HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Alexis Udoji (pictured) had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Delaware State on Saturday
Alexis Udoji (pictured) had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Delaware State on Saturday

Jan. 22, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - There were five teams in action this past week for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program. The men's basketball team picked up its first victory of the season, while the bowling team captured second-place in the 5th Annual Terrier New York Knock Down Tournament. The women's track team placed fourth at the University of Albany Great Dane Classic and the men claimed seventh at the same meet. The women's basketball team rounded out action with a 72-63 loss at home against Delaware State.

BOWLING

The bowling team claimed second-place with a 4-2 record at the 5th Annual Terrier New York Knock Down Tournament this past weekend. The team was slightly edged by UW-Whitewater, despite the Hawks winning Baker Play on the tournament's final day.

Senior Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament as she averaged a score of 227.33. She disposed of 1,364 pins in six games. She was followed by junior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.), who finished in 13th place with an average score of 195.83. Freshman Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) was 17th with a 191.67 average, while senior T'nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.) placed 20th with an average of 190.83.

For her efforts in the tournament, Ramirez was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 21.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The UMES men's basketball team picked up its first win of the 2012-13 season with a 58-53 win over Delaware State at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center this past Saturday. The win brings the men's record to 1-13 on the year and sends them to a 1-2 mark in the MEAC.  

The men were led by freshman Kevin Mays (Queens, N.Y.), who had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds. Mays also contributed with a 13-of-14 mark from the free-throw line. The majority of his free-throws were seen late in the game and it was his effort that put some of the final daggers into the heart of the Hornets.

The men had four players notch double-digit point totals and posted a lead of as high as 15 points early in the second half. The men did a good job of holding off a resilient DSU offensive effort late in the contest with good defense and a fine job from the charity stripe.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Lady Hawks dropped a 72-63 decision to Delaware State on Saturday at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The loss drops UMES to 5-9 overall and 1-2 in the MEAC.

The team was led by freshman Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) as she had a double-double effort with 11 points and 12 rebounds. She also chipped in with three blocks and was 5-of-10 from the floor. Sophomore Jessica Long (Ft. Washington, Md.) had 10 points, six assists and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, while senior Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) had 10 points and two steals.

The women held a 35-32 lead at halftime, but were unable to tame a potent Lady Hornet offense in the second-half. Despite outrebounding DSU, 45-28, the Hawks could not stop a 55-percent shooting performance by the Lady Hornets in the last frame.

MEN'S INDOOR TRACK

The men's track team placed seventh at the University of Albany Great Dane Classic in Albany, N.Y. this past weekend. The Hawks claimed 29 points altogether.

Senior Andre Walsh was the top performer for the Hawks in the meet as he was the top collegiate runner in the 200m dash. His time of 21.38 was .08 faster than the closest competitor and he is now ranked as the top student-athlete in the IC4A/ECAC standings for the 200m.

His performance was followed by that of sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau), who placed second in the shot put with a heave of 17.26m. The Hawks also saw an impressive performance from senior Zavior Brown (Middle Town, N.Y.) as he ran a 1:56.04 in the 800m to finish in fourth-place. Junior Devil Ruan registered a 14.38 bound in the triple jump to finish fourth overall.

For his efforts in the meet, Walsh was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 21.

WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK

The Lady Hawks claimed fourth at the University of Albany Great Dane Classic with 62 total points. The team was the only school south of Pennsylvania in the top-5 as the group had several solid performances in the 20 team meet.

Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) was up to her old tricks with a first-place time of 54.65 in the 400m. She stands third overall in the IC4A/ECAC standings for times in the 400m.

Her performance was matched by sophomore Gayan Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), who ran a 24.45 to place first in the 200m. Evans also claimed a second-place in the 60m with a time of 7.51. Lexia Robinson nailed home a second-place throw of 18.88m in the weight throw and junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) was third in the shot put with a heave of 14.13m. Junior Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) was fourth in the triple jump with an 11.98m jump and Cox was fourth in the weight throw with a 17.45m finish.

PECKS ...

  • BOWLING - Former Head Coach, Sharon Brummell, was inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame last Friday
  • BOWLING - Lopez won the Team Puerto Rico trials and was selected to bowl for Team Puerto Rico in the World Championships this summer
  • GOLF - Sophomore Michael Ferguson was this week's spotlight golfer in "60 Seconds on the Green"
  • MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - "Coaches Corner" on SFMSports.Net had its second show this past week
  • ATHLETIC TRAINING  - Assistant Trainer Kevin Brown was this week's featured person in UMES' newest column, A Walk with a Hawk ...

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