It’s time! The 2019 NCAA Tournament field was announced on Sunday. If you missed all the fun on our live College Crossecast 2019 NCAA Tournament Selection Show Special, you can find a link to the episode here.
The action begins tonight at 7:00 PM with the Play-In between Marist & UMBC. Game Day details for how to watch and live stats for tonight’s game can be found directly below. Additionally, you can find team previews for today’s match-ups & attachments below the Game Day Details section.
NCAA Tournament Game Day Details May 8, 2019
Game: Marist Red Foxes vs. UMBC Retrievers
Game Time: 7:00 PM EST
Stats: Live Stats
College Crosse Preview
Welcome to the 2019 NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse Tournament! After over three months of lacrosse spanning over 500 regular season games and 10 conference tournaments, the big tournament has finally arrived. And it begins Wednesday night as the Marist Red Foxes host the UMBC Retrievers at 7 PM on ESPN3. The winner face the top seeded Penn State Nittany Lions Sunday at noon on ESPNU. This will be Marist’s second postseason game that they host. The first came in 2015 when the Red Foxes defeated the NEC champion Bryant Bulldogs before losing to Syracuse.
How They Got Here
Marist: After going 3-12 a season ago, the Red Foxes started this season on a better note. It was a 4-5 mark with a 2-1 MAAC conference record, but they already got above the previous season’s win total. But that’s when Marist, benefitting from a pretty easy final five games of the regular season (save for Virginia), went on their current run by winning six of their final seven games, including one-goal games against Canisius and Quinnipiac to take home the MAAC title.
UMBC: If you look at their record from a year ago to now, the Retrievers went from 5-8 to 6-8. Not a big deal right? Consider the fact that last year the Retrievers were without their starting attack of Ryan Frawley, Trevor Patschorke, and Mitch Howell for the majority of the season due to injuries and the offense struggled with a school-record low 6.85 goals per game. This year, UMBC led the America East at 11.79 goals per game.
The UMBC men’s lacrosse squad will face MAAC Champion Marist in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. The contest will take place at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, New York on Wednesday, May 8. The game time is 7:00 p.m. The fourth-seeded Retrievers (6-8) earned the America East Conference’s automatic qualifier with a pair of upset victories in the league championships held in Stony Brook, N.Y. UMBC cruised past top-seeded Stony Brook, 14-8, in the semi-finals before pulling off a heart-stopping 14-13 triumph over No. 2 Vermont in the title game.
Tournament Most Valuable Player, sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) amassed 10 points (6g, 4a) in the championships and scored the game-winning goal with 1:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Marist claimed the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship after winning a 15-14 thriller over Quinnipiac. The Red Foxes overcame an early 3-0 hole to pick up their third MAAC Championship. Joe Tierney was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player. James Sarrocco, Billy Andrle and Jamison Embury were named to the All-Tournament team as well.
UMBC earned the America East’s automatic bid after defeating #1 seed Stony Brook and #2 seed Vermont in the America East tournament. The Retrievers qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. Trevor Patschorke was named the Tournament MVP after scoring the winning goal with 66 seconds left. Ryan Frawley, Billy Nolan and Gunnar Schimoler were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
For the first time since 2011, the Navy Midshipmen are in the market for a new coach. Rick Sowell went 54-56 in eight seasons as the Mids head boss, making one NCAA Tournament appearance, reaching the quarterfinals in the 2016. After a disappointing 6-7 campaign in 2019, the change was made. Navy is a job steeped in tradition, having won 17 pre-NCAA era championships, and then reaching seven of the first 11 Final Fours in NCAA Tournament history. It plays in a tremendous stadium that draws some of the best crowds in Division I.
However the program has been less than successful recently, making only one NCAA Tournament appearance this decade, and winning just six NCAA Tournament games in the last 30 years. There are also the obvious recruiting difficulties that come with being a service academy. This is still a good job though, and so the question is: Who will be the next boss for the Midshipmen? Here are some possible candidates, ranging from favorites and more obvious names, to potential surprise.
Thursday afternoon was extremely eventful for Navy assistant lacrosse coach Ryan Wellner. First came the shocking news that his long-time boss and close friend had been fired. Thursday afternoon was extremely eventful for Navy assistant lacrosse coach Ryan Wellner. First came the shocking news that his long-time boss and close friend had been fired.
Mariemont Assistant Lacrosse Coach Graham Harden helped lead the boys team to a state championship in 2017. He did the same with the girls team in 2018. He did all of it while fighting a disease that is trying to kill him. It’s not something you normally see at a lacrosse practice -- a golf cart. It’s a big part of every practice at Mariemont because the man sitting on it is Coach Harden. He watches the sport he loves, with his giant heart, from the same golf cart every single practice, boys and girls. He wouldn’t rather be anywhere else than right here, right now. “Coach Harden’s had so much influence on so many people,” said Mariemont head lacrosse coach Steve Peterson.
Voice of the Tigers Spiro Morekas and head coach Shawn Nadelen take a look back at the team’s run through the CAA Tournament.
The NBC Sports summer lineup will look a little different this year thanks to the addition of the Premier Lacrosse League. That field lacrosse league’s inaugural season starts on June 1, and NBC will broadcast all 39 games in one way or another. Twenty of those games, including the opening-day doubleheader, will be exclusive to NBC Sports Gold’s “Premier Lacrosse Pass” streaming service, while 16 will be on NBCSN and three will be on NBC’s broadcast network.
Dylan Molloy, the former Tewaaraton winner from Brown, has found another role in professional lacrosse. Molloy, who was an All-Star with the now disbanded Florida Launch, will join the New York Lizards, according to a press release from the team Tuesday. Molloy had been in the Premier Lacrosse League Player Pool until last week. PLL Head of Lacrosse Josh Sims announced Molloy’s departure from the league on April 30.
After coming up on the wrong side of what amounted to a flip of a coin, the Syracuse lacrosse team has quickly turned its attention to what could either be a springboard game or a final challenge of the season. Head coach John Desko and players were philosophical when giving their reviews of the NCAA tournament committee’s work on Monday. That body slotted Syracuse (9-4) as the first team outside of the top eight seeds, a position that sends SU to eighth-seeded Loyola (11-4) for a first-round game at noon on Saturday.