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For Immediate Release: February 22, 2008
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Women's lacrosse rallies to top Colgate, 12-11
Bearcats overcome four-goal deficit to win home opner

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- After dropping its season opener at William and Mary, the Binghamton women's lacrosse team made the first win of head coach Tony Zostant's Bearcat career a memorable one.

With the score tied 11-11, senior
Leanne Musso (Auburn, N.Y.) finished a solo run across the goal-mouth with 2:04 left in regulation to complete a spirited BU comeback and send the Bearcats past visiting Colgate, 12-11, in Friday's home opener from the snowy Bearcats Sports Complex.

"I am really proud of these girls," first-year head coach Tony Zostant said. "They never quit when we fell behind. They played hard and came out and performed well amid the adverse conditions."

The fourth-year midfielder and tri-captain was one of eight different Bearcat goal scorers, including five freshmen, finishing with two goals.

Freshman Ali Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y.) led all players with three goals and an assist. Junior Julia Demuth (Jordan, N.Y.) and freshman Erica Hill (Delmar, N.Y.) each tallied three points each. Demuth notched two goals and assisted on another, while Hill finished with a score and two assists to her credit.

Freshmen
Lisa Illig (Corning, N.Y.), Beth Moore (Hauppauge, N.Y.), and Siobhan Menz (Webster, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring with a goal each. Sophomore Tracy Weinstein (East Islip, N.Y.) also chipped in with a two-assist effort.

"We again went with a lot of youth out there, but this time out it was a completely different result," Zostant said. "Our defensive unit was very disciplined and our offense really did a good job of maintaining possession throughout the game."

The score stood tied, 4-4, midway through the first half of action, but the Raiders (1-1) ran off four straight goals and took a 8-5 advantage headed into the break.

The Bearcats rallied in the beginning of the second half, erasing Colgate's three-goal cushion and evening the score, 8-8, by the 19:19 mark.

Castiglie kicked off BU's three-goal run with a pair of unassisted tallies at the 28:55 and 26:20 mark followed by the first of Musso's two scores with 19:19 remaining.

The visiting Raiders, however, responded with three of the next four goals to forge back in front 11-9.

Castiglie halted the run with a score for the Bearcats off a Demuth feed at the 10:32 mark and Erica Hill tied the game at 11-11 with just 6:49 to play, setting the stage for Musso's heroics.

Defensively, the Bearcats received strong goalie play in the second half from freshman
Lauren Scott (Jarrettsville, Md.). Scott served as one of the main catalysts in the BU comeback, recording six saves and playing a big role in the Bearcats' transition game.

The five-foot-two netminder held the Raiders to just three second-half scores in picking up the first win of her collegiate career (1-1).

Junior tri-captain
Kelsey Pieper (Rensselaer, N.Y.) led all players with seven ground balls and one caused turnover.

Colgate was led by sophomore Brie Moran's second-straight three-goal effort. In the cage, Sara Drexler played the entire 60 minutes, finishing with nine saves.

Binghamton (1-1) opens the America East portion of its schedule next Friday, February 29 when the Bearcats host UMBC at 4 p.m.

Notes: The meeting was the first between the two schools...Binghamton is now 3-4 all-time record in home openers. The Bearcats last won their home opener against St. Francis (Pa.) during the 2006 campaign...The game was the first regular season contest played at the Bearcats Sports Complex...Castiglie now has a team-high seven points in two games (four goals, three assists)...Musso's goal was the second game-winner of her career.

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