Bement, Planck Earn Final Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards of 2011
Bement made 14 saves on 20 UMBC shots on goal to lead Hartford to a 10-6 win Saturday. The victory gave the Hawks the No. 2 seed for the upcoming America East Championship, their best finish since the 2003 season. The junior goalkeeper helped hold UMBC to just two second-half goals, including none in the third quarter, and also picked up four ground balls. Bement, who missed nine games due to injury this season, has an 8.24 goals-against average and a .568 save percentage since his return.
Planck scored two crucial goals in Binghamton's 8-7 win over Albany Saturday, which propelled the Bearcats into a second-place tie in the America East standings and gave them seven wins on the season, their most since 2006. After Albany rallied from four goals down to tie the contest at six, Planck gave the Bearcats a 7-6 lead with 7:39 left in the fourth quarter. The Great Danes evened the game again minutes later, but Planck, who has 12 goals on the season, scored again with just 20 seconds left to seal the Binghamton win.
After winning its fifth straight game and improving to 9-3 on the season, Stony Brook rose one spot to 13th in the USILA Coaches' Poll and remained at 13th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. With their win over Vermont Sunday, the Seawolves became the first America East team to complete consecutive unbeaten league schedules since Hofstra accomplished the feat three times from 1996-98.
The 2011 America East Championship will begin with semifinal action on Wednesday, May 4 when top-seeded Stony Brook hosts fourth-seeded Binghamton in one contest and second-seeded Hartford hosts third-seeded UMBC in the other. Both games will start at 7 p.m. with the winners advancing to the championship game, which will be played on Saturday, May 7 at the higher remaining seed and televised nationally on CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m.
Albany (5-10, 0-5 AE) ended a four-game losing streak with a 12-10 victory over Siena on April 26 and ended the season with an 8-7 loss at Binghamton on April 30 … the Great Danes will miss the America East Conference postseason tournament for the first time since joining the league in 2002 … Albany ended a string of seven consecutive road losses, dating back to last year's conference championship game, with the Siena win … freshman Ty Thompson (Hogansburg, N.Y./Salmon River Central) scored three times, all in a third-quarter outburst, that reversed an 8-6 deficit … Brian Caufield (Bay Shore, N.Y./West Islip) added two goals and two assists as his team avenged last year’s one-goal defeat in the Capital Region series … Caufield, a senior attackman, ended his career seventh on the program’s all-time scoring list with 162 points (70 goals, 92 assists) … Miles Thompson (Nedrow, N.Y./LaFayette) added one goal and a career-high three assists … Thompson finished up his freshman campaign by scoring two-plus points in nine straight games … the Great Danes went winless in conference play for the first time with the one-goal loss at Binghamton … Brandon Planck scored with 20 seconds remaining … Albany has a 34-27 record in Division I games decided by two goals or less … Joe Resetarits (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) had two goals and one assist and drew his team even at seven apiece with 6:02 left … Resetarits has scored a goal in 33 consecutive games, tying Virginia's Chris Bocklet for the nation's longest streak… the junior midfielder owns a 34-game, point-scoring streak, matching the sixth-longest in the nation … Resetarits tallied his 100th career point vs. Siena, and has 78 goals and 25 assists … captains Kyle Crotty (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) and Caufield wrapped up their collegiate careers, along with starting defensemen Mike Banks (Norwalk, Conn./ Brien McMahon) and Scott Raffensperger (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland).
Binghamton (7-7, 3-2 AE) earned a share of second-place in the regular-season standings following a thrilling, 8-7, victory over Albany Saturday night ... The Bearcats snapped a three-game losing streak to the Great Danes and extended their winning streak to five straight at home ... Freshman attackman Brandon Planck (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) fired home the game-winner with 20 seconds remaining ... Junior goalie Jordan Marra (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Baldwinsville) tallied 11 saves and allowed only seven goals in earning his second consecutive win ... He shut out the Great Danes for the opening 28:56 of the contest ... With seven wins on the year, Binghamton matched the win total of the 2006 squad for the second winningest season in school history ... The Bearcats, who were tabbed sixth in the America East preseason poll, finished in a three-way tie for second place in the regular-season standings at 3-2. Due to the tiebreaking procedure, Binghamton earned a No. 4 seed heading into next week's America East Tournament and will face nationally-ranked Stony Brook in the semifinal round ... Binghamton is 1-5 all-time in the semifinal round of the America East Tournament, with its only win coming against Stony Brook back in 2004 ... Binghamton will be making its seventh postseason appearance since the team's inception in 2002.
