Women’s Lacrosse Program: A Message From Pres. Hrabowski and Provost Rous

President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous share the following message with the UMBC community regarding the women’s lacrosse program:

We want to provide the campus with information about the recent matter involving our women’s lacrosse team. (Our Student Affairs colleagues and others have been managing this matter throughout spring break.)

On March 6, women’s lacrosse coaching staff learned of a troubling situation within the team. Leaders in Athletics and Student Affairs moved quickly to examine the matter, support the students affected, and ensure the safety and well-being of all involved. On March 11, five players were suspended indefinitely from the team for a violation of team rules. Efforts to resolve this complex situation continue.

On March 17, Athletics Director Tim Hall appointed Amy Slade as head coach of our women’s lacrosse program. Tony Giro, who had shared co-head coaching responsibilities with Slade, is on leave from the University. Coach Slade, a four-time all-American and national champion, is now in her third season with the Retrievers, and we are confident in her ability to move the team forward.

In matters of student well-being, our primary focus is always on attending to the needs and rights of students and upholding our community standards of safety, health, respect, and integrity. Support for students, fairness, and applicable laws often limit the details that are appropriate to share with the campus community and the public.

We want to thank everyone who has been supporting our students as we work through this challenging situation. We also want to thank our colleagues, our students and their families, alumni, and friends for all they contribute to the caring, civil, respectful environment we work to build every day at UMBC.

UMBC’s Oumar Ballo Inks Deal With MLS’ Houston Dynamo

UMBC All-American soccer standout Oumar Ballo has been signed by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo selected Ballo in the second round with the 30th overall selection of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Ballo helped lead UMBC to the NCAA Tournament College Cup (Final Four) in 2014 for the first time in program history. A two-time NSCAA-All American, Ballo was named America East Conference Defender of the Year in 2014.

Ballo has appeared in two games this preseason.

The Dynamo open their tenth season on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at BBVA Compass Stadium against Columbus Crew SC.

Swimming and Diving Teams Win Championships

aechampionsLast week, the women’s swimming and diving team won the 2015 America East Championship with 791 points. The men’s swimming and diving team became the 2015 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) champions several days later.

This year marks the fourth year in school history that the UMBC women’s swimming and diving team has won the America East Championship. Sophomore Emily Escobedo won the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award and Coach Chad Cradock, as well as assistants Chris Gibeau, Brandt Nigro, Rob Bellamy and diving coach Petar Trifonov, earned Coaching Staff of the Year.

At the CCSA Championship, Nikola Trajkovic won Freshman of the Year, Ryan Green won Diver of the Year, and Petar Trifonov won Diving Coach of the Year. 16 Retrievers were also included in the CCSA All-Academic Honorees.

Read more about the championships below:
CHAMPIONS! UMBC Swimming and Diving Claims the 2015 America East Championship (UMBC Retrievers)
UMBC Wins 2015 #AESD Championship (America East)
The Champs Are Here! UMBC Men’s Swimming and Diving Takes the 2015 CCSA Crown (UMBC Retrievers)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Crowned 2015 CCSA Champions (CCSA)

2015 Boys Basketball Camp

UMBC mailer-page-001The 2015 Boys Basketball Camp will be taking place from June 22-26 and August 3-7 for boy ages 6-16.

The cost of one session is $250 and two sessions cost $470. UMBC employees receive a 10% discount. Please see the flyer for more information.

Click here to register for the camp online. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Fusaro at rfusaro@umbc.edu or 410-455.3873.

Tickets Now Available for 2015 UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner (1/31)

PrintSix former UMBC student-athletes will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel, beginning at 6 p.m.

Five student-athletes were recently selected by the committee and a seventh, lacrosse standout Brendan Mundorf, ’06, will join that group this winter. Mundorf was tabbed in 2012, but professional lacrosse obligations precluded him from attending the prior inductions.

In addition to Mundorf, the class of 2015 includes Melanie Denischuk, ’07, softball Andrew Hampson, ’00, men’s lacrosse, Izudin Mehmedovic, ’07, cross country/track & field, Lindsey Prather, ’05, swimming & diving and Darryl Proctor, ’10, men’s basketball.

Marcus Gross, ’06, men’s soccer, was selected, but is unable to attend the inductions, and will be inducted in the winter of 2016.

Tickets and registration for the event are now available via Retriever Net or the Hall of Fame page on www.umbcretrievers.com.

Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi Named NSCAA National Coach of the Year

UMBC Head Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Caringi was named 2014 National Division I Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The award is voted upon by Caringi’s fellow coaches who are members of the NSCAA. It is the Retriever mentor’s third top honor in 30 years, as he was selected as the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1989. At the senior college level, Caringi earned South Atlantic regional honors in 1999 and Northeast regional honors in 2013.

Caringi just completed his 24th season at UMBC and has piloted the Retrievers to America East titles and NCAA Championship appearances of four of the last five seasons and five overall.

The 2014 Retrievers advanced further in an NCAA tournament than any previous UMBC squad in school history. UMBC set a tournament record by knocking off four opponents on the road and all by shutout, before falling, 1-0, to eventual national champion Virginia in the national semifinals.

The Baltimore native has an overall record of 260-150-59 (.619) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 430-177-67 (.691).

RAC Final Exam Hours of Operation

Below are the RAC Final Exam Hours of Operation:

Monday, December 8th…………………………7:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday, December 9th………………………..7:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday, December 10th…………………7:00am-8:00pm
Thursday, December 11th…………………….7:00am-8:00pm
Friday, December 12th…………………………7:00am-8:00pm
Saturday, December 13th…………………….12:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, December 14th………………………12:00pm-7:00pm

Monday, December 15th………………………7:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday, December 16th……………………..7:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 17th………………..12:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, December 18th……………………12:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, December 19th…………………………7:00am-8:00pm

The last day of Group Fitness Classes is Friday, December 19. The last day of Rec Swim is Wednesday, December 17.

The RAC will be CLOSED Saturday, December 20 through Sunday, January 4th and will re-open for Winter Recreation on Monday, January 5.