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Loyola can’t handle Thompsons, Albany in season closing defeat

Posted on 11 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Great Danes Deal Men’s Lacrosse 13-6 Defeat In NCAA First Round

BALTIMORE – The University at Albany jumped out to a 5-1 lead midway through the second quarter, and top-ranked and third-seeded Loyola University Maryland could not climb back to closer than two, and the Great Danes snapped the Greyhounds’ 15-game winning streak with a 13-6 victory to advance to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals on Saturday.

Albany’s Lyle Thompson became the NCAA’s all-time leader in single-season points, passing UMBC’s Steve Marohl with a goal 13:55 into the game. He finished with three goals and five assists, while his brother, Miles, tallied five goals and two assists.

After Lyle Thompson scored on the game’s first possession, Loyola had a good look at the cage, but Justin Ward hit the post at 10:55. The Great Danes came up with the ground ball, and the teams traded turnovers before Miles Thompson score dhis 75th goal of the year at 8:31.

Less than a minute after that, Loyola’s Romar Dennis hit the crossbar twice with hard shots, but Pat Laconi broke through with a transition goal for the Greyhounds at 2:49.

Loyola (15-2 overall) got the ball back on the restart, but the Greyhounds committed one of their 16 turnovers and Jon Newhouse tallied a transition goal for the Great Danes (12-5) to make it 3-1.

Miles Thompson scored twice more off Lyle Thompson assists at 12:14 and 6:51 in the second quarter before Dennis dodges at the top left, switch hands and stuck a high shot for a goal at 6:25.

The Greyhounds got the ensuing faceoff, and Nikko Pontrello took the ball behind, rolled the crease and scored low to pull Loyola within a pair, 5-3, 13 ticks after Dennis’ goal.

That was, however, as close as Loyola would get for the remainder of the game as Miles Thompson scored at 2:30, and Lyle Thompson added one with just over seven seconds left in the first half to put Albany up 7-3 at the break.

The Great Danes scored the first two goals of the second half to lead 9-3 before Laconi scored his second of the game, matching his career-high.

Ward tallied the first of his two goals with barely two seconds left in the third quarter, cutting the Albany lead to four entering the final period.

Three-straight goal from the Great Danes, however, sealed their first-round win. They had two 3-0 runs and a 4-0 stretch in the game marking the first time since February that a team has posted three-straight or better on the Greyhounds more than once in a game.

Loyola won the ground-ball battle, 39-35, on the strength of Graham Savio’s 15 faceoff wins and eight ground balls, but its 16 turnovers led to eight of Albany’s 13 goals.

The Great Danes will meet the winner of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University in next Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Loyola’s season finished with a 15-2 record. The Greyhounds had won 15-straight games since falling in overtime on February 6 to the University of Virginia in the season-opener.

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Loyola opens NCAA Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Albany Great Danes

Saturday, May 10, 2014  |  12:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | ESPNU


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will host its sixth-straight home game on Saturday, May 10, when the University at Albany visits Ridley Athletic Complex for a 12 p.m. game in the NCAA First Round.

The Greyhounds are making their first appearance in as many years in the NCAA Championships.

Saturday’s game will mark Loyola’s 22nd appearance in the NCAA Championships, 20th at the NCAA Division I level (since 1982).

The game will be the second NCAA men’s lacrosse contest to be played at RIdley Athletic Complex in the facility’s five-year history.

Joe Fletcher leads all close defenders nationally in ground balls (76) and ground balls per game (4.75).

Pat Laconi is tops among NCAA Division I non-pole players in caused turnovers (32) and caused turnovers per game (2.0).

Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello entered the week ranked second and fourth in assists and goals per game, respectively, in the NCAA at 3.31 and 3.13.

Jack Runkel is second in goals against avg. (6.91), third in saves percentage (.620).


Last Time Out

Johns Hopkins scored three times in the first four minutes, two seconds of last Saturday’s game, but Loyola outscored the Blue Jays, 13-5, over the course of the next 45-plus minutes.

Back-to-back Brian Schultz goals early in the fourth quarter put Loyola in front by five, and the Greyhounds ended up with a 13-10 victory in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Rob Guida bookended a Brandon Benn transition goal with two in the first five minuted, but Brian Sherlock put the Greyhounds on the board at 10:34, and Matt Sawyer scored on extra-man 21 ticks of the clock later.

Jeff Chase scored the first of his two second-quarter goals to put Loyola in front for the first time at 8:49, and after two ties thereafter, Brian Sherlock scored his second of the day to put the Greyhounds on top for good.

Graham Savio won 17-of-26 faceoffs, picked up a career-best 12 ground balls and scored his first career goal, four seconds after Sherlock’s second.

