Two Dutchmen sign with UMBC for basketball


Eric Poiesz and Michael VanVeen, both from The Netherlands, have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at UMBC.

Poiesz is a 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward/center whose team, Mustang Denhelder, won the Dutch Third Division championship last season. He averaged 14.6 points and 10.0 rebounds, and shot 60 percent from the field. VanVeen, a 6-5, 205-pound guard/forward, also played for Mustang Denhelder, leading the squad in scoring with 23.8 points and averaging 7.1 rebounds.

Hampton joins MEAC

Hampton University will become the 10th member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this fall. Hampton, which will be competing in NCAA Division I for the first time, joins Coppin State, Morgan State and Maryland-Eastern Shore in the MEAC, along with Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, Florida A&M;, Howard, North Carolina A&T; and South Carolina State.

Lacrosse alumni news

Jon Klaff (McDonogh) wrapped up his Dickinson lacrosse career with a flourish.

Klaff, a senior midfielder, won the Goby Ground Ball Award, named for longtime Dickinson coach W.J. Gobrecht, after leading the team this past season with 64 ground balls and finishing fourth on the school's all-time list with 207. A four-year letterman, Klaff was Dickinson's fourth-leading scorer with 11 goals.

Dickinson sophomore midfielder Steve Crawford (Loyola) had two goals and 13 ground balls and senior Shawn Barberis (Gilman) had one goal and 55 ground balls.

* Junior midfielder Todd Muendel (Severn) was fourth on Hobart's scoring list with 18 goals, raising his career total to 45, plus 14 assists. He was named to the Fleet Invitational all-tourney team with four goals and three assists in two games.

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