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July 16, 2009 / umbcdawgblog

Retriever Alumni Update – July 16

This week on the Retriever Alumni Update, a former men’s lacrosse player named as the head coach of the US Women’s National team, the Major League Lacrosse all-star game is tonight and a former basketball star is playing Puerto Rico’s playoffs.

Fried Named U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Coach

Ricky Fried, a former UMBC men’s lacrosse star and current Georgetown University women’s lacrosse head coach, has been named the head coach of the United States Women’s National squad by the US Lacrosse Women’s Division Board of Directors. He will take over the team and lead them towards the 2013 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. Women’s developmental team tryouts will be held at UMBC from Aug. 1-3. Fried was an All-American for UMBC in 1988.

Baloncesto Superior Nacional

Ray Barbosa and Vaqueros de Bayamon have advanced to the semifinals against Mayaguez, where Bayamon leads the series 1-0. Barbosa played seven minutes and scored a bucket in the three-point win, 76-73. He saw action in six games in the quarterfinal round, including a 19-point outburst against Ponce on July 6. The seven-game series continues tonight with game 2 at 8 p.m.

Major League Lacrosse

Former UMBC men’s lacrosse and current Denver stars Brendan Mundorf and Drew Westervelt will be featured in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star game tonight at 10 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN2 from Denver. Mundorf will be playing for the “Old School” side, while Westervelt will be suiting up for the “Young Guns.” The Old School side consists of players who’s senior years in college were 2006 and before, while the Young Guns is all players ’07 or later.

Westervelt had six goals and an assist, while Mundorf had two goals, as Denver fell for only the second time this season to Boston, 17-16 on July 4th. That same day, Terry Kimener scored and assisted on two goals as the Chicago Machine defeated Toronto 24-19.

United Soccer League – Division II

Former UMBC men’s soccer players Brian Rowland and Kevin Gnatiko had a memorable experience Monday, getting a chance to play in Crystal Palace USA’s exhibition against their sister club, Crystal Palace UK. Playing against a team from England’s Coca-Cola Championship division, the two former Dawgs played well. Rowland played in net for the first half, making a couple of big saves, while Gnatiko came on in the 78th minute and showed his speed, beating his man on the way to making a cross that just missed.

 

As always, if you know of any former Retrievers playing in professional or semi-professional leagues around the world, please email tfenster@umbc.edu and we’ll start tracking them. Thanks for reading, hope your summer is going well.

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