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UMBC Bests Vermont to Move to 2-0 in AEC

Posted on 08 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Burlington, VT.- Junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) led visiting UMBC with three goals and eight other Retrievers hit the nets as UMBC never trailed in an 11-8 America East Conference victory over Vermont.

UMBC improved to 2-0 in league play and 4-5 overall, while Vermont slipped to 0-2 in America East and 1-9 overall. The Retrievers have won their first two league games for the first time since 2009.

Hopmann added an assist for his second consecutive four-point game. Senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.), who scored a goal and added an assist, and junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.), who contributed a pair of assists, were the other multiple-point scorers for the Retrievers.

Vermont junior attackman Drew Philie led all scorers with five goals and one assist for the game.

The Retrievers led, 6-3, late in the second quarter, but Vermont scored twice in the final 41 seconds of the stanza, including a score by Drew Philie with three ticks remaining and Vermont trailed, 6-5 at halftime.

The Catmounts forged the only tie of the game as Philie recorded his fourth goal with 6:50 to play in the third quarter.

But the Retrievers made the contest’s pivotal run of 4-0 and took command at 10-6 with 8:05 remaining. Hopmann started and ended the surge, giving UMBC the lead for good on an unassisted score with 1:13 to play in the third. Just 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, freshman midfielder Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) recorded an unassisted goal, and after Retriever face-off speclialist Phil Poe won the ensuing draw, Vermont was called for a slashing penalty. UMBC converted on that opportunity, as Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) converted a feed from Lustgarten 38 seconds after the Bertolini score.

Hopmann finalized the run to give UMBC its first four-goal lead of the game and the Retrievers kept the hosts from closing with three goals down the stretch to defeat Vermont for the ninth time in nine total meetings.

UMBC junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) made eight of his ten saves in the second half as Vermont outshot the Retrievers, 34-26.

Poe won 16 of 23 face-offs and corralled a season best nine ground balls.

UMBC led, 3-2, after one quarter, a stanza which was highlighted by the first career goal by sophomore LSM Nathan Klein. Klein gave the Retrievers a 3-1 advantage 16 seconds after Philie scored his first goal of the game, scooping up a Poe face-off win and beating Vermont netminder David Barton with 6:55 to play in the quarter.

After scoring five points in his first five outings of the season, Hopmann now has eight goals and 11 points in his last three. Lustgarten has eight assists in his last three contests.

UMBC returns home to face America East rival Stony Brook on Saturday, April 14.

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UMBC Aims For Second Conference Win Saturday at Vermont

Posted on 07 April 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team will try to move to 2-0 in America East play when they travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Vermont Catamounts. UMBC (3-5, 1-0) opened league play with a 16-12 victory over defending league champion Hartford last Saturday, while Vermont (1-8, 0-1) fell at Stony Brook, 13-5. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m. from Virtue Field.


UMBC was unable to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2012 when they let an 11-8 fourth quarter lead slip away, and fell at No. 19 Towson, 12-11 on April 3.

Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten smashed career highs with five goals and eight total points, in the win over Hartford and was named America East Conference Player of the Week for his effort vs. the Hawks. He followed up with a career-best four assists at Towson and now has a team-high 15 helpers on the season.

UMBC was listed as “Receiving Votes” in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as of April 2, 2012.

The 16 goals scored by UMBC is a season high and the most since opening the 2011 campaign with 16 goals at Presbyterian. The 28 goals scored by the two squads are the most in a UMBC contest since a 15-13 loss at North Carolina in the 2009 NCAA Tournament contest.

Junior attackman Scott Jones scored four goals vs. Hartford and Towson and leads the Retrievers with 22 goals and 26 points. He has scored in 14 consecutive games and has multiple points in 13 of those contests.

Entering the week, junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen led America East and was sixth in the nation with 12.29 saves per game.

UMBC is 15-6 in America East road contests in eight previous league seasons. The Retrievers have not opened at 2-0 in league play since 2009.


