Release: March 8, 2011
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lacrosse overpowers visiting Hobart 11-5
Springer, John Clark and David Raleigh post multi-goal performances
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's lacrosse team (2-3) scored
nine consecutive goals in a devastating 9-0 run that bridged
the second and third quarters en route to an 11-5 triumph over
the visiting Hobart Statesmen (1-3) in a non-conference game
at the Bearcats Sports Complex Tuesday evening.
"I thought our seniors gave us great leadership in our win
against Canisius on Saturday," head coach Ed Stephenson
said. "The important thing today was that the rest of the
group followed their lead. We had great production from a lot
of guys out there."
Eight different players made their way into the scoring column
as BU picked up its first two-game winning streak since 2008.
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer
was one of three Bearcats to post a multi-goal effort. With two
points on the day, Springer extended his consecutive game
scoring streak to 19 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
Senior David Raleigh, who recorded
a career-high four goals in Saturday's win over Canisius, scored
a pair of goals for the Bearcats. Junior midfielder John
Clark made the most of his second straight start as he tallied
the first two goals of his career. Clark tied the game at 1-1
off a feed from sophomore Tyler Perrelle.
He later scored an unassisted goal in the midst of Binghamton's
crucial 9-0 run.
The first quarter featured a defensive stalemate as the two squads
combined for 13 turnovers. Hobart's Chris Pedersen registered
the game's first goal at the 3:21 mark.
Binghamton unleashed five goals from five different players in
the second quarter. Clark posted the team's first goal at the
9:22 mark. In the ensuing face-off, junior Chris
Cook notched one of his eight face-off wins and then streaked
down the field and buried a shot into the net for a goal seven
seconds later. Raleigh and Springer both scored in a span of
nearly five minutes apart to push the BU lead to 4-1. Freshman
attackman Kelly Donigan scored for
the second straight contest 30 seconds after the goal by Springer
as Binghamton forged a 5-1 lead at the break.
The Bearcats wasted no time in finding the back of the net as
play resumed to open the third quarter. Upon a successful face-off
by Cook, freshman Kevin McDonough
was the recipient of a feed from Cook for his first career goal
six seconds into the third quarter. McDonough entered the game
as the team leader in ground balls at nine for the season. Clark
scored for the second time of the contest at the 11:25 mark and
newcomer Michael Antinozzi converted
a man-up opportunity 26 seconds later as Binghamton continued
to overwhelm Hobart. Perrelle connected on Binghamton's next
man-up situation to extend BU's lead to 9-1. Senior midfielder
Frank Donlon assisted on Perrelle's
fourth goal of the season.
In the final frame, Hobart opened the quarter on a quick 3-0
spurt to pull within striking distance at 9-4 with 8:22 to play.
Sam Miller scored twice during that stretch along with a goal
from Mike White.
The Bearcats relied on leadership down the stretch as Raleigh
and Springer helped the host squad bolster its lead to 11-5 over
the game's final five minutes.
A solid defensive outing that included caused turnovers by nine
different Bearcat defenders led to 26 Hobart miscues. Classmates
Ben Waldron and Cook each scooped
up a game-high seven ground balls.
Sophomore Kraig Heston notched 10 saves
and surrendered a season-low five goals as he picked up his second
consecutive win in goal. Despite three BU penalties in the opening
seven minutes of the fourth quarter, Heston shut out the Statesmen
during those man-up opportunities as the visiting squad peppered
the goal with several shots during that span. Hobart failed to
score on all four of its extra-man possessions for the game.
Binghamton returns to the Bearcats Sports Complex for a meeting
with the Marist Red Foxes on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Notes: Kraig Heston was named the America East Player
of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.