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America East Top Seed Still In Play as UMBC Visits Binghamton Sunday

Posted on 27 April 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) takes on host Binghamton (3-9, 0-4) in the regular season finale at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Saturday, April 28. The Retrievers are seeking a victory to post their first back-to-back wins of the season and clinch at least one home game in next week’s America East Conference Championships. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

JR A Scott Jones capped a miraculous rally with a goal at the 1:43 mark of overtime and the Retrievers edged Albany, 17-16, at UMBC Stadium on Senior Day. With the victory, UMBC clinched a spot in the America East four-team playoffs for the ninth time in nine conference seasons.

The Retrievers (3-1 AEC) also will have a winning league record in America East for the ninth consecutive year.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS:

UMBC will be the No. 1 seed if…

The Retrievers defeat Binghamton and Albany defeats Stony Brook

UMBC will be the No. 2 seed if…

Stony Brook defeats Albany

UMBC will be the No. 3 seed if…

UMBC loses to Binghamton and Albany defeats Stony Brook

SO M Phil Poe was been named America East Conference Player of the Week. Poe tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Poe is ranked 14th in the country in ground balls per game (5.91) and 21st in face-off winning pct. (55.5).

Jones has scored 17 goals in his last five outings and became the first Retrievers since Alex Hopmann (36) in 2009 to reach the 30-goal plateau with 31 scores. he is tenth in the nation with 2.82 goals per game.

SO A Joe Lustgarten is 7th in the country with 2.0 assists per game.

The 17 goals scored by UMBC was its most since a 17-10 win over Rutgers in 2009… The 33 goals combined by the two squads was the most in a Retriever contest since an 18-15 loss at Towson early in the 1998 campaign.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is now 36-10 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.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-16 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 is 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.

SCOUTING THE BEARCATS

Binghamton dropped its third straight game last Saturday with a 11-5 defeat at Vermont, eliminating the Bearcats from playoff contention.

SO M Michael Antinozzi registered a goal and two assists, while fellow midfielder Tyler Perrelle chipped in with a goal and an assist in the losing effort.

Antinozzi improved his point per game total to 3.25 (28 goals, 11 assists, 4th in AE) and is just one goal shy of tying the BU season scoring record with 29 goals. Perrell has 23 goals in 2012.

The game will feature the Bearcats seven seniors which include Ryan Button, Ben Waldron, John Clark, Jeff Donigan, Jordan Marra, Chris Cook and Nick Marshall. The Bearcats are 3-2 at home in 2012.

The Bearcats lead America East with 36.3 shots per game, but are last in shooting accuracy at 25.0 percent.

Binghamton also leads America East with 8.25 caused turnovers per contest.

THE SERIES

Binghamton won the first match-up between the two teams in 2004 (5-4), but UMBC has won the last 11 straight.

The last two AEC tournament games between the two teams have gone to overtime in 2008 and 2009.

Due to playoff games at UMBC, four of the last five meetings have occurred at UMBC Stadium. Six of the 12 meetings have been decided by three goals or fewer. Dave Brown scored three goals and added an assist as the host Retrievers edged Binghamton, 8-6, in the last meeting on April 9, 2011. UMBC used a 6-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the contest. Rob Grimm had three goals and two assists and Nick Doub had a career-best 3-point game (2g, 1a) in UMBC’s 12-6 win at Binghamton in 2010. Adam Cohen recorded that win in goal.

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Miraculous Late Rally Lifts UMBC Past Albany

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones (Port CoquiItlam, B.C.) capped a miraculous rally with a goal at the 1:43 mark of overtime and the Retrievers edged Albany, 17-16, at UMBC Stadium.

With the victory, UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) clinched a spot in the America East four-team playoffs for the ninth time in nine conference seasons. Albany, also assured of a berth in the championships, fell to 3-9, 3-1.

The Retrievers trailed the Great Danes, 16-11, in the wild affair with under six minutes remaining in regulation. But UMBC reeled off five goals in a span of 2:18 and tied the score on a goal by junior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) with 2:57 remaining, setting the stage for Jones’ heroics.

“I saw this team grow up,” head coach Don Zimmerman said.  “That’s a very good team that we just played out there.  We have been waiting and waiting and waiting for it to kick in and I thought we kicked into gear and came of age.”

Jones, UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, and sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored four goals each to lead UMBC. Three Great Danes- senior attackman Joe Resetarits, and sophomore attackmen Miles and Ty Thompson- scored four goals each, with Resetarits leading all scores with seven total points.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs. Poe attempted all 37 draws on the day and won 9-of-11 in the fourth quarter.

