The UMBC men's lacrosse team has its final tune-up before opening America East Conference play when the Retrievers travel to North Carolina to take on the 12th-ranked High Point Panthers at Vert Stadium. The opening face-off is slated for 11:00 a.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
RETRIEVER REVIEW: UMBC (1-3) valiantly rallied from a four-goal fourth quarter deficit, but fell, 14-13, in overtime to Brown (2-1) before 1,245 fans at UMBC Stadium on March 2.
Retriever attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) recorded a career-high five goals to pace the Retrievers. The junior scored the game-tying goal with 2:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) shared game-high scoring honors with a goal and four assists, while classmate and linemate Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) netted three goals.
Freshman netmdiner Jack Morton (Ellicott City, Md./Boys' Latin), making his first collegiate start, recorded a team season-high 13 saves.
Sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) leads the team with ten goals and 14 points through four games. He has scored multiple goals in all eight career games that he has competed in.
Patschorke is one of five Retrievers to hit double figures in points in the early part of the season. McIntyre is now tied for the team lead in goals with 10, while senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) tops the squad with eight assists (2-8-10).
UMBC is scoring 11.0 goals per game after an injury-plagued offense averaged a program-low 6.85 goals per contest last season.
Senior defenseman Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River) leads the squad with 15 ground balls, while junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) has ten caused turnovers in three games. Kasner is ranked eighth in the nation in forced miscues. As a team, UMBC is 14th in the nation with with 10.25 caused turnovers per game.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: No. 12 High Point has won four of five games, including wins over ACC opponents Duke (13-9) and Virginia (14-13). The Panthers' last four games have all been decided by one goal, including last Saturday's 16-15 home win over Robert Morris.
Sophomore attackman Asher Nolting – the reigning SoCon Rookie and Offensive Player of the Year – is off to a brilliant second campaign. He has 13 goals and 18 assists in six games, ranking 16th in the nation in points per game.
The Southern Conference named Nolting Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Month and senior Tim Troutner, Jr. SoCon Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Month for the month of February. Troutner, Jr. logged a 4-1 record in February while averaging 13.2 saves, a .589 save percentage and 9.32 goals against average. He is tied for 12th the nation with 13.5 saves per outing.
High Point is tied for 14th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.3 goals per contest.
THE SERIES: The two teams have split two previous meetings, each squad winning at home. UMBC triumphed, 16-11, in 2013, and HPU eeked out a 17-15 decision the following season.
UP NEXT: UMBC will host Vermont in the league opener for both teams on Saturday, March 16. The opening face-off is set for noon at UMBC Stadium.