April 21, 2009

Marist Spoils Binghamton Senior Day

from press release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior Kate Noftsker scored four goals and picked up an assist to lead Marist over the Binghamton women's lacrosse team (3-12, 0-5 AE) 16-13 on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at the Bearcat Sports Complex. Binghamton honored both seniors on the roster, Kara Slowik and Kelsey Pieper before the game.

The Red Foxes scored three goals before the Bearcats would stem the run with a goal from Freshman Emily Thon at the 16:18 mark. Marist would go on another three goal run before sophomore Beth Moore scored off a feed from Freshman Meg Brown with 10:04 left in the first to cut the lead to 6-2.

Freshman Samantha Prag would score, and after a Marist goal, would feed Brown for two goals in near identical plays within a minute to bring the Bearcats within two, 7-5. Brown would add another goal within the period, but the Red Foxes would score twice to carry a 9-6 lead into the half.

Marist opened the second half just like the first, scoring three quick goals. However, this time Binghamton answered with three goals of their own from junior Lizzie Wright and sophomores Ali Castiglie and Moore.

The Bearcats would cut the lead to 14-12 off a goal from Moore with 11:52 in the second half, but Marist would score twice more to finish out the game.

Brown scored four goals and set up a teammate and Moore scored three goals while Wright added two.

Binghamton enjoyed a 37 to 22 shot advantage, but converted on only 5 for 14 free position attempts.

"We got a great game from our seniors and the rest of the team. We just came up short," said head coach Tony Zostant. "I thought our freshmen; especially Meg Brown had an outstanding game. We'll just have to go back to the drawing board for the final game against New Hampshire."

The Bearcats celebrated the collegiate careers of two seniors, Kara Slowik and Kelsey Pieper before the game. Both have been an integral part of the Binghamton University Women’s Lacrosse program.

Slowik, a defender from Warners, N.Y. was a captain her sophomore, junior and senior years, and has already led a young Binghamton program to the best two-year win total in it’s eight year history. Over her career Kara anchored the Binghamton defense collecting 118 ground balls, forcing 42 turnovers and grabbing 31 draw controls. She holds the Bearcat season record for caused turnovers in a season with 17, and appears on the top-five all-time Bearcat leaders for ground balls, ground balls per game, caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game.

Today Kelsey Pieper, a defender from Rensselaer, N.Y. moves into third place in games played in a Bearcat uniform with 59. Over her career Kelsey filled up the stat sheet with 121 ground balls, 132 draw controls and 41 caused turnovers. She holds the Bearcat season records for draw controls in a season with 44, and draw controls per game with 2.93. Kelsey also appears on the top-five all-time Bearcat leaders for ground balls, draw controls, draw controls per game, caused turnovers, and caused turnovers per game.

Binghamton hosts New Hampshire in the final game of the season this Saturday April 25, at 1 p.m.

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