April 21, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Stephen Brundage and Matt Monfett each posted two goals for Loyola, but a career-night from Brendan Mundorf propelled UMBC to a 13-7 win over the 'Hounds. Mundorf scored seven goals, including four in a 6-0 Retriever run in the second half of Wednesday night's game at UMBC Stadium.
Defense set the tone in early minutes with neither team able to muster much offense. UMBC took advantage of its early faceoff success, coverting a 6-for-6 start from the faceoff circle into a 3-1 lead. Junior Matt Monfett cut the lead to one goal with a pretty spin move and shot. He tied the score at 3-3 with an extra-man goal at the 3:19 mark of the second quarter, but the Retrievers answered with a pair of quick goals and took a 5-3 lead into the halftime lockeroom.
"UMBC did a good job of controlling the ball," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "They won faceoffs and were very patient with the ball."
UMBC drew first blood in the second half, scoring twice to open a 7-3 lead with nine minutes to play in the third quarter. Freshman Matt Cassalia scored off classmate Dan Bauers' pass with 2:12 remaining in the stanza and after 45 minutes gone, the Retrievers led 7-4.
Sophomore Brendan Mundorf scored two of UMBC's next three goals as the Retrievers built a 10-4 cushion with nine minutes left in regulation. That margin swelled to nine goals before junior Chris Einhorn scored for the 'Hounds. Senior Stephen Brundage and freshman Cory Coffman added two more goals, but it was too little, too late for Loyola, which fell to 3-6 overall.
Michael Fretwell registered 12 saves in goal for Loyola, and in a bright spot, the 'Hounds finished 2-for-3 in extra-man opportunities for the second straight game. UMBC, now 5-5 on the season, finished the game winning 18-of-23 faceoffs.
The Greyhounds will be back in action this Saturday when they host Pennsylvania at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. That game can be seen live on WMAR-TV 2 beginning at 1 p.m.