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For Immediate Release: April 9, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton men's lacrosse falls to host UMBC 8-6
Raleigh and Planck lead the Bearcats with a pair of goals apiece

Box Score

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.

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