For Immediate Release: March 30, 2010
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Binghamton men's lacrosse loses 16-15 to Lehigh in overtime

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Alex Drake scored with 1:17 left in the first sudden-death overtime period as Lehigh (5-5) defeated Binghamton (2-6) 16-15 in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Tuesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The game marked the Bearcats' first contest in two weeks.

The visiting Mountain Hawks were down 14-7 with 6:26 left in the third quarter but stormed back with an 8-1 run through the rest of regulation to force overtime.

The loss overshadowed a school-record eight goals by senior senior attack Jeff Rurey. He broke the previous school record of six goals, which was by Stephen Smith against Hartford on April 1, 2006 and tied by current freshman attack Matt Springer against Villanova back on Feb. 27.

Rurey scored his first two goals in a nine-second span as Binghamton went up 3-0 just 5:03 into the game. From there, Rurey completed the hat trick with two seconds left in the opening period as the Bearcats took a commanding 7-2 lead.

Each team scored three times in the second quarter as the Bearcats led 10-5 at the break. Senior midfielder Andy Cook scored twice during that span as did Roman Lao-Gosney of Lehigh.

Binghamton looked to still be in command of the game as Rurey pumped in four more goals in the third quarter. His final score gave the Bearcats their 14-7 cushion.

From that point on, however, Lehigh was in command. Brian Bienemann, who scored four goals, had three during the third and fourth periods. His final goal gave the Mountain Hawks a 15-14 lead with 1:45 left in regulation.

Junior midfielder Frank Donlon, who finished with three goals, tied the game with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter. Lehigh, however, won the opening faceoff in overtime and never relinquished the lead until firing the winning shot.

Cook and senior midfielder Steve Carlson each added a pair of goals. Springer tallied a career-high three assists.

Cameron Lao-Gosney had four goals for Lehigh while Bienemann also had a pair of assists.

Lehigh outshot Binghamton 43-34 for the game.

Binghamton begins the America East portion of its schedule with a 1 p.m. game at Vermont on Saturday.

NOTE: The 31 total goals represents the highest-scoring men's lacrosse game in the three-year history of the Bearcats Sports Complex.

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