UMBC opens its 13th America East Conference season on Saturday, March 19, when they travel to Vestal, N.Y., to take on the Binghamton Bearcats. Face-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on www.americaeast.tv.
The live video and live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's lacrosse program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MLacrosse). Access is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
UMBC rallied from a five-goal halftime deficit and prevailed, 9-8, over visiting Marist just six seconds into overtime on junior defenseman Garrett Hasken's first collegiate goal to snap a season-opening three-game slide.
The five-goal comeback is the largest deficit UMBC has erased and triumphed in since a 17-16 victory over Albany on April 21, 2012. The overtime contests was just UMBC's third in the past three seasons.
The contest featured a plethora of standout performance for UMBC. In addition to Hasken's game-winning goal and career-best six ground balls, senior defender Zach Esser caused a career-high five turnovers, collected four ground balls and led the UMBC defense as they permitted only one goal after halftime. Junior goalkeeper Ruston Souder, who entered the game in the second half, made five saves and allowed just one goal in his first action of the season.
Gannon leads a balanced attack with 10 points (4g, 6a) and has amassed 39 goals and 38 assists (77 points) in 41 career outings. Four other Retrievers- Baker, junior attackman Max Maxwell, freshman middie Billy Nolan and senior attacker Drew Borsody - also have four scores.
Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 23rd season at UMBC and his 30th as a collegiate head coach. Amongst Division I head coaches, the Retriever mentor stood eighth with 233 victories and is 17th in winning percentage at .591 entering the 2015 campaign. In the all-time coaching annuals of Division I lacrosse, Zimmerman is 26th in total victories.
UMBC enters its 13th season of America East competition and is 8-4 in two previous lid-lifters. Overall, the Retrievers are 43-20 in AE regular season competition and had finished with winning league records in their first 11 campaigns until a 1-5 mark in 2015.
The overtime victory over Marist pushed UMBC's OT record to 18-7 under Head Coach Don Zimmerman (1994).
Zimmerman piloted the Retrievers to four consecutive NCAA Division I tournament appearances from 2006-09, a feat accomplished for the first time in the school's Division I lacrosse history. In 2009, the Retrievers posted a 12-4 record and won their third America East title in four years. The previous season, UMBC set a new school record with 11 straight wins before a tough 10-9 loss at second-seeded Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Championships. UMBC climbed to a school-record ranking of No. 5 by the USILA in mid-April and was ranked No. 6 in the final poll.
Zimmerman was named America East Conference Coach of the Year by his colleagues in both 2008 and 2009. The Retriever mentor was the 2008 Coach of the Year in LaxPower men's lacrosse Fan Awards, he achieved career win No. 200 in 2010 and is 10th among active coaches with 202 victories in 24 campaigns.
He led UMBC to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999.
Career Record: 234-164 (30th season)
at UMBC: 161-149 (23rd season)
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Binghamton (0-4) has lost a pair of heartbreakers the last two weeks, falling at Marist, 10-8, and dropping a 12-11 overtime decision to Delaware in the home opener last Saturday. The Blue Hens erased a 11-7 deficit in the fourth quarter and won 39 seconds into the extra frame. Bearcat senior middie Johnny Maher had his best game of the season, leading the hosts with three goals and two helpers.
Senior midfielder Zach Scaduto leads a balanced attack with seven goals and ten points. Junior Dan Mazurek, Binghamton's primary face-off specialist has won 30-of-62, while sophomore back-up Austin Macchi is 15-of-25 at the x. Junior netminder Tanner Cosens has played every minute in the Bearcat net and owns a 11.22 GAA and 48.3 save percentage.
UMBC is 13-4 in 17 previous meetings vs. Binghamton, but the Bearcats have won three of the last five contests. The two teams have split six meetings in Vestal, with Binghamton capturing the last two contests.
The visiting Bearcats held UMBC scoreless for over 28 minutes and defeated the Retrievers, 13-4, in the America East opening game for both teams in rainy conditions at UMBC Stadium in March of 2015. Max Maxwell was the lone multiple-point scorer for the hosts with a pair of assists.
UMBC returns home to face America East rival Stony Brook on Saturday, March 26, with a noon start time at UMBC Stadium.