Immediate Release: April 29, 2006
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Women's lacrosse drops 18-7 decision to UMBC in season finale
VESTAL, N.Y.--Junior Kelly Fahey recorded a game-high six points and senior Kelly Fiorani added four goals and an assist to lead the visiting Retrievers to a 18-7 victory over Binghamton (4-13, 0-6) in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. With the victory, UMBC (10-7, 5-1) captures both the regular season conference title and home-field advantage throughout the America East Championship.
The afternoon's contest also marked Binghamton tri-captain Lauren Wetherell's final collegiate game. Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y.), the most prolific scorer in program history, wrapped up her brilliant career with a fine performance, as she registered a team-high four points (one goal, three assists).
"I was very happy with the girl's effort today," head coach Emily Edmonston said. "We came into the game as heavy underdogs, but we still managed to give them a great run."
Powered by three Fiorani scores, the visiting Retrievers jumped out to an 8-1 advantage midway through the first half of play. Freshman Kelsey Pieper (Rensselaer, N.Y.) and junior Lauren Chemotti (Skaneateles, N.Y.) both would answer for Binghamton, touching the cage to cut the deficit to 8-3. Pieper scored on an unassisted effort at the 15:35 mark, while Chemotti netted her second goal of the season six minutes later off a feed from Wetherell.
The Retrievers responded, stemming the Bearcat run with back-to-back finishes from Fahey and junior teammate Jennifer Kasper respectively. Lauren Wetherell would then convert on a free position attempt to bring Binghamton to within 10-4 after 30 minutes of action.
The Bearcats fought valiantly in the final period, outscoring UMBC by a 3-2 margin over the first 11:54. On this afternoon, however, the Retrievers would prove too tough for the Bearcat women, as they put an end to the Bearcat rally and sealed their first ever America East conference title with a game-ending 6-0 run.
For Binghamton, junior Heather Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) claimed the team's goal scoring crown with a team-best three finishes. Grose finishes the 2006 campaign with 23 total goals, while teammate Danielle Edwards (Horseheads, N.Y.) ends the spring with team's second highest goal total with 20. In all, six Bearcats found the scoresheet on the afternoon.
In between the pipes, Bearcat freshman Carolyn Cuneo (East Northport, N.Y.) made her second start of the season, finishing with nine saves to her credit.
"It is important for us to keep focused on the long-term perspective," said Edmonston. "I think that looking back on this year versus last, that both our girls and the rest of the conference has improved dramatically. The way we played today is a testament to just how much we are improving."
Binghamton concludes their fifth varsity season and second under the tutelage of head coach Emily Edmonston with a 4-13 overall mark.
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