UMBC (3-5, 1-0) plays the first of three home America East contests on Saturday, April 1 when the Retrievers entertain the UMass Lowell River Hawks (2-8, 0-2 AE). The opening face-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.
The contest will be streamed live on www.umbcretrievers.tv with Graham Whaples on the call. Live stats' links will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's lacrosse program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MLax). Access is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC (3-5) could not pull off its third straight road victory in three weeks as the Retrievers dropped a narrow 10-7 decision to No. 20 Michigan (8-1) in overcast, drizzly conditions at Michigan Stadium on March 25.
UMBC junior midfielder Max Haldeman led the Retriever offense by posting his first three-goal effort of the season. Senior netminder Ruston Souder collected 13 saves, one shy of his season high, as the Retrievers were oushot by the Wolverines, 32-24.
The game was the Retrievers' sixth road contests in eight games this year. They were coming off road triumphs at Marist (6-4) and Stony Brook (12-9) and will play three of the remaining five America East games at UMBC Stadium.
Senior attackman Max Maxwell was the only other Retriever to score multiple points, with a goal and a helper and became the seventh Retriever to record 80 assists in his career. He is tied for sixth place on UMBC's all-time list.
Maxwell leads UMBC with 11 goals and 14 assists through seven games. Maxwell recorded a career high eight-point game vs. Mercer.
Freshman attackman Ryan Frawley has ten goals, with four of those occurring on man-up situations. He earned America East Rookie of the Week honors for his four-goal effort versus Marist on March 11. Classmate Jake Brothers was selected as America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, for games through February 11. He won a season-best 14 (of 25) draws in the victory at SBU.
Sophomore midfielder Billy Nolan earned UMBC's first AE Player of the Week honor of the 2017 season in the wake of his seven-point effort versus the Seawolves.
As of March 28, LSDM Billy O'Hara is 17th in the nation and third in America East with 1.75 caused turnovers per game.
In June of 2016, Ryan Moran (Maryland, '03) was named UMBC's third head men's lacrosse coach since the program entered the USILA in 1971. UMBC's new mentor honed his skills on staffs at Navy, Maryland, and, for the past two seasons at Loyola Maryland. The Greyhounds earned a trip to the national semifinals a year ago and Moran's offense produced over 12 goals per game over the final 10 games of the season.
The team selected seniors Max Maxwell and Ruston Souder and sophomore Jason Brewster as its 2017 team captains. Maxwell, a three-year starter on the attack unit, ranked tenth nationally and second in America East in assists per contest with 2.14 last spring. Maxwell became the 11th Retriever to post 30 assists in a single season and has now amassed 131 career points, good for 18th on UMBC's all-time scoring list.
Scouting the River Hawks
UMass Lowell enters today's game in the midst of a four game losing streak. They most recently fell to No. 9 Albany, 21-11, in America East play on Saturday. With the loss, the River Hawks fell to 0-2 in America East and 2-8 overall. Sophomore netminder Grant Lardieri stopped 13 shots and juniors Jon Phillips and Sam Klingsporn posted three goals each.
Midfielder Jon Phillips leads the team in goals with 16 while junior attack/midfielder Sean Tyrrell leads the team in total points with 12 goals and 17 assists. Lardieri holds an overall .502 save percentage with a 12.13 goals against average.
This will be the third meeting between UMBC and UMass Lowell. UMBC leads the series, 2-0, with a 9-8 overtime win in the 2016 contest in Lowell.
Maxwell scored just 30 seconds into overtime to get the win. Midfielder Jack Andrews led the Retrievers with two goals and three assists while Maxwell recorded two goals and two assists. UML outshot UMBC, 34-25, with 11 saves from goalie Ruston Souder. UML also won 16 of 21 draws on the day.
Maxwell has four goals and five helpers in two previous meetings. In UMBC's 13-7 win at UMBC Stadium in 2015, Souder scored on a 90-yard heave to end the third quarter.
UMBC travels to Albany to take on nationally-ranked Great Danes' squad on Sat., April 8. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.