Early Deficit Too Much to Overcome for Men’s Lax
VALHAL, N.Y. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team dug itself an early hole that it couldn’t overcome on Saturday afternoon at Binghamton, falling to the Bearcats in a non-conference contest by a 14-8 score.
The Leopards couldn’t find the back of the net early as Jason Sands’ man-up goal at 4:55 was Lafayette’s only tally in a first quarter that saw five Binghamton shots beat Leopards’ goalie Jonathan Anastos. The Bearcats added a sixth to open the second quarter, but the Maroon and White finally settled in, trimming the deficit to three on back-to-back Eric Joseph markers to close the half.
The two teams traded goals aver the opening four minutes of the second half before three straight from the Bearcats’ Valerie DeNapoli sparked a 5-0 spurt that opened the advantage to eight at 12-4 with 1:03 left in the third. Lafayette scored four of the game’s final six goals, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback, finishing on the low end of a 14-8 final.
The loss drops the Maroon and White to 1-8 overall on the year, while Binghamton improves to 8-1. Anastos played all but 3:05 in the game, making six saves in defeat.
Joseph led the Leopards offensively with a hat trick on seven shots with four on goal, while Conor Walters chipped in with two goals and head coach Jim Rogalski got one marker each from Kevin Lewis, Will McCarthy and Sands. Lewis put forth an additional three assists, and McCarthy, Connar Dehnert and Jake Korus each registered one helper apiece.
Binghamton led the way in shots (35-19) and ground balls (28-25), and won 15 of the 27 faceoffs on the afternoon. The Leopards converted their lone extra-man opportunity, but committed 17 turnovers compared to 15 from the home side.
Lafayette remains out of conference for its next contest, hosting Monmouth at Fisher Stadium on Tuesday at 7 p.m.