Men's lacrosse player in action on the field, as players from the opposing team stand in the background.

UMBC advances to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship after America East victory

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.”

UMBC Men's Lacrosse team poses with America East Championship banner on the field
The Retrievers celebrate their 2019 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship victory over Vermont.

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.

Two men's lacrosse players from different teams face off on the field
Gunnar Schimoler (left) plays for UMBC in the championship game.

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.

Men's lacrosse players embrace on the field, after a big victory
The Retrievers celebrate on the field.

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.

Learn more about the America East Championship victory and upcoming NCAA opening round game against Marist on umbcretrievers.com.

Featured imaged: Trevor Patschorke plays for UMBC in the America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship game. Photos courtesy of Jim Harrison.