For Immediate Release: April 29, 2009
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Binghamton men's lacrosse loses 9-8 to UMBC in overtime in America East semifinals

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BALTIMORE, MD.-- Ryan Smith scored 55 seconds into the second sudden-death overtime period, leading top-seeded UMBC (11-3) to a 9-8 win over fourth-seeded Binghamton (3-12) in an America East Conference semifinal game on Wednesday evening at UMBC Stadium. It marked the second year in a row that the Retrievers have needed overtime to defeat the Bearcats in the playoffs.

"It was a tough loss for us but I thought our team played great against a very good opponent," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "I thought our seniors in particular were outstanding."

Smith's heroics overshadowed the dramatic performance of junior attack Andy Cook, who scored three goals, including the game-tying goal with 53 seconds left in regulation. Cook becomes the first Bearcat player ever to record a hat trick in the America East Tournament.

UMBC, the defending America East champion and No. 11 team in the nation, jumped out to a 5-2 lead at the half. Chris Jones, who matched Cook for the game high with three goals, completed his hat trick in the opening 30 minutes of play. His final goal came with 12 seconds left in the half.

After the break, however, Binghamton locked down on defense and allowed just three goals over the final two quarters. Senior goalie Larry Kline made 13 saves, including seven alone in the second half.

Down 7-4 with 2:00 left in the third quarter, the Bearcats clawed their way back in the game on goals by sophomore attack Frank Donlon and junior midfielder Steve Carlson. With 9:06 left in regulation, Binghamton had cut the deficit to 7-6.

Seven minutes of scoreless action followed before Cook tied the game on an unassisted goal with 2:31 left to go. UMBC, however, came right back on a goal by Alex Hopmann with exactly 2:00 remaining. That set the stage for Cook's game-tying score just over a minute later.

UMBC outshot Binghamton 46-25 for the game, including 4-1 in the two overtime periods. The Retrievers also won 14 of the 22 face offs and held a 38-27 edge in ground balls.

NOTES: The eight goals is the most ever scored by Binghamton in an America East Tournament game. The Bearcats' previous high came in their 7-6 semifinal win over Stony Brook on May 5, 2004 ... ... playing in their final collegiate games, senior attack Chris Mulheron had a goal and two assists while senior midfielder Kevin Joy dished out a pair of assists ... Binghamton is now 2-2 in double overtime games all time, including 0-2 at UMBC. The Retrievers won 11-10 on April 14, 2007. Interestingly enough, it was Cook who also sent that game into overtime with the final goal in regulation.

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