Farmville, Va.-- UMBC senior midfielder Sean Rothe (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) and sophomore Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored in a 46-second span in the second half as visiting UMBC (3-2-2) erased a 1-0 halftime deficit and went on to a 3-1 victory at Longwood (3-4-1) on Saturday evening.
Senior Kingsley Onwuka (Baltimore, Md./CCBC-Essex/Kenwood) added an insurance goal in the 67th minute as the Retrievers snapped a three-game winless streak.
The three goals were scored in a span of three minutes and 50 seconds. Eight of UMBC’s nine goals this season have occurred in the second half.
The hosts scored on their first shot of the game as UMBC allowed its initial first-half score of the season. Sophomore forward Nick Surkamp beat Retriever netminder Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) with a low shot inside the far post just 4:57 into the contest.
UMBC had two golden opportunities in the first half, but Longwood netminder Joel Helmick made two brilliant stops against Retriever senior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh), thwarting a penalty kick opportunity in the 40th minute and a diving stop just before halftime.
But the Retrievers kept applying the pressure in the second half and tied the game in the 63rd minute. Longwood attempted to head out a serve into the box, but the ball was redirected to Rothe, who beat Helmick from the right wing just inside the far post.
The goal was Rothe’s team-leading third goal of the campaign.
Just 46 seconds later, UMBC took the lead, as junior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Canada) recorded the first of his two assists of the contest. His pass sent freshman Joseph Glos (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) down the line, and the charging Caringi redirected Glos’ cross past Helmick and tucked it inside the far post.
Onwuka, who drew the first half penalty kick, scored his first goal in a Retriever uniform to give the visitors their first two-goal advantage of the season. He was on the end of passes from Kapor and Caringi and scored from 20 yards out.
UMBC outshot Longwood, 14-11, and Louisignau picked up the win in a five-save effort. Helmick made four saves for the Lancers.
The win was UMBC’s first vs. Longwood in six all-time meetings (1-4-1).
The Retrievers play their third consecutive game on the road when they visit La Salle on Tuesday.
Notes: Rothe had three career goals entering the 2011 campaign and has matched that through seven games in 2011… Caringi posted his first game-winning goal of the season and the third of his career and Kapor recorded his first multiple-point game (2a) of his career… Glos recorded his first career point with his helper on the game-winning goal… UMBC also scored three second half goals vs. No. 1 Maryland in an eventual 4-3 double overtime loss on Sept. 13.