The UMBC men's lacrosse team plays its final non-conference contest on Saturday, March 24, when the Retrievers (2-5) host the Michigan Wolverines (6-2). The opening draw is set for 3:00 p.m. at UMBC and Gary Stein will have the call on the America East digital network.
A Glance at the Retrievers: UMBC rallied from a 7-3 fourth-quarter deficit, but could not complete the comeback and fell, 7-6, to Stony Brook, in the America East opener for both teams at UMBC Stadium last Saturday.
Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) led all scorers with four points on three goals and an assist. The Retrievers trailed, 7-3, after 45 minutes, but erupted for three scores in less than five minutes to get right back into the game.
After winning the game's final draw, UMBC attempted four shots, but could not knot the score. The Retrievers had to kill off a late penalty as junior netminder David Pisanic (Towson, Md./Boys' Latin) made a critical save with 1:13 remaining. UMBC cleared successfully and called time out with 22 seconds left, but lost control of the ball and never got an attempt in the final seconds.
UMBC dominated the stat sheet, outshooting SBU, 37-22, and capturing 12 of 17 draws. The setback snapped a five-game home winning streak, dating back to last season.
Nolan leads the squad with 9 goals and 14 total points. Sophomore attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) is tied with Nolan with 9 goals. Senior LSDM Billy O'Hara (Davidsonville, Md./South River) leads the team with 23 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
UMBC returns to America East play next Saturday, March 31, when they face UMass Lowell on the road. The opening face-off is set for 4:00 p.m.
A Glance at the Wolverines: The Michigan men's lacrosse team (6-2) pulled off its biggest win in program history, a 13-12 win over No. 4 Notre Dame Wednesday at Notre Dame's Arlotta Stadium. It marks the Wolverines' first win over a top five opponent in school history.
Junior midfielder Brent Noseworthy led the way for the Wolverines with five goals and an assist for six points in a contest that Michigan never trailed and saw zero lead changes and seven ties.
Michigan has won four in a row. The win over Notre Dame was its first in three road contests this season.
Michigan averages 12.0 goals per game and Noseworthy leads the club with 27 goals and 32 points. Kevin Mack has pitched in with 15 goals and a team-high 15 helpers.
Last Year's Meeting: In the first meeting between the two schools last March 25, UMBC (3-5) could not pull off its third straight road victory in three weeks as the Retrievers dropped a narrow 10-7 decision to No. 20 Michigan (8-1) in overcast, drizzly conditions at Michigan Stadium.
UMBC midfielder Max Haldeman (York, Pa.) led the Retriever offense by posting his first three-goal effort of the season. Jake Brothers won 10 of 19 draws, as Michigan narrowly won the face-off battle, 11-10. The Wolverines also forced 10 of 13 UMBC turnovers, while UM only gave the ball away on eight occasions.