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UMBC men's lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman says he shouldn't have to use missed bid to America East tournament as motivation

UMBC’s run of 11 straight appearances in the America East tournament ended in April after the team was mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. It was a humbling fate for a program that has long prided itself on success, and that is the reason why coach Don Zimmerman said he will not use the absence as motivation in the offseason.

“I shouldn’t have to use it. It should speak volumes,” he said. “We’ve got good kids, and I think they have good intentions. They work hard, but hard is a relative term. If you watch some of these teams that are advancing and playing in the postseason, it just seems that these guys play at a really hard pace consistently, and I think that’s something we have to get to. I shouldn’t have to use this to motivate our players. The motivation has to come from within, and that’s something we’ve addressed. It starts in the weight room, it starts with our academic responsibilities.”

Zimmerman prefaced many of his comments by saying that he and his coaching...

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Review & preview: UMBC men's lacrosse

Here is the second installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Monday’s visit was with Loyola Maryland. Tuesday’s visit is with UMBC.

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The good: The Retrievers (5-8 overall and 1-5 in the America East) had qualified for 11 straight conference tournaments since joining the league in 2004. But that streak ended after an 11-10 home loss to Vermont that dropped the team to 4-7 overall and 0-4 in the America East. The development was a sobering reminder for the players and coach Don Zimmerman that the conference is improving and not waiting for UMBC to catch up.

“Everybody’s getting better across the board – not only within the conference, but nationally,” he said. “So there are a lot of good players out there, a lot of hungry players, and we have to realize that in order to be successful, you really...

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Past season reminded Loyola men's lacrosse coach Charley Toomey of equally frustrating 2011

Loyola Maryland coach Charley Toomey has pretty good recall of the past. So when asked to summarize the 2015 season, he didn’t need much time remembering a similar campaign.

“It was a different season from the last four or five seasons that we’ve had,” Toomey said. “It was probably a little more reminiscent of our 2011 season where it ended with some frustration. We did some serious soul searching as coaches, and we asked the players to do that as well over that summer, and we felt like in 2012, we had a lot of talent returning. I think it’s similar to next year.

"We’ve got a lot of talent returning, but we need to make a few changes, and I would say those changes are more from a preparation and cultural standpoint than anything else. I think the talent is in our locker room to allow us to win lacrosse games in Division I. So that’s what we’re going to do this summer.”

In 2011, that squad went 8-5, but was derailed by a loss to Fairfield in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament...

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Review & preview: Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse

Here is the first installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Monday begins with a visit with Loyola Maryland.

REVIEW

The good: The Greyhounds (7-8 overall and 5-3 in the Patriot League) ranked 20th in the country in offense after averaging 11.2 goals, and when they needed a goal, they frequently turned to Zach Herreweyers. After sitting out most of the 2014 campaign because of academic ineligibility, the junior attackman scored a team-high 47 goals, which tied Gary Hanley (1981) for fifth-most in a single season in school history. Herreweyers, who used his shooting accuracy and velocity to finish with nine hat tricks, was a mainstay on the right wing of the offense.

“We felt like Zach Herreweyers put up great numbers for us this year,” coach Charley Toomey said. “We didn’t ask him to dodge an awful lot because...

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Premature men's lacrosse poll for 2016, Part 4

Here is the fourth installment of a very premature attempt to compile preseason rankings for next year.

The top 20 was broken up into four installments with Friday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 5 to 1. Tuesday featured teams ranked from Nos. 20 to 16, Wednesday highlighted teams ranked from Nos. 15 to 11, and Thursday centered on teams ranked Nos. 10 to 6.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2015 will not return next season. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

5. Denver (2015 record: 17-2; NCAA tournament finish: national champion)

Losses: Five starters including attackmen Wesley Berg (58 goals and 20 assists) and Sean Cannizzaro (14 G, 4 A) and midfielder Erik Adamson (35 G, 9 A).

Returns: Five starters including three of the team’s top four scorers in sophomore attackman Connor...

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Premature men's lacrosse poll for 2016, Part 3

Here is the third installment of a very premature attempt to compile preseason rankings for next year.

The top 20 will be broken up into four installments with Thursday’s post involving teams ranked from Nos. 10 to 6. Tuesday featured teams ranked from Nos. 20 to 16, and Wednesday featured teams ranked from Nos. 15 to 11. Friday will highlight Nos. 5 to 1.

Unless there are confirmed reports about certain players planning to use fifth years of eligibility, this space will assume that seniors in 2015 will not return next season. Unannounced fifth-year seniors and potential transfers will affect the rankings that come out next February, but here’s a spin anyway.

10. North Carolina (2015 record: 13-4; NCAA tournament finish: quarterfinals)

Losses: Four starters including three of the team’s top four scorers in attackmen Jimmy Bitter (37 goals and 41 assists) and Joey Sankey (34 G, 38 A) and midfielder Chad Tutton (33 G, 8 A).

Returns: Six starters including a pair of defensemen in sophomore...

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