Immediate Release: March 13, 2011
For the first eight minutes of the contest the Binghamton defense withstood several Drexel shots on goal. Bearcat senior goalie Lauren Scott, under constant fire, continued to turn back the Drexel attack. That would come to an end however, at the 22:04 mark, as the Dragons netted their first goal. From there Drexel would go on to score six more unanswered goals to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
The Bearcats offense was held scoreless for over 27 minutes in the first half managing just seven shots. BU was finally able to gain some momentum near the end of the half netting two goals in 47 seconds. The first came from senior Beth Moore at the 2:56 mark and just seconds later classmate Ali Castigle scored her 12th goal of the season. Moore's goal, her 12th on the season and 90th in her career, broke the school's all-time goals record. The back-to-back goals by the senior duo gave Binghamton much needed confidence heading into the half down 7-2.
Binghamton's defense looked committed in the second half as the unit held strong during the opening minutes. The defensive effort allowed Moore to find the back of the net again, cutting the score to 7-3 with 25:17 remaining to play. Drexel would answer scoring just 34 seconds later to extend its lead back to five. The Bearcats would not go away quietly however, as junior attackman Lis Zuern dodged a couple of Dragon defenders and netted her team-leading 15th goal of the season, bringing the deficit back to four.
After Zuern's goal at the 22:43 mark, the Dragons defense tightened up and denied any hopes of a BU comeback. Slowed by failed clear attempts (11-19), the Bearcats were held scoreless for the remainder of the game as Drexel tallied the final two goals.
Drexel held a significant shots on goal advantage over the Bearcats, outshooting BU 21-9. Scott stopped 11 of those shots. The Dragon defense caused 15 of Binghamton's 21 turnovers, obstructing any consistency on offense for the Bearcats. Drexel also held a 19-13 ground balls edge.
BU is off next week after a hectic three-games-in-five-days schedule. The Bearcats return to the field Monday, Mar. 21 at High Point in North Carolina. Binghamton will play two games in two days, as they turn around and head to Davidson immediately after their game with High Point.
NOTES: This was Binghamton's first-ever meeting with Drexel...Beth Moore now has 91 career goals, first on BU's all-time goals list...Ali Castiglie's goal gives her 132 points in her career, just 12 back from the all-time school record held by Lauren Wetherell.
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