The UMBC men's lacrosse team (1-4) starts a three-game road swing on Saturday, March 11, when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on the Marist Red Foxes (4-1). The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field.
Live video (a premium service) and live 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
The UMBC men's lacrosse team went toe-to-toe with No. 14 Towson, but could not overcome an early three-goal deficit and fell to the Tigers, 8-6, before nearly 700 fans at chilly and blustery in the Retrievers' home opener at UMBC Stadium on March 4.
The UMBC defense turned in a solid effort, holding Towson below their season average of 10.3 goals per game. Junior long-stick defensive midfielder Billy O'Hara tied game-high honors with six ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers.
Maxwell leads UMBC with eight goals and nine 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 75. Sophomore attackman Jack Andrews has four goals and five helpers. Senior netminder Ruston Souder has played all 300 minutes to date, making 47 saves and allowing 54 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 43 of 91 draws (47.3 percent) in his first five games. As of March 8, O'Hara is eighth in the nation with 2.0 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 Red Foxes
Marist is off to an outstanding 4-1 start, with its lone loss occurring at No. 19 Princeton, 10-6, on Feb. 21. Including in the Red Foxes' four victories are triumphs at then-No. 14 Air Force, 10-4, and at UMBC America East rival Binghamton, 11-8.
Corrigan and the Marist defense have held five foes to 7.4 goals per game. The junior netminder is averaging 12.0 saves per game and maintains a 61.9 save percentage, both ranked eighth in the nation. Marist leads the nation in man-down defense, successfully killing off 17 of 18 penalties.
Senior attackman J.D. Recor and junior linemate Gannon Morrison spearhead the Marist offense. Recor is ranked fifth in the nation with 5.6 points per game (12 goals, 16 assists) and just surpassed the 200-point plateau in his career. Morrison is the club's top goal scorer with 15, including four on man-up opportunities. Marist averages 10.0 goals scored per game and has scored on 7-of-10 man-up chances.
The Series/Last Year's Match-Up
UMBC has won all four meetings between the two schools, but the 2016 contest was the first played since 1992. The Retrievers' lone previous visit to Marist occurred in 1990 and was the first of three consecutive contests played from 1990-92.
A year ago, UMBC rallied from a five-goal halftime deficit and prevailed, 9-8, over visiting Marist just six seconds into overtime on junior defenseman Garrett Hasken's first collegiate goal. The Retrievers allowed six consecutive goals and fell behind, 7-2, after 30 minutes. But the hosts outscored the Red Foxes, 4-0, in the third quarter and knotted the game up at 7-7 and 8-8 late in the fourth quarter.
Hasken, a starter on close defense, was one of four Retrievers to take draws in the game and won four of six in regulation. In the extra period, he uncharacteristically popped the draw forward and raced into the offensive zone. No Marist defender slid to him and Hasken beat goalkeeper Brian Corrigan with a seven-yard shot to the keeper's stick side and just under the crossbar.
Souder, who entered the game in the second half, made five saves and allowed just one goal in his first action of the season.
UMBC opens America East play on Saturday, March 18, when they travel to Stony Brook. The Seawolves are currently 4-0 and ranked No. 14 in the USILA/Nike poll. The opening face-off takes place at 1:00 p.m. at La Valle Stadium.