Nikko Pontrello and Sherlock each scored three, and Justin Ward had four assists.

Pat Laconi caused four turnovers.

 

Turn On The Television

The Greyhounds will make their seventh appearance of the season on national television when they take the field on Saturday. It will be the first on the ESPN family of networks.

Joe Beninati will call the play-by-play, while Paul Carcaterra handles analysis duties.

 

In The Polls

After its win over Johns Hopkins, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls for the seventh week in a row.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons. This stretch is the longest Loyola has been ranked first since spending nine-straight at the top from March 15-May 10, 1999.

 

NCAA Championships History

Loyola is making its 22nd all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, 20th in Division I history (since 1982). The Greyhounds are 12-20 all-time in the tournament, 12-18 at the Division I level.

Last year, the Greyhounds played in the NCAA First Round at No. 8 seed Duke University in a game that was touted by many to be the best in collegiate lacrosse of 2013. The Blue Devils rallied to send the game to overtime, and Case Mathias scored the game-winner in the second extra frame for a 12-11 Duke win that helped send the Blue Devils on to the national title.

The Greyhounds won the first NCAA Division I Championship, in any sport, in 2012, when they defeated Maryland, 9-3, on Memorial Day. The win completed an 18-1 season for the Greyhounds in which they tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season, matching the 18-2 Duke team from 2008. Loyola entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeated Canisius, Denver and Notre Dame en route to the title game.

 

Series History

The Greyhounds and Great Danes will meet for the second time when they step onto the field Saturday, both coming in NCAA First Round action. Albany hosted Loyola on May 13, 2007, and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 19-10 win.

Dan Kallaugher won 27-of-33 faceoffs for Loyola and picked up 19 ground balls. His 27 wins are tied for seventh-most in NCAA single-game history and second-most in an NCAA Tournament game.

Andrew Spack, Paul Richards and Shane Koppens all scored twice in the game for Loyola, but Merrick Thomson tallied five for the Great Danes.

 

Streaking On Campus

Loyola’s 15-game winning streak – the Greyhounds have not lost since falling in overtime on February 6 in the season-opener at the University of Virginia – is the longest in school history.

Previously, Greyhounds teams in 2012 and 1998 held the longest winning streak in program history with 12-straight wins. Loyola’s 15-1 start is also tied for the best in school history through 16 games, matching that of the 2012 squad.

 

Alum Coaches

Led by Loyola’s staff with Head Coach Charley Toomey ’91, Assistant Coach Matt Dwan ’95 and Director of Operations P.T. Ricci ’09, there are eight Loyola alums on coaching staffs of teams in the NCAA Division I Championships.

The list includes: Richmond assistants Steve Layne ’10 and Paul Richards ’07, Air Force’s Bill Wilson ’94, Notre Dame volunteer assistant Kevin Anderson ’93 and Virginia volunteer assistant Tim McDermott MBA ’07.

 

All-League Awards

Three Loyola players earned individual awards when the Patriot League honors were announced last month. Joe Fletcher was named Defensive Player of the Year, Jack Runkel Goalkeeper of the Year and Justin Ward Offensive Player of the Year.

The trio was also named to the All-Patriot League First Team along with teammates Pat Laconi, Nikko Pontrello and Brian Sherlock. Kevin Ryan was named to the Second Team. Loyola’s seven All-League players were the most by any team this season.

 

Tournament Honors

Jack Runkel was then named the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player, and he was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Joe Fletcher, Justin Ward and Brian Schultz.

Runkel made 15 saves in the title game against Lehigh after posting 12 in the semifinal versus Colgate. Fletcher finished with 11 ground balls and eight caused turnovers, five of the latter tying her career-high in the Colgate game. Ward distributed seven assists and scored three goals, and Schultz tallied six goals and assisted on three.

 

Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 69 occasions. After defeating Johns Hopkins, 13-10, on Saturday, Loyola has won 82.6 percent of those games (57-12).

 

Since 2012

Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 44-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 15-1 this season) for a .863 mark. Loyola’s winning percentage of .933 this season is the best nationally.

Duke and Loyola have both won 44 games during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by nearly nine percent (44-13, .772).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are near the top of two offensive categories through the end of the regular-season in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello is third in Division I with 50 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 53 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 131 combined points (Ward, 69; Pontrello, 62). Albany’s Lyle (114) and Miles (108) have a combined 222.

Goalkeeper Jack Runkel is also near the top of statistical rankings for his position. He is second in goals against average (6.91) and saves percentage (.620).

 

Tops Among Close Defenders

Joe Fletcher not only leads Loyola in ground balls, total (76) and per game (4.75), this season, but more impressive than that, he paces all close defenders nationally in the categories. Fletcher is 46th overall in ground balls per game, while the 45 players who are ahead of him are either face-off specialists or long-stick midfielders who play on the wings during restarts.

