Immediate Release: March 4, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University women's lacrosse program ended its five-game losing streak dating back to last season by routing Niagara University 20-8 in a non-conference game from the Bearcats Sports Complex, Friday evening. BU tied a program-best 20 goals with an impressive offensive outburst that included the first seven goals of the game.
"We wanted to come out and play 60 minutes today," head coach Tony Zostant said. "We played really well on both ends of the field and continued to work throughout the game. I thought we possessed the ball well and executed on offense the way we should. We finished our cuts had some really nice assists."
Binghamton, fueled by two straight disappointing losses, came out of the gates firing, scoring just 25 seconds into the game with a goal from senior Ali Castiglie. Castiglie received a pass from junior Lis Zuern and scorched a shot from the left side to begin the scoring barrage. Zuern netted the next two goals for the Bearcats to make the score 3-0 after just two minutes of play. Binghamton continued to pour it on, with goals from senior Beth Moore and sophomore Kimberly McGeever sandwiching two more Castiglie scores.
As BU began to run away with the game, opening on a 7-0 run, Niagara found its defense, holding the Bearcats without a goal for over nine minutes. The Purple Eagles ended senior Lauren Scott's bid for a shutout with about four minutes remaining in the half with a goal from Lisa Chute. With the score 7-1, Niagara would score two of the last three goals of the half and go into the locker room trailing 8-3.
The second half witnessed much of the same as BU continued to pepper Niagara goalie Patricia McTiernan with shots. Binghamton held a definitive edge in shots, outshooting the Purple Eagles 38-23. One of those shots was from the stick of McGeever, who scored just 36 seconds into the half. Two more goals from senior Lizzie Wright and sophomore Katherine Hunsberger allowed the Bearcats to extend its lead to eight, 11-3.
From there, Niagara attempted to claw back into the game scoring four of the next five goals, making the score 12-7. Binghamton did not take their foot off the gas however, ending the game on a six-to-none run, including eight of the last nine goals.
Ten different Bearcats found the back of the net on the day, including multi-goal games from Castiglie, Zuern, McGeever, Moore, Wright and Kristen Stone. Zuern led all Bearcat point-scorers with a total of six (3 goals, 3 assists.) Hunsberger dished out a career-high three assists for BU.
Scott recorded ten saves on the day, nine coming in the first half, as the Bearcat defense outhustled Niagara to the tune of a 21-12 ground ball advantage.
The Bearcats continue its homestand next Tuesday, Mar. 9 as they welcome the Canisius Golden Griffins to the Bearcats Sports Complex. Binghamton dropped a 13-11 heartbreaker in Buffalo last year and are 1-6 all-time versus Canisius. Opening face-off is set for 4 p.m.
NOTES: Ali Castiglie was named America East Player of the Game...Binghamton is now 4-4 against Niagara all-time...Beth Moore scored her 83rd and 84th goals of her career, she is now just six goals away from the BU all-time record...Zuern and Kristen Stone were each awarded a yellow card.
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