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Men's Lacrosse is Narrow Preseason Choice to Defend America East Crown
The top four teams in the conference will qualify for the America East Championship with the winner of the tournament receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Menís Lacrosse Championship.
UMBC (12-4, 5-0 America East in 2008) finished 2008 ranked 6th in the USILA Coachesí Poll after winning a school-record 12 games and claiming both the America East regular-season and tournament titles. The Retrievers, led by 2008 America East Coach of the Year Don Zimmerman, rallied from an 11-2 deficit midway through the second quarter to defeat
Zimmermanís squad returns 31 players from that squad, which made the NCAA tournament for the third straight season. Senior attackman Ryan Smith (Fallston, Md.) a first-team all-conference selection and All-American a year ago, is the teamís top returning scorer after tallying 29 goals and 43 points in 2008, good for fifth and seventh in America East, respectively. Smith, along with junior midfielder Kyle Wimer (
UMBC, who faces several top programs this season ,will open the 2009 campaign against