Immediate Release: May 6, 2006
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No. 13 UMBC defeats Binghamton men's lacrosse 5-3 in America East semifinals
BALTIMORE, MD.-- Senior midfielder P.J. Kimener had a game-high three goals and added an assist, leading No. 13 UMBC (9-4) to a 5-3 win over Binghamton (7-8) in an America East Conference semifinal matchup on Friday evening. The setback marks the second consecutive season that the Bearcats have been ousted in the semifinal round.
"This was a great college lacrosse game," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "Goals were few and far between because the defenses played great on both teams. They made more of their chances and we didn't on the offensive end."
Kimener had two of his goals and lone assist in the second half, as the host Retrievers broke open a 2-2 halftime lead with four of the remaining five goals. Junior attack Drew Westervelt and senior attack Brendan Mundorf each added a goal and an assist. Binghamton was led by junior attack Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.), who posted two goals and an assist.
After falling behind 1-0, the Bearcats got goals from freshman attack Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Williams to go up 2-1 with 11:17 remaining in the first half. Kimener, however, tied the score at 2-2 with 8:57 left before the break.
In the second half, UMBC scored three unanswered goals in the opening 16 minutes. Kimener had a goal and an assist during that span. Williams, however, responded with his second goal of the game, trimming the deficit to 5-3 with 11:24 left in the fourth quarter.
After nine minutes of scoreless action, Kimener scored the clinching goal with 2:57 remaining.
Williams, who also assisted on Boyce's score, finished with a game-high two goals and one assist.
Senior goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made nine saves while freshman midfielder J.P. Wioncek (Beverly, Mass.) won eight of 13 faceoffs.
"I was really proud of the way Kevin played in his last college game," Stephenson said. "He has really made his mark on our program as have all of our seniors. Today was an emotional day for all of them."
NOTES: Boyce finishes the season with a team-high 23 goals, the third-best single-season effort in program history ... Williams ends the year with a career-high 20 goals ... McKeown and senior defender Sean Meluney (Cape Henlopen, Del.) were named to the all-tournament team.
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