UMBC Falls to No. 14 Towson, 11-7, in Home Opener

UMBC Falls to No. 14 Towson, 11-7, in Home Opener

BALTIMORE – Fourteenth-ranked Towson (4-2) produced 4-0 scoring runs to start the game and the fourth quarter and defeated UMBC (2-3), 11-7, before 746 fans in the Retrievers' 2015 home opener.

UMBC junior midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J.) led the hosts with a goal and a career-best three assists. Junior attackman Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and sophomore linemate Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) added two goals apiece for the Retrievers.

Towson senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson led all goal-scorers with four on the day. He scored the game's first two goals in 5:55, sparking TU to a 4-0 first quarter advantage. But the Retrievers would respond with a 3-0 run to open the second quarter, with Young, Gannon and sophomore midfielder Dylan McDermott (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) doing the damage. After Towson re-took a two-goal lead, Maxwell took a precise feed from Young on the left edge of the crease and scored to cut the deficit to 5-4 with 4:14 to play in the stanza. The Tigers would strike back 58 seconds later and took a 6-4 lead into the break.

The two sides traded single goals in the third quarter, with Gannon equalizing a Joe Seider (3 goals) score at with 8:20 to play in the frame.

But UMBC lost five of six fourth quarter draws and visitors pulled away with four scores in the first 4:56 of the quarter to take an 11-5 lead. The Retrievers did score twice in a span of 67 seconds in the latter stages of the fourth as Maxwell and junior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) found the net, but UMBC only possessed the ball twice in the final 3:38 of the game and saw their two-game win streak halted.

Towson outshot UMBC, 43-22, and Retriever sophomore goalkeeper Connon Gordon (Bourne, Mass.) made five of his 10 saves in the third quarter. TU netminder Tyler White collected four saves for the visitors.

The Tigers won 15 of 21 draws, including 8-of-9 in the second half. There was only one penalty called in the game and UMBC did not have an extra-man opportunity for the first time since a contest versus Stony Brook in April of 2011.

The Retrievers open up America East Conference play at UMBC Stadium in their next outing, as they welcome Binghamton on Saturday, March 14 at noon.