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UMBC plays host to Towson Tuesday night

Posted on 19 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 7: UMBC (2-4) vs. Towson, (3-5) March 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m., UMBC Stadium
Broadcasts: 
www.umbcretrievers.tv

For the 44th time, UMBC and Towson will face off against one another in intercollegiate lacrosse. This year’s contest is the lone night home game for the squad in 2013 and takes place at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday, March 19. The game is the middle game of a three-game in eight-day homestand for the Retrievers. Don Zimmerman’s squad will welcome Mount St. Mary’s (Sat., March 23) before opening league play at Hartford on March 30. The contest vs. the Tigers faces off at 7:35 p.m. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed in high definition on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

UMBC snapped a three-game slide with a 16-11 victory over High Point at home on Saturday, March 16. The Retrievers never trailed, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and piling on a season-high in goals scored. Seven Retrievers scored multiple points in the game, led by freshman attackman Nate Lewnes, who scored twice and added four helpers. The losing streak came in an eleven-day span, as UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26), No. 13 Fairfield (March 2), and No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.

ALSO NOTING: UMBC’s 16 goals scored vs. High Point is a season high and the most since the Retrievers defeated Albany, 17-16 on April 21, 2012… The Retrievers also scored a season-high four man-up goals (4/4) vs. High Point- pushing their season total to 9-of-17 (52.9%)… The last time UMBC scored four man-up goals in a game was March 31, 2012 when they defeated Hartford, 16-12…The Retrievers are ranked sixth in the nation in man-up offense after finishing 14th (41.9%) in 2012…UMBC committed seven penalties vs. Johns Hopkins on March 8, the most they have been assessed since fouling eight times on March 9, 2010-also at Hopkins… The 21 goals allowed by UMBC to Loyola on Feb. 26 is the most permitted by a Retriever team since allowing 27 goals to Towson in the 1996 campaign.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Four different players scored for Towson men’s lacrosse (3-5) but the Tigers fell, 12-4, to No. 17 Duke (5-4) Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. The Tigers had won three of their last four games prior to the loss to the Blue Devils. Four of
Towson’s eight games have been decided by one or two goals and the Tigers are 2-2 in those four games. Junior A/M Thomas DeNapoli leads the Tiger offense with 19 goals and 23 points.

ALL-TIME SERIES: The two beltway rivals have faced-off 43 times, in each year except for 1986, since 1970. Towson leads the all-time series, 28-15, but the Retrievers have won four of the last six meetings and the last three contests at UMBC Stadium.  In fact, the teams have split the last 16 meetings since 1997. Eight of the last ten meetings have been decided by three goals or fewer.

A YEAR AGO: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team built an 11-8 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but could not hang on and were edged, 12-11, by No. 19 Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The loss negated outstanding offensive efforts by junior attackmen Scott Jones (4 goals, 1 assist) and Joe Lustgarten (4 assists) and junior midfielder Scott Hopmann  , who scored a season-high four points (3 goals, 1 assist). UMBC outshot Towson, 42-30, but Towson junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a career-high 17 saves.

UP NEXT: UMBC completes its three-game homestand and faces a non-league opponent for the final time during the regular season when Mount St. Mary’s visits UMBC Stadium for the first time since 2001 on Saturday, March 23. The opening face-off is set for 1:05 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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UMBC faces tough test Friday at Hopkins

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

After an unexpected break in its harrowing early season schedule, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (1-3) gets back to work on Friday, March 8 when they face No. 6 Johns Hopkins (4-1) at Homewood Field. UMBC was slated to play at No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, but inclement weather postponed the contest. The opening face-off takes place at JHU just after 5:00 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU with Mike Corey providing the play-by-play and analysis from Jamie Munro.

In an eleven-day span, UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26) and No. 13 Fairfield, and now concludes that stretch vs. No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.

UMBC is coming off a 14-9 setback at Fairfield on Saturday afternoon. UMBC outshot the Stags, 41-40, but FU netminder Jack Murphy continued his brilliant early season play by stopping 17 Retriever shots. Junior midfielders Conor Finch and Zach Linkous each scored three times for UMBC, while Phil Poe won 16 of 27 draws to lead the visitors.

 

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.

 

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-17 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.

In 2012, UMBC was 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.

UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19+ seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.

 

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 46th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 339-286 (.543). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 222-219 (.503) in their 32nd 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.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick punched up career highs of five goals and four assists and the sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team scored 13 second-half goals as the Blue Jays knocked off visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 19-9, at Homewood Field Tuesday evening. Hopkins has wins over Siena, Towson and Michigan and a setback to Princeton on its schedule to date. JR A Brandon Benn leads the JHU attack with 18 goals, while Stanwick has 10 goals and seven assists. Hopkins has outscored its foes, 22-7, in the first quarter in 2013.

