Immediate Release: September 12, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Dani Raske recorded a hat trick, leading Binghamton (4-1) to a 3-0 win over visiting Iona (0-6) in Friday night's game from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The win was the Bearcat's third straight shutout victory.
Raske's hat trick was the first by a Binghamton player since the program moved to the NCAA Division I in 2001. The three goals scored by Binghamton matched the highest offensive output the Bearcats have had since October 25, 2007.
"We knew we had to finish because Iona has kept the ball out of the net against some very good teams," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "Our girls did a great job to get the win.
Raske's first goal, which came in the 25th minute, was a lob over the goaltender off of an assist from junior midfielder Amanda Casares. A little over 13 minutes later Raske converted on a cross from sophomore back Stefani Knopick to notch her second goal of the game at the 38 minute mark.
The hat trick was completed in the 48th minute when Casares and senior forward Charlotte Foster combined to get the ball to Raske, who one-timed the pass to the middle of the net and past Iona's goaltender.
Binghamton outshot Iona 20-3. Junior keeper Jen McEachron was barely tested, needing to only make one save on the night.
Binghamton will next host Rider on Wednesday 7 p.m.
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