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No. 20 UConn Downs Women’s Lacrosse 19-8 in Storrs
Senior Kimberly McGeever notches sixth career hat trick in the loss
March 15, 2013
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STORRS, Ct. – The recently ranked No. 20 Connecticut cruised past the Binghamton women’s lacrosse team 18-9, Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Bearcats (0-5) were unable to stop a Huskie offense that is averaging over 11 goals per game, giving up runs of 4-0, 5-0 and 6-0.
Binghamton was led by a pair of four-point performances from seniors Kimberly McGeever and Kristen Stone. McGeever netted three goals on the day for her sixth career hat trick. She also added an assist to her stat line. Stone found the back on the net twice, while handing out a pair of assists.
The Bearcats quickly fell behind, allowing a 4-0 run to start the game. Binghamton trimmed the deficit to one however, thanks to Stone and McGeever. Stone finally got BU on the board with a free position goal at the 20:26 mark then a pair of McGeever goals cut the score to 4-3 with 16:56 left in the first half. Stone and freshman Allie Rodgers assisted McGeever’s first two goals.
Following a pair of UConn goals to push its lead back to three, BU leading scorer Katherine Hunsberger netted her eighth goal of the season. Senior Casey Bulman again brought Binghamton within one when McGeever found her cutting through the fan for the score. The Bearcats trailed 6-5 with 9:55 left in the first half, but UConn would end the half how they started it, going on a 4-0 run to take a 10-5 lead into the break.
The Huskies continued their run out of the locker room, scoring the half’s first two goals, pushing their lead to seven. Stone and McGeever scored two of the game’s next three goals to pull within six, but that was as close as the Bearcats would get as UConn ended the game on a 6-1 run.
Though the score was one-sided, Binghamton battled UConn in every statistical category. The Huskies only outshot the Bearcats by two, 28-26, while the draw controls were almost even, 15-14. BU committed 17 turnovers compared to UConn’s 16 and stopped eight shots in goal opposed to the Huskies’ nine.
Binghamton’s eight-meter struggles continued however, as the Bearcats converted just 2-of-9 free position attempts. The Bearcats are 8-for-28 on the season from the eight-meter.
Freshman goalie Erin McNulty got the start for Binghamton, allowing 10 goals and making five saves. Sophomore Kara Pafumi relieved McNulty in the second half, giving up nine goals and stopping three shots.
Hunsberger corralled a team-high six draw controls while freshman Marissa Rose scored her second goal of her short BU career.
Binghamton returns home to host Siena on Wednesday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Siena leads the all-time series 4-3, with BU notching its last victory over the Saints in 2008.