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August 20, 2009 / umbcdawgblog

Retriever Alumni Update – August 20, 2009

A big week for Retriever alumni as the Major League Lacrosse playoffs are this weekend, the USL-II wrapped up its season, and former baseball star had three good outings on the mound.

Major League Lacrosse

Don’t forget lacrosse fans, Denver, who features Brendan Mundorf and Drew Westervelt plays Boston in the first semifinal this Saturday, Aug. 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. at noon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com. Toronto faces Long Island in the second semifinal at 3 p.m. The New Balance Championship Game is the next day Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.

Minor League Baseball

Former UMBC ace Zack Clark had an eventful week, as he saw action in two games this past week for the Bowie Baysox (AA Eastern League). He came on in relief against New Hampshire last Thursday and struck out four in three innings of work with no runs allowed. On Sunday, he got the win in a 5-4 Bowie victory over Portland, pitching 1 and 2/3 innings of no-hit ball with two more strikeouts.

But that was not all this week for Clark, as there was a surplus of arms in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization and Clark was moved to the Frederick Keys (A Carolina League). He made his season debut for them last night, pitching three innings of relief in a 9-7 loss to Wilmington. Clark allowed one unearned run and one hit.

Clark finished the season at Bowie 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 13 appearances with 16 strikeouts in 26 and 1/3 innings.

United Soccer League – Division I

Matt Watson played 63 minutes in the Carolina RailHawks’ 0-0 tie with Vancouver last Saturday. Watson recorded a shot and has played in 12 games this season, scoring one goal.

United Soccer League – Division II

Brian Rowland came off the bench in Crystal Palace FC USA’s final game of the season, playing 47 minutes and making five saves on five shots in CPFC’s 1-0 loss at Pittsburgh. Rowland finished the season 5-8-5 with a GAA of 1.02. He made 76 saves and earned seven shutouts. Kevin Gnatiko, who did not feature in Saturday’s game, finished the season seeing action in 16 games.

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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