Immediate Release: April 11, 2006
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No. 15 UMBC defeats Binghamton men's lacrosse 11-5
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Junior attack Drew Westervelt netted a game-high five goals and tallied an assist, powering No. 15 UMBC (6-4, 3-0 AE) to an 11-5 win over Binghamton (6-5, 2-1 AE) in an America East Conference men's lacrosse. The game marked the second straight contest in which the Bearcats have gone up against a nationally-ranked opponent.
At halftime, the game was tied at 4-4 but the visiting Retreivers took control of the action with seven unanswered goals. Westervelt had three of his goals during the final 30 minutes and UMBC won six out of the 10 faceoffs after the break.
The second half was disappointing, head coach Ed Stephenson said. We lost a lot of faceoffs which gave up possessions. UMBC tends to have long positions which created problems for us. We are a young team that can use this as a learning experience. I expect that next time when we are down by a couple goals like we were early in the third quarter, we can respond.
Senior attack Brendan Mundorf had a game-high four assists, including three on goals by Westervelt. Binghamton got a team-high two goals by junior attack Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.) as well as a goal and two assists from junior attack Nate Kerstein (Rochester, N.Y.).
It was Kerstein who scored the first goal of the game with 11:10 remaining in the first quarter. Westervelt, however, assisted on the tying goal by freshman midfielder Alex Hopmann with 5:08 left in the opening period of play.
After Westervelt put UMBC up 2-1 just 1:44 into the second quarter, Williams had a pair of unanswered goals to give Binghamton a 3-2 lead with 10:56 left in the first half. Westervelt deadlocked the game at 3-3 at the 8:48 mark and senior midfielder James Hyland put the Retreivers up 4-3 with 6:50 remaining in the half. When sophomore midfielder Stephen Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y.) scored the final goal of the half at the 5:17 mark, the Bearcats appeared to have the momentum.
The third quarter, however, belonged to UMBC, as it outscored Binghamton 5-0. Westervelt had two of his goals and Mundorf had three of his assisted during that span. The most crucial score, however, was an unassisted, man-down goal by senior midfielder Brian Tobin with 12 seconds left.
Westervelt and Mundorf teamed up for the final time at the 10:39 mark of the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 10-4. Junior midfielder Josh Porcell scored UMBC's final goal of the game with 7:47 remaining.
Freshman attack Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y.) scored the lone Binghamton goal of the second half with 1:07 left to go. It was his team-high 16th goal of the season and his sixth in the last two games.
In the face-off circle, freshman J.P. Wioncek (Beverly, Mass.) won 11 of the 20 draws, giving him 112 victories for the season. The Binghamton season and career record is 114 faceoff wins, set by David Streeten in 2004.
Binghamton hosts No. 19 Stony Brook next Saturday at 2 p.m.
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