BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse freshman Marissa Davey (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) sparked the Retrievers, scoring four goals over the final 18 minutes of the contest and chipping in the game-winner in overtime to guide the Dawgs to a 13-12 victory against Binghamton in the America East opener on Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers held a 6-4 lead at the break, but after Binghamton scored the first four goals of the second half, UMBC was once again forced to surge a comeback. Davey registered UMBC's final four goals in regulation, including a pair over a 1:10 span with less than five minutes to play to force overtime. The Retrievers' scoring leader Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) found an opportune time to record her first goal of the game, netting her 19th goal of the year 25 seconds into extra time. The America East leader in draw controls Caitlin Miller (Frederick Md./Tuscarora) pulled down her fifth of six draw controls on the day on the ensuing possession and with 4:29 remaining in overtime, Davey struck for the game-winner. BU's Renee Kiviat recorded her third goal of the game with 29 second remaining, but Miller grabbed the following draw control to help the Retrievers hang on for the victory.
Davey more than doubled her season total in goals, entering the game with four scores on the year, while also chipping in three draw controls, one ground ball and a critical caused turnover as time expired to help the Retrievers hang on for the victory. Red-shirt sophomore Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) registered her second hat trick in the last three games, tallying three goals on five shots, while sophomore Jennie Milligan (Crofton, Md./South River) also chipped in three points on one goal and two assists.
The Retrievers pick up their 11th victory in 12 tries against Binghamton and register their sixth victory in their last seven games to improve to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in America East play. Binghamton falls for the fourth consecutive game to drop to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Binghamton opened the contest with a free position shot high into the net against UMBC goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) to take a 1-0 lead 1:09 into the contest. The Retrievers had the response, scoring three straight within a 2:10 span to jump out in front, 3-1.
Binghamton's Sophia Racciatti scored two of her team-best four goals to tie the contest at three apiece with 16:19 remaining in the first half. The Bearcats held a 7-4 advantage in draw controls in the opening 30 minutes of play, but the Retrievers scored three of the final four goals of the opening half to take a 6-4 lead at the break. Nolan and freshman Tianna Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) each finished the period with two goals for the Retrievers.
Kiviat helped to spark Binghamton's second-half surge, netting the first two scores en route to four straight goals for the Bearcats. Nolan and Davey helped to put a stop to the BU run, netting back-to-back goals to tie the contest at eight apiece with 17:59 remaining.
Goals from Binghamton's Tiffany Ryan and Racciatti once again gave the Bearcat's a two-goal lead, but Davey kept chipping away to keep the Retrievers within striking distance. Binghamton again tried to put a stop to the Retrievers, this time coming from Valerie DeNapoli, but Davey struck for a pair of goals over the final 4:30, including a free position score with 3:11 remaining, to knot the contest at 11 apiece.
Binghamton corralled the ensuring draw control and held for a shot from Racciatti with 1:41 to go but a kick save from Major kept the contest tied. BU was able to regain possession off the loose ball and a UMBC foul gave the Bearcats a free position opportunity. Major came up with another big save with 14 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Wilson came around the net to finish for her first score of the day to put UMBC out in front, 12-11, 25 second into overtime and Davey chipped in her fifth of the day to give the Retrievers a two-goal lead, 13-11, 1:31 into the extra period.
Kiviat helped to bring the Bearcats within one, 13-12, with 29 seconds remaining, but the Retrievers were able to hold off Binghamton for the victory in conference play.
UMBC held a 4-1 lead in draw controls in overtime.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers hit the road for America East action on Saturday, March 28 when UMBC takes on Vermont at 11 a.m. at Virtue Field.