Emmitburg, Md. – After giving up a five-goal third quarter lead, the visiting UMBC Retrievers scored four straight times down the stretch and edged Mt. St. Mary's, 14-11, at Waldron Family Stadium.
UMBC senior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) scored six goals and etched his name into the Retriever record books by becoming the 12th player in school history to reach the 100-goal plateau.
The Retrievers (3-7) built a 10-5 advantage with 6:31 to play in the third quarter, but Mount scored twice in the late stages of the stanza and buried two more shots in the first 1:55 of the fourth. Mountaineer attackman Mark Hojnoski knotted the game at 10-all, posting the first tie since the 3:12 mark of the first quarter, with 8:58 remaining in regulation.
After a UMBC time-out and with the Mount using a short-stick midfielder to shut off Lewnes, Retriever junior attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) found open freshman linemate Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) on the right wing and the rookie buried a shot off the shoulder of netminder Frankie McCarthy to give the Retrievers the lead back with 6:37 remaining.
UMBC won the just two fourth quarter draws, but got the ensuing draw and freshman middie Pat Clipp (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) bull-dodged his way inside and scored unassisted 44 seconds later. Senior Steve Winsor (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Andrews added goals to give the visitors a 14-10 lead with 2:43 to play.
"We came out ready to play, aggressive and tough on ground balls," said Zimmerman. Give them credit, they are a good team. They came back on us and tied it. All the momentum was with them and some guys stepped up down the stretch and got us the win."
Lewnes has amassed all 24 of his team-leading goals since returning from injury six games ago at Binghamton. He has two six-goal games in 2016 and 13 contests where he has scored hat tricks or better. Lewnes also finished his four games versus the Mount with 14 scores.
"Coming off of a month without playing, [Nate] just really stepped up," said Zimmerman. "He's a terrific player and a terrific captain."
UMBC fell behind on an early Mount goal, but rattled off four straight to take a 4-1 lead after 15 minutes. Maxwell netted the tying goal at the 3:12 mark, then Lewnes took over the game. He scored the final three goals of the stanza, including a score from just inside the midline after receiving a feed from goalkeeper Ruston Souder against a ten-man Mountaineer ride with 38 seconds to play.
Lewnes netted two second quarter scores and sophomore midfielder Max Haldeman (York, Pa.) added one, but the hosts matched the Retrievers, 3-3, in the quarter and the Retrievers led, 7-4, at the break.
UMBC has won all 23 meetings versus the Mountaineers, but three of the last four have been decided by three or fewer goals.
Maxwell added four assists to his one goal, while Andrews recorded three goals and a helper.
Hojnoski led Mount St .Mary's (5-5) with four goals and two assists.
Mount St. Mary's outshot UMBC, 31-30, and Souder made eight of his ten saves in the second half. He now has two career points, as his assist this evening is added to a goal he was credited with versus UMass Lowell last season.
For the second consecutive game, UMBC did not commit a failed clearing effort. Against constant Mountaineer pressure, the Retrievers were successful on all 15 attempts.
UMBC travels to Burlington, Vermont for a Saturday afternoon 1:00 p.m. date at America East rival Vermont.
(Cover Photo: Dave Sinclair)