Immediate Release: March 24, 2007
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Binghamton men's lacrosse defeated by No 14 Syracuse 16-10
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sophomore attack Kenny Nims and junior midfielder Steven Brooks eached scored a game-high four goals, leading No. 14 Syracuse (3-3) to a 16-10 win over Binghamton (1-4) in men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. The game marked the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Sophomore attack Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y.) had a team-high three goals for the Bearcats, which marked his fourth career hat trick. Senior midfielder Nate Kerstein (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Steve Carlson (Penn Yan, N.Y.) each added two-goals while freshman attack Drew Wichman (Syracuse, N.Y.) dished out a career-high five assists.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first quarter, the Bearcats scored four of the next five goals to deadlock the game at 4-4 with 7:23 left in the first half. Boyce had two of his goals during that span and Wichman tallied a pair of assists. The Orange, however, got the final three goals of the half to go up 7-4.
Trailing 10-5 at the start of the fourth quarter, Binghamton stormed back into the game with three goals in a span of 2:24. Kerstein opened the scoring with a man-up goal 35 seconds in the period, Boyce followed with an unassisted goal at the 1:57 mark of the quarter and Carlson recorded a man-up goal just 62 seconds later.
With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Binghamton almost scored its fourth straight goal but the referee ruled that Syracuse goaltender Peter Coluccini picked up a shot that had squirted past him before it entered the cage. The play swung the momentum back to the Orange, and Syracuse ended any hope of a comeback with four straight goals in the ensuing 4:22 of play.
Syracuse outshot Binghamton 38-24 but the decisive part of the game came at the faceoff circle, where the Orange won 23 of 28 draws. Senior Jon Jerome did most of the damage, winning 18 of his 21 faceoff attempts.
Colunccini and sophomore goalie Larry Kline (Beverly, Mass.) each made eight saves.
Binghamton hosts Hartford in its America East Conference opener next Saturday at 2 p.m.
NOTES: After struggling offensively in its first three games, Binghamton has scored 21 goals in its last two outings ... including Syracuse, the Bearcats have gone up against three nationally-ranked opponents in their first five games this season ... Wichmann now leads the Bearcats with 13 points (4-9) while Boyce has a team-best six goals.
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