The UMBC men's lacrosse team completes its season-opening four-game road swing when they take on the Richmond Spiders on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Robins Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m. and live stats and pay-per-view live video will be available via UMBC Athletics' website at www.umbcretrievers.com. UMBC will open the home schedule on Saturday, March 7 versus Towson.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Sophomore midfielder Dylan McDermott scored twice in the final six minutes of play, as the Retrievers edged Monmouth, 4-2, in frosty, blustery conditions at Monmouth Stadium on Feb. 21. Junior attackman Nate Lewnes added the other two Retriever scores, while red-shirt sophomore netminder Connor Gordon stopped eight of the ten Monmouth shots on goal.
The Retrievers posted their first victory of the season, after two losses to nationally-ranked squads.
Lewnes, who was named America East Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week on Feb. 16, leads UMBC with seven goals on the season, while McDermott has three goals and two assists and junior midfielder Pat Young has recorded four goals and one helper.
SHORT HISTORY LESSON: In 2014, UMBC qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns. The Retrievers won titles in 2006, 2008, 2009 and produced runner-up finishes in 2007, 2013 and 2014. Four of UMBC's five championship games have been against Albany, with UMBC winning match-ups in 2006 and 2008 and dropping decisions in 2007, 2013 and 2014. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook for the 2009 title.
SHORT 2014 SUMMARY: Four returning players produced between 38-43 points in 2014. SO Max Maxwell (15-26-41) led the team in assists, while junior midfielder Jack Gannon (18-23-41) and Pat Young (33-10-43) and junior attackman Nate Lewnes (31-7-38) form the nucleus of the 2015 offensive unit.
UMBC was ranked ninth in the nation with 12.2 goals scored per game. The Retrievers averaged 13.2 goals per game in America East play and 14.8 in their last five contests. UMBC was also 10th in the nation in shooting percentage at 31.7 percent.
Sophomore GK Connor Gordon was ranked 12th in the nation with 11.13 saves per game. Gordon and Maxwell both earned a slot on the 2014 AE All-Rookie Team.
NOTABLE: The two-goal game for McDermott was the first of his career… His five points have already matched his entire 2014 output, when he tallied 3-2-5 in 15 games… Lewnes now has 52 goals in his career, scored in 33 games… He has scored 22 goals in his last seven contests…Young had a point in 28 consecutive games, which was the 14th longest streak in the nation, but the streak was snapped at Monmouth… Young still has points 31 of 33 contests… He is currently ranked 15th in the country amongst active career leaders with 2.08 goals scored per game and is 31st with 69 career goals… Junior defender Zach Esser is ranked eighth in the nation in caused turnovers with 2.0 per game.
The 4-2 win over Monmouth was the lowest scoring game in UMBC lacrosse history…The six goals scored by both squads was the fewest since a nine goals were recorded in a 5-4 UMBC loss at Binghamton in 2004… UMBC led, 1-0, at the half, the lowest scoring half of lacrosse in program history and the two goals allowed by UMBC was the fewest since a 20-2 win over Drexel in 1992.
HEAD COACH DON ZIMMERMAN enters his 22nd season at UMBC and his 29th as a collegiate head coach. Entering the season, amongst Division I head coaches, the Retriever mentor stood eighth with 228 victories and is 16th in winning percentage at .598 entering the 2015 campaign. In the all-time coaching annuals of Division I lacrosse, Zimmerman is 26th in total victories and 47th in winning percentage, The Retriever mentor has made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in his tenures at Johns Hopkins (`1984-90) and UMBC (1994-present). His 1984, 1985 and 1987 Hopkins teams earned national titles and he coached the Retrievers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.
SPIDER BYTES: Richmond (2-1) is receiving votes in all three lacrosse polls, after opening with victories over St. Joseph's (9-5) and Rutgers (15-7) and an overtime setback to No. 17 Marquette (11-10). The Spiders have the exact opposite schedule compared to UMBC, with the first four games all at home. Sophomore midfielder Mitch Goldberg was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week after scoring five times vs. Marquette. He is ranked eighth in the nation with 3.67 goals per game. Sophomore goalkeeper Benny Pugh is fourth in the country with a save percentage of 65.6,
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: UMBC outscored UR, 9-3, in the middle two frames and went on to a 14-5 victory on March 1, 2014. Lewnes tallied three goals and added two assists as UMBC outshot Richmond, 45-28 and caused 14 Spider turnovers.