Stony Brook, N.Y. – The 2019 UMBC men's lacrosse team achieved something their predecessor could not.
Faced with a "win-and-in" (in the America East Championships, that is) situation at Vermont one year ago, the Retrievers came up short, losing a 9-6 decision to the Catamounts. This past Saturday, again UMBC found itself in hostile territory, yet on Hartford's Senior Day, the Retrievers took a late first half lead and never looked back in a 11-9 decision over the Hawks.
The fourth-seeded Retrievers (4-8, 2-4 AE) face a difficult task, taking on top-seeded and host Stony Brook (9-5, 5-1 AE) in the second semi-final game (7:00 p.m.) at SBU's LaValle Stadium on Thursday. The game airs on the America East digital network.
All tournament information can be found on America East's Championship Central.
The win at Hartford snapped some troublesome streaks for UMBC this season. They were 0-3 in games decided by two or fewer goals and 0-5 on the road prior to the two-goal victory. Three of UMBC's four league setbacks occurred by two goals or less and two came in sudden-death overtime.
UMBC has now reached the four-team America East semi-finals in two of head coach Ryan Moran's first three years at the helm and 13 of 16 league seasons overall. In Moran's first appearance, the second-seeded Retrievers fell, 9-4, to third-seeded Binghamton two seasons ago at UAlbany.
Missing out on the tournament in 2015 and 2016 snapped an 11-year run for the Retrievers. UMBC has captured three titles (2006, 2008, 2009) and also played in the title game in 2007, 2013 and 2014. The Retrievers' all-time record in AE Tournament play is 9-9.
Sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) scored a career-high five goals at Hartford and earned America East Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week honors. He is tied with junior linemate Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) (33g, 4a) for the team lead in points with 37 (23g, 14a).
Frawley, UMBC's lone America East First Team representative, leads America East with 2.75 goals per game.
Senior midfielder Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) and junior attackman (and America East All-Academic Team member) Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta) have also hit the 20-goal plateau with 21 apiece. The last time that UMBC had four or more 20-goal scorers occurred in 2009, (UMBC's last AE championship season) when six players tallied 20 or more goals.
The Retriever offense is up over 66 percent this year, leading America East at 11.42 goals per game.
America East Second Team selection, junior defenseman Colin Kasner leads America East in and is eighth nationally in caused turnovers with 2.17 per game.
The Series: UMBC leads the all-time series, 14-11, but SBU has captured two in a row and seven of the last ten meetings.
In games played on Long Island, UMBC has won seven and lost five times.
Earlier this season, host Stony Brook jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held off a second-half UMBC rally to prevail, 14-7, over the Retrievers in chilly, windy conditions at LaValle Stadium.
McIntyre led the Retrievers with three goals, registering his game with three of more this season.
Versus Stony Brook in AE Tournament Play: This is UMBC's 13th America East Championship appearance, but they have only faced Stony Brook twice. In 2005, the Seawolves defeated UMBC, 12-6, at UMBC Stadium. The host Retrievers captured their last league championship in 2009, knocking off SBU, 11-7, in the title game.
A Glance at the Seawolves: Stony Brook captured the America East regular season title by virtue of a 12-10 victory over UAlbany on April 27. Junior attackman Tom Haun led the SBU with four goals and the Seawolves won 19 of 26 draws against the Great Danes.
Stony Brook posted three tight wins in America East play to close the season. They won at UML, 15-12, and rallied to defeat Vermont, 10-9, before the win over UAlbany.
Long-stick midfielder Ryan Rees earned the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors. Rees, Haun, junior midfielder Chris Pickel, Jr. and senior defenseman Justin Pugal all earned America East First Team honors. Haun leads the team with 31 goals and 43 points, while Pickel has netted 23 goals.
Stony Brook is ranked second in America East in goals allowed per game (10.6). Junior netminder Michael Bollinger is second in the conference in goals against average (10.67) and third in save percentage (52.3).
Up Next: The winner takes on the victor of No. 3 UAlbany versus No. 2 Vermont in the earlier (4:30 p.m.) semi-final. That contest will commence at noon on Saturday, May 4 and will be televised on ESPNU.