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Close Game with Buckeyes leaves Bearcats with Black-eye

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The Binghamton women's lacrosse team fell 14-13 Friday evening to Ohio State at the Bearcats Sports Complex. In the tight scoring contest, three Bearcats posted hat-tricks on the evening. Redshirt junior Brianne Arthur, senior Tiffany Ryan and junior Rebecca Golderman totaled for nine of Binghamton's 13 goals.

"We loved the heart and effort we saw from our players today," head coach Stephanie Allen said. "There's not much more we could ask for from them in that area. Today, we struggled being disciplined mentally. Our fouling on the defensive end and empty possessions on offense, especially in the second half, made the comfortable lead that much harder to gain. Again, we're very proud of the fight on the field, but we need to be better in pressure situations moving forward."

Back and forth in the first eight minutes of play, Ohio State and Binghamton traded goals twice, tied 2-2 with goals from Golderman and Ryan. The Buckeyes hit a groove, scoring three consecutive goals in the next two minutes. Senior Jacqueline Kennedy answered immediately, finding the back of the net to tighten the Buckeyes lead, 5-3. Ohio State broke the ten minute stand still that followed, scoring to move ahead by three. Back to back Bearcat goals by junior Ciara Gordon and senior Callon Williams tightened the gap, before Ohio State added their final goal of the half to secure a 7-5 lead. A huge save by senior Emma Jehle in the net held the Buckeyes where they stood, allowing Binghamton to score consecutive goals to close out the half. Arthur scored her first of the game before Golderman and Ryan teamed up to net the tying goal, securing a 7-7 tie heading into halftime.

Coming out strong in the second half, back to back goals by Ryan and Golderman gave the Bearcats their first lead of the game. Holding a 9-7 lead five minutes into play, Ohio State answered, adding five goals to the scoresheet as time wound down in the second half. A relentless Binghamton offense kept chipping away, seeing goals from freshman Paige Volkmann, Golderman and two from Arthur, falling just short of tying the game with just under a minute left to play.

Golderman finished the game with five points, her highest this season, off three goals and two assists. Kennedy picked up a team-high four ground balls and secured six draw controls in the contest. Jehle recorded six saves in the first half, while sophomore Taylor Passuello added four to her total in the second.

The Bearcats have a week off before they hit the road on March 17 for an away tilt against Marist. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start time in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.