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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | May 7, 1992
La Salle was there at the start of the East Coast Conference, as were Temple, St. Joseph's and American. Later migrations took Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh, and then Delaware and Drexel. The most recent movement in the never-ending realignment of Division I athletics has the ECC's days dwindling down to a precious few.The ECC opened for business in 1974 as a basketball coaches' conference, with Gary Williams, Paul Westhead, Tom Davis, Jim Valvano, Don Casey and Joe Harrington roaming the sidelines.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2003
Both academic and athletic considerations were cited as factors yesterday when UMBC was officially welcomed as the 10th university in the America East conference at the school's Recreation and Activities Center. "This really is a natural fit," said league commissioner Chris Monasch. "We were looking for a while for a 10th member, and our presidents were very clear that it had to be someone special. This is a hotbed of both students and athletes." The move becomes effective for the 2003-04 academic year and ends UMBC's five-year association with the Northeast Conference.
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November 26, 1990
CollegePhiladelphia Seven -- Johnson Bowie, head soccer coach of champion Drexel University, added the league's Coach of the Year honor to a similar one received from the East Coast Conference. Bowie, a Baltimore native and Western Maryland graduate, is in his 14th year as Dragons head coach, and this marked the third time he has received each award.East Coast Conference -- Fall scholar-athletes: Belynda Dunn, Delaware, women's cross country; Rob Magin (Westminster), UMBC, men's cross country; Jill Hershey, Delaware, field hockey; Mike Pellegrini (John Carroll)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2001
After a decade of membership in four different athletic conferences, Towson University is anticipating permanent residence in the Colonial Athletic Association. "It is very unlikely anyone is going to leave this league in the next 10 years," said Tigers athletic director Wayne Edwards yesterday at the new CAA's basketball media day at the ESPNZone. "We know this is long term." The advantages are many. Instead of being the southernmost or northernmost school in a league - as was the case with the East Coast Conference, Big South and, most recently, America East - Towson is situated right in the middle.
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By John W. Stewart | March 5, 1991
The University of Delaware (18-11) saw a 13-point lead cut to four in the final two minutes, but the Blue Hens held on for a 60-52 victory over Hofstra (4-26) and their record-setting third consecutive East Coast Conference championship.No other East Coast Conference basketball team, men's or women's, had won three straight titles, and Delaware has won 10 consecutive games at the Towson Center (six in ECC tournaments and four regular-season games against Towson State).Delaware appeared to be on its way to an easy win when it turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 41-25 margin in less than four minutes.
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October 15, 1991
UMBC's perfect soccer record in the East Coast Conference will be on the line tomorrow (3:30 p.m.), when the Retrievers play host to Towson State, which is in position to claim conference honors for a third straight year. The Tigers are 1-0-1 in ECC games, while UMBC leads the conference with a 3-0-1 mark.The regular-season champion will gain the home-field advantage for the postseason tournament, to be held Nov. 9-10.
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By Special to The Sun | April 14, 1991
PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Marohl's five goals and three assist paced University of Maryland Baltimore County to a 15-9 victory over East Coast Conference rival Drexel (2-5, 0-1).With his eight points, Marohl, a junior attackman from South River High School, became the 12th player in UMBC history to reach the 100-point mark.The Retrievers (6-4, 1-2) controlled the game from the start, building an 8-1 halftime lead. Stuart Walker added three goals for UMBC, and Brian Duncan and Vince Pasko each had two goals and an assist.
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By Special to The Sun | January 23, 1992
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Skip Saunders and Derell Thompson had respective career-highs of 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead UMBC past the University at Buffalo, 103-80, in an East Coast Conference game at Alumni Hall last night. It was a season-high point total for the Retrievers, who halted a four-game losing streak and extended the Royals' to six.Dion Andrews had six points to highlight a 22-5 run, as the visitors finally broke away for an 83-60 lead with 7:28 left.
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By Paul McMullen | February 7, 1991
Towson State athletic director Bill Hunter said the university hesitates to leave the East Coast Conference because the league would then lose its automatic bid to the NCAA basketball tournament for five years instead of the expected one year.Without expansion, the ECC will be down to five members next year. UMBC and Central Connecticut are first-year members. Towson State, Hofstra and Rider were members before the NCAA waived certain expansion requirements in 1989, a time of much realignment.
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November 6, 1990
The Loyola College soccer team was disappointed that it was not one of the 28 teams selected to participate in the NCAA Division I tournament.The Greyhounds finished with a 16-2-5 record, but the selection committee was not impressed with their strength of schedule. Loyola did fine against the quality opponents it faced, going 2-2-3 against teams that were in the Top 20 when they met, but there just weren't enough of them on the Greyhounds' schedule.Loyola again dominated the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, outscoring the opposition 61-1 in 10 MAAC games.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2000
The Colonial Athletic Association, a Richmond, Va.-based conference in NCAA Division I, will announce the addition of Towson and three other schools today. Delaware, Drexel and Hofstra join Towson in leaving the 10-team America East to enlist in the CAA for the 2003-2004 season. On Monday, they sent two letters to America East commissioner Chris Monasch - one for their resignation and another for their acceptance of the CAA's membership invitation. The CAA will be Towson's fourth league in 12 years when conference play begins.