 

And Short-Sticks, Too

Meanwhile, Pat Laconi tops all non-pole defenders nationally in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game. With four against Johns Hopkins, he has caused 32 this season while averaging 2.0 per game. He enters the Albany game eighth in the nation, and the seven players ahead of him in the rankings are all long-stick midfielders or close defenders.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 53 assists in 16 games. In the Patriot League Championship Game against Lehigh, Ward became the conference’s single-season assist leader, passing Bucknell University’s David Dickson who had 48 in 2013.

With his third and final assist on April 12 against Boston University, Ward passed Sean Heffernan for first-place in school single-season history at the Division I level.

He is second in the nation in total assists (53), and he is also second in the country, and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.31 assists per game this year. The 45 assists are tied for second in Patriot League history, three shy of matching Bucknell’s David Dickson’s record of 48 from a year ago.

With four assists against Duke on March 9, Ward set Loyola’s career Division I record (since 1982) in total assists, eclipsing the mark of 83 set from 1989-92 by Jim Blanding. His three at Colgate gave him 100 for his career, making him the second player in program history ever to reach the century mark.

Ward now has 120 career assists. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also sixth in school Division I history in total points with 170, five away from tying Gewas Schindler (1996-99) for fifth place. His 69 points this season are tied for third in school single-season history, two away from matching Eric Lusby’s 2012 school-record total.

Of his 53 assists this year, 31 have gone to his fellow attack players. More than half of Brian Schultz’s 36 goals (19-of-36) have come off Ward assists, continuing a trend from when the pair were club teammates with the Maryland Roughriders. Nikko Pontrello has tallied 12 of his team-high 50 from Ward helpers, and Ward has also assisted on 11 of the Greyhounds’ 23 extra-man goals this year.

Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello was held without a goal for the first time this season on April 5 against Navy, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to start the season that Pontrello had two or more goals. He rebounded, however, with three goals and two assists versus Boston University and three goals and an assist versus Bucknell.

As of the end of the regular-season, Pontrello is third nationally with 50 goals after recording three each in the Patriot League Championship Game against Lehigh and against Johns Hopkins.

Pontrello is the fourth player in school single-season history to score 50 or more goals in a year, joining Eric Lusby (54, 2012), Mike Sawyer (52, 2012) and Tim Goettelmann (50, 2000).

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown, five versus Lafayette and three against Colgate, Boston University, Bucknell and Lehigh in the Patriot League title game. He has now scored two or more in 14 of 16 games this year.

Two of his goals have been game-winners in one-goal contests. Pontrello scored 19 seconds into overtime to give Loyola a 12-11 win at Penn State, and he then tallied one with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to push the Greyhounds past Georgetown, 10-9.

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .642 mark, saving 167 out of 260 shots on goal he’s faced. In a six-game stretch  against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army, Runkel made 61 saves and allowed just 26 goals (.701).

The senior goalkeeper earned a record five Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors this year and was named the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year. He has a goals against average of 6.91 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .620 through 16 games. He is second in the nation in goals against average and third in saves percentage.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.63 goals against average and .573 saves percentage. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 42-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 46 victories. Amato, however, is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

He later had seven ground balls and causing a turnover against Duke. He also was primarily responsible for holding the Blue Devils’ All-American attacker Jordan Wolf to one goal.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games. He then marked Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, holding him without a point for the first time in 15 games. He then snapped the 41-game point-scoring streak of Bucknell’s David Dickson on April 17, holding him without a shot.

In all, the players Fletcher has had primary marking responsibilities for have tallied 16 goals in 16 games this year (including three each by the University of Virginia’s Mark Cockerton and Penn State University’s Shane Sturgis in the season’s first two games). Six of those goals have come when Fletcher was already out of the game late in the fourth quarter.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week five times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He is second on the team in ground balls (76) and caused turnovers (28). His 73 career caused turnovers are tied for third all-time with fellow captain Pat Laconi at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Pat Laconi has continued to show his versatility as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the nation while being a player with offensive acumen. The Preseason All-American had a goal in settled offense against Johns Hopkins to bring his season total to nine goals and three assists and his career numbers to 14 and 12.

Laconi caused a career-high five turnovers against Bucknell and four versus Johns Hopkins. His team-leading 32 caused turnovers are tops on the team this season have brought his career total to 69, tied for third-most in school history.

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has scored 36 goals, second-most on the team through 16 games, and his 14 assists are also second. He had the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the second overtime at Navy and less than two weeks later posted a career-best six goals in a win over Bucknell.

