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Ryan Frawley is latest injury casualty for UMBC men’s lacrosse

A thumb injury prevented sophomore Ryan Frawley from suiting up for the UMBC men's lacrosse team's game against Michigan on Saturday. The Retrievers have now lost their top three attackmen in Frawley, sophomore Mitch Howell and freshman Trevor Patschorke.
A thumb injury prevented sophomore Ryan Frawley from suiting up for the UMBC men's lacrosse team's game against Michigan on Saturday. The Retrievers have now lost their top three attackmen in Frawley, sophomore Mitch Howell and freshman Trevor Patschorke. (UMBC Athletics)

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team fell to visiting Michigan, 9-6, on Saturday without Ryan Frawley, and the sophomore’s absence has sapped the offense of its top three attackmen.

Frawley injured ligaments in his thumb in the first quarter of the Retrievers’ 7-6 loss to America East rival Stony Brook on March 18. Although he finished the game, the pain was too much for him to play against the Wolverines.

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Instead, the team started junior Jack Andrews (St. Mary’s) and freshmen Steven Zichelli (Severna Park) and Brett Baucia (Archbishop Spalding). While Andrews and Baucia were shut out, Zichelli led the offense with three goals and one assist.

Making a move into Monday morning’s newest Maverik men’s lacrosse media poll are Cornell, Michigan, Bucknell and Harvard.

Frawley’s absence comes on the heels of sophomore Mitch Howell breaking his foot in January and freshman Trevor Patschorke (Severna Park) suffering an ACL injury. Both players will redshirt this season, and coach Ryan Moran said Frawley is out indefinitely.

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“We’re hoping we can get him back this week, but who knows?” Moran said Monday morning of Frawley’s status. “Right now, we’re down all three. That’s kind of the boat that we’re in, and we’re replacing them with some young guys, two freshmen right now. That’s the season for you. You’ve got to try to stay as healthy as you can.”

Moran said he has never coached a team that lost its top three attackmen, but dismissed the notion that UMBC is feeling snakebitten.

“Sometimes you dodge those bullets, and I’ve been on teams where we’ve kept everybody that’s important healthy the whole year,” he said. “And then this is kind of a first for me, and it’s an area where we were very thin to begin with. So those are the breaks sometimes. But talking to the players, these situations that you get in now are really going to help you get better coaching in the immediate and give you better experience moving forward throughout your career. You’ve just got to keep trying to put a positive spin on it and move forward. To our credit, even with the younger guys and a different starting attack, what they did statistically against a team that just beat Notre Dame, I thought it was pretty impressive. Their goalie made 13 saves, and we generated 42 saves and only had six turnovers and had perfect clearing. Those are some of the important improvement stats.”

A look back at how the Division I men’s lacrosse teams from the state fared in action from this past week.

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