Immediate Release: April 2, 2008
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Big second half leads BU women's lacrosse past Niagara 13-5
snap four-game skid and record first road victory
N.Y. -- The Binghamton women's lacrosse team scored nine unanswered
goals and delivered a record-setting defensive effort in the
second half en route a 13-5 victory over Niagara Wednesday afternoon
at Nichols Field.
The Bearcats (4-8) held the host Purple Eagles (2-3) scoreless
for the final 31:34 of the game, marking the first time in the
program's seven-year history that BU has held an opponent scoreless
in a half of play. The Bearcats twice had previously held an
opponent to a single goal in a half- most recently in the first
half of a 16-4 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on April 14, 2005.
With the victory, the Bearcat women have equaled their program-best
total for wins in a season (4), a mark previously reached during
the 2004 and 2006 campaign. The win snaps BU's four-game losing
streak and is the team's first triumph on the road this season.
Senior Leanne Musso (Auburn,
N.Y.) and freshman Kate Tesi (Yorktown, N.Y.)
each had a game-high three goals. Musso, the Bearcats' top scorer
with 20 goals, has netted six in the last two games.
Senior Sandra Alvarez (Port
Washington, N.Y.) played the full 60 minutes in net for the Bearcats
and recorded nine saves in her first victory of the season.
"I was very proud of the defensive effort today," head
coach Tony Zostant said. "Sandra played very well in net
and the offense really stepped it up in the second half."
Neither team led by more than a goal as the two squads traded
scores in an even first half. Sophomore Lizzie
(Massapequa, N.Y.) capped off the scoring with an unassisted
tally with 26 ticks remaining. Her goal was the first of nine
straight Bearcat markers.
The Bearcats struck first in the second half as Leanne
put BU ahead, 6-5, at the 29:29 mark. Junior Julia
and freshman Ali Castiglie (Middle
Island, N.Y.) followed stretching the lead to 8-5 with scores
at the 26:47 and 25:37 marks, respectively. Castiglie turned
in a two-point effort with a goal and an assist and has a team-best
30 points on the season.
Kate Tesi found the back of
the net three times in the final 10 minutes and freshmen Erica
(Delmar, N.Y.) and Jen Fischer (Yorktown,
N.Y.) both contributed goals to account for the 13-5 final.
Binghamton dominated the final 30 minutes of action outshooting
Niagara 22-4 and corralling 7-of-9 draw controls. On the game,
BU held a 39-17 advantage in shots and controlled 15-of-20 draws.
The Bearcats return to action on Wednesday afternoon, April 9
at Albany at 7 p.m.
Notes: Niagara leads the all-time series 4-3. The Bearcats
won last year's home meeting by a 14-12 margin...Musso has scored
three or more goals eight times in her career and in two consecutive
games. The Bearcat tri-captain ranks second all-time in the program's
history with 78 career goals.