Four UMBC student-athletes were nominated for the 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar awards program. All four recipients - Afees Abolurin, Rachel Katzenberger, Pandora Wilson and Elijah Wright are Maryland natives.
Note: This event has been postponed and will be re-scheduled for the fall of 2017.
The celebration of #UMBC50 continues with a very special event this spring. On Friday, April 21. We have just learned that Marcus Gross, ’06, and Drew Westervelt, ’08, will be formally inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the evening’s program.
BALTIMORE - UMBC Athletics announced on Monday that "Bagels ‘n Grinds" located on Arundel Mills Boulevard at The Preserve, just 3/4 miles south of Anne Arundel Mills Mall is now the official Bagel and Coffee Shop of Retriever Athletics through 2017.
BOSTON – Five student-athletes who graduated in December have been named America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes for their outstanding academic achievements throughout their collegiate careers. Three of the five are Retrievers – swimmer Carly Deeter (Langhorne, Pa.), cross country and track and field’s Patrick Duboyce (New Market, Md./Linganore) and soccer goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.)– and they joined University at Albany's Taylor Schwoyer, and New Hampshire's Chris Wingate were all recognized with the award.
Join us for UMBC’s Homecoming 2016, a chance to re-connect with fellow student-athlete alumni. CELEBRATE what it means to be a Retriever, while enjoying a weekend filled with entertainment, Division I sports and fun!
As the university celebrates its 50th anniversary, Retriever Athletics is thrilled to be an integral part of its extremely successful, albeit brief history. Over the past two months, we have chronicled some of our finest moments. The moment that was judged to have made the greatest impact occurred on March 15, 2008.
In as much as the #retriever50for50 countdown has been as balanced as possible, recognizing student-athletes and teams of different genders, eras and “national rankings”, certain individuals and teams have warranted multiple mentions. Such is the case for our moment ranked at No. 2. The 2014 men’s soccer squad also came in at No. 5 for their upset victory at Maryland in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. That victory, while impactful, was only one chapter of seven in UMBC’s post-season run.
As UMBC celebrates the 50th anniversary this year – highlighted by the events of this weekend – it’s hard to imagine that the founding fathers and mothers of the university envisioned the building of an athletic powerhouse. But others did. And one of the first to have that vision was Dick Watts, who served as athletic director and head men’s lacrosse coach during the first quarter-century of UMBC’s existence. And that vision reached an early apex on May 18, 1980 – Moment No. 3 on the #retriever50for50 countdown.
Three days in March. That is the battle cry for many a collegiate basketball coach at the mid-major level trying to motivate his or her team to reach the ultimate goal of competing in the NCAA Championships. And three great days in March of 2007 is what Phil Stern’s women’s basketball program produced to land at No. 4 in the #retriever50for50 countdown.
There is no doubt that the run through the gauntlet of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships was the greatest journey by a Retriever intercollegiate athletic program. The No. 5 moment in the #retriever50for50 countdown took place just several hundred yards from the No. 6 moment. For Retriever Nation, on that cool November 23 day in College Park, Md., Ludwig Field felt like a home away from home.
As UMBC prepares for its major celebration of its 50th anniversary this weekend, the #retriever50for50 countdown heads into the home stretch, beginning with today’s No. 6 “greatest moment” in UMBC Athletics’ history. The event took place on May 13, 2007 in College Park, Md., one of several great moments that UMBC has experienced against the university system’s flagship campus.
Many of these stories in the #retriever50for50 countdown were authored by student-athletes that were either overlooked by bigger programs or weren’t expected to contribute as much as they did when arriving on campus.
The student-athlete who is responsible for Moment No. 7 ended up at UMBC in a quirky fashion. She is also the only athlete in the countdown that is solely responsible for two distinct and historic events.
This must be the week for comebacks. Whereas the 2008 men’s lacrosse team pulled off a miraculous rally with the highest consequences (Moment No. 9), the moment at No. 8 on the #retriever50for50 countdown was a season-long journey from the bottom of America East women’s soccer to the top of the mountain.
