Immediate Release: May 1, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- It was the cliche, tale of two halves at the Bearcats Sports Complex, Saturday afternoon as the Binghamton women's lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker to New Hampshire 12-10, in a pseudo play-in game for the America East tournament next week. The Bearcats held a 10-5 lead with 20:46 remaining to play, but the Wildcats rallied for seven straight goals to earn the final playoff berth. Binghamton ends it's season 4-13 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
After honoring it's five seniors, a motivated Binghamton squad came out of the gates hot, scoring the game's first two goals. Junior Lis Zuern got BU started, making a nice move inside the eight meter to find the back of the net. Senior Beth Moore made the score, 2-0, with her free position goal at the 24:36 mark. The goal by Moore was her 40th of the season, breaking her own single-season goals record set last season.
New Hampshire countered, finally getting on the board ten seconds after Moore's goal. However, every time the Wildcats scored in the first half, BU responded. The first response came from the stick of Zuern, who netted her second goal of the game just 24 seconds later, pushing BU's lead back to two, 3-1. New Hampshire cut the lead to one again a few minutes later, but Binghamton continued to put pressure on the Wildcats. On the ensuing draw control, Moore drew a foul, then raced past the Wildcat defense and beat the goalie, making the score 4-2 with 19:45 left in the half.
The Wildcats did not go away, as they again climbed back within one less than a minute later. This time however, Binghamton strung together a pair of goals to push it's lead to three. Senior Ali Castiglie found a cutting Zuern from behind the net, for her third goal of the game. Then after a point-blank save by goalie Lauren Scott, senior Lizzie Wright shot a bouncer past the New Hampshire goalie for the 6-3 lead. The Wildcats would add one more goal, before Wright struck again with the clock reading, 14 seconds. Zuern found Wright with a perfectly placed pass for the one-timer, to give BU a 7-4 halftime lead.
Binghamton continued to pour it on after the break, netting two straight goals in the first five minutes. Following a nice stick check from sophomore Kristen Stone to stop a UNH breakaway, Castiglie was awarded a free position shot at the other end. Castiglie converted the attempt to extends BU's lead to four, early in the half. Wright continued her hot start, netting her third goal of the game at the 25:40 mark. With the score, 9-5, sophomore Casey Bulman scored Binghamton's final goal of the game, as she connected on a free position shot with 20:46 remaining.
Holding a five-goal lead with just over 20 minutes to play, the Bearcats could not generate anymore offense. Binghamton was held scoreless for the remainder of the game and the Wildcats took full advantage, scoring the games final seven goals. New Hampshire took it's first lead of the game at the 6:38 mark and would not relinquish it. BU had several opportunities in the final minutes of play, but were denied by solid play from New Hampshire goalie, Kate Gunts.
Binghamton held a slim shot advantage, 29-23 and committed one fewer turnover than New Hampshire, 19-18. The Wildcats controlled the draw circle, winning 14-of-24 draw controls, assisting their comeback. The Bearcats were perfect in clear attempts for the second straight game, going 14-for-14 and picked up 17 ground balls to New Hampshire's 19.
The Bearcats had plenty of opportunities from the eight meter, but converted just three of their seven free position attempts.
Moore finished the game and her career with two goals, two ground balls and four draw controls. Wright closed out her career with a hat trick , one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover. Castiglie had one goal in her final game. Defender Siobhan Menz picked up two ground balls and caused a game-high three turnovers. Scott made eight stops and corralled two ground balls for BU.
Lizzie Wright and Kate Gunts were named America East Players of the Game.
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