The UMBC men's lacrosse team (1-2) completes a three-game, in-state road swing when they make the short trip to Towson to face on the Tigers on Saturday, March 3. The opening face-off from Johnny Unitas Stadium takes place at noon and the game will be broadcast on the Towson Sports Network.
A Glance at the Retrievers
UMBC has dropped two straight on the road since a season-opening 9-6 home victory over then-No. 20 Richmond.
On February 23, host Mount St. Mary's (1-3) broke open a close game early, scoring five first half straight goals and going on to a 16-7 victory over the Retrievers in damp, chilly conditions at Waldron Family Stadium.
Sophomore attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) recorded his third career hat trick, while freshman attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) scored twice and added an assist for the Retrievers.
Patschorke has scored a pair of goals in each game and leads the squad with six and eight total points. Frawley and junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) have four goals apiece and Nolan has seven points (4g, 3a).
Freshman netminder Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y./St. Anthony's) earned the win in relief versus Richmond, but has taken losses in his two collegiate starts at Navy and Mount St. Mary's. He has 25 saves and 24 goals allowed in his brief tenure.
Lingner (13 saves, 2 ga) and freshman midfielder Steven Zichelli (2g, 2a) (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.
Senior defender John Tornabene (Havre de Grace, Md./Archbishop Curley) leads the Retrievers with 13 ground balls and shares the team lead in caused turnovers with five with sophomore linemate Nick Griffin (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty).
A Glance at the Tigers
Towson (1-3) will be playing for the third time in the span of a week when they face-off with the Retrievers. The Tigers, national semi-finalists from a year ago, dropped the opener at Hopkins, 14-6, then bounced back with a 15-13 win in the home opener versus Mount St. Mary's. Last Saturday, they fell, 12-10, to Georgetown, then dropped a 12-8 decision to homestanding Loyola on Feb. 28.
Offensively, junior middie Jon Mazza, junior A/M Timmy Monahan and junior attackman Brendan Sunday lead the way. Mazza has scored seven goals and added four assists, Monahan has six goals and four helpers and Sunday is tied for the team lead in goals with seven.
Behind junior Alex Woodall (57-of-87), TU is dominating the face-off x, winning 67.3 percent of the draws. Freshman Shane Brennan has started three of four games in the nets, but senior Josh Miller has played more minutes and has recorded a 51.0 save percentage and 10.67 goals against average.
Series Record/Last Year's Meeting
Towson has won six consecutive games in the series and leads, 33-15 in all-time contests. Since 1970, the teams have met each year, except for 1986, and they faced off twice in 1979. The Retrievers had won four of five prior to the latest Tiger surge.
Last March 4, UMBC went toe-to-toe with No. 14 Towson, but could not overcome an early three-goal deficit and fell to the Tigers, 8-6, before nearly 700 fans at chilly and blustery UMBC Stadium.
The UMBC defense turned in a solid effort, holding Towson below their season average of 10.3 goals per game. Senior long-stick defensive midfielder Billy O'Hara (Davidsonville, Md./South River) tied game-high honors with six ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers.
UMBC won the turnover battle, 14-12, and battled the Tigers to a near standstill on the draws. Towson entered the game winning over 72 percent of face-offs, but Retriever sophomore Jake Brothers (Elkridge, Md./Mount St. Joseph) captured seven of 16 draws, including all three in the fourth quarter.
The Retrievers return home on Saturday, March 10 when they host Marist. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and the broadcast takes place on the America East digital network.