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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2008
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Women's lacrosse falls 14-5 at No. 16/18 New Hampshire
Bearcats suffer second straight loss to nationally ranked opponent

Box Score

Durham, N.H. - Freshman Susie Piotrkowski and junior Sarah Von Bargen combined for 10 goals as No. 16/18 New Hampshire topped visiting Binghamton, 14-5, in America East women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.

Piotrkowski had a game-high six goals and Von Bargen added four goals and two assists for a game-high six points to pace the UNH attack. The Wildcats, which entered the national polls this week at No. 18 in the IWLCA Poll and No. 16 in the Inside Lacrosse Div. I Media Poll, have now won eight consecutive games to improve to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in America East.

Senior midfielder
Leanne Musso (Auburn, N.Y.) led the Bearcats with three goals on the afternoon. Musso has scored three or more goals for the seventh time in her career. She now leads the team with 17 goals on the season. The Bearcat tri-captain ranks second all-time in the program's history with 75 career goals.

Senior Sandra Alvarez (Port Washington, N.Y.) played the full 60 minutes in net for the Bearcats, finishing with a team season-high 15 saves to her credit. The Wildcats held a commanding 48-11 advantage in shots on the day.

Binghamton has now lost two straight games against nationally-ranked opponents and falls to 0-2 in conference play and 3-8 overall.

The Bearcats struck first and grabbed the early momentum as senior Leanne Musso netted a pair of unassisted scores to give the BU an early 2-0 lead at the 23:09 mark of the first half.

But the host Wildcats quickly collected themselves, as junior
Michaela Hardy, and the duo of Piotrkowski and Von Bargen each scored twice keying a 6-0 UNH run over the next 17 minutes.

Freshman
Beth Moore (Hauppauge, N.Y.) stemmed the Wildcat surge with her 11th goal of the season, with 4:04 remaining, but Piotrkowski stretched the lead to 7-3 with her third marker of the afternoon with just six seconds left to play in the half.

New Hampshire outscored the visiting Bearcats 7-2 over the final 30 minutes. Freshman attacker
Lisa Illig (Corning, N.Y.) had an unassisted tally and Musso converted a free position attempt to account for the two BU scores.

The Bearcats return to action on Wednesday afternoon, April 2 at Niagara at 4 p.m. Binghamton won last year's meeting with the Purple Eagles, 14-10, on April 4 in Vestal.

Notes: UNH has won all seven career meetings, including a 22-5 road victory last season in Binghamton.

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