Vermont dropped its only game of the week at Stony Brook 13-5 in the America East opener for both teams.  Junior Drew Philie paced the Catamounts with a hat trick, while senior Geoff Worley added a goal and an assist. Worley is Vermont’s leader with 25 points (11g, 14a).

Vermont went 2-for-3 with a man advantage vs. the Seawolves and are 15-of-41 (36.1 percent) on the season. Phillie has scored seven man-up goals in 2012.

For Philie it marked the 12th time in his career that he has scored three or more goals in a game, which rank as the 10th most in the nation among non-seniors.  He, who leads Vermont with 17 goals in 2012, has also scored a point in 29 straight games which is the 13th longest active streak in the country.

The Catamounts have only scored 13 goals in the first quarter in nine games to date. They have also struggled on face-offs, winning only 36.1 percent.


UMBC has won all eight previous meetings with Vermont, but the last two meetings have been decided by a single goal. The Retrievers triumphed, 9-8, at UMBC Stadium last season and  8-7 in overtime in Burlington in 2010. Jones scored three goals, added two assists and recorded the game-winning goal with 41 seconds remaining as the host Retrievers nipped Vermont in 2011.


UMBC returns home to face Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium on Sat., April 14. The opening face-off is set for 7:05 p.m.

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UMBC Hopes To Continue Recent Dominance Over Towson Wednesday Night

Posted on 03 April 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-4) plays its final non-conference game of the season when they visit local foe No. 19 Towson (6-3) on Wednesday, April 4 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m.


Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten smashed career highs with five goals and eight total points, leading host UMBC to a 16-12 victory over Hartford in the America East Conference opener for both squads. Lustgarten was named America East Conference Player of the Week for his effort vs. the Hawks.

UMBC was listed as “Receiving Votes” in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

The 16 goals scored by UMBC is a season high and the most since opening the 2011 campaign with 16 goals at Presbyterian. The 28 goals scored by the two squads are the most in a UMBC contest since a 15-13 loss at North Carolina in the 2009 NCAA Tournament contest.

Junior attackman Scott Jones scored four goals vs. Hartford and leads the Retrievers with 18 goals and 21 points. He has scored in 13 consecutive games and has multiple points in 12 of those contests.

Lustgarten leads the squad with 11 assists and is second with 18 points.

Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen leads America East with and is sixth in the nation with 12.29 saves per game. He has 44 stops in his last three outings.

UMBC has only allowed four man-up goals this season in 17 opponent opportunities. The Retrievers hit on a season-high four of five extra-man chances vs. Hartford on March 31.


Riding a four-game winning streak and coming off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program, the Towson men’s lacrosse team has broken into the national rankings this week. The Tigers (6-3, 2-0 CAA) find themselves ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. It’s the first time Towson has been ranked since checking in at No. 20 in the May 3, 2010 poll.

Freshman Justin Mabus scored the game-winning goal off a pass from senior Matt Lamon with 38 seconds left in the second overtime period as Towson pulled off a stunning 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association comeback victory over No. 20 Hofstra University (4-5, 1-2) at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers’ victory capped off a frantic rally in which they erased a 9-3 deficit in the final 11:27 of the game.

The Tigers and Retrievers both have losses to Loyola and Johns Hopkins. TU posted a 10-9 win at Stony Brook, UMBC’s foe on April 14.

Towson is ranked third in the nation in man-up offense, hitting at 54.2 percent (13-of-24) and third in shooting percentage at 36.7 percent.

Senior attackman Sean Maguire leads the Tigers with 16 goals and is tied with sophomore midfielder Thomas DeNapoli with 21 points.


Towson is UMBC’s most-played foe with 42 previous series meetings. Maryland is second with 35 contests. The Tigers lead the overall series, 27-15, but UMBC has won four of the last five and eight of 15 contests since 1997.

UMBC never trailed in last season’s 10-9 victory over the Tigers at UMBC Stadium. Rob Grimm had three goals and two assists and Ryan Johnston added a pair of goals.

