The UMBC men's lacrosse team (2-4) opens its ninth America East Conference season by hosting the league's defending champions, the Hartford Hawks, on Sat., March 31. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m. Game coverage includes the broadcast on the UMBC flagship, V1370 (www.v1370.com) with Steve Stofberg on the call and streaming on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen came up with a career-high 15 saves, but the Retrievers could not shut down fifth-ranked Loyola and dropped a 13-5 decision at soggy UMBC Stadium on March 24.
The contest vs. Loyola was the third consecutive contest for the Retrievers against a team ranked in the top five nationally.
Senior A/M Rob Grimm posted his first three-goal game of the season and the fourth of his career. Junior A Scott Jones added two goals for UMBC, while JR A Joe Lustgarten had a pair of assists vs. the Greyhounds.
Grimm has six goals and five assists (11 pts.) in four previous contests vs. the Hawks. He needs one more point to become the 29th player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau.
Cohen leads America East with 11.83 saves per game and save percentage at 54.6.
UMBC has only allowed 3 man-up goals this season in 13 opponent opportunities.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS
The Hawks suffered their third one-goal setback of the season at Sacred Heart, falling 10-9 on Wednesday, before rebounding for a 24-4 rout of the Wagner Seahawks in West Hartford.
The 24 tallies marked the most goals in a single game for Hartford since March 25, 2000 when it poured in 26 in a 24-goal win against Wagner. The two teams combined for 23 penalties in the game, including 11 in the first quarter.
FR A Kevin O'Shea poured in a career-high six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the victory over the Seahawks and SO A Andrew Cacchio, SR A Ryan Compitello and SR A Aidan Genik each netted hat tricks to lead the Hawks to the offensive onslaught on Saturday.
SR A Carter Bender leads the Hawks with 30 points, scoring 19 goals and adding 11 assists. Compitello has 13 goals and a team-high 14 assists, while Genik is the goals' leader with 20.
SR G Scott Bement enjoyed a pair of solid games inside the cage, combining for 23 saves, while 12 goals.
The Hawks own a four-game winning streak over UMBC after the Retrievers won the first five meetings by an average of 9.4 goals per game. UMBC averaged 14.0 goals per game in first seven meetings with Hartford, before being held to six on April 30, 2011.
UP NEXT: UMBC hits the road for back-to-back games next week. The Retrievers complete their non-conference schedule by playing at Towson on Wed., April 4 and resume America East play at Vermont on Sat., April 7.