UMBC (2-4) opens their 14th campaign of America East play on Saturday, March 18, when they travel to Stony Brook (4-1) to take on the Seawolves. The opening face-off takes place at 1:00 p.m. at La Valle Stadium.
Live video is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv and live stats' links will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's lacrosse program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MLax). Access is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC freshman attackman Ryan Frawley scored a team season-best four goals and the team defense throttled a potent Marist attack as the Retrievers upended the Red Foxes, 6-4, in sub-freezing, blustery conditions at Tenney Stadium on March 11. UMBC won for the second time in three outings and improved to 2-4 on the campaign.
The Retrievers held Marist to only 18 shots and caused nine Red Fox turnovers. Offensively, UMBC scored a pair of man-up goals against a squad that led the nation in man-down defense entering the weekend.
Senior attackman Max Maxwell contributed a pair of assists and moved into a tie for seventh place on UMBC's all-time assist list with 77.
Maxwell leads UMBC with eight goals and 11 assists through six games. Maxwell recorded a career high eight-point game vs. Mercer.
Frawley also has eight goals, with four of those occurring on man-up situations, placing him tenth in the nation in that category. He earned America East Rookie of the Week honors for his effort versus Marist. Classmate Jake Brothers was selected as America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, for games through February 11. He has won 48 of 103 draws in his first four games. As of March 12, LSDM Billy O'Hara, who caused three miscues at Marist, is sixth in the nation with 2.17 caused turnovers per game.
In June of 2016, Ryan Moran (Maryland, '03) was named UMBC's third head men's lacrosse coach since the program entered the USILA in 1971. UMBC's new mentor honed his skills on staffs at Navy, Maryland, and, for the past two seasons at Loyola Maryland. The Greyhounds earned a trip to the national semifinals a year ago and Moran's offense produced over 12 goals per game over the final 10 games of the season.
The team selected seniors Max Maxwell and Ruston Souder and sophomore Jason Brewster as its 2017 team captains. Maxwell, a three-year starter on the attack unit, ranked tenth nationally and second in America East in assists per contest with 2.14 last spring. Maxwell became the 11th Retriever to post 30 assists in a single season and has now amassed 125 career points.
For the fifth-straight season, the Albany Great Danes are the favorites in America East men's lacrosse according to the conference's 2017 preseason coaches' poll. UMBC was picked in the fifth position in the seven-team conference.
UMBC opened the 2017 slate by taking on the 2016 national champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC was ranked No. 1 in the USILA pre-season poll. No. 8 Johns Hopkins, Towson (No. 12) and Albany (No. 13) are other ranked teams in the pre-season on the schedule, while Richmond, Stony Brook and Vermont also received votes in the pre-season poll.
UMBC is 44-25 in 13 previous America East campaigns and have won eight of 13 lid-lifters.
Scouting the Seawolves
Stony Brook won its first four contests, rising to No. 14 in the country, but then lost a convincing 17-4 decision at No. 5 Rutgers on March 10. The Seawolves scored a stunning 25 times in a 25-17 win at then-No. 9 Brown on Feb. 25.
Five Seawolves are scoring in double figures, led by Ryan Bitzer, who has seven goals and a ten-high 10 helpers. Corey Vanginhoven, who tallied seven times at Brown, is the leading goal-getting with 13.
Starting goalkeeper Brandon Maciejewsi, who earned the win over UMBC a year ago, is allowing 11.6 goals per game and is maintaining a 44.3 save percentage.
The Series/Last Year's Match-Up
UMBC leads the series, 13-9, but Stony Brook has won the last two meetings. The Retrievers have won six of ten meetings on Long Island.
On March 26, 2016, Nate Lewnes scored a six goals and spearheaded a furious comeback, but the Retrievers could not complete the rally and fell, 14-11, to 12th-ranked Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers sliced a 10-3 second quarter deficit to 13-11 early in the fourth quarter, but could not dig out of the huge early hole.
Maxwell recorded four assists in the game and has two goals and five assists in three career games vs. Stony Brook.
UMBC takes its final break from America East play and completes a three-game road swing next Saturday, March 25 when they make their first ever visit to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Michigan Wolverines. The opening face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.