With a career-high six goals against Bucknell on April 17, four versus Colgate in the Patriot League Semifinal, a pair in the title game versus Lehigh and three versus Johns Hopkins, Schultz scored 15 goals, to go with four assists, in Loyola’s last four games.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds entered the final of the regular-season as the only team to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (13.31) rank fifth, and its goals allowed (7.13) are second. As a result, Loyola leads the nation in scoring margin (+6.19).

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 16 of its games this season, and it has had six stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 31 runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent Run Time Covered   Opponent Run Time Covered
at Holy Cross 14-0 38:58   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18

 

On the flip side, Loyola’s opponents have made runs of 3-0 or better just seven times this year. Virginia and Penn State did it twice each in the first two games of the year, Army and Georgetown did it in back-to-back games in March and Johns Hopkins did it to open last Saturday’s game.

 

Quarter Or More Scoreless

Loyola has held opponents scoreless for 15 or more minutes on 18 occasions this season (chart on left). Six times, the Greyhounds have posted shutout streaks of better than 30 minutes of clock time.

The longest Loyola has held a team without a goal this season is 47 minutes, 13 seconds, in the February 22 game at Holy Cross.

The Greyhounds have played just two games this year – at Penn State and at Colgate – in which they have not held opponents scoreless for 15 or more minutes at a time.

Opponents have held Loyola without a goal for stretches of 15 or more minutes three (at Virginia, at Georgetown, at Navy). Only Virginia did so for more than 17 minutes. The Cavaliers went on an 8-0 run over 31:23, holding the Greyhounds scoreless in the second and third quarters before Loyola reeled off nine-straight in the fourth.

 

Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Loyola is one of three schools (along with Duke) to have three players named Tewaaraton Award nominees. Joe Fletcher, Nikko Pontrello and Justin Ward are semifinalists for the honor of college lacrosse’s top player.

Fletcher and Ward are also two of 10 players nationally to be named finalists for the Senior CLASS Award that honors seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom.

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UMBC crushed by Albany in America East title game

Posted on 03 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- A torrid Albany team broke up a tight game with an eight-goal third quarter and defended  their America East title, defeating UMBC, 20-11 in the league’s championship game.

UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored three goals and became the Retrievers’ single season record-holder in goals with 47.

Classmate Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won 20 of 30 face-offs and broke his own single-season record with 229 draws captured in 2014.

Gregoire, Poe and sophomore defender Zach Esser (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) were named to the All-Championship team.

UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) led the Retrievers with three goals and one assist.

The Retrievers would get on the board first, as Young scored from a sharp right angle just 57 seconds into the contest. But Albany would outscore the Retrievers, 5-1, over the remainder of the stanza and took a 5-2 advantage after 15 minutes.

UMBC made its best run of the first half, as Young and Gregoire strung together goals to bring the Retrievers to within 5-4 at the6:55 mark of the second quarter. But UA again controlled the final stages of the stanza and built the lead to 8-4, scoring a disputed goal on a missed off-sides call as the clock hit 0:00.

Poe controlled 9 of 13 first half draws, but Albany got key second chances by winning ground balls and led in that category, 20-15, at the break. Great Dane netminder Blaze Riorden, who recorded 20 saves in the first meeting between the two squads, made five first half saves, including a pair of high stick stops on high quality UMBC chances.

Albany’s Miles Thompson, the championship’s Most Outstanding Player, opened the second half with his 70th goal of the season 1:24 into the frame, but junior midfielder Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) and Young struck for  the Retrievers and the deficit was 9-6 with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter .

But the Danes had their best face-off quarter of the game, splitting 12 draws with UMBC and took full advantage, scoring five unanswered goals in a  span of 3:04 to take command.

Albany (11-5) led, 16-7, after 45 minutes and went on to win their sixth overall America East title.

The Retrievers committed 15 turnovers in the first three quarters and were outshot, 48-34.

UMBC (8-7) finished the campaign with its most victories since a 12-win campaign in 2009, the last year the Retrievers captured the title.
Notes: Gregoire broke the goal-scoring record of Jason Smith, who scored 47 goals in 1992… He finished his career with 96 goals (tied for 12th on UMBC all-time list) (and 113 points (tied for 22nd) Poe now has three of the top four single-season face off marks in school history and pushed his UMBC Division I record for ground balls in a season to 140… Senior face-off specialist Joe Impallaria (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall), who, like Gregoire, returned for a fifth year, scored his first career goal in the third quarter… UMBC is now 3-3 in America East title games.

