The University of Hartford men’s lacrosse team traveled to Baltimore to play a Saturday match up with nothing to lose or gain from the game as no matter what the outcome was, their season was over when the finale whistler blew. But that did not give them reason to lay down for UMBC, who was caught for a second straight year by the Hawks, once again ending a winning streak. This time the loss came on the Retrievers’ senior day, which started with a ceremony where 16 players were honored before the game.
Riding a three-game winning streak with an early 4-0 advantage over Hartford the Retrievers were in contention for a share of the America East Conference regular season championship but things went down hill fast for them, and fast.
After dominating the first quarter the Retrievers were outscored 14-8 the rest of the and did not get back-to-back goals until the game was almost over.
Five seniors accounted for nine of the teams goals as Matt Latham led the team with four, Kyle Wimer scored two, extending his nation leading scoring streak to 31 straight games, and another from defenseman Matt Kresse, who scored his first career goal.
While the team was able to score goals the defense was pressured far too much as the Hawks won 80% of the games face-offs, winning the battle 24-6.
But UMBC will have a chance to bounce back from the loss as they will host an AEC semi-final game on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.