UMBC Retrievers

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UMBC Retrievers
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University University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Conference America East
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Tim Hall
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Varsity teams 17
Basketball arena UMBC Event Center
Baseball stadium The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC
Mascot True Grit
Nickname Retrievers
Dawgs
Fight song UMBC Riser
Colors Black and Gold[1]
         
Website www.umbcretrievers.com

The UMBC Retrievers represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in NCAA Division I athletics. A member of the America East Conference[2] (AmEast), UMBC sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.

On March 16, 2018, the Retrievers men's basketball team defeated the #1 ranked Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The defeat marked the first time a 16-seed had ever defeated a 1-seed in the tournament out of 135 previous match-ups.[3][4]

Mascot[edit]

The retriever mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the state dog of Maryland. There is a statue of a retriever known as True Grit that stands in front of the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). UMBC's costumed mascot has been known both as True Grit and Fever. UMBC also once had a live mascot named Campus Sam. Today, there is a live mascot named Gritty. In 2007, True revealed he had a sister, Trudy Grit, at the volleyball pep rally. She was used as a mascot as well.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of UMBC in 2006, the University held the "March of the Retrievers," a procession of 40 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers from the True Grit statue to the University Commons and then on to the UMBC Soccer Stadium, site of the Homecoming soccer match.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Cross country
Lacrosse Lacrosse
Soccer Soccer
Baseball Softball
Swimming and diving Swimming and diving
Track and field Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
America East Conference logo in UMBC's colors

The most recent change to the roster of supported sports was the dropping of the men's and women's tennis teams after the 2015–16 season. At the time of the tennis program's demise, the men competed in the Missouri Valley Conference and the women in the America East.[5]

The Retriever Activities Center prior to the 2008 America East Conference Championship Game

In Spring of 2014, UMBC announced that a brand new, $85 million arena and events center was to be built and opened sometime during the 2017–18 school year; it would open as the UMBC Event Center on February 3, 2018.[6] The new arena hosts Retriever basketball and volleyball games, as well as convocations, speaker events, and other community events.[7]

The UMBC Dance Team, cheerleading squad, mascot, and the "Down and Dirty Dawg" Pep Band also are supported through UMBC Athletics.

Baseball[edit]

UMBC Retrievers baseball competes at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[8] The team is led by Bob Mumma, and plays its home games at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC on campus in Baltimore. The Retrievers are members of the America East Conference.[9]

Basketball[edit]

The Retrievers won their first regular season American East Men's Basketball title in 2007–08, and also qualified for their first NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. They had previously competed in the Division II men's basketball tournament.

In 2018, they became the first 16-seeded team in the history of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament to defeat a 1-seeded team by beating the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54.[10]

Retrievers Basketball games are broadcast by Paul Mittermeier and Gary Stein as well as Troy Greene and Dan Levin.

Soccer[edit]

UMBC Event Center, home to the university's basketball and volleyball teams.

The Retrievers men's soccer team won the America East Conference in 2010, receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament. The Retrievers won their first round game against Princeton but lost in the second round in a shootout to a ranked William & Mary team.

The 2010 team's star striker, Levi Houapeu, was drafted as the fifth pick in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union. He is the first UMBC player to be drafted into MLS.

The men also won the conference in 2012, going to the NCAA Tournament once again. They won their first round game against Old Dominion, but lost in penalty kicks in the second round to defending champion North Carolina.

In 2013, the Retrievers led the country in overall record (16-1-3) and became the first team since 1997 to repeat as America East Conference champions. They were ranked #16 and earned a first round bye, as well as hosting UMBC's first ever NCAA Tournament match in any sport. The Retrievers would fall in a penalty shootout for the third time in four years in the second round of the tournament, this time to UConn.