 

ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC is winless vs. Johns Hopkins in ten previous meetings- the Blue Jays are one of just two programs that the Retrievers have faced and do not own a win against. Robert Morris (now 0-2) is the other program on that short list. Only two of the previous ten meetings have taken place at UMBC. The Retrievers came the closest in 2008 and 2009, falling 10-8 at Homewood in ’08 and 14-11 at UMBC Stadium the following season.

 

A LOOK BACK: Last season, second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-0) held UMBC (2-3) scoreless for over 25 minutes in the middle stages of the game and defeated the Retrievers, 12-5, at M&T Bank Stadium. Jones scored three fourth-quarter goals to record his sixth career hat trick and second of the season. Lustgarten contributed three assists. Hopkins outshot UMBC, 39-31, and scored on both of its extra-man opportunities. Face-offs were even at 11-all.

 

UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for the first time since Feb. 26 when they welcome High Point to UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 16.

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UMBC continues tough start to schedule Saturday at Fairfield

Posted on 01 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (1-2) continues as tough a stretch as any team in the nation on Saturday, March 2 when they travel to Connecticut to take on No. 13 Fairfield (2-2) at Alumni Field. The opening face-off takes place at 1:00. In an eleven-day span, UMBC face No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26), No. 13 Fairfield, No. 1 Maryland (March 6) and No. 3 Johns Hopkins (March 8) all on the road.

 

UMBC is coming off a 21-9 setback to defending national champion and fourth-ranked Loyola in miserable conditions    at Ridley Athletic Complex on Feb. 26. The Retrievers led, 4-3, after one quarter and trailed only 9-7 early in the third quarter, before the Greyhounds ran off ten consecutive goals.

 

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.

 

Zimmerman’s Records

Career Record:

214-140 (.605) (27th season)

at UMBC: 141-125 (.530) (20th season)

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-17 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.

 

In 2012, UMBC was 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.

 

UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19+ seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.

 

HOME, SWEET HOME: UMBC is 39-16 (.709) at home since 2006.

 

FOR (HOME) OPENERS: With the 11-7 win over Rutgers on Feb. 23, UMBC snapped a three-game slide in home openers.

 

NOTING: The 21 goals allowed by UMBC to Loyola on Feb. 26 is the most permitted by a Retriever team since allowing 27 goals to Towson in the 1996 campaign.

 

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is 36-11 in nine years of America East competition and 20-4 at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.

 

In 2012, the Retrievers (3-2 AEC) posted a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the ninth consecutive year.

 

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 46th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 339-285 (.543). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 222-218 (.505) in their 32nd 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.

 

2012 RANKINGS:

Assists per game                      13th                   7.15

Man-Up Offense                        14th                   41.9

 

PLAYER NOTES

 

TEAM CAPTAINS: 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 for the 2012-13 academic year. Jones and Murphy will serve as team captains for the second consecutive year.

2012 AMERICA EAST ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior attackman Scott Jones and sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe earned America East Conference First Team honors in a vote of the league’s six head coaches. Two Retrievers- senior defender Aaron Verardi and junior midfielderScott Hopmann- earned Second Team honors, while freshman A/M Derek Bertolini was selected to the All-Rookie team. Junior defender Ethan Murphy was also honored by earning a selection to the league’s All -Academic squad.

 

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

 

 

UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) was named America East Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending Feb. 24, 2013. Cohen led the Retrievers in the squad’s 11-7 victory over Rutgers at UMBC Stadium on Feb. 23. Over the final three quarters, the Retriever netminder made 12 of his 13 saves and allowed only five goals over the same span of time.

The 13 stops were one shy of his 14 made at Rutgers in 11-7 victory in 2012. He also received America East Conference Player of the Week honors after his performance in that contest a season ago

In that contest, 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.

SR A Scott Jones had hat tricks or better in four of his last six outings of the 2012 season, scoring a total of 18 goals in that span. He had scored in 14 consecutive games (35g-10a-45pts, 3.21 ppg) until being held off the board at Vermont on April 7. Jones had multiple points in 12 of those contests and finished the 2012 season 8th in the nation with 2.77 goals per contest.

 

With his four-goal effort in the opener at Robert Morris, he now also has 14 career games with three or more goals and was tied for 10th- most amongst current Division I players (prior to Feb. 23). Jones is the team’s leading active scorer with 83 points (68-15-83).

