Men's Lacrosse Faces AE Rival Stony Brook on Long Island This Saturday

Men's Lacrosse Faces AE Rival Stony Brook on Long Island This Saturday

The UMBC men's lacrosse team travels to New York for the first time in a three-week span and will face Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium on Saturday, March 23. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the America East Digital Network.


RETRIEVER REVIEW: UMBC (1-5, 0-1 AE) built three six-goal leads, but could not hold off Vermont (4-3, 1-0) down the stretch and the Catamounts prevailed, 12-11, in double overtime in the America East opener for both squads on March 16.


Junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) led the Retrievers with four goals.


It was UMBC's second overtime setback in three weeks. The Retrievers fell to Brown, 14-13, in overtime on March 2.  


Senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) tallied a goal and two assists for UMBC, while senior midfielder Josh Jordan (Lunenberg, Mass.) and sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md.) scored two goals each.


Frawley leads a balanced UMBC offense with 15 goals and 18 total points. He is one of five Retrievers in double figures in scoring. Patschorke adds 12 goals and 16 points, while Jordan (12-2-14) and Nolan (4-10-14) each have 14 points. Junior attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is tied for second on the squad with 12 goals.


UMBC is scoring 11.3 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) and junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) share the team lead with 18 ground balls each.  Kasner has 16 caused turnovers in six games (2.67 per game). He is ranked sixth in the nation in forced miscues.


SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook (3-4, 0-1 AE) also lost its conference opener by a goal, falling, 12-11, at Hartford on Saturday. Five of the last six Seawolves' games have been decided two goals or less, including a 13-11 win at Brown on Feb. 23.


SBU trailed, 12-8, to the Hawks, but scored three times in less than two minutes to get to within one with 39 seconds remaining. However, two Seawolf shots missed the target in the final 18 seconds and Hartford escaped with the victory.


Junior A/M Connor Grippe led SBU with three goals, while sophomore attackman Jack Walsh added a goal and three assists. Junior netminder Michael Bollinger excelled, making 9 of 15 saves in the third quarter.


Junior attackman Tom Haun leads SBU with 20 points (13-7-20) on the campaign, while Walsh has tallied 14 and leads the club with 11 helpers. Bollinger has a save percentage of 50.3 and makes 11.6 saves per contest.


Stony Brook is averaging 9.14 goals per game and is allowing 11.43.


THE SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 14-10, but SBU has captured six of the last nine meetings. The last three encounters have gone the way of the road team, with UMBC triumphing, 12-9, on Long Island in 2017 and SBU prevailing, 7-6, in Baltimore last March.


Nolan led all scorers with four points on three goals and an assist season ago. The Retrievers dominated the stat sheet, outshooting SBU, 37-22, and capturing 12 of 17 draws.


Nolan tallied a career-high five goals in UMBC's win at LaValle Stadium in 2017.  


UP NEXT: UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday, March 30 when they host Lafayette. Game time is slated for noon at UMBC Stadium.