PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Rob Friskey (King of Prussia, Pa./Penn Charter) scored the winning goal with 13 seconds remaining and John McCarthy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Northeast Catholic) recorded 13 saves as La Salle held off UMBC 2-1 on Tuesday night at McCarthy Stadium in the non-conference finale.
Friskey took a pass from Ryan Sepe (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) on the left side of the box, dribbled in through traffic in front of the net and beat UMBC keeper Dan Louisignau to put in the winning tally and his first career goal at the 89:47 mark for the final 2-1 score.
The Explorers (2-6-1) first got on the board in the 64th minute, going up 1-0 on a Jason Plumhoff (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) goal. Andrew Lill (Webster, N.Y./Aquinas Institute of Rochester) kicked the ball from the top of the box and found Plumhoff on the left side, who dribbled in and rocketed the ball toward the right side of the net for his team-leading third goal of the season.
With the taste of a win so close, the game appeared to be heading into overtime for the second straight year when Kingsley Onwuka scored in the 87th minute on an assist from Milo Kapor. However, Friskey prevented the OT with his game winner seconds before the end of regulation.
The Explorers put together a tremendous defensive effort, holding the Retrievers (No. 10/NSCAA Northeast Region) off the board until the 87th minute despite 26 shots from the visitors, including 17 in the second half. They also held Retriever senior standout Andrew Bulls scoreless despite nine Bulls shots, which was a game high. McCarthy stopped 13 shots, 10 of those in a frenzied second half. The Retrievers pushed him, rattling off three straight shots-on-goal between 50:43 and 52:12 but McCarthy came up with all three stops.
The Explorer offense also turned on tonight, as the squad also reached the 20-shot mark led by Plumhoff's eight tries. Eleven of the Explorers' 20 shots were on goal and Louisignau recorded nine saves while suffering the loss for the Retrievers.
The team heads into a 10-day break before opening Atlantic 10 play at Dayton on Friday, Oct. 7. The Explorers return to McCarthy Stadium on Friday, Oct. 14 when they host Rhode Island.