Lenora Guion-Firmin (pictured) placed fourth in the 400m with a time of 53.38 in New York this past weekend

Feb. 4, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore had five athletics programs in action this past week. The basketball teams were swept in four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games, while the bowling team placed second at the Prairie View Invitational. The track teams participated in the College New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y., where several noteworthy performances were seen from each team.


The bowling team claimed second-place at the Prairie View Invitational in Arlington, Texas this past weekend.

The women struggled to open the tournament as the group went 2-3 on day one. The team finished the day fourth in the 12-team field in quad-baker format. The Lady Hawks would rebound with a big second day as they jumped to third overall after a second-place finish on Saturday. UMES was just one-point shy of taking top honors on the second day, where the women knocked down 4,909 pins to Arkansas State's 4,910.

UMES brought the momentum into the last day of the event, where they defeated Louisiana Tech in Sunday's opener. The Lady Hawks used a full team effort to beat Vanderbilt in the semifinals, before they would lose to Nebraska in the finals.

For her effort in the tournament, senior Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) was named Most Valuable Player. She knocked down 1,076 pins over five games and had an average of 215.2. Junior T'Nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.) was seventh with 999 pins downed and an average of 199.8. Sophomore Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico) the next highest UMES performer with a 14th place finish. The tournament featured 60 women participants.


The UMES men's basketball team went 0-2 this past week with losses against Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina A&T. The losses drop the team to 1-16 overall and 1-6 in the MEAC.


The team opened the week with a 58-57 loss at BCU last Monday. The men tied the game up at 57 all with 18 seconds remaining on a layup by freshman Kevin Mays (Queens, N.Y.), but the score would be short lived. Following a foul by the Hawks, Bethune-Cookman made 1-of-2 free throws to take the one-point lead and UMES' final shot would fall off mark.

Mays led the Hawks with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Francis Ezeiru (Lagos, Nigeria) had 13 rebounds and five points. Junior Troy Snyder notched 11 points with six steals and five rebounds.

UMES lost its second thriller of the week with a 46-44 loss at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center against North Carolina A&T. The team was behind by three, 21-18, after one-half of play and stayed even with the Aggies for the majority of the last frame. UMES benefitted from a 17-percent effort by NCAT from long range in the game, but the Hawks were unable to capitalize.

Snyder led the team with 17 points and seven boards, while Ezieru had 11 rebounds. Freshman Dominique Cowell (Hampton, Va.) registered four steals.


The Lady Hawks went 0-2 this past week with losses against Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina A&T. The losses drop the team to 5-12 overall and 1-6 in the MEAC.

In the Lady Hawks' 55-54 loss at BCU, the women were down by eight points at the half. The team went on a huge second-half run to take a commanding two possession lead several times in the second, but was cement the victory. UMES limited the Wildcats to a 29-percent effort from the floor in the second and had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. Sophomore Jessica Long (Ft. Washington, Md.) put up a runner in the lane in the final seconds, but it would not fall as UMES lost its 12th game of the year.

Senior Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) led the Hawks with 14 points and six boards, while senior Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) had five assists and nine rebounds. Sophomore Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) was 3-for-5 from long-range and notched nine points.

The women dropped their second game of the week with a 12 point loss to North Carolina A&T, 67-55. The team once again outscored their opponent in the second-half, but the damage was too much to overcome from the first. Junior Shanyce Stewart (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) had a career-high 17 rebounds and six steals, while Sweeney had 11 points, two assists and was 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.


The men's track team ran at the Collegiate New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y., this past weekend.

Junior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) placed eighth in the 60m with a time of 7.01, while senior Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.) used a 1:51.87 time in the 800m to finish sixth overall. Senior Andre Walsh (St. Catherine, Jamaica) was the top performer for the men at the event, as she ran a 21.38 in the 200m to finish fourth. He also finished seventh in the 60m with a time of 6.78.

For his efforts in the meet, Walsh was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 4.


The women's track team ran at the Collegiate New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y., this past weekend.

Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) was the top runner for the women at the event, where she finished the 400m in fourth-place with a time of 53.38. Her effort was slightly better than that of by sophomore Gayan Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), who was seventh in the 60m with a time of 7.38. Junior Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) placed ninth in the triple-jump with a bound of 12.17m.

For her efforts in the meet, Guion-Firmin was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 4.


  • MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - The UMES Basketball Coaches Show resumes this Friday at 7 p.m. on SFMSports.Net and WGOP 540 AM
  • WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Junior forward Shanyce Stewart was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week
  • MEN'S BASKETBALL - Junior forward Troy Snyder was this week's featured student-athlete in UMES' newest column, A Walk with a Hawk ...

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