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No. 18 UMBC Men's Lacrosse Hosts Fourth-Ranked North Carolina at High Noon on Saturday
The UMBC menís lacrosse team (1-1) begins a very challenging stretch of games by taking on fourth-ranked North Carolina (4-0) at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, March 6. The noon contest will be televised live in the Baltimore metropolitan area by WMAR-TV and on a delayed basis (Sunday, March 7, 12:30 a.m.) by ESPNU. Scott Garceau and Mark Dixon have the call. The game can also be seen on UMBCís live streaming service at www.umbcretrievers.tv <http://www.umbcretrievers.tv/>.
UMBC is slated to take on four highly-ranked opponents in a span of 15 days. After the meeting with No. 4 UNC, the 18th -ranked Retrievers go downtown to take on No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Tuesday, March 9 (ESPNU, 7:00 p.m.). On Saturday, March 13, UMBC travels to No. 7 Princeton and the Retrievers host the sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, March 20 (WMAR-TV/ESPNU).
UMBC opened the 2010 season with a heartbreaking 11-10 triple overtime loss to Delaware at UMBC Stadium on Feb. 20. The Retrievers rebounded and edged host Rutgers, 6-5 on Feb. 28.
*A GLANCE AT THE TAR HEELS:* North Carolina opened with an 11-5 win at Jacksonville on Feb. 6, edged visiting Bryant, 5-4, on Feb. 13, thrashed visiting Lehigh, 17-5, on Feb. 20 and just handled host Navy, 11-4, on Feb. 25. Sophomore attackman *Thomas Wood* leads UNC with 9 goals and 14 points on the season. Senior midfielder *Sean DeLaney* also has nine goals. Junior attackman *Billy Bitter*, who scored eight goals vs. UMBC in last seasonís NCAA Tournament game, has three goals and a team-high nine assists to date. UNC has outscored its foes, 30-10 in the second and third quarters this season.
*PRE-SEASON POLLS:* The Retrievers, who were ranked 11^th (tied with Navy) in the preseason USILA poll and 14th in the preseason /Inside Lacrosse/ poll, have won back-to-back America East Conference titles and have made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Menís Lacrosse Championships. /Face-Off Yearbook 2010 /ranked UMBC as the No. 14 team in the country in its preseason rankings, while the coachesí poll in that publication rated the Retrievers at the No. 12 position.
*HEAD COACH NOTES: *In 2009, Head Coach *Don Zimmerman *earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years. Amongst active coaches, Zimmerman entered the 2010 season 11th in victories (198) and 12th in winning percentage (63.5%). His next coaching victory will be No. 200 and he will become the 11th active coach to reach that plateau.
* Zimmermanís Records*
Career Record: 199-115(.634) (23+ Seasons) at UMBC: 126-99 (.560) (16+ Seasons)
*Kyle Wimer* has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The senior midfielder is amongst twenty NCAAģ menís lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were tabbed as candidates for the honor. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence Ė classroom, character, community and competition.
He was named to the 2010 /Inside Lacrosse/ First-Team preseason All-America squad and will serve as one of the teamís captains this spring. He was selected as a 2009 USILA All-American and an America East First-Team All-Conference midfielder. The business technology administration major has 106 career points (56 goals, 50 assists) and set career highs in goals (24), assists (18) and total points (42) last season.
Wimer became the 28th player in school history to surpass the 100-point plateau and moved past Greg Sabo, í97, (104 pts.), former teammate Alex Hopmann, í09 (103 pts.), and 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Craig Linthicum, í81 (102 pts.) into 24^th place on UMBCís all-time scoring list. A year after Wimer scored a career-best five goals in the season-opening win at Delaware in 2009, he amassed a career-high six points (3g, 3a) in the Feb. 20 battle with the Blue Hens.
He has the eighth-longest current scoring streak in the nation, with at least a point in 21 consecutive games.
*Bobby Atwell* did not start, but saw substantial playing time and collected four ground balls in the opener vs. Delaware. He missed all of the 2009 season after tearing his ACL in the winter of 2009. Despite his injury, the fifth-year senior was selected to ILís Third Team preseason squad.
Wimer, Atwell and Pierce were also named to /Inside Lacrosse/ís preseason America East All-Conference team.
