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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (naglieri@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton women's lacrosse defeats St. Francis (Pa.) 20-7 in home opener

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VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior tri-captain Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y.) tallied a school-record nine points leading Binghamton past St. Francis (Pa.) 20-7 in a non-conference women's lacrosse game Wednesday afternoon at the East Gym Track Complex. The game marked the season's home opener for the Bearcat women.

Wetherell's four-goal, five-assist effort eclipsed Binghamton's single-game record for most points scored. The previous best of seven points had been reached on three occasions, most recently by former BU player Becky Green during the 2004 campaign.

"It was a terrific home opener," head coach Emily Edmonston said. "I thought that both Lauren and Shannon (Frawley) really came up huge for us. This was a much-needed victory as we head into conference play."

Binghamton exploded offensively, putting the game out of reach with a 9-1 spurt spanning the final 18 minutes of the first half. The decisive run gave the Bearcats a commanding 11-3 edge after 30 minutes of action.

The relentless attack continued in the final stanza, as the Bearcats outscored the visiting Red Flashes 9-4 for the final margin. The 20 goals is also a new school record, besting the previous mark of 19, set against St. Francis (Pa.) back on April 20, 2004.

The record-setting afternoon saw junior midfielder Anna Riordan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) continue her stellar spring campaign, recording five points on a pair of finishes and three assists, while sophomore midfielder Kristin Marsjanik (Webster, N.Y.) and junior attack Heather Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) each registered hat tricks with three goals apiece.

Freshmen Julia Demuth (Jordan, N.Y.) and Brady Halbert (Keuka Park, N.Y.) both added a pair of tallies as well for Binghamton, which had a record total of 10 different players find the back of cage.

Defensively for the Bearcats, freshmen Shannon Frawley (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Kara Slowik (Warners, N.Y.) led the way with a game-high six ground balls.

Sophomore Sandra Alvarez (Port Washington, N.Y.) manned the Bearcats' crease for much of the afternoon, making four saves en route to her third victory of the spring. In relief of Alvarez, freshman Carolyn Cuneo (East Northport, N.Y.) came up with three saves in her first collegiate action.

Binghamton returns to action on Saturday as they open up America East conference play with a 1 p.m. contest against Stony Brook University.

Notes: With the win, Binghamton is just one victory shy of equaling a program-record (4) for wins in a season...The Bearcats are 4-1 all-time against St. Francis (Pa.) and 2-3 in home-opening contests.

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