Release: March 15, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
lacrosse edges Colgate 7-6 for fourth consecutive win
Heston notched a program record 17 saves
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- For the second straight year, the Binghamton
men's lacrosse team (4-3) edged the Colgate Raiders (4-3) by
the score of 7-6 in a non-conference game. The Bearcats built
a 6-3 lead heading into the final frame, but needed to fend off
a late charge by the Raiders to preserve the narrow victory at
Andy Kerr Stadium Tuesday night.
The Colgate-Binghamton rivalry added another thriller to its
nine-year history as the one-goal margin of victory represents
the fifth time in the last seven contests that a game was decided
by one goal. Last year, the Bearcats prevailed over No. 20 Colgate
at the Bearcats Sports Complex by the same 7-6 margin.
"It was a defensive battle the whole way," head coach
Ed Stephenson said. "Both defenses played really well and
this is the type of game we've come to expect with Colgate after
all of our one and two-goal games over the years. They made a
nice comeback when we failed to clear it a couple times, but
when it counted Heston came up huge when we needed him and Springer
came up big with the game-winner."
The win marks the first four-game
winning streak for the Bearcats since 2006. Meanwhile, BU thwarted
Colgate's four-game overall winning streak and its four-game
home winning streak, dating back to last season.
With Binghamton clinging to a 7-6 lead and possession of the
ball with 1:50 to play, Colgate was forced to leave an empty
net in exchange for an extra defender. The adequate pressure
caused a Binghamton turnover, but the Raiders couldn't muster
a game-tying goal against a stingy Bearcat defense over the final
Colgate held a commanding 39-23 shot advantage, including a 17-3
differential in the fourth quarter. However, the Bearcats converted
two of its three shots in the quarter to account for the 7-6
The Bearcats made two crucial stops a man-down late in the fourth
quarter and held Colgate without a goal on all three of its extra-man
Sophomore Kraig Heston, the America
East Player of the Week, picked up his fourth consecutive win
in goal as he notched a program record 17 saves that stifled
a Colgate offense that entered the contest averaging nearly 10
goals per game. Heston raised his sparkling save percentage --
which was tabbed ninth in the country prior to tonight's game
-- to 66.3 on the strength of a career-best effort.
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer
collected his eighth career hat trick to lead the Bearcats with
a game-high four goals, raising his season total to 19. He scored
the eventual game-winner with exactly two minutes remaining in
the contest. Classmate Tyler Perrelle
was streaking down the left alley when he found Springer in front
of the goal for the score.
Ben McCabe supplied half of Colgate's offense to pace the team
with a hat trick.
Freshman Michael Antinozzi converted
a man-up goal that broke a scoreless tie 29 seconds into the
Springer extended his consecutive game scoring streak to 21 straight
with a point early in the second quarter. In an extra man opportunity,
Springer posted up in the middle of the Colgate zone and received
a feed from Perrelle. Springer pivoted and fired over his right
shoulder to convert the man-up score.
The Bearcats managed a 2-1 advantage by the break. BU capitalized
on four Colgate penalties over the first two quarters as they
posted a 2-4 mark in extra-man opportunities. On the defensive
side, Binghamton held its opponent to two goals or less by the
half for the fourth consecutive game.
Peter Baum opened up the scoring in the third quarter with an
unassisted goal to knot the game at 2-2. Two minutes later, Springer
rattled off two goals in a span of eight seconds for a 4-2 advantage.
He found separation on a one-on-one drive and rifled an overhand
rocket for the score. A face-off violation on the ensuing possession
allowed junior John Clark to feed an
open Springer for a goal eight seconds later.
Junior Ben Waldron capped a 3-0 run
for Binghamton with his first goal of the season off the feed
from Shane Warner in the final 90
seconds of the third quarter.
Each teams traded goals in the opening three minutes of the final
frame. Unforced turnovers and failed clears hurt the Bearcats
down the stretch as Colgate managed three consecutive goals to
knot the score at 6-6.
The Bearcats never trailed in the contest but broke ties at 1-1,
2-2 and 6-6 to secure the win.
Binghamton will make another trip to Upstate New York next Tuesday
to face the Siena Saints at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Heston's 17 saves is the most by any Bearcat in
the school's 10-year Division I history ... Dan Solazzo held
the previous record of 16 saves, set against Lafayette (Feb.
27, 2010) ... Binghamton matched its second-longest winning streak
in school history ... The 2006 squad posted four straight wins
between March 4-March 18