Hartford vs. Binghamton
April 1, 2006
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CONN.--Sophomore midfielder Stephen Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y.) scored a school-record six goals, leading Binghamton (5-3, 1-0 AE) to a 16-8 win at Hartford (2-7, 0-2 AE) in an America East Conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon at Al-Marzook Field. The 16 goals scored by the Bearcats is also a school record.

"Today was a real team effort," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "Everybody chipped in and Stephen really let loose today. We shot the ball really well and were able to finish the game strong."

In addition to Smith breaking the school record for goals in a game, junior attack Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.) tied the old mark with four goals of his own. Junior attack Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) added two goals and two assists while freshman attack Chris Mulheron (Canandaigua, N.Y.) chipped in a pair of assists.

Prior to today's game, the Bearcats had scored a school-record 13 goals three times in their five-year history. The most recent effort came in a 13-7 win against Hartford at the East Gym Complex on April 16, 2005.

Smith and Williams each scored in the first quarter as Binghamton took a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes of play. In the opening minute of the second quarter, Smith fired home two more goals, giving the Bearcats a 4-0 advantage. The rout looked as if it was on, as freshman attack Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y.) and junior defender Jeff Kaylor (Beverly, Mass.) added goals to make the score 6-0 with 7:48 remaining in the first half.

Hartford, however, got back in the game by cutting the deficit to 7-4 at the half. Senor midfielder Josh Wasson-McQuigge, who finished the game with four goals and an assist, had two of his goals during that span. Junior attack Tom Harris scored the Hawks' other two goals.

In the third quarter, Hartford continued its furious comeback, pulling to within 8-7 with 8:38 left on Wasson-McQuigge's third goal of the contest. It was then, however, that Binghamton went on a 6-0 assault in the ensuing 18:04 of play to seal the game. Smith scored three times and Williams scored twice during that run.

Binghamton outshot Hartford 40-16 and freshman J.P. Wioncek (Beverly, Mass.) won 19 of the 28 draws.

The Bearcats travel to Vermont next Saturday at 1 p.m.

NOTES: Smith now owns the single-game record for both goals and assists in a game. He tallied six assists in the April 16, 2005 win over Hartford.