Binghamton Holds Off Leopards
Feb. 25, 2012
VESTAL, N.Y. -
Lafayette got off to a slow start and was never able to recover, falling to Binghamton 10-8 on Saturday afternoon. Greg Allis led Lafayette on the offensive end, scoring three goals, including two in the second half.
"The team played hard, but we did not get off to a good start and it cost us,” head coach Terry Mangan said. “Like all teams, we need to play with energy and confidence right from the start in order to be successful."
The Bearcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the 10:59 mark of the second quarter after holding a 3-0 margin after the first 15 minutes. Michael Antinozzi got things started with an unassisted marker with 7:34 to play in the opening quarter. Ten seconds later, Ben Waldron beat Lafayette goalkeeper Jake Hyatt to go ahead 2-0. Tyler Perrelle then added another to make it 3-0, before Antinozzi’s second gave Binghamton a four-goal advantage.
Allis put Lafayette in the scoring column when he beat goalkeeper Jordan Marra with 4:55 showing in the first half. Allis’ score was unassisted. Binghamton responded with a goal less than 90 seconds later and took a 5-1 lead into halftime.
Senior Will Heffernan opened the second half with a goal at 9:04 of the third quarter, his fifth of the season, to make it a 5-2 game. Two more goals from Binghamton gave the home team a 7-2 lead with 5:12 to play in the third. Lafayette scored two of the final three goals of the quarter which included Allis’ second of the day and Doug Prusoff’s second of the season to make it a 9-4 contest going into the final 15 minutes.
Binghamton scored the first two goals of the fourth from Perelle and John Clark to push the lead to 10-4 with 13:17 to play.
At the 11:54 mark, Lafayette began to crack the Bearcats defense. Colin Serling took a feed from Brian Bock and deposited it into the back of the cage for his third goal of the year. Allis then scored again to make it 10-6 with just over 10 minutes remaining. The comeback bid fell short, though, as Serling’s score at 6:30 and Prusoff’s goal with 3:12 to play wasn’t enough.
Each team registered 33 shots and Binghamton held a 12-10 edge in faceoffs. The Bearcats also collected 26 ground balls compared to Lafayette’s 22.
The Leopards’ return home on Tuesday when they host Wagner at 7 p.m. at Rappolt Field.