In the aftermath of UMBC’s 10-8 loss to Robert Morris on Feb. 18, Don Zimmerman assessed the mood of his team and came away optimistic.

“When you have a loss, you always want your guys to come back on a mission to get better and to get one back versus coming back with their tails between their legs,” he said Tuesday afternooon. “And our guys came back with their heads up, a good look in their eyes, and they knew that we needed to keep working hard and get better and learn from our mistakes. And that’s exactly what the team did.”

Indeed, the Retrievers rebounded with an 11-7 victory over Rutgers on Sunday. UMBC rode a 7-1 outburst in the second quarter and a career-best 14 saves from junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen to squaring its record at 1-1.

Zimmerman said the players’ response to the setback in the season opener was a telling sign.

“A loss is going to hurt, but it’s the same – win or lose,” he said. “You have one day to get over it. If you win, you feel good and you enjoy it for a day. But you’ve got to put it behind you and move forward. Same with a loss. You’re disappointed, you’re upset, you’re mad, all of the emotions that go with that. The next day, you’ve got to pick yourself back up and get ready to go back and try again.”