Philadelphia – UMBC junior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) led all scorers with four goals, but a late rally came up just short, as the Retrievers were edged, 10-8, in cold, snowy conditions at 13 th-ranked Penn.
Junior midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.)) School added a pair of goals and one assist and sophomore midfielder Dylan McDermott (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) contributed a pair of helpers.
"I liked the effort we gave this week in practice and during today's game," said head coach Don Zimmerman. We definitely were an improved lacrosse team from a week ago. But we need to continue to make improvements to get to where we want to go."
The Retrievers (0-2) got on the board first, as Young converted a feed from McDermott exactly one minute into the contest. But Penn (1-0) rode a wave of face-off wins and scored three times in a span of 2:35 to take a 3-1 advantage with 4:53 expired in the contest.
The Quakers extended the lead to 4-1, but Lewnes struck for a pair of unassisted tallies late in the first quarter to bring UMBC to within 4-3 after 15 minutes.
Each side tallied once in the second quarter and UMBC went to intermission trailing 5-4.
But Penn would outshoot UMBC, 15-4, in the third quarter and outscored the Retrievers, 3-1, in the stanza to lead, 8-5 after 45 minutes. They extended the lead to 9-5 with 9:14 remaining in the game before Lewnes completed his hat trick with another unassisted tally at the 7:37 mark. However, Penn won the ensuing draw and, 15 seconds after Lewnes' score, matched that goal to go up by four.
UMBC would fight back, getting within 10-7 on Lewnes' fourth goal and scoring their first man-up goal of the year, as junior attackman Drew Borsody (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) recorded his first collegiate goal with 2:52 to play.
Penn would capture the ensuing draw and ran time off the clock until UMBC sophomore netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made a save on a Nick Doktor shot with 1:09 remaining. McDermott and senior attackman Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) got shots away with 28 and 23 seconds to play, but could not convert and McDermott's final effort with nine seconds left missed the net.
UMBC outshot Penn, 14-4, in the final stanza, and trailed, 36-33, on the final shot counter. Gordon went the distance, making nine saves. The Retrievers were the more efficient team in the poor conditions, committing only 13 turnovers to Penn's 18, but the Quakers dominated the face-off circle, controlling 18 of 22 draws.
The Retrievers return to action next Saturday when they visit Monmouth in a 1:00 p.m. start.