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Defense Powers Men’s Lacrosse To 6-2 Win Over Hobart

Schefler makes 15 saves in Bearcats home opener

March 2, 2013


Defense Powers Men’s Lacrosse To 6-2 Win Over Hobart

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Vestal, N.Y.—Binghamton (1-2) held Hobart (1-2) scoreless for an incredible 51-minute stretch on their way to a 6-2 non-conference victory from the Bearcats Sports Complex Saturday afternoon. Michael Antinozzi netted a pair of goals in the win, but the defining story of the game was on defense. Led by junior goalie Max Schefler’s 15 saves, the defense held the Statesmen in check. Coming into the game, Hobart was the seventh best scoring offense in the nation at 14.5 goals per game.

“You can’t say enough about how our defense played today,” head coach Scott Nelson said afterwards. “To hold a team of Hobart’s caliber to just two goals is a really strong performance. Both Greg (Cove) and Garrett (Augustyn) anchored our back line and again Max (Schefler) was great in net for us once again.”

In the first half, the Statesmen got on the board just over three minutes in to take the early 1-0 lead. The Bearcats won the ensuing faceoff and put together a string of opportunities, until junior attack Matt Springer broke through in the fifth minute. The goal came unassisted and was his third of the season and 61st of his career. Just moments later, Antinozzi fired a shot past the Hobart goalie for his fifth score of the young season. Sophomore Tucker Nelson found a cutting Antinozzi from behind the net at the 9:16 mark. The Statesmen evened things at two off the goal from leading scorer Alex Love. Both teams were held in check the remaining six minutes of the quarter, leaving the game knotted at two.

The Bearcats held a majority of possession in the second quarter, outshooting their opponents 16-5. One of the shots that found the back of the net for Binghamton was practically off the first faceoff as J.T. Hauck scored his first goal of the season. Hauck’s goal, which put BU ahead 3-2, was a result of a great dodge from behind the net. The sophomore from Webster, NY beat his defender and rifled a jumping shot past Zonino.

Hauck’s score would be the last tally of the half as both goalkeepers kept it close. Zonino had seven saves for Hobart, while Schefler tallied six for the Bearcats. Binghamton went a perfect 12-of-12 on clears and held a 4-7 faceoff advantage.

Jumping ahead to the third quarter, Binghamton took advantage of an early man-up possession to snatch a two-goal advantage. Antinozzi deposited his second goal of the game into the back of the net off the feed from midfielder Tyler Perrelle. Less than three minutes later, Perrelle himself found the back of the net for Binghamton, giving his squad the 5-2 lead. Despite creating a multitude of chances, Binghamton was denied another goal in the period as Zonino made five saves; including a couple incredible saves to fend off further Bearcat goals.

Binghamton played their best defense in the fourth quarter when Hobart had to take a few chances down the stretch. BU had a part in seven turnovers by the Statesmen, led by a pair from Cove. Junior midfielder Kelly Donigan sealed it for the Bearcats with his second goal of the season off the pass from freshman Johnny Maher. For Maher, that was his first collegiate assist and point. Schefler continued his stellar play in the fourth, making six saves to increase his tally to 15. Schefler denied Love on back-to-back plays which drew a huge ovation from the 300-plus in attendance.

Binghamton outshot Hobart 49-27 on the afternoon, putting 23 on goal. The Bearcats bounced back from a tough outing on the faceoff X against Cornell, winning 6-of-12 on the afternoon. BU caused 14 Hobart turnovers and scooped up 33 ground balls in the win. Cove ended the game with four ground balls and four caused turnovers, and Augustyn added six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

BU plays next at Delaware on Saturday; this is the first time the two programs have met.

NOTES
Bighamton’s two goals allowed is the lowest total an opponent has recorded against them since 2008 when they defeated Marist 5-1… Augustyn’s six ground balls and three caused turnovers were both career highs for the junior… Antonzzi’s two-goal performance marks the 13th time he has recorded multi-goals in a game…Binghamton moves to 7-5 all-time in home openers.

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