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Ryan Smith Named America East Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week; Retrievers Rise to No. 6 in National Rankings
The win was UMBC’s seventh in a row and has propelled the 8-3 Retrievers to a school-record No. 6 ranking in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll.
Smith produced points on five consecutive UMBC scores in the Retrievers’ 6-0 run in the second half and was credited with the game-winning 11th goal. He leads the team with 23 goals and is tied for 30th in the country in goals per game (2.09). On Saturday, he scored five times on just seven shots and also leads the UMBC regulars with a 42.6% shooting percentage. The former junior college All American also earned the league honor on March 31 after a three-goal, two-assist effort in a 14-12 win over Stony Brook.
The Retrievers have reached the No. 9 slot in the USILA poll on three occasions; in March of 1999, in April of 2003 and one week ago. UMBC is also ranked No. 6 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
UMBC can clinch a share of the America East regular season title and the opportunity to host the league tournament with a victory over
Notes: The seven-game winning streak for UMBC is its longest since a school Division I-high eight straight wins in 1999… UMBC now leads the overall series vs.