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Men’s lacrosse comes from behind to beat Delaware
March 11, 2013Tweet
Senior midfielder Tyler Perrelle finalized an unbelievable Binghamton comeback, scoring the game’s winning goal with just 19 seconds remaining that gave the Bearcats’ a 9-8 road win over Delaware (2-5) March 9 at Delaware Stadium. Down 8-5 with under five minutes to go, Binghamton scored four unanswered goals to move its record to 2-2 on the season.
“Our offense started clicking at the right time for us today,” head coach Scott Nelson said. “We’ve been pretty reliant on our defense this season and they did a terrific job once again allowing just eight goals. Tyler (Perrelle) willed us at the end with a pair of great shots and I can’t say enough about how hard our team fought. From the players on the field, to the guys on the sidelines, the attitude was great out there today.”
With seven minutes and change left on the clock, Delaware took its largest lead of the game, 8-5, off Conor McRoy’s second tally of the game. As time winded down, Binghamton was able to jump start their offense on the man-up. Sophomore Tucker Nelson delivered a precise pass to the soft spot of Delaware’s zone defense to find a cutting Matt Springer who wouldn’t be denied. Springer caught a pass between two defenders and lined a shot into the upper right corner of the cage.
Two minutes later into the fourth, it was Nelson once again who found a cutter—this time the recipient was classmate J.T. Hauck. The sophomore took the pass in stride and deposited a lefty shot into the back of the net. Hauck’s goal, like Springer’s, also came on the man-up. Now down just one at 8-7, the Bearcats held possession once again. After a couple of swing passes the ball found its way to Perrelle who fired a 15 yard shot past the keeper at the 1:47 mark, tying the game up at eight.
Delaware won the ensuing faceoff and had an opportunity to take the lead with under a minute left, but junior goalie Max Schefler denied the host’s attempt and moved the ball up for a clear. Now with the ball on attack, Perrelle made sure he got his hands on the ball. He made a dodge left and fired a running shot at a difficult angle that beat the goalie high and out of his reach for the goal and eventual game-winner. The goal singled Binghamton’s first lead of the game and with Doerflein’s faceoff victory, the Bearcats were able to hold on for the 9-8 triumph.
Both Perrelle and Springer netted two goals apiece for Binghamton. Perrelle’s two points ties him with Matt McNamara for the program-record in points (97). Also, Springer moves himself into second place alone on the goals scored list with 63. Nelson had a career-high four assists, and three others tallied a score for Binghamton who outshot the Blue Hens 36-26. Sophomore Emmett O’Hara was strong off the bench, recording a goal and assist in the victory.