Women’s lacrosse tops Vermont in America East openerTweet
Sophomore Alex Fisher netted the game-winning goal with 7:42 left to play as the Binghamton women’s lacrosse team knocked off Vermont, 7-6, in America East action from the Bearcats Sports Complex on March 30. The Bearcats (2-6, 1-0 AE), who opened league play against the Catamounts (5-7, 0-2 AE), snapped a 10-game conference losing streak.
“I thought defensively we matched up well with them (Vermont),” interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. “We went into the game very prepared and knew what to expect and I thought we did a good job limiting their key players. Overall this is a big win for us, but we don’t want to be satisfied. We will keep working and look to continue this success next week at UMBC.”
With the game tied at six, Binghamton began to work through its offense, but as freshman Sophia Racciatti weaved through the fan she lost control of the ball. Fisher scooped it up and fired it past the goalie’s legs netting her third goal of the season. Vermont won the ensuing draw control, but multiple turnovers down the stretch slowed its potent offense down.
After Vermont took a 4-3 lead early in the second half, it looked as if the Catamounts would extend its lead to two. However, Binghamton committed a foul as Vermont scored, nullifying the goal. Freshman goalie Erin McNulty made a big save on the ensuing free position attempt to keep the Bearcats within one.
Binghamton took advantage of McNulty’s save, going on a 3-0 run to push ahead 6-4 with just under 20 minutes to play. Senior Katherine Hunsberger started the run with her second goal of the game, weaving through the defense and beating the goalie high. A few minutes later, Kimberly McGeever fired a free position attempt past the goalie. Fisher capped the run as McGeever found her cutting to give Binghamton a two-goal advantage.
Vermont scored back-to-back goals almost 10 minutes apart to even the game at six with 10:09 left to play. In a game that witnessed five ties and four lead changes, the Catamounts were unable to score the go-ahead goal thanks to a stout Binghamton defense that forced a season-high 19 turnovers.
The Catamounts had a chance to even the game late, but a shot sailed high and there was no Vermont player to back it up. Binghamton successfully converted its clear and worked the clock down under a minute before Vermont forced a turnover. However, during the Catamounts’ clear attempt, Hunsberger knocked down a pass and grabbed the ground ball forcing Vermont’s final turnover of the game.
McNulty earned her second win of the season after making nine saves. Charlotte Lyons was tagged with the loss for the Catamounts, which defeated No. 15 Dartmouth in double overtime earlier in the week.