Binghamton Brushes Colgate Aside with Six Unanswered

VESTAL, N.Y. (3/21/12) Colgate tied the game early in the second half, but six unanswered goals by Binghamton proved to be the difference as the Raiders fell, 16-11, on Wednesday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Colgate (1-8) was led by Amanda O'Sullivan and Courtney Miller as each had four points. Miller had four goals, while O'Sullivan chipped in with three goals and an assist. Katie Sullivan tallied a pair goals and added an assist, while Quincey Spagnoletti and Alison Flood had a goal apiece with Flood tallying an assist as well for two points. Jennie Berglin knocked aside nine shots and helped Colgate hold Binghamton to just two free-position goals on 10 chances.

Binghamton (3-4) got seven points from Lis Zuern with five goals and two assists, while Kimberly McGeever recorded four goals and an assist for five points. Katherine Hunsberger scored three goals and added an assist for four points in the win. Kara Pafumi made four saves to get the win in net.

The Bearcats come out of the gate with four-straight goals to build a 4-0 lead in the first eight-plus minutes. All four scores came from four different scorers and Hunsberger was the lone player with two point during the run with a goal and an assist. The Raiders were able to fight back to within one at 4-3, thanks to a pair of goals from Miller and two points from O'Sullivan on a goal and a helper.

Unfortunately, the Raiders couldn't get over the hump in the first half as the team's traded the next four goals to end the half with the Bearcats leading 6-4. Hunsberger scored both of the Binghamton goals, while O'Sullivan tallied her second of the day for the Raiders. Berglin had an effect in the first half with six stops, including a pair on free-position shots for the home team.

It didn't take long for the Raiders to put two in the net to tie the game early in the second half. Sullivan tallied her 13th of the year to get the Raiders to within one at 6-5, just 20 seconds into final 30 minutes. Then Quincey Spagnoletti won the draw control and Miller ended up tying the game less than a minute later with the assist to Sullivan. Binghamton stopped the early onslaught by the Raiders with Zuern scoring her second of the day at the 27-minute mark to retake the lead at 7-6.

The Bearcats regained the momentum following Zuern's goal and went on to score five more unanswered goals to open up a 12-6 lead with 17 minutes remaining in the game. Zuern had two scores and an assist during the run, while McGeever did the same with three points. O'Sullivan stopped the run with her third of the day to make it 12-7 with 15 minutes left in the game. McGeever scored again to get the Bearcat advantage back up to six goals at 13-7, but the Raiders got two back with Miller tallying her fourth of the contest and Flood following up with her 13th of the year to cut the lead down to 13-9 with 12:56 left in the game.

The teams traded goals with Kristen Stone for Binghamton scoring her lone goal of the game, while Sullivan tallied the 10th goal for the Raiders with 8:47 left. Zuern then got the Bearcats back up their largest lead of six goals with a pair of scores to make it 16-10 at the 5:23 mark. Spagnoletti closed out the scoring with a free-position goal coming with 3:15 left as the Raiders dropped their third-straight game.

Colgate struggled holding onto the ball as the Raiders turned the ball over 21 times. Binghamton won the shot battle by a 33-19 margin and also had 21 ground balls to Colgate's 12. The Raiders scooped up more draw controls with 15 to the Bearcats' 14.

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