Rob Grimm had five goals and five helpers in the 2009 and 2011 games vs. Towson at UMBC Stadium, but did not score vs. TU in the 2010 loss at Unitas Stadium. Adam Cohen, then in his freshman season,  made 12 saves in that game, a 10-7 Tiger victory. Scott Jones scored a goal in that game as a freshman and added a pair of assists in the UMBC victory in 2011.

UP NEXT: UMBC resumes America East play at Vermont on Sat., April 7. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

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UMBC A Lustgarten Honored By America East

Posted on 02 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass.-UMBC junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Wading River) was named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending March 31, 2012.

Lustgarten smashed career highs with five goals and eight total points, leading host UMBC to a 16-12 victory over Hartford in the America East Conference opener for both squads.

The 5’10, 160-lb. southpaw surpassed his previous single-game top totals of three goals and four points by the 6:27 mark of the second quarter as contributed a point on five of UMBC’s first seven goals, scoring four times and helping on another. He is the first Retriever to score eight points in a game since Ryan Smith had five goals and three assists vs. Albany in the 2008 campaign.

Lustgarten, who scored five goals on six on the night, has eight goals and four assists in his last two contests vs. Hartford. He leads the squad with 11 assists and is second with 18 points.

UMBC faces cross-town rival Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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Lustgarten Big As UMBC Blasts Hartford

Posted on 01 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE– Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) smashed a career highs with five goals and eight total points, leading host UMBC to a 16-12 victory over Hartford in the America East Conference opener for both squads.

The Retrievers improved to 3-4 overall with the victory, while the defending league champions slid to 3-7.

Lustgarten had surpassed his previous single game previous top totals of three goals and four points by the 6:27 mark of the second quarter as contributed a point on five of UMBC’s first seven goals, scoring four times and helping on another. He is the first Retriever to score eight points in a game since Ryan Smith had five goals and three assists vs. Albany in the 2008 campaign.

Junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) added four goals and an assist for UMBC, while sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) added three goals in his first start of the campaign.

Lustgarten was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, while Hartford junior midfielder Jared Franze, who scored three goals and added an assist for the Hawks, earned the honor for the visitors.

UMBC never trailed as they took advantage of an early Hawk non-releaseable penalty and scored a pair of man-up goals in a 46-second span. Lustgarten opened the scoring 4:31 into the game, converting a feed from junior midfielder Nick Doub (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s), followed by  a Jones goal on a pass from junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s).

The Retrievers built the lead to 5-0 after 15 minutes and 8-2 at halftime.

The floodgates opened in the second half as each team scored six times in the third quarter and when the Hawks started the fourth quarter on a 3-0 run, they crept to within 14-11 with 8:47 remaining. But Gregoire broke the run, by putting a rebound past Hawk goalkeeper Scott Bement 62 seconds later and Lustgarten scored the Retrievers’ fourth man-up goal of the night 58 seconds after that to restore a five-goal margin at 16-11.

Hartford got one back on a goal by attackman Aiden Genik with 5:44 to play, but Retriever junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) made four saves in the final 2:42 to preserve the Retriever victory.

Hopmann added two goals and an assist for the victors, while Hartford attackman Carter Bender shared scoring honors for Hartford with three goals and one assist.

Cohen matched his career high, just recorded seven days ago vs. Loyola, with 15 saves. Bement, who entered the game 4-0 vs. UMBC, had 10 stops in the Hawk cage.

UMBC outshot Hartford, 38-36, and converted on 4-of-5 extra-man chances.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak by UMBC to their conference foes and boosted their all-time record vs. Hartford to 6-4.

The 16 goals scored by UMBC is a season high and the most since opening the 2011 campaign with 16 goals at Presbyterian. The 28 goals scored by the two squads is the most in a UMBC contest since a 15-13 loss at North Carolina in the 2009 NCAA Tournament contest.

The Retrievers are now 19-3 at home at UMBC Stadium in America East regular season contests.

