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Women’s Lacrosse Rallies, Comes Up Short Against UConn 14-12

Senior Lis Zuern tallies a career-high five goals for Bearcats

March 3, 2012

Women’s Lacrosse Rallies, Comes Up Short Against UConn 14-12

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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team fought hard throughout against visiting Connecticut, but their rally fell short falling 14-12 at the Bearcats Sports Complex, Saturday afternoon. Senior attack Lis Zuern had a phenomenal game leading the Bearcats with five goals and two assists for a career-high seven points. Binghamton (0-2) is now 0-3 all-time versus Connecticut (3-1).

“It was a hard-fought game and I thought we played well, but just came up a little short,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “We possessed the ball well in the second half and I thought we did a much better job on defense (outscored UConn 7-6). The team played with a lot of heart but we just didn’t get the stops when we needed them.”

Binghamton fell behind 11-6 early in the second half, tying the largest deficit of the game. A 3-0 run by the Bearcats trimmed the margin to two, 11-9 with 15:18 to play. Juniors Casey Bulman and Kimberly McGeever started the run as McGeever found Bulman cutting down the middle of the fan for the goal. Binghamton won the ensuing draw control and almost 20 seconds later senior Brittany Stufano hit Zuern for her fourth goal of the game. McGeever ended the run with low liner past the UConn goalie, after receiving the pass from Zuern.

Connecticut’s leading scorer M.E. Lapham ended the BU spurt with a free position goal, her fourth of the game, giving UConn a 12-9 lead with 10:57 to go. The Bearcats would not go away however, stringing together a second 3-0 run of the half to even the game at 12. Zuern started the run with a free position goal then freshman Renee Kiviat provided a spark for BU netting her second goal of the game with 6:18 to play, slicing the Huskies’ lead to one, 12-11. Senior Allie Sabitus knotted the game at 12 when she scored unassisted with 3:51 to play in the game.

Sabitus’ goal would be the last for the Bearcats as Connecticut won the ensuing draw control and scored 40 seconds later, giving them a slim one-point lead with just over three minutes to play. Binghamton had one final shot with about 1:30 to play after causing a UConn turnover, but a pass into the fan was mishandled by a Bearcat player giving the ball back to UConn. The Huskies were able to run out the clock after the final BU turnover, but not before scoring an insignificant goal with eight seconds left.

In the first half, UConn raced out to a 4-0 lead before back-to-back goals from Sabitus and Zuern cut the deficit to two. Sabitus, a local Vestal graduate, netted Binghamton’s first goal of the game on a feed from Zuern with 18:39 to play in the first half. Zuern, BU’s top scorer, scored 2:30 later on a precisely placed pass from McGeever. 

Binghamton and Connecticut traded goals before the Huskies went on a 3-0 run to push their lead to five, 8-3 with 9:52 remaining in the first. The Bearcats didn’t back down however, scoring the half’s final two goals as junior Kristen Stone and Zuern helped bring BU within three. Stone took a feed from McGeever inside the fan and found the back of the net for her third goal of the season. Zuern netted her second goal of the game with 7:37 left in the first half and led Binghamton into the break down 8-5.

McGeever finished the game with a career-high four assists, while Kiviat and Sabitus each netted two goals apiece. Kiviat also had a team-high two caused-turnovers, while junior Lauren Lukefahr recorded three ground balls.  Freshman Kelliann Carroll did a solid job in the draw circle, picking up four draw controls.

Binghamton returns to action next Wednesday, March 7 when they travel down state to Poughkeepsie to take on Marist at 4 p.m.

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