UMBC's men's lacrosse contest versus consensus No. 1-ranked Albany, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 7, will be played at UMBC Stadium on Friday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m., due to an expected winter storm in the area during the afternoon and evening hours on Saturday. The game will be broadcast via the America East digital network, with Gary Stein on the call.
A Glance at the Retrievers: UMBC held a 7-4 lead after three quarters, but host UMass Lowell scored six unanswered fourth period goals and defeated the Retrievers, 10-7, at the Cushing Field Complex on March 31.
UMBC sophomore face-off specialist Jake Brothers (Elkridge, Md./Mount St. Joseph) won a season-high 14 (of 21) face-offs and captured 10 ground balls to give his squad the time of possession edge throughout the game.
Freshman attackmen Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Brett Baucia (Crofton, Md./) Archbishop Spalding) scored two goals apiece for UMBC. Baucia's two goals were career-firsts for the freshman.
The Retrievers have outshot their last two opponents by a combined 117-71, but have converted only 19 goals (16.2 percent) 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 nine games. Ten different offensive players have earned starts on attack and the first midfield and five of those ten are freshmen.
Freshman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) (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 for the last two games.
Nolan leads the squad with 11 goals and 18 total points. Steven Zichelli is close behind with 10 goals and 16 total points.
Senior LSDM Billy O'Hara (Davidsonville, Md./South River) leads the team with 15 caused turnovers. He is tied for 20th in the nation in causing miscues (1.67) and now has 52 for his career.
UMBC is 18th in the nation in team defense, allowing only 8.89 goals per game.
A Glance at the Great Danes: Albany (10-0, 3-0 America East) is the unanimous top-ranked team and is the lone undefeated NCAA Division I squad in the nation. The Great Danes lead the nation in scoring at 15.4 goals produced per game and in defense, allowing just 7.0 goals per contest. They are also far-and-away the top face-off team in the nation, winning a remarkable 81.5 percent of all draws.
Senior attackman Connor Fields leads the nation in points per game (6.44) with 26 goals and 32 assists in nine games played. His freshman linemate, Tehoka Nanticoke is tenth nationally (5.0 ppg) with a team-best 28 goals and 22 helpers.
At the face-off x, sophomore TD Irelan has won 192-of-229 face-offs, a win percentage of 83.8 percent. And in goal, senior JD Colarusso maintains the nation's best goals-against-average at 6.18 and its best save percentage at 64.1 percent.
The Series/Last Year's Meeting: Albany leads the series, 12-10, posting their eighth consecutive win in the rivalry last season in Albany. The last time the two teams met at UMBC Stadium concluded UMBC's 2016 season. It was a dramatic affair, but fifth-ranked Albany scored late in the first OT period to win, 15-14. Former Retriever Nate Lewnes tied a school record by recording 10 goals. UMBC trailed, 11-3, early in the third quarter, but rallied to end the regulation time at 14-all. Senior Max Haldeman (York, Pa.) notched a career-high five points (2g, 3a) in the contest.
UMBC's last win in the series was a 17-16 overtime victory in 2012. UMBC is 7-5 at UMBC Stadium versus Albany and has dropped two straight.
Senior goalkeeper Ruston Souder made 13 saves and the Retriever defense held the nation's highest-scoring team to seven goals below its average, but the seventh-ranked Great Danes dominated time of possession and defeated UMBC, 10-5, at blustery John Fallon Stadium last April 8.
Up Next: The Retrievers travel to Binghamton on Saturday, April 14, for a 7:00 p.m. America East clash with the Bearcats.