Men's Lacrosse Plays First of Two Straight America East Road Games at Stony Brook on Saturday
The UMBC men's lacrosse team faces America East Conference defending champion Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. on Saturday, April 13. The opening face-off is set for 4:00 p.m.
The Retrievers (1-1 America East, 4-6 overall) are coming off their most convincing win in their 10-year league tenure, a 19-6 truimph over Vermont on April 6. Senior attackman Scott Jones scored a career-best six goals to lead a potent offensive attack, while junior face-off specialist Phil Poe recorded a school-record 23 face-off wins.
The Seawolves (1-1, 6-5) rallied from a 13-4 second-half deficit vs. Binghamton on the same day, but the Bearcats scored in overtime to prevail, 14-13.
TOP 20 RANKINGS: UMBC's performance vs. Vermont catapulted the Retrievers into the top 20 nationally in the following categories...
Scoring Offense: 17th (11.28 goals per game)
Man-Up: 10th (42.9%)
Shot Pct.: 10th (31.5%)
Face-Off Pct.: 17th (53.1%)
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT. Stony Brook rallied from a nine-goal deficit to tie the game at 13, but Binghamton's Michael Antinozzi's goal with 1:02 left in the first overtime lifted the Bearcats to a 14-13 win over the Seawolves Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.Freshmen Challen Rogers and Brody Eastwood each scored three goals for Stony Brook (6-5, 1-1 America East), which scored four goals over the first 42-plus minutes and nine in the final 20. Eastwood and senior attackman Jeff Tundo lead SBU with 26 goals each, while Tundo has a team-best 46 total points. The Seawolves are 5-2 on the road in 2013, but only 1-3 at home.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 11-7, but the Seawolves have captured the last three contests. The Retrievers are 5-3 in eight previous meetings at SBU.
THE LAST TIME WE MET: Scott Jones tied a career-high with five goals and led a furious comeback, but the host Retrievers fell to Stony Brook, 10-8, before 960 fans at UMBC Stadium on April 14, 2012. The Retrievers trailed, 9-2, late in the third quarter, but exploded for five goals in the span of 3:11 to trim the deficit to 9-7 with 12:17 remaining. The Retrievers had two possessions to cut the lead to one, but committed turnovers in each case. The second miscue led to a Seawolf fast break and freshman attackman Mike Rooney scored to restore a three-goal visitor margin at 10-7 with 8:11 to play.
UP NEXT: UMBC returns to the state of New York to face America East rival No. 12 Albany on Friday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.