MEN'S LACROSSE CLINCHES AMERICA EAST TOURNEY BERTH WITH 10-4 VICTORY OVER BINGHAMTON
Baltimore, MD—UMBC (5-5, 4-0 America East) clinched a spot in the America East Tournament with a 10-4 victory over visiting Binghamton (1-8, 1-2 America East) at UMBC Soccer Stadium.
The Retrievers are assured of no lower than a #3 seed in the tournament, which begins on May 4. UMBC plays its final two league games at Stony Brook (April 30) and at Albany (April 30) to close the regular season.
UMBC dominated from the start, outshooting their guests, 14-0, in the first quarter and posting 4 goals. The Retrievers would add a fifth score before the Bearcats recorded their first shot with to play in the second quarter.
Binghamton succeeded in keeping the nation’s leading scorer, UMBC junior attackman Brendan Mundorf, off the scoreboard for the first time in 25 games. They shut him off with a midfielder and double-teamed him throughout the game. But Mundorf initiated UMBC’s ball movement, which resulted in good scoring chances for an eager supporting cast.
Junior midfielder Andy Gallagher got UMBC on the board first, converting a feed from Justin Haworth into the game. Then, Gallagher cross-field look set up senior midfielder Joe Cahill, who beat starting Binghamton netminder Kevin McKeown from close range at the mark. After junior middie James Hyland ripped home a right-handed blast at the mark, freshman attackman Nick Fatseas posted back-to-back goals. His first occurred on an extra-man chance with 39 seconds to play in the first quarter and he then scored from the right side of the crease 1:33 into the second stanza.
In UMBC’s five wins this season, they have outscored the opposition, 23-4, in the first quarter of play.
Binghamton’s sophomore attackman Matt McNamara got his side on the board on an unassisted inside roll into the second quarter. But Hyland sandwiched a pair of goals around a Gallagher tally and UMBC led convincingly, 8-1, at intermission. UMBC was able to control the ball and eat up the clock in the second half. Senior face-off specialist Corey Warner won 14 of 17 draws he attempted and Westervelt posted a goal in each of the final two quarters to keep the Bearcats at bay.
Westervelt led all scorers with 2 goals and 3 assists, while Hyland recorded his first career “hat trick” and added an assist. Gallagher scored 2 goals and added 1 assist, Fatseas posted a pair of goals and Cahill had a goal and an assist.
McNamara scored 2 of Binghamton’s 4 goals.
The Retrievers outshot the Bearcats, 38-20, won 15 of 18 draws and forced 11 Binghamton broken clears. Starting UMBC netminder Kevin Cepelak made 3 saves and allowed 1 goal in 30 minutes of action, while junior Chris Petrush made 7 second half stops. McKeown made 6 saves and allowed UMBC’s first 7 goals in 27:01 of play, and reserve Jeff Walker posted 4 saves and permitted 3 scores in the final 32:59.
UMBC is outscoring America East foes, 53-21, through four games.