The UMBC men's lacrosse team faces a crucial America East contest when Hartford visits UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 9. The league series has featured many tightly-played contests over the past decade. The opening face-off is set for 12:05 p.m. and the pre-game show on Q1370AM (www.q1370.com) with Gary Stein begins at 11:55 a.m.
Live video and 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 (2-6, 0-2 America East) jumped out to a 4-0 first quarter lead and maintained at least a three-goal margin the rest of the way, as the Retrievers defeated host Lafayette, 13-8, at Fisher Stadium on Saturday.
Senior attackman Nate Lewnes continued his scoring spree since returning from illness four games ago. Lewnes led a balanced Retriever attack with five goals and one assist and has amassed 20 points in those four contests. Freshman attackman Jack Andrews and sophomore midfielder Max Haldeman also had career-best efforts. Andrews scored four goals, including three first-half tallies, while Haldeman amassed his first career four-point day, tallying two goals and adding two helpers.
Junior attackman Max Maxwell added three assists and now has 50 career helpers in 36 games. He is just the 18 th player in school history to amass 50 assists.
In his second start of the season, junior netminder Ruston Souder (2-1) continued his outstanding play, making 13 saves, while allowing only six goals in 56:35. Souder stopped 16 Hopkins' shots and is saving 11.9 per game in 206:41 of action.
Lewnes now has registered 12 career games with three or more goals and has scored 92 times in 48 career outings. His six-goal, seven-point effort, recorded versus Stony Brook on March 26, is one shy of his career best seven-goal, eight-point effort at Vermont in April of 2014.
Lewnes is tied for 16th place on UMBC's all-time goals list and tied for 21st with 116 career points. Despite having played only five games, he leads UMBC with 16 goals scored, while Maxwell is the club leader with 22 points (8g, 14a). Senior defender Zach Esser is 24th in the nation with 1.5 caused turnovers per game and his 68 CT's are second all-time to Mike Camardo, '10 (87).
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 2016 campaign. In the all-time coaching annuals of Division I lacrosse, Zimmerman is 26th in total victories.
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.
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: 235-167 (30th season)
at UMBC: 162-152 (23rd season)
Hartford (6-4, 2-1 AE) has won two straight and four out of its last five contests. The Hawks are a very impressive 4-1 on the road in 2016.
In their latest outing, UH won 25 of 30 draws and scored a season high 17 goals in a 17-9 home victory over Binghamton. Five Hawks netted multiple goals on the afternoon, led by junior Alec Brown who had a career day with five scores.
The Hawks are the top face-off squad in the nation at 72.4 percent, paced by sophomore specialist Dylan Protesto, who also leads the country at 72.8 percent. Freshman attackman Dylan Jinks leads a balanced offense with 41 points (19g, 22a). Hartford is hitting on better than 40 percent (13-of-32) of its extra-man chances.
UMBC has an 8-6 series advantage, including a mark of 5-1 at UMBC Stadium. The teams have split the last four meetings after UH played three of four at Al-Marzook Field and captured four straight.
Last April, UMBC's Mark Monroe scored the game-tying goal with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, but the host Hartford Hawks scored a fortuitous goal on their first possession of overtime and defeated the Retrievers, 9-8, at Al-Marzook Field.
Four Retrievers scored three points apiece in a balanced effort. Lewnes, Maxwell and Jack Gannon all contributed two goals and one assist each. UMBC won 13 of 21 draws , but committed 19 turnovers in the game.
UMBC travels to Emmitsburg, Md. for a Tuesday evening (April 12) date at Mount St. Mary's. The opening face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.