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, UMBC Athletics will commemorate 50 years of excellence with an evening of recognition of the student-athletes, coaches and administrators that made the first half-century of the Retriever program something quite memorable for the university and its community.
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.
Gross was selected to the Hall of Fame in the winter of 2015 and Westervelt earned the honor in the winter of 2012, but neither has been able to attend their formal induction ceremonies.
Gross started at fullback for all 66 games he played at UMBC from 2002-05. He earned America East First Team honors in all three years of competition in the conference, was an All-South selection in 2004 and 2005 and was a 2005 Hermann Award candidate for the nation's top player honor.
The native of Barnstaple, England, scored 10 career goals as a fullback and was drafted by the MISL's St. Louis franchise. He graduated in 2006 with a double major in political science and sociology.
Westervelt competed in a school record 60 games from 2003-07 and scored at least one point in 58 of the 60 contests. He recorded 206 career points, currently third on UMBC's all-time scoring list and became just the fourth player in school history to post 70 or more points in a season when he tallied 71 in 2007, as UMBC advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. He earned America East honors in all four years and was tabbed to the All-America Third Team in 2007.
The Bel Air, Md. native was the fourth player selected in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse draft (by Denver) and has competed professionally both indoors and outdoors for the last decade. He has also competed in a pair of FIL World Lacrosse Championships (2010, 2014) and won gold with Team USA in 2010.
The event will take place at the IMET, Columbus Center, in Baltimore, and get underway at 6:00 p.m.
Please join UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Director of Athletics Tim Hall as they welcome and honor many of UMBC Athletics' Hall of Fame members from all eras of the program.
To celebrate with us, please RSVP online at alumni.umbc.edu/hof17 by April 7.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Fitzpatrick at 410-455-3389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.