BALTIMORE - The 2017-18 UMBC men's lacrosse team has selected seniors Billy O'Hara (Davidsonville, Md./South River) and John Tornabene (Havre de Grace, Md./Archbishop Curley) and juniors Jason Brewster (San Diego, Calif./Valley Center) and Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River) as its team captains for the academic year.
Brewster will serve in the capacity as captain for the second consecutive year.
O'Hara, a long-stick defensive midfielder, led UMBC in ground balls for the second consecutive season in 2017. He posted 51 and reached the 100 mark in his tenure. The four-year letterwinner also recorded 18 caused turnovers to lead the Retrievers. O'Hara finished fourth in America East and 58th nationally in ground balls per game (3.64) and third/45th in caused turnovers (1.29) per contest.
O'Hara played his best lacrosse against top competition, scooping up a career-high seven ground balls at defending national champion UNC in the season opener and gathering six in a narrow loss to eventual national semi-finalist Towson on March 4. He has two goals, one assist and 37 caused turnovers in 39 career contests.
Last season, Tornabene competed in all 14 games and started all but one at close defense. He has now seen action in 40 of 41 games during his tenure at UMBC.
Tornabene recorded career bests in ground balls (24, tied fourth on team) and caused turnovers (15, third) as a junior. He has started half of his 40 games played and has amassed two goals, one assist, 27 caused turnovers and 47 ground balls. A former short-stick defensive midfielder, Tornabene has been tabbed to the America East Winter/Spring Honor Roll in all three previous years.
Brewster capped a brilliant 2017 season by being selected to the America East Second Team, and its All-Academic Team and All-Tournament Teams. He moved full-time to close defense and started all 14 contests, finishing second on the squad with 16 caused turnovers and tied for fourth with 24 ground balls.
The California native placed sixth in America East and 64th nationally in caused miscues (1.14) per game. He has competed in all 28 games during his tenure and has netted a pair of goals and amassed 44 ground balls and 19 caused miscues.
Schimoler developed into a consistent, first-unit midfielder in the second half of the 2017 campaign. He competed in all 14 games and started seven of the final nine. A former high school teammate of O'Hara, he recorded five goals and eight total points.
Schimoler, who only played four games due to injury in 2016, produced his first multiple-point effort with a goal and a helper at Albany in early April. He has been named to the America East Conference Winter-Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll in both of his previous campaigns in the black and gold.
"These four individuals have consistently displayed the characteristics that embody our blueprint," said head coach Ryan Moran. "I have great confidence that they will embrace and thrive under the new leadership positions they have obtained."