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UMBC men's lacrosse flying "a little blind" into Saturday's game vs. Monmouth

A UMBC team in search of its first win of 2014 will get that chance when Monmouth visits UMBC Stadium in Catonsville on Saturday at 1 p.m.

It may not be easy for the Retrievers to even their record at 1-1.

This is the Hawks’ first year of competition in lacrosse, and they will play in the program’s first game. That means that there is no film of Monmouth’s games, which makes it more difficult for UMBC to scout its opponent.

“This is their first game ever, so you’re kind of going in a little blind,” coach Don Zimmerman said Thursday. “But we have a feel for them. They did play in the fall, and we were able to get a feel from that game. Now that’s their fall, and this is the spring. We just have to be ready. We have to be ready for a young, energetic, motivated and well-coached team to come in here.

"It’s not only their first game of the season, but it’s their first game ever, and that’s a tremendous motivation for this team. We can’t do anything about that. Everybody motivates themselves differently, but our motivation has to be that we’re playing at home in our home opener, we’re coming off a tough loss, and we want to be able to get back out there on Saturday and prove to ourselves that we’re a better ballclub than we showed against Maryland.”

In that 14-3 loss to the No. 11 Terps on Saturday, the Retrievers struggled offensively, forcing the defense to play extended periods. But the game gave the players and coaches a sense of what tweaks were needed.

Zimmerman said UMBC is in a similar position to what Maryland was in.

“Maryland had played a game and we hadn’t,” he said. “We had a film of Maryland and they didn’t. I’m sure Monmouth got our Maryland film, so that’s to their advantage. But to our advantage is, we’ve got a game under our belt and they don’t. It works both ways.”

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