Release: March 12, 2011
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start lifts men's lacrosse over Marist, 9-5
Springer posts sixth career hat trick with four-goal performance
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's lacrosse team tallied five
of the game's first six goals and never looked back as they registered
a 9-5 victory over the visiting Marist Red Foxes in a non-conference
game at the Bearcats Sports Complex Saturday afternoon. The win
marks the first three-game winning streak for the Bearcats since
2006 as the host squad improved to 3-3 on the year, while Marist
dropped to 0-4 on the season.
"Again, the defensive unit gave us another great effort,"
head coach Ed Stephenson said. "I still think there are
some improvements we need to make but I'm pleased with the progress
we've made over the last three games."
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer
tallied his sixth career hat trick and third of the season with
a four-goal performance to lead Binghamton offensively. Springer,
who raised his season goal total to 15, extended his consecutive
game scoring streak to 20 straight with a point, dating back
to Feb. 20, 2010. He ranks among the top-16 national leaders
for consecutive games with a point.
Corey Zindel and Connor Rice paced the Red Foxes on the attack
unit with three goals and three assists, respectively.
In the pivotal first quarter where the Bearcats forged a 5-1
lead, five different players reached the scoring column on unassisted
goals. Senior co-captains David Raleigh
and Frank Donlon each netted a goal
during that span, while sophomore midfielder Tyler
Perrelle and junior midfielder John
Clark added to the lead with goals of their own. Springer
scored one of his game-high four goals during the first quarter
Freshman attackman Kelly Donigan tacked
on his third goal in as many games late in the fourth quarter.
Binghamton held a modest 34-32 shot advantage and split the face-offs
with Marist as both squads were 9-of-18. Neither team successfully
converted a man-up opportunity as BU went 0-3, compared to only
one failed attempt by the Red Foxes.
Sophomore Kraig Heston picked up his
third consecutive win in cage as he tallied a career-best 15
saves and surrendered only five goals for the second straight
The Bearcats received key contributions from its defensive unit,
which forced 20+ turnovers for the second time this week. Junior
Ben Waldron notched a career-high
five caused turnovers along with five ground balls. Classmate
Chris Cook led the team with eight ground
balls, aided by a 9-for-18 mark at the face-off X.
Donlon opened the early scoring parade for Binghamton with an
unassisted goal at the 12:05 mark. Perrelle and Springer added
scores in a span of 36 seconds to push BU's lead to 3-0 at the
7:24 mark. On the ensuing face-off win by Marist, Corey Zindel
notched a score eight seconds later to pull the Red Foxes within
3-1. Nearly six minutes later, a nearly motionless Raleigh took
his defender by surprise and rifled a low line-drive past the
goalie for an unassisted score. Clark answered 15 seconds later
after a face-off win and the Bearcats took a 5-1 lead into the
Binghamton's final four goals were all assisted. Springer rattled
off the team's next three goals coming off feeds from junior
Ryan Button, Waldron and Perrelle.
Following a Marist turnover at midfield, Waldron outletted the
ball as soon as the whistle sounded to an open Springer who converted
an empty-net goal from outside the attack zone. Marist goalie
Brendan Price was up the field assisting with the clear attempt
at the time.
Binghamton begins a three-game, three-week road stretch starting
with Colgate on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Notes: Kraig Heston was named the America East Player
of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.