America East Top Seed Still In Play as UMBC Visits Binghamton Sunday

April 27, 2012 | WNST Staff

UMBC (5-6, 3-1 America East) takes on host Binghamton (3-9, 0-4) in the regular season finale at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Saturday, April 28. The Retrievers are seeking a victory to post their first back-to-back wins of the season and clinch at least one home game in next week’s America East Conference Championships. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

JR A Scott Jones capped a miraculous rally with a goal at the 1:43 mark of overtime and the Retrievers edged Albany, 17-16, at UMBC Stadium on Senior Day. With the victory, UMBC clinched a spot in the America East four-team playoffs for the ninth time in nine conference seasons.

The Retrievers (3-1 AEC) also will have a winning league record in America East for the ninth consecutive year.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS:

UMBC will be the No. 1 seed if…

The Retrievers defeat Binghamton and Albany defeats Stony Brook

UMBC will be the No. 2 seed if…

Stony Brook defeats Albany

UMBC will be the No. 3 seed if…

UMBC loses to Binghamton and Albany defeats Stony Brook

SO M Phil Poe was been named America East Conference Player of the Week. Poe tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs in the 17-16 overtime victory over Albany. Poe is ranked 14th in the country in ground balls per game (5.91) and 21st in face-off winning pct. (55.5).

Jones has scored 17 goals in his last five outings and became the first Retrievers since Alex Hopmann (36) in 2009 to reach the 30-goal plateau with 31 scores. he is tenth in the nation with 2.82 goals per game.

SO A Joe Lustgarten is 7th in the country with 2.0 assists per game.

The 17 goals scored by UMBC was its most since a 17-10 win over Rutgers in 2009… The 33 goals combined by the two squads was the most in a Retriever contest since an 18-15 loss at Towson early in the 1998 campaign.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is now 36-10 in nine years of America East competition and 20-4 at UMBC Stadium. UMBC has never lost back-to-back regular season contests in league play.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-16 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.

In 2012, UMBC is 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.

UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.

SCOUTING THE BEARCATS

Binghamton dropped its third straight game last Saturday with a 11-5 defeat at Vermont, eliminating the Bearcats from playoff contention.

SO M Michael Antinozzi registered a goal and two assists, while fellow midfielder Tyler Perrelle chipped in with a goal and an assist in the losing effort.

Antinozzi improved his point per game total to 3.25 (28 goals, 11 assists, 4th in AE) and is just one goal shy of tying the BU season scoring record with 29 goals. Perrell has 23 goals in 2012.

The game will feature the Bearcats seven seniors which include Ryan Button, Ben Waldron, John Clark, Jeff Donigan, Jordan Marra, Chris Cook and Nick Marshall. The Bearcats are 3-2 at home in 2012.

The Bearcats lead America East with 36.3 shots per game, but are last in shooting accuracy at 25.0 percent.

Binghamton also leads America East with 8.25 caused turnovers per contest.

THE SERIES

Binghamton won the first match-up between the two teams in 2004 (5-4), but UMBC has won the last 11 straight.

The last two AEC tournament games between the two teams have gone to overtime in 2008 and 2009.

Due to playoff games at UMBC, four of the last five meetings have occurred at UMBC Stadium. Six of the 12 meetings have been decided by three goals or fewer. Dave Brown scored three goals and added an assist as the host Retrievers edged Binghamton, 8-6, in the last meeting on April 9, 2011. UMBC used a 6-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the contest. Rob Grimm had three goals and two assists and Nick Doub had a career-best 3-point game (2g, 1a) in UMBC’s 12-6 win at Binghamton in 2010. Adam Cohen recorded that win in goal.

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