The UMBC men’s lacrosse team faces its fourth ranked team of the 2013 season when the Retrievers (5-6, 2-1 America East) meet the 10th-ranked Albany Great Danes (9-3, 3-0) at John Fallon Field in Albany, N.Y. on Friday, April 19. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Freshman midfielder 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 Saturday. Young was amongst four Retrievers who tallied a pair of goals. UMBC won on the road and won back-to-back games for the first time in 2013.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Albany (9-3, 3-0) has won five consecutive games and has risen to No. 10 in the nation in this week’s USILA poll. The Great Danes lead the nation in scoring at 15.81 goals per game, assists per game (9.33) and shooting percentage (37.3).Attackmen Lyle Thompson (34 goals, 44 assists) and Ty Thompson are ranked Nos. 6-8 respectively in goals scored per game. and Lyle is second in the nation in assists. Linemate Miles Thompson has only played eight games , but has also hit the 30-goal plateau. Albany has victories over Syracuse (No. 13 at time), U. Mass (No. 9) and Johns Hopkins in 2013. They are averaging 22.0 goals per game in their 3-0 America East start.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-5, but only five of the previous 15 contests have been played at Albany. The two teams have met six times in nine previous league seasons at the championships and five of those contests have taken place in Baltimore. The Retrievers are 3-2 in Albany, including a 13-9 victory in the last meeting in 2011.
THE LAST TIMES WE MET: The two teams met twice in a span of three weeks in 2012. UMBC rallied from a five-goal deficit with less than six minutes to play and a Scott Jones OT goal gave the hosts a 17-16 victory on April 21. But the Great Danes avenged that defeat with a 19-8 victory over UMBC in the America East semifinals on May 2.
UP NEXT: UMBC completes the regular season on Sat., April 27 when they host the Binghamton Bearcats. The Retrievers’ 14 seniors will be honored in pregame ceremonies.