HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Cain won the IC4A Championships triple jump with a 15.39m jump

Cain won the IC4A Championships triple jump with a 15.39m jump

March 4, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw several monumental achievements occur this past week, but it was the performance of Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) that stole the show.

Agbasi recorded her 232 career block to break the UMES all-time women's basketball blocks record on Thursday. Junior Andre Walsh (St. Catherine, Jamaica) won the 200m dash in the IC4A Championships with a time that fell just .04 seconds off the all-time IC4A record, while sophomore Owen Cain (Montgomery Village, Md.) placed first in the men's triple jump.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The UMES women's basketball team went 1-1 this past week.

The women were upended, 48-47, by Coppin State to begin the week. The Hawks held a one-point lead with 25 seconds left in the game, but a converted jumper in the final seconds by CSU proved to be the difference. Senior guard Kwinnyata Mercer (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) converted four long-distance shots to tie a team-high with 14 points. She also had six rebounds and one block.

Agbasi became the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's all-time women's basketball blocks leader on Thursday night as the Hawks used a brilliant second-half rally to defeat Savannah State University, 47-42, at the William P. Hytche Center. The senior had five blocks in the game and now has 101 on the season, 232 in her career.

She came up big for UMES late in the game as she converted a huge three-point play and was a part of a Hawk defense that did not allow an SSU field-goal across the last eight minutes of play.

Agbasi's efforts helped her in being distinguished as the women's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. This is the third time this year she has been honored with the award. The article can be found here.

INDOOR TRACK

The men's indoor track team placed third at the IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass., this past weekend. The event saw 45 teams compete and UMES tied Rutgers with 39 points.

Walsh won the 200m dash finals with a time of 20.89. Junior Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica) finished in third in the 60m hurdle finals (7.86) and sixth in the 60m finals (6.91), while junior Zavior Brown (Middle Town, N.Y.) placed fourth in the 800m finals (1:50.74). Cain collected UMES' second first-place honor of the day when he jumped 15.39m in the men's triple jump.

Walsh's efforts helped him in being distinguished as the men's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. This is the third time this year he has been honored with the award. The article can be found here.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The men's basketball team went 0-2 this past week.

The men posted an early lead over Coppin State University as the Hawks held a seven-point lead, 34-27, at halftime. The second-half was all CSU, where the Eagles benefitted from a 9-for-29 shooting performance by UMES.

Junior Percy Woods (Hyattsville, Md.) had a game-high 18 points and seven assists, while sophomore Ronald Spencer (Sicklerville, N.J.) ripped down a game-high 17 rebounds.

UMES squared off with Savannah State University in its second game of the week, where the Hawks fell, 73-54. The maroon and gray fell behind early in the contest and despite playing even with the Tigers in the second-half, were unable to overcome the deficit.

Senior Hillary Haley (Ft. Washington, Md.) finished with a game-high 22 points, while fellow classman Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was the final regular-season home game for the pair.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

The women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to Towson University in Salisbury, Md., this past Saturday.

The team was swept in both singles and doubles play, but would receive points in each of the contests that senior Solana McMillan (Teaneck, N.J.) was involved in. The senior fell, 6-0, 6-1, in No. 1 singles. McMillan would team up with sophomore Enjoli Simmons (Baltimore, Md.) in No. 1 doubles, where the pair fell to Towson by a score of 8-1.

GOLF

The golf team placed 10th at the BCU Gary Freeman Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla. The squad was led by sophomore Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.), who placed 35th with a score of 232.

The men finished 10th on both days and the team totaled five rounds under 80. Veverka shot a 74 on his final round of action, which was the 12th highest score totaled.

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 0-4 this past week as the Hawks were swept in a pair of double-headers by Cornell University.

On Friday, the men fell behind by 13 runs after three innings of play. The team saw solid production from its bullpen as sophomore Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) allowed just three runs and fanned five in seven innings of relief.

The second game featured messy field conditions as a plethora of rain hit the Princess Anne area. The Hawks had three players collect hits and were led by the performance of sophomore Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), who had one hit and one walk.

UMES was swept in its second double-header with the Big Red on Sunday. The team had senior James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Va.) and sophomore Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) both hit safely in Sunday's games, as the pair are each riding four-game hit streaks.

Senior Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) was selected as this week's spotlight student-athlete in UMES' newest column, A Walk with a Hawk... His column can be viewed here.

BOWLING

The bowling team participated in the MEAC Northern Division meet in Dover, Del., this past weekend. The results of the tournament were unavailable as of press time.


UPCOMING WEEK (March 4 - March 11)

The men's and women's basketball teams are set to participate in the MEAC Tournament this week. The women have received the No. 6 seed and will play Savannah State on Monday at 6:30 p.m., while the men are the No. 12 seed. The tournament is scheduled to last until Saturday, March 10, where the championship games will be broadcasted on ESPN2 and ESPNU.

The men's and women's tennis teams will open up MEAC play with a trio of contests against Norfolk State University, Howard University and Morgan State University. The teams host NSU on Thursday, March 8 and will travel to Howard on Saturday, March 10. The Hawks conclude the week with a 1 p.m., meeting at MSU on Sunday.

The softball team hosts a pair of double-headers at Hawk Field this week. The women open the week against Goldey-Beacom on Friday, March 9 at 1 p.m., before they entertain Savannah State at 11 a.m., on Saturday.

The baseball team has three contests in Pennsylvania this week as the Hawks travel to Villanova, Temple and St. Joseph's (Pa.). The Hawks play Villanova at 2:15 p.m., on Friday, before traveling to Temple on Saturday at 2 p.m., and St. Joseph's at noon on Sunday.

The bowling team will begin action in the USBC Sectional Qualifier on Friday. The team is set to continue play until Sunday.

The indoor track teams will conclude their seasons at the NCAA Championships in Boise, Idaho. The teams will participate in action on March 9-10.

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