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UMBC re-writes record books in win over Vermont

Posted on 27 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Burlington, Vt. – UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, in the second quarter and three Retrievers etched themselves in the record books as UMBC defeated the Catamounts, 17-14, at Virtue Field in the regular season finale for both squads.

 

The Retrievers complete the regular season at 7-6 overall and 3-2 in America East play. UMBC will be the No. 3 seed for the America East Tournament, which begins on Thursday, May 1st at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.

 

Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) set a pair of school records in the contest. UMBC’s all-time lead in face-offs won, controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

 

Sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) and senior linemate Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) shared game-high scoring honors with eight points apiece. Lewnes scored seven goals and added an assists – the performance was UMBC’s first seven-goal effort since Brendan Mundorf tallied seven times versus Stony Brook on April 29, 2006.

 

Gregoire scored five goals and added three helpers. He became the fifth UMBC Division I player to score 40 or more goals (41) in a season and also became the 31st player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau (89-13-102).

 

The Retrievers trailed, 5-1, after 15 minutes, but it took just 5:40 of the second stanza for UMBC to grab the lead for good. Poe won 9 of 11 draws in the quarter and Lewnes, Gregoire and sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.)) School) each scored twice in a 6-0 surge that put the Retrievers ahead, 7-5, with 7:56 to play in the stanza. Senior midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) ended the run with an extra-man score with 2:25 to play until halftime.

 

On three occasions in the quarter, UMBC scored a pair of goals with less than one minute elapsing from the game clock.

 

Vermont would battle back in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors, 3-1, to come within 12-8 after 45 minutes.

 

UMBC appeared to put the game away when they scored three times in a 53-second span early to take a seven-goal advantage. Lewnes tallied an unassisted goal 1:07 into the frame, then fed Gregoire for his final goal of the day 51 seconds later. Vermont drew a flag for a late hit after that goal, and Lewnes scored two seconds later on the re-start.

 

But Vermont went on a 6-1 run and came within 16-14 on Graham Horvath’s team-best fourth score of the game with 1:03 to play. But Poe won the ensuing draw and Lewnes broke through a double-team and scored his seventh and the game’s final goal into an empty net with 37 seconds to play.

 

UMBC freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) added a goal and a team-best three assists in the game and Young scored a pair of goals.

 

Vermont outshot UMBC, 44-39, as UMBC red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) made 12 stops and allowed 13 of the Catamount’s 14 goals. Vermont starter Nate Billings took the loss, making three saves and allowing 11 goals in 23:42 of action.

 

Notes: UMBC is now 11-0 all-time versus Vermont… The Retrievers have finished above the .500 mark in conference play in all eleven America East campaigns… Gregoire’s 41 goals are the most in a season for UMBC since Cayle Ratcliffe netted 42 in 2007… Poe now has a career-best 112 ground balls on the campaign, the most-ever by a UMBC Division I player and tied for the fourth-most in school history… His 28 face-off wins is three more than two other players who shared the NCAA single-game mark in 2014 entering play this week… The 20 ground balls recorded ties Bryant’s Kevin Massa, who has done it on two occasions in 2014.

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Gregoire scores six goals as UMBC beats Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Emmitsburg, Md. – Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) recorded career highs in goals (6) and points (8) and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a career-best five goals as UMBC defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 17-7, at Waldron Family Stadium.

The Retrievers completed the non-conference slate at 4-4, while Mount St. Mary’s fell to 0-8.

“We came ready to play,” said head coach Don Zimmerman. “We were disappointed in the back-to-back losses and determined to come up here and play well.”

Gregoire had a hand in all five UMBC first quarter goals as the Retrievers raced out to a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes. He converted a pair of feeds from Maxwell in the first 4:05 of the stanza to stake the Retrievers to a quick 2-0 lead.  After the Mount got a goal back ,the senior tri-captain took advantage of a Mountaineer turnover and scored on an unsettled situation to give UMBC  a 3-1 advantage at the 8:35 mark. Then, playing the point on the man-up, he fed sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and Maxwell for inside tallies in the late stages of the quarter to propel the Retrievers to a 5-1 advantage.

Lewnes stretched the lead to 6-1 early in the second quarter, but Mount responded with back-to-back scores to come within 7-3 at the 5:19 mark. But Gregoire got one back at the 8:32 mark and the Retrievers scored twice in the final 26 seconds of the stanza to take a 9-3 lead into the break.

