The UMBC men's lacrosse team returns to America East competition this Saturday, March 31 when the Retrievers (2-6, 0-1 AE) play their first out-of-state game of the season at UMass Lowell (4-5, 1-1 AE). The opening draw is set for 4:00 p.m. at the Cushing Field Complex and the game will be broadcast on the America East digital network.
A Glance at the Retrievers: The UMBC men's lacrosse team played an exceedingly clean game versus red-hot Michigan, but the young Retrievers could not match a pair of Michigan upperclassmen and fell to the Wolverines, 9-6, before 660 in cool, clear conditions at UMBC Stadium.
UMBC freshman attackman Steven ZIchelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) recorded his first career hat-trick and added an assist for his second four-point game.
The Retrievers held Michigan (7-2), winners of five straight and coming off a win at No. 4 Notre Dame, to three goals below their season average. But Michigan senior goalkeeper Tommy Heidt turned aside 13 UMBC shots and junior midfielder Brent Noseworthy scored four times in the visitors' hard-fought victory.
UMBC committed only six turnovers to 17 for Michigan and cleared successfully in all 15 attempts. The Retrievers enjoyed a +16 margin in shots at 42-26, but Heidt started fast by stopping six of seven shots on goal in the first 15 minutes and kept UMBC at bay throughout.
The Retrievers have outshot their last two opponents by a combined 79-48, but have converted only 12 goals (15.2) in that span. Of UMBC's attackmen and offensive midfielders, only juniors Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) and Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) have started all eight games. Ten different offensive players have earned starts on attack and the first midfield and five of those ten are freshmen.
Freshman Trevor Patschorke (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 versus Michigan.
Nolan leads the squad with 10 goals and 16 total points. Steven Zichelli is close behind with 8 goals and 14 total points. Senior LSDM Billy O'Hara (Davidsonville, Md./South River) leads the team with 27 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. He is tied for 17th in the nation in causing miscues and now has 51 for his career.
UMBC is tied for 12th in the nation in team defense, allowing only 8.75 goals per game.
A Glance at the River Hawks: Senior attackman Matt Balter notched four points and three goals and freshman goalie Hunter Braun tied a school record with 21 saves in the 13-6 loss to No. 1 UAlbany in front of a school record crowd of 1,751 fans at Cushing Field Complex on March 24.
Albany bolted to a 9-1 halftime lead, but UML stiffened in the second half and killed off all six of UAlbany's extra man opportunities in the contest.
Balter scored a season-high four goals and Braun posted his first 21 save-effort to lead the River Hawks to a 14-10 win at Binghamton in the America East opener on March 17.
UML's first five games of the season were decided by one goal (2-3), including a split of two overtime decisions.
Balter leads the team with 19 goals, while senior Sean Tyrell is the top point-producer with 11 goals and 20 assists.
Last Year's Meeting/Series Record: Host UMBC rallied from a 5-0 early second quarter deficit and scored nine consecutive goals en route to a 10-6 America East Conference victory over UMass Lowell last April 1.
Andrews posted a hat trick and added one assist for UMBC.
This will be the fourth meeting between UMBC and UMass Lowell and the second at Cushing Field. UMBC leads the series, 3-0, with a 9-8 overtime win in the 2016 contest in Lowell.
Up Next: The Retrievers host current top-ranked Albany at UMBC Stadium on Saturday, April 7. Face-off time is slated for 3:00 p.m.