The UMBC men's lacrosse team welcomes 12th-ranked Stony Brook to UMBC Stadium for an America East Conference match-up on Saturday, March 26. The opening face-off between the Retrievers (1-4, 0-1 AE) and Seawolves (5-2, 0-1 AE) is slated for noon.
Both squads are looking to bounce back from identical 16-10 road losses in their league openers last Saturday.
The contest will be broadcast on Q1370AM/www.q1370.com and streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv, a part of the America East digital network. The live video and live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's lacrosse program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MLacrosse). Access is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
Host Binghamton broke up a tight game with a 4-0 third quarter run and defeated UMBC, 16-10, in the America East Conference opener for both team in chilly conditions at Bearcat Sports Complex. The Retrievers scored in double figures for the first time in 2016, but also allowed the most goals in a game this spring.
The game marked the return of UMBC senior attackman Nate Lewnes, who had missed the previous three contests due to illness. Lewnes led the Retrievers with two goals (78 career) and two assists (22) in the game and became the 33rd player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau.
Junior Max Maxwell scored three goals, recording UMBC's first "hat trick" of the campaign as the Retrievers hit double digits in goals for the first time in 2016. Sophomore midfielder Max Haldeman scored his first two goals of the campaign for the visitors.
Maxwell leads a balanced attack with 12 points (7g, 5a), while senior middie Jack Gannon leads the club with seven helpers and has amassed 39 goals and 39 assists (78 points) in 42 career outings.
Binghamton won 21 (of 30) draws in the contest, the first time a Retriever opponent has won 20 or more face-offs in a contest since the 2014 campaign, when High Point controlled 20 in a 17-15 victory on March 15. UMBC has now dropped six consecutive road contests dating back to last season.
Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 23rd season at UMBC and his 30th as a collegiate head coach. Amongst Division I head coaches, the Retriever mentor stood eighth with 233 victories and is 17th in winning percentage at .591 entering the 2016 campaign. In the all-time coaching annuals of Division I lacrosse, Zimmerman is 26th in total victories.
The overtime victory over Marist pushed UMBC's OT record to 18-7 under Coach Zim (1994).
Zimmerman piloted the Retrievers to four consecutive NCAA Division I tournament appearances from 2006-09, a feat accomplished for the first time in the school's Division I lacrosse history. In 2009, the Retrievers posted a 12-4 record and won their third America East title in four years. The previous season, UMBC set a new school record with 11 straight wins before a tough 10-9 loss at second-seeded Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Championships. UMBC climbed to a school-record ranking of No. 5 by the USILA in mid-April and was ranked No. 6 in the final poll.
Zimmerman was named America East Conference Coach of the Year by his colleagues in both 2008 and 2009. The Retriever mentor was the 2008 Coach of the Year in LaxPower men's lacrosse Fan Awards. He led UMBC to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 and will coach his 400th collegiate contest today versus the Seawolves.
Career Record: 234-165 (30th season)
at UMBC: 161-150 (23rd season)
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES
Stony Brook raced out to a 5-1 start before a conference-opening 16-10 setback at Albany on Saturday. The 12th-ranked Seawolves were coming off of convincing 13-5 triumph over then-No. 12 Hofstra in a battle for Long Island supremacy three days prior.
Stony Brook rallied from a four-goal deficit in the second quarter and took an 8-6 third quarter lead, but No. 11 Albany outscored the Seawolves, 5-1, in the fourth quarter to win,16-10, Saturday at John Fallon Field. Senior Matt Schultz led SBU with three goals. Junior Alex Corpolongo added two goals and senior Challen Rogers finished with three assists.
The aforementioned trio has all surpassed the 20-point plateau at the midpoint of the campaign. Schultz leads the Seawolves with 30 points (19g, 11a), Corpolongo adds a team-best 20 goals, while Rogers is the team leader with 17 helpers. SBU averages 13.1 goals per game Goalkeepers Brandon Maciejewski and Zach Oliveri have split time in the nets and the entire corps has a 58.0 save percentage.
The Seawolves have excelled on special teams, connecting on 53.1 percent on man-up and denying 22 of 27 opponent extra-man chances.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING/ALL-TIME SERIES
The UMBC defense held explosive Stony Brook to only six goals in the first three quarters, but the host Seawolves broke open a tight game in the final minutes, defeating the Retrievers, 12-6, at Kenneth P. La Valle Stadium last March. Lewnes posted his second hat trick of the season and led the Retrievers with three goals, while Gannon contributed a goal and two assists.
Goalkeeper Ruston Souder made his first collegiate start and played admirably, making nine saves in going the distance.
UMBC leads the series, 13-8, and had won the 2014 and 2013 contests by scores of 13-12 and 12-11 respectively. The Retrievers hold a narrow 5-4 advantage in games played at UMBC Stadium.
UMBC welcomes eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins to UMBC Stadium on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 13, but was postponed due to frigid temperatures in the region that weekend.