Feb. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Delaware

NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware All-American Curtis Dickson scored five goals, but the Blue Hens could never overcome a six-goal deficit in the opening quarter and dropped a 14-9 men’s lacrosse decision to No. 11 UMBC Saturday at Rullo Stadium.

Delaware (1-1), which had a three-game home win streak snapped, fell behind 6-0 in the opening quarter and never could make up the difference as the Retrievers (1-0) extended the nation’s longest NCAA Division I regular season winning streak to 12 games.

Delaware had defeated UMBC three straight times and six of the last seven, including NCAA Tournament wins in 1999 and 2007 and a 15-7 win last season in Florida.

The Retrievers, who return nine starters from last year’s team that won the America East conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, got a big effort from junior midfielder Kyle Wimer who exploded for five goals to lead the UMBC attack. Alex Hopmann and Matt Latham each added three goals apiece while James Kimbles scored twice and Peet Poillon scored a goal and dished out two assists.
Goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins, the active NCAA Division I leader for career saves with 476, was outstanding in goal with 14 stops as he made his 49th consecutive start.

Dickson, the Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Player of the Year and a 2008 USILA honorable mention All-American from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, continued his hot early season scoring spree as he matched his career-high for goals in a game and notched his 12th career hat trick. Dickson, who scored four goals in Delaware’s season-opening
13-2 win over Saint Joseph’s last Saturday, has now scored at least one goal in 27 straight games, one shy of the school record of 28 set by Haylor Osborn in 1962-64 and Randy Powers in 1983-84.

The Blue Hens, who were trying to start the season out 2-0 for the sixth straight season, could muster little offense other than Dickson. Kevin Kaminski, Pat Lombard, Josh Coveleski, and Beau Davis each scored a goal but All-CAA midfielder Martin Cahill was held to just a single assist.
Goalkeeper Noah Fossner made 12 saves in goal and Tommy Lee won 19 of 27 faceoffs but it wasn’t enough.

UMBC took control early and never looked back in posting the win, outscoring the Hens 6-0 after the first quarter and taking a 9-4 lead into halftime when Wimer scored with one second left in the second quarter. Latham, Kimbles, Hopmann, and Wimer each scored goals in the final 3:37 of the first quarter to lead the Retrievers.

Delaware narrowed the gap to 7-3 as Dickson and Lombard scored to open the second quarter and Davis converted with 6:43 left before halftime.
But UMBC got a goal from Latham to go back up by five, and after Delaware’s Coveleski scored a man-up goal with 2:47 left, Wimer closed the half with his buzzer-beater.

Latham and Wimer scored the first two goals of the second half to up the advantage to 11-4 before Dickson countered with a goal with 2:46 left in  the third stanza. Wimer, Poillon, and Hopmann opened the final stanza with goals in the first eight minutes to increase the lead to
14-5 before Dickson scored three goals in the final 5:42 to cut the gap.

Delaware will return to action next Saturday when the Hens travel to Fairfield for a 1 p.m. game on Feb. 21.



Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists):
Delaware - Curtis  Dickson, 5-0; Kevin Kaminski, 1-0; Pat Lombard, 1-0; Josh Coveleski, 1-0; Beau Davis, 1-0; John Austin, 0-1; Martin Cahill, 0-1; Nick LoManto, 0-1; UMBC - Kyle Wimer, 5-0; Alex Hopmann, 3-1; Matt Latham, 3-0; Jamie Kimbles, 2-0; Peet Poillon, 1-2; Rich May, 0-1; Ryan Smith, 0-1, Rob Grimm, 0-1

Shots: UMBC - 45, D - 38; Groundballs: UMBC - 30, D - 40; Faceoffs: UMBC
- 8, D - 19; Clears: UMBC - 15 of 18, D - 12 of 17; Extra Man Goals:
UMBC - 3 for 5, D - 2 for 4; Penalties: UMBC - 4 for 3:00, D - 5 for 4:30; Saves: UMBC - 14 (Jeremy Blevins), D - 12 (Noah Fossner);
Turnovers: UMBC - 19, D - 20; Attendance: 920.