The UMBC men's lacrosse team (5-7, 1-4 America East) completes the 2015 slate on Saturday, April 25 when they take on No. 7 Albany (12-2, 5-0 AE) at UA's Bob Ford Field. The opening face-off is set for 3:00 p.m. and live stats and video will be available via UMBC Athletics' website at www.umbcretrievers.com.
UMBC was coming off a pair of heart-breaking one-goal losses and were eliminated from the America East Tournament for the first time in 12 league seasons. The Retrievers fell, 9-8, in overtime at Hartford on April 4, then saw a five-goal second half lead slip away in an 11-10 setback to Vermont a week later.
Lewnes (30g, 1a) has reached the 30-goal plateau for the second consecutive season, becoming just the sixth Retriever to accomplish that feat at the Division I level. He is now ninth in the nation with a 17-game goal-scoring streak. He leads the team in scoring, ahead of junior midfielder Pat Young (18g, 8a) and junior middie Jack Gannon (17g, 8a).
Lewnes now has four career five-goal games and nine games of scoring at least three. He reached the 75-goal mark in his career and is ranked 27th (tied) in the nation in goals scored per game (2.50) and is averaging 3.2 goals per outing in AE contests.
UMBC honored nine seniors in pregame ceremonies and all saw action in the game versus UML. Those seniors were attackman Conor Finch, midfielder Ty Kashur, defender Ian Gray, defender Mike Dahl, midfielder Tim Lang, LSDM Seth Mackin, face-off specialist Nathan Klein, midfielder Kevin McDonough and goalkeeper James Maxwell. Finch, Dahl, Lang and McDonough served as team captains for the 2015 squad.
Klein, a first-year face-off specialist, 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 versus the River Hawks. Finch recorded a pair of goals and a helper and Maxwell came in off the bench to stop all four shots he faced in the fourth period.
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.
ALSO NOTABLE: Lewnes now has 75 goals in his career, scored in 42 games… He has scored 45 goals in his last 17 contests, after scoring 30 in his first 26… Young has points 39 of 41 career contests… He is currently ranked 29th in the country amongst active career leaders with 2.02 goals scored per game.
Young became just the eighth UMBC Division I player to score 100 points by his junior season. The last to accomplish that feat was Drew Westervelt, who hit the plateau in 2006. He now has 83 goals and 25 assists (108 points, 28th in school history) in 40 career contests.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ruston Souder's 17-save effort versus Lafayette was the most stops in a game for a Retriever netminder since Jeremy Blevins saved 20 Denver attempts in a UMBC victory in March of 2008.
In its last five games, UMBC has controlled the majority of draws four times and played even with Vermont (12-12). After seven games, the Retrievers' face-off percentage stood at 31.9 percent, it is now over 13 percent higher (44.6 percent, 112 won, 139 lost).
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.
GREAT DANE BYTES: Seventh-ranked Albany (12-2, 5-0 AE) has won five straight and wrapped up the America East regular season title with a 15-11 win over Binghamton on April 11. UA is coming off a 23-7 victory at Siena on April 21. After allowing the first score, UAlbany (12-2) scored the next 18 goals over the next 36:12 against Siena (5-8), leading 17-1 at the half.
Albany leads the nation in scoring, averaging 17.1 goals scored per contest. Senior attackman Lyle Thompson, co-winner of the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, leads the nation in 53 assists and 88 points (35g, 53a).
SERIES NOTES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-9, but the Great Danes have taken the last four meetings. The teams have split six all-time meetings in Albany. Young scored three goals and added an assist, but UA won the last encounter, a 20-11 decision in the 2014 America East title game.