HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (NOVEMBER 11TH THROUGH 17TH)
Junior Mariana Alvarado (pictured) guided UMES to its third Hawk Classic Championship
Junior Mariana Alvarado (pictured) guided UMES to its third Hawk Classic Championship

Nov. 18, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, men’s & women’s basketball getting first wins of the season, women’s bowling victorious in Hawk Classic, MEAC honors, golf’s fall finale, weekend results, and more, including Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray and Walk With a Hawk.

Let's get started:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (11/18), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, PA) received his first Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) UMES Athlete of the Week along with Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD) from women’s basketball.

Against Columbia (11/09), Baxter tied a team-high 17 points with junior guard KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, IN) while shooting 6-for-9 from the floor in 33 minutes of action.

Last Tuesday (11/12), the Hawks earned their first win of the young season as they defeated Salisbury University, 95-55, their largest margin of victory in 17 years. UMES shot nearly 60% from the field, led by Jones’ career-high 33 points. Baxter and Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, NY) scored 15 and 12, respectively, in the victory.

Two days later (11/14), UMES fell to the University of Iowa, 109-63, at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Isaac Smith (Chicago, IL) made his season debut and led the Hawk attack with 19 points while center Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) recorded eight points and nine boards in the loss.

This Wednesday (11/20), the Hawks return home to host Mount St. Mary’s at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On Nov. 18th, UMES junior guard Jessica Long earned PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week along with men’s basketball Hakeem Baxter after her performance against the University of South Carolina-Upstate (USC-Upstate).

In 33 minutes, Long tied a team-high 17 points along with teammate TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC) and also added five assists, two steals, and a rebound in the loss.

Last Tuesday (11/12), the Lady Hawks made their first road trip of the season to Washington, DC to face the Eagles of American University. UMES fell short, 76-69, but the guard duo of Long and Burke combined for 51 points to keep the Lady Hawks in the game. Long recorded a new career-high 28 points while Burke posted 23 points.

Last Saturday (11/16), the women’s basketball team picked up their first win of the season as they cruised past the University of Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC), 68-45. The Lady Hawks defeated UMBC for the first time on the Retriever’s home-court after losing five straight dating back to 1982.

Four Lady Hawks scored in double-digits, led by junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA). Sweeney recorded a career-high 22 points, including seven three-pointers. Long registered 11 points and six assists while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, VA) earned her first double-double of the young season as she tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds. Other notable Hawk performances included Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA) tying her career-high 12 rebounds while chipping in five points, four steals, and two blocks. Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, KY) made her first start of the season and netted 11 points, including three triples in the win.

This Wednesday (11/20), UMES heads north to Syracuse, NY to face Syracuse University in the Carrier Dome. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

BOWLING

On Nov. 12th, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its Bowling Athlete of the Week and UMES junior All-American Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) was recognized for her performance in the MEAC Northern Division Meet at Dover, DE (Nov. 9-10).

Alvardo led the UMES charge to a 9-1 mark, including a perfect 5-0 outing on Day Two (11/10). Alvardo averaged 211.2 over five matches and a game-high 236 in the loss to conference rival Delaware State.

Yesterday (11/17), the team claimed its third Hawk Classic Championship by defeating Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), 4-0. Seven Hawks had a hand in the win as Alvarado, Megan Buja (Rockford, IL), Valerie Riggin (Vista, CA), Justyne Falbo (Rockford, IL), and Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) started the match. Victoria Jones (Baltimore, MD) and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) both subbed into the match to help secure the win.

In December (12/07-12/08), the women’s bowling team will compete in their second MEAC Northern Division Meet at Hampton, VA.

GOLF

UMES men’s golf team concluded its fall schedule at the Tiger Invitational in Savannah, GA (Nov. 9-10). The team finished 11th overall and seventh in the region. Freshman Keun Park (Woodstock, MD) made his collegiate career and led the Hawks, finishing 43rd in the event.

In February, the golf team resumes play and the final rounds of four UMES golfers.

VOLLEYBALL

On Nov. 14th, the MEAC announced its 2013 MEAC Volleyball All-Academic & All-MEAC Team selections and UMES lone senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) earned both honors.

Academically, Li was the only Lady Hawk eligible among the 71 student-athletes chosen from the conference’s 13 institutions. Furthermore, Li was also recognized for her performance on the court as she was named All-MEAC Third Team. This season, the Lady Hawk Libero appeared in all 84 sets with 385 digs (4.58 digs/set), 45 assists, six services aces, and two kills. Li ended her collegiate career playing in 371 sets (108 matches) with 951 digs, 82 assists, eight kills, and seven aces.

On Nov. 10th, the volleyball team concluded its 2013 campaign.

GENERAL

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

UMES athletic department continued its Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray series with Allen Davenport. He is the fourth UMES Hall of Famer to be profiled as the department counts down to the 2014 UMES Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 14th.

In the early 1980s, Davenport lettered in basketball and baseball while earning his degree from UMES in 1987. The Portsmouth-native played under fellow UMES Hall of Famer Kirkland Hall as a member of the men’s basketball team. Davenport averaged 11 points and received numerous MEAC honors, including MEAC Player of the Week and All-Tournament Team.

Since graduation, Davenport returned to UMES as an assistant softball coach and led the softball team to its first winning since 1996 when the Lady Hawks posted a 20-18 record in 2008-09 season. Davenport was inducted into UMES Hall of Fame in 2008.

WALK WITH A HAWK

For freshman Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, MD), the adjustment to college life has had its tough times, but she has enjoyed her first few months at UMES, especially her success in cross-country. Halmon became the best runner for the Lady Hawks in terms of time for every race this season, including four top-10 finishes. Even more fascinating, cross-country is not the reason she joined the track team.

To read more about Halmon, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

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