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UMBC tries to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

For the second consecutive year, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (8-6) will take on top-seeded Albany (10-5) for the America East Conference men’s lacrosse championship when the two rivals take the field at Stony Brook University’s La Valle Stadium on Saturday, May 3. The Retrievers advanced with a 16-10 semifinal win over No. 2 Binghamton in Thursday’s opener, while Albany needed overtime to subdue host No. 4 Stony Brook, 17-16, in the nightcap. The opening face-off is set for 10:00 a.m., with ESPNU providing live coverage. Mark Dixon and Paul Carcaterra handle the play-by-play and color responsibilities. Live stats are available via America East’s Championship Central.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe set an America East Tournament record by winning 24 (of 30) face-offs and attackmen Matt Gregoire and Max Maxwell combined for 13 points as the third-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 2 Binghamton, 16-10, in the league semifinals.

Gregoire, a senior, scored four goals and added three assists, while Maxwell, a freshman, recorded  season-highs with four goals and six total points.

Poe set a pair of school records in the previous contest versus Vermont. UMBC’s all-time lead in face-offs won, controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

UMBC qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns. The Retrievers will compete for their sixth title, with wins in 2006, 2008, 2009 and runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2013. Four of UMBC’s five championship games have been against Albany, with UMBC winning match-ups in 2006 and 2008 and dropping decisions in 2007 and 2013. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook for the 2009 title.

Gregoire leads the team with 45 goals and 54 points. Entering the week, he was second nationally with 3.15 goals per game (behind UA’s Miles Thompson) and the 45 goals is the third-most scored in a single season in school history. Jason Smith holds the school record with 47 goals scored in 1992.

Gregoire and Poe are two of just seven seniors on the 2014 Retriever roster. UMBC started two freshmen and four sophomores throughout the campaign.

Four other Retrievers have 33 or more points. Maxwell (15-24-39) leads the team in assists, while soph. midfielders Jack Gannon (18-23-41) and Pat Young (30-9-39) and SO A Nate Lewnes (30-7-37) round out an efficicent offensive unit.

UMBC is ranked 11th in the nation with 12.0 goals scored per game. The Retrievers averaged 13.2 goals per game in America East play and 15.8 in their last four contests. UMBC is also 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 32.1 percent.

Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon was ranked sixth in the nation with 12.23 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.

Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 21st season at UMBC and his 28th as a collegiate head coach. Amongst Division I head coaches, the Retriever mentor stood eighth with 220 victories and is 16th in winning percentage at .601 before the season started. The Retriever mentor has made 13 NCAA Tournament apperances in his tenures at Johns Hopkins (`1984-90) and UMBC (1994-present). His 1984, 1985 and 1987 Hopkins teams earned national titles and he coached the Retrievers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.

 

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Forcing overtime on a goal in the final seconds of regulation and winning the game in the extra session, top-seeded Albany knocked off fourth-seeded Stony Brook, 17-16 in overtime at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium. America East Player of the Year Lyle Thompson scored from in front with just five seconds left to force overtime and Doug Eich’s strike from seven yards out in the extra session sent Albany to the title game for the 11th time since 2003.

Miles Thompson (67g, 32a) tied a single-game tournament record with seven goals and also added a pair of assists. Lyle Thompson (42 g, 63 a) scored five times and added three helpers.

 

THE SERIES/THIS YEAR’S RESULT:  UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-8, but the Great Danes have taken the last four meetings.

The teams will meet for the eighth time (in UMBC’s 11 league seasons) in the America East Tournament. Albany holds a 5-2 advantage in those games, but the teams have split title games at two apiece. UA has won three straight tournament games in the seriees.

The Retrievers lost a 18-14 shootout to the Albany Great Danes before 1,449 fans on April 19 at UMBC Stadium. Poe won 23 (of 35) face-offs in the contest and Nate Lewnes led the attack with five goals.

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UMBC welcomes Albany Saturday for Senior Day showdown

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

he UMBC men’s lacrosse team has a big day in-store on Saturday, April 19. Five seniors – Will Fejes, Ryan Johnston, Zach Linkous, Phil Poe and Matt Reeping – will be honored before the America East contest. In addition, the opponent on Saturdayis the Albany Great Danes, the defending America East champions and the highest-scoring team in the nation to date. The two programs have put on some epic battles in their high-energy series, especially at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv and Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SO M Pat Young scored four of his career-high five goals in the fourth quarter as the host Retrievers staved off a Hartford rally and defeated the Hawks, 16-11, in an America East Conference contest in summer-like conditions at UMBC Stadium on April 12. UMBC improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference. – SO M Jack Gannon and FR A Max Maxwell also set personal bests in the contest. Gannon led all scorers with six points, scoring twice and adding four assists, while Maxwell set a season-high with four helpers.  Young was named America East Conference Co-Player of the Week for his efforts versus Hartford.

