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Men's Lacrosse Drops 12-7 Decision to Fourth-Ranked North Carolina
BALTIMORE- The 18th-ranked UMBC menís lacrosse team could not dig out of an early 4-0 deficit and fell to fourth-ranked North Carolina, 12-7, before 1,365 fans at UMBC Stadium.
The Tar Heels improved to 5-0 on the season, while UMBC slipped to 1-2. The Retrievers will face fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins on Tuesday evening at Homewood Field.
Junior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anneís) posted a career-best three goals and four points. Junior midfielder Bobby Stockton (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) contributed two goals and an assist, senior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) added three assists and senior attackman Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) scored a pair of goals.
UMBC senior defenseman Matt Kresse (Seatuket, N.Y./Ward Melville) held UNCís Gavin Petracca without a goal and was named the Retrieversí America East Player of the Game.
North Carolina was led by midfielder Sean DeLaney, who topped all scorers with four goals and five points. Tar Heel goalkeeper Chris Madalon repelled 13 UMBC shots as the Retrievers outshot the visitors, 34-33.
However, UNC scored on four of its first five man-up opportunities of the day, while UMBC could only capitalized on two of nine total extra-man chances.
The Tar Heels raced to a 4-0 lead 7:08 into the contest. UMBC bounced back on goals by Stockton and Kimbles to cut the deficit to 4-2 after one quarter. The two squads would exchange the next six scores, while Kimbles giving UMBC the momentum heading into halftime by converting a Wimer feed on a man-up opportunity with 1:17 to play in the half to keep UMBC with two scores at 7-5.
But the visitors would go on a 4-1 run to start the second half, holding the Retrievers to a lone Latham goal over an 18-minute span and taking an 11-6 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Kimbles ended the run on an unassisted tally with plenty of time (11:17) remaining, and UMBC had an extra-man chance with 6:56 remaining, but turned the ball over early in the penalty and North Carolina controlled the ball for much of the remaining time.
Wimer did not score a goal for the second consecutive game, but his three assists extended the nationís eighth-longest scoring streak to 22. UMBC freshman goalkeeper (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) made six saves in his second career start.