Binghamton Scores Final Four to Down Delaware
from press release
NEWARK, Del. — Senior midfielder Tyler Perrelle finalized an unbelievable Binghamton comeback, scoring the game's winning goal with just 19 seconds remaining that gave the Bearcats' a 9-8 road win over Delaware (2-5) Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium. Down 8-5 with under five minutes to go, BU scored four unanswered goals to move their record to 2-2 on the season.
"Our offense started clicking at the right time for us today," head coach Scott Nelson said. "We've been pretty reliant on our defense this season and they did a terrific job once again allowing just eight goals. Tyler (Perrelle) willed us at the end with a pair of great shots and I can't say enough about how hard our team fought. From the players on the field, to the guys on the sidelines, the attitude was great out there today."
With seven minutes and change left on the clock, Delaware took their largest lead of the game, 8-5, off Conor McRoy's second tally of the game. As time winded down, Binghamton was able to jump start their offense on the man-up. Sophomore Tucker Nelson delivered a precise pass to the soft spot of Delaware's zone defense to find a cutting Matt Springer who wouldn't be denied. Springer caught a pass between two defenders and lined a shot into the upper right corner of the cage.
Two minutes later into the fourth, it was Nelson once again who found a cutter, this time the recipient was classmate J.T. Hauck. The sophomore from Webster, NY took the pass in stride and calmly deposited a lefty shot into the back of the net. Hauck's goal, like Springer's, also came on the man-up. Now down just one at 8-7, the Bearcats held possession once again. After a couple of swing passes the ball found its way to Perrelle who fired a 15 yard shot past the Blue Hen's keeper at the 1:47 mark, tying the game up at eight.
Delaware won the ensuing faceoff and had an opportunity to take the lead with under a minute left, but junior goalie Max Schefler denied the hosts attempt and moved the ball up for a clear. Now with the ball on attack, Perrelle made sure he got his hands on the ball. He made a dodge left and fired a running shot at a difficult angle that beat the goalie high and out of his reach for the goal and eventual game-winner. The goal singled Binghamton's first lead of the game and with Doerflein's faceoff victory, the Bearcats were able to hold on for the 9-8 triumph.
Both Perrelle and Springer netted two goals apiece for BU. Perrelle's two points ties him with Matt McNamara for the program-record in points (97). Also, Springer moves himself into second place alone on the goals scored list with 63. Nelson had a career-high four assists, and three others tallied a score for Binghamton who outshot the Blue Hens 36-26. Sophomore Emmett O'Hara was strong off the bench, recording a goal and assist in the victory.
Alex Doerflein had another outstanding effort taking face-offs, winning 13-of-21 on the afternoon. He also scooped up a career-high 11 ground balls and recorded an assist. Schefler made eight saves in the victory as he moves to 2-2 in cage this season.
In the first half, Delaware got on the board first just three minutes in. However, Springer had an answer for the Blue Hens. The junior lefty fired a rocket over the right shoulder of Delaware goalie Chris Herbert. The hosts rallied back with a pair of goals to close out the quarter, despite having little time of possession as compared to Binghamton. Doerflein won all five faceoffs in the quarter, but turnovers were costly as they committed eight in the opening 15 minutes.
Down 3-1, the Bearcats tied things up with goals from juniors Brandon Planck and Kelly Donigan. Donigan's goal at the 10:42 mark in the second was a bouncing shot from well over 15 yards out, giving him three goals on the year. The Blue Hens matched Binghamton's run with a goal of their own to take a 4-3 halftime lead. Herbert had an excellent half, stopping 11 Binghamton shots.
Herbert tallied 16 saves in all for Delaware, who drops to 2-5 with the loss. Connor McRoy led the Blue Hens with five points (2g, 3 a).
Binghamton plays just three days from now as they travel to play #15/16 Colgate on Tuesday from Hamilton, NY. The Raiders won 17-8 last season and are 2-8 all-time versus Binghamton.
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