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Women’s Lacrosse Falls At Lehigh 17-10

Senior Lis Zuern nets 16th career hat trick for Bearcats

March 14, 2012


Women’s Lacrosse Falls At Lehigh 17-10

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team dropped a non-conference matchup 17-10 at Lehigh, Wednesday afternoon from the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Bearcats (2-3) were outscored 9-4 by the Mountain Hawks (3-5) in the second half, dropping their first game in three outings. Binghamton falls to 0-3 all-time versus Lehigh.

“Lehigh played a very strong game today and we were out hustled by a hungry team,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “They (Lehigh) wore our defense down and possessed the ball a good majority of the second half. We just were unable to come up with the draws. We’ll use this game as a learning experience and get ready for La Salle on Saturday.”

Down just two at the half, Binghamton witnessed Lehigh extend its lead to as much as nine with a 7-0 run to start the second frame. The Mountain Hawks held the Bearcats scoreless over the first 14 minutes of the final half to take control of the contest. A goal by senior Allie Sabitus finally halted the run, making the score 15-7 at the 15:46 mark.

The Bearcats were outplayed in the draw circle as Lehigh won 23 of the 29 draw controls. The Patriot League members were able to control the tempo and time of possession as a result. A prevailing 10-1 run that bridged both halves allowed Lehigh to cruise to their third win of the year.

Binghamton started hot for the second straight game as senior Lis Zuern netted the first two goals of the game. After being shut out at Canisius last Friday, Zuern scored her 10th and 11th goals of the season to give BU an early 2-0 lead. The Bearcats continued to apply pressure on the Mountain Hawks as junior Kristen Stone found the back of the net with her free position attempt, handing Binghamton a 3-1 lead midway through the first half.

The hosts did not back away stringing together three straight goals to take their first lead of the game, 4-3 at the 9:29 mark. Local Vestal graduate, junior Casey Bulman, notched her sixth goal of the season to even the game at four, but Lehigh quickly responded to regain the one-goal advantage. Senior Brittany Stufano scored her fourth goal of the year 40 seconds later on a well-executed feed from junior Kimberly McGeever, who leads the team with 15 assists on the year.

A dominant effort in the draw circle by the Mountain Hawks assisted in the hosts scoring three of the final four goals of the half to hold an 8-6 advantage at the break. Zuern broke a BU scoring drought of almost seven minutes when she scored her third goal of the game on a free position attempt with 45 seconds left in the half.

Lehigh held Binghamton, a team that averages 13 goals per game, to less than 11 goals for the first time this season.  The Mountain Hawks received a stellar game from freshman Carli Sukonik who netted a game-high eight goals.

The Bearcats were led by Zuern’s three goals and one assist, tallying her 16th hat trick of her career. Stufano netted her first hat trick of her career, scoring three goals for the Bearcats.

Binghamton finally returns home after its three-game road trip when they host La Salle on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. It is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

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