Men's Lacrosse Set to Face No. 1 Maryland in College Park on Wednesday Evening
The UMBC men's lacrosse team (1-3) continues as tough a stretch as any team in the nation on Wednesday, March 6 when they take on the No. 1-ranked Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The opening face-off takes place just after 5:00 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU as the network's first-ever Warrior Wednesday Game of the Week. Eamon McAnaney will provide the play-by-play with analysis from Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra.
In an eleven-day span, UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26) and No. 13 Fairfield, and then competes against No. 1 Maryland (March 6) and No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.
UMBC is coming off a 14-9 setback at Fairfield on Saturday afternoon. UMBC outshot the Stags, 41-40, but FU netminder Jack Murphy continued his brilliant early season play by stopping 17 Retriever shots. Junior midfielders Conor Finch and Zach Linkous each scored three times for UMBC, while Phil Poe won 16 of 27 draws to lead the visitors.
TOP DOG: Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stood eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches after the 2012 campaign. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 214-139 in his 27th year as a collegiate mentor. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2011.
Coach Zimmerman is 13-14 in 27 career match-ups vs. Maryland, including a 6-13 mark while at UMBC.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Maryland opened its conference schedule with a 16-7 thrashing of then-No. 19 Duke on Saturday in Durham. Junior Mike Chanenchuk set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists vs. the Blue Devils, while senior Kevin Cooper had three points on two goals and an assist. Cooper leads a balanced scoring attack with 15 points (9-6-15). Senior midfielder John Haus is just behind with 14 points, including a team-best seven assists.
Maryland's second win of the season came at the expense of UMBC America East rival Hartford. The Terrapins won handily in West Hartford, 16-4. The Terrapins have outscored their foes, 22-4, in the first quarter in 2012.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Maryland leads the series, 27-8, however, the Retrievers have captured four of the previous six meetings. The teams have met every year since 1982 and had two face-offs in 2007. The Retrievers won three straight contests in 2007, 2008 and 2009, then Maryland won twice, before UMBC's 8-7 victory in Baltimore last season.
Five of UMBC's eight victories over Maryland have occurred in College Park.
HISTORY VS. NO. 1: UMBC's last game against the No.-1 ranked team in the land occurred in 2006, when the NCAA-bound Retrievers fell to Maryland, 9-4. The Retrievers have defeated a No. 1 team-the same Maryland program. UMBC defeated the Terps, 12-8, in the regular season finale in 1998, which propelled the Retrievers into their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament.
A LOOK BACK: The UMBC men's lacrosse team scored five unanswered fourth-quarter goals and rallied to defeat No. 4 Maryland, 8-7, at UMBC Stadium on March 6, 2012. Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe controlled 15 of 19 draws in the contest against a team that entered the game at 61.4 percent.
The Retrievers entered the fourth quarter trailing, 6-3, but Hopmann scored his first goal of the season just 3:41 into the period. Finch, who assisted on Hopmann's goal, scored an unassisted tally at the 5:36 mark, and UMBC tied the game five seconds later, as Poe won the ensuing draw, raced down the middle of the field and beat Maryland netminder Niko Amato with a bounce shot from eight yards out. Held off the scoreboard in the first half, Jones scored the go-ahead goal at the 8:17 mark of the final quarter and added an insurance goal 35 seconds later.
Jones led UMBC with two goals and one assist, while Finch posted his first three points of the season with a goal and two helpers, all in the fourth quarter. Linkous added two goals for UMBC. The Terrapins outshot UMBC, 30-25, but Cohen made six of his eight saves in the fourth quarter.
UP NEXT: UMBC faces current No. 6 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on Fri., March 8. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and the opening draw takes place just after 5:00 p.m.