Baltimore – Junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) tied a career high with five points on three goals and two assists as the host Retrievers never trailed and held off Towson, 10-9, in the 42nd meeting between the beltway rivals.
UMBC has now won four out of the last five meetings between the two squads.
Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) and freshman attackman Ryan Johnston (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) each scored a pair of goals for UMBC. Grimm was selected as UMBC's America East Player of the Game.
Towson was led by a pair of attackman – junior Sean McGuire and senior Tim Stratton – who each contributed two goals and an assist.
The Retrievers improved to 3-0 when they win the face-off battle, as they outdrew Towson, 13-9. Freshman midfielder Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./De Matha) captured 13 of his 21 attempts, collected eight ground balls and scored his first collegiate goal.
The Retrievers pounced early, scoring three goals in the first 5:56. Grimm opened the scoring just 1:25 into the game with an unassisted tally and Poe added a score six seconds later after winning the draw cleanly.
UMBC led, 4-1, after one quarter and built the lead to a game-high four goals at 6-2 on a Grimm man-up goal with 4:17 to play in the half. But McGuire countered 42 seconds later to bring the Tigers within 6-3 at intermission.
Towson extended that rally to a 4-0 run and tied the contest at 6-6 with 7:44 to play in the third quarter.
But a Kimbles man-up goal with 5:36 to play in the stanza triggered a 4-1 Retriever surge. UMBC led, 8-7 after three quarters and built the lead to 10-7 on scores by Johnston and Grimm, the latter with 7:41 to play.
UMBC seemed to have the game in hand, possessing the ball with a three-goal lead and the ball after a save by junior goalkeeper Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) with 64 seconds remaining. But McCullough slipped behind the goal and the Tigers’ McGuire converted the ensuing turnover into their eighth goal with 1:02 to play.
Poe won the ensuing draw for UMBC, but the Retriever defense committed another give-away in its own end and Towson’s Pat Britton trimmed the advantage to 10-9 with 31 seconds left.
Towson captured the game’s last draw and had three shots in the final 12 seconds, but all three missed the mark, including a sprawling attempt by McGuire from close range in the final seconds.
McCullough made 11 saves for UMBC as Towson outshot the hosts, 31-22. Towson starting netminder Travis Love allowed UMBC’s first three goals and did not make a stop in the first 7:40 of play, and reliever Andrew Wascavage made four saves while allowing seven goals in 52:20.
Grimm posted his fourth five-point career game. Ironically, his first occurred in his freshman campaign against the same Towson team when he scored two goals and added three helpers. He has two other five-point games this season, posting those efforts at Presbyterian ad North Carolina.
UMBC is now 21-11 in games decided by three goals or less since 2007 and has won 14 of its last 18 one-goal decisions.
The Retrievers return to America East action on Saturday, April 9 when they host Binghamton. Opening face-off time is set for noon.