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Don Zimmerman said UMBC men's lacrosse has not hit the panic button over 0-3 start

UMBC hadn't opened a season with three consecutive losses since 2005, but that's the plight the team currently finds itself in after dropping games to Richmond, No. 19 Ohio State and No. 6 Towson.

Coach Don Zimmerman acknowledged that players and coaches alike are concerned about the Retrievers' slow start.

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"I don't think anybody likes to start off 0-3," he said Thursday morning. "We've lost to three very good opponents, and we're young. We've got to get better. Obviously, the first half against Towson [in which UMBC trailed 12-0] wasn't what we were looking for. I thought we came out in the second half and played a lot better, but it was a little too little, too late. We're not hitting any panic buttons. We're trying to get ready for the next one on Saturday against Marist. They're the defending conference champion [in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference], and they're a good team, and we're going to try to get better and try to see if we can get our first win."

Zimmerman also conceded that he worries about the players becoming frustrated.

"I think anytime kids play hard and practice hard and don't have a win, frustration could set in," he said. "But this team's got a good attitude. We've had three really good practices this week, and we understand that we're young. But the attitude has remained positive. It's one step at a time and getting ready for Marist."

The Red Foxes are 1-2 thus far, and UMBC has not lost to them in three meetings. The Retrievers will try to avoid going 0-4 for the first time since 1985, but Zimmerman also put the game in perspective to the America East race, which begins March 19 at Binghamton (0-3).

"With the way Division I lacrosse has gotten with all of the conferences, it really is about your conference," he said. "We want to play our best lacrosse as we get into conference play. I think we've challenged our guys with a very demanding schedule, and that was done to help us get ourselves battle-ready for conference play. We're playing a very good Marist team, a defending conference champion. When I scheduled them, I said, 'This will be a great opportunity for our guys and our program to play against a good team.' You want to win every time out, but it's also preparing our guys for the most important part of the season, and that's the conference."

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