If the #retriever50for50 countdown rated the top comeback in UMBC Athletics’ history, the moment at No. 9 would be at the very top. It would have to rank as one of the greatest rallies in all of collegiate lacrosse. And it happened in a conference championship game with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at stake.
We have reached the top ten on the #retreiver50for50 countdown, and we start with a current Retriever who has made a name for herself not only regionally, but nationally as well. Current senior Emily Escobedo will look to continue her dominance in the pool this winter, but lands on the countdown for what she achieved on March 19, 2016 at the NCAA Championships where she finished third in the 200 breast, earning All-American honors.
Every UMBC sports program has its share of moments and great runs. Many, like the men’s soccer and the swimming and diving programs have excelled for extended periods of time. But no other athletics’ program has become identified more with UMBC throughout its history than the men’s lacrosse program.
The man at the center of Moment No. 12 in the #retriever50for50 countdown came to UMBC without a campus facility to compete or train on. But the lack of a track and field complex on campus did not slow down the progress of David Bobb.
Moment No. 13 on the #retriever50for50 countdown is another one of those bittersweet moments. The sweet part was the fact, that on November 24, 2013, the men’s soccer program hosted the first-ever NCAA Division I championship contest on the UMBC campus
As mentioned in Moment No. 16, UMBC Athletics started to come of age in the late 1970’s, as the men’s basketball, soccer, and lacrosse teams established themselves as NCAA Division II powers. At Moment No. 14 in the #retriever50for50 countdown, March 10, 1979 went down as a loss in the scorebook, but it was the first truly big sporting “event” on the UMBC campus.
Although the vast majority of celebrations in the #retriever50for50 countdown took place during the student-athletes’ time at UMBC, there have been several Retrievers that have been recognized for their exploits after their collegiate tenures have expired. Our featured athlete at No. 15 in the countdown is worthy of both. Stay tuned.
November 9, 1977 is our earliest and the No. 16 moment overall in the #retriever50for50 countdown. UMBC’s fledging NCAA Division II men’s programs were starting to build a gritty reputation that still exists and thrives today. But it was the men’s soccer program that was the first to make a big splash and reach NCAA Tournament play.
The 2012-13 season would prove to be a special one for the UMBC men’s swimming and diving team. It would be the final year that the team competed in the America East before moving the CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association), where they won their ninth league title in ten years. However the shining moment came from then junior Mohamed Hussein, who comes in at No. 17 on the #retriever50for50 countdown, who became the first Retriever male swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships, competing in three events from March 28-30, 2013.
The #retriever50for50 countdown has listed moments on the fields, courts, pools and tracks that UMBC student-athletes have competed on. Hence, our No. 18 Moment will officially go in as May 22, 1992 in Coral Gables, Fla. And, what took place at Mark Light Stadium that evening was truly special for Retriever baseball and UMBC Athletics. But, for a pure moment of joy, you would have to rewind to May 18 at the Retriever Club Room in the RAC.
It sounds totally foreign to say in 2016, but the men’s soccer program wandered in the desert not too long ago.
Therefore, when the 2010 Retrievers reached the “promised land” on Nov. 13, 2010, that exhilarating scene on campus landed at No. 19 in the #retriever50for50 countdown.
In the fall of 1988, a spindly, red-cheeked freshman from South River High School showed up at UMBC. He had a solid initial spring, but even Steve Marohl could not have envisioned the mark he would leave with the lacrosse program and the sport overall.
The UMBC men’s swimming and diving program needed less than a year to win their first conference championship since switching from the Northeast Conference to the America East. The Retrievers came to the championships looking to assert themselves as the team to beat for years to come, and they did just that February 21, 2004 with Moment No. 23 on the #retriever50for50 countdown.
UMBC Softball threw its opening pitch in the spring of 1991 and it only took one season before the Retrievers posted a winning campaign. In fact, UMBC recorded ten consecutive winning seasons from 1994-2003. But, on May 16, 2002, under first-year head coach Joe French, Retriever softball set a famous “first’ in school history and landed at Moment No. 24 in the #retriever50for50 countdown.