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St. Francis Spoils Season Opener For Women’s Lacrosse 10-5

Hunsberger netted a pair of goals to lead the Bearcats (0-1)

February 24, 2013


St. Francis Spoils Season Opener For Women’s Lacrosse 10-5

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

LORETTO, Pa. - Despite holding St. Francis scoreless for the final 28 minutes of the game, the Binghamton women’s lacrosse team fell in its season opener to the Red Flash 10-5, on a snowy Sunday afternoon at Degol Field in Loretto, Pa. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was pushed back due to icy weather conditions.

Binghamton (0-1) fell into a six-goal halftime deficit that it was unable to climb out of during a second half where they limited its host to one goal. The Red Flash (1-1) managed just three second-half shots, but thwarted off the Bearcats’ attempt at a late rally in the final minutes.

“I thought we had a tough time getting going offensively,” interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. “We weren’t able to possess the ball as much as we would have liked and had trouble executing at times. The weather conditions were not ideal, but both teams had to bear them and there were moments where we got out hustled. But we’re going to refocus and start getting ready for Lehigh on Wednesday.”

The Bearcats, who put four different players in the scoring column, were led by senior Katherine Hunsberger’s two goals. The tri-captain, who was denied her seventh career hat trick on a shot that hit the post, added three draw controls and a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers.

St. Francis held a 21-18 shot advantage overall, but the majority of that came during a first half where they never trailed. Binghamton forced 13 turnovers and picked up 11 ground balls, but was unable to get going in the transition game completing its lone clear attempt compared to St. Francis’ 11. Just ten of Binghamton’s 18 shots were on goal.

In the first half the Bearcats fell behind 2-0 before Casey Bulman netted Binghamton’s first goal of the season to cut the deficit in half at the 21:36 mark. Hunsberger netted a pair of first-half goals to bring BU within in one twice midway through the half on assists from Renee Kiviat and Kimberly McGeever.

However, St. Francis scored three goals in less than two minutes to break open a 7-3 lead with 6:19 left in the half. The Red Flash would tack on a pair of goals in the final 1:15 of the half while holding the Bearcats scoreless over the last 12:36 to take a 9-3 lead into the break.

St. Francis dominated possession during the first half holding an 18-11 shot advantage while going 8-for-12 in the draw circle.

Following a Red Flash goal to open the second-half scoring, junior-transfer Angels Vespa netted her first goal as a Bearcat on a free position attempt at the 19:09 mark. A few minutes later Kristen Stone fired a free position attempt for her first goal of the season to cut the lead to 10-5 with 17:20 to play. However, that would be the last of the scoring as the weather hampered either team from finding a rhythm offensively.

Sophomore goalie Kara Pafumi was awarded the loss for Binghamton, while she and freshman Erin McNulty shared time in cage. Each played a half, combining for five saves.

The Bearcats return to Binghamton to host Lehigh in their home opener on Wednesday Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Binghamton is 0-3 all-time against the Mountain Hawks, falling in Bethlehem, Pa. last year 17-10.

NOTE: Binghamton, who is 0-12 in season openers, fell to 4-2 all-time against St. Francis.

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