Release: March 29, 2011
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rally falls short as BU men's lacrosse suffers 13-7 setback to
Brandon Planck and Michael Antinozzi tally a pair of goals to
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Binghamton University men's lacrosse team
mounted a late charge to pull within 10-7 after digging an early
8-0 hole, but host Lehigh scored three unanswered goals to secure
the 13-7 win at the Ulrich Sports Complex Tuesday night. The
Mountain Hawks improved to 6-4 after notching its third win in
the last four games, while the Bearcats dropped to 4-5.
"It's tough to spot a team like that an eight-goal lead
and give up so many face-offs," interim head coach Kevin
McKeown said. "I thought the lone bright spot was the resolve
our guys had to make a comeback like that. By that point, however,
our defense had nothing left in the tank to hold them off."
Lehigh's Roman Lao-Gosney registered
a hat trick to lead all scorers with a game-high three goals.
The freshman class led the way for the Bearcats, who were playing
without leading scorer Matt Springer.
Newcomers Brandon Planck and Michael
Antinozzi each tallied a pair of goals in breakout performances.
Antinozzi set a career-high with his two scores, while Planck's
pair of goals matched a personal-best set against No. 6 Cornell
on March 1.
The freshman attack duo made the most of BU's extra-man possessions
as they combined for all three of the squad's man-up goals. Planck
put the Bearcats on the board at the 2:57 mark of the second
quarter with an unassisted score. Antinozzi was the beneficiary
of two Tyler Perrelle helpers. The
sophomore attackman found Antinozzi twice in man-up situations
to collect his team-leading 11th and 12th assists. Binghamton
converted 3-of-4 extra-man possessions in the contest.
Perrelle also managed an unassisted goal to bolster BU's underclassmen
production, which recorded five of the team's seven goals. Senior
captains Frank Donlon and
David Raleigh netted goals to round out the scoring.
The Mountain Hawks overpowered BU over the opening two quarters,
posting eight consecutive goals while peppering 23 shots to build
a sizeable advantage early. Planck and Antinozzi supplied the
relief with a pair of man-up goals in a span of 25 seconds, cutting
the margin to 8-2 at the half.
Brian Hess found the back of the net less than two minutes into
the third quarter to build Lehigh's lead to 9-2. The Bearcats
responded with a flurry of goals over a three-minute stretch
to claw back, 9-5. Planck notched his second goal of the game
off a feed from junior Ben Waldron.
Perrelle and Raleigh fired home unassisted tallies to bring the
visiting squad within striking distance.
David DiMaria stopped the spurt with a goal to close the third
quarter in favor of Lehigh, 10-5. Back-to-back scores by Donlon
and Antinozzi made it a contest with 10:05 to play, but the host
squad managed three unanswered scores to account for the 13-7
In another stellar defensive performance, Waldron forced five
Lehigh miscues and scooped up a team-high five ground balls.
Sophomore goalie Kraig Heston, who
was tabbed sixth in the nation in save percentage (61.1) and
seventh in goals against average (5.85) entering the game, made
seven stops in a losing effort.
Binghamton will open up America East play Saturday against the
Vermont Catamounts in a 7 p.m. contest at the Bearcats Sports