UMBC Falls at No. 6 Maryland, 14-3, in Season Opener
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Redshirt freshman goalie Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) recorded 15 saves in his first career game for the Retrievers, but UMBC failed to score a goal in the first half and could not come back, falling to No. 6 Maryland, 14-3, in the team's season opener, Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium.
Gordon registered ten saves in the first half alone, five in each quarter, as UMBC (0-1) trailed just 1-0 after the opening frame. Senior Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) went 2-for-2 on face-offs in the period, but the Retrievers were hampered by five turnovers.
In the second quarter, Maryland (2-0) scored five unanswered, led by Matt Rambo who scored twice, while Jay Carlson (Cockeysville, Md.) doubled his goal tally in the half. Connor Cannizzaro and Joe LoCascio each added a second-quarter goal for the home standing Terps.
Out of the break, Poe won the opening draw, but again the Retrievers could not convert. Gordon continued to keep UMBC in the game, stopping a point blank shot from Mike Chanenchuk with 11 minutes left in the period. Sophomore Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School (Va.)) then got UMBC on the board with a rifled shot from 12 yards out from an assist by classmate Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North), to cut the lead to 6-1.
The Terps pegged back just 1:33 later, however, as Chanenchuk scored on a solo effort. The senior added a second less than a minute later from the left side to extend Maryland's lead to 8-1. Chanenchuk finished the game with two goals and three assists.
UMBC then went on a mini 2-0 run, cutting the lead to 8-3, as Gannon scored his first of the season at the 4:00 mark in the period. Senior Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul's), who tallied the assist on Gannon's goal, then converted an extra-man opportunity and scored the second on an assist from Young.
In the fourth, Maryland again scored six unanswered goals and pulled away from the Retrievers.
UMBC now returns home to host Monmouth next Saturday, Feb. 22 at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off between the Retrievers and the Hawks is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and game will serve as the first half of a UMBC lacrosse doubleheader as the women take on American at 4:00 p.m.
- Maryland now leads the all-time series 28-8. UMBC had won four of the previous six meetings in the series.
- UMBC was last shut out for an entire half on April 1, 2011 in the first half of a 16-5 defeat at Stony Brook.
- Freshman Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) entered in the fourth quarter but did not make a save for UMBC.