Release: April 23, 2011
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men's lacrosse clinches playoff berth with 10-8 triumph over
win fourth consecutive at home, eighth straight over Hawks
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University men's lacrosse team
(6-7, 2-2 AE) clinched a berth in the America East Tournament
with a 10-8 victory over visiting Hartford (8-6, 2-2 AE) Saturday
night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats' fourth straight
home win, coupled with losses by Albany and Vermont, assured
Binghamton its seventh postseason appearance. The win extends
BU's winning streak to eight straight over the Hawks.
In a game that featured six
ties and five lead changes, the Bearcats prevailed with two clutch
scores over the final 10 minutes and shutout the Hawks for the
final 14:50 to secure its second conference win.
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer
tallied his eighth career hat trick to lead the Bearcats with
four goals. Springer matched the program-record for hat tricks
set by Phil Cavallo (2003-05) and Jake Boyce (2006-09).
Junior goalie Jordan Marra notched his
first start in goal since March 1 and recorded a career-high
15 saves, picking up his first win of the season.
Hartford's Aidan Genik tallied a game-high five goals to pace
Six different Bearcats posted a goal, led by Springer and a pair
of scores from senior midfielder Frank
For the second straight contest, BU faced one of the country's
premier face-off units as Hartford senior Tim Fallon won 12-of-22
draws. Junior face-off specialist Chris Cook
won 10-of-22 attempts and managed a career-high nine ground balls,
holding Fallon below his season average of 63.8%, which ranked
eighth nationally. Senior defenseman Derrick
Danieu, who is tabbed 16th nationally with 1.83 caused turnovers
per game, forced a game-high five miscues.
Antinozzi opened up the scoring for the host squad as he fired
home a score from 20 yards out at the eight minute mark. Senior
midfielder John Warner set up Binghamton's
next score two minutes later as he found Springer to put BU ahead
2-1. The assist marked Warner's first of the season. The Hawks
tallied a rare score against a stingy Binghamton man-down defensive
unit, which entered the contest ranked 15th nationally, with
2:46 remaining in the first quarter. Genik tallied the goal off
the helper from Ryan Compitello.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Donlon beat his
man down the right alley and bounced a low liner into the net,
reclaiming the lead for BU, 3-2, at the 12:44 mark. Tate Klidonas
notched an unassisted goal at the 6:21 mark to knot the score
Genik scored consecutive goals to open the third quarter, helping
the Hawks forge a 5-3 lead. However, Springer answered with three
straight goals of his own over a four-minute stretch to fuel
a 4-0 run. Donlon added the last goal of the spurt at the 4:33
mark with BU leading 7-5. Hartford responded with two late goals
in the third quarter and a score 10 seconds into the final frame
to muster an 8-7 lead.
Sophomore Tyler Perrelle fired an
unassisted goal at the 10:14 mark to knot the game at eight apiece.
Following a win on the restart, Cook rifled a leaning left-handed
score into the net from 20 yards out for the game-winning goal.
Senior midfielder David Raleigh tacked
on an insurance goal a minute later with an acrobatic behind-the-back
tally to account for the 10-8 final.
Binghamton will honor its seven seniors next Saturday as they
host the University at Albany on senior night at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Springer's four goals move him into sole possession
of fourth place on the program's all-time goals list with 55
... Marra's 15 saves was two shy of the program-record set by
teammate Kraig Heston earlier this season against Colgate ...
Springer and Aidan Genik were named the America East Players
of the Game.