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Men’s Lacrosse Loses 13-5 In Conference Home Opener To Stony Brook

Bearcats (3-7, 0-2 AE) received a pair of goals from sophomore Brandon Planck

April 7, 2012

Men’s Lacrosse Loses 13-5 In Conference Home Opener To Stony Brook

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Vestal, NY—The Binghamton men’s lacrosse team dropped to 0-2 in conference play with a 13-5 defeat at the hands of Stony Brook (3-7, 2-0 AE) Saturday evening at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Seawolves used a 6-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to pick up their second consecutive win of the season. Sophomore Brandon Planck tallied a pair of goals for the Bearcats (3-7, 0-2 AE), who managed a season-low five goals against the America East’s best goal scoring defense.

Trailing 5-2 at half time, BU started off slow in the third, allowing a pair of SBU goals to widen the gap at five with nearly 12 minutes left. Junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle stopped the bleeding momentarily firing a lefty bullet into the upper right corner of the net. With the score at 7-3, Stony Brook had a strong response, scoring the last three goals of the half, two of which were a man-up.

Three consecutive fourth quarter goals from redshirt freshman standout Mike Rooney all but sealed the deal for Stony Brook, who after a pair of late BU goals ended up with a 13-5 road victory. Rooney scored five goals pacing the Seawolves who now sit tied atop the America East standings at 2-0.

Despite outshooting Stony Brook by an astonishing 21 shots (48-27), Binghamton failed to capitalize off of some solid looks as Stony Brook’s Sean Brady stopped an incredible 17 shots. The Bearcats won the face-off battle quite handily (14-of-22), but still were bested on the ground as the visiting Seawolves tallied four more ground balls.

In the first half, Stony Brook jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead just over six minutes into the game. It was Planck who broke the nearly 12 minute scoreless drought with a goal generated off solid ball movement from one side of the field to the other. Sophomore Michael Antinozzi found Planck in front of the crease for one of his three assists on the evening. Then with 1:01 remaining in the first stanza, sophomore Kelly Donigan charged from behind the cage to reel off a lefty rope from a nearly impossible angle that hugged the right post and into the back of the goal.

In the second quarter, Binghamton outshot Stony Brook 9-3 but weren’t able to capitalize. In what was a defensive strong hold, Stony Brook tallied the quarter’s only score with a late Russ Bonanno goal heading into half. With their loss, Binghamton is now 0-7 when trailing at half time.

Three other BU players scored including Perrelle, who now extends his point streak to 17 games. Freshman Emmett O’Hara tallied his first collegiate goal in his first action of the season. Senior Jeff Donigan was solid at the midfield “x” winning 10-of-14 face-offs and contributing a team-high 6 ground balls. Senior goalie Jordan Marra made eight stops as he drops to 2-4 in net on the season.

BU returns to action next Saturday when the hit the road to take on 2011 America East defending champions Hartford. Binghamton defeated the Hawks 10-8 in their only meeting a season ago and hold a 7-3 all-time advantage over their America East counterparts. Face-off is set for 7 p.m.


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