The UMBC men's lacrosse team (4-7, 2-2 America East) goes for its third consecutive win as the Retrievers conclude the home portion of the regular season schedule by welcoming the Hartford Hawks (3-8, 0-4 America East) on Saturday, April 21. The opening face-off is slated for just after noon on Saturday and the game will be broadcast on the America East digital network.
UMBC will honors seven seniors before the game - midfielder Max Haldeman (York, Pa.), midfielder Austin Mitchell (Laurel, Md./Reservoir/Howard CC), LSDM Billy O'Hara (Davidsonville, Md./South River), attackman Steven Partlow (Pasadena, Md./DeMatha), goalkeeper David Pisanic (Towson, MD./Boys Latin), defenseman John Tornabene (Havre de Grace, Md./Archbishop Curley), and midfielder Mason Witzler (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's School).
A Glance at the Retrievers: UMBC held host Binghamton off the scoreboard for the final 47:02 of the game and defeated the Bearcats, 5-2, in chilly conditions at Bearcats Sports Complex.
The Retrievers improved to 2-2 in the America East Conference and 4-7 overall. UMBC followed up its 11-7 win over No. 1 Albany a week ago and posted back-to-back victories for the first time in 2018. Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) scored a pair of goals, while freshman attackman Brett Baucia (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) recorded a goal and an assist and junior attackman Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) contributed two assists.
UMBC held Binghamton to 23 shots and Retriever freshman goalkeeper Tommy Lingner made eight stops and allowed just the two goals.
The two goals allowed by UMBC is the fewest since defeating Monmouth, 4-2, in 2015.
UMBC also snapped an eight-game road losing streak and won in Binghamton for the first time since 2010. The win also halted a three-game winning streak for the Bearcats, who had averaged 16.0 goals per game in that span.
Over the past two weeks, Lingner has earned multiple awards for his dominating play. On April 10, he was named America East Conference Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week. He was also honored by The Baltimore Sun, which tabbed him as the National Player of the Week and by the USILA, which selected Lingner to their Team of the Week. Lingner repeated as AE Rookie of the Week on April 17.
Nolan leads the squad with 16 goals and 25 total points. Freshman attackman Steven Zichelli is close behind with 12 goals and 20 total points.
O'Hara leads the team with 17 caused turnovers. He is tied for 22nd in the nation in causing miscues (1.55 per game ) and now has 54 for his career.
UMBC is now eighth in the nation in team defense, allowing only 8.09 goals per game.
Lingner's goals against average has dropped to 7.62, now fifth best in the nation, while his save percentage has risen to 53.5 percent, the 18th best figure through games of April 15.
A Glance at the Hawks: A late rally led UMass Lowell past the visiting University of Hartford men's lacrosse team, 12-10, at Cushing Field on Saturday night. The Hawks held a 9-6 lead late in the third, but the River Hawks rallied for six unanswered scores to steal the win.
Senior Griffin Feiner netted each of his team-best three goals in the first half to lead the Hawks, while classmate Rion Davison registered a career- and game-high six points on two goals and four assists.
Hartford has lost four straight, all in conference play, by a total of 12 goals.
Feiner leads an explosive offense with 36 goals and 52 total points. Classmate Justin Huggins is has scored 29 goals, while Davison has 15 goals and a team-best 19 helpers. Hartford averages 10.8 goals per game, but has a defensive scoring average of 12.4.
The Series/Last Year's Meeting: The all-time series is knotted at 8-all, but UH has captured three straight and eight of the last 11 meetings. UMBC is 5-2 versus UH at UMBC Stadium and the last win in the series occurred in 2014, as the Retrievers defeated the Hawks, 16-11.
On April 22 of last season, a senior-laden, desperate Hartford Hawks' men's lacrosse team stayed alive to defend their 2016 America East title as they defeated visiting UMBC, 13-8, on Senior Day at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. Nolan led UMBC with three goals, while Huggins led all players with four goals for Hartford.
Up Next: UMBC concludes the regular season at Vermont on Friday, April 27. Face-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m.