SR A Matt Gregoire, who leads the team with 33 goals and 36 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last nine games. Entering the week, he is tied for sixth nationally with 3.0 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked fifth in the nation with 12.27 saves per game. The AE Rookie of the Week on March 31 owns a save percentage of 55.1 percent, which is 14th-best in the country.  SR M Phil Poe collected seven ground balls versus Binghamton and is now in fifth place in school history with 289 ground balls. Poe has now attempted more than 1,000 career draws, winning 54.5 percent (school-record 581) of 1,066 attempted.

UMBC is 41-14 (.745) in 11 years of America East competition and 24-4 (.857) at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.


GREAT DANE UPDATE: Trailing 2-0, Albany scored eight-straight goals and allowed a season-low seven goals for opponent to down Stony Brook, 17-7, and improved to 3-0 in league play and locked up an America East Championship bid. Attackmen Lyle and Miles Thompson rank first and second nationally in points per game, averaging 6.6 and 6.1 respectively.  Lyle leads the country in assists while Miles is tops in goals. Albany leads the nation scoring, averaging 15.1 goals per game.


LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  The teams met twice in 2013, with Albany winning at John Fallon Field, 16-10, on April 19, and the Great Danes capturing the AE title with a 19-10 victory at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium.

UMBC leads the all-time series, 10-7, but Albany has won the last three contests.

UMBC has won seven of ten meetings at home. The last contest at UMBC Stadium resulted in a thrilling 17-16 overtime victory for the Retrievers.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC concludes the regular season when they travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m.

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Hopkins slows down Thompsons in win over Albany

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and never let visiting Albany get closer than five in the second half as the Blue Jays posted a 13-8 victory over the Great Danes at Homewood Field Friday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Johns Hopkins, which improves to 6-3 on the year. Albany, which had won four of its last six, slips to 4-5.

The eight goals Albany scored are nearly eight less than it was averaging entering the game (15.75) and its fewest since March 2, 2013, when the ‘Danes fell to Yale, 15-8.

The Blue Jays wasted little time jumping in front as they scored seven unanswered goals to open the game to fuel the 9-1 advantage at the half.

Sophomore Ryan Brown scored all three of his goals in the opening 16 minutes and junior Wells Stanwick matched his career high with five assists before the game was 20 minutes old.

Capitalizing on 14 Albany turnovers in the first half, the Blue Jays crafted a 27-3 advantage in shots in the opening 30 minutes with only an extra-man strike by Bennett Drake midway through the second quarter getting the ‘Danes on the board.

A game-opening goal by junior Michael Pellegrino on a quick restart from midfield opened the scoring for the Blue Jays, who got two goals each from Brandon Benn and Holden Cattoni in the first half to go along with Brown’s hat trick.

An extra-man goal by Benn just 29 seconds into the second half pushed the lead to 10-1, but Albany made its inevitable run to slice that deficit to 10-5 at the end of three quarters.

Ryan Feuerstein opened the four-goal run for the Great Danes as Lyle Thompson found him from behind the goal and Feuerstein had time and room from 12 yards out less than a minute after Benn’s goal to ignite a four-goal run.

Eric Scala added an extra-man goal of his own 70 seconds later and a Miles Thompson goal just over two minutes after that made it 10-4 with more than 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Albany had a golden opportunity to cut into the deficit more midway through the period as the ‘Danes had a two-man advantage for a full minute, but the Blue Jay defense held and more than eight minutes passed after the Miles Thompson goal before Ty Thompson scored with exactly two minutes remaining in the third quarter to account for the 10-5 score entering the fourth quarter.

Any hopes for an Albany comeback were dashed when more than five scoreless minutes elapsed to open the final period. That was followed by consecutive Hopkins goals in a 59-second span to push the lead to 12-5.

Cattoni completed his second straight hat trick with an extra-man goal off an assist from Stanwick and senior Phil Castronova added a transition goal off a feed from Pellegrino to account for the two-goals that built the lead back to seven.

Albany tallied three of the final four goals of the game, with only Cattoni’s career-high fourth of the game in that time for the Blue Jays. Lyle and Miles Thompson both scored highlight-reel goals, while Feuerstein’s unassisted goal off a restart in the final two minutes closed out the scoring.

Cattoni, who never had a hat trick before last week, added his second straight with the four-goal effort, while Stanwick’s six assists are a career-high and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had six at Hofstra on March 11, 2000. Brown (3g, 1a) and Benn (3g) teamed with Stanwick to give the Blue Jays’ starting attack six goals and seven assists. The 13-point effort marks the fifth time in nine games the trio has combined for 12 points or more.

