Division I Roundup, March 27th

Big Second Half Paces Binghamton Past Men’s Lacrosse
FINAL SCORE: Binghamton 8, Vermont 5
VESTAL, N.Y. – Cam Milligan buried two goals and Vermont took a 4-3 lead into halftime, but Binghamton countered with five unanswered stretching into the fourth quarter as the Catamounts fell 8-5 on Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The Catamounts fall to 4-5 (0-2 America East) with the setback, while Binghamton is now 6-1 (2-0 America East) and has extended its winning streak to five games.

In goal Nick Washuta made 11 saves for the Catamounts, while his counterpart, Tanner Cosens, finished with eight stops.

The first quarter was witness to a low-scoring 15 minutes as the teams traded goals. Michael Clarke buried an unassisted chance at the 10-minute mark and less than two minutes later, Binghamton responded with Matthew Kaser’s equalizer.

Faced with a 3-1 deficit midway through the second quarter, the Green and Gold rallied with three straight goals to close the half. Milligan inked his name in the box score with 7:28 on the clock, then Jack Knight and Rob Hudson followed suit to restore Vermont’s advantage at 4-3.

In the final minutes before halftime, UVM went on an EMO and although Alex Stanko rang the post, the Catamounts were kept off the board. Following the chance, Binghamton cleared and sustained offensive pressure, but Washuta and the Vermont defense preserved their one-goal lead heading into the break.

The tide began to turn in the third period, when the Bearcats went on a four-goal run, receiving contributions from Joe Grossi, Joe Licata, Tom Moore and Griffin Konen.

The final quarter saw the Catamounts outshoot Binghamton 10-4, including a 5-1 margin in shots on goal. Unfortunately for UVM, Cosens made several key saves down the stretch. His only mistake came with 3:01 left in regulation, when Milligan found his second goal of the day to trim the Vermont deficit to 8-5.

Defensively, James Leary, Mark Marciano and Matt Sealy each caused two turnovers for the Catamounts. In total, Vermont had four extra-man opportunities but was unable to capitalize.

For Binghamton, Tyler DeLuca had two goals, while Moore dished out three assists in addition to scoring once.

Vermont is back at Virtue Field next Saturday (April 1) as the squad hosts Hartford in a noon matchup. The game will be played in conjunction with the Vermont Men’s Lacrosse 40th Anniversary Celebration as well as the Catamounts’ annual Rally Against Cancer Game presented by Otter Creek Awnings and Vermont Custom Closets. Visit UVMathletics.com throughout the week for continued updates on both events.

Villanova Upends Stags, 18-9

Murray and Burke each net hat tricks

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Drew Murray and Colin Burke each had hat tricks to pace the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon, but visiting Villanova had the first five goals of the day and never looked back to take an 18-9 decision on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Travis Ford also scored two markers for the Stags.

Burke also handed out an assist to notch a four-point day and run his team-leading totals to 18 goals and 25 points, while Murray’s hat trick was comprised of his first three goals of the spring. After his pair of goals, Ford has 15 thus far in his freshman campaign. Rounding out the scoring for Fairfield (3-6) were Dylan Beckwith with his eighth goal of the year and Liam DaRos with his second assist in as many games.

The Stags held an edge on the faceoff dot, led by a 15-of-26 showing with six ground balls from Joe DeLasho. Will Fox added a 4-of-5 showing, and Spencer Noonan scooped up three ground balls from the wing to aid the effort on the draw.

Tyler Behring made 10 saves in the cage, and the defense in front of him was paced by four ground balls and three caused turnovers by Andrew Eidenshink.

Jack Curran (3 goals, 2 assists), Christian Cuccinello (2g, 3a) and Jake Froccaro (4g, 1a) each had five points to guide Villanova (5-4) to its fourth consecutive win. The Wildcats’ goal was helmed by Nick Testa, who made 14 saves.

Villanova’s 5-0 run to open the game featured five different goal scorers as the Wildcats grabbed an advantage over the first 5:29 of action. The Stags got on the board at the 6:56 mark in the first quarter on a Ford goal, and the rookie struck again just 62 seconds later to trim the deficit to 5-2. Murray added his first of the day to shave the margin further, but Froccaro scored twice in the closing minutes of the period to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 7-3.

Villanova scored five more goals in the second quarter, while Murray converted a Burke pass for the lone Fairfield goal, as the visitors carried a 12-4 advantage into the locker room.

After the Wildcats opened the third-quarter scoring, the Stags put together their strong offensive stretch of the afternoon starting with an unassisted Beckwith goal. Burke then scored again to cut the lead to 13-6 and cashed in on a man-up opportunity – assisted by DaRos – to make it a 13-7 game.

However, the next five goals all went the way of the Wildcats before Murray and Burke each scored late to cap their respective hat tricks and round out the game’s 18-9 final score.

The Stags wrap up their three-game homestand and begin CAA play under the lights on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Saturday, April 1 against No. 7 Hofstra. The Stags and Pride will faceoff at 7 p.m. live on FairfieldStags.TV.