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Men’s Lacrosse Late Rally Falls Short At Manhattan 11-10

Junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle registers a pair of goals and assists

March 17, 2012


Men’s Lacrosse Late Rally Falls Short At Manhattan 11-10

Box Score

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Riverdale, NY-  Binghamton’s (2-4) last stitch effort to tie the game up in the waning moments of an up-and down game came up just short as Manhattan (3-4) escaped with a late defensive stand to secure the 11-10 victory over the visiting Bearcats Saturday afternoon at Gaelic Park. In a game that saw four ties and four lead changes in the second half alone, BU trailed by just one heading into the last four minutes of play. BU had multiple scoring opportunities to knot things up at 11,  including their best chance coming with 46 seconds remaining as junior Tyler Perrelle’s attempt on net hit off the post. A late shot on goal was denied by Manhattan goalkeeper Rich Akapnitis, who was a thorn in the side of the Bearcats, stopping 19 saves on the afternoon.

“Give them (Manhattan) credit, they played a strong game,” head coach Scott Nelson said after the loss. “All day we weren’t able to get over the hump and give ourselves any breathing room. It seemed like every time a team went on a run there was an answer. We had a few opportunities late to tie things up, but they made the necessary defensive stands to close out the game.”

Sophomore Michael Antinozzi recorded yet another hat trick for the Bearcats with a game-high four goals. The sophomore standout was extremely accurate shooting (9 of 10 shots on goal) and raises his goals per game average to 3.83 .  Antinozzi has a team-high 23 goals on the season and is just six goals shy of the program season record set by teammate Matt Springer, who had back-to-back 29 goal seasons in 2010 and 11. Alongside Antinozzi, junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle had a four point day (2 goals, 2 assists) and freshman J.T. Hauck added a goal and two assists in the losing effort.

Antinozzi opened the scoring for the Bearcats just 1:53 into play, but the home squad responded with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead midway through the first. After Perrelle found Antonizzi for his second goal of the game, Manhattan raced out on a 3-0 run to secure a 5-2 lead just minutes into the second quarter of action.

Binghamton responded of the face-off win by senior Jeff Donigan, who found freshman long stick defender Frank Gluchowski netting his first career goal to stop the Jasper run. Building off the Gluchowski score, Binghamton was boosted by a goal and an assist from sophomore attackman Brandon Planck. Planck found the back of the net at the 12:33 mark in the second and later found a cutting Antinozzi for the goal and their first lead, 6-5, since they opened up 1-0 to start the game. Manhattan shook of the torrid BU attack with a pair of goals themselves, taking a 7-6 lead into half.

Both teams traded the lead to begin the third quarter as Binghamton saw themselves trailing by one with just under a minute to go. It was Antinozzi who answered the call, firing a shot past Akapnitis, securing the 9-9 tie and leaving the final 15 minutes of play to decide both teams’ fate. After a Manhattan score, Antinozzi fired a shot that was saved, but luckily for BU, the ball found its way to Perrelle who wouldn’t be denied. The goal tied the score up with just over nine minutes remaining. At the six minute mark, Binghamton threatened again, as senior attackman John Clark’s attempt on net clanged off the post, giving the home squad a giant sigh of relief.

With 4:07 left, Manhattan’s Jarvis Manh recorded his third goal of the afternoon, giving the Jaspers a one-point cushion heading into crunch time. After Perrelle’s attempt hit the post with 46 seconds remaining, BU senior goal keeper Jordan Marra pressured Manh into a turnover as head coach Scott Nelson and company quickly signaled for a timeout with just 22 seconds remaining. Antinozzi’s shot attempt flew by just wide and a last second attempt from Hauck was saved by Akapnitis as the clock ran out.

Sophomore Brandon Planck was active on the afternoon tallying a career-high four ground balls, two assists and a goal. Senior Jeff Donigan was effective at the face-off position winning 10-of-19, scooping up six ground balls and adding his first assist on the season. Senior Ben Waldron and sophomore Greg Cove caused four turnovers apiece and combined to scoop up seven ground balls. Senior goal keeper Jordan Marra returned to the starting role as he made 10 saves in the losing effort.

Binghamton returns to action next Saturday when they continue their three-game road stand at Quinnipiac. Bearcats hold a 3-1 all-time series record over the Bobcats.

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