Georgetown takes UMBC apart

No. 4 Hoyas' experience, depth prove too much for Retrievers in 11-5 loss

March 18, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

UMBC's attack spent yesterday afternoon looking for space that was nowhere to be found.

Georgetown, clearly further along a month into the season, played at a level the No. 11 Retrievers couldn't stay with, and it was the No. 4 Hoyas' defense that made the biggest impression in an 11-5 win at UMBC.

Take away a 19-second span at the end of the first half, which at the time gave the Retrievers unwarranted optimism, and what you had was a more-experienced, deeper Georgetown team in total control.

In the East Coast Athletic Conference, where no postseason tournament is played, regular-season games are premium and the defending-champion Hoyas (5-0 overall, 2-0 in the conference) played big in a big game.

The Retrievers, still a work in progress with only five seniors on the roster, fell to 1-1 in the ECAC and 3-1 overall. After winning the first nine games in the series against the Hoyas, the Retrievers have lost the past four.

"I think we got beaten by a better team today," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "I just told our guys I don't question their heart, but we have to find a way to play smarter. You have to give Georgetown credit. They have a very good lacrosse team and they take advantage of the mistakes you make. We didn't."

Leading 4-1 late in the first half, the Hoyas killed off a man-down situation and then added to the Retrievers' problems by getting a rare goal in transition from Doug Mueller with 2:09 left.

An opening for UMBC came moments later, but it was brief.

Goals from Pat Muston and Justin Smith in the final 19 seconds of the half cut the Hoyas' lead to 5-3 and made things look a lot better than they really were.

The Hoyas came back with a reaffirming goal from Neal Goldman just 43 seconds into the second half, and went on to outshoot UMBC 13-2 in a third quarter that saw them take an 8-3 lead that would not be threatened.

"With the two quick goals in the second quarter, I could see the momentum shifting to them and we talked it over and knew what we were going to have to do," said Georgetown attackman Mike Hammer, who finished with two goals and three assists.

With 8:41 left in the third quarter, senior midfielder Tom Tamberrino (three goals) gave the Hoyas a 7-3 lead before the Retrievers had their first shot on goal in the half.

The Hoyas' aggressive, straight-up defense that rotated freely to keep everyone fresh was particularly strong in man-down situations. The Retrievers went 1-for-9 with the man advantage, with their only success coming late in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

"They matched up real well against our attack," Zimmerman said. "We weren't able to get away from them and they took advantage of us not protecting our sticks. The thing is, though, we score a couple goals at the end [of the first half] and we have an opportunity to come out and get back in the game and we make two mental mistakes right off the bat to give them two quick goals."

Smith finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Retrievers' attack, which didn't get a point from senior leading scorer Josh Hahn for the first time in 29 games.

Georgetown 1 4 3 3 - 11 UMBC 0 3 0 2 - 5

Goals: G-Tamberrino 3, Hammer 2, Dusseau 2, Doyle, Mueller, Goldman, Baker; UMBC-Smith 2, Mutson, Shiley, Harasym. Assists: G-Hammer 3, Dusseau, Kanach, Henehan; UMBC-Smith. Saves: G-Schroeder 12; UMBC-Cusa 11.

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