ORONO, Maine — Eve L’Abbe scored from 20 yards out only five minutes into the game Thursday, leading the University of Maine to a 2-0 women’s soccer victory over Binghamton University in an America East quarterfinal at Alumni Field.
Coach Scott Atherley’s No. 3 Black Bears (9-5-4) advance to face No. 2 Stony Brook in Sunday’s 2 p.m. semifinal on Long Island. Sixth-seeded Binghamton wound up at 8-8-2.
Jordan Pellerin of Waterville scored the other goal at 12:50 of the first half when she headed in the rebound of a Maggie Malone shot off a corner kick that ricocheted off the crossbar and into the goalmouth.
Lauren Swant made two saves before leaving the game with a reported knee injury 27:26 into the first half. Freshman Claudia Dube-Trempe made three saves in relief.
Gaby Gold made four saves for the Bearcats.
At Charleston, W.Va., Katherine Ferland neted two goals and set up three others as the top-seeded Bengals advanced to the quarterfinals at the USCAA national tournament.
Kayle Richards scored twice while Saide Gosse, Ariane Laberge-Pelle and Ashley Williams scored a goal apiece for the University of Maine-Fort Kent. Tiffany Anderson and Nathale Michaud added assists. Kimika Forbes and Jessica Kozachuk made two saves each.
Colleen Bowes and Reda Vermilya combined for 13 saves for No. 8 Penn College.
At Charleston, W.Va., Emma LeGallais scored two goals and assisted on two others to power the Clippers to victory in the consolation bracket of the USCAA national tournament.
Cayla Thoma and Kylynn Adams each scored a goal for the University of Maine-Machias, while Kim Pratt posted two assists and Clayre Saunders added one. Jessica Bickford made one save.
Asenath Brooks and Jenniger McGinn combined to make 14 saves for Paul Smiths College.
UMaine captain Maggie Malone of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been named the America East Defender of the Year.
Malone also was a first-team choice after starting all 18 games and posting three goals and one assist. She is a key member of a UMaine’s defense that has allowed just 16 goals in 18 games this season.
Malone, a two-year captain, joins Linda Consolante Hathorn as the only Black Bears to win the award.
UMaine also placed Lisa Bijman on the all-league first team, while Charlene Achille, L’Abbe, Arianne Leclerc and Swant earned second-team recognition. Leclerc was an All-Rookie pick, while Bijman and L’Abbe were accorded All-Academic honors.
At Charleston, W.Va., Ben Kluvers scored a goal in each half to spark the No. 2 Bengals to victory in the second round of the USCAA national tournament.
Kluvers scored on a penalty kick and converted a Kennard Brown assist for the University of Maine-Fort Kent. Jamie Cleland made one save.
Daniel Olofinsua tallied five saves for No. 7 Washington Adventist.