Immediate Release: April 1, 2004
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Niagara edges Binghamton 8-6
LEWISTON, N.Y.--Visiting Binghamton (2-5) never recovered from a fast start by the Purple Eagles, and Niagara (4-1) held on for an 8-6 victory at rain-soaked Demske Sports Complex.
"It was a very rainy and wet game," head coach Sue Frost said. "Overall we played okay but we got off to a rough start and couldn't catch up."
Niagara scored two goals in the opening minute of the game and added another for a 3-0 lead just 6:29 into play. The Purple Eagles led 4-1 at halftime and then held off a charge by the Bearcats in the second frame. Sophomore center Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y.) and freshman attack Heather Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) scored consecutive goals in the first 38 seconds of the second half as Binghamton quickly closed to within 4-3. The teams traded goals over the next two-plus minutes, and the Purple Eagles led 5-4 3:21 into the period. Niagara scored back-to-back goals midway through the period, however, and added a final tally with under five minutes remaining to prevent the Bearcats from completing the rally.
Wetherell had two goals on the game, and junior attack Laura Gabbamonte (Glen Cove, N.Y.) had one. Sophomore attack Allison Lak (Nassau, N.Y./Columbia) and freshman attack Becky Green (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland) each added a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Christa Quon (Vestal, N.Y.) made 15 saves in goal.
The Bearcats are idle for the next eight days before opening up the America East slate on the road next Friday evening. Binghamton will visit Albany for a 7 p.m. game.
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