Immediate Release: March 21, 2004
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Bearcats edge Siena 16-15
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.--Freshman Michelle Gross (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 9:20 left in the game, and the Bearcats (1-2) edged visiting Siena (2-5) 16-15 on a snowy morning at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. Binghamton led by four goals early in the final period before rallying from two goals down for its first win in 16 games, dating back to the 2001-02 season.
Six different players netted at least two goals for the Bearcats, who scored five unanswered goals in a span of just over four minutes and led 16-13 with exactly seven minutes remaining. The Saints tacked on a pair of goals, including one with 52 seconds left, to draw within 16-15, but could not find an equalizer in the final minute.
The Bearcats received 10 goals from freshmen, including three apiece from Yorktown High School products Anna Riordan (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Heather Grose (Yorktown, N.Y.). Gross and Becky Green (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland) added two goals apiece. Green and sophomore Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y.) each dished out three assists, while Riordan tallied two helpers. Wetherell also scored a pair of goals.
"It was a great win," head coach Sue Frost said. "We have proven that we have several talented players that can put the ball into the net. If the other team looks to shut down one player, there are other people to back up. We are a young team, but we have shown we are capable of stepping up."
Junior Christa Quon (Vestal, N.Y.) and freshman Chelsea Winslow (Auburn, N.Y.) shared time in the net, with Quon getting the win. She made six saves and Winslow had five.
Senior Stephanie Petruccelli had eight goals for Siena, and freshman Michelle Eide added four goals and an assist. The pair has accounted for more than half of the Saints points this season. Senior goalie Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle had 11 saves in goal.
Binghamton returns to action on Tuesday afternoon with a 3 p.m. game at LIU-Brooklyn.
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