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May 14, 2009 / umbcdawgblog

Retriever Alumni Update – May 14

This week on the Retriever Alumni Update, we’ll take a look at Brendan Mundorf in the NLL semifinals, Ray Barbosa in Puerto Rico, and a trio of former men’s soccer players on the field at the same time.


Baloncesto Superior Nacional

Ray Barbosa – Vaqueros de Bayamon

Barbosa had his most significant action last Saturday as Bayamon fell to San German, 85-65, playing just under 22 minutes and had a season high six points on 3-of-6 shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds, one steal and dished out two assists. The former Dawg has now played in five games as Bayamon heads towards the midway point of their season.

United Soccer League – First Division

Matt Watson – Carolina RailHawks

Watson started and played 68 minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Charleston Battery, recording his first shot this season. He has now played in three games for the RailHawks, who play at Miami FC this Saturday before traveling to the Cleveland City Stars on Friday, May 22. The game with Cleveland will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m.

The former Retriever also hit the media circuit this week, being interviewed on Y102.9 on Wednesday morning. He talked on a variety of topics, including the RailHawks and soccer in England. To hear the interview, click here.

Carolina is currently second in USL-1 with 10 points after six games, only one point behind league-leader Vancouver. For more info on the RailHawks, please click here.

United Soccer League – Second Division

Kevin Gnatiko, Brian Rowland – Crystal Palace Baltimore

Both former Retrievers played the entire game on Saturday, May 9, as Crystal Palace fell to the Real Maryland Monarchs, 2-0. Gnatiko started in the midfield and recorded three shots, while Rowland was in net, making six saves. Gnatiko has now played in three games, while Rowland has played every minute in net for Crystal Palace. Former Dawg Dan Bulls came off the bench as a late sub for Real Maryland for his first professional action.

Crystal Palace is tied for first with seven points in the USL-2, but has played more games than both the Wilmington Hammerheads and Harrisburg City Islanders. Up next are two home games at UMBC Stadium this weekend. Friday’s matchup against Western Mass is at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s tilt with Charlotte is at 7 p.m. For more info on Crystal Palace, please click here.

National League Lacrosse

Brendan Mundorf – New York Titans

Mundorf scored the game-winning goal and dished out three assists as the Titans won the East Division NLL Championship last Saturday over the defending champion Buffalo Bandits, 9-3. He assisted on the Titans’ last three goals of the game, two of which came on the power play. Mundorf and the Titans move on to the National League Lacrosse championship game against the Calgary Roughnecks Friday at 9:30 p.m. to battle for the Champion’s Cup. For more info on the Titans, please click here.

Major League Lacrosse

The 2009 MLL season begins Saturday, May 15th and will feature many former Retrievers. Zack Burke will be playing defense for the local Washington Bayhawks, while Terry Kimener will play midfield for the Chicago Machine. The Denver Outlaws’ attack will feature Drew Westervelt and Brendan Mundorf, who will join the team after the NLL title game.

Next Week

We’ll have results from the NLL title game and the first week of Major League Lacrosse along with updates on the USL-1 and USL-2 leagues. If you know of any former Retrievers who are playing in professional or semi-professional around the globe, please email so we can start tracking them. Have a great week.




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