No. 5 Georgetown had twice as many shots yesterday as host UMBC, which lost veteran defenseman Matt P. Hall to a season-ending knee injury late in the first half. Given those hurdles, coach Don Zimmerman could have taken solace in a decent effort that turned into a 12-7 loss for the Retrievers, but that wasn't the case.
"We had to play hard and smart," Zimmerman said. "We didn't."
Zimmerman lauded the effort his players put into implementing a game plan and lamented their inability to execute it.
They needed to mix defenses and control the tempo in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup, but 17 second-half turnovers limited UMBC to a single goal in both the third and fourth quarters. Goalie Tim Flanagan, a senior from Archbishop Curley, was solid with 17 saves, but the Retrievers were shaky trying to get the ball to the other end.
Zimmerman and Georgetown coach Dave Urick played down the impact of the last goal of the first half, which gave Georgetown momentum that turned into a decisive 4-0 run.
Playing in its home opener, UMBC (2-1, 0-1) never led and took just eight shots in the first half, but got within, 6-5, 11 seconds before the break when Josh Dodson fed Brendan Mundorf. Andy Corno controlled the faceoff for Georgetown (4-0, 1-0) and passed to an unchecked Jordan Vettoretti, who scored just four seconds before the horn. The Hoyas added the first three goals of the third quarter for a 10-5 lead and the issue was settled.
"We dug ourselves out of a couple holes early, but then we shot ourselves in the foot," Zimmerman said. "I bet we turned the ball over a dozen times on clears and you can't do that against a good team."
Georgetown, which should get its seventh straight bid to the NCAA tournament, posted 18 goals against UMBC last season, the most the Retrievers have surrendered since 1998. Neil Goldman, a junior from Mount Hebron, had three of the Hoyas' first six goals and added an assist.
"We're shooting a lot," Goldman said of the Hoyas' 47-22 shot advantage, "but it would be nice to put more up on the scoreboard."
At the other end, the Retrievers knew they would have trouble penetrating a unit that returned All-American longstick midfielder Kyle Sweeney and three close defensemen. Rookies Mundorf, Andy Gallagher and Phil Grillo had two goals apiece.
UMBC fell to 6-3 in Channel 2's Game of the Week and all of the losses have come against Georgetown.
Georgetown 2 5 3 2 - 12
UMBC 1 4 1 1 - 7
Goals: G-Goldman 3, Vettoretti 2, Walker, Hammer, Hajj, Vincenti, Mueller, Cannon, Miaritis; UMBC-Gallagher 2, Grillo 2, Mundorf 2, Gerber. Assists: G-Hammer 2, Walker 2, Vettoretti, Goldman, Corno, Boynton; UMBC-Gallagher 2, Kestermann 2, Grillo, Dodson, Berry. Saves: G-D'Andrea 8; UMBC-Flanagan 17.