UMBC (4-5, 1-1 America East) has won three of its last four games and two in a row after they bested Towson and Binghamton at home in a four-day span last week. UMBC has won four of its last five meetings vs. TU and 11 straight vs. Binghamton.
Junior A Rob Grimm leads the team with 24 points (10g, 14a). He scored five points in a game for the third time this season with three goals and two assists in the win over Towson. Sophomore M Dave Brown scored on all three of his shots vs. Binghamton and sophomore attackman Scott Jones scored twice to recapture the team lead with 12 goals.
Freshman M Phil Poe won 21 of 37 draws last week, amassed 15 ground balls and scored his first collegiate goal in a key supporting role in UMBC’s victories. He was named America East Conference Rookie of the Week.
Albany struggled with two road games in short order last weekend - falling at No. 3 Johns Hopkins and at league rival Vermont by identical 11-6 scores on Friday in Baltimore and Sunday in Burlington.
The Great Danes have played six top-20 opponents this season, including three top-five teams, falling to Syracuse and Johns Hopkins and defeating U. Mass.
Senior attackman Brian Caufield became the 11th player in program history to reach the 150-point plateau. Caufield has exactly 150 points (65 goals, 85 points) and has moved to fourth on UA’s career assists chart. He is second in America East wtih 1.67 assists per game.
Junior attackman Joe Resetarits owns a 30-game, point-scoring streak and recorded his 14th career hat trick with three goals against Johns Hopkins. He leads the Great Danes and is fifth in America East with 23 goals.
Albany is 4-2 at home this season and 0-5 on the road.
The Great Danes have scored only five man-up goals on 38 attempts through 11 games.
WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 22-11 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a 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 now won 14 of its last 18. 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. From 2006-09, UMBC had posted a mark of 29-5 on the home stadium turf. The Retrievers have won three in a row at UMBC Stadium.
FOR OPENERS: Prior to the loss to the Blue Hens last season, 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 331-273 (.548). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18 at Maryland. They are 215-208 (.508) 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 hit on six of its first 14 man-up opportunities of the season, highlighted by a 3-for-3 effort at North Carolina on March 5. UMBC scored at least one man-up goal in its first four games this season and five in a row overall, but was blanked in three attempts at Maryland on March 18. The Retrievers are currently 18th in the nation (and lead America East) in man-up percentage at 37.0.
Year Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank
2009 .517 1st
2007 .464 5th
2006 .417 7th
2005 .444 2nd
2004 .379 10th
The Retrievers lead America East with only 2.17 penalty minutes per game.
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. 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. Phil Poe, who won 21 of 37 draws, collected 15 ground balls and scored his first collegiate goal vs. Towson, was named Rookie of the Week for games ending April 10.
Junior attackman Rob Grimm set a personal high with four assists at Presbyterian. He has tied his career high with five points on three occasions this season. Grimm has points in 34 of 38 games played in his career. His 11-game scoring streak was snapped on April 1 at Stony Brook - Grimm did not record a shot in that game. Entering play this week, he was third in America East wtih 1.56 assists per game (21st nationally) and sixth in the conference with 2.57 points per contest. He is UMBC’s active leading scorer with 36-42-78.
Grimm’s scoring streak started after he was blanked at Towson on April 7 of 2010. Ironically, his first career five-point game occurred vs. Towson (2g, 3a) on March 31, 2009 at UMBC Stadium and he equalled that with 3-2-5 vs. the Tigers on April 6, 2011.
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
April 6, 2011 3g, 2a vs. Towson
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. He posted his first multiple-point game with a goal and a helper vs. Quinnipiac on March 26 and has points in four consecutive games.
Freshman midfielder Zach Linkous scored his first collegiate goal (he had a pair) at North Carolina on March 5. Linkous posted a season high three points (1-2-3) to lead UMBC at Stony Brook. He posted his third multi-point game with a pair of goals vs. Binghamton on April 9.
Junior netminder Brian McCullough 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.
But McCullough suffered a thumb injury during the game vs. the Tar Heels and sophomoreAdam Cohen made his first start of he season on March 12 vs. Johns Hopkins. He came within one save of his career high, making 11 saves in the loss to the Blue Jays. McCullough returned the nets and was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game with 13 saves in the 9-7 win over Quinnipiac. He made eight saves and allowed only two goals in the final 30 minutes.
McCullough is third in America East with 9.29 saves per game and has all four UMBC wins (4-3) in 2011.
HAT TRICK: Sophomore Scott Jones posted his second career three-goal game by tallying UMBC’s first three of the contest at Maryland. He recorded four goals in the opener at Presbyterian. UMBC’s has six hat tricks on the campaign - others have come from Dave Brown (4g at Presbyterian, Binghamton) Rob Grimm (UNC), and Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian). Jones has points in eight of nine games this season and posted his first multi-assist game with two helpers in the April 6 win over Towson.
I’M YOUR CAPTAIN: Kimbles scored his first goal of the season and posted his first multiple-goal game with 1-1-2 vs. Quinnipiac on March 26. He posted a season-best two goals vs. Towson and now has 25 career goals (25-18-43).
OTHER PLAYER BRIEFS: Neill Lewnes leads UMBC with 32 ground balls, but has corralled just three in the last three contests... UMBC has been sparked by the efforts of freshman midfielder Phil Poe in the last three games... Poe has won 34 of 59 face-offs (57.6%) in that span and scored his first collegiate goal vs. Towson on April 6...Freshman A/M Ryan Johnston scored his first two collegiate goals on his first two shots in the fourth quarter at Stony Brook and added two goals in his first collegiate start vs. Towson on April 6... Junior defender Tim Shaeffer scored his first collegiate goal in the second quarter vs. Quinnipiac on March 26.
TOUGH STANZA: In its five losses, UMBC has been outscored, 25-4, in the second quarter. UMBC had scored 13 goals in the second quarter in its first eight games before exploding for six in a 6:50 span of the second stanza vs. Binghamton on April 9.
REMEMBER THIS ONE?: The Retrievers trailed QU, 5-4, after three quarters - UMBC’s last win when trailing after three quarters occurred in the 2008 America East title game vs. Albany when the Retrievers were behind 12-9 after 45 minutes.
UMBC VS. ALBANY
UMBC leads the series, 8-4
2004 H W 10-9
H# L 8-9 (OT)
2005 A W 9-8
2006 H W 10-9
H# W 19-10
2007 A L 9-13
A# L 14-15
2008 H W 14-10
H# W 14-13
2009 A W 15-7
2010 H W 12-7
H# L 7-11
# America East Tournament
Career Scoring vs. Albany
5 gp 3-0-3
High: 1-1-2 (201)
3 gp 5-4-9
High: 1-3-4; 3-1-4 (2010)
Notes: J.D. Harkey scored his first career goal vs. Albany on April 17, 2010... Adam Cohenwent 1-1 vs. the Great Danes in the goal last season, allowing 18 goals and making 13 saves... The Retrievers are 6-1 vs. UAlbany in the regular season, but 2-3 in America East Tournament play... The teams have split four matches in Albany.