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UMBC’s season ends in AEC semifinals

Ryan Frawley was one of the four Retriever underclassmen to score against Binghamton in their AEC semifinals game.

While the UMBC Retrievers men’s lacrosse team went one-and-done in the America East Conference tournament with a 9-4 loss to the Binghamton Bearcats in the semifinals held in Albany, it does not mean 2017 was not a major success for the team.

Under first-year head coach Ryan Moran, the Retriever had a great turnaround season, going from one AEC win in each of the last two seasons to second place this year with a 4-2 league record. UMBC was picked to finish fifth in the seven-team conference in the preseason polls.

UMBC finished the year with a 6-8 record, their most wins since 2014.

“We are grateful for the senior leadership that (the seniors) gave us,” Moran said. “We came in as a new staff and they welcomed us with open arms and did everything we asked them to do. A lot of our success was a by-product of how selfless the senior class was.”

But while the senior class might have been the driving force behind the success of the season, the youth of the team showed why there is great promise for the future of the Retrievers. Sophomore midfielder Billy Nolan and freshman attacker Ryan Frawley each had one goal and one assist in the game. Sophomores Gunnar Schimolar and Jack Andrews also scored goals in the game.

UMBC was caught in another tough defensive battle with the Bearcats, much like their regular season grinder against them in mid-April. This time, however, the Bearcats were able to get the momentum going in the second half.

The two teams went back-and-forth evenly for the first six goals of the game. Two of Binghamton’s three goals in the stretch were man-up goals while Nolan and Frawley hooked up twice for scores. First, Nolan fed Frawley evened the game at 2-2 by the end of the first quarter. Frawley then scored Nolan with 5:18 left in the second quarter to make it a 3-3 game.

But UMBC was not able to respond to Binghamton’s next goal. Joe Licata put the Bearcats ahead 2:39 left in the second quarter and Matthew Kaser score again for the Bearcats with 61 seconds left to make it a 5-3 game at the intermission.

UMBC just continued to struggle offensively in the third quarter and were shutout in the third quarter. They did not score again until three minutes were off the clock in the fourth quarter. Binghamton extended their fun to five straight with three more goals in the third quarter.

After Schimoler ended UMBC’s scoring drought in the fourth quarter, Binghamton added one more goal to their lead late in the fourth period.

Jake Brothers took every faceoff for the Retrievers and went 10-for-16, but UMBC was just edged 26-24 in shots. Meanwhile, Binghamton goalkeeper Tanner Cosens made nine saves.

The game was the final collegiate contest for nine seniors on the Retrievers’ team, including captains Max Maxwell and Ruston Souder, both of whom started the game and most of the season.

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