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Hat tricks from Hunsberger, Stone not enough as BU women lose at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y.  The Binghamton womens lacrosse team produced 11 goals on just 17 shots, but fell to host Cornell 17-11, Tuesday evening from Schoellkopf Field. The Bearcats (2-11, 1-4 AE) netted seven second-half goals, but the Big Reds (9-5, 4-3 Ivy) six-goal halftime lead was too much for BU to overcome.
We didnt get as many offensive possessions as we wanted in the first half, interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. Cornell did a good job of limiting us offensively, but I was happy with our shot selection and we did a better job of executing our game plan tonight. We talked all week about competitiveness and I thought we were much more focused on that tonight.

Seniors Katherine Hunsberger and Kristen Stone led six different goal scorers for the Bearcats with three goals apiece. Hunsberger netted her 12th career hat trick while picking up three ground balls and draw controls. Stone had a solid game defensively as well causing three turnovers while grabbing three ground balls and draw controls.

Katherine and Kristen played very strong for us on both ends of the field, Allen continued. Those two (Hunsberger and Stone) were out there fighting every second they had on the field. With the season winding down I know they are trying to leave their mark on the program, which they certainly have done.

Down 10-4 at the break, Binghamton saw Cornells lead grow to as many as eight as the Big Red opened the final 30 minutes on a 3-1 run. Undeterred by the large lead, the Bearcats embarked on a run of their own scoring five of the games next six goals to pull within four, 14-10, at the 7:16 mark.

Stone ignited the run firing a shot past the Cornell goalie in the upper right-hand corner. Freshman Allie Rodgers continued the spurt with her second goal of the game on a free position attempt. Cornell answered with a goal, but the Bearcats quickly responded as Stone circle the crease and shot a low liner past the Big Red goalie. A Casey Bulman free position goal followed by Hunsbergers third goal of the game capped the Binghamton run.
Cornell was too powerful defensively however, forcing 14 BU turnovers and ending the game on a 3-1 run to deflate any hopes of a Binghamton comeback.

The Big Red chased down 22 ground balls compared to the Bearcats 14 (second highest total of season) while winning 19 of the 30 draw controls. Binghamton did force 12 Cornell turnovers and was 12-for-16 in the clearing game, but did not possess the ball enough to complete the comeback. Cornell outshout Binghamton 34-18.

In the first half, Cornell opened the scoring but Binghamton quickly responded with a goal from Hunsberger to even the game at one at the 23:40 mark. The Big Red almost immediately answered, winning the ensuing draw control and scoring 21 seconds later. Cornell took a 3-1 lead with just over 19 minutes to play in the first half, but a goal from Angela Vespa trimmed the deficit to one at the 16:39 mark.

However every time Binghamton scored Cornell seemed to have a response as the Big Red again won the ensuing draw control and this time scored 26 seconds later. The Bearcats again trimmed the Big Red lead to one, 4-3, on a Sophie Racciatti goal from Vespa with just over 12 minutes to go. Cornell was unfazed however, going on a 6-1 run to close the half and take a 10-4 lead into the break.

Cornell limited Binghamton to just three draw controls and seven ground balls in the first half, which turned into a 20-6 shot advantage for the Big Red.

Sophomore goalie Kara Pafumi started the second straight game in net for the Bearcats stopping six shots.

(Courtesy Binghamton Athletics)

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