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By Paul McMullen | November 15, 2000
When Towson reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 1990, it was with players who had started their college careers elsewhere. As the Tigers try to build a larger profile in the America East conference, they will rely on a transfer for perimeter scoring and use two freshmen who thought they would be playing in major conferences. Tamir Goodman, a guard, committed to Maryland, but turned down a scholarship from the Terps after their interest in him wavered. Marijan Spalevic, a 6-foot-7 wing from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, was headed to Mississippi State until he learned that Southeastern Conference school didn't have a scholarship for him after all. Mohammed Fofana, a 6-8 freshman, didn't consider Towson one of his five choices until Delaware signed someone else and stopped recruiting him. The Tigers' most explosive player could be Sam Sutton, a junior wing who sat out last season after transferring from St. Francis of Pennsylvania.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | September 28, 2000
As hard as it might be to believe that the woes of a Virginia-based conference might resonate in Baltimore, it's certainly true. When East Carolina, American, and Richmond all announced plans to leave the Colonial Athletic Association, based in Richmond, it meant that the now-depleted conference needed to search for new partners. One of those partners would have been America East, which included Towson, a school the CAA snubbed during the early part of the 1990s. Despite that dismissal, as the Tigers' program was looking for a home after the East Coast Conference disbanded, school president Hoke Smith and athletic director Wayne Edwards supported expansion that would merge the America East and CAA. That expansion was rejected in a meeting of America East presidents on Tuesday.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | June 2, 1994
The 1994-95 school year will be the last for Bill Hunter as Towson State's athletic director.Hunter, who started at Towson State as the baseball coach 15 years ago and took over the athletic department in 1984, announced that he will step down on June 30, 1995."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | March 1, 1993
Towson State will attempt to win its fourth straight conference championship and Coppin State will strive to compile an undefeated record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as the headliners of the postseason basketball tournaments this week.The Tigers, three-time titlists in the defunct East Coast Conference, take the Big South's regular-season crown into the tournament at the North Charleston Coliseum starting Wednesday with the play-in game. They can clinch their third trip in four years to the NCAA tourney.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | May 29, 1992
No, that wasn't North Carolina-Charlotte being added to the Big South Conference, as reported in The Baltimore Sun last week. Along with Towson State and UMBC, the Big South's other newcomer next September will be UNC-Greensboro.Towson State's bid for a fourth straight conference title in men's basketball can't be stopped by UNC-Charlotte, which is staying in the Metro Conference. UNC-Greensboro, meanwhile, has just one year's experience in Division I, and though it won't be eligible for basketball honors until 1994-95, the Spartans immediately add to the Big South's stature in soccer.
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By Special to The Sun | February 21, 1992
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Towson State rode a 19-2 run to a 40-26 halftime lead and went on to defeat Brooklyn College, 89-66, in an East Coast Conference game last night. The victory extended the Tigers' streak to 10 games, the third-longest in school history and longest as a Division I team.The victory pushed first-place Towson (14-11) to 9-1 in the ECCBrooklyn (5-18, 3-6) never got closer than its halftime deficit.Terrance Jacobs finished with 26 points, backed by Chuck Lightening and Andrew Mason with 13 apiece for Towson State.
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November 4, 1991
UMBC grabbed the home-field advantage for this weekend's East Coast Conference soccer tournament by defeating SUNY-Buffalo, 3-1, yesterday in Catonsville.The Retrievers, who are undefeated in the conference, took the ECC regular-season championship by getting goals from Darius Taylor and Rob Hoch 47 seconds apart midway through the second half.The Bulls took the lead in the first half on a goal from Brian Hancher, but Rob Karas of UMBC tied it early in the second half on a penalty kick, his second of the year.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | May 19, 1992
Its Division I legacy is rather skimpy, one reason radio announcers were dropping the location yesterday, telling audiences that Maryland had made the NCAA baseball tournament.The pairings show on ESPN mispronounced the coach's name, but UMBC's John Jancuska knows the Retrievers have a reputation with the only critics that mattered -- the NCAA selection committee.For the record, the University of Maryland Baltimore County was oneof 24 at-large teams selected to the 48-team NCAA field. The Retrievers will play Friday at Miami (49-7)
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | May 19, 1992
Its Division I legacy is rather skimpy, one reason radio announcers were dropping the location yesterday, telling audiences that Maryland had made the NCAA baseball tournament.The pairings show on ESPN mispronounced the coach's name, but UMBC's John Jancuska knows the Retrievers have a reputation with the only critics that mattered -- the NCAA selection committee.For the record, the University of Maryland Baltimore County was one of 24 at-large teams selected to the 48-team NCAA field. The Retrievers will play Friday at Miami (49-7)
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