Men's Lacrosse Celebrates "Senior Day" on Saturday Before Retrievers Host UMass Lowell in Critical League Contest

Men's Lacrosse Celebrates "Senior Day" on Saturday Before Retrievers Host UMass Lowell in Critical League Contest

The UMBC men's lacrosse team (3-7, 1-3 America East) hosts its Senior Day as the Retrievers play their final regular season home game on Saturday, April 20 when they welcome the UMass Lowell River Hawks (4-8, 1-3 AE). The opening whistle will sound just after noon, but fans are encouraged to be at UMBC Stadium for the pre-game ceremony at 11:45 a.m.


The game will be broadcast on the America East Digital Network with Gary Stein on the call.


RETRIEVER REVIEW: Visiting UMBC could not recover from a five-goal first quarter deficit and fell, 9-7, at defending America East champion UAlbany before 2,180 fans at Casey Stadium.


The Retrievers cut an 8-3 late third quarter deficit to 8-7 with 4:42 to play in the fourth quarter. UMBC won the ensuing draw, but could not get a shot off and the Danes scored a man-up insurance goal with 68 seconds remaining for the final margin of victory.  


UMBC held UAlbany scoreless for over 27 minutes in the second half. Freshman midfielder Taylor Bohanan (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) recorded his first career two-goal game, while sophomore goalkeeper Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) made 12 saves to pace the Retrievers.


The Retrievers will honor ten seniors, who are competing for the final time on the turf at UMBC Stadium. They are Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's), Ryan Baker (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Jason Brewster (San Diego, Calif.), Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.), Zach Kalas (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding), Blake McDermott (Westminster, Md./South Carroll), James Nagro (San Diego, Calif.), Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel), Thomas O'Brien (Huntingtown, Md./The Calverton School) and Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River).  


Junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) (26g, 3a) leads the team with 29 points, closely followed by sophomore linemate Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) at 28 (15g, 13a). Frawley is the America East leader with 2.6 goals scored per game.


Jordan and junior attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta) have also hit the 20-goal plateau. The last time that UMBC had three 20-goal scorers occured in 2014, when Matt Gregoire (48), Pat Young (33) and Nate Lewnes (31) all eclipsed the 30-goal mark.


Junior defenseman Colin Kasner (Croton, Md./DeMatha) leads America East in caused turnovers with 2.2 per game. Freshman face-off specialist Brendan Galloway (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) is now fifth in the league with 4.13 ground balls per outing. McIntrye (2.22) and Josh Jordan (2.0) are 5-6 in the conference in goals per game. 


SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS: UMass Lowell (4-8, 1-3 AE) posted an 8-4 league win versus Vermont on March 30, but has dropped the next two decisions, 14-11, at Hartford and 15-12 versus Stony Brook.


SBU led, 10-6, after 45 minutes, but the River Hawks rallied to knot the game at 12-all. But the Seawolves scored the final three goals to prevail on the road. Dan Cozzi led UML with two goals and five assists, while face-off specialist Liam McDonough won 16 draws and snared 13 ground balls. Dylan Ratigan scored four times for UML.


Cozzi (7-26-33) leads America East with 2.89 assists per game. He is tied with Cory Highfield (17-16-33) for team lead in total points. Domenic Giachello tops the squad with 18 goals scored.  


McDonough, a freshman, is the America East leader in face-off percentage, winning 58.8 percent (150/255) of his attempts.  


UML has dropped its last four road affairs after winning its first two of the campaign.


River Hawk head coach Ed Stephenson spent two tenures at UMBC, as assistant coach from 1995-2000 and as associate head coach from 2011-12.


THE SERIES: UMBC won the first three meetings in the series, but UML rallied for a 10-7 victory in Lowell a season ago. The River Hawks outscored the Retrievers, 6-0, in the final period to win. Steven Zichelli scored two goals for UMBC as the Retrievers outshot the hosts, 38-23.


UMBC won previous meetings at home, 13-7, in 2015 and 10-6 in 2017. They won, 9-8, in overtime at UML in 2016.


UP NEXT:  The Retrievers wrap up the regular season on Saturday, April 27 when they take on the Hartford Hawks in West Hartford. The opening face-off is slated for noon from Al-Marzook Field.