Hobart Edged by Binghamton in Final Seconds of Overtime

GENEVA, N.Y.- Binghamton's Paul O'Donnell scored with 2.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Bearcats a 11-10 win over Hobart in a non-conference game played this afternoon on Boswell Field. The Statesmen fall to 0-3 this season.

Binghamton improves to 2-2 this year. O'Donnell chipped in three goals for the Bearcats. Tucker Nelson led the team with five points on two goals and three assists, and Matt Springer produced four goals. Shawn Needham scooped up a game-high seven ground balls and added two caused turnovers. Max Schefler played all 63:57 in goal and made 13 saves for Binghamton.

Senior Alex Love led the Statesmen with five goals and six ground balls. Junior Taylor Vanderbeek produced two goals and an assist, and sophomore Cooper Stefaniak chipped in a goal and an assist. First-year Jake Shapiro won 13 of 24 faceoffs and picked up five ground balls.

Senior Peter Zonino notched 12 saves for Hobart, including a huge one on a shot by Binghamton's Michael Antinozzi with three seconds left in regulation to preserve a 10-10 tie and send the game into overtime.

Stefaniak starting the scoring just 35 seconds into the game, putting Hobart up 1-0. Paul O'Donnell answered just over a minute later for the Bearcats. Love scored his first goal of the afternoon 1:57 in. O'Donnell struck again to tie things up at 2-2, but then Love strung together three straight goals through the end of the first and the start of the second quarter to give the Statesmen a 5-2 lead.

Binghamton responded with a four-goal run over their own through the second quarter to take a 6-5 lead with 2:58 left in the first half. Matt Springer scored three goals in the run and Tucker Nelson chipped in a goal and an assist.

Love tallied his fifth goal of the day 2:02 into the third quarter, and just under a minute later Vanderbeek scored his first goal of the year to give Hobart a 7-6 edge. Springer's fourth goal of the day tied the game up at 7-7. Junior Brendan Saylor and senior Jake McHenry scored back-to-back goals to put the Statesmen back up 9-7, but Binghamton battled back once again, tying the game up at 9-9 after a goal by Brandon Planck to close out the third and a man-up tally by Nelson to start the fourth. With 12:16 left in the final quarter, Vanderbeek struck again this time off a feed from senior Cam Stone, but the Bearcats answered once again, this time with a goal by Antinozzi with 11:01 on the clock to knot the game at 10 and send it into overtime.

Stefaniak fired a shot on cage for Hobart in the extra period, but Schefler came up with the save for Binghamton. O'Donnell's 10th goal this season secured the win for the Bearcats. It came off a feed from Kelly Donigan.

Hobart finished with a 44-35 advantage in shots and a 39-26 lead in ground balls. Binghamton was successful on 20 of 21 clear attempts, while the Statesmen finished 15 of 16 attempts. The Bearcats also went 2 for 4 in extra man opportunities, while Hobart went 0 for 3.

The Statesmen will be back in action on Tuesday, March 4, when they travel to Colgate for another non-league game at 4:00 p.m. Binghamton will play at Delaware on March 8 at 1:00 p.m.

2014-03-01



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