Baltimore, MD—Junior attackman Brendan Mundorf, (Baltimore, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) who entered play as the nation’s leading scorer, tallied 3 goals, added 2 assists and keyed a second half surge as the host Retrievers (2-4, 1-0) defeated Vermont (2-3, 0-1), 11-5, in the America East opener for both schools.
UMBC never trailed, but the Catamounts rallied from a early four-goal deficit to creep within a goal at 6-5 early in the third quarter. But then Mundorf took control, feeding linemate Drew Westervelt (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) for an inside goal with 2:15 remaining in the stanza, then converted Westervelt’s pass from behind the net to increase UMBC’s lead to 8-5 just 55 seconds later. After freshman attackman Nick Fatseas (Owings, Md./DeMatha) finished a fast break at the mark of the fourth quarter, Mundorf sewed up the victory with a drive and score at the mark.
Mundorf, who has scored at least four points in each game to date, now has 19 goals and 13 helpers in 6 games to date. He is now tied for 15th place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list with 113 points (74-39-113). Mundorf also tallied 3 goals and 2 assists in UMBC’s 10-4 win over Vermont a season ago.
The starting attack unit of Mundorf, Fatseas (3 goals), and Westervelt (2g, 2a) combined for 8 goals and 4 assists. Junior midfielders James Hyland (Annapolis, Md./.St. Mary’s) (1g, 1a) and Andy Gallagher (Rockville, Md./DeMatha) (2a) also scored multiple points for UMBC.
Sophomore midfielder Pete Hein and freshman attackman Jamie Kirk each scored a pair of goals for Vermont.
UMBC looked to make short work of Vermont early, as the Retrievers controlled 6 of 7 first quarter draws, and scored five times in the first of play. But the Retrievers committed 6 second quarter turnovers in the soggy conditions at UMBC Soccer Stadium, and a Hein goal with to play, followed by a Kirk scored with 15 seconds left brought the Catamounts to within 5-4 at halftime.
UMBC outshot Vermont, 39-26, and Retriever senior netminder Kevin Cepelak recorded 13 saves. Cepelak made 9 saves and allowed just 1 goal in the second half. Mike Gabel posted 14 saves in the Vermont cage.
The game was the first men’s lacrosse game played on grass on the UMBC campus since 1996. UMBC Stadium is currently being outfitted with Momentum 51 turf, making today’s contest the Retrievers’ first true home game of the season.