Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
In a low scoring, defensive battle, the Binghamton University women's lacrosse team wound up on the short end of a 6-4 defeat to Monmouth University at the Bearcats Sports Complex Friday evening. A 5-0 Hawks (4-1) second-half run was the deciding factor in a game where the Bearcats (1-5) held a 2-1 halftime lead.
Binghamton committed 22 turnovers and converted just one of its 11 free position attempts, giving Monmouth the opening they needed. The Hawks clamped down on the Bearcats offense in the second half, holding BU scoreless until the 4:05 mark. During the Bearcat drought Monmouth netted five goals, two from sophomore midfielder Tori Jordan.
Binghamton finally found the back of net on a goal from senior attack Ali Castiglie, making the score 6-3. BU would not muster any more offense until the final minute when senior Beth Moore netted her 11th goal of the season. Moore's goal, her second on the day, tied the school-record for goals in a career.
The first half was a defensive battle as a total of three goals were scored, two of those goals were scored in the final three minutes of the half. Monmouth took a slim 1-0 lead four minutes into the game and held onto it until junior Lis Zuern attacked the net and shoveled the ball through the goals legs at 2:25 evening the score at one. With nine seconds remaining in the half, Moore made a strong move across the Monmouth defense and fired a left-handed shot past the right shoulder of the Monmouth goalie, giving BU the 2-1 halftime lead.
Coming out of the half, Monmouth ended Binghamton's brief lead scoring in just one minute and thirteen seconds, tying the game at two. From there neither team would generate any offense as both defenses held serve over the next 15 minutes. BU goalie Lauren Scott recorded a game-high 15 saves while her counterpart Kirby Mundorf was equally as impressive stopping several Bearcat attempts on goal.
The Monmouth offense finally found its groove scoring three goals over a 3:26 span, widening the gap to three. With the score 5-2, BU had trouble converting clears into goals as the Hawks would net a insurance goal with 5:35 left in the game. The Bearcats would score the final two goals of the game, but like similar defeats this season, wasn't enough in the end.
Binghamton won eight of the 12 draw controls, but Monmouth was able to track down more ground balls, registering a 21-19 advantage. The Bearcats outshot the Hawks 29-27, however the majority of those shots came in the closing minutes.