UMBC forces OT before falling to Hartford

April 04, 2015 | WNST Staff


West Hartford, Conn. – UMBC junior midfielder Mark Monroe (Williamsburg, Va.) scored the game-tying goal with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, but the host Hartford Hawks scored a fortuitous goal on their first possession of overtime and defeated the Retrievers, 9-8, at Al-Marzook Field.

Hartford (6-4, 3-1 America East) took an 8-7 lead on a goal by Jaedon Henderson with 1:32 remaining in the fourth quarter and won the ensuing draw. The Hawks still had possession after two time outs with 30 seconds to play, but the Retrievers managed to force a turnover and UMBC junior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) drew a slashing foul at the mid-line with 9.6 seconds remaining;

After a time-out, junior midfieler Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) triggered the ball in and fed Lewnes, whose shot with five seconds to play went wide. On the restart, senior attackman Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys Latin) quickly drove from behind the cage and fed Monroe, who tallied his third goal of the season from five yards out just before the final horn.

UMBC won the opening draw of overtime and called time-out ten seconds into the extra frame. But the Retrievers could not connect on an inside feed and the Hawks took possession. The defense managed to strip the ball from a Hawk attackman coming around the cage, but the loose ball came to UH midfielder Matt Carroll, who bounced a shot under the crossbar from close range with 2:11 to play in the extra period.

UMBC (4-6, 0-3 AE) has now dropped two consecutive overtime decisions at Hartford and five straight overall at Al-Marzook Field.

Four Retrievers scored three points apiece in a balanced effort. Gannon, Lewnes and sophomore attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) all contributed two goals and one assist each, while Finch added three assists.

Finch now has seven helpers in his last two games.

UMBC scored first and last in the first quarter and extended their early game scoring run to 4-0as they tallied the first three goals of the second frame. Gannon capped that run with a man-up goal to give the visitors a 5-2 advantage with 3:30 to play in the stanza. UH would cap the first half scoring on a score with 1:13 to play and go to the break trailing, 5-3.

But the Retrievers, who outscored their last two opponents, 11-2, in the third quarter, failed to score in the frame and Hartford tied the game at 5-5 with two late scores heading to the fourth.

The Hawks took their first lead since the first quarter when Griffin Feiner scored with 8:08 remaining. UMBC would battle back when Lewnes took an inside feed from Maxwell and knotted the game at 6-all with 5:56 to play.

After a disputed UMBC failed clearing attempt, Hartford took another one-goal lead at 7-6 when Feiner was alone in front and tallied his third goal of the game with 4:09 to play. But the Retrievers fought back again, knotting the game at 7-7, on a slick passing play from Gannon to Maxwell, who finished on a tough move in front of the goal with 3:11 remaining.

Maxwell nearly gave UMBC a lead, winning a tough ground ball battle after the ensuing draw, but his shot went wide and Hartford was judged to have gotten closer to the ball after it crossed the end line.

UMBC won the majority of the statistical battles, outshooting their hosts, 37-26, and winning the face-off (13-8) and ground ball numbers (28-25). But the Retrievers did commit 19 turnovers to Hartford’s 12 in cool, blustery conditions.

Feiner led Hartford with three goals, while Henderson had a pair of goals and two assists.

Both goalkeepers were outstanding, as UMBC sophomore Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) made 11 saves in nearly 62 minutes of work, while Hawk freshman Ryan Vanderford countered with 12 for the hosts.

The Retrievers return home to welcome Vermont in a noon contest at UMBC Stadium on April 11.