Just four days after winning the America East men’s lacrosse championship, UMBC defeated Marist to head to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. They’ll face No. 1 seed Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, at noon on Sunday, May 12.
The Retrievers toppled the Red Foxes, 14-8, to win their first NCAA tournament game in 12 years. In 2007, UMBC bested the University of Maryland, College Park, in a 13-9 victory.
Steven Zichelli ‘21, media and communication studies, and Trevor Patschorke ’21 led with three goals and one assist each. Patschorke’s goals pushed him passed the 30-goal mark for the season. Ryan Frawley ‘20, biological sciences, became the tenth Retriever in UMBC men’s lacrosse history to score 40 goals in a season.
Looking forward to the game ahead, today’s Baltimore Sun asks, “Can UMBC pull off another upset of No. 1 seed?”
The paper notes, “The first round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament will have an overwhelmingly local flavor to it. With UMBC’s 14-8 opening-round win at Marist on Wednesday, five Baltimore-area teams will compete in first-round action Saturday and Sunday, tied for the second most from the state in tournament history. A record six made the 2007 field, but only the Retrievers and eventual champion Johns Hopkins advanced to the quarterfinals.”
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Featured image: Steven Zichelli plays for UMBC. All photos courtesy of John McCreary.