UMBC’s 13-12 win at Stony Brook last Saturday propelled the team closer to its 10th consecutive appearance in the America East tournament.
The Retrievers improved to 5-6 overall, but – more importantly – 2-1 in the conference and a second-place tie with Hartford (6-5). Both teams trail No. 14 Albany (9-3 overall and 3-0 in the league), but are one game ahead of the Seawolves (6-6, 1-2) and Binghamton (5-6, 1-2).
“It was a big win for us in a number of ways,” coach Don Zimmerman said Monday afternoon. “We improved to 2-1 in the conference, and these conference games are so important with the fact that only four teams make the conference tournament. It was our first road win [of 2013], and I think that really gave the guys a boost of confidence. It was our first time that we had won back-to-back games in over a year, and it was a against a good Stony Brook team. I think the game meant a lot to this team in many ways.”
UMBC had been 0-5 on the road this season and had last won away from UMBC Stadium on April 7, 2012 when the team defeated Vermont, 11-8. The Retrievers are looking for their first three-game winning streak since 2011.
Zimmerman said the hope is that the victory over Stony Brook – last year’s America East champion – will inject the players with even more confidence as they look to wrap up their conference schedule against Albany on Friday night and Binghamton on April 27.
“I think any win is going to give you some momentum, but when you’re in the latter stages of the season and it’s crunch time and every game has a playoff feel, if you get one of those under your belt, I think it’s going to give you some momentum and confidence,” he said.