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Huge Second Half Propels Women’s Lacrosse to 19-9 Victory at Binghamton; Retrievers Earn No. 4 Seed in America East Championship, Will Face No. 1 Albany
Ashley Stodter matched her career high with four goals against Binghamton.
VESTAL, N.Y.—The UMBC women’s lacrosse team (10-6, 3-3 AE) scored 14 second-half goals to overcome an early 5-0 deficit and defeat host Binghamton (2-13, 1-5 AE) by a score of 19-9 Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the victory, the Retrievers earn the No. 4 seed in the America East Championship, returning to the four-team conference tournament for the first time since 2006.
UMBC will face top-seeded Albany in the first round of the America East Championship on Thursday, May 6, in Albany, N.Y. The Great Danes defeated five-time defending champion Boston University Saturday afternoon to complete a perfect conference season and earn the right to host the conference tournament.
UMBC trailed, 7-5, at halftime, but freshman midfielder Lindsay Cox (
A free-position goal by
The Retrievers found themselves in an early 5-0 hole, but sophomore midfielder Bria Phillips (Davidsonville, Md./Coronado (
Back-to-back goals by Binghamton attack Ali Castiglie and midfielder Beth Moore gave the hosts a three-goal advantage with 3:56 remaining in the first half, but junior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) found the back of the net with eight seconds remaining to make it 7-5 at halftime.
Stodter was named UMBC’s America East Player of the Game; she and Cox each scored a career-high four goals to pace the Retriever offense, while Braerman and Phillips both tallied four points on three goals and an assist.
Castiglie earned her team’s America East Player of the Game nod with four points on two goals and two assists.
UMBC senior goalie Kate Quick (
The Retrievers outshot the Bearcats, 30-21, including 18-7 in the second half. UMBC also held a 13-11 edge on ground balls, while draw controls were even at 15 apiece. UMBC committed just two turnovers in the second half and nine in the game. The Retrievers also converted seven of nine free-position attempts.
NOTES: The Retrievers’ 10 wins are the most since 2006, while their 10-6 record through 16 games is their best since 2002… UMBC reached the 200-goal mark for the first time since 2006.