Vestal, N.Y. – UMBC held host Binghamton off the scoreboard for the final 47:02 of the game and defeated the Bearcats, 5-2, in chilly conditions at Bearcats Sports Complex.
The Retrievers improved to 2-2 in the America East Conference and 4-7 overall. UMBC followed up its 11-7 win over No. 1 Albany a week ago and posted back-to-back victories for the first time in 2018.
Junior midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) scored a pair of goals, while freshmen attackman Brett Baucia (Crofon, Md./Archbishop Spalding) recorded a goal and an assist and junior attackman Jack Andrews (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) contributed two assists.
UMBC held Binghamton to 23 shots and Retriever freshman goalkeeper Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) made eight stops and allowed just the two goals.
The two goals allowed by UMBC is the fewest since defeating Monmouth, 4-2, in 2015.
UMBC also snapped an eight-game road losing streak and won in Binghamton for the first time since 2010. The win also halted a three-game winning streak for the Bearcats, who had averaged 16.0 goals per game in that span.
Binghamton fell to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in America East.
Binghamton opened the score just 75 seconds into the game, but the Retrievers would only permit one more score over the final 58:45. Nolan would even the score at 1-1 on a feed to the inside from junior attackman Andrews at the 12:36 mark. The Bearcats struck back 34 seconds later after winning the ensuing draw and took a 2-1 lead after the first period.
After losing all four first quarter draws, the Retrievers captured the opening face-off of the second quarter and cashed in when Nolan rifled one home from deep middle to knot the score at 2-2 at 1:24 mark
Freshman midfielder Michael Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) would tally the eventual game-winning goal, converting a feed from Baucia, on tough right angle shot to give UMBC its first lead at 3-2 at the 6:43 mark.
For third consecutive game, UMBC did not allow a second quarter goal.
The Retrievers controlled the time of possession in the third quarter, but neither team could dent the scoreboard. The drama increased with every possession in the fourth quarter as both Lingner and Binghamton netminder Kevin Carbone turned away four shots. Finally, UMBC broke the drought as Andrews fed Baucia in the middle of the Bearcat defense and the first-year player netted his third of the season with 4:45 remaining.
With Binghamton doubling the ball in the closing moments, freshman Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) finalized the scoring by beating a double-team from behind the cage and scoring with 1:21 remaining.
Carbone was credited with 10 saves, as UMBC outshot Binghamton, 35-23.
The shutout pitched by the UMBC defense in the second half is the fifth in the Retrievers’ NCAA Division I history.
UMBC will complete the home regular season slate when Hartford visits on April 21. The Retrievers will honors their seniors prior to the noon face-off.