Men's Lacrosse Faces Critical America East Test at Binghamton Saturday Evening

photo by: Ian Feldman
photo by: Ian Feldman

UMBC at Binghamton Game Notes 

The UMBC men's lacrosse team (3-7, 1-2 America East) looks for back-to-back victories and a road win for the first time in 2018 when they travel to Binghamton (4-8, 1-3 AE) for a Saturday evening match-up with the Bearcats. The opening face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Senior Night in Binghamton and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

 

UMBC Update: For the second time in three weeks, a UMBC team knocked off the nation's best. This time, it was on the lacrosse field as the Retrievers defeated top-ranked Albany, 11-7, in an America East clash before 961 fans at UMBC Stadium on April 6.

 

Albany came into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation for six consecutive weeks. They presented the nation's top offense at 15.4 goals per game, its top scoring defense, allowing seven goals per game and the top face-off unit at 81.5 percent. But UMBC (3-7, 1-2 America East), which snapped a four-game slide scored a season-high 11 goals and freshman netminder Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) backstopped a stout defense which held the Great Danes to four goals below their previous season-low.

 

Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) led a balanced effort with a three-goal, two-assist effort. It was his season high for points and he notched his sixth career three-goal (or better) effort.

 

The victory was the program's second over a No. 1-ranked team. The 1998 squad defeated No. 1 Maryland, 12-8, in the regular season finale and was propelled into its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament.

 

Lingner earned multiple awards for his dominating play. He was named America East Conference Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week.  He was also honored by The Baltimore Sun, which tabbed him as the National Player of the Week and by the USILA, which selected Lingner to their Team of the Week.

 

Of UMBC's attackmen and offensive midfielders, only juniors Billy Nolan and Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) have started all 10 games. Ten different offensive players have earned starts on attack and the first midfield and five of those ten are freshmen.

 

Freshman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) (4 starts, 9 goals, 2 assists) will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery and sophomore Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) (7 starts, 9 goals, 1 assist) did not dress due to injury for the last three games. 

 

Nolan leads the squad with 14 goals and 23 total points. Freshman attackman Steven Zichelli is close behind with 11 goals and 19 total points.

 

Senior LSDM Billy O'Hara (Davidsonville, Md./South River) leads the team with 16 caused turnovers. He is tied for 20th in the nation in causing miscues (1.60 per game ) and now has 53 for his career.

 

UMBC is tied for 14th in the nation in team defense, allowing only 8.7 goals per game.

 

Lingner is allowing only 8.35 goals per game, which is now 12th-best in the nation.

 

Scouting the Bearcats: After starting the year at 1-8, Binghamton (4-8, 1-3 America East) has won three straight, including a 14-10 victory at Hartford on April 7. 

 

Bearcat red-shirt senior Sean Gilroy was named the America East men's lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week for April 9. Gilroy netted a career-high six goals in the Bearcats' 14-10 win over Hartford He is only the fifth player in the conference to score six goals in a single game this season

 

Senior attackman Thomas McAndrew leads the Bearcat offense with 18 goals and 22 total points. Binghamton has scored 42 goals (14 per game) in its three-game winning strreak after netting 60 during its 1-8 start (6.7 per game).

 

Red-shirt sophomore Kevin Carbone has all four wins (4-5) in cage for Binghamton and has a 9.97 goals against average and 52.3 save percentage. 

 

Series Record/Last Year's Meeting: This will be the 21st meeting between the Retrievers and Bearcats, with UMBC currently leading the series, 14-6.

 

The Bearcats have won three of the last four meetings in the series, including a 9-4 victory in the America East semifinals last May. The Retrievers won the regular season affair, 7-6, at UMBC Stadium last April 15. Billy Nolan scored three goals in that game and added a goal and a helper in the playoff loss.

 

Binghamton has won the last four meetings in Vestal, N.Y., dating back to a 12-6 Retriever victory in 2010. Overall, the Bearcats have a 5-3 series lead over the Retrievers at home.

 

Up Next: The Retrievers completes the home regular season schedule on Saturday, April 21, when they host Hartford. UMBC will honor its seniors before the noon start versus the Hawks.