Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton University women's lacrosse program dropped its home opener to the Marist Red Foxes 14-10 at the Bearcats Sports Complex, Wednesday evening. Marist (2-1) on the strength of eight first half goals controlled the majority of the game and withstood a couple of second half charges by the Bearcats (0-3) securing the win.
Marist, the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champions, netted eight of its 14 goals in the first half building an insurmountable lead. The Red Foxes were led by Ariel Kramer and her five goals, three of them coming in the first 30 minutes. Binghamton outshot Marist, 27-23 but the Red Fox offense was just too much for BU.
The Bearcats opened the scoring up with a goal from senior Beth Moore at the 27:01 mark. Marist would tally the next two scores, but a goal from sophomore Lindsay Angelillo (first on the season) tied the game at two. For the second straight game a long scoring drought would hamper the Bearcats as Marist held BU without a goal for over 17 minutes. During that stretch Marist scored six goals and built an 8-2 lead. Senior Ali Castiglie would eventually find the back of the net to make the half time score 8-3.
Out of the half, Marist would continue to pour it on as they extended their lead to 9-3. Unwavered, Binghamton would put a run of its own together netting three straight goals in a 6:36 span, cutting the deficit to three. Junior attack Lis Zuern laced two goals between pipes during that span, including a nicely place shot in the upper right hand corner of the goal.
With the score 10-6, the Bearcats would make one final push thanks to a pair of goals from sophomore Katherine Hunsberger in just 24 seconds. However, 10-8 would be as close as BU would get, as Kramer netted her fifth goal of the day making the score 11-8. Marist connected on three more goals and time ran out on the Bearcats as they fell 14-9.
Marist netted 14 of its 18 shots on goal as Binghamton was unable to make the most of its opportunities on the Red Fox end of the field. Binghamton outscored Marist 7-6 in the second half.
Zuern finished the game with four goals giving her ten on the season, while Hunsberger and Castiglie netted two apiece. Castiglie also registered two assists on the day to give her a total of four points. Sophomore Casey Bulman also tallied one assist for the Bearcats.
The Bearcats will play its second straight home game Friday, Mar. 4 as they welcome Niagara University to the Bearcats Sports Complex. Binghamton is 3-4 all-time against the Purple Eagles and 11-18 against MAAC opponents. Opening face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.