Bearcats lose season opener to Siena 15-9

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.--Junior attacker Ashley Cincotta (Cortland, N.Y.), the team's top scorer last season, picked up where she left off with a career-high four goals in the season opener against Siena College. However, Binghamton (0-1) was unable to to overcome eight second-half goals by the Sains (2-1), and lost 15-9 in their season opener.

The opening minutes of the game became a shootout, as each team traded pairs of goals in the opening nine minutes of the contest. Sophomore Erin Smith (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) opened the scoring just 1:16 into the game, and freshman Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) added another goal five minutes later. After the Saints knotted the game at 2-2, Binghamton surged to a 4-2 lead. Wetherell scored again at the 20:54 mark of the half, and Cincotta netted her first goal just over a minute later. Siena responded with four unanswered goals in a span of 4:34, however, taking a 6-4 lead with 10:17 remaining in the opening half.

This time it was the Bearcats who answered, as Cincotta added another goal and freshman Kelli Bennett (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) tied the score at 6-6 with 5:35 left in the period. However, the Saints took the lead for good on a tally with 3:55 remaining, and then opened the second half with a pair of unanswered goals to take a 9-6 lead. Wetherell and Cincotta each responded with their third goals of the game to pull within 9-8, but Siena poured in three more goals for a 12-8 lead with 10:26 left.

Cincotta added an assist to go along with her four goals, while Wetherell finished with three goals and scooped five ground balls. The Bearcats outshot Siena 35-29 and had 29 ground balls to the Saints 16, but came out on the short end.

Binghamton returns to action on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. contest at Le Moyne. The home opener is set for Friday at 3 p.m. with Niagara.

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