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UMBC announces limited return of spectators to sporting events; Saturday lacrosse postponed

UMBC Athletics has announced a limited return of spectators to spring sporting events on campus.

“At this time, UMBC Athletics is allowing limited spectator attendance at our outdoor sports, including Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Baseball and Softball. We will not be permitting fans to attend indoor events, including Volleyball,” UMBC associate athletics director Steve Levy said in a statement.

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“Attendance is limited to two guests for each student-athlete and coach from both competing teams. Additionally, limited numbers of UMBC students, faculty and staff that are approved to be on campus are permitted to attend regular season outdoor events,” the statement continued. “Total attendance at any event is capped at 250 spectators.”

The general public will not be permitted to attend UMBC sporting events.

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All spectators will be required to wear a mask at all times and remain socially-distanced from other attendees. Tailgating isn’t allowed. Spectator areas will be designated and approved for fans, according to the university.

Each UMBC team has specific rules for their respective playing areas:

Retriever Soccer Park will close the lower hill and bleachers to fans. Fans are only allowed to sit in the upper section of the park. The upper entrance of Retriever Soccer is open to fans, but the lower entrance is closed.

UMBC Stadium (lacrosse) will close off bleachers to the public. Fans are allowed to sit on the hill or sit outside of the fence near the outer lane of the track. The only entrance available to the public is the main entrance near the UMBC Event Center.

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Bleachers at Alumni Field (baseball) are closed. Fans are encouraged to watch the game from the hill on the first base side near the field. Spectators may enter the fan area from the entrance of the athletic complex near the Event Center, while all other entrances are closed. The same rules apply for The Diamond, UMBC’s softball field.

Men’s lacrosse

UMBC-Binghamton: The Retrievers have paused team activities due to COVID-19 protocols and the contest at Binghamton on Saturday has been postponed.

Towson-Hofstra: The Tigers’ game at Hofstra has been postponed following a positive COVID-19 test within the Hofstra athletic department.

Towson and Hofstra will work to look for makeup dates for the three events postponed this weekend.

Men’s basketball

Coppin State: Coppin State’s Anthony Tarke was named to the 2020-21 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team and is a finalist for the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year.

Men’s soccer

Maryland 2, Michigan 1: The Maryland men’s soccer team topped No. 6 Michigan in Brighton, Michigan, on Thursday. The win was head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 400th at Maryland. Seniors Mike Heitzmann and Paul Bin tallied for the Terps, who have now won two straight.

Football

Towson return: A year to the day after all athletic activities were suspended, the Tigers returned to the field for the first day of spring practice. On March 12, 2020, the team had its second spring practice before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension, and later cancelation, of all NCAA competition for the reminder of the academic year. A year later, Towson is back on the field.

The Tigers practiced on the newly renovated Lower Fields Complex on Friday morning to kick off the spring season. Towson will be holding spring practices through March and into April, including scrimmages on selected weekends.

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