BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) scored with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the Retrievers edged Stony Brook, 12-11, in the America East opening game for both squads.
Young and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) led a balanced attack in goal-scoring with three apiece.
Stony Brook sophomore attackman Brody Eastwood led all scorers with five goals.
The Retrievers improved to 5-4 overall, while Stony Brook slipped to 4-6.
UMBC trailed, 4-0, after one quarter, but it was the Seawolves that had to rally late to send the game to extra time. They scored the final three goals of regulation, including the game-tying goal on Eastwood’s second of back-to-back scores with1:10 remaining in regulation. After Stony Brook controlled the ensuing draw, UMBC created a turnover, but Gregoire’s effort with 17 seconds remaining missed the cage.
Young had a chance to win the game early in overtime, but his shot from close range was deflected away by Stony Brook freshman netminder Hayden Johnston. The Seawolves took control of the ball and drew a pair of technical fouls against the hosts and went two-men-up with 2:14 to play. SBU junior attackman Mike Rooney got inside, but his high shot was stuffed by UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) and the Retrievers killed off the Seawolf opportunity.
Johnston would make two saves against UMBC sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) in the final minute, but the ball found its way back to Young in the center of the field. He made a dodge to the right and beat the Stony Brook keeper with a low shot.
Young also scored the game-winning goal against the Seawolves as a freshman in 2013, netting a shot with 2:39 to play in the fourth quarter to break a 12-all tie and propel UMBC to a 13-12 victory.
Both goalkeepers were outstanding in the well-played contest. Gordon fell one shy of his season high, making 15 saves, while Johnston stopped 12 Retriever attempts.
Stony Brook built a 5-1 lead after Eastwood’s first goal of the night at the 7:35 mark of the second quarter. But the Retrievers would hold the conference rivals scoreless for 18:34 and went on a 6-0 run to take a 7-5 advantage on freshman Max Maxwell’s (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) second third-quarter goal at the 9:45 mark of the stanza.
The visitors, who led 5-4 at the half, rallied and tied the game at 8-8 on back-to-back scores by Eastwood in a 39-second span late in the third quarter.
But UMBC grabbed the momentum heading to the fourth quarter, as Gregoire slipped in a tough angle shot with two seconds to play in the period.
UMBC extended the lead to 11-8 on goals by Young and Gannon in the first 5:58 of the fourth quarter before Stony Brook rallied.
Maxwell (2g, 1a) and Gannon (1g, 2a) both scored three points for UMBC and sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) scored a pair of goals.
Rooney had a goal and three helpers for SBU.
UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 41-35, but the Seawolves rallied to win the battle of face-offs, 15-12.
The Retrievers next play at Binghamton on Sunday, April 6.
Notes: UMBC is now 17-7 under Coach Don Zimmerman in overtime games and the Retriever mentor is 19-9 in his 28 seasons as a head coach… The Retrievers’ last overtime game was the 2013 conference opener when they fell ,15-14, at Hartford… Gregoire posted his sixth game of the season with three or more goals and now has 12 for his career… Young now has six career three-goal games… Stony Brook entered the game ranked third in the nation in extra-man offense and UMBC blanked the Seawolves on four opportunities… UMBC improved to 13-7 in the all-time series with the Seawolves and snapped a two-game home losing streak to SBU… UMBC is now 8-3 in America East openers.