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MEN'S LACROSSE KICKS OFF 2004 CAMPAIGN AT #9 DUKE ON SATURDAY
The 2004 UMBC men's lacrosse team will take on #9 Duke in the opener for both teams in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday at 1pm.
-UMBC opens its first season as a member of the America East Conference. The Retrievers (47 points) are the pre-season favorite to win the league title, closely followed by last year's champion Albany (42 points) in the coaches' poll.
-UMBC has won three of its last five season openers, and is 4-6 under Head Coach Don Zimmerman in season openers. The Retrievers last opened with a road win over Navy in 1999 (9-3).
-UMBC is 3-13 all-time vs. Duke. The Blue Devils won the last meeting, 13-11, in Durham, in 2000 and have won the last nine meetings overall. UMBC's last win in the series occured in the Retrievers' first NCAA Division I season, 1981, when they prevailed, 8-5.
-The Retrievers will play five straight games at UMBC Stadium after today's contest at Duke. They open at home next Saturday vs. Ohio State and begin the America East schedule vs. Hartford on March 13.
-UMBC lost five of its eight double digit scorers from last season, and its starting goalkeeper.
-Leading returning scorer, SO A Brendan Mundorf (Mt. St. Joseph/Baltimore, MD), had the fourth-most goals, 22, of any freshman in UMBC lacrosse history last season.
-Senior face-off specialist Pat Muston finished 12th in the country with over 6 ground balls per game in 2003.
-UMBC permitted a school record low 9 extra-man goals last season and was seventh in the nation by killing off 82.0% (41/50) extra-man opportunities.