Bearcats lose final non-conference game to Quinnipiac 19-5

VESTAL, N.Y.--The visiting Bobcats (7-7) built a 5-1 lead in the opening seven minutes of the game and led 9-4 at halftime en route to a 19-5 victory over host Binghamton (0-11) in a non-conference game Friday afternoon at the East Gym Complex.

Sophomore attacker Amy Willis (Hingham, Mass.) opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game, taking a feed from sophomore midfielder Christy Smallman (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet). Junior attacker Annie Paquette (Agawam, Mass.) scored at the 23:27 mark and freshman midfielder Jennifer Larson (Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip) found the net just over two minutes later.

Freshman center Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y.) scored Binghamton's first goal at the 19:01 mark to cut the lead to 3-1 and a goal by freshman attacker Allison Lak (Nassau, N.Y./Columbia) at the 14:53 mark cut the Quinnipiac lead to 5-2. The Bobcats, however, scored three unanswered goals in the next 12 minutes to build an 8-2 lead, and the Bearcats didn't threaten after that.

Larson led Quinnipiac with four goals, while Paquette, Willis and freshman midfielder Lauren Eagan (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) all tallied three goals. Senior goalie Megan Matthews (White Plains, N.Y.) played the first 44 minutes in goal and recorded eight saves. The Bobcats outshot Binghamton 41-21 and scooped 61 ground balls. Quinnipiac controlled play the second half, grabbing 36 ground balls to just 19 for Binghamton.

Wetherell added her second goal of the game for Binghamton at the 11:30 mark of the second half. Freshman midfielder Kathy Van Voorhis (Fishers, N.Y./Victor Central School), who ranks among the national leaders in ground balls per game, scooped a team-high eight ground balls and also had four caused turnovers. Sophomore attacker Laura Gabbamonte (Glen Cove, N.Y.) also had eight ground balls, recorded four draw controls and scored her eighth goal of the season. Starting goalie Allison Steinberg (Pearl River, N.Y.) recorded nine saves in 33 minutes, while junior Danielle Zittel (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) tallied seven saves in 26 minutes.

The Bearcats will host Albany on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final America East contest and regular season game for both teams. Senior midfielder Keri Fagan (Middle Island, N.Y./Long Island), the lone senior on this year's squad, will play her final home game at the East Gym Complex.

Quinnipiac 19, Binghamton 5

SHOTS: Binghamton 21, Quinnipiac 41
SAVES: Binghamton 16, Quinnipiac 11
GROUND BALLS: Binghamton 42, Quinnipiac 61
DRAW CONTROLS: Binghamton 16, Quinnipiac 10
CAUSED TURNOVERS: Binghamton 8, Quinnipiac 12
FOULS: Binghamton 21, Quinnipiac 16
FREE POSITION SHOTS ON GOAL: Binghamton 1, Quinnipiac 3
PENALTIES: Binghamton 1/3:00 (Yellow Card), Quinnipiac 0/0:00

BINGHAMTON SCORING (GOALS-ASSISTS): Wetherell (2-0), Van Voorhis (1-1), Gabbamonte (1-0), Lak (1-0), Disch (0-1)

QUINNIPIAC SCORING (GOALS-ASSISTS): Larson (4-0), Eagan (3-1), Willis (3-1), Paquette (3-0), Danowski (1-1), Smallman (1-1), Unser (1-1), Holzer (1-0), Hornig (1-0), Lacey (1-0), Jordan (0-1), Mormile (0-1), Oldenburg (0-1)

OFFICIALS: Nadine Bassler, Devon Holcomb, Marge Garinger

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