Big week for UMBC sports continues

Catonsville — Even with the snow falling on campus, UMBC is in the midst of a big week for it’s athletic programs.

Last Sunday in Worcester, Mass. the men’s and women’s Swimming and Diving teams both took home the America East conference swimming and diving championships.

The men scored 1113.5 points, an all-time record, and in doing so defended their conference title from last year. The women tallied 894.5 points, well ahead of second-place New Hampshire.

This is the first time since the 2010-11 season that both teams swept the conference championships.

After winning at home against Mass-Lowell, the men’s basketball team will face the conference-leading Vermont Catamounts on Thursday evening. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

The Retrievers are 17-10 this season including 9-3 vs. America East opponents and are the only team to defeat the Catamounts in conference play this season.

The women’s basketball team will look to get back on track this weekend when they face UAlbany at the UMBC Event Center on Saturday. The Retrievers have lost 13 of their last 14 contests, and stand at 8-18 on the season.

UMBC men’s lacrosse will play their first home game on Saturday when they face-off against Mount St. Mary’s. The Retrievers have dropped their first two contests this season.

Last season the Retrievers were defeated by Vermont, 9-6, in the conference semi-finals.

The women’s lacrosse team also hosts Mount St. Mary’s this week for their home opener, with a game on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm. The Retrievers have started 2-0 with wins at American and at VCU.

UMBC baseball will open their season on Friday with a three-game weekend series at UNC-Asheville. Then they’ll travel to Miami (Fla.) for a weekend series against the Hurricanes from March 1-3.

The Retrievers are coming off a 22-29 season, and finished 12-11 in conference last year. They are hoping to reclaim the conference championship after winning it in 2017.

UMBC softball will get it’s first extended action of the season when they participate in the Fairfield Inn & Suites Crabtree Invitational in Raleigh, NC this weekend.

Tournament action will include games against Georgia Southern, Murray State and host NC State. The Retrievers dropped their opener, 6-3, on February 10th against Delaware.

The Retrievers will be led by first-year head coach Chris Kuhlmeyer, who comes to Catonsville from Miami (OH) and has 15 years experience as a Division I softball coach.

With winter sports winding down and the spring sports season gearing up, this is a great time to catch some college sports action on campus, so check out the team schedules and come out to support the Retrievers.

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Tom Martin

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