America East tournament

UMBC advances to final, 11-7

Albany romps past Stony Brook, 17-5

college lacrosse

May 04, 2007|By From staff reports

Senior Drew Westervelt scored five goals and freshman Cayle Ratcliffe added four as second-seeded UMBC beat third-seeded Binghamton, 11-7, in Albany, N.Y., yesterday in an America East tournament semifinal.

The Retrievers (10-4) won for the sixth straight time to register their second consecutive 10-plus-win season. They advanced to take on top seed and host Albany in the championship game tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Albany (13-2) routed fourth-seeded Stony Brook, 17-5, as Merrick Thomson scored a season-high seven goals and had two assists. In the first semifinal, UMBC led for much of the game. After the Bearcats (4-9) scored first, Westervelt tied the game and Ratcliffe scored two more first-quarter scores for a 3-2 edge.

Binghamton tied the score again early in the second quarter, but Ratcliffe put UMBC ahead to stay with an unassisted goal at the 11:08 mark and Westervelt scored on a fast break two minutes later to give UMBC a 5-3 halftime lead.

The Retrievers increased the lead to 7-3, but the Bearcats scored three unanswered goals to pull within one with 11:18 left in the game.

But Westervelt scored from the left wing at the 9:11 mark and classmate Andy Gallagher added an insurance goal with 6:51 remaining.

Binghamton's Jake Boyce brought his team to within 9-7 with 5:44 left, but midfielder Mike Carmardo fed Ratcliffe, who scored nine seconds later. Gallagher added an empty-net goal with 2:03 remaining.

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