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Women’s Lacrosse Battles First-Place Boston U. But Falls 18-16
Junior Kimberly McGeever sets Binghamton single season record for assists with 33
April 28, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team concluded its season battling first-place Boston University to the final minute, but falling 18-16, Saturday afternoon in America East action from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats (3-13, 0-6 AE) held two second-half leads, but were unable to hang on as the Terriers (11-5, 6-0 AE) took control with a late 4-0 run. Junior Katherine Hunsberger had a career-high six goals to lead Binghamton. Prior to the game, seniors Lauren Lukefahr, Allie Sabitus, Brittany Stufano and Lis Zuern, were honored by the Bearcats.
Down 11-9 at the break, junior Kristen Stone opened the second half scoring, netting back-to-back goals to bring Binghamton even with Boston. The Terriers regained the lead a few minutes later, but Hunsberger helped the Bearcats take back momentum leading a 3-1 run. The junior from Cortland, New York received a pass inside the eight-meter, spun around a defender and fired a right-handed rocket through the goalie’s five hole. On the ensuing draw control, the school’s single season record holder won the draw and raced down the field finding Zuern wide open next to the goal for the finish. Hunsberger capped the run by drilling an outside shot from the top of the fan.
Following the run, Binghamton held a 14-13 advantage with 14:48 remaining to play, but the Terriers answered with a 4-0 scoring spurt to take a 17-14 lead with under ten minutes to play. Similar to the first half, the second half had four ties and two lead changes.
Binghamton continued to play hard as Sabitus drew a foul inside the eight-meter and drilled home the free position attempt to cut the Boston lead to two with 7:49 remaining. The Terriers pushed their lead back to three before junior Kimberly McGeever netted her 23rd goal of the season with 1:32 to go, giving the Bearcats one last chance. However, Boston won the subsequent draw control and ran out the clock as the Binghamton defense hounded the ball.
In a high-scoring first half, that witnessed six ties and five lead changes, the Bearcats battled with the first-place Terriers to hold a 4-3 advantage with 15:13 to play in the opening frame. Boston scored 1:28 into the game, but Binghamton quickly responded as McGeever found Zuern off a free position attempt less than a minute later to even the game at one. McGeever then fired a free position shot past the Boston goalie to give Binghamton a 2-1 lead with 23:13 remaining in the half.
Boston netted the contest’s next two goals to regain the lead, but back-to-back scores by Hunsberger handed Binghamton a 4-3 lead at the 15:13 mark. Hunsberger netted a free position goal and then worked her way inside the eight-meter firing a low liner past the goalie’s right side. However, Boston went on a resounding 5-0 run to take a commanding 8-4 lead with 10:36 to play in the first.
Binghamton did not shy away from the nine-time America East champions, using a 5-0 run of their own to regain the 9-8 advantage at the 3:16 mark. Zuern led the Bearcat charge netting a pair of goals during the run. McGeever broke the Binghamton single-season assist record, dishing out her 33rd assist of the season on Zuern’s second goal of the run. Boston countered the Binghamton surge, ending the half on a 3-0 spurt to take an 11-9 advantage into the locker room.
Boston used a 24-13 draw control advantage to dictate the pace of the game and deny Binghamton of extra possessions. The Bearcats were quicker to the 50-50 balls, chasing down 18 ground balls opposed to the Terrier’s 13. Binghamton accumulated 30 shot attempts same as the visitors, but were just 4-8 on free position attempts.
Zuern, who finished the game with four goals and an assist, wrapped up her career second all-time in program history in goals (117) and points (158). Hunsberger had a solid all-around game, adding five draw controls, three ground balls, two caused turnovers and an assist to her six goals. McGeever ended the game with a pair of goals and three assists. Her 56 points in 2012 (23 goals, 33 assists) is the second highest point total in Binghamton’s 11-year history (Becky Green, 62 - 2004).