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Maryland Lacrosse Tries to Extend Hot Start Tuesday at UMBC

Posted on 06 March 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The fourth-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team plays its first midweek game of the season when it heads up I-95 to take on intrastate rival UMBC on March 6 at 7 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. The game is scheduled to be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.

• Maryland (3-0, 1-0 ACC) is coming off of a 10-7 victory over then No. 8 Duke in both team’s conference opener. Senior Drew Snider led the Terps by posting his third career hat trick, which included two man-up goals. Junior Billy Gribbin also had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for Maryland. Sophomore Niko Amato made nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Terrapins. Freshman Goran Murray held All-American Jordan Wolf, the ACC’s leading scorer, to just one shot and one assist in the game.

• For the season, the Terps are led offensively by All-Americans Joe Cummings and John Haus, who each have nine points. Overall, 13 different Terrapins have scored goals this season. Defensively, Amato has stopped 63.5 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 6.49 goals-against average. Sophomore Brian Cooper leads the team with seven caused turnovers. Junior Curtis Holmes is winning 64.2 percent of his face-offs and is the team leader in groundballs with 19.

• The Retrievers are 1-2 on the season after dropping a 10-9 decision in overtime to No. 17 Fairfield. UMBC started the season with a 10-8 home loss to Robert Morris on Feb. 18. The Retrievers then won their first game of the season, 11-7, at Rutgers on Feb. 26. Attackman Scott Jones and midfielder Zach Linkous lead UMBC with eight points on seven goals and one assist. Adam Cohen has logged all 180-plus minutes in goal for the Retrievers and has an 8.96 goals-against average and a 57.1 save percentage.



The Count Down

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 85 of the 92 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 102-22 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .823 winning percentage.
8 … Eight Terps have at least one goal and one assist this season.
7 … Seven current Terps have scored a goal vs. UMBC during their careers.
6 … Maryland has converted six of seven extra-man opportunities so far this season.
5 … Maryland is off to a 3-0 start for the fifth time in the past 10 seasons.
4 … Joe Cummings had his first career four-goal game in the 2011 game vs. UMBC.
3 … The last time UMBC and Maryland played a nighttime weekday game was the three OT game in 2008.
2 … This will be John Tillman’s second career game vs. UMBC as a head coach.
1 … David Miller earned his first career point vs. Duke by assisting on Billy Gribbin’s goal in the third quarter.


Tale of the Tape
Maryland Category  UMBC
12.7 Goals Per Game 9.3
8.0 Opponents’ Goals Per Game 9.0
36.3 Shots Per Game 35.3
34.9 Shot Percentage 26.4
22.7 Shots on Goal Per Game 17.7
62.4 Shots on Goal Percentage 50.0
11.0 Saves Per Game 12.0
57.9 Save Percentage 57.1
37.7 Groundballs Per Game 29.0
26.0 Opponents’ Groundballs Per Game 27.7
17.7 Turnovers Per Game 16.3
11.0 Caused Turnovers Per Game 8.0
61.4 Face-Off Percentage 50.0
91.9 Clear Percentage 91.2
81.1 Opponents’ Clear Percentage 83.3
3.7 Penalties Per Game 1.3
2.2 Penalty Minutes Per Game 0.7
85.7 Man-Up Conversion Percentage 22.2
36.4 Opponents’ Man-Up Conversion Percentage 0.0

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his fifth season as a head coach, and second with the Terps, with a 36-24 career record for a 60.0 winning percentage. Tillman is 16-5 (.762) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Don Zimmerman is in his 25th season season as a head coach and holds a lifetime record of 208-131 (.614). He has been the head coach at UMBC for 18 years and is 135-116 (.539) with the Retrievers.

• Coach Tillman’s is 1-0 all-time vs. UMBC as a head coach.


Series History vs. UMBC
• Maryland holds a 26-7 lifetime advantage in 33 meetings with state rival UMBC. Maryland has won 10 of the last 13 games, but the Retreivers have taken three of the last five. Prior to that, UMBC had not defeated the Terps since taking back-to-back games in 1998 and 1999.

• For the second straight season Grant Catalino tied his career high with seven points to lead the Terps to a 15-6 rout of the Retrievers. Catalino scored six goals, which also tied his career high, while Joe Cummings also set a career-best with four goals. Niko Amato allowed just five goals during his 55:03 and made 12 saves.

• In 2010, Grant Catalino tied his career high with seven points to lead the Terps to their first victory over the Retrievers since the 2007 regular season. Catalino combined with fellow attackmen Travis Reed and Ryan Young for 14 points in the 13-7 win. Senior Brian Phipps made 12 saves for Maryland, while Max Schmidt led the defender with three groundballs and three caused turnovers.

• The Retrievers won their third straight over the Terps, taking a 9-7 victory at Ludwig Field in 2009. Grant Catalino and Ryan Young each had hat tricks for Maryland, but the Terrapins couldn’t overcome a three-goal halftime deficit.

• In 2008 the two teams hooked up in a Friday night game that saw the Retreivers eek out a 9-8 win in triple-overtime. The Terps used a 3-0 scoring blitz in the fourth quarter to take an 8-7 lead, but UMBC tied the game with just 5.8 seconds to go to send the game into OT. Max Ritz led the Terrapins with two goals and an assist, while Grant Catalino and Drew Evans each had a goal and an assist.

