The UMBC men’s lacrosse team concludes the regular season as the Retrievers travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Vermont Catamounts in an America East match-up at Virtue Field. The Retrievers (6-6, 2-2 AE) have wrapped up the No. 3 seed in next week’s America East Tournament, reaching their 11th consecutive tournament in 11 years of competition. The Catamounts (5-7. 0-4 AE), who started the campaign at 5-3, have dropped four straight and have been eliminated from the post-season. The opening face-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC clinched a spot in the America East Tournament for the 11th time in eleven league seasons and will be the No. 3 seed in the league semifinals on Thurs., May 1. The Retrievers will meet the loser of the contest between Binghamton and Albany at SBU’s LaValle Stadium.
The UMBC men’s lacrosse team gave defending America East champion quite a battle, but the Retrievers lost a 18-14 shootout to the Albany Great Danes before 1,449 fans on “Senior Day” at UMBC Stadium. SR Phil Poe tied his own school record, by winning 23 (of 35) face-offs in the contest. Poe also collected 15 ground balls and raised his career total to 303, third-most in school history. SO A Nate Lewnes tied his career-best with five goals in the contest.
SR A Matt Gregoire leads the team with 36 goals and 39 points. Against the Mount, he recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013. Entering the week, he is fifth nationally with 3.0 goals per game and the 36 goals is tied for the 11th-most in UMBC school history. SO M Jack Gannon has produced 16 goals and 20 assists in his last ten contests and is second on the squad with 38 (17-21-38) points. He is 21st in the nation with 1.75 assists per outing.
Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.17 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.
Amongst all NCAA current active leaders, Poe is fifth in face-offs won (604) and attempted (1,101), eighth in ground balls (303) and 12th in ground balls per game (5.72).
UMBC is 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 30.5 percent.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont was 5-3 heading into league play, but have dropped all four AE games to date and will miss the 2014 tournament. On Saturday, UVM trailed just, 5-4, late in the second quarter, but a 5-0 UH run propelled the host Hawks to an 11-7 victory. Freshman midfielder Ian Mackay and junior middie Andrew Buckanavage scored three goals each versus Hartford. Mackey leads the squad with 27 goals and 13 assists. SO A Patrick Clark has 10 goals and a team-high helpers.
LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-0, winning all five contests both in Baltimore and Burlington. Three consecutive contests in the series (2010-2012) were decided by three goals or less, including an 8-7 Retriever overtime win at Vermont in 2010.
UMBC exploded for a season-high 19 goals and defeated Vermont, 19-6, last April at UMBC Stadium.Scott Jones and Phil Poe produced sterling effort for the hosts. Jones scored a career-high six goals and surpassed the 100-point plateau in his tenure, while Poe recorded a school record 23 face-off wins in the resounding victory.
WHO’S UP NEXT: The third-seeded Retrievers will meet the loser of Saturday’s contest between Binghamton and Albany at SBU’s LaValle Stadium in the America East Tournament semifinals on Thursday, May 1. The game time is to be announced.