UMass Lowell’s Mens Club Basketball National Champs
Thu, 05/07/2020 - 3:08pm Heraldgroton
Posted by University News at UML
UMass Lowell’s Mens Club Basketball team has been named National Champions by the National Club Basketball Association (NCBBA), going 18-0 during the regular season.
The River Hawks had planned to compete in the NCBBA’s national championship tournament, scheduled for April 17-19 in South Bend, Ind., but the tournament was canceled, as were so many other tournaments, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because they were ranked No. 1 in the final regular-season poll, UML was named national champion. Director of Campus Recreation, Peter Murray, believes it is the university’s first-ever national title in club sports.
Each year, over 900 UML students participate in 30 club sports including rowing, rugby, underwater hockey and folk dance. Club sports, along with the more informal intramural sports program, provide an inclusive way for students to pursue recreational and fitness activities in a fun and competitive setting.
Competing in the New England North Division, the men’s club basketball team scored wins over Harvard University, Tufts University, the University of Vermont, Merrimack College, Bates College and Southern New Hampshire University.
Last year, the River Hawks rolled to a 20-1 regular-season record, but lost to eventual champion East Carolina University in the first round.
Team members included Steve Goggin, Augustus Busumbru, Tyron Wise, Nubian Brooks, Ethan Cook from Groton, MA, Trevor Bolduc, Joel Cas- tillo, Joe Canelas, Kyle Scott, Ross Wilkins, Sam Calkins, Max McKenzie and Andy Mackler. The practice squad included Ethan Moore, Alec DaSilva, Kevin Lu, Dan Longwe, Jared Drouin, Luke Mulcahy and John Kenny.
After putting in countless hours of weeknight practices at the Rec Center and weekend road trips around New England, they and their teammates are proud of making UML history.
Winning a national championship and bringing the first banner to UMass Lowell club basketball is even more impressive considering the basketball club was founded only recently, in 2013.
G-D Senior Commits to Wentworth
Connor Keegan (Groton-Dunstable & Holderness School) has committed to attend and play basketball at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is the son of Mark and Nancy Keegan of Groton.
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