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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (naglieri@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton women's lacrosse victorious at Niagara 14-12
Riordan paces the Bearcat attack with a career-best five scores

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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, N.Y.).

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.

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