UMBC faces its first road test of the America East Conference campaign when they travel to Long Island to take on the Stony Brook Seawolves on Saturday, March 21 at La Valle Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m. and live stats will be available via UMBC Athletics' website at www.umbcretrievers.com. Gary Stein handles the broadcast duties on Q1370 (www.q1370.com) and streaming will be available on www.americaeast.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-4, 0-1 AE) has alternated two losses, two victories and two losses in the first six weeks of the season. The Retrievers are an uncharacteristic 0-2 at home, suffering setbacks to No. 14 Towson (11-7, March 7) and Binghamton (13-4, March 14). The offense has struggled to get cranked up, as UMBC is averaging 6.0 goals per game.
Junior midfielder Pat Young leads the squad in assists (6) and total points (13). Young needs five more points to become the 32nd player in school history to reach 100 career points and 30 goals in 12 career league contests. Junior attackman Nate Lewnes (10 goals), who was named America East Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week on Feb. 16, leads the team with 10 goals and has scored in all six games of the season.
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.
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 seven points have already surpassed his entire 2014 output, when he tallied 3-2-5 in 15 games… Lewnes now has 55 goals in his career, scored in 36 games… He has scored 25 goals in his last ten 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 34 of 36 contests… He is currently ranked 26th in the country amongst active career leaders with 2.0 goals scored per game and is tied for 35th with 74 career goals… Junior defender Zach Esser is ranked first in America East and ninth in the nation in caused turnovers with 1.83 per game. He now has caused 50 miscues in 36 games.
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.
WOLF TALES: After winning four straight, high-scoring Stony Brook lost a tough 17-15 decision to Albany at La Valle Stadium on March 14. SBU is averaging 13.86 goals per game, 7th in the nation. Junior attackman Brody Eastwood, who has scored eight goals vs. UMBC in the last two meetings, leads five Seawolves' double-figure goal scorers with 21, while senior linemate Mike Rooney is 6th in the nation in total points with 38 (19g, 19a). SBU has scored 15 man-up goals in 29 opportunities, succeeding at a 48.3 rate, 12th in the country and leads the country in shooting percentage at 40.2 percent.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: Pat Young scored with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the Retrievers edged Stony Brook, 12-11, in the America East opening game for both squads. Young scored three goals and goalkeeper Connor Gordon excelled, making 15 saves in the contest.
SERIES NOTES: UMBC leads the series, 13-7, and has won the last two contests by scores of 13-12 and 12-11. Young has scored the game-winning goal in both of the Retriever victories. He scored with 2:39 left at La Valle Stadium in 2012 as UMBC rallied from three fourth quarter one-goal deficits to prevail. Young has five goals and one helper, while Lewnes has four goals and two assists in two games against the Seawolves.
Prior to the two game winning streak, UMBC had dropped three in a row to the Seawolves. UMBC is 6-3 all-time at SBU, including wins in three of the last four contests.