West Hartford, Conn. – The UMBC men’s lacrosse team outshot host Hartford, 49-29, but came up short, 10-6, in the final regular season game for both squads.
The Retrievers saw their four-game winning streak halted and fell to 6-6 on the campaign and 3-2 in the conference. Hartford improved to 9-6, 3-2.
UMBC will travel back to face the Hawks again in the America East Tournament semifinals on Wednesday evening, May 4. UMBC, Hartford and Binghamton all finished the league schedule at 3-2 and the Hawks won the three-way tiebreaker and earned the No. 2 seed on goal differential. The Retrievers earned the No. 3 seed based on their head-to-head win over Binghamton.
Binghamton will play at top-seeded Stony Brook on Wednesday.
UMBC junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) led the visitors with a goal and two assists. Sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Coquitlam, B.C) scored two goals and sophomore midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) added two assists.
Hartford was led by junior attackman Carter Bender, who scored all three of his goals in the second half and added an assist.
UMBC never led, falling behind 3-0, in the first 9:49 of the game. But the Retrievers went on a 3-0 run and tied the score on a goal by freshman attackman Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md.) with 7:34 to play in the second quarter. After Hartford recaptured the lead, Jones converted a quick Brown feed with 1:21 to play in the half and the score was knotted at 4-all at the half.
But Hartford came out firing in the third quarter, again scoring three times in the early stages of the stanza. The Hawks extended the run to 5-0 and held the Retrievers scoreless for the first 26 minutes of the second half. Sophomore midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) ended the drought on a score with 3:54 left to pull UMBC within 9-5, but they could not cut further into the deficit.
Hartford netminder Scott Bement made 17 saves in the game. UMBC drew nine Hawk fouls, but only converted one of eight man-up opportunities. UMBC junior goalkeeper Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) made seven saves for his side.
Each side won nine draws, but the Hawks captured six of nine in the second half.
UMBC will participate in the America East Tournament for the eighth time in eight league seasons.