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Men's Lacrosse Returns to Conference Battles; Travels to Hartford to Meet Hawks on Saturday
The 20th-ranked UMBC (5-4, 0-1 America East) men’s lacrosse team, fresh off a Tuesday win over 12th-ranked Towson, heads back up north for an America East date with Hartford (1-8, 0-2 America East) on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. The Retrievers have won all three previous meetings with the Hawks, including last season’s 15-8 triumph at UMBC Stadium.
Senior attackman Andy Gallagher led UMBC with four goals and one assist in last year’s contest, and junior middie Terry Kimener added a goal and three helpers. In his only other game vs.
Led by freshman attackman Cayle Ratcliffe’s three goals and two assists, a school-record tying three extra-man goals by sophomore middie Alex Hopmann and a brilliant 14-save effort by sophomore netminder Jeremy Blevins, UMBC edged rival Towson, 11-9 at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday. It was UMBC’s first win over the Tigers since 2003 and moved the Retrievers to six wins in their last eight meetings with teams ranked in the second ten (11-20) of the USILA poll.
Senior Drew Westervelt leads UMBC in scoring with 32 points (15g, 17a) and has a scoring streak alive at 15 games. He needs eight goals (92-75-167 points) to become the 11th Retriever to hit the century mark and stands in seventh place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list.
Ratcliffe leads the team with 20 goals and is hitting on 55.6% of his shots.
UMBC is 4-0 in games decided by three goals or less this season.