Shearer, Smith lead UMBC by Villanova, 18-15

April 07, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Freshman midfielder Matt Shearer had eight goals and one assist, and senior attackman Jason Smith's record-breaking goal sealed the win as UMBC downed Villanova, 18-15, at UMBC Stadium last night.

Smith became the school's all-time leading scorer with 5:31 left as his goal pushed the lead to 16-14 and stopped a Villanova six-goal run.

"We just wanted the ball on our side of the field at that point," said Smith, who now has 127 career goals. "The thought of the record never came into my head until I heard the announcement."

Shearer, who missed the last three games because of a mild shoulder separation, was two goals and three points shy of UMBC's single-game record. He had four of the Retrievers' five goals in the first half.

"I found myself in the right place at the right time tonight," said Shearer, a native of Whitby, Ontario, who had nine goals and four assists in five games this year. "I think it was the best we played together."

The Retrievers (6-3), who had been outshot 17-1 in the third quarter in a loss to Penn State on Saturday, rolled in the third quarter last night. UMBC outshot Villanova 18-6 and scored nine of the quarter's 10 goals to take a commanding 14-7 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Wildcats (2-6), however, scored seven of the next eight goals to close to 15-14 with 5:47 left. Smith's record-breaking goal 16 seconds later sealed the win.

Keith Chance and Shearer each scored as UMBC jumped to a quick 2-0 lead by converting its first two shots. Attackman Rick Bontatibus' unassisted goal capped a three-goal run over a three-minute span to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead with 2:26 left in the first quarter. The Retrievers went more than 10 minutes between goals in the first quarter.

Villanova then traded goals with Shearer to go into halftime with a 6-5 lead.

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