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Explosive Stony Brook Upends UMBC, 14-11, in America East Men's Lacrosse Opener
BALTIMORE—Junior attackman Jordan McBride, the nation’s second-leading goal scorer, amassed six goals and visiting Stony Brook (6-3, 1-0, ranked No. 19) outlasted UMBC, 14-11, in the America East opener for both squads.
It was the Seawolves’ first victory over UMBC (1-6, 0-1) in six tries, dating back to a 12-6 SBU triumph in 2005. The Retrievers had won 13 consecutive America East regular season home games dating back to a loss to Stony Brook in April of 2004.
UMBC senior attackman Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, continued his assault on Stony Brook with a season-high four goals. He has 15 goals in five career contests against the Seawolves.
McBride, who now has 37 goals through nine games, was named Stony Brook’s America East Player of the Game.
UMBC, which has allowed the game’s first goal and trailed after one quarter in all six of its losses this season, fell behind, 3-0, midway through the first quarter until Latham broke the ice by flicking in a rebound at the 6:33 mark of the stanza. The Seawolves built a 5-2 lead after 15 mintues and led, 7-2, after back-to-back goals by McBride 2:49 into the second quarter.
But the Retrievers would go on a 6-2 run over the next 17 minutes to come within one goal. Senior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) and junior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) scored back-to-back goals to bring UMBC to within 9-6 at halftime and Kimbles opened the third quarter by converting a Wimer feed at the 2:19 mark of the third.
Latham brought the crowd to a frenzy as he reprised his feat from his first quarter goal. After SBU netminder Charlie Paar stopped a Kimbles shot, Latham pounced on the rebound and flicked it into the goal to bring the Retrievers to within one score at 9-8 at the 5:16 mark.
After losing the ensuing draw, UMBC would create a turnover, but Paar stopped a shot a potential game-tying by Bobby Stockton. The Seawolves would then completely turn the momentum around by scoring twice in an eight-second span. McBride converted a Robbie Campbell feed at the 7:34 mark and after a clean face-off win by SBU’s Adam Rand, junior middie Kevin Crowley finished a Tom Compitello pass to give the visitors an 11-8 advantage.
UMBC freshmen midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) scored his first collegiate goal on a man-up opportunity at the 4:49 mark, but the Seawolves again struck for back-to-back goals before Wimer ended the third quarter with his eighth goal of the season to cut the deficit to 13-10.
UMBC outshot SBU, 9-4, in the final quarter, but Paar made four of his 16 saves in the final 15 mintues to close out hopes of a come-from behind Retriever victory.
Kimbles and Wimer each had two goals and two assists for the Retrievers. McBride had plenty of support as Crowley (3 goals, 2 assists), and Campbell (1 goal, 4 assists) had five points each.
UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 36-26, but the nation’s most accurate shooting team (37.3% entering the game) put 19 of 26 shots on goal. Retriever senior goalkeeper Kevin Kohri (Sykesville, Md./Century) had five saves.
Wimer pushed his scoring streak to 26 consecutive games with his four-point effort. Latham now has 29 goals in his last 11 America East contests.
The Retrievers lead the all-time series with Stony Brook at 11-5.
UMBC visits Towson in their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday evening.