UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Friday, March 28, when the Retrievers host Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv and the game will be broadcast with Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire recorded career highs in goals (6) and points (8) and SO linemate Nate Lewnes added a career-best five goals as UMBC (4-4) defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 17-7, at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday.The 17 goals and 12 assists recorded by UMBC were season-highs and the most goals since a 17-16 win over Albany on April 21, 2012. Gregoire, who leads the team with 26 goals and 29 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last seven games. He recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013. Entering the week, he was sixth nationally with 3.63 goals per game.
Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked ninth in the nation with 12.00 saves per game.
UMBC is 7-3 in ten previous America East Conference openers and has won its last two. The Retrievers’ all-time record in ten previous seasons of league play is 39-13 (.750) and UMBC is 22-4 (.846) at UMBC Stadium.
SEAWOLF UPDATE: Stony Brook (4-5) held an 11-8 lead after three quarters, but St. John’s outscored the Seawolves, 5-0, in the final period to claim a 13-11 win Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Four Stony Brook players had two goals apiece, including SO M Chris Hughes, who added two assists. Stony Brook was 5 of 5 on extra-man chances, scoring five man-up goals for the first time since 2007 at Denver. SBU, which is ranked third nationally in man-up offense, has not won nor lost multiple games in a row in 2014.
SO A Brody Eastwood leads the Seawolves with 26 goals on the campaign. SO A Matt Schultz (14-18-32) and S M Chalen Rogers (12-20-32) are tied for the team lead with 32 points apiece. Three netminders have earned decisions for SBU this season. FR Hayden Johnstone got the start vs. St. John’s and made 10 saves.
LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: Pat Young broke a 12-all tie by scoring with 2:39 remaining and visiting UMBC won a critical America East Conference contest, 13-12, at defending champion Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium on April 13, 2013. The game featured ten ties before Young took a feed from senior A/M Joe Lustgarten and buried a shot from nine yards out.
Nate Lewnes led a balanced UMBC attack with two goals and two assists. Young and Gregoire each scored two goals apiece for the visitors. Phil Poe won 18 of 29 draws, and the visitors outshot the hosts, 47-23.
UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-7, and snapped a three-game slide to SBU with the 2013 victory. The Seawolves have won the last two meetings at UMBC Stadium and are 4-5 in nine previous Baltimore contests.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC plays its first league road game of the campaign when they travel to Binghamton for a contest with the Bearcats on Sunday, April 6. The opening draw is set for 2:00 p.m.