Emmitsburg, Md. (February 21, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's erased a five-goal deficit in the second half, but Sara Moeller's tally with just 35 seconds remaining lifted UMBC to a 9-8 victory on Wednesday at Waldron Family Stadium.
Trailing 6-1 early in the second half, the Mount was finally able to find its groove on offense, striking for three goals in a span of just over three minutes to cut into the lead. Marley Heller and Carly Miller started the rally with a pair of unassisted goals, and Alayna Pagnotta notched her second of the game at the 22:01 mark to bring the Mount within two scores, 6-4.
UMBC and Mount St. Mary's traded a pair of goals apiece over the next eight minutes before a weather delay sent the teams to the locker rooms with the Retrievers holding an 8-6 advantage with 14:23 remaining.
Following the delay, neither team was able to find the back of the net for the ensuing seven minutes until Kate Kinsella received a pass in front of net from Nicole Voci and fired one past Carly Tolino to make it an 8-7 game with 7:16 showing on the clock.
With just over two minutes remaining in the tilt, Miller threaded a pass to Taylor Carhart, who fired one just inside the pipe to tie the game at 8-8.
UMBC won the next draw control and worked the clock down under a minute. With 35 seconds left, Sara Moeller weaved her way into the arc and rifled a shot past Jillian Petito to give UMBC a 9-8 advantage.
Beanie Colson won the ensuing draw for the Mountaineers, but they weren't able to get a shot off in the final seconds as UMBC escaped with the 9-8 win to improve to 2-0 on the year. With the loss, the Mount dropped to 1-1.
Moeller finished with four points on three goals and one assist, and Carolyn Jamison added two goals and a pair of helpers.
Tolino collected the win for the Retrievers with a nine-save performance, while Petito suffered the loss for the Mount despite making 13 saves.
Mount St. Mary's rounds out its three-game home stand on Saturday, February 24 against Army at 12 p.m.