HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (MARCH 3RD THROUGH MARCH 9TH)
UMES Alum Billy Thompson (pictured) nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame
UMES Alum Billy Thompson (pictured) nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame

March 10, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball announces schedule change, men’s & women’s basketball earns postseason honor, bowling goes bronze, weekly results, and more, including UMES Hall of Famers nominated and recognized.

So much going on, so little time, so let jump right in:

BASEBALL

Last Wednesday (03/05), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team announced several schedule changes due to inclement weather, including contests versus New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Mount St. Mary’s. Click Here to view the revised schedule.

This afternoon (03/10), the Hawks square off against Mount St. Mary’s on the road in a doubleheader. First-pitches are set for noon and 3:00 p.m. (EST), respectively.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (03/03), men’s basketball Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) was awarded UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, along with Trenece Nash (softball), after his performance versus Hampton University and Coppin State University (CSU). In the two games, Snyder averaged 22.5 points-per-game (PPG) and 10 rebounds-per-game (RPG) while helping UMES snap a 34-game road losing streak.

On the same day (03/03), the Hawks fell to Norfolk State University (NSU), 77-65, at Echols Hall. Snyder posted his fifth double-double in the past seven games while Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) and Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) notched 22 points combined in the loss.

Three days later (03/06), Maryland Eastern Shore delivered a statement as they defeated Delaware State University (DSU), 84-70, on senior night. Snyder and Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded 30 points each whereas Pina Guillaume (N’Djamena, Chad) registered a double-double in the victory.

On March 8th, Snyder and KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind) were selected to the College Sports Madness 2013-14 MEAC All-Conference Teams. Snyder made third team whereas Jones was selected to the fourth team.

Later tonight (03/10), UMES takes on NSU inside the Norfolk Scope Arena in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament. Game-time is slated for 6:30 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On March 3rd, the women’s basketball team battled until the final buzzer, but was unable to complete the comeback as they fell to Norfolk State, 61-57. Junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) ended her night registering a game-high 19 points while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) and Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) each notched eight points in the loss.

Last Thursday (03/06), Maryland Eastern Shore erased a fourteen-point deficit to comeback and knock off DSU in overtime, 74-71, to secure the eleventh spot in the MEAC Tournament. McCoy led the charge for the Lady Hawks as she finished with a team-high 21 points whereas TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) added 13 points, including the game-tying shot to send the game into overtime.

This past Saturday (03/08), Long was named to the College Sports Madness 2013-14 MEAC All-Conference Fourth Team.  

This evening (03/10), the Lady Hawks face the Spartans inside the Norfolk Scope Arena, located in Norfolk, Va. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

On March 4th, women’s bowling Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) was named Co-MEAC Bowling Athlete of the Week, with NSU’s Thea Aspiras, after her performance in the MEAC Northern Division Meet, locate in Baltimore, Md. Buja helped clinch the Hawks sixth MEAC Northern Division title by averaging 219.2 in five games, including a game-high 237 versus Coppin State.

Last weekend (03/08-03/10), UMES finished third at the Music City Classic, located in Nashville, Tenn. On day one, Maryland Eastern Shore struggled as they placed sixth, led by Buja tossing 24 strikes. On day two, the team rallied as they moved up to fourth, sparked by Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) recording a career day. On the final day, the Hawks took home the bronze by defeating Wisconsin-Whitewater and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). Jones was also named Music City Classic Most Valuable Player (MVP).

This weekend (03/14-03/16), the team heads to Allentown, Pa. to compete in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Sectional Qualifier. Click Here for times.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On March 2nd, freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) won the long-jump at the Boston University’s Last Chance Meet, located in Boston. Other notable Hawk performance included freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) earned fifth place in the 3000 meter.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On March 2nd, junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) placed second in the women’s 60-meter dash at the Boston University’s Last Chance Meet. Other notable Hawk performance included sophomore Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) qualifying in the 5000 meter and 800 meter runs.

SOFTBALL

On March 3rd, UMES softball Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) won the UMES PRMC Athletes of the Week, alongside Troy Snyder (men's basketball), for her performance at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Nash was the lone Maryland Eastern Shore player to make the 2014 Coastal Carolina Invitational All-Tournament Team as she finished hitting .500 (5-of-10), including two doubles, two RBIs, two runs, two walks, and a homer against Saint Peter’s University.

Last Saturday (03/08), the softball team fell in their home opener to Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC) at Lady Hawks Field, 7-4, and, 13-0, respectively. Nash, Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.), and Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) each recorded two hits in the first game.

The next day (03/09), UMES bounced back to split with the Retrievers by taking the first game, 4-3, but falling in the second, 3-2. Despite receiving a no decision, Abria Tinsley (Sewell, N.J.) set the tone for UMES in the first game as she pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and struck out three Retrievers. Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) earned the win in relief.

This Wednesday (03/12), Maryland Eastern Shore hosts Rhode Island at Lady Hawks Field in a doubleheader. First-pitch is booked for 1:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S & WOMEN’S TENNIS

Yesterday (03/09), senior Wirlen Elame (Silver Springs, Md.) enjoyed his finest match of the season, but it was not enough as the men’s & women’s tennis team  fell to UMBC.

On March 21st, the teams return to action as they take on the Bison of Howard University. Match-time is set for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

GENERAL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HOF

Former UMES defensive back Billy Thompson was nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame, which takes place in Atlanta, Ga. Thompson is one of 38 football players nominated from all teams, current and defunct, from the FCS division.

During his UMES tenure, Thompson was a four-year letterman while earning three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Conference and All-American First-Team selections. Click Here to read more.

DAWNETTE DOUGLAS

Newly inducted UMES Athletic Hall of Famer Dawnette Douglas will be recognized by the MEAC as a Distinguished Alumni during the tournament. Mrs. Douglas will be recognized this Thursday, March 13th during halftime at the Norfolk Scope Arena, located in Norfolk Va.

In 1989, Douglas arrived in Princess Anne and competed in track & field. In 1992, Douglas ran in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for her home country of Bermuda. Click Here to read more.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.