The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (1-2) continues as tough a stretch as any team in the nation on Saturday, March 2 when they travel to Connecticut to take on No. 13 Fairfield (2-2) at Alumni Field. The opening face-off takes place at 1:00. In an eleven-day span, UMBC face No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26), No. 13 Fairfield, No. 1 Maryland (March 6) and No. 3 Johns Hopkins (March 8) all on the road.
UMBC is coming off a 21-9 setback to defending national champion and fourth-ranked Loyola in miserable conditions at Ridley Athletic Complex on Feb. 26. The Retrievers led, 4-3, after one quarter and trailed only 9-7 early in the third quarter, before the Greyhounds ran off ten consecutive goals.
TOP DOG: Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stood eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches after the 2012 campaign. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 214-139 in his 27th year as a collegiate mentor. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2011.
214-140 (.605) (27th season)
at UMBC: 141-125 (.530) (20th season)
WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-17 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.
In 2012, UMBC was 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.
UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19+ seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.
HOME, SWEET HOME: UMBC is 39-16 (.709) at home since 2006.
FOR (HOME) OPENERS: With the 11-7 win over Rutgers on Feb. 23, UMBC snapped a three-game slide in home openers.
NOTING: The 21 goals allowed by UMBC to Loyola on Feb. 26 is the most permitted by a Retriever team since allowing 27 goals to Towson in the 1996 campaign.
BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is 36-11 in nine years of America East competition and 20-4 at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.
In 2012, the Retrievers (3-2 AEC) posted a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the ninth consecutive year.
DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 46th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 339-285 (.543). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 222-218 (.505) in their 32nd year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.
Assists per game 13th 7.15
Man-Up Offense 14th 41.9
TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected seniors Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox), Neill Lewnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) , and Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2012-13 academic year. Jones and Murphy will serve as team captains for the second consecutive year.
2012 AMERICA EAST ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior attackman Scott Jones and sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe earned America East Conference First Team honors in a vote of the league’s six head coaches. Two Retrievers- senior defender Aaron Verardi and junior midfielderScott Hopmann- earned Second Team honors, while freshman A/M Derek Bertolini was selected to the All-Rookie team. Junior defender Ethan Murphy was also honored by earning a selection to the league’s All -Academic squad.
Sixty-six Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.
UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) was named America East Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending Feb. 24, 2013. Cohen led the Retrievers in the squad’s 11-7 victory over Rutgers at UMBC Stadium on Feb. 23. Over the final three quarters, the Retriever netminder made 12 of his 13 saves and allowed only five goals over the same span of time.
The 13 stops were one shy of his 14 made at Rutgers in 11-7 victory in 2012. He also received America East Conference Player of the Week honors after his performance in that contest a season ago
In that contest, Cohen scored UMBC’s final goal of the day with 1:39 remaining at Rutgers and it is believed to be the first goal scored by a Retriever goalkeeper in 32 years of NCAA Division I competition.
SR A Scott Jones had hat tricks or better in four of his last six outings of the 2012 season, scoring a total of 18 goals in that span. He had scored in 14 consecutive games (35g-10a-45pts, 3.21 ppg) until being held off the board at Vermont on April 7. Jones had multiple points in 12 of those contests and finished the 2012 season 8th in the nation with 2.77 goals per contest.
With his four-goal effort in the opener at Robert Morris, he now also has 14 career games with three or more goals and was tied for 10th- most amongst current Division I players (prior to Feb. 23). Jones is the team’s leading active scorer with 83 points (68-15-83).
HELPING HANDS: In 2012, SR A Joe Lustgarten led America East and finished 4th nationally with 2.23 assists per game. He became the 21st player in school history to post 25 assists in a season (29)-the last player to tally 25 or more was Drew Westervelt, who recorded 36 in 2007. Lustgarten had multiple assists in 11 consecutive outings, which is the longest streak in a single season since Steve Marohl, the NCAA record-setter with 77 assists, had multiple helpers in 12 straight in the 1992 campaign. He was held off the board completely at Loyola on Feb. 26.
CROW ABOUT POE: JR face-off specialist Phil Poe attempted all but six draws through 11 games in 2012 and his 320 attempted were 7th in the nation. His 174 face-off victories are the second-most in school history, behind only Russ LeClair’s 210 wins in 1984.
Poe was named America East Conference Player of the Week for games ending April 21, 2012. Poe tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Moreover, his 15 ground balls recorded are the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997 The 22 face-off wins tied for the sixth-most in a Division I single game in 2012.
Poe’s 87 ground balls on the 2012 season is the most for a Retriever since Nick Brownlee had 108 in 1997. Poe won 14 or more draws in nine of the 13 contests in 2012. He finished 11th in the country with 6.31 ground balls per game.
NOTING: SR A Matt Gregoire, who did not play at RMU due to injury, debuted and posted his third career game with three or more goals vs. Rutgers… FR M Pat Young scored the first two goals of his career, tallying twice in the first quarter at Robert Morris… SO LSM Seth Mackingarnered a career-best six ground balls in that game… Twenty-seven Retrievers saw action in the opener vs. the Colonials and 28 appeared vs. Rutgers… JR M David Campbell and FR ANate Lewnes scored their first goals in the black and gold vs. the Scarlet Knights.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Fairfield (2-2) dropped its second consecutive game, falling 9-2 at home to Hofstra on Feb. 26. Jack Murphy took the loss in net for the Stags, stopping 13 shots in the contest. Murphy has taken home the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week award for two consecutive weeks, stopping 28 total shots in a 10-9 win over Navy and a 10-9 loss at North Carolina. FU opened the season with an 8-6 victory over Bryant. JR A Jordan Greenfield (8g, 2a) and SR M Sam Snow (7g, 3a) share team-high scoring honors for the Stags.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Last season, Fairfield senior attackman John Snellman scored 44 seconds into overtime and the 20th-ranked Stags nipped UMBC, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium. Scott Jonesscored the game-tying goal with 40 seconds to play in regulation and recorded a season-best four-goal effort. The meeting was the first between the two teams since 1999.
UMBC and Fairfield played a home-and-home series in 1998 and 1999, with the Retrievers capturing both contests. UMBC triumphed, 13-5, at home in ’98 and won, 10-8, in Connecticut in 1999.
UP NEXT: UMBC faces current No. 1 Maryland at Byrd Stadium on Wed., March 6. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and the opening draw takes place at 5:00 p.m.