Men's Lacrosse to Open Home Schedule vs. Towson on Saturday Afternoon

Men's Lacrosse to Open Home Schedule vs. Towson on Saturday Afternoon

UMBC Game Notes (vs. Towson, March 7, 2015)


After opening the 2015 campaign with four games on the road, the UMBC men's lacrosse team (2-2) will play the first of its six home games on Saturday, March 7 when they meet the Towson Tigers for the 46th time.  The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m. as Gary Stein and Kevin O'Neill handle the broadcast duties on Q1370 ( Live stats will be available, but the game will not be streamed, due to recent inclement weather in the area. 


RETRIEVER UPDATE: After two losses to nationally-ranked squads, UMBC has bounced back to win road contests at Monmouth and Richmond. The Retrievers have allowed only seven goals in those two victories. Most recently, junior midfielder Jack Gannon scored three goals and added an assist and red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Connor Gordon turned aside 13 Richmond shots as the Retrievers never trailed in a 9-5 victory at Robins Stadium. Junior midfielder Pat Young (2g, 1a) and sophomore attackman Max Maxwell (2g) were also multiple-point producers for UMBC.


Junior attackman Nate Lewnes (8 goals), who was named America East Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week on Feb. 16, and junior midfielder Pat Young (6g, 2a) lead the UMBC offense, which scored a season-high nine times at Richmond. Gordon was named America East Conference co-Player of the Week for his effort at Richmond. His goals-against-average of 8.18 is currently ranked (through March 4) 17th in the nation. and his save percentage of 55.9 is ranked 22nd.


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.


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: Gannon, who scored a natural hat trick in the second quarter at Richmond, posted his second career three-goal game… His first occurred at Towson last season… The two-goal game for sophomore midfielder Dylan McDermott at Monmouth 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, the lone Retriever with at least one goal in all four games in 2015, now has 53 goals in his career, scored in 34 games… He has scored 23 goals in his last eight 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 32 of 34 contests… He is currently ranked 17th in the country amongst active career leaders with 2.09 goals scored per game and is 32nd with 71 career goals… Junior defender Zach Esser is ranked fourth 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. 
TIGER TALES: In a back-and-forth game, the No. 14 Towson University men's lacrosse team fell in heartbreaking fashion, dropping an 8-7 decision in triple overtime at the United States Naval Academy on Tuesday evening. Sophomore attackman Joe Seider led a balanced TU attack with two goals vs. the Mids. The Tigers got 14 saves from starting goalkeeper Tyler White, marking a season high.
Towson opened its season with a 7-5 victory over No. 5 Johns Hopkins, before falling, 15-11, to No. 8 Loyola. TU then defeated Georgetown, 9-6, and Mount St. Mary's, 7-4, on the road.
Seider leads the Tigers with 12 goals and two helpers.  Senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson (9g, 3a) and junior attackman Spencer Parks (7g, 5a) are also in double figures.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: UMBC dropped a tough, 10-8 decision at Towson in mid-March of 2014. The game was tied on seven occasions, the final time at 7-7 when Gannon scored an extra-man goal, his third of the game, with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. But TU won the ensuing draw, and, after a long possession, took the lead for good with 5:39 to play. Gordon made 10 of his 14 saves in the second half, as TU outshot UMBC, 37-34.

SERIES NOTES: The two squads have faced off 45 times, in each year except for 1986, since 1970. Towson leads the series, 30-15, and has won three straight after UMBC had taken four of five. Ten of the last 12 meetings have been decided by three goals or less.