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Women’s Lacrosse Held Off By Hosts Siena 8-6
Bearcats (3-10, 0-4 AE) second-half comeback comes up just short
April 17, 2012Tweet
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team dropped its sixth straight contest falling short at Siena 8-6, in a non-conference matchup from the Siena Turf Field. The Bearcats (3-10, 0-4 AE) trimmed a three-goal second-half deficit to one, but the Saints (6-9, 3-2 MAAC) held off Binghamton’s comeback attempt. Junior Kimberly McGeever led the Bearcats with a goal and two assists, increasing her team-leading assist total to 27.
Down 7-4 with just over 16 minutes to play, the Bearcats began to rally as goals by McGeever and senior Lis Zuern cut the deficit to one with 5:18 to play. McGeever started the comeback attempt by answering a goal by Siena that pushed its lead to three. McGeever then found Zuern almost ten minutes later for her second assist of the game to bring BU within one.
Following the Zuern goal, Siena won the ensuing draw control and attempted to run clock, but a Saint turnover gave Binghamton the ball with 3:50 remaining. During Binghamton’s offensive possession Siena caused a turnover stopping BU’s attempt at tying the game for the fourth time. After Siena cleared successfully, freshman goalie Kara Pafumi made a huge save in the waning minutes to preserve the one-goal deficit. Siena continued to press the Binghamton defense however, netting an insurance goal with 1:16 to hold on for the 8-6 victory.
Binghamton opened the scoring up early as freshman Emma Hayes-Hurley netted the game’s first goal just 48 seconds into the contest. As the two teams battled back and forth, classmate Renee Kiviat scored BU’s second goal to knot the game at two with 23:00 left in the first half.
From there, Siena netted back-to-back goals taking a 4-2 lead at the 9:17 mark. The Bearcats dominated the draw circle in the first half (7-of-10), but eight Binghamton turnovers limited offensive opportunities as the Bearcats fired just eight shots during the first 20 minutes compared to Siena’s 16.
Binghamton responded with a free position goal by local Vestal graduate Casey Bulman bringing the Bearcats with one, 4-3, with 6:07 remaining in the opening half. With just over two minutes left in the half, McGeever found classmate Kristen Stone to even the game at four. Following the third tie of the game, Siena regained the lead adding a goal to hold a 5-4 advantage at the break.
Six different Bearcats entered the scoring column, as McGeever lead all BU point-scorers with a goal and two assists. Hayes-Hurley finished the game with a goal and an assist. Senior Lauren Lukefahr had a solid defensive outing creating four turnovers and picking up four ground balls. Pafumi made 11 saves to eclipse the ten-save mark for the fifth time this season. She now has 109 saves on the season, the most by a BU freshman goalie.
McGeever needs six more assists in Binghamton’s last three games to set a new BU single-season assist record. Becky Green handed out 32 assists in 2004.
The Bearcats return to action when they head north to Vermont to take on the Catamounts on Saturday, April 21. First draw is scheduled for Noon. Binghamton is 2-8 all-time versus Vermont, defeating the Catamount 14-13 last year in Vestal.