UMBC travels to Towson for a Wednesday evening contest vs. the Tigers, before heading north to take on Vermont on April 7.

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UMBC Opens America East Play Saturday Night With Visit From Hartford

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (2-4) opens its ninth America East Conference season by hosting the league’s defending champions, the Hartford Hawks, on Sat., March 31. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m. Game coverage includes streaming on www.umbcretrievers.tv.


Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen came up with a career-high 15 saves, but the Retrievers could not shut down fifth-ranked Loyola and dropped a 13-5 decision at soggy UMBC Stadium on March 24.

The contest vs. Loyola was the third consecutive contest for the Retrievers against a team ranked in the top five nationally.

Senior A/M Rob Grimm posted his first three-goal game of the season and the fourth of his career. Junior A Scott Jones added two goals for UMBC, while JR A Joe Lustgarten had a pair of assists vs. the Greyhounds.

Grimm has six goals and five assists (11 pts.) in four previous contests vs. the Hawks. He needs one more point to become the 29th player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau.

Cohen leads America East with 11.83 saves per game and save percentage at 54.6.

UMBC has only allowed 3 man-up goals this season in 13 opponent opportunities.


The Hawks suffered their third one-goal setback of the season at Sacred Heart, falling 10-9 on Wednesday, before rebounding for a 24-4 rout of the Wagner Seahawks in West Hartford.

The 24 tallies marked the most goals in a single game for Hartford since March 25, 2000 when it poured in 26 in a 24-goal win against Wagner. The two teams combined for 23 penalties in the game, including 11 in the first quarter.

FR A Kevin O’Shea poured in a career-high six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the victory over the Seahawks and SO A Andrew Cacchio, SR A Ryan Compitello and SR A Aidan Genik each netted hat tricks to lead the Hawks to the offensive onslaught on Saturday.

SR A Carter Bender leads the Hawks with 30 points, scoring 19 goals and adding 11 assists. Compitello has 13 goals and a team-high 14 assists, while Genik is the goals’ leader with 20.

SR G Scott Bement enjoyed a pair of solid games inside the cage, combining for 23 saves, while 12 goals.


The Hawks own a four-game winning streak over UMBC after the Retrievers won the first five meetings by an average of 9.4 goals per game. UMBC averaged 14.0 goals per game in first seven meetings with Hartford, before being held to six on April 30, 2011.

UP NEXT: UMBC hits the road for back-to-back games next week. The Retrievers complete their non-conference schedule by playing at Towson on Wed., April 4 and resume America East play at Vermont on Sat., April 7.

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UMBC Looks For Another Upset Saturday Against Hopkins

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (2-2) men’s lacrosse team hurdled the first obstacle in a challenging week as the Retrievers knocked off No. 4 Maryland, 8-7, at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening, March 6. Just four days later, UMBC has the assignment of taking on No. 2 Johns Hopkins (4-0) at M&T Bank Stadium at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 4:00 p.m. Game coverage includes ESPN3 with John Brickley and Paul Carcaterra on the call.


The UMBC men’s lacrosse team scored five unanswered fourth-quarter goals and rallied to defeat No. 4 Maryland, 8-7, at UMBC Stadium on March 6. It was the Retrievers’ first victory over a top-five program since a 9-7 win over No. 5 Maryland in March of 2009. UMBC was ranked No. 10 at that time.

Junior attackman Scott Jones led UMBC with two goals and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Conor Finch posted his first three points of the season with a goal and two helpers, all in the fourth quarter. Jones scored both the go-ahead (7th) goal and eventual (8th) game-winning goal. Sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous added two goals for UMBC.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe controlled 15 of 19 draws in the contest against a team that entered the game at 61.4 percent.

Jones and Linkous lead UMBC with nine goals apiece through four games.

All four games for the Retrievers this season have been decided by four or fewer goals. Three of the four have been tied at some point in the fourth quarter.


