BALTIMORE - The 2019 UMBC men's lacrosse team has selected seniors Jason Brewster (San Diego, Calif.), Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) and Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River) and junior Nick Griffin (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) as its team captains for the 2019 spring semester and campaign.
Brewster, a close defenseman, will serve as a captain for the third consecutive year, while Schimoler, a defensive midfielder, reprises his role of 2018. Nolan, an offensive midfielder, and Griffin, a linemate of Brewster on the back end, have earned the honor for the first time.
"The daily actions of these four elected captains accurately portray what we strive to have our program represent," head coach Ryan Moran said. "They each have a unique leadership style which complements one and other nicely. Our program is eager to watch them grow and lead this team."
Brewster is a two-time America East Second Team honoree and earned All-Academic and All-Tournament Team honors in 2017. The mathematics major has played in all 41 games that UMBC has competed in over three seasons and has amassed 63 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. Often assigned to the opponent's top attackman, Brewster was a key cog of the defense that finished the season ranked No. 1 in the country in goals allowed (7.77).
Nolan earned America East First Team honors last spring, after landing on the Second Team as a sophomore and landing an All-Rookie Team citation in 2016. He led UMBC in scoring last season with career bests in goals (20), assists (14) and total points (34). Nolan, a political science major, produced another brilliant season in America East play, notching 13 goals and 22 points in six league contests.
Schimoler converted to a defensive midfield role early in the 2018 campaign. He has seen action in all 27 games over the past two campaigns and came up with a career-best 10 ground balls in 2018. The economics major excels in the clearing aspect of the game and his shooting ability gives UMBC a dangerous transition threat.
Last spring, Griffin was tabbed to Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Men's and At-Large Third Team, becoming the first-ever UMBC men's lacrosse student-athlete to earn the nation's most-recognized academic honor. He started all 13 games in 2018 at close defense and finished second on team with 14 caused turnovers and tied for fifth with 19 ground balls.
Griffin has started all 26 games in two seasons at UMBC. The chemical engineering major earned America East First Team and All-Academic Team honors last May.
UMBC opens the 2019 regular season at Navy on February 15. The Retrievers were recently selected to finish fourth in the America East preseason poll by the league's seven head coaches.