Local Maryland Sports Update – Towson, JHU, UMBC

Johns Hopkins quarterback Robbie Matey (5) – 2012 Credit: David Richard – USA TODAY Sports

Let’s take a look at some local Maryland sports that may or may not get covered much in the traditional news.

UMBC Soccer

UMBC scored an impressive upset win over their more recognized sibling as they beat the Maryland Terrapins 1-0 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament. Midfielder Malcolm Harris hit a shot off of a goalkeeper rebound to win it in the 70th minute. The America East champions will now visit No. 13 Louisville (11-7-3) next Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Tourney.

Hoopsville National Invitational Classic

Stevenson University just finished hosting the large and impressive Hoopsville National Invitational Classic at their Owings Mills Gymnasium.

The three-day event had 10 teams (Catholic, Cabrini, Chicago, Gwynedd Mercy, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Purchase, Randolph-Macon, Stevenson, Wittenberg and WPI) and provided the fans some great action.

I was able to attend only one game on Friday but got to see a spirited Catholic squad beat Gwynned Mercy. Some other great games were WPI beating Chicago, Randolph-Macon beating Wittenberg and host Stevenson also over Wittenberg.

Noted basketball player and fan, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, was also in attendance to watch the Stevenson/Chicago game.

ECAC Southeast Bowl

Stevenson University was a busy place on Saturday as they also hosted their first-ever postseason game, the ECAC DIII Southeast Bowl. Stevenson Defeated the  Bethany College Bison 29-7 for the crown. Stevenson University sophomore running back Trey Lee rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Not bad for the school’s fourth year of football competition.

Johns Hopkins Football

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays also continued their postseason as they beat Rowan 24-0 at home in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Senior Quarterback Braden Anderson threw for 286 Yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Johns Hopkins will now play at Hobart next Saturday as their quest for the Division III title continues on.

Washington College Women

The Washington College Shorewomen beat the visiting City College of New York 64-39 on Saturday. Junior forward Carley Kendall had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, and four blocked shots in the victory.

Frostburg Men

The Frostburg State men’s basketball team beat Randolph 70-58. Freshman Tyler Michael had 27 points to lead the way.

Bowie State Lady Bulldogs

The Bowie State Lady Bulldogs beat the Alderson Broaddus Battlers 78-60 on Saturday and they are now 2-2 to start the season. Senior Alisha Burley had 18 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to victory.

Navy Water Polo

We don’t normally cover water polo, but we, of course, should. So it was nice to see that the Navy water polo finished its 2014 season with a victory in the third-place game of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship Tournament on Sunday. They defeated St. Francis 14-13 in overtime. For the season, Navy had a record of 19-12.

Salisbury Field Hockey

Salisbury University junior Breck Sullivan won the 2014 Division III Elite 89 Award for field hockey. Sullivan is a junior on the field hockey squad, with a 3.93 grade-point average as an environmental studies major, with a minor in math.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA in 2009, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.

Towson Women’s Basketball

The Towson Tigers women’s team hosted the consolation bracket of the Women’s Preseason NIT over the weekend. On Friday they beat Rider 53-51 and lost to North Dakota 54-42 on Saturday.

Towson Men’s Basketball

The Tigers men’s team is having a very good start to their season. They beat Monmouth 79-75 in the final game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. They also beat Bethune-Cookman and Central Connecticut State in the weekend event. They are now 4-1 for the season.

Washington Adventist University

The Washington Adventist University men’s basketball team won the Neal Baisi Classic hosted by West Virginia Tech University. They beat the University of Rio Grande and the host Golden Bears along the way for the tournament trophy.

Maryland Football edges Michigan

The Maryland Terrapins football team beat Michigan 23-16 at the Big House in Ann Arbor on Saturday. They are now 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten. Various bowl projections are out there. Most likely would be for them to play Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl or at the Pinstripe Bowl against Duke. They finish the season at home against Rutgers on Saturday.

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