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Davis' Overtime Goal Gives Men's Lacrosse 8-7 Victory at Vermont
Burlington, Vt.óUMBC senior midfielder Maxx Davis (Baltimore, Md./Friends School) scored an unassisted goal with 1:27 to play in the first overtime period to propel the Retrievers to an 8-7 victory over Vermont at Moulton-Winder Field.
The victory clinched a playoff berth in the four-team America East Tournament for UMBC, their seventh in a row in seven America East campaigns. The Retrievers (4-7, 3-1 America East) won their third straight game and temporarily denied the Catamounts (3-11, 2-2) a playoff berth.
Davis, a short-stick defensive midfielder, led the Retrievers by posting his first career three-goal game. Senior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) and sophomore attackman Rob Grimm (Black River,N.Y.) each had two goals for UMBC.
Vermont freshman attackman Drew Philie led all scorers with four goals.
Neither team led by more than a goal and it was the Retrievers who needed a Wimer dodge and inside score with 2:14 remaining to knot the game at 7-all.
UMBC lost the opening face-off of overtime, but the Catamounts committed a turnover without getting a shot against Retriever freshman goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn School). After a Retriever time-out, Davis dodged left from up top and his hard, low shot beat Vermont netminder David Barton.
A win in UMBCís regular season finale next week vs. Hartford would assure the Retrievers of hosting an America East semifinal on Wednesday, May 5.
UMBC won for the first time this season when allowing the gameís first goal and trailing at halftime. Vermontís Cal Case scored with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter to give the upstart Catamounts a 4-3 halftime advantage.
Wimer and Davis scored 75 seconds apart late in the third quarter to give the Retrievers a 5-4 advantage after 45 minutes. After Vermontís Geoff Worley tied the game at 5-all two minutes into the fourth quarter, Grimm gave the Retrievers their last lead of regulation, finishing a fast break with a goal in front of the cage with 11:36 remaining.
But Vermontís Rory OíConnor scored the tying man-up goal 56 seconds later and Philie put the hosts ahead, 7-6, with 8:38 to play.
UMBC outshot Vermont, 37-15, but the Catamounts controlled the pace of play as they controlled 12 of 18 draws. Barton earned his teamís Player of the Game honor as he made ten saves. Cohen made just one save and allowed four goals through the first 45 minutes, but made three fourth-quarter saves down the stretch to help send the game to overtime.
The Retrievers had won eight consecutive overtime decisions until dropping an 11-10 double overtime decision vs. Delaware to open the 2010 campaign. UMBC is 13-4 in its last 17 one-goal decisions and 15-5 in overtime in head coach Don Zimmermanís 17 seasons at UMBC.
UMBC has defeated Vermont in all seven meetings between the two squads.