MEN'S SOCCER BLANKS MONMOUTH, 4--0

UMBC (4-2-1, 1-1) shutout Monmouth, 4-0, but dropped a 3-1 decision to Sacred Heart in its first NEC weekend of competition.

Four different Retrievers hit the nets as UMBC (4-1-1, 1-0 NEC) won its league opener, 4-0, over host Monmouth (2-4, 0-1) in West Long Branch, NJ on Friday afternoon. Senior back Andy Wells got on the board first, converted a James Hamilton cross to the far post at the 23:10 mark.

Then, just before halfime, Hamilton found Ricky Brown with a through ball, and the senior midfielder scored at 43:41 to give the Retrievers a 2-0 halftime edge. Freshman forward Derek McElligott (57:40) and junoir midfielder Alex Wilmot (65:09) added second half tallies as UMBC put 22 shots on Monmouth netminder Mike Erskine.

UMBC goalies Brian Rowland (2 saves) and Tom Wunk (1 save) combined for the shutout for the Retrievers.