Lewnes-Led Comeback Falls Just Short, No. 12 Stony Brook Prevails, 14-11

Lewnes-Led Comeback Falls Just Short, No. 12 Stony Brook Prevails, 14-11

BALTIMORE – UMBC senior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) scored a team season-high six goals and spearheaded a furious comeback, but the Retrievers (1-5, 0-2 America East) could not complete the rally and fell, 14-11, to 12th-ranked Stony Brook (6-2, 1-1 AE) in an America East Conference contest at UMBC Stadium.

The Retrievers trailed, 10-3, at the midpoint of the second quarter, but got back into the game with a 4-1 surge in the final 6:30 of the stanza. Lewnes scored with five seconds to play in the period to give the Retrievers the momentum heading into the locker room, trailing only 11-7.

The UMBC co-captain would net his fourth of the game to open the third quarter scoring at the 3:47 mark, but Stony Brook answered just eight seconds later and increased its lead to 13-8 seven minutes later.

Despite losing all six third-quarter draws, UMBC closed to within 13-10 after 45 minutes on goals by sophomore midfielder Max Haldeman (York, Pa.) and Lewnes, who struck with 26 seconds to play in the frame. Senior middie Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) brought UMBC to within 13-11 just 3:21 into the fourth, bouncing a shot in from eight yards out after a Lewnes pass.

The Retrievers did not win the ensuing draw, but would force six SBU turnovers in the final quarter and took four shots in the effort to trim the deficit to one goal. But freshman middie Pat Clipp (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) was denied with six minutes left and Haldeman's two efforts on goal were stopped by Seawolf reserve netminder Brandon Maciejewski.

Stony Brook junior midfielder Jeff Reh sealed the win for the Seawolves by beating a double-team and scoring into an empty net with 1:13 remaining.

Lewnes' six-goal, seven-point effort is one off of his career best seven-goal, eight-point effort at Vermont in April of 2014.  

Gannon and junior attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) each recorded for points, as Gannon added three assists to his tally and Maxwell tied his career-best with four helpers. Freshman attackman Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) added a goal and two helpers, while Haldeman scored a pair for the second consecutive week.

Senior attackman Matt Schultz led a balanced SBU effort with two goals and four helpers. Stony Brook junior face-off specialist won 17 of 26 draws and the visitors controlled 19 of 29 in the game.

Stony Brook outshot UMBC, 36-26. Maciejewski made three of his side's six saves in the fourth quarter, while UMBC junior Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), who played the second 30 minutes, made all four of his game-high saves in the third stanza.

The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, March 30 when they host 8th-ranked Johns Hopkins at 7:00 p.m.