West Hartford, Conn.- UMBC had not lost an America East Conference game since Oct. 15, 2010, but the host Hartford Hawks snapped that streak with a 3-1 victory in a card-filled league contest at Al-Marzook Field.
The Retrievers slipped to 4-1-0 (7-5-3 overall), and into a first-place tie with Boston U., while Hartford improved to 1-2-2 in league play and 4-8-4 overall.
Trailing 1-0, UMBC lost the services of junior back Liam Paddock (Worchestershire, England) to a second yellow card in the 41st minute of play. Then, sophomore back Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland) was assessed a red card in the 51st minute and the Hawks scored just two seconds after Welsh left the pitch.
With a two-man advantage, Hartford scored again in the 57th minute. The Retrievers actually outshot Hartford, 8-7, in the second half and got on the board in the 79th minute when senior midfielder Andrew Bulls (McDonogh) scored on a penalty kick.
UMBC senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) made three saves, but allowed the three goals in 60 minutes of work. Classmate Miguel Calderόn (Bowie, Md.) saw his first action of the year and made one save in the final 30 minutes.
Louisignau had played 2,605 consecutive minutes dating back to last season.
Hartford outshot UMBC, 14-11 and is 3-0-1 vs. the Retrievers in the last four meetings at Al-Marzook Field.
UMBC was carded five times in the game, while Hartford was assessed three infractions.
The Retrievers return home on Wednesday to host Stony Brook at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC will honor seven seniors before the 7:00 p.m. start.