• In the 2007 NCAA Tournament Maryland jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Retrievers responded by going on a 9-2 run spanning the second and third quarters to advance to the quarterfinals. Max Ritz and Dan Groot each had four points for the Terps, while Bryn Holmes won 10-of-14 face-offs and picked up a career-high nine groundballs.

• Earlier in 2007, Maryland topped the Retrievers, 11-7, at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Jeremy Sieverts scored his first hat trick as a Terp, while junior attackman Max Ritz chipped in with two goals and an assist. Senior defender Ray Megill scored the first poitnts of his career with a goal and an assist.

• The Terps entered the 2006 game as the No. 1 team in the nation and the Retrievers were looking for the upset. Maryland only led by one heading into the fourth quarter, but the Terrapin defense shutout UMBC for the final 15 minutes, allowing the offense to score four unanswered goals to take home a 9-4 win. The senior trio of Bill McGlone (2-2=4), Xander Ritz (3-0=3) and Joe Walters (3-0=3) were the main weapons for the Terrapins but it was junior attackman Michael Phipps that scored the game-winning goal.

• In 2005 Joe Walters tied then-career highs with six goals and seven points to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 16-10 win over the Retrievers at Byrd Stadium. First team All-American Bill McGlone also had a career day for the Terps, setting his career high with five goals in the victory. Brendan Healy scored twice and added a pair of assists, while long pole Ryan Clarke set his career high with six groundballs. The Terrapins dominated possession, thanks in large part to winning 20 of 29 face-offs. David Tamberrino won 14 of 18, tying his personal best for wins in a game.

• In 2004 Joe Walters lead the Terps to a hard-fought 9-4 win with a natural hat trick in the second quarter. The Maryland defense was sensational, holding UMBC scoreless for 29:12 bridging the second through the fourth quarters. Terp goalie Tim McGinnis made 13 saves, including eight in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.

• In the 2003 game in College Park, Mike Mollot and Joe Walters each had three goals while former Retriever Justin Smith had two goals and two assists in his first game vs. his former team.

• This will be just the sixth time the two teams will play in the month of March. The 2003 game on April 25 was the first time since 1977, that Maryland-UMBC game was not be played in May. The UMBC game had been the last contest on Maryland’s regular-season schedule for the 13 years, dating 1990 through 2002, with Maryland winning 10 of 13 regular-season finales..


Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse family last season with the passing of Maria Young on April 17.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 85 of the 92 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.

· The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision..

Record When Scoring 10+ Goals
Year W-L Loss
2012 3-0
2011 9-1 Johns Hopkins, 11-12 ot
2010 12-1 Virginia, 10-11
2009 6-2 Georgetown, 10-13
at UNC, 16-10 ACC SF
2008 9-0
2007 8-1 Virginia, 10-11
2006 8-0
2005 5-0
2004 10-1 Hopkins, 10-13
2003 8-0
2002 7-1 Virginia, 10-11

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.2 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 102-22 in games, for a .823 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 165 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.1 percent of the time.


Youth Is Served
• Maryland started two sophomores (Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper) and a freshman (Goran Murray) at close defense in the 2012 season-opening win over Hartford. The last time Maryland’s defense had two sophomore and one freshman starting was 2005 when sophomores Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill started alongside freshman Joe Cinosky. The first game that group started together was April 23, 2005 at Fairfield (a 9-6 Terrapin win).

• Goran Murray became the first Maryland freshman to start at close defense in a season opener since 2008 when Max Schmidt started in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.


Face-Off Firsts
• Junior Curtis Holmes’ 19-of-20 (.950) performance facing-off vs. Hartford in the 2012 season opener is just the fifth time since 2000 that a Maryland face-off man has won at least 90% of his draws with at least 10 attempts.

• Holmes joins Andy Claxton and Brian Haggerty as the only Terps with multiple games of 19 or more face-off wins. Claxton did it three times (27 at Towson in 1991, 21 vs. Duke in 1991 and 19 at Brown in 1991), while Haggerty did it twice (20 vs. Butler in 1998 and 19 vs. Virginia in 1998). Holmes had 20 wins vs. Georgetown last season to go along with his 19 vs. the Hawks, which makes him the only Terp to win 19 or more face-offs in different seasons.

• The last 90% performance was in 2008 when Bryn Holmes, Curtis’ older brother, won 9-of-10 face-offs at Mount St. Mary’s.

• The last time a Terp faced-off with a winning percentage above 90% was on March 21, 2006 when David Tamberrino won 12-of-13 in a 14-2 win over Dartmouth.

Best Face-Off Performances Since 2000
Curtis Holmes – 19/20 (.950) vs. Hartford 2/18/12
Brian Carroll – 12/13 (.923) at Delaware 3/17/01
Davin Tamberrino – 12/13 (.923) vs. Dartmouth 3/21/06
Jeremy Pastula – 11/12 (.917) at Towson 3/8/03
Bryn Holmes – 9/10 (.900) at Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/08
Bryn Holmes – 12/14 (.857) vs. Presbyterian 2/13/09
Brian Carroll – 11/13 (.846) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/02
Bryn Holmes – 11/13 (.846) vs. Air Force 2/14/09
Ryan Moran – 10/12 (.833) vs. Bucknell 3/11/03
Will Dalton – 18/22 (.818) vs. Vermont 2/20/07
Curtis Holmes – 17/21 (.810) vs. Detroit Mercy 2/19/11


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has a 83-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

19 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Hartford to open the 2012 season the Terps have an 19-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s, Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 19-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 267-99 (an average score of 14.1-5.2) in those games.

