Release: March 5, 2011
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lacrosse scores 11-7 triumph over host Canisius
David Raleigh posts four goals in breakout performance
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's lacrosse team scored its
first triumph of the 2011 campaign in 11-7 fashion over the host
Canisius Golden Griffins (0-3) at the Demske Sports Complex Saturday
afternoon. Six different Bearcats registered a goal while four
different players notched an assist to pace BU's highest-scoring
contest of the season.
BU's two captains on the offensive side combined for six of the
squad's 11 goals. In a breakout performance, senior David
Raleigh rattled off a game-high four goals. Fellow captain
Frank Donlon scored a pair of goals,
each of which directly followed a score from Raleigh.
"I thought we had some really good leadership out there
today," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "David [Raleigh]
had a breakout game for us and every time the game got close,
he put his mark on the game. Overall, it was a great effort from
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer
was the third Bearcat to post a multi-goal performance as he
scored twice and assisted on Donlon's second goal of the game
to open the fourth quarter. With three points on the day, Springer
extended his consecutive game scoring streak to 18 straight with
a point, dating back to Feb. 20, 2010. His streak warrants national
recognition as he ranks among the top-20 national leaders for
consecutive games with a point.
In the opening quarter, Binghamton raced out to a 3-0 advantage
over the first eight minutes. Newcomer Brandon
Planck converted a man-up opportunity at the 13:35 mark as
he tallied an unassisted goal. The freshman attackman picked
up where he left off against No. 6 Cornell earlier in the week
as he posted the team's final two goals Tuesday. Five minutes
later, Raleigh found the back of the net for an unassisted goal.
Donlon capped the opening surge with a goal at the 6:53 mark,
off the assist from junior John Clark.
The host Golden Griffins answered with two consecutive goals
and clamped down defensively as they shutout BU for a span of
22 minutes to close the second quarter at 3-2.
Despite the defensive battle in the opening 30 minutes, Binghamton
exploded for eight second half goals as they pulled away from
a pesky Canisius squad.
Raleigh and Springer each posted goals by the 10:38 mark of the
third quarter. Junior Ben Waldron
assisted on the score from Raleigh, while sophomore Tyler
Perrelle notched one of his team-high two assists on the
goal by Springer.
Simon Giourmetakis and Graham Bergsma fueled a two-goal spurt
for Canisius as the host squad pulled within 5-4 at the 3:44
mark. With eight seconds left, Raleigh provided a vital spark
for the Bearcats as he registered his fourth goal of the game
and lifted BU to a 6-4 edge heading into the final frame.
The Bearcats controlled all eight face-offs in the fourth quarter
to dominate the possession battle and rack up five goals as they
outscored Canisius 5-3 to secure the victory. Donlon scored BU's
second man-up goal of the game 22 seconds into the quarter on
the assist from Springer. Following a goal from Giourmetakis,
Raleigh and Springer each scored in a span of 47 seconds as the
Bearcats extended the lead to 9-5, its largest advantage of the
contest with 12 minutes remaining. Canisius threatened with two
unanswered goals as they trailed 9-7, but Binghamton secured
the win with back-to-back goals in a span of 26 seconds with
under three minutes to play. Freshman Kelly
Donigan recorded his first career goal with 2:40 to play
and sophomore Tyler Perrelle followed
with an unassisted goal of his own to account for the 11-7 final.
In cage, sophomore Kraig Heston picked
up the win on the strength of seven saves and only seven goals
Binghamton returns to the Bearcats Sports Complex for a showdown
with Hobart on Tuesday at 4 p.m.