Antinozzi Lifts Binghamton Over Stony Brook in OT
from press release
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Junior Michael Antinozzi netted the game-winner with 1:06 remaining in the first overtime period, lifting Binghamton to a heart pumping 14-13 victory over Stony Brook Saturday afternoon from LaValle Stadium. After allowing nine unanswered goals, Binghamton (5-5, 1-1 AE) regrouped and picked up their first conference win of the season off the long range heroics from Antinozzi, who finished with a pair of goals on the afternoon. Junior Matt Springer recorded a career-high tying six goals in the win as the Bearcats secured their first win over Stony Brook since 2005.
Down 13-4 with nearly 20 minutes left in the game, Stony Brook nearly completed a historic comeback against the Bearcats. The Seawolves scored a pair of goals in the third quarter to bring the deficit down to seven at the end of the third and continued to make the charge back. SBU scored another four unanswered scores just eight minutes into the quarter and later brought the score to 13-11 after a Jeff Tundo tally with under six minutes remaining. Now at 13-12, freshman standout Brody Eastwood evened the score at 13 with just 57 ticks remaining, completing the 9-0 Stony Brook run . The Bearcats were unable to score on their final possession as the game moved to a first overtime.
In the overtime, junior Alex Doerflein won the opening faceoff to give Binghamton the ball first. The Bearcats committed a turnover after Brandon Planck stepped in the crease to give the charging Seawolves the ball with three minutes remaining. After a Binghamton timeout, senior Shane Warner made a great defensive stand and forced a SBU turnover that was scooped up by junior goalie Max Schefler. Following a successful clear, Antinozzi controlled the ball at the point of attack. The quick midfielder dodged right stetted his shoulders and launched a 10-yard shot over the reach of Stony Brook goalie Dan Shaughnessy and into the corner for the victory. The goal was Antinozzi's 16th goal of the season.
"During the timeout in overtime I told the guys once we got the ball we wanted to get Mike (Antinozzi) a chance to make something happen," head coach Scott Nelson said afterwards. "Shane (Warner) made a great defensive stand to allow us the opportunity to get back on offense. It was a great shot from Mike and really just a huge win for us because of who it was against. There's a reason we hadn't beat them since 2005 and its because they are a pretty darn good program. The guys are really thrilled and I'm just excited for them."
Seven players scored in Binghamton's best offensive output in 2013. Springer's six goals came on just eight shots all afternoon to pace the visitors. Senior midfielder Tyler Perrelle had a strong game out of the midfield, collecting four points on one goal and a career-high tying three assists. Planck joined Antinozzi with a two-goal effort for BU who outshot SBU 44-31.