Men's Lacrosse Can't Hold Off Vermont Rally, Fall 11-10

Men's Lacrosse Can't Hold Off Vermont Rally, Fall 11-10

BALTIMORE – Visiting Vermont rallied from a five-goal second half deficit and defeated UMBC, 11-10 at UMBC Stadium.


Vermont's Ian MacKay scored the game-winning goal with 1:08 to play in the fourth quarter. It was the Catamounts' only lead of the day.


UMBC junior attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) hit the underside of the crossbar with 32 seconds left and junior attackman Nate Lewnes' (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) follow-up was saved by Catamount netminder Justin Rosenberg.


Lewnes led UMBC with five goals in the contest. Rosenberg was brilliant in the Vermont nets, making 18 saves, as UMBC outshot the visitors, 48-34. Vermont improved to 4-9 overall and 2-2 in America East play, while the Retrievers fell to 4-7, 0-4.


The Retrievers appeared to be in control after junior midfielder Steve Winsor (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored a man-down goal from beyond the midfield line 58 seconds in the third quarter to give the hosts an 8-3 lead. But Vermont took advantage of all three UMBC third quarter fouls, scoring three extra-man goals and adding a fourth to come within 8-7 after 45 minutes.


UMBC would take a pair of two-goal leads in the fourth quarter as junior midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) scored at the 1:35 mark of the stanza, and, after a Vermont response, senior attackman Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys Latin) provided a 10-8 lead with 9:34 remaining.


Vermont struck back at the end of a man-up situation, pulling within 10-9 on a Nick Barlett goal with 8:18 remaining. UMBC won the ensuing draw, but Rosenberg stopped Gannon, leading to a Catamount fast break, which James Barlow finished to tie the game at 10-all with 6:56 remaining.


UMBC would again with the ensuing draw and attempted five shots over the next several minutes, but Rosenberg came up with three saves in a 48-second span, finally gaining possession for his team with 3:52 remaining.


Retriever goalkeeper Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) would make a save on MacKay with 3:10 to play, but Vermont swarmed the ensuing UMBC clearing attempt and got the ball back. After a Catamount time out, UMBC checked the ball loose, but Vermont's Cam Milligan got to the ground ball and fed MacKay for the game-winning score.


Milligan led Vermont with three goals and three assists, while MacKay added three scores and two helpers. Rosenberg made six of his 18 saves in the fourth quarter.


In addition to Lewnes' five goals, junior midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J.) added two goals and an assist.


Each team controlled 12 face-offs and UMBC had a slight edge in ground balls, 31-27. Vermont committed only two fouls, and UMBC did not convert on either opportunity, while Vermont tallied on four of six chances.


UMBC completes the home schedule when they welcome U Mass Lowell on April 18.