· The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 18 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

The Last 19 Season Openers
Feb. 18, 2012 #8 Maryland 12, Hartford 6
Feb. 19, 2011 #4 Maryland 16, Detroit Mercy 4
Feb. 20, 2010 #6 Maryland 12, Bellarmine 7
Feb. 13, 2009 #3 Maryland 18, Presbyterian 3
Feb. 23, 2008 #7 Maryland 11, #4 Georgetown 6
Feb. 17, 2007 #7 Maryland 11, Bellarmine 6
Feb 25, 2006 #3 Maryland 10, #7 Georgetown 4
Feb. 26, 2005 #4 Maryland 13, #5 Georgetown 6
Feb. 28, 2004 #5 Maryland 14, #6 Georgetown 5
Mar. 2, 2003 #5 Maryland 13, #7 Duke 7
Feb. 23, 2002 #6 Maryland 13, #23 Hobart 6
Feb. 24, 2001 #8 Maryland 16, Air Force 3
Feb. 27, 2000 #8 Maryland 19, Mt. St. Mary’s 3
Feb. 25, 1999 #7 Maryland 13, Denver 5
Feb. 21, 1998 #6 Maryland 18, Villanova 5
Feb. 22, 1997 #7 Maryland 13, Villanova 4
Feb. 24, 1996 #7 Maryland 12, Villanova 6
Feb. 25, 1995 Maryland 15, Villanova 6
Feb. 26, 1994 Maryland 18, Villanova 7
Home team in bold

First-Time Opponents
• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 87 seasons. The 2012 season added Hartford (a 12-6 win on 2/18) and will add Marist (3/10) to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
· The 11-9 victory over Duke on April 24, 2011 was the 10th of the year for Maryland, giving it nine straight seasons with double-digit wins. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1Scourse.com).

· How does that stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (9): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Cornell (7): 2011 (12-3), 2010 (12-6), 2009 (11-3), 2008 (11-4), 2007 (15-1), 2006 (11-3), 2005 (11-3)
Virginia (7): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (6): 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (5): 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (5): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

All-Time Winningest Programs
Team W-L-T Pct.
1. Johns Hopkins 917-294-15 .754
2. Syracuse 823-311-16 .722
3. Navy 750-311-14 .705
4. Maryland 731-247-4 .746
5. Army 727-347-7 .676
The Road To 700 Wins
Team Seasons Games Played
Maryland 84 940
Syracuse 84 993
Army 92 1,029
Navy 99 972
Johns Hopkins 105 932

Terps’ 87th Season Of Lacrosse
· The Terps boast an all-time record of 731-247-4 (.746), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

· During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Three Taken In MLL Draft
· Three University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the highest pick, being selected with the 12th overall selection by the Hamilton Nationals. Midfielder/attackman Joe Cummings was the next Terp taken, going 17th overall to the Rochester Rattlers. Midfielder Drew Snider went 45th overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


2012 Team Captains
· Five players have been named team captains for the 2012 season. The quintet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. Blye and Jesse Bernhardt are the first pair of juniors to be named team captains since Bob Ott and Randy Ratliff were among four captains in 1978.

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UMBC Hopes to Stun In-State Rival Terrapins Tuesday Night

Posted on 06 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (1-2) men’s lacrosse team has a challenging week in store with games vs. No. 4 Maryland and No. 2 Johns Hopkins. The Retrievers start the week by hosting the Terrapins on Tuesday evening, March 6, at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be streamed live by www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

UMBC (1-2) rallied from four goals down in the final 13 minutes to send Saturday’s contest with Fairfield to overtime, but the Stags won OT’s opening draw and scored 44 seconds into the extra frame to prevail, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium on March 3.

UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones scored a season-high four goals, including the game-tying goal with 40 seconds left to cap the rally.

UMBC had rallied from an 8-5 fourth quarter deficit to draw even with Robert Morris, but the Colonials prevailed, 10-8, in the opener at home on Feb. 18. Eight days later at Rutgers, the Retrievers never trailed in a 11-7 victory over the Scarlet Knights.

Jones and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous lead UMBC with seven goals and one assist apiece through three games.

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS

Maryland (3-0, 1-0 ACC) is coming off of a 10-7 victory over then No. 8 Duke in both team’s conference opener on March 3.  Senior Drew Snider led the Terps by posting his third career hat trick, which included two man-up goals. Junior Billy Gribbin also had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for Maryland.

Sophomore Niko Amato made nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Terrapins.

For the season, the Terps are led offensively by All-Americans Joe Cummings and John Haus, who each have nine points. Overall, 13 different Terrapins have scored goals this season. Defensively, Amato has stopped 63.5 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 6.49 goals-against average. Junior Curtis Holmes is winning 64.2 percent of his face-offs and is the team leader in groundballs with 19.

Maryland opened with a 12-6 win over America East rival Hartford, then rung up 16 goals in a 16-11 win over host Georgetown.

