UMBC handles Delaware, 14-9

UMBC handles Delaware, 14-9

UMBC handles Delaware, 14-9

UMBC handles Delaware, 14-9

Newark, Del—Junior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa.) scored a career-high five goals to lead 11th-ranked UMBC to a 14-9 win over Delaware (1-1) in the Retrievers’ opening game.

Senior midfielder Alex Hopmann (Annapolis, Md.) and junior attackman Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md.) added three goals each as UMBC avenged a loss to the Blue Hens in last season’s opener.

UMBC sprinted to a 6-0 lead after one quarter, scoring all six goals in the final 7:40 of the stanza. Wimer scored the first and last goals of that run and sophomore midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md.) added a pair.

Delaware rallied to close the deficit to 8-4, but Wimer scored his third goal of the game with one second remaining in the half to give the Retrievers a 9-4 halftime advantage.

The Retrievers scored five of the second half’s first six goals and built a comfortable 14-5 advantage with 6:17 remaining.

Senior Peet Poillon (Cranberry Township, Pa.) scored a goal and added two assists in his UMBC debut, while Kimbles scored twice. Hopmann added an assist for a four-point afternoon. In goal, senior Jeremy Blevins (Cockeysville, Md.) was solid with a 14-save performance.

UMBC converted on three of five extra-man opportunities and outshot the Hens, 45-38.

The Retrievers open the home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 21 vs. Rutgers.

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Nice Start
    by (#38132) on 2/14/09 @6:59PM
Super start to a super season (hopefully).
As long as the injury bug doesn't hit too hard, we could make some noise this year.

Lovin' the black helmets.
 
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    by (#78222) on 2/14/09 @7:38PM
Need more pictures.
 
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Zimmerman Staying Is A Blessing To UMBC
    by (#136419) on 2/14/09 @9:41PM
Of course, Zimmerman was talked about for the head coaching job at UNC. But, I think he made a great decision to stay at UMBC. Zimmerman's fortes are Xs and Os and game coaching. At those, he is one of the best ever. At UMBC, he will be able to continue to focus on those and not have to focus as much on recruting the biggest bluechippers, since UMBC is not a top sell for talent. But, that said, if UMBC keeps winning, they will keep getting better and better players who want to play for Zimmerman. I say that UMBC, who made the Quarterfinals in 2007, will at least crash the Final Four within the next few seasons, possibly even this season.
 
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    by (#117375) on 2/15/09 @1:06PM
I was surprised that they pulled off the win. Del has a high scoring offense and umbc deffense is to say the least soft at times. but man they did it.
 
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