UMBC (3-4) plays its final non-conference game of the campaign and will take on its fifth nationally-ranked squad in eight games when the Retrievers travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on the 20th-ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, March 25. The opening face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.
Live streaming video (via BTN2go) 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
Billy Nolan scored a career high five goals and added two assists as the visiting Retrievers upended Stony Brook, 12-9, in the America East opener for both squads on March 18. The Retrievers (3-4, 1-0 AE) have won two straight and three of the last four contests.
UMBC never trailed, but saw a 6-4 halftime edge evaporate as Stony Brook tied the score at 7-7 just one minute into the fourth quarter. But Nolan scored three times in a 5-0 run by the visitors that propelled them to victory.
Senior attackman Max Maxwell contributed two goals and a pair of assists and moved into UMBC's all-time top 20 in scoring with 129 points (18th place, 50 goals, 79 assists). He is seventh all-time with 79 helpers.
Maxwell leads UMBC with 10 goals and 13 assists through seven games. Maxwell recorded a career high eight-point game vs. Mercer.
Freshman attackman Ryan Frawley also has ten goals, with four of those occurring on man-up situations. He earned America East Rookie of the Week honors for his four-goal effort versus Marist on March 11. Classmate Jake Brothers was selected as America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, for games through February 11. He won a season-best 14 (of 25) draws in Saturday's win at SBU.
Nolan earned UMBC's first AE Player of the Week honor of the 2017 season in the wake of his seven-point effort versus the Seawolves.
As of March 22, LSDM Billy O'Hara, who caused three miscues at Marist, is eighth in the nation and first in America East with 2.00 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.
Notes: In back-to-back seasons, UMBC men's lacrosse has visited Ohio Stadium ("The Horseshoe") and Michigan Stadium ("The Big House")… The Retrievers play their sixth road game in eight outings when they take on the Wolverines, but play three of five at home in April.
Scouting The Wolverines
For the first time in the six-year history of their varsity program, Michigan (7-1) is nationally-ranked, as the Wolverines came in at No. 20 in the March 20 USILA poll.
UM has not played since a huge 13-12 home win over previous No. 10 Penn. Senior attackman Ian King and sophomore linemate Brent Noseworthy each scored three times versus the Quakers and King added two helpers.
King leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 15 assists, while Noseworthy has recorded a team-high 25 goals on the campaign. Michigan has won over 56 percent of its draws, led by junoir Mike McDonnell, who has captured 93 of 158 (58.9%). Sophomore netminder Tommy Heidt is allowing only 7.91 goals per game and has stopped 60.6 percent of shots directed his way.
The teams have played one common foe and both UMBC (15-4 at home) and Michigan (11-6 on road) defeated Mercer.
This will be the first meeting between UMBC and Michigan in the sport of men's lacrosse.
UMBC will play three of its remaining five America East games at home in the month of April. The final month of regular season play gets underway on Sat., April 1, when UMBC hosts UMass Lowell. The opening face-off is set for 3:00 p.m.