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La Salle Slips Past Women’s Lacrosse 14-12

Junior midfielder Katherine Hunsberger nets a career-high four goals

March 17, 2012


La Salle Slips Past Women’s Lacrosse 14-12

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team’s comeback against La Salle fell short 14-12, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference matchup at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Binghamton (2-4) allowed a back-breaking 8-0 run in the first half that gave La Salle (5-2) a five-goal cushion, which was enough to hold off the BU’s several chances late in the game. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs and Binghamton’s fifth contest with an Atlantic 10 member (1-4). Junior midfielder Katherine Hunsberger netted a game-high four goals for the Bearcats.

“We got off to a great start, exactly how we wanted,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “But La Salle did a good job of controlling the draw circle during the pivotal (8-0) run. We expended a lot of energy trying to comeback and were unable to capitalize on our opportunities late in the game. “

After witnessing 20 of the 26 goals scored in the first half, the second was played at a much slower pace. La Salle extended its slim two-goal halftime lead to three, 12-9 at the 26:33 mark. Hunsberger scored her final goal of the game when she fired a shot from ten yards out that beat the goalkeeper on the left side. Following an Explorers goal, pushing the lead back to three, senior Lis Zuern made a beautiful ball fake to create space in the fan and finished in the upper right corner. The Zuern goal, her third of the game, made the score 13-11 with 15:17 to play.

Over the next ten minutes of play the two teams competed to a stalemate until Binghamton defender Lauren Lukefahr fired a free position shot past the La Salle goalie to bring the Bearcats within one, 13-12 with 6:31 to go. A forced turnover by the BU defense with just under five minutes to play gave Binghamton its best chance at tying the game as a pair of shots went wide before the La Salle goalkeeper made a great save on a point blank shot by Brittany Stufano. La Salle added an insurance goal with 1:38 remaining and held off the Binghamton’s attempt at the comeback. 

In a high-powered first half where the two teams combined for 20 goals and each team registering a player with a hat trick, La Salle held a 11-9 advantage at the break. Binghamton started off the fireworks with three goals in the first 2:27 to take an early 3-0 lead. La Salle responded with a resounding 8-0 run that spanned the next ten minutes. During the run the Explorers were successful in the draw circle possessing the ball for much of the half with three straight free position goals aiding the scoring streak.

Zuern finally halted the run when she found junior Kimberly McGeever streaking down the right side for the one-timer. Down 9-4 with 12:35 remaining in the half, BU put together another 3-0 run to cut the deficit to two. Zuern began the run with a scoring dodge from behind the cage then McGeever dished out a pair of assists to freshman Alex Fisher and Zuern to cap the run at the 5:51 mark with the score 9-7.

The first-half excitement was not done there as each team netted a pair of goals before the halftime horn. First, Zuern found Hunsberger with a perfectly placed pass inside the fan for the score then junior Casey Bulman netted her seventh goal of the season on a free position shot with 22 seconds remaining. With one second left to play in the half, a foul was called on BU, giving La Salle a free position attempt. A great save by freshman goalie Kara Pafumi kept the Bearcats within two at the break, 11-9.

In addition to her career-high four goals, Hunsberger tallied four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Zuern finished with a team-high five points, netting her 17th career hat trick and handing out a pair of assists. McGeever upped her assist total to 17 with a pair of helpers and a goal on the day. Pafumi made nine saves for BU.

Binghamton continues its brief two-game home stand with a matchup with Patriot League member Colgate on Wednesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Binghamton is 1-3 all-time against the Raiders, falling 19-9 in Hamilton, N.Y. last season.

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