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For Immediate Release: March 22, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Four-game winning streak halted by 10-3 setback at Siena
David Raleigh tallied a pair of goals to lead the Bearcats

Box Score

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Siena Saints (6-2) thwarted Binghamton's four-game winning streak with a 10-3 decision at Siena Turf Field Tuesday afternoon. Both teams were riding four-game winning streaks heading into the contest, but the host squad prevailed, denying BU the chance to match its longest winning-streak in school history. The Bearcats fall to 4-4 on the season.

"We played hard out there, but we didn't play together," interim head coach Kevin McKeown said. "Siena's a really well coached team with a lot of talented guys and unfortuntately we made a few too many dumb mistakes and struggled a bit on the offensive side and clearing the ball."

The Saints, whose only losses have come at No. 5 Duke and No. 9 Johns Hopkins back in February, jumped out to a 3-0 advantage behind stellar play from Bryan Neufeld. The junior attackman had a hand in all three of Siena's early scores, posting a pair of goals and setting up John Rogener on the other.

Senior David Raleigh put the visiting squad on the board with an unassisted tally at the 2:10 mark of the first quarter. Following a Siena score 90 seconds into the second frame, Raleigh connected once again to pull the Bearcatas within 4-2 midway through the quarter. Junior John Clark set up the goal with his third helper on the year.

Over the final 36 minutes, Siena outscored the Bearcats 6-1 en route to the 10-3 final. Junior Chris Cook, who won the majority of the face-offs (9-17), scored BU's last goal of the game 11 seconds after securing possession of a face-off at the 12:24 mark of the third quarter.

Siena, which boasted a stout man-down defense that was tabbed fourth in the country, stopped the Bearcats on its only man-up possession of the game. Meanwhile, BU held the Saints to a 1-of-4 conversion rate in man-up situations.

Sophomore attackman Matt Springer failed to register a point for the first time in his collegiate career. His consecutive game scoring streak ended at 21 straight games, dating back to Feb. 20, 2010.

Despite holding a modest 32-27 margin on shots, a 9-of-17 mark at the face-off X and forcing 25 Siena turnovers, the Bearcats couldn't generate the offensive firepower to stick with a Siena squad that entered the game averaging nearly 10 goals per game.

Freshman Greg Cove caused two turnovers and collected five ground balls. Junior Ben Waldron forced a game-high four turnovers, while senior defenseman Derrick Danieu also caused a pair of Siena miscues.

Sophomore goalie Kraig Heston, who was tabbed third in the nation in save percentage (66.3) and goals against average (5.85), allowed nine goals in 57 minutes of action for his first loss this year. Junior Jordan Marra closed out the game and allowed one goal.

Binghamton will conclude its three-week road stretch against Lehigh next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: The longest winning streak in program history was five games, set by the 2004 squad ... Matt Springer registered 48 goals and 15 assists for 63 points during his consecutive game scoring streak.

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