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Men’s lacrosse pushes Syracuse to the brink
April 3, 2014Tweet
Binghamton (3-6, 1-0 AE) gave No. 8 Syracuse (6-3, 1-3 ACC) all it could handle on April 2, losing a 10-8 non-conference contest in front of 1,847 fans at the Carrier Dome. The Bearcats trailed SU 9-8 in the final minutes of play but weren’t able to capitalize on their last possession as the Orange added a late goal and ran out the clock.
Junior Tucker Nelson led the way for Binghamton with a one-goal, three-assist night. Senior Michael Antinozzi scored a goal and dished out two assists for the Bearcats, who had eight different scorers.
Binghamton opened the scoring as senior Matt Springer scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season. Springer’s goal came just 50 seconds into the game off the feed from Antinozzi. Syracuse answered just a few short minutes later with Dylan Donahue’s unassisted tally and later took the lead at the 7:33 mark with a goal from Hakeem Lecky.
Down 2-1, Nelson dodged from behind the cage, curled around in front of the crease and swung a shot past Lamolinara to even things up at two goals apiece with under two minutes left in the first. Nelson helped the Binghamton cause once again with a skip pass to freshman Jay Vakiener, who unloaded a shot from 15 yards out into the back of the net, giving Binghamton a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes of play. Vakiener’s goal was the first of his collegiate career.
With the score at 3-3, sophomore J.T. Hauck made a cut in front of cage unmarked. Nelson dished off to Hauck, who buried his seventh goal of the year from less than five yards out. Following a SU save, the Orange scored on a fast-break opportunity as leading scorer Kevin Rice scored from close range to knot things up at four.
With 1:25 left in the half, the Orange struck on Billy Ward’s goal and held on to take a 5-4 lead into intermission. The Bearcats won the opening six faceoffs in the first half and went 8-of-9 on clears.
Binghamton started the second half off in good form, netting a goal in the opening two minutes of play. Antinozzi spun and then sent a pass to sophomore Johnny Maher, who connected from long range for his first goal of the season. The Bearcats then went ahead 6-5 nearly two minutes later on Kelly Donigan’s long-range strike that squeaked past newly entered SU goalkeeper Bobby Wardwell.
The Orange had an answer for the Bearcats’ early rally, scoring four to secure a 9-6 advantage. Four different players scored during that stretch as play moved along to the fourth quarter.
Senior Brandon Planck put a stop to Syracuse’s run with his goal at the 10:10 mark in the fourth. Planck was the recipient of yet another Nelson assist as he fired a shot home from eight yards out. Antinozzi cut the deficit to one, 9-8, with seven minutes left in the game. The Fallston, Md., native dodged to his left and extended his stick to fire a bouncing shot past Wardwell.
Both teams traded possessions down the stretch, but Binghamton was able to hold the ball for a lengthy period of time to set up their offense. With less than two minutes remaining, the Syracuse defense buckled down and caused a turnover that ended the Bearcats’ upset bid.