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Monday, March 2, 2009

Judgment Week

We're in the midst of a big week for UMBC Athletics. Our two banner sports, men's hoops and men's lacrosse have some milestone and true gut checks going on this week.

Men's hoops ended the regular season yesterday at home with a win vs. Albany. We saluted seniors Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor who have given us so much to be proud about in their time here, not the least of which was the first NCAA tournament berth last year. Much thanks to those two men, as well as the other team members and managers who are graduating this year. I had the pleasure of watching the ceremony courtesy of the UMBC B-Ball Rally Monkey blog. And given my background, I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention the members of the Dance Team, UMBC Cheerleaders, and of course Down and Dirty Dawg Band who also just performed at their final UMBC home game.

The team will be headed up to Albany to face BU in the first round of the America East tournament later this week. A tournament championship at this point is the only shot the Dawgs have at defending their America East championship, and given this season, such would likely send them to Dayton for an opening round matchup.

The men's lacrosse team beat Colgate at home on Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-0 on the season. This week, weather willing, will feature a pair of high caliber matchups. Tuesday evening, perennial power Johns Hopkins comes to UMBC Stadium. The Dawgs have never beaten the Blue Jays, but this may be as good a chance as ever: We played them close last year at Homewood, and this may be one of the few, if not the only, times when the two teams meet that UMBC is ranked higher in both of the major lacrosse polls. It's been said that good teams don't drop two games in a row, so the Dawgs will be out to change that, as the Jays lost this weekend at M&T Bank Stadium in the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic to Princeton. UMBC plays that very same Princeton team, who leapfrogged the Retrievers in the polls after the win over Hopkins, this coming Friday, once again at home. We've got our work cut out for us, but it certainly helps that both of these matchups are at home. I know home field is typically good for a field goal in football--anyone know what that number is in lacrosse?
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