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UMBC men's lacrosse welcomed back Nate Lewnes in Saturday's loss at Binghamton

After sitting out three games because of mono, senior attackman Nate Lewnes returned for UMBC's 16-10 loss at America East foe Binghamton on Saturday and didn't waste any time announcing his presence.

The Arnold resident and St. Mary's graduate became the first Retriever to record four points in a single game this season as he notched two goals and two assists. After posting an assist in a season-opening 7-5 setback to Richmond, Lewnes already ranks sixth on the team in points with five.

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"It was great," coach Don Zimmerman said this morning of Lewnes' return. "He's a senior captain. It was his first game, and he had only had a couple practices going into the game. So he's certainly not in midseason form. But just to have his presence back on the field was a big plus for us."

Zimmerman said he wasn't shocked that Lewnes made an immediate impact in his first contest since Feb. 20.

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"Nate's a good player, and he was chomping on the bit to get back out there," Zimmerman said. "So I knew he was going to play with a tremendous sense of urgency, but also with the understanding that he's just getting back after a month layoff, and like any other player, it's going to take him a while to get back into his midseason form."

Unfortunately, Lewnes' presence didn't produce a win as UMBC (1-4 overall and 0-1 in the America East) opened conference play with a loss for the second consecutive season and the fourth time since joining the league in 2004. That would seem to put considerable weight on Saturday's game against No. 13 Stony Brook (5-2, 0-1) at 12 p.m. at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville, but that is not the approach Zimmerman is taking.

"I think all of the league games are important," he said. "Obviously, it's another opportunity to go out and play another conference game at home against a very veteran Stony Brook team. Our whole objective for this game and every game is to try to get better and be better for that particular weekend. What we're trying to do is put our best foot forward, play our game to the best of our ability, which we've shown signs of. But we need to put together a complete 60-minute game."


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