March 22, 2011

Binghamton Ends Slide by Beating Davidson

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Slow starts have hampered the Binghamton women's lacrosse team all season. This was not the case against Davidson. BU scorched the Wildcats for seven first half goals en route to a 14-10 non-conference win at Richardson Stadium. With the win BU snapped its four-game losing streak and are now 2-7 on the season.

From the opening draw Binghamton seemed determined to right the ship. The Bearcats sprinted out to a 7-3 halftime lead and never looked back. Five different Bearcats scored in the first half, including a goal from senior defender Siobhan Menz. Menz started off the Bearcat scoring with a free position goal at the 28:16 mark, netting her first goal of the season and 13th of her career. From there BU would continue to put the pressure on the Wildcats.The Bearcats would also receive goals from Beth Moore, Kimberly McGeever, Lis Zuern and Ali Castiglie in the first half, Moore and Zuern each found the back of the net twice.

With the game tied at one, Moore slipped past a couple Wildcat defenders and tallied her first goal of the game. McGeever added to BU's lead as she took a precisely placed pass from senior Lizzie Wright and fired a shot past the Davidson goalie. Up 3-1, Zuern decided to get in on the action, netting her first goal of the game and 16th on the year with 16:57 remaining in the half.

Out to a modest 4-1 start, the Bearcats took their foot off the gas just a bit and allowed Davidson back in the game. The Wildcats scored two goals in just over a minute to get back within one. Those goals would be the last goalie Lauren Scott would allow in the first half, as the Bearcat defense held Davidson scoreless for the final 10:44. During that span BU would add three more goals and head into the half with a 7-3 lead.

In the second half both teams traded shots as the Wildcats attempted a comeback. BU outshot Davidson 25-22 for the game (15-6 in the first half). Everytime Davidson would score however, the Bearcats would respond. Each team scored seven goals in the second half. The Wildcats did make a furious run in the final minutes to cut the Binghamton lead to two, but the Bearcats tacked on two more goals and held on for the victory.

Moore and Castiglie finished the game with three goals apiece, recording a pair of hat tricks for the second straight game. Zuern led the Bearcats with five points, netting two goals and handing out three assists. Sophomores Lindsay Angelillo and Lindsay Vona each netted a goal for the Bearcats. It was Vona's first collegiate goal of her career. Lizzie Wright also scored for BU, giving her two points on the day (1 goal, 1 assist).

Binghamton boasted a 100 percent clear rate, going 13-for-13, but were dominated in the draw circle losing 19-of-the-26 opportunities. The Bearcat defense made up for the lopsided statistic by causing 10 turnovers (17 overall) and converting them into 13 ground balls. Scott made eight saves on the day, stopping five of Davidson's nine free position shots.

The fourteen Binghamton goals is the second-highest output for the Bearcats this season. It is the third time this year that BU has placed at least five different players in the scoring column.

Binghamton will travel back north following tonight's game and continue its five-game road trip. The Bearcats head to Boston as they open up America East play against the Terriers on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. Boston is the defending America East champion.

NOTES: Ali Castiglie four points on the day gives her 139 points in her Binghamton career. She is now just five points away from the BU all-time record of 144 held by Lauren Wetherell. Beth Moore is sitting on 99 goals for her career, one more and she will be the only BU player ever to score 100 goals.

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