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Dream Season Ends for Men's Lacrosse; Retrievers Fall in NCAA Quarterfinals to Delaware, 10-6
The Retriever menís lacrosse team saw its dream season come to an end in the NCAA Quarterfinals as UMBC dropped a 10-6 decision to
UMBCís season ends with a record of 11-6 as the Retrievers played the most games (17) in their Division I history.
UMBC fell behind for the fourth consecutive game when Jordan Hall scored for the Blue Hens just 1:45 into the contest. But UMBC knotted the game on a Cayle Ratcliff score at the 11:25 mark and built a 3-1 lead on second quarter extra-man goals by Andy Gallagher and Drew Westervelt. But the Blue Hens would send the game to intermission tied at 3-3 with scores by Dan Deckelbaum (8:36) and Hall, who tied it with 23 seconds remaining in the half.
The Retrievers, who were a +22 in the third quarter entering the game again gave up the first goal of the stanza as Adam Zuder-Havens finished the UD three-goal run with an unassisted tally with 11:55 remaining in the half. Retriever sophomore midfielder Alex Hopmann provided UMBC with its final tie with his sixth NCAA Tournament goal at the 8:13 mark, but Delawareís Dan Deckelbaum scored back-to-back goals to end the third quarter and build a 6-4 lead after 15 minutes.
Delaware built a 7-4 lead on a Jordan Hall score at the 12:22 mark of the fourth quarter, but Westervelt scored to draw UMBC within two goals just 29 seconds later. But the Blue Hens responded just six seconds later as the nationís premier face-off specialist Alex Smith won the draw and fed Curtis Dickson for a four-on-three goal on a break and the Blue Hens tacked on two more scores before UMBC middie Terry Kimener capped UMBCís scoring in the final two minutes of play.
UMBCís six goals tied a season-low scored vs. Johns Hopkins in early March. The nationís seventh-best offensive team had averaged 13.5 goals per game in its 7-1 April/May surge.
Westervelt led UMBC with two goals and two assists and became the fourth Retriever in school history to amass 70 (35g-36a-71pts) points in a single season. Andy Gallagher was the other multiple-point scorer with a goal and as assist as UMBC managed just 16 shots through three quarters.
Sophomore netminder Jeremy Blevins made ten saves for UMBC.
Deckelbaum and Hall each had three goals and an assist for