BALTIMORE –UMBC sophomore midfielder Billy Nolan (Crofton, Md./Arundel) scored three goals and freshman attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) added two, including the game-winner with 3:13 remaining as the Retrievers rallied for a 7-6 America East Conference victory over Binghamton at UMBC Stadium.
The Retrievers improved to 3-1 in league play, tying the Bearcats for second place behind 4-0 Albany. UMBC has won five of its last seven games and is 5-6 overall, while the Bearcats’ winning streak of eight came to a close as they fell to 9-2.
The game was knotted at 5-5 after 45 minutes, but Binghamton’s Joe Licata gave the visitors a 6-5 advantage on an assisted score with 6:07 remaining. UMBC won the ensuing draw and, just 64 seconds after Binghamton scored, Nolan scored his third goal of the game, ripping home a high, hard shot off a strong drive toward the middle of the field.
Binghamton had the next possession, but Tom Moore’s shot was blocked in front of the cage and UMBC cleared. On a broken play, Frawley got the ball behind the net, drove out front and bounced his 13th goal of the season past Bearcat netminder Tanner Cosens with 3:13 left on the clock.
UMBC won the ensuing draw, but Cosens intercepted a pass with two minutes left and the Bearcats cleared to set up for a game-tying attempt. But Retriever senior netminder Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) saved a shot by Binghamton’s Stephen Petrelli with 63 seconds left and the Retrievers cleared and called time out with 40 seconds left. .
The Bearcats attempted to force a quick turnover, but got called for pushing and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties with 33 seconds left However, Binghamton stayed with the double team on the ball, caused a miscue and pushed the ball up the field. But Moore was body checked by UMBC senior defensive midfielder Dylan McDermott (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) entering the box with 24 seconds left. The Retrievers gobbled up the ground ball, wasted precious seconds before heaving the ball into the Bearcat end and the clock expired before the visitors could move the ball up the field.
UMBC outshot Binghamton, 32-19, and Souder made seven saves. Cosens responded with eight for his side and also picked off a pair of UMBC passes.
Licata led all scorers with four points on three goals and one helper, while Moore scored a pair of goals.
The six goals scored by the Bearcats was a season-low.
It certainly did not look like Binghamton would be held to six goals in the early going, as they jumped out to a 4-1 first quarter lead. UMBC scored first, as sophomore Gunnar Schimoler (Edgewater, Md./South River) pumped home a shot after classmate Ryan Baker (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) set him up with 8:35 to play in the period. But Licata scored twice in that 4-0 run which covered a span of 4:36.
The teams exchanged goals in the second quarter before Frawley scored a man-up goal just as a Binghamton penalty expired with 2:24 to play in the half. It was Frawley’s fifth extra-man goal of the season.
Trailing 5-3 at intermission, and with both teams playing outstanding defense, UMBC would strike twice in a 12-second span in the third quarter. Nolan scored with 6:33 to play in the frame, and, after capturing a ground ball on the ensuing draw, McDermott bounced a heavy shot just under the cross bar to knot the score at 5-all.
UMBC takes to the road to face America East rival Hartford on Saturday, April 22. Face-off time at Al-Marzook Stadium is slated for noon.
Notes: UMBC’s last 3-1 start in America East play took place in 2014, when the Retrievers last reached the America East Tournament and its championship match… The Retrievers trailed, 5-0, to UMass Lowell, before rallying for a 10-6 victory two weeks ago… The three-goal game is Nolan’s second of the season and 10 of his 12 goals have occurred in AE play… Senior attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) did not start due to illness, but contributed an assist and has registered points in all 11 games this season.