Last Saturday’s 15-14 overtime loss to Hartford saddled UMBC with a 0-1 start in the
"That's the way we're approaching it," he said Thursday morning. "You don't want to go 0-2 in the conference. So with that said, I would say that this is a must-win."
The Retrievers (3-6) have never begun conference play with an 0-2 start, and a loss to the Catamounts could widen the gap between UMBC and the league leaders. Zimmerman said he wants the players to be even-keeled as they prepare for Saturday's game at UMBC Stadium.
"We're 0-1 and now we have an opportunity to play Vermont on Saturday, and it's going to be a tough game," he said. "Everybody's getting better in the conference, and we need to bounce back from a tough loss to Hartford and put our best game on the field at home."
Zimmerman said he is weighing changes in the starting midfield and close defense. Nine different players have opened games in the midfield, while four different defensemen have started.
The plethora of options give the Retrievers some flexibility in assembling a starting lineup, but Zimmerman conceded that he wouldn't mind if there were predetermined units for every contest.