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MUNDORF NETS SEVEN AS MEN'S LACROSSE WINS REGULAR SEASON AMERICA EAST TITLE
Captains Brendan Mundorf and Luke Powell accept the regular season trophy from America East Commissioner Patrick Nero
, Md.—Senior attackman Brendan Mundorf tied a career high with seven goals as 13th-ranked UMBC (8-4, 5-0) won the America East Conference regular season title with a resounding 20-9 win over 19th-ranked Stony Brook (8-6, 4-1) before 1,627 fans at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers will host the America East Tournament next Friday and Sunday, May 5 and 7 at UMBC Stadium. The top-seeded Retrievers will face fourth-seeded
UMBC has won four straight for the first time since winning eight in a row in the 1999 season. The Retrievers have also won six of the last seven games and defeated Stony Brook for the first time in four meetings since joining the league in 2004.
UMBC broke the game open with a 10-goal third quarter. The Retrievers led, 6-4, at intermission and 7-5 after SBU’s Bo Tripodi matched a Drew Westervelt goal 3:26 into the stanza. But Mundorf started a 10-1 run which covered a span of 9:45 and was capped by another goal by Mundorf 10 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Mundorf started the run by scoing his 100th career goal at the 9:35 mark and junior attackman Andy Gallagher and senior midfielder James Hyland added scores to build the lead to 10-5 with 6:52 remaining in the quarter. After Tripodi briefly halted the run surge 19 seconds later, Mundorf scored four goals in a span of 1:50 to give UMBC a 14-6 margin. The first three goals came unassisted and the final goal capped a fast break on a feed by junior midfielder Kelvin Moulden.
Gallagher scored with 10 seconds left in the period and Mundorf tallied again 10 seconds in the fourth quarter to give UMBC a 16-6 edge.
The 20 goals was the most scored by UMBC since a 20-9 win over
Mundorf becomes the 10th player in school history and sixth at the Division I level to score 100 goals. He now has 105 goals and 176 points, which is sixth on the all-time UMBC scoring list.
Junior attackman Drew Westervelt also had seven points for UMBC, with three goals and four assists and sophomore midfielder Terry Kiminer had a five-point night with four scores and a helper. Tripodi scored five of Stony Brook’s nine goals and added an assist, while senior attackman Jason Cappadoro posted four assists to go along with a goal.
UMBC sophomore face-off specialist Taylor Marino won 17 of 28 draws as UMBC took 20 of 33. He posted a career high 11 ground balls.