Albany’s dynamic attack unit of Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson totaled four goals and five assists, but the early turnovers and halftime deficit were more than they could overcome. Sophomore Blaze Riorden posted 12 saves in goal and Connor Russell did a solid job on faceoffs by taking 14-of-24.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 12 when the Blue Jays welcome Maryland to Homewood Field for the 111th renewal of the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse.

Notes: The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project for the game with Captain Ben Harrow addressing the team after practice on Thursday and then watching the game from the JHU sideline … Harrow played lacrosse at Army • 9-of-13 Johns Hopkins goals were assisted and for the year that’s 73-of-111 (.658) • JHU was 3-for-3 with the extra-man and is now 16-of-29 (.552) on the year • Wells Stanwick’s 29 assists this season are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Kevin Boland had 32 in 2004 • Brandon Benn’s point-scoring streak is now at 25 games.

#16 Albany (4-5) 0-1-4-3/8
#10 Johns Hopkins (6-3) 5-4-1-3/13

GoalsA: Thompson, M-2, Feuerstein-2, Thompson, L., Thompson, T., Scala, Drake. J: Cattoni-4, Benn-3, Brown-3, Pellegrino, Reed, Castronova. AssistsA: Thompson, L.-3, Thompson, M.-2, Feuerstein. J: Stanwick-6, , Brown, Guida, Pellegrino. SavesA: Riorden-12. J: Schneider-8. Shots: A-27. J-45. EMOA: 2-for-3. J: 3-for-3. Attendance: 1,553.

 

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Hopkins tries to snap losing streak Friday against Albany

Posted on 03 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-3) welcomes Albany (4-4) to Homewood Field for the second of three consecutive home games for the Blue Jays. Faceoff at Homewood Field is set for 7 pm on Friday, April 4.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins dropped its third consecutive game to a team ranked in the top 10 as the Blue Jays fell to fifth-ranked North Carolina, 13-9, last Saturday. Albany turned in a strong showing on both sides of the field as the Great Danes topped visiting Vermont, 20-9, last Saturday at home in a game not as close as the score would indicate.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Albany are meeting for the 13th time in a series that dates to a 10-4 Johns Hopkins victory in 2002. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the previous 12 meetings, although Albany grabbed a 10-9 decision last season. Every meeting between the two teams has taken place at Homewood Field.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany with an all-time record of 938-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Wouded Warrior Partnership: Johns Hopkins will team with the Wounded Warrior Project for this week’s game against Albany. With an aim to raising awareness and funding for the organization, a number of Johns Hopkins lacrosse items will be available via raffle at the game. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, whose purposes include:

• Raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
• Helping injured service members aid and assist each other.
• Providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Albany enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked 16th in the coaches poll and 18th in the media poll.

Third of Three: This week’s game against Albany marks the third of three games the Blue Jays will play against teams who are coached by Johns Hopkins graduates. Johns Hopkins previously defeated Towson (Shawn Nadelen ‘01) and UMBC (Don Zimmerman ‘76), while Albany is coached by Scott Marr ‘91.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 15-8 victory at UMBC and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-53 (.741) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-70 (.714). Pietramala’s 175 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Bronson Kelly(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Despite being held under 10 goals for the first time this season with last week’s 13-9 loss to North Carolina, Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany averaging 12.25 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. JHU ranks 12th in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.00) and eighth in points per game (20.25).

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through eight games, 64 of JHU’s 98 goals have been assisted, or 65.3%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Something Special Going On: An area of emphasis for all lacrosse coaches in practice are the specialty units of extra-man offense, man-down defense and faceoffs and the Blue Jays have been excelling in all three areas this season. In fact, Johns Hopkins is the only team that ranks in the top 10 in the nation in all three categories.
Below is a quick look at each unit through eight games:

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on two-of-six extra-man opportunities last week against North Carolina and is now 13-of-26 (.500) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in extra-man offense with Brandon Benn (4 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (4) and Ryan Brown (3) leading the way.

Man-Down Unit Excelling: With a lot of the focus on JHU’s offense this season, it’s easy to overlook the performance of the man-down unit, which has killed off 12-of-16 (.750) chances this season. The Blue Jays rank eighth in the nation in man-down defense this season after finishing 11th a year ago.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (134-of-203 / .660). For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 129-of-187 (.690) through eight games and also has a team-high 88 ground balls thus far. He ranks third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in ground balls per game (11.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.br> In his last four games, Kennedy is 75-of-102 (.735) with 51 ground balls and has won ast least 16 faceoffs and grabbed 11 ground balls in each of those four games.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The eight teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 10 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and seven of 15 minutes or longer.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown is being counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least four goals and seven points in all eight games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton).

