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For Immediate Release: April 19, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Women's Lacrosse falls to LIU 17-13
Visiting Blackbirds top Bearcats with strong second-half run

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Three-time All-NEC First Team attacker Amy Rizzo scored four goals and had four assists as LIU (6-10, 3-4 NEC) used a strong second-half finish to put away Binghamton (1-12, 0-5 AE), 17-13, in women's lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon at the East Gym Complex.

The Bearcats started strong, jumping out to a 4-1 lead six minutes into the contest. Senior Heather Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) rolled the crease and scored in traffic to put BU on the board at the 27:23 mark. Freshman Kate Gromatsky (Smithtown, N.Y.) and sophomore Kelsey Pieper (Rensselar, N.Y.) then added tallies to make it 3-0 as the Bearcats controlled possession in the early going.

Led by senior Jackie McCormick's two goals, LIU responded with three of the contest's next four scores, before senior Danielle Edwards (Horseheads, N.Y.) found the net twice in a 13-second span to restore the Bearcats' three-goal advantage.

Edwards utilized some quick thinking after seeing LIU goalie Kim Campbell had lost her footing behind the cage and immediately capitalized on the opportunity, winning the footrace to the left post and netting her 17th tally of the spring. Gromatsky picked up the ensuing draw control and fed Edwards for back-to-back scores.

Nearly ten minutes came off the clock before the two teams found the back of the net as both teams traded strong opportunities. At the 11:57 mark, McCormick scored off an Amy Rizzo feed to cut the lead to 6-4 and spur a 4-0 LIU run. Rizzo assisted on the next two tallies as well before curling around the left post and bouncing a shot past BU goalie CJ Cuneo with just 12 seconds remaining for her first of four goals.

The Blackbirds' first lead would be short lived; however, as senior Anna Riordan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) controlled the ensuing draw control and fed Pieper for her second score as time expired in the first half with the score even at 7-7.

Binghamton began the final 30 minutes of action in much the same fashion as they did to being the contest. Junior Leanne Musso (Auburn, N.Y.) scored twice igniting a 3-1 BU run to being the half. The two teams traded goals with McCormick and Grose each finding the net for their squads before the Blackbirds took control.

Trailing 11-9, LIU scored three straight goals to take their second and final lead of the afternoon. In the final ten minutes, the Bearcats stepped up the defensive pressure to no avail as LIU scored five of the next six goals as part of an 8-2 run to close out the game.

McCormick led all scorers on the afternoon with five markers. Freshman Kristina Scheerer finished with five points on four goals and an assist.

Binghamton received four-point efforts from both Leanne Musso and Anna Riordan. Musso finished with three goals anassist while Riordan finished with a season-high four assists. Riordan leads the Bearcats with 12 assists on the season. Heather Grose recorded her third hat trick of the season while Kate Gromatsky, Danielle Edwards, and Kelsey Pieper each finished with two goals.

LIU outshot Binghamton 40-34. Sophomore goalie CJ Cuneo (East Northport, N.Y.) made 14 saves for the Bearcats while her LIU counterpart Kim Campbell finished with 11 to her credit.

Binghamton heads to Iona on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game.

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