Bearcats ousted by Hartford on lax field
4/13/2013 (Updated 10:05:47 PM)Vestal, NYSophomore Kevin OShea scored a hat trick and added two assists, guiding Hartford (6-5, 2-1 AE) to an 11-3 win over Binghamton in an America East conference game Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Hawks defense, led by goalie Frank Piechotas 17 saves held Binghamton (5-6, 1-2 AE) to just one goal over the final 42 minutes of play. Junior Matt Springer scored a pair of goals in the loss and now has 100 career points for Binghamton (just the second player in school history to hit 100 points).
Hartford held the Bearcats to their lowest scoring output of the season, and their lowest since March 29, 2008 (L, 2-8 vs. Albany). Adam Yee won 15-of-18 faceoffs Saturday, scooped up a team-high seven ground balls and added an assist in the victory. As a team, Hartford won the ground ball battle (34-20) and caused eight BU turnovers.
Obviously, its a pretty disappointing loss, head coach Scott Nelson said. I thought we had good opportunities on offense, but couldnt finish the ones we needed to. They held a lot of possession and I think that wore on our defense near the end.
In the first half, it took both teams a while to settle in offensively. After a couple of empty scoring possessions, Binghamton broke through. Sophomore attack Tucker Nelson worked his way from behind the cage and backed his way near the crease where he tossed a jumping shot over the reach of Piechota. Hartford answered with a pair of goals to close the quarter, including Drew Haigs score with five seconds left to pull the visitors ahead 2-1.
Binghamton tied the game up at 2 less than three minutes into the quarter as Matt Springer took advantage of a Hartford miscue. Piechota turned the ball over in his own defensive third, giving way to Tucker Nelson who scooped up the ground ball and found an open Springer no more than five yards away from the cage.
Springer turned and fired past Piechota, giving him his 24th goal of the season. The goal at the 12-minute mark in the second would be the beginning of an offensive drought for the Bearcats. Hartford took advantage of their offensive possessions down the stretch in the first half and buried three goals in the final ten minutes to hold a 5-2 lead at intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Hawks found their offensive footing in the final 15 minutes of play. Hartford scored five goals in just over five minutes to begin the quarter on their way to having a commanding 10-2 lead. OShea buried a pair of goals in the run, which totaled 8-0 over nearly 35 minutes of action.
Nelson finished the day with a goal and an assist for BU, improving his team-high point total to 29. Sophomore Michael Antinozzi tallied an assist, but was held scoreless for just the second time this season. Junior goalie Max Schefler made 10 saves as he drops to 5-6 this season in net for Binghamton.
The Bearcats return to action quickly as they head to Buffalo, NY to play MAAC opponents Canisius on Tuesday night at 7pm. Binghamton defeated the defending MAAC champions 11-7 a season ago.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
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