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MEN'S LACROSSE DOWNS DELAWARE, 13-8
Phil Grillo scored three goals and dished out two assistsand Scott Steele netted three goals and assisted on one other in areturn to his home state as No. 10 ranked UMBC defeated the Universityof Delaware 13-8 in a non-league menís lacrosse game Saturday night atRullo Stadium. The game drew a crowd of approximately 1,000 as part of the annualDelaware Lacrosse Foundation Youth Day. The game was also the annualMilt Roberts Day game in honor of the late Milt Roberts, who co-foundedthe menís lacrosse program at the University of Delaware and is a memberof the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Steele, the UMBC co-captain and anative of Rehoboth Beach, DE (Cape Henlopen High School), was named thegameís Most Valuable Player as part of Milt Robert Day festivities.Delaware junior Matt Alrich scored a team-high three goals to up histeam and Colonial Athletic Association leading total to 30 while RyanMetzbower netted two goals and Xander Ritz scored once and assisted onanother. Alrich has scored a goal in all 13 games this season.UMBC, which is fighting for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth, also gottwo goals from Franklin Berry and 17 saves from Tim Flanagan andimproved to 7-4. Delaware suffered its third straight loss to fall to5-8 on the season with all eight losses coming by five goals or less.The game marked the first meeting between the two schools since Delawareposted a 12-11 overtime win in the 1999 NCAA quarterfinals.The Retrievers took control of the game early and never looked back inposting the victory. UMBC got first quarter goals from Berry, PatMuston, and Rob Cross and led 5-0 midway through second quarter beforethe Hens got on the board on a goal by Alrich with 6:13 left beforehalftime. Berry and Steele followed with goals for UMBC for a 7-2 leadat intermission.UMBC scored four of the first five goals of the second half, the last aman-up goal by Steele with 6:35 left in the third quarter for an 11-4lead. Delaware made a late rally in the fourth quarter as Metzbowerscored the first two goals of the final stanza to cut the lead to five,but UMBC answered with two goals of its own by Grillo and Steele to putthe game away.The Retrievers clinched their first winning season since an 11-4 mark in 1999. AGATE:UMBC......3.....4.....4.....2.....13 (7-4)Delaware..0.....2.....2.....4.....8 (5-8)Individual Scoring:Delaware - Matt Alrich, 3 goals; Ryan Metzbower, 2 goals; Bob Meunier, 1goal; Xander Ritz, 1 goal, 1 assist; Bryan Tingle, 1 goal; Luke Wiles, 1 assist.UMBC - Phil Grillo, 3 goals, 2 assists; Scott Steele, 3 goals, 1assist; Franklin Berry, 2 goals; Rob Cross, 1 goal; Josh Gerber, 1 goal;James Hyland, 1 goal; Brendan Mundorf, 1 goal, 1 assist; Pat Muston, 1goal; Joe Cahill, 1 assist; Josh Dodson, 1 assist; Shots: UMBC - 36, Delaware 31; Saves: UMBC - 17 (Tim Flanagan, 60 min.,8 goals, 17 saves), Delaware - 8 (Chris Collins, 60 min., 13 goals, 8saves); Groundballs: UMBC - 38, Delaware - 26; Faceoffs: UMBC - 15,Delaware - 10; Clears: UMBC - 13 of 16, Delaware - 15 of 16; Extra ManGoals: UMBC - 2 of 3, Delaware - 0 of 3; Penalties: UMBC - 3 for 2:00,Delaware, 3 for 3:00; Attendance: 1,000.