BALTIMORE – In an impressive all-around effort on the field, the UMBC women's lacrosse team rolled to a 21-10 victory over the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, April 12. The win gave the Retrievers their fourth-straight victory and helped them improve to 10-4 overall on the season, their best mark under head coach Amy Slade, and 3-1 in America East play. The Bearcats fall to 5-9 on the season and 1-2 in conference contests.
While the offense was able to produce the highest scoring output of the season, the defense caused 10 turnovers and forced two shot clock violations. UMBC also won the ground ball battle, picking up 17 loose balls compared to Binghamton's seven. The Retrievers were also a perfect 13-13 on clear attempts.
After dishing out 12 assists on the day, the team broke the program record of most assists in the season, currently with 113 on the year. The previous record was 105, set by the 2002 squad.
Sophomore Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) led the Retrievers will eight points off a career-high eight goals, followed by senior Sam Nolan (Fallston, Md./Fallston) with six points (3g, 3a). Junior Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and sophomores Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and Brittany Levine (Middletown, Md./Middletown) each had multi-goal games. Jamison also led the team with five draw controls and was one of seven players to pick up two ground balls.
In goal, senior Ashley Peacock (Crofton, Md./Elizabeth Seton/Lousiville) moved to 8-2 on the season after making two saves in 49:32 of play, while sophomore Carly Tolino (Middletown, Md./Middletown) played the remaining 10:28 and made one save. For Binghamton, Emma Jehle fell to 5-9 after making two saves and allowing 10 goals in 16:29 before Taylor Passuello came on in relief, giving up 11 goals.
McDonald opened the game with two quick goals before Binghamton counteracted to tie things up. The Retrievers scored five straight, including a free position goal from sophomore Catherine Sims (Elkridge, Md./Howard) and a man-up scoring opportunity from McDonald, to bring the score to 7-2. The Bearcats added two more goals to go alongside scores from Nolan and Van Kirk, but UMBC would close out the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 16-4 lead into the break.
Nolan opened the second half with a goal before Binghamton netted two straight to make the score, 17-6, in favor of the Retrievers. McDonald scored two more goals before Jamison netted a goal to give the Retrievers a 20-6 advantage with 12:38 left in the game.
Binghamton used a four-goal run that spanned nine minutes to pull the score within 10, but Nolan would add one more goal with 46 seconds remaining for the 21-10 final.
UP NEXT: UMBC will play its final home of the season against No. 4 Stony Brook on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. Prior to the game, the team will recognize its five seasons: Sam Nolan, Ashley Peacock, Jennie Milligan, Rachel Katzenberger, and Caroline Haggerty.