Stony Brook, N.Y.- The UMBC men’s lacrosse team dropped a 16-5 decision to host Stony Brook in the America East Conference opener for both teams.
The Retrievers fell to 2-5 overall, while the 15th-ranked Seawolves improved to 5-3.
Freshman Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while freshman attackmanRyan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) scored his first two collegiate goals. Sophomore midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) contributed a goal and a halper.
But Stony Brook’s triumvirate of senior standouts dominated the action. Attackman Jordan McBride, the nation’s leading active goal scorer, scored seven goals and the 2010 Emmers Award Winner, midfielder Kevin Crowley, had a pair of goals and four assists. Face-off specialist Adam Rand, fifth on the all-time NCAA charts for draws won, captured 15 of 18 and corralled 11 ground balls.
UMBC junior netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) recorded 13 saves as Stony Brook outshot the visitors, 44-18.
The Seawolves led, 6-0 after one quarter, 11-0 at halftime and 14-0 after 45 minutes. UMBC scored three times in the first 3:42 of the fourth quarter and added a pair of goals 1:31 apart midway through the final stanza.
UMBC has a pair of home games next week, entertaining local foe Towson on Wednesday evening (7:30 p.m.) and welcoming America East rival Binghamton at noon on Saturday.