The UMBC Retrievers are the 73rd DI program to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. UMBC comes into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign where they went 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the America East. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook and Vermont in the America East semifinals and championship game before beating Marist in the NCAA Play-In game. They lost to Penn State in the NCAA first round. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: UMBC Retrievers”→
The Hartford Hawks are the 57th DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Hawks come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 4-11 overall and 2-4 in the America East. They failed to make the America East tournament for the third consecutive season. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Hartford Hawks”→
The Stony Brook Seawolves are the 49th DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Seawolves come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign where they went 9-6 overall, 5-1 in the America East, and lost to UMBC in the America East semifinals. Over the summer, former Towson assistant Anthony Gilardi was hired as the Seawolves next had coach, replacing Jim Nagle who parted ways with the university in May.Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Stony Brook Seawolves”→
As the calendar turns to November it marks the end of fall ball and the beginning of, essentially, the pre-season for NCAA lacrosse. While it is still early and there is only so much you can take from fall ball scrimmages, let’s take a look at who some of the early contenders in each conference are.Continue reading “Early Contenders: America East”→
The UMBC Retrievers continue to crash the party as they outlasted Vermont to pull off the upset and claim the America East title. It’s the first conference title for UMBC since 2010 as they have put together a massive turnaround over the past few weeks.
UMBC used a huge third quarter to put themselves ahead going into the fourth and the Catamounts just couldn’t overcome the deficit as the Retrievers won 14-13, punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
Vermont was led by David Closterman with 6 points (4G,2A) while Ben French also had 4 goals for the Catamounts. In cage, Nick Washuta made 9 saves to anchor that Vermont defense.
The Retrievers were led by Ryan Frawley with 6 points (4G,2A) in the win. Brett Mcintyre and Trevor Patschorke each had 5 points (4G,1A) as well. In goal for UMBC Jack Morton made 5 saves.
Vermont started the game strong as they got out to a 3-0 lead with 12:06 in the first. UMBC finally answered midway though the first, making it a one-goal 3-2 lead. Vermont got two in a row late in the first while UMBC was able to score one in the final seconds of the first.
Coming into the second Vermont held a 5-3 lead but the momentum was on UMBC’s side. The Retrievers took the 6-5 lead after a four-goal run from late in the first through midway in the second. Vermont started to find their stride again as they dominated in almost every aspect near the ned of the half. After a four-goal run Vermont took a 9-6 lead into the locker room.
After Vermont extended their run to start the third quarter it was all UMBC for the rest of the period. The retrievers were electric in almost every aspect of the game, going on a five-goal run from early in the third through early in the fourth. That run helped to cut the Vermont lead to 10-9 at the end of the third and give UMBC an 11-10 lead early in the fourth.
It was very back-and-forth the rest of the way as Vermont tied things back up at 13 late in the fourth. UMBC was able to hang on and score one late in game to help them secure the 14-13 win over the Catamounts. The Retrievers are in the NCAA tournament playing the role of the party crashers this year.
The regular season is over and it’s time for the post-season. The America East tournament looks a little different than has in past years due to where certain teams are seeded in the conference. The America East was actually pretty crazy this year as there wasn’t really a clear cut favorite after the season got kicked into full gear. This may be the most even, and could be the craziest America East tournament we have seen since 2016 when Hartford upset everyone and won the tournament.
The America East tournament will kick off on Thursday, May 2nd with the semifinals. In the semifinals the top seed Stony Brook with play the fourth seeded UMBC and number two seed Vermont will play number three seed Albany. The championship game is on Saturday, Nay 4th.
#2 Vermont vs #3 Albany – Semifinals
In the first semifinal game Vermont takes on Albany in what should be a very good one. With both teams being maybe the most talented teams in the conference, expect this one to be a battle just like their last meeting, which was a 10-9 win for Vermont.
Vermont comes into this one after two close losses to end the regular season, which was very bumpy for the Catamounts. On the defensive side of the ball they are led by senior goalie Nick Washuta who is one of the bets in the country, racking up 178 saves this season so far. On offense, they are led by freshman attackman David Closterman who has tallied 40 points (30G,10A) thought the season thus far. Senior attackman Dawes Milchling also has 38 points (23G,15A) so far this season. The Catamounts are more of a defensive heavy team, but they can certainly get it done at both ends of the field and have proved it time and time again this year.
