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Women’s Lacrosse Falls To Defending MAAC Champs Canisius 13-7

Junior-transfer Angela Vespa records first-career hat trick for Bearcats (0-3)

March 2, 2013

Women’s Lacrosse Falls To Defending MAAC Champs Canisius 13-7

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VESTAL, N.Y. –  The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team fell to visiting Canisius 13-7, Saturday evening from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Golden Griffins (1-2) used runs of 5-0 and 6-0 to break the game open and exact revenge on the Bearcats (0-3), who beat the two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champions last year in Buffalo.

“We were looking to carry the momentum from Wednesday’s double-overtime game over to today,” interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. “But we were unable to take care of the little things and failed to execute at crucial points in the game. I thought we played a little rushed and unfocused, but you have to give credit to Canisius for that. Now we have to get ready for Marist on Wednesday.”

Binghamton was led by Angela Vespa, who recorded her first career hat trick as a Bearcat scoring on all three of her shot attempts. Freshman Allie Rodgers tallied two points on the day, scoring one goal and handing out an assist. Seniors Kimberly McGeever and Katherine Hunsberger along with sophomore Alex Fisher each tallied one goal for BU.

In the first half Binghamton got on the board first thanks to a goal by Vespa. The junior-transfer from Onondaga Community College weaved through the Canisius defense and beat the goalie stick side for the 1-0 lead with 25:36 to play in the half. From there it was all Canisius as the Golden Griffins scored the game’s next five goals to take a 5-1 lead into the break.

Binghamton won the draw control battle in the first half, 5-2, but Canisius held a commanding 15-4 shot advantage thanks to 12 ground balls compared to the Bearcats’ four. Binghamton committed 12 first-half turnovers while freshman goalie Erin McNulty made five stops in net.

The Bearcats struck first in the second half as well on a Hunsberger goal less than three minutes into stanza. Canisius responded almost two minutes later to maintain its four-goal cushion. A pair of goals by Vespa and McGeever helped the Bearcats trim the deficit to three, 7-4, with 19:11 to play. However, that would be as close as Binghamton would get, as Canisius embarked on a 6-0 run over the next 15 minutes of play to take a 13-4 lead with 4:53 left.

Binghamton closed the game on a 3-0 run, but the contest was already decided as goals Fisher, Vespa and Rodgers created the final of 13-7. McNulty was awarded the loss for the Bearcats making 10 saves on the day.

Canisius held a 32-17 shot advantage over Binghamton, while picking up 28 ground balls compared to the Bearcats’ 13. After winning the draw control battle in the first half, Binghamton was dominated in the draw circle by Canisius to the tune of a 10-5 advantage in the final 30 minutes. The Bearcats forced Canisius into 16 turnovers, but committed 24 of their own.

Binghamton plays the last of a three-game home stretch when they host Marist on Wednesday, March 6 at 4 p.m. The Bearcats knocked off the Red Foxes 17-16 in double-overtime last year in Poughkeepsie.

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