Men's Lacrosse Opens 2008 Schedule vs. Delaware in "Face Off For a Cause" in Neptune Beach, Florida
Junior defender Bobby Atwell is one of four Retriever captains
The UMBC men’s lacrosse team will open its 2008 schedule with a rematch of last season’s NCAA quarterfinal game as they face Delaware in Neptune Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Feb. 16. The 2008 Face Off For a Cause will be played at Fletcher High School at noon and the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to raise the awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization.
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The Retrievers were 11-6 a year ago and became the first UMBC team to advance in NCAA Division I Tournament play. The Retrievers shared the America East Conference regular season title with Albany, and dropped a heart-breaking 15-14 decision at Albany in the league’s title game. But UMBC received an at-large bid to the tournament and defeated host (No. 8) Maryland, 13-9 in the opening round before falling to Delaware, 10-6 in the quarterfinals at Navy.
The contest vs. the Blue Hens kicks off a 13-game schedule for the 2007 NCAA quarterfinalists. UMBC competes at Rutgers on Feb. 23, then plays Denver in a nationally-televised (ESPNU/WMAR-TV) contest on Saturday, March 1. Just three days later, the Retrievers head across town to face defending national champion Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field. UMBC then plays back-to-back home games vs. first-time opponent Yale (March 8) and long-time rival Maryland (March 14).
Head Coach Don Zimmerman’s squad also plays at non-conference foes Ohio State (March 22) and Towson (April 1), opening America East Conference play in between those games vs. Stony Brook on Saturday, March 29. Other league home games include contests with defending champion Albany (April 12) and Harford (April 19, ESPNU/WMAR-TV), while the Retrievers are at conference rivals Binghamton (April 5) and Vermont (April 26) this season. The four-team America East Conference Tournament will be held at the highest-seeded team on Thursday and Saturday, May 1 and 3.
"We are excited about the quality of our 2008 schedule, beginning with our opener against Delaware as part of the Wounded Warrior Project,” Zimmerman said. “Week in and week out, our players look forward to preparing for and competing against some of the toughest teams in Division I lacrosse and therefore understand the need to perform at a consistent and high level of play. We look forward to another challenging year of lacrosse here at UMBC."
Notes: UMBC is slated to play a school-high six night games in 2008… five opponents (Delaware, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Towson, Albany) competed in the 2007 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament…UMBC and Yale will meet for the first time… Delaware opens its 2008 season a week earlier on Feb. 9 at St. Joseph’s… 32 letterwinners and five of 10 starters return for the Retrievers this season… seniors Terry Kimener (Oakton, Va) and Taylor Marino (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s) and juniors Bobby Atwell (Dunkirk, Md./Southern) and Alex Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) were named team captains.
2008 UMBC Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
Sat., Feb. 16 vs. Delaware (at Neptune Beach, Fla.) 12:00; Sat., Feb. 23 at Rutgers 12:00; Sat, March 1 vs. Denver (ESPNU/WMAR-TV) 1:00; Tue., March 4 at Johns Hopkins 7:00; Sat., March 8 vs. Yale 1:00; Fri., March 14 vs. Maryland 7:00; Sat., March 22 at Ohio State, 12:00; Sat. March 29 vs. Stony Brook* 7:30; Tue. Apr. 1 at Towson 7:30; Sat., Apr. 5 at Binghamton* 7:30; Sat. Apr. 12 vs. Albany 7:30; Sat., Apr. 19 vs. Hartford* 1:00 (ESPNU/WMAR-TV); Sat., Apr. 26 at Vermont* 1:00; Thu., May 1 America East Semifinals!; Sat., May 3 America East Finals!
*America East contests ! at highest seed, times tba