Trevor Patschorke sat out his second consecutive game, and the UMBC men’s lacrosse team is bracing for the possibility that the freshman attackman will miss the remainder of the season.
Coach Ryan Moran said the Severna Park resident and graduate injured his knee “awhile ago,” but tried to play through it. Although he had team highs in both goals (nine) and points (11) in the first four games, the pain proved to be too much.
Moran did not have a timeline for Patschorke’s return, but said, “He’s out and he’s going to be out for probably a good amount of time.”
The Retrievers filled the void created by Patschorke’s absence by starting freshman Steven Zichelli (Severna Park) in his place in Saturday’s 7-4 win against Marist and junior Billy Nolan (Arundel) in Tuesday night’s 13-6 loss at No. 10 Johns Hopkins.
Nolan has been a fixture of the team’s first midfield, but Moran said his versatility makes him a prime candidate to play attack.
“I just think he’s probably our best offensive player without Trevor,” Moran said. “Billy’s a great two-way midfielder. That’s why he’s always played midfield, but Billy’s one of our better offensive players, and in Trevor’s absence, we felt like Billy gives us a presence down there. He knows the offense really well, he’s a good communicator, he hustles, he rides. It definitely changes some things we do riding-wise because we kind of lose that two-way middie presence. So we’re just kind of changing up a little bit who we are on the fly.”
UMBC was shut out in the second and third quarters against the Blue Jays and went 38:05 without scoring a goal. Moran conceded that Patschorke’s absence was noticeable.
“Whenever you lose your most dynamic player, you’ve got to take a step back and re-examine what you’re doing schematically,” he said. “I think we did that today. We definitely attacked from below goal line tonight a lot more than we have in the past. We definitely challenged them to throw multiple passes in a set and do what we could do to gain some leverage against some kids who are just more experienced, a little bit older, a little bit bigger, strong and faster than some of our younger guys. We’re working on the side to keep improving, but it’s a little bit of a process. Obviously, everyone would like for it to be a little bit quicker, but we’re just going to have to stay the course.”