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: With last week’s 11-10 loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

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UMBC opens America East Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The fifth-seeded UMBC men’s basketball team opens competition in its 11th America East Men’s Basketball Championship when the Retrievers face No. 4 seed and host Albany on Saturday, March 8 at UA’s SEFCU Arena. The contest is the second quarterfinal game of four on the day, as top-seeded Vermont kicks off the afternoon by taking on No. 8 New Hampshire at noon. The No. 5 seed is UMBC’s highest since the 2007-08 team earned the No. 1 seed and went on to take the title. The two squads split a pair of thrilling contests this season, with Albany winning, 73-72, in double overtime at SEFCU on Jan. 8 and the Retrievers getting a last-second tip-in from Quentin Jones and triumphing, 71-69 at the RAC Arena on Feb. 12. Paul Mittermeier and Dan Levin have all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via ESPN3.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC achieved its most victories (9) since the 2008-09 season, but its last victory came versus Albany on Feb. 12 and the Retrievers enter the tournament tying a season-high with four consecutive setbacks. Three of those losses occurred on the road, including a 67-56 loss at Hartford on March 2. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.9 ppg), selected as the AE Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, scored 21 points versus the Hawks, posting 20 or more for the seventh time in his initial campaign. The Retrievers have enjoyed great tournament success at SEFCU Arena, posting a 3-1 record in the 2009 and 2013 championships.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany could have clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a win at Stony Brook on March 2, but dropped a hard-fought 73-68 decision. The setback snapped a three-game win streak for the Danes, which started after their loss at UMBC. SO G Peter Hooley, who scored 21 second-half points in the Danes’ setback to the Retrievers, leads the squad with 14.8 points per game and is the league’s most-proficient free throw shooter (132/150, 88.0 percent). Three other Danes average in double figures, including JR F Sam Rowley (11.3), who leads the team with 6.8 caroms per game. UA is 9-3 on its home floor and 7-1 versus America East foes in 2013-14.

WHO’S UP NEXT: Should the Retrievers advance, they would face the winner of the No. 1 Vermont vs. No. 8 UNH contests in the first semifinal on Sunday, March 9 at 5:02 p.m.

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UMBC tries to get back on track Wednesday at Albany

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

After a tough journey and setback at UMass Lowell on Sunday, UMBC (4-10, 0-1 America East) heads right back on the road to face defending league champion Albany (7-7, 1-0) at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7:00 p.m. tip-off). Live streaming is  available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Due to travel concerns, UMBC bused the 7.5 hours to and from UML this weekend. Despite getting out to a 15-0 start, the Retrievers struggled from the floor over the last 30 minutes and fell to the Riverhawks, 59-54. FR G Rodney Elliott, who just earned his third league Rookie of the Week honor, led UMBC with points, but his 3-point attempt to tie the game in the final seconds was off the mark.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany got off to a tremendous start in league play with a convincing 81-56 victory over Hartford on Jan. 4. UA his a program-record 16 treys in the contest. Guards Peter Hooley (25 pts.) and D.J. Evans (20 pts.) combined to hit 12-of-17 shots from behind the arc. Hooley, a sophomore, leads UA with 14.9 points per game, while junior forward Sam Rowley averages 12.6 points and a team-high 6.7 caroms per outing.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home to face an explosive Maine squad at the RAC Arena on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.  UMBC’s first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.

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UMBC soccer headed back to America East title game

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC senior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) scored with4:48 remaining in the second overtime period and the top-seeded Retrievers nipped Albany, 2-1, in the America East Conference semifinals.

The Retrievers, ranked No. 6 nationally, advance to their third title game in the last four years. UMBC (15-1-2) will host third-seeded Hartford (14-3-3), which advanced in penalty kicks past host New Hampshire.

Fifth-seeded Albany, which had routed No. 4 Vermont, 5-1, in the quarterfinals, finished the season at 6-11-4.

The Great Danes did not go quietly, as UMBC was 21 seconds away from winning a 1-0 decision. But Great Dane defender Dominic McGarr redirected a pass from Luke Palmateer from five yards out in a scramble in front of the Retriever goal.

But the Retrievers had all four shots in overtime and got the game-winner on a great effort by the America East Midfielder of the Year. He was fouled in the box, but UMBC was awarded an indirect kick about 13 yards from the goal.  Junior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) struck a shot, but the ball hit an Albany defender and rebounded out to Dacres. His first attempt was also blocked, but came back to him, and his follow-up from seven yards out on the left side went under the roof of the goal.

UMBC sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) scored the game’s first goal with exactly 31 minutes remaining.

UMBC outshot Albany, 22-7 and both netminders, Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall), and Michael Pizzuti of Albany, were credited with three saves.

The Retrievers had a streak of 501 scoreless minutes snapped in the final moments of regulation.

UMBC defeated Hartford, 2-1, in West Hartford on October 5.

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