The UMBC men's lacrosse team heads opens their 16th season of America East Conference play as they welcome the Vermont Catamounts to UMBC Stadium on Saturday, March 16. Game time is set for noon and the game will be broadcast on the America East Digital Network with Gary Stein on the call.
Retriever Review: The 11th-ranked High Point Panthers (6-1) scored 11 second quarter goals to break open a close game and defeated visiting UMBC (1-4), 22-13, at Vert Stadium on March 2.
Sophomore midfielder Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) led a balanced offensive effort with two goals and one assist. Senior midfielders Josh Jordan (Lunenberg, Mass.) and Zach Kalas (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) also tallied a pair of goals for the visitors.
UMBC has scored 13 in each of the last three games and has amassed 57 (11.4 per game through five games. The Retrievers averaged 6.85 goals per game in 2018.
Four Retrievers have amassed double-digit goals. Frawley and junior attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) have 11 apiece, while Jordan and sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) have netted 10 goals each. Frawley and Patschorke are the team leaders with 14 points each.
Senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) had a hand in all six UMBC goals at Vermont last season. He posted his fourth three-goal game of the season and added three assists to lead the offense. Nolan leads the 2019 Retrievers with eight assists.
Junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Crofton, Md./DeMatha) is tied for 11th in the nation with 2.4 caused turnovers per game.
A Glance at the Catamounts: Vermont (3-3) got off to a 3-1 start, but has since dropped contests at Boston University (12-4) and to Hobart (17-11) on a netural field.
Both UMBC (11-6) and Vermont (13-8) dropped games at Navy by identical five-goal margins.
The Catamounts have racked up 20+ goals in wins over Utah (21-6) and Quinnipiac (20-10).
Three Catamounts have scored in double figures in goals - junior attackman Ben French has 12, while sophomore Liam Limoges and freshman David Closterman have 10 apiece. Limoges adds eight assists and is the team leader with 18 points, while senior attackman Dawes Milchling also has pitched in with eight helpers.
Milchling scored a pair of goals in Vermont's 9-6 win over UMBC a season ago.
Junior netminder Nick Washuta has started all six games. He is allowing 10.9 goal per game and has stopped 51.9 percent of shots on cage. Washuta set a new season-high with 18 saves in the loss versus Hobart.
In the 17-11 win over Vermont, Hobart won the battle at the X, taking 20-of-31 face-offs. The Statesmen held a 41-27 advantage in ground balls and a 58-38 shot advantage.
Series Record/Last Year's Meeting: UMBC won the first 11 meetings between the two squads before Vermont rallied to stun the Retrievers, 11-10, in April of 2015 at UMBC Stadium. UVM secured its first win in Burlington in 2016, as they prevailed, 14-10. The Retrievers snapped that two-game slide with a 10-7 victory in April of 2017, but Vermont won the 2018 regular season finale, 9-6, to knock UMBC out of a playoff spot. UMBC is 12-3 overall and 6-1 vs. UVM in Baltimore.
Up Next: UMBC continues America East play next Saturday when they visit Stony Brook. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.at La Valle Stadium and the game will be broadcast on the America East digital network.