For Albany, they are led by Tehoka Nanticoke at the attack position. Nanticoke is very hard to guard and stop as he can use his body to just make his way straight to the cage. Thus far Nantickoe has 35 points (24G,11A). Jakob Patterson is the point leader for Albany this season with 53 points (24G,29A) thus far. The Albany offense is the staple of their team as they play fast paced and it is fun to watch when they are clicking on all cylinders. On defense, Nate Siekierski has been leading the way in cage with 162 saves on the year thus far. This is an Albany team that is a shell of what they were last season but they still have the talent to get it done at both ends and be successful.
#1 Stony Brook vs #4 UMBC – Semifinals
The second semifinal on Thursday features the top seeded Stony Brook Seawolves and the number four seed UMBC Retrievers. These two squads met in the regular season in mid-March and Stony Brook took that one 14-7. It is the post-season and stakes are at an all-time high, so expect this one to be a little closer and more competitive than the regular season meeting.
The Seawolves is coming into the post-season after finishing the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Stony Brook’s offense has been good, but junior attackman Tom Haun has carried most of the weight with 43 points (31G,12A) thus far. In cage, the Seawolves defense has been anchored by Michael Bollinger who has made 162 saves so far this season. LSM/D Ryland Rees has also been very impressive as well, helping to lead the defense. Stony Brook has a pretty balanced attack and I expect them to use that to the best of their ability against UMBC just like they did in the regular season.
UMBC comes into the America East tournament after winning their final regular season game to help them get in. The Retrievers have been much improved this season on both ends of the field and it has shown for sure. Their defense know as the “Killer Bees” is the back bone of this team, and anchoring the defense in cage is Tommy Lingner who has made 84 saves with a 41% save percentage this season. Junior defenseman Colin Kasner has been a leader on defense with 26 caused turnovers and 34 ground balls this season. On offense UMBC is led by junior attackman Ryan Frawley and sophomore attackman Trevor Patschorke who both have 37 points on the season thus far. UMBC likes to play aggressive and expect to see that style come out in this matchup for sure.
Semifinal 1 Winner vs Semifinal 2 Winner – Championship
The winner of each semifinal will advance to the America East championship game that will be players on Saturday, May 4th at noon.
As the 2019 NCAA season is set to get underway on Friday night one of the biggest storylines this season will be that of Yale faceoff man TD Ierlan. Ierlan transferred to Yale from Albany over the summer. With a .791 faceoff win percentage Ierlan led the country last season as he helped the Danes reach the NCAA semifinals for the first time in program history. Ierlan will now try to repeat that with the Yale Bulldogs this spring.
Ierlan’s move from Albany to Yale has been called by many the biggest transfer in college lacrosse history because of how much of an immediate impact his decision had on both Yale and Albany. That got me thinking about what have been some of the other biggest transfers in recent years if Ierlan’s was possibly the biggest to date.
Connor Cannizzaro – Maryland to Denver
In 2014 Connor Cannizzaro was tearing up the ACC as a freshman with Maryland. He would help lead Maryland to Championship Weekend where they would lose to Notre Dame. Cannizzaro tallied 34 points (26G,8A) and was named 2014 ACC freshman of the year. That would be the end of his career at Maryland as he headed west to Denver where he shined for three seasons, and got to play one year with his older brother Sean. During his three years at Denver Cannizzaro helped the Pioneers win the 2015 national championship, against Maryland, and would rack up a good amount of awards and honors, including being named a Tewaaraton Finalist in 2016. Cannizzaro’s career ended at Denver in 2017 with a career total of 225 points (145G,80A).
Dylan Maltz – Syracuse to Maryland
That 2017 Maryland national championship team was headlined by the “Run DMC” attack unit of Dylan Maltz, Matt Rambo, and Colin Heacock. That D in “Run DMC” arrived in College Park via transfer. Dylan Maltz followed the footsteps of his father and brother and headed to Syracuse where he played his freshman season with the Orange. Maltz only played in six games and tallied 4 points (3G, 1A). After his freshman season Maltz would head to College Park and joined the Maryland Terrapins. While at Maryland Maltz would help lead the Terrapins to three national championship games, including a national championship victory over Ohio State in 2017. As part of that historic attack unit at Maryland Maltz tallied a total of 89 points (69G, 20A).
