Vermont vs. Umbc
May 1, 2004
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The UMBC Retrievers got a career-best four goals from freshman Drew Westervelt and three goals and two assists from Brendan Mundorf in a 10-4 America East men's lacrosse win over Vermont Saturday at UVM's Centennial Field.

The Catamounts finish the 2004 season with a 6-9 record, 2-4 in America East play. UMBC has now qualified for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament, which begins next week.

Vermont took a quick 1-0 lead with 10:48 remaining in the first quarter on the first of two goals from freshman Sean Layton (Wilmington, Mass.) The Retrievers countered with three straight tallies, by Travis Tomczak, Mundorf and Westervelt, before Layton scored again midway through the second to make it 3-2 at halftime.

UMBC, 6-7 overall and 4-2 in league play, opened it up with six straight goals in the first 21:30 of the second half to put the game out of reach. Vermont scored twice in the final 7:10, with senior Ripley Harrison (Columbus, Ohio) scoring unassisted and senior Mark Prior (Syracuse, N.Y.) scoring with 1:36 left on an assist from Dan Zwirko (Longmeadow, Mass.).

Mike Gabel (Falmouth, Mass.) had 12 saves in net for the Catamounts and senior Matt Geary (Marshfield, Mass.) had none in 1:36 of action, while Kevin Cepelak had 15 for UMBC and Rick Metcalf had one in 1:36. The game marked the final home game for eight Vermont seniors: Denning Coates (Montpelier, Vt.), Geary, Prior, James Bishop (Shelburne, Vt.), Harrison (Columbus, Ohio), Phil McKnight (Baltimore, Md.), Justin Dukes (Englewood, Colo.) and Pat Shea (Shelburne, Vt.). Bishop had a gutsy performance, playing most of the game at long-stick defense on a bad knee after injuring it last week in the Binghamton game.