CCBC Essex Athletics 2015 Spring Schedules Released
Jan 26, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.840.2482 (cell)CCBC Essex Sports Information contact: Rocco Geppi
Rosedale, MD. – The Community College of Baltimore County, Essex (CCBC Essex) Athletics today released its official 2015 spring schedules. The complete team schedules are available on the CCBC Essex team website www.ccbcessexknights.com.
Men’s LacrosseThe Knights finished the 2014 season with a 14-3 record and a No. 3 NJCAA national ranking. A 17-7 loss to Nassau C.C. in an NJCAA National Semifinal game ended the Knights' season. They have retooled this season with hopes of returning to the national stage, this time as the host school.
The Knights will open its season and home schedule on Feb. 21 against Union County College. One week later they will host Delaware Tech. Maryland JUCO conference play begins for the Knights on March 11 when the team hosts inter-campus rival CCBC Catonsville. Other conference games include April 3 at Harford C.C., April 15 at Anne Arundel C.C. and hosting Howard C.C. on April 19.
The Knights went 4-0 last season in Maryland JUCO play, outscoring its opponents 77-23 to capture its sixth consecutive conference crown. Two important games this season that are not conference or regional games are Onondaga C.C. (March 21) and Nassau (April 11). Onondaga, the 2014 national champion, defeated the Knights 16-8 in the second game of the season and Nassau beat the Knights twice, once in the regular season 13-8 and again in the national semifinal.
Knights head coach Shawn Burke insists that revenge will not drive his team. "This is a new season and we have a lot of new faces that weren't here last year, so it's really a new year and a new start," said Burke. "We have a lot of respect for Nassau, their program and their tradition, so we always look forward to the challenge."
Women’s LacrosseThe 2014 season was up and down for the Lady Knights as they finished 6-7 last year.
The season begins with the home opener on March 2 against College of Southern Maryland, a non-conference Region XX opponent. Essex begins conference play on March 9, with a home match against Anne Arundel C.C., ranked No. 3 in last year's poll and three days later, Essex will meet Howard C.C.
The next conference match is on the road with Harford C.C. (ranked No. 4 last season) on March 18 and inter-campus rival CCBC Catonsville will travel to Essex on April 2.
The Maryland JUCO was so competitive last season that all four teams (Catonsville played at club level) finished the season with 3-3 conference records, creating four-way co-conference champions.
"The conference is incredibly competitive," said Knights head coach Kerri Loechner. "Every conference game we play is important."
The Lady Knights play its second round of conference games beginning on April 7 at Anne Arundel and return home April 8 to host Harford. Its final two conference matches are on the road, April 16 at Howard and April 21 against Catonsville.
Outside of conference play the Lady Knights will face perennial power houses Onondaga C.C. and Nassau C.C. Onondaga, No. 2 last season, will host Essex on March 14 and Nassau, No. 5 a season ago, comes to town on March 28.
Tentative dates on the Lady Knights schedule are for the Region XX Tournament, which begins with first round action on April 25. The semifinals will be May 2 and the final May 3.
BaseballThe CCBC Essex Knights 2014 season ended at the NJCAA Region XX Tournament, where despite a 19-21 regular season record, they qualified and defeated Anne Arundel C.C. in the first round before losses to Cecil and CCBC Catonsville led to elimination. “We have been rebuilding this program for the last four years,” said head coach Michael Carter. “Earning that spot in the regional tournament was a major stepping stone that we got over last year.”
This season the Knights prepare to improve upon last year (20-23, 11-15 Maryland JUCO) and begin with a trip to North Carolina, February 20-22.
The Knights have a double header with Lenior C.C. (Kinston, N.C.), then head to Guilford Tech (Jamestown, N.C.) for two days of twin bills.
On Feb. 27, the Knights open its home schedule with a game against Sussex County C.C. (Newton, N.J.), followed by a home double header against County College of Morris (Randolph, N.J.) on March 1.
Maryland JUCO Conference play begins on March 7, a double header at home against Frederick C.C., a team the Knights split with last season. Essex will play four games, all conference ballgames, against inter-campus rivals CCBC Dundalk and CCBC Catonsville.
The Lions will come to town on March 17, with the Knights heading to Dundalk April 7. On March 26, Essex plays at Catonsville and the Cardinals make the trip to Essex on April 21. “Our goal will always be to compete in the national tournament,” Carter said. “In order to do that we will need to be a top team in our conference and learn how to beat good teams on a consistent basis.”
For additional information, visit the team website at www.ccbcessexknights.com.
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