Men's Lacrosse Opens 2011 Home Slate vs. Rutgers in Saturday Matinee

Soph. M Neill Lewnes recorded 11 ground balls in last wee's win at Presbyterian.
Soph. M Neill Lewnes recorded 11 ground balls in last wee's win at Presbyterian.


The young UMBC Retrievers men’s lacrosse team opens its 2011 home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 26 when they entertain the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0). UMBC opened the campaign on Feb. 19 and posted a 16-10 victory at Presbyterian. The opening face-off at UMBC Stadium takes place at 1:05 p.m. Fans can catch all the action on Fox 1370 Sports Radio ( with Kevin O’Neill calling the play-by-play, beginning with the pregame show at 12:55 p.m. Enhanced video streaming with complete audio, three cameras and graphics is available at  

Scouting the Retrievers

-Don Zimmerman enters his 25th year as a collegiate head coach in 2011. He has an overall record of 202-123 in 24 previous seasons and a mark of 129-108 in 17 years at UMBC. His 202 career wins are tenth amongst active Division I head coaches.

-Twenty-seven of UMBC’s 35 student-athletes on this year’s roster are freshmen or sophomores. Senior midfielders J.D. Harkey and Jamie Kimbles will serve as captains of the 2011 Retrievers.

-After posting four consecutive winning seasons, four NCAA Tournament berths and three America East title, the Retrievers fell to 4-9 in 2010 and dropped a decision to Albany in the semifinals of the America East Tournament. Junior A Rob Grimm is the Retrievers’ leading returning scorer with 16 goals and 27 points last season.

-Soph. M Dave Brown scored four goals and added three assists as the Retrievers opened the 2011 season with a 16-10 victory at Presbyterian. Brown was part of a potent UMBC starting midfield unit which accounted for 11 goals. Soph. M Scott Jones contributed four goals and one helper, while classmate Scott Hopmann tallied three times. Grimm had a goal and a career-high four assists.

Scouting the Scarlet Knights

- Rutgers posted a 5-8 record in 2010, but outscored their opponents, 125-119. The Scarlet Knights posted a win at national finalist Notre Dame, but dropped their final six contests of the season.

-Senior midfielder Kory Kelly (6-5, 220 lbs.) is the leading returning scorer for Rutgers. He recorded 19 goals and 24 total points in 2010.

- Rutgers opened its 2011 season with a dominating 17-5 victory over the Wagner Seahawks (0-1) on Feb. 18. The game saw nine different Scarlet Knights score, with four posting multiple goal efforts. Redshirt freshman Scott Klimchak led the way for RU with seven points on four goals and three assists.

- The Scarlet Knights downed the Manhattan Jaspers (0-1), 11-3, at the RU Turf Field on Feb. 20. The game saw seven different Scarlet Knights score, with two posting multiple goal efforts. Junior Will Mangan led the way for RU with four goals and an assist.



TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years. Amongst active coaches, Zimmerman entered the 2011 season 10th in victories (202) and 13th in winning percentage (62.2%). The win over Binghamton on April 10 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 203-123 in his 25th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories.


Zimmerman’s Records

Career Record: 203-123 (.623) (25th season)

at UMBC: 130-107 (.549) (18th season)



Coming off its best season in program history, Stony Brook University is the unanimous preseason pick of the America East men’s lacrosse coaches to win its second straight conference crown in 2011. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll, which was released Tuesday. 

The Seawolves, who rank in the top-10 nationally in a pair of preseason polls, received all five possible first-place votes and 25 points. University at Albany, last season’s runner-up, was tabbed second and collected 20 points. University of Hartford followed in third with 16 points and received the remaining first-place tally. UMBC was chosen fourth with 13 points, while University of Vermont followed in fifth with 11 points and Binghamton University rounded out the six-team poll with five points.

The top four teams in the conference standings will qualify for the 2011 America East Championship. The tournament semifinals will take place Wednesday, May 4 at the higher seeds and a champion will be crowned on Saturday, May 7 at the highest remaining seed. The conference champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, where an America East team has advanced to the quarterfinals three times since 2007.



The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior midfielders J. D. Harkey and Jamie Kimbles as its captains for the 2010-11 academic year.


WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is 19-11 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions in the last three seasons, until dropping the Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season. In one-goal decisions, UMBC has won 13 of its last 17. UMBC is now 15-5 in Don Zimmerman’s 17 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-7 in extra time.


HOME, SWEET HOME: After 14 consecutive winning seasons at UMBC Stadium, the Retreivers were 1-6 at home in 2010. Since 2006, UMBC had posted a mark of 29-5 on the home stadium turf.


FOR OPENERS: Prior to the loss to the Blue Hens last season, UMBC had won its last seven home openers since an 11-4 loss to Navy in 2002. Overall, Coach Zimmerman is now 11-6 in UMBC home openers.


THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBC’s 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the school’s history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.


Programs With Most Victories, 2006-09

1. Virginia 58

2. Duke 56

3. Cornell 50

4. Syracuse 47

5. UMBC 45


DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 44thd season of varsity men's lacrosse with a record of 328-268 (.550). The Retrievers are slated to play their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18 at Maryland. They are 212-202 (.512) in their 30th year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.


POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UMBC has been nationally ranked in man-up percentage in four of the past five years. In 2009, the Retrievers led the country in man-up situations and set a school record by converting on 51.7% (30 of 57) of its opportunities.


Year     Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank

2009     .517                  1st

2007     .464                  5th

2006     .417                  7th

2005     .444                  2nd

2004     .379                  10th


HONORED: Dave Brown and Matt Gregoire received America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for games ending Feb. 20. Brown, a sophomore midfielder, had a career day tallying four goals and three assists in the Retrievers' 16-10 win over Presbyterian Saturday. He had just one assist in 11 games all last season. Gregoire tallied three points in his collegiate debut. The redshirt freshman attack scored twice and added an assist in the Retrievers' win at Presbyterian. His third quarter score was the game-winner.


Junior attackman Rob Grimm set personal highs with four assists and five points at Presbyterian. Grimm has points in 27 of 30 games played in his career.


In addition to Brown and Gregoire, sophomore Neill Lewnes and freshman Greg Korvin both scored their first collegiate goals at Presbyterian. Lewnes added team highs with 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers.  

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