UMBC's Cohen earns Loyola's respect

Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen did what he could, making a career-high 15 saves in UMBC’s 13-5 loss to No. 8 Loyola on Saturday night. And he certainly caught the attention of the Greyhounds.

“You’ve got to give Adam Cohen a lot of credit,” coach Charley Toomey said. “He bulled his neck in the goal for UMBC and really kept them around.”

Junior attackman Mike Sawyer, who recorded a game-best seven points on five goals and two assists, said it took some time for him to figure out Cohen as a left-handed goalie.

“It was definitely a challenge,” Sawyer said. “I would say that lefty goalies are my kryptonite. I can’t push that top right corner as much as I want to. But he played well.”

The Arnold native and Severn graduate has been a bright spot for the Retrievers (2-4). After making eight starts and posting an 8.76 goals-against average and a .427 save percentage as a freshman, Cohen made just two starts last year and was relegated to the bench in favor of then-junior Brian McCullough.

But this season, Cohen has made all six starts and has registered a 9.81 goals-against average and a .546 save percentage.

Cohen’s makeover as a goalkeeper has been so impressive that UMBC coach Don Zimmerman cited him as an example to the team in his post-game comments after Saturday night’s game.

“Here’s a guy who’s worked very hard,” Zimmerman said to the media. “He’s grown, and he’s developed, and he came back and has really shown the determination and focus and desire to get better. Adam played tough tonight. He’s playing well for us, and I told the team that here’s a guy they should look up to and say, ‘I’ve got to get to where he’s gotten to,’ because it’s all been his attitude and his effort, and those two things have really paid off for him.”

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