UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) has two opportunities to clinch a spot in the four-team America East Tournament and the first one occurs on Sat., April 22, when the Retrievers visit the defending America East champion Hartford Hawks (5-7, 1-3 AE). The opening face-off at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium is slated for 12:00 p.m.
A Retriever win would assure UMBC of a No. 2 seed in the tournament, which will take place at Albany, beginning with the semifinals on May 4.
The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Jay Alter and Case Matheis on the call. A live stats' link will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's lacrosse program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MLax). Access is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
Scouting the Retrievers
Billy Nolan scored three goals and freshman attackman Ryan Frawley added two, including the game-winner with 3:13 remaining as the Retrievers rallied for a 7-6 America East Conference victory over Binghamton at UMBC Stadium last Saturday. The Retrievers improved to 3-1 in league play, tying the Bearcats for second place behind 4-0 Albany. UMBC has won five of its last seven games.
UMBC's last 3-1 start in America East play took place in 2014, when the Retrievers last reached the America East Tournament and its championship match.
UMBC has trailed, 5-3, at the half in both AE home games, but rallied for victories over UMass Lowell and Binghamton.
Max Maxwell, the lone Retriever to score in all 11 games, leads UMBC with 15 goals and 18 assists. He is fifth in America East and 34th nationally with 1.64 assists per game and seventh in the league with 3.0 points per outing. Maxwell has moved into 16th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 139 points (55 goals, 84 assists). He needs just one assist to tie Emmett Lazaro ('77) for fifth place with 85 career assists.
Frawley (13), Nolan (12) and Max Haldeman (10) are also in double figures in goals.
Souder has stopped 58.1 percent of shots against in UMBC's last eight games (5-3). He is 20th in the nation in goals against average at 9.0.
Three Retrievers have earned America East weekly awards in 2017. Freshman face-off specialist Jake Brothers earned Rookie of the Week on Feb. 13, midfielder Billy Nolan captured the Player of the Week award on March 20, and Souder was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on April 3.
Frawley is 18th in the nation with five man-up goals.
The Retrievers have risen in the ranks to No. 18 in the nation and second in America East in defense, allowing 9.0 goals per game. UMBC has only committed 17 penalites (1.5 per game) in 2017.
In June of 2016, Ryan Moran (Maryland, '03) was named UMBC's third head men's lacrosse coach since the program entered the USILA in 1971.
The team selected seniors Maxwell and Souder and sophomore Jason Brewster as its 2017 team captains.
UMBC (current RPI: 20) opened the 2017 slate by taking on the 2016 national champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels, ranked No. 1 in the USILA pre-season poll. No. 8 Johns Hopkins, Towson (No. 12) and Albany (No. 13) were other ranked teams in the pre-season, while Richmond, Stony Brook and Vermont received votes.
Scouting the Hawks
The defending America East champions (5-7, 1-3 AE) are in desperation mode, as they have dropped three America East contests by a total of six goals. UH will honor 11 seniors before the game and conclude the season at Albany next weekend.
Hartford has three players with 25 or more goals, led by junior midfielder Griffin Feiner, who leads the squad with 27 goals, six man-up scores and 43 total points. UH averages 11.0 goals per game and its man-up offense clicks at 52 percent, third-best in the nation.
Junior face-off specialist Dylan Protesto, a Third Team All-American in 2016, is ranked ninth in the country, winning draws at a 61.0 percent rate.
UMBC holds a narrow 8-7 series advantage, but UH has captured seven of the last ten meetings.
Hartford has won five in a row at Al-Marzook Field and are 5-2 all-time at home vs. the Retrievers. UMBC's last victory in West Harford occurred in 2007, but the last two decisions have gone into overtime with UH prevailing, 9-8, in 2015 and 15-14 two years earlier.
Hartford scored the final three goals of the second quarter and held UMBC off the board for the final 22:47 of play as the Hawks triumphed, 10-4, in April of 2016 at UMBC Stadium. Souder made 10 saves, as UH dominated time of possesion by winning 14 of 17 draws.
UMBC concludes the regular season on Saturday, April 29 when they host Vermont. Prior to the noon opening face-off, the men's lacrosse program will honor its eight seniors, competing for the final time at UMBC Stadium.