Release: April 5, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton women's lacrosse victorious at Niagara 14-12
paces the Bearcat attack with a career-best five scores
NIAGARA, N.Y.--Junior midfielder Anna
Riordan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scored a career-high five
goals to lead Binghamton to a 14-12 victory over Niagara in a
non-conference women's lacrosse game Wednesday afternoon at Niagara
Field. With the victory, the Bearcat women have equaled their
program-best (4) total for wins in a season, a mark previously
reached during the 2004 campaign.
Riordan recorded four of her team-high five tallies during Binghamton's
decisive 9-1 surge which spanned both halves and saw the host
Purple Eagles held scoreless for a 19:54 stretch.
"We were able to execute some things that we have been working
on," said head coach Emily Edmonston. "Hopefully, the
strong play will continue as we head into our second conference
game this weekend."
After Niagara (5-5) ran off
five straight scores midway through the first half and jumped
out to a 8-5 lead, Binghamton (4-7) displayed its resiliency,
scoring twice in the period's waning moments on goals from freshman
Kelsey Pieper (Rensselaer, N.Y.) and
senior Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage,
The pair of scores, both coming within a 48-second span, brought
the Bearcats to within one and perhaps more importantly, also
gave them much of the game's momentum headed into the break.
After halftime, both Riordan and teammate Heather
Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) each netted a pair of scores
as Binghamton dictated the pace, scoring the first five goals
of the final frame and shutting out Niagara for the first 16:25
to grab a 12-8 lead. Eventually, freshman Erralyn Thomas would
break the Purple Eagles' scoreless streak with the fourth of
her team-high five scores cutting the lead to 12-9.
The Bearcats, however, squashed
any hopes of a Niagara rally as Riordan and Wetherell each found
the back of the cage to push the lead to 14-9 with just 3:51
left in the contest. Niagara netted the final three scores of
the afternoon creating the final margin.
For Binghamton, both Grose and midfielder Kristen
Marsjanik (Webster, N.Y.) finished with a pair of scores,
while Danielle Edwards (Horseheads,
N.Y.), Leanne Musso (Auburn, N.Y.),
and Julia Demuth (Jordan, N.Y) each
recorded a goal for the Bearcats. Both Grose and Demuth's tallies
continue impressive scoring streaks, five and six games respectively.
Sophomore goaltender Sandra Alvarez
(Port Washington, N.Y.) played all 60 minutes in between the
pipes for the Bearcats, making nine saves en route to her fourth
win of the season.
Binghamton next travels to
SUNY rival Albany Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tilt.
Notes: The two teams met a year ago to the day, with the
visiting Purple Eagles prevailing, 11-7...The win is Binghamton's
first-ever against Niagara...Alvarez and Riordan each collected
a team-high five groundballs...The Bearcats outshot the hosts
by a 40-27 margin and converted on 3-of-8 free position attempts.