Men's Lacrosse Takes on No. 1 Penn State in NCAA Lacrosse Championships on Sunday

photo by: John McCreary
photo by: John McCreary

UMBC at Penn State NCAA Tournament Notes 

State College, Pa.  – The UMBC men's lacrosse team will face top-seeded Penn State (14-1) in the round-of-16 at the 2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. The game is set for Sunday, May 12, at Panzer Stadium on the PSU campus. Face-off time is scheduled for noon as John Brickey and Mark Dixon have the call on ESPNU.  

 

Dawg Bytes: UMBC outscored Marist, 7-0, over a 30-minute span in the middle stages of the game and defeated the host Red Foxes, 14-8, in the NCAA Championships Opening Round Game.

 

Severna Park HS grads/sophomores Steven Zichelli and Trevor Patschorke led UMBC with three goals and one assist apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.)entered the game nine seconds into the second quarter and saved nine of 12 Red Fox shots on goal.

 

The tournament win is UMBC's first since a 13-9 victory over Maryland in 2007.

 

UMBC (7-8) will play their fifth consecutive "elimination game" (all away from home in a 16-day span) versus the top-seeded Nittany Lions.

 

In the America East Tournament, the fourth-seeded Retrievers, defeated No. 2 Vermont, 14-13. Patschorke scored the game-winning goal with 66 seconds remaining. UMBC jumped out to an 8-1 halftime lead and cruised by top-seeded and host Stony Brook, 14-8, in the semi-finals.

 

UMBC, 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.

 

The title game appearance was UMBC's first since 2014. UMBC has now captured four titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2019) and are making their seventh NCAA Championship appearance.

 

Patschorke, who was named MVP of the tournament, scored six goals and added four assists to lead all scorers.  Junior linemate 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. 

 

Patschorke has taken the team lead in scoring, now with 51 points (32g, 19a). Frawley leads the squad with 40 goals (T26th in nation) and has 48 total points. Frawley became the tenth Retriever in school history to score 40 or more in a season.

 

Frawley has scored at least one goal in his last 21 outings, dating back to before his injury in 2018. That is the tenth-longest streak in the nation and he has 49 goals in that span.  

 

Junior attckman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta) (31 goals), who amassed seven goals in the AE Championships, is the third Retriever to reach the 30-goal mark. The only other time in school history that three Retrievers have scored 30 or more goals was 2007 (Cayle Ratcliffe, 42, Drew Westervelt/Andy Gallahger 35).

 

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.

 

Injuries to Frawley and Patschorke crippled UMBC's offense a season ago and the team strugged to a school-record low 6.85 goals per game. The offense is up nearly 74 percent this year and is 28th in the country at 11.9 goals per game. The Retrievers have hit the 14-goal mark in each of their last three post-season wins. The 42 goals in three games is the most in a three-game span since UMBC tallied 44 in the last three games of the 2014 campaign. 

 

UMBC will go on the road for the fourth consecutive time in NCAA Championships. Prior to Wednesday's win, they suffered a pair of narrow losses, 15-13 at North Carolina in 2009, and 10-9 at Virginia in the previous year. After the 2007 win at Maryland, UMBC fell in the quarter-finals, 10-6, to Delaware.

 

Scouting the Nittany Lions: - Since an early 14-13 loss to defending national champion Yale, the top-ranked Nittany Lions (14-1) have reeled off 11 consecutive wins. PSU won all five Big Ten games and edged Johns Hopkins, 18-17, to capture their first Big Ten title.

 

Penn State leads the naiion in scoring at 17.33 goals per game, more than two goals per game more than second-place Yale (15.2). PSU's low-water mark in scoring was 13 goals on two occasions and they have surpassed 20 goals three times in 2019.

 

Junior attackman Grant Ament leads the nation in scoring at 7.21 points per game (23 goals, 78 assists). Ament just broke the single-season record of 77,set by UMBC's Steve Marohl in 1992 and tied by Albany's Lyle Thompson in 2014.

 

Senior attackman Mac O'Keefe leads the nation with 60 goals (4.0 per game). O'Keefe scored six goals, including the game-winner 25 seconds in overtime vs, JHU to earn Big Ten MVP honors.

The Series: UMBC and PSU have not met since 2003. The Retrievers have captured the last four meetings as the two squads met every year from 1983-2003 (21 years). Penn State won 13 in a row from 1987-1999, although nine games were decided by three goals or less.

 

Penn State is 8-3 versus UMBC in University Park and leads the all-time series, 14-7.