UMBC (4-5, 2-0 America East) faces its sixth nationally-ranked squad in the first ten games when the Retrievers take on the seventh-ranked Albany Great Danes (8-1, 3-0 AE) in the capital district on Saturday, April 8. The opening face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. at John Fallon Stadium.
The contest will be streamed live on www.americaeast.tv. 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 rallied from a 5-0 early second quarter deficit and scored nine consecutive goals en route to a 10-6 America East Conference victory over UMass Lowell before nearly 700 fans at UMBC Stadium on April 1. The Retrievers have won four of their last six outings
Max Maxwell led the attack by recording three goals and adding three assists. Linemate Jack Andrews also posted a hat trick and one assist for UMBC, while goalkeeper Ruston Souder stopped nine River Hawk shots.
Maxwell leads UMBC with 14 goals and 17 assists through nine games. He is fourth in America East and 24th nationally with 1.89 assists per game and fifth in the league with 3.44 points per outing. Maxwell has moved into a tie for 16th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 137 points (54 goals, 83 assists).
Three Retrievers have earned America East weekly awards in 2017. Freshman face-off specialist Jake Brothers earned Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13, midfielder Billy Nolan captured the Player of the Week award on March 20, and goalkeeper Ruston Souder was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on April 3.
As of April 4, LSDM Billy O'Hara is 16th in the nation and second in America East with 1.78 caused turnovers per game.
The Retrievers have risen in the ranks to No. 24 in the nation and second in America East in defense, allowing 9.22 goals 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.
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.
Scouting the Great Danes
No. 7 Albany enters today's game with an 8-1 overall record and a 3-0 conference record. They are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak with their only loss coming via a 10-9 setback to Syracuse in the season opener.
The Great Danes most recently defeated Stony Brook, 19-11, in America East play last Saturday. Four Great Danes recorded hat tricks including Eli Lasda, Sean Eccles, Drake Bennett, and Connor Fields. Freshman TD Irerlan dominated in faceoffs, winning 20 out of 26 (86.7%.) The Great Danes broke the game open, shutting out Stony Brook, 8-0, in the second quarter and leading, 12-3 at the half.
Fields has shown to be a strong leader of the Great Danes with 65 points, 35 goals, and 30 assists (3.33 per game, 3rd in the nation). Irelan has also stepped up to win 163 faceoffs (71.8 percent, 2nd in the nation) and an astonishing 111 ground balls (12.33 per game, 1st in the nation). Redshirt Junior Goalkeeper J.D. Colarusso holds an overall .582 save percentage with a 9.03 goals against average.
Albany is the nation's top scoring team, averaging 17.1 goals per game and is No. 2 in face-off winning percentage.
Albany leads the series, 11-10, posting their seventh consecutive win in the rivalry to conclude UMBC's 2016 season. It was a dramatic affair, but fifth-ranked Albany scored late in the first overtime period to win, 15-14.
UMBC trailed, 11-3, early in the third quarter, but with a rally from the Retrievers, they managed to end the regulation time at 14-all. Maxwell contributed four assists and Max Haldeman notched three, as former Retriever Nate Lewnes tied a school record by recording 10 goals. Goalie Ruston Souder tallied 11 saves throughout the effort. Overall, the Great Danes dominated in ground balls, 40-22, and face offs, 25-7.
UMBC's last win in the series was a 17-16 overtime victory in 2012. UMBC is 3-5 at Albany and has dropped two straight since a 13-9 win in 2011.
UMBC returns home to play its lone night game of the 2017 when they welcome a strong Binghamton (8-1, 3-0 AE) squad to UMBC Stadium on Sat., April 15. The opening face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.