Men's Lacrosse Scores Final Four Goals; Upends Host Albany, 13-9, in Key America East Contest
Jamie Kimbles had 4 goals and 2 assists vs. UA.
Dave Brown scored a goal and added 5 helpers.
Albany, N.Y.-UMBC sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) scored a career-high five goals and midfielders Jamie Kimbles (Centreville,Md./Queen Anne’s) and Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) amassed six points each, as the Retrievers outlasted Albany, 13-9, in miserable weather conditions at John Fallon Field.
The Retrievers won their third straight game and improved to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in America East play. Albany lost for the third consecutive time and fell to 4-8, 0-3.
The game was played in a driving rainstorm with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour and temperatures in the mid-40’s.
There were seven ties and the lead exchanged hands three times in the contest. The Great Danes tied the game for the final time at 9-9 on a Ryan Feuerstein goal with 11:01 remaining.
But Jones went to work, scoring three straight goals to put UMBC ahead for good. He got the game-winner with 9:53 to play , putting in a rebound of a Zach Linkous’ (Jarrettsville, Md./St., Paul’s saved shot. He then converted a pair of passes, as Albany started the double UMBC ball carriers. With 4:12 to play, Brown dished out his fourth assist of the game and Jones converted from the right edge of the crease. At the 2:37 mark, it was sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) hitting Jones all alone on the doorstep for an empty net score.
Sophomore long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal on a man-up situation, as Brown fed him with 1:52 remaining.
Jones posted the most goals for a Retriever since Matt Latham scored six vs. Albany on April 17, 2010.
Kimbles posted career highs in goals (4) and points (6), scoing the four goals on five shots. On the heels of a 3-goal, 1-assist effort vs. Binghamton, Brown scored a goal and added five assists against the Great Danes.
Albany freshman attackman Miles Thompson led the Great Danes with three goals and one assist.
UMBC led, 3-1, after one quarter, as Kimbles scored the first two goals and assisted on Jones’ first score of the night. Albany evened the score at 3-3, but sophomore Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) gave the visitors a 4-3 lead with a left-handed shot from eight yards away with 12.8 seconds to go in the half.
The teams split eight third-quarter goals, as Albany took its second lead of the night at 7-6 on a man-up goal by Thompson with 3:13 to play in the stanza. But Kimbles evened it up at the 1:34 mark and freshman midfielder Brian Patton (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) gave UMBC an 8-7 advantage with his first collegiate goal 28 seconds later to close the scoring in the period.
UMBC junior netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) was credited with nine saves and improved to 5-3 on the campaign. Albany outshot UMBC, 36-32, but UMBC edged the hosts, 30-29, in ground balls.
The Retrievers are now 9-4 vs. the Great Danes and 3-2 in Albany. They have won five of the last six in the series.
UMBC returns home to face Vermont on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.