet record.
Though the team was without returning NCWA national finalist, Daniel Carr (149 / Southern-Garrett), UMBC took No. 1 seed and eventual champion Liberty to the wire in a 25-21 bout that was Liberty's toughest dual of the tournament.
Jesse Castro, the coach of Liberty -- a former NCAA DI program, which last year won the East Region and defeated the University of Maryland in a dual -- said UMBC pushed his team to its limit.
“My hat’s off to the UMBC team,” Castro told TheMat.com. “They made us compete with everything we were worth, and we did not anticipate that. It’s a testament to this association, and the vision the NCWA has is real encouraging and inspiring.”
In the finals, Liberty defeated Lindenwood-St. Charles -- last year's NAIA runner-up, which is transitioning to NCAA DII -- by a score of 25-15.
UMBC opened the tournament on Friday night with a 44-9 win over the University of Georgia, followed by a 56-0 shutout of North Florida.
On Saturday, the Retrievers defeated East Tennessee State, 56-3, in a dual in which UMBC 197-pounder Alec Pence (Chopticon) won a rematch of last year's Mid-Atlantic Conference final by major decision.
That dual meet win put UMBC into the quarterfinals against conference rival The Apprentice School, which had defeated the University of Central Florida in an earlier round. (Central Florida and The Apprentice School had both recently fared well at the Virginia Duals, where UCF beat Johns Hopkins 35-11 and Apprentice placed fourth in the American College division.)
Apprentice jumped out to a 21-3 lead over UMBC, before the Retrievers strung together five straight wins to close out the dual. Mike Munno (174 / DeMatha) got the rally started with a major decision over an Apprentice wrestler who had defeated him previously; Chris Urps (184 / Chesapeake-AA) then pinned a wrestler who had pinned him earlier this year; Eldar Muradov (197 / Russia) and Pence (235) then bumped up to beat two of Apprentice's better wrestlers. The match came down to heavyweight, where Karim Mansour (285 / Western Tech) avenged an earlier loss to Apprentice's heavyweight to grab the 22-21 victory.
The win advanced UMBC to the Liberty bout in the semi-finals, where Kris Dutt (125 / Howard), Kekura Musa (133 / Blair), Martin Mitchell (157 / Laurel), Pence and Mansour all won bouts.
After falling to Liberty, UMBC faced perennial power Grand Valley State (Michigan) for third place. UMBC dominated the meet, 31-10, with wins from Dutt, Musa, Brian Samuels (141 / Leonardtown), Junior Monzey (165 / Georgetown Prep), Urps, Munno, Muradov and Mansour.
Impressively, Mansour went a perfect 6-0 at the duals, which demonstrates the marked improvement the senior has made throughout his college career.
Mitchell, who leads UMBC in wins with a record of 38-11, went 5-1, as did Musa, Urps and Muradov, who leads the team with 16 pins. Dutt went 4-1.
Samuels, who is second on the team with 15 pins, went 4-2, as did Pence. Munno went 3-2. Monzey went 3-3.
Here's coverage of the event from TheMat.com
http://themat.com/section.php?section_i ... leID=24627
For more information about UMBC wrestling, visit: http://www.umbcwrestling.net
Ultimate Frisbee Nut Buster VII Results
The second of March - elephants congregated on a brisk Friday afternoon at their usual stomping grounds: Erickson desert. Practice was held as normal, ending in a gritty bout of zone versus zone as the rain picked up (surely an omen for what awaited in the misty crags of Penn). We turned in early to recoup from the cold and returned mere hours later for a lengthy drive to Indiana Pennsylvania for IUP’s Nut Buster VII.
Our caravan included drivers Lorenzo, Atom, Paul, and Thomas; each taking a varied route to their collective destination. B. Dong made a pitstop in Frederick, Maryland at Jerry’s home (Frederick is also home to the good Bradley and Greg) to retrieve air mattresses for our sleeping arrangements. Thomas missed his exit several times. PJ’s journey was probably quiet and uneventful. Atom’s troupe paused for Thai food (where he met a man who recalled Baltimore as a “dark place”) as well as other festive doodads. On their trip, the group birthed the concept of challenge flags (a moment which will forever live in infamy). In spite of heavy, demon-concealing fog (and stealth mode), each car made it to our host’s house safely. Our host, Joe Bowers was kind and generous, completely opening his home to strangers (but forewarning us of his volatile “roommate”, Taz). Our first night in Indiana was calm and peaceful.
Booya woke the following morning, greeted by the frigid Pennsylvania air, not in any way made better by a thermostat set to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Slowly, we geared for the cold and left for the fields at Saylor Park. As usual, we were one of the last teams to arrive. Greg went to a meeting of captains, only to sit and wait for the TD who never showed up. The captains took their food bags and dispersed.
Game one pit Booya against Shippensburg B. The frozen elephants made it a goal to come out with blazing spirit and vigor and managed just that. With man-coverage by both teams, Booya took half. Ted made a bid along the left sideline to maintain possession. Patrick didn’t fake once, still getting many hucks through unwary defenders. ISO plays are run, successful on many accounts. Booya kept the ball rolling after the half, taking the game at 15-6.
Our next game took place on the same, awful field. Our opponents were a spirited group of 7 from Canisius College. Though they had the fight, Booya steamrolled to a 13-2 win. Canisius was a friendly group, and our teams bade farewell with nothing but respect and admiration for one another.
At this point, Booya hunkered down against the piercing winds, attempting to keep some warmth for our inevitable third game that afternoon. the tournament director, however, had rearranged the field space (the fields were set up amidst a snow cover, and the light of day revealed a patch of concrete on one of them), which altered the schedule. Altered in what way, our director could not say, so his best reply was, “I’ll come by and let you know.”
