Umbc vs. Ohio State
March 7, 2004
The Game Story:
Baltimore, MD—Junior attacker Corey Warner scored an extra-man goal with 41 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, as UMBC (1-1) rallied from a four-goal fourth quarter deficit to defeat Ohio State (1-2), 8-7, in double overtime in the Retrievers’ home opener.

There was a moment of silence before the game to honor three-year old Michael R. Breschi, son of OSU Head Coach Joe Breschi, who died unexpectantly on Monday. Coach Breschi, a Baltimore native, did not accompany the team.

UMBC never led until Warner’s game-winning goal. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 2-0 first quarter advantage, but UMBC tied the score with goals by freshman attacker Drew Westervelt and sophomore linemate Andy Gallagher within 23 seconds of one another late in the first quarter. But OSU’s Anthony Gilardi scored the lone goal of the second quarter at the 5:14 mark and gave the visitors a 3-2 halftime lead.

After Warner tied the game at 3-3 1:06 into the third on an extra-man goal, the Buckeyes scored four answered goals to gain a 7-3 lead after Ben Wolff scored his second of the day 54 seconds in the fourth quarter. But UMBC would rally, as goals by Westervelt, Gallagher, and Brendan Mundorf trimmed the deficit to 7-6 with 3:56 to play. UMBC would gain the tie with 2:03 to play, as junior midfielder Joe Cahill beat his defender and fed senior middie Franklin Berry for the game-tying score.

Overtime was filled with drama as Buckeye midfielder Ryan Laffey hit a post with 1:20 left in the first extra session, and Westervelt was denied by the inside of the post early in the second overtime. But Ohio State’s Shaun Lyons was whistled for a pushing foul against Gallagher on an attempted UMBC clear with 1:08 to play. Gallagher found Warner on an inside cut just to Buckeye netminder Tony Russo’s left, and the Retriever newcomer bounced it past Russo to cap the comeback.

Gallagher led UMBC with 2 goals and 3 assists, while Westervelt added 2 goals and 2 helpers. OSU junior attackman Kyle Olson tallied a game high 3 goals, and Gilardi contributed a goal and 2 assists. Russo was outstanding in the goal, making 13 saves, several of the point-blank variety. UMBC junior netminder Kevin Cepelak made 9 saves for UMBC.

UMBC senior face-off specialist Pat Muston won 15 of 19 face-offs for UMBC, and now has controlled 32 of 41 this season.

The game was UMBC’s first overtime contest at home since 1992, ironically a 14-13 triple overtime victory over Ohio State.