Vermont Upended by UMBC in America East Play

BURLINGTON, Vt. UMBC broke open a tie game with four straight goals in the second half on its way to an 11-8 victory over Vermont in America East action on Saturday afternoon. Junior Drew Philie led all scorers with six points on five goals and an assist for the Catamounts, who fall to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Vermont trailed by as many as three goals early on, but Philie tied it 6-6 midway through the third quarter. UMBC (4-5, 2-0 America East) responded with the next four tallies to make it 10-6 with 8:05 to go. Scott Hopmann led the Retrievers with four points on a hat trick and an assist.

UMBC jumped out to a 3-1 lead with 6:55 to go in the first quarter, before Philie set up classmate A.J. Masson with a goal that cut it to a one-goal game. The Retrievers extended their lead to three at 5-2, but the Catamounts scored four of the next five goals in the contest to tie it at 6-6.

Philie scored the first, followed by senior Geoff Worley who beat a defender and drove to the cage, scoring top shelf over UMBC keeper Adam Cohen. UMBC had the ball and called a timeout with 33 seconds left before halftime, but then turned it over on the possession and sophomore Ahmad Zachary raced down the field and found Philie on the wing who scored with three seconds left to make it 6-5 Retrievers at the half.

Philie earned his fourth with the first goal of the second half 8:10 in, as Worley fell down on the play but got up and found Philie at the top to knot the game at 6-6. The visitors picked up the next four goals to take a 10-6 lead. Philie would add his fifth with 4:14 remaining and junior Thomas Galvin wrapped up the scoring off a feed from Worley with 35 ticks on the clock to make it 11-8.

Vermont outshot UMBC 34-26 for the game, which included a 16-6 advantage in a fourth quarter that saw many ricochet off the post, but the Retrievers took advantage by winning 16 of 23 faceoffs in the game. Cohen made 10 saves for UMBC, while Vermont's David Barton stopped three shots.

The five goals and six points overall for Philie were both season-highs for a Catamount. He last recorded six points in a win over Colgate last season and Saturday marked the third time in his career, and first since April 20, 2010 vs. Dartmouth, that he had five or more tallies in a contest. Check out www.UVMathletics.com later tonight for highlights from the game.

Vermont returns to action next Saturday when it travels to face Albany starting at 7:00 p.m.

Notes: The Retrievers improve to 9-0 all-time against Vermont, but the last three games have been decided by a total of five goals ... Philie has now scored a point in 30 straight games and has a team-high 22 goals this year ... Philie has eight goals over his last two games ... Four of UMBC's five losses this season have come against nationally ranked opponents.

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Burlington, Vt.- Junior midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) led visiting UMBC with three goals and eight other Retrievers hit the nets as UMBC never trailed in an 11-8 America East Conference victory over Vermont.

UMBC improved to 2-0 in league play and 4-5 overall, while Vermont slipped to 0-2 in America East and 1-9 overall. The Retrievers have won their first two league games for the first time since 2009.

Hopmann added an assist for his second consecutive four-point game. Senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.), who scored a goal and added an assist, and junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.), who contributed a pair of assists, were the other multiple-point scorers for the Retrievers.

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2012-04-07



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