Immediate Release: April 2, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior attack Ali Castiglie scored a career-high six goals to lead Binghamton (3-9, 1-1 AE) over the Vermont Catamounts (7-5, 0-1 AE) 14-13 in a thrilling America East contest from the Bearcats Sports Complex, Saturday afternoon. The win by BU snapped Vermont's five-game winning streak and gave the Bearcats just their third conference victory since joining the America East in 2002.
"We wanted to play a 60 minute game and we finally did that today," head coach Tony Zostant said. "It got a little hectic there in the end, but I was proud of the team for closing out strong."
With 56 seconds remaining to play, Castiglie crossed the face of Vermont's goalie and fired a low liner that would find the back of the net for the game-winning goal and give BU a 14-12 lead. Binghamton would give up a late free position goal to America East leading goal scorer, Sydney Mas, but the Bearcats won two huge draw controls in the final minute and ran the clock out.
Coach Zostant was happy to hold onto for the win, but admits the final minutes were a bit stressful, "They took a timeout, so we knew they were going to come after us. We told our defense to communicate and slide properly, which they did. Ali (Castiglie) did a great job for us, she really stepped up big today." Vermont scored three of the last four goals, pulling within one twice in the final 1:42.
Vermont opened up the scoring just 18 seconds into the game on a goal by Natalie Jones. The Catamounts would tack on two more goals to go up 3-0 with 25:20 left in the half. Binghamton would assemble a run of their own, netting three straight goals to tie the game at three. Sophomore Katherine Hunsberger got BU on the board with her sixth goal of the season as senior Beth Moore and Castiglie followed with goals of their own.
With the game tied at four, Castiglie found a cutting Brittany Stufano inside the eight-meter, who then beat the Vermont goalie for the score. The assist by Castiglie gave her the Binghamton all-time record for points and BU a 5-4 lead, which they would not relinquish. Castiglie broke Lauren Wetherell's record of 144 points, which she set from 2003-06. Castiglie is the second Bearcat this season to break a school record (Moore, goals).
Vermont evened the game again at five and was looking for a second straight score, but BU goalie Lauren Scott denied a shot from point blank range. Scott secured the save and made a beautiful outlet pass to Stufano who broke away from the Vermont defense and found sophomore Kimberly McGeever wide open for the back-netter. The McGeever goal was the beginning of a 3-0 run by the Bearcats to close out the half. One of the goals was a low liner from the stick of Ali Castiglie with just five seconds left, giving Binghamton the 8-5 halftime lead.
The Catamounts would not be discouraged by the halftime deficit, scoring four of the next five goals, knotting the game at nine. Vermont would never get closer than one however, as Binghamton scored four goals over a 13 minute span, allowing only one Vermont goal. The Bearcats pushed its lead to three, 13-10 with 4:33 to play on a goal from junior Lis Zuern, her third of the day. Vermont would scored two quick goals to come within one with 1:42 left, leading up to the last minute dramatics.
Binghamton only picked up three-of-the-15 second-half draw controls, but two of those were in the crucial final minutes. Vermont won the battle in the circle, 19-10. Vermont outshot Binghamton 31-22, but Scott was steady in goal denying six-of-nine free position attempts. Scott had 11 saves on the day, getting a much needed win between the pipes.
The Bearcats had six different goal scorers for the second straight game. Zuern and Moore had multi-goal games, finishing with three and two, respectively. Stufano, a junior-transfer, scored her second goal of the season. Sophomore-transfer Lena Amalfitano won four draw controls. Senior Lizzie Wright picked up a team-high three ground balls and caused two turnovers.
Binghamton's Ali Castiglie and Vermont's Sydney Mas were named America East Players of the Game.
The Bearcats are back in action next Saturday, April 9, as they travel to Stony Brook to take on the Seawolves. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. from Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
NOTES: Ali Castiglie now has 149 points in her BU career after a seven-point day... Castiglie's six goals gives her 99 in her career, she would be just the second BU player ever to record 100 goals ... Beth Moore's career goal total is now 105... Binghamton snapped a six-game losing streak against Vermont and is now 2-8 all-time versus the Catamounts... Binghamton lasted defeated Vermont on April 11, 2004, 12-11 ... BU's other conference victory came last season against Stony Brook in the form of a 12-10 home win for the Bearcats.
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