Booya sat idle for a period of 3 hours. Time was passed in various ways - eating snacks, frolicking on the playground adjacent our field, and foremost above all: heckling other games. Loafing about on the sidelines, Booya folk made friends with other teams- watching, cheering, and providing color-commentary.
After a disturbingly long break, Booya finally began their game against the host school, IUP’s Fighting Squirrels, with a cold start. With home field advantage, the Squirrels were able to bring their entire A-squad, effectively doubling the man-power that UMBC is able to bring. This did not discourage the scrappy troupe; Booya made the game hard fought and close. IUP had more bodies at their disposal, which made their zone coverage much harder to break, with fresh legs bearing down on our handlers each point. The cup defense became overwhelming at times, and Booya faultered, giving away two Callahan points to IUP’s aggressive defense. After a grueling first half, UMBC picked up the pace. Poppers Brad, Lorenzo, Jerry, and Fightmaster began to find openings, slowly working the disc downfield. Handlers Greg, PJ, Patrick, Window, and yes - even Ronnie the Bear break apart the cup - over, under and straight through. IUP switched to man coverage after their zone started to fail. Athletic plays abounded, as Bradley Scott made defensive bid after bid, successful or not. Lorenzo threw to the back right corner cone for Joel Wheatley, who made a spectacular layout catch right onto an unfortunate bed of concrete (he was fine, eventually). Booya fought, but the slow start and disadvantage of numbers took their toll; the Fighting Squirrels win the game for first seed at 15-13.
Day two, Booya awoke again at Mr. Bower’s abode. Everyone cleared their peepers of the sleepies, but Bradley Scott suffers enormous pain in his own eyeball, after borrowing contact solution from our own Mr. Daniel Dresser. Apparently, Brad didn’t know how to use it correctly, resulting in intense, acidic horribleness. And so, Booya suffered a casualty before even setting foot on the fields. With so few members to begin with, the loss was a hard one.
The elephants arrived to an even worse field than had been played on the day prior, with more hills, divots, and rocks. The first game was against UPJ’s Flood, who managed to show up even later than our good guys. Consequently Booya was able to start with some greater intensity, with Atom getting a point block and immediate layout Callahan for their second point. Atom later sustains a hand injury, taking him out of play for some time. Despite their slow start, the Flood made its inevitable crescendo, ultimately taking the game 15-10.
The last game of the day, Booya faced the SUNY-Brockport Chupacabras. The opponents relied heavily on handler movement and deep throws, which Booya slowly began to understand. Defenders Greg, Pat, Joel and Lorenzo are set upon their handlers, which slows down Brockport’s game tremendously. Their zone defense was especially effective in the gusting wind and cold. Despite the numbing tundra, Pat’s pulls were dead-on. One particular pull pinned the Chupacabras in the very back middle of their own endzone. Realizing the pressure, the rest of the elephants stampeded down field, eager to convert. Lorenzo marked their captain, who looked helplessly to his cutters - not one open throw. Desperate, he wound up for a backhand punt, but Lorenzo read the throw and leaped over, receiving the disc directly in the chest. After a moment of, “ouch that really hurt”, Lorenzo resumed play, and Booya converted the turnover. With the same intensity, Dan skied his man for a point, and Ronald T. Bear got bookends. Pat threads the cup with a tricky inside backhand break, centering to PJ, who can’t help but smile. Booya started to throw their own four man zone as the wind grew stronger. As Brockport neared game point, the snow started rolling in, and in an epic zone versus zone fight, the Chupacabras closed the game at 15-11. As if on cue, the snow haulted with the end of the game, and Booya left Pennsylvania with a record of 2-4 (our consolation game was forfeit in order to make a timely return home).
The Nut Buster VII was a hearkening back to Booya’s past - a heritage wrought with the most adverse of circumstances - back when twelve men (and women, in many cases) was considered a large squad. This cold March weekend, the rookies Dan, Jerry, Ronnie, Chris, and Ted felt a little of what it used to be like, when subs were few and far between, but you had to keep playing. Through the cold and fatigue and hard losses, Booya fights on.
UMBC Ice Hockey Volunteers With Baltimore Stars Youth Hockey
In the spirit of the holidays, the UMBC Men's Ice Hockey team decided to volunteer their time to help the Baltimore Stars Youth Hockey team last month. "It's actually a lot of fun," says Junior Captain Nik Jost. Nik, along with three other players (Sr. Justin Rothchild, Jr. Dan Durantaye and Jr. Justin Stewart) showed up to help out at a Baltimore Stars Youth Hockey (BYH) Mite practice. Many players on the team have expressed interest in helping coach local youth players. With this year's schedule being light on Friday games, it provided a perfect fit for the guys to help out with the BYH Friday evening practices.
The BYH players were visibly excited to see the UMBC players on the ice with them, wearing their UMBC gold helmets. Each UMBC player took a station at the practice, and provided extra-personalized instruction for the up-and-coming players. Justin Stewart helped players with their shooting, while Durantaye and Rothchild worked on stick handling and Captain Nik Jost worked on small game drills.
"This is a great learning experience for both the kids and our [UMBC] guys," said Head Coach Aaron Voegtli. "The youth players are getting a chance to work with really great hockey players, and our guys are getting a chance to give back (and see what it's like to coach). Who knows, maybe some of these kids will play for UMBC some day!"
For more information on the UMBC Ice Hockey program visit the team's web site at: www.umbcicehockey.com