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Fast start lifts men’s lacrosse over Marist
March 15, 2011Tweet
The Binghamton men’s lacrosse team tallied five of the game’s first six goals and never looked back as it registered a 9-5 victory over the visiting Marist Red Foxes in a non-conference game at the Bearcats Sports Complex on March 5. The victory marks the first three-game winning streak for the Bearcats since 2006 as the host squad improved to 3-3 on the year, while Marist dropped to 0-4 on the season.
“Again, the defensive unit gave us another great effort,” head coach Ed Stephenson said. “I still think there are some improvements we need to make, but I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made over the last three games.”
Sophomore attackman Matt Springer tallied his seventh career hat trick and third of the season with a four-goal performance to lead Binghamton offensively. Springer, who raised his season goal total to 15, extended his consecutive game-scoring streak to 20 straight with a point, dating back to Feb. 20, 2010. He ranks among the top-16 national leaders for consecutive games with a point.
Corey Zindel and Connor Rice paced the Red Foxes on the attack unit with three goals and three assists, respectively.
In the pivotal first quarter where the Bearcats forged a 5-1 lead, five different players reached the scoring column on unassisted goals. Senior co-captains David Raleigh and Frank Donlon each netted a goal during that span, while sophomore midfielder Tyler Perrelle and junior midfielder John Clark added to the lead with goals of their own. Springer scored one of his game-high four goals during the first quarter as well.
Freshman attackman Kelly Donigan tacked on his third goal in as many games late in the fourth quarter.
Binghamton held a modest 34-32 shot advantage and split the face-offs with Marist as both squads were 9-of-18. Neither team successfully converted a man-up opportunity as Binghamton went 0-3, compared to only one failed attempt by the Red Foxes.
Sophomore Kraig Heston picked up his third consecutive win in cage as he tallied a career-best 15 saves and surrendered only five goals for the second straight contest.