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UMBC men's lacrosse out of America East tournament for first time in league history

Since joining the America East for the 2004 season, UMBC had maintained an annual presence in the conference tournament, winning it in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

That streak of 11 consecutive appearances in the league tournament came to an end Saturday. The Retrievers' 11-10 home loss to Vermont dropped UMBC to 4-7 overall and 0-4 in the America East and officially eliminated the team from postseason contention.

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"Disappointed, but really there's no one to blame but ourselves," coach Don Zimmerman said Monday morning. "We were up 7-3 at the end of the half, and then in the second half, we got outscored 8-3. We just haven't proven that we know how to finish – finish plays, finish games. And now we're going to have to show if we can finish the season knowing that we're not in the postseason tournament."

The Retrievers still have regular-season games left against UMass Lowell (1-10, 0-5) on Saturday and No. 8 Albany (9-2, 5-0) on April 25. But with the knowledge that the seasonwill end before the calendar turns to May, Zimmerman acknowledged that he's concerned about players mailing it in.

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"That can always happen," he said. "I hope that's not the case, but it can always happen, and we're certainly going to keep our eyes out for that. I know that as coaches, we're going to come out and coach them up and do the things we normally do. … We're still doing our jobs and we expect our players to continue to do their jobs."

Saturday, the program will recognize nine seniors playing their final game at UMBC Stadium. Zimmerman said he also plans to carve out playing time for several younger players to evaluate if they could make an impact in 2016.

"I think our seniors overall have done a good job," he said. "So we're certainly going to allow them to play in the game. But also, we know we have an opportunity to look at some of the younger guys who haven't played that much this year and give them an opportunity to go out and show what they can do.

"It's a combination. I'm not going to all of a sudden say, 'Forget about this year, we're looking to next year.' I think it's more of a combination of finishing out this year and also having an opportunity to look at some of the guys for next year."


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