A 4-0 second-half run proved to be the difference for Binghamton in an 11-7 win over the Canisius College men's lacrosse team on Tuesday. The Griffs drop to 2-5 with the loss, while the Bearcats improve to 3-6.
"It was certainly a disheartening loss today but probably more frustrating," said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. "We are right in the game and we lose focus for three or four minutes to dig ourselves a hole we can't get out of. On a positive note, freshman Alex Govenettio played well in the net in his first start and we look to build on that in the future."
Freshman Alex Govenettio recorded 11 saves in his first collegiate start in net to anchor the Canisius defense. His 11 stops are the most saves by a Griff in their first career start in nine years.
Senior Simon Giourmetakis led the Griffs offense with five points and four goals. Seniors Travis Gibbons and Jimmy Haney plus freshman Brandon Bull added one goal each in the loss.
Freshman Tim Edwards paced the Canisius attack with two assists, while also winning 4-of-6 faceoffs on the night.
The Bearcats started the contest strong, scoring five of the game's first seven goals for a 5-2 lead with 6:37 remaining in the second quarter. Binghamton also owned an 18-7 advantage in shots in the first 24 minutes of the game before the Griffs clawed back into the contest.
Canisius started a rally with two goals before the intermission. Giourmetakis netted his second goal of the night with 6:04 remaining in the second period before Haney finished the scoring in the first half with 1:40 remaining as the teams headed into halftime with the Bearcats in front, 5-4.
The Griffs tied the game 4:11 into the third stanza when Giourmetakis completed his hat trick with a man-up goal. The teams remained tied for the next five-plus minutes before the Bearcats broke the deadlock with what proved to be the go-ahead tally. Binghamton added another goal with just three seconds remaining in the period to take a 7-5 advantage into the fourth.
The Bearcats stretched their run to four with the first two tallies of the final quarter just 40 seconds apart. Giourmetakis ended the streak with his fourth goal of the game and after another Binghamton score, Gibbons pulled Canisius back to within three, 10-7, with 6:25 remaining in the game.
Canisius, however, was unable to pull any closer. The Griffs had five possessions after netting their final goal of the game but was unable to get a shot off in any of their chances, while Binghamton added one final goal in the game for the 11-7 victory.
Binghamton finished the game with a 36-23 advantage in shots on the night and a slight 12-10 edge in faceoffs. Canisius committed 17 turnovers in the game - 11 in the second half - to 14 for the Bearcats.
Brandon Planck led the Bearcats with six points and five goals, while Jordan Marra recorded nine saves in net to earn the victory.
Canisius returns to MAAC play on Saturday, playing at Jacksonville. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Binghamton has won both meetings between the two schools ... Govenettio's 11 stops are the most by a Griff in their collegiate debut since Tom Kucharczak recorded 21 saves in his first game against Butler in 2003 ... Canisius has netted multiple man-up goals in each of its last four games ... Edwards had won 1-of-5 faceoff attempts in his first six games of the season.