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Men’s Lacrosse loses hard fought battle with #3 Cornell 17-12

Bearcats (1-1) receive 10 points combined between Perrelle and Antinozzi

February 28, 2012

Men’s Lacrosse loses hard fought battle with #3 Cornell 17-12

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Ithaca, NY-  Binghamton (1-1) battled the third ranked Cornell Big Red (1-0) to the wire, but came up short late in the second half as they fell 17-12 at Schoellkopf Field in nearby Ithaca, NY. The Bearcats held a 10-9 lead with 4:45 remaining in the third period before surrendering a 6-0 Big Red run that was propelled by senior all-american Rob Pannell, who finished the evening with a career-high six goals.

Cornell came out strong as they took an early 2-0 lead, but Binghamton would not budge as sophomore attackman Brandon Planck fired a shot over the left shoulder of Cornell keeper Brian O’Donnell, knotting the game up at two with 6:18 remaining in the first period of play. After three straight goals from the home squad, junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle twisted and turned his way from behind the net and unleashed a rocket into the back of the net to finish up the first period leaving the Bearcats down just 5-3.

Perrelle made it 5-4 by recovering a loose ball and slotting one home between the legs of the Cornell goalie. After a goal from Cornell’s Chris Langton made it 8-5, sophomore midfielder Kelly Donigan’s goal made the deficit just two, 8-6, heading into intermission.

BU came out in the second-half blazing as sophomore Michael Antinozzi scored just 15 seconds into the third quarter on a man-up opportunity. A little over three minutes later, senior long stick midfielder Ben Waldron picked up a ground ball and found an open Planck for his second goal of the contest and third of the season. Now with the score at 9-7, Binghamton reeled off three straight goals, capped off by two long range efforts from Antinozzi. The sophomore midfielder rifled a 15 yard shot in the upper left corner that gave Binghamton their first and only lead of the game at 10-9 with 4:45 left in the third.

Cornell regained their footing by going on a 6-0 run that was bridged between the third and fourth quarters. Senior Rob Pannell added two goals and three assists to his six- goal, four-assist effort during this stretch. Senior attackman John Clark added a pair of goals to cut the lead down to just three with 3:40 remaining, but Cornell added a pair of late goals to put the game out of reach.

“I’m proud of the way our team performed against an excellent Cornell team,” head coach Scott Nelson said. “Our kids fought hard and we were battling right until the end. We had a few lapses on defense during the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference. There were certainly good things to take away from tonight’s game, but we can certainly improve.”

Antinozzi notched his second consecutive hat trick with four goals against the Big Red. Antinozzi now has seven goals and is just seven shy of his total from a season ago. Fellow midfielder Tyler Perrelle had an outstanding all-around game registering three goals and three assists for the 1-1 Bearcats. Perrelle claimed his first career hat trick in a BU uniform and now has a team leading eight points. Freshman goalie Colin Nesdale logged over 43 minutes of action in net and was excellent in his debut. Despite allowing 12 goals to Cornell’s high powered offense, the freshman made 12 saves, many of which were acrobatic stops that displayed his excellent athleticism.

The Bearcats return to action this Saturday as they head to Geneva, NY to take on the Hobart Statesman (0-1) at 1 pm. Binghamton defeated Hobart 11-5 last season behind two goals from John Clark.

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