Immediate Release: April 19, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Women's Lacrosse falls to LIU 17-13
Blackbirds top Bearcats with strong second-half run
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
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
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
Binghamton heads to Iona on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game.