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Ninth-Ranked Men's Lacrosse Faces Rutgers in Home Opener on Saturday Afternoon
Goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins is on the Tewaaraton Watch List
The ninth-ranked UMBC menís lacrosse team (1-0) faces
UMBC is coming off an impressive 14-9 opening day victory at
Rutgers opened with an 8-4 setback vs. Villanova on Feb. 14, but won at
Rutgers leads the all-time series, 6-5, after a 13-4 triumph in
WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 14-3 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. They have also won six straight overtime decisions in the last two seasons. In one-goal decisions, UMBC has won nine of its last 12. UMBC is now 12-4 in Don Zimmermanís 15 seasons in overtime, including wins in six straight.
HOME DAWGS: UMBC has won 13 straight home games and 18 of the last 19, with the lone loss coming vs. top-ranked Johns Hopkins in Ď07. The streak of 13 straight at home is the third-longest in the nation behind Notre Dame and Duke.
THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBCís 33 wins over a three-year period is the most in the schoolís Division I (1981) history and only behind 34 wins in the span from 1974-1976.
IN LEAGUE PLAY: UMBC has held 21 of 27 teams to single digits in goals. UMBC has won 11 straight regular season America East home games and is 13-1 overall, with its lone loss occuring vs. Stony Brook in April of 2004. They are 23-4 all-time in America East play, including 10-3 on the road.
DONíT LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 42nd season of varsity men's lacrosse with a record of 312-254 (.552). They are 196-189 (.509) in their 28th year at the Division I level. Before the win over
ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS: UMBC is the preseason choice of the coaches to again claim the crown in 2009. The Retrievers received a total of 24 points and four first-place votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their team), just ahead of University at Albany, the 2007 champion, which received 22 points and a pair of first-place votes.
The Retrievers are ranked No. 9 (tied) in the current United States Lacrosse Coaches Association preseason poll and tabbed at No. 11 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse preseason poll. Inside Lacrosse tabbed UMBC at No. 10, its highest preseason ranking to date for the Retrievers. Coach Zimmermanís team is set to face (preseason) ILís No. 3 Maryland, No. 5 Johns Hopkins, No. 12 America East rival
NOTES FROM UMBCíS WIN AT DELAWARE: UMBC has won three of its last four season opening gamesÖthe 14 goals scored in the first game is the Retrieversí most since a 16-7 over Mount St. Maryís in 2003Ö the win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Blue Hens.
KNIGHTS AND DOGS
1981 W 11-10
1982 L 9-16
1985 L 8-10
1986 A L 8-13
1995 A W 9-6
1996 H W 17-5
2000 H W 11-3
2001 A L 7-10
2002 H W 10-6
2003 A L 10-11 (OT)
2008 A L 4-13
HOME OPENERS: UMBC has won its last six home openers since an 11-4 loss to Navy in 2002. Overall, Coach Zimmerman is 10-5 in UMBC home openers.
Senior netminder Jeremy Blevins is expected to make his 50th consecutive start vs.
Senior middie Alex Hopmann, also a team captain, is UMBCís leading active scorer with 63 points. In 2008, he tallied had a season-best five points (2g, 3a) in the America East title game vs. Albany and recorded a career-high three assists. He opened the season with 3-1-4 at
Senior attackman Ryan Smith and junior linemate Matt Latham tied for the team lead last season with 29 goals apiece. Smith suffered a knee injury (torn ACL) just 77 seconds into the America East title game, but was in the starting lineup vs.
Latham finished second in the America East Conference with 15 goals in five league games (3.00) and has now scored 29 goals in his last 10 outings. Latham posted three goals at
Sophomore midfielder Jamie Kimbles scored a career high two goals at
Freshmen Rob Grimm and Rich May each scored their first collegiate points (one assist each) at
UMBC advanced to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Retrievers had gone in back-to-back years (1998, 1999 and 2006, 2007), but never in three in a row. All five of UMBCís Division I post-season appearances have occurred in the last 11 years.
UMBC set a new school record with its current 11-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation. The previous mark of eight (1975, 1999) was broken with the win at
The Retrievers broke the schoolís single season record for Division I wins. The 1999 and 2007 teams each won 11 games, while the NCAA Division II teams in 1974 and 1975 won 13 games apiece.
UMBC won its second America East Championship in the last three seasons to advance to the national tournament. The Retrievers also captured the leagueís regular season crown, an honor they have won or shared in each of the past four seasons.
Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his second America East Coach of the Year honors in the last three years. Coach Zimmerman was selected as the US Lacrosse Menís Coach of the Week for the week ending May 4. Amongst active coaches, Zimmerman entered the 2009 season tenth in victories (186) and 13th in winning percentage (62.8%).
Career Record: 189-110 (.629)
at UMBC: 114-94 (.548)
The April 19 win over
UMBC averaged 8.5 goals per game in eight non-conference games, but were at a league high 12.4 goals per game in five America East games. They ended the season 16th in the country in goals per game (10.00).