Stony Brook, N.Y.—Freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.Y./Christchurch School) broke a 12-all tie by scoring with 2:39 remaining and visiting UMBC won a critical America East Conference contest, 13-12, at defending champion Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium.
The game featured ten ties before Young took a feed from senior A/M Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and buried a shot from nine yards out.
Stony Brook had one last opportunity, but UMBC netminder Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) made a save on a deflected shot with 28 seconds remaining.
“I think our guys rose to the occasion and won a tough road game down the stretch,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “The team has remained positive throughout a very demanding season and the dividends are starting to pay off. We will enjoy the win, but we need to be ready to move forward next week and play a terrific Albany team at their place.”
Freshman M/A Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) led a balanced UMBC attack with two goals and two assists. Young, senior attackman Matt Gregoire ((Crofton, Md./South River) and senior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) each scored two goals apiece for the visitors.
UMBC won back-to-back games for the first time this season and improved to 2-1 in America East and 5-6 overall. Stony Brook dropped back-to-back contests for the first time in 2012 and slipped to 1-2 and 6-6 respectively.
Neither team led by more than one goal in the second half. The Retrievers trailed, 7-6, at the break, but Nate Lewnes and Young gave the visitors an 8-7 advantage very early in the third quarter. But SBU went on a brief 2-0 run before Hopmann closed the stanza with a score in close quarters as 35 seconds remained.
The Seawolves took leads of 10-9, 11-10, and 12-11 in the fourth quarter, but Gregoire, Lustgarten and senior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./The Hill School) responded each time to knot the score for UMBC. Brown’s unassisted goal tied the score at 12-12 with 4:11 to play.
Junior Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won the ensuing draw and UMBC called a time-out before Young’s game-winning goal.
The Retrievers dominated time of possession, as Poe won 18 of 29 draws, and the visitors outshot the hosts, 47-23.
Senior midfielder Jeff Tundo led all scorers with three goals and two helpers. SBU freshman netminder Dan Shaughnessy made 10 saves in the cage, while DiRito countered with five for UMBC.
UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 26-13, in the first half, but only put nine attempts on goal. The Retrievers trailed 1-0 and 2-1, but did take a brief 3-2 lead on Gregoire’s score with 4:03 to play in the first half. The Seawolves scored twice in an 11-second span in the final minute of the stanza and led 4-3 after 15 minutes.
After Nate Lewnes tied the score near the midpoint of the half, the hosts went on a 3-0 run to take a 7-4 advantage with 3:19 remaining in the period. But senior defensive midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) ended the run by blasting a shot past Shaughnessy with 1:28 to play in the half. UMBC took the momentum into the break as sophomore middieDerek Bertolini (Madison, Conn./Choate) slipped inside and converted a Brown pass to bring the visitors within 7-6 with 13 seconds left.
UMBC faces No. 12 Albany (3-0, 9-3) at John Fallon Field on Friday evening, April 19.
Notes: The Retrievers won on the road for the first time in 2013 and snapped a six-game road losing streak that dated back to 2012,..In its tenth season of league play, UMBC won for the 38th time in 50 America East regular season contests… The Retrievers committed no penalties in the game, while SBU was whistled for one 30-second foul… UMBC is 2-0 in 2013 when tied after three quarters-they outscored Mount St .Mary’s, 3-1, in the final 15 minutes in a 10-8 victory on March 23… The Retrievers snapped a three-game slide vs. Stony Brook and improved to 12-7 all-time vs. the Seawolves.