Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The No. 17 Colgate Raiders (6-1) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back, as they defeated the Bearcats (2-3) 17-8 Tuesday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, NY . Nine different players scored for the Raiders, led by freshman Ryan Walsh who led the visiting squad with a career-high five goals. BU sophomore midfielder Michael Antinozzi scored a team-high four goals in the losing effort, and in the process, stretched his hat trick streak to a program-record five games. The loss snapped Binghamton’s seven-game winning streak at home dating back to March 8 last season.
With Binghamton down 8-3 at half, the visiting Raiders quickly scored back-to-back goals just five seconds apart in the third. Junior face-off specialist Robert Grabher won the face-off for Colgate and fired a shot past BU junior keeper Kraig Heston, who made eight saves in relief of freshman Colin Nesdale. After an Antinozzi goal later in the third, Colgate stretched their lead to its biggest of the game,14-4, on junior midfielder Peter Braum’s division-I leading 29th goal of the season, with 3:41 remaining in the third period all but sealing the game for the Patriot League favorites.
All of Binghamton’s offense on the afternoon was generated from the midfield, led by Antinozzi, who recorded his second four goal game of the season and improved his team-leading goal total to 19. Junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle had a standout game alongside Antinozzi in the midfield with two goals and career-high tying three assists, while freshman J.T. Hauck added a goal and two assists in the losing effort.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first eight minutes of play, Binghamton showed solid reserve as they strung together a 2-0 run of their own. The run was ignited by Perrelle, who lined a low lefty shot into the back of the net and soon thereafter assisted on a goal just 52 seconds later. With BU down 4-2, Hauck fired a quick shot past the outstretched attempt of Colgate goalkeeper Jared Madison, but unfortunately for the Bearcats, the one goal differential was as close as they would climb.
Senior midfielder Chris Cook filled in solidly throughout the game on face-offs winning 6-of-12 attempts, while adding a team-high three ground balls and his first goal of the 2012 season. Binghamton was perfect on clears (17-of-17), but was out shot 39-30 on the afternoon, allowing a season-high tying 17 goals (allowed 17 vs. Cornell on Feb. 28).
The Bearcats begin a three-game road trip, starting with a visit to Manhattan to take on the Jaspers for the first time in program history. Face-off is set for Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m.