After the UMBC men’s lacrosse team beat the University of Maryland, College Park for the third year in a row, a dejected Terrapins’ head coach Dave Cottle said, “This wasn’t a game about skill. It was a game about will.”
UMBC’s willingness to challenge and beat top-ranked opponents is beginning to define their national reputation. One might consider this team to be pretty skilled, too.
The Retrievers are ranked 6th in the country after dispatching the then 5th ranked Terrapins. Following the 9-7 win over College Park, UMBC throttled the Towson Tigers, 14-4, after scoring seven straight goals in the third quarter.
Though the team suffered two consecutive losses in March to top-notch opponents in Johns Hopkins and Princeton, the difficulty of their non-conference schedule is already paying dividends. Midfielders Pete Poillon, Kyle Wimer, and Alex Hoppman lead an offense that is making quick work of America East Conference foes.
The Retrievers already dropped Stonybrook, 14-8, and then routed Binghamton, 13-4. Five straight wins puts UMBC in the driver’s seat for the top conference ranking with three games left before the America East Championship. If all goes well, it’ll be off to the NCAA Tournament in May.