UMBC makes its first appearance in the America East Championships since 2014 when the second-seeded Retrievers (6-7, 4-2 AE) take on third-seeded Binghamton (10-4, 4-2 AE) in the first semi-final contest of the tournament. The action gets underway at Albany's Tom & Mary Casey Stadium at 4:30 p.m.
Top-seeded and host Albany takes on No. 4 Stony Brook at 7:00 p.m.
The two winners will face off for the league title on Saturday, May 6 at 12 p.m. with the winner earning a trip to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship, where America East teams have won five games in the past 10 seasons and 11 all-time.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with Chris Watson and Kelly O'Donnell on the call. Live stats' links will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's lacrosse program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MLax). Access is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
For all the latest information on the America East Men's Lacrosse Championship, visit Championship Central.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC scored the game's first four goals and never trailed as the Retrievers concluded the regular season with a 10-7 victory over Vermont in warm conditions at UMBC Stadium.
UMBC's 4-2 America East record is its best since 2009, when they won four of five and captured the regular season and tournament crowns.
Freshman attackman Ryan Frawley posted his second four-goal game of the campaign and finished with a season-best five points. Max Maxwell, who was one of eight seniors honored before the game, matched Frawley's point total with two goals and three helpers.
The Retriever defense returned its stifling ways, as they held Vermont's high-powered attack line to just one goal, which occurred on a man-up opportunity. UMBC is currently ranked 20th in the nation in scoring defense (9.15).
Maxwell, the lone Retriever to score in all 13 games, leads UMBC with 18 goals and 21 assists. Maxwell has moved into a tied for 14th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 145 points (58 goals, 87 assists). He has moved into fifth place in all-time assists.
Ruston Souder became 10th player in school history to record 300 saves (312) and is now in eighth place.
Four Retrievers have earned America East weekly awards in 2017. Freshman face-off specialist Jake Brothers earned Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13, classmate Ryan Frawley captured that award on March 13 and April 30 (co-Rookie), midfielder Billy Nolan captured the Player of the Week award on March 20, and Souder was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on April 3.
In June of 2016, Ryan Moran (Maryland, '03) was named UMBC's third head men's lacrosse coach since the program entered the USILA in 1971.
Missing out on the tournament in 2015 and 2016 snapped an 11-year run for the Retrievers. UMBC has captured three titles (2006, 2008, 2009) and played in the title game in 2007, 2013 and 2014. The Retrievers' all-time record in AE Tournament play is 9-8.
UMBC opened the 2017 slate by taking on the 2016 national champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels, ranked No. 1 in the USILA pre-season poll. No. 8 Johns Hopkins, Towson (No. 12) and Albany (No. 13) were other ranked teams in the pre-season, while Richmond, Stony Brook and Vermont received votes. UMBC's current RPI is 28.
UMBC has received votes in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverik media poll on both April 17 and in the most recent (May 1) poll.
Scouting the Bearcats
Binghamton halted a three-game slide and earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a 6-5 overtime victory at Stony Brook on April 29. Midfielder Joe Licata scored the game-winning goal
Two of Binghamton's four setbacks have been by a single goal – the 7-6 loss at UMBC and a 9-8 defeat at then No. 1 Syracuse on April 22.
Senior attackman Tom Moore, a transfer from Denver, has put together a brilliant campaign for the Bearcats. He is ranked sixth in the nation in goals per game (43, 3.07) and the tenth in points per game (67,4.79). Licata, who scored three times vs. UMBC, is second on the squad with 17 goals.
On the other end, senior netminder Tanner Cosens is fourth in the country in goals against average (7.56) and 16th in save percentage (54.3). The Bearcats are fourth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 7.64 goals per outing. They are also eighth with just 11.57 miscues per game.
This will be the 20th meeting between the Retrievers and Bearcats, with UMBC currently leading the series, 14-5. It will be the fifth time that the two squads have met in America East Tournament play and the Retrievers have captured the previous four meetings.
UMBC halted a brief two-game slide to the Bearcats as the Retrievers edged Binghamton, 7-6, at UMBC Stadium on April 15.
UMBC sophomore midfielder Billy Nolan scored three goals and freshman attackman Ryan Frawley added two, including the game-winner with 3:13 remaining as the Retrievers rallied for a 7-6 America East Conference victory over Binghamton at UMBC Stadium.