Men's Lacrosse Battles #AEMLAX Defending Champion UAlbany in New York Saturday Evening

Men's Lacrosse Battles #AEMLAX Defending Champion UAlbany in New York Saturday Evening

The UMBC men's lacrosse team (3-6, 1-2 America East) takes a two-game winning streak into New York as they battle the defending America East champion UAlbany Great Danes (4-6, 3-1 AE) on Saturday, April 13. The opening face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Casey Stadium and the game will be broadcast on the America East Digital Network.  


RETRIEVER REVIEW: Junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) paced a balanced attack with three goals and sophomore netminder Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) turned in a season-best 13-save effort as UMBC defeated America East rival Binghamton, 13-6, in ideal playing conditions at UMBC Stadium on April 6.


Sophomore midfielder Michael Zichelli (2g, 1a) (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Trevor Patschorke (1g, 2a) (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) contributed three points each as nine Retrievers scored goals against the Bearcats.


Lingner earned America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week honors for games ending April 6.


Freshman face-off specialist Brandon Galloway (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) was named 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. Galloway has won 33 of his last 43 face-off attempts and scored a pair of goals in UMBC's two-game streak.


Frawley (25g, 3a) leads the team with 28 points, closely followed by Patschorke at 27 (14g, 13a). Frawley has scored the most goals by a Retriever since Nate Lewnes tallied 43 in 2016 and leads the conference in goals per game (2.78).


Senior midfielder Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) has also hit the 20-goal plateau in his lone season in the black-and-gold.


Junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) leads America East in caused turnovers with 2.22 per game. Galloway is now fourth in the league with 4.3 ground balls per outing. Junior attackman Brett McIntrye (2.38) (Calgary, Alberta) and Jordan (2.22) are 3-5 in the conference in goals per game. 


SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES: UAlbany (4-6, 3-1 AE) opened America East play with three consecutive victories, but fell, 10-9, at Vermont on April 6. The Great Danes lost for just the second time in its past 31 America East regular-season games.


UAlbany led at the end of the first, second and third quarters. But Vermont tied the game at 9 with 3:37 left and then got the winner from Dawes Milchling with 2:04 to go.


Tehoka Nanticoke, Mitch Laffin, Jakob Patterson and Peter Schwab all had a pair of goals for the Great Danes, who led 6-3 at halftime and 8-5 in the third quarter. UAlbany goalkeeper Nate Siekierski also made 14 saves in a game in which Vermont fired 48 shots to the Great Danes' 31.


Patterson leads the Great Danes and the America East in points (47, 4.7 per game) and assists (27, 2.7) per game. Nanticoke has 19 goals and Laffin has added 16 to a UAlbany offense that scores 11.5 goals per contest.


Siekierski has played all 600 minutes in goal this season and has made 134 saves for a 52.5 percentage.


THE SERIES: UAlbany  leads the series, 12-11, but UMBC snapped an eight-game slide, stunning the top-ranked and previously undefeated Great Danes, 11-7, at UMBC Stadium last April 7.


Then-freshman netminder Tommy Lingner backstopped a stout defense that held the Great Danes to four goals below their previous season-low. Lingner made a season-high 16 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter. Billy Nolan led a balanced effort with a three-goal, two-assist effort.


UMBC is 3-6 at UAlbany and has dropped three straight since a 13-9 win in 2011. The Retrievers fell, 10-5, at Fallon Stadium in 2017. 


UP NEXT: UMBC hosts its Senior Day as the Retrievers play their final regular season home game on Saturday, April 20 when they welcome the UMass Lowell River Hawks. The opening whistle will sound just after noon, but fans are encouraged to be at UMBC Stadium for the pre-game ceremony at 11:45 a.m.