Johns Hopkins is coming off an 11-0 shutout win over Manhattan on Tuesday. The Jaspers managed only 14 shots against the Blue Jays. Junior midfielder John Greeley scored three goals for the Jays, as eight different JHU players hit the nets.

Junior attackman Zach Palmer leads the Jays in scoring with 7 goals and 10 assists. Another native of Canada, sophomore attackman Brandon Benn leads the way in goal-scoring with 8. Hopkins is allowing only 5.00 goals per game and junior netminder Pierce Bassett has a 60.9 save percentage in five starts.

The Blue Jays have outscored their foes, 50-25, this year, including 39-16 through the first three quarters.

Johns Hopkins is 106-29 (.784) in its last 135 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 123-37 (.767) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).


Prior to the 2012 season, UMBC men’s lacrosse had competed against 75 different institutions in men’s lacrosse and had a minimum of one victory against 74 of those schools. The exception is Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are 9-0 vs. the Retrievers. (UMBC lost its first-ever meeting with Robert Morris to start the 2012 campaign.)

The two schools resumed their series in 2005 and have met in each of the past seven seasons. Three of those seven meetings have been decided by three goals or less, with the closest occurring in 2008, when Hopkins prevailed, 10-8.

Last season’s 16-5 triumph by Johns Hopkins at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic tied the greatest goal differential in the series (15-4 in the first meeting in 1983 in Don Zimmerman’s first game as a Blue Jay mentor).

Dave Brown scored a pair of goals for UMBC, while sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten contributed a goal and an assist. Adam Cohen made one of his two starts in 2011 in the game and recorded 11 saves.

Rob Grimm has four goals and one assist in three previous games vs. Johns Hopkins.

UP NEXT: UMBC has a rare two-week break between games prior to resuming a series with local rival Loyola. The Retrievers and Greyhounds will square off at UMBC Stadium for the first time since 2004 on Sat., March 24 at 7:00 p.m.


TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years.  Zimmerman entered the 2012 season 9th in victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (61.5%) amongst active Division I coaches. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 210-131 in his 26th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2012.

Zimmerman’s Records
Career Record:  210-132 (.614) (26th season)
at UMBC:                137-117 (.539) (19th season)

TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage), junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased with the selection of Rob, Scott and Ethan as this year’s captains,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “They are outstanding individuals in their own right, and this trio will now have the opportunity to work together as leaders, representing the 2012 Retrievers on and off the playing field.”

CONGRATS: Four returning players received their first conference accolades. Junior attackman Scott Jones and junior defender Sam McKelvey earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore Zach LInkous was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team and sophomore Neill Lewnes earned a spot on the conference’s All-Academic squad.

Sixty Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is now 33-9 in eight years of America East competition and 18-3 at UMBC Stadium.

In 2011, The Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 AEC) had a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the eighth consecutive year.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 24-14 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.

But, in 2012, UMBC has dropped a two-goal decision to Robert Morris and an overtime heartbreaker to Fairfield. The loss to the Stags snapped a four-game winning streak in one-goal games, which dated back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009. Three days later, the Retrievers rebounded from the Fairfield disappointment to defeat No. 4 Maryland by a single goal, 8-7.

UMBC has won 16 of its last 21 one-goal decisions.

UMBC is now 15-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-8 in extra time.

HOME, SWEET HOME: After 14 consecutive winning seasons at UMBC Stadium, the Retrievers were 1-6 at home in 2010. However, UMBC bounced back to go 4-1 last year and is 35-13 (.729) at home since 2006.

THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBC’s 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the school’s history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.

Programs With Most Victories, 2006-09
1. Virginia 58
2. Duke 56
3. Cornell 50
4. Syracuse 47
5. UMBC 45

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 335-277 (.547). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 219-212 (.508) in their 31st year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200
vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UMBC has been nationally ranked in man-up percentage in four of the past six years. In 2009, the Retrievers led the country in man-up situations and set a school record by converting on 51.7% (30 of 57) of its opportunities.

