UMBC cruises behind Mundorf's 7 goals

Retrievers end losing skid against Loyola in 13-7 rout

College Lacrosse

April 22, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

There was plenty of blame to go around after the UMBC men's lacrosse team's 11-goal loss to North Carolina on Saturday, but no Retriever took the defeat harder than senior Pat Muston.

Normally one of the top faceoff men in the country, Muston lost eight of 10 to the Tar Heels. Last night, he more than made up for it.

Muston won 18 of 23 faceoffs and sophomore attackman Brendan Mundorf had a career night with seven goals and two assists as UMBC pounded listless Loyola, 13-7, at UMBC Stadium.

"Coach told me at the beginning of this year that how I go is how the team goes," Muston said. "I knew I didn't play well against Carolina, but I just got back to my routine. I was just doing my moves and it worked well tonight."

The victory for the Retrievers (5-5) was the first over the Greyhounds in 10 meetings. Meanwhile, Loyola dropped its third straight game, falling to 3-6 and all but assuring itself of a third straight season without an NCAA tournament appearance.

Mundorf's seven goals were the most for a Retriever since Chris Turner scored seven against Towson in 1999. Four of those goals and an assist came in the Retrievers' 6-0 fourth-quarter run that turned a 7-3 lead into a laugher.

"It was just a great day," said Mundorf, a Mount St. Joseph alum. "Shots were falling. I guess I was in the zone today."

Retrievers junior goalie Kevin Cepelak (10 saves) did make some sharp reaction saves, but the main issue was the Greyhounds' inability to get the ball.

Loyola, which came into the game winning an impressive 61.5 percent of its faceoffs, didn't control its first until the 6:45 mark of the second quarter.

"The last two games, we just haven't had the ball," said Greyhounds coach Bill Dirrigl, whose team lost the ground-ball battle, 34-14. "They had long possessions and their senior Muston did a great job."

The Greyhounds tied the game 3-3 at the 3:19 mark of the second quarter thanks to two goals from junior attackman Matt Monfett, but things spiraled downhill from there, and quickly.

Leading by two at halftime, the Retrievers expanded their advantage to 7-3, as Mundorf and Franklin Berry scored. Berry's goal was the prettiest of the night, as the senior midfielder from Mount Hebron rolled off two defenders with a spin move before beating goalie Mike Fretwell (12 saves).

UMBC's lead grew to 13-4 at one point of the fourth quarter.

"We certainly needed this," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "We finally put together as close to a 60-minute game as we have played all year."

Loyola 1 2 1 3 - 7

UMBC 2 3 2 6 - 13

Goals: L-Monfett 2, Brundage 2, Cassalia, Einhorn, Coffman; U-Mundorf 7, Berry 2, Cahill 2, Westervelt, Hyland. Assists: L-Leonard, Bauers; U-Westervelt 2, Hyland, Mundorf, Tomczak, Solazzo. Saves: L-Fretwell 12; U-Cepelak 10, Metcalf 1.

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