Baltimore, Md. (February 23, 2019) – UMBC held off a second-half comeback attempt by Mount St. Mary's and came away with a 13-10 win on Saturday in non-conference men's lacrosse action.
Sam Stephan was outstanding for the Mountaineers, going 21-of-27 on face-offs while picking up 18 ground balls. Stephan's 21 face-off wins are tied for the second-most in a single game in program history, and his 18 ground balls are also second-most by a Mount player. To go along with his dominating performance that included a perfect 12-for-12 mark on face-offs in the second half, Stephan also netted his first goal of the season.
Ryan Frawley and Josh Jordan led UMBC with three goals apiece while Trevor Patschorke notched two goals and one helper.
Tommy Lingner stopped nine shots to earn the win in goal for UMBC, while Dylan Furnback made six saves in the Mount cage.
UMBC's Frawley and the Mount's Chris DiPretoro traded goals in the opening four minutes of action as the game was knotted up at 1-1 early on. The Retrievers would go on to shutout the Mount the rest of the quarter while getting goals from Colin Kasner, Jordan, Patschorke and Brett McIntyre to open a 5-1 advantage at the end of one.
UMBC kept its momentum going into the second, scoring three of the opening four goals of the period to push the lead to 8-2 at the 10:43 mark. Jared McMahon and Rich Holle answered with back-to-back tallies for the Mount later in the quarter to trim the deficit to 8-4. UMBC got the final goal of the half from Steven Zichelli to extend the advantage to 9-4 at the intermission.
The Mountaineers cut into the lead with a strong third quarter that saw them outscore UMBC by a 5-3 margin. After a goal by each team in the opening four minutes of the frame, the Mount registered four of the next five goals, led by a pair from Jared McMahon, to trim the Retriever lead to 11-9. Jordan netted the final goal of the quarter to send UMBC into the fourth with a 12-9 advantage.
Joe Bethke's second goal of the game early in the fourth quarter brought the Mountaineers back within two scores once again. The UMBC defense tightened up from there, holding the Mount off the board the rest of the way while adding an insurance tally by Frawley with 3:36 left. UMBC went on for the 13-10 victory to improve to 1-2 on the year, while dropping the Mount to 0-3.
Mount St. Mary's hosts Georgetown on Tuesday, February 26 at 3 p.m.