Baltimore, MD—Sophomore defender Mary Hearin's (North Potomac, Md./Watkins Mill) first career goal with 1:46 left in the second half snapped a 1-1 deadlock and propelled host UMBC (6-7, 1-3 America East) to a 2-1 win over Stony Brook (5-6-3, 2-2) in a conference match-up.
UMBC was applying pressure late in the contest, and forced a corner kick. Freshman midfielder Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) took the attempt and Hearin headed the ball just inside the near right post from nine yards away.
The Retrievers took an early 1-0 lead off another set play. After a Stony Brook hand ball 30 yards from the goal, junior defender J.J. Golibart's (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) kick was headed in just under the crossbar by freshman midfielder Kersha Walker (Burlington, Ont.). It was Walker's third goal of the season.
But the Seawolves would get the equalizer at the 35:02 mark, as Victoria Feliciano knocked down an attempted UMBC clear, and reserve forward Jackie Anthony skimmed the loose ball by UMBC netminder Robin Babaris from 10 yards away.
Babaris made five saves to earn the win for the Retrievers, while Stony Brook netminder Cindy Bennett turned away a pair of UMBC shots. The Seawolves outshot UMBC, 12-6, and took 8 corners to UMBC's 3.
UMBC has won two straight, while Stony Brook has dropped two in a row. The Retrievers return to action on Sunday as they entertain America East rival Albany.