Hopmann's 4th goal gives UMBC win in OT

The Baltimore Sun

Senior midfielder Alex Hopmann's fourth goal of the game, 1:16 into overtime, gave the eighth-ranked Retrievers a 9-8 victory over No. 18 Ohio State yesterday at UMBC Stadium.

Games between the Retrievers and Buckeyes have gone to overtime four of the past five years, and UMBC (5-2) has prevailed three times. The Retrievers have won seven consecutive overtime games and are 13-4 after regulation in coach Don Zimmerman's 16 seasons at UMBC.

Senior midfielder Matt Curtin, inserted into the game in the fourth quarter, won the faceoff to start overtime. Junior midfielder Kyle Wimer worked inside off the right wing and drew a defensive slide. He then fed the trailing Hopmann, whose 11-yard shot beat goalkeeper Brandon Freeman.

UMBC took a 4-0 first-quarter lead. Junior attackman Matt Latham scored 1:04 into the game, and Hopmann added two goals. But the Buckeyes countered with a 3-0 run in the second quarter before Latham converted a feed from Wimer to give UMBC a 5-3 lead at halftime.

The Buckeyes, however, tied the score with two third-quarter goals and took their first lead when attackman Jeff Ryan scored off the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter. Hopmann tied it just 36 seconds later, starting a 3-0 Retrievers surge during which senior midfielder Peet Poillon and Latham scored.

But Ohio State midfielder James Green scored an extra-man goal at the 6:42 mark and junior attackman Mario Ventiquattro tied it at 8 on a slick inside feed from linemate Jeff Dalgarno with 3:13 remaining.

Latham finished with three goals for UMBC, and Wimer recorded a goal and two assists. Dalgarno had a goal and two assists for Ohio State (4-3), and Green and Ryan each had a pair of goals.

COLGATE 10, NO. 15 NAVY 9:: A four-goal run by the Raiders (4-3, 2-0 Patriot League) late in the third period turned a deficit into a lead, and Colgate held on to hand the Midshipmen (6-3, 3-2) their first home conference loss in five years.

TOWSON 11, ROBERT MORRIS 9:: Senior attackman Bill McCutcheon scored four goals, including the game-winner early in the fourth quarter, as the host Tigers (2-4, 1-0) ended a three-game losing streak to earn their first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season, over the Colonials (7-3, 0-1).

MARIST 7, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 4:: T.C. DiBartolo made 11 saves, but the Mount (1-4, 1-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) struggled offensively in its loss to the visiting Red Foxes (2-3, 2-0).

DENISON 14, ST. MARY'S 7:: Emmet Jones scored five goals, including three in a five-minute span, to lead the Big Red (3-1) over the host Seahawks (2-4).

WASHINGTON COLLEGE 9, MCDANIEL 8, OT:: Senior midfielder Matt Moreton scored the game-winning goal with 2:28 left in overtime to give the visiting Shoremen (7-1, 2-0 Centennial Conference) the win over the Green Terror (5-2, 0-1).

GOUCHER 11, MERCHANT MARINE 8:: The Gophers (6-2, 1-0 Landmark Conference) used a 6-1 second period to distance themselves from the visiting Mariners (3-3, 0-1).

STEVENSON 12, LYNCHBURG 10: : Nine players scored for the Mustangs (8-0), who raced out to a 9-2 lead and held on to defeat the visiting Hornets (4-3).

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