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UMBC men's lacrosse waiting for defenseman/faceoff specialist Garrett Hasken's return

Sidelined by an unspecified head injury for the past two games, Garrett Hasken's availability for UMBC is still up in the air.

The junior defenseman and faceoff specialist has been unable to practice fully for the Retrievers (2-6 overall and 0-2 in the America East), and coach Don Zimmerman said he is unsure whether Hasken will be able to suit up for Saturday's home contest against Hartford (6-4, 2-1) at noon at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville.

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While he would prefer Hasken returns to practice before Saturday, Zimmerman said Hasken is well-versed enough in the team's defensive schemes that he could play against the Hawks without much time on the practice field.

"It all depends on when the training staff gives him the green light," Zimmerman said. "We're at a point in the year when if a starter is out because of injury and he's given the green light the day before the game, then we'll certainly use him."

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Sophomore John Tornabene (Archbishop Curley) and freshman Cooper Cuje joined senior Zach Esser (Fallston) as starters on close defense in Saturday's 13-8 victory at Lafayette. Tornabene has posted eight ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while Cuje has registered two ground balls and one caused turnover, and Zimmerman seemed inclined to go with them again for Hartford.

"I think in Cooper Cuje's case, he's a freshman and as we all know, there's a big learning curve," he said. "Cooper's handled it very well. He's very athletic, very coachable, understands things. So I think he gives us a good cover guy. And John Tornabene is a guy who does a nice job playing on the inside, is a good communicator, studies. It's all about coming together and playing well as a unit. With Zach Esser, our senior co-captain giving us the leadership, it's all about finding the right combinations, and I think that combination has worked well for us, and we're hoping it continues down that path."

Hasken also has won 47.2 percent (17 of 36) of his faceoffs and picked up 14 ground balls. Without him, the Retrievers have relied on freshmen Jason Brewster (34.9 percent on 22-for-63) and Ryan Baker (20.0 percent on 4-for-20) and junior Steven Larson (26.7 percent on 4-for-15).

"We've pretty much been doing this by committee all year, and that hasn't changed," Zimmerman said. "We just have to change the cast a little bit now that Garrett hasn't been able to get out there and take some for us."


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