Nick Mariano – UMass to Syracuse
After spending two seasons at UMass in 2014 and 2015 Mariano transferred to Syracuse where he continued to dominate. While at UMass Mariano led the Minutemen in scoring as both a freshman and sophomore, while also being named to the All-CAA 2nd team. and being named CAA Rookie of The Year as a freshman. Mariano was a key contributor at Syracuse as he helped lead the Orange to an ACC Championship in 2016 and to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2016 and 2017. Mariano ended his career at Syracuse with 96 points (69G, 27A).
Nicky Galasso – North Carolina to Syracuse
In 2011 Galasso led the Tar Heels offense as a freshman and was named ACC Freshman of the year, among other honors. North Carolina fell to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament that year. As a sophomore in 2012 Galasso was battling a foot injury but still played in 13 games, but his production decreased as he only had 9 points (6G,3A). After that 2012 season at North Carolina Galasso would ship up to Syracuse where he took a medical redshirt in 2013. The midfielder’s comeback was slow as he only had 17 points (13G, 4A) in 2014. As a senior at Syracuse Galasso led the team as he tallied 45 points (36G, 9A). The Orange were upset by Bryant in the NCAA tournament first round, but Galasso ended the year with multiple honors.
Other Notable Transfers
Austin Shanks – Bellarmine to Ohio State
Shanks transferred to Ohio State after two seasons at Bellarmine. Shanks was one of the key pieces of that offense that helped lead Ohio State to the NCAA Championship game in 2017. Shanks ended his career at Ohio State with 50 points.
Jake Froccaro – Princeton to Villanova
After two seasons playing and a redshirt year at Princeton Jake Fraccaro transferred to Villanova where he teamed up with his younger brother Joey who was an incoming freshman at the time. Froccaro tallied 104 points (74G, 30A) during his two seasons at Villanova.
Pat Young – UMBC to Maryland
Midfielder Pat Young transferred to Maryland after three seasons at UMBC. Young was a key piece for Maryland as he helped lead them to the 2016 NCAA Championship game. Young ended his college career at Maryland with 21 points (15G, 6A) as a senior for the Terps.
We are just about three weeks away from the start of the 2019 NCAA season as February 1st marks opening day. The first game of the NCAA season will be Utah vs Vermont to kick off what should be an exciting season.
Over the next few weeks I will be giving my own personal conference by conference predictions for this upcoming 2019 season. Going in alphabetical order we move on and take a look at the America East.
1. Albany Great Danes
The Danes are coming off their best season in school history as they went 16-3 overall won the America East and made it to the NCAA Semifinals only to loose to Yale. The Danes loose a lot on offense with Connor Fields, JustinReh, and Kyle Mcclancy all gone. In goal JD Colarusso is also gone and TD Ierlan transferred to Yale. It will be a new look Albany squad, but they are still Albany and Scott Marr is still the head coach.
On offense the Danes will be looking to sophomore attackman Tehoka Nanticoke, junior attackman Jakob Patterson, and senior midfielder Sean Eccles to lead the charge. junior midfielder Davis Diamond and sophomore midfielder Alex Burgmaster should be two guys that will be bigger contributors this year as well as a few freshman. The defense will be the biggest question mark as they did graduate Troy Reh and a few others on that end. It’ll be interesting to see who steps up as the lead guy on defense for the Danes this season. Senior Matt Perla looks to be a guy that can make a bigger impact on defense than he did last season and may have a bigger role. In goal junior Nate Siekierski has some big shoes to fill as he will replace JD Colarusso. Another big question mark is at the faceoff dot as TD Ierlan transferred to Yale and Zach Ornstein transferred to Villanova. Sophomore Austin Jones looks to be the next man up at the faceoff dot for the Danes.
2. Vermont Catamounts
The Catamounts are coming off a historic season in 2018 as they went 12-4 overall, graduated the winningest class in program history, and lost in the America East championship game to Albany. The Catamounts do return a lot of talent on both sides of the ball as they look to keep building.
Offensively the Catamounts loose their biggest piece in Ian MacKay who probably the best player over the past few seasons. Despite loosing MacKay the Catamounts do return the other nine of their top ten scorers from last season. Senior attackman Dawes Milchling, sophomore Liam Limoges, and junior midfielder Rob Hudson look to be the leaders on offense this season. Vermont had one of the best defenses in the country last season and they return some good talent there. Senior Jefferey Warren looks to be a leader on D as senior Andrew Simeon should see his role expand as well. At the faceoff dot sophomore Alex Semler should be taking the majority of the draws after a stellar freshman campaign. In goal the Catamounts shouldn’t have many problems as Sophomore Nick Washuta will be back in goal after being one of the best in the country last year.
