Men's Lacrosse to Battle Vermont in Final Regular Season Home Game on Saturday Afternoon
Senior midfielder J.D. Harkey
Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles
Senior defender David Stock
The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (5-5, 2-1 America East) can clinch a spot in the America East Tournament with a victory over Vermont (6-7, 1-2) on Saturday, April 23 at UMBC Stadium. But the Catamounts are fighting for a playoff slot as well and the league contest is expected to be a fierce battle as UMBC honors seniors J.D. Harkey, Jamie Kimbles and David Stock before the 1:00 p.m. face-off. The game is available on Fox 1370 Sports Radio and www.umbcretrievers.tv.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
- UMBC has won three straight games and four of five after besting Albany, 13-9 on April 16. A win for the Retrievers over Vermont or a Binghamton loss vs. Hartford would clinch an eighth consecutive America East post-season berth.
- Twenty-seven of UMBC’s 35 student-athletes on this year’s roster are freshmen or sophomores.
- After posting four consecutive winning seasons, four NCAA Tournament berths (2006-09) and three America East titles (2006, 2008, 2009), the Retrievers fell to 4-9 in 2010. They have eclipsed that win total of a year ago.
- Sophomore A Scott Jones was named America East Player of the Week after his five-goal performance in the win over Albany. Jones has 12 goals and 14 points in his last six outings.
- Senior M Jamie Kimbles and sophomore M Dave Brownalso set career highs vs. the Danes. Kimbles had 4-2-6, while Brown had a goal and five helpers.
- Seniors Kimbles, J.D. Harkey and David Stock will be honored before the game.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
- Vermont was 5-0 at home this season before falling to Hartford, 12-8 on April 16. The Catamounts are 1-6 on the road after Tuesday’s 9-7 loss at Dartmouth.
- Against Hartford, the Catamounts erased most of an 8-1 deficit and closed the gap to 8-6 vs. the Hawks, but a subsequent 4-0 run the the visitors put the game out of reach. Midfielder Thomas Galvin led Vermont with three goals and one assist.
- Sophomore attackman Drew Philie leads the Catamounts with 28 goals and 38 points. Junior linemate Geoff Worley has 17 goals and 32 points, while sophomore A A.J. Masson has a team-high 19 helpers.
- Junior netminder David Barton has a 8.40 goals against average and a save percentage of 55.2.
- Vermont has outscored its foes, 39-28, in the first quarter this season.
- The Catamounts dropped an 8-7 overtime decision at Binghamton to open league play, but bounced back to defeat Albany, 11-6.
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 207-128 in his 25th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories.
Career Record: 207-128 (.618) (25th season)
at UMBC: 134-114 (.540) (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 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 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 332-273 (.549). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18 at Maryland. They are 216-208 (.509) 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 9th in the nation (and lead America East) in man-up percentage at 40.0 (12 of 30).
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 2.60 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 fifth in America East wtih 1.40 assists per game and ninth in the conference with 2.40 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 sophomore Adam 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 9.25 saves per game and has all five UMBC wins (5-3) in 2011.
HAT TRICKS: 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 and added five at Albany on April 16. UMBC’s has eight hat tricks on the campaign - others have come from Dave Brown (4g at Presbyterian, Binghamton) Rob Grimm (UNC), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian) and Jamie Kimbles (Albany).
Jones was named America East Player of the Week after recording five goals (including four fourth-quarter scores and the GWG) at Albany on April 16. It is the most goals for a Retriever since Matt Latham tallied six on April 17, 2010. Jones has points in nine of ten games this season and posted his first multi-assist game with two helpers in the April 6 win over Towson. He is tied for third in the league with seven goals (2.33) in three league games and has 12 goals and two assists in his last six outings.
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 scored a career-best four goals/six points vs. Albany and now has 50 career points (29-21-50).
WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Dave Brown posted a six -point game (1 goal, 5 assists) at Albany on April 16. The five assists in a game is tied for sixth in the nation this season and is UMBC’s most helpers in a game since Drew Westervelt had six vs. Vermont on April 21, 2007. He is tied for third in assists per outing (2.00) and fifth in points per game (3.33) in league games to date.
OTHER PLAYER BRIEFS: Neill Lewnes leads UMBC with 36 ground balls... 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... Sophomore LSM Ethan Murphy and freshman middie Brian Patton each scored their first collegiate goals at Albany on April 16... Sophmore midfielder Scott Hopmann missed two games with a leg injury, but returned and scored one goal vs. the Great Danes, giving him ten on the campaign... Sophmore attackman Joe Lustgarten has produced back-to-back two-assist games vs. Binghamton and Albany
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.
GOOD STANZA: In UMBC’s five wins, UMBC has outscored its foes, 18-8, in the fourth quarter. For the season, UMBC has won the fourth period, 33-21.
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. VERMONT
UMBC leads the series, 7-0
2004 A W 10-4
2005 H W 11-5
2006 A W 10-6
2007 H W 20-11
2008 A W 8-6
2009 H W 18-5
2010 A W 8-7 (ot)
Career Scoring vs. Vermont
3 gp 0-2-2
High: 0-2-2 (2009)
2 gp 2-2-4
High: 2-0-2 (2010) ; 0-2-2 (2009)
Notes: UMBC’s average margin of victory in home games is +9.3, while the average margin of victory in games in Burlington is +3.3... Maxx Davis scored an unassisted goal with 1:27 to play in the first overtime period to propel the Retrievers to an 8-7 victory over Vermont at Moulton-Winder Field last April... playoff berth... Davis led the Retrievers by posting his only career three-goal game.
Vermont freshman attackman Drew Philie led all scorers with four goals.
Neither team led by more than a goal. UMBC outshot Vermont, 37-15, but the Catamounts controlled the pace of play as they controlled 12 of 18 draws.