UMBC Tops Vermont 8-7 in Overtime

A win in UMBC's regular season finale next week vs. Hartford would assure the Retrievers of hosting an America East semifinal on Wednesday, May 5.

UMBC won for the first time this season when allowing the game's first goal and trailing at halftime. Vermont's Cal Case scored with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter to give the upstart Catamounts a 4-3 halftime advantage.

Wimer and Davis scored 75 seconds apart late in the third quarter to give the Retrievers a 5-4 advantage after 45 minutes. After Vermont's Geoff Worley tied the game at 5-all two minutes into the fourth quarter, Grimm gave the Retrievers their last lead of regulation, finishing a fast break with a goal in front of the cage with 11:36 remaining.

But Vermont's Rory O'Connor scored the tying man-up goal 56 seconds later and Philie put the hosts ahead, 7-6, with 8:38 to play.

UMBC outshot Vermont, 37-15, but the Catamounts controlled the pace of play as they controlled 12 of 18 draws. Barton earned his team's Player of the Game honor as he made ten saves. Cohen made just one save and allowed four goals through the first 45 minutes, but made three fourth-quarter saves down the stretch to help send the game to overtime.

The Retrievers had won eight consecutive overtime decisions until dropping an 11-10 double overtime decision vs. Delaware to open the 2010 campaign. UMBC is 13-4 in its last 17 one-goal decisions and 15-5 in overtime in head coach Don Zimmerman's 17 seasons at UMBC.

UMBC has defeated Vermont in all seven meetings between the two squads.

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2010-04-24



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