THE SERIES

Maryland leads the series, 26-7. The teams have met every year since 1982 and had two face-offs in 2007. The Retrievers won three straight contests in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but the Terps have captured the last two games.
Five of UMBC’s seven victories over Maryland have occurred in College Park; the Terrapins are 14-2 at UMBC. Last season,

Last season, Scott Jones scored three goals, but Maryland sprinted out to a 4-0 lead and defeated UMBC, 15-6, in College Park.

UP NEXT: UMBC takes on No. 2 Johns Hopkins at the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday, March 10. The Retrievers and Blue Jays are the third game of the tripleheader with a 4:00 p.m. start time.

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UMBC Hoping to Stun In-State Rival Terrapins Tuesday

Posted on 05 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (1-2) men’s lacrosse team has a challenging week in store with games vs. No. 4 Maryland and No. 2 Johns Hopkins. The Retrievers start the week by hosting the Terrapins on Tuesday evening, March 6, at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be streamed live by www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

UMBC (1-2) rallied from four goals down in the final 13 minutes to send Saturday’s contest with Fairfield to overtime, but the Stags won OT’s opening draw and scored 44 seconds into the extra frame to prevail, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium on March 3.

UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones scored a season-high four goals, including the game-tying goal with 40 seconds left to cap the rally.

UMBC had rallied from an 8-5 fourth quarter deficit to draw even with Robert Morris, but the Colonials prevailed, 10-8, in the opener at home on Feb. 18. Eight days later at Rutgers, the Retrievers never trailed in a 11-7 victory over the Scarlet Knights.

Jones and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous lead UMBC with seven goals and one assist apiece through three games.

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS

Maryland (3-0, 1-0 ACC) is coming off of a 10-7 victory over then No. 8 Duke in both team’s conference opener on March 3.  Senior Drew Snider led the Terps by posting his third career hat trick, which included two man-up goals. Junior Billy Gribbin also had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for Maryland.

Sophomore Niko Amato made nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Terrapins.

For the season, the Terps are led offensively by All-Americans Joe Cummings and John Haus, who each have nine points. Overall, 13 different Terrapins have scored goals this season. Defensively, Amato has stopped 63.5 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 6.49 goals-against average. Junior Curtis Holmes is winning 64.2 percent of his face-offs and is the team leader in groundballs with 19.

Maryland opened with a 12-6 win over America East rival Hartford, then rung up 16 goals in a 16-11 win over host Georgetown.

THE SERIES

Maryland leads the series, 26-7. The teams have met every year since 1982 and had two face-offs in 2007. The Retrievers won three straight contests in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but the Terps have captured the last two games. Five of UMBC’s seven victories over Maryland have occurred in College
Park; the Terrapins are 14-2 at UMBC.

Last season, Scott Jones scored three goals, but Maryland sprinted out to a 4-0 lead and defeated UMBC, 15-6, in College Park.

UP NEXT: UMBC takes on No. 2 Johns Hopkins at the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday, March 10. The Retrievers and Blue Jays are the third game of the tripleheader with a 4:00 p.m. start time.

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UMBC Welcomes Fairfield Saturday Afternoon

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (1-1) men’s lacrosse team hosts a red-hot Fairfield squad (3-0) on Saturday, March 3. The opening face-off is set for 3:00 p.m. and the game will be streamed live by www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen stopped a career-high 14 Rutgers shots as the Retrievers evened their record at 1-1 with by defeating the Scarlet Knights, 11-7, at the RU Stadium Complex on Sun, Feb. 26.

Sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous scored a career-best five goals to lead the Retriever offense vs. Rutgers. Junior midfielder Dave Brown added two goals and two assists for UMBC, while sophomore middie Ryan Johnston also had multiple points with a goal and a helper.

Linkous leads UMBC with seven goals through two games, while Brown is just behind with two goals and a team-best four helpers.

SCOUTING THE STAGS

Fairfield is 3-0 to start a season for only the fifth-time at the varsity level. The Stags last got out to a 3-0 start in 2008, opening with three straight wins before finishing the year at 4-9. The best start in program history came in 2007, 5-0, with a 6-6 final result.

For the first time in program history the Stags have played consecutive multi-overtime games. Fairfield defeated Bryant 9-8 in double-overtime on Saturday and then defeated Hofstra 10-9 in triple-overtime Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano became the second Stag in as many weeks to earn an ECAC honor, as he was named Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The senior earned the honor after stopping 11 shots and picking up four ground balls, in the win over Bryant.

Brent Adams and Cipriano were both named to the 2012 Watch List for the Tewaaraton Award prior to the start of the season. Adams enters play tonight as the Stags second leading scorer with 10 points, on six goals and four assists. He has also picked up a team-leading eight ground balls.

THE SERIES

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 has its shortest break between games of the season, as they must regroup and face No. 5 Maryland at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday, March 6. Face-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Loyola Lacrosse Looks to Continue Hot Start Friday at Bellarmine

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Loyola Lacrosse Looks to Continue Hot Start Friday at Bellarmine

Posted on 02 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Bellarmine University
Date Friday, March 2, 2012
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Louisville, Ky. | Owsley B. Frazier Stadium
TV Bellarmine Webstreaming
Series Record Loyola leads, 2-0
Last Meeting Loyola 9, Bellarmine 6 – March 5, 2011

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland heads on the road for the first time this season, starting a two-game trek with a Friday night game in Louisville, Ky., against Bellarmine University at 7 o’clock.

