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Women’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short Against Visiting UMBC 10-9

Junior Kimberly McGeever nets two goals and hands out two assists for Bearcats (3-8, 0-4 AE)

April 7, 2012


Women’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short Against Visiting UMBC 10-9

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team rallied in the second half, but fell short to visiting UMBC 10-9, Saturday afternoon in America East action from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats (3-8, 0-4 AE) used a 4-0 run late in the second half to take a one goal lead, but the Retrievers (5-7, 2-2 AE) scored two goals ten seconds apart and hung on for the win. Junior Kimberly McGeever led all Binghamton point-scorers with two goals and two assists, while three other Bearcats netted two goals apiece.

Following a UMBC goal early in the second half, to push its lead to three 8-5, Binghamton began to take control of the game maintaining possession for much of the final frame. A pair of free position goals by juniors Katherine Hunsberger and Kristen Stone initiated the BU run as the Bearcats pressed the Retriever’s eight-meter. With the Bearcats trailing by one, another free position attempt led to Binghamton’s third straight goal. Husnberger, who was fouled inside the fan, took the free position attempt and pulled up to find McGeever cutting from behind goal. McGeever beat the goalie high to tie the game at eight with 16:32 to play in the game.

After about seven minutes of scoreless play, Binghamton finally regained the lead (first since 1-0) as midfielder Casey Bulman hit Stone with a perfectly placed pass inside the fan for the score. Binghamton maintained its lead until the 5:48 mark as UMBC evened the game for the fourth time at nine. The Retrievers won the ensuing draw, quickly moved the ball into Binghamton’s eight-meter and found the back of the net ten seconds later, creating the 10-9 final with 5:38 to go.

In a last chance effort, Binghamton forced a UMBC turnover late in the game during a man-up opportunity for the Retrievers, but the Bearcats handed the ball right back to UMBC allowing the visitors to run out the final three minutes of the game. The Bearcats committed 19 turnovers, limiting several offensive opportunities.

In the first half, senior Lis Zuern opened the scoring with a free position goal at the 21:06 mark to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead. However, UMBC netted back-to-back goals to forge ahead 2-1, when Hunsberger circled the goal and fired a low liner past the goalie to even that game at two midway through the first half. The Retrievers answered yet again, scoring a pair goals to create a two goal edge, 4-2 with just under 13 minutes to play in the first.

Twenty seconds later Binghamton answered as Stone won the ensuing draw control and hit McGeever who found freshman Emma Hayes-Hurly streaking down the left side for the reaching one-timer. Down just one, 4-3, with 12:24 to play in the first half Binghamton began to gain momentum. However, a 3-0 UMBC run extended the lead to four with under two minutes to go in the opening frame.

The Bearcats were unfazed by the run netting two goals in the final 56 seconds of the half to trim the deficit to two, 7-5 heading into the break. First, BU utilized a fast break as McGeever streaked past the UMBC defense finding Hayes-Hurly for a second time, beating the goalie on the right side. After Hayes-Hurley won the ensuing draw, she found a wide open Zuern who infiltrated the eight-meter and hit McGeever on the right side for the goal. After being down by four goals, the Bearcats only trailed by two at halftime.

Along with McGeever, Hunsberger, Hayes-Hurley and Stone each had two goals for Binghamton. Hunsberger added five ground balls and four draw controls. Freshman goalie Kara Pafumi made seven saves in net.

The Bearcats struggled from the eight-meter, converting just three of their ten free position attempts. BU was outshot by the Retrievers 33-22, while winning 11 draws and picking up 13 ground balls.

Binghamton will take a break from conference play for a pair of games against Bucknell and Siena. The Bearcats will welcome Bucknell to the Bearcats Sports Complex next Saturday, April 14 at 4 p.m. then travel back to capitol region for an encounter with Siena on Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m.

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