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Women’s lacrosse team rolls over Colgate
March 22, 2012Tweet
The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team used a 6-0 second-half run to overpower Colgate 16-11, on March 21 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Senior Lis Zuern led the Bearcats (3-4) with five goals, helping Binghamton earn their first home victory of the season. Colgate fell to 1-8 on the season, as Binghamton moved to 2-3 all-time vs. 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 saw Colgate even the game at six following two quick goals early in the half, Binghamton regained its 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 Binghamton’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 10 seconds apart, giving the Bearcats 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 an 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 with her third goal of the game, giving 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.
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 open America East play when they travel to New Hampshire on March 24 to take on the Wildcats. Binghamton is 0-10 all-time against New Hampshire and will be looking for payback following a season-ending loss in 2011 that denied the Bearcats their first America East tournament bid.