Retrievers Defeat Hartford, 11-9, Capture Final Slot in America East Championships

photo by: Stephen McLaughlin
photo by: Stephen McLaughlin

West Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) scored a career-high five goals, leading the UMBC Retrievers to an 11-9 win at Hartford and securing the No. 4 seed in the upcoming America East Championships.

UMBC (4-8, 2-4 America East) will take on top-seed and host Stony Brook (9-5, 5-1 AE) on Thursday, May 2 at LaValle Stadium. The opening face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

"I'm so proud of this group's ability to travel well and get a tough road win against a very talented Hartford team," said head coach Ryan Moran. "We are excited to have earned the right to spend another week together in preparation for the America East Tournament."

After a back-and-forth first half, the Retrievers took the game's first two-goal lead at 8-6 on sophomore Michael Zichelli's (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) bounce shot at the 3:37 mark of the third quarter. The Hawks responded with a goal, but Patschorke netted his fourth of the game at the 9:28 mark and the Retrievers took a 9-7 lead to the final quarter.

Hartford opened the fourth quarter with a goal to get to within 9-8 at the 3:19 mark, but Michael Zichelli got that goal back with an overhand right-handed bouncer under the crossbar with just over six minutes remaining.

After a big save by UMBC freshman netminder Jack Morton (Ellicott City, Md./Boys Latin), the Retrievers ran down the shot clock and Patschorke netted his fifth of the day with 2:38 remaining to the give the visitors an 11-8 lead.

Hartford scored with 1:55 remaining and drew two UMBC fouls in the final 1:51. But the Retriever man-down defense held the nation's sixth-best man-up unit off the board and secured their first road victory of the season.

Michael Zichelli netted two goals for UMBC, while senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) recorded a goal and two assists and senior attackman Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) contributed a pair of man-up assists to support the offensive prowess of Patschorke.

UMBC outshot Hartford, 46-31 and narrowly won the ground ball battle, 32-27. Morton earned his first career win, making all five of his saves in the second half.

The first half featured six ties, great efficiency by UMBC's man-up offense and a hat-trick by Patschorke. The Retrievers scored all three first quarter goals on three extra-man chances with Nolan, Patschorke and McIntyre converting.

UMBC led, 3-2, after 15 minutes, but Hartford would outscore the Retrievers, 3-1, in the first 14:50 minutes of the second quarter to take a 5-4 advantage. However, UMBC scored twice in the final 10 seconds of the half. Senior midfielder Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) ripped a shot from the left alley to knot the score at 5-5, then, after a Brendan Galloway face-off win, Frawley converted while absorbing a bit hit from the doorstep at the 14:59 mark to give the visitors a 6-5 halftime lead.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for UMBC at Hartford.