BALTIMORE- Fairfield senior attackman John Snellman scored 44 seconds into overtime and the 20th-ranked Stags nipped UMBC, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium.
Fairfield improved to 4-0 and won their third overtime decision in the last eight days. The Retrievers slipped to 1-2 on the season.
Retriever junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) scored the game-tying goal with 40 seconds to play in regulation and recorded a season-best four-goal effort. Stag senior midfielder Brett Adams responded with four goals for his side, while Snellman added three.
For the second time in three weeks, UMBC rallied from a multiple-goal fourth-quarter deficit to draw even late in the action.
Fairfield’s Colin McLindin scored to put the visitors ahead, 9-5 with 13:51 to play. But Jones started the UMBC rally, putting away a Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) inside look at the 12:23 mark. The Stags were called for a slash on the Jones goal, and freshman Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) recorded his first collegiate goal just 35 seconds later to slice the deficit to 9-7.
The Retrievers did not capitalize on two additional man-up situations and Fairfield was attempting to run out the clock when they turned the ball over and UMBC senior defender Aaron Verardi (Lutherville, Md./Boys’ Latin) scored from up top on a 4-on-3 break with 2:26 to play.
UMBC controlled the ensuing draw, and after a time out, patiently moved the ball until Lustgarten again found Jones six yards from the cage, and his bounce shot hit the net with 40 seconds remaining.
Fairfield got the final draw of regulation, but a late shot by Adams was easily handled by UMBC junior netminder Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn). But FU sophomore face-off specialist Michael Roe won his 15th draw of the game to start overtime. McLindin, who had a game-high three assists fed Snellman on the left wing and the attackman took two steps to the inside and beat Cohen from eight yards out.
Fairfield defeated Bryant, 9-8, in double overtime last Saturday and upended Hofstra, 10-9, in triple OT on Long Island on Tuesday evening.
In its home opener, UMBC had rallied from an 8-5 fourth quarter deficit to draw even with Robert Morris, but the Colonials prevailed, 10-8.
Senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) moved to 95 career points with a goal and two assists for UMBC.
Fairfield outshot UMBC, 34-32, and Cohen was steady in net with 12 saves for the Retrievers. UMBC missed the cage on 19 of its 32 attempts. The Stags dominated the draws, winning 16 of 23.
The Retrievers had won four consecutive one-goal decisions, dating back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009.
UMBC welcomes No. 5 Maryland to Baltimore on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.