March 30, 2009

Courtesy of UMBC

Stony Brook, N.Y--Ten different players scored for UMBC (6-2, 1-0), as the eighth-ranked Retrievers defeated host Stony Brook (4-4, 0-1), 14-8, in the America East Conference opener for both teams.

UMBC has won three straight and the 6-2 start is the Retrievers’ best since the same eight-game record in 1997. The team has won four straight over Stony Brook and improved to 10-4 all-time vs. the Seawolves.

Junior attackman Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) led the balanced attack with three goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Peet Poillon (Cranberry Township, Pa.) added two goals and two assists and junior attackman Chris Jones (Martinsville, N.J.) contributed two goals and a helper.

UMBC never trailed, as Jones opened the scoring 1:40 into the game and Latham converted a feed from senior attackman Ryan Smith (Fallston, Md./Fallston /CCBC-Essex) at the 6:17 to give the Retrievers a 2-0 lead. The Seawolves would battle back, as they controlled nine of 12 first half draws and closed to within 5-4 on Graham Adams’ third goal of the first half with 1:27 remaining. But Poillon, who scored with five seconds to play in the first quarter, ripped a high shot past SBU netminder Charlie Paar with six seconds remaining in the half to give the Retrievers a 6-4 lead at halftime.

UMBC gained a comfortable lead as they outscored the Seawolves 4-1 in the third quarter and built the advantage to 11-5 as senior midfielder Alex Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) scored his 20th goal of the season 3:11 into the fourth quarter. Junior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa.) had a three-point game with a goal and two assists, while Smith and freshman attackman Rob Grimm (Carthage, N.Y.) each scored a goal and an assist apiece. Sophomore midfielder Ryan Shields (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) scored his first career goal in the fourth quarter.

UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 40-30, and senior netminder Jeremy Blevins (Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) made seven saves, allowing seven goals in nearly 59 minutes of action. The Retrievers entered the game with the third-best man-up success rate in the country (56 percent) and converted on all three opportunities in the game.

Latham now has seven goals vs. the Seawolves in the last two meetings.

Stony Brook was led by sophomore midfielder Kevin Crowley, who scored a goal and added four assists. Attackman Jordan McBride, who entered the game with 23 goals, scored twice, but his final goal came with 15 seconds remaining.

UMBC has won five of its six conference openers in the America East Conference. They will return home to face surging Towson on Tuesday evening (7:30 p.m.) at UMBC Stadium.