'Confident' Retrievers score seven straight goals in third period

College Lacrosse No. 7 Umbc 14, Towson 4

April 01, 2009|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,mike.preston@baltsun.com

No. 7 UMBC scored seven straight goals in the third quarter to turn a game against local rival Towson into a rout as the Retrievers won, 14-4, before an announced crowd of 1,482 at UMBC Stadium last night.

The Tigers (4-5) had managed to stay within four goals at the half, and then scored with a man down 18 seconds into the third period to pull within 7-4. But the Retrievers (7-2) answered with a barrage of goals that began with midfielder Kyle Wimer scoring with 13:08 left in the quarter, and ending with junior attackman Chris Jones scoring on an assist from Rob Grimm with 10 seconds left in the quarter.

By that time, UMBC had built a 12-4 lead, and Towson coach Tony Seaman was replacing starting goalie Rob Wheeler with backup Travis Love. But this was not Wheeler's fault. The Retrievers got some good looks inside on shots from the crease, and UMBC scored almost every way imaginable, from scooping up ground balls to running fast breaks to scoring on give-and-go plays.

"It's always good to get a win against your crosstown rival," said Wimer, who finished with one goal and two assists. "The coaches call out our formations, but he allows us the freedom to play and be creative.

"We're pretty confident right now," he added. "We finished strong through the first half of our season, and now we have to concentrate on our conference. We've got to get ready for Binghamton next."

UMBC midfielder Peet Poillon led all scorers with four goals, while fellow midfielder Alex Hopmann added three and Grimm two. Attackman Sean Maguire paced Towson with two goals.

UMBC started to pull away late in the second quarter because Towson had no answer for UMBC's midfielders, especially Poillon. Poillon, a senior, had a goal in the first quarter and three in the second. All three of Poillon's second-quarter goals came on underhanded shots and from nearly 20 yards.

The last came with 1:17 left and pushed UMBC's lead to 7-3. Towson also had trouble containing Wimer, who had a goal and an assist in the first half.

Towson ran a patient offense in the first quarter but scored on only one of 11 shots.

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