UMBC Press Release:
The UMBC men’s lacrosse team stunned seventh-seeded Maryland, 13-9 to advance to the quarter-final round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Retrievers will face another unseeded team, Delaware in Annapolis, Md. on Sunday, May 20.
Freshman attackman Cayle Ratcliffe scored a game-high four goals and sophomore netminder Jeremy Blevins turned away a career-high 18 Terrapin shots as UMBC erased a 3-0 first quarter deficit to record their first NCAA Tournament Division I win in four tries.
Trailing 4-2 early in the second quarter, UMBC outscored the Terrapins, 9-1 in a span of 27:49 to take a 11-5 advantage after three quarters. The Terrapins drew within 12-8 with 7:34 remaining, but Ratcliffe’s fourth goal of the game after a Josh Porcell feed with 6:28 remaining restored a five-goal lead. The Terps answered 14 seconds later, but would not score again as Blevins made six fourth-quarter saves.
“This team has been fighters all year,” Head Coach Don Zimmerman said. “They have a great attitude and we had a terrific week of practice. We came ready to play against a tough Maryland team in Byrd Stadium.”
The Retrievers fell behind, 3-0, but Retriever attackmen Drew Westervelt and Cayle Ratcliffe closed the quarter with unassisted tallies to bring the Retrievers to within 3-2 after 15 minutes. After Maryland’s Dan Groot scored the first goal of the second quarter, the Retriever attack struck again, as Andy Gallagher and Westervelt scored in a 49-second span to tie the game at four-all.
The Retrievers would take their first lead as Josh Porcell scored from the perimeter after a Gallagher feed at the 8:30 mark. Maryland’s Max Ritz would tie the game on an extra-man goal, but senior midfielder P.J. Kimener restored the Retrievers’ lead on an unassisted score with 1:37 remaining in the half. Then, 29 seconds later, Ratcliffe charged in and posted his second goal of the half to give the visitors a 7-5 advantage at intermission.
UMBC outscored Maryland, 4-0 in the third quarter and has outscored its opponents, 50-28 in the third stanza this season. The Retrievers improved to 11-0 when leading after three quarters in 2007.
Four Retrievers-senior attackmen Drew Westervelt and Andy Gallagher, senior midfielder Josh Porcell and sophomore midfielder Alex Hopmann scored two goals apiece, while senior middie P.J. Kimener had a goal and two assists. Westervelt became the fourth player in school history to record 200 points and stands in third place all-time with 202.
“We were disappointed that we did not repeat as America East champions, but we felt we were a good ball club, one that deserved to be one of the teams invited to the tournament,” Zimmerman said. “Tonight we proved it.”
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