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'It shook us, but it didn’t beat us': UMBC men’s lacrosse overcomes 1-6 start to reach NCAA tournament

'It shook us, but it didn’t beat us': UMBC men’s lacrosse overcomes 1-6 start to reach NCAA tournament

Turning points tend to take on a positive and optimistic quality. According to Gunnar Schimoler, the watershed moment for the UMBC men’s lacrosse program was a loss.

That’s right. The senior defenseman said the Retrievers’ 2019 season turned a corner after they suffered a 14-7 setback at Stony Brook on March 23 that saddled them with a 0-2 record in the America East Conference and capped a 1-6 start.

“I think after Stony Brook, that’s when we realized that we had to take the wheel of the ship and start leading us the right way,” said Schimoler, an Edgewater native and South River graduate. “We just took it day in and day out, one game at a time. … Once we got into the...

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