The Mount opened the third quarter with a goal just 1:58 into the period, but Lewnes started a 7-0 response with back-to-back scores which gave the visitors an insurmountable 16-4 lead early in the fourth quarter.

“Nate (Lewnes) played injured and we didn’t know if he was going to play,” said Coach Zimmerman. “He plays, he’s a tough kid and he has his best day shooting the ball. Matt (Gregoire) has been a great leader for us since he’s been at UMBC. He finishes opportunities.”

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) also posted a season-best, scoring twice and adding three assists for five points. Gannon added a pair of scores and an assist, while senior midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) added a goal and two helpers .

All of UMBC’s players in uniform competed in the contest.

UMBC outshot MSM, 47-25 and controlled 18 of 27 draws. Red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made six saves, allowing four goals in the first 46:48 of the game.  Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won 14 of the 19 draws he attempted and collected a season-best 12 ground balls.

The 17 goals and 12 assists recorded by UMBC were season-highs and the most goals since a 17-16 win over Albany on April 21, 2012.

UMBC opens America East Conference play versus Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Notes: Gregoire now has 26 goals through eight games in 2014… He recorded UMBC’s first six-goal goal since Scott Jones scored six times versus Vermont on April 6, 2013… UMBC remained undefeated in 21 all-time meetings versus Mount St. Mary’s… The win snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Retrievers, dating back to the 2013 season.

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UMBC tries to snap funk Tuesday night at Towson

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers and Towson Tigers will meet for the 45th time on Tuesday, March 18 at TU’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill have all the play-by-play action beginning at 6:55 p.m. and video streaming is available via the Towson Sports Network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium on Saturday. UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. The loss was UMBC’s first when scoring 15 or more goals since an 18-15 setback at Towson on Feb. 28, 1998. The Retrievers scored 30 goals in their 1-1 week and have averaged 12.4 goals per game in their last five outings. Gregoire has scored all 18 of his season’s goals in the last five games and SO M Jack Gannon has produced seven goals and eight assists in his last four contests.

TIGER UPDATE: In their last outing, nine different Tigers scored at least one goal in Towson’s (5-2) 14-9 victory over Navy last Tuesday evening at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers held a 9-1 lead at the half after holding the Mids scoreless in the second quarter. Towson has won four consecutive games since a 1-2 start to the season. SR A Thomas DeNapoli leads the squad with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. Junior netminder Tyler White has stopped exactly half of the shots directed at him in seven starts and has a9.66 goals against average.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING/SERIES RECORD: Visiting Towson used a late 5-0 run to overcome a UMBC lead and defeated the Retrievers, 12-9, in blustery conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 19, 2013. UMBC was led by freshman midfielder Pat Young, who scored three goals and added an assist and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe, who controlled 15 of 25 draws, but a pair of Tigers stood out in their victory. DeNapoli scored seven goals and added three assists in the game, while senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made 15 saves on the evening. The Retrievers never trailed in the game until 1:29 remained in the third quarter.

The two beltway rivals have faced-off 44 times, in each year except for 1986, since 1970. Towson leads the all-time series, 29-15, and has won two straight after the Retrievers took four of five in the series. Nine of the last 11 meetings have been decided by three goals or less.  

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC finishes its three-game road swing and plays its final non-conference game of the season when the Retrievers visit Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 22 at noon.

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UMBC ends up on wrong side of shootout decision at High Point

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

High Point, N.C.- UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium.

UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. High Point (6-2) won its sixth consecutive game and all of victories have come by three goals or less.

The Retrievers trailed, 10-7, at the half and managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter.  With the Panthers leading, 14-11, sophomore Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) scored his eighth goal of the year at the 11:35 mark of the fourth quarter and 51 seconds later, fed Gregoire for another UMBC tally to cut the deficit to 14-13.

The teams exchanged goals, with senior defender Matt Reeping (Frederick, Md./St. John’s Prep) again bringing the visitors to within 15-14 as he scored his first career goal with 5:02 remaining. UMBC won the ensuing draw and put two shots on goal in short order, but Panther netminder Austin Geisler made a pair of saves to deny the Retrievers the tying score.

High Point’s Matt Thistle scored two goals in a 14-second span to restore the hosts’ lead to 17-14 with 2:30 remaining.  UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) would counter with an extra-man goal with 43 seconds remaining, but UMBC could not capture the final draw of the contest and suffered the narrow defeat.

Young added three goals and two assists for UMBC, while Gannon tallied a goal and added a team season-high four helpers.

Michael Leclair led all scorers with four goals and three assists, while Thistle contributed three goals and three helpers for High Point.

