Towson, Md. – For the second time in four days, the UMBC men's lacrosse team dropped a two-goal decision on the road, falling, 10-8, to Towson at chilly Unitas Stadium.
The Retrievers are now 3-4 on the season, while Towson won its fifth straight and improved to 6-2.
UMBC sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) led the visitors with three goals and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) added his 19th and 20th goals of the season.
The three-goal effort was the first of Gannon's career.
The game was tied on seven occasions, with the last occurring when Gannon scored an extra-man goal with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Towson would win the ensuing face-off and, after a long possession which saw UMBC squander an opportunity to clear their zone, the Tigers took the lead for good on a goal by Devin Grimaldi with 5:39 remaining.
The Tigers would win five of six draws in the stanza and added goals at the 4:31 and 3:29 marks to take the first multiple-goal lead of the contest.
Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul's) scored a man-up goal with 38 seconds to play to cut the deficit to 10-8, but TU captured the ensuing face-off and killed off all but the final 5.4 seconds of the game.
Towson outshot UMBC, 37-34, and Retriever red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) excelled again, making 14 saves, including 10 in the second half.
Neither team enjoyed more than a one-goal advantage in the first half. The Retrievers struck first as Gannon scored an unassisted tally just 56 into the contest. After Towson scored a pair of goals in the middle of the frame, Gregoire converted a feed from Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) with 4:13 to play in the first.
Towson took leads of 3-2, 4-3, and 5-4 in the second quarter, but UMBC rallied to the game each time. Gannon knotted the score at 5-all with 2:34 to play in the stanza, scoring a gritty goal dodging from the left alley. The Retrievers would take a 6-5 halftime edge when sophomore middie Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) tallied with 46 seconds to play in the period.
But the Retrievers struggled offensively in the third quarter, drawing two personal fouls in the first six minutes of the period, but failing to get off a shot on either chance. Towson scored twice in the final 4:24 of the frame to lead, 7-6, after 45 minutes.
UMBC completes their three-game road swing at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday.
Notes: Gannon now has 10 goals and 8 assists in his last five contests… Gordon has double-digit saves in all seven games in his initial campaign… UMBC is now 7-7 in its last 14 games decided by one or two goals.