College Park, Md.- Third-ranked Maryland (4-0-1) used two late goals after visiting UMBC (2-1-2) tied the game with 28 minutes left and defeated the Retrievers, 3-1, at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins took the lead in 28th minute on an own goal. A Maryland serve deflected off a UMBC defender around the 12-yard area and eluded Saunders before settling into the right corner of the net. The Retrievers limited the hosts to four first-half shots.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, UMBC opened up the attack in the second half and it paid dividends with the tying score with 28:01 remaining. Milo Kapor's (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) corner from the left side found junior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) at the 11-yard line and the junior headed it into the right portion of the cage.
It was Dacres' first collegiate goal and Kapor has now assisted on all five UMBC scores in 2012.
The tie lasted just over eight minutes. Maryland's Mikey Ambrose served a box deep into the box and Patrick Mullins outleaped a UMBC defender to head the ball past Saunders and give the hosts the lead for good.
The Terps added an insurance marker with a shaken-up senior defender Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England) on the sideline. In the 75th minute, Saunders got a piece of an initial shot, but the ball deflected off the crossbar and Jake Pace knocked in the rebound from one yard away.
Sophomore defender Oumar Ballos (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley/CCBC-Essex) had a golden opportunity to bring UMBC within a goal in the 83rd minute, but his shot from close range was deflected away by Terrapin netminder Jordan Tatum.
"I thought we gave about as good of an effort as we could and to have them 1-1 in the second half, we had them where we wanted them," said head coach Pete Caringi. "I am proud of how we fought back and how hard we played."
Saunders made six saves for UMBC, while Tatum turned aside three Retriever shots.
The Retrievers return to action to face George Mason on Saturday in Fairfax, Va. The Patriots received the 28th most-votes in the latest NSCAA poll.