BALTIMORE – The UMBC men's lacrosse squad will face MAAC Champion Marist in the opening round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. The contest will take place at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, New York on Wednesday, May 8. The game time is 7:00 p.m.
The fourth-seeded Retrievers (6-8) earned the America East Conference's automatic qualifier with a pair of upset victories in the league championships held in Stony Brook, N.Y. UMBC cruised past top-seeded Stony Brook, 14-8, in the semi-finals before pulling off a heart-stopping 14-13 triumph over No. 2 Vermont in the title game.
Tournament Most Valuable Player, sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) amassed 10 points (6g, 4a) in the championships and scored the game-winning goal with 1:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.
UMBC earned its fourth America East title (2006, 2008, 2009, 2019) and will make its seventh appearance in the NCAA Championships. The Retrievers also competed in the NCAA Division I post-season in 1998, 1999 and 2007, all under the guidance of UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame coach Don Zimmerman.
The Retrievers advanced to the 2007 quarter-finals after a 13-9 win over host Maryland. UMBC lost a tough 15-13 decision at sixth-ranked North Carolina in May of 2009.
The Retrievers were 3-8, 1-4 AE and nearly eliminated from America East post-season competition after their third overtime loss of the season, a 13-12 setback to UMass Lowell on April 20. But previously winless Binghamton defeated the two other teams – Hartford and UML - vying for the fourth seed in the league championships and the Retrievers won, 11-9, at Hartford on April 27 to earn the final spot.
Head Coach Ryan Moran is in his third season at the helm of the Retrievers.
The Red Foxes are 10-6 and won the MAAC Championship with a 15-14 victory over Quinnipiac on their home field.
UMBC has captured all five previous meetings versus Marist, including recent contests over the past three years. In '16, the Retrievers triumphed, 9-8, in overtime, while the following season, Moran's first at the helm, UMBC edged host Marist, 6-4, in frigid conditions in Poughkeepsie. Last year, UMBC also prevailed in a close game, 7-4, on March 10.