Emmitsburg, Md.—Sophomore forward Andrew Gillis (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) scored a pair of second half goals as UMBC snapped a five-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. The Retrievers improved to 4-3-2, while the Mount dropped to 2-5-1.
After a scoreless first half, Gillis broke a long Retriever scoring drought in the 49th minute of play. Sophomore Matt Ward (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) made an overlapping run from the back and took a return pass from freshman B.J. Quigley (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) on the right side of the net. Ward sent a square pass across the goal, where Gillis deposited it into the near left portion of the net.
Gillis’ goal broke a span of 341 minutes where the Retrievers had failed to score. But less than five minutes after his goal, UMBC struck again as Ward sent a diagonal pass through the Mountaineer defense and Quigley broke in alone and beat netminder Chris Davis in the 54th minute.
Gillis capped the scoring in the 64th minute as junior defender Dan Bulls (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) collected his own rebound off a blocked shot. He sent a square pass across the box and Gillis blasted the ball into the right side of the net from 15 yards out.
The two-goal game is the second of Gillis’ career, as he scored twice in the 2006 season finale vs. Hartford. The three goals scored by UMBC is the most this season and the most since that 5-2 win over Hartford. Ward (two assists) and Quigley (one goal, one assist) posted their first multi-point career games.
Junior netminder Steve King (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) made just a pair of saves and recorded his fifth shutout of the season and the 13th of his career. UMBC outshot Mt. St. Mary’s, 11-9 in the game and won their ninth straight game in the series vs. the Mountaineers.
The Retrievers open America East Conference play on Saturday at home (1:00 p.m.) vs. Stony Brook.