BALTIMORE, Md. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer men's lacrosse team aims for a program record three-game winning streak on Tuesday, facing off against Maryland-Baltimore County at 7:30 p.m. at UMBC Stadium.
Mercer is 3-2 after most recently posting a dominating 13-2 victory over Texas at home on March 7. The Bears aim for their first road win of the year after falling at Michigan and at Detroit-Mercy earlier in the season.
UMBC is 2-2 on the season and aims to rebound from a 15-8 loss to No. 3 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. The matchup with Mercer marks the close of a four-game homestand that has seen the Retrievers go 2-1 at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers return seven starters and 21 letterwinners from last year's team that went 7-8 (3-2 America East). The squad was picked to finish third in the preseason poll of six America East Conference head coaches.
Freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon has played a standout role for UMBC thus far, starting all four games and touting an average of 13.5 saves per game. Gordon ranks sixth nationally in saves per game and 11th in the country with an 58.7 save percentage.
Senior attackman Matt Gregoire leads the team with 11 points this season, including a season-high six points in the team's March 1 win over Richmond. Gregoire has found the net 10 times this season, ranking 34th best among Division I players.
Senior Zack Ward continues to lead the Mercer offensive attack with 22 points through five games this season. Sophomore Chris Baxa and junior Timmy Geran join him with double figure point totals, boasting 18 and 13, respectively.
Through five games, Mercer's balances scoring attack has seen at least five different players score in each game. Against Richmond and Detroit Mercy, eight different players tallied goals.
Junior faceoff specialist Justin Evans has won double-digit faceoffs in four-straight games, and ranks seventh nationally with an average of 7.75 ground balls per game.