Friday’s game marks the start of Loyola’s eighth season in the ECAC Lacrosse League, as the game is the conference opener for both teams. The Greyhounds are 46-11 all-time in conference games.

Series History

Loyola will meet Bellarmine for the third time in series history on Friday with the Greyhounds winning the first two games.

The Greyhounds won the first meeting, 14-8, in Louisville during the 2010 season when current Loyola players Eric Lusby and Patrick Fanshaw each scored three goals.

Last season, the teams were tied 3-3 at halftime and 4-4 after the first minute of the third quarter before the Greyhounds scored five in a row to break the game open and go on to a 9-6 victory.

Mike Sawyer scored five goals in the game, and Matt Langan tallied four assists.

In The Polls

Loyola moved up to No. 11 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, and 14th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings after its 13-6 victory over Towson. The Greyhounds are one of four ECAC teams in the polls, joining Denver (14/12), Ohio State (17/16) and Fairfield (20/RV).

Four By Two

Mike Sawyer and Sean O’Sullivan both scored four goals in the Greyhounds’ win over Towson last Saturday, becoming the first pair of Loyola players to record four or more goals in the same game since Patrick Fanshaw and Matt Langan scored five and four, respectively, on March 20, 2010, in a 17-3 win over Air Force.

O’Sullivan matched his career-high, set as a sophomore in 2010 at the U.S. Military Academy against Rutgers, and Sawyer was one off tying his career-best. O’Sullivan needed just four shots to score his four goals, two of which came on extra-man opportunities.

Ward Dishes Five

Justin Ward played the role of feeder in Loyola’s 13-6 win over Towson, finishing the game with five assists. Just one week previously, the sophomore recorded his first collegiate assist against Delaware.

Ward became the first Loyola player to record five or more assists since Shane Koppens had six in a March 10, 2009, win over Bryant.

Through the first two weeks of the season, Ward is tied for third nationally with a 3.0 assists per game mark.

Scoring In Two Straight

Loyola posted 13 goals in back-to-back games to open the season, marking the first time since April 2007 that the Greyhounds scored 13 or more in two games in a row.

The last time it happened, Loyola defeated Fairfield, 19-2, on April 21, 2007, and Hobart, 17-10, on April 28.

Through just two games, the Greyhounds rank eighth in NCAA Division I in goals per game (13.0).

Extra-Man Success

Loyola was successful on all three of its extra-man opportunities in the game against the Blue Hens, scoring three man-up goals in the second quarter during its 5-0 run. The Greyhounds followed that by converting on 2-of-3 EMOs in the win over Towson.

Patrick Fanshaw, Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer each scored EMO goals of the Greyhounds, and Fanshaw added another at the end of a Delaware non-releasable penalty just as the teams returned to even strength. Sean O’Sullivan tacked on both of the man-up goals against Towson.

Loyola is tied for third nationally with an 83.3-percent EMO success rate through the first two weeks of the young season.

The Greyhounds extra-man unit was seventh nationally with a .420 (21-of-50) conversion percentage in 2011.

Dominant At The ‘X’

Loyola used a large advantage at the face-off ‘X’ to secure the win over Towson, winning two-thirds (14-of-21) restarts against the Tigers.

J.P. Dalton won 9-of-11 face-offs in the first half and finished 13-of-18 in the game to raise his season percentage to 62.8 (27-of-43).

Dalton grabbed four ground balls, while wings Scott Ratliff and Pat Laconi each had four, as well. Dalton also finished with a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds.

Season-Opener Success

Loyola won its season opener for the third-straight year, defeating Delaware 13-8 last Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds trailed, 3-0, after the first quarter, but they scored five in a row to go up 5-4 at halftime.

Lusby Makes Return

Eric Lusby returned to game action in the season-opener after missing all but two games of the 2011 season. Now a graduate student, Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game against Cornell. He attempted to come back last year, but he saw limited action against Navy and Towson and was shut down to rehab the injury for the remainder of the season.

Lusby burst back onto the scene against Delaware, scoring the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity, and the 2010 All-ECAC First Team member tallied three more in the second half. The four goals were a career-high for the Severna Park, Md., native.

Lusby was third on the 2010 team in goals with 20 as a member of the team’s first midfield unit. This year, Lusby has moved back to his natural position of attack.

Sawyer Shows Same Form

Mike Sawyer picked up where he left off a year ago, tallying three goals and assisting on Eric Lusby’s first, in the win over the Blue Hens. He then tacked on four goals and an assist against Towson. Sawyer led Loyola last season with 31 goals and 36 assists.

The Towson game was Sawyer’s 12th career multi-goal game and the 5th multi-point effort of his tenure at Loyola.

Before the season, Sawyer was named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team and was named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention.

Ratliff Earns ECAC Honor

Scott Ratliff was honored as the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career following the Delaware win after picking up a career-high seven ground balls against Delaware.

Ratliff keyed Loyola’s possession and defensive efforts in the final three quarters when he helped J.P. Dalton win 14-of-21 face-offs.

