Umbc vs. Ohio State
March 25, 2007
The Game Story:
Baltimore, Md.—Senior attackman Andy Gallagher scored four of his game high five goals in the second half, as host UMBC edged rival Ohio State, 11-9 before 1,724 sun-drenched fans at UMBC Stadium.

Gallagher added an assist and in three career games vs. the Buckeyes, he has nine goals and four helpers.

The last two games between the Retrievers and Buckeyes went more than 60 minutes, as UMBC prevailed, 8-7 in double overtime in 2004 and Ohio State won on a then-freshman Kevin Buchanan score in the 66th minute in 2005.

It appeared as if this contest would follow the same script. With the score tied at four-all at the half, the Retrievers opened the third quarter on a 4-0 run, as Gallagher tallied goals six and seven. But the Buckeyes rallied, ending the third quarter with a pair of goals and opening the fourth with two more to knot the score at eight apiece. Six-foot-five senior midfielder Jason Lutz scored the game-tying goal just 2:12 into the final period.

But the Retrievers, who have won their three home games (3-1) by a total of four goals, went ahead to stay on a score by freshman attackman Cayle Ratcliffe at the 5:50 mark. UMBC took advantage of a quick restart, and senior attackman Drew Westervelt’s pass across the crease found an open Ratcliffe, who beat OSU netminder Stefan Schroder over the shoulder.

Despite losing all seven fourth-quarter draws, UMBC’s defense tightened and Gallagher took over late in the game. He came out front from the left of the goal to score an unassisted tally with 3:15 remaining, then beat a double-team to score into an unguarded net 59 seconds later.

Buchanan scored an unassisted goal with 39 seconds remaining and face-off specialist Eric O’Brien controlled the ensuing draw, but Lutz’ shot was wide and UMBC goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins was first to the backline, ending Ohio State’s hopes.

Westervelt added three goals and two assists, while Ratcliffe had two and one, as the UMBC attack amassed ten goals and four assists. Buckeye sophomore attack Jeff Ryan scored a team-high three goals, while Buchanan posted two goals and two assists. Schroder made 11 saves in 60 minutes of work, while UMBC’s Blevins had eight stops. O’Brien won 16 of 23 face-offs and scooped up nine ground balls.

UMBC outshot Ohio State, 35-34 and cleared successfully 22 of 24 times. Gallagher scored both Retriever extra-man goals (2/4) and the sixth-ranked unit in the nation stayed at 50 percent (12/24) on the season. Westervelt moved into seventh place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list with 162 points on 89 goals and 73 helpers (tied for eighth all-time).

The Retrievers open America East Conference play at fifth-ranked Albany on March 31.