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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Late rally falls short as BU men's lacrosse suffers 13-7 setback to host Lehigh
Freshmen Brandon Planck and Michael Antinozzi tally a pair of goals to lead BU

Box Score

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 final.

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 Complex.

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