Immediate Release: February 22, 2008
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Women's lacrosse rallies to top Colgate, 12-11
overcome four-goal deficit to win home opner
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
The fourth-year midfielder and tri-captain was one of eight different
Bearcat goal scorers, including five freshmen, finishing with
Ali Castiglie (Middle
Island, N.Y.) led all players with three goals and an assist.
Junior Julia Demuth (Jordan, N.Y.) and freshman Erica
(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
(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
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
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
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
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.