For Immediate Release: March 1, 2011
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Men's lacrosse suffers 13-4 setback to No. 6 Cornell
Freshman Brandon Planck tallied a pair of goals to lead BU

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- No. 6 Cornell University (2-0) overpowered the Binghamton men's lacrosse team by rattling off 13 straight goals en route to a 13-4 victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex Tuesday evening. The Bearcats (0-3) fall to 5-5 all-time in home openers.

"They shut us out in face-offs in that first half and that was really the story," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "I give our guys credit though. They came out and won that second half. At that point, we couldn't come back and win the game but they battled in the second half."

The visiting Big Red, who cruised to a 14-9 triumph over Hobart in its season opener Saturday, tallied 12 of its 13 goals in the opening 20 minutes, including four by the 10:29 mark in the first quarter. Eleven different players scored a goal for Cornell, while Rob Pannell managed the team's lone hat trick.

Cornell jumped out to the quick start behind a stellar performance from Pannell. The Preseason First-Team All-American registered three goals and five assists as he extended his consecutive point scoring streak to 37 games, which ranks second in the country behind Siena's Bryan Neufeld (38).

Sophomore Matt Springer extended his consecutive game scoring streak to 17 straight with a point, dating back to Feb. 20, 2010. Springer, who was coming off back-to-back hat trick efforts, was held in check by Cornell's Second-Team All-American Max Feely.

Binghamton entered the scoring column with a goal from Frank Donlon on the assist by sophomore Tyler Perrelle at the 10:31 mark in the third quarter. A minute later, freshman Michael Antinozzi posted an unassisted goal. The score settled at 13-2 for the majority of the second half, before Binghamton found the net twice in a 27-second span in the game's closing minutes. Newcomer Brandon Planck scored both goals with the latter coming from a feed by Springer.

Cornell outshot the host Bearcats 40-22. The Big Red put 25 of its 40 shots on goal, while Binghamton managed 12 of its 22 shots on goal.

Freshman Kevin McDonough provided a scrappy effort that included a team-high five ground balls and three face-off wins in only four attempts.

In cage, junior Jordan Marra and sophomore Kraig Heston each notched six saves. Heston was named the America East Player of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life. He allowed only five goals against in over three quarters against the Big Red.

Binghamton travels to Buffalo for a 2 p.m. meeting with Canisius on Saturday.

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