 

HELPING HANDS: In 2012, SR A Joe Lustgarten led America East and finished 4th nationally with 2.23 assists per game. He became the 21st player in school history to post 25 assists in a season (29)-the last player to tally 25 or more was Drew Westervelt, who recorded 36 in 2007. Lustgarten had multiple assists in 11 consecutive outings, which is the longest streak in a single season since Steve Marohl, the NCAA record-setter with 77 assists, had multiple helpers in 12 straight in the 1992 campaign. He was held off the board completely at Loyola on Feb. 26.

 

CROW ABOUT POE: JR face-off specialist Phil Poe attempted all but six draws through 11 games in 2012 and his 320 attempted were 7th in the nation. His 174 face-off victories are the second-most in school history, behind only Russ LeClair’s 210 wins in 1984.

 

 

Poe was named America East Conference Player of the Week for games ending April 21, 2012. Poe tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Moreover, his 15 ground balls recorded are the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997 The 22 face-off wins tied for the sixth-most in a Division I single game in 2012.

 

Poe’s 87 ground balls on the 2012 season is the most for a Retriever since Nick Brownlee had 108 in 1997. Poe won 14 or more draws in nine of the 13 contests in 2012. He finished 11th in the country with 6.31 ground balls per game.

 

NOTING: SR A Matt Gregoire, who did not play at RMU due to injury, debuted and posted his third career game with three or more goals vs. Rutgers… FR M Pat Young scored the first two goals of his career, tallying twice in the first quarter at Robert Morris… SO LSM Seth Mackingarnered a career-best six ground balls in that game… Twenty-seven Retrievers saw action in the opener vs. the Colonials and 28 appeared vs. Rutgers… JR M David Campbell and FR ANate Lewnes scored their first goals in the black and gold vs. the Scarlet Knights.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Fairfield (2-2) dropped its second consecutive game, falling 9-2 at home to Hofstra on Feb. 26. Jack Murphy took the loss in net for the Stags, stopping 13 shots in the contest. Murphy has taken home the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week award for two consecutive weeks, stopping 28 total shots in a 10-9 win over Navy and a 10-9 loss at North Carolina. FU opened the season with an 8-6 victory over Bryant. JR A Jordan Greenfield (8g, 2a) and SR M Sam Snow (7g, 3a) share team-high scoring honors for the Stags.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Last season, Fairfield senior attackman John Snellman scored 44 seconds into overtime and the 20th-ranked Stags nipped UMBC, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium. Scott Jonesscored the game-tying goal with 40 seconds to play in regulation and recorded a season-best four-goal effort. The meeting was the first between the two teams since 1999.

UMBC and Fairfield played a home-and-home series in 1998 and 1999, with the Retrievers capturing both contests. UMBC triumphed, 13-5, at home in ’98 and won, 10-8, in Connecticut in 1999.

UP NEXT: UMBC faces current No. 1 Maryland at Byrd Stadium on Wed., March 6. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and the opening draw takes place at 5:00 p.m.

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UMBC visits defending champs Loyola Tuesday night

Posted on 25 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (1-1) kicks off as tough a stretch as any team in the nation will face on Tuesday, Feb. 26 when they take on defending national champion Loyola (2-1) at Ridley Athletic Complex. The opening face-off takes place at 7:00 p.m. In an eleven-day span, UMBC will face No. 4 Loyola, No. 13 Fairfield (March 2), No. 1 Maryland (March 6) and No. 3 Johns Hopkins (March 8) all on the road.

UMBC is coming off an 11-7 victory over Rutgers at UMBC Stadium on Sat., Feb. 23. Senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen, the reigning America East Conference Player of the Week, made 12 of his 13 saves in the final 45 minutes and the Retrievers utilized a 6-1 second half run to subdue the Scarlet Knights.

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.

Zimmerman’s Records
Career Record:
214-139 (.606) (27th season)
at UMBC: 141-124 (.532) (20th season)

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-17 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.

In 2012, UMBC was 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.

UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19+ seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.

HOME, SWEET HOME: UMBC is 39-16 (.709) at home since 2006.

FOR (HOME) OPENERS: With the 11-7 win over Rutgers on Feb. 23, UMBC snapped a three-game slide in home openers.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is 36-11 in nine years of America East competition and 20-4 at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.

In 2012, the Retrievers (3-2 AEC) posted a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the ninth consecutive year.

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 46th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 339-284 (.544). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 222-217 (.506) in their 32nd 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.

