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Women’s Lacrosse Drops America East Contest At Albany 10-3
Junior Kristen Stone nets a pair of goals for the Bearcats (3-7, 0-3 AE)
April 4, 2012Tweet
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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team dropped its third straight America East contest to reigning conference champion Albany 10-3, Wednesday afternoon at John Fallon Field. The Bearcats (3-7, 0-3 AE) were unable to generate any offense, managing just three second-half shots against a stingy Great Danes (8-3, 1-1 AE) defense that forced BU into 17 turnovers.
Albany raced out to 5-1 lead in the game’s first 14 minutes that allowing the Great Danes to take control of the contest early. Binghamton dominated the draw circle in the first half, winning eight of the 12 draws, but could not convert possessions into goals. After junior Kristen Stone tied the game at one on a free position goal, the Great Danes embarked on a 4-0 spurt to open the cushion.
Junior Kimberly McGeever momentarily stopped the bleeding for Binghamton netting her 16th goal of the season, trimming the deficit to three 5-2 at the 15:10 mark. Albany strung together another run, netting three straight goals to push its lead to six before McGeever found Stone with seven seconds left in the half. Binghamton headed into the locker room with some momentum down 8-3, but Stone’s second goal of the game would be BU’s last.
Freshman goalie Kara Pafumi helped keep the game close for Binghamton making seven saves in the first half. However, an opportunistic Albany team racked up 13 ground balls compared to Binghamton’s three.
In the second half, Albany set out to control the ball and time of possession as the Great Danes accumulated 32 shots opposed to Binghamton’s 15. The Great Danes added a ninth goal early in the second half and maintained the cushion throughout tacking on one more midway through the final half. A distinct 28-6 advantage in ground balls allowed Albany to dictate the pace of the game and hold Binghamton to just three second-half shots.
Stone scored her 16th and 17th goals of the season to lead the Bearcats, while McGeever added an assist to her team-high total of 23 as well as a goal. Junior Kristin Pennino played solid defense forcing two turnovers and picking up two ground balls.
For the third straight contest Pafumi has recorded double-digit saves, stopping a season-high 14 shots for Binghamton.
Binghamton freshman Rachel Antelmi’s sister Jess, who plays for Albany, led the Great Danes with two goals and two assists.
The three goals scored by Binghamton were the fewest since the last time the Bearcats traveled to Albany, falling 24-3 in the state’s capitol back on April 3, 2010.
Binghamton will play its second conference contest this week when they host UMBC on Saturday, April 7 at noon. The Bearcats fell in a nail-bitter, 9-8 last year in Baltimore. Binghamton is 0-8 all-time against UMBC.