BALTIMORE – Host UMBC exploded for three goals in the first 13 minutes of play and decisively defeated Long Island, 5-1, to cap a five-game season opening homestand.
The Retrievers – who equaled their cumulative four-game goal totals in the first 12:49 of the game – improved 2-3-0, while the 2018 NEC Champion Sharks fell to 2-3-0.
The five goals was the most scored by UMBC since a 5-0 win over Central Arkansas in August of 2015.
Five different players scored for the Retrievers. Freshman Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjodur, Iceland) led the way early, assisting on the game's first goal and scoring his first collegiate goal moments later.
The Retrievers' first goal sequence started 100 yards away, as sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) made a diving save and started a counter-attack. Ingason was able to steal the ball from a Shark defender and send a through ball to classmate Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.), who scored from nine yards away just 66 seconds into the game.
Just before four minutes had elapsed, UMBC double its lead. Senior back Jon Bell (Silver Spring, Md./Richard Montgomery) delivered a perfect cross from the left side and Ingason's resulting header hit the underside of the crossbar, but cleared the goal line.
UMBC took a 3-0 lead at the 12:49 mark. Senior midfielder Nick Gumbs (Damascus, Md./Damascus) worked hard on the right side and forced a weak clearing attempt by the LIU defense. Sophomore midfielder Alejandro Arbelaez (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) collected the ball and arced a perfect shot under the crossbar from 17 yards out.
The 3-0 lead through halftime and into the 74th minute of play. Jones came up with several diving saves in the early stages of the second half, then UMBC sealed the victory when freshman midfielder Julian Conze (Telgte, Germany) drove a hard shot from the left edge of the box that was stopped, but senior midfielder Tre Pulliam ((Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) tapped home the rebound from close range.
Sophomore Jackson Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) converted touch passes from sophomore Cesare Marconi (Genoa, Italy) and junior Kenny Fuentes (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) to make it 5-0 with just 1:46 remaining.
But Jones, who made a season-high six saves, could not earn his first clean sheet of the year, as a defensive miscue led to a Shark goal by Stefan Faistenauer with just 55 seconds remaining.
UMBC unleashed a season-high 21 shots against 15 responses by LIU. Shark goalkeeper Matias Pesallaccia made three saves his for his side.
UMBC embarks on a four-game road swing, starting with a Tuesday afternoon contest (3:00 p.m.) at George Washington.