Men's Lacrosse Faces Richmond in Spiders' Home Opener on Tuesday

Men's Lacrosse Faces Richmond in Spiders' Home Opener on Tuesday

The UMBC men's lacrosse team heads a little further south for Game No. 2 of the 2019 as they battle the 2018 Southern Conference champion Richmond Spiders. Game time at Robins Stadium is set for 4:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.


Retriever Review: Host Navy (2-0) scored the only three goals of the fourth quarter to pull away late and defeat UMBC, 11-6, in the opener for the Retrievers at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Friday.


UMBC junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) posted his fourth career hat trick to lead the offense for the Retrievers. Sophomore linemate Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) added a pair of goals.


UMBC was buoyed by the play of freshman face-off specialist P.J. Argiros (Levittown, N.Y.), who won 9-of-10 second quarter draws. Argiros won 10 of 17 draws in his initial collegiate contest.


UMBC outshot Navy, 41-40, but Navy goalkeeper Ryan Kern turned aside 14 Retriever shots, including four in the fourth quarter. UMBC sophomore netminder Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) collected nine saves in the season debut.


Other outstanding performances were turned in by close defenders Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) and Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River). Kasner made his UMBC debut by causing three turnovers and scooping up five ground balls. Schimoler, a converted short-stick midfielder, led UMBC with eight ground balls and forced four Navy miscues.


A Glance at the Spiders: Richmond (1-1) opens their home schedule after a pair of closely-contested road games. UR fell, 10-9, to No. 3 Maryland on Feb. 9, then edged Bucknell, 13-11, in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday.


The Spiders outscored Bucknell, 6-3, in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Teddy Hatfield and Ryan Lanchbury scored four goals apiece and combined for the all three scores in the game-closing 3-0 run. Hatfield scored the game-tying goal at the 8:38 mark and Lanchbury scored with 6:27 and 3:44 remaining.


Sophomore netminder Jack Rusbuldt made nine saves to even his record at 1-1.


Both Lanchbury, a sophomore attackman, (9-1-10) and Hatfield, his senior linemate, (6-4-10) have 10 points through two games.


Last Year's Meeting/ Series Record: UMBC leads the series, 3-2, as the two teams have met in all six years of the Spiders' program existence. UMBC triumphed, 14-5, at home in 2014, and 9-5, in Richmond a year later. But the Spiders have took the next two, winning, 7-5, at UMBC in the 2016 opener, and 10-5, in Richmond in 2017.


UMBC held the 20th-ranked Richmond scoreless for over 35 minutes and scored six goals in that span to erase a 5-2 deficit and defeat the Spiders, 9-6, in the opener for both teams last February. Lingner was brilliant in his debut. He entered the game at the 9:10 mark of the first quarter and proceeded to save 13 of 15 shots put on goal by the Spiders in the final 50:50 of action.


Senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) posted his fourth career hat-trick and added an assist, but he had ample help from a pair of then-freshman from nearby Severna Park (Md.) High School.  High school teammates Steven Zichelli (2 goals, 2 assists), a midfielder, and Trevor Patschorke (2 goals), an attackman, played key roles in the Retrievers' surge. Hatfield led the Spiders with two goals and a helper.



Up Next: UMBC opens the home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23, when they host Mount St. Mary's at UMBC Stadium. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the America East digital network.