UMBC rebounds with 17-5 win over Rutgers

March 04, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

UMBC coach Don Zimmerman had to worry for only about one quarter to see how his youthful Retrievers would react coming off a one-goal loss in their opener.

That's when UMBC began a six-goal run to coast to a 17-5 victory over Rutgers yesterday before 350 at UMBC Stadium.

Greg Sabo scored four goals for the Retrievers (1-1), who opened with a 14-13 loss at Navy on Feb. 24 and had not won since last March 25. The 12-goal win represents the largest margin of victory for UMBC since a 24-5 victory over Radford in 1994.

"This was real important to win this way," said Zimmerman, whose team beat the Scarlet Knights by only three goals last season. "We were disappointed last week, but this builds confidence which carries over. It's a lot easier to practice on Mondays after a win than a loss."

Sabo scored with 47 seconds left in the first quarter to put UMBC ahead 2-1. As the second quarter began, Rutgers (0-1) was a man down for three minutes because of using an illegal stick.

In a span of 47 seconds, Sabo took advantage of the extra-man opportunity by scoring twice to give the Retrievers a 4-1 advantage 12 minutes before halftime.

UMBC's five man-up goals for the game were one shy of the school record.

* Brown 29, Fairfield 2: Brian McNally had five goals and four assists to pace host Brown (1-0) past Fairfield (0-1).

The Bears, who outshot the Stags 56-15, equaled a 21-year-old single-game school record for goals. Robin Prince and Rob Lyle each netted four goals for Brown.

* Radford 9, Mount St. Mary's 8: Mike Basto's goal with 35 seconds remaining in overtime lifted Radford (1-1) past visiting Mount St. Mary's (0-1).

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