April 30, 2011

Binghamton Rallies Past Columbia

from press release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior Lis Zuern netted the game-winning goal with 2:30 remaining, to lead the Binghamton women's lacrosse team to a, 12-11, come-from-behind victory over Columbia in a non-conference game at the Bearcats Sports Complex, Saturday afternoon. Zuern's game-high four goals led the Bearcats to their fourth win of the season, improving to 4-12. Columbia closed out their season with a record of 4-11.

Hoping to capitalize on the momentum of the comeback, Binghamton has an opportunity to advance to the America East tournament next week thanks to a, 16-8, Boston University victory over Vermont earlier in the day. If the Bearcats defeat visiting New Hampshire tomorrow afternoon, they will make their first-ever conference tournament appearance.

With a 9-5 halftime lead, Columbia increased BU's deficit to five 1:40 into the second half. Binghamton, not deflated, held the Lions scoreless over the next 19 minutes and used a 5-0 run during that span to pull even. Sophomore Kristen Stone got the Bearcats rolling with a free position goal at the 24:50 mark. Binghamton's second straight goal came about two minutes later when senior Ali Castiglie used a well-crafted in-and-out move to beat the goalie high, hitting the upper right-hand corner for her third goal of the day.

The two teams went scoreless over the next six minutes, when Zuern cut down the center of the fan and fired a bouncing shot past the goalie, trimming Columbia's lead to two and forcing a time out. Zuern continued the run a few minutes later as she stumbled inside the eight meter, but regained her footing to net her third goal of the game. Senior Beth Moore capped off the run with a stylish shake and bake maneuver to beat the goalie and tie the game with 10:23 left to play. Moore's goal was her 39th of the season, which tied her own single-season record she set last year.

Columbia finally stopped the bleeding at the 9:43 mark, regaining the lead, 11-10. The Lion's lead would be short lived however, as sophomore Lindsay Angelillo was awarded a free position shot a minute and a half later. Angelillo successfully converted the free position attempt, evening the game for the second time in two minutes. Both teams battled hard over the next five minutes culminating with Zuern heroics. Zuern used a series of moves across the eight meter to beat her defender and fired a left-handed shot past the goalie for the decisive goal. Senior defender Siobhan Menz corralled the all important draw control following Zuern's goal, allowing BU to run out the clock.

Zuern, Moore and Castiglie all recorded hat tricks on the day and became the first trio in program history to score 30 goals in the same season. Binghamton is the second America East team this season to have three 30-goal scorers (Albany).

Binghamton won 14 of the 25 draw controls, led by junior defender Lauren Lukefahr's game-high five. The Bearcats were perfect in their clears, going 14-for-14 and forced 12 Columbia turnovers. Binghamton outshot Columbia 27-25, while the Lions picked up 14 ground balls to Binghamton's 12.

Goalie Lauren Scott had another solid day between the pipes, stopping 10 shots and securing three ground balls. Moore added three ground balls and two caused turnovers to her offensive output.

Columbia started off the scoring, netting the first goal of the game just 53 seconds into the game. The Lions built a 2-0 lead on a goal from Taylor Gattinella. Binghamton responded with a free position goal from Moore at 25:15. Columbia countered with two additional goals, taking a 4-1 advantage and a Binghamton time out. Out of the time out, Binghamton controlled the draw and advanced the ball to the eight meter. Junior Lis Zuern drew a foul on Columbia inside the fan and connected on her free position shot to bring Binghamton within two.

The Lions regained their three-goal cushion a couple minutes later, but the Bearcats quickly responded as senior Lizzie Wright fired a dart across the fan to Castiglie, who converted to make the score 5-3 with 13 minutes left in the half. The Lions put together a 3-0 run over next three minutes to increase their lead to five. BU would get a pair of goals from Moore and Castiglie to cut the lead to four going into the half, as Columbia sandwiched a goal in between the two BU back-netters.

Zuern was named America East Player of the Game.

Binghamton is back in action tomorrow afternoon as they welcome the New Hampshire Wildcats to the Bearcats Sports Complex. The game carries playoff implications as the winner will advance to the America East tournament next weekend. New Hampshire has advanced to 14 straight conference tournaments, while BU will be looking for their first-ever appearance.

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