BALTIMORE – UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) led a balanced attack with a career-high five goals and the Retriever defense held Richmond to a season-low five scores in a 14-5 victory in chilly conditions at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers improved to 2-1 on the campaign, while the first-year Spiders slipped to 0-4.
Gregoire added an assist in a six-point effort, while sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) scored three goals and added a pair of helpers. Retriever sophomore midfielders Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) and Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkokoma, N.Y./Sachem North) each scored twice.
Defensively, UMBC was stubborn against the Spiders, a squad that opened the campaign with a 13-12 loss to No. 7 Virginia. Red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 11 saves and allowed four of UR’s five goals in 53:47.
Junior tri-captain Kevin McDonough (Oakdale, N.Y./Binghamton) caused three of UMBC’s 14 forced turnovers and added his first Retriever goal. Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe(Harwood, Md./DeMatha) captured 11 of 17 draws, recorded eight ground balls and added his first goal of the season to aid the UMBC cause.
After the team’s exchanged goals in the first 11 minutes of play, Gregoire started a 5-0 surge which put the Retrievers in control. He finished a feed from junior middie Ty Kashur(Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) with 1:19 remaining in the first quarter to give the Retrievers the lead for good.
Leading 2-1 after 15 minutes, UMBC scored three times in the first 4:26 of the second quarter on goals by Young, McDonough and Gregoire. Lewnes would get his first of the season with 2:30 remaining in the half to provide the hosts with a 6-1 lead.
Richmond snapped the streak with a goal by Brendan Hynes ten seconds later and cut the deficit to 7-3 at the half as Madison Day scored with 1.6 seconds remaining on the clock.
But Gregoire scored a pair of third-quarter goals and added a third just 2:29 into the fourth quarter as part of a 7-1 run which extended the lead to 14-4 midway through the fourth.
UMBC outshot UR, 45-28 and won 14 of 21 face-offs. Richmond freshman netminder Conor Shannon made four of his eight saves in the first quarter.
UMBC remains at home next Saturday and will host No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, March 8.
Notes: Gregoire has now scored nine goals in his last two games… Gordon has double-digits saves in each of his first three collegiate contests… Lewnes scored his first three goals of the season and the Tewaaraton Watch List nominee posted his first career hat-trick.