UMBC Drops 56-51 Heartbreaker to New Hampshire on Wednesday

Photo: Larry Levanti
Photo: Larry Levanti

Durham, N.H.— UMBC lead for all but one minute of the game, as they fall 56-51 to New Hampshire to open America East play on Wednesday morning. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the way with 12 points and three assists in the loss. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) added a career high nine points in the loss.

UMBC falls to 1-13, 0-1 AE while the Wildcats improve to 10-4, 1-0 AE on the year.

It was a tale of two halves in Durham, as UMBC came out the aggresors in the first half, holding the Wildcats on the offensive end. However, UNH used a strong second half to take the lead late in the fourth and hold on for the win.

Both teams struggled to find the basket after halftime, with both sides going scoreless over a three-minute stretch of the third. UMBC found an answer with a Castaldo three from deep at the end of the shot clock to give UMBC their largest lead of the day at 12. The Wildcats responded with a 6-0 run at the end of the period to cut the Retriever lead to six heading into the fourth.

UNH whittled away at the deficit, getting five straight points from Olivia Healy to tie the game at 42-42. UMBC answered with a big Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) three to give UMBC the lead back.

From there, UNH would go on a run, eventually taking the lead with a minute to go. Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) got a huge put back layup to cut the Wildcat lead to one with 44 seconds to go. However, those would be the last Retriever points, as UNH held on for a 56-51 victory.

Castaldo had 12 points to lead UMBC, while freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) and sophomore Tyler Moore had eight each. Brittani Burgess added a career high nine points in the loss.

Kat Fogarty led the Wildcats with 16 points, as four players hit double figures scoring.

UMBC started the game on fire, going on a 7-2 run to start. Summers had four points on the run that was capped by a Moore trifecta. The Wildcats would respond with mini runs of their own, but each time, UMBC answered thanks to a couple of Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) buckets.

Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) ended the first with a buzzer-beating triple to give UMBC a 16-10 lead.

New Hampshire opened the second on a 5-0 run, but the Retrievers used a 5-0 run of their own, thanks to five points by Castaldo. The Retrievers held the Wildcats without a field goal for the last 4:55 of the second to take a nine point lead into the locker rooms.

UMBC shot 43.5 percent from the floor, including 57 percent from three in the opening 20 minutes. UMBC forced seven Wildcat turnovers in the first half.

The Retrievers will open a three-game home stand against Vermont on Alumni Day on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tip-off with the Catamounts is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.