Men's Lacrosse Faces Sixth-Ranked Maryland at Byrd Stadium in Friday Evening Affair

Shane Ryznar scored four goals vs. Maryland in the 2010 contest.
Shane Ryznar scored four goals vs. Maryland in the 2010 contest.

UMBC at Maryland (3-18-11)

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team heads just 20 minutes down I-95 South to take on their in-state rivals, the Maryland Terrapins on Friday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. It will be the second consecutive contest for UMBC in a big stadium venue as the Retrievers face off with the 6th-ranked Terps in Byrd Stadium under the glare of the stadium and television lights as the game will be televised by WMAR-TV (and with Scott Garceau and Mark Dixon on the call. Gary Stein has the call for UMBC on Fox 1370 Sports Radio (    



- After winning its opener at Presbyterian (16-10), UMBC has dropped three straight contests. 


-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 semis of the America East Tournament.


- Junior A Rob Grimm leads the team with 12 points (6g, 6a), while sophomores Dave Brown and Scott Hopmann are tied at the top with seven goals apiece. 


- Grimm tied his career-best effort with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) vs. the Tar Heels on March 5. Junior goalkeeper Brian McCullough set a new mark with 14 saves in the game. 


- McCullough suffered a thumb injury during the game at UNC and sophomore Adam Cohen(11 saves) went the route in the 16-5 loss to Johns Hopkins. 




-  The sixth-ranked Terrapins opened with convincing wins over Detroit Mercy (16-4) and Georgetown (20-8), before dropping the ACC opener at Duke, 9-8, in overtime. They have posted four-goal decisions in victories over Bellarmine (12-8) and Towson (8-4) in their most recent outings.


- The veteran-laden Terrpains offense has demonstrated outstanding balance, as attackmen Grant Catalino (9g, 6a), Ryan Young (9g, 5a) and Travis Reed (7g, 6a) lead an attack in which 16 players have scored goals through five games. 


- The Terrapins have outscored their opponents, 22-5, in  the second quarter this season.


- Sixty-two of Maryland’s 64 goals this season have been scored at even strength. They have only two man-up goals in 15 attempts to date.


- John Tillman was hired as the University of Maryland’s head men’s lacrosse coach in June, 2010, becoming the ninth coach in the 85-year history of the program. Tillman came to College Park after three years at Harvard  and twelve seasons as the top assistant at Navy.

Men's Lacrosse-Outlook, 2011
February 15, 2011 Men's Lacrosse-Outlook, 2011