Hartford (9-6, 3-2 AE) secured the second seed in the upcoming America East Championship with a 10-6 victory over the visiting UMBC Retrievers on Senior Night at Al-Marzook Field ... In its first postseason appearance since 2003, Hartford will host UMBC, the tournament's third seed, on Wed., May 4 in the semifinal round at 7 p.m. ... Hartford's 3-2 mark in league play is the best since 2003 when it went 4-1 in the America East ... The Hawks' nine wins in 2011 surpassed their win total from the last four seasons combined ... The Hawks received a season-best 14-save effort in the cage from junior Scott Bement (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) and classmate Carter Bender (Caledon, Ontario/Brewster Academy) netted a hat trick and finished with four points to help the squad coast to the four-goal win ... Hartford, which never trailed in the contest, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 9:49 ... UMBC tied the game at 3-3 and following a 4-4 deadlock at the half, the Hawks went on a 5-0 run and outscored UMBC, 6-2, over the final 30 minutes ... Senior Tim Fallon (Lowell, Mass./Lawrence Academy) picked up a game-high eight ground balls ... With 131 ground balls this season, the face-off specialist matched last year's amount which set the program's all-time record ... Hartford honored its seven seniors prior to opening face-off ... The senior class compiled 15 wins over its four-year career while leading the Hawks to their best season since 2003.
For the first time in eight America East Championships, UMBC (6-6, 3-2 AE) will be the lower-seeded team in the semifinals ... In the 10-6 loss at Hartford, the Retrievers were deadlocked at 4-all at the half, but were outscored, 4-0, in the third quarter ... The Retrievers have been outscored, 36-16, in the third quarter this season... UMBC outshot UH, 49-29, but only managed one goal on eight man-up opportunities ... Sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) scored a pair of goals vs. the Hawks, and has 17 of his 22 goals on the season in his last eight games ... Junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage) led the visitors with a goal and two assists and he and Jones share the team lead with 30 points ... Senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's) did not play vs. the Hawks due to injury and the Retrievers' first midfielder consisted of a sophomore - Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./The Hill School) and two freshmen - Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul's) and Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys' Latin) ... The Hawks have won three straight games vs. UMBC, after the Retrievers won the first five in the series by an average of 9.4 goals per game ... Saturday's game was the 250th at UMBC for head coach Don Zimmerman. ... UMBC is in search of its fourth America East title - they earned championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
#13/14 Stony Brook (9-3, 5-0 AE) closed out the regular season with a 12-9 win at Vermont ... the win gave the Seawolves an outright America East regular season title and undefeated conference season for a second straight season ... the last team to go undefeated in conference play in back-to-back seasons was Hofstra (1996-98) ... Stony Brook has not lost a game against an America East foe since losing in the league championship game to UMBC on May 2, 2009 ... senior Jordan McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia/New Westminster) led Stony Brook with four goals ... he has 165 for his career, tying him with Doug Knight for 16th all-time in Division I history ... he also recorded his 29th career hat trick, tops among all active players ... the Seawolves are 11-0 against Vermont after opening up a seven-goal lead and cruising to the victory ... Stony Brook is the top seed in the America East Championship for the second straight season and will host Binghamton on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
Vermont (6-9, 1-4 AE) wrapped up the 2011 season on Saturday with a 12-9 home loss to #14/13 Stony Brook on Senior Day … Junior Geoff Worley (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) led the Catamounts with two goals and two assists, while senior Kyle Sminkey (White River Jct., Vt./Hartford) added two goals … The Cats trailed, 4-3, before the Seawolves created distance by scoring seven of the next eight goals … Vermont would cut it to three with 3:57 to go on a Worley tally, but that would be as close at it would get … With a goal on Saturday, sophomore A.J. Masson (Newmarket, Ontario/St. Andrew's College) became the seventh different Catamount to reach double figures in goals on the season … Worley has now scored a goal in 10 straight games … Stony Brook was the third nationally ranked team that Vermont had faced this season (Virginia and Denver) … The six wins this season for UVM were the most since 2006 … Prior to the game, Catamount seniors Derek Lichtfuss (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's), Liam Thomas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), Sminkey, Tom Frasca (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), Max Gradinger (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines), Evan O'Brien (Winthrop, Mass./Phillips Exeter Academy), Matt Jankow (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West), Harris Middel (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) and Granger Jewett (Summit, N.J./Summit) were each honored for playing in their final home contest.