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UMBC rolls to 4th straight blowout win

Lauren McDonald scored eight goals as UMBC blew out Binghamton.

Heading down the home stretch of the regular season and in crunch time, the UMBC Retrievers women’s lacrosse team is playing some great loss at the right time.

On Wednesday, the Retrievers earned their fourth straight victory and third straight conference win as they blew out the visiting Binghamton Bearcats, 21-10. They’ve also won six of their last seven games to improve to 10-4 on the year.

Lauren McDonald led UMBC with a career-high eight goals while three of her teammates had hat tricks as well. Sam Nolan had six points on three goals and three assists. Payton Van Kirk had five points with three goals and two assists. Carolyn Jamison had three points on three goals. Attacker Sara Moeller had five points with four assists in the effort.

McDonald scored the first two goals of the game, first just 69 seconds into the game off a free by Nolan before a free position score a minute and a half later.

Binghamton struck back and tied the game with two goals in a two-minute span, but the Retrievers pulled ahead for good with five straight scores in just a five-minute span. Binghamton was never allowed to cover. The Bearcats did end the run when Rebecca Golderman scored a free position goal, but Nolan and Van Kirk responded with two more UMBC goals.

Tiffany Ryan then scored again for Binghamton to make it a 9-4 game, but the Retrievers put things away with a seven-goal run to end the first half. UMBC led 16-4 at the break and earned a running clock with 8:12 left in the first half when Brittany Levine scored on an assist by Van Kirk.

The second half was much more closely contested than the first half, though UMBC did extend their lead by two at 20-6 with 12:38 remaining in the game on a score by Jamison.

Binghamton would go on a four-goal run down the final stretch of the game, but especially with the running clock. The great UMBC lead was way too much for Binghamton to attempt anything close to a comeback.

Nolan could score one more goal to secure the final 21-10 victory for UMBC.

UMBC outshot Binghamton 26-8 in the first half and 33-19 over the course of the game. UMBC beat Binghamton on ground balls, 17-7 and were a perfect 13-for-13 in clear attempts. The Retriever defense held the Bearcats to only 6-for-13 on clears while causing 10 of their 20 turnovers.

The Retrievers will face their toughest conference test of the year, hosting AEC Goliath Stony Brook on Saturday at 11 am.

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