Ratliff also had two caused turnovers, and the long-stick midfielder scored the fifth goal of his collegiate career in the third quarter when Michael Bonitatibus made a clean save and sent a pass to Ratliff who executed a one-man clear and scored in transition.

Bonitatibus Wins First Start

Junior Michael Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in goal for the Greyhounds against Delaware after having played less than two minutes prior to this season.

Bonitatibus, who played 65 seconds in his collegiate debut last year at Duke, made seven saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just eight goals. He also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Bonitatibus became the first Loyola goalkeeper to win his starting debut in nearly 11 years. The last was Mark Bloomquist who also defeated Delaware, 8-7, on February 24, 2001.

Second Half Scoring

Loyola continued a trend from the last two years in the opener against Delaware, making adjustments at halftime to outscore their opponents in the third quarter and second half. The Greyhounds outscored the Blue Hens 5-1 in the third quarter and 8-4 after the break.

Loyola outscored its opponents 69-52 after halftime last season (including two overtime goals) despite being outscored 54-39 in the first halves of games.

The Greyhounds scored 34 third-quarter goals to their opponents’ 27. In 2010, they outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.

Dalton At The ‘X’

After Delaware won all four face-offs in the first quarter, J.P. Dalton dominated play at the ‘X’ for the Greyhounds in the final three quarters. He finished the game by winning 14-of-25 (.560), going 14-of-21 (.667) in the last 45 minutes.

Dalton, who entered the game having won 30-of-58 restarts in his first three years at Loyola, won 5-of-7 in both the second and third quarters as Loyola gained and extended the lead.

Greyhounds Picked Second In ECAC

The Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the ECAC Lacrosse Leagues by the head coaches of their peer schools. Loyola received 54 points in the poll, trailing only Denver University which had 61.

Record At Ridley

After going 4-1 at Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds opened their third year at the stadium with a 13-8 win over then-No. 19 Delaware and a 13-6 victory against Towson. Loyola is now 10-3 all-time at Ridley.

What’s Next

Loyola stays on the road for its next game, a Wednesday, March 7, contest against future ECAC foe University of Michigan. The Wolverines will host the Greyhounds their first-ever varsity home game in a 7 p.m. start.

The Greyhounds then return to the friendly confines of Ridley Athletic Complex for a day of doubleheader lacrosse action on Saturday, March 10. The men will host Duke University at 12 noon with a women’s game against UMBC following at 3:30 p.m.

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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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UMBC Lacrosse Tops Rutgers in Piscataway

Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Piscataway, N.J.- UMBC sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored a career-best five goals and junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) stopped career-high 14 Rutgers shots as the Retrievers defeated the Scarlet Knights, 11-7, at the RU Stadium Complex.

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

Cohen scored UMBC’s final goal of the day with 1:39 remaining and it is believed to be the first goal scored by a Retriever goalkeeper in 32 years of NCAA Division I competition.

The Retrievers never trailed, as Linkous opened the scoring on an unassisted tally at the 9:03 mark, but Rutgers got the equalizer on a score by Nick DePaolera less than three minutes later.

But the visitors took control in the second quarter and outscored Rutgers, 7-1, over a 15-minute span. Junior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) started the surge, converting a Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) feed exactly three minutes into the quarter. Junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C., sophomore midfielder Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md.) and Linkous added goals to give UMBC a 5-1 lead at the 5:42 mark of the quarter, before Rutgers’ leading goal-scorer midfielder Will Mangan responded with one minute to play and cut the deficit to 5-2 at halftime.

But UMBC completed the run early in the third quarter with three goals in an 81-second span. Brown scored his second of the game 1:19 into the quarter, and face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won the ensuing draw and scored unassisted just 16 seconds later. Linkous completed the hat trick on a man-up opportunity just 2:41 into the stanza.

Rutgers responded with two goals in a 55-second span to close the gap to 8-4, but Linkous put away a Brown feed 50 seconds after the fourth Rutgers goal and scored his fifth goal to close out the third quarter scoring with 1:20 to play.

UMBC held the 10-4 lead for the first half of the final quarter, but the Knights peppered Cohen with 13 fourth-quarter shots and cut the gap to 10-7 with ample time (2:43) remaining. But the Retriever netminder 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.

“Adam had a terrific day in goal,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “The defense did a nice job of eliminating high percentage shots and he was all over shots from the outside.”

Linkous, an America East All-Rookie team selection in 2011, scored a season-best two goals on two occasions in his freshman campaign.

“Zach had a big day for us,” Zimmerman said. “He got us started early by scoring a couple of big goals. It was just one of those days that he was putting the ball on target and (really) cashed in on his opportunities.”

Brown added two goals and two assists for UMBC, while Johnston also had multiple points with a goal and a helper. Poe won half of his 22 draws attempted, while junior midfielder Neill Lewnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) and sophomore LSM Nathan Klein (Coquitlam, B.C.) each contributed five ground balls and two caused turnovers apiece.

DePaolera led Rutgers with two goals and two assists.

The Retrievers took an 8-7 series lead over the Scarlet Knights and avenged a 12-5 loss to RU at UMBC Stadium a year ago.

UMBC returns home on Saturday, March 3, when they host Fairfield.

