UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday, March 22 when they visit Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. The opening face-off is set for noon. Live video streaming is available on Northeast Conference Front Row.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: For the second time in four days, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-4) dropped a two-goal decision on the road, falling, 10-8, to Towson at chilly Unitas Stadium on Tuesday, March 18. SO M Jack Gannon led the visitors with three goals and SR A Matt Gregoire added his 19th and 20th goals of the season. The three-goal effort was the first of Gannon’s career. Gregoire has scored all 20 of his season’s goals in the last six games, while Gannon has produced 10 goals and eight assists in his last five contests. Entering the week, Gregoire was second in America East and ninth nationally with 3.00 goals per game.
MOUNTAINEER UPDATE: The Mount St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse team (0-7) outscored No. 20 Drexel by a 6-4 margin over the final three quarters of last Saturday’s tilt at Waldron Family Stadium, but could not overcome a fast start by the Dragons in a 9-6 home loss. Bubba Johnson scored his first career hat trick to go with the first two collegiate goals for freshman Mikey Ripa for the Mount. In net for the Mountaineers, Chris Klaiber turned away 13 shots, including five in the opening quarter, when Drexel took a 5-0 lead. Against common opponents, Mount has dropped decisions at Maryland (16-3) and Towson (9-1). Johnson leads MSM with six goals and eight points on the season.
LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC senior close defender Ethan Murphy snapped an 8-8 tie with his first goal of the season with 6:48 remaining as the host Retrievers prevailed, 10-8, over Mount St. Mary’s at UMBC Stadium on March 23, 2013. The game-winning goal capped an outstanding day for Murphy, who led an excellent defensive effort by the Retrievers with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Pat Young and Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals.
The Retrievers improved to 20-0 in all-time meetings vs. Mount St. Mary’s. Prior to last year’s contest, the two teams had not met since 2003. The last meeting in Emmitsburg occured in 2002 and resulted in a 7-5 UMBC victory.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Friday evening, March 28, when they host Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m.