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Men's Lacrosse Opens 2008 Campaign on Saturday vs. Delaware in Neptune Beach, Florida
Neptune Beach, Fla.--The UMBC men's lacrosse team opens the 2008 campaign against the same team they concluded the 2007 season against. The Retrievers take on Delaware (1-0) on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a rematch of last year's NCAA quarterfinal, which went to the Blue Hens, 10-6. The game takes place at Fletcher Stadium in Neptune Beach, Fla., with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The opening face-off is set for noon and a free live video feed will be available, as will live stats via www.umbcretrievers.com.
Noting the Retrievers…
UMBC (0-0) vs.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008
• UMBC finished the season ranked No. 13 in the USILA poll. They open the 2008 season ranked No. in the pre-season coaches’ poll and are slated to play six other teams (No. 1 Johns Hopkins, No. 7 Maryland, No. 11 Albany, No. 13 Towson, No. 14 Delaware and No. 20 Denver) this season.
• UMBC is now 299-251 in 40 seasons of varsity lacrosse.
· Head Coach Don Zimmerman is guiding the Retrievers in his 15th season and has a 101-90 record at UMBC. His overall mark in 21 seasons is 174-106. He entered this year 11th in total victories amongst active coaches and 13th in winning percentage. Zimmerman led UMBC to its first ever appearances in the NCAA Division I championships in 1998 and 1999. He is a 1976 graduate of
Coach Zimmerman has made 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament and four with the Retrievers.
· Five returning players earned all-conference honors in 2007. Senior midfielder Terry Kimener earned first team All America East honors, while junior defender Bobby Atwell and junior midfielder Alex Hopmann were named to the second team. Sophomore LSM Mike Camardo and classmate, midfielder Kyle Wimer earned all-rookie team honors.
Junior goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins was named to the league’s all-tournament team.
· UMBC is now 18-4 in its first three-plus years of America East Conference (regular season) play. They have held 18 of 22 teams to single digits in goals.
· THE SERIES: UMBC VS.
· UMBC has won its last two season openers and is 6-8 in openers under Don Zimmerman.
· Senior Terry Kimener became the first UMBC midfielder to earn All America honors in back-to-back seasons since Chris Cain, a long-stick defensive midfielder, accomplished that feat in 1990 and 1991. He was a First Team All America East midfielder for the second consecutive season and is one of the team’s captains in ’08. He scored 18 goals and added 20 assists in ’07 and will be the second-highest active scoring midfielder in the country (behind Johns Hopkins’ Paul Rabil) entering the season.
· In '07, senior Taylor Marino tied for second-most face off wins in a single season in school history (168), the most since Ray Ignacio also won 168 draws in 1986. He was selected as one of the team captains for the ’08 season.
· Junior goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins already has 319 career saves, the eighth-highest figure in school history. He has started every game since he donned a Retriever uniform.
· Junior Alex Hopmann tied a school record by scoring three man-up goals in a game as the Retrievers defeated
· Junior defender Bobby Atwell is UMBC’s fourth team captain.
• The 2007 men’s lacrosse team was the first UMBC team to advance in NCAA Tournament play in the 21-year history of Division I athletics at UMBC. The Retrievers made their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and fourth appearance since 1998.
• The Retrievers tied a school Division I record with 11 wins in a season. The 1999 NCAA Tournament team finished the year at 11-4. UMBC has recorded back-to-back ten-win seasons for just the second time since entering the NCAA Division I ranks (1981) and the third time in the history of the program.
• The first round NCAA win over the Terps snapped
• UMBC defeated a team ranked in the top ten (
• For the first time in school history, UMBC had three players with 30 or more goals. Cayle Ratcliff led the team with 42 goals, while Andy Gallagher (35 goals) and Drew Westervelt (35 goals) have also reached that plateau.
• UMBC has had 24 brother combinations compete in the 40-year history of the program, but the Kimeners (P.J. and Terry) were just the second to suit up together for NCAA Tournament competition. There are no brother duos on the 2008 UMBC squad.
• The men's lacrosse team won the UMBC Retriever Cup last year for the first time in the award's three-year history. The Retriever Cup is a competition between athletic teams in the categories of Athletes Supporting Athletes, Community Outreach, Team GPA and attendance at Sunday Night Lectures. All seven of UMBC's seniors were honored for their community service, especially with the team's ongoing relationship with the "Ride With Pride Program" at the
• A Retriever team had never won three overtime games in a season until wins over Brown, Penn and
• The Retrievers were 26 of 56 (46.4%) on the extra-man last season and ended the year ranked fifth nationally. The Retrievers finished the season seventh in man-up offense in 2006 at 41.7%, second in 2005 at 44.4% and tenth in 2004 at 37.9%.
• For the first time since 1999, UMBC had three student-athletes named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s All American teams. Senior attackman Drew Westervelt highlighted the honorees, as he earned Third Team All America status, while senior attackman Andy Gallagher and junior midfielder Terry Kimener were named as honorable mention.
The three All Americans in one season is one shy of a UMBC NCAA Division-I record of four set in 1999. Attackman Chris Turner earned Third Team honors that year, while goalkeeper Andrew Hampson, defenseman Jason Quenzer and attackman Dan Marohl earned honorable mention status. UMBC had three All American in just one other Division-I season, its first year with that status in 1981 as attackman Dave Quattrini (first team), attackman Marty Cloud (honorable mention) and midfielder Craig Linthicum (honorable mention) were cited.
• Westervelt was the 37th player selected overall in the 2007 National Lacrosse League draft as the Philadelphia Wings acquired the pick from