The UMBC Retrievers tallied 6 goals in the first quarter en route to a decisive 13-5 win over the host Stevenson Mustangs this past Sunday.
The game was the first Chesapeake Conference game for both squads this season. UMBC took the D2 Chesapeake Conference Championship last season, defeating George Mason in the title game, 12-9.
Stevenson had jumped out to an early 2-1 lead, as both teams found the net inside of the games first 3 minutes. But the UMBC offense was clicking on all cylinders and they quickly took a 6-2 lead before the Mustangs called time out.
After the break, the Stangs quickly transitioned off a lose ball and scored on a beautiful fast break, to bring them back to within 3 goals at 6-3.
But UMBC would score 3 more goals before halftime, including a quick goal off a restart with :01 remaining, squashing any momentum the Mustang’s goal had created. The damage would have been worse if not for the play of Stevenson’s goal keeper, who had 8 saves by halftime. Junior Attackman, Cian Chung lead UMBC with 6 goals.
The second half was all Retrievers, as the face-off duo of Jake Brothers and freshman Mark Kelm dominated every draw. At this point the Retrievers were basically playing make it take it, adding 4 more goals while net-minder Jacob Troy and the UMBC defense shut down the Stevenson attack.
UMBC Head Coach Marc Hoffman was pleased with what he has seen so far. “Yeah, we’re off to a strong start, it’s good. We’re a little thin at defense and we only have the one goalie but we’re coming along. We have a strong attack this year and have a few new players that will get some notice.”
UMBC moves to 2-0 on the year, both conference wins. The Retrievers defeated Morgan State 12-5, back on March 1st. They will take on another Chesapeake Conference opponent on March 21st when they travel to Catholic University. The Mustangs fall to 0-4 on the year. They will host Morgan State on March 22nd.
Our entire photo gallery of this game can be accessed here.