State College, Pa. – Top-seeded Penn State (15-1) dominated the face-offs and moved on to the NCAA men’s lacrosse quarter-finals with a 25-10 victory over UMBC.
Junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.,) led UMBC (7-9) with six goals, tying his career high set earlier this season versus UMass Lowell. He ended up with 46 goals on the season, tying Dave Quattrini for third place on UMBC’s all-time single season list.
The Nittany Lions dominated at the face-off circle, winning 34-of-38 draws.
UMBC scored first, as Frawley took a nice feed from across the crease from Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and scored 1:49 into the game. The Lions went on a quick 4-0 surge over a span of 2:29 to grab a 4-1 lead, before Frawley tallied again at the midpoint of the quarter.
Frawley completed his hat trick by the 12:41 mark, again converting a Steven Zichelli feed. Then, Michael Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) completed the first half scoring with 53 seconds to play in the period.
But, trailing just 7-4 after 15 minutes, UMBC had rare ball possessions in the second quarter and the Lions exploded for eight goals in the span of 11 minutes. Junior attackman Brett McIntyre (Calgary, Alberta) ended the 8-0 scoring run, knocking one home on a slick pass from sophomore Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) at the 11:54 mark. Patschorke capped the first half scoring at the 13:57 mark, but he Lione lead, 15-6, at the break.
Penn State added eight goals in the third quarter, and the Retrievers outscored the Lions, 3-2, for the final margin of victory.
McIntyre scored a pair of goals for the America East champions, while Steven Zichelli contributed a pair of assists and Patschorke recorded a goal and a helper.