2012 RANKINGS:
Assists per game       13th             7.15
Man-Up Offense          14th            41.9%

PLAYER NOTES

TEAM CAPTAINS: 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 for the 2012-13 academic year. Jones and Murphy will serve as team captains for the second consecutive year.

2012 AMERICA EAST ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior attackman Scott Jones and sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe earned America East Conference First Team honors in a vote of the league’s six head coaches. Two Retrievers- senior defender Aaron Verardi and junior midfielder Scott Hopmann- earned Second Team honors, while freshman A/M Derek Bertolini was selected to the All-Rookie team. Junior defender Ethan Murphy was also honored by earning a selection to the league’s All -Academic squad.

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

Hat Tricks, Etc.

UMBC Five-Goal Games:   Scott Jones 2 (Albany, 2011, S. Brook, 2012)
Joe Lustgarten 1 (Hartford, 2012)
Zack Linkous 1 (Rutgers, 2012)

Four-Goal Games:                Jones 6 (Presbyterian, 2011; Fairfield, Hartford, Towson, Albany 2012, RMU 2013)
Dave Brown 1 (Presbyterian, 2011)
Matt Gregoire (Albany, 2012)

Three-Goal Games:               Jones 5 (Maryland, Albany, Vermont 2011; Hopkins, Binghamton 2012)
Scott Hopmann 3 (Presbyterian, 2011. Towson, Vermont 2012)
Gregoire 2 (Binghamton, 2012. Rutgers, 2013)
Brown 1 (Binghamton, 2011)
Lustgarten 1 (Hartford, 2011)

UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) was named America East Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending Feb. 24, 2013. Cohen led the Retrievers in the squad’s 11-7 victory over Rutgers at UMBC Stadium on Feb. 23. Over the final three quarters, the Retriever netminder made 12 of his 13 saves and allowed only five goals over the same span of time.

The 13 stops were one shy of his 14 made at Rutgers in 11-7 victory in 2012. He also received America East Conference Player of the Week honors after his performance in that contest a season ago.

In that contest, 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.

SR A Scott Jones had hat tricks or better in four of his last six outings of the 2012 season, scoring a total of 18 goals in that span. He had scored in 14 consecutive games (35g-10a-45pts, 3.21 ppg) until being held off the board at Vermont on April 7. Jones had multiple
points in 12 of those contests and finished the 2012 season 8th in the nation with 2.77 goals per contest.

With his four-goal effort in the opener at Robert Morris, he now also has 14 career games with three or more goals and was tied for 10th-most amongst current Division I players (prior to Feb. 23). Jones is the team’s leading active scorer with 82 points (67-15-82).

HELPING HANDS: In 2012, SR A Joe Lustgarten led America East and finished 4th nationally with 2.23 assists per game. He became the 21st player in school history to post 25 assists in a season (29)-the last player to tally 25 or more was Drew Westervelt, who recorded 36 in 2007. Lustgarten has multiple assists in his last 11 outings, which is the longest streak in a single season since Steve Marohl, the NCAA record-setter with 77 assists, had multiple helpers in 12 straight in the 1992 campaign.

CROW ABOUT POE: JR face-off specialist Phil Poe attempted all but six draws through 11 games in 2012 and his 320 attempted were 7th in the nation. His 174 face-off victories are the second-most in school history, behind only Russ LeClair’s 210 wins in 1984.

Poe was named America East Conference Player of the Week for games ending April 21, 2012. Poe tied a school record by winning 22
face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Moreover, his 15 ground balls recorded are the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a
school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997 The 22 face-off wins tied for the sixth-most in a Division I single game in 2012.

Poe’s 87 ground balls on the 2012 season is the most for a Retriever since Nick Brownlee had 108 in 1997. Poe won 14 or more draws in nine of the 13 contests in 2012. He finished 11th in the country with 6.31 ground balls per game.

NOTING: SR A Matt Gregoire, who did not play at RMU due to injury, debuted and posted his third career game with three or more goals vs. Rutgers… FR M Pat Young scored the first two goals of his career, rallying twice in the first quarter at Robert Morris… SO LSM Seth Mackin garnered a career-best six ground balls in that game… Twenty-seven Retrievers saw action in the opener vs. the Colonials and 28 appeared vs. Rutgers… JR M David Campbell and FR A Nate Lewnes scored their first goals in the black and gold vs. the Scarlet
Knights.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Loyola opened defense of their 2012 national title with road victories at Delaware (9-8) and Towson (14-9) before falling, 12-10, to Maryland in a rematch of the championship game on Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex. JR A Justin Ward leads the squad with 11 points (5-6-11), while 2012 Second Team All-American (senior) attackman Mike Sawyer is the team leader with six goals scored. Sawyer scored 52 goals in 2012 and needs to more for 100 in his career.

ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the series, 16-14. Last year’s meeting was the first between the two teams since 2005.

DONT’T LOOK BACK: Cohen came up with a career-high 15 saves, but the Retrievers could not shut down the fifth-ranked Loyola Greyhounds and dropped a 13-5 decision at soggy UMBC Stadium on March 24, 2012.

UMBC and Cohen played an outstanding first quarter, taking a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes. Cohen made six first quarter saves and turned aside his seventh early in the second quarter before the explosive Greyhounds started to turn the tide. They tied the game on two goals
two minutes apart at the midpoint of the stanza and took a 4-3 lead off a face-off win and goal ten seconds after the tying score.

UMBC tied the score as Rob Grimm scored UMBC’s third man-up goal of the game, burying an inside feed from junior attackman Joe Lustgarten at the 12:34 mark. But Loyola’s J.P. Dalton, who dominated the face-off circle, won the ensuing draw and fed junior attackman Mike Sawyer, who gave the Greyhounds the lead for good just six seconds after Grimm’s goal.

Loyola scored twice more, tallying six goals in the second quarter, and took a 7-4 lead at intermission. The Greyhounds controlled four of five third quarter draws, and outscored UMBC, 4-0, in the third quarter to take command, 11-4, after 45 minutes. Scott Jones added two goals for UMBC, while Lustgarten had a pair of assists.

Loyola outshot UMBC, 46-31, won 15 of 21 draws and captured 32 ground balls to 17 for the Retrievers. UMBC was 3-of-6 on man-up chances and killed off three of Loyola’s four extra-man opportunities.

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Cohen strong in cage to help UMBC past Rutgers

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen made 12 of his 13 saves in the final 45 minutes and the host Retrievers utilized a 5-1 third quarter surge to knock off Rutgers, 11-7, at UMBC Stadium.

UMBC evened its early season record at 1-1, while Rutgers fell to 2-2.

Eight different Retrievers scored goals and the hosts were led by senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River), who scored his first three goals of the season.  Linemates Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) also had strong effots for the Retrievers. Lustgarten led UMBC with four points, scoring once and adding three assists, while Jones scored twice and added a helper.

Rutgers junior attackman Scott Klimchak led all players with five goals.

UMBC defeated Rutgers by the identical 11-7 score in Piscataway, N.J. last season. Cohen also shined in that game, making 14 saves and scoring a goal late in the contest.

The Scarlet Knights jumped on top, 2-0,  less than five minutes into the contest, but UMBC closed the quarter with goals by junior midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys’ Latin) and Gregoire. Jones gave UMBC its first lead of the day midway through the second quarter, but Klimchak evened the score with 4:09 remaining in the half and the teams went to the locker room knotted at 3-3.

But UMBC came out with a determined third quarter effort. Despite losing all six face-offs in the quarter, the Retrievers scored on five of 12 shots. Sophomore midfielder Derek Bertolini(Madison, Conn./Choate) gave the hosts the lead for good with an unassisted goal from deep on the right wing just 1:44 into the stanza.

After an exchange of goals, the Retrievers scored three times in the final 2:38 of the quarter to take command. Jones converted a Lustgarten feed on a man-up situation, rifling a shot past RU netminder Kris Alleyne from eight yards out.

The Retrievers’ next two goals were tough chances as Gregoire managed to dump in a Lustgarten feed from just outside the crease after initially bobbling the pass from Lustgarten with 77 seconds to play in the third. Then , freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) took a pass from Jones and converted an acrobatic shot while driving to the goal with 0.7 to play in the stanza.

UMBC led, 8-4, after three quarters and extended the run to 6-1 as Lustgarten scored on a fast-break 54 seconds into the fourth. But RU kept coming, as Klimchak scored twice and freshman midfielder Jacob Coretti cut the deficit to 9-7 with 5:21 remaining.

Rutgers won the ensuing draw, but Cohen made a save and triggered a fast break. Jones’ shot from the left side was saved by Alleyne, but Gregoire knocked in the rebound to restore a three-goal lead with 4:08 remaining.

UMBC held the ball for the majority of the final four minutes and freshman attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) beat a double-team and added the 11th goal with 1:49 to play.

Rutgers outshot UMBC, 40-35 and outdrew the hosts, 13-8.

Lustgarten now has multiple assists in his last 11 outings, one shy of Steve Marohl’s 1992 school record of 12.

UMBC faces defending national champion Loyola at the Ridley Athletic Complex on Tuesday evening.

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