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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 10/9 Stony Brook 17-6 In Season Finale
Senior captain Hunsberger led Bearcats (2-12, 1-5 AE) with four points; nets 13th career hat trick
April 27, 2013Tweet
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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team fell 17-6 to No. 10 Stony Brook in its season finale, Saturday afternoon from LaValle Stadium. The Bearcats (2-12, 1-5 AE) were outshot 42-19 by the Seawolves (14-2, 6-0 AE), who will host the America East tournament next weekend after an undefeated conference campaign.
Binghamton was led by Katherine Hunsberger’s four points as she netted her 13th career hat trick while handing out her first assist of the season. The senior captain finished the year with a team high 36 points (35g, 1a) after recording her fourth straight hat trick. Hunsberger ended her career on a 17-game goal streak dating back to last April. Junior-transfer Angela Vespa also scored three goals to collect her second hat trick of the year, as the pair accounted for all six Binghamton goals.
Stony Brook, who is amidst its best season in school history, forced 16 Binghamton turnovers controlling the time of possession. The Seawolves fired 42 shots on Bearcat goalies Kara Pafumi and Erin McNulty, who combined for 13 saves. Hunsberger battled all day with the nation’s leading goal scorer Demmianne Cook in the draw circle, but the Seawolves chased down 15 of the 25 draws.
In the first half, the nation’s best offense (15.87 gpg) raced out to a 5-0 lead thanks to four goals from Cook. Binghamton tallied its first goal at the 16:46 mark as Hunsberger netted her first of the day to end the Stony Brook run. However, the Seawolves netted three straight goals before a free position goal by Hunsberger made the score 8-2 with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
Stony Brook continued to apply pressure on Binghamton going on a 4-0 run to take a ten goal lead, 12-2, at the 2:59 mark of the first half. Hunsberger fed Vespa for her first goal of the day halting the third Stony Brook run of the half, but the Seawolves still led 12-3 at the break.
The Seawolves scored the first two goals of the second half to take its largest lead of the game 14-3 at the 24:46 mark. Vespa attempted to cut the Stony Brook lead under 10 midway through the second half scoring a pair of goals, but Cook and company proved too much for the Bearcats. Stony Brook maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half, cruising to the 11-goal victory.
Hunsberger ended her historic career at Binghamton as the program’s all-time leader in draw controls with 152. She currently ranks ninth in the nation with 5.58 draw controls per game. Hunsberger also upped her BU single-season record for draw controls to 76 after picking up six against the Seawolves. Her 35 goals is the fifth highest single-season total by a Bearcat and her 83 career goals ranks her fifth all-time in program history.
Classmate Kimberly McGeever also stamped her mark on the Binghamton record book finishing second all-time in program history with 58 assists. McGeever set the single-season school record for assists as a junior with 33. Her 121 career points (63g, 58a) ties her for fourth all-time in program history with Leanne Musso (2005-08).
Binghamton completes the 2013 campaign with a 2-12 record, but picked up its fourth-ever America East victory with a 7-6 win over Vermont earlier in the year.
The America East Championship will be hosted by top-seeded Stony Brook on May 3 and 5. The Seawolves will face No. 4 seed Vermont in the first semifinal, while No. 2 Albany will meet No. 3 New Hampshire in the other semifinal matchup.