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Attackman Max Maxwell has raised level of play for UMBC men's lacrosse

Senior Nate Lewnes has been UMBC's most productive attackman, but junior Max Maxwell has been contributing, too.

In his last three starts for the Retrievers (3-9 overall and 0-4 in the America East), Maxwell has scored four goals on nine shots and assisted on 10 others. For the season, he has registered 12 goals and 24 assists and could eclipse career highs of 15 goals and 26 assists he set in 2014.

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"I think Max has had a good year for us," coach Don Zimmerman said Thursday. "Last year, he didn't have a good year, and he'd be the first to tell you that. But he has come back this year, and he's got 12 goals and 24 assists. I think he's been productive, and he's worked hard. I've been pleased with his play. His goal was to come back and have a better year this year, and he did."

Maxwell, who spent a majority of last season navigating the interior of opponents' defenses, was looking forward to returning to his more familiar position at X behind the cage, and Zimmerman agreed that the move has been beneficial.

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"I think Max is most comfortable back there," he said. "In our system, he can play behind or inside. [Freshman] Jack Andrews has played behind for us as well. Max is good on the perimeter, and he's good inside. So we have the ability to move him around. But he is most comfortable playing behind."

Maxwell, senior defenseman Zach Esser and freshman midfielder Billy Nolan are the only players on UMBC who have started all 12 games this spring. Maxwell's presence has been particularly important as Lewnes (St. Mary's) missed three games because of mononucleosis and Andrews (St. Mary's), freshman Pat Brennan (Chesapeake-AA) and senior Drew Borsody have opened contests on attack.

"When we lost Nate for a month, we needed Max as well as other guys on our offense to step up, and Max did," Zimmerman said. "… I think when you lose one of your top players, others have to step up and I think Max did a good job with that."


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