Catamounts Outgunned by UMBC in Season Finale

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Graham Horvath and Andrew Buckanavage combined for seven goals, but Vermont fell to UMBC, 17-14, on Vermont's Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Catamounts wrap up the season with a 5-8 overall record and 0-5 mark in league play, while UMBC moves to 7-6 on the year and 3-2 in conference.

Vermont honored seniors Nate Billings, Thomas Martin, Garrett Virtue, Derek Braig, Mark D'Anthony and Graham Horvath with a ceremony prior to the game as part of Senior Day.

Horvath (4 g, 1 ast) and Buckanavage (3 g, 2 ast) combined to score 10 points for the Catamounts, while freshman Karl Weller added his first career multi-goal game with two scores. Nate Lewnes and Matt Gregoire tallied eight points apiece to lead UMBC to victory. Phil Poe won 28 faceoffs and picked up 20 ground balls for the Retrievers.

Nate Billings and Justin Rosenberg split time in the Vermont cage, combining for nine saves in the contest. Connor Gordon earned the win in net for UMBC after stopping 10 shots.

MacKay and Gregoire swapped goals in the opening seven minutes of play, before Vermont went on a 4-0 run to finish the first period. Four different Catamounts scored goals during the run, as UVM took a 5-1 advantage into the second quarter.

UMBC scored 10 straight goals in the second period to open up an 11-5 lead. Lewnes tallied three of the scores, and Gregoire and Pat Young added two apiece to give the Retrievers the advantage.

Vermont battled back to outscore UMBC 3-1 in the third period behind goals from James Barlow, Patrick Clark and Horvath. The Catamounts closed their deficit to 12-8 heading into the final quarter of play.

After three UMBC goals to open the fourth period, Buckanavage tallied three straight scores, and Weller added his second of the game to pull Vermont within three, 15-12, with 4:58 showing on the clock.

Lewnes added another score on the ensuing possession, but Horvath responded with a pair of goals in a span of 1:41 to cut the UMBC lead to 16-14 with just over a minute remaining. Lewnes picked up an insurance goal in the final minutes to send the Retrievers on for the victory.

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Burlington, Vt. UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, in the second quarter and three Retrievers etched themselves in the record books as UMBC defeated the Catamounts, 17-14, at Virtue Field in the regular season finale for both squads.

The Retrievers complete the regular season at 7-6 overall and 3-2 in America East play. UMBC will be the No. 3 seed for the America East Tournament, which begins on Thursday, May 1st at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.

Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) set a pair of school records in the contest. UMBC's all-time lead in face-offs won, controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee's record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

Sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) and senior linemate Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) shared game-high scoring honors with eight points apiece. Lewnes scored seven goals and added an assists the performance was UMBC's first seven-goal effort since Brendan Mundorf tallied seven times versus Stony Brook on April 29, 2006.

Gregoire scored five goals and added three helpers. He became the fifth UMBC Division I player to score 40 or more goals (41) in a season and also became the 31st player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau (89-13-102).

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