UMBC (1-1) rebounded from a season-opening loss to Robert Morris by beating Rutgers, 11-7, last Saturday. The Retrievers rode the hot hand of senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen, who made 12 of his game-high 13 saves in the game’s final three quarters. No. 4
1) Loyola’s short-stick defenders. Both Maryland and
2) UMBC's transition defense. Even without Hawkins, Loyola still boasts one of the more dangerous transition games. Senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff has already scored twice, and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi posted a goal and an assist in the loss to Maryland. The Retrievers are fully aware of the importance of getting back on defense after either a turnover or a save in their own offensive zone. "Loyola has an outstanding transition game from defense to offense," Zimmerman said. "We're going to have to try to eliminate that as best as possible on defense. We have to know their personnel and know what to do and play very good individual and team defense. So we have to be ready to play our game to the best of our ability against a very, very good opponent."