The UMBC men's lacrosse team will face in-state foe Mount St. Mary's for the first time since 2003 when the Retrievers and Mountaineers tangle at UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 23. It is the final non-conference contest for both squads before America East and Northeast Conference play get underway next weekend. The contest vs. the Mount faces off at 1:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on Q1370/www.q1370.com with Gary Stein and Retriever All-American Brendan Mundorf on the call. All UMBC home lacrosse games are streamed in high definition on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
Both teams are coming off setbacks- UMBC (2-5) fell to Towson, 12-9, on Tuesday evening at UMBC Stadium, while the Mount (4-5) fell, 14-11, at Drexel on Saturday.
Retriever senior attackman Scott Jones is pacing UMBC with 14 goals and 17 total points. But a pair of freshmen, attackman Nate Lewnes and midfielder Pat Young, are coming on strong. Lewnes, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, has three goals and six assists in his last two outings, while Young posted his first career hat trick and a season-high of four points vs. Towson.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Mount St. Mary;s (4-5) has been very strong at home this season, winning four of five contests, including impressive victories over No. 18 Bucknell (12-11, Feb. 17) and Georgetown (14-6, March 12). The Mountaineers have yet to win on the road in 2013, including a 14-11 setback at No. 13 Drexel on March 16. The Mountaineers held a 10-8 lead with 1:47 left in the third quarter on senior attackman Brett Schmidt's fifth goal of the game, but the Dragons countered by scoring the next five goals of the game en route to the win. The Mount has three 20-goal scorers already in 2013- Schmidt has 22, has now scored a goal in 37 consecutive games, the longest scoring streak in the nation. Senior attackman Andrew Scalley has scored a goal in 18 consecutive games, and now leads the Mount with 51 points on 25 goals and 26 assists this year.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC has won all previous 19 meetings vs. Mount St. Mary's. The two teams last met in 2003 when the Retrievers won a 16-7 decision in a game played at Johns Hopkins University. The last contest at UMBC Stadium was played in 2001 and the hosts prevailed, 18-5. In between, UMBC won the tightest battle in the series, capturing 7-5 victory in Emmitsburg in 2002.
UP NEXT: UMBC opens its tenth America East Conference season at Hartford on Sat., March 30. The opening draw at Al-Marzook Field takes place at 2:00 p.m.