Mountain Hawks Drop Heartbreaker to Binghamton

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Leading for much of the game, Lehigh couldn't pull away, and Binghamton scored the game's final two goals for a 10-9 win on Tuesday at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Freshman Allison LaBeau led the attack with three goals and an assist while sophomore Kendall Garden had two goals, two assists, four groundballs and four caused turnovers in a strong all-around effort.

"It's a disappointing loss," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "I thought Binghamton really capitalized on several of our errors. I think from the beginning, we didn't come to play today and they pounced on that."

Junior Carli Sukonik scored two goals while freshman Krista Dampman and sophomore Megan Paytas added the others. Freshman Julianne D'Orazio had three groundballs and three caused turnovers while junior Lauren Willcox caused two turnovers as well.

The teams traded goals in the early going until the Mountain Hawks scored four straight to open a 5-2 lead following Dampman's first-career goal with 13:11 left in the first half. The Bearcats answered with three of the final four first-half goals, with LaBeau's second goal of the game accounting for Lehigh's final goal of the half. The Mountain Hawks led 6-5 after 30 minutes of play.

After Sukonik gave Lehigh a 7-5 lead less than a minute into the second half, Binghamton scored two straight to even the score. Garden scored an unassisted goal at 17:56 to give the Mountain Hawks an 8-7 lead, but the Bearcats answered with three of the final four goals as Brianne Arthur tied the score at nine with 3:30 on the clock and gave the Bearcats a 10-9 lead with 1:34 remaining. Binghamton came up with the ensuing draw control and the Mountain Hawks pressured, but couldn't come up with the turnover for one final chance.

Final shots were 18-15 in favor of Lehigh while groundballs where 19-15 Mountain Hawks. Binghamton held a 14-7 edge in draw controls.

"We really have some great talents, but haven't put it together to show it," said Rerdfern. "Going forward, that's our mission, to get them to be the team they're capable of being."

Lehigh hits the road on Saturday to face New Hampshire (1:00 p.m.) before heading to Fairfield next Monday. The Mountain Hawks return home next Saturday (Mar. 8) to welcome Bucknell in their Patriot League opener.


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