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Westervelt Scores Five, Ratcliffe Adds Four as Men's Lacrosse Advances to America East Title Game With 11-7 Win over Binghamton
The Retrievers won for the sixth straight time and have posted their second consecutive 10-plus win season. They will take on the winner of the Albany-Stony Brook semi-final on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
UMBC led for much of the game, but could not shake the scrappy Bearcats.
The Retrievers increased the lead to 7-3, but the Bearcats started to dominate the face-off circle and scored three unanswered goals to climb to within 7-6 on a Matt McNamara goal with 11:18 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Westervelt scored on a sharp angle shot from the left wing at the 9:11 mark and classmate Andy Gallagher added an insurance marker at the 6:51 mark.
Binghamton’s Jake Boyce brought Binghamton to within 9-7 at the 5:44 mark, but long-stick midfielder Mike Carmardo picked up a ground ball on the ensuing face-off and fed Ratcliffe for a crucial score just nine seconds later. Gallagher scored into an empty net with 2:03 remaining and the Retriever defense held firm as the Retrievers earned their second straight trip to a conference final.
Westervelt now has 15 points in his last two America East Tournament games and has 195 in his career. Ratcliffe has set a new UMBC Division I freshman record with 35 goals on the season.
Sophomore netminder Jeremy Blevins was outstanding in the nets, with 13 saves as the Retrievers were outshot, 35-24. The Retrievers lost 15 of 22 draws and did not attempt an extra-man situation in the contest.