Miles Thompson finished a fast break on a pass from Ty Thompson with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the visitors a five-goal bulge. UMBC responded with on a goal by junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) with 5:15 to play and the Retrievers got an extra surge when Poe controlled the draw and scored eight seconds later to trim the deficit to 16-13.

After a holding call on Albany, Hopmann scored again, just 34 seconds after the 13th goal, and after Gregoire turned the corner and scored with 3:29 remaining, the Retrievers were within a goal. Poe beat UA long-stick Doug Eich on the draw and Brown fired a high blazer past Dane netminder Max Huber with 2:57 remaining to tie the score for the first time since it was even at 6-all.

Both teams had one offensive possession in the final moments of regulation, but could not score. Albany won the opening draw in overtime, but a Lyle Thompson shot sailed over the goal and possession went over to the Retrievers. Playing on Senior Day, senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) fed Jones on the left wing ,and the Retrievers leading scorer dipped inside his defender and bounced a shot past Huber, setting off a wild celebration by the Retrievers.

The 17 goals scored by UMBC was its most since a 17-10 win over Rutgers in 2009. The 33 goals combined by the two squads was the most in a Retriever contest since an 18-15 loss at Towson early in the 1998 campaign.

Grimm, junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) each had three assists for UMBC. Grimm and Bertolini added a goal piece to finish with four-point efforts. Hopmann and sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St.Paul’s) scored two goals each for the hosts.

UMBC led only once before scoring the game-winning goal, scoring three consecutive first quarter goals after Albany had taken a quick 2-0 advantage. Albany led, 5-3, after one quarter, and 6-3 early in the second stanza before the Retrievers evened the affair on Grimm’s lone tally of the day on a man-up situation with 9:23 to play in the half.

But the Danes ended the first half of  3-0 run, punctuated by a Resetarits score from in front of the cage with six seconds to play in the half to give the guests a 9-6 halftime edge.

The Retrievers outscored UA, 4-3, in the third quarter and got as close as 12-10 before the Danes stretched out the margin to five goals.

Both teams had 37 shots in the game. Huber made nine saves for Albany, while UMBC junior netminder Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) had a season-low six saves for his side. But Cohen made three key fourth quarter saves to allow the Retrievers to complete the rally.

UMBC hit on 3-of-4 man-up chances, while UA was 1-for-1.

The Retrievers, who fell to Stony Brook last Saturday, have never lost back-to-back games in 46 America East regular season games. UMBC is 16-6 in Zimmerman’s tenure in overtime games.

Jones has scored 17 goals in his last five outings and became the first Retrievers since Alex Hopmann (36) in 2009 to reach the 30-goal plateau with 31 scores.

The four goals were a career-high for Gregoire, who has 11 goals in his five starts in 2012.

UMBC completes the regular season at Binghamton on April 28.

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UMBC Hosts Albany Saturday in Senior Day Showdown

Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff

In eight prior seasons of America East lacrosse, UMBC has met Albany 13 times and the two perennial league powers have developed a healthy rivalry. The two squads meet at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 21, and as usual, there is a lot at stake for both teams. The Retrievers (4-6, 2-1 AE) are looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Stony Brook and sew up their ninth consecutive league tournament berth, while Albany (3-8, 3-0 AE) seeks to extend its winning streak to four and stay atop the America East standings. Moreover, it is Senior Day at UMBC, as four-year lettermen Rob Grimm, Brian McCullough and Aaron Verardi will be honored in pregame ceremonies. The game will be televised live locally by the Live Well Network, broadcast live on www.umbcetrievers.tv.  The ceremonies begin at 1:00 p.m., with the game to follow.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

Junior attackman Scott Jones tied a career-high with five goals and led a furious comeback, but the host Retrievers (4-6, 2-1 AE) fell to Stony Brook, 10-8, before 960 fans at UMBC Stadium on April 14. Jones’ 27 goals is the most for a Retriever since Alex Hopmann scored 36 in 2009. He is tenth in the country in goals per game (2.7).

UMBC scored five goals in 3:11 to trim a 9-2 deficit to 9-7 early in the fourth quarter, but 21 turnovers curtailed the comeback attempt.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe won all seven fourth quarter draws and captured 15 of 22 in the game. His 125 face-offs won this season is already the 13th-best figure in school history.

Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten had a goal and two helpers for UMBC vs. SBU and now has 10 assists in his last four outings. He is 13th in the nation in assists per game (1.9).

The Retrievers have outscored their foes, 31-22, in the fourth quarter this season. It is the team’s highest-scoring stanza by nine goals.

SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES

Albany (3-8, 3-0 AE) clinched a spot in the America East Tournament with its third straight conference win, a 15-7 decision over Vermont on April 14. The Great Danes did not compete in the championships in 2011.

SR A Joe Resetarits led the Great Danes with four goals and two assists for six total points . Resetarits scored his 108th career goal, which puts him eighth among active players, and scored in his 44th consecutive game, which leads the nation.  Resetarits is eighth in the nation with 2.73 goals per game.

FR G Max Huber continues to make a huge impact for the Great Danes since taking over netminding duties. Huber made 10 saves against Vermont, and picked up two ground balls.

SR face-off specialist Keith Olson was key to the Great Danes’ success, as he won 14-of-25 face offs in the game.

SO A Miles Thompson scored five points on three goals and two assists, while cousin Ty Thompson also netted a hat trick vs. Vermont.

INSIDE THE SERIES

UMBC leads the all-time series, 9-4, and the Retrievers have won five of the last six games.

The Retrievers are 6-2 vs. Albany at UMBC Stadium, but the Great Danes won the last meeting, 11-7, in the 2010 championship semifinals. UMBC won at Albany for the second consecutive time last season, outlasting Albany, 13-9, in miserable weather conditions at John Fallon Field. Scott Jones scored five goals for UMBC, including three straight when the game was tied at 9-all in the fourth quarter. Dave Brown scored a goal and added 5 helpers in the game and Ethan Murphy and Brian Patton each scored their first collegiate goals in the victory.

UP NEXT

UMBC completes the regular season and America East slate with a contest at Binghamton on April 28.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Jermain Taylor vs. Caleb Truax (Friday 11pm from Biloxi, MS live on Showtime), Abner Mares vs. Eric Morel (Saturday 9pm from El Paso, TX live on Showtime); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 4:30am Saturday 7am Sunday 7:30am from Monaco live on Tennis Channel/ESPN3.com); Soccer: MLS-Montreal Impact @ DC United (Wednesday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), New York Red Bulls @ DC United (Sunday 6pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN2); Women’s College Lacrosse: ACC Tournament-Maryland vs. Virginia Tech (Friday 2pm from Durham, NC live on ESPN3.com), ACC Championship (Monday 7pm from Durham, NC live on ESPNU)

10. Augustana (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Portugal. The Man (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Charm City Devils (Saturday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Colin Hay (Thursday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Bacon Brothers (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), WAR (Sunday 5pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Fountains of Wayne/James Iha (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), NEEDTOBREATHE (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Glen Campbell (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Bad Brains (Friday 8pm Howard Theater); Daryl Hall/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Bowling For Soup (Saturday 8pm Stevenson University); Johns Hopkins Spring Fair feat. Passion Pit (Friday-Sunday, Passion Pit show Friday 7pm JHU Rec Center); UMBC Quadmania feat. Gym Class Heroes (Friday-Sunday, Gym Class Heroes show Saturday 7pm RAC Arena); Neon Trees “Picture Show” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know I’ll be at Recher Saturday night supporting the very awesome John Allan and CCD. My only issue with “Man of Constant Sorrow” is that I can’t fathom a human being leaving Kentucky…

I don’t particularly know anything about NEEDTOBREATHE but I DO know I dig this tune…

If Daryl Hall had Fitz & The Tantrums as his touring house band, I’d go to every show…

I probably shouldn’t admit how much I dig Neon Trees…

9. Ron White (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Norm MacDonald (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Wendy Liebman (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); Tax Day (Tuesday)

I think I’m gonna go see Norm MacDonald. Because Norm MacDonald is funny. See below.

Also, it’s Tax Day Tuesday. I don’t think I’m getting any money back (do you have to make money for that?), but if I did I know exactly how I’d spend it…

There isn’t anything…in the world…I want more than a LoveSac.

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UMBC Rally Falls Short in Loss to Stony Brook

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) tied a career-high with five goals and led a furious comeback, but the host Retrievers fell to Stony Brook, 10-8, before 960 fans at UMBC Stadium.

The Seawolves won their 17th consecutive regular season contest and improved to 3-0 in the conference and 4-7 overall, while UMBC slipped to 2-1 in league play and 4-6 overall.

Jones was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, while Stony Brook senior midfielder Robbie Campbell earned the honor for his side. Campbell scored four goals and shared the spotlight with junior goalkeeper Sean Brady, who made 14 saves for the visitors.

