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UMBC clinches No. 2 seed with win over UVM

Freshman attackman Ryan Frawley had four goals and five points to lead UMBC to a 10-7 win over Vermont, clinching the Retrievers the No. 2 seed in the America East Championships.

With four straight goals to open the game, the UMBC Retrievers men’s lacrosse made an emphatic statement that they are ready to return to the America East tournament after two years of winning only one conference game. UMBC started off hot and earned a 10-7 victory over the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium, clinching the No. 2 seed in the upcoming championships at Albany.

UMBC improved to 6-7 overall and 4-2 in America East play. They will face third-seeded Binghamton in the first semifinal game on Thursday at Casey Stadium in upstate New York. The 4-2 mark in AEC play is UMBC’s best record since the 2009 seasons when they were 4-1 and were both the regular season and tournament champions.

Freshman attackman Ryan Frawley was the offensive spark for the Retrievers and finished with four goals and five points. Senior attackman Max Maxwell also had five points on two goals and three assists in the game. Meanwhile, the defense was once again a stifling one. UMBC forced five failed clears for the Catamounts and held their attackmen to just one goal. Ben French had that goal. The team’s top goalscoring coming into the game, Cam Milligan, and Dawes Milchling, two more 20-plus goal scorers on the Vermont attack, were both shut out of the net.

“I was really happy we were able to start off the game the right way,… being the hungrier team in the early stages of the game,” UMBC head coach Ryan Moran said. “I was happy that we were able to get our seniors a win on Senior Day and was happy to finish second in the league when most had us predicted to finished outside the top four.”

Maxwell netted the first goal of the game just three and a half minute into the action when Frawley found him for the score. Frawley then scored his first goal of the game not even a minute later to set the tone that the Retrievers were coming out firing. Billy Nolan and Steven Partlow then added two more to the UMBC run to put them up 4-0 deep into the opening period.

Vermont did not score until there were only 44 seconds left in the opening quarter. French feed Jack Knight, who also scored two more goals in the second quarter. But those two goals were surrounded by scored by Nolan and Frawley. UMBC was still able to hold onto a 6-3 lead at the intermission.

Vermont did score first out of the break, but they could not get past the UMBC defense again in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Retrievers pushed back ahead by four goals with two scored by Frawley to make it an 8-4 game after three quarters of play.

French scored his only goal of the game inside the first two minutes of the fourth quarter in a man-up situation, but UMBC shut the Catamounts down again for an extended period of time. Vermont did not score again until there was less than a minute remaining and not enough time for a comeback attempt. Maxwell scored and then assisted a Jack Andrews goal during the Catamounts’ drought to help secure the victory.

Vermont’s two second half goals outside the final minute were both man-up goals. Ruston Souder finished with eight saves in over 59 seconds. Connor Gordon got time in the final minute of the game.

Helping UMBC’s possession game was a 13-8 advantage at the faceoff X. UMBC was particularly dominant in the first half, going 8-for-11. They outshot Vermont 34-24 in the game and just edged them on ground balls, 26-25.

Long-stick midfielder Billy O’Hara had a team-best six ground balls and one caused turnover against Vermont.

UMBC will make their first America East tournament appearance since 2014. They beat Binghamton, 7-6, at UMBC Stadium on April 15. Albany will host Stony Brook in the second semifinal. The Championship game will be held at noon on Saturday.

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