Second-Half Surge Pushes Binghamton Past Men's Lacrosse

Vestal, N.Y. – UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Binghamton improved to 4-6, 2-0.

Binghamton outshot UMBC, 38-27, and UMBC fell to 0-5 when being oushot in 2014.

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored a pair of goals.

Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Retrievers reeled off four consecutive goals and led, 4-2, on a score by Maxwell with 11:00 to play in the second quarter. The Bearcats tied the game on back-to-back scores, but Gregoire gave the visitors the lead back, converted a high feed from Maxwell inside with 3:29 remaining in the stanza.

With 1:45 to play in the half, Young found the net on a dodge and shot from 10 yards out to give UMBC a 6-4 advantage, which they took to the break.

But Binghamton came out in the second half and jumped on the Retrievers, racking up four straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the third. Sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) tried to breath life back into the visitors, finishing on a man-down fast break situation with 4:31 to play in the quarter.

UMBC won the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over and BU's Michael Antonozzi closed the quarter with a goal at the 13:03 mark of the period to give the hosts a 9-7 lead after 45 minutes.

A key sequence early in the fourth quarter stung the Retrievers, as Binghamton netminder Max Schefler made back-to-back, one-on-one  saves on Gregoire in a five-second span.  After BU's Tucker Nelson gave the Bearcats the first three-goal of the day at 10-7 with 10:58 remaining, the Bearcats took over the momentum and controlled the final stages  of the game.

Schefler, who made just two saves and allowed six first half goals, stopped 11 shots (13 saves) and permitted just one second half UMBC goal. UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) allowed more goals (13) than recorded saves (11) for only the second time in 2014.

UMBC won the battle of face-offs, 14-10, but committed more turnovers (15) than the Bearcats (12).

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, April 12, when they host Hartford at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m.