Seniors, Lewnes Lead Men's Lacrosse to 13-7 Victory Over UML

Seniors, Lewnes Lead Men's Lacrosse to 13-7 Victory Over UML

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BALTIMORE – UMBC junior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) scored five goals and sophomore goalkeeper Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chespeake) scored on a 90-yard heave to end the third quarter as the host Retrievers defeated U Mass Lowell, 13-7, on "Senior Day" at UMBC Stadium.

UMBC snapped a two-game slide and improved to 5-7 overall and 1-4 America East play, while first-year UML fell to 1-11, 0-6.

Nine Retriever seniors were honored before the game, and all saw action, including first-year face-off specialist Nathan Klein (Coquitlam, B.C). Klein, who played two seasons as a long-stick defensive midfielder before missing 2013 and 2014 due to injury, controlled 15 of 20 draws and garnered a team season high nine ground balls.

The visiting River Hawks took a 2-1 lead midway through the first quarter before UMBC took the lead for good with three scores in the final 3:36 of the stanza. Sophomore attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) scored on a sharp angle shot with less than one second to play in the quarter to put the hosts ahead, 4-2.

UML got one back to open the second quarter, but the Retrievers ended the half on a 3-0 run and extended the surge to 5-0 to take a 9-3 advantage by the 6:23 mark of the third. Lewnes scored four of his five goals in that run and extended his goal-scoring streak to 17 straight games. He was ranked ninth in the nation at 16 straight entering play.

The two sides would exchange two scores apiece before the bizarre ending to the third quarter. Souder picked up a wide shot off the back of the netting and with his back foot in the crease, heaved the ball the length of the field. Senior midfielder Kevin McDonough (Oakdale, N.Y.) screened off a UML defender and Souder's high arching attempt deflected off the stick of that defender and over the head of unsuspecting netminder Chris Litchfield and into the net.

It was the second time in four seasons that a UMBC goalkeeper has scored. Adam Cohen scored  the game's final goal on a ten-man ride in a 11-7 win at Rutgers in March of 2012.

UMBC led, 12-5, after 45 minutes and Lewnes added his fifth goal at the 9:34 mark of the fourth quarter to finalize the Retrievers' scoring.

Maxwell matched Lewnes in points with a season-best two-goal, three-assist performance. Senior Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys Latin) added two goals and a helper and junior midfielder Mark Monroe (Williamsburg, Va.) posted his first career two-goal effort.

Junior Kyle Strong led UML with three goals.

UMBC outshot UML, 40-30 and Souder made 12 saves in 55:20. Senior James Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) saw his first action of the season and stopped all four River Hawk shots on net in the final 4:40.

UMBC's other seniors were prime contributors as well. McDonough, running mate Tim Lang (Holbrook, N.Y.) and defender Ian Gray (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each contributed an assist and long-stick defensive midfielder Seth Mackin (Davidsonville, Md./South River) gobbled up five ground balls. Defender Mike Dahl (Joppatowne, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) and midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va.) were in the starting ten once again for the Retrievers.

Lewnes reached the 30-goal plateau for the second consecutive year, has scored ten goals in his last two games and 45 goals in his last 16 games.

UMBC completes the 2015 season at No. 9 Albany on April 25. 

 

UMBC snapped a two-game slide and improved to 5-7 overall and 1-4 America East play, while first-year UML fell to 1-11, 0-6.

Nine Retriever seniors were honored before the game, and all saw action, including first-year face-off specialist Nathan Klein (Coquitlam, B.C). Klein, who played two seasons as a long-stick defensive midfielder before missing 2013 and 2014 due to injury, controlled 15 of 20 draws and garnered a team season high nine ground balls.

The visiting River Hawks took a 2-1 lead midway through the first quarter before UMBC took the lead for good with three scores in the final 3:36 of the stanza. Sophomore attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) scored on a sharp angle shot with less than one second to play in the quarter to put the hosts ahead, 4-2.

UML got one back to open the second quarter, but the Retrievers ended the half on a 3-0 run and extended the surge to 5-0 to take a 9-3 advantage by the 6:23 mark of the third. Lewnes scored four of his five goals in that run and extended his goal-scoring streak to 17 straight games. He was ranked ninth in the nation at 16 straight entering play.

The two sides would exchange two scores apiece before the bizarre ending to the third quarter. Souder picked up a wide shot off the back of the netting and with his back foot in the crease, heaved the ball the length of the field. Senior midfielder Kevin McDonough (Oakdale, N.Y.) screened off a UML defender and Souder's high arching attempt deflected off the stick of that defender and over the head of unsuspecting netminder Chris Litchfield and into the net.

It was the second time in four seasons that a UMBC goalkeeper has scored. Adam Cohen scored  the game's final goal on a ten-man ride in a 11-7 win at Rutgers in March of 2012.

UMBC led, 12-5, after 45 minutes and Lewnes added his fifth goal at the 9:34 mark of the fourth quarter to finalize the Retrievers' scoring.

Maxwell matched Lewnes in points with a season-best two-goal, three-assist performance. Senior Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys Latin) added two goals and a helper and junior midfielder Mark Monroe (Williamsburg, Va.) posted his first career two-goal effort.

Junior Kyle Strong led UML with three goals.

UMBC outshot UML, 40-30 and Souder made 12 saves in 55:20. Senior James Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) saw his first action of the season and stopped all four River Hawk shots on net in the final 4:40.

UMBC's other seniors were prime contributors as well. McDonough, running mate Tim Lang (Holbrook, N.Y.) and defender Ian Gray (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each contributed an assist and long-stick defensive midfielder Seth Mackin (Davidsonville, Md./South River) gobbled up five ground balls. Defender Mike Dahl (Joppatowne, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) and midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va.) were in the starting ten once again for the Retrievers.

Lewnes reached the 30-goal plateau for the second consecutive year, has scored ten goals in his last two games and 45 goals in his last 16 games.

UMBC completes the 2015 season at No. 9 Albany on April 25.