Immediate Release: March 11, 2006
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BU men's lacrosse uses stellar comeback to defeat Villanova 7-6
Villanova, Pa.--Junior midfielder Jeff
Santucci (Cicero, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with
42 seconds into the first sudden-death overtime period, leading
Binghamton (2-1) to a stellar 7-6 comeback victory at Villanova
(2-3) in a non-conference lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon.
In the process, the Bearcats defeated Villanova for the first
time in four tries. This is the fourth overtime game for Binghamton
in the programs five-year history, all resulted in a win.
"We showed a lot of heart today," head coach Ed Stephenson
said. "With us down by five goals in the fourth quarter
the team knew it was time to step it up, and they did. I have
never seen a comeback in a span of time like this. It was unbelievable
for us to win like this."
Junior Rob Willams (Fulton, N.Y.)
scored the first goal of the game 2:23 in the game on an assist
by junior attack Matt McNamara (Oswego,
N.Y.). Villanova followed by scoring the next six goals, the
last of them coming in the third quarter.
With 10:21 left in the fourth quarter Binghamton's offense awoke
from its slumber and found the back of the net. Santucci scored
his first goal of the game on an assist from McNamara with 10:21
left in the fourth quarter. Freshman attack Chris
Mulheron (Canandaigua, N.Y.) scored a man-up goal on an assist
from sophomore midfielder Stephen Smith
(Canandaigua, N.Y.) with 8:07 remaining in the quarter. McNamara
followed with a man-up goal assisted by Williams with 2:24 left
to play. Freshman attack Jake Boyce
(Pittsford, N.Y.) netted his third goal in as many games with
1:17 left, fed by Mulheron to tighten the score to 6-5 'Nova
lead. WIlliams passed the ball to Smith, who scored with 12 seconds
left in regulation to tie the game at 6-6.
For the second straight game the Bearcats went into overtime
looking for a win. This time the hero was Santucci who beat his
defender 42 seconds into the first overtime for the unassisted
Binghamton out shot Villanova 29-27 while senior goalie Kevin
McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made nine saves in the win. Binghamton
was 2-8 in extra-man opportunities while 'Nova was 0-2. The Bearcats
won seven of the 16 faceoffs. The Wildcats won the ground ball
battle with 38, while the Bearcats won 29.
hosts No. 19 Hobart on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at East Middle School.