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Men’s Lacrosse defeats Lafayette 10-8 in season opener
Antinozzi nets a hat trick for the Bearcats (1-0)
February 24, 2012
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Vestal,NY- Vestal, NY- Binghamton (1-0) fought through terrible snowy and windy conditions to power past Lafayette (1-1) 10-8 Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Seven different BU players entered the scoring column, led by sophomore midfielder Michael Antinozzi, who recorded three goals for the Bearcats.
Antinozzi got things going for BU by spinning past a Lafayette defender and firing a right handed shot that trickled past Lafayette’s goalie Jake Hyatt. Just 10 seconds later, senior defenseman Ben Waldron scored directly after the face-off with a low laser into the back of the net giving BU a quick 2-0 lead. After a goal from junior Tyler Perrelle, Binghamton pushed its lead to 4-0 thanks to Antinozzi’s second score of the game.
Both teams added a goal before half as Binghamton saw itself up 5-1 going into intermission.
The Leopards opened up the second half of play with a goal from senior attackman Will Heffernan that cut the BU lead down to 5-2, but Binghamton answered just a minute and 42 seconds later as Antinozzi picked up his first career hat trick in a Bearcat uniform. Later, freshman attackman Paul O’Donnell found the back of the net at the 5:12 mark in the third period boosting the Beacats lead to 7-2. Sophomore Brandon Planck found the freshman with a nice feed that was slotted home by the lefty O’Donnell into the upper right corner.
Binghamton allowed a pair of goals to close out the third period, but still held a strong 8-4 lead into into the final 15 minutes of play.
Quickly in the fourth, Binghamton added to their lead off junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle’s second score of the game. Antinozzi dished out of a double team to find senior John Clark, from that point Clark found an open Perrelle, who fired a liner over the right shoulder of the Lafayette keeper from 15 yards out. The Bearcats offense kept the pressure up scoring an amazing six seconds later as senior Chris Cook won the face off and found an open Clark who beat the keeper on the lower right side of the net.
Despite being down 10-4, Lafayette wouldn’t go away without a fight, as they recorded four straight goals in the fourth to cut the lead down to just two with 3:12 remaining. A crucial caused turnover with just over a minute remaining by senior Ryan Button gave Binghamton some breathing room as they were able to hold off Lafayette’s attack during a nail biting last three minutes of play. With the win, Binghamton now improves to 3-8 all-time in season-openers.
“We got off to a hot start and really were playing an effective and exciting style of lacrosse,” head coach Scott Nelson said. “As the weather started to worsen you saw the play get a little sloppier, but both teams fought hard and it’s definitely nice to get a win against a good Lafayette team.”
Senior goalie Jordan Marra had an outstanding game playing in front of goal as he stopped 14 shots, just one shy of his career-high set last season vs. Hartford. Senior Ben Waldron picked up right where he left off last season as he forced eight turnovers and picked up an incredible 10 ground balls in the victory. Sophomore defenseman Greg Cove also had a strong start recording four ground balls and a caused turnover.
“Defensively we performed the way we are certainly capable of,” Nelson said. “Our midfield play was key, we were able to get solid production out of both Antinozzi and Perrelle (5 goals combined).”
Binghamton returns to action on Tuesday as they travel to nearby Ithaca, NY to take on #3/5 Cornell. The Bearcats are still looking for their first victory over the Big Red and their first victory over a ranked opponent since Feb. 20, 2010 when they defeated then No. 20 Colgate 7-6.