Men's Lacrosse Welcomes 26 Returners and 13 Newcomers for 2013-14 Campaign

Men's Lacrosse Welcomes 26 Returners and 13 Newcomers for 2013-14 Campaign

Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Coach Don Zimmerman and his staff welcomed 26 returning players and 13 newcomers in September as the Retrievers begin preparations for the 2013-14 campaigns.

UMBC reached the America East championship game in 2013, winning a dramatic semifinal contest versus Hartford before falling to Albany in the title game. The Retrievers finished the campaign with a record of 7-8, won three of five conference games and earned a place in the four-team league tournament for the tenth consecutive year.

Many of the returning players visited Japan in the late spring, enjoying the cultural experience and winning all six competitions against Japanese national teams and universities. It was the third time that Coach Zimmerman had taken a UMBC team to Japan.

In August, alum Steve Settembrino joined the coaching staff and will work with the Retriever defense. Settembrino competed as a defenseman for the Retrievers from 2005-09 and was a part of four consecutive squads that competed in the NCAA Tournament. As an assistant coach, he helped guide Mercyhust to an NCAA Division II national title in 2011 and served on the staff at Binghamton in 2013.

"Our staff is pleased with the overall talent and diversity of our incoming players," said  Zimmerman. "Combined with a solid corps of returning players, the 2013-14 Retrievers will be solid at every position and have the depth necessary to create a competitive atmosphere in both practices and games."

A Brief Look at UMBC's Newcomers…

Colin Amodeo

An attackman/midfielder for the Ontario high school lacrosse champion Saints in 2013… Competed in the 2012 Adrenaline All-Canada Games for Ontario Southeast… Also excelled in ice hockey for the Whitby Warriors.

James Bull

Defensive midfielder who competed for rising Virginia power St. Stephen's & St. Agnes… Saints won two Virginia Independent state titles and knocked off powerhouse Landon in the 2013 Independent Athletic Association championship during his tenure… Recorded eight ground balls in a 7-5 win over Boys' Latin in 2012.

Pat Dignan

A four-year varsity close defensemen for the New Hope-Solesbury Lions… Awarded First Team BAL honors both his sophomore and junior year, and had the most ground balls for a defensemen during those years… Selected to the Intelligencer First Team in 2011 and 2012.

Wyatt Griffith

A First Team All-Conference honoree in lacrosse, football and wrestling during 2012-13 campaigns at Easton… A member of the National Honor Society.

Garrett Hasken

A face-off specialist/defensive midfield candidate for the Retrievers… Earned All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors for DeMatha… A 2012 Brine All-American who captained the Stags last spring. 

 Steven Larson

Earned 2013 Adrenaline All-American honors… Selected to the Warrior 40 squad after his junior campaign… Won 75 percent of his face offs in addition to scoring 24 goals and dishing out 13 assists in 2012.

Sean Lewns

A 2011 and 2012 First Team All-County lacrosse selection and a member of the Cougars' state championship teams in those campaigns… Also an All-County and All-Conference football player at Fallston.

James Maxwell

Joined his brother Max at UMBC to become 31st "brother act" in UMBC's short lacrosse history… Starting goalkeeper for the 2012 and 2013 NJCAA National Champion, Onondaga CC..,. Recorded 4.39 goals against average and 78 save percentage… An All-Conference netminder at Hamburg from 2007-10.

Max Maxwell

A two-time high school All-American from western New York… Amassed over 100 goals and 80 assists in his junior and senior seasons at Hamburg… Part of Rochester squad which represented USA in Brogden Cup victory over Canada early in both 2012 and 2013... Scored four goals and added four assists in the two-game sweep last winter. 

Dylan McDermott

Highly-decorated midfielder from South Carroll… A 2013 C. Markland Kelly finalist who competed in the MSLCA Senior All-Star game… Also took part in the 2012 Maryland Free State Rising Senior Game… The 2012 Frederick Gazette Player of the Year.

Alex Phannenstein

A multi-sport athlete for the Eastern Tech… Took face-offs during his tenure with the Mavericks… Also competed in football and track & field… A relative newcomer to the sport who began competing while in high school.

Grant Searfoss

The 2013 Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Conference Player of the Year… An Express Times All-Area First Team selection in his junior and senior campaigns… Scored 40 or more goals in his final three seasons at Nazareth Area HS and amassed a career best 73 points (44-29-73) in 2013.

Ruston Souder

A First Team All-County selection by the Capital Gazette in 2013… Finished the season with a .628 save percentage and allowed only 5.5 goals per game for Chesapeake, coached by UMBC alum Rodney Beres… Made 19 saves in a 2013 a 7-6 upset over Severn.


Player                           Pos.     Ht.        Wt.        Hometown/High School/Previous School

Colin Amodeo              A/M     6-2       195       Oshawa, Ont./Paul Dwyer Catholic

James Bull                     M        5-10      170       Woodbridge, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes

Pat Dignan                   D/LSM  6-6      165        New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solesbury

Wyatt Griffith                  D         6-0        210       Wye Mills, Md./Easton

Garrett Hasken              M         6-0        195       Odenton, Md./DeMatha

Steven Larson               M         5-11      175       Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral

Sean Lewns                  D          6-1        205       Fallston, Md./Fallston

James Maxwell              G         5-6        155       Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Onondaga CC

Max Maxwell                 M          5-9        175        Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg

Dylan McDermott          M         5-9        180        Westminster, Md./South Carroll

Alex Pfannenstein         M         6-0        185        Perry Hall, Md./ Eastern Tech

Grant Searfoss              A/M      6-3        175       Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area

Ruston Souder              G          5-9        150        Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake