Quick start pays off again for UMBC, 13-6

5-0 lead after 1st quarter points way vs. Quinnipiac

April 10, 2005|By David Selig | David Selig,SUN STAFF

It hasn't taken long to find out if the UMBC men's team is going to have success in any particular game this season.

In all four of their wins, including a 13-6 victory over Quinnipiac yesterday, the Retrievers have scored at least four goals in the first quarter.

Yesterday, the host Retrievers (4-5, 3-0 America East) gave 740 spectators an early indication of the game's outcome by taking a 5-0 lead through one period behind a goal and three assists from junior attackman Brendan Mundorf.

"I think it's important for any team to get out to a quick lead," UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said. "It establishes a tempo that you want to have, so that's something we want to do every game."

Mundorf finished the game with two goals and a career-high five assists, and Andy Gallagher and Joe Cahill produced three goals each to keep the Retrievers atop the America East standings.

The offensive balance was welcomed by a team that had scored just six goals and struggled with continuity in its previous game, an 8-6 loss to Towson.

"Last Tuesday against Towson, I thought we got selfish, and I thought we re-established ourselves today as being a team that is always looking for the next guy," Zimmerman said.

"In fact, a couple of opportunities we overpassed instead of sticking a point-blank shot."

Most of the Retrievers' scores came from in close as Quinnipiac (1-8, 0-2) had defensive problems throughout.

"Sometimes they were pressuring out on us a little wild and they would get themselves out of position," Mundorf said. "We knew if we ran our offense that we could score goals."

The Retrievers are averaging 14 goals per game in America East games.

Early in the second quarter yesterday, Quinnipiac had a man-advantage for 1 1/2 minutes when Retrievers defenseman Luke Powell was called for slashing and holding penalties on the same possession.

But in another sign that this wasn't going to be the Bobcats' day, Gallagher scored a man-down goal to put the Retrievers ahead 6-0 with 10:33 remaining in the half.

Chad Bernstein won 12 of 18 faceoffs for the Bobcats, giving his team plenty of opportunities to stay in the game.

But UMBC goalie Kevin Cepelak made seven first-half saves, and the Retrievers led 8-2 at the break. Chris Petrush and David Coker tended the Retrievers' net in the second half, combining for four saves and four goals allowed.

"Cepelak did a real nice job in the goal for us," Zimmerman said. "We had predetermined that we were going to bring in Petrush in the second half, and I think [Cepelak] stepped up and really had his best half of the year."

UMBC - which lost close games to No. 1 Johns Hopkins and No. 2 Duke partly because of slow offensive starts - will try to establish its attack quickly again Tuesday night against conference opponent Binghamton.

Quinnipiac 0 2 1 3 - 6

UMBC 5 3 3 2 - 13

Goals: Q-Trama 2, Murray, DiPace, Stottler, Loftus; UMBC-Gallagher 3, Cahill 3, Mundorf 2, Hyland 2, Haworth, Fatseas, Kiminer. Assists: Q-Barratt, Morley, Murray; UMBC-Mundorf 5, Gallagher, Solazzo, Westervelt. Saves: Q-Nastro 3; UMBC-Cepelak 7, Petrush 3, Coker 1.

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