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For Immediate Release: May 4, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Late charge comes up short as men's lacrosse falls 12-8 to Stony Brook in America East semifinals
Jeff Donigan, Perrelle named to America East All-Tournament Team

Box Score
All Tournament Team


STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's lacrosse team mounted a late comeback that included the game's final five goals, but top-seeded Stony Brook held on for a 12-8 decision in the America East Tournament semifinals Wednesday night from LaValle Stadium.

The America East Player of the Year Jordan McBride netted a game-high six goals to pace a potent Seawolves offense that averaged 14.8 goals per game in conference play. Last year's America East Player of the Year Kevin Crowley notched a game-high four assists.

A trio of Bearcats posted multi-goal performances in a balanced scoring attack. Sophomore attackman Matt Springer, freshman linemate Michael Antinozzi and senior midfielder David Raleigh netted two goals apiece. Senior midfielder Frank Donlon and freshman attackman Brandon Planck each added a goal. Sophomore midfielder Tyler Perrelle tallied a team-best two assists.

For the second time this season, BU held their own against one of the nation's premier face-off units. The Bearcats won the exact same amount of draws in the circle as they did three weeks ago (11-of-23). Juniors Chris Cook and Jeff Donigan combined to win nearly half of the draws as they limited Stony Brook's Adam Rand well below his face-off average of 65%.

No. 13 Stony Brook raced out to a 4-0 lead over the opening 10 minutes. The freshman duo of Planck and Antinozzi hooked up for BU's first goal. Antinozzi set up a Planck goal to put the visiting squad on the board at the 4:22 mark. Donlon tacked on another score at the 1:53 mark after spinning left to lose his defender, creating room to fire home a low rocket past Stony Brook's goalie Rob Camposa. With less than a minute remaining, Perrelle set up the next Bearcat goal from the top of the attack zone, finding Springer for his team-leading 28th goal of the season.

McBride fueled a devastating 8-0 Stony Brook run that bridged the second and third quarters to pull away from a pesky Binghamton squad. He scored four of his game-high six goals during that span.

A late fourth quarter charge featured two separate occasions of back-to-back goals within 15 seconds of each other. Antinozzi converted a man-up score from 15-yards out at the 10:24 mark. Perrelle collected his team-leading 16th assist and second of the contest to set up the score. Less than 15 seconds later, BU won the restart and Raleigh registered a goal to pull the visiting squad within 12-5.

Seven minutes later, Antinozzi drove up the right side, shook his defender and put away the point-blank shot for his fourth multi-goal effort of the year. Six seconds later, junior face-off specialist Jeff Donigan won the draw and outletted up to an open Springer who scored from 20 yards out. The Bearcats added a third goal within a span of 1:05 when Raleigh added his second score of the contest at the 2:29 mark.

After netting the game's last five goals, BU couldn't muster any more offensive production down the stretch as Stony Brook held on for a 12-8 final.

Donigan and Perrelle were named to the America East All-Tournament Team. Donigan won 6-of-9 draws against Adam Rand, the No. 13 ranked face-off man in the nation, while Perrelle notched a team-high two assists.

NOTES: Binghamton falls to 1-7 all-time in America East Tournament competition, including a 1-6 record in the semifinal round ... BU is 1-1 against Stony Brook in the America East Tournament ... Matt Springer moved into a share of third-place with assistant coach Rob Williams for career goals scored (58)

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