Year    Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank
2009    .517            1st
2007    .464            5th
2006    .417            7th
2005    .444            2nd
2004    .379            10th

To date in 2012, UMBC has scored on 4 of 22 man-up opportunities. They did not commit a penalty in the opener vs. Robert Morris and have only been flagged six times in four games and all six have been minor fouls. UMBC has killed off of those man-down situations.

Junior attackman Rob Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 96 points (45-51-95). He needs 4 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.  Grimm has points in 40 of 47 games played in his career.

Grimm’s Five-Point Games
March 31, 2009  2g, 3a vs. Towson
Feb. 19, 2011           1g, 4a at Presbyterian
March 5, 2011           3g, 2a at North Carolina
April 6, 2011           3g, 2a vs. Towson
May 3, 2012             4g, 1a at Hartford

HAT TRICKS: Zach Linkous recorded UMBC’s first hat trick of the season (his first career hat trick) and tacked on two more goals for UMBC’s second five-goal effort in the last two years vs. Rutgers… Junior Scott Jones had the most recent effort at Albany on April 16, 2012. Jones has five 3+ goal games (Presbyterian, Maryland, Albany, Vermont in 2011/Fairfield in 2012); Dave Brown has a pair (4g at Presbyterian, 3g vs. Binghamton, 2011) as does Rob Grimm (UNC, Hartford, 2011), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian, ‘11) and Joe Lustgarten (Hartford, ‘11)  have one apiece.

A IS FOR ADAM: Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen was named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending Feb. 26, 2012. Cohen scored UMBC’s final goal of the day with 1:39 remaining at Rutgers and it is believed to be the first goal scored by a Retriever
goalkeeper in 32 years of NCAA Division I competition. He made seven fourth-quarter saves and turned a late Knight turnover into a one-man clear and goal to punctuate his first victory since a 8-7 overtime win at Vermont on April 24, 2010. Cohen’s first career win also occurred at Rutgers, a 6-5 victory on Feb. 28, 2010.

Cohen made six of his eight saves, allowing just one goal, in the fourth quarter in the 8-7 victory over Maryland.

ZACH PACK: Zach Linkous scored the game’s first goal vs. Rutgers, had two in the second quarter and another pair in the third stanza. Linkous, an America East All-Rookie team selection in 2011, scored a season-best two goals on two occasions in his freshman campaign an added a pair in the
opener vs. Robert Morris. His nine goals have already surpassed his season total (6) of 2011.

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Dave Brown posted a six-point game (1 goal, 5 assists) at Albany on April 16. The five assists in a game was tied for sixth in the nation last season and was UMBC’s top-assist game since Drew Westervelt had six vs. Vermont on April 21, 2007. Brown opened the 2012 season with a pair of assists vs. Robert Morris and posted 2-2-4 in the win at Rutgers.

CROW ABOUT POE: Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe won 15 draws (15-6) vs. RMU in the opener and captured 15 more (15-4) on March 6 vs. No. 4 Maryland. The last Retriever to capture 15 face-offs in a game was Taylor Marino, who garnered 19 in America East Championship victory over Albany on May 3, 2008. Poe has attempted all but two draws through four games in 2012.

VACUUMS: Junior midfielder Neill Lewnes and sophomore LSM Nathan Klein each contributed five ground balls and two caused turnovers apiece at Rutgers. Lewnes, who led UMBC with 41 ground balls in 2011, is the club leader with 20 through four games in 2012. Junior defender Ethan Murphy scooped up a career-high six ground balls vs. Maryland.

FIRST-TIMERS: Senior defender Aaron Verardi and freshman attack man Derek Bertolini each scored their first career goals in the game vs. Fairfield. Bertolini produced his first career multiple-point game (1-1-2) vs. Maryland.

PTP: Sophomore midfielder Conor Finch produced his best game, er, quarter, vs. the Terrapins on March 6. He contributed three points (1g, 2a) in UMBC’s 5-1 15-minute surge and took a leading role in the comeback victory.

