The Retrievers are America East champions again, with UMBC’s men’s lacrosse reclaiming the title for the first time in a decade. Attackman Trevor Patschorke ‘21 scored a game-winning goal for UMBC with just 66 seconds left on the clock. Now, the team is heading to the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, facing MAAC Champion Marist on May 8, 7 p.m., at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, New York.
“I am really proud of our guys’ resiliency all season,” said head coach Ryan Moran, after the 13-12 victory over Vermont. “I was extremely happy to see them rewarded on the biggest stage.”
Patschorke was named America East Tournament Most Valuable Player. He and teammates Ryan Frawley ‘20, biological sciences, and Brett MCintyre ‘20, mechanical engineering, each scored four goals during the championship game, and Steven Zichelli ‘21, media and communication studies, scored one.
Billy Nolan ‘19, political science, and Gunnar Schimoler ‘19, economics, joined Frawley and Patschorke on the All-Tournament Team.
Thinking back to that final goal, with the shot clock running down, Patschorke says, “When I had the ball in my stick, I knew my looks from practice and I just executed.” He slipped a sharp-angled shot past Vermont’s goalkeeper to claim UMBC’s victory.
After the win, the team celebrated at an NCAA Selection Show watch party on campus, May 5.
This is the team’s fourth America East title (2006, 2008, 2009, 2019). Wednesday’s game will mark UMBC’s seventh appearance in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
Featured imaged: Trevor Patschorke plays for UMBC in the America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship game. Photos courtesy of Jim Harrison.