UMBC eliminated by Vermont in America East quarters, 47-43

March 09, 2013|Sports Digest

Women's college basketball

Vermont's Lauren Wheeler made her only 3-pointer of the game with 26 seconds left to break a tie and lift sixth-seeded Vermont (10-20) to a 47-43 win over third-seeded UMBC (10-20) in an America East quarterfinal Friday in Albany, N.Y. Sophomore forward Annie Wheeler hit one of two free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory. The Retrievers shot their second-lowest field-goal percentage of the season (.246) and didn't hit a 3-pointer for the first time since Jan. 19, 2012. UMBC's Raven Harris (13 points) had eight steals and finished the season with 109, fifth-most in a season by an America East player. The Retrievers' Kristin Coles scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds.

honors: Maryland freshman Malina Howard, a kinesiology major, and junior Katie Rutan, an international business major, were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference academic team.

More colleges

Benimon named CAA's top player, Skerry best coach

Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball Player of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media. The Tigers' Pat Skerry was named Coach of the Year. Benimon is the first Towson player to earn Player of the Year. The junior forward had double doubles in 20 of the Tigers' 31 games, tied for the most in Division I. He was the league's fourth-leading scorer with 17.1 points per game and ranked third in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per game. He also made the All-CAA first team and defensive team. Skerry guided Towson to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I history. After going 1-31 during his inaugural season in 2011-12, the Tigers went 18-13, the most victories by a Towson squad since 1993-94. Tigers guard Jerome Hairston made the all-rookie team, sophomore guard Kris Walden was selected to the conference's all-academic second team and graduate student Bryan Blackstone was named an all-academic honorable mention. Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) made the All-CAA first team, and Drexel sophomore guard Damion Lee made the second team.

More men's basketball: UMBC senior guard Ryan Cook (St. Vincent Pallotti) was named to the All-America East second team. ... Frostburg State senior guard-forward Christian Jackson was selected to the ECAC Division III South first team. Salisbury senior guard Travon Vann made the second team. Stevenson men's basketball freshman Christian Roberts was named the ECAC Division III South Rookie of the Year.

Baseball: Joe Giacchino doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning as Delaware (7-4, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association) came from behind for a 3-2 victory over Towson (6-5, 0-1). The Blue Hens tied the game at 2 in the ninth inning.

Administration: Gib Romaine, who has served as the director of athletics at Hood since August 2002, announced that he will retire from his position effective July 1. Romaine previously worked at several schools, including Maryland and Mount St. Mary's.

Indoor lacrosse

Money woes force Bombers to cancel last two games

The Baltimore Bombers' promising inaugural season has come to a premature end. The team, one of four in the North American Lacrosse League, issued a statement Friday confirming reports that it will not play its final two scheduled games because of financial problems. The Bombers had been scheduled to face the Kentucky Stickhorses on Sunday at Du Burns Arena before visiting the Boston Rockhoppers next Saturday night. The Bombers had a 4-3 record and trailed Boston by two games. In response to a question sent to the Bombers Twitter account on Friday evening about whether the squad would fold, a team official responded: "Undetermined at this time." On Friday evening, Bombers owner and coach Hunter Francis issued this statement on the team's Facebook page: "The Baltimore Bombers remain a great opportunity but the economics didn't work. Should an opportunity arise in the future I hope the team will get another chance under new management and many of us hope this will happen. The North American Lacrosse League still has the chance to become the premier showcase of American talent along with MLL [Major League Lacrosse] and I will continue to do anything I can to support this effort."

Jon Fogg

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