In 2014, the Retrievers won their third straight America East Conference championship and advanced the furthest of any UMBC NCAA Division I team by beating the #12-ranked Creighton 4-3 on PKs, as the Retrievers reached the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament semifinals. UMBC is the first team in tournament history to win four consecutive road games and to post shutouts in four consecutive games (which happened behind goalkeeper Billy Heavner and the back four of Jordan Becker, Oumar Ballo, Marquez Fernandez, and Spencer Williams against Wake Forest, #4-ranked Maryland, #13-ranked Louisville and #12-ranked Creighton) to reach the College Cup.[11]

The Retriever women's soccer team won their first American East Conference title and made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2013, where they lost to #1-ranked Virginia Tech 2-0 in the first round. This was an amazing accomplishment considering the team had a cumulative record of 3-39-9 in their previous three years.[12]

Non-varsity programs[edit]

Sport Head Coach Venue Notes
Wrestling (Men) Luke Broadwater RAC Arena NCWA National Championship- 10th place team: 2010, 9th place team: 2011. Individual National Champions: Alex Broadwater (149 lbs) 2008. Individual All Americans: Alex Broadwater 2007, 2008, 2009; Michael Hornzell 2007; Angelo Ambridge 2010; Zach Coe 2010; Daniel Carr 2011; Kekura Musa 2011
Ice Hockey (Men) Jeff Pelus Reisterstown IcePlex ACHA National Tournament 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014. ACHA National Semifinalist 2010, 2014. Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Champions 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014. Individual All-Americans: Nik Jost 2012, 2013.
Volleyball (Men) RAC Arena 2014 NCVF Quarterfinalist
Rugby (Men) Hannibal Walker Field 2015 3rd in Region

Notable alumni[edit]

True Grit[edit]

True Grit at a lacrosse match.

True Grit is the name of the mascot at UMBC. True Grit appears in two forms: Both as a statue in front of the Retriever Activities Center of a Chesapeake Bay retriever and as a costumed mascot, an anthropomorphized Chesapeake Bay retriever. The latter can typically be seen in attire of whatever sport he is currently attending; this is most often basketball or lacrosse.

History[edit]

The Chesapeake Bay retriever is the state dog of Maryland and has been the mascot of UMBC since weeks after its founding in 1966.[13] The costumed mascot was alternately known as "Fever the Retriever" in the late 1990s. The University also once had a live mascot, upon whom the True Grit statue is based, named Campus Sam.[14] At the beginning of the 2008 fall semester, a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy was chosen as a new mascot. He attends many athletic events and an online poll was held on the Retriever Activities Center website to choose his name, which was ultimately decided as "Gritty".

The costumed mascot has been fairly consistent throughout the years, with one notable exception. At convocation at the beginning of the 2002–2003 academic year, a new mascot costume was unveiled that was quite different from the previous costume. This mascot was active throughout the rest of the school year, but following that year a familiar-looking mascot returned—the new costume was similar to the first edition with a slightly darker brown coat.

UMBC Riser[edit]

The UMBC Riser is the official fight song of the UMBC Retrievers, and was written by Dr. George LaNoue, a professor of policy sciences[15]

Alma mater[edit]

UMBC's alma mater debuted in 2006 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary festivities. The tune is American Hymn by Matthias Keller, and the lyrics and arrangement are by Jari Villanueva, former director of UMBC's pep band.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Institutional Colors". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "America East Conference". America East Conference. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Wilco, Daniel (March 17, 2018). "Last perfect bracket busts after UMBC pulls off biggest upset in NCAA tournament history". NCAA.com. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Retrievers Make NCAA Men's College Basketball History; Knock Off Top-Seeded Virginia, 74-54". UMBC Retrievers. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "UMBC to Discontinue Men's and Women's Tennis Programs" (Press release). UMBC Retrievers. November 2, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Shaffer, Jonas (January 24, 2018). "New UMBC Event Center to open for Feb. 3 men's basketball game vs. Vermont". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "UMBC Announces Major Construction Projects". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "UMBC Retrievers". d1baseball.com. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  9. ^ 2015 Baseball Media Guide. Northeastern Huskies. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Reed, Steve (March 17, 2018). "No. 16 UMBC stuns No. 1 Virginia 74-54 to make NCAA history". Philadelphia, PA: WPVI-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "UMBC". umbcretrievers.com.
  12. ^ "espnw – UMBC soccer team completes titanic turnaround". espnW.
  13. ^ "Traditions and Spirit Groups". UMBC Retrievers official website. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  14. ^ "A Brief Early History of UMBC". UMBC Founders Oral History Project. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  15. ^ http://umbcretrievers.com/info/tradition/
  16. ^ http://www.umbc.edu/40th/story1.html

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