UMBC took leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in the first quarter as Lewnes and Gregoire scored twice in the opening period. But HPU scored five times in a span of 4:08 to take a 7-4 lead at the 12:18 mark of the second quarter. The Panthers led by as many as four goals at 9-5, but goals by Lewnes and Young in the final 1:17 of the stanza shaved the deficit to 9-7. But High Point took momentum into the break as face-off specialist Jamie Piluso won a man-down draw and scored with 11 seconds to play in the half to give the hosts a 10-7 halftime edge.

High Point outshot UMBC, 39-32, and won the battles of ground balls, 42-36, and face-offs, 20-14.  Both Geisler and UMBC freshman netminder Connor Gordon(Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) came up with 12 saves for their respective teams.  Nine of Geisler’s stops came in the second half.

UMBC returns to Baltimore and continues its stretch of five games in 15 days with a Tuesday evening contest at Towson.

Notes:  Gregoire also recorded five goals versus Richmond on March 1 and leads the team with 18 through six games this season… He now has 10 career games with three or more goals scored… Gordon made double-digit saves for the sixth straight game, but finished under 50 percent in save percentage for the first time in his brief career… Gannon, who tallied a single assist as a freshman, now has eight goals and a team-high 10 assists in 2014… In addition to Reeping’s first career goal, JR D Ian Gray (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) also notched the first of his career.

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UMBC crushes Vermont for first America East win

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC exploded for a season-high 19 goals and defeated the visiting Vermont Catamounts, 19-6, in an America East Conference match-up at UMBC Stadium.

The Retrievers improved to 1-1 in league play and 4-6 overall, while Vermont slipped to 3-8, 0-2.

Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) 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.

Jones became the 30th player in school history to record 100 points with 86 goals and 18 assists for 104 points.

The 19 goals scored by UMBC is the most since a 20-11 victory over Vermont in the 2007 season and the 13-goal differential is the most since an 18-5 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in 2001.

Vermont junior attackman Graham Horvath led the visitors with a pair of goals.

After a quiet first five minutes, UMBC erupted for three goals in a two-minute span. Jones scored the Retrievers’ first man-down goal of the year, picking up a loose ball and the midline and beating the Catamount defense down the field to score unassisted at the 5:45 mark. Nearly a minute later, senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) whipped a shot past Vermont starting keeper  Justin Rosenberg from eight yards out after receiving a feed from freshman middie Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School). Freshman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) capped the sequence by finishing senior midfielder Scott Hopmann’s (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) feed.

UMBC increase the lead to 6-0 after 15 minutes as Gregoire completed a hat trick of his own in the first quarter and junior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) added  a goal.

Vermont opened the second quarter with its first score of the game, as Horvath scored 59 seconds into the stanza. But UMBC went on another 6-0 surge to take an insurmountable 12-1 advantage at the break. Jones scored four of those six goals, including the half’s final score with four seconds remaining.

The Retrievers added five goals in the third quarter and led, 17-4, after 45 minutes, before substituting liberally in the final stanza.

UMBC amassed a season high with 45 shots and outshot the Catamounts, 45-27. Retriever sophomore goalkeeper Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) recorded the win, making six saves, while allowing four goals in 45 minutes. Rosenberg took the loss for Vermont, recording six saves and allowing 12 scores.

Gregoire finished with four goals, while Young contributed a pair of goals and a season-high three assists. Senior midfielder Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) posted a goal and three helpers.

UMBC is now 4-1 at home in 2013 and 21-4 at home in America East regular season play.

The Retrievers travel to New York to face Stony Brook in a league game on Sat., April 13.

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Lewnes leads way as UMBC downs High Point

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC freshman attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) tallied a team season-best six points and sophomore netminder Wes DiRito  (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) collected 15 saves in his first home start as the host Retrievers defeated High Point, 16-11, at UMBC Stadium.

UMBC improved to 2-4 on the season, including 2-0 at home, while High Point, in its first year of NCAA Division I varsity competition, fell to 2-6.

UMBC’s special teams were outstanding as the Retrievers scored on all four of its extra-man chances, while denying High Point on all six of the Panthers’ opportunities.

Lewnes scored two goals and added four assists to pace the attack for UMBC. Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) scored three goals for the Retrievers and added a pair of assists. Four Retrievers- freshman Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.), junior Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), senior Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and junior David Campbell (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park)- each scored two goals for UMBC.

High Point freshman attackmen Dan Lomas and Adam Seal each scored three goals.

