BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse co-head coaches Amy Appelt and Tony Giro have announced the team's fall events, which include a 5K race, two play days, the annual alumni game and a crab feast.
The squad will open up the fall on Saturday, Sept. 21, by participating in the 11th-Annual Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Walk, hosted by Loyola University (Md.). A Baltimore native, Geppi-Aikens graduated from Loyola College in 1984 and went on to serve as the school's volleyball coach (five years) and women's lacrosse coach (15 years). During her time at the helm of the lacrosse program, Geppi-Aikens posted 14 winning seasons, despite being diagnosed with brain cancer in 1995. Geppi-Aikens lost her fight with cancer in June of 2003. The run/walk now benefits the Diane Geppi-Aikens Endowed Scholarship.
The Retrievers are set for two play days the following weekend, starting with a three-team play day at UMBC on Friday, Sept. 27. The Dawgs travel to the University of Maryland for their second play day on Sunday, Sept. 29.
"We can't wait to get fall ball started," Appelt said. "We have some great competition lined up. We are excited about the challenges and will look to grow and get better every time we step on the field."
The women's lacrosse's annual alumni game is scheduled for homecoming weekend, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the UMBC Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12. The contest will be preceded by a cookout. To RSVP for the event, contact assistant coach Alex Mundy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Retrievers close out the fall by hosting its 3rd Annual UMBC Women's Lacrosse Crab Feast at Dewey Lowman Post 109 in Arbutus on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6-10 p.m. Join the team for great music, door prizes, silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle, in addition to all-you-can-eat crabs, open bar, pork BBQ, popcorn chicken, salads, desserts and more. Tickets are $65 apiece. For more information on all of these women's lacrosse events contact co-head coach Amy Appelt at email@example.com.
"The fall is a fun time," said Appelt. "Everyone is looking forward to competing and growing together as a team, on and off the field."