UMBC Drops Season Opener, 10-9, in Overtime to Temple

UMBC Drops Season Opener, 10-9, in Overtime to Temple

Philadelphia, Pa.—The Retrievers opened the season at Temple on Wednesday, but fell in a 10-9 overtime heart-breaker to the Owls. The loss drops the Retrievers to 0-1 to start the year.

UMBC got out to a hot start, scoring just four minutes into the game, with Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) putting home the first tally of 2015. Just minutes later Mackenzie Reese (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) scored off a feed from Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston).

Temple would answer back, rattling off three straight goals from Summer Jaros, Kirstie Connor, and Nicole Tiernan, all in a three minute span to give the Owls a 3-2 advantage with 13:28 left before half.

However the Retrievers found the answer in the form of Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State). The senior scored twice, the first from straight on to tie the game at 3-3. Semones then found the back of the net just five minutes before halftime, off a Nolan feed, giving the Retrievers a short-lived 4-3 lead.

Temple would tie the game a four apiece off a Rachel Schwaab tally on a free position shot.

UMBC goalkeeper Kelly Gielner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) was solid in net in the opening frame. Gielner made four saves in between the pipes on 13 shots. The Retrievers were efficient in the first half, scoring four goals on six shots.

The Owls broke through to open the second half with a goal by Carly Demato to give Temple a 5-4 lead.

From there the Retrievers would rattle off two goals from Jennie Milligan (Crofton, Md./South River) and Nolan to give UMBC back the lead at 6-5. But back and forth the two sides went, as Connor grabbed her second goal of the game just minutes after Nolan's goal to tie it at sixes.

UMBC would then go on the offensive, netting back to back tallies from Reese and Caroline Haggerty (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School). Reese scored unassisted for her second goal of the contest, while Haggerty scored giving the Retrievers their largest lead at 8-6.

Temple would not be done, as they rattled off three straight goals to retake the lead 9-8. Nicole Barretta scored twice and Hallie Houck scored the other tally to give the Owls the lead in the see-saw battle.

Reese would get a goal with 3 minutes left to tie it at nine all. UMBC would have a shot late, but the Retrievers could not cash in on a free position shot and we would head to overtime in the city of brotherly love.

In the extra session, neither team could get a footing on the game until Temple broke through off a Retriever turnover, scoring the lone goal in overtime to give them a 10-9 win.

Reese and Nolan paced the Retrievers with four points each. Nolan had one goal and three assists, while Reese chipped in three goals and one helper. Semones had two goals for UMBC, as the Retrievers were edged in shots, 12-11, with Gielner making four stops for UMBC.

The Retrievers are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 14. UMBC will host La Salle at UMBC Stadium at 12:00 p.m.