March 10, 2012
A pair of big runs at the start of both halves proved to be enough for Binghamton in handing Siena Lacrosse its third straight defeat, 9-7 Saturday afternoon in Vestal, N.Y. Senior captain Chris Roth led the Saints with a hat trick and four total points.
Binghamton (2-2) scored seven of its nine goals within the first nine minutes of both halves. Meanwhile the veteran Siena (1-3) offense, which returns eight of its top nine scorers from a team which ranked eighth nationally in scoring a year ago, was held to seven goals or less for the third straight game.
The Bearcats set the tone early, racing out to a 4-0 lead less than nine minutes in. The Bearcats peppered the Saints' cage with 16 shots in the first quarter.
Thanks to a big second quarter from goalie Tom Morr, the Saints were able to shutout the Bearcats for the remainder of the half and slowly chip away at the deficit. Morr stopped all six shots he faced in the second quarter and Roth scored a pair of goals to pull the Saints within 4-3 at the break.
But the Bearcats began the second half much like the first. Binghamton scored three quick goals - this time in the first seven minutes of the third quarter - to go on top 7-3 and effectively put the game away.
Binghamton's Michael Antinozzi had another monster day posting five goals including the game-winner and added an assist while taking 16 shots. Antinozzi has already posted 17 points in the Bearcats' first four games this season. J.T. Hauck (four points) and Paul O'Donnell (two points) also added multiple point efforts while Colin Nesdale made 13 saves in goal.
Colin Clive contributed a pair of goals for the Saints. Defensively, Pat Killeen caused three turnovers and picked up four groundballs while Morr, who leads the nation in saves, was called upon to make 13 more stops.
Siena looks to rebound Wednesday with another tough road contest at another America East foe. The Saints travel to defending America East Champion Hartford for a 3:30 p.m. faceoff.