Women’s Lacrosse Battles for Playoff Spot in Regular-Season Finale at Binghamton

BALTIMORE– UMBC women's lacrosse travels to Binghamton for its regular-season finale on Saturday, April 26 to battle for one of the two remaining playoff spots for the upcoming America East Championships. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Bearcats Sports Complex, with all the live action available on the America East digital network.

The Retrievers (7-8, 1-3 AEC) are coming off a tough stretch, having faced a pair of nationally ranked opponents last week, in No. 5 Johns Hopkins and No. 19/18 Albany. UMBC played tough in both contests, pulling within one in the second half of both contests, but the Retrievers were unable to put away the game-tying goals in both instances. Junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) and senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) combined for 16 draw controls, 10 goals, four ground balls and three caused turnovers on the week.

Semones and Bilney each have posted a team-best 25 goals on the season. Semones leads the squad with 36 ground balls, third in the league, 31 draws and 14 caused turnovers, while Bilney has added 29 draws, 18 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Junior Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) is the only Retriever to post double-digit goals (19) and assists (12) and has done so in each of the last two seasons. Sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) has made the most of her playing time this season, leading the team in total assists (17) and ranking sixth in the league in assists per game (1.21). 

Goalkeepers Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas/Midland) and Kelly Gielner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) have split time in net this year. Barnett has posted a 5-5 record and has made 65 stops, while Gielner has registered a 2-3 mark and has made 31 saves.

Binghamton (6-9, 0-4 AEC) has dropped its last six contests, including a 19-7 loss to Vermont in America East action last Saturday. Freshman Bri Arthur tallied a team-best four points on two goals and two assists in the contest to bring her season total to 43 points. Sophomore Sophia Racciatti is the second of seven double-digit scorers, with 19 goals, and is one of two Bearcats with double-digit assists (15). Freshman Valerie Denapoli is chipping in a team-best 32 ground balls to go with 11 goals, 23 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.

In goal, sophomore Erin McNulty has started 13 of 14 contests. She is surrendering 13 goals per game and has made 88 stops.

The Retrievers are unbeaten in 10 meetings against Binghamton, including last season's 17-9 victory at the UMBC Stadium.

UMBC Playoff Tie-Breaker Scenarios

-Tie-Break Criteria: Ties shall be broken from the top of the standings down. In the event of a tie between two or more teams, the tie shall be broken using the following criteria in order.

i. Winning percentage in Conference games versus the other teams with which it is tied (i.e. head-to-head competition).
ii. Winning percentage in Conference games versus the other Conference opponents in descending rank order. In the event of arriving at another group of tied teams when comparing records, each team's record (winning percentage) versus the combined tied teams is used rather than the performance versus the individual tied teams.
iii. Each tied team's total goals allowed in games versus the other teams with which it is tied. The team with the fewest total goals allowed gains the advantage.
iv. Winning percentage versus common non-Conference Division I opponents.
v. Each tied team's total goals allowed in conference games. The team with the fewest total goals allowed gains the advantage.
vi. Total games played versus non-Conference opponents ranked at any point in the season in the IWLCA national poll. The team playing the most ranked non-Conference opponents gains the advantage.
vii. Draw conducted by the Commissioner or his/her designee.

Head-to-head tiebreaks

New Hampshire and UMBC

* Can happen if UNH loses to Albany and UMBC beats Binghamton
* UNH holds tiebreak with head-to-head win

Vermont and UMBC

* Can happen if Vermont loses to Stony Brook and UMBC beats Binghamton
* UMBC holds tiebreak with head-to-head win

UMBC and Binghamton

* Can only happen if Binghamton beats UMBC Saturday.
* Binghamton would hold tiebreak with head-to-head win.

Three-way tiebreaks

New Hampshire, Vermont and UMBC

* Can happen if UNH loses to Albany, Vermont loses to Stony Brook and UMBC beats Binghamton. All three teams would be 2-3.
* Stony Brook is No. 1 seed, Albany is No. 2 seed.
* Tiebreak 1: Record vs. each other
* UNH 1-1, UVM 1-1, UMBC 1-1
* Tiebreak 2: Record vs. conference teams in descending rank order
* Teams would have same record vs. other teams. All lost to SBU and Albany and beat Binghamton
* Tiebreak 3: Fewest goals allowed in games vs. other tied teams
* UNH 17
* UMBC 17
* Vermont 24
* We separate UNH and UMBC into a head-to-head tiebreak
* UNH wins head-to-head tiebreak with win over UMBC. UNH is No. 3 seed.
* Go back to head-to-head tiebreak between UMBC and Vermont
* UMBC wins tiebreak with win over Vermont. UMBC is No. 4 seed and Vermont is eliminated.