Binghamton Silences Hobart with 9-0 Run
from press release
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's lacrosse
team (2-3) scored nine consecutive goals in a devastating 9-0 run
that bridged the second and third quarters en route to an 11-5
triumph over the visiting Hobart Statesmen (1-3) in a
non-conference game at the Bearcats Sports Complex Tuesday
"I thought our seniors gave us great leadership in our win against Canisius on Saturday," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "The important thing today was that the rest of the group followed their lead. We had great production from a lot of guys out there."
Eight different players made their way into the scoring column as BU picked up its first two-game winning streak since 2008.
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer was one of three Bearcats to post a multi-goal effort. With two points on the day, Springer extended his consecutive game scoring streak to 19 straight with a point, dating back to Feb. 20, 2010. His streak warrants national recognition as he ranks among the top-20 national leaders for consecutive games with a point.
Senior David Raleigh, who recorded a career-high four goals in Saturday's win over Canisius, scored a pair of goals for the Bearcats. Junior midfielder John Clark made the most of his second straight start as he tallied the first two goals of his career. Clark tied the game at 1-1 off a feed from sophomore Tyler Perrelle. He later scored an unassisted goal in the midst of Binghamton's crucial 9-0 run.
The first quarter featured a defensive stalemate as the two squads combined for 13 turnovers. Hobart's Chris Pedersen registered the game's first goal at the 3:21 mark.
Binghamton unleashed five goals from five different players in the second quarter. Clark posted the team's first goal at the 9:22 mark. In the ensuing face-off, junior Chris Cook notched one of his eight face-off wins and then streaked down the field and buried a shot into the net for a goal seven seconds later. Raleigh and Springer both scored in a span of nearly five minutes apart to push the BU lead to 4-1. Freshman attackman Kelly Donigan scored for the second straight contest 30 seconds after the goal by Springer as Binghamton forged a 5-1 lead at the break.
The Bearcats wasted no time in finding the back of the net as play resumed to open the third quarter. Upon a successful face-off by Cook, freshman Kevin McDonough was the recipient of a feed from Cook for his first career goal six seconds into the third quarter. McDonough entered the game as the team leader in ground balls at nine for the season. Clark scored for the second time of the contest at the 11:25 and newcomer Michael Antinozzi converted a man-up opportunity 26 seconds later as Binghamton continued to overwhelm Hobart. Perrelle connected on Binghamton's next man-up situation to extend BU's lead to 9-1. Senior midfielder Frank Donlon assisted on Perrelle's fourth goal of the season.
In the final frame, Hobart opened the quarter on a quick 3-0 spurt to pull within striking distance at 9-4 with 8:22 to play. Sam Miller scored twice during that stretch along with a goal from Mike White.
The Bearcats relied on leadership down the stretch as Raleigh and Springer helped the host squad bolster its lead to 11-5 over the game's final five minutes.
A solid defensive outing that included caused turnovers by nine different Bearcats led to 26 Hobart miscues. Classmates Ben Waldron and Cook each scooped up a game-high seven ground balls.
Sophomore Kraig Heston notched 10 saves and surrendered a season-low five goals as he picked up his second consecutive win in goal.
Binghamton returns to the Bearcats Sports Complex for a meeting with the Marist Red Foxes on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Notes: Kraig Heston was named the America East Player of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.