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BU Men's Lacrosse Falls to Vermont on Senior Day 14-13

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VESTAL, N.Y.- The Binghamton men's lacrosse team fell, 14-13, to Vermont on Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Seniors Tucker Nelson and Paul O'Donnell each scored five points in the America East finale, which also marked senior day for six Bearcats.

BU entered the match needing to win by two goals to qualify for the America East Tournament. The teams competed evenly for the entirety of the contest, entering the fourth quarter tied at 7. The final period was a dramatic 15 minutes, as the teams combined to score 13 goals, with neither side able to go ahead by more than one goal at any point in the frame.

O'Donnell scored twice in the fourth quarter, giving BU a one-goal advantage on both plays. Vermont answered with a pair of goals after O'Donnell's second score of the frame, but Nelson found Sean Gilroy to tie it at 13 with 47 seconds remaining. Ian MacKay scored with 10 seconds left to win it for the Catamounts.

The Bearcats got out to a strong start, taking a 3-0 lead after eight minutes of action. O'Donnell scored and then J.T. Hauck and Johnny Maher found the back of the net within a minute of each other. Vermont rallied with three goals to even the score as the match moved into the second period. Nelson put BU back up, 4-3, at the 5:03 mark, but the Catamounts answered with a pair of goals to take a 5-4 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter, Nelson scored 1:04 in to tie the game. After a Vermont score, O'Donnell hit Hauck at the 4:40 mark and then Maher assisted on an O'Donnell goal with 3:36 remaining in the frame, giving Binghamton a 7-6 edge. The visitors scored later in the third to even the game once again.

Gilroy got the fourth-quarter fireworks going with a goal a highlight-reel goal at the 12:46 mark. Hauck assisted as Gilroy shot behind his back to beat the Catamount goalie and give BU an 8-7 edge. Vermont scored twice, but Ben Kocis tied it and then Nelson scored his third goal of the day to put Binghamton ahead, 10-9, with 6:58 left. O'Donnell struck after that, setting up the furious finish.

O'Donnell totaled four goals and an assist, while Nelson tallied a hat trick and two helpers. Hauck recorded two goals and two assists, while Gilroy scored twice. Maher added a goal and a helper. Tanner Cosens made a career-high 16 saves, while Austin Macchi won 16-29 faceoffs. The teams combined for 100 shots, including 58 on goal. BU successfully cleared on 23-24 attempts in the contest.

Before the game, BU honored its six seniors on the field-Nelson, O'Donnell, Hauck, Anthony Lombardo, Matthew Kopp, and Emmett O'Hara.

BU went 4-9 overall and 2-4 in the America East this season. Vermont improved to 6-9 overall and 4-2 in the conference. It will face Stony Brook in the conference tournament on Thursday.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Athletics)