Immediate Release: April 9, 2011
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- With the game tied at eight late in the second half, the Binghamton women's lacrosse team could not generate the offense to make one final push and dropped its second conference game at Stony Brook, 10-9, Saturday afternoon from LaValle Stadium. The Bearcats (3-10, 1-2 AE), never behind more than two goals, gave up two of the final three goals to the Seawolves (4-8, 1-2 AE), and broke the tie with just under 10 minutes to play.
"I feel like we outplayed them today," head coach Tony Zostant said. "We played hard for 60 minutes and it's unfortunate that we came up a goal short. I thought the team came out focused and ready to compete we had some good looks but just couldn't finish."
The Bearcats started fast, scoring 1:30 into the game, with a free position goal from senior midfielder Lizze Wright, taking the early 1-0 lead. Stony Brook would counter, scoring three unanswered goals over a four minute span. Binghamton, displaying resiliency, would immediately respond with a 4-0 run. Senior and BU's leading goal scorer, Beth Moore, netted two of the four goals to give the Bearcats a 5-3 advantage.
The lead was short-lived however, as Stony Brook strung together the next four goals and regained the lead, 7-5 at the 2:19 mark. Despite outshooting Stony Brook, 27-18, Binghamton would never lead again as the two teams traded blows until the final whistle. Junior Lis Zuern would slice the deficit to one with 11 seconds remaining in the opening frame to give BU a boost heading into the locker room.
Coming out of the half, Stony Brook again responded, scoring 62 seconds into the final stanza. The Bearcats, not backing down, would work to draw even with the Seawolves. Moore scored her third of the day then sophomore Kimberly McGeever received a pass from Zuern and beat the goal keeper with a quick shot. The scoreboard read eight apiece with 13:50 remaining as the two teams prepared for the final stretch.
The Seawolves took the 9-8 advantage with just under 10 minutes to play and would add another four minutes later to go up two. Up, 10-8, the Seawolves would hold the Bearcats scoreless over the next few minutes until Moore broke free for her fourth of the day, bringing BU within one with just over a minute to play. Binghamton had plenty of good looks in the final minute, including a nice move around the cage by Ali Castiglie, whose shot hit the post with 11 seconds left.
Binghamton outworked Stony Brook for the 15-9 ground balls advantage and only committed 10 turnovers, while forcing 17. The Bearcats, a perfect 12-for-12 in clears, could not control the always pivotal draw circle, going 7-for-21, including only one (1-7) in the second half. BU went 4-for-9 from the eight-meter.
Zuern finished the game with three points, two goals and one assist. Castiglie netted a free position goal in the first half, giving her 100 goals in her career. Junior Lauren Lukefahr had a game-high four forced turnovers. Sophomore midfielder Katherine Hunsberger chased down three ground balls. Goalie Lauren Scott stopped six shots and snatched up three ground balls.
Moore and Stony Brook's Samantha Djaha were named America East Players of the Game.
travels to Baltimore next Saturday, April 9, to take on the UMBC
Retrievers. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. from UMBC Stadium.
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