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UMBC Outlasts Men’s Lacrosse 10-9 In Baltimore

Springer scores four goals; Bearcats (5-9, 1-4 AE) fall short of AE Playoff Berth

April 27, 2013


UMBC Outlasts Men’s Lacrosse 10-9 In Baltimore

Box Score

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Baltimore, MD—Freshman Pat Young’s goal with 1:18 left in the game was the difference as UMBC held on for a 10-9 win over Binghamton Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium in an America East conference game.  Young scored four goals on the game, lifting the Retrievers to a conference tournament berth and eliminating the Bearcats from postseason play. Junior Matt Springer scored four goals in the loss as Binghamton ends their season 5-9 and 1-4 in conference play.

Binghamton went up 8-6 with just 18 seconds left in the third quarter before UMBC started to turn the tide. The Retrievers scored with just one second left on the clock and continued their comeback in the fourth. A goal from Young and later a score from senior Matt Gregoire at the 8:55 mark gave the hosts a one goal lead. In what was a very competitive game defensively, Binghamton bought its time in their attempt to tie the score as sophomore Emmett O’Hara stepped up big late. The second-line midfielder ended the 3-0 drought with a top shelf finish with just under three and a half minutes left. After an empty offensive possession for the Bearcats, UMBC capitalized with Young’s long range heroics. The talented freshman fired from beyond 10 yards out to put UMBC ahead for good as they held on for the win and their 10th consecutive tournament appearance.

“This game was back-and-forth all afternoon,” head coach Scott Nelson said afterwards. “We fought hard and were there down the stretch, but didn’t make the necessary plays. It all comes down to them executing down the stretch and unfortunately we didn’t.”

The two teams had eight ties and lead changes during the 60 minutes of action Saturday. Both junior goalie Max Schefler and UMBC goalie Wes DeRito made 12 saves apiece to headline the defense. On offense, Springer had a team-high four goals and finished up the season with 36, which is now a new program mark. O’Hara had a career-high two goals against the Retrievers as the Bearcats were outshot 34-27 on the afternoon.

In the first half, the bench put the Bearcats on the board first. In Emmett O’Hara’s first shift with the second midfield, he beat a defender off the dodge and lined a shot from the left side about five yards out.  After a Retrievers goal, junior Brandon Planck put the visitors up one with his 19th goal of the season. However, UMBC rebounded with a goal of their own to even things up at two after one quarter of play.

After a tripping call, BU moved the ball effortlessly on the man-up early in the second, opening the door for Springer to do damage. The red shirt junior ripped a shoe lace shot that grounded past Wes DiRito for BU’s third goal of the game. With 2:16 remaining in the half, Springer scored again on a similar low skipping shot, this time on the assist from Tucker Nelson. The Bearcats defense in the first half was tremendous, holding the Retrievers to just three goals on 14 shots.As a team, BU won 5-of-9 faceoffs and held a 17-15 groundball advantage heading into intermission.  Schefler made five saves in goal to pace BU.

UMBC opened up the scoring in the second half, tying things up at four on the Pat Young score. Almost at the halfway point, Springer deposited a rocket past Dirito for his third goal of the game and a 5-4 lead. After a quick answer from UMBC, Binghamton relied once again on its second midfield unit. Junior Kelly Donigan sprinted left and fired a one hop shot into the back of the cage at the 6:16 mark. Donigan’s goal was his 10th of the season, giving the Bearcats a one goal cushion. 

Later in the quarter, the Bearcats used some good fortune to take a 7-6 lead. Sophomore JT Hauck’s shot attempt was deflected off a player and bounced up high in the air, leaving junior Michael Antinozzi just one play on the rebound. The Fallston, Maryland native snatched the ball in mid-air and fired a shot all in one motion for a highlight reel score.  The Bearcats upped their lead to 8-6 on a caused turnover from Shane Warner. Defender Shawn Needham hustled for the ground ball and found Springer for his fourth goal of the game and the 8-6 lead.

The Binghamton offense managed just one goal in the fourth quarter as they were unable to secure their first playoff berth since 2011. BU graduates just four players and returns a host of key players for 2014. Antinozzi, Springer and Nelson all return on the offensive side having all scored 25 points or more this season. Both Tucker Nelson and Matt Springer broke single season records this season. Nelson with his 27 assists sits atop the charts for a season and Springer now holds the record for goals in a season (36), career goals (94) and points (111).

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