The UMBC men's lacrosse team (1-1) heads about 50 miles northwest on Friday, Feb. 23, when they renew the rivalry versus Mount St. Mary's (0-3) in Emmitsburg. The opening face-off at Waldron Family Stadium is set for 3:00 p.m. and the game will be streamed on NEC Front Row.
A Glance at the Retrievers
UMBC (1-1) opened in rainy conditions on February 10 and upset 20th-ranked Richmond, 9-6. A week later, in moderate snow in Annapolis, the Retrievers fell to Navy, 7-5.
The Retriever defense has been outstanding in the early going. In the very early going, UMBC is tied for fourth nationally, allowing only 6.5 goals per game. UMBC held Richmond scoreless for over 35 minutes in the opener and did not allow a Navy goal in the first and fourth quarters of play.
UMBC freshmen netminder Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y./St. Anthony's) was brilliant in his debut. He entered the game at the 9:10 mark of the first quarter and proceeded to save 13 of 15 shots put on goal by the Spiders in the final 50:50 of action. He earned his first collegiate start versus Navy and tabbed seven saves in taking the defeat.
Lingner and freshman midfielder Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) were tabbed America East Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week respectively for games ending February 11. Lingner was also named to the USILA Team of the Week and was tabbed Inside Lacrosse's Alpha Player of the Week.
Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Croton, Md./Arundel), who posted his fourth career hat-trick and added an assist vs. Richmond, is the co-leader on the squad with four goals and five total points through two games. Freshman attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) scored twice against Navy and also has recorded 4-1-5.
Senior defender John Tornabene (Havre de Grace, Md./Archbishop Curley) is tied for 31st nationally with 5.0 ground balls per game. Lingner is currently third in the country in both save percentage (69.0%) and goals against average (4.87).
A Glance at the Mountaineers
Today's contest will be the fourth in 14 days for Mount St. Mary's. The Mountaineers have dropped three close decisions, all on the road, 16-12 at Delaware, 15-13 at Towson, and, on Tuesday, 13-10, at Richmond.
Hence, the Mount is scoring at an impressive clip, averaging 11.7 goals per game, but allowing 14.7.
Sophomore attackman Brenden McCarthy leads the squad with 7 goals and 10 total points through three games. He posted 9 goals and 19 points as a freshman in 2016. Midfielder Luke Frankeny is tied for the team lead with 7 scores.
Three netminders have seen action, but senior Matt Vierheller has earned all three starts. He has allowed 34 goals and made 20 stops on the campaign. Vierheller has started all but two games since his freshman campaign in 2015.
The Retrievers have won all 23 meetings between the two schools in a series that originated in 1973. More recently, the teams competed in four consecutive seasons, from 2013-16, before taking the year off in 2017. Three of the four Retriever wins in that span occurred by three goals or less, including a 14-11 triumph in Emmitsburg in 2016.
In that contest, UMBC held a 10-5 lead, but the hosts scored four consecutive goals to climb within 10-9 early in the fourth quarter. But then-freshman Jack Andrews scored twice in a 4-0 Retriever response to seal the victory. Andrews posted a hat trick and added an assist and former UMBC standout Nate Lewnes scored six goals.
- After the win over Richmond, UMBC received votes in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse/Maverik media polls on Feb. 11.
- The Retrievers won their opening game for the first time since 2011.
- UMBC was 0-7 versus teams ranked in the Top 20 in 2017.
- Head Coach Ryan Moran enters his second year at UMBC, he now sports a career record of 7-9.
- The 2018 UMBC men's lacrosse team has selected seniors Billy O'Hara and John Tornabene and juniors Jason Brewster and Gunnar Schimoler as its team captains for the academic year. Brewster will serve in the capacity as captain for the second consecutive year.
- UMBC returns 23 letterwinners from last year's squad and features 18 newcomers. Eight of the returning letterwinners started the final game of the 2017 campaign for head coach Ryan Moran.
- After a season during which Albany reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship for the third time in four years, the Great Danes are the unanimous America East favorites in 2018. Stony Brook is tabbed second, followed by Vermont, UMBC, Hartford, Binghamton and UMass Lowell.
- The Retrievers play six of 13 games at UMBC Stadium, including first-time visitor Michigan and (March 24) No. 4 pre-season and defending America East champion Albany (April 7). The four-team America East Tournament will be played at the site of the regular season champion on Thursday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5.
UMBC completes in the in-state, three-game road swing at Towson on Saturday, March 3. The opening face-off at Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for noon.