A pair of teams with rich America East Conference histories will battle for at least a share of first place at the mid-point of the conference season when the UMBC Retrievers (2-0 America East, 4-5 overall) host the Stony Brook Seawolves (2-0, 3-7) on Sat., April 14 at UMBC Stadium. Both teams have made the postseason America East Tournament in each of their years in the conference. The opening face-off is set to take place at 7:05 p.m. Game coverage includes the live radio/web broadcast on News Radio 1370 (www.v1370.com) and live video streaming at www.umbcretrievers.tv.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
Junior midfielder Scott Hopmann led visiting UMBC with three goals and eight other players hit the nets as the Retrievers never trailed in an 11-8 America East Conference victory over Vermont on April 7. After scoring one point each in his first five appearances of the season, he has 11 goals and 3 helpers in his last three outings.
Junior attackman Scott Jones posted four goals and one assist in back-to-back games vs. Hartford and Towson, but was held off the board at Vermont. HIs scoring streak of 14 consecutive games came to an end.
Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten, who had two assists vs. Vermont, has eight helpers in his last three contests. He leads America East and is 15th nationally with 1.89 helpers per game.
Soph. face-off specialist Phil Poe has already won 110 draws in 2012, which is 18th on the Retrievers' all-time list. Poe had a career-best nine ground balls at Vermont.
Next Saturday's game vs. Albany will be televised live by Live Well Network, WMAR-TV's digital channel. The network can be accessed over the air at channel 2.2, on Comcast on channel 204, and on Verizon on channel 463. Steve Stofberg will be performing play-by-play duties.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES
After opening league play with a 13-5 win over Vermont, Stony Brook topped Binghamton, 13-5, to win its 16th straight America East regular season game- its last loss came against No. 8 UMBC, 14-8, on April 29, 2009 .
The Seawolves have scored double digit goals in four straight games after doing it once in the first six games.
The Seawolves' Sean Brady and Mike Rooney swept the league's weekly men's lacrosse awards. Brady picked up Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career
while Rooney earned Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this season.
Brady stopped 17 of the 21 shots he faced vs. Binghamton and lowered his season goals-against average to a
Rooney racked up six points in all (5 G, 1 A) and scored four straight goals during Stony Brook's 6-0 second-half run which extended SBU's lead from 7-3 to 13-3 and put the game away. Rooney, the Seawolves' leading scorer, ranks fourth among league leaders in goals (22) and is first nationally in goals scored amongst freshmen.
Stony Brook is 1-5 this season in games decided by 1-2 goals.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC leads the series with Stony Brook, 11-6. The Seawolves have won the last two meetings after the Retrievers captured five in a row from 2006-2009. UMBC's last win (11-7) occurred in the 2009 America East title game.