Huge Second Half Propels UMBC by Binghamton

VESTAL, N.Y.-The UMBC women's lacrosse team (10-6, 3-3 AE) scored 14 second-half goals to overcome an early 5-0 deficit and defeat host Binghamton (2-13, 1-5 AE) by a score of 19-9 Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the victory, the Retrievers earn the No. 4 seed in the America East Championship, returning to the four-team conference tournament for the first time since 2006.

UMBC will face the winner of this afternoon's game between Boston University and Albany in the first round of the America East Championship on Thursday, May 6.

UMBC trailed, 7-5, at halftime, but freshman midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) tallied four straight goals in a span of seven minutes to give the Retrievers the lead for good at 9-7.

A free-position goal by Binghamton midfielder Kristen Stone temporarily interrupted UMBC's 14-2 scoring outburst in the second period, but junior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) scored the first of her three goals in the game at the 13:56 mark, and the Retrievers tallied seven straight over the next seven minutes

The Retrievers found themselves in an early 5-0 hole, but sophomore midfielder Bria Phillips (Davidsonville, Md./Coronado (Calif.)) got UMBC on the board at the 13:17 mark and sparked a 4-0 run that included a pair of goals by junior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) and pulled the Retrievers to within one, 5-4.

Back-to-back goals by Binghamton attack Ali Castiglie and midfielder Beth Moore gave the hosts a three-goal advantage with 3:56 remaining in the first half, but junior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) found the back of the net with eight seconds remaining to make it 7-5 at halftime.

Stodter was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game; she and Cox each scored a career-high four goals to pace the Retriever offense, while Braerman and Phillips both tallied four points on three goals and an assist.

Castiglie earned her team's America East Player of the Game nod with four points on two goals and two assists. Moore was the Bearcats' high scorer with three goals.

UMBC senior goalie Kate Quick (Phoenix, Md./Maryvale Prep) made five saves between the pipes, while Emily Miller stopped four shots for Binghamton.

The Retrievers outshot the Bearcats, 30-21, including 18-7 in the second half. UMBC also held a 13-11 edge on ground balls, while draw controls were even at 15 apiece. UMBC committed just two turnovers in the second half and nine in the game. The Retrievers also converted seven of nine free-position attempts.

NOTES: The Retrievers' 10 wins are the most since 2006, while their 10-6 record through 16 games is their best since 2002... UMBC reached the 200-goal mark for the first time since 2006.

2010-05-01



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