Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team used a 6-0 second-half run to overpower Colgate 16-11, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Senior Lis Zuern led the Bearcats (3-4) with five goals, helping BU earn their first home victory of the season. Colgate fell to 1-8 on the season as Binghamton moved to 2-3 all-time versus the Raiders.
“It’s good to get our momentum back,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “The last two games were tough losses for us but we came out strong today and bounced back. I thought we did a much better job in the draw circle and instead of giving our opponent a 50 yard field we were able to chase down some balls and get back on defense.”
Despite a shaky start to the second half that witnessed Colgate even the game at six following two quick goals early in the half, Binghamton regained their composure and strung together six consecutive goals. Following a much needed timeout by Zostant, the Bearcats began to retake control of the game when Zuern fired a lefty rocket past the Colgate goalie to start the run.
After a free position goal by junior Kimberly McGeever, senior defender Lauren Lukefahr won BU’s first draw control of the half, handed the ball off to McGeever who found freshman Renee Kiviat for the goal. The two scores came just ten seconds apart giving BU a 9-6 lead with 22:52 to play in the game.
Freshman Alex Fisher assisted in sustaining the run when she received a pass from Zuern and found the back of the net to push Binghamton’s lead to four. On the ensuing draw control, junior Katherine Hunsberger corralled the ball and found a wide open Zuern down field. The senior from Cicero, N.Y. gave the goalie a series of ball fakes before she finished in the upper left corner. McGeever capped the run after with her third goal of the game handing the Bearcats a 12-6 lead with 17:07 to play.
Colgate attempted to grind its way back into the game going on a 4-2 run to cut the deficit to four, 14-10 with less than ten minutes to play. However, Binghamton scored two of the game’s last three goals to secure the five-goal victory.
For the third straight game Binghamton raced out of the gates taking a 4-0 lead with 21:37 to go in the first half. A balanced offensive attack by the Bearcats took command of the game early as four different BU players scored in the opening minutes. Hunsberger started off the scoring with a free position goal three minutes into the contest. From there Binghamton continued the run with a strike from Zuern, who utilized a left-handed flick shot past the Colgate goalie.
Following a save and long clear by BU goalie Kara Pafumi, two Colgate players collided near midfield creating a fast break opportunity for Binghamton. Senior Allie Sabitus was the beneficiary of the untimely error taking the ball down the fan and firing a shot past the goalie. McGeever closed out the run finishing a pass from Hunsberger off a free position attempt.
Colgate responded with a 3-0 run to trim the deficit to one with 15:25 to play in the half. The two teams traded goals before Hunsberger circled the defense and beat the goalie with a one-hopper to end the first half scoring with Binghamton holding a two goal lead, 6-4 heading into the break.
Zuern led all goal-scorers with five on the day adding a pair of assists, while McGeever netted four and Hunsberger tallied three, for back-to-back hat tricks. Junior Kristen Stone had a solid overall game with a goal, four ground balls and three draw controls. Freshman goalie Kara Pafumi had five saves earning her third win of the season.
Zuern, who leads the team with 20 goals on the season, recorded her second seven-point game of the year duplicating her effort against Connecticut back on March 3.
The Bearcats held a commanding 33-19 advantage in shots while chasing down 21 ground balls compared to the Raiders’ 12. Binghamton also forced Colgate into 21 turnovers while limiting their mistakes, committing just 12.