Heston's 17 Saves Leads Binghamton Over Colgate for Fourth Straight Victory
from press release
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- For the second straight year,
the Binghamton men's lacrosse team (4-3) edged the Colgate Raiders
(4-3) by the score of 7-6 in a non-conference game. The Bearcats
built a 6-3 lead heading into the final frame, but needed to fend
off a late charge by the Raiders to preserve the narrow victory at
Andy Kerr Stadium Tuesday night.
The Colgate-Binghamton rivalry added another thriller to its nine-year history as the one-goal margin of victory represents the fifth time in the last seven contests that a game was decided by one goal. Last year, the Bearcats prevailed over No. 20 Colgate at the Bearcats Sports Complex by the same 7-6 margin.
"It was a defensive battle the whole way," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "Both defenses played really well and this is the type of game we've come to expect with Colgate after all of our one and two-goal games over the years. They made a nice comeback when we failed to clear it a couple times, but when it counted Heston came up huge when we needed him and Springer came up big with the game-winner."
The win marks the first four-game winning streak for the Bearcats since 2006. Meanwhile, BU thwarted Colgate's four-game overall winning streak and its four-game home winning streak, dating back to last season.
With Binghamton clinging to a 7-6 lead and possession of the ball with 1:50 to play, Colgate was forced to leave an empty net in exchange for an extra defender. The adequate pressure caused a Binghamton turnover, but the Raiders couldn't muster a game-tying goal against a stingy Bearcat defense over the final 90 seconds.
Colgate held a commanding 39-23 shot advantage, including a 17-3 differential in the fourth quarter. However, the Bearcats converted two of its three shots in the quarter to account for the 7-6 final.
The Bearcats made two crucial stops a man-down late in the fourth quarter and held Colgate without a goal on all three of its extra-man possessions.
Sophomore Kraig Heston, the America East Player of the Week, picked up his fourth consecutive win in goal as he notched a program record 17 saves that stifled a Colgate offense that entered the contest averaging nearly 10 goals per game. Heston raised his sparkling save percentage -- which was tabbed ninth in the country prior to tonight's game -- to 66.3 on the strength of a career-best effort.
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer collected his eighth career hat trick to lead the Bearcats with a game-high four goals, raising his season total to 19. He scored the eventual game-winner with exactly two minutes remaining in the contest. Classmate Tyler Perrelle was streaking down the left alley when he found Springer in front of the goal for the score.
Ben McCabe supplied half of Colgate's offense to pace the team with a hat trick.
Freshman Michael Antinozzi converted a man-up goal that broke a scoreless tie 29 seconds into the second quarter.
Springer extended his consecutive game scoring streak to 21 straight with a point early in the second quarter. In an extra man opportunity, Springer posted up in the middle of the Colgate zone and received a feed from Perrelle. Springer pivoted and fired over his right shoulder to convert the man-up score.
The Bearcats managed a 2-1 advantage by the break. BU capitalized on four Colgate penalties over the first two quarters as they posted a 2-4 mark in extra-man opportunities. On the defensive side, Binghamton held its opponent to two goals or less by the half for the fourth consecutive game.
Peter Baum opened up the scoring in the third quarter with an unassisted goal to knot the game at 2-2. Two minutes later, Springer rattled off two goals in a span of eight seconds for a 4-2 advantage. He found separation on a one-on-one drive and rifled an overhand rocket for the score. A face-off violation on the ensuing possession allowed junior John Clark to feed an open Springer for a goal eight seconds later.
Junior Ben Waldron capped a 3-0 run for Binghamton with his first goal of the season off the feed from Shane Warner in the final 90 seconds of the third quarter.
Each teams traded goals in the opening three minutes of the final frame. Unforced turnovers and failed clears hurt the Bearcats down the stretch as Colgate managed three consecutive goals to knot the score at 6-6.
The Bearcats never trailed in the contest but broke ties at 1-1, 2-2 and 6-6 to secure the win.
Binghamton will make another trip to Upstate New York next Tuesday to face the Siena Saints at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Heston's 17 saves is the most by any Bearcat in the school's 10-year Division I history ... Dan Solazzo held the previous record of 16 saves, set against Lafayette (Feb. 27, 2010) ... Binghamton matched its second-longest winning streak in school history ... The 2006 squad posted four straight wins between March 4-March 18
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