Here is the third installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Tuesday’s visit was with Towson. Wednesday’s visit is with UMBC.
The good: The Retrievers actually regressed in the win-loss column, falling from 6-7 in 2011 to 5-8 this spring. But the team did upset Maryland, 8-7, on March 6 and finished second in the America East with a 3-2 mark. “We had some real nice wins,” coach Don Zimmerman. “The win against Maryland was a terrific win for us. The win over Hartford in the America East opener was a nice win. And then the come-from-behind win against Albany was certainly exciting.” … The attack was anchored by juniors Scott Jones (36 goals and four assists) and Joe Lustgarten (8, 29) for the entire campaign, but the unit really prospered when sophomore Matt Gregoire (16, 1) joined them as starters. Zimmerman said the team’s goal production increased with both Jones and Gregoire circling the crease. “Matt Gregoire came in and did a nice job,” Zimmerman said. “Towards the end of the year, teams were starting to shut off Scott Jones and took him out of play. What we have to work on is our other players – including Matt – step up and take on more of a role if Jones is shut down.” … When junior Joseph Impallaria was sidelined for the entire season after tearing the rotator cuffs on both shoulders, the situation on faceoffs looked bleak. But sophomore Phil Poe stepped in and filled the void capably, winning 54.4 percent (174-of-320), collecting 82 groundballs, and amassing four goals and four assists. “He did receive our Most Improved Player award,” Zimmerman said. “He came in and did a terrific job for us this year. And it’s going to be nice to have Joe Impallaria back next year just to give us a 1-2 punch and to go after our opponents with two players. But considering the circumstances, I thought Phil Poe really stepped up and had a nice year for us.”