Princeton outlasts persistent UMBC


PRINCETON, N.J. -- UMBC ended one streak and extended another with its first-round NCAA lacrosse tournament game yesterday.

Unfortunately for the Retrievers, it was the six-game winning streak that came to a halt.

Freshman Alex Hopmann (Annapolis) came off the bench to score a hat trick and Andy Gallagher had a goal and an assist, but it wasn't enough as a determined UMBC team battled Princeton before falling to the Tigers, 11-8, before 2,107 at the Class of 1952 Stadium.

Princeton (11-4) will play Maryland in a quarterfinal next Sunday at Towson.

UMBC (10-5) remained winless at 0-3 in NCAA Division I tournament play.

"This team all year long has just shown perseverance and fortitude, never giving up," UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said. "I think today was a good example of that. Our kids kept fighting back up until the end. "

Tommy Davis had three goals to lead the Tigers. Peter Trombino added two goals and two assists, and Whitney Hayes chipped in with two goals and an assist. Goalkeeper Alex Hewit made 11 saves.

The Retrievers appeared to score the first goal just over two minutes into the game, but it was nullified by a crease violation.

Hayes gave Princeton a 1-0 lead, but UMBC maintained ball control for long stretches until Scott Sowanick made it 2-0.

Mark Kovler and Davis then scored 12 seconds apart late in the first quarter to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

The Retrievers continued to apply pressure against the tough Tigers defense, ranked third in the nation, but grew increasingly frustrated.

UMBC finally came to life when Drew Westervelt (John Carroll) got the Retrievers on the board late in the second quarter. Gallagher then cut the deficit to 4-2 on a nifty move from behind the net.

Davis halted UMBC's momentum by scoring shortly before halftime to give Princeton a 5-2 lead.

UMBC freshman goalie Jeremy Blevins (Calvert Hall), who finished with 12 saves, single-handedly kept his team in the game early in the third period with several point-blank saves. That allowed Hopmann to score his first goal midway through the third quarter to make it 5-3.

That was as close as the Retrievers got as the Tigers scored two goals before Brendan Mundorf (Mount St. Joseph) brought the Retrievers to within 7-4.

Princeton scored twice early in the fourth quarter to take its biggest lead, 9-4, before Hopmann tried to rally his teammates with two unassisted goals to make it 9-6. The Tigers answered with two more goals to ensure the win.

Terry Kimener and James Hyland (St. Mary's) completed the scoring with two late goals for UMBC.

UMBC leads the all-time series with Princeton 6-4 but hadn't played the Tigers since 1990. Princeton coach Bill Tierney was a former assistant under Zimmerman at Johns Hopkins in the mid-1980s.

"All the credit to Coach Zimm and his kids," Tierney said. "There was not one bit of quit in the UMBC team."

UMBC 0 2 2 4 - 8

Princeton 4 1 2 4 - 11

Goals: UMBC-Hopmann 3, Gallagher, Hyland, Kimener, Mundorf, Westervelt; P-Davis 3, Hayes 2, Trombino 2, Kovler, Lesko, Schneider, Sowanick. Assists:UMBC-Gallagher, Kay; P-Lesko 2, Trombino 2, Cowin, Hayes, Kovler, Wenzel. Saves: UMBC-Blevins 12; P-Hewit 11.

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