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For Immediate Release: April 2, 2008
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Big second half leads BU women's lacrosse past Niagara 13-5
Bearcats snap four-game skid and record first road victory

Box Score

NIAGARA, 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 Wright (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 Musso put BU ahead, 6-5, at the 29:29 mark. Junior Julia Demuth 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 Hill (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.

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