The UMBC men's lacrosse team 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 and the game will be broadcast on the America East Digital Network.
RETRIEVER REVIEW: Host Stony Brook (4-4, 1-1 America East) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held off a second-half UMBC (1-6, 0-2 AE) rally to prevail, 14-7, over the Retrievers in chilly, windy conditions at LaValle Stadium on March 23.
UMBC junior attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) led the Retrievers with three goals, registering his third game with three or more this season.
The seven-goal effort ended a streak of four consecutive games of double-figure scoring for UMBC. It was their longest streak since 2014, when they scored 10 or more goals in the final five contests of the season.
Sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) contributed a career-best three assists at Stony Brook, while junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) tallied twice to push his team lead in goals to 17.
Frawley leads the team with 20 points, closely followed by Patschorke at 19 (12g, 7a). Senior midfielder Billy Nolan is the top distributor, leading the club with 10 assists.
Junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) picked up two more caused turnovers versus Stony Brook and has 18 (2.57 per game) on the season. He leads America East and is tied for sixth in the nation in caused miscues.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Lafayette (4-6, 0-4 Patriot League) reeled off four consecutive wins in February, but has now dropped five in a row this month. Three of those setbacks occurred to teams ranked in the Top 20 at the time.
The Leopards capped their winning streak with a 13-12 win over Binghamton on Feb. 23.
Host Boston University forged ahead, 14-5, after three quarters and defeated Lafayette, 17-9 on March 23. Freshman midfielder Cole Dutton led the visitors with two goals and two helpers.
Four Leopards have scored between 23 and 25 points on the season, led by senior attackman Conor Walters, who has 13 goals and 12 assists. Dutton has 23 points (14g, 9a) and is tied with sophomore A/M Andrew Robbins (team-high 21 goals) and senior A/M Connar Denhart (17g, 6a).
Freshman goalkeeper Ryan Ness has played in all 10 games and averages 9.1 saves and 11.6 goals against per game. His save percentage is 45.3.
The Leopards score 9.8 goals per game and allow 11.7.
THE SERIES: The two schools have met three times with UMBC coming away with victories on each occasion.
The first contest occurred in 1988, and UMBC triumphed, 16-3, at UMBC Stadium. Then, the two schools played in back-to-back seasons of 2015 and 2016. In '15, the Retrievers captured an 18-7 decision at home and, in their first-ever visit to Easton, Pa., UMBC edged the Leopards, 13-8.
As a freshman, current senior Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) tallied four goals in the win at Lafayette.
UP NEXT: UMBC returns to America East play next Saturday, April 6, when they entertain Binghamton. The contest will get underway at noon on the turf at UMBC Stadium.