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Strong Second Half Leads Men's Lacrosse to Conference-Opening Win Over Stony Brook, 14-12
—Sophomore attackman Matt Latham (Elderburg, Md.) scored a career high four goals as 13th-ranked UMBC (5-3, 1-0 America East) outlasted Stony Brook (4-4, 0-1), 14-12 in the conference opener for both teams.
The Retrievers have won four straight and five of their last six games. They have also won nine consecutive games and 14 of the last 15 at UMBC Stadium. The 14 goals scored represented a season-high for UMBC which has won those four straight games by a total of six goals.
UMBC trailed, 9-8 three minutes into the third quarter, but outscored the Seawolves 6-0 over the next 18 minutes to take a commanding 14-9 advantage with 7:24 remaining. Sophomore attackman Chris Jones (
Retriever junior attackman Ryan Smith (
Stony Brook, which entered the game averaging more than 13 goals per game, got back-to-back goals in short order from senior attackman Bo Tripodi to cut the deficit to 14-11 with 6:49 to play. But UMBC held firm until freshman attackman Jordan McBride scored an extra-man goal with 1:02 to play. The Seawolves did get another possession, but committed a turnover and then a penalty with 25.8 seconds to play and UMBC ran out the clock.
Smith, who scored three goals and added three assists at Ohio State a week ago, added three goals and two helpers against the Seawolves. Jones (2g, 1a), Wimer (1g, 2a) and Davis (1g, 2a) all scored three points for UMBC.
Tripodi led all goal scorers with five for the visitors, while senior midfielder Rhys Duch led all scorers with seven points (3g, 4a).
UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 42-36 and Retriever junior netminder Jeremy Blevins (
The Retrievers face local rival
Notes: UMBC is now 10-2 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season… The Retrievers are now 19-4 all-time in America East play and are 188-188 in 27 years-plus of Division I competition… Latham also led the team with six ground balls in the game…