The Retrievers trailed, 9-2, late in the third quarter, but exploded for five goals in the span of 3:11 to trim the deficit to 9-7 with 12:17 remaining. Jones started the surge by converting a Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) feed with 32 seconds left in the third quarter.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won all seven fourth quarter draws and UMBC capitalized early in the fourth. Sophomore midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster,Md./Boys’ Latin) scored 52 seconds into the period, and after an SBU violation on the ensuing draw, Poe fed sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River), who scored to cut the deficit to 9-5.

Gregoire picked off a Stony Brook clearing pass and fed Jones on the left doorstep for UMBC’s sixth goal at the 13:16 mark and Jones’ rocket from a sharp left angle on freshman Derek Bertolini’s (Madison, Conn.) pass brought the hosts to within 9-7 with 12:17 to play.

The Retrievers had two possessions to cut the lead to one, but committed turnovers in each case. The second miscue led to a Seawolf fast break and freshman attackman Mike Rooney scored to restore a three-goal visitor margin at 10-7 with 8:11 to play.

Jones scored his team-leading 27th goal on a cross-field feed from junior middie Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) to pull UMBC to within a pair with 2:23 to play. But Bertolini’s shot with 1:47 remaining was easily handled by Brady and the Retrievers never regained possession.

Lustgarten had a goal and two helpers for UMBC and now has 10 assists in his last four outings.

Poe won 15 of 22 face-offs and led all players with eight ground balls. But UMBC suffered 21 turnovers in the game, mostly in the offensive end, as they only failed to clear on one of 16 opportunities.

Rooney also scored four times for Stony Brook.

Stony Brook scored the game’s first three goals and UMBC did not get on the board until 2:54 remained in the first quarter, when Lustgarten scored an unassisted goal. The Seawolves led, 5-1 after 15 minutes and 6-2 at halftime.

Shots were even at 30 apiece and UMBC junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md../Severn) made 10 stops for the Retrievers.

The Retrievers have another opportunity to take on an undefeated America East squad when they face Albany at home next Saturday, April 21.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Brandon Rios vs. Richard Abril/Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Sergey Fedchenko (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View), Friday Night Fights-Michael Katsidis vs. Albert Mensah (Friday 11pm from Las Vegas live on ESPN2); Women’s College Lacrosse: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Saturday 12:30pm Ludwig Field); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship (Saturday 1pm Sunday 2pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel); Soccer: MLS DC United @ New England Revolution (Saturday 4pm from Foxborough, MA live on Comcast SportsNet); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena)

10. Kaiser Chiefs (Tuesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Rodney Atkins (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), The Ting Tings (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ballyhoo (Saturday 6pm Recher Theatre); Nada Surf (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), All-American Rejects (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Friday 11pm Howard Theater) Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theater), The Roots (Sunday 9pm Monday 8pm Howard Theater); The Bacon Brothers (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Alison Krauss & Union Station (Saturday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Cris Jacobs (Thursday 9pm Whiskey 1803 Annapolis), Local H (Saturday 9pm Whiskey 1803); Blues Traveler (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); Counting Crows “Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation)”, Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls” & Florence & The Machine “MTV Unplugged” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Robert Randolph Robert Randolph Robert Randolph Robert Randolph. He’s my friend…

I remember seeing Blues Traveler a few years back at Power Plant Live on a Friday night. I swear to God I sang along to every word, even when they did Sublime…

Alabama Shakes TORE UP the stage at RHL Saturday night. I’m so all in on their record…

And I both enjoy FATM and I enjoy MTV Unplugged. How could this get better? What, could Florence Welch combine with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age to cover “Jackson” by Johnny Cash???

9. Jim Norton (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Jim Breuer (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); David Sedaris (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “The Three Stooges” out in theaters (Friday); The Gathering (Friday 5pm Baltimore Museum of Industry); 16th Annual City Paper Brew Fest (Saturday 1pm Broadway Square Fells Point)

Judge me all you want. I still giggle about Jim Breuer in Half Baked…

Also of note in this-Stooges looks terrible and I’d go to The Gathering for THIS from Miss Shirley’s…

And Brew Fest? If I were to end up in Fells Saturday afternoon I would ABSOLUTELY end up spending too much time “sampling” this…


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UMBC Aims For Second Conference Win Saturday at Vermont

Posted on 07 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS

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

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

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

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

THE SERIES

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

UP NEXT

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

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UMBC Hopes To Continue Recent Dominance Over Towson Wednesday Night

Posted on 03 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

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

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

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

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

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

THE SERIES

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

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

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

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

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Lustgarten Big As UMBC Blasts Hartford

Posted on 01 April 2012 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UMBC Opens America East Play Saturday Night With Visit From Hartford

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCOUTING THE HAWKS

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

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

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

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

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

THE SERIES

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

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

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