Colgate Rides Late Goals to Win at Binghamton

VESTAL, N.Y. Colgate picked up some new-found scoring when it mattered most, and then produced a closing defensive stand to escape with a 10-9 win over Binghamton on Saturday.

Eric Foote, Cameron Williams and Justin Kirchner scored consecutive goals in a four-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter to rally the No. 19 Raiders from an 8-7 deficit. For the sophomore Williams, it was his first career goal; Kirchner found the net for the first time since March 2012.

"We need that," Colgate head coach Mike Murphy said. "We can't be a one-man band. We have to be able to generate offense from multiple people. Getting multiple goals out of Eric Foote is key for us, and getting some good production out of that midfield line with Justin Kirchner was good.

"We need to continue to get production there."

Murphy called it a really good team win. Colgate jumped to a 4-1 advantage after one quarter and led 5-3 at intermission. But Binghamton rallied with a four-goal third to carry a 7-6 edge into the final stanza. It was 8-7 when the Raiders reverted to their first-quarter form and pushed their winning streak to four games.

"That was two pretty good teams slugging it out," Murphy said. "We found some ways to score on them; they found some ways to score on us. At the end of the day it was who was going to make one more play or one fewer mistake, and we did a good job of buckling down at the end there defensively and showed some moxie."

After Binghamton's Matt Springer scored his fifth goal of the day with 52 seconds left to make it 10-9, the Bearcats won the faceoff and fired a shot high of goal with 15 seconds to play. Binghamton retained possession and Colgate called timeout.

But after play resumed, Bobby Lawrence forced an errant pass that went nearly to the midfield stripe. Binghamton ran down the ground ball but even then couldn't get a shot on goal and the Raiders had another impressive defensive stand to their credit.

"The defense today did what we had to do to get the win," first-year goalkeeper Brandon Burke said. "We weren't worried too much. We just tried to stick together as a team and keep the focus on us.

"We just had to grind it out and that's what we did."

Burke posted a season-high 15 saves against 33 Binghamton shots -- 24 of which were on goal. The Potomac, Md., product had his hands full against a dynamic Bearcats attack.

"Brandon was great and did the things he needs to do," Murphy said. "He's probably the player of the game for us with some nice doorstep saves to take a couple off the board.

"He also got a great hockey assist off a save and clearing play that caught them napping a little bit. We did a good job of winning those little battles of transition from offense to defense and defense to offense."

That "hockey assist" came midway in the second quarter when Burke stopped what looked like a sure goal from Binghamton's Michael Antinozzi. Not only did Burke make the save but he found a streaking Brendon McCann across midfield. McCann worked his way toward the goal before feeding Kevin Adams, who scored his second of the game to make it 5-3 Raiders with 7:52 remaining.

That's how it stood at the halftime break.

The teams traded goals to begin the third before Binghamton put three in a row on the board to grab a 7-6 lead. Ryan Walsh completed a hat trick to start the fourth quarter but Binghamton answered to stay in front.

Finally, Foote, Williams and Kirchner all found the net unassisted to lift the Raiders. Foote scored with 7:18 to play, Williams with 4:47 and Kirchner with 3:33 showing.

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