For Immediate Release: February 28, 2006
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Bearcats drop heartbreaker 10-8 at Bucknell in season opener

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Lewisburg, Pa.--Binghamton sophomore midfielder Leanne Musso (Auburn, N.Y.) registered a game-high four goals and almost tacked on a fifth, but her potential game-tying attempt richocheted off the left post and fell into Bucknell's possesion with just 2:30 remaining as the Bearcats fell 10-8 in heartbreaking fashion to the Bison on Tuesday afternoon at Graham Field.

The game kicked off the fifth season of intercollegiate lacrosse for Binghamton as a Division I program and the second with head coach Emily Edmonston at the helm.

"It was a very tight game throughout," Edmonston said. "Despite the final result, I am very excited about how well we came out and competed."

The Bearcats (0-1) busted out of the gates, as junior Anna Riordan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scored the first of three consecutive Binghamton goals in the contest's first 10 minutes of action. After Bucknell (1-0) responded with a three-score rally of their own, junior Heather Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) found the back of the net with just 5:15 left to play in the opening period to secure a 4-3 lead at the half.

Bucknell drew even early in what was a back-and-forth second half, but once again Binghamton answered, as Musso and junior Danielle Edwards (Rensselaer, N.Y.) each found the net in a span of only 39 seconds.

After the Bison mounted their second three-goal run of the afternoon to take their first lead of the contest at 7-6 with just 12:03 remaining, Musso scored her second of three second-half tallies, tying things up for a fourth and final time.

A pair of consecutive scores gave Bucknell the lead for good at 9-7, despite a fourth score from Binghamton's sophomore phenom and the frantic efforts of the Bearcats to draw even during the game's waning moments.

Among the standouts for Binghamton was sophomore newcomer Sandra Alvarez (Port Washington, N.Y.) who made a game-high 12 saves in her collegiate debut.

"Our defensive unit, just put forth an absolutely awesome effort today," said Edmonston."I can't say enough about Sandra's performance in net. She was just terrific."

Freshman attack Julia Demuth (Jordan, N.Y.) also had a successful first game, picking up a goal and an assist. In all, five different players got into the scoring column for Binghamton.

The Bearcats will host the first of seven home dates this Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m. The contest will take place at Binghamton's East Middle School.

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