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For Immediate Release: February 26, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Men's lacrosse...
Springer tallies fourth career hat trick to pace BU offensively

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette (0-1) outscored the visiting Bearcats (0-1) 4-2 in the final quarter to break a 5-5 tie and secure the season opening win on a bitter cold day at Bigler Field Saturday afternoon.

The host Nittany Lions outscored Binghamton - a squad that started four freshman - 3-1 over the final 10 minutes to post the narrow victory. Sophomore Tyler Perrelle registered BU's only goal over that stretch to close the gap at 8-7 with 5:23 left in regulation. However, the Bearcats couldn't muster any production in the final minutes and Billy Lloyd tacked on an insurance goal at 1:53 to make it 9-7.

With the score knotted at five apiece entering the fourth quarter, each team traded goals in the opening 2:13 of the final frame. Senior co-captain David Raleigh found the net 31 seconds into the quarter as BU took a 6-5 edge. Penn State's Shane Sturgis scored less than a minute later to even the score at six apiece.

Sophomore Matt Springer supplied more than half of the team's offensive production en route to his fourth career hat trick.

Springer, who became the second player in school history to record a point in every game last season, extended his streak to 15 consecutive games with a point, dating back to Feb. 20, 2010. A selection to the America East All-Rookie Team last season, Springer's streak warrants national recognition as he represents one of only 18 players in the country to have registered a point in 15 straight contests.

Trailing 5-3 in the closing seconds of the second quarter, Perrelle connected with Springer, who netted his third goal of the game with one second remaining on the clock.

Penn State raced out to an early 2-0 lead in the first minute of the contest before Springer answered with his first goal of the 2011 campaign. He registered another goal at the 6:23 mark, followed by a goal from freshman Brandon Planck in his collegiate debut to open the second quarter, pushing BU's lead to 3-2.

Neither team led by more than two goals at any point in a tightly contested battle.

Binghamton faces the Lafayette Leopards in another road matchup next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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