Binghamton Beats Hartford to Qualify for America East Playoffs
from press release
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University men's
lacrosse team (6-7, 2-2 AE) clinched a berth in the America East
Tournament with a 10-8 victory over visiting Hartford (8-6, 2-2 AE)
Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats' fourth
straight home win, coupled with losses by Albany and Vermont,
assured Binghamton its seventh postseason appearance. The win
extends BU's winning streak to eight straight over the Hawks.
In a game that featured six ties and five lead changes, the Bearcats prevailed with two clutch scores over the final 10 minutes and shutout the Hawks for the final 14:50 to secure its second conference win.
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer tallied his eighth career hat trick to lead the Bearcats with four goals. Springer matched the program-record for hat tricks set by Phil Cavallo (2003-05) and Jake Boyce (2006-09).
Junior goalie Jordan Marra notched his first start in goal since March 1 and recorded a career-high 15 saves, picking up his first win of the season.
Hartford's Aidan Genik tallied a game-high five goals to pace the Hawks.
Six different Bearcats posted a goal, led by Springer and a pair of scores from senior midfielder Frank Donlon.
For the second straight contest, BU faced one of the country's premier face-off units as Hartford senior Tim Fallon won 12-of-22 draws. Junior face-off specialist Chris Cook won 10-of-22 attempts and managed a career-high nine ground balls, holding Fallon below his season average of 63.8%, which ranked eighth nationally. Senior defenseman Derrick Danieu, who is tabbed 16th nationally with 1.83 caused turnovers per game, forced a game-high five miscues.
Antinozzi opened up the scoring for the host squad as he fired home a score from 20 yards out at the eight minute mark. Senior midfielder John Warner set up Binghamton's next score two minutes later as he found Springer to put BU ahead 2-1. The assist marked Warner's first of the season. The Hawks tallied a rare score against a stingy Binghamton man-down defensive unit, which entered the contest ranked 15th nationally, with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter. Genik tallied the goal off the helper from Ryan Compitello.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Donlon beat his man down the right alley and bounced a low liner into the net, reclaiming the lead for BU, 3-2, at the 12:44 mark. Tate Klidonas notched an unassisted goal at the 6:21 mark to knot the score at 3-3.
Genik scored consecutive goals to open the third quarter, helping the Hawks forge a 5-3 lead. However, Springer answered with three straight goals of his own over a four-minute stretch to fuel a 4-0 run. Donlon added the last goal of the spurt at the 4:33 mark with BU leading 7-5. Hartford responded with two late goals in the third quarter and a score 10 seconds into the final frame to muster an 8-7 lead.
Sophomore Tyler Perrelle fired an unassisted goal at the 10:14 mark to knot the game at eight apiece. Following a win on the restart, Cook rifled a leaning left-handed score into the net from 20 yards out for the game-winning goal. Senior midfielder David Raleigh tacked on an insurance goal a minute later with an acrobatic behind-the-back tally to account for the 10-8 final.
Binghamton will honor its seven seniors next Saturday as they host the University at Albany on senior night at 7 p.m.
Springer's four goals move him into sole possession of fourth place on the program's all-time goals list with 55 ... Marra's 15 saves was two shy of the program-record set by teammate Kraig Heston earlier this season against Colgate ... Springer and Aidan Genik were named the America East Players of the Game.