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BACK-TO-BACK: Men’s Lacrosse Captures Second Straight America East Title with 11-7 Victory over Stony Brook
Mike Camardo was named the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championships.
BALTIMORE—The 11th-ranked UMBC men’s lacrosse team will be dancing for the fourth year in a row, as the top-seeded Retrievers (12-3) captured their second straight America East championship and third in the last four years with an 11-7 victory over No. 2 Stony Brook (9-6) Saturday evening in front of 2,130 fans at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers’ 12 wins ties the school’s Division I record, which was set last season.
Senior midfielder Alex Hopmann (
Junior midfielder Mike Camardo (
Stony Brook led, 2-1, with 9:56 remaining in the first period, but UMBC scored the final three goals of the stanza to take a 4-2 lead. Smith tallied the only goal of the second period for either team to send the Retrievers into the locker room ahead, 5-2.
UMBC continued its run with the first four goals of the third period, including back-to-back scores by Latham to open the stanza. The Retrievers held a commanding 9-2 advantage before Stony Brook midfielder Kevin Crowley ended the Seawolves’ 36:23 scoreless drought with his second goal of the game with 3:33 left in the third.
Smith’s third goal of the game gave UMBC a 10-3 lead after three periods, but the fourth stanza was all Stony Brook, as the Seawolves tallied four of five goals. Back-to-back goals by
Blevins made six saves, while Stony Brook netminder Rob Camposa stopped 16 shots.
UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 49-31, and held a 39-26 advantage on ground balls. The Retrievers were 3-for-3 on extra-man opportunities, while the Seawolves were 0-for-7.
Hopmann scored two extra-man goals in the game to give him 11 on the season, tying David Goco’s school record, which was set in 1989.
The Retrievers will learn NCAA Tournament first-round opponent Sunday evening. The selection show will air on ESPNU at 9 p.m.