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Women’s Lacrosse Falls at Vermont 12-7
Senior Lis Zuern nets 20th career hat trick for Bearcats (3-11, 0-5 AE)
April 21, 2012
Contact: Terrence Lollie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team fell at Vermont 12-7, Saturday afternoon in America East action from Virtue Field. After a slow start the Bearcats (3-11, 0-5 AE) netted six second-half goals, but it wasn’t enough to upend the Catamounts (9-7, 2-3 AE), who outshot BU 32-20. Senior Lis Zuern led the Bearcats with four points, netting a hat trick and handing out an assist.
The first fifteen minutes of the game witnessed both teams struggle to find the back of the net, until Vermont finally scored the contest’s first goal at the 13:13 mark. Less than a minute later the Bearcats responded as freshman Alex Fisher found junior Casey Bulman to even the game at one with 12:16 left in the first half.
However, Vermont utilized a stout defense to hold Binghamton scoreless the remainder of the half. During BU’s scoring drought, Vermont capitalized going on a 3-0 run to close out the half. The Catamounts capped the run netting a goal with just ten seconds left in the half to take a 4-1 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Bearcats attempted to chip away at the three-goal deficit as junior Katherine Hunsberger scored her 25th goal of the year, cutting the Vermont lead to two early in the final frame. Vermont quickly responded however, pushing its lead back to three with 25:46 remaining in the game.
Hunsberger netted her second goal of the game to again trim the lead to two, 5-3, but the Catamounts scored four of the game’s next five goals to take a commanding 9-4 lead. Zuern valiantly tried to bring the Bearcats back scoring three goals in a three-minute span, making the score 10-7 with just over ten minutes to play.
Vermont continued to press Binghamton’s defense, controlling possession for most of the game’s final minutes. The Catamounts forced the Bearcats into committing 18 turnovers, 11 of which came in the second half. Vermont netted a pair of insurance goals in the final two minutes of play, giving the Catamounts the five-goal victory.
Binghamton did a solid job limiting the Catamounts to just 17 ground balls, while picking up 16 of their own. Vermont ranks second in the nation in ground balls per game, averaging more than 20 per contest. Binghamton had the advantage in the draw circle (11-of-21), but went 0-for-3 on free position attempts.
Zuern’s hat trick was her 20th of her career and the three goals moved her into sole possession of second-place on BU’s all-time goals scored list with 111. Zuern passed Binghamton’s all-time points leader Ali Castiglie (109 goals) and needs nine goals in her final two games to pass all-time goals leader Beth Moore (119). The trio are the only three Binghamton players in program history to eclipse the 100-goal mark.
Binghamton wraps up its season with a pair of home games next week. First the Bearcats will host Ivy League member Cornell on Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. then welcome Boston University on Saturday, April 28 at Noon for Senior Day. The Bearcats will honor seniors Lis Zuern, Lauren Lukefahr, Brittany Stufano and Allie Sabitus prior to the game.