UMBC has released its schedule for the 2015 season. Here is a breakdown of the slate that awaits the Retrievers, who went 8-7 last year and finished third in the America East conference.
10: As a redshirt freshman in 2014, goalkeeper Connor Gordon made 10 saves or more in 12 games. He finished the season with 167 stops, passing Bob Bailey's 160 saves in 1989 for the most by a freshman in the program's Division I lacrosse history.
9: UMBC could return as many as nine starters, including its entire midfield of juniors Pat Young (33 goals and 10 assists) and Jack Gannon (18, 23) and junior Ty Kashur (9, 8). And the group could get bolstered by the return of redshirt senior Conor Finch (5, 10 in 2013) from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
8: When the Retrievers scored at least 10 goals in a game, they won eight of 11 times. Two of those losses occurred against America East rival Albany, which outscored UMBC, 38-25.
7: For the third time in five seasons, UMBC will play at least seven road games. The highest number of games they have played away from UMBC Stadium during coach Don Zimmerman's tenure is nine in 2000.
6: The Retrievers could return all six starters on defense. And Gordon (11.49 goals-against average and .508 save percentage) could be pushed by junior Wes DiRito (12.25 GAA, .451 save percentage in 2013), who underwent foot surgery and sat out last season.
5: UMBC's absence from the NCAA tournament has now stretched to five seasons. It's the program's second-longest drought under Zimmerman since a six-year absence between 2000 and 2005.
4: The Retrievers will open the season with four consecutive road games. It will be the longest stretch of games away from UMBC Stadium since 2003, when that squad ended the season with four straight road games.
3: UMBC will play against three opponents that qualified for the NCAA tournament last spring. The team will visit Johns Hopkins on Feb. 7, Penn on Feb. 14, and reigning America East tournament champion Albany on April 25.
2: The Retrievers' longest home stretch will be two games. It's the shortest homestand at UMBC Stadium since 2011 when that squad also played no more than two consecutive games at home.
1: UMBC graduated one starter, attackman Matt Gregoire, who led the offense in goals (48) and points (57). The squad also must find a replacement for faceoff specialist Phil Poe (59.9 percentage and 140 ground balls).