Binghamton Men Upset UMBC on Senior Night
from press release
VESTAL, N.Y.—The men's lacrosse team sent their seven seniors out in style Saturday evening as the Bearcats (4-9, 1-4 AE) defeated UMBC in impressive fashion 15-8 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. On a night that was dedicated to BU's stellar senior class, two sophomores Brandon Planck and Michael Antinozzi stepped up recording nine goals and four assists to lead the home squad to a season-high 15 scores.
The Bearcats started off hot to begin the game as freshmanJ.T. Hauck fired a bouncing shot from 10 yards out to put BU ahead 1-0. After a UMBC goal knotted the game up at one with 11:09 remaining in the first, senior Chris Cook won the ensuing face-off and fired a past to teammate and fellow senior John Clark . Then, Clark fired a pass across field to an open Planck in front of goal, who quickly finished putting BU ahead once again. UMBC, however, had a response netting a goal just five minutes later to tie the game up for the second time in the quarter. After another goal from Planck, it was Hauck once again who scored in timely fashion as he came from behind goal and fired a jumping shot over the right shoulder of UMBC's standout junior goalie Adam Cohen. Hauck's tally came with just 15 ticks left on the clock as BU carried a 4-2 lead into the second frame.
In the second, Binghamton kept the pressure up as Antinozzi scored back-to-back goals to begin the quarter. His second tally was set up on the pass from Brandon Planck who found the Fallston, Maryland native on the run as he deposited his program-record 30th goal into the back of the net.
A pair of goals from UMBC junior Matt Gregoire cut BU's lead down to just 6-4 with 5:46 remaining in the first half as Antinozzi answered the call once again. The sophomore buried a pair of lefty rockets into the net, both on junior Tyler Perrelle helpers. Next, on what may have been Binghamton's most complete goal of the evening, senior Ben Waldroncaused a UMBC turnover, scooped up a ground ball and moved the ball up field. From there junior Kelly Doniganreceived a pass and lifted his head to find an open Planck 12 yards out. Planck quickly rifled a shot past Cohen and increased their lead to five. Just 48 seconds later, Binghamton ended their all-but perfect first half with a goal from Hauck, giving the home squad a decisive 10-4 lead.
The Bearcats scored 10 goals on 19 shots in the first half as senior Jordan Marra was excellent in goal stopping eight shots and holding their top-scorer Scott Jones to zero points in the first half. The offensive outburst also knocked UMBC's stellar goalie Adam Cohen out of the game, previously Cohen had played every minute heading into the matchup.
In the second half, it was more of the same for Binghamton. Perrelle entered the scoring column with his first goal of the evening, putting BU up a game-high seven goals. However, Jones finally broke through in the third for the Retrievers firing a pair of shots past Marra as the visiting squad crept to within five with plenty of time left on the clock. After nearly seven minutes of scoreless action, a high shot from Perrelle found its way to Planck who was in an opportune position behind goal. Planck then picked up the ground ball, swooped around to the front of goal and scored from a difficult angle, pushing their lead back up to 12-6.
With the score at 12-6 in the fourth, BU pushed on the accelerator scoring three unanswered goals to put UMBC out of reach 15-6. A pair of late goals from UMBC finished the game up at 15-8 as Binghamton picked up their first conference win of the season.
"It was a tremendous win, about as good as I've seen," head coach Scott Nelson said after the win. "We really put it all together tonight from start to finish. The kids seemed to really enjoy themselves out there, they were loose but ready to play which is always what you want to see as a coach."
Planck paced the Bearcats with five goals and two assists on the night, as Antinozzi had a historic evening of his own scoring four goals and two assists. As mentioned earlier, his 32 goals is now a new program record and with his two assists, he improved his point total to 46, passing the eight-year record set in 2004 by Matt McNamara.
Binghamton was dominant in the face-off circle winning a season-high 19-of-27 attempts. The Bearcats were extremely efficient and accurate shooting this evening scoring 15 goals on 29 shots and were nearly perfect on clears completing 16-of-17 tries. With their 15 goals, Binghamton finished the season with a BU record of 9.54 goals per game.
The seniors were also in top form tonight as Chris Cook was a career-best 18-of-25 (.720) on face-offs scooping up 14 ground balls for Binghamton. Senior Jordan Marra made 11 saves in his third victory of the season and winds up third in program history with 179 career saves. Fellow seniors Ben Waldron, Jeff Donigan and Ryan Button combined to force five turnovers and eight ground balls in their final game in a Bearcat uniform.
"From day one the seniors have been an absolute pleasure to work with," Nelson said. "They worked hard and set a great example for the rest of the team. It was great to finish out their careers with a win and we wish them only the best."