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Freshman Golderman leads Bearcats past Saints

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.—The Binghamton women's lacrosse team (3-3) jumped ahead early, and stayed ahead as they went on to defeat Siena (3-2) today 9-6.

"I thought it was a good team effort," stated head coach Stephanie Allen. "Our defense did a nice job holding them scoreless for over twenty minutes in the second half. Both goalies gave us an opportunity to win, and Rebecca Golderman was excellent offensively."

Golderman got the Bearcats started when she scored her sixth goal of the season just over a minute into the game. Three and a half minutes later it would be another freshman, Olivia Batista, who scored off a pass from Sophia Racciatti. Siena would tie things up with a pair of goals, but the Bearcats responded by ripping off four straight to make it 6-2. First it was Golderman scoring her second of the game, and then it was Callon Williams tallying the tenth of her season. Golderman then made it a hat trick on a free position shot, and then Amelia Coakley scored her first collegiate goal, off a pass from Williams.

Coming out of the half BU held a 6-3 advantage, and they added to it when Tiffany Ryan scored via free position shot to make it 7-3. Golderman followed up with her fourth goal of the game, and then Jacqueline Kennedy added her first. The Saints would close the game with three straight goals, but it wasn't enough to defeat Binghamton.

"Defensively it came down some small adjustments," remarked Allen. "Our D works nicely in our system. They were able to adapt and play well as a unit, and limited them from any streaks or runs."

For Golderman, the four goals in a game was the highest for a Binghamton freshman since April 7 of last season, when Tiffany Ryan had four against St. Bonaventure.

"For being a freshman, she's a very composed player," noted Allen. "She gets work done, she's smart with the ball, and she's able to recognize different situations out on the field. Whenever she's out there she's capable of an outstanding performance for us."

Emma Jehle started in net, making three saves in the first half. The Bearcats changed goalies at the half, with Erin McNulty making four saves in the second.

With the win Binghamton improves to 3-3 on the season, tying with last season for the second best start for the Bearcats. The team will look to continue the momentum on March 12 when they head to Marist.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)