Burlington, VT.- Junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) led visiting UMBC with three goals and eight other Retrievers hit the nets as UMBC never trailed in an 11-8 America East Conference victory over Vermont.
UMBC improved to 2-0 in league play and 4-5 overall, while Vermont slipped to 0-2 in America East and 1-9 overall. The Retrievers have won their first two league games for the first time since 2009.
Hopmann added an assist for his second consecutive four-point game. Senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.), who scored a goal and added an assist, and junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.), who contributed a pair of assists, were the other multiple-point scorers for the Retrievers.
Vermont junior attackman Drew Philie led all scorers with five goals and one assist for the game.
The Retrievers led, 6-3, late in the second quarter, but Vermont scored twice in the final 41 seconds of the stanza, including a score by Drew Philie with three ticks remaining and Vermont trailed, 6-5 at halftime.
The Catmounts forged the only tie of the game as Philie recorded his fourth goal with 6:50 to play in the third quarter.
But the Retrievers made the contest’s pivotal run of 4-0 and took command at 10-6 with 8:05 remaining. Hopmann started and ended the surge, giving UMBC the lead for good on an unassisted score with 1:13 to play in the third. Just 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, freshman midfielder Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) recorded an unassisted goal, and after Retriever face-off speclialist Phil Poe won the ensuing draw, Vermont was called for a slashing penalty. UMBC converted on that opportunity, as Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) converted a feed from Lustgarten 38 seconds after the Bertolini score.
Hopmann finalized the run to give UMBC its first four-goal lead of the game and the Retrievers kept the hosts from closing with three goals down the stretch to defeat Vermont for the ninth time in nine total meetings.
UMBC junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) made eight of his ten saves in the second half as Vermont outshot the Retrievers, 34-26.
Poe won 16 of 23 face-offs and corralled a season best nine ground balls.
UMBC led, 3-2, after one quarter, a stanza which was highlighted by the first career goal by sophomore LSM Nathan Klein. Klein gave the Retrievers a 3-1 advantage 16 seconds after Philie scored his first goal of the game, scooping up a Poe face-off win and beating Vermont netminder David Barton with 6:55 to play in the quarter.
After scoring five points in his first five outings of the season, Hopmann now has eight goals and 11 points in his last three. Lustgarten has eight assists in his last three contests.
UMBC returns home to face America East rival Stony Brook on Saturday, April 14.