UMBC will tackle the rest of the America East portion of its schedule without starting attackman Drew Borsody.
The senior suffered a broken collarbone in the first quarter of Friday's 18-7 rout of Lafayette at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville, and coach Don Zimmerman said that Borsody will sit out the rest of the season.
"That's really a shame," Zimmerman said Tuesday morning. "I feel bad for Drew because he was really having a great year for us. He had earned a starting position on attack. He was a big part of our man-up. Here was a kid who had walked onto the team, had paid his dues over the course of his career, and was really starting to hit his stride, and then he had this unfortunate injury."
Borsody had started the last four games for the Retrievers (4-5 overall and 0-2 conference) and had scored two goals. But he had developed a nice chemistry with junior Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) and redshirt senior Conor Finch (Boys' Latin).
Zimmerman said sophomore Max Maxwell, who has recorded six goals and four assists while making eight starts and posted two goals and one assist on Friday, will join Lewnes and Finch on attack when UMBC visits America East foe Hartford (4-4, 2-1).
"We have a couple freshmen who got their first goals for us on Friday night, Jonah Kozireski and Steve Partlow," Zimmerman said. "So hopefully, that game will give them a little shot in the arm. It's like any other situation when you lose a player. Guys have to step up and fill in for them, and I'm confident that we can do that."
The Retrievers are feeling good after victories over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday and Lafayette, and Zimmerman said that momentum is sorely needed as the team seeks its first conference win.
"I think you can always build on wins, that's the whole idea," he said. "To have two wins last week has certainly given our guys a shot of confidence. We also realize that at this point in the season, it's all about the conference with the remainder of our schedule being conference opponents. We're excited to be playing better at this point, but we can't get ahead of ourselves. We realize that this Saturday at Harford is a must-win situation for us."