BALTIMORE – UMBC rallied from a 5-0 early second quarter deficit and scored nine consecutive goals en route to a 10-6 America East Conference victory over UMass Lowell before nearly 700 fans at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers, who have won four of their last six outings, improved to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in America East play, while UML slipped to 2-9, 0-3.
Senior attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) led the attack by recording three goals and three assists. Sophomore linemate Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) also posted a hat trick and one assist for UMBC, while senior goalkeeper Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) stopped nine River Hawk shots.
UML outscored UMBC, 4-0, in the first 15 minutes and increased the advantage to 5-0 on Keenan Koswin’s second goal of the game exactly four minutes into the second period. The Retrievers finally got on the board 23:31 into the contest as junior midfielder Max Haldeman (York, Pa.) made a beautiful face dodge on the right wing and scored an unassisted goal.
Andrews scored his first of the game with 4:17 to play in the quarter and UMBC took the momentum into the break when, on a restart with 2.3 seconds to play in the half, Maxwell fed Andrews and the sophomore buried a left handed shot from eight yards out as 0:00 appeared on the clock and the Retrievers went into intermission trailing only 5-3.
UMBC sophomore Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River) scored his first colleigate goal to trim the deficit to 5-4 early in the third quarter and the Retrievers tied it up when Andrews deposited a Maxwell feed after a River Hawk failed clearing attempt at the 9:55 mark of the period.
The Retrievers took their first lead of the game just 1:59 later off another UML turnover. This occurred on a UMBC man-up opportunity when Retriever freshman attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) hit the post and the River Hawks pounced on the ground ball. But Andrews cleanly stripped the defender, scooped up the ground ball and fed freshman midfielder Mitch Howell (Laurel, Md./DeMatha), who deposited the feed into an unguarded net.
Then Maxwell completely took over the game. He capped UMBC’s 9-0 run with three goals in a five-minute span to give the hosts a 9-5 lead with just 3:06 remaining. UML snapped a drought of 38:34 as senior midfielder Nicholas Pino beat Souder with 2:26 remaining.
But with the River Hawks pressing, UMBC sophomore midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) finalized the scoring with 64 seconds remaining.
The 2-0 start in America East play is UMBC’s first since the 2012 campaign.
UMBC outshot UML, 35-30, and River Hawk netminder Grant Lardieri equalized Souder by making nine saves. Koswin led the River Hawks with two goals and one helper, while Martin Winter also tallied twice.
Maxwell has moved into a tie for 16th place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list with 137 points (54 goals, 83 assists). He recorded his fifth career hat-trick, while Andrews notched his fourth.
UMBC faces nationally-ranked Albany next Saturday, April 8 in New York.