Denver, Colo—Host Denver (3-2) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and defeated UMBC, 13-8, in the final game of the Face Off Classic. UMBC (2-1) senior attackman Andy Gallagher led the Retrievers with five goals and earned All Tournament Team honors. Linemate Drew Westervelt, who amassed three goals and four assists in the win over Air Force and contributed a pair of assists today, was the other Retriever named to the All Tournament Team.
The Pioneers took advantage of a three-minute UMBC illegal equipment penalty and tacked on two goals to a 2-0 lead. Denver was ahead, 5-0 before Gallagher scored his first goal with 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Denver led, 7-2 at intermission, but he the Retrievers outscored the Pioneers, 4-1 in the third stanza to cut the gap to 8-6 after 45 minutes. Gallagher scored three times in the period and junior midfielder Terry Kimener added one goal.
But Denver ended hopes of a UMBC rally as they scored twice in the first 5:15 of the final quarter to grab a 10-6 advantage. UMBC freshman Cayle Ratcliffe trimmed the deficit to 11-8 with four minutes to play, but the Retrievers could get no closer.
Freshman Kyle Wimer added two assists in the game and had six for the two games. Senior midfielder Josh Porcell added a goal and an assist today. Denver outshot UMBC, 41-35, and Retriever netminder Jeremy Blevins made 12 saves.
UMBC was a perfect 19/19 on clears, but committed 23 turnovers in the game.
The Retrievers return home and will host Johns Hopkins on Tuesday night. Face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised live by MASN. It will be the Blue Jays’ first-ever spring appearance vs. the Retrievers at UMBC Stadium.