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Albany Powers Past Women’s Lacrosse In League Opener
Bearcats (6-5) succumbs to nation's fifth ranked defense dropping second straight contest
March 29, 2014Tweet
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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team was overwhelmed by No. 20/18 Albany 22-2, Saturday afternoon opener from John Fallon Field. In the America East opener for both teams, the Bearcats (6-5) were limited to a season-low two goals by the unbeaten Great Danes (9-0), which possess the nation’s fifth-ranked defense.
Freshman Callon Williams led Binghamton scoring both goals for the Bearcats to up her season total to 13 adding three ground balls and caused turnovers. Sophomore Sophia Racciatti recorded her team-best 12th assist of the year, continuing her five-game point streak. Freshman standout Bri Arthur was limited to just two shots in the contest as the stingy Albany defense allowed Binghamton to only fire off seven shots. Arthur was kept off the scoreboard for just the second time this season.
Binghamton, similar to last season, started fast scoring the game’s first goal as Racciatti found a cutting Williams to hand the Bearcats a 1-0 lead at the 27:00 mark. However, that would be the last shot the Bearcats would get off the rest first half. Albany would go on to score the contest’s next 15 goals to take a 15-1 lead into the break. The Great Danes won 12 of the 17 first half draw controls to ignite the backbreaking run.
Albany continued to press the Binghamton defense scoring the first five goals of the second half to cap its 20-0 run which spanned more than 38 minutes and both halves. With the outcome secured, Williams tallied her second goal of the day on a free position shot at the 10:57 mark to end the drought for the Bearcats.
The Great Danes dominated the shot chart, peppering three Binghamton goalies with 40 shots. Sophomore Erin McNulty started in goal for the Bearcats before giving way to junior Kara Pafumi. McNulty allowed 13 goals while making four saves in 21 minutes of work. Freshman Shannon Knapp played the entire second half collecting a season-best seven saves.
Binghamton was held to two goals for the first time since April 12, 2006 when the Bearcats fell to Boston University 20-2. Albany handed Binghamton a 20-goal defeat for the second time in four seasons, besting the Bearcats 24-3 in 2010.
Albany, who is fifth in the nation in scoring defense allowing 6.43 goals per game, has held all but two opponents to single-digit goals en route to its undefeated record.
The schedule does not ease up for Binghamton as the Bearcats have a week to prepare for No. 17 Stony Brook. BU welcomes the Seawolves to the Bearcats Sports Complex on Sunday, April 6 for an early 11 a.m. matchup.