Vestal, N.Y.- Playing on Senior Night, an inspired Binghamton men's lacrosse squad defeated UMBC, 15-8 at the Bearcat Sports Complex.
Despite the loss, UMBC (5-7, 3-2 America East) will the No. 2 seed and host No. 3 Albany at UMBC Stadium on May 2. Binghamton finishes their season at 4-9, 1-4.
Junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and sophomore running mate Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored three goals for the Retrievers. Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) added three assists.
UMBC had replies as Binghamton took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the first quarter, as Gregoire and junior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) tallied and Brown's goal evened the game at 2-2 with 6:10 to play in the first quarter.
But Binghamton went on a 4-0 run and took a 6-2 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Gregoire countered with goals 42 seconds apart and UMBC crept within 6-4 with 5:46 to play in the half, but the red-hot Bearcats scored four consecutive goals in the final 3:08 of the half and led, 10-4 at the break.
Back-to-back scores by Jones early in the third period trimmed the deficit to 11-6 with 11:12 remaining in the period, and UMBC had an extended possession after winning the draw, but could not cash in. Binghamton's Brandon Planck, who led all scorers with five goals and two helpers, started a game-sealing 4-0 run by scoring with 4:34 remaining in the stanza.
Binghamton scored on 15 of 29 shots as they outshot the Retrievers, 29-27. They also controlled the face-off x, taking 19 of 27 draws.
The time for the UMBC-Albany game will be announced shortly.