Immediate Release: November 19, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y -- Two stellar careers came to an end Friday evening in Albany, N.Y. Seniors Michelle McDonough and Anna Lejina gave everything they had against UMBC in the America East semifinal, but it just wasn't enough. Binghamton was swept by UMBC to end its season and repeat bid.
McDonough and Leijna along with four other seniors played their final match as a Bearcat Friday evening in a disappointing loss. The No. 2 seeded Bearcats fell to the three seed, UMBC Retrievers, 15-25, 21-25 and 15-25.
Binghamton quickly fell behind the Retrievers dropping the first two sets. The Bearcats started out fast taking a 6-3 early lead, but a 4-0 by UMBC gave the Retrievers the 7-6 advantage. BU kept the score close at 11-10, but UMBC rattled off the next seven points. Binghamton, behind 18-10, couldn't recover eventually dropping the set, 25-15.
The second set was much more competitive, but the result was the same. The two teams battled back and forth as the Bearcats built a 10-7 lead. Another Retriever run would flip the tables and give UMBC the 12-10 upper hand. The set would continue to be evenly played as a kill by sophomore Alex Roland coupled with an UMBC service error, gave Binghamton a 21-20 lead. UMBC would take the next five points however, and the two-set-to-none lead going into the break.
In the third and final set, Binghamton could not find their rhythm as the offense sputtered. UMBC took a 11-4 lead and never looked back, advancing to the America East finals Saturday night. They will play the winner of the second semifinal match-up between top-seeded Albany and Stony Brook.
UMBC out hit the Bearcats, .324 to .135, stifling BU's offense with 12 blocks.
McDonough finished her phenomenal career as BU's all-time kills leader with 1,469 while Lejina finished third on the list with 1,162 kills.
Three of Binghamton's four conference losses came at the hands of the Retrievers. BU finished the season with a record of 14-14 overall and 9-4 in the America East.
NOTE: Anna Lejina was named to the America East All-Championship team.
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