BALTIMORE—The 11th-ranked UMBC men’s lacrosse team will be dancing for the fourth year in a row, as the top-seeded Retrievers (12-3) captured their second straight America East championship and third in the last four years with an 11-7 victory over No. 20 Stony Brook (9-6) Saturday evening in front of 2,130 fans at UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers’ 12 wins ties the school’s Division I record, which was set last season.
Senior midfielder Alex Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) tied his career high – which he set in last season’s America East title game – with five points on two goals and three assists, while senior attacker Ryan Smith (Fallston, Md./Fallston/CCBC-Essex) and junior attacker Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) each scored three goals to lead the Retrievers.
Junior midfielder Mike Camardo (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championships after scoring twice, picking up 12 ground balls and causing four turnovers in two games. He was joined on the All-Championship Team by teammates Smith, senior goalie Jeremy Blevins (Cockeysville, Md./Calvert Hall) and freshman face-off specialist Justin Radebaugh (Lutherville, Md./Boys’ Latin).
Stony Brook led, 2-1, with 9:56 remaining in the first period, but UMBC scored the final three goals of the stanza to take a 4-2 lead. Smith tallied the only goal of the second period for either team to send the Retrievers into the locker room ahead, 5-2.
UMBC continued its run with the first four goals of the third period, including back-to-back scores by Latham to open the stanza. The Retrievers held a commanding 9-2 advantage before Stony Brook midfielder Kevin Crowley ended the Seawolves’ 36:23 scoreless drought with his second goal of the game with 3:33 left in the third.
Smith’s third goal of the game gave UMBC a 10-3 lead after three periods, but the fourth stanza was all Stony Brook, as the Seawolves tallied four of five goals. Back-to-back goals by Crowley in the final 8:34 brought Stony Brook to within four at 11-7, the closest margin since it was 6-2 early in the third, but that was as close as it would get, as the Seawolves could not convert on five shots in the final 3:14.
Blevins made six saves, while Stony Brook netminder Rob Camposa stopped 16 shots.
UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 49-31, and held a 39-26 advantage on ground balls. The Retrievers were 3-for-3 on extra-man opportunities, while the Seawolves were 0-for-7.
Hopmann scored two extra-man goals in the game to give him 11 on the season, tying David Goco’s school record, which was set in 1989.
The Retrievers will learn NCAA Tournament first-round opponent Sunday evening. The selection show will air on ESPNU at 9 p.m.
Umbc vs. Stony Brook