After an abysmal 1-7 start the UMBC lacrosse team is finally looking like the team they were expected to be. In that 1-7 start the team dropped their last six games to five nationally ranked teams, and the lone team to have a tougher schedule than them. But as Coach Don Zimmerman said, “We survived…and we’re starting to play the way this team can play.”
In their second straight conference game the team was able to get things going on offense, one of the many areas they have struggled before, as they scored 12 goals in each. This time the Retrievers beat Albany, 12-7
Leading the charge was senior attack Matt Latham, who scored half of the team’s goals off just six shots.
In just three America East Conference games so far Latham has scored 12 goals, and in his last 14 conference games he has totaled 37 goals.
“Conference games get everybody going,” he said. “It’s the second season; everybody gets up for conference games.”
In a season where the youth seemed to be the only bright spot, five seniors scored 11 of the team’s goals. Kyle Wimer extended his nation-leading scoring streak to 29 straight games with two goals and two assists while Chris Jones, Maxx Davis, and face-off specialists J.D. Harkey all found the net.
On the defensive end, Senior Mike Camardo continued his dominance as a long-stick midfielder with five ground balls and six cause turnovers and Lance Ophof provided a solid defensive effort off the bench.
But not to be forgotten on a day where the seniors stepped up is the team’s freshman goalie, Adam Cohen, who recorded nine saves in his third straight start. After being brought in for the second half of season opener, Cohen made two straight starts, but was replaced by Brian McCullough and Kevin Kohri for the next four games. But now Cohen has the team’s only three wins on his record.