UMBC Retrievers men's lacrosse

The UMBC Retrievers men's lacrosse team represents the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college lacrosse competition. The Retrievers play their home games at UMBC Stadium, located in Baltimore, Maryland with a capacity of 4,500 spectators. UMBC competes as a member of the America East Conference. The program has an all-time record of 373-344 including pre-NCAA results.

UMBC Retrievers
UniversityUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
Head coachRyan Moran (since 2016 season)
StadiumUMBC Stadium
(capacity: 4,500)
LocationCatonsville, Maryland
ConferenceAmerica East
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
(1) - 1980*
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(1) - 1979*
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(4) - 1977*, 1978*, 1979*, 1980*
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(7) - 1974*, 1975*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979*, 1980*, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
(14) - 1974*, 1975*, 1976*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979*, 1980*, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(4) - 2006, 2008, 2009, 2019
Conference regular season championships
(9) - 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
*Division II


The University of Maryland, Baltimore County was founded in 1966, and athletic director and men's lacrosse coach Dick Watts started the first team in 1968 at the NCAA Division II level.[2] The Retrievers advanced to the NCAA Division II championship finals in 1979 and 1980, and won the latter.[3] In 1981, UMBC promoted its lacrosse team to the Division I level.[3] Watts, however, struggled to build the team in the face of poor facilities and scheduling.[2]

In 1989, newly hired athletic director Charlie Brown began campaigning for upgrades to UMBC Stadium, which finally came to fruition in 1996 with funding of $2.3 million. In 1993, UMBC increased its scholarship allotment from eight to the NCAA maximum of 12.6. That year, Watts resigned as head coach and was replaced by Don Zimmerman, who had previously led Johns Hopkins to three national championships. Early in his tenure at UMBC, Zimmerman and his staff had difficulty recruiting in their targeted region, New York. Of Zimmerman's initial 1994 recruiting class of nine, only two players remained at UMBC for the entirety of their collegiate career. In 1996, an increased strength of schedule led to a 3–9 finish for the Retrievers, which included a school record 27 goals allowed against Towson State. The UMBC staff landed some highly sought after Baltimore area recruits and transfers with the incentive of early playing time, including two Baltimore Sun Players of the Year in 1996. In 1997, UMBC improved to a 9–3 record, but missed the tournament because of a relatively weak schedule. The Retrievers entered the 1998 season with a No. 18 preseason ranking, and upset Maryland, 12–8, to clinch an invitation to the school's first NCAA Division I tournament as the No. 8 seed.[2] UMBC returned to the tournament the following year.[3]

Into the 2000s, UMBC continued to grow as a nationally competitive team. The Retrievers won the America East Conference tournaments in 2006, 2008, and 2009, while being eliminated in the final in 2007. In 2007, UMBC upset seventh-seeded Maryland, 13–9, in the first round to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals where they were eliminated by Delaware.[3] The Retrievers finished the 2009 season with a 12–4 record, winning the America East tournament before being eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament by North Carolina.

Going into the 2010s, the Retrievers struggled as the Hartford Hawks and Albany Great Danes both rose as America East powers. During this time, the Retrievers finished with a winning record once, an 8-7 season in 2014. During this time, numerous players transferred out of the program, most notably Pat Young to Maryland[4] in 2015. However, they did make the 2013 and 2014 America East Championship games, falling both times. In 2015, the Retrievers failed to make the conference tournament for the first time since joining the America East, and a similar finish in 2016 resulted in longtime coach Don Zimmerman retiring at the end of the season .[5]

On June 20, 2016, UMBC hired former Loyola Greyhound assistant Ryan Moran as head coach.[6]

Season Results

The following is a list of UMBC's results by season since the institution of NCAA Division I in 1971:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Dick Watts (Independent) (1971–1972)
1971 Dick Watts 9-6
1972 Dick Watts 10-5
Dick Watts (Mason-Dixon Conference) (1973–1978)
1973 Dick Watts 6-91-3
1974 Dick Watts 13-55-2NCAA Division II Quarterfinals
1975 Dick Watts 13-26-01stNCAA Division II Quarterfinals
1976 Dick Watts 8-65-01stNCAA Division II First Round
1977 Dick Watts 8-62-11stNCAA Division II Final Four
1978 Dick Watts 10-44-01stNCAA Division II Final Four
Dick Watts (Independent) (1979–1993)
1979 Dick Watts 8-7NCAA Division II Runner-Up
1980 Dick Watts 11-3NCAA Division II Champion
1981 Dick Watts 8-3
1982 Dick Watts 5-8
1983 Dick Watts 6-7
1984 Dick Watts 5-11
1985 Dick Watts 3-10
1986 Dick Watts 6-7
1987 Dick Watts 4-9
1988 Dick Watts 7-7
1989 Dick Watts 6-8
1990 Dick Watts 6-7
1991 Dick Watts 10-5
1992 Dick Watts 10-5
1993 Dick Watts 6-8
Dick Watts: 178-14823-6
Don Zimmerman (Independent) (1994–2003)
1994 Don Zimmerman 7-7
1995 Don Zimmerman 4-9
1996 Don Zimmerman 3-9
1997 Don Zimmerman 9-3
1998 Don Zimmerman 9-5NCAA Division I First Round
1999 Don Zimmerman 11-4NCAA Division I First Round
2000 Don Zimmerman 7-7
2001 Don Zimmerman 5-7
2002 Don Zimmerman 5-7
2003 Don Zimmerman 7-6
Don Zimmerman (America East Conference) (2004–2016)
2004 Don Zimmerman 6-84-2
2005 Don Zimmerman 7-85-11st
2006 Don Zimmerman 10-55-01stNCAA Division I First Round
2007 Don Zimmerman 11-64-1T-1stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2008 Don Zimmerman 12-45-01stNCAA Division I First Round
2009 Don Zimmerman 12-44-1T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
2010 Don Zimmerman 4-93-2T-2nd
2011 Don Zimmerman 6-73-2T-2nd
2012 Don Zimmerman 5-83-2T-2nd
2013 Don Zimmerman 7-83-2T-2nd
2014 Don Zimmerman 8-73-23rd
2015 Don Zimmerman 5-81-56th
2016 Don Zimmerman 4-101-56th
Don Zimmerman: 164-15644-25
Ryan Moran (America East Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Ryan Moran 6-84-2T-2nd
2018 Ryan Moran 5-83-3T-4th
2019 Ryan Moran 7-92-4T-5thNCAA Division I First Round
Ryan Moran: 18-259-9

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also


  1. "UMBC Colors". UMBC Brand and Style Guide. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  2. Paul McMullen, UMBC steps up in class Lacrosse: With the help of former Hopkins coach Don Zimmerman and eight MIAA front-line players, the Retrievers are on their way to the Division I tournament for the first time., The Baltimore Sun, May 6, 1998.
  3. All-Time Records Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine (PDF), 2009 UMBC Retrievers Men's Lacrosse Media Guide, p. 41–50, UMBC, 2009.
  4. "UMBC's Pat Young Transferring; Oliveri to SBU, Ferrigan to Delaware". Inside Lacrosse. June 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  5. Kessenich, Quint (May 4, 2016). "One of lacrosse's great teachers, Don Zimmerman, Leaves the Classroom With Impressive Legacy". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  6. "UMBC Names Ryan Moran as Head Men's Lacrosse Coach". UMBC Retrievers. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
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