Release: April 9, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
men's lacrosse falls to host UMBC 8-6
and Planck lead the Bearcats with a pair of goals apiece
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Binghamton University men's lacrosse team
(5-6, 1-1 AE) fell 8-6 in a close battle with host UMBC (4-5,
1-1 AE) on Saturday afternoon from UMBC Stadium. Both squads
entered the contest fresh off of one-goal victories, but the
Retrievers held off a late charge by Binghamton to improve to
11-1 in the all-time series.
"We have to get better at taking advantage of opportunities
when we get them," interim head coach Kevin McKeown said.
"We took 33 shots but only managed six goals. We need to
get that shot percentage up around 30% or better. In the second
half, we went to a zone and Kraig [Heston] made some nice stops
but we weren't able to capitalize on the offensive end."
The Retrievers, who have won three out of its last four, jumped
out to a 7-2 advantage on the strength of a 6-0 spurt during
the second quarter. Dave Brown was instrumental in UMBC's devastating
run as he had a hand in four of the team's six goals, including
a hat trick and a helper.
Over the final five minutes of the second quarter, BU regained
some its early momentum with back-to-back scores to pull within
7-4 heading into the break. Freshman Brandon
Planck fired home a goal at the 5:13 mark, while sophomore
Tyler Perrelle beat UMBC goalie Brian
McCullough for an unassisted tally less than 90 seconds later.
The visiting Bearcats picked up where they left off in the third
quarter as Planck turned a failed UMBC clear into his second
score of the game at the 8:41 mark, cutting the UMBC margin to
7-5. Junior Ryan Button set up Planck's
ninth goal of the season with the assist.
The rest of the contest was a defensive battle with each team
netting one last goal in the fourth quarter to account for the
8-6 final. Senior David Raleigh posted
his second goal of the game with 4:08 remaining. BU had a couple
clean looks down the stretch, but the Retriever defense clamped
down and McCullough made a stop on a rocket by Perrelle with
1:22 remaining to regain possession and run out most of the clock.
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer,
who notched the game-winning one-timer to lift BU over Vermont
in overtime last week, registered his team-leading 22nd goal
of the season three minutes into the contest.
The Bearcats and Retrievers played fairly even statistically
as both squads committed 15 turnovers and each goalie picked
up six saves. UMBC won the ground ball battle and edged BU in
face-offs 10-8. Binghamton outshot the host squad 33-26.
Senior defenseman Derrick Danieu, who
ranks among the top-20 national leaders in caused turnovers,
forced a game-high four miscues and scooped up a ground ball.
Junior Ben Waldron added a team-best
four ground balls while freshman Michael
Antinozzi posted a career-high three ground balls. Sophomore
goalie Kraig Heston allowed eight goals
and managed six saves as he falls to 5-3 on the year.
Planck was named Binghamton's America East Player of the Game
on the strength of a multi-goal performance, while Brown earned
the honor for the Retrievers.
Binghamton travels to Stony Brook next Saturday for a showdown
with the preseason league favorite Seawolves at 7 p.m.