Teaneck, N.J.—Senior forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) scored his seventh goal of the season, but visiting UMBC (4-3-0) dropped a 2-1 decision at Fairleigh Dickinson (4-3-0) on Sunday night.
Houapeu's successful penalty kick occurred in the 56th minute and shaved the FDU lead to 2-1. However, the Retrievers were unable to put any additional shots on goal and had their two-game winning streak halted.
FDU scored in the sixth minute when Retriever sophomore netminder Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) did not control a free kick and the Knights' Samson Malihani knocked in the rebound as UMBC allowed the first goal of the game for the fifth consecutive contest.
The Knights doubled their lead in the 50th minute when Malihani headed in a free kick.
Saunders made a season-high seven saves as FDU outshot UMBC, 16-9.
The Retrievers open America East Conference play at home on Saturday, Oct. 2 when they entertain Binghamton.