he UMBC men’s lacrosse team has a big day in-store on Saturday, April 19. Five seniors – Will Fejes, Ryan Johnston, Zach Linkous, Phil Poe and Matt Reeping – will be honored before the America East contest. In addition, the opponent on Saturdayis the Albany Great Danes, the defending America East champions and the highest-scoring team in the nation to date. The two programs have put on some epic battles in their high-energy series, especially at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv and Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: SO M Pat Young scored four of his career-high five goals in the fourth quarter as the host Retrievers staved off a Hartford rally and defeated the Hawks, 16-11, in an America East Conference contest in summer-like conditions at UMBC Stadium on April 12. UMBC improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference. – SO M Jack Gannon and FR A Max Maxwell also set personal bests in the contest. Gannon led all scorers with six points, scoring twice and adding four assists, while Maxwell set a season-high with four helpers. Young was named America East Conference Co-Player of the Week for his efforts versus Hartford.
SR A Matt Gregoire, who leads the team with 33 goals and 36 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last nine games. Entering the week, he is tied for sixth nationally with 3.0 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked fifth in the nation with 12.27 saves per game. The AE Rookie of the Week on March 31 owns a save percentage of 55.1 percent, which is 14th-best in the country. SR M Phil Poe collected seven ground balls versus Binghamton and is now in fifth place in school history with 289 ground balls. Poe has now attempted more than 1,000 career draws, winning 54.5 percent (school-record 581) of 1,066 attempted.
UMBC is 41-14 (.745) in 11 years of America East competition and 24-4 (.857) at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.
GREAT DANE UPDATE: Trailing 2-0, Albany scored eight-straight goals and allowed a season-low seven goals for opponent to down Stony Brook, 17-7, and improved to 3-0 in league play and locked up an America East Championship bid. Attackmen Lyle and Miles Thompson rank first and second nationally in points per game, averaging 6.6 and 6.1 respectively. Lyle leads the country in assists while Miles is tops in goals. Albany leads the nation scoring, averaging 15.1 goals per game.
LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: The teams met twice in 2013, with Albany winning at John Fallon Field, 16-10, on April 19, and the Great Danes capturing the AE title with a 19-10 victory at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.
UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-7, but Albany has won the last three contests.
UMBC has won seven of ten meetings at home. The last contest at UMBC Stadium resulted in a thrilling 17-16 overtime victory for the Retrievers.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC concludes the regular season when they travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m.