3. Stony Brook
After a 2018 campaign where they went 7-8 overall and lost in the America East semifinals to Vermont the Seawolves return a big chunk of their squad on both sides of the ball. Stony Brook may be able to upset some people if they can put all the pieces together.
The Seawolves return all of their top ten point scorers from 2018 as well as some big pieces of their defense. On offense junior attackman Tom Haun, sophomore attackman Jack Walsh, sophomore midfielder Patrick Kaschalk look to be big contributors along with others. On the defensive side of the ball senior LSM Rylan Rees, sophomore Danny Cassidy look to be the leaders among others. In goal for the Seawolves will be junior Michael Bollinger as he looks to have another great season. At the feceoff dot it looks like sophomore John Ehlers and junior Tristian Dowd could split time as they both took a lot of draws last season.
The Retrievers come into the 2019 season after a 2018 campaign where they went 5-8 and missed the America East tournament. They were a fairly young team last season as they return a lot of weapons and still have a great defense.
Offensively the Retrievers bring back their top five point scorers from last season in senior midfielder Billy Nolan, sophomore attackman Steven Zichelli, senior midfielder Jack Andrews, sophomore attackman Trevor Patscharke, and junior attackman Ryan Frawley. The faceoff dot will be manned by junior Jake Brothers who will be looking to improve off his performance from last season. To anchor that defense will be sophomore Thomas Linger as he will be looking to preform even better than he did last season as freshman. On defense the Retrievers were very strong last season and they look to be just as strong in 2019 as well. They will return junior Nick Griffin, senior Jason Brewester, and sophomore Nick Doyle. All three look to be big contributors on that defense again this season.
5. UMass Lowell
The River Hawks had their best season in program history last year as they finished 8-8 and lost in the America East semifinals to Albany. UMass Lowell does lose a lot of seniors from last season that helped build this program. They talent they bring back will be looking to continue the upward trend.
The River Hawks top three point scorers from last season so that will be their biggest hole on offense. They do bring back senior attackman Austin Lane, junior midfielder Daniel Cozzi, as well as sophomore attackman Harrison Morrill. Those three should see increased roles in the offense this season. On defense the River Hawks bring back junior Cam Hult, senior Blaine McMahon, and Ryder Lessing as they do loose a few seniors. In goal for the River Hawks will be sophomore Huter Braun as he looks to build off of a successful freshman season. Taking faceoff’s for the River Hawks will be junior Brett Dattilo as the starter. Sophomore Jacob Zablocki should get some draws as well.
As the Bearcats enter year three under Kevin McKeown they look for much better results than they saw last season. Binghamton did lose some key players to graduation but they return some younger talent that has a ton of potential.
As the Bearcats lose three of their top five point scorers from last season they still return sophomore William Talbott-Shere, senior Joe Licata, and sophomore Sean Makar who looks to have an increased role this season. On defense the Bearcats had a younger defense last season as they return junior Tom Galgano, redshirt sophomore Sal Fama, and junior Kyle Tiernan as well as others that should be big contributors as well. Senior Brendan Patterson appears to be the man taking faceoff’s this year as he was the second man last year as a junior. In goal redshirt senior Kevin Carbone will be the starter as he looks to improve on his performance last season.
The Hartford Hawks have struggled the past few seasons and they look to turn that trend around in 2019. With a lot of senior’s on last year’s squad the Hawks will be fairly young on both ends of the field this season.
On offense the Hawks have a big hole as they lost four of their top five point scorers to graduation. They will be looking to senior attackman Dylan Jinks, sophomore midfielder Alex Smith, and senior Zach Elkinson will look to lead that offensive attack. Anchoring the defense in goal will be sophomore Nicholas Ferraro. Senior Claude Bradshaw looks to be the leader on that defense this season a they did graduate some of their top contributors. A the faceoff dot junior Nolan Little will be taking the majority of the draws this season after taking a back seat to Dylan Protesto in 2018.
Here are just a handful of freshman that you could see make an impact among America East squads this season.