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UMBC Lacrosse Looks For First Win Sunday at Rutgers

Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (0-1) men’s lacrosse team takes to the road, leaving the state of Maryland for the only time until April 7, when they face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1) at the RU Turf Field in Piscataway, N.J. on Sunday, Feb. 26. The opening face-off is set for noon.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

            UMBC dropped its season opener, falling 10-8 to Robert Morris, at UMBC Stadium on Feb. 18. The Retrievers never led, tying the game at 2-2 early in the second quarter, and 8-8 with a three-goal rally early in the fourth quarter. But the Colonials took a 9-8 lead just 31 seconds after the Retrievers drew even and added an insurance goal to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Junior attackmen Scott Jones and Joe Lustgarten and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored two goals each for UMBC. The Retrievers dominated statistically, outshooting RMU, 47-32, winning 15 of 21 face-offs and capturing 38 ground balls to 27 for the Colonials. UMBC sophomore Phil Poe attempted all 21 draws for UMBC and led all players with six ground balls.

SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS

Rutgers is 2-1 and has won two straight after opening with a 16-8 loss at Duke. The Knights have edged Air Force, 11-10, at Syracuse and, most recently, defeated  Wagner, 9-5, on Staten Island on Feb. 21. Senior midfielder Will Mangan leads RU with 8 goals and 3 assists. He has hat-tricks in back-to-back games and added two assists for a  five-point effort at Wagner.

Rutgers is 7-of-12 on the man-up to date and has cleared successfully 45 of 47 opportunities.

Brian Brecht, who has 16 seasons of collegiate coaching experience and most recently served a highly successful seven-year tenure as head coach at Siena College, enter his first season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Rutgers University.

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TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years.  Zimmerman enters 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 208-130 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.

THE SERIES

The series is tied at 7-7 and each team has won twice since the series resumed in 2008. Two years ago at Rutgers, then-freshman goalkeeper Adam Cohen recorded his first career victory as UMBC carved out a 6-5 victory. He recorded six saves in the game.

Last season, visiting Rutgers outscored five consecutive first half goals and the Scarlet Knights improved to 3-0 by defeating UMBC (1-1), 12-5, in the home opener for the Retrievers.

Junior attackman Kevin Hover led the RU attack with three goals, while Will Mangan added two goals and one assist.

Five different players scored for the Retrievers, but UMBC managed to put only nine of 26 shots on goal. Brian McCullough took the loss, allowing six goals and making two saves in the first half. Cohen allowed six second half goals and made four stops.

Zimmerman’s Records

Career Record:            208-131 (.614) (26th season)

at UMBC:                    135-116 (.538) (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’ss 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 23-13 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 one-goal decisions, UMBC has now won four in a row (dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009)  and 15 of its last 19.

UMBC is now 15-5 in Don Zimmerman’s 17 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-7 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 34-12 (.739) 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 333-276 (.547). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 217-211 (.507) 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

Junior attackman Rob Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 91 points (44-47-91). He needs 9 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.  Grimm has points in 37 of 44 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: Sophomore Scott Jones posted his second career three-goal game by tallying UMBC’s first three of the contest at Maryland. He recorded four goals in the opener at Presbyterian, added five at Albany on April 16 and recorded his fourth of the campaign vs. Vermont. UMBC’s had 11 hat tricks in 2011 -  others have come from Dave Brown (4g at Presbyterian, 3g vs. Binghamton) Rob Grimm (UNC, Hartford), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian), Joe Lustgarten (Hartford)  and Jamie Kimbles (Albany).

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.

CROW ABOUT POE: Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe won 15 draws (15-6) vs. RMU in the opener. 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.

UP NEXT: UMBC returns home on Sat., March 3 when they host Fairfield at 3:00 p.m.

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UMBC Drops Lacrosse Opener to Robert Morris

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC fought from behind the entire game, tied visiting Robert Morris early in the fourth quarter, but never got the lead and fell to the Colonials (2-0), 10-8, in the Retrievers’ season opener.

Junior attackmen Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored two goals each for UMBC. RMU’s Taylor Graves and Casey Abbott tallied twice for the visitors, who never trailed in the game.

Robert Morris got out to a 2-0 lead by the 9:30 mark of the first quarter, but goals by Linkous and senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) tied the score at 2-2 just 38 seconds into the second quarter.

But the Colonials outscored UMBC, 4-1, in just over nine minutes in the second stanza and took a 6-3 lead into intermission.

Both teams scored twice in the third quarter, but UMBC took advantage of Robert Morris’ penalties to score three times in the first 4:41 of the fourth period to forge an 8-8 tie. Jones sandwiched a pair of man-up goals on identical looks from the left side around a drive and score by Linkous to even the score.

But the tie lasted only 31 seconds. The Colonials won their lone draw of the fourth quarter and scored with good ball movement, as freshman attackman Jacob Ruest put away a Graves feed from close range to restore RMU’s lead.

UMBC then drew a pair of fouls on their next possession and played 6-on-4 for 30 seconds and 6-on-5 for another minute. But Colonial goalkeeper, Matt Bukovac made a pair of saves on UMBC sophomore midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) and RMU cashed in on a fast break opportunity just after the second penalty expired. Abbott finished on Jake Hayes’ second assist of the day and gave the visitors a two-goal lead with 5:46 remaining.

