Immediate Release: May 1, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior Ashley Stodter poured in four goals to lead the UMBC's women's lacrosse team to a 19-9 win over Binghamton University in America East action on Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the win, UMBC clinched a trip to the four-team America East Championships for the first time since 2006.
Binghamton looked prepared to run away with the game, jumping out to a 5-0 lead with 19:03 to go in the first half. UMBC answered with a 4-0 run before junior attack Ali Castiglie found the back of the net at the 5:10 mark to take a 6-4 lead. Junior Beth Moore would score her third of the game a little over a minute later to give the Bearcats a 7-4 lead with less than four minutes left in the first half. However, junior Amanda Pappas took the ball from the opposite end of the field to score with only eight seconds on the clock to give the Bearcats only a 7-5 lead at the half.
In the second period, it was all UMBC. The Retrievers scored five goals in a row, and scored 14 of the 16 goals in the second half to claim the victory.
Binghamton was led by Castiglie with four points off a pair of goals and assists. Moore scored three goals and freshman attack Kimberly McGeever, red-shirt junior Lizzie Wright, freshman Allie Sabitus and freshmen Kristin Stone each scored once. McGeever also added two assists.
The Retrievers held the edge in shots (30-21) and only committed 9 turnovers compared to the Bearcat's 11.
Senior Erika Travis was honored before the game as a graduating senior. She was a four year contributor to the women's lacrosse team at Binghamton. As a senior captain, she anchored the defense, starting all fifteen games. For her career, Erika has appeared in 61 games which is good for fourth on the Bearcat's All-Time top-ten list. She has also scored 16 goals, added 7 assists, picked up 38 ground balls, 18 draw controls and caused 17 turn-overs in her time at Binghamton. As a dean's list student-athlete, she is graduating with a degree in Human Development, and is planning to attend graduate school next year to start a master's in Exercise Physiology. She will also be completing a graduate assistantship teaching anatomy and physiology
Castilie for Binghamton and Ashley Stodter for UMBC were named the America East Players of the Game.
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