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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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Murphy delivers late for UMBC in win over Mount St. Mary’s

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC senior close defender Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) snapped an 8-8 tie with his first goal of the season with 6:48 remaining as the host Retrievers prevailed, 10-8, over Mount St. Mary’s at UMBC Stadium.

The game-winning goal capped an outstanding day for Murphy, who led an excellent defensive effort by the Retrievers with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Retriever sophomore netminder Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) recorded 11 saves, and only permitted a pair of Mountaineer goals after halftime.

UMBC held Mount St. Mary’s to three goals below their season average.

Offensively, three Retrievers- freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.)) School), and senior attackmen Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored a pair of goals. Senior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) led the Retrievers with a goal and two assists.

Mount St. Mary’s was paced by senior attackman Brett Schmidt was scored two goals and added three assists.

UMBC led, 7-6, at halftime, but the Mount scored the lone goal of the third quarter to send the contest to the fourth tied at 7-7. Young and Mount midfielder Daniel Stranix traded scores early in the fourth quarter before Murphy struck for the third time in his career.  DiRito made a save on one end and Murphy scooped up the ground ball. He raced down the field and dished to sophomore midfielder Tim Lang (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North). Lang brought the ball into the offensive third and fed the trailing Murphy, whose shot beat reserve Mount goalkeeper Frankie McCarthy to the off-stick side.

The Retrievers (3-5) added an insurance goal with 5:25 remaining, as Jones hauled in a rebound off McCarthy, wheeled and scored to give UMBC a two-goal advantage.

The Mount had a late man-up advantage with 1:27 remaining, but could not capitalize and slipped to 4-6 on the season.

UMBC junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) dominated the face-off x, capturing 16 of 22 draws.  The Retrievers had 34 ground balls to 18 for Mount St. Mary’s, although the visitors outshot UMBC, 37-29.

McCarthy took the loss for his side, making five saves and allowing all three fourth quarter goals. Starter Adam Borgogelli had six first-half saves for the Mountaineers.

The Retrievers improved to 20-0 in all-time meetings vs. Mount St. Mary’s. The two teams had not met since 2003.

The visitors jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but UMBC scored four consecutive goals in under five minutes to take a 4-2 lead late in the first quarter. The Retrievers led, 4-3, after 15 minutes and 7-6 at the half.

UMBC opens America East play next Saturday at Hartford.

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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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Hat tricks from Finch, Linkous not enough for UMBC to upset Fairfield

Posted on 02 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Fairfield, Conn.- Visiting UMBC outshot No. 13 Fairfield, 41-40, but Stag goalkeeper Jack Murphy made 17 saves and the Retrievers fell, 14-9 at Alumni Field.

UMBC junior midfielders Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys’ Latin) and Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) paced the visitors in the scoring column. Finch amassed a career-best four-point day, with three goals and an assist, while Linkous recorded three goals.

Retriever junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won 16 of the game’s 27 draws and recorded a season-best eight ground balls.

UMBC fell behind 3-0 early in the contest, but goals by junior midfielder David Campbell (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), Linkous and sophomore Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson/CCBC-Essex) in a span of 2:30 got the Retrievers even at 3-3 with 3:27 remaining in the first quarter.

The Retriever nearly took the lead ,but a shot by freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) hit the post with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter and Fairfield corralled the ground ball. Fairfield cleared and the Stags’ Tristan Sperry scored with just four seconds remaining in the quarter to give the hosts a 4-3 edge after 15 minutes.

Fairfield carried that momentum into the second quarter, as they held UMBC to just five shots and outscored the Retrievers, 4-0.

FU led, 8-3 at the half and extended the scoring run to 6-0 as Jordan Greenfield scored his third goal of the game 90 seconds into the third quarter. UMBC tried a get a rally going, as Linkous scored on the Retrievers’ lone man-up chance of the day on a feed from senior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Wading River) and Finch netted an unassisted tally with 5:13 to play and the third.

But the comeback was short-lived, as the hosts started a 5-1 surge just 1:24 after Finch’s goal and were in control at 14-6 with 11:30 remaining in the contest .

Finch scored twice and freshman attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) added a goal in the final 10:48 to finalize the scoring on the day.

Murphy, the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the past two weeks, made 10 of his 17 stops in the second half. UMBC senior attackmen Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each managed six shots, but could not dent the net.

UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) made all eight of his saves in the middle two quarters of play.

FU’s Jordan Greenfield led all scorers with four goals and six total points in the game.

UMBC (1-3) meets No. 1 Maryland (4-0) on Wed., March 6 at Byrd Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPNU and the opening face is set for just after 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.

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


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

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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