HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (FEBRUARY 10TH THROUGH 16TH)
Dillon Simon (pictured) set a new shot-put record at the MEAC Indoor Championship this past weekend
Dillon Simon (pictured) set a new shot-put record at the MEAC Indoor Championship this past weekend

Feb. 17, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball & bowling cancels events, latest NTCA polls, MEAC Indoor Track Championship, weekly results, and more, including A Walk With A Hawk.

Let’s jump right into it:

BASEBALL

Despite the brutal string of bad weather this winter, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Baseball head coach Pedro Swann is excited about this season’s prospects to improving on last season’s eight win season.

“We are prepping this year to win the MEAC,” said Swann. “That is the goal for this team. We know errors will happen, but I know the team will play solid defense. I am expecting the pitching to hold up as well. If we put it all together, the team is going to open some eyes. It is going to be a good run.”

On Feb. 13th, the baseball team cancelled their scheduled trip to Tampa, Fla. to face South Florida due to inclement weather, permitting the team from leaving the Baltimore, Md. airport. At this time, the three-game series will not be rescheduled.

This Wednesday (02/19), Maryland Eastern Shore heads to Arlington, Va. to take on George Washington University. First-pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (02/10), men’s basketball Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) was named UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, alongside Ashleigh Claybrooks (women’s basketball), for his performances versus North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Coppin State University (CSU). Snyder scored a combined 27 points over the two-game span while snatching 17 boards off the glass.

On the same day (02/10), UMES was unable to seal the deal as they fell on the road to Hampton University, 71-65.KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a game-high 27 points while Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) notched 16 points in the loss.

On Feb. 15th, down by 20 points with 16 minutes to play, the men’s basketball team completed a comeback for the ages, as the Hawks defeated Howard, 87-73, before 4,602 on Homecoming weekend at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The mind-blowing run was fueled by Snyder, who had career-highs in points (34) and assists (five). The 20-point comeback win was the largest overcome by a Hawk squad since 2005.

Later today (02/17), the Hawks host Morgan State University inside the Hytche Athletic Center. Game-time is booked for 7:30 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On Feb. 10th, the Lady Hawks’ Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) earned her second UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week on the season, along with Troy Snyder (men’s basketball), for her performances against NCCU and CSU. Claybrooks recorded back-to-back double-doubles as she combined for 28 points and 21 rebounds in the two games.

On the same day (02/10), the women’s basketball fell to the Lady Pirates of Hampton University, 54-35, despite hanging tough with the conference elite team. Junior Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) notched a team-high 15 points while freshman Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) added eight points and three boards in the loss.

Last Saturday (02/15), Maryland Eastern Shore made a statement win over the Lady Bison of Howard University, 66-57, for Homecoming. Junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) paced the Lady Hawks as she scored 19 points while Sweeney led the UMES’ bench squad, posting 16 points and five boards in the win.

This evening (02/17), Maryland Eastern Shore takes on the Lady Bears of Morgan State University at the Hytche Athletic Center. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

Last Thursday (02/13), the bowling team cancelled their trip to Houston to compete in the Katz Klash due to inclement weather. UMES was one of three teams withdrawing from the tournament because of the snow storm.

"For the safety of our student-athletes, we have made the decision to cancel the trips to Texas this weekend," said UMES Director of Athletics, Keith Davidson. "Air travel is not an option and other travel methods are just not in the best interests of the safety and health of our student-athletes."

Two days later (02/15), the team dropped one spot to third in the latest poll from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA), behind #1 Arkansas State and #2 Nebraska.

In March (03/01-03/02), the Hawks return to action as they will compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division 3, located in Baltimore, Md. The two-day tournament begins Saturday (03/01) at noon.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On Feb. 7-8, the track team faced its tough competition on the season as they managed to demonstrate a strong performance at the Armory Invitational, located in New York City. Freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) picked up UMES’ lone victory of the season as he earned the top spot in the 3000 meters Eastern run by posting an 8:31.25.

Last weekend (02/14-02/15), Maryland Eastern Shore competed in the MEAC Indoor Championship, located in Annapolis, Md., where they saw strong individuals performances from Rmidi,, Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica), and Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). In Simon’s efforts, he was named MEAC Top Field Performer at the meet, setting a new MEAC shot-put record. The Hawks finished fifth overall with 64 points while Hampton captured the 2014 MEAC Men’s Indoor Championship.

Next month (03/07-03/09), UMES wraps-up the indoor season in Boston to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship. Meet times will be released at a later date.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Nearly two weeks ago (02/07-02/08), the women’s track team competed in the Armory Invitational where Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) led the Lady Hawks, placing third in the women’s 60-meter finals with a 7.41 time. Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.) finished tenth in the high-jump, recording a distance of 1.63 meters.

This past weekend (02/14-02/15), the women’s team participated in the MEAC Indoor Championship at Prince George’s Sports Complex, located in Annapolis, Md. Evans won in the preliminary rounds and finals of the 60-meter dash. Evans guided the team to a seventh-place finished with 29 points and saw the Lady Pirates of Hampton University win the 2014 MEAC Indoor Championship.

On March 7-9, Maryland Eastern Shore concludes its indoor campaign in Boston where they will compete in the ECAC Championship. Meet times will be announced later.

GENERAL

A WALK WITH A HAWK

When Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) searched for her college of choice, she had two ambitious goals in mind—one was to earn a degree in electrical engineering and the second was to make an impact in the world of Division I basketball. But as colleges recruiting, she found that some coaches were either not excited or not comfortable about coaching a player that would be taking on a difficult and time consuming major.

At UMES, there were no such concerns. With the coaching staff expressing a confidence that she could do both, Stewart enrolled at UMES in 2010.

To read more about Shanyce’s story, please Click Here.

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