BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) each scored five goals and combined for 12 points, as the Retrievers defeated Binghamton, 17-9, in America East action on Wednesday afternoon at the UMBC Stadium.
Semones five goals were a career-high and came on five shot attempts. The junior added three draw controls, while sophomore attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) also added six points on two goals and four assists.
The Retrievers (8-3, 2-0 AEC) remain undefeated in 10 meetings all-time against the Bearcats and pick up a victory for the fifth time in the last six games, Binghamton (2-7, 1-1 AEC) falls for the second time in three tries.
Bilney opened up the Retrievers' highest scoring half of the season, with a goal 50 seconds into the contest as the junior got a step around her defender and drilled home an uncontested shot.
Attacker Kris Coppolino (Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs) initiated UMBC's next two scores, as the freshman was able to hit Wilson in stride for the score into the top left corner of the net and found Semones the same way nearly three minutes later to put the Retrievers out in front, 3-0.
Binghamton scored four-straight, starting with a pair of goals coming within 47 seconds of each other from sophomore attack Alex Fisher and freshman midfielder Allie Rodgers. Senior attacker Kimberly McGeever, who assisted the Bearcats first goal from behind the net, was able to beat UMBC starting goalie Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) low to tie the contest at three with 18:18 left in the first half.
BU took its only lead of the contest at the 16:29 mark. Semones nearly knocked the ball free from Binghamton's senior midfielder Katherine Hunsberger, but Hunsberger gathered herself and surged forward, taking the shot within the crowd in front of Mason, to put the Bearcats on top, 4-3.
The Retrievers would respond by scoring nine of the next 10 goals over the final 14:32 of the period to finish out the half with a 12-5 lead. Wilson sparked UMBC's run, firing a shot that BU netminder Erin McNulty was unable to handle, as the freshman bobbled the ball back into the net after trying to make the initial save. Wilson dished off to Semones, who placed a shot just inside the far post for a score 1:06 later. Semones followed less than a minute later with her third goal of the contest, this one coming on a free position shot.
Binghamton was able to get one back as its goal leader Hunsberger put home her 19th score of the year to bring the Bearcats within one, 6-5 with 11:21 to go in the period, but the Retrievers broke open the game by closing the half with the next six goals. Hunsberger finished the contest with four goals and a game-high seven draw controls.
After a Bilney goal 45 seconds into the second half, Binghamton netted three-straight, including two scores from senior midfielder Kristen Stone, cutting the BU deficit to 13-8, but the Retrievers shut the door on the Bearcats comeback with four-consecutive goals, starting with a free position score from junior Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida) with 16:00 left in the contest.
Sophomore attacker Jordan Lyons (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter's Secondary) chipped in two goals and a team-best four draw controls in the victory, while senior defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) finished with three caused turnovers, three ground balls and three draw controls.
The Retrievers continue America East action at home on Saturday, April 6, as part of a UMBC lacrosse doubleheader. The black and gold men's team opens the afternoon against Vermont at 1 p.m., followed by women's lacrosse taking on No. 12/11 Stony Brook at 5 p.m. at the UMBC Stadium.