Immediate Release: April 16, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. -- A determined Binghamton women's lacrosse team fell just shy to UMBC, 9-8, in a America East matchup Sunday afternoon from UMBC Stadium. The Bearcats (3-11, 1-3 AE) led twice in the first half, but couldn't complete a second half rally against the second-place Retrievers (10-5, 4-1 AE).
The Bearcats struck quickly, scoring just 37 seconds into the game. Junior Lis Zuern found sophomore Katherine Hunsberger for the game's first goal. BU would addto their lead two minutes later with a free position goal from senior Beth Moore. UMBC responded with a pair of goals of their own, to knot the game at two. Sophomore Kristen Stone broke the tie with Binghamton's second free position goal of the game at the 15:44 mark.
UMBC tied the game again at three, but senior Ali Castiglie would net her first goal of the game to give Binghamton the 4-3 edge. The Retrievers scored two late goals, including sneaking one by goalie Lauren Scott with a second remaining in the half. UMBC held a 5-4 halftime lead that they would not relinquish.
After the break, the Retrievers scored 10 seconds into the half to pad their one-goal lead. Castiglie registered her second goal of the game a few minutes later to bring the Bearcats back within one. UMBC again stretched their lead to two before Binghamton came roaring back. Moore and Castiglie combined for a pair of goals to even the game at seven with 17 minutes left.
At the 9:36 mark, UMBC broke the 7-7 tie with a goal from Erika Braerman. Moore scored less than a minute later to tie the game for the fifth time. The game-winner came 43 seconds after Moore's goal, as UMBC took the final lead of the game. Binghamton battled hard during the final eight minutes of play, but were unable to tie the game for a sixth time.
UMBC held a distinct advantage in shots, doubling-up Binghamton, 32-16. The Retriever's defense frustrated the BU attack line all day, causing 17 turnovers and picking up 17 ground balls. UMBC also held Binghamton to a less than 50 percent clear rate (8-17), well under their 78 percent average. BU played well in the draw circle, controlling eight of the 17 draws. They also were perfect from the eight meter, going 4-for-4 on free position attempts.
Scott had a solid day between the pipes, saving a game-high 14 shots. Junior defender Lauren Lukefahr recorded four draw controls and a ground ball.
Scott and Braerman were name America East Players of the Game.
Binghamton returns home next weekend to face nationally ranked Albany on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m.
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