Game 7: UMBC (2-4) vs. Towson, (3-5) March 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m., UMBC Stadium
For the 44th time, UMBC and Towson will face off against one another in intercollegiate lacrosse. This year’s contest is the lone night home game for the squad in 2013 and takes place at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday, March 19. The game is the middle game of a three-game in eight-day homestand for the Retrievers. Don Zimmerman’s squad will welcome Mount St. Mary’s (Sat., March 23) before opening league play at Hartford on March 30. The contest vs. the Tigers faces off at 7:35 p.m. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed in high definition on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
UMBC snapped a three-game slide with a 16-11 victory over High Point at home on Saturday, March 16. The Retrievers never trailed, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and piling on a season-high in goals scored. Seven Retrievers scored multiple points in the game, led by freshman attackman Nate Lewnes, who scored twice and added four helpers. The losing streak came in an eleven-day span, as UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26), No. 13 Fairfield (March 2), and No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.
ALSO NOTING: UMBC’s 16 goals scored vs. High Point is a season high and the most since the Retrievers defeated Albany, 17-16 on April 21, 2012… The Retrievers also scored a season-high four man-up goals (4/4) vs. High Point- pushing their season total to 9-of-17 (52.9%)… The last time UMBC scored four man-up goals in a game was March 31, 2012 when they defeated Hartford, 16-12…The Retrievers are ranked sixth in the nation in man-up offense after finishing 14th (41.9%) in 2012…UMBC committed seven penalties vs. Johns Hopkins on March 8, the most they have been assessed since fouling eight times on March 9, 2010-also at Hopkins… The 21 goals allowed by UMBC to Loyola on Feb. 26 is the most permitted by a Retriever team since allowing 27 goals to Towson in the 1996 campaign.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Four different players scored for Towson men’s lacrosse (3-5) but the Tigers fell, 12-4, to No. 17 Duke (5-4) Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. The Tigers had won three of their last four games prior to the loss to the Blue Devils. Four of
Towson’s eight games have been decided by one or two goals and the Tigers are 2-2 in those four games. Junior A/M Thomas DeNapoli leads the Tiger offense with 19 goals and 23 points.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The two beltway rivals have faced-off 43 times, in each year except for 1986, since 1970. Towson leads the all-time series, 28-15, but the Retrievers have won four of the last six meetings and the last three contests at UMBC Stadium. In fact, the teams have split the last 16 meetings since 1997. Eight of the last ten meetings have been decided by three goals or fewer.
A YEAR AGO: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team built an 11-8 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but could not hang on and were edged, 12-11, by No. 19 Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The loss negated outstanding offensive efforts by junior attackmen Scott Jones (4 goals, 1 assist) and Joe Lustgarten (4 assists) and junior midfielder Scott Hopmann , who scored a season-high four points (3 goals, 1 assist). UMBC outshot Towson, 42-30, but Towson junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a career-high 17 saves.
UP NEXT: UMBC completes its three-game homestand and faces a non-league opponent for the final time during the regular season when Mount St. Mary’s visits UMBC Stadium for the first time since 2001 on Saturday, March 23. The opening face-off is set for 1:05 p.m.