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Men's Lacrosse Rallies From Five Down in Final Six Minutes, Jones OT Winner Gives Retrievers 17-16 Win Over Albany
BALTIMORE- UMBC junior attackman Scott Jones (Port CoquiItlam, B.C.) capped a miraculous rally with a goal at the 1:43 mark of overtime and the Retrievers edged
With the victory, UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) clinched a spot in the America East four-team playoffs for the ninth time in nine conference seasons.
The Retrievers trailed the Great Danes, 16-11, in the wild affair with under six minutes remaining in regulation. But UMBC reeled off five goals in a span of 2:18 and tied the score on a goal by junior midfielder Dave Brown (
“I saw this team grow up,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “That’s a very good team that we just played out there. We have been waiting and waiting and waiting for it to kick in and I thought we kicked into gear and came of age.”
Jones, UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, and sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./
Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (
Miles Thompson finished a fast break on a pass from Ty Thompson with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the visitors a five-goal bulge. UMBC responded with on a goal by junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (
After a holding call on
Both teams had one offensive possession in the final moments of regulation, but could not score.
The 17 goals scored by UMBC was its most since a 17-10 win over
Grimm, junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (
UMBC led only once before scoring the game-winning goal, scoring three consecutive first quarter goals after
But the Danes ended the first half of 3-0 run, punctuated by a Resetarits score from in front of the cage with six seconds to play in the half to give the guests a 9-6 halftime edge.
The Retrievers outscored UA, 4-3, in the third quarter and got as close as 12-10 before the Danes stretched out the margin to five goals.
Both teams had 37 shots in the game. Huber made nine saves for
UMBC hit on 3-of-4 man-up chances, while UA was 1-for-1.
The Retrievers, who fell to Stony Brook last Saturday, have never lost back-to-back games in 46 America East regular season games. UMBC is 16-6 in Zimmerman’s tenure in overtime games.
Jones has scored 17 goals in his last five outings and became the first Retrievers since Alex Hopmann (36) in 2009 to reach the 30-goal plateau with 31 scores.
The four goals were a career-high for Gregoire, who has 11 goals in his five starts in 2012.
UMBC completes the regular season at