UMBC head men's lacrosse coach Ryan Moran announced the team's 2018 spring schedule today. The Retrievers play seven of 13 games at UMBC Stadium, including a four-game homestand in March. The final three contests of that segment feature national power Johns Hopkins, conference foe Stony Brook and first-time visitor Michigan.
"Our program is excited to compete against a highly-competitive non-conference slate of opponents, four of which competed in their conference tournaments last year," said Moran. "We are especially excited to be able to add a program like Navy to the schedule."
The Retrievers open the 2018 slate at home, when they welcome the Richmond Spiders on Saturday, Feb. 10 at noon. UMBC travels for the next three games, but never leaves the state, playing at Navy (Feb. 17), Mount St. Mary's (Feb. 23) and Towson (March 3).
UMBC begins the season-long homestand by hosting Marist on Saturday, March 10 before taking on Johns Hopkins on Tuesday evening, March 13. The Retrievers open America East Conference play on Sunday, March 18, when Stony Brook invades UMBC Stadium and concludes the month versus the Wolverines on Saturday, March 24.
Moran's charges play the final five games versus America East competition, starting with a road trip to UMass Lowell on Saturday, March 31. The Retrievers then welcome defending America East champion Albany the following Saturday, April 7. UMBC plays two of its final three games on the road, as Senior Day versus Hartford on Saturday, April 21 is sandwiched by contests at Binghamton (Sat., April 14) and the season finale at Vermont (Friday, April 27).
The four-team America East Tournament will be played at the site of the regular season champion on Thursday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5.
"Every team in the America East Conference has tremendous coaches and players, which makes every week during conference play exciting to prepare for and compete against," said Moran. "We are working towards building upon some of the success and improvement we had last year. We believe this schedule is going to provide us the opportunity to make some of those strides."
2018 UMBC MEN'S LACROSSE SCHEDULE
Sat. 10 vs. Richmond, 12:00 p.m.; Sat. 17 at Navy, 12:00 p.m; Fri. 23 at Mount St. Mary's, 3:00 p.m.
Sat. 3 at Towson, 12:00 p.m.; Sat. 10 vs. Marist, 7:00 p.m.; Tue. 13 vs. Johns Hopkins, 7:00 p.m.; Sun. 18 vs. Stony Brook*, 12:00 p.m.; Sat. 24 vs. Michigan, 3:00 p.m.; Sat. 31 at UMass Lowell*, 4:00 p.m.
Sat. 7 vs. Albany*, 3:00 p.m.; Sat. 14 at Binghamton*, 7 p.m.; Sat. 21 vs. Hartford*, 12:00 p.m.; Fri. 27 at Vermont*, 7:00 p.m.
Thurs., 3 America East Semifinals!; Sat. 5 America East Championship!
*America East contests ! site of regular season champion