BALTIMORE - UMBC Head Lacrosse Coach Don Zimmerman announced the Retrievers' 2015 spring schedule today, which features an early four-game road swing and six home contests in a six-week period as the weather warms into the spring.
UMBC will open the campaign on Saturday, February 7, its earliest opener ever, at Johns Hopkins University with a 1:00 p.m. face-off. The Retrievers play the next three Saturday afternoons at Penn, Monmouth and Richmond before opening the home schedule against local rival Towson on Saturday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m.
A week later, the Retrievers open their 12th season of America East Conference competition by welcoming Binghamton to UMBC Stadium. The Bearcats won the regular season meeting versus UMBC in 2014, but UMBC avenged that setback with a victory over BU in the league semifinals.
The top-seeded team in the four-team America East Tournament will host the 2015 championships.
"Each spring UMBC Men's Lacrosse prides itself on playing a very challenging schedule," said Zimmerman. "This year is no exception as we play our first four games on the road beginning with Johns Hopkins in early February. Pertaining to conference play, the America East should once again be extremely competitive making for an exciting post-season tournament in early May".
Notes: UMBC will tune up for their earliest ever official contest with scrimmages at Virginia (Jan. 24) and Georgetown (Jan. 31)… The Retrievers are still in search of their first victory over Johns Hopkins (0-12)… Robert Morris (0-2) is the only other program that UMBC has contested and does not have a win against… With a 17-7 victory last season, UMBC improved to 21-0 versus Mount St. Mary's… UMBC has not played Penn since 2007 and the 2015 meeting vs. Lafayette will be the first between the Retrievers and the Leopards since 1988…UMBC will face UMass Lowell, celebrating its first season as a varsity program, for the first time… The Riverhawks will be coached by former UMBC associate head coach Ed Stephenson…The Retrievers will attempt to make their 12th consecutive tournament appearance in 12 America East season.
2015 UMBC Men's Lacrosse Schedule
Sat. 7 at Johns Hopkins 1:00 p.m.; Sat. 14 at Penn, 1:00 p.m.; Sat. 21 at Monmouth 1:00; Sat. 28 at Richmond, 1:00
Sat. 7 Towson 1:00 p.m.; Sat. 14 Binghamton* 12:00 p.m.; Sat. 21 at Stony Brook* TBD; Tue. 24 Mt. St. Mary's 7:00; Fri. 27 Lafayette, 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 4 at Hartford*, 1:00; Sat. 11 Vermont*, 12:00 p.m.; Sat. 18 UMass Lowell*, 1:00 p.m.; Sat. 25 at Albany*, TBA; Thurs. 30 America East Semifinals, TBA
Sat., 2 America East Championship Game, TBA
*America East games