UMBC (4-6, 2-1 America East) will play its first home conference game under the lights at UMBC Stadium since 2014 on Saturday, April 15, when the Retrievers welcome the Binghamton Bearcats (9-1, 3-0 AE) to Baltimore. The opening face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
UMBC's last game under the lights at home occurred on March 28, 2014, when the Retrievers defeated Stony Brook, 12-11, in overtime. Four members of the Retrievers' current senior class – Connor Gordon, Max Maxwell, Dylan McDermott and Grant Searfoss – saw action in the game. Maxwell scored a pair of goals and added an assist, while Gordon was the goalie of record in the contest.
The game will be streamed live on www.americaeast.tv. 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
Ruston Souder made 13 saves and the Retriever defense held the nation's highest-scoring team to seven goals below its average, but the seventh-ranked Great Danes dominated time of possession and defeated UMBC, 10-5, at blustery John Fallon Stadium on Saturday.
The Great Danes entered the game averaging 17.1 goals per outing, but UMBC's stingy, hustling zone defense forced seven of UA's 18 turnovers and Souder fell just one shy of his season-high in saves.
Max Maxwell, the lone Retriever to score in all ten games, leads UMBC with 15 goals and 17 assists through ten games. He is fourth in America East and 33rd nationally with 1.7 assists per game and seventh in the league with 3.2 points per outing. Maxwell has moved into 16th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 138 points (55 goals, 83 assists).
Souder has stopped 58.5 percent of shots against in UMBC's last seven games (4-3). He is 23rd in the nation in goals against average at 9.30.
Three Retrievers have earned America East weekly awards in 2017. Freshman face-off specialist Jake Brothers earned Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13, midfielder Billy Nolan captured the Player of the Week award on March 20, and Souder was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on April 3.
As of April 11, LSDM Billy O'Hara is 23rd in the nation and second in America East with 1.6 caused turnovers per game.
The Retrievers have risen in the ranks to No. 22 in the nation and second in America East in defense, allowing 9.3 goals per game.
Scouting the Bearcats
No. 20 Binghamton enters today's game in the midst of an eight-game winning streak. They hold a 9-1 overall record and a 3-0 conference record with their only loss coming from an 11-8 loss to Marist early in the season.
The Bearcats most recently defeated Hartford, 10-9, in America East play last Saturday. Binghamton ended the first quarter down, 4-1, but goals from six different Bearcats ensured the win. Junior Stephen Petrelli led Binghamton with three goals while Thomas McAndrew and Griffin Konen each added two goals and one assist. Goalie Tanner Cosens recorded 11 saves. Binghamton dominated face-offs, winning 13-of-23.
Redshirt-senior Tom Moore leads the offense this season with 30 goals and 24 assists. He is eighth in the nation with 2.4 assists per game. Junior Austin Macchi has also stepped up to win 84 faceoffs and 34 ground balls. Cosens has recorded 89 saves with a .543 save percentage and 7.56 goals against average. He leads America East and is ranked seventh nationally in goals against average.
Binghamton is in the top ten nationally in six categories, including a No. 2 ranking in clearing percentage (92.6), a mark of No. 6 in scoring defense (7.6) and a No. 8 mark in shot percentage (34.3).
This will be the nineteenth meeting between the Retrievers and Bearcats, with UMBC currently leading the series, 13-5. Binghamton won the 2016 contest, 16-10, notching their second consecutive win against UMBC.
Max Maxwell scored three goals, recording UMBC's first hat trick of the campaign. This was also the first time that the Retrievers hit double digits in goals in 2016. The Bearcats dominated the game by winning 21 of 30 draws and outshooting the Retrievers, 36-28.
UMBC has won eight of nine meetings versus Binghamton in Baltimore with the lone loss occurring two seasons ago, a 13-4 setback
UMBC takes to the road to face America East rival Hartford on Saturday, April 22. Face-off time at Al-Marzook Stadium is slated for noon.