BU Mens Lacrosse Late Rally Comes Up Short; Falls To Canisius 12-11
4/15/2013 (Updated 11:15:58 PM)Buffalo, NYBinghamtons 5-0 run in the fourth quarter wasnt enough as they fell on the road 12-11 to Canisius Monday night from Demske Sports Complex. Canisius Mike Moran won his 22nd faceoff of the evening as the hosts held on to the ball for the remaining 1:30 to escape with the victory. Junior Matt Springer scored six goals for the Bearcats and Tucker Nelson added five assists in defeat.
Trailing 12-6 heading into the fourth quarter, Binghamton (5-7, 1-2 AE) managed to stage a late rally in the games final minutes. Springer tallied two quick goals in the quarters first six minutes and made it three straight when Nelson found him in front of goal as he slung a low scooping shot that skipped past Canisius goalie Alex Govenettio.
With the score at 12-9, sophomore midfielder JT Hauck was next in line to enter the score column as he fired a 12 yard shot past Govenettio. Hauck rifled a lefty shot near post that made the score 12-10 with just under five minutes remaining. Three minutes later, junior Brandon Planck made the score 12-11 with his third goal of the game at the 1:32 mark.
Despite all the momentum on the Bearcats side, Canisius was able to secure the faceoff and after a BU penalty, the hosts ran out the clock to earn their first home victory of the season.
Binghamton outshot the Golden Griffs an incredible 15-1 in the final quarter, but in the end, the game was won on the faceoff circle as Moran won 22-of-27 from the x against the Bearcats.
Springers six goal night is the third time in his career and second time this season he has hit that mark. He now has 31 goals this season, which is a new career-high and just one goal shy off the program record set by fellow teammate Michael Antinozzi last season. Nelsons five assists against Canisius gives him 26 helpers on the season, shattering the old record set by Matt McNamara in 2004. For Nelson, this is the second time he has dished out five assists in a game. Planck netted his second hat trick of the season and senior Tyler Perrelle dished out two assists for the Bearcats who outshot Canisius 38-36 Monday.
Canisius jumped out early in the first quarter, scoring on their first offensive possession and then just six seconds later off the face-off win to take a 2-0 lead just 48 seconds in. After playing defense for a majority of the first three minutes of the game, BU finally was able to take advantage of an offensive possession. Springer put the Bearcats on the board with his low lefty shot that beat the goalie low and far post on a hop.
After another Golden Griffs score, BU answered with a goal from Planck. The Cortland, NY native dodged from behind the net and swung a shot over Canisius goalie Alex Govenettios right shoulder for his 13th goal of the 2013 campaign. However, the hosts werent fazed by the Planck score as they closed out the first with a pair of goals of their own to take a 5-2 lead. Canisius Joe Rautenstraugh buried a hat trick in the games first 13 and a half minutes.
Moving ahead to the second, it was Planck again who found the back of the net for the Bearcats on the man-up just three minutes in. Springer followed suit with his second goal of the game about five minutes later for the visitors. Nelson fed a cutting Springer who sent a wrister past Govenettio and into the lower right corner of the cage.
After a few long offensive possessions, Canisius finally broke through in the quarter with 3:08 left in the half. Later, the Golden Griffins took advantage of a BU turnover and called a timeout with under 20 seconds remaining. Head coach Randy Mearns drew up a play that worked in their favor as leading point scorer Tim Edwards put the hosts ahead 7-4 heading into intermission.
Canisius was dominant in the face-off :x winning 11-of-13 in the first half. They also were the more aggressive team on loose balls, controlling a 20-5 ground ball advantage.
The Golden Griffs outscored Binghamton 5-2 in the third, including a pair of goals from Edwards. Edwards and Rautenstraugh combined to score eight of the teams 12 goals on the evening. Junior goalie Max Schefler made 11 saves on the night for BU as he falls to 5-7 in cage this season.
(Courtesy Binghamton Athletics)
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