Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – The America East champion UMBC men's lacrosse team makes its first NCAA Championships appearance since 2009 when they visit MAAC champion Marist in the opening round of the 2019 tournament.
The Retrievers (6-8) and Red Foxes (10-6) will battle on Tenney Field at 7:00 p.m., with the winner moving on to face top-seeded Penn State In University Park, Pa. on Sunday, May 12 at noon.
Both teams enter the NCAA's on three-game winning streaks.
Wednesday evening's contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Patschorke Honored: UMBC sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was name to the USILA's final Team of the Week of the season. The America East Tournament MVP scored the game-winning goal with 66 seconds remaining as the fourth-seeded UMBC Retrievers edged second-seeded Vermont, 14-13, in the 2019 league championship game.
Patschorke scored six goals and added four assists to lead all scorers in the tournament.
America East Recap: The fourth-seeded Retrievers who had to win at Hartford on the final day of the regular season to make the four-team field, earned the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2009.
There were six multiple-goal runs over the first 50 minutes of play in the title game, but the fourth quarter featured four ties until Patschorke netted the game-winner.
UMBC jumped out to an 8-1 halftime lead and cruised by top-seeded and host Stony Brook, 14-8, in the semi-finals on May 2.
Junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) (4 goals in title game), senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) (3 assists) and senior defender Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River) joined Patschorke on the All-Tournament Team.
The title game appearance was UMBC's first since 2014. UMBC has now captured four titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2019) and will make their seventh NCAA Championship appearance.
Scoring Summary: Patschorke has taken the team lead in scoring, now with 47 points (29g, 18a). Frawley leads the squad with 38 goals (24th in nation) and has 46 total points. Junior attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta) (29), who amassed eight goals in the championships, and senior middie Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) (23) have also hit the 20-goal plateau. 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.
Injuries to Frawley and Patschorke crippled UMBC's offense a season ago and the team struggled to a school-record low 6.85 goals per game. The offense is up over 72 percent this year and is 28th in the country at 11.8 goals per game.
The Defense Never Rests: Junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) caused four more turnovers vs. Stony Brook and has 30 on the season. He is seventh nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.14) and his 30 CT's are the most since Mike Camardo recorded 36 in 2011.
UMBC's NCAA History: UMBC will go on the road for the third consecutive time in NCAA Championships play. They have suffered a pair of narrow losses, 15-13 at North Carolina in 2009, and 10-9 at Virginia in the previous year. The Retrievers' lone NCAA Tournament victory occurred in 2007, when they defeated host Maryland, 13-9. UMBC fell in the quarter-finals, 10-6 to Delaware.
In addition to its three previous tournament appearances as America East champions, UMBC earned at-large bids in 1998, 1999 and 2007.
The Retrievers won an NCAA Division II national championship in 1980, defeating Adelphi, 23-14. UMBC moved its lacrosse program only to the NCAA Division I level the following year, six years (1986-87) before the entire athletics program began competing at the DI level.
Scouting the Red Foxes: Marist earned the MAAC's automatic bid with a pair of one goal wins at the championships this weekend. The host Red Foxes edged No. 4 Canisius, 11-10, then nipped No. 2 Quinnipiac, 15-14, in the title game. The championship is the third (2005, 2015) for the Red Foxes in program history.
The title game was knotted at 11-all before a 3-goal surge by Marist provided the hosts a lead they held onto.
Freshman midfielder Hunter Embury had a team-high six points from four goals and two assists. Tournament MVP junior midfielder Joe Tierney added a hat trick vs. the Bobcats.
Sophomore attacker Jake Weinman leads the Red Foxes with 30 goals and 38 total points.
Junior face-off specialist Peyton Smith is ranked 11th in the nation, capturing 62.6 percent of draws taken.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jack MacGregor averages 10.8 saves per game and owns a 52.3 percent save percentage.
Marist played two America East opponents in 2019, defeating both Hartford (14-13) and Stony Brook (10-5). The Red Foxes are 7-1 in games decided by three or fewer goals.
Series Record/Last Meetings: UMBC has won all six meetings with Marist, including a 7-4 triumph at UMBC Stadium in 2018. Then-junior Jack Andrews (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) scored three goals, and classmate Billy Nolan added two as the Retrievers prevailed on a cold Saturday night at UMBC Stadium in early March.
Andrews scored his three goals on just four shots, including the final two goals a 5-0 run that put the Retrievers up by four after Marist got the game's first goal. UMBC led, 6-2, at the half. Then-freshman goalkeeper Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) made nine saves, four coming in the fourth quarter as Marist tried to rally.
The last time the teams met in Poughkeepsie on March 11, 2017, Frawley, in just his sixth career game, scored four goals and the team defense throttled a potent Marist attack as the Retrievers upended the Red Foxes, 6-4, in sub-freezing, blustery conditions at Tenney Stadium.