UMBC took part in the lowest scoring game in its Division I history when the team escaped Monmouth with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
The score doesn't suggest the kind of fireworks one would associate with a sport famously billed as the fastest on two feet, but the only thing that mattered to coach Don Zimmerman is that the Retrievers came away with their first victory in three games.
"A win is a win," he said Wednesday morning. "I think it was really important. We said going into the game that this was a must-win. Our guys went out, and it was a tough game. Monmouth played well, and I thought we were doing some good things.
"Here it was with about six minutes to go and the score was tied, and we stepped up and scored the last two goals. We went up there needing a win, and we got a win. You could say, 'Well, we would have liked to have scored more goals.' It wasn't a 'pretty' win, but it was a win, and that was our goal, and we accomplished our goal."
The four goals represented UMBC's lowest in a victory in the program's Division I history, and the team is one of 13 that have yet to post 10 goals in a game this season. But the defense surrendered the fewest goals in a game since 1992, when that squad routed Drexel 20-2.
Asked if he was more worried about the offense or more impressed with the defense, Zimmerman replied, "A little bit of both. I was very pleased with our defense. I think the defense has played well ever since the Hopkins game [a 16-4 loss on Feb. 7]. To hold a team to two goals no matter the conditions is indicative of a good job by our D.
"To only score four goals, well, we'd like to score more than four goals, and we had our opportunities. As I told the team on Monday, a win's a win, and we got the win. But we certainly can't be anywhere near satisfied with how we're playing. We're going to continue to work on the things we need to, and one of those things is moving the ball on offense and finishing our opportunities."