UMBC Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Don Zimmerman and his staff welcomed 13 newcomers as fall practice opened for the Retrievers on September 7.
The group consists of nine attackmen/midfielders and four defenders/long –stick midfielders. Twenty-eight of UMBC’s 36 student-athletes on the fall roster are freshmen or sophomores.
“We are very pleased with this freshman class as it brings to our program a focused group of talented players who have clearly demonstrated the positive attitude and workmanlike approach we believe to be the trademark of the Retriever lacrosse program,” Zimmerman said.
The New Retrievers
Deven Alves, Fr., A, 6-3, 200 lbs., Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Acad.
Alves was the leading scorer for the Braves with 47 goals and 20 assists in 2009 when they captured a New York Class B state title… He was a 2009 adidas High School All-American and was the Section V Class B Tournament Most Valuable Player… Last season, he was named to the All-League First Team and was named to the All-Greater Rochester Super 16 team by theDemocrat & Chronicle.
Conor Finch, Fr., A/M, 5-7, 170 lbs., Westminster, Md./Boys’ Latin
Recovered from a torn ACL and become a key component on the Lakers’ MIAA finalist squad in 2010… Scored 12 goals last spring, including the game-tying and winning goals in the MIAA semifinals vs. St. Mary’s… A Williams Scholar and honor roll student at Boys’ Latin.
Ian Gray, Fr., D, 6-3, 200 lbs., Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral
The first Retriever lacrosse player from the state of Arizona… Helped the Firebirds to a state title in 2009… A two-time First Team All-State defender who captained Chaparral in his final three seasons… Named to Lax Power’s All-Western Team in both 2009 and 2010.
Ryan Johnston, Fr., M, 5-8, 160 lbs., Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown
Named a 2010 USILA High School All-American from the southern Maryland region… A First Team All-Southern Maryland AC honoree in 2009 and 2010… Led the Hurricanes to a county and SMAC title in 2008… A Maryland AP scholar.
Michael Kantz, Fr., LSM, Boys’ Latin/Baltimore, Md.
A three-year, three-sport varsity letter winner at Boys’ Latin, earning letters in lacrosse, football and basketball… Often assigned to the top offensive threat for the Lakers.
Nathan Klein, Fr., LSM, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Western Reserve (Ohio)
Competed in the 2009 Under Armour Underclassmen All America contest for the Midwest squad… Named First Team All-Midwest in both 2008 and 2009 and helped the Pioneers to the 2009 MSLCA title… Played box lacrosse with the Coquitlam Adanacs and was the assistant captain of Team British Columbia in Box Lacrosse Nationals.
Greg Korvin, Fr., A, 6-0, 160 lbs., Odenton, Md./Arundel
A two-time First-Team All-County selection in both 2009 and 2010… Led the Wildcats offensively with 35 goals and 36 assists in 2010 to move into seventh in all-time career points (165) in program history… His father, Bill Korvin, was an attackman at Towson in 1977-78, and older brother Brad, competed in lacrosse at Salisbury.
Zach Linkous, Fr., M, 6-0, 195 lbs., Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s
Earned four varsity letters in both lacrosse and football, where he was an All-MIAA quarterback for the Crusaders… Part of the MIAA “A” Conference champions from 2010… Sister Meagan has started 39 games in three seasons for the UMBC’s women’s lacrosse team.
Brandon Merlino, Fr., M, 5-9, 190 lbs., Wappingers Falls, N.Y./John Jay-Cross River
Physical midfielder who excels defensively and is a face-off candidate as well… Unable to compete during his senior year at John Jay due to knee surgery… Competed in state semifinals and finals for the Indians during his sophomore and junior campaigns.
Breck Merritt, Fr., D, 5-11, 180 lbs., Weston, Mass./Brewster Academy
Selected for the 2010 Champion High School Showcase…Earned First-Team Northern New England Lacrosse League honors… Represented the East (Eastern MA, NH, VT, ME, RI) in the Senior East/West All Star game… Twin brother Riley will play lacrosse at Bentley University.
Brian Patton, Fr., M, 5-11, 200, Ijamsville, Md./Urbana
A two-time nominee for the high school All-Tewaaraton team and a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist… Named to the Mountain Valley Area and All-Gazette First Team in 2009 and 2010… One of four midfielders in the state named to 2010 Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association preseason All-State First Team.
Phil Poe, Fr., M, 6-1, 190 lbs., Harwood, Md./DeMatha
Captained the Stags in both 2009 and 2010… Named First-Team All WCAC in both his junior and senior campaigns… Competed on the 2010 Maryland All-Star Team… Ranked No. 26 by Inside Lacrosse amongst incoming collegiate midfielders... A possible face-off specialist candidate.
Marcellus Preston, Fr., M, 6-0, 165, New Windsor, Md./Boys’ Latin
Ranked No. 37 by Inside Lacrosse amongst incoming collegiate midfielders... Excelled for the Lakers as a defensive midfielder… Led Boys’ Latin in receptions on the gridiron.