The UMBC Retrievers continue to crash the party as they outlasted Vermont to pull off the upset and claim the America East title. It’s the first conference title for UMBC since 2010 as they have put together a massive turnaround over the past few weeks.
UMBC used a huge third quarter to put themselves ahead going into the fourth and the Catamounts just couldn’t overcome the deficit as the Retrievers won 14-13, punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
Vermont was led by David Closterman with 6 points (4G,2A) while Ben French also had 4 goals for the Catamounts. In cage, Nick Washuta made 9 saves to anchor that Vermont defense.
The Retrievers were led by Ryan Frawley with 6 points (4G,2A) in the win. Brett Mcintyre and Trevor Patschorke each had 5 points (4G,1A) as well. In goal for UMBC Jack Morton made 5 saves.
Vermont started the game strong as they got out to a 3-0 lead with 12:06 in the first. UMBC finally answered midway though the first, making it a one-goal 3-2 lead. Vermont got two in a row late in the first while UMBC was able to score one in the final seconds of the first.
Coming into the second Vermont held a 5-3 lead but the momentum was on UMBC’s side. The Retrievers took the 6-5 lead after a four-goal run from late in the first through midway in the second. Vermont started to find their stride again as they dominated in almost every aspect near the ned of the half. After a four-goal run Vermont took a 9-6 lead into the locker room.
After Vermont extended their run to start the third quarter it was all UMBC for the rest of the period. The retrievers were electric in almost every aspect of the game, going on a five-goal run from early in the third through early in the fourth. That run helped to cut the Vermont lead to 10-9 at the end of the third and give UMBC an 11-10 lead early in the fourth.
It was very back-and-forth the rest of the way as Vermont tied things back up at 13 late in the fourth. UMBC was able to hang on and score one late in game to help them secure the 14-13 win over the Catamounts. The Retrievers are in the NCAA tournament playing the role of the party crashers this year.