Because there are seven teams in the America East, each team has a bye in the league portion of its schedule. Many of the teams play opponents outside of the conference, and UMBC was no different.
The Retrievers followed a 19-7 loss at home to No. 16 Johns Hopkins a week ago with a 13-8 victory at Lafayette on Saturday. It was a pleasing turn of events for coach Don Zimmerman.
"It's always encouraging when you see your team play well," he said Wednesday morning. "… I think our mindset was where it needed to be, and we carried that over into the game. The fact that we played Hopkins midweek and had to bounce back and travel to Lafayette on Saturday, I think our guys handled that very well and came out and really put together our best 60 minutes of the year."
On Saturday, senior attackman Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) scored five goals and added one assist to power the offense to its biggest output of the season. And junior goalkeeper Ruston Souder (Chesapeake-AA) made a game-high 13 saves to anchor the defense.
Asked whether he was more encouraged by what he saw from the offense or defense, Zimmerman replied, "I wouldn't put one over the other. Everyone needs to handle their responsibilities. The offense is trying to help us win, and the defense is trying to help us win. I just thought it was a good team win, and that's what we're looking for at this time of the year."
UMBC (2-6 overall and 0-2 in the America East) returns to its league schedule Saturday when Hartford (6-4, 2-1) visits UMBC Stadium in Catonsville at 1 p.m. Zimmerman hopes the team can extend its play against Lafayette to the game against the Hawks.
"It gives us some momentum," he said. "Coming off of a win is going to give your team momentum, and that's going to be beneficial to us. It's positive momentum going into a very important game for us."