Conor Finch has started the last three games on attack, and if numbers mean anything, it appears the UMBC redshirt senior is beginning to find a comfort level in his new position.

After recording one goal and one assists in an 11-8 win against Mount St. Mary's on March 24, Finch posted two goals and four assists in an 18-7 rout of Lafayette on March 27 and three assists in a 9-8 overtime loss at Hartford on Saturday.


That's seven assists in the last two contests for Finch, a Westminster resident and Boys' Latin graduate, and coach Don Zimmerman said Finch has looked like a natural playing the X spot behind opponents' nets.

"Conor's a smart player, and he distributes the ball well," Zimmerman said Wednesday. "I think the fact that we do try to get the ball inside for the high-percentage shots and him being a good feeder has been a nice combination."

Prior to moving to attack, Finch had played on both the first and second midfields, but managed just two goals. Finch, who has torn his anterior cruciate ligament on the high school and college levels, admitted that his slow start was not what he had envisioned after sitting out the 2014 campaign.

"It's been a little difficult," he said last month. "I don't think I've produced the way I thought I would. You always dream about coming back from an injury and scoring 10 goals in your first game. But it's slowly starting to come back to me. I'm slowly starting to get my explosion back."

Finch might have expected some hiccups moving from midfield to attack, but Zimmerman said Finch's lacrosse IQ has helped him adapt quickly.

"In our offense, everybody gets involved," Zimmerman said. "Sometimes middies play up front and sometimes middies play behind. Sometimes the attack plays out front and sometimes they play behind. We ask all of our offensive players to know the offense from every position. So when you make a move like that, it really isn't that much of an adjustment."

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