Men's Lacrosse Enjoys Culture, Competition in Japan

Matt Gregoire was named UMBC's MVP of the 2013 Friendship Game vs. Japan National Team.
Matt Gregoire was named UMBC's MVP of the 2013 Friendship Game vs. Japan National Team.

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.