Hartford vs. Binghamton
April 26, 2008
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT – The University of Hartford lacrosse team ended the 2008 season with a 10-5 loss to Binghamton University on Saturday afternoon at Al-Marzook Field.

Hartford (0-13 overall, 0-5 America East) entered the game with a chance to earn a berth in the upcoming America East Championship. The Hawks needed both a four-goal victory over the Bearcats as well as a Vermont loss to UMBC. One half of the scenario came true as UMBC defeated Vermont 8-6, but Binghamton (4-7 overall, 2-3 America East) stamped its ticket to the conference tournament by defeating Hartford.

Chris Welch and Jeff Rurey each scored two goals to lead the Bearcats. Sophomore Justin Bearse netted two goals while freshman Michael Cudmore added a goal and an assist for the Hawks.

Hartford took the early lead on Bearse’s first goal, which came in the first 1:30 of the game off a feed from senior Tom Harris. The Hawks would hold the lead until 7:16 remained in the first quarter, with Rurey tying things up on a pass from Chris Mulheron. The Bearcats then took a 2-1 advantage as Welch found Steven Carlson for the go-ahead score.

Binghamton went up by two goals early in the second quarter when Welch netted his first goal of the day. Hartford, however, answered with back-to-back scores by Bearse and senior Brian Tilley to even the score at 3-3. After the teams traded goals to make it 4-4, the Bearcats seized momentum heading into the halftime break on a Duncan Streeten goal to lead 5-4.

The Bearcats scored the only goal of the third stanza and led 6-4 to start the fourth quarter. Hartford clawed back to within a goal when junior Jacob Eustice found the back of the cage with 10:49 to play in the contest. However, it would be as close as the Hawks would get, as the Bearcats scored four times in the final 8:38 to seal the victory.

Binghamton held a 28-15 advantage in shots and capitalized on eight Hartford penalties for three goals. The Hawks scored just once in three extra-man opportunities. Hartford goalie Jon McMahon played the majority of the game between the pipes and finished with eight saves. Binghamton’s Larry Kline made six stops in the game.

The Hawks honored their six seniors–Harris, Tilley, Steve Roop, John Link, Richard Borsari and Chris Griffin–prior to the contest.