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Women’s Lacrosse Wins Thriller In Sudden Death OT Over Marist 17-16
Junior Kristen Stone sets new school record for goals in a game with seven
March 7, 2012Tweet
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Katherine Hunsberger netted the game-winning goal with 1:09 left in sudden death overtime to catapult the visiting Binghamton women’s lacrosse team to a 17-16 come-from-behind victory over Marist College, Wednesday evening at Tenney Stadium. The Bearcats never led until Hunsberger’s heroics sent everyone home after 70:51 of play. Junior Kristen Stone set a new program record for goals in a game with seven for the Bearcats (1-2), who recorded their first-ever win over Marist (0-5).
“What an effort by our girls today,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “We kept fighting after falling behind and finished off a great comeback. Early in the game we got out of rhythm and had a few missed opportunities, but we finally settled down and began running our offense and good things started to happen.”
Trailing 15-13 with just over three minutes to play, Stone put the team on her back scoring two goals 22 seconds apart to tie the game at 15 and send it into overtime. Freshman Renee Kiviat secured a key draw control in between Stone’s goals allowing BU to even the game. Stone, a midfielder from Clarence Center, N.Y., continued her fantastic play netting the equalizer in the first overtime period to send the game into sudden death tied at 16.
With a little over a minute to play in the sudden death period, Hunsberger decided to take matters into her own hands after Marist began doubling Stone, netting the game-winner following a key ground ball by freshman Alex Fisher. “They (Marist) began doubling Kristen and I’ve always talked about our balanced scoring and today we displayed that, with Katherine’s goal as a perfect example,” Zostant noted. Eight different players scored for the Bearcats against the Red Foxes.
“Kristen (Stone) played the game of her life,” Zostant continued. “Even though she was dead tired at the end of the game, she carried us through the finish. She really stepped up after they (Marist) keyed in on Lis (Zuern) and took her away.”
Down 8-1 with 12:52 left in the first half, Binghamton finally woke up embarking on a 7-0 run that bridged the two halves to even the game at eight early in the second stanza. Hunsberger started the run with a free position goal coming with 11:24 to play in the first half. Binghamton continued to impose their will as freshman Kelliann Carroll scored her first collegiate goal on a feed from junior Kimberly McGeever. Stone started her phenomenal day with back-to-back goals to cut the lead to just three, 8-5 on a free position goal and a finish on a feed from senior Lis Zuern.
The Bearcats struggled in the draw circle during the first half (4-for-16), but caused nine turnovers as Marist committed 14 total turnovers, aiding the 7-0 run. The beneficiary of those turnovers was junior Casey Bulman, who scored twice in the final minute of the half. The local Vestal graduate netted her first goal of the day on a scoring dodge, and then received a pass from McGeever for the finish with 11 seconds to go in the first. After trailing by as many as seven and giving up two 4-0 runs, the Bearcats went into the locker room down just one, 8-7.
Out of the half Hunsberger scored her second goal of the game to cap the Binghamton run. Marist finally stopped the Binghamton offense with a free position goal at the 23:28 mark of the second half to regain the lead, 9-8. During the 7-0 run that evened the game at eight and spanned both halves, Binghamton held Marist scoreless for almost 20 minutes.
Three minutes later Stone evened the game at nine with her third goal of the game, earning her first career hat trick. Marist responded with a 3-0 run to hold a 12-9 advantage with 15 minutes to play in game. However, Binghamton continued to chip away at the lead as goals by senior Brittany Stufano and Fisher (first of career) cut the lead to one, 13-12. Stone would net one of her seven goals in between a pair of Marist scores to lead up to the dramatic finish.
Stone had a great all-around game adding seven draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover. Eight different Bearcats entered the scoring column as Binghamton held a commanding 34-24 shot advantage.
Hunsberger finished the game with three goals, while Bulman added four ground balls and three cause turnovers to her two goals. McGeever operated the Binghamton offense with fluidity, dishing out a game-high four assists, one off a BU single-game record.
Binghamton stays on the road as they travel to Buffalo on Friday, March 9 to take on Canisius at 4 p.m.
NOTE: The previous program record for goals in a game was six set three times, Ali Castiglie (Vermont, 4/2/11), Heather Grose (Albany, 4/9/04) and Lauren Gensigner (St. Francis, 4/17/02) all netted double hat tricks in one game.