BUFFALO – Binghamton went on a 6-1 run during the second half to break open a close contest and defeat Canisius, 11-7, in collegiate men’s lacrosse action Tuesday at the Demske Sports Complex.
Tom Moore scored three goals and added four assists to lead the Bearcats (7-1), who extended their winning streak to six games with the victory. Thomas McAndrew and Tyler DeLuca chipped in two goals apiece for Binghamton.
Holding a slim 5-4 edge midway through the third quarter, a man-up tally from McAndrew with 6:44 remaining in the frame sparked the Bearcats to notch the final three goals of the quarter and build an 8-4 cushion heading into the fourth.
Gold temporarily stemmed Binghamton’s momentum with his first goal of the campaign at the 11:05 mark of the fourth quarter, but the Bearcats responded with consecutive strikes from Moore, McAndrew and Joe Licata to take their largest lead of the game, 11-6, with less than five minutes to play.
Canisius attempted to make a comeback, using goals from Kearnan and Coss just 31 seconds apart to make it an 11-7 contest with two minutes to play. That would be as close as the Griffs would get however, as Binghamton kept Canisius off the scoreboard the rest of the way to record the four-goal victory.
Earlier in the game, Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 2:42 of the contest as it used tallies from Matthew Kaser and Liam Reaume to build the early advantage.
Edwards got the Griffs on the board a little more than a minute later to cut the Canisius deficit to 2-1, but the Bearcats responded with goals from Joe Grossi and Tom Moore to build a 4-1 cushion.
McKee made it a 4-2 contest with his first goal of the half with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter, only to see Tyler DeLuca counter at the 9:29 mark of the second quarter to restore the Bearcats three-goal margin.
McKee struck with 1:21 to play in the first half to trim the Canisius deficit to 5-3 and added another midway through the third to pull the Griffs within one and set up the Bearcats game-changing run.
Head Coach Randy Mearns Postgame Comments
“It was a highly-competitive game. Statistically, we were right there with Binghamton; matching them in ground balls, faceoffs and shots. But, it was a contest featuring two different styles. One that’s going to be a grinding, disciplined offense in Binghamton and for us, we can play that way, but we try to capitalize on transition opportunities. If you do not capitalize on those chances, you do not have the ball again for some time. So, that makes it tough to score when that happens.
“At times today we looked really good. At others, we were really sloppy. We’re still trying to find some consistency and the right style of play that will allow us to be successful. Today it seemed like it was not our day.
“Our guys have a lot of heart and resolve. They kept on battling. We were able to get within four late, but that was all she wrote as Binghamton was able to break our double (team) and run out the clock.
“It’s a tough loss for us. Our guys are feeling this one. Our guys felt confident going into the game, and we still feel confident. But kudos to Coach McKowen, his staff and his players. They executed their game plan and were able to come out with the victory today.”
- Canisius moved to 1-6 all-time against Binghamton as the Bearcats recorded their fourth straight victory in the series between the two programs.
- The contest marked the seventh straight season the two state rivals have played each other.
- Binghamton held a 28-23 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 13-4 margin in the third quarter.
- The Bearcats won 12 of 21 faceoffs during the contest. Binghamton won 8-of-11 draws during the second half.
- Binghamton was 2-of-5 in man-up situations for the game while Canisius was 1-of-4 with the extra attacker.
- Junior Ryan McKee posted his fourth hat trick of the season and the sixth of his career with his three-goal effort on Tuesday. McKee also led Canisius with five ground balls.
- Canisius returns to action April 8 when it travels to Michigan for a Noon contest against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Detroit Mercy.