March 30, 2013

Binghamton Upsets Vermont in League Opener

from press release

VESTAL, N.Y. – Sophomore Alex Fisher netted the game-winning goal with 7:42 left to play as the Binghamton women’s lacrosse knocked off Vermont 7-6, Saturday afternoon in America East action from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats (2-6, 1-0 AE), who opened league play against the Catamounts (5-7, 0-2 AE), snapped a 10-game conference losing streak.

“I thought defensively we matched up well with them (Vermont),” interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. “We went into the game very prepared and knew what to expect and I thought we did a good job limiting their key players. Overall this is a big win for us, but we don’t want to be satisfied. We will keep working and look to continue this success next week at UMBC.”

With the game tied at six, Binghamton began to work through its offense, but as freshman Sophia Racciatti weaved through the fan she lost control of the ball. Fisher scooped it up and fired it past the goalie’s legs netting just her third goal of the season. Vermont won the ensuing draw control, but multiple turnovers down the stretch slowed its potent offense down.

After Vermont took a 4-3 lead early in the second half, it looked as if the Catamounts would extend its lead to two. However, Binghamton committed a foul as Vermont scored, nullifying the goal. Freshman goalie Erin McNulty made a huge save on the ensuing free position attempt to keep the Bearcats within one.

Binghamton took advantage of McNulty’s big save going on a 3-0 run to push ahead 6-4 with just under 20 minutes to play. Senior Katherine Hunsberger started the run with her second goal of the game, weaving through the defense beating the goalie high. A few minutes later Kimberly McGeever fired a free position attempt past the goalie. Fisher capped the run as McGeever found her cutting through the fan to give Binghamton a two-goal advantage.

Vermont did not shy away netting back-to-back goals almost ten minutes apart to even the game at six with 10:09 left to play. In a game that witnessed five ties and four lead changes, the Catamounts were unable to score the go-ahead goal thanks to a stout Binghamton defense that forced a season-high 19 turnovers.

The Catamounts had a chance to even the game late, but a Mas shot sailed high and there was no Vermont player to back it up. Binghamton successfully converted its clear and worked the clock down under a minute before Vermont forced a turnover. However, during the Catamount’s clear attempt Hunsberger knocked down a pass and grabbed the ground ball forcing Vermont’s final turnover of the game.

In the first half, Binghamton got on the board first thanks to a Hunsberger goal at the 25:55 mark. Vermont immediately responded evening the game at one 20 seconds later. The Catamounts took its first lead of the game a minute later, but senior Kristen Stone dodged three Vermont defenders to tie the game at two. Racciatti handed Binghamton back the lead off a free position attempt by freshman Marissa Rose. The Vermont goalie initially stopped Racciatti’s shot, but the ball trickled into the net. Vermont’s Sydney Mas evened the game heading into the break scoring her 141st career goal, becoming Vermont’s all-time leader in goals.

McNulty earned her second win of the season after making nine saves including several crucial stops down the stretch. Charlotte Lyons was tagged with the loss for the Catamounts, who defeated No. 15 Dartmouth in double overtime earlier in the week.

Binghamton had a huge day in the clearing game going 18-for-19, while picking up a season-high 18 ground balls compared to Vermont’s 14. Each team managed 19 shots, but Vermont controlled the draw circle winning 10 of the 15 draws.

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