The UMBC men's lacrosse team is midway through its journey in Japan, and in addition to the reports of the team enjoying a fascinating cultural experience, the squad has demonstrated some outstanding lacrosse in victories over the U-22 Japanese national team and the Japan National Squad.
The team arrived on May 30, and, became fully engaged on June 1, when they put on a clinic for Japanese freshmen players in the morning and then took on a determined U-22 Japanese national team in the afternoon. UMBC jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first quarter, but the hosts used a 5-0 third quarter run to knot the affair at 8-8. But the Retrievers outscored their friendly rivals, 4-2, in the final quarter to prevail, 12-10.
Nine UMBC players scored goals in the game, led by two goals apiece by rising junior Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson/CCBC-Essex), and rising sophomores Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) and Drew Borsody (Laytonsville, Md./Seneca Valley).
A day later, on June 2, the Retrievers put on an impressive defensive display in a 10-4 triumph over the national squad. UMBC led, 4-1, at halftime and 8-2 after three quarters en route to the victory. Attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored three goals and was named UMBC's Most Valuable Player of the Game. Rising sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) added three goals and rising senior David Campbell (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) added a pair of scores.
UMBC will compete against Tokyo, Waseda and Hitotsubeshi Universities on June 4 before returning home on June 7.