Binghamton Scores Final Four Goals to Nip Delaware

NEWARK, Del. -- In a season that has already seen its share of heartbreaking losses, this one just might have been the toughest for Delaware.

The Blue Hens took an 8-5 lead midway through the final stanza, but Binghamton raced back and scored the game's final four goals, including the game-winner by Tyler Perrelle with just 19 seconds left to play, to post the improbable 9-8 non-league victory. The game marked the first ever meeting between the two schools in men's lacrosse.

Delaware (2-5), now 0-3 at home this season with each of the losses coming by a single goal, gained the lead late in the second quarter and stayed in front deep into the final quarter. When Delaware's Connor McRoy scored his second goal of the game with 7:10 remaining, the Hens had built their biggest lead of the game at 8-5.

But Binghamton (2-2) stormed back, scoring two consecutive man-up goals just two minutes apart and tying the game with 1:47 left on Perrelle's first goal of the game. Perrelle then scored the game-winner with 19 seconds left to play. The Bearcats then won the ensuing faceoff and ran out the clock to win their second straight game.

McRoy finished the day with two goals and three assists for the Blue Hens while Nick Diachenko scored twice and dished out an assist and Brian Kormondy scored twice for his fourth multi-goal effort of the season. Blue Hens sophomore goalkeeper Chris Herbert was brilliant in the nets, posting a career-high 16 saves. Delaware's leading scorer, senior Eric Smith, was held without a point, snapping a streak of 24 straight games with a point that dated back to the 2011 campaign.

Binghamton got two goals from Perrelle and Matt Springer while Michael Antinozzi and Emmett O'Hara each had a goal and an assist, and Tucker Nelson dished our four assists.

"This is a heartbreaking loss for us," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. "But we don't have time to dwell on this. We have to get back out to practice, correct our mistakes, and get better. We had too many turnovers and we couldn't build on our lead. We gave them too many possession and they made plays at the end of the game. The bottom line is we need to get better and find the players who can make plays for us."

Binghamton held advantages of 36-26 on shots, 32-27 on groundballs, and 13-8 on faceoffs and forced Delaware into 19 turnovers, including 12 in the opening half. Bearcats goalkeeper Max Schefler turned back eight Delaware shots to earn the win.

Delaware stormed out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter behind goals from Diachenko, McRoy, and Kormondy, but Binghamton recovered and tied the game at 3-3 early in the second quarter. Danny Keane scored off a feed from McRoy with 4:47 left in the opening half to send the Blue Hens into intermission up 4-3.

The Blue Hens gained control in the second half as Kormondy and Andrew Dines each scored within the first five minutes of the third quarter and a goal by Diachenko just 3:22 into the final stanza built the lead to 7-4. Antinozzi pulled the Bearcats to within 7-5 on a goal with 9:37 before McRoy answered for Delaware to give the Hens an 8-5 advantage with 7:10 left.

But nothing went right for the Hens the rest of the day and Binghamton took advantage. Springer and T.J. Hauck scored man-up goals at the 4:59 and 3:00 marks respectively and Perrelle knotted the score at 8-8 with 1:47 remaining off a feed from Antinozzi.

Delaware had the chance to pull back ahead but Schefler made a big stop on a shot by Diachenko with 46 seconds left and the Bearcats came back down to score the game-winner as Perrelle scored unassisted with 19 seconds left.

Delaware will be back in action next Saturday, March 16, when the Blue Hens open Colonial Athletic Association action against Hofstra at Delaware Stadium at 1:00 p.m.


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