UMES SPANS THE REGION WITH BUSY WE
UMES Athletics spans the region this weekend.
UMES Athletics spans the region this weekend.

Nov. 14, 2008

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - With six different sports in action this weekend, it may get a little confusing for the Hawk faithful to follow their favorite teams this weekend. With one of the busiest weekends of the athletic year approaching, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is ready to bring home some hardware, pick up much needed wins and open and close seasons with a bang.

The first to compete is the women's volleyball team who is headed to Hampton, Va. to compete for the 2008 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship. Sporting the conference Player of the Year, Christina Estebane' and the conference Rookie of the Year, Christine Edwards, as well as first-team selection and 2007 Player of the Year Whitney Johnson, UMES enters as the top seed from the northern division where they take a perfect 10-0 league mark into the event.

They play the southern division's fourth seed; Norfolk State in a noon match on Friday, and with a win will play Saturday at noon against Delaware State or South Carolina State. A win on Saturday means a date in the championship match held at noon on Sunday.

Opening their season this weekend is the men's basketball team. They will travel to New York to face Stony Brook University. The game is the debut of new Hawk's head man Frankie Allen as well as a host of other newcomers. The team is off to a promising start, posting a 40-point win over Swarthmore in an exhibition contest back on November 4th. UMES has defeated Stony Brook each of the last two seasons. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Possibly closing out their season this weekend is the men and women's cross-country teams. The women, who took home the 2008 MEAC Championship trophy for the second year in a row earlier this season, enter the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Princeton University. The men, runners-up to the 2008 title and the winner of the 2007 Championship will also compete. MEAC Coach of the Year Ernest Barrett leads the two squads into action starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Also competing at home this weekend, kind of, is the women's bowling team. The nation's top ranked team will host a MEAC Northern Division match-up at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del., their home lanes. Last weekend UMES posted a 7-3 mark against conference opponents. They are 13-10 overall and sport the current MEAC Bowler of the Week, Kristina Frahm. Action begins at 10:00 a.m. each day.

Finally the women's basketball team starts their season at home on Sunday when they host Syracuse University in a 3:00 p.m. match-up. The Orange and the Hawks faced off last season in New York with SU coming away with the win. The Lady Hawks are on their home court this time however and coming off a school-best 17 wins. They sport last season's MEAC Rookie of the Year in Casey Morton and All-Conference selection April McBride and Tiffany Reid. They topped Elizabeth City State University on Tuesday last week scoring 97 points in exhibition action.

As always, fans can follow the action and get updated scores, stats and news at www.umeshawks.com