LOWS AND HIGHS: UMBC committed a season-low 12 turnovers in the game and caused a season-high 11 Fairfield miscues.

FINIISHING KICK: The Retrievers have been outscored, 19-13, in the first half this season, but have turned the tables in the second half, with a 23-14 advantage on the scoreboard.

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UMBC F Plummer Honored By America East

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

West Hartford, Conn.- Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) was selected to the America East Conference Second Team, it was announced today at the University of Harford, site of the 2012 championships.

At the end of the regular season, the 6’6”Plummer was the only player in the conference to be ranked in the top five in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fifth).

He produced one of the most prolific sophomore seasons in UMBC’s 26-year NCAA Division I history, scoring 446 points, one shy of the all-time record for a sophomore, set by Peter Mulligan in the 2001-02 campaign.

Plummer, who finished the campaign at 15.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per contest, also become just the fifth player in school history to record 400 points and 200 rebounds in a single season. He also etched his name in the single season free throw shooting lists, converting the sixth-most (119) in a single season in school history and attempting the third-most (180).

A co-captain as a sophomore, Plummer scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games, from Jan. 17-Feb. 22, averaging 18.4 points per game in that stretch.  He had five double-doubles, including a 24-point, 14-rebound effort at Canisius on Feb. 18. His top scoring game was a 28-point effort vs. Hartford on Feb. 7, when he converted 11 of 14 field goal attempts.

Plummer is the seventh Retriever in nine years of UMBC’s play in America East to earn second team honors. Only Jay Greene (2008) and Darryl Proctor (2008, 2009) have been selected to the first team.

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UMBC Faces Binghamton in America East Tourney Thursday

Posted on 01 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team competes in its ninth America East Conference Tournament and opens play on Thursday, March 1 when the take on the Binghamton Bearcats. The Retrievers are the No. 8 seed, and Binghamton the No. 9 seed and the squads will tip-off at the Chase Family Arena on the campus of the University of Hartford at approximately 8:15 p.m.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-25, 3-13 America East) enters the tournament coming off of three consecutive losses after a Feb. 15 victory at Binghamton.  Brian Neller scored a team-high 15 points in the regular season finale, an 80-49 setback at Vermont. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (15.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg), who is putting together one of the top sophomore seasons in UMBC’s 26-year Division I history, fouled out of that game in 23 minutes of action and saw his double figures streak of 11 straight games come to an end.

BEARCAT UPDATE:  Binghamton (1-29, 1-15) lost its first 27 games of the season before stunning Vermont, 57-53, on Feb. 21, knocking the Catamounts from a first-place tie with Stony Brook. The Bearcats dropped subsequent contests to Albany and UNH, playing three times in six days to end the season. Sophomore guard Rob Mansell (14.0 ppg) and freshman post Ben Dickinson (13.0 ppg) lead the Bearcat offense.

Who’s Up Next:  Should the Retrievers prevail over Binghamton, they would face No. 1 seed/regular season champion Stony Brook at noon on Saturday, March 3.

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UMBC GK Cohen Named America East Player of the Week

Posted on 27 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass.- UMBC junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) has been named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week, the league announced today.

Cohen made a career-high 14 saves and scored a goal in the 11-7 win at Rutgers on Feb. 26. He stopped seven shots and allowed two first half goals as the Retrievers (1-1) built a 5-2 halftime edge. UMBC increased the lead to 10-4, but the Scarlet Knights (2-2) took 13 fourth quarter shots and Cohen repelled seven attempts in the final 15 minutes.

On a late clearing attempt, Cohen netted the 11th goal of the game to thwart the Rutgers rally and it is the first score by a Retriever netminder in 32 years of NCAA Division I play.

The victory was Cohen’s first victory since an 8-7 overtime win at Vermont on April 24, 2010.

Cohen’s first career win also occurred at Rutgers, a 6-5 victory on Feb. 28, 2010. He has 24 saves through two games this season and a save percentage of 58.5.

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