Baltimore, Md.—UMBC junior goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins (Cockeysville, Md.) stopped a career-high 20 shots and senior midfielder Terry Kimener contributed a goal and a career-best four assists as the Retrievers (1-2) defeated 16th-ranked Denver (1-2), 9-6 in blustery conditions at UMBC Stadium.
Sophomore attackman Chris Jones (Martinsville, N.J.) added the first three goals of his career for UMBC and sophomore midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa.) posted a four-point game with two goals and two assists.
Denver freshman midfielder Jamie Lincoln and junior attackman Cliff Smith entered the game with six and five goals respectively, but were held to one goal each. Murray (one goal, one assist) and sophomore midfielder Charley Dickenson (two assists) were the Pioneers’ lone multiple-point scorers.
UMBC jumped out to a 4-0 lead 7:03 into the contest as Kimener assisted on the first three scores and scored the fourth goal. Wimer was the beneficiary of the first set-up just 1:07 into the game and junior attackman Alex Hopmann (Annapolis, Md.) converted the second with 4:02 expired. Wimer added his second goal three mintues later, and then assisted on Kimener’s score to give the Retrievers the four-goal lead.
Denver sliced the lead in half with a late first quarter score by junior midfielder Brad Richardson and an early second quarter tally by senior attackman Jon Paulson. But Blevins and UMBC held the visitors off the board for the next 30 minutes and built an 8-2 advantage. The Retrievers scored four times in that span, including three extra-man goals, two of which were netted by junior attackman Ryan Smith (Fallston, Md.).
The Pioneers trailed, 8-2 after three quarters and attempted to rally with a four-goal fourth quarter. Denver got within 8-4 with 8:51 remaining, but Kimener split a double team behind the net and fed Jones for a key UMBC score with 3:25 left.
Blevins made seven saves and allowed only one Denver goal in the first quarter and stopped nine shots in the final stanza as the desperate Pioneers cranked off 21 fourth period shots. His previous career high was 18 saves in the NCAA first round win over Maryland in 2007.
UMBC converted three of eight extra-man chances, while Denver capitalized on just one of seven as the teams combined for 14 infractions. The difficult conditions helped produce 58 turnovers by the two teams.
The Retrievers face top-ranked Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on Tuesday evening.