The Retrievers had not scored the game’s first goal in 2013, but burst from the gates and took a 4-0 advantage by the 9:03 mark of the first quarter. Campbell opened the scoring on an unassisted goal 4:14 into the proceedings ,getting to the inside and beating HPU netminder Austin Geisler. Lewnes made it 2-0, converting a Zach Linkous feed at the 5:39 mark and Retriever junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won the ensuing draw and scored six seconds later to push the margin to 3-0. Young capped the run before Panther sophomore attackman Matt Thistle closed the scoring for the quarter with 1:35 remaining.

Thistle’s goal started a 5-2 response by High Point as the visitors cut the Retriever advantage to 6-5 on Lomas’ 20th goal of the season
at the 8:43 mark of the second stanza. But UMBC answered with a 3-0 surge in a span of 2:04 on goals by Campbell, Linkous and Gregoire to take a 9-5 advantage. Lomas scored the final goal of the half with 1:51 to play in the quarter and UMBC took  a9-6 advantage to the locker room .

The Panthers closed to within a pair of goals twice in the third quarter, outscoring the Retrievers, 3-2, in the stanza.

UMBC led, 11-9, after 45 minutes, but scored twice in the first 3:24 of the fourth quarter and added two more in a 34-second span in the
middle of the stanza to take control. Senior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) caught the High Point defense off-guard and came from behind the net to score a man-up goal 73 seconds into the quarter to give the Retrievers a 12-9 advantage and Jones finished a Young feed to push the advantage to 13-9. Gregoire, Linkous  and Young recorded the final three scores for the Retrievers as the team tallied a season-high in goals.

DiRito made 10 of his 15 saves in the second and fourth quarters. Geisler stopped 10 UMBC shots as the visitors outshot the hosts,
41-35.

Jones scored three or more goals in a game for the 15th time in his career.

UMBC continues its three-game homestand when the squad welcomes Towson to UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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UMBC returns home Saturday to face High Point

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC Men’s Lacrosse
Game 6: UMBC vs. High Point, Sat., March 16, 2013, 1:00 p.m.

UMBC returns home for the first time since Feb. 26 to begin a three-game homestand before America East play begins on March 30. The
Retrievers face High Point (2-5) University on Sat., March 16 in the first of three games in an eight-day span. Don Zimmerman fs squad will welcome local rivals Towson (March 19) and Mount St. Mary’s (March 23) before opening league play at Hartford on March 30. The contest vs. a young, talented Panther squad faces off at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed in high definition on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

UMBC is coming off a 13-7 setback at No. 6 Johns Hopkins on Friday evening at Homewood Field. The Retrievers fell behind 5-0 after one quarter before going toe-to-toe with the Blue Jays for the final 45 minutes. In an eleven-day span, UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26), No. 13 Fairfield, and No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.

Senior attackman Scott Jones leads UMBC with nine goals and ten points scored. Freshman Pat Young posted his second two-goal game vs. Johns Hopkins and has seven goals in 2013. Sophomore Wes DiRito made his first collegiate start against the Blue Jays and went the distance, making nine stops.

TOP DOG: Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stood eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches after the 2012 campaign. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 214-139 in his 27th year as a collegiate mentor. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2011.

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected seniors Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox), Neill Lewnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s), and Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains or the 2012-13 academic year. Jones and Murphy will serve as team captains for the second consecutive year.

In addition, senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) has been tabbed by the coaching staff as a 2013 team captain.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Freshman Dan Lomas scored six goals to lead the High Point University (2-5) men’s lacrosse team to 13-10 win over Michigan in their last action on Wednesday, March 6 at Vert Stadium. Sophomore Matt Thistle added three goals and three assists in the win. Lomas (19g, 2a) and Thistle (10g, 11a) are tied for the team lead with 21 points apiece. Goalkeeper Austin Geisler Tis ranked sixth in the nation with 14.14 saves per game and 13th with a save percentage of 58.2. The first-year program’s other win occurred vs. Towson at Vert Stadium, a 9-7 victory on Feb. 8. Three of their five losses have been by three goals or less to Delaware (12-10), St. Joseph’s (8-5) and Jacksonville (9-8).

ALL-TIME SERIES: This is the first meeting between UMBC and High Point.

NOTE: High Point associate head coach Pat Tracy was an assistant coach at UMBC for four seasons (2008-2011).

UP NEXT: UMBC has a quick turnaround and will play its final mid-week game of the season on Tues., March 19 when they welcome the Towson Tigers to UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:35 p.m.

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