After an unexpected break in its harrowing early season schedule, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (1-3) gets back to work on Friday, March 8 when they face No. 6 Johns Hopkins (4-1) at Homewood Field. UMBC was slated to play at No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, but inclement weather postponed the contest. The opening face-off takes place at JHU just after 5:00 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU with Mike Corey providing the play-by-play and analysis from Jamie Munro.
In an eleven-day span, UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26) and No. 13 Fairfield, and now concludes that stretch vs. No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.
UMBC is coming off a 14-9 setback at Fairfield on Saturday afternoon. UMBC outshot the Stags, 41-40, but FU netminder Jack Murphy continued his brilliant early season play by stopping 17 Retriever shots. Junior midfielders Conor Finch and Zach Linkous each scored three times for UMBC, while Phil Poe won 16 of 27 draws to lead the visitors.
TOP DOG: Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stood eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches after the 2012 campaign. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 214-139 in his 27th year as a collegiate mentor. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2011.
WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-17 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.
In 2012, UMBC was 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.
UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19+ seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.
DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 46th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 339-286 (.543). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 222-219 (.503) in their 32nd year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick punched up career highs of five goals and four assists and the sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team scored 13 second-half goals as the Blue Jays knocked off visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 19-9, at Homewood Field Tuesday evening. Hopkins has wins over Siena, Towson and Michigan and a setback to Princeton on its schedule to date. JR A Brandon Benn leads the JHU attack with 18 goals, while Stanwick has 10 goals and seven assists. Hopkins has outscored its foes, 22-7, in the first quarter in 2013.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC is winless vs. Johns Hopkins in ten previous meetings- the Blue Jays are one of just two programs that the Retrievers have faced and do not own a win against. Robert Morris (now 0-2) is the other program on that short list. Only two of the previous ten meetings have taken place at UMBC. The Retrievers came the closest in 2008 and 2009, falling 10-8 at Homewood in ’08 and 14-11 at UMBC Stadium the following season.
A LOOK BACK: Last season, second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-0) held UMBC (2-3) scoreless for over 25 minutes in the middle stages of the game and defeated the Retrievers, 12-5, at M&T Bank Stadium. Jones scored three fourth-quarter goals to record his sixth career hat trick and second of the season. Lustgarten contributed three assists. Hopkins outshot UMBC, 39-31, and scored on both of its extra-man opportunities. Face-offs were even at 11-all.
UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for the first time since Feb. 26 when they welcome High Point to UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 16.