Women's Lacrosse Hosts Binghamton in Final Midweek Contest

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

BALTIMORE - In the team's final midweek matchup of the season, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will host the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, April 3. The opening draw is set for 3 p.m.

DAWG BITES

UMBC snapped a nine-game winning streak as they defeated the Vermont Catamounts in a close 14-13 battle on March 30.

The Retrievers took a 7-5 lead into halftime, thanks in part to four first-half goals from Zoë Pekins, including a three-goal run at the end of the period.

The Catamounts quickly tied the game up at 7-all in the second half but Olivia Docal and Grayson Corbett pushed the lead back to two.

Vermont countered, cutting UMBC's lead down to one before Lily Kennedy and Julia Hatmaker extended the team's lead to 11-8.

The Catamounts threatened late in the half, scoring three straight goals to tie the game up at 11-all; but the Retrievers countered with woman-up goals from Docal and Payton Van Kirk and a score from Catherine Sims to take a 14-11 advantage.

The Catamounts looked to mount a late rally, scoring two goals in the last three minutes, including one with 40 seconds to play. However, Brittany Levine controlled the last draw of the game and the Retrievers were able to hold the ball until the final horn.

Van Kirk leads the Retrievers with 26 points off 15 goals and 11 assists, followed by Lauren McDonald (18g, 2a), Kennedy (8g, 9a), Pekins (16g, 1a), and Corbett (13g, 2a).

In goal, Carly Tolino has made 125 saves on the season to go along with her .475 saves percentage. Nationally, Tolino ranks seventh in the country in total saves and 17th in saves per game (10.42), while also ranking 31st in saves percentage. All marks rank in the top five among America East goalkeepers.

After making 21 saves against UC Davis and Vermont, to go along with nine ground balls and one caused turnover, Tolino was named #AEWLAX Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

GET TO KNOW: BINGHAMTON BEARCATS

Binghamton stands at 0-11 overall on the season and has started America East play at 0-2, falling to New Hampshire, 12-10, on March 23 and most recently dropping a 19-8 decision to UAlbany on March 30.

The team has also had some close contests against Niagara, 11-9, Colgate, 7-6, and Lafayette, 13-12.

Against the Great Danes, the Bearcats kept it close in the first half as they once trailed 5-4 before UAlbany jumped out to a 10-5 lead before the half. Binghamton cut it close to 10-6 early in the second half, but UAlbany scored seven straight goals to take a commanding lead.

In the game against UAlbany, Rebecca Golderman recorded her third hat trick of the season, giving her her team-leading 16 goals on the season; Golderman leads the team with 19 points. Paige Volkmann (10g, 8a), Amelia Biancardi (14g, 3a), Alissa Franze (8g, 3a), and Olivia Batista (9g, 1a) round out the top five scorers for the Bearcats.

In goal, Taylor Passuello has started all 11 contests for the Bearcats, making 126 saves in net and posting a .452 saves percentage. Passuello ranks fifth in the nation and second in the conference in saves per game, making 11.45 stops per contest.

THE SERIES

In 15 meetings between UMBC and Binghamton, the Retrievers hold a 13-2 advantage over the Bearcats. While UMBC had won the previous three meetings, Binghamton picked up a victory for the first time since the 2014 season.

After Binghamton took a 7-2 early in the first half, the Retrievers came out blazing in the second half to cut the lead down to just 7-5. However, Binghamton scored four unanswered goals to end the game with the 11-5 victory.