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Men’s Lacrosse Cruises Past Siena 9-7 at home Saturday Afternoon
Antinozzi scores a career-high five goals for the Bearcats who move to .500 on the season
March 10, 2012Tweet
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Vestal, NY- Binghamton (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 9-7 non-conference home victory over MAAC opponent Siena, Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, NY. Their win improves their home record to 2-0 this season and stretches their home winning streak to seven, the fourth best active streak nationally. Sophomore midfielder Michael Antinozzi continued his outstanding early season play, scoring a career-high five goals and tying a program record of four straight hat tricks set by Phil Cavallo back in 2004.
The Bearcats pounced out to a quick 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from the aforementioned Antinozzi, who slotted a low lining shot into the left corner of the net just two minutes and change into the game. Less than a minute later, senior attackman John Clark recieved a pass from freshman J.T. Hauck in front of goal, placing a shot above the head of Siena’s goalkeeper, who took a chance challenging Clark out of the crease. After a second goal from Antinozzi gave BU a 3-0 cushion, Hauck took advantage of a man-up opportunity scoring his second goal of the season and boosting the Bearcat lead to 4-0 heading into the second period of play.
Binghamton went on a scoring drought during the second period and Siena took full advantage. A pair of goals from Siena senior midfielder Chris Roth , who finished with a hat trick on the afternoon, cut the home squad’s lead to just 4-3 as they headed into intermission. Despite taking 10 fewer shots, Siena remained alive thanks to senior goalie Tom Morr, who made six saves in the second period of play.
Just like they started the first half, BU came out during the second half on a scoring surge, spurted by the play making ability of Hauck. The freshman midfielder broke down a defender and fired a beautiful cross field pass to an open Antinozzi who riffled a 15-yard shot past Morr to put Binghamton ahead 5-3. After a Tyler Perrelle goal made it 6-3, it was Antinozzi again finding the back of the net on a right-handed rocket, giving Binghamton their largest lead of the game at 7-4 with 11:12 remaining in the third quarter.
“We changed the offense at half time based on what their defense was showing us,” head coach Scott Nelson said. “We drew up a play to begin the second-half and they executed it to perfection. We got momentum rolling after a minor let down in the second and kept the pressure up.”
Siena kept hopes alive scoring a pair of goals mid-way through the third period as BU clung on to a 7-5 lead to start the fourth. Antinozzi led the charge for the Bearcats putting them ahead 8-5 just three minutes into the final quarter of play. Antinozzi, who’s previous high of four goals was set earlier this season at Cornell, registered his 15th goal of the season, one better than he recorded all of last year.
With just under eight minutes remaining, a pair of Binghamton shots were stopped, but the third shot of the offensive series would not be denied as sophomore Brandon Planck found space in front of net and placed a diving underhanded shot passed the outstretched attempt of Morr. Controlling tempo, Binghamton held on to their lead despite a pair of late goals from the visiting Saints, who now have dropped three straight.
“Great full sixty minutes of play from our guys,” Nelson said after the win. “We have been pushing these guys in practice to give us a full sixty minute effort. Our defense was outstanding and we won the face-off battle, which is always important. This is a great win against a really quality opponent in Siena.”
Five different Binghamton players entered the scoring column, including the freshman Hauck, who also added a career-high three assists. He is now tied with Perrelle for the team-lead in assists at 5.
Binghamton moved the ball well out the back, successfully clearing 18-of-20 attempts, while improving their clear percentage to 89.8 percent on the season. Senior midfielderJeff Donigan won 13-of-20 (.650) at the face-off spot and added three ground balls. In his second consecutive start, freshman goalie Colin Nesdale looked spectacular making 13 saves on the afternoon and picked up his first collegiate victory. In support of Nesdale on defense, senior Ben Waldron tallied a game-high four caused turnovers and five ground balls. Waldron came into the day first in the nation in caused turnovers and now with this performance boosts his season average to 3.75 caused per game.
Next up for BU is a home match-up with Patriot League opponent Colgate Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm. The Red Raiders are 5-1 on the season, with their lone defeat coming at the hands of Dartmouth. Binghamton defeated Colgate 7-6 last season on the strength of four Matt Springer goals.