Joe Lustgarten scored the final two goals, including the game-winner with 55seconds left and an insurance goal 21seconds later, to cap a 6-0 run as the third-seeded UMBC men's lacrosse team upset second-seeded Hartford, 15-13, in an America East Conference semifinal at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.
The Retrievers (7-7) advance to their first championship game since 2009 and will meet No. 10 Albany on Saturday at 10 a.m..
Lustgarten led the Retrievers with four goals and two assists, while Scott Jones and freshman Pat Young added three goals each. Phil Poe won 22 of 29 faceoffs, including 10 of 11 in the fourth quarter.
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"Down the stretch, when it counted, these guys stepped up and won a big, tough ballgame against a very good Hartford team," coach Don Zimmerman said.
UMBC trailed the Hawks, 13-9, after Jared Franze capped a 4-0 Hawks run with a score at the 10:18 mark of the fourth quarter. But Poe would win the final six faceoffs of the game to turn the tide back to UMBC.
Lustgarten broke the drought with his second goal of the day with 5:46 remaining. Just 81 seconds later, the Retreivers had cut the deficit to 13-12 as Matt Gregore (South River) and Jones scored in a span of 29 seconds.
The Hawks committed a penalty with 2:30 remaining, and Young took advantage, dodging a man at the top and bouncing a shot past goalkeeper Frank Piechota to knot the score at 13 with 2:01 remaining.
Lustgarten, who scored a career-high five goals against vs. Hartford in 2012, was not to be denied in the final minute. On the game-winning goal, he dodged from behind the left side of the net, got to the middle and bounced a shot past Piechota.
No. 8 Ohio State 18, No. 5 Loyola 11: The Greyhounds' one-goal lead evaporated under an eight-goal rally in the fourth quarter by the Buckeyes (11-3) in an Eastern College Athletic Conference semifinal in Geneva, N.Y.
Mike Sawyer had four goals for Loyola (10-4) and Logan Schuss had five for Ohio State, which will face No. 3 Denver in Saturday's championship at 4 p.m.
Ohio State 10, Johns Hopkins 9: Jen Cook (McDonogh) scored her second goal to give the host Blue Jays (10-7) a 9-8 lead with 18:18 left in the game. But the Buckeyes (8-9) scored twice over the final 7:41 to win an American Lacrosse Conference quarterfinal.
Hallie Keselman scored the winner with 4:03 left in the game.
Sarah Taylor had a game-high four goals for Hopkins.
Ohio State advances to face top-seeded Florida today at 4 p.m.
Stevenson 17, Lebanon Valley 11: Led by six points from Marissa Meiklejohn (Old Mill) and five by Leah Warner (Northeast), the host Mustangs (16-1, 8-0 Commonwealth Conference) won their 16th in a row and advanced to their first conference championship game.
The Mustangs will host Elizabethtown in Saturday's championship at 1 p.m.