In eight prior seasons of America East lacrosse, UMBC has met Albany 13 times and the two perennial league powers have developed a healthy rivalry. The two squads meet at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 21, and as usual, there is a lot at stake for both teams. The Retrievers (4-6, 2-1 AE) are looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Stony Brook and sew up their ninth consecutive league tournament berth, while Albany (3-8, 3-0 AE) seeks to extend its winning streak to four and stay atop the America East standings. Moreover, it is Senior Day at UMBC, as four-year lettermen Rob Grimm, Brian McCullough and Aaron Verardi will be honored in pregame ceremonies. The game will be televised live locally by the Live Well Network, broadcast live on www.umbcetrievers.tv. The ceremonies begin at 1:00 p.m., with the game to follow.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
Junior attackman Scott Jones tied a career-high with five goals and led a furious comeback, but the host Retrievers (4-6, 2-1 AE) fell to Stony Brook, 10-8, before 960 fans at UMBC Stadium on April 14. Jones’ 27 goals is the most for a Retriever since Alex Hopmann scored 36 in 2009. He is tenth in the country in goals per game (2.7).
UMBC scored five goals in 3:11 to trim a 9-2 deficit to 9-7 early in the fourth quarter, but 21 turnovers curtailed the comeback attempt.
Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe won all seven fourth quarter draws and captured 15 of 22 in the game. His 125 face-offs won this season is already the 13th-best figure in school history.
Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten had a goal and two helpers for UMBC vs. SBU and now has 10 assists in his last four outings. He is 13th in the nation in assists per game (1.9).
The Retrievers have outscored their foes, 31-22, in the fourth quarter this season. It is the team’s highest-scoring stanza by nine goals.
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES
Albany (3-8, 3-0 AE) clinched a spot in the America East Tournament with its third straight conference win, a 15-7 decision over Vermont on April 14. The Great Danes did not compete in the championships in 2011.
SR A Joe Resetarits led the Great Danes with four goals and two assists for six total points . Resetarits scored his 108th career goal, which puts him eighth among active players, and scored in his 44th consecutive game, which leads the nation. Resetarits is eighth in the nation with 2.73 goals per game.
FR G Max Huber continues to make a huge impact for the Great Danes since taking over netminding duties. Huber made 10 saves against Vermont, and picked up two ground balls.
SR face-off specialist Keith Olson was key to the Great Danes’ success, as he won 14-of-25 face offs in the game.
SO A Miles Thompson scored five points on three goals and two assists, while cousin Ty Thompson also netted a hat trick vs. Vermont.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC leads the all-time series, 9-4, and the Retrievers have won five of the last six games.
The Retrievers are 6-2 vs. Albany at UMBC Stadium, but the Great Danes won the last meeting, 11-7, in the 2010 championship semifinals. UMBC won at Albany for the second consecutive time last season, outlasting Albany, 13-9, in miserable weather conditions at John Fallon Field. Scott Jones scored five goals for UMBC, including three straight when the game was tied at 9-all in the fourth quarter. Dave Brown scored a goal and added 5 helpers in the game and Ethan Murphy and Brian Patton each scored their first collegiate goals in the victory.
UMBC completes the regular season and America East slate with a contest at Binghamton on April 28.