CCBC Essex Athletics 2016 Spring Schedules Released
Jan 12, 2016 | 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 Athletics today released its official 2016 spring schedules. The complete spring team schedules are available at www.ccbcessexknights.com/composite.
Men’s LacrosseThe Knights finished the 2015 season with a 15-3 record and were the No. 2 ranked National Junior College Athletic Association men’s lacrosse team in the country.
CCBC Essex defeated Nassau C.C. 17-16 in an NJCAA national semifinal game, avenging its semifinal loss to Nassau the year before. However, the Knights' season ended with a 16-8 loss to Onondaga in the national final played at CCBC Essex.
Essex will begin 2016 with three consecutive road games against Union County College (Cranford, N.J., Feb. 21), Stevenson University JV (Owings Mills, Md., Feb. 25) and Delaware Technical C.C. (Dover, Del., March 6).
The Knights’ home schedule begins on March 12 against Genesee C.C. (Batavia, N.Y.), followed by Finger Lakes C.C. (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on March 13 and against Frederick C.C. on March 15.
Maryland JUCO Athletic Conference play begins March 22 at Harford C.C. Other conference games include March 26 versus Cecil College, March 29 at CCBC Catonsville, April 9 at College of Southern Maryland, April 13 versus Howard C.C. and the home and regular season finale April 21 against Anne Arundel C.C.
The Knights went 3-0 last season in the Maryland JUCO, outscoring its opponents 50-13 to capture its seventh consecutive conference crown.
"We are once again excited to play one of the most challenging schedules in the NJCAA,” said head coach Shawn Burke. “Along with playing fellow NJCAA final four participants Onondaga, Nassau and Genesee, we are also looking forward to the challenge of taking on our traditional local rivals in the Maryland JUCO [conference] and Region XX, as well."
Women’s LacrosseKerri Loechner resigned as CCBC Essex head women’s lacrosse coach following the 2015 season.
In steps first-year, interim head coach Emily McBee, a former Loechner student-athlete and two-time NJCAA All-American at CCBC Essex.
Three of the Lady Knights’ 15 games are against teams ranked in last season's NJCAA women's lacrosse top five.
Essex will have three straight home games to start the season, beginning with Frederick C.C. on March 10. On March 16, they open Maryland JUCO conference play by hosting Howard C.C.
The Lady Knights face its first nationally ranked opponent March 18 when they host Onondaga C.C. (Syracuse, N.Y.). Onondaga finished 2015 as the No. 2 ranked NJCAA women’s lacrosse team and runner-up to national champion Monroe C.C. The next conference game for Essex is on March 22 when the Lady Knights travel to Harford C.C. to face a Fighting Owls team that finished last season ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Remaining conference games include College of Southern Maryland (April 5 and April 21), Anne Arundel C.C. (April 7 and April 26), at Howard (April 12), and home against Harford (April 14).
Essex will go to upstate New York April 1 to face Nassau C.C. (Garden City, N.Y.) – No. 4 last season – and Suffolk C.C. (Selden, N.Y.) on April 2.
“There is no better way to see what your team is made of then to face tough competition,” McBee said. “For us, I think it's great we have a challenging schedule. It will give the team and I a chance to see how we stack up against nationally ranked teams.”
BaseballThe CCBC Essex Knights 2015 season ended at the NJCAA Region XX Tournament, where they went 2-2 and were eliminated by Cecil College.
The Knights finished the season 24-19 (.558) and were also 15-11 (.577) within the conference, a four-game turnaround over 2014.
“The goal every year is to improve,” said head coach Mike Carter. “We have done that the past two seasons by advancing to the region final four. We need to go beyond that to continue to improve our program. Last season’s accomplishments helps us to set our goals to a higher standard.”
This season the Knights will begin with a trip to North Carolina, February 27-29.
They have double headers with Surry C.C. (Dobson, N.C.) each of the first two days, then head to play Lenoir-Rhyne University J.V. (Hickory, N.C.) before heading home.
The Knights open its home and Maryland JUCO conference schedule with a double header against College of Southern Maryland on March 5 and Harford C.C. on March 9. Then a game at CCBC Catonsville on March 10 and back home for a double header with Rowan College at Burlington County (Pemberton, N.J.) and Cecil on March 15.
Essex will play the bulk of its Maryland JUCO conference games in April.
They will be on the road against Cecil (April 7), Garrett College (April 9, double header), CCBC Dundalk (April 14), Montgomery College (April 16, double header), Anne Arundel (April 19) and Frederick C.C. (April 24, double header) and host CCBC Catonsville (April 5), Chesapeake College (April 10, double header), Prince George’s (April 22) and Hagerstown C.C. (April 30, double header).
For additional information, visit the team website at www.ccbcessexknights.com.
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