Game Notes: Men's Lacrosse Sets to Face Johns Hopkins in Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
- After winning its opener at Presbyterian (16-10), UMBC has dropped two straight, falling to Rutgers, 12-5, and No. 13 North Carolina, 13-9 on March 5. The Retrievers cut a 9-2 UNC third-quarter advantage to 11-8 with over seven minutes remaining, but could not complete the rally.
-Twenty-seven of UMBC’s 35 student-athletes on this year’s roster are freshmen or sophomores. Senior midfielders J.D. Harkey and Jamie Kimbles will serve as captains of the 2011 Retrievers.
-After posting four consecutive winning seasons, four NCAA Tournament berths and three America East title, the Retrievers fell to 4-9 in 2010 and dropped a decision to Albany in the semifinals of the America East Tournament. Junior A Rob Grimm is the Retrievers’ leading returning scorer with 16 goals and 27 points last season.
- Grimm tied his career-best effort with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) vs. the Tar Heels. Junior goalkeeper Brian McCullough set a new mark with 14 saves in the game. The Retrievers converted on all three man-up opportunities during their 6-2 scoring run.
SCOUTING THE BLUE JAYS
- Last Saturday, visiting Princeton scored on its first shot of the game, 58 seconds into the first quarter, and never looked back in an 8-3 victory over Johns Hopkins before a crowd of 3,936. The Blue Jays rebounded with a 10-3 win vs. Manhattan on Wednesday night at Homewood.
- Senior attackman Kyle Wharton scored a pair of goals vs. Princeton and classmate Chris Boland had a goal and a helper. Eight different Jays hit the nets vs. the Jaspers. Sophomore attackman Zach Palmer leads JHU with 17 points on nine goals and eight assists, while Boland (8g, 7a) and Wharton (9g, 4a) follow close behind.
- Johns Hopkins opened its campaign with a 10-6 win at Towson and followed up with dominating victories at Delaware (18-5) amd at home vs. Siena (16-6).
- The Blue Jays have outscored their opponents, 35-14, in the second half this season, including 21-6 in the third quarter.
- Johns Hopkins finished the 2010 season with a 7-8 record, but earned their 39th consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years. Amongst active coaches, Zimmerman entered the 2011 season 10th in victories (202) and 13th in winning percentage (62.2%). The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 203-125 in his 25th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories.
Career Record: 203-125 (.619) (25th season)
at UMBC: 130-111 (.539) (18th season)
AMERICA EAST PRESEASON POLL: Coming off its best season in program history, Stony Brook University is the unanimous preseason pick of the America East men’s lacrosse coaches to win its second straight conference crown in 2011. The Seawolves, who rank in the top-10 nationally in a pair of preseason polls, received all five possible first-place votes and 25 points. University at Albany, last season’s runner-up, was tabbed second and collected 20 points. University of Hartford followed in third with 16 points and received the remaining first-place tally. UMBC was chosen fourth with 13 points, while University of Vermont followed in fifth with 11 points and Binghamton University rounded out the six-team poll with five points.
The top four teams in the conference standings will qualify for the 2011 America East Championship. The tournament semifinals will take place Wednesday, May 4 at the higher seeds and a champion will be crowned on Saturday, May 7 at the highest remaining seed. The conference champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, where an America East team has advanced to the quarterfinals three times since 2007.
TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior midfielders J. D. Harkey and Jamie Kimbles as its captains for the 2010-11 academic year.
WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is 19-11 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions in the last three seasons, until dropping the Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season. In one-goal decisions, UMBC has won 13 of its last 17. UMBC is now 15-5 in Don Zimmerman’s 17 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach
Zimmerman is 17-7 in extra time.
HOME, SWEET HOME: After 14 consecutive winning seasons at UMBC Stadium, the Retrievers were 1-6 at home in 2010 and have now dropped seven of eight at the stadium. Since 2006, UMBC had posted a mark of 29-5 on the home stadium turf.
FOR OPENERS: Prior to the loss to the Blue Hens last sesaon, UMBC had won its last seven home openers since an 11-4 loss to Navy in 2002. After the setback to Rutgers last week, Coach Zimmerman is now 11-7 in UMBC home openers.
THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBC’s 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the school’s history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.
Programs With Most Victories, 2006-09
1. Virginia 58
2. Duke 56
3. Cornell 50
4. Syracuse 47
5. UMBC 45
DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 44thd season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 328-270 (.548). The Retrievers are slated to play their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18 at Maryland. They are 212-204 (.510) in their 30th year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.
POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UMBC has been nationally ranked in man-up percentage in four of the past five years. In 2009, the Retrievers led the country in man-up situations and set a school record by converting on 51.7% (30 of 57) of its opportunities.
Early in the campaign, UMBC is 12th in the country in man-up percentage (5 of 11, 45.5%), after hitting on all three attempts at North Carolina on March 5 .
Year Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank
2009 .517 1st
2007 .464 5th
2006 .417 7th
2005 .444 2nd
2004 .379 10th
BLANKED: In its two losses, UMBC has not scored in teh second quarter and has allowed seven goals in that frame.
HONORED: Dave Brown and Matt Gregoire received America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for games ending Feb. 20. Brown, a sophomore midfielder, had a career day tallying four goals and three assists in the Retrievers’ 16-10 win over Presbyterian. The seven-point game for Brown is still tied for the 10th-most productive game in Division I to date. He had just one assist in 11 games all last season. Gregoire tallied three points in his collegiate debut. The redshirt freshman attack scored twice and added an assist in the Retrievers’ win at Presbyterian. His third quarter score was the game-winner.
Junior attackman Rob Grimm set a personal high with four assists at Presbyterian. He tied his career high with five points and that game and re-tied it with five points at UNC on March 5. Grimm has points in 29 of 32 games played in his career. Dating back to last year, he has scored in eight consecutive games and has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in his last four outings. Grimm has three goals and one assist in the two previous contests vs. the Blue Jays.
Grimm’s Five-Point Games
March 31, 2009 2g, 3a vs. Towson
Feb. 19, 2011 1g, 4a at Presbyterian
March 5, 2011 3g, 2a at North Carolina
In addition to Brown and Gregoire, sophomore Neill Lewnes and freshman Greg Korvin both scored their first collegiate goals at Presbyterian. Lewnes added team highs with 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers. Zach Linkous scored his first collegiate goal (he had a pair) at North Carolina on March 5.
Junior netminder Brian McCullough, who made his first collegiate start at Johns Hopkins last season, recorded a career-high 14 saves vs. the Tar Heels on March 5. McCullough’s previous high was the eight stops he was credited with in the 16-10 setback at Homewood Field last season. Four of his five career starts have been away from UMBC Stadium.
Senior face-off specialist J.D. Harkey won a career-best 13 draws (of 26) at Johns Hopkins last season.
EARLY NATIONAL LEADERS: Grimm is tied for eighth in the nation with 2.0 assists per game and 19th in points per outing (3.67). Lewnes is 17th in ground balls per game (6.0).