Bukovac made two more saves down the stretch, one on a man-up situation for UMBC, to preserve the victory. In his first collegiate start, the Ashburn, Va. native was stellar with 16 stops.

UMBC junior netminder Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) was nearly as good, with ten saves, but several were of a five-star variety.

The Retrievers dominated statistically, outshooting RMU, 47-32, winning 15 of 21 face-offs and capturing 38 ground balls to 27 for the Colonials. UMBC sophomore Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) attempted all 21 draws for UMBC and led all players with six ground balls.

But UMBC did commit 19 turnovers, leading to several of the Robert Morris scores. The Retrievers did score two extra-man goals, but missed on six additional opportunities, while the Colonials did not have an man-up chance.

Jones was the lone Retriever with a three-point day, adding an assist to his two goals, while Grimm (1g, 1a) and Brown (2a) also had multiple points. Graves and Abbott each had an assist to go along with the two goals, while Hayes had a goal and two helpers.

UMBC hits the road to face Rutgers on Sunday, Feb. 26 at noon.

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UMBC Opens Lax Season Saturday Against Robert Morris

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team opens its 45th season of intercollegiate lacrosse on Saturday, Feb. 18 when the Retrievers host Robert Morris University. This will be the first meeting between UMBC and RMU on the lacrosse field. The opening face-off takes place at 1:00 p.m. at UMBC Stadium. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed with several cameras and audio on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

In 2012, head coach Don Zimmerman enters his 19th season at UMBC. Amongst active Division I coaches, he is ninth in total victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (.615). Ed Stephenson, who spent six years (1995-2000) at UMBC, returns as associate head coach and joins former Retriever Andy Gallagher and Rocco Vicchio on the sidelines.

Twenty-five players and eight starters return from last year’s squad. 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.

SR A Rob Grimm JR A Scott Jones and JR D Ethan Murphy have been named captains for the 2012 Retrievers. Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 89 points (43-46-89). He needs 11 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.

UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 333-275 (.548). They are 217-210 (.508) in their 31st year at the Division I level. The Retrievers are 34-12 (.739) at home in the last six seasons.

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS

For the first time in school history, the Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse program had former Colonials selected in a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft as Trevor Moore and Patrick Smith were both chosen in the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft held in December. Moore, who led the nation in goals per game in 2011, was picked in the 10th round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, while Smith was taken in the 12th round by the Ohio Machine.

Senior Kiel Matisz and junior Jake Hayes both tallied hat tricks to help first-year mentor Andrew McMinn earn a win in his collegiate head-coaching debut as the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team held off a late Bellarmine charge to claim a 9-8 victory in each squad’s 2012 regular-season opener last Saturday afternoon.

Robert Morris earned its first postseason berth in school history in 2011 and also became the first Division I program since 1997 to lead the nation in scoring offense in back-to-back seasons. The Colonials’ victory over Bucknell was also its first over a nationally-ranked opponent in school history.

Senior midfielder Kyle Buchanan is the Colonials’ leading returning scorer- he had 20 goals and 16 assists in 2012.

TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years.  Zimmerman enters 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 208-130 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:            208-129 (.617) (26th season)

at UMBC:                    135-114 (.542) (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.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 23-12 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 one-goal decisions, UMBC has now won four  in a row (dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009)  and 15 of its last 19.

UMBC is now 15-5 in Don Zimmerman’s 17 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-7 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 34-12 (.739) at home since 2006. The Retrievers have currently won four in a row at UMBC Stadium.

FOR OPENERS: Prior to the loss to the Blue Hens last sesaon, UMBC had won its last seven home openers since an 11-4 loss to Navy in 2002. After the setback to Rutgers last week, Coach Zimmerman is now 11-7 in UMBC home openers.

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 333-275 (.548). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 217-210 (.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

Junior attackman Rob Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 89 points (43-46-89). He needs 11 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.  Grimm has points in 36 of 41 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: Sophomore Scott Jones posted his second career three-goal game by tallying UMBC’s first three of the contest at Maryland. He recorded four goals in the opener at Presbyterian, added five at Albany on April 16 and recorded his fourth of the campaign vs. Vermont. UMBC’s had 11 hat tricks in 2011 -  others have come from Dave Brown (4g at Presbyterian, 3g vs. Binghamton) Rob Grimm (UNC, Hartford), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian), Joe Lustgarten (Hartford)  and Jamie Kimbles (Albany).

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.

TOUGH STANZA: In its seven losses in 2011, UMBC was outscored, 30-9, in the second quarter. UMBC had scored 13 goals in the second quarter in its first eight games before exploding for six in a 6:50 span of the second stanza vs. Binghamton on April 9.

TOUGHER STANZA: UMBC was outscored, 39-17, in the third quarter last season, including 17-6 in five America East games, plus the semifinal contest at Hartford.

GOOD STANZA: In UMBC’s six wins, UMBC has outscored its foes, 19-9, in the fourth quarter. For the season, UMBC has won the fourth period, 36-24, and are a +6 (14-8) in 2011 league play.

REMEMBER THIS ONE?: The Retrievers trailed Quinnpiac, 5-4, after three quarters before rallying to win, 9-7. UMBC’s last win when trailing after three quarters occurred in the 2008 America East title game vs. Albany when the Retrievers were behind 12-9 after 45 minutes.

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