UMBC Hopes To Continue Recent Dominance Over Towson Wednesday Night

April 03, 2012 | WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-4) plays its final non-conference game of the season when they visit local foe No. 19 Towson (6-3) on Wednesday, April 4 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten smashed career highs with five goals and eight total points, leading host UMBC to a 16-12 victory over Hartford in the America East Conference opener for both squads. Lustgarten was named America East Conference Player of the Week for his effort vs. the Hawks.

UMBC was listed as “Receiving Votes” in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

The 16 goals scored by UMBC is a season high and the most since opening the 2011 campaign with 16 goals at Presbyterian. The 28 goals scored by the two squads are the most in a UMBC contest since a 15-13 loss at North Carolina in the 2009 NCAA Tournament contest.

Junior attackman Scott Jones scored four goals vs. Hartford and leads the Retrievers with 18 goals and 21 points. He has scored in 13 consecutive games and has multiple points in 12 of those contests.

Lustgarten leads the squad with 11 assists and is second with 18 points.

Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen leads America East with and is sixth in the nation with 12.29 saves per game. He has 44 stops in his last three outings.

UMBC has only allowed four man-up goals this season in 17 opponent opportunities. The Retrievers hit on a season-high four of five extra-man chances vs. Hartford on March 31.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

Riding a four-game winning streak and coming off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program, the Towson men’s lacrosse team has broken into the national rankings this week. The Tigers (6-3, 2-0 CAA) find themselves ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. It’s the first time Towson has been ranked since checking in at No. 20 in the May 3, 2010 poll.

Freshman Justin Mabus scored the game-winning goal off a pass from senior Matt Lamon with 38 seconds left in the second overtime period as Towson pulled off a stunning 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association comeback victory over No. 20 Hofstra University (4-5, 1-2) at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers’ victory capped off a frantic rally in which they erased a 9-3 deficit in the final 11:27 of the game.

The Tigers and Retrievers both have losses to Loyola and Johns Hopkins. TU posted a 10-9 win at Stony Brook, UMBC’s foe on April 14.

Towson is ranked third in the nation in man-up offense, hitting at 54.2 percent (13-of-24) and third in shooting percentage at 36.7 percent.

Senior attackman Sean Maguire leads the Tigers with 16 goals and is tied with sophomore midfielder Thomas DeNapoli with 21 points.

THE SERIES

Towson is UMBC’s most-played foe with 42 previous series meetings. Maryland is second with 35 contests. The Tigers lead the overall series, 27-15, but UMBC has won four of the last five and eight of 15 contests since 1997.

UMBC never trailed in last season’s 10-9 victory over the Tigers at UMBC Stadium. Rob Grimm had three goals and two assists and Ryan Johnston added a pair of goals.

Rob Grimm had five goals and five helpers in the 2009 and 2011 games vs. Towson at UMBC Stadium, but did not score vs. TU in the 2010 loss at Unitas Stadium. Adam Cohen, then in his freshman season,  made 12 saves in that game, a 10-7 Tiger victory. Scott Jones scored a goal in that game as a freshman and added a pair of assists in the UMBC victory in 2011.

UP NEXT: UMBC resumes America East play at Vermont on Sat., April 7. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

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