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Previewing UMBC’s 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule

The Retrievers look to carry last season’s late success into 2020.

Gail Burton

The UMBC Retrievers are the 72nd team in our 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the seventh and final team from the America East. UMBC finished 7-9 overall in 2019 and 2-4 in America East play. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook and Vermont to win the America East Championship before beating Marist in the NCAA Play-In game. They fell to Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s their entire 2020 schedule:

UMBC’s 2020 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/25 UMBC Loyola Scrimmage
2/8 UMBC Princeton Scrimmage
2/15 Georgetown UMBC First meeting since 2003
2/22 UMBC Mount St. Mary's
2/29 Sacred Heart UMBC First ever meeting
3/3 Towson UMBC First meeting since 2018
3/7 High Point UMBC
3/14 UMBC Vermont America East
3/21 Stony Brook UMBC America East
3/27 UMBC VMI First meeting since 1997
4/4 UMBC Binghamton America East
4/11 Albany UMBC America East
4/17 UMBC UMass Lowell America East
4/25 Hartford UMBC America East

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

UMBC’s Opponents 2019 Average Win Percentage & RPI

Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
.497 .616 .378 41.67 29.83 53.5

Circle These Dates

  • 2/22 at Mount St. Mary’s: Both of these teams ended up having good seasons in 2019. Mount St. Mary’s won the regular season NEC title while UMBC just got into the America East Tournament and won the conference crown. The two Maryland squads played each other last year with the Retrievers taking a 13-10 win over the Mountaineers thanks to a 5-1 opening quarter. Ryan Frawley and Josh Jordan each had hat-tricks in the win.
  • 2/29 vs. Sacred Heart: This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs in another America East-NEC matchup. Sacred Heart does suffer some big losses on offense in Joe Saggese and Max Tuttle, but look to fill in those holes with Logan Liljeberg and Stony Brook transfer Jack Walsh, who had four assists in two games last season.
  • 3/14 at Vermont: UMBC split their two matchups with the Catamounts last season, but nearly took both games. In the regular season showdown in Maryland, the Retrievers gave up a five-goal lead with 9:37 left in regulation and allowed Vermont to come back and win it in double overtime. The teams met again in the America East title game where UMBC was on the better end of a one-goal outcome thanks to Trevor Patschorke’s game-winning goal with 1:06 left to play.
  • 4/17 at UMass Lowell: This was nearly the game that ended UMBC’s season, if it wasn’t for Binghamton. The Retrievers were in a tight game with the River Hawks in the penultimate regular season contest and needed a goal to force overtime. That’s when Patschorke forced overtime with two seconds remaining. But things came to an end as Isaac Bot netted home his sixth goal of the game in overtime to give UMass Lowell the win.
  • 4/25 vs. Hartford: A win gave either one of these teams the fourth and final spot in the America East Tournament last year. UMBC scored two goals in the final 10 seconds of the second quarter to enter halftime with a one-goal lead, a lead they would never give up the remainder of the game. It was also a big game for Patschorke who had five goals in the regular season finale.