UMBC Hoping to Stun In-State Rival Terrapins Tuesday

March 05, 2012 | WNST Staff

The UMBC (1-2) men’s lacrosse team has a challenging week in store with games vs. No. 4 Maryland and No. 2 Johns Hopkins. The Retrievers start the week by hosting the Terrapins on Tuesday evening, March 6, at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be streamed live by www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

UMBC (1-2) rallied from four goals down in the final 13 minutes to send Saturday’s contest with Fairfield to overtime, but the Stags won OT’s opening draw and scored 44 seconds into the extra frame to prevail, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium on March 3.

UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones scored a season-high four goals, including the game-tying goal with 40 seconds left to cap the rally.

UMBC had rallied from an 8-5 fourth quarter deficit to draw even with Robert Morris, but the Colonials prevailed, 10-8, in the opener at home on Feb. 18. Eight days later at Rutgers, the Retrievers never trailed in a 11-7 victory over the Scarlet Knights.

Jones and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous lead UMBC with seven goals and one assist apiece through three games.

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS

Maryland (3-0, 1-0 ACC) is coming off of a 10-7 victory over then No. 8 Duke in both team’s conference opener on March 3.  Senior Drew Snider led the Terps by posting his third career hat trick, which included two man-up goals. Junior Billy Gribbin also had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for Maryland.

Sophomore Niko Amato made nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Terrapins.

For the season, the Terps are led offensively by All-Americans Joe Cummings and John Haus, who each have nine points. Overall, 13 different Terrapins have scored goals this season. Defensively, Amato has stopped 63.5 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 6.49 goals-against average. Junior Curtis Holmes is winning 64.2 percent of his face-offs and is the team leader in groundballs with 19.

Maryland opened with a 12-6 win over America East rival Hartford, then rung up 16 goals in a 16-11 win over host Georgetown.

THE SERIES

Maryland leads the series, 26-7. The teams have met every year since 1982 and had two face-offs in 2007. The Retrievers won three straight contests in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but the Terps have captured the last two games. Five of UMBC’s seven victories over Maryland have occurred in College
Park; the Terrapins are 14-2 at UMBC.

Last season, Scott Jones scored three goals, but Maryland sprinted out to a 4-0 lead and defeated UMBC, 15-6, in College Park.

UP NEXT: UMBC takes on No. 2 Johns Hopkins at the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday, March 10. The Retrievers and Blue Jays are the third game of the tripleheader with a 4:00 p.m. start time.

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