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Smith Scores Five Times and Adds Three Assists as UMBC Wins Key America East Lacrosse Clash, 14-10 Over Albany
, Md.—Junior attackman Ryan Smith scored a career high five goals and added three assists as ninth-ranked UMBC (8-3, 3-0) won its seventh straight game, a 14-10 decision over rival Albany (5-6, 2-1) in a crucial America East Conference contest.
The winning streak for UMBC is its longest since a school Division I high eight straight wins in 1999. The Retrievers have already sewn up a berth in the four-team America East Tournament and a win over
The Retrievers scored six unanswered goals over a 13 minute span in the second half to snap an eight-all tie and open up a 14-8 advantage with 5:47 remaining in the game. UMBC led, 8-5 at intermission, but the Great Danes took advantage of a man-up opportunity to start the half and Nate Sullivan scored an extra-man goal just 49 seconds into the frame.
But UMBC stemmed the tide and took the lead for good when senior midfielder Terry Kimener took a Kyle Wimer feed and scored from inside with 7:35 to play in the period. Then Smith went to work, scoring an unassisted goal on a dash from behind the net with 2:57 remaining. He was then the beneficiary of a brilliant steal on a broken
UMBC sophomore midfielder Maxx Davis took advantage of a screened Queener and converted a feed from behind the net from Smith with just one second to play in the third quarter. With UMBC leading 10-6 at that point, game officials saw lightning in the distance and suspended play at 9:00 p.m. for 35 minutes.
When the teams returned, UMBC sophomore long-stick middie Mike Camardo finished on a fast break from Smith at the 11:21 mark of the fourth quarter and Latham capped the 6-0 run as
Kimener and Latham had two goals and two assists each for UMBC, while Wimer added a goal and two helpers. Brian Caufield led
The statistical battles were fairly even, except that
Notes: UMBC now leads the overall series, 5-3, breaking a two-game Albany winning streak… the Retrievers have won ten straight at home, the nation’s second longest home winning streak behind Duke’s 17 in a row…UMBC has also won ten straight America East home games and is 21-4 all-time in league play… the eight points by Smith is the most by a Retriever this year… Kimener has 122 career points and is now UMBC’s second all-time leading midfield scorer