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Fourth Quarter Surge Pushes Seventh-Ranked Men's Lacrosse Past No. 17 Colgate, 13-9
Baltimore, Md.—The seventh-ranked UMBC men’s lacrosse team broke open a tight contest with a 4-0 fourth quarter surge and defeated 17th-ranked Colgate, 13-9 in a match-up of 2008 NCAA Tournament participants at chilly UMBC Stadium.
Junior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa.) led the Retrievers with five points, coming on a pair of goals and three assists. Junior attackman Chris Jones (Martinsville, N.J.) tied his career high with three goals and senior midfielder Alex Hopmann (Annapolis, Md.) also scored three goals. Senior midfielder Peet Poillon (Cranberry Township, Pa.) added to the balanced attack with a goal and three assists.
2008 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Brandon Corp led all scorers with three goals and three assists for the Raiders. At 3-0, the Retrievers are off to their best start since 2001. Colgate dropped its third straight to a top-ten ranked team and fell to 1-3.
Neither team enjoyed more than a one goal lead as there were eight ties until UMBC’s decisive run. After Colgate sophomore midfielder Rob Bosco tied the game at eight-all at the 13:06 mark of the final quarter, Poillon scored his lone goal of the day, face dodging his defender from 11 yards out and beating CU netminder Tim Harrington at the 11:37 mark. Sophomore midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md.) gave UMBC its first two-goal lead of the day, converting a behind-the-net feed from freshman midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) with 8:12 remaining. , Wimer keyed the next two UMBC scores, which occurred in a span of 12 seconds. He fed Jones for easy score in front of Harrington at the 4:30 mark, then came up with a contested ground ball on the ensuing face-off. With Harrington out of the net, Wimer buried a 45-yard shot to put the hosts ahead, 12-8 with 4:18 to play.
Wimer now has 10 goals and four assists in UMBC’s 3-0 start. The Retrievers outshot the Raiders, 39-37, and UMBC senior goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins (Cockeysville, Md.) made 13 saves. Harrington was credited with 10 saves for the visitors. UMBC returns home on Tuesday evening for a 7:30 contest vs. Johns Hopkins.
Notes: It was only the second-ever meeting between the two teams and the first since a 20-6 UMBC victory in 1992… Sophomore attackman Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md.) had a goal and an assist and kept his goal-scoring alive at 13 straight… UMBC has now won 15 straight home games and 20 of 21, with the last loss occurring to Johns Hopkins in 2007.