BALTIMORE – UMBC (1-5, 0-1 AE) built three six-goal leads, but could not hold off Vermont (4-3, 1-0) down the stretch and the Catamounts prevailed, 12-11, in double overtime in the America East opener for both squads.
Junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) led the Retrievers with four goals.
Frawley tallied three times in the first quarter as UMBC led, 6-1, after 15 minutes and 7-1 when senior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) scored just 1:22 into the second quarter.
The Retrievers led, 8-4, at the half and increased the margin to 10-4 after 45 minutes. They were still ahead, 11-6, with less than six minutes to play, but the Catamounts tallied five times in 3:06 to send the game to overtime.
UMBC had three shots on goal in an attempt to win the game at the end of regulation and in the first overtime frame, but each was stopped by Vermont goalkeeper Nick Washuta.
The Catamounts won the draw to begin the second OT period and Dawes Milchling scored 59 seconds into the frame to complete the comeback.
UMBC travels to Stony Brook for a 2:30 p.m. match-up versus the Seawolves on Saturday, March 23.