Brian Duncan's unassisted goal 1:12 into the third overtime period gave UMBC a 14-13 victory against Ohio State yesterday at wind-swept UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers (7-1) held three-goal leads three times but were not assured of victory until the end. The last three-goal edge was 13-10 with 11:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Ohio State (2-2) scored the next three goals to forge a tie at 13 and send the game into a four-minute sudden-death overtime.
UMBC dominated the extra periods, outshooting the Buckeyes, 17-2, but did not beat goaltender Russ Salk until Duncan took his decisive shot, a ground-hugger from just inside the restraining line.
Salk kept Ohio State close, making 14 saves. Another key was the play of defenseman Doug Myers on UMBC's ace attackman, Steve Marohl.
Marohl had five goals and two assists in the first half, but Myers held him to one assist in the second. Jason Smith scored three goals.
David Blue led Ohio State with six goals, and Andy Gruber had two goals and three assists.
"A win is win, whether it's by one goal or 10 goals, and I'll take it," said UMBC coach Dick Watts. "But our team is not sharp right now. We weren't sharp against VMI [a 13-10 loss on Tuesday], and we definitely made a lot of mistakes today. Too many turnovers, missed ground balls and poor shots are hurting us. We had to fight for our lives in this one. Myers did a great job on Marohl in the second half.
Ohio State coach Brion Salazar said: "I think we are a good team, and we showed that today. We had our opportunities to win it. Their goalie [Bob Bailey] made a great save on David Blue right at the end of the game or we would have won. Doug Myers was nervous about playing Marohl at first, but, once he settled down, he did a great job of shutting him down. Our goalie played an outstanding game. He is only a sophomore, but he plays like a veteran."
Marohl's eight points yesterday broke Ed Jackson's single-season Division I scoring record of 65 and pulled Marohl within two points of being UMBC's all-time scoring leader.