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Antinozzi lifts Men’s Lacrosse to a 14-13 OT Win Over Stony Brook
Springer scores career-high six goals in Bearcats' thrilling victory.
April 6, 2013Tweet
Stony Brook, NY—Junior Michael Antinozzi netted the game-winner with 1:06 remaining in the first overtime period, lifting Binghamton to a heart pumping 14-13 victory over Stony Brook Saturday afternoon from LaValle Stadium. After allowing nine unanswered goals, Binghamton (5-5, 1-1 AE) regrouped and picked up their first conference win of the season off the long range heroics from Antinozzi, who finished with a pair of goals on the afternoon. Junior Matt Springer recorded a career-high tying six goals in the win as the Bearcats secured their first win over Stony Brook since 2005.
Down 13-4 with nearly 20 minutes left in the game, Stony Brook nearly completed a historic comeback against the Bearcats. The Seawolves scored a pair of goals in the third quarter to bring the deficit down to seven at the end of the third and continued to make the charge back. SBU scored another four unanswered scores just eight minutes into the quarter and later brought the score to 13-11 after a Jeff Tundo tally with under six minutes remaining. Now at 13-12, freshman standout Brody Eastwood evened the score at 13 with just 57 ticks remaining, completing the 9-0 Stony Brook run . The Bearcats were unable to score on their final possession as the game moved to a first overtime.
In the overtime, junior Alex Doerflein won the opening faceoff to give Binghamton the ball first. The Bearcats committed a turnover after Brandon Planck stepped in the crease to give the charging Seawolves the ball with three minutes remaining. After a Binghamton timeout, senior Shane Warner made a great defensive stand and forced a SBU turnover that was scooped up by junior goalie Max Schefler. Following a successful clear, Antinozzi controlled the ball at the point of attack. The quick midfielder dodged right stetted his shoulders and launched a 10-yard shot over the reach of Stony Brook goalie Dan Shaughnessy and into the corner for the victory. The goal was Antinozzi’s 16th goal of the season.
“During the timeout in overtime I told the guys once we got the ball we wanted to get Mike (Antinozzi) a chance to make something happen,” head coach Scott Nelson said afterwards. “Shane (Warner) made a great defensive stand to allow us the opportunity to get back on offense. It was a great shot from Mike and really just a huge win for us because of who it was against. There’s a reason we hadn’t beat them since 2005 and its because they are a pretty darn good program. The guys are really thrilled and I’m just excited for them.”
Seven players scored in Binghamton’s best offensive output in 2013. Springer’s six goals came on just eight shots all afternoon to pace the visitors. Senior midfielder Tyler Perrelle had a strong game out of the midfield, collecting four points on one goal and a career-high tying three assists. Planck joined Antinozzi with a two-goal effort for BU who outshot SBU 44-31.
Doerflein won a career-best 19-of-31 faceoffs Saturday, tying a career-high with 13 ground balls. Warner was also great for Binghamton on the defensive side of the ball, securing a career-high of six ground balls and two caused turnovers against the Seawolves. Schefler improved to 5-5 in cage this season, making 9 saves on the afternoon.
Shaughnessy played terrific in the fourth quarter for Stony Brook, making all six of his saves in the stanza. Both Challen Rogers and Eastwood collected hat tricks for the Seawolves, who continue America East play against UMBC next Saturday.
In the first half, the Seawolves opened up the scoring just under three minutes into the contest. Eastwood’s team leading 25th score of the season put the hosts ahead 1-0. The visiting Bearcats responded well, going on a 3-0 run over the next six minutes, including a pair of scores from Springer. SBU put a halt to Binghamton’s run, erasing the deficit to one as the first quarter came to a close.
Picking up where he left off in the first, Springer buried his third goal of the game off the feed from Perrelle. Perrelle’s feed was his second of the game and quite a historic assist as well. He now has 51 career assists in a BU uniform, making him the program leader in that category. No more than a minute later, junior midfielder Kelly Donigan put Binghamton ahead three with his ninth goal of the year. The assist on Donigan’s goal was credited to freshman Zachary Scaduto, his first of his career.
Later in the quarter, Antinozzi made the score 6-2 with a low lefty strike from eight yards out and Springer added to the lead with his fourth score of the game. Stony Brook tallied on one goal to complete the half, but Binghamton completely held the momentum as they held a 16-2 shot advantage in the second.
The Bearcats outscored Stony Brook 6-3 in the third quarter, led by a pair of scores from Springer. He pushed his season goal total to 23, becoming the first player in school history to have three consecutive 20-goal seasons to begin a career.
BU now improves their record to 4-10 all-time versus Stony Brook with the win as they look to continue their winning ways next weekend against Hartford. Binghamton is 8-3 all-time versus the Hawks who are 4-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play this season.