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After Hartford loss, UMBC men's lacrosse eager to clash with Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday

After Saturday's 10-4 setback to Hartford that dropped UMBC to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the America East, the team might desire some time to lick its wounds and figure out how to right the ship.

But coach Don Zimmerman said the Retrievers should be eager to return to the playing field against Mount St. Mary's (5-4) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg.

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"Quite frankly, I think this is best for our team," he said Monday morning. "We come off a disappointing loss on Saturday, and we've got to turn around and be ready to play on Tuesday. And what happens is, it limits the amount of strategy and X's and O's that coaches can bring to the table, and it really does place the onus on the players. I think it's very suitable for this team at this point in the season. I think the players need to go out and play the game. To have a short turnaround will force them to do that, and I think that's what we need."

The setback to the Hawks was particularly disturbing because it was UMBC's seventh loss in the last 10 meetings with its league rival. And the offense was shut out for the final 22 minutes, 13 seconds en route to its lowest output of the season.

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The team's 3-of-17 performance on faceoffs certainly damaged the offense's ability to mount a comeback, but Zimmerman said the unit missed some prime opportunities.

"I just felt like, offensively, early on, we had some chances, and when you're not winning faceoffs and you finally have the ball on offense, you want to make sure that you take care of it and work for high-percentage shots, and I don't think we did that," he said. "I think we took some poor shots and just got away from doing some things that you need to do to be successful. One of those things is finishing shots that you feel should be goals. I thought defensively, we played an awful lot. I thought generally speaking, we played well. They're a good team, and they've got guys who can play and are slick. We just played too much defense in the end, and we didn't work together. Our offense needs to score goals to help our defense, and our defense needs to make stops to help our offense, and I think this was a game where our offense and defense didn't work together. The end result is we lost to a good Hartford team."


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