*Mike Camardo* owned 32 (UMBC single-season record) of UMBCís 104 caused turnovers on last season and reached the 100 ground ball mark (123) in his career. The Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 America East Tournament scored two goals and added 12 ground balls and four CTís in the championship. Camardo finished the campaign 12th in the nation in caused turnovers and was third amongst players competing in the NCAA Tournament. He opened the 2010 campaign with four ground balls and a team-high three caused turnovers vs. Delaware. He is currently sixth in the nation with 3.0 caused turnovers per game.
Senior attackman *Matt Latham* finished second in the America East Conference with 15 goals in five league games in 2009 (3.00) and has now scored 56 goals in his last 27 outings, including a pair vs. Delaware on Feb. 20. He also has 25 scores in his last 10 America East contests.
Sophomore face-off specialist *Justin Radebaugh* was named America East Conference Rookie of the Week, UMBCís first-such award of the season, on April 13. He won a season-high 16 draws against Albany on April 11 and collected a team season-best 11 ground balls in the America East Tournament semifinal win over Binghamton. He is the 20^th player in school history (recorded since 1978) to control 100 (119, 14th top figure in a UMBC single season) in a campaign. Radebaugh did not dress vs. Delaware or Rutgers due to a concussion suffered in practice during the week of Feb. 15.
Junior *J. D. Harkey*, coming off ACL surgery in the spring of 2009, won 9 of 23 draws vs. Delaware, including two of three in overtime. He then won a career-best 10 of 13 and gathered a game-high seven ground balls in the 6-5 win at Rutgers.
Junior midfielder *Bobby Stockton* tied career highs in goals (3) and points (4) in the season-opener vs. Delaware. All four of his points occurred in UMBCís six-goal fourth quarter. Two of his goals tied the game (8-8 and 10-10) and the other gave UMBC a brief 9-8 lead. Stockton had three goals and an assist vs. Hartford in his freshman season on April 18, 2008.
Stockton scored three goals, including the eventual game-winner vs. Rutgers and was named America East Conference Player of the Week. He has six goals on the season, five of which have either tied the game or given UMBC the lead and the sixth was the game-winner vs. the Scarlet Knights. Four of his six goals on the season have occurred in the fourth quarter.
Senior midfielder *Maxx Davis*, who played as a defensive midfielder in the season opener vs. Delaware, responded with a career-high and team-high six ground balls.
Senior goalkeeper *Kevin Kohri* made his first career start on Feb. 20 vs. Delaware and made five saves, while allowing six Blue Hen goals in the third 30 minutes. Freshman netminder *Adam Cohen* took the loss in relief, allowing five goals in the final 40:53. Cohen earned the start at Rutgers and got credit for the win, with six saves and five goals allowed in 60 minutes of work.
*WINNING THE TIGHT ONES:* UMBC is 18-8 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions in the last three seasons, until dropping the Feb. 20 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBCís previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.
In one-goal decisions, UMBC has won 12 of its last 16. UMBC is now 14-5 in Don Zimmermanís 16 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 16-7 in extra time.
*HOME DAWGS*: UMBC had won 15 straight home games and 20 of the last 21, until the back-to-back setbacks vs. Johns Hopkins and Princeton last March. The Retrievers had not lost two straight at home since losses to North Carolina and Stony Brook in 2005. The streak of 15 straight at home was the second-longest in the nation behind Notre Dame (20).
*THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING:* UMBCís 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the schoolís history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.
* SATURDAYS IN THE PARK:* The Retrievers had won 21 straight Saturday home games, until the 11-10 triple overtime loss to Delaware on Feb. 20. UMBCís last loss in that situation occurred on March 18, 2006, when then-No. 1 Maryland defeated UMBC, 9-4.
*DONíT LOOK BACK:* UMBC is now in its 43rd season of varsity men's lacrosse with a record of 324-260 (.555). They are 208-194 (.518) in their 29th year at the Division I level, achieving win No.200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.
*DAWGS AND HEELS: *The UMBC menís lacrosse season came to a close as the Retrievers (12-4) fell to North Carolina (12-5), 15-13, in the first round of the NCAA Menís Lacrosse Championships before 1,431 on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
In a game that featured five lead changes and seven ties, North Carolinaís Billy Bitter scored eight goals on nine shots and goalie James Petracca made two key saves of senior *Matt Latham* down the stretch as the Retrievers were only able to score once in the last 12 minutes in the game.
Kyle Wimer and senior attackman *Chris Jones* scored three goals apiece and Latham added a pair of goals.
UNC has won three straight in the series, but the Retrievers have won three of the last four meetings in Baltimore.
*UMBC vs. UNC *
North Carolina leads, 18-6
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