Immediate Release: April 25, 2006
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Binghamton defeats Drexel 11-6 in final home game of the season
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Freshman attack Chris Mulheron (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and junior attack Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.) each scored three goals, leading Binghamton (7-6) to an 11-6 win over Drexel (5-8) in a non-conference men's lacrosse matchup on Tuesday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. The Bearcats scored the last nine goals to capture their final home game of the season.
"Our defense got more aggressive as the game went on and we had a great second half," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "This is a great win for us because Drexel is a good team."
Mulheron, who now leads the Bearcats with 32 points, also added an assist. Freshman attack Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y.) netted a pair of goals, giving him a team-best 21 for the season, while sophomore midfielder Stephen Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist. Junior midfielder Jeff Santucci (Cicero, N.Y.) tallied a pair of assists.
With time running down in the first half, the Bearcats trailed 6-2. Jeff Pfeffer had already recorded a hat trick for the visiting Dragons and the Bearcats had gone nearly 26 minutes without find the back of the net. It was then, however, that Mulheron took a pass from Smith and scored with just 35 seconds remaining.
"The goal by Mulheron at the end of the first half was huge," Stephenson said. "(Smith) did a great job setting him up."
In the third quarter, the Bearcats erupted for five unaswered goals to take an 8-6 lead. After junior midfielder Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) scored just 1:06 into the third quarter, Mulheron took over. He assisted on Williams' first goal of the game at the 9:56 mark and scored the next two goals in a span of 33 seconds. The final goal of the quarter was scored by senior midfielder David Burpoe (Arlington, Va.) with 1:45 remaining.
In the fourth quarter, Williams scored two goals in the opening 26 seconds, extending the lead to 10-6. Nearly 13 scoreless minutes later, Boyce iced the game with an empty-net goal.
In the faceoff circle, freshman J.P. Wioncek (Beverly, Mass.) won 14 of the 21 draws and scooped up a game-high 11 ground balls. Between the pipes, senior goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) recorded 14 saves.
The Bearcats close out their regular season at Albany on Saturday at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Wioncek headed into the Drexel game ranked 16th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (.572) and 15th in ground balls per game (5.08). He is the top-ranked freshman in both categories ... Boyce is the third player in Binghamton's five-year history to reach the 20-goal mark in a season. He has 11 goals in the Bearcats' last four games ... McKeown has averaged 12.3 saves in the Bearcats' last three games and has a 0.59 save percentage during that span.
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