Midway through its journey in Japan, the UMBC men's lacrosse team has earned victories over the under-22 Japanese national team and the Japan national squad.
After arriving Thursday, the team put on a clinic for Japanese freshmen players Saturday morning and then took on a determined U-22 Japanese national team in the afternoon. UMBC jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first quarter, but the hosts used a 5-0 third-quarter run to tie the score at 8. But the Retrievers outscored their opponents 4-2 in the final quarter to prevail, 12-10.
Nine UMBC players scored goals in the game, led by two goals apiece by rising junior Ty Kashur (CCBC-Essex) and rising sophomores Pat Young and Drew Borsody.
A day later, the Retrievers put on an impressive defensive display in a 10-4 win over the national squad. UMBC led 4-1 at halftime and 8-2 after three quarters. Attackman Matt Gregoire (South River) scored three goals and was named UMBC's Player of the Game. Rising sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) added three goals, and rising senior David Campbell (Severna Park) added a pair.
UMBC will compete against Tokyo, Waseda and Hitotsubashi universities Tuesday before returning home Friday.
Campbell hires Mount Hebron grad Bruns as assistant
Campbell, which just completed its first season in Division I with a 6-7 record, announced that Ashley Bruns (Mount Hebron) has been hired as its second assistant coach. Bruns, of Ellicott City, played for Florida for the past four years as an attacker, finishing her career with 189 goals, 94 assists and 83 ground balls. She was named the 2010 American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year and a 2011 WomenLax.com All-American, and she was on the 2012 Tewaaraton Award watch list.
"Ashley's experience as a member of the original recruiting class at the University of Florida will prove to be invaluable," Campbell head coach Phil Schuman said. "We are confident that Ashley has the character and work ethic to represent our program at a high level. We welcome Ashley and the Bruns family and look forward to her addition, along with the addition of 13 new players in our 2013 class this fall."
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Dickinson announced the hiring of Kim Lowry (McDaniel, South Carroll) as its new coach.
Lowry comes to Red Devils from Bridgewater in Virginia, where she had been head coach for the past three years. Prior to that, Lowry spent two years as an assistant coach at Hamilton in upstate New York. At McDaniel, she served as a team captain for both soccer (2004-05) and lacrosse (2004-06), earning Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Metro Region and All-Centennial Conference honors in lacrosse in 2006.
Lowry succeeds Carol Hatton (St. Mary's College), who resigned last month to become Roland Park athletic director. Dickinson finished the 2013 season 7-9 overall and 3-6 in the Centennial Conference.