Release: April 30, 2011
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heroics lifts BU men's lacrosse over Albany 8-7
win fifth consecutive home game
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Freshman attackman Brandon
Planck netted the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left
to carry Binghamton (7-7, 3-2 AE) to an 8-7 triumph over the
University at Albany (5-10, 0-5 AE) Saturday night at the Bearcats
Sports Complex. The host Bearcats snapped a three-game losing
streak to the Great Danes and posted its fifth straight win at
home, setting a program record for the most regular-season home
wins since the team's inception in 2002.
With 35 seconds remaining, senior midfielder David
Raleigh turned and fired a shot in traffic from point blank
range but hit the top of the post. Planck was there for the rebound
directly behind the cage and fired home the game-winner to beat
Albany's goalie Edmund Cathers high.
With seven wins on the year, BU matched the win total of the
2006 squad for the second winningest season in school history.
The Bearcats, who were tabbed sixth in the America East preseason
poll, finished in a three-way tie for second place in the regular-season
standings at 3-2. Due to the tiebreaking procedure, BU earned
a No. 4 seed heading into next week's America East Tournament
and will face nationally-ranked Stony Brook in the semifinal
"We did a good job of creating opportunities for ourselves,
even though we didn't finish as much as I would have liked,"
interim head coach Kevin McKeown said. "We had a lot of
good time consuming possessions and put excellent defensive pressure
on them throughout the game."
The Bearcats raced out to an early 4-0 lead and dominated the
first half of play, shutting out an Albany squad for the opening
28:56 of the contest. Sophomore midfielder Tyler
Perrelle posted a pair of goals during that stretch, including
a man-up score at the 10:36 mark of the second quarter. Classmate
Matt Springer added his team-leading
27th goal of the year 45 seconds before Perrelle's second score.
The Great Danes finally stopped the bleeding with a goal from
Joe Resetarits at the 1:04 mark before the half.
In the third stanza, junior John Clark opened up the scoring
with an unassisted tally at the 12:52 mark, extending BU's lead
to 5-1. However, the Great Danes controlled the face-offs (5-of-7)
and shot totals (15-5) en route to outscoring the host squad
5-1, taking a 6-5 lead with 1:44 remaining in the quarter.
Freshman Michael Antinozzi converted
a man-up opportunity with 8:24 remaining in the contest to stop
a 5-0 Albany spurt, knotting the score at six apiece. An offsides
penalty against the Great Danes, coupled with a two-minute unreleasable
penalty, created a 6-on-4 man-up possession that BU capitalized
on with a score from Planck at 7:39.
Resetarits tied the game at seven with an unassisted goal 90
seconds later, setting the stage for Planck's heroics in the
NOTES: Jordan Marra and Miles Thompson were named the
America East Players of the Game ... Binghamton's five-game home
winning streak is tied for the fourth longest active streak in
the nation ... Binghamton won five home games in 2004, with the
fifth win coming against Stony Brook in the semifinals of the
America East Tournament ... BU's 49 total shots was four shy
of the program record of 53, set against Vermont in 2007.