The UMBC men's lacrosse team hopes to enjoy this April as much, if not more, than they did that fourth month on the calendar one year ago.
The Retrievers opened April of 2018 at 2-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play. But, on April 6, 2018, UMBC defeated top-ranked UAlbany, 11-7, to start a three-game America East winning streak. The Retrievers fell one game short of earning a spot in the AE Playoffs, falling in the finale at Vermont, 9-6.
After a convincing home win over Lafayette last Saturday, the Retrievers will try to build on that momentum as they face four consecutive Saturday America East contests. UMBC (2-6, 0-2 AE) hosts Binghamton at UMBC Stadium on April 6, 2019, with a noon opening face-off on tap. The game will be broadcast on the America East Digital Network.
Retriever Review: Senior midfielder Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) and junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) scored career-topping five goals apiece as UMBC tallied a decade-best 19 goals, defeating Lafayette, 19-8, in pristine conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 30.
Freshman face-off specialist Brandon Galloway (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) won 20 of 23 face-offs and collected 16 ground balls to help the hosts dominate time of possession.
The 19 goals scored was the most for a Retriever squad since they netted 20 goals versus Vermont in 2007.
Two Retrievers have not produced five or more goals in the same game since Drew Westervelt (6) and Brendan Mundorf (5) achieved those marks in the May 2006 America East championship game victory (19-10) over UAlbany.
Galloway earned America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for games ending March 30, 2019. He was also tabbed to the Week No. 8 USILA Team of the Week.
Frawley (22g, 3a) leads the team with 25 points, closely followed by sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke at 24 (13g, 11a). Frawley has scored the most goals by a Retriever since Nate Lewnes tallied 43 in 2016.
Senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) is the top distributor, leading the club with 13 assists.
Junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) leads America East in caused turnovers with 2.25 per game. Galloway is now fourth in the league with 4.5 ground balls per outing. Frawley (2.75) and junior attackman Brett McIntrye (2.57) are 2-3 in the conference in goals per game.
Scouting the Bearcats: Since scoring 22 goals in their first two contests, Binghamton (0-8, 0-2) has struggled on offense, averaging just 6.5 goals per game in their last six contests.
Last Friday evening, Binghamton dropped a 13-6 decision at Stony Brook. The Bearcats trailed just, 3-2, early in the second quarter, but SBU finished the period on a 4-0 run to take a 7-2 halftime lead. Senior attackman Griffin Konen led the way for the Bearcats with two goals on the night, while Kevin Carbone and Robert Martin totaled for 13 saves in the net.
Konen leads Binghamton with 13 goals, while senior midfielder Joe Licata is the team's point-leader with 18 (12g, 6a). Sophomore attackman William Talbot-Shere tops the club with eight assists.
Carbone, a junior, and Martin, a sophomore, have evenly divided time in the nets. The netminders have combined to stop 50.9 percent of the 216 shots on goal (27.0 per game).
Binghamton is allowing 13.25 goals per game and has controlled 39.6 percent at the face-off x.
The Series: This will be the 22nd meeting between the Retrievers and Bearcats, with UMBC currently leading the series, 15-6.
UMBC has won nine of ten meetings versus Binghamton in Baltimore with the lone loss occurring in 2015. UMBC triumphed, 7-6, at UMBC Stadium in 2017, as Nolan led the way with three goals.
Last season, 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. Nolan scored twice and netminder Tommy Lingner made eight saves, allowing just two goals.
Up Next: UMBC travels to UAlbany to take on the Great Danes on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.