The UMBC men's lacrosse team (1-3) plays its lone home game in the month of March on Saturday, March 4 when the Retrievers host the 14th–ranked Towson Tigers. The opening face-off is slated for noon at UMBC Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on www.umbcretrievers.tv with Gary Stein on the call.
Live video and stats' links will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's lacrosse program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MLax). Access is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC senior captains Max Maxwell and Ruston Souder led the offense and defense respectively as the Retrievers captured career victory No. 1 for head coach Ryan Moran with a sound 15-4 victory in the 2017 home debut over Mercer on February 25.
Maxwell scored a pair of goals, but dished out a career-best six assists to pace the offense, while Souder made 14 saves in the cage against a team that had scored a total of 22 goals in two previous contests.
UMBC's previous high in goals on the season was six, scored in a 17-6 setback at No. 1 North Carolina in the opener. The four goals allowed was the fewest by a Retriever team since a 4-2 win at Monmouth early in the 2015 campaign.
Eleven different Retrievers hit the nets, led by sophomore attackman Jack Andrews, who notched his third career three-goal game. Freshman attackman Ryan Frawley also had a pair of goals for the hosts.
Maxwell leads UMBC with seven goals and eight assists through four games. Maxwell, who recorded a career high eight-point game vs. Mercer, moved into ninth place on UMBC's all-time assist list with 74. Andrews has four goals and four helpers. Souder has played all 240 minutes to date, making 41 saves and allowing 46 goals.
Freshman Jake Brothers was selected as America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, for games through February 11. He has won 36 of 75 draws in his first four games. As of March 1, both LSDM Billy O'Hara and defender Jason Brewster were tied for tenth in the nation with 2.5 caused turnovers per game.
In June of 2016, Ryan Moran (Maryland, '03) was named UMBC's third head men's lacrosse coach since the program entered the USILA in 1971. UMBC's new mentor honed his skills on staffs at Navy, Maryland, and, for the past two seasons at Loyola Maryland. The Greyhounds earned a trip to the national semifinals a year ago and Moran's offense produced over 12 goals per game over the final 10 games of the season.
The team selected seniors Max Maxwell and Ruston Souder and sophomore Jason Brewster as its 2017 team captains. Maxwell, a three-year starter on the attack unit, ranked tenth nationally and second in America East in assists per contest with 2.14 last spring. Maxwell became the 11th Retriever to post 30 assists in a single season and has now amassed 121 career points.
For the fifth-straight season, the Albany Great Danes are the favorites in America East men's lacrosse according to the conference's 2017 preseason coaches' poll. UMBC was picked in the fifth position in the seven-team conference.
UMBC opened the 2017 slate by taking on the 2016 national champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC was ranked No. 1 in the USILA pre-season poll. No. 8 Johns Hopkins, Towson (No. 12) and Albany (No. 13) are other ranked teams in the pre-season on the schedule, while Richmond, Stony Brook and Vermont also received votes in the pre-season poll.
Scouting the Tigers
No. 14 Towson opened with a pair of road wins, defeating Mount St. Mary's, 13-5, and Georgetown, 11-10, before dropping the home debut, 11-7 versus No. 12 Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
The trio of attackmen Ryan Drenner (6g, 6a), Joe Seidel (5g, 4a) and midfielder Jon Mazza (7g) has been lethal through the first three contests, combining for 18 goals and 10 helpers.
Drenner and senior midfielder Mike Lynch scored two each for the Tigers, while face-off specialist Alex Woodall won 13-of-22 draws. Woodall has captured 45-of-62 face-offs on the campaign as the Tigers win draws at a rate of 72.3 percent.
The Series/Last Year's Match-Up
Towson has won five consecutive games in the series and leads, 32-15 in all-time contests. Since 1970, the teams have met each year, except for 1986, and they faced off twice in 1979. The Retrievers had won four of five prior to the latest Tiger surge.
Last March 5, the 11th-ranked Towson Tigers built an insurmountable lead, and despite a good second half response by UMBC, the Retrievers fell, 14-6, at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Maxwell scored a pair of goals and Ryan Baker tallied the first two of his collegiate career.
The game versus Towson is UMBC's lone contest at home in the month of March. The Retrievers embark on a three-game road swing, starting with a contest at Marist on Saturday, March 11, UMBC opens America East play the following Saturday, March 18, when they travel to Stony Brook.