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Hartford Dominates Draws and Nips Men's Lacrosse, 14-12
BALTIMORE—UMBC’s three-game winning streak came to an end in men’s lacrosse, as visiting Hartford (4-10, 1-4 America East) dominated the face-off circle and nipped the Retrievers (4-8, 3-2 America East), 14-12.
UMBC had already locked up the second seed in the America East Conference Tournament and will host Albany on Wednesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Senior attackman Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) one of a program-high 16 seniors honored before the game, led all goal scorers with four. He added an assist and was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game.
The Retrievers made it look easy in the early stages of the game, as Latham scored twice and senior midfielder Maxx Davis (Baltimore, Md./Friends) and junior middie Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) added goals to give the hosts a 4-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. But
UMBC senior defender Matt Kresse (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) scored his first career goal, finishing a fast break 1:25 into the second quarter to give the Retrievers a 5-2 lead, but the Hawks closed the half on a 5-1 run to take a 7-6 lead into the locker room.
UMBC attempted seven shots in the final 2:05, but did not hit the cage on the first five and Hartford netminder Scott Bement stopped the final two desperation attempts in the final 23 seconds.
Fallon won 14 of 17 draws in the middle 30 minutes of the game.
UMBC will advance to the tournament semifinals for the seventh time in seven league seasons and will host a playoff game for the sixth time in the same span.