The area's hottest men's lacrosse team hasn't cooled off yet. No. 14 UMBC collected its fifth consecutive win, defeating Towson, 9-6, before an announced 1,351 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson last night.
The Retrievers (6-3) have lost just once in the past seven contests - a 10-8 setback to defending national champion Johns Hopkins on March 4. UMBC, which has won the past two meetings with the Tigers after dropping the previous three, opened the season with two straight losses.
"We're settling the ball on offense and playing good defense," said senior midfielder Terry Kimener, who led all scorers with three goals and an assist.
Last night's win was right out of the Retrievers' playbook. Executing their trademark patient, methodical offense, UMBC turned a one-goal deficit into a five-goal advantage by going on a 6-0 run spanning the final three quarters.
After Towson (2-6) took a 3-2 lead on a score by senior midfielder Brian Vetter (Annapolis) with 10:28 left in the second quarter, UMBC went on its surge - the first four goals coming in a 4:07 span bridging the second and third quarters.
On defense, the Retrievers matched up with the Tigers, sending them into a drought lasting 31:11 that finally ended when freshman midfielder Matt Hanzsche (Mount St. Joseph) scored on Retrievers junior goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins (Calvert Hall) with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter.
Senior attackman Jonathan Engelke, who leads Towson in scoring, didn't record his first point until he assisted junior midfielder Randall Cooper (Friends) with 2:25 left in the game.
The Tigers, who have lost five of the past six, extended to eight their dubious streak of surrendering the first goal of the game.
"It's so frustrating," coach Tony Seaman said. "They want to do well and they want to win."