Men's Lacrosse Closes Out Regular Season at Hartford on Saturday

Men's Lacrosse Closes Out Regular Season at Hartford on Saturday

The UMBC men's lacrosse team (3-8, 1-4 America East) wraps up the regular season on Saturday, April 27 when they take on the Hartford Hawks (4-10, 2-3 AE) in West Hartford. The opening face-off is slated for noon from Al-Marzook Field. The game will be broadcast on the America East Digital Network.


UMBC can still earn the No. 4 position in next week's America East Championships if they defeat Hartford and Binghamton upsets host UMass Lowell on Friday evening.   


RETRIEVER REVIEW: Despite massive offensive effort by UMBC attackmen Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), the Retrievers fell, 13-12, in overtime to UMass Lowell on Senior Day at UMBC Stadium.


Frawley recorded a career-high 6-goal, 7-point game, while Patschorke scored three goals, including the game-tying goal with two seconds left in regulation.


The game featured nine ties with UMBC fighting back twice in the fourth quarter to knot the score. On the game-tying play, after a UML time-out with 6.3 seconds left, Patschorke took the ball from behind right side of the goal, dashed out front, rolled back and bounced a shot past UML netminder Grant Lardieri.


UMBC finished the home schedule at 3-3 and all three setbacks occurred in overtime.


Frawley (32g, 4a) leads the team with 36 points, closely followed by Patschorke at 32 (18g, 14a). Frawley is the America East leader with 2.92 goals scored per game. He just became the 31st member of UMBC's 30-goal club and is tied with Pat Young (2013) for 27th place on the single season goals chart. The six-goal effort versus UML was the most by a Retriever since Nate Lewnes netted a school record-tying 10 goals versus UAlbany on April 30, 2016.    


Senior midfielder Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) and junior attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta) have also hit the 20-goal plateau. The last time that UMBC had three 20-goal scorers occurred in 2014, when Matt Gregoire (48), Young (33) and Lewnes (31) all eclipsed the 30-goal mark.


Junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Croton, Md./DeMatha) leads America East in caused turnovers with 2.18 per game. Freshman face-off specialist Brendan Galloway (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) is now sixth in the league with 3.78 ground balls per outing. McIntrye (2.0) is fifth in the conference in goals per game. 


SCOUTING THE HAWKS: Hartford (4-10, 2-3 AE) controls its own destiny, as a win over the Retrievers earns the Hawks the No. 4 seed in the America East Championships.


UH started the season at 0-6, but stunned Stony Brook, 12-11, on March 16. They also edged UMass Lowell, 14-11, on April 6 and strung together three consecutive victories with triumphs over Dartmouth and Utah.


But, with a chance to wrap up a playoff spot, UH fell, 15-12, at Binghamton on Saturday. Hartford led, 6-2, just before halftime, but a massive 11-3 scoring run by the hosts put the Hawks in a 13-9 hole midway through the fourth quarter. Hartford rallied to come within 13-12, but the Bearcats scored twice in the final two minutes to secure their first win of the season.


Junior midfielder Owen Trepeta led Hartford with four goals, while senior attackman Dylan Jinks added three.


Jinks leads the conference in goals scored with 35 and total points with 56 in 14 contests. Junior attackman Ty Thompson (20g, 26a) is third in America East in assists per game (1.86) and fifth with 3.29 points per outing.  


UMBC and Hartford are 1-2 in America East in scoring, averaging 11.45 goals and 11.43 goals per game. The Hawks are the conference's top squad on man-up opportunities, notching 26 goals, while drawing a league-high 56 fouls.


THE SERIES: UMBC snapped a three-game slide to Hartford by virtue of last season's 8-3 victory on Senior Day. The Retrievers are now 9-8 in 17 meetings versus the Hawks.


Sophomore attackman Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) led the offense by posting his second three-goal game of the season. Senior attackman Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's ) and senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) added a goal and two assists apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) continued his superb play, coming up with nine saves in 59 minutes of work. 


The Hawks have won six in a row at Al-Marzook Field and are 6-2 all-time at home versus the Retrievers.  UMBC's last victory in West Harford occurred in 2007. The Hawks triumphed, 13-8, in the last meeting two seasons ago.