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Binghamton Women's Lacrosse earns 15-6 victory over UMass-Lowell

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Renee Kiviat had one of the best games of her career, and the Binghamton women's lacrosse team (5-5, 1-1 America East) defeated America East foe UMass Lowell (0-11, 0-1) today by a score of 15-6 on Binghamton's home turf.

"I'm proud of the effort that we put out there today, especially from our bench players," expressed head coach Stephanie Allen. "We had a lot of girls step out on the field today, make an impact, and get some quality minutes. I think it's important that we continue to build on our depth with this program, and today I think we showed that."

The game started out back-and-forth, with the teams trading each of the first four goals. Kiviat tallied her first goal less than a minute in, and Tiffany Ryan scored Binghamton's second at 23:51. Tied at two with less than 20 minutes left in the first half, the Bearcats would go on a 6-2 run to close out the period.

Brianna Russo broke the 2-2 tie with her first goal of the game, and Alex Fisher and Sophia Racciatti would soon follow with their firsts as well. Kiviat then registered her second of the game, and would add three and four after a Riverhawks goal. UMass Lowell would add one more goal before the half, and BU led 8-4 after the first period.

The Bearcats came out hot in the second half, scoring the first six goals. "(At halftime) we just talked about valuing the ball really, and creating second opportunities through our ride," remarked Allen. "I thought our attack did a nice job today, in putting the ball on the ground in the ride, and then our defenders and midfielders coming up with the ball and getting it back to our offensive end."

Callon Williams opened the half with a free position goal, and Kiviat soon added goals five and six on the day, with both being of the highlight reel variety.

The fifth came at 26:14, in which another Bearcat ripped a shot on net that was saved by the UMass keeper. The ball ricocheted into the air, where Kiviat caught and shot it all in one motion, beating the goalie.

Five minutes later, Sophia Racciatti had the ball behind the Riverhawk net, and fired a high pass out in front of the goal. Kiviat reached her stick up as high as she could, and again caught and shot all in one motion.

Binghamton would close out the 6-0 run with three free position goals: first by Brianne Arthur, then Alex Fisher, and again Arthur.

The six goals are a career-high for Kiviat, and give her a team-leading 18 for the season. The total is also the most by any Bearcat in one game since 2012, and was one away from tying Binghamton's single-game record.

"I couldn't have done it without the team, they really helped me. It was really a team effort," replied the senior. "I'm just trying to help lead the team and be the best captain and leader out there on the field."

"She's a player that today, I thought just executed our game plan very well," admitted Coach Allen. "She understood where we were looking to place our shots, she did a great job of recognizing opportunities when she found herself open out on the field, and just all-in-all played a real complete game."

UMass Lowell would add two mores, and Sophia Racciatti closed the scoring with 8:54 left.

The win bumps Binghamton back up to .500 overall and within the conference. They return to action this Wednesday, April 1 at #12 Stony Brook at 7 p.m.

(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)