Immediate Release: February 25, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Women's Lacrosse drops heartbreaker to Sacred Heart in season opener, 10-9
FAIRFIELD, CT --The Binghamton women's lacrosse team dropped its season opener, 10-9, in a non-conference game at Sacred Heart University on Sunday afternoon.
The Bearcats staged a furious second-half rally and led in the late stages of the contest, but the Pioneers, the Northeast Conference runnersup a season ago, closed out the game on a 3-1 run to escape Campus Field with a one-goal victory.
"It was a very very tight contest," said third-year head coach Emily Edmonston. "We played a great second half to overcome that deficit. I thought our demeanor was strong, both when we were ahead and when we trailed - which is a very good sign. It was an unfortunate end result, but I thought we played pretty well overall."
The Bearcats roared out of the gate scoring three goals in a span of 1:04 span to stake BU to a 3-0 lead after just over three minutes in. Freshman Liz Wright (Massapequa, N.Y.) wasted no time finding the score sheet in her collegiate debut, feeding teammate Danielle Edwards (Horseheads, N.Y.) who put the Bearcats on the board with a goal at the 27:53 mark and following up with a tally of her own 21 seconds later. Junior Leanne Musso (Auburn, N.Y.) added an unassisted tally at 26:49.
Despite the slow start, Sacred Heart found its legs and controlled most of the first half, running off six unanswered and outshooting the Bearcats by an 18-8 margin to head into the intermission with a 6-3 advantage.
The second half was a different story, as BU opened up quickly. A quick Pioneers tally made it 7-3 before the Bearcat women stormed back, tallying five unanswered goals to erase the four-goal deficit and regain the lead, 8-7. Senior Heather Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) netted a pair to lead the furious BU rally, while Edwards added a third score to complete the hat-trick.
The two teams traded goals before Sacred Heart squared things away at 9-9 and than punched in the eventual game-winner with 3:02 left to play. The Bearcats gained possession with a chance to tie in the game's final moments, but SHU forced a turnover and ran out the clock amidst heavy BU pressure.
Binghamton received three points apiece from Grose, Wright, and Edwards. Sophomore Julia Demuth (Jordan, N.Y.) finished with a pair of points to her credit with a goal and an assist. Junior netminder Sandra Alvarez (Port Washington, N.Y.) minded the net for the entire 60 minutes, making 11 saves.
Freshman Carissa Hauser led all players with five points on three goals and two assists. Goalies Laurine Stafin and Chelsea Wagner spilt time in goal. Stafin made five saves while Wagner record six stops and picked up the win.
The Bearcats return to action on Tuesday night, March 6 at nationally-ranked Syracuse.
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